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Issued by:
President's Office
August 2020
November 2020

Policy Statement

The purpose of this University policy is to inform our community of our expectations and key health and safety measures, which have been established to help minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19.


The University will strive to protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide tools to help educate and support established best practices (for instance: distribute facial coverings, post signs, follow cleaning protocols, etc.). Consistent with our SUNY-Approved Stony Brook COVID-19 Recovery Plan, all members of the University community and all visitors/vendors to campus, must follow these safety measures:

  • Training: all employees will complete mandatory training before returning to on-site employment.
  • Daily Health Self-Screening: all faculty, staff, and students are required to complete a daily self COVID-19 health screening. For employees who remain at the workplace over 12 hours the screen must be repeated.
    • Employees: individuals who answer questions to the screen indicating a cause for concern must stay home. Employees are prompted to contact the Health Information Line (HIL) and must follow their guidelines. Employees must also call their supervisor or department chair to inform them of their absence.
    • Students: individuals who answer questions to the screen indicating a cause for concern must stay home or in their residence. Students are prompted to contact Student Health Services and must follow their guidelines. Students should also follow instructions from their course syllabus.
  • Testing: requirements are as follows:
    • Residential Students: all residential students are required to participate in free, weekly on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing. Residents who leave for any overnight travel are required to be tested on-campus the day after their return. New and returning residents are required to quarantine for 7 days prior to their moving into campus housing and must provide a negative PCR test before returning, taken within the time frame communicated via email by Campus Residences.
    • Commuter Students: all commuter students, including any student who takes at least one in-person class or visits campus for work, research, or use of any campus facilities, are required to regularly participate in free on-campus COVID-19 saliva testing. The locations and frequency of testing will be communicated via email by the Division of Student Affairs.
    • Employees: employees represented by CSEA, UUP, PEF, and PBANYS who report to work in person on campus to complete some or all of their work obligations are subject to surveillance testing (note: pool testing is a form of COVID-19 surveillance testing) under specific Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) recently reached between SUNY and each bargaining unit. These employees are required to participate in the University's surveillance testing program. MC and Research Foundation employees are also subject to this mandatory requirement.
  • Travel & Quarantine: according to guidelines from New York State, travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (PA, NJ, CT, MA, and VT) will be exempt from the State's COVID-19 Travel Advisory. However, all covered travelers must continue to fill out the NYS Traveler Health Form. Essential workers (defined below) will continue to be exempt, but are required to submit the NYS Traveler Health Form. For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:
    • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
      • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
      • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
      • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
    • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
      • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
      • However, the traveler must fill out the NYS traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
    • International:
      • Anyone entering NYS who traveled internationally from a country designated under a CDC level 2 (moderate risk) or 3 (high-risk) COVID-19 travel health notice must quarantine for 14 days from the last day in another country before coming to campus.

    These guidelines are effective as of November 4 and are subject to change by NYS.

  • Public Facial Coverings: must be worn at all times in all buildings and when using campus transit. This requirement helps us to protect one another - especially in instances where it is not possible to maintain social distancing (i.e.: in bathrooms, stairwells, elevators, buses, etc.). When outdoors, individuals should maintain a distance of at least six feet from other individuals and use a facial covering when social distancing is not possible. Limited exemptions are as follows:
    • Medical Reasons - employees who are unable to wear facial coverings due to a medical or other health condition should consult with the Office of Equity and Access (OEA). Students should contact the Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC).
    • Eating/Drinking - you do not have to wear a facial covering when actively eating or drinking while seated in areas with appropriate social distancing.
    • Individual Space - facial coverings can only be removed when alone in a cubicle, office, or other designated areas when following social distancing (includes residence hall rooms/apartments).
    • Research Laboratory Space - facial coverings can be removed in controlled laboratory settings provided that the lab has an approved operating plan and all laboratory personnel comply with the plan's safeguards, including social distancing. Facial coverings must be worn when lab personnel cannot maintain a separation of 6 feet or when a procedure requires the use of a particular type of mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Social Distancing: 6 feet of distance must be maintained between individuals at all times. However, in rare instances when social distancing cannot be maintained, interactions should be limited to the shortest time possible (15 minutes or less).
  • Basic Infection Prevention Measures: Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's responsibility - remember to:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your own workspaces daily. This includes tables, desks, phones, keyboards, etc.
    • Avoid use of other people's phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment, when possible.
    • Stay home if you are sick.

Given the ever-evolving nature of this pandemic, the required measures above are subject to change. The University will also take any other measures determined to be necessary to help protect the health and safety of our community. Such determinations will be made in accordance with the latest science and guidance to protect public health, as well as federal, state, and local laws/regulations. The University will monitor COVID-19 pandemic developments closely and revise this policy as necessary. This policy will phase out once measures are no longer necessary according to health officials.


This policy applies to all individuals affiliated with and/or present on the West Campus, Research & Development Park, and Stony Brook Southampton. Affiliates of and individuals at Stony Brook University Hospital, the HSC, and the Long Island State Veterans Home are to follow the guidance distributed by those locations.


Essential Workers: is (1) any individual employed by an entity included on the Empire State Development (ESD) Essential Business list (see guidance); or (2) any individual who meets the COVID-19 testing criteria, pursuant to their status as either an individual who is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or in any position within a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate care setting, or an individual who is employed as an essential employee who directly interacts with the public while working, pursuant to DOH Protocol for COVID-19 Testing, issued May 31, 2020; or (3) any other worker deemed such by the NYS Commissioner of Health.

Facial Covering (mask): means a cloth/fabric material of multiple layers that snugly covers a person's nose and mouth. Other masks, such as surgical-style masks, are also acceptable facial coverings. Face shields or other coverings that do not fit snugly against the face do not meet the definition of a facial covering for the purposes of this policy.

Social Distancing: also called "physical distancing", means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.


All students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with measures described in this policy. Failure to comply will result in appropriate administrative action. Visitors/vendors are also expected to comply with this policy.


For information related to this policy, please visit the Coming Back Safe and Strong Website. Questions and comments may be submitted on the website's Contact page or by emailing one of the provided resources.

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