Marching Forward outlines Siena's comprehensive response to the virus for the Spring 2021 semester.
The safety of our students has been and always will be our top priority. Thanks to careful adherence to health and safety protocols – and our Student Acknowledgment and Pledge – Siena has successfully maintained its on-campus experience this academic year. We remain wholeheartedly committed to making every accommodation to ensure Siena continues to provide The Education for a Lifetime.
All community members are asked to continue to follow mandatory masking protocols, physical distancing and good hygiene practices for the foreseeable future, and to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Siena is cautiously but eagerly planning to return to traditional delivery modes of instruction this fall, with classrooms, residence halls and dining areas at normal capacity, as well as a full slate of student activities, clubs and athletics.
On April 6, Siena hosted an on-campus clinic for 500 students. The College will make every effort to host future campus clinics on campus, but in the meantime, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment independently through New York state or Albany County.
Because the COVID-19 vaccine is still technically in the emergency use phase, Siena has not yet issued a mandate for community members to receive it.
Detailed information about our campus operations can be found on the updated Marching Forward plan for spring 2021 and below in the subsections on Health & Safety, Academics, On-Campus Living, Student Activities & Athletics, and Dining.
The Siena College COVID-19 Alert System communicates different stages of virus mitigation strategies depending on conditions on campus and/or in the surrounding community. Learn more.
Student Pledge: We respectfully request that all students commit to following their Student Acknowledgment and Pledge throughout the semester.
Community Testing: The College conducts weekly student and employee surveillance testing of at least 10 percent of the Siena community to monitor the overall health of the campus and to ascertain the presence of the COVID-19 virus. Weekly surveillance testing is a mandatory requirement for all faculty, staff, and students who are selected. Wastewater testing has been expanded to help the College target where surveillance testing is most needed. Elective rapid testing will be available to students as well. Learn more here.
UPDATED Mask Rules: Gaiters are no longer considered adequate facial covering on campus. Students and employees in need of an approved facial covering are encouraged to stop by the Sarazen Student Union information desk to obtain a Siena mask (the supply is limited).
KEEPING OUR CAMPUS SAFE - SPRING 2021