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COVID-19 Information for Students

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

Visit SUNY Geneseo's COVID-19 dashboard for data on campus-administered COVID-19 tests, active cases, and related information.

As of Feb 11, enhanced safety protocols are in place at SUNY Geneseo. Please see the updates section for details.

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IMPORTANT: Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

You must quarantine if you have been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate. The procedures are the same.

Close Contact Quarantine

Roommates or close contacts of students who test positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days either in their suite, residence, or if they live in a corridor-style hall, in Jones Hall. The Livingston County Department of Health will notify any students who are required to quarantine.

Students have the option to go home for their quarantine. Students going home must travel in a private vehicle. They must not use public transportation.

Exemptions from Close Contact Quarantine

Students who have documented a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days are exempted from quarantine requirements if identified as a close contact.

Similarly, students who have documented receipt of COVID vaccination and who are at least 14 days after the second dose, and not more than 90 days after the second dose, are exempted from quarantine requirements if identified as a close contact. This exemption for vaccinated individuals does NOT apply to the need to participate in weekly pooled testing or the need to precautionary quarantine if identified as a member of a positive pool.

Quarantine after Testing

All students who are tested for COVID-19 because they have symptoms are required to quarantine until the results are completed. Test results will be shared with the student via phone, the secure messaging feature of Point and Click (our electronic medical record program), or in person if rapid testing is used.

If the results are negative and the student has no symptoms, they may be released from quarantine. If they continue to have symptoms, they must continue to quarantine until the symptoms resolve.

Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

If you live off campus:

  • You will remain in an off-campus dwelling.
  • Do not go out in public, and do not have visitors.
  • Remain inside of a home or hotel room for the duration of your quarantine or isolation.
  • Each person or family group in a dwelling is required to have separate living quarters and bathrooms. If a separate bathroom is not possible, coordinate with other residents and wipe down all surfaces after use.
  • You must complete a Daily Health Screening. Go to your health portal to do that.
  • Food delivery must be arranged independently of SUNY Geneseo. Instacart offers grocery delivery from Wegmans.
  • Laundry and garbage do not require special handling but may require coordinating with another person.

If you live on campus:

  • We will ask you to isolate in Jones Hall.
  • Bring everything with you that you may need for roughly two weeks during isolation or quarantine.
  • Quarantine and Isolation rooms have pillows, sheets and pillowcase, towel and washcloth, hand sanitizer, mini shampoo and conditioner, body soap and mini body wash, as well as flu care kit, snack bag, and microfridge.
  • Students will receive an email from Residence Life explaining how they can acquire other items they may need while in Jones Hall.
  • Read emails from Residence Life to ensure you are aware of their expectations and the resources that are available to you.
When Quarantine or Isolation Ends

Once the Department of Health has released a student from quarantine or isolation with a formal discharge letter, that student is responsible for forwarding the discharge letter to and calling 585-245-5736 to let the Health and Counseling Office know they have been released.

Pooled Testing Self-Isolation

If you are included in a pool that tests positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted and asked to begin a precautionary self-isolation until the specific member(s) of the pool who are positive have been identified. If you reside on campus, you will be moved to Jones Hall. If you are off campus, you will be required to remain in your residence. All students are able to return home to self-isolate, if desired, during this period -- as long as they do not use mass transit to return home.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation requires you to remain in your residence and refrain from either having visitors or visiting anyone else. You must not report to work or in-person classes and should not participate in any other group activity or social gatherings during the self-isolation period.

How long will I have to self-isolate?

Self-isolation should not exceed 48 hours. You will be notified of the final test result within that time. If your test is negative, your self-isolation will end. If your test is positive, you will be required to isolate following the procedures above.

Academic Calendar

The College has amended the academic calendar to ensure the health and safety of the campus and to help facilitate a rapid transition to remote learning if necessary.

Spring 2021 Calendar

  • February 1: First day of classes (online only)
  • February 4: Residence halls reopen
  • February 8: First day of in-person classes
  • March 2: Rejuvenation Day—no classes
  • March 24: Rejuvenation Day—no classes
  • April 22: Rejuvenation Day—no classes
  • May 12: Last day of classes
  • May 22: Commencement

Full Academic Calendar

Bus Services

Regional Transit Service (RTS) provides busing services for the SUNY Geneseo campus.

