Dear Adelphi Community,
For the well-being of our community as we return to a full academic experience this fall, Adelphi is updating our requirements for the use of face coverings and masks. While the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and evolving, Adelphi’s priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our community, coupled with our commitment to a world-class academic experience.
To allow for in-person activities, effective immediately, Adelphi is reinstating our requirement for all individuals to wear an acceptable face covering or mask while on campus. This policy applies to everyone at the following locations:
- Garden City campus
- Manhattan Center
- Hudson Valley Center
- Hauppauge Center
- Panther Shuttle transportation (regardless of social distancing)
This decision is based on:
- New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate the transmission of the Delta variant, even among vaccinated individuals
- The CDC’s assessment of the level of community COVID-19 transmission. Recently, areas surrounding Adelphi locations have continued to climb to “substantial” and “high”—the levels with greatest risk.
- Scientific data showing that fully vaccinated individuals can become infected with the Delta variant and unknowingly spread the virus while asymptomatic
As the public health situation evolves, we will amend our protocols as appropriate. Adelphi University continues to follow the advice of public health experts and all orders and requirements of New York state. Should transmission levels change in our region, we can update our mask policy again.
As a reminder, Adelphi University requires all students to be fully vaccinated before returning to Adelphi for the start of our Fall 2021 semester. Unless granted an exception by University Health Services, all students are required to upload their proof of vaccination to the Health Portal by August 11, 2021.
A mask requirement was our policy for most of last year. As was the case previously, there are special environments and instances when you can take your mask off. They include:
- Outdoors when socially distanced
- In your residence hall room
- When actively eating or drinking
- For student-athletes, during training or competing, per NCAA policies which Adelphi follows. Masks are required for all other in-person interaction, including team travel.
- The University continues to provide masks free of charge to anyone who needs one at any of these Adelphi mask pickup locations.
- Our COVID-19 website continues to be an important and current resource for you.
- See our current mask requirements and personal safety practices.
We are looking forward to our full and safe return to in-person instruction, activities and campus life experiences with you. If you have any questions about our COVID-19 protocols, please contact our Health and Wellness team for guidance.
Vice President of University Wellness, Safety and Administration