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FAQs

The College is working to update FAQs as quickly as possible to align with recently shared policy changes. Thank you for your patience. For the most update-to-date information, please see latest messages.

MASK WEARING

Indoor masking is currently required in public spaces throughout campus and will remain in place for at least as long as the CDC continues to designate the Saratoga County Community Level as "High." KN95 masks (or equivalent) are required.

We ask all members of our community to be respectful in their communication with others regarding mask wearing and vaccination status. While individuals may voluntarily disclose their vaccination status, the College expects all community members to exercise sensitivity to individuals’ unique circumstances. This includes refraining from asking an individual why they have not been vaccinated.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Indoor masking is currently required in public spaces throughout campus and will remain in place for at least as long as the CDC continues to designate the Saratoga County Community Level as "High." KN95 masks (or equivalent) are required.

Any student who is experiencing symptoms should not attend class and should reach out to Health Services to schedule a testing appointment as soon as possible. 

  • The last day of optional, drop-in PCR testing on campus will be Wednesday, May 18. Free rapid tests are available to all students upon request through Campus Safety by calling ahead, or by appointment at Health Services for individuals who are symptomatic.

Students who test positive through Skidmore’s PCR testing will be notified by email and/or phone about positive test results and can reach out to covidsupport@skidmore.edu with questions or concerns. Students who test positive on a self-administered rapid test should contact Skidmore Health Services during business hours and Campus Safety after hours for support and instructions.

By New York state law, all positive COVID-19 test results must be reported to the relevant public health authorities.

Additionally, any positive test results on Skidmore's campus will be shared with relevant campus administrators in order to facilitate needed next steps, like isolating and facilitating support. Information will be shared parsimoniously and only on a "need to know" basis.

We are confident in both the sensitivity and specificity of the COVID-19 tests, which are successfully processed by the Broad Institute. The Institute has several quality control protocols in place to ensure accuracy over time and across laboratory batches.

The College has been closely following the developments with the Omicron variant and changes to federal, state and local public health guidance in response to these developments.

Throughout the pandemic, the College has followed the health and safety guidance issued by local, state, and federal health agencies. The Centers for Disease Control recently updated its guidance on isolation and quarantine periods

At this time, the following guidelines are in place for those who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Students who test positive must isolate for at least five days following their positive test and complete all subsequent isolation precautions identified by Health Services.
  • Students who live off campus or who are in a single bedroom on campus, including students in residence halls, will isolate in place. If on-campus roommates test positive in the same timeframe, they will isolate together.
  • Email and text messages will be used to communicate positive test results to students and employees. Everyone should monitor these closely. Students who test positive will have their CoVerified status changed to “restricted.”  
  • Faculty will continue to be notified when students are not able to attend in-person learning because of isolation or quarantine requirements.  
  • Contact tracing will be restricted to specific, high-risk situations where transmission is likely to occur. All students and employees in isolation will be asked to independently notify their close contacts.
  • Students should pack a ‘to-go’ bag including medications, toiletries, comfort items, clothing, chargers, etc., in advance so they are prepared to move quickly into isolation housing, if necessary. 

Please review the latest isolation and quarantine protocols for employees here.

Health Services will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine the best course of treatment. This could include services delivered by on-campus providers, or referrals to Saratoga Hospital/local urgent care centers based on the nature and severity of the illness.

Health Services is currently available for clinical appointments from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and students who are living, working or taking classes on campus are eligible for clinical services. Request an appointment through the website, by calling 518-580-5550 or emailing health@skidmore.edu.

Counseling Center resources and counselors are available to all students. Please visit the Counseling Center webpage for information about clinical services, hours, access, and policies.

Students should speak with their faculty members to let them know they have an approved exemption. Faculty members will work with students to address classroom spaces and group work activities.

Human Resources will work with employees and their supervisors to address any physical space concerns.

  • Donna Ng (Chair), Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer
  • Gail Cummings-Danson (Co-Chair), Assistant VP for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics
  • Sarah Delaney Vero, Interim Human Resources Director/Assistant Director of Employment & Workforce Diversity
  • Pat Fehling, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor for Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department
  • Sara Miga, Director of External Relations and Strategic Communications, and Angela Valden, Strategic Communications Editor
  • Tim Munro, Director of Campus Safety
  • Bruce Murray, Assistant Director of Facilities
  • Kelly Patton-Ostrander, Assistant Vice President for Financial Planning & Auxiliary Services
  • Ann Marie Przywara, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Residential Life
  • Julia Routbort, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Health and Wellness
The COVID-19 Logistics Working Group is continuously monitoring metrics and trends that include: 
 
  • Community compliance with mitigation measures such as masking and testing 
  • Current and trending campus testing positivity rates/number of positive cases 
  • Distribution of cases and any identified patterns of transmission  
  • Skidmore’s resources and spaces available for isolation and quarantine  
  • Skidmore’s capacity to manage notification, case investigation, and contact tracing in a timely and effective manner 
  • Saratoga County case numbers, testing positivity rates 
  • Saratoga Hospital capacity
These metrics are tracked individually, and also considered in relation to one another, and help the College evaluate whether additional safeguards, operational changes or, ultimately, a shift in levels is necessary.  

Vaccination policies

Yes. Skidmore College is requiring that all students be fully vaccinated, which now includes receiving a booster, against COVID-19 before arriving on campus for the spring. 

