Student FAQs: Health & Safety
If you are a resident student, you are required to do a daily temperature and COVID-19 symptom check before leaving your residence hall/apartment. If you are a commuter student, you are required to do a daily temperature and COVID-19 symptom check before leaving your home if you are planning to come to campus that day.
The simple questionnaire will ask you to securely and privately answer COVID-19 screening questions from your mobile phone or computer, and clear you to come to campus and attend in-person classes or other campus activities. Additionally, starting the first week of classes, you will be able to connect to a Live Chat in case you have any questions.
To download the Campus Clear screener app to your mobile device or access it via a web browser, please visit: tinyurl.com/SBUscreen
- Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, generously use your hand sanitizer.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you at all times.
- Wear your face covering/mask properly (above your nose and covering your chin).
- Do not share food/drinks and personal items with anyone, including your friends or roommates.
- Shower daily.
- Wash your bed linens and clothing frequently.
- Keep a physical distance of 6 feet to the best of your ability.
- Clean all surface areas in your immediate space at least once per day, including your computer keyboard, credit cards, eye glasses, writing implements, cell phone, door knobs, light switches.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or into your elbow when a tissue is not available) when you cough and sneeze.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Contact Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740 if you feel ill. Do not go to class or work, and stay in your room if you live on campus.
- Get your flu shot, which is offered for free at Student Health Services.
- A thermometer to do your daily temperature check.
- If you are prescribed medication, a recently renewed supply.
- Extra facial coverings/masks, especially if you have a personal preference over a supplied one the University will be providing.
- A two-week supply of healthy snacks and water to keep in your room.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, and hand wipes.
- Personal hygiene items of your choice.
If you feel unwell, contact Student Health Services (SHS) at (631) 632-6740. We are open Mondays – Fridays from 8 am – 5 pm, Tuesdays from 8 am – 8 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays (during the Fall 2020 semester) from 9 am – 1 pm. When you call, you will be offered a telephone consultation appointment with a medical practitioner, a telemedicine (Zoom) appointment with a medical practitioner, or an in-person appointment with a medical practitioner. Appointments are required for an in-person visit. To better manage student occupancy in the Student Health Center, no walk-ins are permitted.
If you require an in-person visit, SHS is taking the utmost care in creating and maintaining a safe and clean environment in accordance with the CDC and New York State regulations:
- Face masks are worn at all times by everyone who enters SHS and more personal protective gear is worn by medical practitioners when examining patients.
- Physical distancing of six feet or more is maintained when possible.
- Stony Brook University Housekeeping cleans the Student Health Services building twice per day, and patient rooms and equipment are disinfected after each patient visit.
- Staff health is monitored daily.
- There is a decreased number of occupants in the building. This is accomplished by implementing telephone triage, telemedicine visit, appointment-only visits, and staggered staff scheduling.
You can find forms and directions on how to complete them in the Patient Portal: stonybrook.medicatconnect.com
All resident students need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test in order to be able to move into campus. Without these results, students will not be allowed to move in.
If you have not yet completed your COVID-19 PCR test, we are pleased to share that Student Health and Wellness has partnered with a local lab provider, Enzo Labs, to provide these tests at Student Health Services on the Stony Brook West campus.
To schedule an appointment, please visit https://bit.ly/SBUCovidtest. After submitting your information, you will receive a confirmation email from Enzo Labs with available test dates and times. You can select dates as soon as Monday, August 17. Please note that test results may take at least 3- 4 days to complete, so you need to plan accordingly to have your test result available with you to present to staff on your move-in date. You will not be able to move into campus without a negative test result.
If you have any questions, please contact Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740.
There are many options for diagnostic testing which is also referred to as PCR, RNA tests (to see if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus) on and off campus. For the safety of the campus community, if you are seeking testing for any reason, do not seek COVID-19 diagnostic tests without first consulting with either your primary health care provider or, if a resident on campus, calling Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740. If it is an emergency situation that requires you to immediately go to an Emergency Department/Hospital, call (631) 632-3333 if on campus or 911 off campus . You will reach Emergency Services who will dispatch an ambulance that will take you to the closest hospital. To prevent transmission of the virus, do not attend class until you consult with your healthcare provider. Testing on campus is provided at Student Health Services and must be accompanied by a telemedicine initial consult. Other testing sites can be accessed through coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.
If a medical practitioner determines that you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or you test positive for COVID-19, you will be told to isolate for 14 days. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have been asked to either isolate or self-quarantine, this is done in communication and coordination with the Suffolk County Department of Health. If this situation arises, Student Health Services will provide you with further information about what that means for you. Rest assured that if you live on campus, support services are in place to help you through this time to access housing, food, medical follow up and monitoring, mental health support, and academic support.
When you are in any building or classroom on campus, you are required to wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth. Wearing a face covering protects you and those around you, so we all need to do our part to protect each other. Face coverings must be worn AT ALL TIMES ON CAMPUS , except in the following situations:
- When seated at a designated dining table and are eating/drinking.
- For resident students, in your room, suite, or apartment OR when you are in a common area bathroom and wearing a mask is not feasible due to showering, shaving, or brushing teeth.
- Outdoor spaces when at least 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained.
- Approved music or other rehearsal and performance classes where wearing a mask is not feasible.
You should also carry hand sanitizer with you, continually wash your hands, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention right away. Call Student Health at (631) 632-6740 to speak with a healthcare professional who will advise you on appropriate next steps. In an emergency, contact University Police at (631) 632-3333.
If you are a resident student who becomes ill and/or tests positive for COVID-19, we will provide care for you. Campus Residences and Student Health Services will assign you to a single room in a separate residence hall, apart from any other residents, for 10 to 14 days based upon your symptoms. Ongoing care will be provided to you from Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and meals will be delivered to your building.
If you are a commuter student and prefer to see your primary care physician, please still inform Student Health Services if you become ill and/or test positive for COVID-19. This will allow us to begin a contact investigation and work with our local Department of Health to identify and notify individuals who have come in close contact with you.