Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

As a result of updated CDC and NYSDOH guidance, SUNY Poly has updated the required quarantine/isolation time for those impacted by COVID-19. Please see the latest CDC quarantine/isolation guidance and NYSDOH guidance.

Students who test positive for COVID-19, will be required to isolate for at least 5 days from the positive test date or onset of symptoms. With no symptoms, or resolving symptoms and no fever in the last 24 hours, they may return to on-campus activities on day six with approval from the Wellness Center. They must wear a mask from that point on through day 10 at home/office/in public.

Additional Important Information:

  • When isolating for 5 days, day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the •    day of collection of the first positive specimen.
  • If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) 10-day Isolation Guidance. Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) 10-day Isolation Guidance.
  • If exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact (within 6-feet of a COVID+ individual for at least 15-minutes cumulative in a 24-hour period), quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure:
    • If not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
    • If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required but these individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
      • If possible, test at day 5 with either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT, e.g., PCR) or antigen test.
      • If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative. If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above. Please contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172 to discuss any symptoms and test results.  

Students may be informed by a campus official if they have been identified as a close contact to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • If the close contact is not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or is fully vaccinated and eligible for booster but not yet boosted, or is fully vaccinated and boosted (complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations plus a booster) but not 2 weeks after their booster vaccination, they will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days from the date of exposure.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and are at least 2 weeks since receiving their booster dose, may not be quarantined as long as they are asymptomatic. Testing is recommended 5 days after the exposure.
  • Anyone who has been COVID-19 positive in the last 90 days or who has received a full vaccination series, and is beyond two weeks of having received their booster shot, and who has no symptoms, is not required to quarantine when deemed a close contact.

SUNY Poly follows all New York State and local county health guidelines. Please note, as per NYS Dept. of Health Guidance, fully boosted individuals, defined as those for whom two or more weeks have passed after receiving a booster shot following their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as well as those who have been COVID-19 positive in the last 90 days, are not required to quarantine if exposed when deemed a close contact to COVID-19 positive individuals, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Please see the flow chart linked below which may be helpful for determining quarantine/isolation expectations based on status:

Quarantine/Isolation Flow Chart (pdf)

Quarantine/Isolation Flow Chart - written/accessible version (pdf)

Residential and commuter students identified for quarantine and isolation will be contacted and provided assistance by the Wellness Center. All students under quarantine and isolation will receive physical/mental health, academic, and/or other supports, as needed.

Information for Utica Campus Residential Students who will be placed in Quarantine or Isolation due to COVID-19

SUNY Poly has a designated building, Oriskany Hall, for quarantine and isolation needs.  If a student is placed there, a quarantine/isolation team staff member will be checking in on the student daily to ensure their health and safety while guiding them through this challenging time.

After-hours staff are also available to meet the needs of the student.

SODEXO will deliver meals two times a day. Lunch is delivered around 1:00 p.m. Dinner and the following day’s continental breakfast are delivered at approximately 6:00 p.m. SODEXO will email the student directly and they will have until 10:30 a.m. to make desired selections. If selections are not submitted on time, a standard meal will be prepared. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated when necessary. During meal drop off, staff will place the food in front of the student’s room door and knock. Please give them time to leave the suite hallway before opening the door. Any requests for the day must be made by 10:30 a.m. and will be delivered with meals. External food delivery services (e.g., pizza, take out) are not allowed.  

Staff are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays to clean the bathroom typically between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Please do not exit your room when the staff are present. Trash will be collected at noon on weekdays. Students should tie up the trash bag and set it outside the door for pickup.

Students are provided with a laundry bag with their name on it. Laundry is picked up on a regular schedule to be taken to a third-party laundry service. Dates and times will be provided with any additional instructions.

Students are expected to wear a mask whenever exiting their designated bedroom.

Students should only be leaving their room to use their designated restroom/shower and then return immediately to their room. To protect everyone in the building, students are not allowed to congregate or gather within the halls or common areas of the building. Leaving the building must be approved by the Wellness Center except in case of an emergency (e.g., fire alarm activation).  

The following information is provided to students so they know what support services are offered through SUNY Poly and contact information if any questions or concerns arise.

Wellness Center:  Health and Counseling Services

To speak with a medical provider, set up a telemedicine appointment or for medication or supplies, students should contact the Wellness Center.

Phone: 315-792-7172
Fax: 315-792-7371     
Email: wellnesscenter@sunypoly.edu

Poly Pantry

The Poly Pantry was established to provide any SUNY Poly student who may be experiencing food insecurity, with food and personal items, in a stigma-free environment. If a student is in need of receiving this support visit the Pantry website, and an order may be placed for delivery by staff through the Poly Pantry webpage.

Academic Support Services

For academic support services, including coordinating academic needs, adjustments, or accommodations during this process, please contact:

Michelle Kent-Landes, Director of Student Academic Success and Advising
kentlam@sunypoly.edu - 315-792-7312 - L142 Cayan Library

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