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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 by the time our community returns to campus in August. To see the full reopening plans for each area, please return to the main restart page and click on that area. 

August 31 update:

We have a responsibility to protect each other and the community that surrounds us, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that masks be worn in public to limit the spread of COVID-19. 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.

August 25 update:

Find the College’s Policy for Employees Unable to Work Due to Pandemic (COVID) here.

August 21 update:

An employee update from Jeffrey Knapp, associate vice president for human resources and risk management:

I received numerous questions regarding whether employees need to respond to the three question COVID daily questionnaire, if they will not report to campus for a particular day. NYS guidance requires that employees complete the COVID questionnaire prior to coming to the workplace. Institutions have the requirement of documenting that the required COVID screening process for employees is being administered.

Prior guidance to employees has been that the COVID questionnaire needed to be completed on a daily basis whether or not the employee was reporting to campus. Effective Monday, August 24th, the screening process will be modified with the inclusion of the following question in the daily screening process: Will you report to campus for work today? Employees answering “No” to this question will not be required to provide responses to the three COVID screening questions. This process is consistent with NYS guidance and meets the record-keeping requirement. Employees do not need to complete the questionnaire on days that they are not scheduled to work (holidays, using leave time, weekends, if not scheduled to work).

Also, employees, who plan to travel to one of the states on the NYS advisory list (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory), should notify the Human Resources Office to discuss the process for returning to work once the travel is completed.

Please feel free to contact the Human Resources Office with any questions.

August 16 updates:

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 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.
COVID-19 Policy for Graduate and Undergraduate Commuting Students
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.

August 14 update:

We have a responsibility to protect each other and the community that surrounds us, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that masks be worn in public to limit the spread of COVID-19. So there is no room for confusion, we’re clarifying our policy on wearing masks: 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).

Our music students have asked a lot of questions about how music classes and ensembles will work. The following message was sent to music students by Dr. Sherwood Wise, chair of the music department. It outlines protocols:

As we are entering the final preparations for returning to live classes and rehearsals, I want to remind you of the precautions that will be necessary for all to observe in order to reconvene safely and prevent an early shutdown.

Distancing
Be aware of your proximity to other people at all times, and make every effort to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others. It’s not rude to walk off a sidewalk in order to keep that space, keep it in front of you when waiting in lines, and if a room is at capacity, wait for people to exit before going in. Classroom desks and rehearsal chairs will be set out with tape on the floor; don’t move them. Also, there will be directional arrows in the hallways to keep everyone on the right side of the halls; get in the habit of abiding by these.

Masks
In Upstate New York we have been fortunate thus far in preventing a major outbreak of the Coronavirus, and this is primarily due to consistent mask usage by a sufficient percentage of the population. In Saint Rose buildings we will have 100% compliance with masks covering mouths and noses at all times. It is also recommended that you wear your masks when outside if there are people in the area. A supply of masks will be available at the Security desk and outside the office on the third floor of Massry at no charge. If you walk into a room without a mask on or your face partially uncovered, you will be immediately told to leave, so just don’t. Remember, I wear my mask to keep my germs away from you, and I expect you to do the same for me.

Equipment and supplies
You will see in every classroom and hallway a supply of antibacterial wipes, plexiglass partitions in applied studios, keyboard labs, and some classrooms, as well as spray sanitizer and paper towels for the partitions. These supplies are for your use. You are asked to wipe down every piano keyboard, every computer or soundboard, and every desk after each use, either in the practice rooms or in the classrooms.

Woodwind and Brass Instruments
The department is purchasing bell covers for all wind instruments, and absorbent pads for brass spit valves and pipes. These will be available in the music office when you arrive and are required for playing your instruments in any context, whether in rehearsal, class, lessons, or the practice room. In addition, you must have a mask specifically for playing your instrument, by cutting a slit in a standard mask. Do not wear a slitted mask in the halls or in class- the slit will basically be a germ cannon. As previously stated, the department will have a supply of masks on hand so you can fashion a separate mask for playing your instrument.

In addition, a number of head joint guards are being made available for flute players, whether as majors or otherwise. These will remain the property of the department when no longer needed for COVID protection. You may sign them out from the music office starting today.

Singers
The department has purchased 200 masks for singers, which will be available for pickup in the music office when they arrive next week. Everyone must wear one when singing, regardless of context, number of people in the room, or location.

