General Campus & Safety COVID-19 FAQs
Adelphi’s Garden City campus is open and operating with a hybrid of remote and in-person operations. Access to campus is currently restricted to faculty, staff, students, or authorized visitors.
Hauppauge, Manhattan, and Hudson Valley Learning Center hours vary by location. For information about each center’s hours of operation, please contact the center directly. Additional information for each center can be found in our library of Safe Return Quick Guides.
We are not requiring students or faculty to sign waivers however we have encouraged all community members to take the “Pledge to Protect”, reaffirming commitment to practicing all safety precautions including social distancing, hygiene protocols, and PPE requirements. Additionally, proper safety behavior and protocols have been incorporated into our University Code of Conduct.
Authorized visitors may be asked to complete a visitor agreement and abide by all relevant policies. Review our admissions visitor guidelines.
Please visit our Distancing and Hygiene Guidelines as well as our Daily Health Monitoring Requirements to prepare for accessing campus. Social distancing and mask-wearing are required behaviors while on any Adelphi University property. You must be a faculty, staff, student, or authorized visitor to access campus.
The Daily Health Monitoring Checklist must be completed prior to arriving on campus. It is done on the honor system however, these necessary adjustments in behavior and personal responsibility are built into the COVID-addendum to the University’s code of conduct. There are repercussions for those found not to be in compliance. Safety Monitors will be randomly checking to assure all have completed the daily questionnaire.
The data will be held in compliance with HIPAA standards; we will regularly monitor anonymized overarching data (eg., how many daily submissions, how many green clears, how many red blocks etc.). Any “failed” daily checks will be sent as an alert to the Health and Wellness team for follow-up.
Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Almost all meetings should be held in whole or part using the extensive range of available virtual collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Google Chat, telephone, etc.).
In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state and federal orders and should not exceed 50 percent of a room’s capacity as identified by the Nassau County Fire Marshall, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements. Furniture should be rearranged and/or visual cue marks may be added in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees. All attendees should wear a mask or face covering while sharing space in a common room.
Following any in-person meetings, meeting organizers are expected to clean the public surfaces using the disinfecting supplies located in each meeting space, discarding all trash in the proper receptacle at the end of the meeting.
During your time on-site, you are encouraged to communicate with others as needed by email, instant message, telephone, or other available technology rather than face-to-face. You can also use a range of available virtual collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Google Chat, etc.).
All essential visitors attending in-person meetings are subject to these same requirements.
Yes, face masks or coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus when in classrooms, in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, hallways, lobbies, etc.).
Should you forget your face covering, a disposable face mask will be provided at no cost.
Please note that bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings, and masks with valves or vents do not offer adequate protection and should not be used while on campus.
We recognize that the changes this fall will require difficult but necessary adjustments in personal behavior and responsibility, but it will help us maintain a safe learning and working environment for all members of our community. We expect that all community members will:
- Wear a face mask or covering at all times when in public spaces and unable to social distance from others.
- Maintain physical social distancing of six feet or more, whenever possible.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Ensure regular use of hand sanitizer in between hand washings.
- Cover one’s mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid participation in gatherings larger than stated guidelines and where social distancing cannot be maintained.
In accordance with the New York State Department of Health, Adelphi has designated site safety monitors responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance; our Director of Environmental Health and Safety Michelle Glover Brown, and Assistant Director of Student Health Services Jacqueline Concepcion. In addition, Public Safety Officers and Student Safety Ambassadors have been trained to address and correct members of the community that are observed or have been reported not abiding by our mask and social distancing policies.
If you witness a breach in compliance, you are encouraged to report the incident. All reports will remain confidential and protected from adverse action.
The University requires regular testing of residential students every 2-3 weeks. Additionally, as part of an ongoing COVID-monitoring program that meets local and national public health guidance for precautionary surveillance testing, the University will randomly select up to 700 faculty, staff, and commuter students each month to complete a free, non-invasive, saliva-based COVID-19 test.
Adelphi’s Health Services Center works in coordination with New York State and local departments of health (DOH) to coordinate contact tracing as soon as an individual in our community is identified as testing COVID positive. At Adelphi, these coordinated tracing efforts are additionally supported by our Office of Public Safety and our Student Safety Ambassadors who help us to identify individuals that may have been exposed to a person who tested positive.
In accordance with DOH guidelines, people who are identified as potentially exposed to the positive individual are directly contacted. However, being contacted means that officials are carefully eliminating all possible connections to help prevent the spread of the virus and does not mean that you are at risk. DOH guidelines do not require contacting those deemed not at risk for exposure to the person. Adelphi will continue to work closely with the DOH to ensure all required notifications and safety protocols are closely followed.
Contact Tracing is mandatory if identified by the Nassau County Department of Health as a positive case or exposure to a positive case. This will occur immediately upon knowledge of a positive case.
As required by Nassau County, we will report any positive cases to the county who will then complete contact tracing. Any community members identified by the county health experts as needing to quarantine for 10-14 days will be alerted and asked to do so.
Yes, this will follow the contact tracing process with Nassau County. Any contact or exposure to a positive case will result in the need to quarantine.
During the summer, all classrooms were reconfigured to accommodate social distancing in lecture and seminar-type instruction, resulting in reduced enrollments in many classes. In some lecture and seminar-style classes unable to accommodate six feet of distancing, faculty have opted for online or hyflex modalities to ensure that proper spacing can be achieved. Additionally, as an added precaution, all students will be required to wear PPE (face mask or covering) while in the classroom. Labs, studios, and other specialized classrooms will operate at 50% capacity with established and approved protocols in line with public health standards.
Throughout buildings, signage will help indicate proper distancing, including floor markers and spaces that may be off-limits (such as every other computer or seat). Social distancing reminders will be prevalent. View a sample of signage here.
We will not present performances in the PAC with an audience during Fall 2020. Very limited audiences will consist primarily of faculty and fellow students, who will be socially distanced. Student arts activities will perform in the PAC but will also maintain physical distancing. The PAC building is LEED-certified and meets the requirements set by the CDC, with high-efficiency filters in place and changed regularly. For more information about our safe restart to performing arts, explore our Performing Arts Quick Restart Guide.
It has always been Adelphi’s policy to employ the highest level of rigor in the cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and spaces on our campus. Adelphi’s housekeeping staff in the Facilities Management Department utilizes hospital-grade cleaning products and protocols. View more details about our cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
Adelphi University ensures that spaces, equipment, and tools are regularly cleaned and disinfected using products registered in New York State and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency effective against COVID-19.
All building restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. Roving teams of Housekeeping staff members will continually clean high touch surfaces throughout the day, and wipes will be provided in classrooms.
Our master restart plan does have an extensive section detailing information on Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and other Air Quality Measures. In addition to opening windows and propping doors open where possible, the University will upgrade all filters to MERV 13 minimum, where applicable, implement more frequent air filter changes, run HVAC units 24/7 in buildings in use, add supplemental microbial filtration systems, and supplement filtration systems with HEPA units, where necessary. All changes and operations will be consistent with the expert guidance of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Adelphi’s HVAC systems have been serviced and filters changed to meet the current CDC and ASHRAE guidelines for high efficiency, and all buildings have been updated to meet current CDC guidelines for indoor air quality. Filters will be changed and HVAC units sanitized regularly. We recommend that residential students bring fans and keep dorm room windows open as much as possible. All common areas are served by exhaust fans that run 24 hours a day, constantly replacing building air with fresh air.