All applicable state, regional, and local safety precautions related to COVID-19 are being enforced. This includes requiring masks at all times for boarding and riding the bus, reduced occupancy for buses (currently 50 percent), and increasing the number of vehicles servicing heavily used routes when necessary to ensure that sufficient capacity is available to meet demand.

Building Access

During the Spring 2021 Semester, College buildings will remain secure during the day. Students, faculty, and staff can use their Geneseo ID to scan into public doors on buildings and gain entry during normal operational hours.

For more information please visit the Access Control website or email

Cleaning and Disinfection

The College has 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. Ventilation adheres to CDC and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines. Updated cleaning and disinfecting processes employ multiple approaches best suited to the needs of each area including the use of disposable paper products and UV lighting.

Classroom/Lab Capacity and Rules

All classrooms are operating at capacity within parameters of proper public health physical-distancing guidelines. All in-person and hybrid courses are assigned classrooms appropriate for social distancing.

The College follows public health guidelines for sanitation and hygiene in classrooms and labs. These include:

  • Face masks are required in all instructional spaces. Capacity signage is posted and furniture has been reduced and reconfigured to allow for physical distancing.
  • Classrooms and research labs are cleaned and sanitized regularly, and appropriate sanitation supplies (e.g., disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations) are available. Where feasible, additional protective equipment (e.g., plexiglass shields) are installed.
  • Faculty are taking attendance if contact tracing becomes necessary.

For more information, please see the Office of the Provost’s 20/21 Academic Experience page.

Consequences for Violating COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Students who violate COVID-19 safety protocols may lose access to campus facilities and housing. The Student Conduct Board may take other disciplinary actions. Student conduct is governed by the Student Code of Conduct and COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Chancellor’s Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations and SUNY Geneseo COVID-19 Violations Mandatory Sanctioning.

Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are permanently or on an interim basis removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.

Course Formats and Resources

Course Formats

Approximately half of Spring 2021 courses have an in-person component: 44% have some face-to-face components (18% fully in-person and 26% hybrid) and 56% are online.

If you wish to be entirely online in the spring, consult with your academic advisor or the Office of the Dean for Academic Planning and Advising (DAPA) for guidance. You can schedule online appointments with advisors in DAPA.

There is more information about taking courses during the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020-21 Academic Year Plans page.

Technical Support

Learning Resources

Accommodations for Disabilities

Students who experience disability-related barriers to the living and learning environment can contact the Office of Accessibility Services at or 585-245-5112 to request reasonable accommodations. All appointments will be conducted virtually for the Spring 2021 semester.

Daily Health Screening

Students are required to complete a daily health screening and will receive an email prompt to do so every morning. Students can sign up to receive text alerts through the health portal to receive a text reminder. To sign up for text alerts, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your health portal at
  2. Select the Profile link on the left navigation menu
  3. Scroll to Text Messaging and select Edit
  4. Enter your mobile number with area code
  5. Check the box “I would like to receive text messages"
  6. Select your mobile phone carrier
  7. Select Continue (this must be done to enable text messaging)
  8. Review the information
  9. Select Continue
  10. Select Confirm

If a student indicates via the screening that they are experiencing symptoms, the Health Services staff will contact them. Students may also call the Health Center directly if they have any questions at 585-245-5736 to talk with a nurse.

Daily Health Screening FAQ

Who receives a daily COVID Health Screening Survey? Anyone who lives on the SUNY Geneseo campus, lives off-campus in Geneseo and/or commutes to Geneseo.

Do I have to complete the survey? Yes, completing the daily screening surveys are mandatory. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.

Do I have to complete the survey every day if I am only on campus once a day? Yes, completing the daily screening surveys are mandatory. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.

What if I answer yes to 1 or more of the questions on the survey? If you answer yes to questions 1 and/or 2 your status will change to Isolation and you will receive an email from one of our medical staff regarding your symptoms. You will now receive a daily Isolation survey until the status is cleared.

If you answer yes to questions 3 and/or 4 your status will change to Quarantine and you will receive an email from one of our medical staff. You will now receive a daily quarantine survey until the status is cleared.

What if I answer yes to a question by accident? You can message the Technical Support rep within the health portal or email her at

Dining Rules & Safety

Campus dining service operations follow room capacity, sanitization, and physical distancing compliance standards.


Table spacing and the number of chairs have been adjusted to increase spacing for dine-in service. Guests are not permitted to change the layout of tables or chairs while dining in restaurants and cafes.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is maintained while in the queue for kiosks, station lines and pick up areas, with floor markings and signs indicating six-feet of distance between guests. Distancing guidelines in dining facilities apply regardless of whether students live together.


Masks are required and must be worn by employees and diners at all times, except when seated to eat. Where possible separate entrances and exits have been established, and queues are kept to a minimum with distancing indicators.


Meals are individually plated. High-touch areas such as self-service stations have been adjusted (such as individual servings of condiments) to increased health and safety protocols (protective barriers, sanitizer stations).

Other Changes

Online ordering, take-out options, and delivery services have been added to reduce capacity in dine-in facilities. Staffing plans for dining facilities have also been restructured to reduce risks. Catering offers pre-packaged meals.

Events and Gatherings

Most traditionally held in-person events will be virtual in Spring 2021, and will be limited to SUNY Geneseo community members and vendors who directly supply or support events.

We are planning a fully online commencement.

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

Face Mask Requirement & Safety Precautions

Face Mask Requirement

in accordance with SUNY guidelines, SUNY Geneseo has adopted the recently announced Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that individuals who are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks following the final dose of any vaccine) can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues. 

Masking is still required by all members of the campus community on campus at all other times, including all indoor spaces, even when six-foot spacing exists--unless when alone in their private residential, office, or personal space; eating meals on-campus while seated and physically distant; or by themselves. Masks also are still required for large gatherings, including the May 12th Graduate Procession and Recognition event.

Students who do not comply with the face mask policy are subject to a Student Code of Conduct violation.

CDC Double-Masking Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued new guidance on mask wearing. All faculty, staff, and students are now encouraged to wear two face masks -- a surgical mask and a cloth mask -- for maximum protection. It is recommended that all volunteers who are assisting with pooled testing, as well as those who work in positions where they are regularly in close contact with others, consider double masking. There are surgical mask dispensers across campus that students and staff can utilize at no charge.

Face Mask Requirement and the ADA

There is misinformation circulating about exemptions from face mask requirements connected to interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At this time, the ADA does not cite a blanket exemption from face mask requirements for individuals with disabilities. It has not issued documentation to support this 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 concerned about wearing a face mask on campus due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at or 585-245-5112.

Safety Precautions

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

If you do become sick, call the Health Center at 585-245-5736 to talk with a nurse.

Financial and Billing Questions

What is the CARES Act Emergency Grant, and how does it affect me?

Geneseo has received $2,276,062 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The funds will be used for eligible students that have been impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

For more information, please visit the CARES Act Emergency Grant page.

What is the One Knight Student Aid Emergency Fund?

Through generous donations of Geneseo alumni and friends of the College, the One Knight Student Aid Emergency Fund assists Geneseo students who are facing financial emergencies that affect their academic and personal lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund offers one-time need-based grants on a case-by-case basis.

Visit the One Knight Student Aid Emergency Fund page for more information and to apply.

Can my financial aid be recalculated if my family or I have a change in income due to COVID-19?

If you or your family have experienced a loss of income due to the stay-at-home orders caused by the pandemic, you may complete a Special Conditions Request Due to COVID-19. The Office of Financial Aid will use your estimated income to recalculate your eligibility for federal financial aid.

Why do I have an athletic fee if SUNYACC has canceled the Fall 2020 season?

We offer services during the semester that both in person and online students can take advantage of that will help improve their health, safety, and general wellness. These activities include fitness training and outdoor recreation. The fees also will support continued team practices, as well as recruitment.

Why is there a performance fee on my bill, if there will not be performance events due to COVID-19?

During the upcoming academic year, the Student Performance Fee will help the College purchase the rights for several musicals for the Musical Theatre program. Hopefully, these productions will be virtual and in the latter half of the year, live or live-streamed. The Performance Fee will also help us purchase audio equipment to enhance our live streaming capabilities for concerts by Chamber Singers, Festival Singers, Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. The ensembles and the musical theatre productions involve many students from outside the music department. The fee also covers piano tuning, upkeep, and repair for the 53 pianos throughout campus, which are used not just by music faculty and majors, but by students from across campus. Our theater and dance program will also produce virtual events; fees help pay for costumes, video production, stage props, set construction, and more.