Regular masks, singers’ masks, bell covers, absorbent pads, and flute head joint guards are provided free of charge by the department. We will be able to replace lost regular masks, bell covers, and pads. You will be charged $25 for replacement singers’ masks, and $45 for replacement flute guards, so don’t lose those.

The situation continues to evolve, and there will be more information to share as it comes down the pipeline. Remember that we all have to actively protect each other through this crisis. Thank you in advance for your diligence, and I look forward to seeing you in class, in the halls, and on the Zoom real soon!

August 6 updates:

A change for students planning to live in on-campus housing for Fall 2020 who are from other countries or states on the New York State Travel Advisory list and are scheduled to move in after August 9:

New York State requirements regarding quarantine accommodations and the states on the New York State Travel Advisory list have now changed, and this will impact students coming to Saint Rose from the states on the New York State Travel Advisory list and international students who had planned to quarantine at no cost in our residence halls after August 9. In short, we are experiencing a shortage in quarantine housing that is available prior to the start of the semester due to these changes.

Please review the information below, as this new information from New York State means we have had to revise what was previously communicated. We understand that this is a frustrating and difficult time, as regulations continue to change, and we work to adapt. Please know that we are here to answer your questions. Contact Director of Residence Life Phylicia Coley at coleyp@strose.edu.

What hasn’t changed:

• Students who plan to live on-campus and are traveling internationally or from a state on the New York State Travel Advisory list still need to quarantine for 14 days in New York upon arrival.

What has changed:

On-campus quarantine housing is no longer available for students arriving after August 9: With the exception of students who had previously selected a move-in date and time from August 7 through August 9 – we are no longer able to provide quarantine housing for the required 14-day period when students arrive in New York State. This is a change from what has been previously communicated.
If you’re a student scheduled for move-in August 7 through August 9: You will still be able to quarantine on campus and will be contacted by Residence Life with details.
If you are a residential student who is subject to the 14-day quarantine and have already made plans to arrive in New York State after August 9: The Office of Residence Life can provide you with a list of area hotels, where we have negotiated a reduced rate for our students and families (starting at $57 a night). Please note that the cost of quarantine housing at these hotels is not covered by the College, and hotels will directly bill students at the discounted rate. Please contact Director of Residence Life Phylicia Coley at coleyp@strose.edu for a list of partnering hotels.
If you are an impacted student and are unable to quarantine for 14 days in New York prior to the start of classes on August 24, you should prepare to begin the semester online: As your state is removed from the New York State travel advisory list, or quarantine requirements otherwise change, you can return to campus. All students registered for hybrid courses are expected to complete their quarantine no later than September 13 and report to their in-person classes beginning Monday, September 14. Students should reach out to the faculty for their courses to discuss completion of coursework during the quarantine time.  Students can also expect to hear from their faculty. The Office of Residence Life will partner with Academic Affairs to inform faculty of each student’s status and expected campus arrival date. All students should stay in touch with Residence Life during this period, so alternative plans can be made, if needed.
Residential international students and students from states on the New York State Travel Advisory List who remain off campus between the start of classes on August 24 and September 13: These students will receive a room and board credit on their fall bill for each day they were not living on campus from August 24 to September 13. The maximum credit/refund is 14 days. Students who have already paid their bill in full, will receive a refund for the days they were not living on campus between August 24 and September 13. Those adjustments will be processed by the end of September. Students will be responsible for housing and meal plan charges for the balance of the semester.
Students who decide not to live on campus for the Fall 2020 semester: Students impacted by these changes who choose not to live on campus at all for the Fall 2020 semester must notify Director of Residence Life Phylicia Coley at coleyp@strose.edu no later than August 13 of that decision in order to receive a full credit/refund of room and board.

For students living on campus who are from New York State or states NOT listed on the New York State Travel Advisory List, this announcement does not impact you. However, a reminder that you must still:
• Obtain a COVID test prior to departing, and travel to Albany only after submitting your negative test results to covidresults@strose.edu.
• Arrive at Saint Rose on your selected move-in date and time.
• Plan for a staggered move-in process to begin on August 7 through August 23.

August 5 updates:

Students can see the delivery method for each course within the online course listings.

