Actions for Safety

The college has developed a list of actions that students can take to help keep our campus and the Oneonta community safe. These actions incorporate federal, state and local directives, department of health guidelines and expert advice from the college’s public health advisors. We believe they represent the best practices for a successful return to college.

  • Complete a health screening — a brief, online questionnaire from the college that asks you to monitor yourself for signs of COVID-19 — daily.
  • Consult a medical professional if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on how to prevent getting sick.
  • Wear facial and/or protective face coverings whenever required in accordance with New York state statute, New York Department of Health guidelines, and recommended best practices.
  • Practice social distancing — staying at least 6 feet from others — whenever possible.
  • Follow college directives issued, including signs (e.g., leaving furniture in place, following directional signs on stairways, and using markers indicating 6 feet).
  • Submit to testing as indicators (e.g., waste water testing) necessitate, including temperature checks and viral testing.
  • Move to a quarantine/isolation residence hall, if so directed.
  • Obey, if quarantined or isolated, all directives, which may include confinement to an individual room and enhanced temperature reporting.
  • Answer questions and otherwise cooperate as may be necessary for effective contact tracing.
  • Set up voicemail so that you can receive phone calls and voicemail messages, which may be from unknown numbers, from officials who may attempt to notify you of possible exposure to COVID-19 or diagnosis of infection with COVID-19.
  • Ensure your emergency contact is updated in case others need to be contacted on your behalf for medical reasons.
  • Ensure, if you live off-campus, that the local address listed for you is your address in Oneonta, not a permanent address where you reside when classes are not in session.
  • Become aware of regulations regarding health and safety that the City of Oneonta enacts.
  • Get vaccinated for the flu, if you don’t have health conditions that preclude you from doing so.
  • Prior to arriving in Oneonta for the fall semester, self-isolate for the mandated amount of time: seven days if arriving from elsewhere in the State of New York state; 14 days if arriving from a restricted state (as defined by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205) or another country. 
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