In an effort to limit campus density and promote health and safety, a number of updates to our campus visitor policy are effective Monday, Oct. 5. This updated visitor policy is in effect until further notice, but remains subject to change.
Following our latest review, in addition to the daily monitoring of COVID-19 cases, we have revised the campus visitor policy to allow some visitation in residence halls. Students who currently reside in a residence hall are allowed to visit with other students living in residence halls. Visitors from off-campus continue to be prohibited.
The limit remains at no more than two visitors per room at once and no more than 10 people per suite in Commons. Masks properly worn over your mouth and nose are still required at all times, and physical distancing also is strongly encouraged whenever possible.
At this time, commuter students and students living off campus are not allowed to visit residence halls. While we understand this may come as unfortunate news, it remains our safest option to help pinpoint any positive COVID-19 cases that may be discovered through our twice-weekly wastewater testing. Should COVID-19 be detected in the wastewater for a specific building on campus, pooled saliva testing is then administered to identify the source and halt the spread of the virus. This becomes much more difficult when facilities are used by those who do not live in the building or on campus.
Existing procedures within our current policy still remain in effect:
- SUNY Morrisville facilities and buildings are open only for official college business and are not open to the general public.
- Students who are studying remotely will be granted access to campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
- Visitors will be permitted access to academic buildings only when they have been invited by a Campus Host and preregistered.
This policy ensures that visitors adhere to campus mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Visitor is defined as any individual who require essential access to campus facilities and is not an employee (faculty or staff), a currently enrolled student or a campus resident. Employees of certain vendors, contractors, volunteers, tenants and other groups are considered visitors.
Campus Host is a college office/department, employee or registered student organization requiring or inviting a visitor to campus.
Visitors must be pre-registered by a Campus Host. The Campus Host is responsible for forwarding an email to VisReg@Morrisville.edu. The Host receives a response with instructions to complete the registration process which includes a link to the college’s COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Checklist tool to be provided to each visitor. Visitors must complete the self-screening the morning of their appointment and prior to arrival on campus. The health screening is the same completed daily by on-campus/residential students and similar to the employee screening. The tool instructs visitors who report experiencing symptoms to contact the Host to reschedule their appointment. Visitors must park in the K-Lot.
Off-campus/commuter students and visitors who visit campus are required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the college and as required by federal, state or local guidelines and regulations. This includes: self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus and completing the college’s health screening checklist; complying with the college’s face-covering policy and physical distancing requirements; and regular handwashing and sanitizing while on campus. Off-campus/commuter students will receive campus policies electronically following the completion of the health screening survey.
Related Visitor Procedures
Institutions and offices on campus, such as Facilities or Athletics, may in some cases operate with slight variations to this procedure due to specific guidance from associations, insurance companies and contractual obligations.
Persons who utilize outdoor areas of the campus to walk, run and bicycle are not considered visitors and are restricted to the roadways, sidewalks and trails on campus only. Residential and academic areas are strictly off-limits, and posted “No Trespassing” signs must be followed.
No more than two guests per residential student are allowed in student residential spaces.
This visitor policy is subject to change at any time and will be updated as the needs of the college change due to COVID pandemic, or at the direction of the Governor’s Office.