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This information is based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that we have at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, plans are subject to change by the time our community returns to campus.

Academics

To allow time for thorough testing of our Saint Rose community before in-person classes begin, we are switching to remote instruction for the first week of the Spring 2022 semester. That means you will take classes remotely from Tuesday, January 18, through Friday, January 21, with in-person instruction beginning January 24.

All campus offices and the Neil Hellman Library will be open for in-person use with no pre-registration required. Reference services will be available in person and virtual.

Computer labs will be available with no pre-registration required.

We expect those experiences to return to an in-person format as long as the partner organization allows.

Housing & Dining

We’re requiring all students and employees – regardless of vaccination status – who will be coming to campus for the Spring 2022 semester to be tested on campus at the beginning of the semester. We will use the same saliva testing we employ for asymptomatic surveillance testing throughout the academic year.

If possible, we strongly encourage you to take a COVID-19 test prior to your arrival on campus (at-home test or at a testing site) because if your test result is positive, you will be able to quarantine at home.

Resident students who test positive upon arrival on campus, will have to quarantine in designated campus housing or travel back home to quarantine.

Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Students who live in the residence halls: You will receive a test kit the weekend of January 16 through 17 from your RA. You will provide your saliva sample on the morning of January 18 and drop the sample in a collection bin. We will let you know where the bins will be located when you return.

If you wish to remain home during the first week of the semester because classes will be delivered remotely January 18-21, you may do so. You will be provided a test kit when you arrive. Please see your RA when you return. We also encourage you to test before you come to campus if you are able as an added measure of protection. Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Commuter and graduate students: Testing will be offered in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium by advance sign-up on January 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or you can pick up your test kit from the Student Development office at the Campus Green-side windows of the EAC that day from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., provide a saliva sample, and drop it in a collection bin. Test kits will also be available for pick up at the same location on January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Some early-arrival students, such as some student-athletes, resident assistants, and nursing students, will be tested prior to these dates.

Those who do not come to the testing after repeated requests will have their IDs turned off as of January 21.

All new students and employees are required, like the rest of our population, to be fully vaccinated unless they are granted a religious or medical exemption. (Those requests are made to healthservices@strose.edu). Fully vaccinated is currently defined as having had two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine.

Know that 97% of our employees and 95% of our students are fully vaccinated. Those who received religious or medical exemptions were placed in the weekly testing pool.

Students who do not comply with the vaccine requirement – aside from those who are granted a medical or religious exemption – will not be able to register for Spring 2022 courses. Students who live on campus may lose their ability to stay in the residence halls. More information will be provided on this policy by Residence Life.

We encourage you to come back to campus at the start of the semester and get settled before in-person classes begin. Room and board charges don’t change as a result of these latest updates, and you can take advantage of our free and convenient COVID-19 testing.

If you wish to remain home during the first week of the semester because classes will be delivered remotely January 18-21, you may do so. You will be provided a test kit when you arrive. Please see your RA when you return. We also encourage you to test before you come to campus if you are able as an added measure of protection.

Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Move-in days for the residence halls are January 16 and 17, with halls opening at 10 a.m. on January 16. Appointments are not required for move in.

The dining hall will re-open with brunch on January 16. Service will be take-out only for the first week of the semester. Sit-down dining will resume on January 24.

Residents will be allowed to entertain one guest, from either off campus or another Saint Rose residence hall, per resident. The visiting guest must be a current Saint Rose student. A guest, in this updated policy, is a Saint Rose student (commuter or residential) who intends to visit a residence hall room but is not a resident of that hall or room. Non-Saint Rose-affiliated guests are not allowed at this time.

To be clear, each resident of a living unit is allowed to have one guest in their living unit at a time. Meaning, if you live with a roommate(s), you can each have one guest present. If you live in an Apartment or Suite-style residence hall, you are allowed to have one student guest per resident. This means that if you live in Centennial, only four guests, one per resident, are allowed for the entire apartment at one time.

It is important to understand that while residents are now allowed to have one guest per person at a time, roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates MUST agree to the guest. The ability to have a guest does not override others’ ability to feel comfortable with the guest in the living unit. Please work with your RA and AC if you need assistance coming up with a schedule that is mutually agreeable to all parties.

Whenever a guest of a resident is in a living unit masks must be worn by all students present, regardless of vaccination status.

For the first week of the semester, the dining hall will be take-out only. The College’s dining hall will be open for dine-in at a reduced capacity on January 24. Takeout containers will also continue to be provided for those who would like to grab and go. Masks should be worn in the dining hall and other indoor dining spaces unless you are seated and eating.