Delivery methods include:

Online Courses: In online teaching, 100% of instruction takes place online via Canvas and with supplemental platforms like Zoom. There are two types of online courses: asynchronous and synchronous.

  • Asynchronous online: Course is fully online, with lessons, assignments, and activities posted in Canvas with due dates. Students complete coursework, engage in discussions, etc., based upon their own schedules, but are required to meet posted deadlines.
  • Synchronous online: Online course that includes real-time class meetings using technology (e.g. Zoom). The number of required meetings varies based upon the particular class, but meetings take place during the scheduled class times. Faculty will inform students of the schedule for real-time meetings in their courses.

Hybrid Courses: Hybrid courses combine both in-person, on-campus meetings with online instruction. All face-to-face activities take place during the regularly-scheduled meeting times in the rooms assigned on the course listing. The number of people in classrooms is limited by social distancing requirements, and the number of in-person meetings varies by course. Faculty will notify students of the exact meeting schedule for their courses.

If a class is not listed as online or hybrid, it will meet fully face-to-face with proper social distancing following the noted class schedule.

Students are urged to attend an informational session on the fall semester with Academic Affairs on Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held on Zoom. (Passcode: Saint Rose)

August 4 updates:
As previously announced, we are requiring COVID-19 testing for students who will be living in the residence halls. We have heard from many residential students and their families regarding a lag in turnaround times for test results depending on their location.

In order to alleviate students’ concerns over receiving required COVID-19 test results by the deadline, the College will allow the submission of results from rapid COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic testing, including the rapid antigen tests. Please keep in mind this is NOT referring to the antibody testing which is a different test and does not assess active current infection.

You can ask your provider for the rapid COVID-19 diagnostic testing, but if you have difficulty utilizing your own provider, you can access a self-administered home specimen collection kit option through Pixel by LabCorp. Be aware there is a charge for this which may or may not be covered by health insurance plans. Here is the link to the Pixel by LabCorp option.

This CDC site also provides links to information from each of the states on where to get testing.

The test must be conducted within 10 days of the deadline to submit results.
For first-year and transfer students living on campus, the test must be administered on August 7 or afterward. Results must be emailed to covidresults@strose.edu by August 17.

For returning students living on campus, the test must be administered on August 10 or afterward. Results must be emailed to covidresults@strose.edu by August 20.

If a residential student is still awaiting test results at the deadline for submission, we will help them schedule to move in after the results are received. The College will work with students on informing their professors that they will have to start remotely until they are cleared to move into the residence halls.

July 28 updates:

Testing:
Residential students who have had a positive COVID-19 antibody test still need to show a negative COVID-19 test. We need to ensure that the virus is not active when students move into the residence halls.

If a residential student is still awaiting test results at the deadline for submission, we will help them schedule to move in after the results are received. The College will work with students on informing their professors that they will have to start remotely until they are cleared to move into the residence halls.

July 27 updates:

Academics

Course schedules and listings have now been updated. Based on the results of our student surveys earlier this year, we have worked to ensure that approximately 70% of our Fall 2020 courses are in the hybrid format, which means they include an in-person component. If you want to make changes based on a desired delivery format, the online course listings are searchable by type of delivery. You then have until the add/drop deadline of August 28 at 4:30 p.m. to make changes, though it is best to complete these changes earlier than that. Your advisor will work with you to keep you on track with your degree program, so reach out to them for guidance.

Faculty will follow up with details on your individual courses in the coming weeks.

Athletics

The Northeast-10 Conference, which The College of Saint Rose is a part of, has suspended all NE10-sponsored competition and championships through December 31. The College and the entire NE10 membership are striving to ensure a meaningful regular-season and conference championship experience for all of its fall student-athletes during the Spring 2021 semester, as long as a return to competition can be safely executed. Initial plans for spring competition will be announced at a later date.

To best support a meaningful but safe student-athlete experience during the fall semester, coaches and staff will continue to develop ways in which to safely engage student-athletes in small-group activity through in-person training and instruction, strength and conditioning training, leadership education, and team bonding activities. Each activity will be structured according to institutional and NCAA policies and governed by state public health regulations.

Fall sport student-athletes who plan to live on-campus will not move-in early as had been previously planned. Fall athletes should sign up for a move-in slot like other students.

