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This information is based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that we have at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, plans are subject to change by the time our community returns to campus.

Academics

Students can see the delivery method for each course within the online course listings. Approximately 85% of courses for Fall 2021 are being offered in person.

Students should speak with their advisors.

All campus offices and the Neil Hellman Library will be open for in-person use with no pre-registration required. Reference services will be available in person and virtual.

Computer labs will be available with no pre-registration required.

We expect those experiences to return to an in-person format as long as the partner organization allows.

Housing & Dining

Mirroring current New York State regulations with the MMR vaccine, we are requiring students taking at least six credits on campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning the first full semester after the vaccine receives full FDA approval.

In order to give students ample time to complete the vaccination series, if we do not have full FDA approval by July 6, we will not require the vaccine for the Fall 2021 semester. Please note that the vaccine is being distributed now under emergency use authorization by the FDA, so it has undergone an FDA review process. Two vaccine makers – Pfizer and Moderna – have applied for full approval, but the timeline for that approval isn’t known.

We will communicate with you when the vaccine receives full approval.

If the COVID-19 vaccination does not receive full FDA approval by July 6, this is what you will need to do for the Fall 2021 semester:

You will be required to submit one of two items before returning to campus for move-in day or the first day of classes:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (completed 14 days in advance of your first day on campus – such as move-in day or the first day of classes). Proof of full vaccination can be uploaded to Medicat now. See this guide to Medicat if you need assistance.

OR

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of your return to campus (such as move-in day or the first day of classes). For those who will be submitting test results, we will provide information on how to do so closer to the start of the fall semester, as you cannot be tested until within 72 hours of your return to campus.

Students may request a vaccine exemption. See the Vaccine Exemptions section of the restart website for details.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Whenever the COVID-19 vaccination requirement takes effect – just like with the required MMR vaccine – students can apply for either a medical or religious exemption. Below is an abbreviated New York State Department of Health definition of those exemptions. If you would like to apply for an exemption, you should reach out to Health Services at healthservices@strose.edu, and they will walk you through the process.

Medical Exemption
If a licensed physician or nurse practitioner or licensed midwife caring for a pregnant student certifies in writing that the student has a health condition which is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental.

Religious Exemption
A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student or student’s parent(s) or guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian if under the age of 18. It is not required that a religious exemption statement be notarized.

All students:

Students will sign up for a time to move in to the residence halls through the Navigate app, and information will go out to them in the coming weeks. Housing assignments for new students will be sent out in the first week of August.

For new students:
New students will move in from August 20 to August 25.

Students can drop off their belongings from August 20 to August 23, and then are able to stay in their rooms beginning August 24.

For returning students:
Returning students will move in from August 27 through August 29.

If a student is coming early, for athletics, the Bridge Program, AOE program, etc., they will move into their room and remain there; they do not need to drop off belongings and return at another time (or stay in another location).

Please see Housing and Dining for information on the move-in process.

The goal for the Fall 2021 semester is to have student and residence hall life return to normal as much as possible. More information on specific policies will be available as the start of the semester nears.

The College will follow any New York State guidelines related to COVID-19 that are in place during the fall semester.

The College will allow the submission of results from rapid COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic testing, including the rapid antigen tests. Please keep in mind this is NOT referring to the antibody testing which is a different test and does not assess active current infection.

The test must be performed within 72 hours of your arrival date on campus. We will provide information on submitting test results as the semester nears.

This CDC site also provides links to information from each of the states on where to get testing. If you are a resident of New York State, we have provided a link to the database of testing sites.

The Dining operations will be similar to the way they were before the pandemic.

Student Life

It depends when it receives full FDA approval, rather than the current emergency use authorization.

Mirroring current New York State regulations with the MMR vaccine, we are requiring students taking at least six credits on campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning the first full semester after the vaccine receives full FDA approval.

In order to give students ample time to complete the vaccination series, if we do not have full FDA approval by July 6, we will not require the vaccine for the Fall 2021 semester. Please note that the vaccine is being distributed now under emergency use authorization by the FDA, so it has undergone an FDA review process. Two vaccine makers – Pfizer and Moderna – have applied for full approval, but the timeline for that approval isn’t known.

We will communicate with you when the vaccine receives full approval.

If the COVID-19 vaccination does not receive full FDA approval by July 6, this is what you will need to do for the Fall 2021 semester:

You will be required to submit one of two items before returning to campus for move-in day or the first day of classes:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (completed 14 days in advance of your first day on campus – such as move-in day or the first day of classes). Proof of full vaccination can be uploaded to Medicat now. See this guide to Medicat if you need assistance.

OR

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of your return to campus (such as move-in day or the first day of classes). For those who will be submitting test results, we will provide information on how to do so closer to the start of the fall semester, as you cannot be tested until within 72 hours of your return to campus.

Effective June 15, 2021, we have revised our Show Love, Mask Up policy to align with CDC recommendations. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask inside College buildings. Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear a mask inside of College buildings. Due to the low level of transmission risk, there are no masks required outdoors for either population. We understand comfort levels vary and encourage anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask in any setting to do so. We will revisit the mask policy as the fall semester nears and revise as needed based on CDC guidelines.

Mirroring current New York State regulations with the MMR vaccine, we are requiring students taking at least six credits on campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning the first full semester after the vaccine receives full FDA approval.

In order to give students ample time to complete the vaccination series, if we do not have full FDA approval by July 6, we will not require the vaccine for the Fall 2021 semester. Please note that the vaccine is being distributed now under emergency use authorization by the FDA, so it has undergone an FDA review process. Two vaccine makers – Pfizer and Moderna – have applied for full approval, but the timeline for that approval isn’t known.

We will communicate with you when the vaccine receives full approval.

If the COVID-19 vaccination does not receive full FDA approval by July 6, this is what you will need to do for the Fall 2021 semester:

You will be required to submit one of two items before returning to campus for move-in day or the first day of classes:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (completed 14 days in advance of your first day on campus – such as move-in day or the first day of classes). Proof of full vaccination can be uploaded to Medicat now. See this guide to Medicat if you need assistance.

OR

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of your return to campus (such as move-in day or the first day of classes). For those who will be submitting test results, we will provide information on how to do so closer to the start of the fall semester, as you cannot be tested until within 72 hours of your return to campus.

We will continue contact tracing in the event of a positive case on campus.

Due to privacy laws, we will not disclose details about individuals who test positive for COVID-19. We will continue to maintain our COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated as new cases arise and shows the statistics for the week and the ongoing active cases and cumulative number of cases for the semester.

If full FDA approval of the vaccine is not received by July 6, which means it will not be required for the Fall 2021 semester, we are planning to hold vaccination clinics or partner with other organizations on clinics.

Clubs and activities will resume as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic to the fullest extent possible.

Yes. In-person student services will be available, similar to how they were before the pandemic.

Security will continue to be available in person 24 hours a day, every day of the week at Security headquarters on the corner of Western Avenue and Partridge Street, or by calling 518.454.5187.

Athletics

We expect athletic practices and competitions to resume in a manner more similar to before the pandemic. Details will be provided later this summer.

Environmental Safety

Classrooms will be stocked with paper towels and disinfectants. Much like supermarkets provide cleaning supplies so customers can wipe down their shopping carts before use, we will be asking our community to do the same before they use their desks, etc.

The College has hundreds of hand sanitizer stations located throughout the campus. The Facilities Department monitors and refills these stations.