Fall 2021 COVID-19 Safety Plan and Procedures

Please submit your proof of vaccination via our COVID Vaccination Form.
If you have completed 1 dose but will not have your second before 9/27 please complete this form for a second dose extension

Welcome back, but first...

Our goal is to keep our community safe and healthy. Here are the policies and guidelines we'll be following on campus for Fall 2021

 

Vaccine Requirements

Per New York State guidance and full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, SUNY will require all in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

All unvaccinated students will have to become vaccinated and submit proof of the vaccination to the College by 9/27/21.
 

If you are not exempt and have not submitted your proof of FULL vaccination, you will not be permitted on campus.  You will not be eligible to “take your classes” from home and you will not receive a tuition refund.    

If you have completed 1 dose but will not have your second before 9/27 please complete this form for a second dose extension

SUNY Policies

If you are vaccinated

You must wear a mask indoors through October 1st.  You will also be required to test the first week of classes and then once every four weeks after that per SUNY guidelines.   Let us know that you are vaccinated by filling out a form with proof of vaccine. Acceptable proof is your CDC vaccination card or the NYS Excelsior Pass.

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If you're not vaccinated

Per New York State guidance and full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, SUNY will require all in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  All unvaccinated students will have to become vaccinated and submit proof of the vaccination to the College by 9/27/21.  Until you are fully vaccinated it is MANDATORY that you wear a mask both indoors and outdoors while on campus. There will be no exceptions to this. If you do not comply, you will be subject to disciplinary action or Campus Safety intervention. 

You must undergo a test at the beginning of the semester and then weekly COVID testing after that. You can review our testing details.  Unvaccinated individuals are also not able to participate in campus housing and athletics. 

You also must practice social distancing as directed by New York State, the CDC and OCC faculty and staff.  

Get ahead of the spread! You can get vaccinated for free at most pharmacies.

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The Student Experience

Students who are participating in athletics or on-campus housing are required to be vaccinated. All of our clubs, organizations, and services are open! We are excited to have everyone back on campus

 

Vaccine FAQs

You must be fully vaccinated before arriving to campus. No exceptions.

You must be fully vaccinated before participating in any athletic activities. This includes pre-season practices. No exceptions.

  • If you will not be coming to campus at all during the semester you are not required to be vaccinated; however, we urge you to do so for your own health and well-being.
  • If you will be coming to campus for any reason, such as to access tutoring, go to the library, or take a final exam, you must provide proof of vaccination.

Students must submit proof of vaccination or be approved for an exemption from vaccination by Sunday, September 26. The vaccines have different wait times between doses. Here is a table that will help you know when you need to start to process so that you can finish in time.

Vaccine Dose (shot) 2 Deadline Proof must be submitted by: Dose (shot) 1 deadline Must begin process by:
Pfizer September 26 September 5
Moderna September 26 August 29
Johnson & Johnson   September 26

Absolutely. Check out our COVID site for information on how to get the vaccine. Just keep tabs on which vaccine it is so that you can start by the above deadlines.

No, this is not an option. Students who do not demonstrate proof of vaccination as required will be excluded from campus and de-registered from their courses.

On September 27th, any student who has not been vaccinated or received an approved medical or religious exemption will be administratively withdrawn from their classes and will still be responsible for their bill.

COVID-related communication, including information about the vaccine requirement, has been shared with you throughout the summer as new guidance has become available. The vaccination timeline took effect with the full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, August 23.

  • Students who wish to be considered for a medical exemption should submit this form and the written certification of a licensed healthcare provider that provides sufficient information for us to understand the medical basis for your exemption request, its necessary length, and the contact information for your healthcare provider. The deadline for submitting an exemption request is Monday, September 20 (to allow time for the request to be considered).
  • *If granted an exemption, there are still situations in which you as a student may not participate. For example, even with an exemption, students are not permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics, live on campus, or participate in certain internships and/or clinicals. We suggest contacting the appropriate activity supervisor/program lead so that they can best advise you.
  • Students who wish to be considered for a religious exemption must submit this form and include a statement that explains how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s sincere religious belief or practice. The deadline for submitting an exemption request is Monday, September 20 (to allow time for the request to be considered).
  • *If granted an exemption, there are still situations in which you as a student may not participate. For example, even with an exemption, students are not permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics, live on campus, or participate in certain internships and/or clinicals. We suggest contacting the appropriate activity supervisor/program lead for more information.

Yes. All students and employees will follow a testing schedule. The test is at no cost to you. View more information about COVID testing.

Frequency of testing depends on your vaccination status.

  • If you have submitted proof of vaccination, you will need to test once every four (4) weeks.
  • If you are not yet vaccinated or have been exempted from vaccination, you will need to test every week.

Each student will be assigned a test date and time. Testing will take place in Coulter 116. 

  • Yes. All students must wear masks indoors unless you are sitting down to eat. If you are not vaccinated, you must also wear a mask outdoors when in close proximity (3 feet) of anyone else.
  • We will re-evaluate this requirement on or around October 1st.

Like you, we want to be COVID-free as soon as possible. By taking these steps we are doing what is necessary to help get us there. Thank you all for continuing to support each other through this time. Stay #LazerStrong.

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]