Spring 2021 Move In Information

We hope you are having a restful and safe winter break! We are busy preparing for a great spring semester on campus and in the residence halls, and we look forward to your return. We wanted to provide the following information on plans that prioritize health and safety, and help you to plan your return to campus. 

Here is the information you should know for students who will be traveling to campus from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont:

Negative Test Required to Return for All Resident Students

  • All residents are REQUIRED to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (Molecular/PCR, antigen/rapid or antibody). If you test positive, you should quarantine at home and plan to return to campus when you test negative or have clearance from Health Services.
  • PCR, Antigen, or rapid test date must be within seven days prior to your return to campus.
    • Exceptions: If you have already had COVID in the 90 days prior to arrival but have since recovered, you may use your last positive test or an antibody test that is dated for between 10 and 90 days ago. Antibody tests or prior positives from greater than 90 days ago will not be accepted – you must test again. Proof of receipt of at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose will also be accepted.
  • Documentation should be uploaded to the Medicat health portal at niagara.medicatconnect.com.
  • Your badge will not be able to turn green until a copy of your documentation is uploaded to your health portal and you complete your first Daily Screening. You should not come to campus until your badge is green.
  • To find a testing location for NY residents, see the NYS Testing Site Search Page. Please see your own state resources if you are residing in NJ, PA, CT, MA or VT.
  • If you are local to WNY, we will be offering testing at the Health Services office on campus the week prior to your return. If you come to campus for testing prior to residence hall opening, you will return home to await the results of your test before coming to move in. Drop-in testing will be held on:
    • Monday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Thursday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Friday, Jan. 22, from 12:30-3 p.m.

Students using the campus-based rapid testing should complete the form located in the Medicat Portal and bring it with them to the Health Services Office.

Other Move In Logistics

  • In order to allow for a socially distant move in, and to alleviate concerns with travel plans, you may move in as early as Sunday, Jan. 24, at noon. Classes begin on Thursday, Jan. 28.
  • The dining hall will be open for limited service beginning Jan. 24.
  • You do NOT need to sign up for a time to return as you did in the fall semester.
  • Move-in hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. from Jan. 24-27.
  • Our policies remain in place regarding no family members inside the building with you. The only exception will be if you are moving for the first time to your room on campus – in that case, one helper is allowed for moving assistance only.

Notice About Travel

If you will be in a location that is OUTSIDE of NY, PA, NJ, MA, VT and CT prior to your return to campus, you must quarantine off-campus before coming to campus. No student may complete quarantine on campus, even in the apartments. Please see the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory Site for more information.

New York state requires a four-day quarantine period WITH testing, or a 10-day quarantine without testing.

New York state requires that anyone arriving to NY completes a mandatory quarantine period. NY has recently implemented a four-day test-out quarantine option for travelers. If you don’t wish to test, you must complete the full 10-day quarantine, per NYS. For NU students, this is the process for the four-day test-out quarantine option:

  • Obtain a diagnostic COVID-19 test within the three days prior to your departure and arrival to NY. PCR or antigen (rapid) tests only, not antibody.
  • Upon arrival to NY, enter your quarantine location for four days (see below for quarantine location options). On day four you may receive another test. If both tests come back negative, you may end your quarantine and return to campus.
  • You may NOT come to campus before completing your quarantine. You may NOT quarantine on campus, even in apartments.
  • All travelers must fill out the NYS Traveler Health Form, located at this link.

Full details and requirements are available on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory website.

Quarantine Option 1 – NU Provided Hotel

Niagara University will provide a hotel room for students to quarantine in, meals and a rapid test on day four. The cost for a four-day quarantine in the hotel with meals and testing is $200. If you test positive and must stay for a total of 10 additional days, the cost is $500. Here are the logistics for the hotel:

  • Sign up for a hotel spot by Jan. 19 on myNU to ensure a spot is available.
  • You must check in to the hotel between 3 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 24.
  • Niagara University will provide your meals and a hotel room for you during this period.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Niagara University Health Services staff will come to the hotel to provide you with a rapid test. If it’s negative, your badge on the health portal will turn green and you may return to campus that day.
  • If it’s positive, you must stay in quarantine for an additional 10 days.
  • The bill will just be added to your spring bill for the semester – you do not need to pay the hotel upon check in or upon making a reservation. Payment plans are available with Student Accounts.
  • More specifics will be sent to those who sign up.

Quarantine Option 2 – Off Campus with Family or Friends, or at Another Hotel

  • You are welcome to make your own arrangements to quarantine with friends or family in New York state, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts or Connecticut, following the guidelines of the state in which you quarantine. It will be your responsibility to obtain your own testing to satisfy the NYS requirement. If you are quarantining within commuting distance to NU, you may make arrangements for a rapid test on day four at Health Services on campus.
  • NU also requires ALL residents to upload their negative test result to the health portal (niagara.medicatconnect.com) before arriving to campus. You must also complete a daily screening before arriving to obtain a green badge. You should not come to campus until your badge is green.
  • NU will not provide meals.

Other Move In Logistics

  • In order to allow for a socially distant move in, and to alleviate concerns with travel plans, you may move in as early as Sunday, Jan. 24, at noon. Classes begin on Thursday, Jan. 28.
  • The dining hall will be open for limited service beginning Jan. 24.
  • You do NOT need to sign up for a time to return.
  • Move In Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. from Jan. 24-27, once your quarantine is completed.
  • Our policies remain in place regarding no family members inside the building with you. The only exception will be if you are moving for the first time to your room on campus – in that case, one helper is allowed for moving assistance only.

New York state requires a four-day quarantine period WITH testing, or a 10-day quarantine without testing.

New York state requires that anyone arriving to NY completes a mandatory quarantine period. NY has recently implemented a four-day test-out quarantine option for travelers. If you don’t wish to test, you must complete the full 10-day quarantine, per NYS. For NU students, this is the process for the four-day test-out quarantine option:

  • Obtain a diagnostic COVID-19 test within the three days prior to your departure and arrival to NY. PCR or antigen (rapid) tests only, not antibody.
  • Upon arrival to NY, enter your quarantine location for four days (see below for quarantine location options). On day four you may receive another test. If both tests come back negative, you may end your quarantine and return to campus.
  • You may NOT come to campus before completing your quarantine. You may NOT quarantine on campus, even in apartments.
  • All travelers must fill out the NYS Traveler Health Form, located at this link.

Full details and requirements are available on the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory website.

Quarantine Option 1 – NU Provided Hotel

Niagara University will provide a hotel room for students to quarantine in, meals and a rapid test on day four. The cost for a four-day quarantine in the hotel with meals and testing is $200. If you test positive and must stay for a total of 10 additional days, the cost is $500. Here are the logistics for the hotel:

  • Sign up for a hotel spot by Jan. 18 at this link: https://forms.gle/ExSznnKjMxUims616
  • Niagara University will provide your meals and a hotel room for you during this period.
  • On Wednesday, Jan.  27, Niagara University Health Services staff will come to the hotel to provide you with a rapid test. If it’s negative, your badge on the health portal will turn green and you may return to campus that day.
  • If it’s positive, you must stay in quarantine for an additional 10 days.
  • The bill will just be added to your spring bill for the semester – you do not need to pay the hotel upon check in or upon making a reservation. Payment plans are available with Student Accounts.
  • More specifics will be sent to those who sign up.

Quarantine Option 2 – Off Campus with Family or Friends, or at Another Hotel

  • You are welcome to make your own arrangements to quarantine with friends or family in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts or Connecticut, following the guidelines of the state in which you quarantine. It will be your responsibility to obtain your own testing to satisfy the NYS requirement. If you are quarantining within commuting distance to NU, you may make arrangements for a rapid test on day four at Health Services on campus.
  • NU also requires ALL residents to upload their negative test result to the health portal (niagara.medicatconnect.com) before arriving to campus. You must also complete a daily screening before arriving to obtain a green badge. You should not come to campus until your badge is green.
  • NU will not provide meals.

Other Move In Logistics

  • In order to allow for a socially distant move in, and to alleviate concerns with travel plans, you may move in as early as Sunday, Jan. 24, at noon. Classes begin on Thursday, Jan. 28.
  • The dining hall will be open for limited service beginning Jan. 24.
  • Move In Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. from Jan. 24-27, once your quarantine is completed.

Our policies remain in place regarding no family members inside the building with you. The only exception will be if you are moving for the first time to your room on campus – in that case, one helper is allowed for moving assistance only.