These plans are 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, they are subject to change. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com, and they will walk you through the process.
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.
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.
RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN PROCESS
Students will sign up for a time to move in 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).
CLEANING OF RESIDENCE HALLS PRIOR TO MOVE IN
The sanitizing machines that use electrostatic technology to sanitize hard-to-reach surfaces and remove bacteria and viruses in two minutes or fewer will be used to clean all residence halls before students move in.
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.
DAILY HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE
Students and employees are no longer required to fill out the daily health questionnaire.
SURVEILLANCE TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING
The College will continue to do surveillance testing in the Fall 2021 semester. Those who have received the vaccine will be exempt from the random weekly testing. More details about surveillance testing will be provided as the fall semester nears.
Contact tracing will continue to be done in the event of a COVID-19 case among students or employees. Quarantine may be required as a result.
EVENTS AND RESIDENCE HALL POLICIES
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.
Dining spaces will operate under New York State guidelines related to COVID-19 that are in place during the fall semester. Dining operations will be as close to pre-pandemic conditions as possible.