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Our goal is to keep our community safe and healthy. Here are the policies and guidelines regarding COVID we'll be following at OCC. 

COVID Requirements

  • Masks are optional on campus and in classrooms but subject to change due to local conditions
  • SUNY requires all in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  The College also requires all employees to be vaccinated. 
  • SUNY strongly encourages all in-person students and employees to stay up to date with their COVID-19 boosters once eligible. 

For more information contact immunizations@sunyocc.edu

SUNY Policies
OCC Policies

Booster shot locations

To view other locations across NYS go to:  

Other vaccination site locations - 

Testing Positive

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must notify their professors and stay at home for five days. If they are a student in the residence halls, they must quarantine in Shapero hall for five days.  
  • After five days if they no longer have any symptoms, they can return to classes but must wear a mask for five days. If they continue to have symptoms they should remain home until they resolve.  
  • If a student needs additional assistance during this time they should reach out to their School's Success Coach.  
  • If a student has COVID-19 symptoms but did not test positive they should remain at home until symptoms resolve.  


Vaccination FAQ's

  • If you will not be coming to campus at all during the semester you are not required to be vaccinated and boosted; 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 and booster.

To apply for a medical or religious exemption for COVID vaccination please see the forms below.  Anyone who has been granted a health or religious exemption from vaccination and who will be on campus is required to test at least bi-monthly at their own expense and submit a picture of the negative result and their student ID to  covidtest@sunyocc.edu.

Medical Exemption Form

Religous Exemption Form

We understand that you may not be eligible to receive your COVID booster yet, or that you may have instructions from your doctor to follow a different timeline. If you have instructions from your doctor that you need to follow a different timeline, please email a copy of those official instructions to immunizations@sunyocc.edu.  

For more information on when you will be eligible based on the vaccination you received you can visit the CDC website.

You must submit your proof of COVID-19 booster within 1 month of become eligible.  

To view locations across NYS go to:  

Other vaccination site locations

To find other locations you can: 

  • Search at https://www.vaccines.gov/ 
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829 
  • Call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. 
  • Contact your local pharmacy or primary care physician  

Submit your proof of immunizations to immunizations@sunyocc.edu

Masks are optional on campus and in classrooms, but this is subject to change depending on local conditions.  Faculty and staff are not permitted to require others to wear a mask in their presence but are welcome to wear a mask themselves.     

Testing FAQ's

Testing is not required unless you have received a medical or religious vaccine exemption.  Students who are unable to access testing may obtain a test kit from the Office of Residence Life or the Community Care Hub, both located in the Gordon Student Center. 

Residence hall students will be asked to test at home before returning to campus; instant tests will be available for use in residence halls throughout the semester.  Student-athletes will follow protocols developed with guidance from the NJCAA and other Region III schools for infection control in intercollegiate athletics.  

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 covidtest@sunyocc.edu