Will I receive a refund if we end up having to leave campus due to COVID?

In the event that Residential Life terminates housing due to public health concerns, the College will provide refunds on the campus housing based on a prorated schedule.

What if I have more questions?

Please visit our Financial Aid FAQ page about financial aid and billing.

Gym/Workout Center

Please see the Workout Center for information on hours and operations.

Pause to In-Person Instruction

If Geneseo meets the health metrics for temporarily pausing in-person instruction, all face-to-face instructional activities on campus will transition to remote instruction.

In-person academic experiences hosted by external partners and a limited number of in-person student research activities where continuity is essential may be allowed to continue.

What might prompt a pause to in-person instruction?

Geneseo’s decision to restrict or suspend campus operations would be made by considering a combination of community and campus criteria, including:

  • If the campus population positivity rate exceeds 5% during a rolling 14-day period
  • Action by the governor or public health officials
  • An increase in number of COVID-19-related cases in the broader community or on campus
  • Number and trends of COVID-19-related local hospital admissions and available hospital beds
  • Student quarantine and isolation space availability
  • Testing capacity on and off campus

Can students stay on campus during a pause to in-person instruction?

If Geneseo pauses in-person instruction, students may stay on campus or choose to go home. If you go home, you must remain there for the entire pause period and submit a negative COVID test result before returning to campus.

Where can I find more information?

Additional guidelines for Residence Life during a two-week pause are in the Restart Geneseo plan on pages 97–98. Guidelines for dining are in the Restart Geneseo plan on pages 98–99. All dine-in service and touch-screen kiosk ordering will be suspended, and facilities will offer take-out orders only. Orders can be submitted online or at the counter, and menu options will be simplified.

Guidelines for residence hall move-out procedures are found in the Restart Geneseo plan on pages 86–91.

If the College pivots to remote instruction, it will provide refunds for campus housing on a prorated basis. Please visit Will I receive a refund if we leave campus due to COVID? on the Financial Aid page.

Residence Hall Information

Bathrooms are limited to 50 percent occupancy and are only to be used by residents in that particular section of the residence hall floor (suite and townhouse residents have their own bathrooms and only need to abide by the 50 percent occupancy rule).

Residence Hall access will be limited to assigned residents, residence hall staff, custodial workers, and cleaning staff. Parents, friends, family, non-residents, off-campus students, and others are not allowed to enter the residence halls. Given the concerns of limited physical distancing in closed quarters, weather permitting, students are encouraged to make use of outdoor spaces for visiting with friends.

Please see the Residential Visitation Guidelines for more information.

The College will use a phased approach to increase access within and to the residence halls if COVID-19 cases remain low. 

Student Health and Counseling Services

You can schedule an appointment online. If you have questions, you can reach Health & Counseling by email at Phone numbers for the various Health & Counseling offices are available on the Health & Counseling website.


Basic safety operations at Health & Counseling focus on good hygiene practices and limiting potential exposure to the coronavirus. All Health Service appointments follow physical distancing requirements and minimize interactions among patients.

Waiting areas are coordinated to ensure appropriate spacing and staggered appointment start times. Masks are available at all entry points and are required at all times; hand sanitizers are located throughout the building. All patient encounters include temperature screening.


  • Lauderdale is the main center for sick visits (as well as non-sick as needed/necessary).
  • South Village Health Services sees all non-sick visit types on a predetermined schedule.


Health Services operates by appointment only. You can make an appointment online or call the Health Center directly at 585-245-5736 to talk with a nurse. Phone screening and triage are in place for all students who call with concerns, and those with scheduled appointments are screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Symptomatic students follow specific guidelines to avoid interacting with other patients and are treated by a designated clinician.

Counseling Services is exploring the implementation of teletherapy services. Students in immediate emotional crisis are assessed and follow the same entry/triage procedures as Health Services.

