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.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19—whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, symptomatic or asymptomatic— must isolate for five days. Resident students must isolate at their permanent residence. If isolating at home is not an option, residents must receive permission from a Residence Life professional to isolate in place (in their residence hall room). Roommates can stay, but must mask.

Please see Geneseo's COVID-19 guidelines for full details on the requirements for students who test positive.

If you are found in violation of the code of conduct or any of the COVID-19 rules, 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, CDC, 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 Office: 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