Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Health and Safety Protocols

Union remains committed to the health and safety of the entire campus community. With input and guidance from state and local officials and the CDC, the College has created procedures daily health self-screenings and attestation, use of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, testing, hygiene, improved ventilation, cleaning, quarantine, contact tracing and isolation, travel and more.

Each of us has a shared responsibility to comply with the guidelines, ask questions when something is unclear and support one another as we return to campus. Adapting to a new normal is essential for protecting ourselves, our families and community against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

"You have an individual responsibility to yourself but you have a societal responsibility, because if we want to end this outbreak — really end it, and then hopefully when a vaccine comes and puts the nail in the coffin — we’ve got to realize that we are part of the process.” - Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

All students and employees will be provided with a care kit:

  • Two cloth masks with a CDC instruction sheet on how to properly wear a mask
  • An oral digital thermometer
  • A 2-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer. These bottles are designed to be refilled at stations on campus.


  • Union will provide regular updates and changes to health protocols on this site.
  • Signs on campus will keep the campus community informed of protocols, regulations and further guidance.
  • An awareness campaign, “A Healthy Union Starts with U,” is helping to educate our community on the importance of following the guidelines.


Complying with the guidance that we establish is critical for the health of all members of our community. All students and employees will be responsible for reviewing and attesting that they have read a document that describes the rights and responsibilities associated with how they will engage with Union, whether on leave, on campus, near campus or remote.

Any changes in guidance will be reflected in revisions to this site. For additional resources on health and safety guidelines, review Reopening New York: Higher Education Guidelines.

Travel to and from N.Y. - Arrival Quarantine Protocols [Updated August 14]

If you are considering travel for personal reasons in the United States, you will need to adhere to CDC, state and local health department guidelines for traveling and isolation requirements after travel.

CDC recommends all travelers avoid non-essential international travel.

Students are discouraged from traveling off-campus for anything besides essential errands and off-campus housing.

The College will limit all non-essential business travel. Please secure approval from your supervisor before making business travel plans.

As of June 25, 2020, according to New York State Executive Order 205, all travelers entering New York from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate, over a seven-day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine. See the list of states that fall under New York’s advisory here.

If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York state that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.

The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel. Examples include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses and/or trains; or layovers for air, bus or train travel.

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.