personal guidelines

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol based.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Acceptable facial coverings for the nose and mouth, including cloth masks, are required to be worn by all community members inside all College buildings unless the person is alone, or with a roommate(s), inside their residence hall room, suite, or townhouse, or inside their office, or other private space. An exception can be made while eating, but social distancing should still be observed, and the facial covering must be used when stepping away from the table. Community members must also wear facial coverings outdoors when six feet of distance from others cannot be maintained. When alone and outdoors, all individuals are expected to have a facial covering with them at all times. 
  • The Marcelle Athletic Complex reopened September 1. Please see the Student Life and Athletics for details about student and employee use of the workout facilities.
  •  Students, faculty and staff are required to participate in daily symptom monitoring once on campus through a mobile application.


  • All students should have downloaded Siena’s COVID-19 daily health screening app (Campus Clear).
    iOS (Apple)
    Web Interface
  • Diagnostic and surveillance testing is available through Siena College Health Services, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners. Students will be screened by the triage RN and given a telehealth appointment with the Health Services nurse practitioner for symptom assessment, testing and treatment as appropriate. Students will also be randomly selected to participate in Siena's surveillance testing program.
  • If a student presents COVID-19 symptoms or is identified as a direct contact of a confirmed COVID-19 positive case, the student should contact Health Services to be further triaged. The provider will make arrangements for the symptomatic student to be evaluated and COVID-19 tested as appropriate.
  • Symptomatic students tested for COVID-19 will be required to isolate awaiting test results. In most situations, a student will be placed on medical leave and required to go home for recovery. In cases where a student cannot leave campus due to extreme extenuating circumstances (e.g. international students or students who live in states with high positivity rates for COVID-19), the College has reserved some isolation spaces on campus and quarantine spaces at a local hotel. The students placed in isolation on campus and quarantined at the local hotel will be monitored by the College’s Care Team.
  • Should a student test positive for COVID-19, the student will be expected to participate in contact tracing by providing a list of recent close and proximate contacts as required by the Albany County Department of Health in coordination with Siena’s Director of Health Services. The College will assist the local health departments with contact tracing efforts and monitoring of positive COVID-19 cases for students as needed. 
  • Anyone receiving a call from "NYS Contact Tracing" (518-387-9993), should take the call. 

 sanitization and cleaning

  • Wall mounted hand sanitizer stations are available at building entrances as well as office spaces and classroom spaces. Smaller dispensers have been placed in locations where there is shared equipment such as copiers, printers, etc. 
  • Thorough cleaning of all classrooms by our custodial staff will occur in the early morning hours each day. 
  • Sanitizing kits will be available for faculty and students to use on their desks, tables, podiums, etc. between classes. 
  • Signs with information about safety protocols have been posted throughout the Siena campus, including all buildings and public areas.
  • We have increased the volume of fresh/outside air that our central ventilation systems circulate throughout our academic spaces. 
  • A re-orientation packet and training was developed by the Office of Student Life to assist all students in learning the new protocols.
  • New students and transfers received training about health and safety during orientation.
  • The College has hired additional facility staff to increase the cleaning of all common spaces to twice a day (door handles, bathrooms, etc). 
  • Protective shielding and equipment has been installed in the food service areas.
  • In the event an individual is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, the College will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces, in compliance with NYS Phase IV guidance and CDC guidelines on "Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility."