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Check-in Information for Feb. 5-7 and Beyond
Dear Students and Families:
As you prepare to return to campus, we write to share with you a few last-minute reminders to ensure your check-in process proceeds smoothly. Outlined in this email are details on the following:
- Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement (Students from New York State and contiguous states)
- Pre-Arrival Testing and Quarantine Requirements (Late arrival students from international locations and non-contiguous states)
- Arrival and Check-in Instructions
- Using Public Transportation/Arriving via Ride Share or Taxi
- Late Arrival (Arriving after 8 p.m.)
- Arriving After Feb. 7
Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement (Students from New York or Contiguous States)
Syracuse University requires that all students returning to campus from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont receive a COVID-19 test within a 10-day window of their arrival to campus. As soon as the test result is received, upload it to your Student Patient Portal. This must be done prior to returning to campus. More information about testing for this cohort of students is available here.
If your test results are still pending before you are scheduled to travel, you may continue with your plans to travel to Syracuse. You will take an arrival saliva test at check-in, but you will not be cleared to move into your on-campus housing until your negative pre-arrival or arrival test result returns (whichever is sooner). Be prepared to wait at an off-campus location at your own expense until you receive a negative test result.
If you arrive on campus without evidence of taking a pre-arrival test, you will be directed to acquire one before you will be allowed access to your on-campus housing.
Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement and Quarantine Guidelines (Late arrival students from international locations and non-contiguous states)
We understand that some students from these locations were unable to check-in on Jan. 30 or 31. Please remember that you are still subject to the New York State travel advisory and must fulfill its requirements before you will be allowed access to your on-campus housing. You cannot quarantine in on-campus housing and must complete your quarantine off-campus. Once you have completed the quarantine requirement, you must submit an affidavit of quarantine to the University. These testing and quarantine requirements are set by the New York State Department of Health and the University has no power to waive them for its students.
The requirements include:
- Completing a COVID-19 test within three days of traveling to New York. As soon as you receive your COVID-19 test result, upload it to the Student Patient Portal. This must be done as soon as your result is received and prior to returning to campus.
- Upon arrival in the state, you will need to enter quarantine either in a hotel at your own expense (the University has provided a list of local hotels here) or at a friend or family member’s house.
- Receive a follow-up COVID test on your fourth day in the state (you may do this at the Stadium Testing Center if you are quarantining locally).
- Once your second negative COVID test has been received, you will be released from quarantine and you can proceed to the campus check-in center to begin the check-in process.
Please report to the campus check-in center at the Ensley Athletic Center (follow digital signage and officer directions) by navigating to the Manley North Lot (entrance on Comstock Avenue). The check-in center will be open from noon-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7. No students will be allowed to move in prior to noon on Feb. 5.
Representatives from Parking and Transit Services will control the flow of traffic into the drop-off area in front of the Ensley Center. Students will exit their vehicles and proceed through the check-in process inside the Ensley Center.
At check-in, students will be asked to take the following steps:
- Confirm proof of pre-arrival negative COVID test (via Patient Portal or hard copy results);
- Affirm compliance with New York State travel advisory (if required);
- Verify proof of flu vaccine or waiver (via Patient Portal or hard copy);
- Participate in COVID surveillance testing; and
- Affirm the Stay Safe Pledge.
At the conclusion of the check-in process, students will be issued a wristband to demonstrate proof of compliance and will proceed to their residence hall or to South Campus check-in at the Goldstein Student Center to receive their key.
Using Public Transportation/Arriving via Ride Share or Taxi
Students do not need a vehicle to complete the check-in process. Direct the ride share or taxi driver to the drop-off location in the Manley South lot. Students should then proceed through the check-in process inside the Ensley Center. There will be an area in the Ensley Center to store luggage. Once the check-in process is complete, University transportation will take students to their residence halls or to South Campus check-in and then on to their apartment.
If you need transportation from Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the University is providing transportation free of charge. Please fill out the airport transportation form to request a ride.
- No guests will be allowed in residence halls or apartments. Guests will be asked to stay by their vehicles to assist students. Move-in bins will be available. If further accommodation or additional assistance is needed, please complete the move-in assistance registration form.
- Guests of students may only stay on campus for two hours from the time the student arrives at their on-campus residence.
- Masks must be worn at all times.
- Roommates are encouraged to stagger their move-in times.
Late Arrival (Arriving after 8 p.m.)
If you are unable to reach campus before the check-in center closes at 8 p.m., you should arrange to spend the night at a local hotel, and then proceed through the check-in process the following morning. The University has provided a list of local hotels for this purpose.
If you arrive late on the evening of Feb. 5 or Feb. 6, proceed to the Ensley Center beginning at 8 a.m. the following day. If your travel is delayed or if you need assistance, please call the Syracuse University COVID Help Desk at 315.443.6180 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., please contact the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224.
Arrival After Feb. 7
If you plan to move into your on-campus housing after Feb. 7, you will need to travel first to the Stadium Testing Center on a weekday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Staff there will affirm your compliance with the pre-arrival requirements, issue you a wristband and then clear you to check in to your residence hall or South Campus apartment. If you do plan to move in after Feb. 7 and have not already done so, please email email@example.com to alert the Housing Office to your late arrival.
We look forward to your arrival, and we are excited to welcome you back to campus!
Robert D. Hradsky, Ed.D.
Vice President for the Student Experience