*last updated April 28, 2022

Marching Forward outlines Siena's ongoing response to COVID-19.

Siena College is continuing to deliver The Education for a Lifetime this spring with all classrooms, residence halls, dining areas and athletic facilities at normal capacity, and a full slate of in-person student clubs and sports. Our removal of most COVID-related protocols remains contingent on vaccination, and a fully vaccinated and boosted community is the best way to ensure we all are able to enjoy the full Siena experience.


As outlined by President Gibson, all students are required to receive the vaccine booster once eligible. For students who become eligible throughout the spring, the College has hosted a series of on-campus booster clinics. The remaining date is May 5. 

For more detailed information, please read the FAQs below. 



Will Siena be hosting Commencement celebrations for the Class of ’22?

Yes! Siena will be hosting a full undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at the MVP Arena in Albany. The graduate ceremony will be held Saturday, May 14 in the UHY Center on the Siena campus. 

Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety regulations are subject to change. Currently:

All graduates and guests attending any Commencement event on the Siena campus MUST show either proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and accompanying government issued ID or wear a mask while indoors. 

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Are masks currently required on the Siena campus? 

Masking is, of course, welcomed and encouraged for all fully vaccinated community members desiring additional COVID protection. For optimal defense, consider a filtering facepiece respirator, such as an N95 disposable mask designed for personal use, rather than a cloth mask. Respirators have better filtration and can provide a higher level of protection than cloth masks. 

All students are required to have a mask with them, and all faculty have the authority to mandate masking in their classrooms and labs at their discretion.

The College is continually monitoring the track of the pandemic, and will coordinate with the Albany County Department of Health on any updates regarding masking. 

Who is required to receive the vaccine booster?

All students and employees are required to receive the vaccine booster once eligible. We learned last fall that a flourishing Siena experience is predicated on a fully vaccinated community, and it is critical that we strengthen our immunity to limit the impact of the virus. 

Students must upload an image of an updated COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to their student health portal. Once boosted, employees are expected to upload an image of their updated COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Human Resources using this secure file submission. 

Is the College conducting testing for COVID-19?

Yes. The less than one half of one percent of students with College-approved exemptions are required to test weekly (an increase over bi-weekly testing conducted in the fall) at their expense and wear their mask indoors.  

Wastewater testing is conducted every other week (an increase over monthly then tri-weekly testing conducted in the fall). Testing sites will be determined by our wastewater field team and the results will be posted to the Daily Digest and included on the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Dashboard. Community members should be knowledgeable of wastewater status in their campus location and monitor for any emerging symptoms as appropriate.

Can I get a COVID test on campus this semester if I have symptoms?

Yes. Please call or e-mail Health Services if you are symptomatic to schedule a test.

Can I get a COVID test even if I don’t have symptoms?

Asymptomatic students interested in acquiring a rapid test should contact the Ops Center for guidance at ops@siena.edu or 518-782-5600. If the Ops Team determines there is a growing demand for rapid tests, a clinic requiring pre-registration may be scheduled on campus. Health Services will offer diagnostic testing for all students who present symptoms.  

Is Siena tracking COVID cases on campus?

Yes. The College is maintaining a COVID dashboard.

If I am not vaccinated and I do not have a medical/religious exemption, will I be able to attend classes remotely?


If I am a fully vaccinated student but still want to wear a mask on campus, may I do so?

Of course. Masks are welcome for all who want to wear one, and are not an indicator of who is not vaccinated. All students are required to have a mask with them, and all faculty have the authority to mandate masking in their classrooms and labs at their own discretion.

All unvaccinated visitors to campus are expected to wear masks inside campus buildings at all times (except when eating and/or drinking).

What if I test positive for COVID-19 while on campus even though I am vaccinated?

Breakthrough positive cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals are rare but they do occur. Those who test positive and their close contacts will be expected to follow the College’s quarantine/isolation protocols.

Please review the Spring 2022 Marching Forward document for further information.

The College has a designated Ops Team to manage compliance with all aspects related to Marching Forward.  You can reach the Ops Center at ops@siena.edu or 518-782-5600.