- All members of the Siena community are required to wear facial coverings for the nose and mouth at all times, except for the following:
- When alone, or with roommate(s), inside their personal residence hall room, suite, or townhouse
- When alone inside their own office or other private space
- When actively eating (once a meal is finished, facial covering must be put on, even if remaining at the dining table) Physical distancing should still be observed and seats cannot be moved in designated dining areas
- When alone and stationary outside and away from walkways and gathering areas (e.g., seated outside by yourself in an area away from public spaces)
Effective March 8, 2021, gaiters will not be 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). This change in policy was recommended by the Siena Student COVID-19 Committee, discussed and approved by the Ops Center Team, and endorsed by President Gibson.
- 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.
- Visitation to other campus residence halls/rooms is allowed with the following limitations and only if masked at all times. Two (dorm rooms and suites) to three (town houses) guests will be allowed per living space over the normal occupancy:
- 6-person town house: 3 visitors, 9 total people;
- 4-person town house: 3 visitors, 7 total;
- 6-person suite: 2 visitors, 8 total;
- 4-person suite: 2 visitors, 6 total;
- 3-person room: 2 visitors, 5 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 (essential trips only). They are expected to abide by CDC and New York State guidelines while off campus.
- Siena’s Community Living team will offer small and COVID-19-safe in-person programming to provide opportunities for socialization and connection in a meaningful way. Many activities will also take place virtually to allow for greater participation.
- Hand sanitizing stations will remain 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.
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. The limitations to visitors will remain in place to avoid large gatherings, which pose a health and safety risk to the community. For students who are returning from remote semester experiences, we ask all members of the community to help them as they adjust to life on a changed campus.
If all my classes are online, can I still live on campus?
Yes. An exception to College policy is being made to allow for that this semester.
If I signed up for a remote semester, will I be able to come to campus for special events or to visit?
No. Students opting for a completely remote semester and who are not residing on campus will not be permitted on campus.
Will students be able to visit in other residence halls?
Yes, as long as the College remains at the green level on its COVID-19 Alert System. There is a two-person limit on student visitors in dorm rooms and suites, and a three-person limit in the townhouses. Masks are required for all students when visiting.
Will visitors be allowed from off campus?
Parents/guardians of residential students are permitted to visit outdoor spaces and those indoor spaces not being utilized by Siena students, faculty and staff. Parents and guardians will be permitted to visit campus so long as they are registered by their student 72 hours in advance, satisfy all college visit guidelines and while on campus, adhere to campus COVID-19 policies and procedures.
Students may request authorized access for their parent/guardian by completing the Parent/Guardian Visit Request Form. Request forms must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance of the requested visit. Requests are reviewed/approved by the Student Life Compliance Officer. If approved, the parent and student will both receive confirmation emails with directions to complete the health screening prior to arrival.
No visitors may enter a residence hall/townhouse or dining facility. This includes parents/guardians, unless their visit is for the express purpose of move-in or-out and has been pre-arranged through the Office of Community Living.