FAQS will be continuously updated as new questions are asked and new information is available. We strongly encourage students, families, staff and faculty to view the latest messages from Skidmore for additional information.
Additional FAQS for faculty and staff regarding return to work, various policies, employee vaccination and employee testing can be found here.
- COVID-19 Vaccination
- Summer 2021 Planning
- Fall 2021 Planning
- Health and Safety
- Campus Life
Yes, beginning Tuesday, April 6, New Yorkers age 16 and older can schedule appointments and get vaccinated against COVID-19. All Skidmore students will be eligible to schedule vaccination appointments in New York state.
Students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible, regardless
of which vaccine is available or which provider is offering the appointment.
Please review this detailed, important information regarding vaccinations, including how to make your appointment, what to bring to your appointment, how to travel to your appointment and what to do after your appointment.
Yes. Skidmore College will be requiring that any student who is living, studying, working, conducting research or doing an internship on campus this summer be vaccinated against COVID-19. More information regarding this policy can be found here.
Summer session classes, collaborative research and student employment will all be offered on campus and in person this summer. Skidmore students may now register for in-person courses, as well as hybrid and online classes.
Non-Skidmore students will be permitted to register for online courses only, beginning April 1. The Opportunity Program Summer Academic Institute for incoming first-year students will be held in person as well.
Skidmore College will be requiring that any student who is living, studying, working, conducting research or doing an internship on campus this summer be vaccinated against COVID-19. More information regarding this policy can be found here.
Summer student housing will be available to students taking classes, participating in research or working on campus or enrolled in a Skidmore-sponsored internship or Skidmore Independent Study for credit. Housing applications open on April 1. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as housing will be limited. Non-Skidmore students will be permitted to register for online courses only, beginning April 1.
Skidmore College will be requiring that any student who is living, studying, working, conducting research or doing an internship on campus this summer be vaccinated against COVID-19. More information regarding this policy can be found here.
The College plans to continue its partnership with the Broad Institute for testing during the summer for various groups. Details on who will be required to be tested and how often have yet to be determined, but this information will be shared as soon as it is available.
Once a student is fully vaccinated (14 days after the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or 14 days after the single Johnson & Johnson dose) they will be exempted from Skidmore’s summer COVID-19 surveillance testing, which will be conducted in partnership with the Broad Institute.
Like students, employees who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements over the summer, if they would have otherwise been required to be tested in order to work on campus.
The College is currently weighing its policy for the fall, but all students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The American College Health Association has recently recommended that colleges require COVID-19 vaccinations for all on-campus students for the fall 2021 semester and has noted that many legal experts have stated that Emergency Use Authorization status does not preclude a vaccination requirement.
Classes for the spring semester will begin on Feb. 2 and end on May 4. There will be a spring vacation day on March 16. Additional information is available on the academic calendar.
Classes will be taught remotely (online), in person and through a combination thereof (hybrid or hyflex). This model will help to reduce density in academic buildings and make safe, in-person engagement more possible.
Registration for the spring 2021 semester was held in November. The Registrar’s website provides all needed information. The Registrar’s Office, Office of Academic Advising, faculty advisors and department chairs and program directors are available to help students navigate any questions.
There are no planned changes to tuition and fees for online courses.
Testing will be available for students and employees Monday through Friday at Falstaff's during the following times:
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
Additonal testing hours may be added as needed.
Skidmore Health Services staff will call all students who have positive COVID-19 test results to share the test results, provide support and instructions about next steps. Negative test results will be communicated as soon as they are available directly to students via an app called CoVerified.
CoVerified is an app that enables students to track symptoms of COVID-19 every 24 hours, schedule
weekly appointments for COVID-19 testing and gain access to their previous test results.
All students not studying remotely must use this app.
Certain spaces on campus, along with faculty or staff or sponsored clubs and organizations, can ask students to display the app screen to verify a student is cleared. The app screen only indicates whether a student is in compliance with Skidmore’s mitigation expectations, including weekly testing. It does not share confidential medical information.
CoVerified is not a tracker app and will not be used for contact-tracing at Skidmore. Skidmore’s IT Department has reviewed CoVerified to make sure it meets all of our data management and privacy standards.
