All students, faculty, staff, and law school visitors are required to be vaccinated and to have had an initial booster when eligible, unless granted an exception on religious or medical grounds.
Albany Law School is a mask friendly community. Masks are generally not required for vaccinated individuals. However, individual faculty members, and individual law school departments, have the right to require masks in their classrooms or offices.
Individuals who received religious or medical exemptions to the vaccine requirement must wear masks when inside law school buildings.
As always, we support the choice of individuals to wear masks and expect members of our community to respect local masking rules.
In addition, the Law School reserves the right to reinstate a mask mandate should public health conditions change within the law school or in the Albany region.
The Law School will no longer conduct testing. Free rapid tests are available through the U.S. government: https://www.covid.gov/tests and from your health insurance company: https://www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free
Students and employees with symptoms should take a rapid test at home or go to their medical provider.
All community members are asked to self-test the day before returning to campus from summer break. If you test negative, it is not necessary to upload results to share my health. Testing will be on an honor system.
Please do not come to campus if you test positive. If you do test positive, please upload your results to ShareMyHealth and await instructions from HR.
Albany Law will continue to require more protective measures than that required by the CDC for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Positive individuals must remain off campus and isolate for 10 days, or until they can produce a negative antigen test taken after five or more days from the onset of symptoms or the date of a positive test. The isolation period runs from the onset of symptoms or the date of a positive test result, whichever is earlier.
Employees and students who test positive should upload results to ShareMyHealth and notify email@example.com. Students in isolation will be provided with recordings of missed classes.
COVID-19 Student Absences
Students unable to attend class due to COVID will have access to class recordings.
If a student is unable to attend class due to COVID-19:
- Contact the professor
- Fill out a Report of COVID-Related Absence & Class Recording(s) Request - this will automatically be sent to Katie Palmieri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students watching class recordings should not check themselves in through Qwickly.
- When a student returns to campus they should fill out Report of Absence form – this will automatically be sent to the Academic Affairs Office. Absences due to COVID will be excused and students will be counted present for those days.
For All Faculty, Staff, and Students
If you feel sick, have symptoms, or have tested positive:
- Leave (or don’t come to) campus.
- Take a rapid test at home or get tested at a testing facility.
- Seek medical care, if necessary.
- Self-isolate until you have test results.
- If you feel ill but new test results are negative, stay home until you feel better.
- If your test results remain positive:
- upload your results on Share My Health and contact Human Resources at email@example.com
- seek medical care, if necessary
- Students - see the “COVID-19 Student Absences” section
- Faculty/Staff - contact your supervisor, team members, and/or students directly about your absence and give/receive further instructions.
The Law School will no longer conduct contact tracing. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to notify any individual with whom they had close contact about possible exposure. Individuals who need help identifying or reaching out to contacts should reach out to HR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals notified of close contact with a person who tests positive should monitor for symptoms and self-test 3-5 days after exposure. Those with positive household members or significant exposure may choose to isolate and work remotely or access recordings of classes.
Visitors & Events With Guests
Visitors and invited off-campus guests are welcome on campus for events, classes, and programs. All visitors to campus must adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines at Albany Law School. At this time, any one coming to campus must be fully vaccinated and have at least one eligible booster shot or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival. It is the responsibility of the organizer of any event to inform invited guests of this policy. Questions regarding current COVID-19 policies can be directed to the Public Health and Safety Team, however there is no advance event approval needed.
Please know that we continue to monitor the pandemic closely and consult with outside public health advisors. Should circumstances around the pandemic change in any significant way, we are prepared to adjust our protocols accordingly.
CARES Act: Emergency Financial Aid Disclosures
- Albany Law School has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and has used the applicable amount of funds designated under CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- Albany Law school has been awarded $280,229 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs as of September 30, 2021 is $280,229.
- As of September 30, 2021 the estimated number of students at the institution that were eligible to receive Emergency Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs is 591.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs as of September 30, 2021 is 591.
- The method used by Albany Law School to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA program (a)(1) and how much they received was through an online application located at: https://albanylaw.edu/emergencyfundapp. Applications were reviewed weekly by a committee. Albany Law School awarded Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the ARP (a)(1) program to all students who were enrolled in the 2020-2021 academic year to help offset additional costs incurred by them as a result of the COVID pandemic. Students received the same award based on their academic program.
- The application in the above link has been e-mailed weekly to students by the Student Affairs Office in their regular weekly update communication. Students are asked to provide documentation to support their need, as best they can. Direction is given that the Emergency Financial Aid Grants do not cover lost income.