Risk Alert System

The University monitors a variety of indicators to determine the current Risk Alert Level:

  • Compliance with safety protocols
  • Number of positive cases on campus
  • Wastewater surveillance trends
  • Isolation/quarantine capacity on campus
  • Local hospital capacity 
  • Infections in the local community
  • Local, state, and federal regulations or guidance

We will consider adjustments of Risk Alert Levels every two weeks. The University retains the right to make immediate adjustments based upon surveillance testing results and/or recommendations from the Department of Health.

Expectations at each level are detailed below. 

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Level I Expectations

  • Gatherings

    • Academic courses held in a classroom and faculty-led research in laboratories are considered essential gatherings and are permitted.

    • Students involved in co-curricular activities (SPEED teams, honor societies, academic organizations, etc.) must connect with their organization’s faculty advisor regarding protocols for in-person gatherings.

    • Students may not host or participate in non-essential gatherings (on- or off-campus). Non-essential gatherings include but are not limited to meetings, social events, and extracurricular activities.

  • Tabling

    • Tabling is not permitted.

  • Student Guests in the Family Unit

    • A family unit consists of students who are assigned to the same room, suite, or apartment. A student guest is any student outside of the family unit who is currently taking in-person classes. Remote students are considered an off-campus guest and are not considered a student guest.

    • University employees acting in their official capacity as an employee are not considered a guest.

    • When any individual not part of the family unit is present in the family unit, all parties are required to wear a face mask.

    • No student guests are permitted.

  • Off-Campus Guests

    • An off-campus guest is considered any person who is not currently taking in-person classes or working in University operated buildings (e.g. remote students, family, friends not enrolled at Clarkson, etc.). These guests are not permitted to access University facilities. If a guest must drop off items to a student, the student shall meet the guest outside, where both parties shall wear a face mask (covering nose and mouth) and maintain social distancing.

    • With limited exceptions, no non-essential visitors are authorized on campus. Use this form to make a request for both essential and non-essential visitors. 

  • Fitness Center Facilities

    • All facilities are closed.

  • Student Organizations

    • Student organizations submit their safety plans in accordance with NYS Interim Guidance for Sports & Recreation.

    • Organizations are not permitted to host in-person gatherings (including practices, meetings, etc.).

    • Fraternity and sorority chapter houses must adhere to the family unit restrictions set forth by the University, as well as adhering to any local, national, or international governing body restrictions on guests. All individuals accessing the chapter house must be current in-person students who have signed the Clarkson Commitment and are part of the University’s COVID-19 testing regimen.

  • Carpooling for Local Travel

    • Students shall avoid traveling in the same vehicle with anyone outside of their family unit.

Level II Expectations

  • Gatherings

    • Students may host and participate in non-essential gatherings (on- or off-campus) of up to 10 people. Non-essential gatherings include but are not limited to meetings, social events, and extracurricular activities.

    • Communal food/beverages are not permitted.

    • Events with food/beverages are permitted in a limited capacity after submission and approval of a COVID-19 Event Safety Plan.

    • Events with alcohol are suspended.

  • Tabling

    • Outdoor tabling is permitted.

    • Tables must be at least 6 feet apart from each other (recommended 10 feet apart).

    • Tables are permitted on one side of the sidewalk only.

    • A maximum of 3 tables per concourse sidewalk are permitted.

    • Plexiglass is available to be used with the tables and can be picked up with the table.

  • Student Guests in the Family Unit

    • See definition for family unit and student guest under Level I Expectations.

    • Up to two student guests at a time are permitted in the family unit.

    • Student guests must reside in the same building as the student/room they are visiting.

  • Off-Campus Guests

    • Same as Level I Expectations.

  • Fitness Center Facilities

    • Fuller Pool is open for 8 lanes. Appointments are required.

    • Fitness Centers are open at 33% capacity. Appointments are required.

    • Fieldhouse is closed.

  • Student Organizations

    • Gatherings, both on- and off-campus, must be registered and approved on Knight Life and must adhere to the safety standards set forth by the University.

    • Student organizations with approved safety plans are permitted to host in-person gatherings in accordance with Gatherings, above.

    • With an approved safety plan, low and medium risk club sports are permitted to begin in-person practices in accordance with Gatherings above, based on EHS guidelines from NYS. Contact is not permitted.

  • Carpooling for Local Travel

    • Vehicles shall be occupied at no more than 50%. Students are encouraged to have windows down to encourage better airflow.

    • Students will wear face masks (covering nose and mouth) throughout the duration of travel.

Level III Expectations

  • Gatherings

    • Same as Level II Expectations EXCEPT non-essential gatherings of up to 25 people are now permitted.

