University Pandemic Protocols

Spring 2020

Novel “New” Coronavirus: 

  • Virus name: SARS-CoV-2
  • Disease caused by the virus is “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19”

Trigger Level 1: Confirmed COVID-19 Case Within 25-Mile Radius of the Rensselaer Campus(es)

Enact Social Distancing

  • Cancellation of all public events
  • Internal seminars with external speakers considered on a case-by-case basis, with input from occupational physician and/or Student Health Center
  • Rensselaer community members requested not to attend large external events in the local area
  • Protocol will remain in place until rescinded by the Institute
  • All in-person classroom instruction is suspended, and is moving to online and other learning options until the end of spring semester 2020

These protocols are subject to change.

Trigger Level 2: Confirmed Case Within the Rensselaer Community; Community-Spread Case Proximate to the Rensselaer Campus; Cluster Case in Troy (regardless of origin)

  • Rensselaer President declares an Institute State of Emergency and activates the following:
    • The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
    • The Executive Command Center
    • The Emergency Operations Group (EOG)
  • Cancellation of all in-person instruction for 1 month or more
  • Shutdown of the campus, except for critical operations
  • Identification of essential staff for critical operations, e.g.,
    • Communications
    • Special Equipment Operations
    • Live Entities (animals)
    • Housing and Dining
    • Student Health Center
    • Payroll
  • Portfolio Business Continuity Plans Take Effect
  • Designation of an Auxiliary Clinic at Academy Hall
  • Plans to move people quickly; housing contingencies
  • All portfolios have a business continuity plan
  • University-wide templates for communication are drafted− Portfolio-level communication templates that are consistent with university-wide messaging in place for rapid roll-out
  • In all cases, Rensselaer will follow the guidance of the CDC, NYS Health Department, and the Rensselaer County Health Department
  • In all cases, adequate stock of critical supplies will be identified and maintained
    • 1-month supply

These protocols are subject to change.

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