Testing

Spring 2021 Semester

All members of the residential-based community will be tested upon return to campus and on a recurrent basis. The testing protocols for students on campus during the spring semester are as follows:

1. Undergraduate students who live on campus with campus access will be tested twice weekly;

2. Undergraduates students who live off campus with campus access will be tested twice weekly;

3. Undergraduate students who live off campus with no campus access will not be tested;

4. Ph.D. students who live off campus with campus access, and who have received approval to be tested by the Provost, VP for Research, or Academic Dean, will be tested twice weekly;

5. Ph.D. students who live off campus with no campus access will not be tested;

6. Master's students with campus access, and who have received approval to be tested by the Provost, VP for Research, or Academic Dean, will be tested twice weekly; and

7. Master's students with no campus access will not be tested.

Rensselaer County and Albany County offer several testing options for those students who reside in the Capital Region, and who do not have access to testing on campus.

The test will be administered with a nasal swab.

Yes. Visit the spring semester testing protocols communication for details on student testing frequency.

Students should have scheduled their twice-weekly testing for the spring 2021 semester via the Daily Interactions and Activities Log (DIAL) by Jan. 8, 2021. If you have not scheduled testing, Student Living and Learning will be contacting you shortly, and will direct you to DIAL to complete any outstanding requirements.

Once you are logged in, click the “Spring 2021 Test Schedule” button. At the top of the schedule, select toggle for “Auto-copy,” then select your Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday twice-weekly semester testing schedule. This will automatically populate your schedule for the remainder of the spring 2021. 

COVID-19 testing during the arrival and move-in process Jan. 22-24 will take place at the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV). Testing for the remainder of the spring 2021 semester will take place at the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (AS&RC), also known as the Armory.

Previous test results are available in the Student Health Portal.

All test results will be provided in the Student Health Portal.

Twice-weekly testing begins on Jan. 25, 2021. 

Students are able to park in the lot directly adjacent to the Armory, the “G” Lot.  This is accessible by the gate on Griswold Road, which will be left open. Students are allowed to park for 15 minutes for testing but will be cited by Public Safety and/or Parking Office if they leave their vehicles there.

Timely completion of your pre-scheduled COVID-19 tests throughout the spring 2021 semester is a strict requirement of Rensselaer health and safety protocols. Violations will result in the following:

Failure to complete one on-campus COVID-19 test:
Failure to complete one COVID-19 test will result in your access to on-campus academic buildings and facilities being revoked until you complete your next pre-scheduled test.

Failure to complete two on-campus COVID-19 tests:
Failure to complete two COVID-19 tests throughout the spring 2021 semester will result in your access to on-campus academic buildings and facilities being revoked and you will be required to take classes remotely for the remainder of the spring 2021 semester. If you live in Rensselaer housing, you will be required to vacate your room within 24 hours. Regardless of your date of departure, you will be responsible for all room and board charges for the full semester.

Return-to-Campus Spring 2021

All students must take a COVID-19 test and receive results within 72 hours prior to arriving on campus, or as close to that timeframe as possible. Documentation of a negative laboratory result must be provided upon arrival. If you test positive, do not come to campus; you must isolate for 10 days where you reside.

If you participate in the Student Health Insurance Plan through Rensselaer (CDPHP), there is no fee to receive a COVID-19 test. Other insurance may also cover the costs. To locate a walk-in testing location in your area, contact your local health department, doctor, or visit a nationwide pharmacy (e.g., CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid).

Students living on campus will need to arrive at the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) at their appointed date and time. Wearing a fabric or paper mask and observing social distancing protocols, students will be directed to the on-campus testing area to receive a COVID-19 test. Family members and guests traveling with the student will not be permitted to enter the testing area or receive a COVID-19 test. Students cannot move in until they receive their results, which will be provided approximately five to six hours after the test is administered. Students who receive notification that they have tested negative will be directed to pick up their room key, Rensselaer ID (if applicable), PPE, and directions to their residence hall. Students may only bring one family member or guest with them to proceed to their assigned residence hall to help move in their personal belongings.

You will receive your results approximately five to six hours after the test is administered. Your test results will be sent to your Rensselaer email address. For this reason, it is necessary that you update your contact information in SIS prior to your arrival, including your cell phone number and local address. Students who test positive will be notified of the outcome by Student Health Center personnel.

