End of Semester Update

November 6, 2020

As we are getting closer to the end of in-person instruction and the end of students residing in on campus housing, students are reminded of the following guidelines that all students must be aware of and continue to follow.

General Requirements For All Residential and Commuting Students

All residential students and students coming to campus for classes or to study must complete all of the following:

  • The daily COVID-19 screening that is sent via text.
  • Complete pool testing on campus every two weeks.
  • Follow quarantine or isolation protocols as directed by the college.
  • Residential students must follow all housing policies, including no visitors or guests in their room or apartment, including family members.
  • Residential students cannot visit other students who live on campus.
  • Non-compliance of any of the above may result in a disciplinary referral to the Office of Community Standards for further action under the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions could result in suspension from the college for up to an academic or calendar year.

End of In-person Testing Requirement

All residential students must be tested and submit a negative test result to Student Health Services prior to leaving campus. Students who fail to test and are not cleared to leave campus will face administrative action that would result in loss of housing for the spring semester.

We will offer free testing the week before Thanksgiving, November 16-18, through our pooled testing procedure. Should that not work with a student’s schedule, they may get their own PCR test off campus through their health insurance. Please keep in mind that results can take 5-7 days.

Rapid test results cannot be accepted, as they are less reliable. Therefore, we suggest planning ahead to take a test 5-7 days before you plan to leave campus in order to ensure that results arrive before a planned departure date.

Avoiding Travel

Students should avoid travel to another state and back to campus, except for the contiguous states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, for in person classes or to their campus residence. If a student does travel to another state, quarantining and/or testing would be required prior to returning to campus residence or classes.

Students that travel out of New York State and back to campus and do not follow the guidelines may be referred to the Office of Community Standards for further action under the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions could result in suspension from the college.

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below. For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a COVID test within three days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

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