Health & Safety
Monitoring, Testing, and Contact Tracing
To ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community, the College is enacting monitoring and testing measures. All students, faculty, and staff will undergo health screenings and testing, and we will work closely with local institutions to enact internal contact tracing.
Daily health screenings
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to participate in a robust, regular health screening program, in accordance with NYS guidelines. Anyone experiencing one or more of the following symptoms should not report to work or leave their residence hall: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever equal to or greater than 100.3° F; chills; repeated shaking with chills; runny nose or new sinus congestion; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; fatigue; new GI symptoms, including nausea or diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell.
All Marist students, including both residential and commuter students, must undergo a PCR-based molecular test for COVID-19 before moving into a residence hall (residential students) or coming to campus for classes or other business (off-campus students).
Students can locate a testing site anywhere in the USA using this tool: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
While diagnostic testing at a health care facility is preferred, Marist recognizes that not all students have ready access to testing facilities and may need to utilize at-home testing kits to fulfill these requirements. Marist will accept FDA approved at-home testing kits for the purposes of pre-screening students prior to move-in.
When registering for an at-home test, you will typically be asked a series of questions to determine eligibility for testing. If asked, students should check ‘yes’ to questions that inquire about residing in “congregate settings.”
At-home testing services:
Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year. All students (undergraduate, graduate, and adult students) residing or taking coursework on campus are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done prior to arrival on campus and to submit the test results through a dedicated secure portal that has been set up by MidHudson Regional Hospital.
Test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273. Follow the simple directions to report your results to the College. Please note: Unless you are a student quarantining in Conklin Hall, you must use the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal to upload your test results.
- Students who test negative and have no symptoms of COVID-19 will be cleared to come to campus.
- Students who test negative and have symptoms of COVID-19 must NOT come to campus and must consult a healthcare provider.
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 must:
- Call Marist College Health Services (845-575-3270) to inform of your positive result
- Consult their local health care provider
- If they are asymptomatic (i.e. show no symptoms of illness), they are likely to be allowed to return to campus after the 14-day isolation period but must be cleared by Student Health Services. Further testing may be required at the discretion of Student Health Services.
- If they are symptomatic (i.e. show signs of illness), they must be cleared by Student Health Services before they can return to campus. Further testing may be required at the discretion of Student Health Services.
Marist has a trained internal contact tracing team for COVID-19 that works closely with the Dutchess County Department of Health to allow for the most rapid and comprehensive approach possible to limit outbreaks.