An individual’s CoVerified status can change to “restricted” for a number of reasons, including not being in compliance with the weekly testing requirement and/or indicating symptoms that can be suggestive of COVID-19. If you are restricted because of your symptom picture, please contact Health Services for a clinical consultation. If you are restricted because you have not been compliant with weekly testing, you will need to get tested to have your status in CoVerified changed to “unrestricted.”
If your status in CoVerified is restricted, you can still obtain grab-and-go food at multiple locations on campus (Atrium, The Spa and Murray Aikins Express).
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 moving into isolation housing and facilitating support. Information will be shared parsimoniously and only on a "need to know" basis.
Skidmore Health Services staff will encourage students to share test results with family members so they can get support and help but will not automatically notify family members.
Health Services is happy to communicate with family members about students’ medical situations, but the student must give their informed and full consent prior to any third-party communication not mandated by law taking place. Students must sign a specific release of information or give clear verbal permission about what specific medical information can be released. Protecting medical confidentiality is vital and increases the likelihood that students will seek care.
Health Services will not accept "blanket HIPAA release forms" signed in advance.
In the event of a health and safety emergency, Skidmore will notify students’ identified emergency contacts in order to assist in supporting the student.
If families are concerned about emergencies, they can also discuss with their student the option of signing a New York State Health Care Proxy form in advance of coming to campus. The Medical Proxy form authorizes a specific health care agent who can make medical decisions for individuals in the event they become incapacitated.
In accordance with federal laws related to health information, Skidmore College will not publicly identify individuals’ testing results or information that could identify specific individuals. We ask all members of our community to respect the privacy of individuals in our community affected by COVID-19 so they can focus on their health.
Skidmore’s COVID-19 dashboard has regular updates about aggregate data related to COVID-19 on our campus. The dashboard has information about the numbers of tests conducted, positive test rates and numbers of individuals in isolation or quarantine.
We ask that you be vigilant about minimizing exposure to the coronavirus in the days prior to coming to campus. If you develop any of the following symptoms, please consult with and follow the guidance of your health care provider and local public health authorities at home before coming to campus. If you have had a meaningful exposure to anyone who has COVID-19 (closer than 6 feet, for longer than 15 minutes) do not come to campus until you are cleared to do so by your local public health authorities.
These actions by all our students will help us start the semester as safely as possible.
Yes. To mitigate risk in every way possible, following the best guidance from health agencies, facemasks will always be required in all public settings, regardless of distancing or room capacity. Students should bring masks that are most comfortable for them. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth at all times, and "gaiters" or face shields are not acceptable substitutes for cloth masks.
Cloth masks should be laundered regularly, and you should plan on using a different one every day. Facemask and handwashing guidelines can be viewed here.
Skidmore is continuing our partnership with the Broad Institute to administer our regular surveillance testing protocol. We will be testing all faculty, staff and students not studying remotely prior to the semester beginning, in accordance with New York state guidelines and public health recommendations. We anticipate continuing weekly surveillance testing throughout the 2021 spring term.
The Broad Institute provides and processes anterior nasal swab Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19. Students self-administer the test under the observation of clinical staff. Test kits are transported to the Broad Institute by courier and are typically processed within 24 to 36 hours after their delivery.
Skidmore’s current testing plan involves a three-part approach:
Testing upon arrival: For detailed instructions regarding pre-arrival testing please see the Return to Campus Plan that was shared with students and families on Jan. 15
Surveillance testing: While the College is operating is 'Safe Shelter' Mode for the first two weeks of the semester every student and employye working on campus will be tested TWICE weekly. Beginning in week three, testing will likely return to once weekly. Again, all students will be tested weekly and testing is a condition of being on campus. Missing a testing appointment will mean you are out of compliance with Skidmore’s safety protocols.
Symptomatic testing: Any student with symptoms will be able to receive a test. Health Services will be scheduling students who are symptomatic for clinical (not surveillance) testing students after an initial triage contact. If you are experiencing symptoms that might be suggestive of COVID-19, do not go to the surveillance testing tent. Please contact Health Services staff immediately and follow their directions about next steps.
It is important to note that current plans might need to shift substantially based on national infection rates. We will continue to adjust accordingly to ensure we are providing a safe and healthy living experience for students on campus.
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.
