Pre-Semester Update

January 13, 2021

Please read the following medical/public health requirements for pre-arrival and post-arrival to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. The following information applies to residential students – information specific to commuter students can be found here.

Thank you in advance for helping us keep you, your peers, and the community safe through these mandatory public health and safety measures.


  • On January 15, you must start completing your daily COVID-19 screening. You will receive daily emails with a link to your screening questions.
  • On January 22, you must start your at-home quarantine for 7 days. A form will be sent to you to sign and return which confirms that you completed your quarantine.
  • On January 22/23, you must obtain a PCR COVID-19 test (unless you have a positive test confirming diagnosis of COVID-19 disease within 90 days). It is strongly encouraged to schedule this appointment now. If you test positive for COVID-19 on January 22 or 23, you must remain at home to fulfill the mandatory isolation requirements set for by your local Department of Health and inform Health Services via email of your results.
  • January 27 is the deadline to submit results (PCR test or documentation of positive COVID-19 test within 90 days) to Health Services.
    • Results must be submitted to Health Services by uploading to Medicat (Purchase College’s secure electronic medical system).
    • Access the secure messaging portal.
    • Log in with your Purchase College credentials.


  • You must quarantine in your residential space for up to 7 days
    • Those without meal plans must bring food supplies for 7 days or sign up and pay for meal delivery through the college.
    • Those on the meal plan will have meals provided, but you may want to bring snacks.
  • If sharing a residential space, you must take the following quarantine measures:
    • Stay in your separate bedroom as much as possible;
    • When utilizing common areas of your space, all must:
      • Wear a mask/face covering.
      • Remain socially distanced (at least 6 feet apart).
      • Disinfect common surfaces before and after use.
  • If you are considered high risk for COVID-19 due to a medical condition, please fax medical documentation to Health Services at (914) 251-6388 prior to your arrival on campus. This information will guide us in the necessary medical support should you have to quarantine or isolate.
  • On day 4 of quarantine, you must participate in pooled testing on campus.
  • You must remain in quarantine until your pooled test is reported as negative (usually 2 days following testing).

The dates of these requirements may change if the academic schedule needs to be adjusted relative to increased rates of positivity and transmission of COVID-19 in the community. Timely notifications will be emailed if adjustments are needed.

Students who fail to comply with the above requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for possible sanctions.

Thank you again for your cooperation in helping to provide and maintain a healthy and safe campus environment.
If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Director of Health Services Adrienne Belluscio, RN, BC.

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