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Stony Brook Students Set To Return To Campus Safe And Strong

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STONY BROOK, NY, AUGUST 5, 2020— As students are set to return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, Stony Brook University is ensuring that its campus community is coming back safe and strong.

Each resident student must complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 14 days of their move-in date, produce a negative result, and submit this negative test result on the day of move-in.

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Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY: The Academic Mall and fountain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The test result, either on letterhead or an electronic copy from a medical provider/testing center, must state the student’s name, the date of the test (within 14 days of move-in), and must have a negative result. Additionally, students are urged to remain at home in self-quarantine after receiving their tests and are also asked to follow facial covering and physical distancing requirements. Students who have already had and recovered from COVID-19 will be asked to bring a medical clearance in writing from their medical practitioner that was written within 10 days of moving onto campus.

New York State has imposed a 14-day self-quarantine for any travelers coming to New York from outside the United States or from a state inside the United States that requires a New York State imposed “stay at home” period in response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission. Our student body has been notified on a number of occasions about these requirements.

For students who qualify, Stony Brook is making available free of charge – including meal delivery – 226 quarantine-safe accommodations on its West Campus and on its Southampton campus. Qualifying students are invited to come to campus 14 days prior to the start of the semester beginning August 10. At the conclusion of the quarantine period, students will move to their fall room assignment.

Commuter students will be required to use the University’s online health screener before coming to Stony Brook’s campus every day, which measures temperature and symptoms. Students will be asked to stay home should they begin showing symptoms.

“Our commitment to the health and safety of Stony Brook University will not stop on move-in day,” said Rick Gatteau, Vice President Of Student Affairs. “As the semester continues, we will conduct ongoing testing in addition to the testing that is required as a result should a student become symptomatic.”


About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, over 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@stonybrooku).

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