COVID-19 Residence Hall Policies

*Subject to change per CDC, State or SUNY directive.

The below policy controls have been instituted by the College and Dormitory Corporation, based on State guidelines, to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and to be able to better respond to a suspected or confirmed case(s). Intentionally creating conditions or taking actions with the intent to circumvent these controls will result in loss of housing.

Bathrooms – Quad and Suite

Only students who are assigned to a specific suite or quad will be permitted to utilize that bathroom. All visiting students must use a public bathroom located in that Residence Hall.

Daytime Academic Hours Policy

Due to the majority of courses being offered in an online format for the coming academic year, students will be completing their coursework from their Residence Hall rooms. In order to provide an atmosphere conducive to academic success, Daytime Academic Hours will be in effect from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Daytime Academic Hours will follow the same guidelines as nightly quiet hours. 

Face Covering or Masks, Social-Distancing & Density Reduction

Each Residence Hall area will have signage posted outlining the expectations for face coverings, masks, social-distancing and density reduction for that area.  These notices represent policy and students must adhere to the notices.  This is a matter of public health and compliance is required.  Face coverings and masks must cover your nose, chin and mouth.

All students will be provided with cloth MVCC Face Mask(s) at the time of arrival. In addition, students are supplied with 5 disposable masks.  Please see the Residence Life staff should you require a replacement.

When in doubt, wear a mask.

Guest/Visitor Policy

In order to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus, all non-resident guest and visitor passes will be temporarily suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. Under no circumstances are guests or visitors permitted to enter the Residence Halls at any time. The exception to this is a limit of two parent/guardian or other supporter assisting students during a check-in or check-out.  

Health Monitoring

Residential students must complete Campus ClearTM health monitoring every day, no later than Noon, during the semester. In order to monitor spikes, this includes days that students are not on campus.  Campus Clear is an app available on Google Play and IOS.  Students who require a desktop version should contact the Dean of Student Life for information. Residential students are not allowed to use a paper version Health Monitoring Form.

Students will also be required to obtain an access control bracelet each day from one of the check-in points located on campus in order to enter any building on campus other than the Residence Halls.

Students will be required, as a condition of continued residency, comply with COVID-19 testing requirements, as directed by the College or Oneida County Health Department.

Maximum Room, Suite & Quad Occupancy

All rooms will be single occupancy.  In order to practice social-distancing, a maximum of three (3) students will be permitted in each student room. This shall include the student who is assigned that room.

In no case shall there be more than nine (9) students total in any quad/suite. This includes the student(s) who are assigned to that suite.

Contact Tracing: In the event of a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19, room occupants are asked to keep a record of all visitors who enter their room.  This may be done in any method the student prefers.

Quarantine and Isolation 

Quarantine: Any student who has been exposed to a suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 case will immediately be placed in a quarantine room in a designated building (South Halls).   Students may choose to quarantine at home.  This quarantine will remain in effect for a period of 14 days since the last exposure.  The student will not be allowed to leave their quarantine area, including but not limited for class or to obtain campus services.  Meals will be delivered to the student. 

Isolation: Any student who was exposed to a suspected positive COVID-19 case and displays symptoms, or if they tested positive, will be required to immediately report to an isolation room. They will remain in the isolation room until such time they are able to make arrangements for transportation off-campus and/or as directed by the Oneida County Health Department. Any student who was in an isolation room will not be allowed to return to campus until authorized by the Oneida County Health Department.

Students will be required to adhere to the following guidelines while in quarantine;

  • Students will remain in their designated quarantine quad, unless otherwise permitted by the College Nurse.
  • Students will be permitted to gather essential items (i.e. clothing, bedding, personal items, etc.) prior to entering the quarantine building for the two week period of time. Boxes will be provided and the student will receive assistance by a designated staff member
  • Meals will be delivered to the student.
  • At no time will other students be permitted in the designated quarantine building.

Note: Any student who violates quarantine guidelines will be immediately dismissed from the Residence Halls.

Travel Policy

Out of State Travel:

Students who have to travel outside of New York State after arrival for the semester must inform Residence Life prior to leaving campus by emailing

In keeping with the State of New York law, in particular Article IV, section one;

“All travelers entering New York whose travel originated from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine.” This quarantine is to be completed off-campus. 

Students must also complete the health monitoring form at the following link and screenshot the last page of this form to be forwarded to the Health Center at

In State Travel:

New York State provides COVID-19 guidance based on identified regions. MVCC is in the Mohawk Valley Region.  Students who travel outside of the Mohawk Valley region for in State travel must notify prior to travel.