The College continues to work with external partners on supplemental medical services, including Trillium Health providing PrEP. Reproductive Health Services are available Mondays and Thursdays from 8 AM-4 PM in Lauderdale Health Center and in South Village Health Center on Fridays from 8 AM-4 PM. All students are contacted prior to their appointment to complete pre-screening.

The College recognizes that additional mental health and/or educational resources may be required to adequately serve students impacted by stressors related to COVID-19.

Testing Requirements & Procedures

See below for information about COVID-19 testing.

Surveillance Testing Requirement

All students who meet any the following criteria are required to participate in weekly pooled testing held in Sturges Hall, per SUNY mandate:

  • If you live on campus.
  • If you live off campus in Geneseo -- even if you are not taking in-person classes.
  • If you're a commuter student taking in-person classes.
  • Any student who needs to be on campus at any point during the semester. For example: for work, to use the library, or for athletics.

Testing instructions will be sent by email.

If you have received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, you're still required to participate in pooled testing. Please note that students who return to Geneseo having received one dose of the vaccine MUST return to the same provider for their second dose

Temporary Exemption for Students Who've had COVID

If you tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days and have submitted a copy of your positive test result using the MyHealth portal, you do not need to pool test until 90 days after testing positive.

Please email to reserve a testing time and date for the rest of the semester before your 90 days are up.

Surveillance Testing Steps

  1. Before surveillance testing you will need to create a profile on SUNY COVID Test. You must be logged in and have it open on your phone when you arrive for your test.
  2. Don't brush your teeth or use mouthwash for 3 hours before your appointment.
  3. Don't eat for 30 minutes before your appointment.
  4. Report to Sturges Hall at the scheduled time and follow the directions on signs and from the testing volunteers.
  5. If you miss your scheduled test, report to Sturges Hall to take a test the next available day (at any time -- no need to reschedule). Pooled testing for students takes place from 8 AM–4 PM every Monday-Thursday.

Students who miss a test appointment and do not report for a test the next available day may have their access to services restricted until they get tested.

Video (by GFR): New Test Kits Monday, March 29 - How They Work

Surveillance Testing FAQ

What happens if I miss my test?

Students who miss their scheduled COVID-19 surveillance test must make up the test on the next available testing day. If they do not, they are considered out of compliance and will have their access to certain campus services disabled until they have been tested.

How do I reschedule a test?

If you know in advance that you will not be able to make your scheduled test, email to reschedule.

If you miss your scheduled test, report to pooled testing the next available day (any time between 8 AM–4 PM) to complete a make-up test. You do not need to email to reschedule. 

Pooled testing takes place from 8 AM–4 PM every Monday-Thursday.

What if I'm sick or have an emergency that prevents me from reporting for my scheduled test?

There are some exceptions for students with unique circumstances. If you have questions, please email as soon as possible.

Why do I add my insurance information?

The cost of the initial pooled test is covered, but if your pool of samples tests positive, your insurance will be billed to run your individual swab to determine who in the pool is positive. If you don’t have health insurance you can indicate that when you register for the pooled test, by self-reporting “not applicable.”

How do I obtain my test result?

Beginning Monday, March 22, students are able to see test results in the COVID testing app. 

You will not receive an alert, but pooled results will be available within 48 hours after the tests are received by Upstate (6:00 p.m. each day). If your pool is negative, you will see the result “presumed negative.”

While your test is being processed, the result will show as “pending.” 

If you are identified in a positive or indeterminate/invalid pool, your initial result will be shown as “pending,” and you will receive an email alert from Upstate.

You receive an email from Megan Syfrett if you are found to be in a positive pool. If results come in overnight, Megan Syfrett will email affected students the following morning. 

How accurate are the pooled tests?

According to SUNY Upstate, the new saliva test used by Geneseo beginning March 29 is the most sensitive saliva test available in the United States right now. It can detect infections at the earliest stages when people may be infectious but have not yet developed symptoms. It also can detect more virus variants than other tests. For more information on the saliva-based test used in our surveillance testing, please see the Quadrant Biosciences website.

Do I need to quarantine or isolate?

There is no quarantine or isolation required on the day you participate in pooled testing. If we learn that you are included in a pool that tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact you and ask that you begin a precautionary self-isolation until we can identify which specific member(s) of the pool have tested positive. If you reside on campus, you will be moved to Jones Hall. If you are off campus, you will be required to remain in your residence. All students are able to return home to self-isolate, if desired, during this period as long as they are not required to use mass transit to return home.

