Positive Results

Fall 2021 Semester

If you test positive, you will be evaluated by a health care provider and will be required to isolate in on-campus isolation housing or in your local off-campus residence for a minimum of 10 days to reduce the spread of infection. Health Center medical staff will check in with you at least one time per day. Additionally, Student Life staff will be in touch daily. If you have questions or need further assistance, contact your Class Dean at (518) 276-8022 or email success@rpi.edu.

 

Yes, in accordance with New York State guidelines, all students who test positive for COVID-19 will have their names and contact information reported to the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

Spring 2021 Semester

First and foremost, your health and medical privacy is our priority. Students who test positive will be notified of the outcome by Student Health Center personnel; no other students will be aware of your test results. A member of the Student Health Center staff will evaluate you to ensure you do not need immediate medical care. 

If you are a residential student and receive a positive COVID-19 test, you will be directed to isolation housing, located on the Rensselaer campus, for a minimum of 10 days or until cleared by Health Center personnel. You may either ride to isolation housing in your personal vehicle or in an Institute vehicle. If you arrived via a ride-hailing service, you will be transported via an Institute vehicle. You will then be escorted to your room, along with your prepacked two-week bag, by a professional staff member.

You are required to stay in isolation without physically socializing or leaving your room. You may be instructed to leave only for re-testing; that direction will come from Health Center staff, if necessary. The Health Center medical staff will check in once a day. Student Life staff will check in daily. In accordance with New York State guidelines, all students who test positive for COVID-19 will have their names and contact information reported to the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

If you live off campus, you will be required to isolate in your off-campus location. Health Center medical staff, along with Student Life staff,  will check in with students in isolation once daily.

The Student Health Center will notify students when they are cleared from isolation and are able to return to campus. Students in isolation will receive a COVID-19 test on day nine or day 10 of their isolation period.

On-campus isolation and quarantine facilities will be available only for students who reside in Rensselaer housing.

No. On-campus isolation and quarantine facilities will be available only for students who reside in Rensselaer housing.

In accordance with the Rensselaer County Department of Health, you must remain in isolation locally, where your test results were received. Residential students must isolate in the Institute’s isolation accommodations and off-campus students must isolate in their off-campus residence.

We ask all residential students to pack a two-week bag in case they test positive and have to move into isolation housing for a minimum of 10 days. You should pack two weeks’ worth of items you will need (medications, thermometer, snacks, drinks, clothes, toiletries, laptop, chargers, books, and other academic materials, etc.). For most students, it will likely be one or two pieces of luggage or bins that would allow you to live comfortably in an isolation room. This procedure is intended to allow only your essential items to enter isolation with you. Your other belongings will be securely stored on campus until you are ready to move into your permanent residence hall assignment. View the list of suggested items to pack in your two-week bag. Rensselaer does provide pillows and bedding.

Fall 2020 Semester

Yes. The cost of isolation housing is $75/day and will be charged to your student bill. This fee covers your meals, which will be delivered three times daily during the week and twice daily during the weekend, and the costs associated with lodging. This fee applies only to off-campus students and is based on isolation housing availability. 

Return-to-Campus 2020

First and foremost, your health and medical privacy is our priority. Students who test positive will be notified of the outcome of their test by Health Center personnel; no other students will be aware of your test results. A member of the Health Center staff will evaluate you to ensure you do not need immediate medical care.

Students Living On Campus — When you have been cleared by the health care provider, you will receive instructions regarding isolation housing. You may either ride to isolation housing, which is a residence hall on campus, in your personal vehicle or in an Institute vehicle. If you arrived via a ride-hailing service, you will be transported via an Institute vehicle. You will then be escorted to your room by a professional staff member and remain in the isolation room for a minimum of 14 days. You will return to your residence hall assignment after you are cleared by Health Center personnel. The Health Center medical staff will check in with each isolation student daily. Additionally, your class dean and other Student Life staff will be in touch daily. During isolation, your meals will be delivered three times daily during the week and twice daily on the weekends. Lastly, in accordance with New York State guidelines, all students who test positive for COVID-19 will have their names and contact information reported to the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

Students Living Off Campus — After you have been evaluated by a health care provider, you will be required to remain in your off-campus residence for a minimum of 14 days to minimize the spread of infection. Health Center medical staff will check in with you twice a day. Additionally, Student Life staff, including your Class Dean, will be in touch daily. After you have been cleared by the Health Center staff, you will be allowed to leave isolation. Lastly, in accordance with New York State guidelines, all students who test positive for COVID-19 will have their names and contact information reported to the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

We ask all students to prepare for the possibility of testing positive and going directly into isolation housing for 14 days. You should come to campus with two weeks’ worth of items you will need (clothes, toiletries, laptop, chargers, books, and other academic materials, etc.). For most students, it will likely be one or two pieces of luggage or bins that would allow you to live comfortably in an isolation room. This procedure is intended to allow only your essential items to enter isolation with you. Your other belongings will be securely stored on campus until you are ready to move into your permanent residence hall assignment.

Students who can be driven home by a family member or other individual may go home. Students who arrive by airplane, train, or bus, and do not have a family member who can transport them home will relocate to an Institute-provided isolation room. Students who return home will be eligible to study remotely for the duration of their time away from campus. Upon your recovery, you will work with the Student Health Center to determine your plan for return to campus, which will require that you begin Institute testing again. Per New York State Executive Order, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Troy.

No. Deliveries from Rensselaer Dining Services are for residence halls only.

The Health Center Staff will work with the students to determine the best course of action based on their circumstances.

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