Employees

Employees are asked to complete a daily health questionnaire during each work day, which asks some basic screening questions in order to alert us to a concern. If a response is flagged, a Human Resources staff member will contact the employee to discuss whether any specific actions, such as self-isolation away from campus, should be implemented. This system began this summer and has been working well to alert us to issues. Employees need to fill out this questionnaire each day BEFORE they come to campus.

For administrators and staff, your direct supervisors and division leaders will work with you on the timeline and plan for your return to on-campus, if you have not already done so.

We have additional personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face shields, and divisions will work to get them to employees who need them.

Due to a limited supply of tests at Health Services, employees who are in need of a test should seek off-campus sources, which are available here.

Environmental Safety

Visitors to campus are e required to fill out a health screening before they arrive, and to wear a face covering. If visitors do not have a face covering, they will be provided one or will be asked to leave.

All campus buildings will now be only accessible by card access at all times. You must carry your Saint Rose ID with you to enter any campus building. This is to limit public access to our buildings. Students and employees will all be able to access academic/classroom buildings, as well as the EAC, Saint Joseph Hall, etc., with their ID cards. New students should make sure to submit their ID photos so they can have their College ID created. To have their student ID card ready when they arrive, new students can upload a photo of themselves using this website: https://myphoto.strose.edu/index.aspx. Directions are provided on the site.

Facilities has been busy preparing our campus for occupancy, including the installation of Plexiglas guards in high-traffic areas where there is student interaction. Offices will be working on plans to limit student traffic and communicate the changes to students.

Additional hand sanitizer stations are being installed and a supply of disinfecting wipes will be placed in each classroom and department. These wipes can be used at any time to supplement the extra-frequency cleaning and the nightly Clorox disinfecting being done by Facilities staff.

Placement of new signage with safety reminders and social distance markers will continue throughout the coming weeks.

We are taking many steps to reduce density in common spaces, including the removal of furniture in lounges, classrooms, group study areas, and other gathering areas, and taking offline every other computer in the labs and every other sink in the large residence hall bathrooms. (Knowing that community is hugely important at Saint Rose, we are looking at safe ways to hold some in-person student events and will work with students on those efforts.)

Campus spaces have had their regular occupant capacities reduced in order to comply with current government directives. An example of this is in most classrooms within Albertus Hall, individual tables usually have two chairs seated at them. Now, all tables have one chair and are spaced out appropriately to help minimize the possible transmission of COVID-19.

For dining spaces, such as the Camelot Room and Main Dining Room (dining hall), current CDC guidelines indicate an occupancy reduction of 50% for these types of spaces. We are reducing capacity in those spaces to just under 50%.

Regarding the HVAC systems in our buildings, air filters within the air system of Albertus Hall – and all other spaces around campus – are currently being upgraded and changed by the HVAC department within Facilities. A standard-level of filtration would utilize MERV8 filters. We are currently installing MERV10, MERV11, and in some cases, MERV12 and MERV13 filters. It is important to remember that, according to the CDC, “By themselves, HVAC filters are not enough to protect people from the virus that causes COVID-19, however, when used along with other best practices recommended by the CDC, upgraded filtration can be part of a plan to protect people indoors.” Facilities is also increasing the outdoor air intake of the air systems from a normal 10% to the 20% to 25% range.

Housing and Dining

Testing: Because we view those living in our residence halls as family units, we want to start from a strong baseline and will be requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to students occupying the residence halls. The test must have been conducted within 10 days of the deadline for submitting results (the submission deadline is August 17 for first-year and transfer students and August 20 for returning students). This information is referenced again under move-in instructions. Without this proof, students will not be allowed to enter the residence halls.
* Nonresidential students will not be required to have a COVID-19 test prior to the start of classes. Testing will be available at Health Services for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms.

Quarantine: New York State has a travel advisory list. Those arriving at Saint Rose from the listed states (and the list is updated regularly), as well as students coming from outside the United States, must quarantine for 14 days. Meals will be arranged for residential students who need to quarantine on campus. This information is referenced again under move-in instructions.

Move-in details: (This information will be reiterated in the email from Residence Life on housing assignments, which will go out on July 27.

