Since the start of the pandemic, the University has convened a group of on-campus
experts, who have worked in close partnership with local and state health departments,
to follow and implement appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our
campus community. We continue to follow the science and guidance from the CDC and
other officials, and have developed, implemented and continue to update policies as
necessary to protect the entire campus community. To continue to protect our community,
it is vital that these policies be implemented consistently and uniformly across our
classrooms, laboratories, libraries, dining facilities, residence halls, elevators,
and other spaces.
Though it can be tempting to ask others about their vaccination status, it is important
to remember that an individual’s health information, including medical history and
vaccination status, is a confidential matter and protected under federal privacy laws.
Therefore, please do not ask about your students' or colleagues' vaccination status, or corece them to share
Know who to contact if you test positive or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19,
and know where to direct your students if they test positive. If you test positive,
you should stay home (except to get medical care), follow your health provider’s guidance
and call the Health Information Line at 631-632-5000. Clinical faculty in the Renaissance
School of Medicine who are credentialed by the hospital and come through employee health for clearance
should contact Employee, Health and Wellness at 631-444-7767.
If a student tells you that they have tested positive, please encourage them to contact
Student Health Services at 631-632-6740 to discuss next steps.
To maintain student privacy, you should not share this information with anyone else.
If a student in your class becomes ill, you should follow the same guidance on class
absences as you would for any other illness, as listed in your course syllabi. There
will be no shifts to hybrid instruction, as this creates additional burdens on faculty
and instructional support staff.
You may also remind your students that, in the event they become ill, they can contact
the Student Support Team at email@example.com for help reaching out to their instructors to discuss absences and any make-up coursework.