Student Life

If you’ve tested positive in the 90 days prior to your return to campus, it is possible that you will test positive again. You should email covidresults@strose.edu from your Saint Rose email account to let us know that information, so you can be exempt from testing. Please include in the email your name, when you tested positive, and when your dates of isolation were.

All new students and employees are required, like the rest of our population, to be fully vaccinated unless they are granted a religious or medical exemption. (Those requests are made to healthservices@strose.edu).

Know that 97% of our employees and 95% of our students are fully vaccinated (which is defined at this time as the first and second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the J&J vaccine). Those who received religious or medical exemptions were placed in the weekly testing pool.

Students who do not comply with the vaccine requirement – aside from those who are granted a medical or religious exemption – were not be able to register for Spring 2022 courses.

On January 19, the College announced that it will mandate the booster for all students and employees by June 30, 2022, if they are eligible to receive it. Students will not be able to enroll for the Fall 2022 semester if they have not met this requirement. Based on data from clinical trials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health are strongly encouraging those eligible to get a booster. According to the NYSDOH, a booster dose helps everyone to “maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and continue to safeguard our communities against the virus.” Those who have already been granted medical/religious COVID-19 vaccine exemptions will continue to be exempt. Students who have already received their booster dose should send a photo of their vaccine card to covidresults@strose.edu.

Already, all new students and employees are required, like the rest of our population, to be fully vaccinated (which is currently defined as the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the J&J vaccine) unless they are granted a religious or medical exemption. (Those requests are made to healthservices@strose.edu). Students who do not comply with the vaccine requirement – aside from those who are granted a medical or religious exemption – were not able to register for Spring 2022 courses.

At this time, 97% of our employees and 95% of our students are considered fully vaccinated.

Students who did not comply with the vaccine requirement – aside from those who were granted a medical or religious exemption – were not able to register for Spring 2022 courses.

Students who are eligible have until June 30, 2022, to receive their booster dose or they will not be able to register for Fall 2022 courses.

The College will not grant exemptions for the booster requirement if the student/employee had already received the initial vaccination series unless the student/employee provides a note from a doctor providing a medical reason for not getting the booster dose.

Just like with the required MMR vaccine, students (and employees) can apply for either a medical or religious exemption. Below is an abbreviated New York State Department of Health definition of those exemptions. If you would like to apply for an exemption, you should reach out to Health Services at healthservices@strose.edu, and they will walk you through the process. Employees should work with Human Resources on the exemption form.

Medical Exemption
If a licensed physician or nurse practitioner certifies in writing that the student has a health condition which is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental.

Religious Exemption
A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student or student’s parent(s) or guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian if under the age of 18. It is not required that a religious exemption statement be notarized.

The College will not grant exemptions for the booster requirement if the student/employee had already received the initial vaccination series unless the student/employee provides a note from a doctor providing a medical reason for not getting the booster dose.

Masks must be worn inside of all College buildings, regardless of vaccination status, and the College is recommending double-masking (a cloth mask over a surgical mask) based on guidance from the CDC. As before, masks do not need to be worn when eating or while alone in one’s residence hall room or office. Due to the low level of transmission risk, masks do not need to be worn outside. We will revisit this policy as needed.

The NYS Health Commissioner has designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk to public health. Based on that designation, the governor declared that NYS employers should enact the provisions of the NYS HERO Act. With that declaration, NYS employers are required to implement their Airborne Infectious Disease

As the College’s Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan includes the daily health screen as a required control measure, the daily health screenings have been re-activated, effective September 24, 2021.

Students must complete this required health check and submit their responses daily. The questionnaire allows the College to act promptly should a student test positive for, have close exposure to or have symptoms of COVID-19. For these situations, the College has a policy in place to support the reporting student and to implement exposure protections for other campus community members.

Students should submit your daily response by using the following form.

We’re requiring all students and employees – regardless of vaccination status – who will be coming to campus for the Spring 2022 semester to be tested on campus at the beginning of the semester. We will use the same saliva testing we employ for asymptomatic surveillance testing throughout the academic year.

Students who live in the residence halls: You will receive a test kit the weekend of January 16 through 17 from your RA. You will provide your saliva sample on the morning of January 18 and drop the sample in a collection bin. We will let you know where the bins will be located when you return.

If you wish to remain home during the first week of the semester because classes will be delivered remotely January 18-21, you may do so. You will be provided a test kit when you arrive. Please see your RA when you return. We also encourage you to test before you come to campus if you are able as an added measure of protection. Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Commuter and graduate students: Testing will be offered in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium by advance sign-up on January 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or you can pick up your test kit from the Student Development office at the Campus Green-side windows of the EAC that day from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., provide a saliva sample, and drop it in a collection bin. Test kits will also be available for pick up at the same location on January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Some early-arrival students, such as some student-athletes, resident assistants, and nursing students, will be tested prior to these dates.

