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 is 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 MAC is currently closed pending New York state guidance on reopening workout facilities, at which point this policy may be amended to address protocol for facial coverings while exercising.) The College will provide two masks for each student, faculty, and staff member. 
  • Students, faculty and staff are required to participate in daily symptom monitoring once on campus through a mobile application.


  • Students are strongly encouraged to obtain a PCR test at home no more than 7-10 days prior to arriving on campus to assess their own health and exposure to COVID-19. Depending on where the students live and their insurance coverage, the cost of the test may be fully covered. If not, the College will reimburse any student who chooses to be tested prior to returning to campus for all documented expenses incurred related to their PCR COVID-19 test. 
  • Students should also perform daily health screenings that include a temperature check in advance of their arrival on campus. The College will conduct its own screenings, including temperature checks, of every student during move-in days. Students who test positive before departing for campus and students who screen positive upon their arrival must stay/return home until their personal physician certifies their readiness to join the campus community.  
  • Siena College Health Services, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners, will have diagnostic and surveillance testing available. 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.
  • Temporary isolation rooms have been made available for the testing of students with Covid-19 symptoms.
  • In most situations, a student will be placed on medical leave and required to go home for recovery if tested positive. In cases where a student cannot leave campus due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., international students), the College is working to acquire quarantine and isolation spaces at a local hotel. The students in isolation and quarantine will be monitored by Health Services via telehealth.   
  • 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 answer the phone. 

 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 will be increasing the volume of fresh/outside air that our central ventilation systems will circulate throughout our academic spaces. 
  • The Office of Student Life is developing a re-orientation packet and training for all returning students to assist in the new protocols.
  • New students and transfers will receive training about health and safety during orientation.
  • The College is hiring additional facility staff to increase the cleaning of all common spaces to twice a day (door handles, bathrooms, etc). 
  • Protective shielding and equipment is being 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."