Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Frequently Asked Questions

What screening is required of me?

Prior to your planned arrival, you will need to complete a pre-arrival screen. The pre-arrival screen for students is a series of questions to be answered 14 days prior to your planned arrival date. The screen will be available for completion beginning August 7th and will be found on myRedDragon under the student tab entitled “Red Dragon Safe.”

After arrival, you will need to complete a post-arrival screen designed to be completed by students every day. The post-arrival screen for students is a daily screening process resembling what staff and faculty must also complete. More details about the post-arrival screen will be available shortly.

Do I have to get tested prior to coming to campus?

In accordance with CDC recommendations on this topic, we are not requiring all students to submit a laboratory test for COVID-19 prior to arrival.

I am already in isolation or quarantine, what do I have to do before returning to campus?

You have to complete any mandatory isolation and quarantine prior to traveling to campus. If your period of isolation or quarantine is completed prior to your planned arrival, please remain in a precautionary quarantine at home until your final arrival on campus.

What does close contact mean?

We are using the CDC and our Health Departments definition of close contact for COVID-19. Close contact occurs when a person is within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.

What international locations are covered in the 14-day quarantine requirement upon entry to New York?

All international locations are currently included in this requirement.

What states are currently included in New York State Executive Order 205 requiring a 14 day quarantine upon entry to New York?

The states are placed on and removed from the list based on current COVID-19 public health data. The up to date list can be found here.

I have one or more symptoms listed on the pre-arrival screening tool. What should I do?

Any urgent health concerns should be immediately addressed. Examples of urgent or emergent health concerns include chest pain, shortness of breath or profound weakness among others. In general, these types of symptoms are most appropriately evaluated in the emergency department of a hospital. Because current tests for COVID-19 have some limitations, we require completion of a 14-day isolation period regardless of any test results for people with symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19. If your physician definitively diagnoses an alternative cause of your symptoms, we ask that you at the minimum follow strict adherence to current recommendations for using face coverings, maintain social distancing, avoiding any gatherings of people, observing strict hygiene measures, incorporate a daily self-survey to heighten awareness of any mild symptoms that may appear and complete a 7 day precautionary quarantine to be completed on the day of your anticipated travel.

My Pre-Arrival Screening Tool was all negative and I had no COVID-19 risk factors identified on the screen. Why do I have to complete a 7-day period of precautionary quarantine prior to arrival?

Even if our screening tool works well, there will be people who are infected and do not know it. That’s because many young people with COVID-19 have mild or no observable symptoms. Since it appears that such people can still transmit the infection to others, we are requiring everyone, to at the minimum, quarantine themselves for the 7 days that immediately precede their arrival on campus. Furthermore, in the time leading up to this quarantine, we request that students observe enhanced safety procedures. Enhanced safety procedures are just strict adherence to current recommendations for using face coverings, maintaining social distancing, avoiding any gatherings of people, observing strict hygiene measures such as handwashing and incorporating a daily self-survey to heighten awareness of any mild symptoms that may appear.

I have minor symptoms, when should I be concerned?

The potential symptoms of COVID-19 are variably present and non-specific. These symptoms overlap with scores of medical conditions. Under the current circumstances, If you have any unexplained symptoms, we ask you to seek medical evaluation in order to ascertain if COVID-19 may be a cause and to determine if testing is necessary.

I have symptoms but feel relatively well, can I go to class or come on campus?


Not until you have sought medical evaluation. Please call Student Health Services at to speak with a triage nurse or seek care from a provider of your choice in order to determine if it is safe for you to participate in campus activities.

I completed my post-arrival screen and I received instructions to call the student health service and speak with a triage nurse. The office is closed, what should I do?

If you develop any symptoms of an emergent or urgent nature, you should always seek medical care as soon as possible and in the proper setting. Urgent problems can be evaluated in an urgent care setting while emergent problems should be evaluated in the local hospital emergency room. Students can call 911 to access emergency care.