Residential Life

Move-in Information (for those returning from other countries and states other than New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey or 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; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.

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 students returning to campus from non-contiguous states to New York and other countries

To comply with the NYS Travel Advisory and to help reduce the risk of positive cases on campus, all students arriving from other countries and states other than N.Y., Penn., Vt., Mass., Conn. and N.J. must follow the procedures below:

Step 1: Sign up for on-campus testing. (Applies to students arranging their own quarantine. Students using college-provided quarantine can skip to step 2.)

  • Students arranging their own quarantine must sign up for on-campus testing on day 4 of their NYS quarantine.

  • Students quarantining in College-provided space do not need to sign up for a testing date. Testing staff will come to the hotel on the designated date to administer the test.

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

  • Students arranging their own quarantine can make their 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.

  • Student IDs will not be activated until confirmation of a negative pre-arrival test and a day 4 college-administered test is completed.

Step 2: Pre-arrival testing:

  • Obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in N.Y. with documentation of a negative result, which you will show at check-in.

Step 3: Quarantine for 3 days upon arrival in N.Y.

  • Students can either move into College-provided quarantine space on Jan. 4, 5 or 6, or they can arrange their own quarantine that fulfills the New York state requirements.

  • Students can submit their quarantine plans using this form by Dec. 15.

Step 4: Receive a COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine in the state of New York

  • Students who quarantine in College-provided space will receive their N.Y. COVID-19 test through the College at their quarantine location and will be permitted to move into campus housing upon receipt of their campus test result. Students must remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result for their day 4 N.Y. COVID-19 test.

  • Students who arrange their own N.Y. quarantine should schedule a day 4 COVID-19 at the Testing Center and must provide proof of the location of their quarantine (hotel/airbnb receipt, travel receipts, etc). Students who are scheduled to live on campus for the winter term can move into their residence hall to begin their pre-test result quarantine after they have completed their day 4 COVID-19 test at our Testing Center. They must remain in their pre-test result quarantine until they receive a negative result for their day 4 N.Y. COVID-19 test.

  • Students who live off campus must remain in their pre-test result quarantine until they receive a negative result for their day 4 N.Y. COVID-19 test.

Step 5: Move-in after negative day 4 COVID-19 test

  • Students who quarantine in College-provided space, who are living on campus for winter term, can move into their residence hall room after receiving a negative result for their day 4 N.Y. COVID-19 test. Their IDs will also be turned on at this time.

  • 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 testing, quarantine, and day 4 testing:

If you arrive in NY/start your NYS quarantine on Jan. 4,

then your pre-arrival test needs to be on Jan. 1, 2 or 3

and your day 4 college-administered COVID-19 test will be on Jan. 7*

If you arrive in NY/start your NYS quarantine on Jan. 5,

then your pre-arrival test needs to be on Jan. 2, 3 or 4

and your day 4 college-administered COVID-19 test will be on Jan. 8*

If you arrive in NY/start your NYS quarantine on Jan. 6,

then your pre-arrival test needs to be on Jan. 3, 4 or 5

and your day 4 college-administered COVID-19 test will be on Jan. 9*

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

Students arranging their own quarantine must sign up for on-campus testing on day 4 of their NYS quarantine.

Students quarantining in College-provided space do not need to sign up for a testing date. Testing staff will come to the hotel on the designated date to administer the test.

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.