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These plans are 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, they are subject to change. 

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Testing during the semester:

The College will continue its process of weekly random sample testing of its on-campus student population when we return for the semester. For Spring 2021, 25% of the on-campus population of students and employees will be tested each week.

Testing for students who are symptomatic or concerned about exposure can be arranged through Health Services at

Contact tracing:

The College conducts contact tracing whenever we receive a report of a positive COVID-19 case.

The Albany County Department of Health changed its guidance for P-12 schools the week of February 21 based on data collected during the pandemic that shows little evidence of COVID-19 spread in classrooms where students maintain social distance and wear masks. That has been our experience here at the College as well. Through contact tracing to date, the College has quarantined entire classes whenever there is a positive case in the class. We recognize that quarantine causes significant disruption, so we want to be sure we are utilizing it only when there is a risk of exposure. After a discussion with the Department of Health, which informed us that colleges have the discretion to apply the recommendations for P-12 to their classrooms, and after reviewing our own data since the pandemic began, we will quarantine classes on an as-needed basis when contact tracing reveals there was a risk to the entire class. These determinations will be applied on a case-by-case basis and will be based on local and state public health guidelines and information gained from contact tracing at the College. There are colleges and universities also employing this standard.

What happens when you are asked to quarantine

• Every student receives a phone call notifying them that they have been exposed to COVID-19 and will need to quarantine as soon as possible. If a student who lives in the residence halls decides to quarantine on campus, they receive a follow-up email and call from Residence Life. There are no time limits placed on when that must happen, except for the fact that it must occur on the date contacted.

Residential students who need to quarantine should know the following (that information can also be found on this Quarantine procedure document):

• We will inform students of when their room will be available and work to accommodate their schedule to get an approximation about when the move will occur. It is important for students to limit their movements around campus to ensure that other students, faculty, and staff are not exposed to the virus if indeed your student is positive but asymptomatic.
• Any student requesting assistance has always been provided with a rolling bin to move their items from their current room to their quarantine location. We will now be proactively offering the bin to all students, and those who don’t need it are free to decline.
• We have encouraged students to back a “Go Bag” so they are ready to move in the event that they need to quarantine. This is particularly important if the student tests positive for COVID-19 and is not feeling well. Find Go Bag information on this page.
• Thanks to our new food service vendor, Sodexo, students now have the ability to go online and order meals from a selection of offerings that will be delivered daily. If they forget to place their order they will still eat. They will receive the general meal of the day, modified for any dietary restrictions.
• Students receive daily check-in calls from Residence Life and Health Services. It would be helpful if you can tell them to answer their phone when contacted. We are modifying their quarantine instructions to note that they should expect these calls and answer them so we can be sure we’re meeting their needs.
• If a student is told to quarantine because they violated the guest or COVID policies, this quarantine must be done off-campus.  If a student is not able to go home to quarantine, the Office of Residence Life will work to make arrangements for the student to complete the quarantine in a local hotel and the cost will be billed to the student’s College account. Any student who is exposed, through no fault of their own, will be provided with quarantine housing on-campus or at a local hotel which will be covered by the College in accordance with NYS guidance.

Face masks

At Saint Rose, we show love by masking up. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are to be worn by anyone on campus property – indoors or outdoors – at all times (with the exception of residence hall rooms, offices that are occupied by one person, and while dining).

Face shields in lieu of masks are only permissible when a student has received approval for that accommodation through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, or when instructional pedagogy and course content demand use of a face shield, such as a sign language course. Even in those courses, masks are still required, and are only to be taken down when needed to demonstrate a particular skill.

A student with a disability must let the College know that they need an accommodation for a reason related to a medical condition. Students with a disability may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities on the second floor of Saint Joseph Hall. Employees requesting an accommodation should work with the College’s Human Resources office.

Social distancing and travel

Students will be expected to maintain social distance to every extent possible and to respect directional arrows and floor markers meant to prevent congestion and maintain spacing in crowded areas.

The College understands that residential students may have a need to travel home on the weekends for jobs and family commitments.  While students are not prohibited from traveling, we are asking that students limit the frequency that they make those trips in an effort to protect the campus community from potential exposure.

Common spaces in the residence halls and other places on campus will be open; however, there will be strict limits on how many students can be in a space at any given time. While the weather is nice, we encourage students to gather in socially distanced groups outside as much as possible. We understand that as the weather starts to get cooler that may not be feasible, and the College will seek to create indoor gathering spaces without sacrificing safety.

Enforcement of guidelines

Policy updates from the Office of Student Conduct Related to COVID-19

[Any policy violation in regards to the amended COVID-19 related policies could result in your removal or termination of housing and you may be dismissed from the College. Tuition and room and board refunds will not be given under these circumstances]

Community Responsibility

[Due to federal/state/local health guidelines in reference to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic this policy may evolve as the public health guidelines evolve throughout the 2020-2021 Academic Year].

Students are members of both our overall campus community as well as the local community of the Capital District. All students are expected to act respectfully and responsibly and not interfere with the rights, comfort or safety or physical and psychological health of their roommate(s), other students, faculty, administrators, staff or guests. Additionally, students are expected to treat communal property (i.e. bathrooms, hallways, bulletin boards, etc.) and the property of others with respect.

