The University’s constant top priority is our community’s health and well-being.

Our Health and Wellness team is watching the current outbreak of monkeypox, which was declared a global and national public health emergency. On July 29, 2022, New York state’s governor declared a disaster emergency – a step that ensures the state will have the resources to respond to changing conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that monkeypox is a rare and preventable disease with low risk. The University continues to have infectious disease prevention and support plans in place, which include close monitoring and continual communication with our community. Please see our Monkeypox FAQs for prevention steps, the latest data, and Adelphi support resources.

As with all public health matters, Adelphi abides by state and local department of health requirements and sets our University’s policies and procedures based on current scientific data and CDC guidance. Our Health and Wellness team continuously monitors the public health landscape and the University is prepared to adapt as needed to any changes in circumstances and official guidance.

We ask every member of our Adelphi community to continue following best practices for preventing the spread of illnesses – to ensure we all stay safe and well. The University will continue proactively sharing the most current public health information and how we respond.

If you feel sick or have concerns, please contact our healthcare team in Health Services at or 516.877.6000.

If you have questions about Monkeypox, COVID-19, or our policies and procedures regarding public health, please email our Health and Wellness leaders at

View a recording of our educational webinar on monkeypox hosted by University Health and Wellness in partnership with Northwell Health-GoHealth on September 1, 2022.


Monkeypox FAQs

Monkeypox is a virus in the smallpox family. It has similar symptoms to smallpox but is milder and rarely fatal.

According to current CDC data, monkeypox spreads through close physical contact with an infected individual, animal, body fluids, secretions or a contaminated surface. It is less transmissible than chicken pox, measles or COVID-19. More detailed information can be found in the CDC’s online FAQs.

We are monitoring the monkeypox public health emergency. We will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all official guidance of our state and local health departments.

We continue to have infectious disease prevention and care plans in place, including:

  • Close monitoring of public health and continual communication with our community
  • Collaboration with local and state departments of health to implement all public health requirements and to trace possible impacts on our community
  • Adherence to CDC best practices and recommendations
  • Continued robust cleaning and disinfecting
  • On-campus isolation space and care procedures for our residents who become ill and cannot return home
  • Advocacy for greater access to a monkeypox vaccine

Please review the CDC’s recommended steps for minimizing your exposure to monkeypox.

We strongly encourage you to continue practicing the essential personal hygiene and protection strategies that are proven to be highly effective in preventing the spread of viruses:

  • Thoroughly and frequently wash your hands.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who may be sick, or if you are sick.
  • Do not attend class or go to work if you are sick.

We also strongly recommend wearing an appropriate face covering in crowded public places and large gatherings to minimize potential contact with someone’s respiratory droplets.

  • Monkeypox Educational Webinar: Thursday, September 1, at 1:00 p.m.
  • University Health Services: Call Health Services at 516.877.6000 or email at
  • Mental Health Support: Students can visit our Student Counseling Center in Room 310 of the Ruth S. Harley University Center, call 516.877.3646 or email at All faculty and staff can utilize our no-cost Employee Assistance Program (regardless of medical plan) by calling 877.622.4327 or visiting
  • On-Campus Flu Vaccines: To help minimize the impact of flu season on our Adelphi community, Adelphi Health Services, in partnership with Northwell Health-GoHealth, will offer on-campus flu vaccinations in the coming weeks. More information is to come.

Read the August 25 campus message about Monkeypox from Vice President of University Wellness, Safety and Administration Gene Palma.

Health and Wellness Team
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