Health & Safety
Before Returning to Campus
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The health and safety of the Marist community is our top priority. The College has developed a series of protocols and safety measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State (NYS) and local government, as well as advice from our own medical and health experts. Community members are required to comply with the following procedures prior to returning to campus to preserve the health of our students and keep our campus as safe as possible.
COVID-19 Testing & Flu Vaccination
Students will be required to show proof of a molecular PCR COVID-19 test prior to their arrival on campus. Anyone who tests positive will be required to isolate, notify Marist Health Services, and receive certification from a health care provider before they can return to campus.
Mandatory pre-arrival testing. All students must submit results from a non-rapid PCR test prior to arrival to campus. All tests should be taken within 10 days of arrival to campus – no student will have access to campus, including housing, without test results confirmed by Health Services. This prearrival testing requirement was used in the fall, and it was one of the important factors that kept Marist’s COVID-19 positivity rate low compared to other colleges and universities that didn’t require pre-arrival testing.
Mandatory flu vaccination. Flu shots are mandatory for all students and must be uploaded to Student Health Services no later than February 1, 2021, unless they have a religious or medical exemption.
To maximize campus safety, the College strongly recommends that all students self-quarantine for two weeks before their arrival on campus. All travelers from domestic and international high-risk areas will be required to quarantine, according to NYS guidelines, which continue to evolve.
Returning to Campus from a Restricted State
Any students returning to campus from states designated as restricted by NYS (“hot spots”) will be required to self-isolate for a 10-day period. Please note that NYS’s list of restricted states is continually updated. To stay aware of changes, click here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. Students traveling to campus from these states should fill out the New York State Traveler Health Form.
In accordance with NYS requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a comprehensive online safety training program. Training materials are available in myMarist for all faculty, administrators, and staff to review prior to their return to campus. Supervisors, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources, will ensure that training has been successfully completed by employees before they return to campus.