Skidmore students demonstrated in fall 2020 that they are committed to the health and safety of themselves, their peers and the larger community. We are confident they will continue to comply with conduct rules and expectations that have been developed to keep everyone safe. There are new expectations around nearly every aspect of campus life related to COVID-19 matters. Students and families will be notified of all expectations and consequences prior to their arrival on campus. Graduated sanctions based on level of offenses have been created and will be used to ensure compliance.
Please see our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs.
Isolation is the term used when individuals are infected and must be separated from others in order to reduce transmission.
If you are living on campus and you need to be isolated per Saratoga County Public Health orders, you will be moved to separate on-campus housing. We will support you during that move while maintaining strict protocols to minimize infection risk. A team from Health Services, Campus Safety and the Office of Residential Life will assist you through this process, mostly virtually.
We have reserved spaces with individual rooms and private bathrooms on campus. Skidmore will provide medical, academic, dining and psychological support for students to continue their education virtually. Students living in hotels, which are considered Skidmore housing, will receive the same services described above. Saratoga County Public Health will also be checking students daily. You will need to remain in isolation until you are cleared by Public Health. Isolation requires that individuals remain in their designated space at all times.
If you are living off campus and you need to be isolated per Saratoga County Public Health orders, you will have
daily contact with them and you will be able to access all Skidmore resources and
supports (medical, psychological and academic) virtually. Wrap-around services like
meal delivery (if needed) will be coordinated by Saratoga County Public Health. You
will remain in your off-campus housing.
Quarantine applies to individuals who are identified as having had a close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. They must remain quarantined for 14 days following exposure. Quarantining individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 is an important way communities can reduce the spread of infection.
Saratoga County Public Health Services typically requires individuals who share a bathroom, household and/or bedroom with someone who has COVID-19 to quarantine. Students may receive notice from Skidmore professional staff members or from Saratoga County Public Health that they need to quarantine. While quarantined, individuals cannot leave the premises. Skidmore will provide medical, academic, dining, psychological and logistical support for students in quarantine so they can continue their education virtually.
On-campus students will either quarantine in their existing housing arrangements or be moved to separate quarantine
housing, depending on individual circumstances. They will be given cleaning supplies and Skidmore has contracted with an outside
cleaning agency that will disinfect all shared surfaces 24 hours after an infected
individual has been moved. Students will receive frequent contact from Skidmore Student
Affairs staff members. Current New York state guidelines for quarantine require that
students remain in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days until cleared by Saratoga Public
Health. They must remain in their spaces and can only leave the premises in case of
emergencies or for scheduled medical appointments.
During quarantine, students will typically stay on Skidmore’s COVID-19 testing regimen and will be tested by specific appointment by Health Services staff at the testing trailer in JoTo Parking lot. A negative test for COVID-19, however, does not mean that an individual can be released early from quarantine.
Students who are living off campus will quarantine in their off-campus housing. Saratoga County Public Health will check in with them and will deliver wrap-around services like medication or meal delivery if needed. Off-campus students in quarantine will also be assigned a staff member from Student Affairs who will be a resource for answering questions, problem-solving and connecting with appropriate resources. Students in quarantine off campus can continue to access academic, medical and psychological supports from Skidmore virtually.
CDC guidelines require that all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been
diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical provider remain in isolation for at least 10
days. Additionally, individuals must have been without a fever for 24 hours prior
to being cleared. Asymptomatic individuals must remain in isolation for 10 days following
a positive test. Subsequent re-testing with negative test results does not change
Individuals can only be released from isolation orders by Saratoga County Public Health Services. Individuals released from isolation should continue to observe COVID-19 mitigation measures, like wearing a mask and social distancing.
Skidmore will work in partnership with Saratoga County Public Health for rapid COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing when cases are identified. To assist with contact tracing, we will be asking community members to track their movements and close contacts on campus.
If you are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by a
Skidmore employee with specific training in case investigation and contact tracing
and/or Saratoga County Public Health, so they can identify anyone you might have come
in contact with who has potentially been exposed to the virus (usually defined as
closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes). In that initial phone call, contact
tracers will identify themselves, check in on how you are doing and then work with
you to trace who in your circle of contacts will need to quarantine.
Cooperating with contact tracing is crucial. Timely and effective contact tracing helps minimize the spread of coronavirus on our campus and in the community.
