Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

NYSDOH and CDC guidance is evolving. SUNY Polytechnic Institute follows the CDC guidance regarding quarantine and isolation when confirmed by NYSDOH that this is allowed.

Individuals 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 (considered Day 0). 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 Human Resources Office (employees) or the Wellness Center (students). They must wear an approved mask from that point on through day 10 at home (unless alone), in office or class, and during any activities or 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 an approved, 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 an approved, 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-positive individual for at least 15-minutes cumulative in a 24-hour period), quarantine is no longer required pursuant to CDC guidance. However, 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 6 with either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), PCR or rapid 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 Human Resources at 315-792-7191 (employees) or the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172 (students) to discuss any symptoms and test results.

Students and employees 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.

SUNY Poly follows CDC, New York State, and local county health guidelines related to COVID-19. Residential and commuter students identified for isolation will be contacted and provided assistance by the Wellness Center. All students under isolation will receive physical/mental health, academic, and/or other supports, as needed.

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

SUNY Poly has identified and set aside several locations on campus for quarantine and isolation needs for 2022-2023.  These locations include a portion of Hilltop Hall, Adirondack Hall, and individual rooms (when appropriate). 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 residential life staff are also available to meet the needs of the student.

Aramark 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. Aramark 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.

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 expected to wear a mask whenever exiting their designated room.

Students in areas with shared restroom/shower facilities, 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). Approved masks must be worn when leaving any private room – even during emergency evacuations.  

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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