By Sumaiya Nasir and Teresa Pavia | January 9, 2022
Universities and schools nationwide, including the College of Saint Rose and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, are either delaying the start of the Spring semester or beginning the semester online because of the Omicron variant but at the time of this writing, there have been no announcements by UAlbany that indicate remote learning may be an option as the Spring semester approaches.
The university declined to comment on the start of the Spring semester and directed the ASP to the university’s COVID-19 website. The website did not have any information regarding courses.
Since the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant was found in the United States, identified in California on Dec. 1, Covid cases across the country have been skyrocketing. In Albany County, there are 1046 cases, and 110 hospitalizations as of Jan. 7 according to the Albany County COVID-19 Dashboard.
Classes are scheduled to begin Jan. 19. To return to campus, UAlbany students who are eligible will be required to receive the COVID-19 booster, in compliance with Gov. Hochul’s mandate, the university announced earlier this week.
Students must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result by Jan. 15 at the latest. The university will continue to require students and faculty to participate in weekly surveillance testing in order to keep track of cases.
UAlbany’s COVID-19 testing site reopened on Jan. 7 and is located in the Colonial Quad dining hall, and will operate between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The site will maintain capacity for nearly 225 appointments per day and up to 50 walk-ins. Appointments for this site can be made here.