Residential Life

Move-In Information (for students from New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania)

On Oct. 31, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory.

In addition to the NYS Travel Advisory, all in-person students will be required to follow Union’s pre-arrival testing protocols as outlined in this message.

Our goal is to create a seamless process while maintaining the safest conditions for everyone involved. Please read this communication carefully. Following all of the steps below will ensure a smooth arrival to campus.

Please be aware these plans may change due to state or federal guidance.

Steps for returning to campus

Step 1: Sign up for initial on-campus testing

All in-person students (on-campus, off-campus and commuter) traveling from these states must have a College-administered COVID-19 test upon arrival on campus. Student IDs will not be activated until confirmation of a negative pre-arrival test and an on-campus test is administered.

  • Initial testing will take place on Jan. 7, 8 and 9 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • You can make your own COVID-19 testing appointments by signing into the student health portal and clicking on the "Appt. Scheduling" tab. Note: The appointment scheduling is not recurring. You will need to make an appointment for each week of the term.

Step 2: Pre-arrival testing

To help reduce the risk of positive cases on campus, all students are required to have a COVID-19 test within five days prior to arrival on campus and must submit their negative test results at check-in.

  • Any student arriving without a test will have to find their own, non-College housing and will not be permitted on campus until they can produce a negative test result and then participate in our initial campus testing.

  • Any student who tests positive should follow the directives of their local department of health and should not arrive on campus until they have been cleared by their local health department. Students who test positive must also notify Union’s Health Services at uchealthcenter@union.edu.

Step 3: Arrive on campus during your designated time for your initial COVID-19 test

  • Do not arrive earlier or later than expected.

  • Go directly to the COVID-19 Testing Center. You CANNOT move into your room or visit any other campus location prior to completing your test. Your ID card will not be activated until you have arrived and completed your initial test.

Step 4: Move in and begin quarantine until negative result comes back

  • Once you have completed your initial test, you may move into your residence hall (if living on campus) and begin your pre-test result quarantine.

  • Students will be required to self-quarantine in their room (applies to all students regardless of if they are living on campus or off campus) until they receive a negative result. Results have typically taken between 24 and 48 hours to be returned. Any student found violating the pre-test result quarantine will have their housing and in-person class privileges revoked immediately and may be subject to additional sanctions.

  • Note: Students who were not living on campus during the fall term but are returning for winter term will receive separate instructions from Residential Life about key pickup location and specifics.

Key dates for pre-arrival and initial on-campus testing:

If you schedule your initial on-campus test for Jan. 7,

then you should have your pre-arrival test on Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.*

If you schedule your initial on-campus test for Jan. 8,

then you should have your pre-arrival test on Jan. 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7.*

If you schedule your initial on-campus test for Jan. 9,

then you should have your pre-arrival test on Jan. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8.*

*All students must submit their negative pre-arrival test results at check-in.

Thank you for your patience as we prepare for your arrival. Please continue to read your email to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information.