Effective Saturday, October 18, please observe the following changes to campus living to maximize our protection:
- The campus will temporarily close to all visitors except officially sponsored guests.
- Students will be restricted to activities within their specific residence halls – visitation between residence halls will not be allowed.
- Residential students should leave campus ONLY for essential reasons, such as food shopping or a doctor or dentist appointment. Commuter students will be restricted from visiting residence hall areas.
Facial coverings for the nose and mouth, including cloth masks and face shields, 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 Marcelle Athletic Complex – which includes the fitness center and the Callanan Field House – is operating in compliance with current state and county health guidelines.
- While visitation between residence halls is currently prohibited, visitation within residence halls is allowed with the following limits and only if masked: Two guests will be allowed per living space over the normal occupancy (6-person house or suite: 2 visitors, 8 total people; 4-person house, suite or room: 2 visitors, 6 total; 3-person room: 2 visitors, 4 total; 2-person room: 2 visitors, 4 total; single: 2 visitors, 3 total).
- Students are not restricted to campus, but are strongly encouraged to limit their off campus activity as much as possible. They are expected to abide by CDC guidelines while off campus.
- Siena’s Community Living staff are offering new ways to build and develop the community through virtual or small-scale events to allow for socialization while maintaining physical distancing.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in every residence hall entry area for students to use. Soap dispensers are located in every communal bathroom in every residence hall and are checked daily by custodial staff.
- Testing is available for students who present COVID-19 symptoms. Please call Student Health Services at 518-783-2554.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How are new regulations going to affect housing and roommates?
We recognize that the pandemic has changed the way we are doing things on campus. This year, more than any other year, communication between roommates about shared expectations related to living arrangements will be essential. If there are any changes to housing due to public health and/or NYS guidance, we will reach out directly to any students affected.
Where will students be isolated if they become sick, or quarantined if they have been in contact with a positive case?
If a student presents symptoms or is identified as a proximate contact or exposed to someone with COVID-19, the student would call Siena College Health Services (an affiliate of St. Peter's Health Partners) to be further triaged and directed to an isolation room until a test has been done and results are in. In most situations, per New York state guidelines, a student who tests positive would be placed on a medical leave and required to go home for recovery if tested positive. In cases where a student cannot leave campus (e.g., international students), quarantine rooms have been identified and will be used appropriately.
Will a student have the option to change to a fully remote schedule during the semester?
If a student wishes to explore changing to a fully remote schedule and complete classes virtually, they can contact the Student Academic Success and Engagement Office at 518-783-2341 to begin the remote learning request process.