SUNY Morrisville will administer weekly pooled saliva testing throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Participation in the pooled saliva testing is required weekly for all students, staff and faculty who are physically on campus throughout the semester.
Weekly testing is held every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-4p.m. in the Recreation Center, which allows for ample spacing and ventilation as well as separate rooms for pooling.
Pre-Arrival Testing Instructions for Students
Prior to the start of the semester, there are several items that all students who will attend classes on campus, live on campus or plan to use campus facilities must complete before the semester begins on Monday, Feb. 8.
Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test
All students will be required to provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within seven (7) days prior to their return or provide documentation of a positive COVID-19 test within the last three (3) months. Mandatory pooled saliva testing will be conducted for all students upon arrival, as well, and will be required weekly for all students, staff and faculty who are physically on campus throughout the semester. Do not arrive on campus without proof of a negative test, or you may be turned away.
Acceptable tests for COVID-19 are:
- Rapid or non-rapid tests
- Molecular or antigen tests
Antibody tests are not acceptable
Non-rapid tests can take several days to provide results, so please plan accordingly, and do not wait until too close to your move-in date. The results should be uploaded by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 to Blackboard. If you receive your results after that time, please bring a physical copy with you to move-in. If you have not received a negative COVID-19 test prior to your arrival, you will not be allowed to attend classes in person, and you will be directed to South Hall to quarantine until the results of your pooled saliva test have returned negative. If South Hall is full, you will need to return home until a negative test is provided.
To locate a testing site near you, search here. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1.888.364.3065 or visit the NYSDOH website. If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test. If you go to a non-state-run test site, you are advised to check with the testing site and your health insurance company in advance of being tested to confirm if you will be responsible for any fees associated with your test.
In addition to taking a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus, we are asking all students to precautionarily quarantine at home for seven (7) days prior to their move-in date to ensure that they are not exposed before coming back to campus. Given the increase in cases of COVID-19 locally, statewide and nationwide, students must restrict their movement in the week preceding their return. Weekly pooled saliva testing will allow us to identify cases early, before they spread.
Blackboard Course: "Stamping Out COVID"
To provide a place for information as well as to submit important documentation, all students are automatically enrolled in a Blackboard course. The course, will allow students, beginning Friday, Jan. 29, to upload proof of their negative COVID-19 test, complete an attestation that they have completed a seven-day precautionary quarantine before returning to campus, and otherwise learn about and meet all COVID-19 campus safety measures. To access this course, and complete your requirements, please follow these steps:
- Navigate to blackboard.morrisville.edu
- Click on '"Student Experience'" in the top righthand corner
- Select the "Stamping Out COVID" Course
- The link to submit your documents is on the left, as well as links to other resources for returning to campus. Please submit all documents by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Testing for Employees
We strongly recommend faculty and staff get a test during the same period pursuant to the testing MOUs between the Chancellor and UUP, PEF, CSEA, and the PBA.
Daily Health Check
SUNY Administration has introduced, and required, the use of the Campus COVID Screening App for all employees working on campus. The daily health screening app should be completed either prior to reporting for work or within the first hour of arriving to campus.
Should an employee answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, they should remain home or immediately leave campus.
Weekly Pooled Saliva Testing
All employees (faculty and staff) who are physically on campus are required to participate in weekly pooled saliva testing throughout the Spring 2021 semester.
Employees who are fully remote and do not anticipate being on campus this semester are exempted from this testing effort.