As you know, and as the current pandemic has reinforced, my first obligation as President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe. Thanks to our risk-informed planning, and our comprehensive Testing, Tracing, Tracking, Surveillance, Quarantine, and Isolation (T3SQ℠) health and safety protocols, we have managed to keep the COVID-19 case rate on our Troy campus extremely low.
I am very proud of the way the entire Rensselaer community has risen to the occasion — including our students, who have been almost uniformly wonderful about following our protocols. But the pandemic continues, including the circulation of the highly infectious Delta variant of SARS COV-2.
Therefore, our overall no visitor policy remains in effect. However, given that our student-athletes were not able to compete last year, and have been competing without spectators this year, we will allow families of senior student-athletes to attend the following Senior Day events in which they have a student-athlete competing:
Sunday, October 24, Field Hockey
Wednesday, October 27, Men’s Soccer
Saturday, October 30, Football
Saturday, October 30, Women’s Soccer
In each case, the following requirements must be met and adhered to:
Special Event Pre-Registration
A cap of four family guests per senior student-athlete will be permitted. Additionally, only family members over age 12 will be allowed. All guests must pre-register through an online registration portal.
All guests must sign a liability waiver as part of their pre-registration process.
Documentation of COVID Vaccination and Negative Test Results
Per New York State policy, existing CDC best practices, and Institute T3SQ℠ protocols, all approved family members will be required to provide evidence of proof of COVID-19 vaccination. They also will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test in the 48 hours prior to game time.
On-Site Special Event Protocols
While on site, visiting families will follow all university protocols. Approved visiting families will be seated on the visitors side - separated from current students, staff, and faculty - with socially distant assigned seats. Seating will be by family group, with at least two seats between each family group. Outdoor restrooms will be accessible to visiting families. Additionally, all guests will be required to maintain masking, even outdoors, during contests.
We are continuing to monitor the Delta variant, and if our positivity rates remain low, we will consider further steps as we approach the winter sports season.