If you see results in the app before you are alerted and are in a positive or indeterminate/invalid pool, you are expected to undertake precautionary quarantine until further instructions are given. Individual results from a positive pool will take up to 48 hours. 

  • If you are identified as negative, you will see the result as "presumed negative." If your individual result from being in a positive pool is negative, you are free to leave precautionary quarantine. 
  • If you are in isolation because you tested positive for COVID from a different test after you participated in pooled testing, you are required to remain in isolation.
  • If you are in mandatory quarantine because you were identified as a contact of someone who tested positive, but your pooled test was negative, you must continue your quarantine. 

The results of pooled testing are now considered diagnostic/clinical results, and you will be able to download a PDF of your results from your Upstate profile page. In some circumstances, for example, the negative pooled result can be used as proof for an employer or other activities where you need a negative test before you can participate. You no longer need a MyChart account to view results.  

What does self-isolate mean?

Self-isolation requires you to remain in your residence and refrain from either having visitors or visiting anyone else. You must not report to work and should not participate in any other group activity or social gatherings during the self-isolation period. You may still pick up a meal but you are encouraged to limit contact with others to the greatest extent possible during your self-isolation. This period of self-isolation should not exceed 48 hours before being alerted to the final test result.

Testing for Symptomatic Students

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call the Health Center at 585-245-5736 to schedule a COVID-19 test. If you live on campus, bring your Community Bag with to your appointment, along with anything else you might need for two weeks. If the test is positive, you will not return to your residence hall.

All students who are tested are required to quarantine until results are completed. Test results are shared with the student via phone, the secure messaging feature of Point and Click (our electronic medical record program), or in person in the case of rapid testing.

If the results are negative and the student has no symptoms, they may be released from quarantine. If they continue to have symptoms, they must continue to quarantine until the symptoms resolve.

All students who test positive are moved to isolation (for a period consistent with CDC guidelines, 10 days from the onset of symptoms and at fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours). Students who desire to go home for the allotted period of isolation are transported privately, most appropriately by a family member.

COVID-19 testing results are reported by the contracted outside lab to both the Student Health and Counseling Center and the DOH in the student’s home county as indicated on their Classroom Safety insurance. (Insurance billing requires the address of the carrier of the insurance. We cannot use the student’s local address for this unless the policy is in their name.)

A student’s local DOH is notified of positive results and is responsible for daily communication with the student. That DOH contacts Livingston County DOH for contact tracing and a report is made to the state DOH tracking system. The student’s local DOH also provides a note of clearance when students are no longer contagious and are released from isolation.

In the event that rapid testing is implemented, the Medical Director in Student Health and Counseling or their designee will report positive results to the Livingston County DOH for tracking and contact tracing. If rapid testing is negative but suspected as false by the clinician, a nasal swab PCR test will be performed.

External (Off Campus) Testing Sites

The Health Center can provide rapid testing for COVID-19 for symptomatic students. Should you experience COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Health & Counseling at 585-245-5736 to make an appointment to determine if testing is advisable.

If you are not eligible for a test at Lauderdale, testing is available through:

  • Noyes Health in Dansville offers a drive-thru testing site. A physician order is required, and insurance will be billed.
  • Monroe Community College in Rochester is free and available to all individuals who are New York State residents. The drive-thru testing site is by appointment only.
  • Livingston County Department of Health is available in a limited capacity but will accept individuals who have no insurance and are symptomatic. They will also provide tests to students who are identified as contacts of a person in isolation.
  • Other options for testing are Wellnow in Batavia and CVS in Dansville. 
If You Test Positive at an External Testing Site

If you obtain a test from an external testing site and test positive:

1. Alert Student Health and Counseling ASAP at 585-245-5736 and send your test results to We will provide the test result to the Livingston County Department of Health (LCDOH) to commence contact tracing. Contact Tracing cannot begin until DOH receives notice of the positive test.