Yes. Dining Services will deliver three meals daily, Monday-Friday, and two meals daily, Saturday and Sunday, to students who reside on campus. We recommend that you also pack extra snacks to have on hand.

You will have access to academic support services and a variety of Student Life resources including health care and counseling, support from your class and residential deans, and contact with a variety of other Student Life professional staff members. The Division of Student Life will also provide a number of virtual engagement activities to check in on students and to develop community.

No. In alignment with New York State’s travel advisory, Rensselaer is requiring students to present a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within 72 hours prior to arriving in the Troy area, take a COVID-19 test at our on-campus testing location upon arrival, and follow our 14-day quarantine period. For details, visit New York State’s travel advisory.

No.

Student testing during the move-in process is conducted to ensure members of our residential community are free of the virus. Students may only bring one family member or guest with them to proceed to their assigned residence hall and help move in their personal belongings. The duration of move-in should last no longer than one hour and your guest must leave once your settled. To minimize the chance of spreading the virus, all students and guests are required to wear masks, socially distance, and follow all other COVID-19 prevention measures during their brief time on campus. Institute staff will be on site monitoring the move-in process to ensure everyone complies with these polices.

No. To help maintain social distancing, people traveling with you must park in designated areas adjacent to the testing area and remain in the car while you are administered the COVID-19 test.

Yes, we will have outdoor facilities available at our on-site COVID-19 testing location.

Rensselaer will accept either form of test; however, the PCR test is preferred.

Documentation of a negative laboratory result must be provided, in either paper or electronic form, when you arrive for your first on-campus COVID-19 test. In addition, if you have had the COVID-19 infection within the last month, you may bring documentation of your COVID-19 disease to make your move-in testing process more efficient. You will be advised at that time as to when you will start routine campus testing.

 

We understand students may have experienced difficulties meeting the pre-arrival testing requirement. If you are unable to fulfill this obligation, please fill out the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing form, and bring a copy with you to your first on-campus COVID-19 test, in lieu of a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 laboratory result.

Fall 2020 Semester

COVID-19 testing is available for Institute-approved graduate researchers and Institute-approved residential students. All Institute-approved students will be required to take a COVID-19 test twice a week through Dec. 23, once a week Dec.28-30, and twice a week starting again on Jan. 4.

Students can access an official report of their COVID-19 test from their health portal account within 24 to 36 hours of the test. After logging into the portal, select “my profile” and “lab history.” Click on the test date to download a PDF of the test report. Students will also be notified via the DIAL app that they are cleared to travel and leave campus if they receive a negative result for their final COVID-19 test of the semester.

The last day of testing before Thanksgiving is Friday, Nov. 20. All students are required to take a COVID-19 test, 24-72 hours prior to moving out of their residence hall.

We discourage students from traveling and would like them to stay on campus throughout the fall semester, but it is not prohibited. We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances that arise where students may have to travel. Contact the Student Health Center to establish a plan to be reincorporated into the return-to-campus protocol.

No. Graduate students who are only intermittent on campus and have very little contact with undergraduate students will be scheduled every other week or one time per month depending on the frequency of interaction.

All students living on campus, students living off campus with physical access to campus, and those taking remote courses living within 25 miles of campus are required to be tested two times per week.

If students do not hear from the Student Health Center within 48 hours after receiving their COVID-19 test, they can continue to participate in regular activities. If a student tests positive, they will be contacted directly by Student Health Center staff.

Your failure to complete a test throughout the fall 2020 semester is a violation of the Rensselaer health and safety protocols. As a result of your non-compliance, your access to on-campus academic buildings and facilities will be revoked until you complete the next available test.

Your failure to complete any future test throughout the fall 2020 semester is a violation of the Rensselaer health and safety protocols. As a result of your non-compliance, your access to on-campus academic buildings and facilities will be revoked and you will be required to take classes remotely for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. If you live in Rensselaer housing, you will be immediately removed and you will be responsible for all room and board charges.

Contact the Student Health Center via email at studenthealth@rpi.edu.

All graduate students with physical access to campus have been classified into four COVID-19 testing groups based on their risk stratification, which factors in their work status, coursework status, and/or interactions with others both on and off campus. The four groups will be tested two times per week, once per week, two times per month, or once per month, based on their risk stratification. Graduate students can email Colleen Smith, dean of the graduate experience, with questions about their testing group.

Return-to-Campus 2020

COVID-19 testing will be offered at no charge on a regular basis for students who are living on campus and juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending classes and performing research on campus.

