Students

Residential Dining and Co-Curricular Activities

  • New student orientation will be conducted using a blend of virtual and cohort model instructional methods.
  • Move-in will be phased in over several days by appointment only. Up to two family members may accompany students.  A schedule will be prepared by Residence Life.
  • Residence halls will be “family unit” or “household” models, bathrooms will be assigned.
  • Installed physical barriers between individuals on service lines in food preparation and cafeteria service areas as needed.
  • Reusable kitchen items (flatware, dishes and cups) and cleaning tools (sponges, brushes and towels) will be eliminated and replaced with single use options.
  • The fitness center will remain closed until NYS guidelines allow for reopening. Recommended guidance will be taken into account when issuing protocols for future use.
  • When the fitness center reopens, participants will be limited. Enhanced cleaning protocols will be adhered to.
  • Visitors will be restricted from accessing residential buildings. During the fall 2020 semester no students will be allowed overnight guests.

Athletics

  • Nyack College has a fitness center and athletic training room located in the Residence Hall. No other athletic facilities are located on campus.
  • As a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), Nyack’s athletic programs will operate in full compliance with CACC recommendations. Fall 2020 sports competition has been moved to spring 2021.
  • When competition resumes, the athletic department and its teams will follow an agreed-upon game day protocol established by the CACC. These protocols will include, but are not limited to:
    • Procedures for visiting teams
    • Procedures for home teams
    • Procedures for officials
    • Sideline procedures
    • Procedures for team travel pre- and post-game
  • Often using shared and public spaces, recreational and athletic activities will abide by the protocols and procedures informed by the CDC, NCAA, the WHO, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and state-provided guidance.

Training Room

  • Only eight athletes will be allowed in the main athletic training room with a maximum capacity of 10 people, including staff. Two treatment tables will be removed and put in a temporary space allowing for six feet between athletes receiving treatment.
  • Whirlpools will be utilized by appointment and only for injury purposes, not for recovery purposes. The whirlpool will be periodically drained and disinfected.
  • Each sport will have a designated window of time to make appointments for necessary treatment based around their practice schedule.
  • The main athletic training room will be utilized only for treatments that involve modalities and necessary manual therapy as dictated by the athletic trainer including ultrasound, stim, game ready, normatec and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization tools. All treatments will be by appointment time during their designated window for their sport.
  • Post practice icing/tape removal/quick treatments will be done on the field/court before the athlete goes back into the building.
  • The athletic training staff will clean the tables, counters and equipment following use by each athlete. The floor will be disinfected daily by custodial staff. The athletic training department will use an approved disinfectant which appears on the EPA’s List N as a disinfectant that meets EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It will be used on all tables and surfaces after an athlete receives treatment.
  • Teams will no longer share water bottles. Single-use disposable cups will be available or athletes will have their own bottles.
  • Bench towels will no longer be shared or given out.

Vulnerable Populations

  • Some students may be more vulnerable, identifying with one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) categories for increased risk of severe illness: Am I at Higher Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19?.  Vulnerable community members will be directed to consult the CDC’s Extra Precautions and speak with their healthcare provider.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis. Accommodations may include access to online synchronous or asynchronous class content for students.
  • Each student will make the decision, based on their personal circumstances, to either return to on-campus instruction or study remotely. Students should keep in mind that there will be students on campus this fall who may have underlying conditions rendering them more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. It is the responsibility of each community member to fully commit to protecting the Nyack community’s collective health and well-being.
  • For student athletes, vulnerable or high-risk factors will be considered as part of the annual medical clearance for intercollegiate participation.

Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Resident students will be responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of their suite including their personal space, bathroom and the common area in their unit.
  • Students are required to bring cleaning materials/products to keep their units clean. This has always been a requirement, even prior to COVID-19. A list of cleaning products recommended for COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
  • The College will provide cleaning in areas outside of the residential units for all high-touch surfaces and common area hallways.
  • Students will sign a Public Health Agreement and Acknowledgement of Shared Responsibility and Risk form as part of their student medical record.
  • Training videos will be provided in the orientation sessions that will be forwarded to students prior to the campus opening on proper cleaning procedures and materials.

Testing Responsibility

  • Students self-isolating should complete the Student COVID-19 Self-Isolation Notification Form found at https://www.nyack.edu/site/coronavirus-reporting/.
  • COVID-19 symptomatic students will be referred for testing at the following locations:
    • Commuter Students
    • Residential Students
      • Jersey City Walk-Up Testing at the Jersey City Fire Headquarters, 465 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ, 07302, 201.547.5535
      • CityMD Urgent Care, 340 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201.354.1957

Testing Frequency and Protocol

  • Students should use their New York City address and identify themselves as a student of Nyack College if they receive COVID-19 testing at any site in New York City. This will be the quickest way for the Test and Trace Corps to identify them and will help in their ability to identify clusters.
  • Students, faculty and staff are responsible for any associated costs with testing and are encouraged to remain in close contact with individual health insurance providers.
  • Students will be sent for testing periodically as necessitated by suspected exposure and rising number of COVID-19 cases in the population.
  • For residential students, quarantine will be completed in a special designated residence hall room.
  • Students testing positive will be given information on campus support services available to them.

Tracing

  • The Resident Director will be responsible for notifying state and local health departments if a student tests positive and will be the Contact Tracing Liaison with NYC DOH.
  • The student will take classes remotely until symptom free and/or a negative test result.

Isolation

  • Non-residential students will be asked to return home and complete their isolation in their designated residence. Individuals will not be permitted back on campus until 14 days later and with medical clearance that must be submitted to the Health Coordinator.
  • Residential students who cannot leave campus will be referred to Student Development.
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and who cannot leave campus will be moved to that residence hall floor until they are well and have been medically cleared to end isolation, a minimum of 10 days. This determination will be made in accordance with local health authorities.
  • Residential students in isolation will be provided with the following accommodations and support:
    • Contactless delivery of meals and purchases for students located in residence hall, coordinated between food service and Residence Life.
    • Residence Life staff will assist with contactless delivery of needed medicines.
    • Mental health counseling services will be offered and provided virtually as appropriate.
    • Residence Life staff will assist in other ways as able and requested.
    • Students will be able to continue their courses remotely.
    • Should a student be too ill to participate remotely, students can work with professors for academic accommodation.

Quarantine

Students requiring quarantine must take the following steps:

  • Prior to moving into the Nyack College residence hall, students should make every effort to quarantine for 14 days in New York, New Jersey or a state not currently under the NYS travel advisory.
  • Students requiring quarantine who are unable to quarantine prior to arriving will be assigned quarantine accommodations in Nyack College housing. These students will have to continue their classes in online environments until they are cleared from the quarantine period.
  • Campus meals will be brought to the quarantine rooms during this period. Meal options will be limited, however, any necessary dietary restrictions will be accommodated.
  • On-campus spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed back on campus or out of isolation only once they are:
    • 10 days from the start of symptoms and symptoms are improving, and
    • 72 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication, and
    • produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

Students Confirmed or Suspected to have COVID-19

  • Students confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 will be placed into isolation or quarantine as described above.
  • Residential students in isolation or quarantine on campus will have their symptoms monitored regularly and if symptoms worsen/advance they will be sent for more advanced care.

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