Campus Restart FAQs
We are committed to providing you with the most up to date information as we plan for the Fall 2020 semester. To help answer your questions, we have developed the following FAQs addressing issues of particular relevance to our Adelphi community.
For FAQs about academics, life on campus, and resources for students related to the Fall 2020 semester, please visit our FAQs for students.
For FAQs specific to teaching and instruction this fall, please visit our FAQs for faculty.
The Adelphi University Master Restart Plan in Response to COVID-19 was submitted to New York State on July 15, 2020. It provides our detailed plans for safely and responsibly reopening Adelphi’s campus according to state and department of health requirements, the continual monitoring of health conditions, containment of potential transmission of the coronavirus, and contingency plans for the shut down of in-person operations if ordered by the state due to widespread COVID-19 transmission.
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. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks 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 your colleagues and supervisors 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.
The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Health Services. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources.
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 sanitizing protocols and guidelines
Adelphi University will ensure 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 employees are subject to the following business travel restrictions, until further notice.
- All non-essential domestic travel is suspended.
- All non-essential international travel is suspended.
- In order to be classified essential, travel plans must be reviewed and approved by your executive leader.
Regardless of destination, all employees must self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days before returning to the office if they have:
- Returned from an essential trip to an international destination.
- Reside with someone who has returned from an international destination.
- Returned from an essential trip and encountered a domestic flight connecting through Canada or Mexico.
Visitors, trainees, guests and pets are not allowed on campus during this time.
Satellite centers will adhere to the same health precautions and procedures that will be in place in Garden City, including social distancing, required wearing of masks, and enabling classrooms with technology for remote learning & instruction. Procedures for entering each facility may differ. Additional information for each center can be found in our library of Safe Return Quick Guides.
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. If any member of the Adelphi community witnesses a breach in compliance, they are encouraged to report the incident to Adelphi’s site safety monitors by emailing email@example.com. All reports will remain confidential and protected from adverse action. 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.
The University will require that all residential students be testing prior to arrival, and 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 Office of Health and Wellness 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.