Health & Safety
Monitoring, Testing, and Contact Tracing
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. If you have not already done so, upload this documentation by Friday, February 19. This is MANDATORY and must be completed or you will lose iLearn access on March 1.
Arrival Testing: As an additional precautionary measure, Marist College has instituted an arrival testing requirement for all students during the Spring semester. This effort will identify and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Marist Community.
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.
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). If you have not already done so, upload this documentation by Friday, February 19. This is MANDATORY and must be completed or you will lose iLearn access on March 1.
Students can locate a testing site anywhere in the USA using this tool: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
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:
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 not already done so, upload this documentation by Friday, February 19. This is MANDATORY and must be completed or you will lose iLearn access on March 1.
- If you have negative test results, upload them to the Marist Health Services Patient Portal using the following link: https://marist.medicatconnect.com. 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: https://marist.medicatconnect.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-575-3270.
*Please note: It is expected that students complete this process by Friday, February 19.
As an additional precautionary measure, Marist College has instituted an arrival testing requirement for all students during the Spring semester. This effort will identify and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Marist Community.
The schedule for arrival testing is determined by where you are traveling from (e.g. contiguous state, international location, or non-contiguous state), quarantine requirements, and whether you reside off campus. Students should review the information below to understand the requirements for their individual circumstances.
- All students must complete their arrival testing within 24 hours of moving onto campus.
- Students who fail to complete mandatory arrival testing will not be permitted to move into the residence halls and will lose access to iLearn until this requirement is fulfilled.
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.