Please review the full policy. 

Yes. All new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) are required to be fully vaccinated, which now includes receiving a booster, by Jan. 24, 2022 or as soon as eligible to receive a booster, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Please review the full policy. 

Currently accepted COVID-19 vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and an evolving list of international vaccines accepted by the World Health Organization. Vaccines must be approved by either the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization to be acceptable. Only individuals who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.

The College will work closely with any international students who may have difficulty accessing one of these vaccines or have access to a vaccine not listed, and those instances will be examined on a case-by-case basis.

All returning students must submit proof of COVID booster vaccination through the Student Health Portal by Jan. 24, 2022.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Submission Form has been updated for employees to submit proof of their booster vaccination. Employees should complete this form as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 24. 

Vaccination records will be maintained confidentially by Human Resources for employees and Health Services for students and will only be shared with those with a need to know and in accordance with federal and state laws protecting health information.

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available at state-run vaccination clinics as well as local grocery stores and pharmacies. To locate a convenient and free vaccine location, please visit this New York state website.

Yes. The CDC recommends individuals get vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19, based on studies that show that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

VISITORS POLICY

A visitor is defined as any individual on the Skidmore campus who is not a Skidmore College student, faculty, or staff member. Visitors include guest speakers, vendors, contractors, family and friends of students or employees, admissions tour participants, members of the local community.

Yes. All visitors to campus are required to be fully vaccinated, including booster. Departments, programs, or offices may request proof of vaccination.

Indoor masking is currently required in public spaces throughout campus and will remain in place for at least as long as the CDC continues to designate the Saratoga County Community Level as "High." KN95 masks (or equivalent) are required.

Effective March 7, 2022, visitors will be allowed in all Skidmore residence halls and apartments.

All visitors to campus are required to be fully vaccinated, including booster. Departments, programs, or offices may request proof of vaccination.

Through May 13, indoor masking in public spaces is required throughout campus.

Visitors are currently allowed on campus. However, their ability to participate in events, go indoors, attend gatherings, and more can change. For hours and availability of our various public facilities, it is best to contact those places directly (i.e. the Tang Museum, Scribner Library, Skidmore Athletics, The Surrey-Williamson Inn) as they may evolve.

All visitors to campus are required to be fully vaccinated, including booster. Departments, programs, or offices may request proof of vaccination.

CAMPUS LIFE

The Dining Services team will continue to provide the high-quality food that our students appreciate while maintaining a safe environment.

Effective March 7, 2022, faculty, staff, and visitors are once again permitted to dine in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. 

Effective March 28, 2022, there are no further restrictions regarding dining or at events where food will be served. 

Williamson Sports Center is now open to all students, faculty, and staff without restrictions. Students, faculty, and staff (with a Skidmore ID) may bring guests, who are expected to sign in and show ID at the front desk. Sign-ups will still be required for all users of the cardio and weight rooms. Everyone must swipe in at the front desk with their Skidmore ID. The pool is open. For more information, check the website or contact Amy Murray at 518-580-5370

Yes. Competition schedules will be posted on team webpages on the Skidmore Athletics website as they become available.

Student employment will continue to be available on campus.

The College’s top priority in all our planning continues to be the health and safety of our entire campus community. With that in mind, the following guiding principles were developed to establish categories of events and activities we should seek to prioritize to best fulfill Skidmore’s academic mission. The guidelines help faculty, staff, and students to decide the appropriate format for College events and meetings, (indoors, outdoors, virtual). Whether to hold certain events will be an ongoing dialogue.
 
Academics and academic events: Will be prioritized above all other activities and events as the College seeks to — first and foremost — facilitate a safe, in-person environment for instruction and research throughout the year.  
 
Athletics and co-curricular events: Co-curricular events — chief among them athletics — should be prioritized and held as it is safe to do so, recognizing that students need to have a "full college experience" to the greatest extent possible. 
 
Key College events: Large, in-person events that fall outside a specific academic or co-curricular context may still have importance to the overall Skidmore experience and may be held if current health and safety conditions allow. Such events should not be held if they could seriously jeopardize the College’s ability to provide in-person academic or co-curricular experiences.  
 
Student social experiences: Events that facilitate engagement, entertainment, socialization, and community-building among students are crucial to their Skidmore experience as well as to their health and wellness. Such events and activities should be prioritized accordingly.

Yes. Administrators are working closely with the Student Government Association, and student leaders continue to provide opportunities for engagement within health and safety guidelines.

Yes. Field trips are permitted, and all College health and safety guidelines still apply.

Yes. When students leave campus, they must follow state and local guidelines. We encourage families to have conversations with students about expectations for behavior within the surrounding community. The College will be sharing guidelines and expectations with all students as well.

Building hours and additional information can be viewed on the Lucy Scribner Library webpage.

For the latest on the Tang Teaching Museum's hours, visit the museum's website

HOUSING

The College is planning residential spaces for students that will maintain standards of health and safety and prevent too much social density. 

If students are interested in living off campus, they are responsible for finding housing.

The College encourages students to consider the items listed on our packing list.

We would advise that parents ask their students to share emails with them. If you have specific questions upon review, please reach out to the Office of Residential Life at reslife@skidmore.edu

Yes, you may have friends visit you but they must wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status