Health & Safety
Protecting Our Campus Community
It is the responsibility of every Red Fox to help safeguard the health and safety of our campus community by following campus guidelines, limiting travel, and engaging in continued self-monitoring. The goal is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and create a safe campus environment for all.
A Binding Social Contract
All students, faculty, and staff will be required to adopt a culture of shared responsibility for the safety and well-being of the Marist community. This will involve incorporating significant behavioral changes to help minimize risk, as well as committing to all established health and safety guidelines for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to confirm in writing that they will follow all CDC, New York State, and local guidelines, as well as Marist policies. Violation of these guidelines will result in disciplinary action.
Restricted community access
Marist is committed to doing everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy. By reducing interactions outside of the Marist community, we reduce the likelihood of the spread of the virus. We think of campus as an island, as we welcome students back for the fall semester, they will be required to preserve the community as an island and restrict their interaction with the outside community to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID-19. Students who reside in the community are held to the same standard.
To limit exposure to our community, all external events are prohibited during the fall semester.
Residential students are discouraged from leaving campus.
College business travel
The College is committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 across the campus and in the community. Very limited business-related travel will be permitted and only as authorized. To be authorized, any College-related travel will need to be essential and to facilitate work that can be done in no other way. All travel will require pre-approval by the appropriate vice president. Professional or educational conferences are defined as non-essential travel until further notice
Personal travel plans
Marist strongly discourages students, faculty, and staff from traveling for personal reasons and recommends staying at home as much as possible. Because of the significant risks posed by international and domestic travel to states deemed as restricted by NYS (“hot spots”) students, faculty, and staff traveling to and from these areas will be required to self-isolate for a 14-day period before returning to campus. Please note that NYS’s list of restricted states is continually updated. Human Resources will answer any questions about this policy. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for being aware of these changes, available at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
If a student, staff, or faculty member decides to travel, it is important to continue to take appropriate COVID-19 precautions throughout the trip. If travel companions develop COVID-19 symptoms while on personal travel, students, staff, and faculty must seek medical attention from a healthcare provider and inform supervisor prior to returning to campus. For self-isolation in this limited situation, Marist employees may use accrued time, as applicable; otherwise, this time will be unpaid. Before employees leave for personal travel, the regular procedures for requesting time off are in effect and must be followed. Requests, as usual, will be considered based on operational needs.
If a student, staff, or faculty member takes public transportation, they must wear a face mask or cloth covering before entering the bus/train/subway/taxi and avoid touching surfaces with their hands. Upon disembarking, hand washing, or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol) is recommended as soon as possible before removing masks.
All outdoor events are canceled and external visitors are prohibited from attending campus events.
Immediate family of current students
Immediate family of students will be welcomed to visit, but will not be permitted to enter residential or academic buildings.
Visitors to campus for admissions purposes will be accommodated in accordance with NYS requirements and CDC guidelines. Anyone attending campus for a visit is required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Survey. Visit marist.edu/visit for more information.