This Policy currently applies to all Faculty and Staff across departments, Institutes, Centers and Schools in the Potsdam campus, who would be returning to work on campus effective January 4, 2021. However, based on requirements by the state or increase in cases of COVID 19, Clarkson reserves the right to adjust this policy to include all faculty and staff working on site across all our campuses.
To protect the health and safety of the Clarkson community by monitoring potential instances of COVID-19 infection and to utilize that information to reduce transmission.
COVID-19 Test – A laboratory test that identifies SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, such as RT-PCR.
Negative Test Results- As per CDC, a negative test result means that you probably did not have COVID-19 at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Therefore, it is advisable to monitor your symptoms, and observe infection control practices such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, regular handwashing and other measures.
Positive Test Results – As per the CDC, a positive COVID-19 test means you currently have or recently had the virus.
For additional COVID-19 related definitions, please see COVID-19 Interim Policies (COVID-19 Interim Policies)
As a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19, ALL employees required to be on campus effective January 4, 2021, will need to undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 prior to reporting to work, and at times and dates established by Clarkson University.
This use of COVID-19 testing has been incorporated as a part of our comprehensive approach to reducing transmission in our campuses and is being implemented as an addition to other precautions such as symptom screening, contact tracing etc to help slow and stop the spread of the virus.
Testing is only one method of addressing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All employees tested are also expected to adhere continually to all other published policies regarding the reduction of COVID-19 transmission such as, but not limited to, hand washing, wearing a face covering, completion of the daily screening, and physical distancing.
This testing policy is consistent with applicable federal, state and local health, safety and employment laws, including with respect to employee privacy and confidentiality.
This policy applies only to requests by Clarkson University for an employee to undergo testing as part of an overall employee testing program. All individuals who have concerns about their own health or the health of a member of their household should contact their primary care provider and request a RT-PCR test.
The following procedures will be followed:
All faculty and staff returning to campus on or after January 4, 2021 will need to obtain a mandatory COVID-19 test through the Clarkson on-campus testing process and return to campus only on the receipt of a negative test result.
Test Scheduling and location:
Employees will be contacted via Clarkson email to schedule the testing date and time as well as the details of the testing location and process.
What to Expect of the Test?
Employees will need to undergo COVID-19 testing on campus. The current plan is that this will be a Nasal RT PCR test (RT-PCR). Specimens will be collected through a process that involves a self-administered nose swab. The test only takes a few minutes and is not as invasive as other ones. Please note that as more testing options are available, Clarkson may use multiple sources and other applicable tests.
Consent to Testing:
Employees must consent to testing before scheduling any testing. You will be contacted for completion of the consent form prior to testing.
Notification of Results:
Testing requirements for Athletic Staff:
To ensure the health and safety of Clarkson coaches, athletic staff and student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff who have direct and close contact will be required to:
Non-Exempt employees will be compensated for time spent traveling and waiting for the administration of a test as well as any scheduled hours between taking the test and receiving the test results.
Failure to Comply:
For approval to be on campus, ALL employees need to comply with the mandatory COVID-19 testing procedure. If this testing criteria for entry to work, along with the other entry requirements and screening procedures are not met, employees will not be allowed entry to work on campus or return to campus. Failure to comply with testing requirements will disqualify an employee from working on site and in turn, may impact their ability to do their job.
Duration of Policy:
This policy will be in effect until further notice.