Public Health & Safety
We’re in this together.
We’ve heard this statement over and over again since the pandemic hit. That’s because it’s true.
In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we all need to be responsible for ourselves and our surroundings. That means we protect each other by wearing face coverings, keeping our work areas clean, and staying six feet apart. And, of course that means washing our hands often.
Faculty and staff might be asked to do things like never before, including wiping down doorknobs or emptying garbage cans. Or maybe to wait awhile for facilities to fix non-emergency issues. Patience and understanding will go a long way.
The Purchase College ethos has always embraced a sense of shared community; we pitch in when there’s a need. As we return to campus, let’s put that ethos into action again as we take steps to keep our community healthy.
Policies and Procedures
Updated Mask Policy
As we start the fall semester, please read and familiarize yourself with the revised mask policy. This policy will be in place until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep our community safe.
All persons on campus are required to:
Have a face covering available at all times and be considerate of the health concerns of community members.
Cover the nose and mouth with a face covering when inside campus buildings with the exception of when you are in your assigned residence, alone in your office or while eating / drinking.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a mask and maintain six feet social distancing from those outside their residence in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Face coverings should:
Fit snugly but comfortably against the face covering both nose and mouth
Be secured with ties or ear loops
Include multiple layers of fabric allow for breathing without restriction
Those who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical or other health condition should consult with the appropriate campus offices (Human Resources for state employees, the Office of Disability Resources for students and designated campus contacts for contractors, volunteers, permitees, and campus visitors) to discuss reasonable accommodations.
Campus contacts for permitees and visitors shall consult with the Continuation of Programs and Services Public Health Committee for guidance by emailing email@example.com.
Failure to Comply & Campus Enforcement
Interactions with those failing to comply should be viewed as a public health educational opportunity. We are asking all members of our community to do their part. Persons not wearing a face covering or maintaining social distancing should be asked to comply.
Failure to comply may result in the following actions:
For students, it may result in a report being filed with the Office of Community Standards. Upon review, the student may receive notice of disciplinary action.
For employees, it may result in referral to Human Resources for review and resolution in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement, including disciplinary action or up to and including termination. Employees are required to adhere to the above policy requirements in all instances except where doing so would inhibit or otherwise impair the employee’s health. Employees who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical or other health condition should must consult with the Access and Reasonable Accommodation Officer, Ricardo Espinales, Associate Director of Human Resources at (914) 251-6086 to discuss reasonable accommodations.
For visitors, permitees, revocable permit holders, and contractors, it may result in removal of authorization to be on campus property and/or termination of the applicable lease/permit/contract.
In the event of an emergency situation, UPD can be contacted via telephone at (914) 251-6911.
On campus general complaints can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee related complaints should be sent to: HRM.Director@purchase.edu
Student related complaints can be emailed to: SAF.email@example.com
In the event of an emergency or crime in progress, call UPD: (914) 251-6911
Vaccinated Persons With an Exposure to COVID-19
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)
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
- Get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result
This policy has been updated to align with the SUNY COVID-19 Vaccination Policy in addition to updated CDC guidance regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant. This policy will be in effect until further notice.
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 vaccinated or have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to the event for all persons over the age of 12. Rapid test will not be accepted. Campus COVID-19 rules must be adhered to by audiences.
Visitors are defined as any individual who requires 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.
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. 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 the 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. 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.
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. The screening mirrors our daily student and employee screening. 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, 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.
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Screening and Testing
All students, faculty, and staff are required to conduct daily health screenings to identify symptoms, including temperature checks.
Upon evaluation by your health care provider, it will be determined if testing is appropriate if you are experiencing symptoms or have had an exposure.
Contact tracing is the responsibility of the Westchester County Department of Health. The college will have four staff trained and dedicated to contact tracing in close coordination with state and local health departments.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19. New procedures in place are in accordance with New York State Department of Health regulations, CDC recommendations, and guidance available from safety and industry associations.
Routine cleaning such as vacuuming, removing trash, or sweeping may be performed less frequently to allow for increased cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces including door knobs, light switches, handrails, and public restrooms.
Shared Cleaning Responsibility
Everyone on campus should use provided disinfectant wipes or spray frequently to disinfect high-touch surfaces in their own work space or shared spaces. This includes instructors and students in classrooms.
The need for self-care cannot be underestimated or ignored in the face of the challenges of navigating life in a pandemic. Seek help when you need it. Pace yourself and practice mindfulness as you balance COVID circumstances with your performance goals. Be flexible and open to the possibility you may need to slow down or reach out for support.