2. If you are on campus and you choose to isolate here, you will be given directives to transition to Jones Hall.

3. If you are off campus, please remain in your off-campus residence until given further directives by DOH.

4. Please remember that you will be required to isolate from the date of test results, not the onset of symptoms date.

5. Submit your clearance letter to Student Health and Counseling through your health portal at

For Contacts of People Who Have Tested Positive at an Off-Campus Test Site

If you are a contact (roommate, suitemate) of a person who tested positive at an off-site testing location:

1. Alert Student Health and Counseling at 585-245-5736.

2. If you are on campus, you will be given directives to quarantine for 14 days.

3. If you are off campus, remain in your off-campus residence until given further information on quarantining.

4. If you are required to mandatory quarantine, submit your clearance letter to Student Health and Counseling through your health portal at

What do I do if I test positive?

Please also see the "quarantine and isolation" section at the top of this page.

How do I know if I need to get tested?

Learning that someone we know has tested positive can create anxiety and worry. Anyone who is a contact of a contact—i.e., someone who had no direct contact with the positive individual—is not in need of quarantine.

Symptoms can develop up to 14 days from exposure, so if you are a contact you will be informed directly by DOH and expected to quarantine for 14 days. Testing too soon will not give an accurate picture if you have contracted the virus.

It is imperative that anyone who is experiencing symptoms call the Health Office at 585-245-5736 to expedite DOH contact tracing. If you are a roommate or suitemate of a positive individual, DOH will notify us and we will provide you with testing at the optimum time.

Travel Guidance

Residential and local off-campus students are strongly discouraged from traveling away from Geneseo for any reason unless it is an emergency.

If leaving Geneseo, students MUST take appropriate measures to cancel and reschedule their weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing appointment through their health portal  Students who miss their scheduled COVID-19 surveillance test must make up the test on the next available testing day. If they do not, they are considered out of compliance and will have their access to certain campus services disabled until they have been tested.  If you do not cancel and reschedule the appointments you will miss while gone, you will risk having your access disabled since your appointment will be documented as a no show. 

Students Commuting from Home

Students commuting to campus from their permanent home address who are engaged with in-person or hybrid classes are expected to limit travel or activity that would raise their level of exposure.

Carpooling and Ride Sharing

Students are strongly discouraged from carpooling or ride sharing. If students must share a ride the following protocols should be observed:

Drive with the windows cracked to get air circulation. Masks should be worn at all times. Take all necessary safety steps (distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing during stops). Do not stop at bars or eat-in restaurants.

Research Trips

All travel that includes students must be approved by the Provost’s Office. All individual and group field research trips must be day trips only that occur within the governor-designated Finger Lakes Region. 

Students, including student teachers driving together to their placement, are strongly discouraged from spending more than two hours in the vehicle (or 60 miles) unless absolutely necessary.

Guests and Visitors

The College maintains a strict Guest and Visitor Policy. This policy includes prohibiting individuals such as parents (other than move-in and move-out), siblings, friends from other campuses, recent alumni, and others.

Traveling out of State

Students who leave campus to travel out of state must follow New York State Travel Advisory Procedures and quarantine as necessary. They are not guaranteed the ability to have classes transitioned to remote learning.

Students who have tested positive in the last 90 days are exempt from quarantining if traveling outside of NYS.

Geneseo will continue to be attentive to the changes in cross-border requirements that will guide the schedules of students who live in Canada and travel to the United States.

Vaccine Availability

All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

As of 4/28 you can get your second dose somewhere else 

All pharmacies participating in the federal vaccine program have been given permission to provide second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people who received their first dose in a different location.

If you received your first vaccine dose in the Geneseo area but are moving home for summer break before you can receive your second dose, you can now schedule an appointment for your second dose at a pharmacy closer to home. If you have an appointment scheduled for the second shot elsewhere, make sure to cancel it.

As of 4/29 you can get your first shot at a state-run mass vaccination site without an appointment

New York State also expanded options for the student population. Starting Thursday, April 29, people ages 16 and over can walk into 16 state-run mass vaccination sites to receive their first shot. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot.

How to make an appointment

Most places that offer COVID-19 vaccines allow people to make appointments online or over the phone.

Options for making a vaccine appointment include:

Visitors and Guests

Visitation on campus by external guests (except for appropriate business functions) is strictly prohibited and will be monitored, in accordance with the College's COVID-19 Visitor Policy.

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