In order to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations, and health and safety guidance adopted by the College as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19, [students need to wear face masks in all public spaces including, but not limited to]:

  • Classrooms
  • The Events and Athletics Center (EAC) – including the Camelot Room and the Main Dining Hall
  • All Academic Buildings
  • Lounges and Waiting Rooms in academic and non-academic buildings

Additionally, students are required to complete the COVID-19 survey made available to them by the college.

Students are expected to not host or participate in gatherings where social distancing and/or mask-wearing cannot or does not occur either on or off-campus.

Community responsibility as it relates to the residence halls

Guest policy

As of April 16, 2021 residents will now be allowed to entertain one guest, from another Saint Rose residence hall, per living unit. A living unit is defined as a triple occupancy room, double occupancy room, single occupancy room, one suite or one apartment. A guest, in this updated policy, is a resident student who intends to visit a residence hall room but is not a resident of that hall or room. Neither off-campus guests or on-campus overnight guests are allowed at this time.

To be clear, residents are only allowed to have one (1) guest, who resides on campus, in their living unit at a time. Meaning, if you live with a roommate(s), you must take turns hosting a guest. If you live in an Apartment or Suite-style residence hall, you are allowed to have 1 resident student guest per apartment/suite. This means that if you live in Centennial, only 1 guest is allowed for the entire apartment at one time.

It is important to understand that while residents are now allowed to have 1 guest in their living unit at a time, roommates/suitemates/apartmentmates 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.

Anytime a guest is in the living unit, masks by all individuals present must be worn at all times unless you are eating.

Due to federal/state/local health guidelines in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy may evolve as the public health guidelines evolve throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Expectations for students living in the residence halls

Resident students are expected to act respectfully and responsibly and not interfere with the rights, comfort, safety, or physical and psychological health of their fellow house/hallmates, housekeeping staff, facilities staff, administrators, security personnel. Moreover, residents are expected to:

  • Comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the College as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19.
  • To wear face masks and maintain a minimum of six feet between themselves and others when in common spaces within the residence halls: i.e. hallways, communal bathrooms, computer labs, kitchens, laundry spaces, lounges, etc.
  • Not remove laundry from any laundry machine in the residence halls that is not their own.
  • Keep all personal cookware (Pots, Pans, Utensils) within their private room. Students must clean their cookware and return it to their private room when they are done using the common kitchen.
  • Each lounge within a residence hall will have a maximum number of individuals who may be present at one time.
Graduate and undergraduate commuting students will complete a health screening daily through the Navigate application. Student screenings will be reviewed by Student Development staff and any students reporting affirmative responses to any of the screening questions will be contacted by Health Services staff.
If a graduate or undergraduate commuter student suspects that they have been exposed to COVID-19, they are expected to:
  • Not come to campus.
  • Notify the campus’ Office of Health Services at 518.454.5244.
  • Follow instructions provided by Health Service Staff.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period or receive further instructions when the test results come back.
  • Notify faculty members to make arrangements to take classes remotely and/or stay current with assignments.

If a graduate or undergraduate commuter student tests positive for COVID-19, they are expected to:

  • Notify the Office of Health Services at 518.454.5244 so the College can track that the student has tested positive; follow up will be done by the Department of Health, but the Office of Health Services will check in on the student.
  • Notify their college faculty members that they will be out sick and make arrangements to coordinate completion of work.
  • Provide documentation to the Office of Health Services that they have received clearance from their treatment provider or the Department of Health. After this the Office of Health Services will provide the commuter student with a note stating that the student is approved to return to campus.

All students:

The College believes in its students and employees and their ability to embrace change for the greater good of our community. Guidelines about wearing masks in College buildings, maintaining social distance, and other measures are not meant to be punitive but to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak on campus this fall. Requirements for wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, and not participating in gatherings of more than 49 people fall under the Community Responsibility Policy of the Student Responsibility and Social Conduct Code. There will be reminders on syllabi and a place to sign off on this acknowledgment on the daily health questionnaire, which will be administered via the Navigate app for undergraduate and graduate students. Failure to comply with the wearing of face coverings in designated spaces and social distancing will result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct. Consequences can range from a warning to an educational session to potential removal from classes or the residence halls.

Undergraduate and graduate students will need to download the Navigate Student app before coming to campus so they are prepared to complete the daily health questionnaire. Students can download the app here. If you have trouble with this, please contact student development at


Meetings, events, and group gatherings: In-person student programs and events may now commence with attendance numbers that align with state and local guidelines. Meetings and small gatherings can move forward with up to 10 attendees, while programs and events can commence with a cap of 50 in spaces that are approved for that capacity under social distancing guidelines.

In all instances, masks must be worn and social distance must be maintained. Dance team practices will follow guidelines that are similar to our Athletics department and should contact the Events Office for more information when scheduling.

Additionally, we are opening up lounge space in the residence halls at the capacity listed on each entrance door. Staff will enforce capacity, so please comply with the information that is posted.