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SUNY COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for In-Person Students

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with previous announcements, SUNY will now require the vaccination for ALL students who have a physical presence on campus at any point in time, regardless of their residential or commuter status, with limited medical and religious exemptions. Please read the information below carefully as this policy is effective immediately.

 

Sections:
I.     Currently Unvaccinated Residential Students >>
II.    Currently Unvaccinated Commuter Students >>
III.   Partially Vaccinated Commuter Students >>
IV.   Fully Vaccinated Students  >>
V.    All Students (COVID-19 Testing and Face Mask Policies) >>


I. Currently Unvaccinated Residential Students

The College announced on July 28, 2021 that all residential students must be vaccinated to live in the residence halls.  Any unvaccinated residential student must receive the first vaccine no later than three days upon their arrival to campus. 


 

II. Currently Unvaccinated Commuter Students

SUNY Policy:

Under SUNY’s vaccination policy, you will have 35 days, to either (1) show proof that you have completed a full vaccine series (meaning that you received at least one dose of a single dose vaccine series or at least a second dose of a two-dose series); or (2) submit requests for an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.

The 35-day period to become fully vaccinated expires on September 28, 2021.

For those receiving the Pfizer vaccine, you should have your first vaccine no later than September 6 to be in compliance with obtaining the second vaccine by September 28

For those receiving the Moderna vaccine, you should have your first vaccine no later than August 30

Johnson & Johnson can be received up to September 27 to be in compliance

Upon expiration of this 35-day period, any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will be unenrolled and will no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services. SUNY Cobleskill will not be offering online alternatives to scheduled in-person classes in the Fall 2021 semester.

Proof of COVID-19 antibodies through test results cannot be used as an alternative to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

How to Get Vaccinated:

Students who are unable to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination in their hometown or country of origin will have the opportunity to be vaccinated when they arrive to campus. SUNY Cobleskill will host a Pfizer vaccination clinic (for first and second doses) on campus on Monday, August 30. Further details will be released shortly.

You may also visit New York State’s vaccination website or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to request an appointment at any state-run site, or use the CDC's Vaccine Finder to locate a pharmacy near you that is offering the vaccine.
 

If You Are Arriving to Campus Prior to Vaccination:

If you are receiving your vaccination after arriving to campus, you must either provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result administered by a medical provider and taken within five (5) days before arriving to campus OR you may test upon arrival within the dates/times scheduled for testing. 


Submitting Proof of Vaccination:

You will be required to participate in weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing until you reach fully vaccinated status and provide your documentation through the Medicat Patient Portal, by emailing the Wellness Center at WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu, or faxing to 518-255-5819.
 

Medical and Religious Exemptions:

Students may request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Click here to read the requirements for a medical or religious vaccination exemption. 

Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by you if you are 18 years of age or older, or a parent or guardian if you are under the age of 18. 

Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a committee; they are not automatically granted. Outcomes of requests will be communicated to you through our secured messaging system.

As long as a request for a medical or religious exemption is received on or before September 28, 2021, the original 35-day period for compliance will extend through the completion of the exemption evaluation process, if necessary.

Students who are granted a medical or religious must either provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result administered by a medical provider and taken within five (5) days before arriving to campus OR may test upon arrival within the dates/times scheduled for testing. 

All students with exemptions will be subject to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing administered by the campus.

Students with exemptions may be excluded from all in-person classes and activities at the College’s discretion should a COVID-19 outbreak occur on campus. SUNY Cobleskill may impose additional restrictions as needed.


 

III.    Partially Vaccinated Commuter Students

SUNY Policy:

Under SUNY’s policy requiring in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, students have 35 days, to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. If you have already begun your vaccination series, you should have no problem meeting this deadline.

The 35-day period to become fully vaccinated expires on September 28, 2021. Upon expiration of this 35-day period, any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will be unenrolled and will no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services. SUNY Cobleskill will not be offering online alternatives to scheduled in-person classes in the Fall 2021 semester.

If you are only partially vaccinated by your scheduled move-in date, please inform our staff at check-in. They will work with you to schedule your second vaccine at a local site and advise you regarding transportation, if needed.

SUNY Cobleskill will host a Pfizer vaccination clinic on campus on Monday, August 30. If you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least two and a half weeks prior to this date, you may receive your second dose at this clinic. Further details on the clinic will be released shortly.

Submitting Proof of Vaccination:

You will be required to participate in weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing until you reach fully vaccinated status and provide your documentation through the Medicat Patient Portal, by emailing the Wellness Center at WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu, or faxing to 518-255-5819.


 

IV.    Fully Vaccinated Students

SUNY Policy:

If you are currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are in compliance with SUNY’s student vaccination requirement. If you have not done so already, please submit your vaccine documentation through the Medicat Patient Portal, by emailing the Wellness Center at WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu, or faxing to 518-255-5819.


 

V.    All Students

Return to Campus Testing:

After the first week of classes all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to participate in “return to campus” testing to help establish a clear baseline of COVID-19’s impact within our community. We will announce soon when this testing will occur, most likely the second or third week of classes.


Weekly and Bi-Weekly Testing:

This semester we will be using antigen, or rapid, testing for students. The rapid tests utilize a non-invasive nasal swab and allow for same-day test results. Here is a link for more information regarding this testing process.   

All unvaccinated students must continue to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Vaccinated students must participate in COVID-19 testing on a bi-weekly basis as long as Schoharie County remains an area of high or substantial community transmission, as defined by the CDC. The county is currently experiencing a substantial rate of transmission. Once the county achieves a moderate or low designation, vaccinated individuals will be tested once a month. 

SUNY Cobleskill may impose more frequent testing if conditions warrant additional measures. 

 
Face Masks on Campus:

Schoharie County, and much of New York State, is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant. As we return to campus, the following requirements will be in effect. Please read these requirements carefully as they apply to all members of our campus community:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask whenever indoors and in all instructional spaces, regardless of location. This applies to all individuals, including students, employees, auxiliary workers, vendors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Neck gaiters and bandannas are not recommended forms of face coverings.
  • Visitors must wear masks at all times when indoors or outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Everyone must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, when  attending a large outdoor event.
  • The only instances in which face masks are not required to be worn are when alone in one’s own residence hall room, office or personal workspace, while seated and actively eating or drinking in a designated dining area, or while walking alone or in a small group outside.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must observe proper social distancing measures whenever possible.
  • Alternatives to cloth face coverings may be provided as an alternative if accommodations are needed.

Please review our full Campus Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy (Updated August 16, 2021).

We will evaluate these masking policies continually so that we may lessen restrictions as conditions allow.


 

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