Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

FAQs: Plans for 2020-21

We will continue to update this list of FAQs. If you have a specific question that is not answered here you can contact an office directly or email us planning20-21@union.edu.




  • What will dining look like?

    Union College Hospitality is developing a dining program to support the current environment. Much of what we do will be informed by the State of New York and the Schenectady County Department of Health. Working within these guidelines, we will continue to provide students an exceptional dining experience replete with high-quality, nutritious and creative cuisine that features local ingredients whenever possible. The focus will be on an enhanced take-out program with pre-order options that will help lessen the time a dining facility will be crowded.

  • How will the College reduce density in crowded areas during common lunch (Reamer Campus Center)?

    Union College Hospitality will be following the State of New York’s directives on physical distancing that states: Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50 percent of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees. All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of six feet in all directions.

  • Will there be enhanced cleaning practices in the dining facilities?

    Facilities Services will provide daily enhanced cleaning and disinfecting for high-use areas and frequently-touched surfaces throughout campus.


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  • When do I have to wear my mask?

    All community members are expected to wear their face coverings any time they are unable to social distance and when they are inside buildings such as the library, classrooms and common areas. A mask is not needed in a private room or office.

    If you have restrictions that prevent you from wearing a mask, accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Employees should contact Human Resources; students should contact Health Services.

  • What will be the consequences if students don’t follow the health and safety protocols?

    All members of our community are expected to follow the College's health and safety protocols including social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. Doing so will ensure a healthy community.

    Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary actions ranging from a warning to sanctions. Severe violations could result in suspension or separation from the College.

  • What are the cleaning procedures in place?

    Facilities will provide daily enhanced cleaning and disinfecting for high-use areas and frequently-touched surfaces throughout campus. In addition, kits will be available for employees and students to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in their work areas and/or classrooms.

  • Will students and employees be expected to submit daily screenings?

    Prior to being on campus each day, students and employees must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist. After completing the daily checklist, each member of the campus community will have to fill out the online attestation form that tracks if an individual has self-monitored each day.

  • Will all students be tested? When and how often?

    Any student who will be on campus for classes, activities, or to use campus facilities will need to be tested as the term starts. We will also be conducting periodic testing throughout the term. More information on testing and testing protocols will be available in the coming weeks.

  • What does a student do if they have symptoms – isolation, quarantine, self-observation?

    During business hours, students should call Wicker Wellness Center, which can test in-house for COVID-19. For a positive case, Wicker staff would notify the local Health Department to initiate isolation or quarantine as indicated. After hours, students needing medical attention should contact Campus Safety for transportation to an urgent care center or emergency room. Vehicles used for medical transportation will be equipped with a barrier to protect the driver and occupant(s) and will be sanitized after each use.

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to designated isolation rooms until they can safely return to normal activities. Students who have been exposed to an infected individual will be asked to self-quarantine for an observation period or until they have been tested and cleared to return to normal activities.

  • What do I do if I’m exposed to a person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19?

    If you have been in close contact with someone who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home from work, contact your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If your healthcare provider requests you to be quarantined and/or tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.


  • Will all students be on campus?

    The choices for the fall include options for both on-campus and remote living situations. Some students will choose a residential and academic experience and others may choose to live away from campus in order to participate in one of our new experiential education programs.

  • What will orientation and move-in look like?

    Orientation will take place in person at the start of the academic year. First-year students will receive additional information about orientation later in the summer.

    For move-in, the Office of Residential Life will be changing the way check-in will be run to maximize social distancing and keep community members safe. Students will be assigned check-in dates and times by residential building/area, and will be permitted to bring only two family members to assist with move-in. Specifics on dates and times will be communicated after housing assignments are complete in late July.

    Move-in is a busy time. It is important that vehicles are moved after unloading and that an area is cleared after drop off and pick up to allow others to move in and maintain distancing.

  • Will all students be in singles? Will Union increase allowed off-campus housing? Rentals?

    The majority of students living on campus will be assigned to singles but there will be options for students who wish to live in doubles or apartments with chosen friends/roommates.

    We will be releasing students who have already gone through the release process and are currently waitlisted. We will also be setting up a second process for any additional students who are interested in going off-campus and who did not originally apply. Release from this second process is not guaranteed but we would like to have a list of those interested should we be able to accommodate more students to go off-campus.

  • What social distancing measures are being taken for bathrooms, dining/other common areas?

    Facilities will be disabling some of the faucets, showers and toilets to allow for social distancing in common bathrooms. Furniture will be removed from common spaces to allow for proper distance between people. Dining will have designated social distancing markers throughout all of the operations. Also, there will be a limited number of seats available in each dining area based on the NYS Food Service Guidelines for social distancing. The pick-up location at College Park Hall front desk for many students needs such as ID’s, keys, bike locks and property registration will be marked off to maintain distancing.

  • Will there be off-campus housing for non-seniors?

    At this time, only seniors will be granted permission to live off-campus through an application process conducted by Residential Life.

  • When will I get to pick my on campus housing?

    Housing registration will take place on July 17, 2020, for students who plan to live on campus for the fall term. There will be specific information communicated to all students who register to live on campus after July 17, 2020.

  • What options will be available to each class year?

    First-year: Fox, West, Richmond, Davidson, Webster, Minerva (TBD)

    Sophomores: CPH, Minervas, theme houses, possibly Seward/Roger Hull apartments

    Juniors: Greek houses, CPH, Minervas, theme houses, Seward/Roger Hull apartments

    Seniors: Off-campus, Greek houses, CPH, Minervas, theme houses, Seward/Roger Hull apartments, Garnet Commons

  • I was supposed to go on a term abroad, but it’s been canceled. Can I select housing?

    Yes, if you are planning on returning to campus you will be allowed to participate in housing selection. Monitor your email for more information.

  • Will students be living in hotels?

    At this time, we do not anticipate housing students on a permanent basis in local hotels.

  • I am a senior. Will I automatically be released to live off campus?

    Off-campus release is currently only guaranteed to those who applied in the original release process and have received confirmation of their release. We will be sending out an email by July 6 with a form to gather an additional list of students who are interested in living off campus should additional spots open up.

  • If I'm choosing to return for the fall term, am I guaranteed a spot in on-campus housing?

    We anticipate being able to accommodate all students who plan to return to campus for the fall term. More information about housing options will be sent out to students by July 6, 2020.

  • I have a need for a special housing accommodation due to a medical need. What should I do?

    If you have previously been approved for a medical housing accommodation, you will be pre-assigned to housing ahead of any selection process based on your specific needs. If you have not yet applied for an accommodation, you can find the necessary form and information here at Accommodative Services.

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