Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Campus leaders have been working to establish policies and protocols for the safe return of faculty and staff to campus. Our safe and successful return will require every one of us to understand our personal responsibility for ensuring our own and each other’s safety. We expect everyone in the community to adhere to the requirements below.

Policies and Procedures

  • Updated Mask Policy

    In light of the new CDC guidance in response to the Delta variant, we will be changing our mask policy for vaccinated individuals on an interim basis.

    As you may have read, the CDC has recommended that all people, including fully vaccinated individuals, in hot spots should wear masks while indoors, especially in enclosed spaces with others. While Westchester is currently listed as a moderate risk, our employees, residents, and visitors travel from more affected areas frequently.

    Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, for the time being, all those on campus should wear their masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Campus members may take off their masks if alone in their office, room, or studio.

    We appreciate that so many community members have received their vaccinations and signed their attestation forms. Thank you for taking those steps. Please continue to make plans to get your shot and to send in your forms if you haven’t done so.

    From the start of the pandemic, we have had to be flexible as new situations have developed. As information changes, we will reassess and communicate again.

    We thank you for your cooperation and for helping to keep our community safe.

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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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  • 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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