COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety Protocols

[Updated Oct. 15, 2021]

Masks

  • All students, faculty, staff and guests must wear masks while in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Key spaces include classrooms, meeting rooms, Reamer Student Center (except while eating), Alumni Gym, Schaffer Library, the first-floor common space of College Park Hall and other indoor gathering spaces.
  • Masks are not required for students in residence halls or for employees in their individual offices.
  • Masks are not required while actively eating and drinking indoors.
  • Masks are not required for employees while alone in their offices.

Testing

  • Mandatory weekly begins week of Oct. 11. Testing hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is not necessary to make an appointment, and members of the campus community can drop by Memorial Fieldhouse during those times for their test. Please note: Testing lines are longest at the beginning of each session, but can be considerably shorter later in the session.

  • Students who feel ill should remain in their room and contact Health Services to schedule an appointment immediately or go to urgent care on the weekend. They should not go to class or other meetings, even if they begin to feel better after treating their symptoms with a fever reducer or decongestant. Faculty and staff should remain at home and contact their physician, and inform their supervisor and Human Resources. It is especially important to take any symptoms seriously if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Vaccinations

  • All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated prior to the start of fall term, with exceptions only being made for individuals who have been granted a medical or religious exemption.
  • Those individuals who have been granted exemptions will be tested for COVID-19 weekly throughout the fall term, and possibly beyond.

Isolation and quarantine protocols

Students

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 10 days from the date of their test - or from the onset of symptoms, if they are symptomatic. This date will be confirmed by the Wicker Wellness Center or the Department of Health.

  • We encourage students to return home to isolate if they can. If that is not possible, the College will provide off-campus isolation space at a local hotel along with meals.

  • Students who test positive will receive a phone call from the College with detailed instructions regarding their isolation options and next steps. Test results often come in late in the evening and a student may receive a text message notification from the State before hearing from the College. If that happens please immediately notify campus safety so we can assist you with beginning your isolation process.

  • Positive students will be contact-traced by the College and by the Department of Health. The College does contact tracing to ensure that we can quickly identify contacts.

  • Students who are isolating in space provided by the College will receive regular check-in calls from the College’s Health Services and SCPHS to monitor any symptoms and answer any questions you may have. Any worsening of symptoms should be reported immediately to Wicker Wellness Center at (518) 388-6120. If you feel ill over the weekend, you should go to an urgent care center, or contact Fonemed at 1-888-409-1063 or call Campus Safety.

  • It is important to note that close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals who are vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to isolate. Those individuals will receive an email from the College within a few hours of the positive student being notified. This email will contain information about what to do in terms of testing and masking. It is extremely important that you look for that email.

Employees

  • COVID-19 positive individuals will be contacted by a physician at Saratoga Hospital and then Human Resources with details about their result and isolation protocols. You may receive a text message from NYSDOH or a representative from SCPHS also may contact you with news of your test result.

  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 10 days from the date of their test or the onset of symptoms. You will not be allowed to return to campus until you have been cleared by your county’s department of health.

  • Employees will receive regular check-in calls from SCPHS to monitor any symptoms and answer any questions you may have. Seek medical attention from your physician or another medical provider should you experience worsening symptoms.

  • Vaccinated, close contacts of a COVID-19 individual who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine, but must wear a mask at all times while indoors on campus and should get tested within 3-5 days of notification of their exposure. If your testing window doesn’t fall on the College’s regular schedule, employees should get a PCR test (not a rapid test) off-site and email the results to .

Building Capacity and Physical Distancing

  • Given the return to a fully in-person campus, we will be operating classrooms, residence halls and dining halls at full capacity.
  • Please maintain a distance whenever possible and take advantage of the outdoors for activities or scheduling events where practical.

Residential and Social Life

  • Indoor social events allowed among Union student, faculty and staff.
  • Union students will be able to visit one another in residence halls, but no non-Union guests will be permitted in residence halls.

Visitors /On-Campus Events

  • All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks while indoors on campus.
  • Visitors are not permitted in residence halls.
  • Student tours will be allowed in buildings; guides and guests are to be masked indoors.
  • Prospective students, who are vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of a visit, can participate in our classroom visit programs.
  • School groups are invited to visit/participate on campus if all members are vaccinated or have a negative test result within 72 hours of visit.
  • Our hockey games will be played with somewhat limited capacity (75 percent). Masks will be required by all fans in the arena and concession sales will be limited.

Off-campus travel

  • Students are permitted to leave campus for social and academic purposes.
  • There are no restrictions on faculty or staff.
  • Students, faculty and staff should follow prudent guidelines when traveling with respect to masking, social distancing and follow up testing upon return to campus.