For more information on the College’s efforts, please see the restart plan website.
On-campus weekly surveillance testing
The College is randomly selecting 25% of the on-campus student and employee population each week for COVID-19 surveillance testing.
Threshold for moving to remote learning
The New York State guidelines posted August 27 state the following:
If colleges have 100 cases or if the number of cases equal 5 percent of their population or more, they must go to remote learning for two weeks … Schools must return to remote learning with limited on-campus activity when that threshold is reached for a two-week period. If after two weeks, the local health department finds the college has demonstrated that it cannot contain the number of cases, then they could continue to require remote learning, or impose other mitigation measures in consultation with the State Department of Health. During that time, athletic activities and other extracurricular activities must be suspended, and dining hall options must move to take-out only.”
Residence life during remote learning
Students are permitted to continue living in the residence halls during this remote learning period.
What happens if a member of our campus community tests positive?
Should there be a positive case on campus, we have contact tracers in place, both within the College and via the Albany County Department of Health. Students and employees will be notified if they have had close contact with a COVID-19 case.
Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as: “An individual who has had contact of within 6 feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes.”
As our classrooms are socially distanced, having a COVID-19 positive case in a class does not mean that the entire class will be determined to be at risk. Again, we will work with the county and state departments of health to properly identify those at risk of exposure. Due to state and federal privacy laws, we will not disclose details about members of our community who test positive.
As outlined in the restart plan, we have set aside quarantine housing for students who live on-campus and employees and commuter/graduate students would be required to quarantine at home for a minimum of 10 days.