Students will need to arrive at the Rensselaer Houston Field House at their appointed date and time. Wearing a fabric or paper mask and observing social distancing protocols, students will be directed to the testing tent and will receive a COVID-19 test. Family members and guests traveling with the student cannot enter the testing tent or receive a COVID-19 test. Students who test negative (see Testing FAQs for positive results) will be directed to an adjacent area to receive their room key, Rensselaer ID, and directions to their residence hall. Students, along with their family members and guests, will proceed to the appointed residence hall. Only one person is permitted to help move personal belongings into the residence hall.

Testing will take place in tents outside the Houston Field House.

Please wear a face mask to your test and bring your Rensselaer identification.

We have two different types of COVID-19 tests available to us; both are administered via a nasal swab. It will take a maximum of 24 hours to receive your test results.

Students who are sharing a room, apartment, or bathroom will be divided into two groupings based on time of arrival appointment, the A.M. Arrival Group (appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and the P.M. Arrival Group (appointments between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.).

A.M. Arrival Group — If you are in this group, you will be directed to an adjacent area to receive your room key, Rensselaer ID, laptop (if applicable), PPE, and directions to your residence hall. Along with your family members and guests, you will proceed to your appointed residence hall. Only one person is permitted to help you move your personal belongings into the residence hall.

P.M. Arrival Group — If you are in this group, you will be directed to an adjacent area to receive your regular residence hall assignment room key, Rensselaer ID, laptop (if applicable), and PPE. You will then be assigned a temporary on-campus room assignment for that night. You will leave the majority of your belongings in a secured storage pod near the Houston Field House and proceed to your temporary room assignment. Your secured belonging will be delivered to you the next day.

We will require all students who will have physical access to campus, residing on and off campus, to self-quarantine for 14 days in their local residence upon arrival, regardless of the location they are arriving from.

All residential students will be tested upon arrival, and all will begin the 14-day self-quarantine in their assigned residence hall. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be immediately required to move into separate isolation housing. All residential students in quarantine and isolation housing will be provided meals each day, delivered to their room or residence hall. Student Life staff will provide a number of remote engagement activities to check in on students and to develop community within the residence halls.

All Rensselaer students who wish to reside on campus and/or attend in-person courses must have a COVID-19 test administered by the Institute’s Student Health Center. Students living on campus must be tested by the university before they move into their residence hall room.

We understand that having a COVID-19 test before traveling to Rensselaer may provide you with more peace of mind before you begin your travels, but the university does not require you to be tested prior to your arrival. You will still be required to complete a COVID-19 test when you arrive at Rensselaer, before you move into your campus residence, or before you are eligible to begin in-person courses. Following that, all students, who will have physical access to campus this fall, residing on and off campus, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in their local residence upon arrival in the area, regardless of the location they are arriving from.

No. We do not have enough tests for families and guests. We strongly encourage students to travel with only one family member or guest.

 

Student testing is conducted to ensure members of our residential community are free of the virus, and all students who have access to the physical campus will be tested upon arrival and then regularly through the semester. While each student may have one person assist with their move-in process, the duration of that move-in should last no longer than an hour. To minimize the chance of spreading the virus during the move-in process, all students and guests are required to wear masks, socially distance, and follow all other COVID-19 prevention measures during their brief time on campus. Institute staff will be on site monitoring the move-in process to ensure everyone complies with these polices.

No. To help maintain social distancing, people traveling with you must park in designated areas adjacent to the testing area and remain in the car while you are administered the COVID-19 test.

Rensselaer has designated an area for family and guests who have traveled via taxi, Uber, or Lyft to wait for you. Additional details on the waiting locations for all arrivals will be provided as we get closer to move-in.

Once the analysis of your test has been completed, you will be contacted by the Institute’s Student Health Center informing you of the results of your test either electronically or by telephone. For this reason, it is necessary that you update your contact information in SIS prior to your arrival, including your cell phone and local address.

For undergraduates living off campus who will have physical access to campus, testing will take place August 25-27.

Students living off campus are expected to remain in quarantine for 14 days after their test. They may only leave their off-campus residences for subsequent required tests.

During the 14-day self-quarantine, we recommend that students participate in a local grocery delivery service and only use contactless delivery services for any meal delivery. Please stock up on your food and medication supply prior to beginning the quarantine.

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