State University of New York COVID-19 Guidance for Summer and Fall 2022 Semesters
Since the beginning of the pandemic, SUNY has strategically navigated the course of the COVID-19 virus in its various forms. In response to a changing environment, we have continued to update our guidance to reflect the latest conditions. This guidance is intended to provide the maximum amount of flexibility to each campus while recognizing that the virus will remain in our communities well into the future.
These updated protocols are subject to change as COVID-related conditions develop. In addition, nothing herein limits the authority of campuses to impose additional COVID restrictions within its current authority if not enumerated in the following guidance. Campuses must continue to comply with any additional requirements imposed by the State, SUNY, and local jurisdictions as appropriate.
VACCINE AND BOOSTER POLICY
The SUNY Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy (the “Policy”) remains in effect and requires all students who will have a physical presence on campus to provide evidence of, at minimum, the initial course of COVID vaccinations. Pursuant to the Policy, students are considered fully vaccinated for the initial course of vaccination: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
Boosters are strongly encouraged and while not required at this time campuses must continue to review medical or religious exemption requests and may designate deadlines by which students should submit any requests for timely review before the semester begins. For the purposes of this policy, "students" are defined as any individual matriculated or otherwise enrolled full-time or part-time at SUNY Facilities as well as visiting, auditing, exchange, continuing education, and international students taking in-person courses at SUNY. The definition of students does not include individuals whose student status is solely due to participation in workforce training programming arranged directly through their employer, unless specifically designated by the campus. The definition of students also does not include high school students in concurrent enrollment courses offered by a SUNY campus and located at the student’s high school or other third-party location.
All students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including obtaining any booster authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC for their age group. While not required at this time, SUNY reserves the authority to impose a requirement for any booster at any time as a result of changes in local conditions or as a result of requirements imposed by Federal, State or local authorities.
Students enrolled in any program or course or who are participating in a clinical or internship held at a third-party location must continue to comply with all health and safety guidelines, including any vaccination or testing protocols that are in place at the third-party location.
Campuses, in consultation with the local health department, may provide an exemption for students who are not registered for in-person classes but who will utilize campus facilities in person on a limited basis as defined by the campus. Students must sign an attestation acknowledging understanding of such limitations.
Non-SUNY students participating in non-residential summer programming such as athletic, music, or other camps are not considered “students” subject to the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. Campuses should consult with their local health departments in determining safety protocols for such programming.
Campuses, in their sole discretion, may at any time impose additional vaccine requirements, including a requirement for any boosters, for other campus activities including access to certain campus facilities.
RETURN TO CAMPUS TESTING
While not required, campuses are encouraged to develop a plan to test all students upon return who will have a regular physical presence on campus.
MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
At all times, Campuses will continue to monitor local conditions and determine if mask mandates are required. Such assessment should include an evaluation of CDC guidance and any metrics that exist at that time. Campuses may continue to maintain the mask requirement in any venue or with any specific population on campus in their sole discretion. If it is determined that any element of the mask mandate will be changed, it must be clearly communicated with students and employees.
Campuses must maintain a clear plan for actions they will take in the event that cases in the community or on campus begin to increase.
All students, faculty, and staff need to follow the masking requirements for activities or instruction delivered at a third-party location.
Mandatory surveillance testing will continue for any student with a regular physical presence on campus who has a campus approved medical or religious exemption.
Campuses, in their discretion, may implement a regular surveillance testing program of all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. This may include regular testing of employees pursuant to a campus level labor management agreement.
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
Campuses may require daily health screenings at their discretion. Regular communications should include the importance of all campus community members monitoring their symptoms, staying away from others if they feel sick, and getting tested if they have any symptoms.
QUARANTINE & ISOLATION
Campuses must maintain an appropriate level of quarantine and isolation space in consultation with the local health department. CDC Guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
PIVOT TO REMOTE INSTRUCTION OR ACTIVITY
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) requirements for a mandatory pause are no longer in effect. Campuses will continue to monitor local conditions and must obtain approval from SUNY System Administration in order to change to a virtual or remote format for academic instruction, delay the start of the semester, modify spring break, or delay or change the format of commencement activities.
ONGOING DATA COLLECTION
SUNY System Administration has built two solutions through which campuses report the vaccination status of their students. Campuses may opt to use the campus-to-System interconnection or a student-facing portal. Campuses are required to continue to report the vaccine status, including exemption status, of all enrolled students, including those who will be fully remote for the semester, via one of these reporting options.
Campuses must continue to report all testing results daily through the SUNY Health Portal but can pre-fill entries for days when no testing is done or is anticipated to be done.
Any incidents of non-compliance with any SUNY or campus protocols will continue to be handled through the individual Campus Code of Conduct process for students and Human Resources for employees.
New York State Public Health Law #2165 requires that ALL students born after January 1, 1957 and who are planning to register for six (6) or more campus-based credits must provide the following:
- 2 measles vaccinations
- 1 mumps vaccination
- 1 rubella vaccination
- 2 MMR vaccinations
- Titers with results proving immunity
Please be advised that if you do not meet the immunization requirements (or obtain a waiver due to health or religious reasons), within 30 days of the beginning of the semester, you will be administratively withdrawn from the college. This means that you will forfeit ALL tuition and fees, will not receive any grades, and will not be permitted to register for ensuing study at the college until proof of immunizations are verified by our Health Services Office. DO NOT assume that immunization records are sent to the college with your academic transcript.
Immunization records can be obtained from:
- Your high school
- Your family physician
- Last college attended
Order Your Academic Transcripts Online via the National Student Clearinghouse.
New York State Public Health Law #2167 makes it mandatory for ALL college students taking six (6) or more credits on campus to receive information about the meningitis vaccine and the disease.
ALL students MUST Fill out the Meningitis Response Form.
The Meningitis vaccine is not required to attend, but - whatever your decision - you must fill out the response form. A signature is necessary either declining the vaccine AND/OR providing proof of receiving the meningitis vaccine.
All Culinary, Early Childhood, Respiratory, Medical Assistant & Nursing Students
All culinary, early childhood, respiratory, medical assistant, and nursing students are required to have a test for tuberculosis, known as a Mantoux or PPD, with results, within the last six months. They are also required to have a tetanus vaccine, with proof, within the last 10 years.
STUDENT HEALTH RECORDS
Sports physicals are available to ALL athletes FREE OF CHARGE!
Make your appointment when the rosters are received from your coach.
Sports physicals take roughly 15 minutes and include:
- Eye exam*
- Vital signs
- Nurse &/or doctor assessments
*If you wear glasses/corrective lenses, you must bring them with you for your exam.