Adelphi University’s policies for responding to the COVID 19 pandemic will be rooted in safety or our staff, safety for our faculty and students and for the public we interact with.

Policy Statement

Adelphi University’s policies for responding to the COVID 19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for our staff, safety for our faculty and students and for the public we interact with.

Reason for Policy

The goal is to protect our staff, faculty and students while responding to the COVID 19 pandemic and continue Adelphi University’s mission of education and to ensure compliance through site safety monitoring and, if necessary, progressive discipline.

Who is Governed by This Policy

All employees of the University
Non-Union employees of the University
Employees of the American Association of University of Professors (AAUP)
Employees of the Benevolent Association of Security Officers
Employees of the Local 1102
Employees of the Local 153
Employees of the Adelphi Physical Plant Workers’ Labor Union (AAPWLU)
Student Workers
All students of Adelphi University


All employees have an obligation to follow all safety procedures while on campus to allow Adelphi University to return to partial, and eventually full capacity operations. Adelphi University entered into Phase Four of reopening on July 8. As a result, members of the Adelphi Community have been returning to campus in increasing numbers. The University released, on July 15, the Master Restart plan, which includes the requirement that social distancing and face coverings be used when on campus. The Master Restart Plan can be found here:

Adelphi University Restart Master Plan

In addition, Return-to-Work Guidelines have been issued with detailed information on how to safely return to campus for those employees who are required to be on campus, and for those who will intermittently be on campus with the approval of their manager and executive leader.  These Guidelines can be found here:

Return to Work

Employees should note that Adelphi University follows all NY State laws and CDC and New York State Department of Health Guidelines regarding social distancing and face coverings. Complete guidance from the CDC and New York State can be found here:

Prevent Getting Sick
Novel Coronavirus

In addition, the NYS Department of Health requires that Adelphi designate a site safety monitor whose responsibility includes ensuring ongoing compliance with all aspects of the guidance included in this document.

Responsibility for monitoring observance will be shared by Michelle Glover Brown, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, and Jacqueline Concepcion, Assistant Director of Student Health Services, helping to prioritize your safety and the health and wellbeing of every member of our community.

Here is a checklist that you should use with your team as a reference point:

  • All employees and students should have and keep these items on hand: a mask, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • You must wear a mask, which covers your nose and mouth, at all times, especially in settings where staying 6 feet apart (about two arm’s length) is not possible;  except for when alone in your individual office or workspace, or at least six feet apart while outside. (Social distancing)
  • A mask must be worn on Adelphi University pathways and when entering and exiting buildings, regardless of social distancing, as you may unexpectedly encounter someone.
  • Masks must be worn in all classrooms and all buildings at all times. Exceptions: Post Hall Dining Area, Panther’s Den, outdoor seating. Must be socially distant when eating. Mask must be worn at all times in these facilities unless seated and eating. Disposable masks will be provided free of charge if you are in need of a mask.
  • Your office door must remain shut to facilitate social distancing, if applicable.
  • If someone enters your office to speak to you, you must both wear a mask.
  • When you leave your office or workspace for any length of time, a face mask must be worn; no exceptions.
  • Social distancing must be maintained when in common areas (e.g., break rooms, kitchens, conference rooms, print stations, etc.).
  • Avoid using phones, desks, work stations, and work tools, etc. assigned to others where possible. If it is not possible, clean and disinfect before and after each use.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched (high touch) objects and surfaces, like workstations, keyboards, telephones, doorknobs, etc.
  • Be considerate and conscientious of others and their concerns, even if they are different from your own.
  • Be mindful of your out-of-state travel, including abiding by quarantine rules. Be honest with your supervisor if “work from home” time is needed. View the New York State Department of Health Travel Advisory.
  • If you witness a breach in compliance with our stated guidelines, you are encouraged to report the incident to Michelle Glover Brown, director of Environmental Health and Safety and Jacqueline Concepcion, assistant director of Student Health Services at All reports will remain confidential and protected from adverse action.

Disposable masks will be provided free of charge by Adelphi, if needed, and can be picked up at the following locations:

  • Garden City Campus: Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS) – Reception Desk
  • Garden City Campus: Student Health Services
  • Garden City Campus: Public Safety Office
  • Garden City Campus: Swirbul Library – Reception Desk, Lower Level
  • Garden City Campus: Nexus Building – Lobby Area
  • Garden City Campus: Nexus Building – Admissions Desk
  • Garden City Campus: Hy Weinberg Center – Room 302
  • Garden City Campus: Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise – Reception Desk (room 121)
  • Manhattan Center – Reception Desk
  • Hauppauge Center – Reception Desk
  • Hudson Valley Center – Reception Desk

The University has also hired safety ambassadors that will be walking throughout the campus and clearly identified to report any violations. Violations can also be reported to the COVID Hotline at 516.877.3012.

All employees and students are expected to follow all of the University’s COVID-19 related safety protocols.

Disciplinary Actions:

For Union staff:

For employees who refuse to follow the posted guidelines, disciplinary procedures will be followed in accordance with the CBA for that union, up to and including suspension or termination.

For Non-union Employees:

Employees who refuse to follow the posted guidelines may face disciplinary action up to, and including, termination from the University as follows:

  1. First Offense = removal from campus and a written warning
  2. Second Offense = suspension without pay for 2 weeks
  3. Third Offense = unpaid suspension or termination

For Students:

Students who do not follow guidelines will be subject to educational and disciplinary consequences up to, and including, separation from the University community.

We recognize that the knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and the University will adjust our policies as needed as more information becomes available.

Policy Owner

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