Commuter undergraduate and graduate students who are not able to come to campus on January 18 or January 19 to test, can sign up to test on January 24, 25, and 26. Testing will be in Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If someone cannot make that time, please email richardj@strose.edu and we will make other arrangements. Here is the link to sign up for testing on January 24-26.

 

The College follows the recommendations of Albany County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health, which are aligned with current CDC guidelines. As these evolve, the College’s protocols may change.

As the pandemic becomes part of our lives, we each need to take personal responsibility for our vaccination and COVID status, and whether we have been exposed or have exposed someone else to the virus. The most protective measure you can take for your health and others is to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Given the high number of cases across the country at this time, the CDC has recommended a prioritization model for contact tracing. We will continue to work with those who test positive on their isolation procedures and assist them in how to identify and notify personal direct contacts. This may not include classes, unless it is determined that circumstances in a particular course may pose a higher level of risk. Testing is available to anyone who may have been exposed, and the sign-up link will be readily available in the weekly update emails from Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, each Friday.

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 (NO MATTER WHAT YOUR VACCINATION STATUS IS)

  • You should isolate for 5 days, counting the first day of your symptoms or, if you are asymptomatic, the day your positive test sample is collected as Day 0.
  • If you show no symptoms (asymptomatic) at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and you must wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should isolate for 10 days and follow this longer isolation guidance from the CDC.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the following protocols apply. Please read carefully as they are different depending on your vaccination status and whether you have had COVID in the past 90 days.

For those who are fully vaccinated and have received the booster dose at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure:

  • No quarantine is required, but you should wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to another room so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, regardless of vaccination status:

  • No quarantine is required, but you should wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to another room so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who have been fully vaccinated and are eligible for but have not received a booster dose:

  • Quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to quarantine housing so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to quarantine housing so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

If you live on-campus in multi-occupant housing without your own bedroom:

We recognize it is impossible to wear a mask at all times during the 10-day period if you live in the residence halls with a roommate, so you will live in your quarantine space for all 10 days.  For the first five days, your meals will be delivered to you.  After the first 5 days of quarantine, as long as your symptoms have subsided, you can still go to classes, the library, EAC, etc., as long as you are masked at all times. You will utilize take-out from the dining facilities during this time so you can remove your mask to eat without others present.

Eating and drinking:

If you are in any of the described quarantine periods above, you should not eat or drink in the presence of others, including in our on-campus dining facilities. Please utilize the takeout options and do not drink or consume food while you are in class or any other spaces where others are present.

 

If you are currently eligible to receive your COVID-19 booster dose, please do so now. The CDC reports that the booster increases immune response in recipients and offers significantly improved protection from being infected with COVID-19, spreading the virus, and having a severe case.

We will hold booster clinics on January 20, February 3, and March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon and April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium. Use this link to sign up for either booster clinic. Find information about when you are eligible for your booster dose here. If you attended a previous on-campus vaccination clinic, you are eligible for one of these booster clinic dates.

That is a common question. This is the CDC’s guidance on the subject.

The College has already distributed $5,938,922 in HEERF funding to students. The College communicated information about applying for HEERF funding to students who met the basic criteria via several emails, social media reminders, and a text campaign.

There have been several application processes, and the latest application round closed on October 4, 2021.

There will be another application round in Spring 2022. The College will determine eligible students and communicate with them through various electronic venues. Eligible students will receive e-mail notifications with information in Spring 2022 for the next application round.

Please see the events page for more details on events protocol.

Yes. In-person student services will be available, similar to how they were before the pandemic.

Security will continue to be available in person 24 hours a day, every day of the week at Security headquarters on the corner of Western Avenue and Partridge Street, or by calling 518.454.5187.

Athletics

Athletic practices and competitions are resuming in a manner more similar to before the pandemic.

Because of the low risk of COVID-19 transmission outside, fans will be welcome at games at the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex.

At this time, visiting team spectators and Saint Rose student and employee fans are not permitted in Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium for contests/scrimmages. Attendance will be limited to two guest attendees per Saint Rose student-athlete and coaching staff member with proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of arrival on campus. Please note at-home tests will not be accepted. All attendees must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status at all times indoors.

Environmental Safety

Classrooms will be stocked with paper towels and disinfectants. Much like supermarkets provide cleaning supplies so customers can wipe down their shopping carts before use, we will be asking our community to do the same before they use their desks, etc.

The College has hundreds of hand sanitizer stations located throughout the campus. The Facilities Department monitors and refills these stations.