If you are being contacted by Skidmore and/or Saratoga County Public Health please pick up the call or call back promptly. If Saratoga County Public Health is having difficulties reaching students for contact tracing, they will notify campus administrators so that we can assist them.
Contact tracers do not ask about immigration status. They will not share confidential identifying medical with anyone. They do not share information received during contact tracing with police. They do not share your name with anyone.
Individuals who receive notices that they need to quarantine do not receive individually identifying information about why they need to quarantine. They are informed that they have had a meaningful exposure but not how/when/where in a way that could be traced back to specific individuals.
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.
Yes. The College has been in regular contact with Saratoga Hospital as well as Saratoga Public Health. We continue to engage in ongoing, open communication with local and regional health partners.
We have identified quarantine and isolation spaces for students living in Skidmore housing and have plans in place to deliver food, medication and other essential support to students as needed.
Students in Skidmore housing who have tested positive for COVID-19 will receive daily medical checks from Skidmore Health Services and will be supported through their isolation. Students who are in isolation must follow the directives of Saratoga Springs Public Health, which include no face-to-face contact with others and restrictions on any type of travel.
Based on guidance from Saratoga Public Health, Skidmore students in quarantine can finish their quarantine at another location under very specific circumstances (must be able to travel to that location by private car, cannot travel by common carrier, cannot stop along the way and must travel to a destination that can support their quarantine adequately).
If a student in quarantine wishes to finish their quarantine at another address, they must notify Skidmore Health Services in advance of their transition and must take steps to ensure that their transition minimizes the risk for transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, students who leave to finish their quarantine elsewhere must follow campus guidelines regarding their safe return to campus upon completion of their quarantine.
Saratoga Public Health will provide all necessary support for students who live off campus, in non-Skidmore housing, and who test positive and must isolate. Students will also be connected with a staff member in Student Affairs who will help answer questions, support them psychologically and connect them with appropriate resources. They will continue to have access to all Skidmore resources virtually during their isolation.
Decisions will depend on various factors such as timing, the nature of the outbreak and the number of people on campus. We will continue to actively and continuously monitor our capacity relative to cases throughout the semester. For instance, there may be a scenario in which campus would need to change operations in particular areas, such as dining, for a period of time and then be able to return to in-person learning. Or, the local or state government may issue new rules or guidelines that could impact our operations. In every case, we are committed to being as well prepared as possible, should we need to shift to all remote learning.
To minimize infection risk for students and staff at Health Services, Health Services
is not offering walk-in visits. We ask that you call us or request an appointment
online. We’ll be screening students prior to appointments and will triage your visit
according to your clinical symptom picture, needs and urgency.
Appointments will be both through telemedicine or in person if medically necessary. Non-urgent visits will be booked as they become available. For more information, visit Health Services webpage here.
Counseling Center resources and counselors will continue to be available to all students. Please visit the Counseling Center webpage for information about clinical services, hours, access and policies.
Student affairs is working diligently with academic affairs and numerous offices across campus to develop ways in which we can offer programs and opportunities that engage incoming and returning students this fall in small group and virtual experiences that build community and allow for experiences around diversity and inclusion, leadership and engagement, among many others.
The College’s Office of Facilities will complete enhanced cleaning across campus in line with, or exceeding, recommended practices. However, all members of the Skidmore community will have a role to play to keep our spaces safe. Cleaning supplies will be provided for use by faculty and students to help maintain safe, clean spaces.
Facilities is working with vendors to install hand sanitizers in every building at
multiple locations and are completing a deep clean of all academic and residential
buildings. They are also dispersing EPA-approved disinfectant in every building (in
all classrooms) and are working with a team of staff to ensure classrooms are laid
out to accommodate 6 feet of social distancing.
Housekeeping has developed new cleaning protocols to ensure all areas are disinfected on a regular basis, with high-traffic areas being done multiple times. They are also increasing the frequency of cleaning for the residential hall bathrooms.
The Facilities team has worked with experts to ensure all campus buildings are receiving proper fresh air turnover rates and circulation. New filters have been installed in all HVAC units and the heating coils are being cleaned.
As they did in the fall semester, the Dining Services team will continue to provide the high-quality food that our students appreciate while maintaining a safe environment.
