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.
COVID Community Level: Orange
We are currently in a area of high transmission. Masks are required indoors.
Recommended Actions Based on Current Level
Immunocompromised individuals and those at high risk for severe illness should take additional precautions such as wearing a high quality mask, avoiding non-essential indoor gatherings, having a plan for rapid testing, and discussing other needs with their health care provider.
If you have a household member or social contact with someone at high risk, please consider self-testing before contact and wearing a mask when indoors with them.
Active Student Cases as of May 26
Active Employee Cases as of May 23
*These numbers represent campus community members both off and on campus. The college reports all known employees cases whether the individual is currently on obligation or reporting to campus. Active cases isolate in their homes.
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.
NYS Testing Site Information
Governor Hochul announced that several SUNY colleges would be the sites for COVID-19 community testing, including Purchase College. The testing site, which will be run by New York State, will open on January 7. Appointments may be scheduled on Quadrant’s website.
It will take place at The Performing Arts Center and will operate from 8:30 am through 4 pm. Approximately 225 appointments will be available daily and up to 50 walk-ins. All tests are oral, PCR saliva-based.
Those testing may utilize free visitor parking in our West 1 lot.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have reiterated the importance of safeguarding our campus and our wider community. Therefore, we are pleased to do our part to help make tests more accessible and to help curb the spread of the virus.Keep reading announcement»
Update to Quarantine and Isolation Policy
As you may have seen, the CDC has recently updated their policy in terms of the appropriate length of isolation and quarantine, changing the 10-day period to 5 days. On January 14, the New York State Department of Health adopted it as well upon reviewing the evidence the CDC used to inform this recommendation.
At this point, as cases have significantly dropped, we are updating our policy, effective immediately.
Isolation is for people who have had a positive COVID-19 test or are experiencing symptoms and are waiting for test results.
Isolation is the same for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
As per the Isolation policy:
Those with symptoms waiting for test results must:
- Isolate until test result is received.
Those with no symptoms but a positive test must:
- Isolate for 5 days, counting day 0 as the day the test was collected. Isolation ends after day 5.
- Isolate for 10 days if unable to wear a well-fitting surgical, N95, or KN95 mask ondays 6-10.
- If symptoms develop after testing positive, start 5-day count again, day 0 is the day symptoms started.
Those with symptoms and a positive test must:
- Isolate a minimum of 5 days, day 0 is the day symptoms start. Isolation ends after day 5.
- Isolate until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and until other symptoms have improved.
- Isolate for 10 days if unable to wear a well-fitting surgical, N95, or KN95 mask on days 6-10.
- Immunocompromised individuals should speak to their physician for additional recommendations.
As per the quarantine policy for those with known exposure to COVID-19:
- Regardless of vaccination status, individuals should get tested at least five days after exposure if possible.
- Anyone ages 12 and older who has received all COVID-19 vaccine doses including boosters if eligible and those who have had COVID within 90 days do not have to quarantine after being designated a close contact of a positive case.
- Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 5 days.
- Anyone who is fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but hasn’t received it yet, must quarantine for 5 days.
- If symptoms develop, test as soon as possible. If positive, isolate for 5 days from symptom onset or (if no symptoms) from the date that the test was collected.
- Those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days do not need to test unless symptoms develop.
For further guidance and to report a positive case or contact:
- Students who test positive should be in touch with Health Services for guidance in terms of their symptoms and the appropriate quarantine or isolation time.
- Employees should report any positive cases to Human Resources as soon as possible and be in touch with their personal physicians should they have questions about their symptoms.
Thank you for your cooperation. We believe this policy, which is being adopted widely, will help asymptomatic and recovered students to stay on track while keeping the community safe.Keep reading announcement»
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.Keep reading announcement»
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 only if they have submitted proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption on file with Student Health Services.
Registered Visitors: Individuals who will have significant interaction with the campus community.Registered visitors must be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their visit. Rapid test will not be accepted. Examples of a registered visitor include: lecturers and performers.
Unregistered Visitors: Individuals who will not have significant interaction with the campus community i.e. “will not be within six feet of Purchase College community members for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.” Unregistered visitors will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test. Examples of an unregistered guest include persons who utilize outdoor areas of the campus to jog, bicycle, delivery and repair personnel.
Town and Gown Event Attendees:Individuals attending performances, athletics, art shows, and other events that draw off-campus audiences will be required to be fully vaccinated orhave a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to the event for all persons. Campus COVID-19 rules must be adhered to by audiences.
Visitors are defined as any individual who requires 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.
The 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
Remote students are required to submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption to come to campus.
Remote Students must park in the W1 Parking Lot. 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; complying with the college’s face-covering policy and social distancing requirements; and regular handwashing and sanitizing while on campus.
Students who have an approved exemption must participate in weekly pooled testing on campus. Please notify Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your proof of vaccination or to be scheduled for pooled testing.
Visitor Registration Process and Responsibilities
Visitors shall be pre-registered by a Campus Host. The Campus Host will be responsible registering the visitor electronically.
The visitor request form can also be found on the faculty and staff landing page on the Purchase College website. Please note: the visitor’s email is necessary to complete this process. The visitor will receive a link to the college’s COVID-19 Health Screening Tool and campus rules. The visitors must complete the Health Screening Tool the morning of their appointment. Proof of vaccinations can be uploaded into the Health Screening Tool. Visitors who report experiencing symptoms will be directed to contact their 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 will be available at the lobby from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday 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. Unregistered visitors are also required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the college and as required by federal, state, or local regulations. In addition, unregistered visitors must adhere to all posted campus directives.
Related Visitor Procedures
Institutions and offices on campus such as Facilities Management, Neuberger Museum of Art, Chartwells, The Performing Arts Center, Admissions and Athletics may in some cases operate with slight variations to this procedure due to specific guidance from associations, insurance companies, and contractual obligations.
Residential guest policies are covered under the Purchase College Residential License Agreement.
Updated March 17, 2022Keep reading announcement»