COVID-19 Updates and Information

Campus policies and procedures as it relates to Covid-19 will be updated here. Students, faculty and staff should regularly check their email for direct updates.

 
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Updated May 16, 2022. 

Summer 2022 Updated Covid-19 Management Plan

Click here to view Covid-19 protocols for summer cohorts on campus.

 

Fall 2022: New and Returning Students

Beginning in Fall 2022, all new students (including graduate students) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to move into residential housing or attend class unless they have been granted a religious exception or medical exemption to the vaccine. “Full vaccination” refers to the primary vaccination series (more details below). 

For students enrolled in the current 2021-22 academic year, COVID vaccination is strongly encouraged but not required.  

Please see the Vaccine Mandate FAQ for more information.

 

Masking Policy

Beginning Saturday, March 5, masks will no longer be required on campus in most situations. Exceptions include:

  • in classrooms

  • in private offices

at the discretion of the faculty or staff member. You must continue to carry a mask with you in the event you are requested to wear it in those specific situations.

Masks will not be required in residence halls or public spaces such as the dining hall or library, the fitness center, and bookstore. Masks however are still recommended in such spaces and it is important to understand that wearing a mask is always an option for anyone who feels nervous or uncomfortable.

We ask that you remain polite and respectful of others when welcoming them into your space. The best approach is to set the example you wish to see in your space; wear a mask, offer a mask, and try to keep your distance if the new guidelines make you feel uncomfortable. The person you have the most control over is yourself and it is important to respect every vaccinated person’s level of comfort with how they navigate these recent changes.

We will continue to monitor CDC and New York State guidelines and recommendations for further updates and adjustments to our Covid-19 policies.

Acceptable face coverings 

Face masks must cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly, but comfortably, against the face. The face covering itself must not create a hazard, e.g. have features could get caught in machinery or cause severe fogging of eyewear. The face coverings must be kept clean and sanitary and changed when soiled, contaminated, or damaged. For more information on appropriate face coverings, please reference the current CDC guidelines.

Testing

Paul Smith’s College will no longer conduct random Covid-19 testing. We will continue, however, with contact tracing and maintain isolation and quarantine spaces.

Students who are symptomatic will still be tested, and if positive we will continue to isolate them on or off campus.

Contact tracing

If a student tests positive for Covid-19, Student Health Services will work with Franklin County Public Health to identify close contacts and determine whether they need to enter quarantine.

Isolation & Quarantine

*New! Click here for an isolation and quarantine calculator. A helpful tool to determine how long you may need to isolate and/or quarantine. 

We will have isolation and quarantine buildings available during the Spring semester.

Confirmed positive cases

Any student who tests positive for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be asked to either move into our designated isolation space OR leave campus to complete the required isolation period, which is now five (5) days based on updated CDC and Franklin County Public Health guidance. For a detailed explanation, please visit the CDC website.

Close contacts

Per CDC recommendations, if you are deemed a close contact but are up-to-date (up-to-date now means having also received the booster shot if eligible), you will not be required to quarantine unless you are exhibiting or develop possible Covid-19 symptoms. You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the last day you were with the positive person.

If you are deemed a close contact and are not up-to-date, you will be asked to move to the designated quarantine space on campus or move off campus to complete your quarantine period, which has now been updated to five (5) days. Per CDC recommendations and College policy, both vaccinated and unvaccinated close contacts will need to get a PCR test 5-7 days following known exposure.

Support services will be available to those in both isolation and quarantine. Students will have remote access to classes, as available. Other support services include contact-free delivery with food, medications, and any other necessary items placed at the student’s door for pickup. Students in quarantine or isolation may not leave their assigned rooms for any reason.

For students who feel they may have COVID symptoms, please contact Student Health Services at 518.327.6319 as soon as possible.

Student Guest Policy

This policy is written to support students who will be on campus for the Spring 2022 academic semester and guest privileges in their residence hall rooms. Students should abide by the following guidelines, otherwise they risk the loss of guest privileges for the entire Spring semester and may also face student code of conduct violation charges.

  • There continues to be a pause on allowing our resident students to host anyone who does not live on campus in their residence hall assignments on campus. This includes Paul Smith’s College students who are commuters for the Spring semester.
  • Paul Smith’s College is committed to keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe during the Spring semester. We will continue to monitor both local transmission rates as well as the number of students who are vaccinated on campus prior to allowing students to host outside guests.
  • Once Paul Smith’s College has determined the number of students who have been vaccinated we will update this plan and notify students when/if they may begin allowing outside visitors to their residence hall rooms.
  • Students who live on campus are allowed to visit one another so long as all students follow the College’s masking policy and follow the health and safety guidelines as recommended by the CDC. 
  • If there is an upturn in cases in the local region or on campus guest privileges may be suspended for a longer duration of time.

Residence Life & Housing and Paul Smith’s College has the ability to amend this plan as the COVID health crisis shifts or if cases increase.

Campus Visitors

The campus is open to the public, and most visitors are allowed on campus again. Exceptions include:

No overnight guests unless part of a College-sanctioned program, such as visiting Athletic teams or Admissions guests.

The PSC Taskforce will continue to closely monitor local case counts, both CDC and local public health official considerations, and review these guidelines and update as needed.

 

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics in our Area

Paul Smith’s College continues to urge everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to stay up to date regarding boosters. To find a site for COVID-19 vaccines or boosters, search www.vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Locally, there are a number of options for both first-time vaccines as well as booster shots. Click here to view upcoming clinics in our area. You can also schedule first-time vaccine and booster shots online at both Kinney’s and Walgreen’s.

Key Contacts

Vice President of Student Affairs
Courtney Bringley
cbringley@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6059

Student Health Services
Christine Brennan, RN, BSN, Director
(518) 327-6349
cbrennan@paulsmiths.edu

Housing & Residence Life
Lou Kaminski, Director
residencelifeandhousing@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6488

Campus Safety
Holly Parker, Director
hparker@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6300