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Residence Hall COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

While you reside on campus, please be reminded that you are expected to abide by all federal and New York State Laws, College policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and Residence Life policies.  


Resident Assistants, Assistant Residence Directors, Residence Directors, and Area Coordinators reside in the the Residence Halls with you and are present to provide you with support and guidance.  Their goal is to create opportunities for residents to meet one another, develop strong communities, and build lasting relationships - connect and engage.  Part of their responsibility is to help you stay safe in the residential community.  Residence Life Staff cannot do this work alone.  Following COVID-19 policies and guidelines will help to maintain a safe environment.  

Student Conduct and Community Standards

Student(s) found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and/or the guidelines imposed during the pandemic will be subject to student conduct sanctions.  Please see The Code of Conduct online, Geneseo Update, and the Student Handbook.

  • Visitation is/Guests are not permitted in the residence halls beginning January 2022. Only SUNY Geneseo resident students are permitted to enter the residence halls. Residents may move freely between residence halls using their ID cards. 
  1. A guest is considered to be any person present who is not assigned to a residence hall room on campus. When permitted, all guests are to be escorted by resident hosts at all times within the residence halls. 
  2. When visitation is permitted, the right of a resident to reasonably live in privacy supersedes the right of a roommate to entertain guests. Roommates must receive each other's permission before inviting anyone to spend the night in the room.
  3. When visitation is permitted, inappropriate behavior or visitation which infringes on the rights of other residents to have full use of any facility may lead to conduct action and/or removal from residence for the guest as well as the host.
  4. When visitation is permitted, residents may host overnight visitors no more than three nights per month. 

COVID-19 Quarantine or Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19—whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, symptomatic or asymptomatic— will isolate until cleared by the DOH. Resident students must isolate at their permanent residence. We will work with students who are unable to quarantine or isolate at home and need accommodations, such as international students and those with no other safe housing options.

These students will have their health status/wellness monitored daily by the Livingston County DOH.  Vaccinated students are NOT required to quarantine after possible exposure, but should monitor symptoms and get tested off site (not in pool testing) 3 to 5 days after exposure.  

Quarantine IS required for unvaccinated students who:

  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, OR
  • Have been in close contact with someone who is displaying symptoms, OR
  • Is believed by the Livingston County Department of Health to require quarantine.

If you are found in violation of the code of conduct or any of the COVID-19 Quarantine or Isolations rules and regulations listed above, you may be removed from on-campus housing.  

Stay Healthy! 

Practice good hygiene, wash your hands, and if you do not feel well, stay in bed and seek medical attention if appropriate. Be considerate of others.

  • What can you do to stay well? Get sleep, wash your hands - a lot, go for a walk in nature, stay hydrated, and eat healthy foods.
  • What if you don't feel well? Stay in your room and call the Student Health Center. (585-245-5736

Stay Connected!

There are opportunities to connect and engage.  This includes student clubs and organizations as well. 

  • Check and read your email throughout the day everyday.
  • Join a student organization and go to a meeting.
  • Attend RA SEEs (programs, events, etc).
  • Hang out in the College Union or a Res Hall lounge.
  • Invite another resident to play a board game.
  • Reach out to an RA.
  • Join Hall Council. 
  • So how can you stay connected if you are not ready to be in social settings? Group Me, Google Meet, Whatsapp, Facetime, etc. Zoom is free through your Geneseo email account.

Other Things to Do? 

You are only limited by your own creativity and COVID-19 guidelines, Residence Life and College policy, NYS DOH, and the law...

  • Take a walk in the arboretum.
  • Go snow shoeing, sledding, or cross country skiing.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Pick-up basketball or tennis.
  • Go for a drive.
  • Get a treat on Main Street or just take a walk to Main Street. 
  • Meditate.
  • Binge watch something on Netflix. 
  • Do yoga - checkout the Saratoga Commons.
  • Create a spa day - facial, mani, pedi!

Important Contact Information

University Police (Emergency): 585-245-5222
University Police (Non-Emergency): 585-245-5651
Residence Life Main: 585-245-5726 
Lauderdale Health Center: 585-245-5736
Dean of Students: 585-245-5706
Livingston County Department of Health: 585-243-7270
Quarantine Coordinator: 585-491-0983