Onondaga Community College will require students living in the residence halls to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Below are answers to common questions regarding the policy and what it means for you:
- When will I be able to move-in? Move-in for all students is Friday, August 27, 2021. You must be fully vaccinated by this date.
- When will I need to receive the vaccination to be fully vaccinated by Friday, August 27, 2021? If you are getting the Moderna vaccine your first dose needs to be administered on or before July 16, 2021 to be fully vaccinated by Friday, August 27, 2021. If you are getting the Pfizer vaccine your first dose needs to be administered on or before July 23, 2021 to be fully vaccinated by Friday, August 27, 2021. If you are getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine your first (and only) dose needs to be administered on or before August 13, 2021 to be fully vaccinated by Friday, August 27, 2021.
- Where do I provide proof of vaccination? Students will need to submit their proof of vaccination.
- Where can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine? You can find New York State run vaccine sites at the website below. Many NY mass vaccination sites are providing vaccines to walk-ins with no appointment necessary. You can also check vaccine availability at pharmacies near you.
- Do I have to pay for the vaccine? No. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States regardless of health insurance status.
- What does “fully vaccinated” mean? You are fully vaccinated two weeks (14 days) after receiving the last dose of the vaccine. For Pfizer and Moderna that is two weeks after your second dose. For Johnson & Johnson that is two weeks after your first (and only) dose.
- Will I have to get a COVID test prior to move-in? Currently, OCC is not requiring fully vaccinated students to test prior to move-in; however, we are waiting for official guidance from the SUNY system and will notify you if this changes. If you are not fully vaccinated, OCC will arrange for you to be tested on-campus prior to moving into your residence hall and starting your quarantine.
- Will I need to get a weekly COVID test? Currently, OCC is not requiring fully vaccinated students to get tested weekly; however, we are waiting for official guidance from the SUNY system and will notify you if this changes. If you have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected]
- Can I get an exemption to the requirement to be vaccinated to live on-campus? No, there will be no exemptions. All students living on-campus in the residence halls must be vaccinated.
- Will I have to wear a mask or social distance in the residence halls? Great news! With the vaccination requirement and the governor lifting many of the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions we can lift many of the COVID-19 requirements that were in place last year. You will no longer be required to social distance or wear masks in the residence halls. We will also be opening the floor lounges and community kitchens for use.
- Will I be able to have guests & visitors in the residence halls? Yes, guests and visitors are welcome in the building between 9:00 am and 10:00 pm; however, we are still prohibiting overnight guests.
Before you begin...
- Applications are given priority on a first come first serve basis.
- Please be aware of the Important Dates shown on this page.
Step 1: Download and fill out these forms
Note: You only need to fill out the Parent/Legal Guardian Verification if you are under 18.
Documents should be uploaded to the housing application in Step 2. Please have a copy of your insurance card ready for upload when you go to complete the application.
Step 2: Fill out the housing application
You will need your OCC Username and Password. You can find them in your Acceptance Packet, or try What's my username? In this step, you'll also be asked to upload the forms you completed in step 1.
Step 3: Pay a $200 Application Fee
Make your payment online or in-person at Student Central.
- This is a non-refundable application fee to solidify your intent to live on campus and it saves your place in line. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
- This application fee is waived if you have lived in the residence halls for the previous year.
Check out these helpful videos for help with completing the housing application and tips on roommate selection:
Completing the Housing Application
What happens next?
Housing applications come in over the course of several months with students submitting supplemental information at various times during their admission process.
Your ONE Team rep will be assisting you throughout this process and is the best person to talk to if you have any questions at this time. If your questions are specific to your housing application, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.