Skidmore College Athletics is prioritizing health and safety as it works toward allowing
teams to return to practice and competition during the spring semester.
Student-athletes will be tested weekly for COVID-19 throughout the semester, just as all students on campus are, and athletes who participate in sports classified by the NCAA as high-risk (basketball and ice hockey) will complete additional testing.
Winter teams are scheduled to resume practice on Feb. 15. Spring teams are scheduled to start practice on March 1, and fall teams are scheduled to begin practice on March 17.
The department continues to work to identify ways in which each program can resume competitive opportunities. Competition schedules will be posted on team webpages on the Skidmore Athletics website as they become available.
Many of the events of typical college social life simply cannot occur this spring. We will employ technology to make possible group events such as speakers, performances and other programs and events so we can still have communal events, even if they are not in person.
Gatherings on campus will be limited to no more than what health officials’ safety guidelines recommend, always with appropriate distancing and mask usage. Policies and guidelines may shift as necessary during the semester in response to campus, local and regional COVID-19 infection rates.
Administrators are working closely with the Student Government Association, and student leaders continue to provide opportunities for engagement that fall within health and safety guidelines.
Yes, the College understands that students may need to leave campus for a variety of reasons, such as medical appointments and errands. If and when students do choose to 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.
The Skidmore Pledge asks all our students to be thoughtful about how their travel could impact them and others. For the duration of in-person learning during spring 2021, we are asking students to restrict their travel to emergency and essential travel as much as possible. If students travel outside the Saratoga Springs area, they must meet all applicable quarantine requirements prior to returning to campus.
Building hours and additional information can be viewed on the Lucy Scribner Library webpage.
The Tang Teaching Museum welcomes the Skidmore community during the intersession. Faculty, students and staff can make appointments to visit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Dec. 1-18 and Jan. 5-29. For more details, visit the Tang COVID-19 Response page.
Students who were here this fall are permitted to return to their fall assignment and we will work to accommodate room changes as requested. For students who are looking to come to campus this spring (from remote study, leave of absence), we will house in vacant spaces. The College is planning residential space for students that will allow for appropriate social distancing, maintain standards of health and safety, and prevent too much social density in residential spaces. No more than two students will be housed per room for the academic year.
If students are interested in living off campus, they are responsible for finding housing.
At this time, hotel housing is not anticipated for the spring semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about hours and facilities can be found here.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that spectators will be permitted at college sporting events beginning Saturday, April 2. In line with Liberty League guidelines and to help continue to ensure the health and safety of the Skidmore community, attendance at Skidmore home athletics events will be permitted but limited to Skidmore students, faculty and staff only. Parents, families and other guests are not permitted to attend and are asked not to sit in their cars and watch from the parking lot or street.
Livestreams of select athletic events will continue to be made available through the Skidmore Athletics website.
Attendance will be capped based on the indoor or outdoor venue. Any Skidmore employee or student who wishes to attend as a spectator will be required to sign up here in advance.
Social distancing and mask rules will be in place for all events, and all attendees will be required to abide by all health and safety requirements. Faculty and staff who plan to attend will be required to fill out the Daily Health Certification on the day of the event.
The health and safety of our student-athletes and our entire community continues to be the College's top priority. Skidmore’s thorough and detailed return-to-play plan is informed by guidance and recommendations put forth by public health and governing bodies including the Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, Saratoga County Public Health Services, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Student-athletes and coaching staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 weekly under the College’s established PCR testing schedule. Game officials and bus drivers will be tested on game day using rapid antigen tests.
Social distancing requirements will be followed during all travel. In addition, athletes will wear masks while competing and traveling, and there will be no overnight travel.
While fans outside of the Skidmore community (students, faculty and staff) will not be permitted to attend games, the College will livestream games whenever possible.
Skidmore will continue to monitor developments and health guidelines and make any necessary adjustments to the plan. Under the College’s established alert level framework, at Alert Level 3 or above, athletic competition will pause and adjustments to other athletic activities may be made.
Given the uncertain and ever-changing nature of the pandemic, flexibility within alert levels, and in regard to athletic operations in general, is essential. Specific guidance may shift in response to any unique combination of factors at a particular moment, to ensure the health and safety of all members of the Skidmore community.