COVID-19 Testing Update including Weekly Requirements for Rapid Testing starting 11/30 /2020

Prior to Thanksgiving Testing – Students Only

Students who wish to come back to campus after the Thanksgiving Holiday must submit a negative Rapid Test or PCR test by no later than 12 midnight on 11/25.

(This does not include any student living in the Residence Hall who does not plan on leaving during the holiday weekend.)

Residential students planning on returning to the residence hall after leaving for the Holiday Weekend will follow the directions from Student Affairs.

After Thanksgiving Testing Requirements for Non-Residential Students,  faculty, and staff who wish to return to campus after the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

If you live in, or traveled to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania or Vermont
If you traveled to a state not listed above and stayed for no more than 24 hours before returning to New York:

You must submit a negative rapid test prior to coming back to campus after the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend or get tested on campus on Monday, November 30th.

If you plan on spending Thanksgiving in any other state than New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania or Vermont and are staying for longer than 24 hours, per the State Mandate, you must follow these procedures:

  • The traveler must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York. (If you do not get the testing results prior to returning to New York, you will still be allowed to re-enter the state.)
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • The tests can be either PCR or Rapid Tests.
  • If you do not wish to be tested prior to returning to New York and get tested again 4 days into quarantine, you have the option to quarantine for 14 days and get a test at the end of your quarantine period.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Required for Campus Access effective November 30th, 2020

Due to the surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the City, State and Country, the College will begin to require weekly negative COVID-19 tests for anyone who wishes to be on campus.  

To make it easier to be tested weekly the College will begin to offer Rapid testing on campus every Monday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm starting November 30th through December 21st.

  • The Rapid Testing will be provided by a third party vendor licensed to conduct Rapid Testing.
  • It will take 15 minutes for you to receive your test results.

If you are unable to be come to campus Mondays and wish to return to campus, you will be required to get tested at an external location and submit the negative test result each week to  prior to returning to campus for that week.

  • For the week of 11/30/2020, the College will accept COVID-19 tests taken 11/27 or later. As always, the tests should be sent to

All weekly test results that are submitted will be valid Monday - Sunday of that same week.  Tests must be conducted in the same week that campus access is requested. 

Rapid testing is now an acceptable form of testing whether through our campus resource or through an external testing site. If you receive a positive Rapid Test Result, you will be required to take a PCR Test to confirm the accuracy of the positive result.

The Health and Safety committee


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