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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.

Fall 2022 Return to Campus

All students are expected to take a PCR or rapid test 48 to 72 hours prior to arriving on campus, to help protect others in our community. If positive, students must remain off campus until they have completed their five-day isolation period. In compliance with CDC guidelines, individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others for five additional days. A KN95 (or equivalent) mask is strongly recommended. 
Yes. Students who tested positive in the past 90 days, including all testing that has occurred 48 to 72 hours prior to arriving on campus,should report their positive test dates to Health Services by emailing health@skidmore.edu for recordkeeping. 
The College is committed to the health and well-being of its community members and will work to reasonably accommodate students, faculty, and staff with known disabilities. Employees in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition should contact the Assistant Director of Employment & Workforce Diversity. Students in need of a reasonable accommodation should contact Coordinator for Student Access Services Meg Hegener. 

Masking

Skidmore will continue to follow CDC recommendations for masking on campus. When the Community Level is “low” or “medium,” as it is currently, masking indoors will not be required on campus but will continue to be supported. When the Community Level is “high,” masking indoors will be required.  

The College will continue to make free KN95 masks available to all students and employees at Campus Safety. 

Skidmore continues to be a mask-supportive and mask-friendly community. Individuals should feel free and comfortable to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish. 

When masking indoors is optional, faculty may continue to require masking in their classrooms or labs, staff and faculty may require masking within their personal office space, and students may require masking of visitors in their individual residence rooms. Everywhere else on campus, masking is optional and generally cannot be required of anyone.  

Per current New York state guidelines, masks are required to be worn in healthcare settings, including the Health Center and Counseling Center. 

TESTING

Effective this fall 2022 semester, the campus will discontinue the use of PCR surveillance testing (both optional and mandatory) via the Broad Institute. 
Free rapid tests will be easily available from Campus Safety to all students and employees who are concerned about symptoms or exposure. We encourage individuals to monitor their symptoms and exposure status and to use rapid testing as a way of protecting themselves and others.
The expiration dates for many rapid antigen test kits, including tests distributed on campus, have been extended. Please visit this FDA website to review expiration date extensions and more information. 
  • Health Services may perform PCR testing in symptomatic individuals with negative rapid tests but persistent and/or concerning symptoms. Please note that a testing consent form for students under age 18 will be emailed to students from Health Services for a parent or guardian signature. 
  • The College continues to have the capacity to offer targeted, group, or campus-wide testing, as needed. Such testing would be determined in consultation with Saratoga County Public Health Services and may be administered through rapid and/or PCR tests, depending on circumstances and timeline. 

Reporting

Students who test positive during the academic year must notify covidsupport@skidmore.eduso the College can provide appropriate individual support, notify key College staff and faculty on a need-to-know basis, and take steps to mitigate transmission.
Employees who test positive should notify Human Resources at hr@skidmore.edu.

Isolation

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, a five-day isolation period must be completed. Please note that effective this fall, a limited number of isolation spaces will be available on campus. Therefore, most students will be isolating in place. Exceptions include those outlined in the message sent to the Skidmore community on Aug. 3.
As in past semesters, comprehensive details regarding isolation guidelines (e.g., masking, extra precautions) and support for isolation (e.g., access to food, care, academic support and other essentials) will be communicated directly to students by the Skidmore COVID Support Team when they report or receive a positive test. 
During any isolation period, students should coordinate with their professors regarding coursework. Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible and supportive as possible during the required five-day isolation period. 

Employees who test positive must isolate for at least five days and report their positive test to HR, who will provide additional information regarding isolation. 

Employees who feel well enough to work, and the nature of their work allows for remote work, may work from home with supervisor approval. If individuals are not feeling well, or the nature of their work does not allow for remote work, the College will provide paid sick time to use during the isolation period. 

Health and Wellbeing

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. 
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. 
Please note that in alignment with many of our peer institutions and Saratoga County practices, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated weekly. 
Ready-made signs and templates are available here for faculty and staff to download, print and post as needed. 

Vaccination Policies

Yes. Skidmore College is requiring that all students be fully vaccinated, which includes receiving a booster. 

Please review the full policy. 

Yes. All new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) are required to be fully vaccinated, which includes receiving 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. 

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.

Visitors Policy

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