Employee Pooled Testing

Testing Protocols May Have Changed for You – What You Need to Know

  • There are different COVID-19 testing requirements and protocols for you to follow depending on your location (Utica or Albany) and vaccination status.
  • Please select your status below to find out how to comply with the testing procedures that apply to you:

I am a faculty or staff member based at the Albany or Utica campus

Important Information

Based on guidance provided by SUNY System Administration, the employee COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing plans and procedures have been updated as indicated above and below to comply with the Spring/Summer 2022 testing requirements before, during, and after arrival to campus, as SUNY Poly seeks to mitigate the potential spread of SARS-CoV-2. If extra testing is required at any point to ensure campus health and safety, you will be contacted with details.

The definition of “fully vaccinated” may be subject to change. Please see the FAQ regarding full vaccination for the latest definition.

Those Who Have Not Provided Proof of Vaccination:

All faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated, or those who choose not to provide documentation of vaccination and who plan to be on campus (including instruction, co-curricular activities) shall be tested weekly as detailed below and through the link(s) above. (Mandatory testing agreements for faculty and staff represented by CSEA, NYSCOPBA, UUP, PBANYS, and PEF are extended through August 31, 2022.)

Those Who Have Provided Proof of Vaccination:

Fully vaccinated employees (including auxiliary workers and vendors with a regular on-campus presence) may opt-out from mandatory weekly testing upon the submission of documentation to hr@sunypoly.edu showing completion of a full vaccination series (definition subject to change based on final recommendations from FDA and CDC on booster shots). Please note that fully vaccinated individuals are required to take part in surveillance testing based on the schedule in the testing protocols that pertains to you (see link(s) above) to test for breakthrough positive cases based on the evolving pandemic.

Protocols to comply with these requirements are detailed for both SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica and Albany campuses based on status (see links at the top of this page).

As federal, state, local, and SUNY health guidance changes due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Poly’s rules will also evolve as the institution receives new guidance and/or regulations are promulgated. SUNY Poly reserves the right to change its policy in regards to these matters and will provide updates as needed on the SUNY Poly website.

Additional Testing Options

If you are unable or do not wish to take part in campus-based pooled testing, you will need to submit proof of a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR (or TMA-NAAT) test result to Human Resources (results should be emailed directly to hr@sunypoly.edu).

  • The test must be a PCR or TMA-NAAT test; antibody and antigen tests will not be accepted as proof of “negative” result. A “Positive” antigen test may be reported to local Health Departments and may be used to demonstrate a COVID-19 positive status.

Any employee who does not participate in pooled testing will need to provide their own weekly test results. For example, if you will be required to take a negative PCR (or TMA-NAAT) test collected during the week of May 16, this test would be dated no earlier than the Sunday for that week, and no later than the Saturday of that same week, and you will need to provide an electronic copy of the results within 24 hours of receiving them to Human Resources: hr@sunypoly.edu. By not participating in campus pooled testing, you are responsible for scheduling and paying any costs associated with your own tests.

To meet testing requirements in lieu of participating in pooled testing, you are encouraged to participate in Project Baseline testing, a free, individualized, community-based drive-through PCR testing process in which you fill out the intake form online, schedule a drive-through test at Rite Aids located throughout the region, and then electronically receive test results which you can then submit as indicated above. Obtaining a community-based PCR test through Project Baseline is fast, free, and provides the autonomy and convenience of meeting the testing requirements according to your personal schedule.

In addition, Walgreens Rapid Diagnostic testing (NAAT) information can also be obtained by visiting their website, where free testing can be scheduled, which often returns quick testing results.

More Information

Daily Screening

This is no longer required for employees or students.

NYS Travel Information

  • The New York State Department of Health refers travelers to the CDC for any requirements, restrictions, or recommendations on domestic and international travel.
  • For domestic travelers, the individual should research the requirements of the state / locality they are traveling to and follow all applicable requirements.
  • For international travelers, the CDC website provides country-by-country breakdowns and expectations for travelers. The website also includes a listing of prohibited travel from certain countries.
  • For questions, students may contact studentaffairs@sunypoly.edu.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit: Pooled Testing FAQs.

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