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COVID-19 Updates and Plans

Your resource for all plans, news, and updates regarding the changes to our campus community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Latest News and Updates

Moving forward, please refer to this page for the latest COVID-related news and updates regarding academics, campus services, and residence life.

  • Mask Policy

    Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to maintain social distancing or wear masks, while unvaccinated individuals are responsible for continuing to wear a mask and practice social distancing in all locations.

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  • Surveillance Testing

    Summer 2021 information:

    Testing for all unvaccinated employees:

    • Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Red Room, Student Services Building
    • Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Red Room, Student Services Building
    • Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Red Room, Student Services Building

    All employees must be registered with SUNY Upstate Laboratory to participate in the pooled testing.

    If you have not participated in testing you must go to www.suny-covid-test.com to register before coming to the testing site. You will need to enter your demographics and your health insurance information.

    Any updates to the testing requirements will be shared via campus broadcast.

    Thank you again for your cooperation in helping to provide and maintain a healthy and safe campus environment.


    How to Upload Your Vaccination Card

    As previously mentioned in an HR broadcast email sent out on 5/27/2021 (Updated COVID-19 Pool Testing Procedures), HR was working with CTS to create a way to upload vaccination cards into HRETS (Human Resources Employee Tracking System). HRETS has been updated and employees are now able to upload their vaccination cards. Within HRETS, the vaccination card can be uploaded to your Employee Data Sheet (EDS).

    To upload your vaccination card, first scan and upload your vaccination card to your computer. If you already provided your vaccine information, you do not need to upload it into HRETS. To access HRETS and the EDS, please follow these steps:

    To access HRETS, please visit the Faculty And Staff website:

    1. Click on the Personnel and Employment Tab
    2. Click the HRETS Link
    3. Enter your PC user name and password to access HRETS.

    Once you access HRETS:

    1. Click on the Employee Datasheet​ link listed under the Personnel ETS Options (bottom left). Your own Employee Datasheet will open.
    2. Review all of your personal data listed under each tab to ensure that it’s correct and up-to-date (especially Demographics, Degree and Emergency Information). Please make sure to save your edits.
    3. Click the COVID Vaccine Document Tab
    4. Click Choose File and upload your vaccination card
    5. Please enter a file description
    6. Click Save File

    Don’t forget that once you provide proof, you are no longer required to participate in weekly surveillance testing during the summer. You also have the option to bring your vaccination card to the test site or show the Excelsior pass. The Excelsior pass is free to download.

    Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to test weekly. All employees who are not fully vaccinated and report to campus at least once a week are required to participate in testing as they have been.

    The Daily COVID Screening is still required to be completed on workdays/obligation days.

    Thank you for adhering to our health and safety requirements.

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  • Update on Fall 2021 Planning

    June 2, 2021: Read the full update to students and parents.

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  • Update on Vaccines

    All New Yorkers age 12 and older are now eligible for the vaccine. Visit the Vaccine Clinics page to see upcoming vaccination events.

    The State of New York has directed that the public universities mandate COVID vaccinations for students, upon the federal government’s full approval of the vaccine.

    Westchester Medical Center Health (WMCHealth) in Valhalla, the Westchester County Department of Health, and White Plains Hospital are partnering with Purchase College to provide vaccines clinics for the Purchase Community.

    Other appointments throughout New York State can be found by visiting the New York State COVID vaccine website, Westchester County Health Department website, and visit the Vaccine Finder website for more information about vaccine availability.

    An important note: all employees, even those who have been vaccinated already or are in the process, must continue to adhere to the public safety measures and all college policies in place.

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  • Quarantines for Vaccinated Persons

    Effective February 12, 2021:

    Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
    • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

    Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

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  • SUNY COVID-19 Dashboard

    View the centralized dashboard that will provide real time, up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain the virus.

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  • Visitor Policy

    In an effort to limit campus density and promote health and safety, a number of updates to our campus visitor policy have been implemented. This policy was created to ensure that visitors adhere to campus mitigation measures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This procedure will remain in effect until further notice.

    Summary

    • Purchase College facilities and buildings are open only for official college business and are not open to the general public.
    • Students who are studying remotely will be granted access to campus from 8:00am - 8:00pm daily.
    • Visitors will be permitted access to academic buildings provided they have been invited by a host and preregistered.

    Definitions

    Visitors are defined as any individual who require essential access to campus facilities and is not an employee (faculty or staff), a currently enrolled student, or a campus resident. Employees of certain vendors, contractors, volunteers, tenants, and other groups are considered visitors.

    Campus Host is a college office/department, employee, or registered student organization requiring or inviting a visitor to come on campus.

    Remote Student Registration Process and Responsibilities

    On the date of the planned visit, remote students must complete the college’s COVID-19 Health Screening Tool located on the student portal or by visiting the link. The health screening mirrors our daily face to face student and employee screening. The tool will instruct students who report experiencing symptoms to contact Student Health Services before coming to campus.

    Remote Students must park in the W1 Parking Lot and proceed to the CMFT Lobby for check-in. A campus greeter (work-study) will be available at the lobby from 7:00am - 5:00pm M-F to complete the check in process. After hours, students should have their confirmation email readily available for inspection by campus staff.

    Remote Students who visit campus will be required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the college and as required by federal, state, or local regulations. This includes self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus and completing the college’s health screening survey; complying with the college’s face-covering policy and social distancing requirements; and regular handwashing and sanitizing while on campus.

    Note: Students who plan to visit campus regularly must participate in campus pooled testing. If you intend to visit campus at least once per week, please notify Health Services at hse@purchase.edu to be scheduled for pooled testing.

    Visitor Registration Process and Responsibilities

    Visitors must be pre-registered by a Campus Host. The Campus Host will be responsible for forwarding an email to visitor.registration@purchase.edu, the host will receive a response with instructions to complete the registration process which includes a link to the college’s COVID-19 Health Screening Tool to be provided to each visitor. Visitors must complete the campus Health Screening Tool the morning of their appointment. The health screening mirrors our daily student and employee screening. The Tool will instruct visitors who report experiencing symptoms to please contact the host to reschedule their appointment.

    Visitors must park in the W1 Parking Lot and proceed to the CMFT Lobby for check-in. A campus greeter (work-study) will be available at the lobby from 7:00am - 5:00pm M-F to complete the check in process.

    Visitors permitted on campus will be required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the college and as required by federal, state, or local regulations. This includes self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus and completing the college’s health screening survey; complying with the college’s face-covering policy and social distancing requirements; and regular handwashing and sanitizing while on campus. Visitors will receive campus policies electronically following the completion of the health screening survey.

    Related Visitor Procedures

    Institutions and offices on campus such as the Facilities Management, Neuberger Museum, Chartwells, The Performing Arts Center, and Athletics may in some cases operate with slight variations to this procedure due to specific guidance from associations, insurance companies and contractual obligations.

    Persons who utilize outdoor areas of the campus to jog and bicycle are not considered visitors and are restricted to the roadways and trails on campus only. Residential and Academic areas are strictly of limits and posted no trespassing signs must be adhered to.

    Guest are not allowed in student residential spaces.

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