Move-in time allotments:
We will offer 3-hour move-in slots starting at 8 a.m. with the last time slot at 2 p.m. each day for new students and 2-hour move-in slots for returning students. There will be:

  • 10 slots per each 3-hour sign-up for Brubacher and Lima Halls
  • 10 slots per each 2-hour sign-up for Centennial Halls
  • 4 slots per each 2-hour sign-up for Alumni and Riley/Carondelet/Cavanaugh Halls
  • 2 slots per each 2-hour sign-up for all other houses/apartments

Chart describing the move-in dates described in the text below.

Belonging Drop-Off for new students (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily):
New students can sign up for a time to drop off their belongings between August 7 and August 19. As stated above, new students whose sign-up dates are August 7 through August 16 will drop belongings off, have 3 hours to get their rooms settled, and then officially move in on August 19.
**New students can select their preferred belonging drop-off time here.

Belonging Drop-Off for returning students (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily):
Returning students can sign up for a time to drop off their belongings between August 7 and August 23. As stated above, returning students whose sign-up dates are August 7 through August 20 will drop belongings off, have 2 hours to get room settled, and officially move in on August 23.
**Returning students moving into Alumni, Centennial, RCC, 917 Madison, 946 Madison, 956 Madison, 178 Partridge, 186 Partridge, 198 Partridge, 401 Western, 188 Partridge, 210 Partridge, 912 Madison, 968 Madison, 972 Madison, or 974 Madison can select their preferred belonging drop-off time here.

**Returning students moving into Carey, Charter, Delaney, Fontbonne, Hahn, Keeshan, Kelly, Lourdes, Maginn, McCarthy (908 Madison), McCormick, Medaille, or Morris can select their preferred belonging drop-off time here.

Move-in process:
In light of the pandemic, and to limit close contact, our key retrieval process will be contactless. Keys will be distributed through the drive-up process outlines below:

  • Students will drive into the Lima Parking lot, following the flow of traffic managed by arrival assistants. We ask that you pack compactly and use only one vehicle for your move-in.
  • Each occupant of the vehicle will have their temperature taken upon arrival with a contactless thermometer.
  • Students will then hold a picture ID up to the car window for our staff to identify them in the system.
  • The Residence Life staff with check them in and provide them with their key.
  • Once students retrieve their key, they will exit the parking lot and proceed to their residence hall to begin the unpacking process.

Move-in requirements:

  • All students will be able to bring no more than 2 individuals to assist with the move-in process.
  • Students and guests assisting with move-in will be required to wear face coverings and complete the COVID-19 questionnaire. The student questionnaire can be accessed through the Navigate app. Students will be provided with the guest questionnaire via email prior to arrival.
  • Students will be required to provide a negative test result prior to occupying their residence hall for the semester.

Types of tests that are accepted:

The College will allow the submission of results from rapid COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic testing, including the rapid antigen tests. Please keep in mind this is NOT referring to the antibody testing which is a different test and does not assess active current infection.

You can ask your provider for the rapid COVID-19 diagnostic testing, but if you have difficulty utilizing your own provider, you can access a self-administered home specimen collection kit option through Pixel by LabCorp. Be aware there is a charge for this which may or may not be covered by health insurance plans. Here is the link to the Pixel by LabCorp option.

This CDC site also provides links to information from each of the states on where to get testing.

Testing timeframe and result-submission deadlines:

The test must be conducted within 10 days of the deadline to submit results.
For first-year and transfer students living on campus, the test must be administered on August 7 or afterward. Results must be emailed to covidresults@strose.edu by August 17.

For returning students living on campus, the test must be administered on August 10 or afterward. Results must be emailed to covidresults@strose.edu by August 20.

Please provide your name and Saint Rose ID number in your email with your results.

If a residential student is still awaiting test results at the deadline for submission, we will help them schedule to move in after the results are received. The College will work with students on informing their professors that they will have to start remotely until they are cleared to move into the residence halls.

If you are approved to occupy your room prior to August 17, you must provide a negative test result to covidresults@strose.edu when you move into your room. The test should have been administered within 10 days prior to your arrival.

If a residential student is still awaiting test results at the deadline for submission, we will help them schedule to move in after the results are received. The College will work with students on informing their professors that they will have to start remotely until they are cleared to move into the residence halls.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please email us at reslife@strose.edu, and we can work out a time to call you.

