Trigger Level One Protocol - Spring 2021

General

Travel should only be for exigent circumstances (e.g., funerals, medical treatment, or vaccinations).

If you are a residential student who must travel, email Student Living and Learning at reslife@rpi.edu to establish a plan to be reincorporated into our return-to-campus protocol.

If you live off campus, and must travel, contact your Class Dean to establish a plan to be reincorporated into our return-to-campus protocol.

For these reasons, we strongly encourage you not to travel:

  • If infected, you may spread the disease to members of your family, and to the Rensselaer community when you return. Students have transmitted COVID-19 to family members when traveling home.
  • You may be exposed during your travels and become infected with COVID-19.
  • It will be necessary for you to quarantine for 14 days when you return to the area.

Quarantine began at 12 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, and tentatively ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. We will provide additional information as we proceed and depending on the public health situation on campus at that time, we will share an update on when the quarantine will end. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the Institute has implemented a quarantine period from Thursday, March 4 through at least Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in an effort to reduce the viral load within the Rensselaer community.

Yes. If you need to leave quarantine for an extenuating circumstance (e.g., funerals, medical treatment, or vaccinations) and are a residential student, email Student Living and Learning at reslife@rpi.edu. If you are an off-campus student, contact your Class Dean.

The remote request process has been suspended. If you have any questions, contact your Class Dean.

Leaving campus at this time is not a qualifying event that will allow termination of your housing or dining contracts. Additionally, it puts you and others at risk if you travel while we are under a quarantine status.

If you are in need of support, the Division of Student Life offers a variety of resources to help. Learn more about the support and resources we offer. 

Yes. During the quarantine period and throughout the remainder of the spring 2021 semester, we want to make sure students are staying connected virtually. Visit the events calendar for a list of activities.

For transportation routes to the on-campus COVID-19 testing facility, visit: 

Rensselaer Shuttle: https://info.rpi.edu/rensselaer-shuttle 

CDTA Bus Services: https://info.rpi.edu/parking-and-transportation/cdta-bus-service 

Remote Local Undergraduate Students (within a 25-mile radius of the campus)

  1. Schedule recurring biweekly COVID-19 testing via DIAL 
    Starting Thursday, March 4, all registered remote and Arch students who live in the area (within a 25-mile radius of the campus) will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a twice per week basis, even if they are a remote learner and currently do not have campus access.

    To begin the testing process, you will need to schedule your first test,
     which will take place on Thursday, March 4, or Friday, March 5. If you miss your appointment, without a prior exemption, you will be subject to student judicial action, up to, and including, disciplinary suspension. Mandatory testing will continue throughout the remainder of the spring semester.
     
  2. Sign the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form and Community Health and Safety Agreement via PyraMed in the Student Health Portal
     
  3. Update your personal contact information (address, cell, and emergency contact) via the Rensselaer Self-Service Information System (SIS)
     
  4. Log daily interactions, activities, and wellness check online in DIAL
    Remote local students will be expected to continue this process daily by 10 a.m. throughout the remainder of the spring 2021 semester. The DIAL User Guide and video tutorial offer guidance on how to log this information.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes. Remote local students are expected to quarantine in their off-campus residence from Thursday, March 4, through, at least, Wednesday, March 17. Failure to abide by Institute quarantine policies may include student judicial action, up to, and including disciplinary suspension. You should only leave your residence for testing purposes.

Residential Students

Students may leave their room and use facilities in their residential buildings (i.e., laundry rooms, common rooms, lobbies). Please keep gatherings to a minimum — 10 people or less — while paying close attention to where the physical space allows you to comfortably maintain at least 6 feet of social distance between all individuals present. Use only those spaces open for use, as some will remain closed. Make sure to always wear your mask when you are outside of your room.

Yes. You may leave your residential building to proceed directly to, and return from, your regularly scheduled twice-weekly COVID-19 test at the Alumni Sports & Recreation Center (AS&RC). Utilize the DIAL site to maintain your COVID-19 testing schedule.

Yes. Student Life staff will facilitate outdoor time every day between noon and 1 p.m. and your RA will host 30 minutes of outdoor time every afternoon/evening. Contact your RA for details.

No. To protect our community and your loved ones and friends, no visitors, including families, are allowed on campus. Additionally, non-residential students are prohibited from entering any residence hall. Residential students are not permitted to enter other residence halls. Finally, residents of the same building are not permitted to enter each other’s room or apartment.

No.

  • If infected, you may spread the disease to members of your family and to the Rensselaer community when you return. Students have transmitted COVID-19 to family members when traveling home.
  • You may be exposed during your travels and become infected with COVID-19.
  • It will be necessary for you to quarantine when you return to the area.

While we understand that there may be extenuating circumstances that arise, travel should only be for exigent circumstances (funerals, medical treatment, or vaccinations). If you must travel, email Student Living and Learning at reslife@rpi.edu to establish a plan to be reincorporated into our return-to-campus protocol.

Yes. Meals will be delivered to a central location in your residence hall three times per day, Monday through Friday, and two times per day, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday-Friday:

Breakfast: 7 a.m. –8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Dinner: 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday:

Brunch: 10:30 a.m.–noon

Dinner: 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Yes. The Student Mail Center staff will have packages only (letter mail will be held until quarantine ends) available at the COVID-19 testing site for student pickup according to their prescheduled testing appointment.

No. We are only allowing students to leave campus for extenuating circumstances (e.g., funerals, medical treatment, or vaccinations).

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