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Move In - Fall 2020

A message from Dean Luis Inoa [Tuesday, July 21st]:

Dear All,

I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe. Below you will find guidance on our return to campus program. This plan is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), current New York state guidelines, as well as our commitment to being mindful of both density and overall safety while we welcome students back to campus. As you make travel plans, please remember that conditions and guidance change frequently. As such, move-in procedures may need to be adjusted based on New York state direction or prevailing conditions.

VassarTogether Commitment:

All students who choose to live on or off-campus and study in person this fall must complete the VassarTogether Commitment. You may preview it here.

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement For All Students:

  1. You must get an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-COV-2 RNA COVID-19 test administered no more than seven days before your Vassar move-in day. For example, if you are moving in on the 21st, your test must be administered between August 15th and August 21st and uploaded before your move-in time. After you get tested, stay at home and interact with as few people as possible.
  2. Next, fax your results to 845-437-7135 or email the results to
  3. Finally, bring a physical or digital copy of your test results with you to campus.

Note: If you cannot access a COVID-19 test or have additional questions, please contact Students will not be able to move into their dorms without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test administered within the last seven days. If you arrive on campus without evidence of your pre-arrival test, you will have to self-quarantine in a designated room until your on-campus test results are back.

International Students and Students from Designated States with Travel Advisory:

International students and students from designated states with travel advisory are required by New York State to complete a travel quarantine form.

  1. Visit this link to see what states are included and to access the online version of the form.
  2. At New York State airports, a quarantine task force will greet flights to assure that each person completes the form. When you complete the form, please write that you will quarantine at Vassar College. We are still in discussion with the state about what your self-quarantine on campus will look like; we will send that information as soon as we have it.
  3. Like all students, you are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within seven days before arrival, and you will be tested again on campus twice in the first two weeks.

Assigned Arrival Dates

We encourage students to pack lightly to allow for move-in to be expedient. Students involved in fall activities that typically require early arrival will be notified of arrival days and times by your respective areas by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 22nd.

All First-Year Students (Class of ’24 and Transfer/Visiting/Exchange Students):

Your scheduled arrival date and time have been determined by the last digit of your 999/VC ID number, i.e., 999000001. You can look up your 999 number by logging into the ask banner portal.

- Ending in 0: Aug. 21st, 8 am
- Ending in 1: Aug. 21st, 10 am
- Ending in 2: Aug. 21st, 12 pm
- Ending in 3: Aug. 21st, 2 pm
- Ending in 4: Aug. 21st, 4 pm
- Ending in 5: Aug. 22nd, 8 am
- Ending in 6: Aug. 22nd, 10 am
- Ending in 7: Aug. 22nd, 12 pm
- Ending in 8: Aug. 22nd, 2 pm
- Ending in 9: Aug. 22nd, 4 pm

The plan above, made in consultation with the Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health Department, allows the college to view the incoming class and their student fellow group (12-15 students) as a family unit as long as all students have had a negative test before arriving on campus. As a reminder, students without a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test result will not be able to stay in their assigned room; instead they will have to self-quarantine in a designated room until their on-campus test results are back.

Returning (’21, ’22, ’23) International students
Your arrival window is from Aug. 8th through Aug. 17th. You must fill out this form, due Aug. 1st, ( to indicate your arrival date.

Returning (’21, ’22, ’23) California students
Your arrival window is from Aug. 10th through Aug. 11th. You must fill out this form, due Aug. 1st, ( to indicate your arrival date.

Returning (’21, ’22, ’23) students from one of the states below
Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Missouri, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Washington. Your arrival window is from Aug. 12th through Aug. 13th. You must fill out this form, due Aug. 1st, ( to indicate your arrival date.

Returning (’21, ’22, ’23) Students from one of the states below
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Virginia. Your arrival window is from Aug. 14th through Aug. 15th. You must fill out this form, due Aug. 1st, ( to indicate your arrival date.

All other Returning (’21, ’22, ’23) Students
Your arrival window is from Aug. 23rd through Aug. 27th. You must fill out this form, due Aug. 1st, ( to indicate your arrival date.

Request to Change Date
If you have questions, concerns or would like to request a modification to your arrival time please fill out this form, due Aug. 1st ( The appropriate administrator will contact you to discuss the request.

Choice to Study and Live Remotely this Semester:

All students who plan to study remotely for the semester must complete this form by August 1st. A completed form will allow for coordinated support from Residential Life, Dean of Studies, Student Accounts, and Financial Aid. A student who chooses to study remotely during Fall 2020 can choose to be in person for Spring 2021. Students opting for the remote option will not have access to Vassar buildings or be allowed to attend in-person classes. Vassar ID will also be deactivated.

The pandemic has brought new levels of responsibility and preparation for all of us. It is critical to continue to evolve our plans and strategy in real-time based on the information available. We understand there are complexities in planning and travel at this time, but rest assured, we are taking necessary precautions to remain as safe as possible.

Thank you again for your feedback, incredible patience, and grace. As always, please continue to check the VassarTogether website often for the latest updates.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the fall.

Dean Alamo
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604