More on testing:
All residential students will be required to complete a COVID test prior to occupying their residence hall for the semester.

Resident first-year and transfer students will be required to email their COVID-19 results to  covidresults@strose.edu by August 17.

Resident returning students will be required to email their COVID-19 results to covidresults@strose.edu by August 20.

Please provide your name and Saint Rose ID number in your email with your results. We request that the test be taken with 10 days of the deadline for emailing the results, which means August 7 for first-year and transfer students and August 10 for returning students.

If you are approved to occupy your room prior to August 17, you must provide a negative test result to covidresults@strose.edu when you move into your room. The test should have been administered within 10 days prior to your arrival.

This CDC site provides links to information from each of the states on where to get testing. If you are a resident of New York State, we have provided a link to the database of testing sites.

Residential students who have had a positive COVID-19 antibody test still need to show a negative COVID-19 test. We need to ensure that the virus is not active when students move into the residence halls.

If a residential student is still awaiting test results at the deadline for submission, we will help them schedule to move in after the results are received. The College will work with students on informing their professors that they will have to start remotely until they are cleared to move into the residence halls.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please email us at reslife@strose.edu, and we can work out a time to call you.

We strongly encourage students to initiate the process of scheduling a COVID test as soon as possible as the turnaround time for results may vary depending on location.

Students who receive a positive result will not be allowed to move on to campus. If a student receives a positive result, they should reschedule their move in and not come to campus.

More on mandatory 14-day quarantine:
Students who will be returning to campus from states identified on the New York State Travel Advisory List and international students returning from abroad will be quarantined for 14-days upon their arrival. If a student requests to quarantine on campus the quarantine will start when students move in and means the following:

  • Students will be required to remain in the room they are assigned to (either in their academic year space or in another space deemed by the Office of Residence Life unless an emergency occurs)
  • Meals will be arranged for students who are quarantining and information will be provided to those students.
  • There is to be no in-person socializing with other students, staff, or visitors.
  • Depending on the date the student moves in, the quarantine may last into the first two weeks of classes. The student will need to work with faculty to take their classes remotely and/or stay current with assignments.

If a student from one of the states on the list or abroad requests to quarantine within the state of New York, either with family or in a hotel, they will need to contact our office, reslife@strose.edu.

Residence Life can assist with hotel suggestions, as well. For verification purposes, students must provide:

  • contact information if they are staying with a family member or
  • a hotel receipt if they are staying at a hotel

New items to bring to campus:

For dining spaces, such as the Camelot Room and Main Dining Room (dining hall), current CDC guidelines indicate an occupancy reduction of 50% for these types of spaces. We are reducing capacity in those spaces to just under 50%. Students will be encouraged to use takeout food containers and eat in their rooms or outside.

Student Life

Testing: Because we view those living in our residence halls as family units, we want to start from a strong baseline and will be requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test when students move into the residence halls. This information is detailed under move-in instructions. Without this proof, students will not be allowed to enter the residence halls.
* Nonresidential students will not be required to have a COVID-19 test prior to the start of classes. Testing will be available at Health Services for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms.

14-day NYS quarantine mandate: New York State has a travel advisory list. Those arriving at Saint Rose from the listed states (and the list is updated regularly), as well as students coming from outside the United States, must quarantine for 14 days.

Requirements for wearing face coverings, 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 studentdevelopment@strose.edu.

Testing will be available at our own Health Services for students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and quarantine housing has been set aside for residential students. Students who must quarantine will be able to work with their faculty to continue their coursework.

This year, the Math Summer Bridge Program will be held virtually via Zoom from August 9 through 14. On August 9 at 6 p.m., a brief meeting will be held to discuss the overview of the program and what each day will look like. From August 10 through 14, the students will take part in a math class for 90 minutes. Students will then have one hour of tutoring with a highly trained math tutor for one hour in the afternoon, and then complete a cumulative review assignment on the computer. Later in the evening, another hour of tutoring will be held for students to go over items from the review assignments and any other information from the class. On Friday, August 14, students will not have tutoring but will have an opportunity to retake the math placement test following the day’s math course.

Academic Opportunity Experience (AOE) students will begin the program on August 12 online and move in on Sunday, August 16. The program will then run in-person from August 16 to 18. The fee for the AOE program is $385.