All classes this spring will be in person. Individual circumstances, such as being immunocompromised, should be addressed through the Division of Human Resources.


Masking Requirements

Yes, Rensselaer will provide at least two KN95 masks for each student for the spring semester. Academic departments and campus offices will have a supply of KN95 masks available for use by faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

If Rensselaer is in the green or yellow tiers, masking indoors is optional. However, members of our community are encouraged to wear an N95 or KN95 mask if they prefer to do so. Without violating an individual’s privacy, an instructor may encourage students in the classroom to wear masks due to a known vulnerability, but may not require them to do so. Indoor masking (including in classrooms and laboratories) is required if the campus is in the red tier. Please see the COVID-19 protocols for guidance on masking during the first 10 days of the semester.

Testing & Surveillance

The current tier will be found on the COVID-19 website and within DIAL. 

The campus community will be divided into six cohorts based on birth month: January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, and November/December. If the campus enters the yellow tier, individuals will be notified if they need to report for testing. 

No. The campus waste system mixes with Troy wastewater, which will make it difficult to assess local increase in SARS-CoV-2 prevalence among the campus community.

DIAL will be modified for self-reporting and use of the tool will be optional unless the campus is in the red tier.


Yes. Visitors must adhere to the following protocols based on the length of their visit to campus:

  • All visitors, particularly those who may be immunocompromised, are strongly encouraged to wear face masks. 
  • Anyone who is not feeling well, has COVID or the flu, or is symptomatic, should isolate at home.


Positive Results

If you test positive for COVID-19, please review the protocols for a positive test result:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 wear a high-quality (N95 or KN95) mask any time they are around others inside their residences and indoors in public for 10 days. You should also take a COVID-19 test five full days after exposure, any time they develop symptoms, and again on Day 10. If you are negative on Day 10, you may stop testing and wearing your mask if Rensselaer is at a green or yellow tier.

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