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COVID-19 Information for Employees

Information and resources for SUNY Geneseo employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Campus Events and Gatherings

Most traditionally held in-person events and gatherings are virtual for Fall 2020 and are limited to SUNY Geneseo community members.

College-sponsored small group activities adhere to New York State group-size limits (currently less than 50 people, and no more than 25% of maximum occupancy for indoor or no more than 33% of the maximum occupancy for outdoor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State guidelines. Student organization meetings, rehearsals, and practices are following a phased plan.

Department and employee small-group meetings adhere to NYS group-size limits (currently less than 50 people, and no more than 25% of maximum occupancy for indoor and the CDC and NYS guidelines.

For all in-person events and gatherings, Geneseo campus community members are expected to practice personal prevention: hand washing or sanitizing, staying home when sick, wearing a mask, and maintaining six feet of physical distance.

Please see COVID 19: Campus Events and Gatherings for more information.

Custodial Services

The College has developed a schedule for increased routine cleaning and disinfection based on the CDC/EPA guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces.

Per CDC guidelines, the College has also implemented environmental design changes, including modification of room layouts, seating options, floor markings, and physical barriers where appropriate. Guidelines for ventilation follow CDC and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines. Updated cleaning and disinfecting processes use multiple approaches best suited to the needs of each area, such as increased use of disposable paper products and UV lighting.

Employee Training

Fifteen University Police Department officers and two Human Resources staff members have completed the Johns Hopkins training for contact tracing.

SUNY Geneseo also requires all college employees to complete COVID-19 training to better understand the new policies and procedures designed to combat COVID-19.

Faculty and Staff Testing

The College encourages employees to be tested prior to returning to campus. A question about testing appears on the Employee Information and Training module, which employees need to complete as part of their return to onsite work. The data provides a general baseline of the number of employees tested prior to their return to work.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The College follows guidelines for public health, sanitation, and hygiene as recommended by the CDC, New York State, and state and local Departments of Health (DOH). SUNY Geneseo Environmental Health and Safety has distributed needed masks to the campus. A mix of reusable cloth and disposable face masks are available, and we have made reasonable accommodations for face masks for students and employees, such as utilizing clear face shields/masks to support those who rely on lip-reading. Face masks are required in public locations where six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained, in all instructional spaces including classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories, and in all common areas including residence halls and all buildings.

Please see the policy on COVID-19 Face Masks and Prevention Measures for more information.

Face Mask Requirement and the ADA

Misinformation is circulating about exemptions from face mask requirements connected to interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA does not cite a blanket exemption from face mask requirements for individuals with disabilities and has not issued documentation to support such an exemption (e.g., "ADA cards"/letters/flyers). Please refer to the ADA and Face Mask Policies Guide for more information.

Any students or family members with concerns about wearing a face mask on campus due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at or 585-245-5112.

Protect Yourself and Others

Take these preventative measures and follow the CDC guidelines:

  • When in public, wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. See How to Wear, Clean and Remove Face Coverings (CDC) and N95 Respirators vs Other Face Coverings
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
  • Stay at least six feet apart from others
  • Stay home when you’re not feeling well
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid people who are ill
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Stay hydrated

Employees working on campus who have not received a mask and would like one for work purposes should direct their request and/or questions to Chuck Reyes at

Protocols for Testing Symptomatic Employees

Current protocol requires reporting symptomatic employees to SUNY and isolating them prior to test results. Human Resources communicates directly with the Livingston County DOH regarding positive cases; contact tracing and employee testing are coordinated by the DOH across counties based on where the employees reside.

If a traveling Geneseo employee is returning from a level two or three country and is currently asymptomatic, the employee should remain home and contact Human Resources (585-245-5616 or as soon as possible prior to returning to work. These situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and addressed directly with the individual.

If a Geneseo employee has been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that the employee first contact their healthcare provider for guidance and then contact Human Resources (585-245-5616 or

Use of Online Apps for Symptom Tracking

The College has developed a web-based tool for daily employee screening to identify individual exposure and symptoms related to COVID-19. A paper questionnaire exists for those unable to use the web-based tool. This screening includes self-administered daily temperature checks.

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