Health & Safety

To ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community, the College is enacting monitoring and testing measures. All students, faculty, and staff will undergo health screenings and testing, and we will work closely with local institutions to enact internal contact tracing.



Daily health screenings

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to participate in a robust, regular health screening program, in accordance with NYS guidelines. Anyone experiencing one or more of the following symptoms should not report to work or leave their residence hall: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever equal to or greater than 100.3° F; chills; repeated shaking with chills; runny nose or new sinus congestion; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; fatigue; new GI symptoms, including nausea or diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell. 

Marist College will utilize a multi-phase testing program to monitor COVID-19 during the Spring 2021 semester.  


Pre-arrival Testing: Prior to arrival on campus, all new and returning on-campus students were required to show proof of a molecular PCR COVID-19 test.

Medically Directed Testing: The College utilizes expedited PCR testing through Westchester Medical Center of symptomatic individuals and close contacts of positive cases, and any others as directed by our medical staff.

Surveillance Testing: In order to monitor community occurrence of COVID-19, the College is using pooled surveillance PCR testing through a partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical Center.  This program has been designed using Marist College expertise in the School of Science, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, and the Marist Institute of Public Opinion.

Pre-Arrival Testing

All Marist students, including both residential and commuter students, must undergo a PCR-based molecular test for COVID-19 before moving into a residence hall (residential students) or coming to campus for classes or other business (off-campus students).

Students can locate a testing site anywhere in the USA using this tool:

While diagnostic testing at a health care facility is preferred, Marist recognizes that not all students have ready access to testing facilities and may need to utilize at-home testing kits to fulfill these requirements. Marist will accept FDA approved at-home testing kits for the purposes of pre-screening students prior to move-in. 

When registering for an at-home test, you will typically be asked a series of questions to determine eligibility for testing. If asked, students should check ‘yes’ to questions that inquire about residing in “congregate settings.”

At-home testing services:

Urgent Cares with NYC locations advertising COVID-19 PCR testing services:

Reporting Results

All students (undergraduate, graduate, and adult students) residing or taking coursework on campus are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done prior to arrival on campus. 

  • If you have negative test results, upload them to the Marist Health Services Patient Portal using the following link: Follow the simple directions to report your results to the College. 
  • If you have positive test results, DO NOT come to campus. Upload your test results to the Marist Health Services Patient Portal using the following link: and consult your personal healthcare provider immediately. A member of the Marist College Health Services team will contact you after reviewing your results on the portal. Anyone who tests positive may not travel to campus until they are cleared by Marist Health Services.
  • If your test results are still pending, or you were unable to obtain a test: contact or call 845-575-3270.

*Please note: It is expected that students complete this process within 14 days of your scheduled move-in date.

Contact tracing

Marist has a trained internal contact tracing team for COVID-19 that works closely with the Dutchess County Department of Health to allow for the most rapid and comprehensive approach possible to limit outbreaks.

Questions? Check out our FAQs page.