    • The Student Center Forum can be used by reservation.

  • Tabling

    • Indoor tabling is permitted.

    • Tables must be at least 6 feet apart from each other (recommended 10 feet apart).

    • Tables are permitted on one side of the hallway only.

    • A maximum of 3 tables per concourse hallway are permitted.

    • Plexiglass is available to be used with the tables and can be picked up with the table.

  • Student Guests in the Family Unit

    • Student guests can reside in any area of campus or off-campus, but must be a current student studying in-person.

    • Suites and apartments may have up to four student guests in the family unit.

    • Traditional corridor rooms may have up to two student guests in the family unit.

  • Off-Campus Guests

    • Same as Level I Expectations.

  • Fitness Center Facilities

    • Fuller Pool is open for 8 lanes. Appointments are required.

    • Fitness Centers are open at 33% capacity. Appointments are required.

    • Fieldhouse is open to 40 people with low and moderate risk activities permitted. Appointments are required.

  • Student Organizations

    • Same as Level II Expectations.

    • With an approved safety plan, high risk club sports are permitted to begin in-person practices in accordance with Gatherings above, based on EHS guidelines from NYS. Contact is not permitted.

  • Carpooling for Local Travel

    • Same as Level II Expectations.

Level IV Expectations

  • Gatherings

    • Same as Level III Expectations EXCEPT non-essential gatherings of up to 50 people are now permitted.

  • Tabling

    • Same as Level III Expectations.

  • Student Guests in the Family Unit

    • Same as Level III Expectations.

  • Off-Campus Guests

    • Same as Level I Expectations.

  • Fitness Center Facilities

    • Fitness Center facilities are open at 33% capacity. Appointments are required.

    • Fieldhouse is open at 33% capacity with the availability of monitoring higher risk sport activities. Appointments are required.

    • Fuller Pool is at 33% capacity. Appointments are required.

  • Student Organizations

    • Same as Level III Expectations.

  • Carpooling for Local Travel

    • Same as Level II Expectations.

Employees

For all employee policies during COVID-19, go to https://confluence.clarkson.edu/display/UPR/COVID-19+Interim+Policies

 A. Meetings and Gatherings     

  • No in-person school or department-based meetings or gatherings are allowed at this time without approval from clarksonhr@clarkson.edu.  This is not part of the staged plan. Please schedule meetings, gatherings and group interactions virtually, such as via Zoom. 

    • We encourage using remote technology to collaborate via tele and video conferencing instead of meeting in person. For more information on how to utilize these online collaboration tools, contact OIT 315.268.4357 or helpdesk@clarkson.edu.

    • Even while working on campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, telephone or other available technology rather than face-to-face.

  • In requesting an exception via clarksonhr@clarkson.edu, please copy in your division head (Cabinet or Academic Leadership Council member) to confirm their endorsement of this request.

  • In-person meetings should only occur if strictly necessary, and only if:

    • Occupants of the room can maintain at least six feet of separation at all times. Prior to the meeting, remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in the meeting room to support social distancing practices between attendees.

    • All parties must wear a face-covering during the entire time.

    • Any strictly necessary in-person meetings must be as brief as possible.

    • Avoid handshakes. Do not share objects.

    • Ensure easy access to handwashing facilities, and make sure alcohol-based sanitizers are readily available.

  • In addition, no University-sponsored meetings, gatherings or events may be held in off-campus locations.

B. Catering (if a meeting is essential and food is appropriate)

  • On-Campus catering services from Sodexo are only available for meetings that have been deemed essential.

  • Meeting participants will follow the same process as students do, and pick up individualized, pre-packaged items.

C. No University-wide events or outside groups are allowed at this time

  • Please schedule virtual events only.

  • The only exception being granted is for health service providers/emergency responders to conduct a training, following all social distancing protocols. Please contact clarksonhr@clarkson.edu to inquire about outside groups being allowed on campus.

D. Field Trips, Co-Curricular, Research, and Curricular Learning Experiences 

For academic classes, academic organizations, co-curricular programs (e.g., SPEED, IGNITE, ROTC, etc.) and faculty-led research projects that are meeting outside of a campus classroom/research laboratory or making a local field trip, please refer to the Guidance on the Office of the Provost intranet page.

Visitors To Campus

With limited exceptions, non-essential visitors are not permitted on campus until further notice.

  • All contractors, vendors, tenants and other visitors (including those who may be considered essential) on campus must be approved through Human Resources in advance. Please complete this form at least 72 hours prior to your anticipated need to have a visitor on campus:  
  • Inform clarksonhr@clarkson.edu if government officials /agencies will be accessing campus related to their oversight and responsibilities.