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Fall 2022 Plan

 

Our campus policies relating to COVID-19 are subject to change at any time, depending on the public health conditions of our immediate area and external guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. If any element of our policies outlined changes due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community or on campus, the changes will be communicated via email and with updates to this page.  

Primary Vaccination 

The SUNY Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy remains in effect and requires all students who will have a physical presence on campus to provide evidence of, at minimum, the initial course of COVID vaccinations or apply for and be approved for a medical or religious exemption. (Applications for exemption must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 12, 2022).

You must receive your second dose of the vaccine, or single dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE your scheduled arrival on campus for the Fall 2022 semester. This accounts for the necessary two-week period before you are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

We recommend that you begin your vaccination series as soon as possible to avoid any disruptions to the start of classes. If receiving a two-dose vaccination, there will be a 3-week to 4-week interval between your doses. The first day of Fall classes is Monday, August 29.

Please submit proof of any and all COVID-19 vaccinations to the College by clicking the button below.

 

STUDENTS: SUBMIT PROOF OF VACCINATION

Boosters

All students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including obtaining any booster authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC for their age group. While not required at this time, SUNY reserves the authority to impose a requirement for any booster at any time as a result of changes in local conditions or as a result of requirements imposed by federal, state, or local authorities.  

Students enrolled in any program or course or who are participating in a clinical or internship held at a third-party location must continue to comply with all health and safety guidelines, including any vaccination or testing protocols that are in place at the third-party location.

For information on the booster vaccines and FAQs, visit the CDC’s website. To find a vaccine site near you and to schedule an appointment, visit New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccine website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.   

Pre-Arrival Testing

We ask that all students take an at-home rapid test 24 hours before arriving to campus for the start of the Fall semester. If you test positive, please complete this form to notify  the Wellness Center: https://cobleskill.formstack.com/forms/reportqi

 

Testing During the Semester

Students with a documented COVID-19 vaccine exemption from the College will be required to test every other week (twice monthly) during the Fall 2022 semester*. The testing schedule will be shared with you closer to the start of classes and will be communicated to you via email. 

Students who have received their initial COVID-19 vaccinations should test if they are symptomatic*. You can find a list of COVID-19 symptoms in the menu below under If You Are Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms. 

Tests are available in the Wellness Center by appointment. Rapid antigen tests are available for residential students in all Residential Life offices and for commuter students in Johnson Hall (University Police offices). 


Important Note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, do not participate in testing. Instead of testing, inform the Wellness Center of your positive test by emailing WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu with the following:

  • Proof of your positive PCR test result from the lab (this is preferred); or
  • A photo of an at-home positive test AND your identification together in one photo. Identification may be your State ID (driver's license) or your SUNY Cobleskill ID. 

Please direct any questions to WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu.


*SUNY Cobleskill reserves the right to increase the rate of testing for students based on levels of community transmission on campus and in our geographic region.

The following information has been adapted by SUNY Cobleskill from the New York State Guidance effective May 31, 2022 and is subject to change.

 

Who Does Not Have to Quarantine After Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19?


Instead of Quarantining:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • It is recommended to get tested at least 5 days after the date of last close contact with someone with COVID-19. If test is positive or COVID-19 symptoms develop, isolate from other people and follow recommendations listed in the Isolation section of this web page. 
    • Anyone who had COVID-19 within the last 90 days does not need to get tested after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Who Must Quarantine After Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19?

  • Students who have completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, and are eligible for a CDC recommended booster shot but have not received it, OR have not completed 14 days since their last eligible dose at time of exposure.
  • Anyone who has not completed a primary vaccine series.
  • Anyone who is not vaccinated, including anyone with medical or religious exemptions.

 

HOW TO QUARANTINE 

STUDENTS: REPORT ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE ORDERS

 

Meals During Quarantine:

  • Residential students may pick up “grab and go” meals in Champlin Dining Hall. Students who should be quarantining are not permitted to remain/eat in Champlin. They must take their meals back to their residence. 

Attending Class During Quarantine:

  • Fully vaccinated students and students with approved medical or religious exemptions who are subject to quarantine can attend classes and/or work at school during the quarantine period while wearing a well-fitting face mask. However, these individuals must continue to quarantine as otherwise required outside of academic instruction periods in school.
  • Extra-curricular, athletics, and/or community activities are not permitted during quarantine. Students who participate in any of these said activities while in quarantine may be referred to the Student Conduct process.

After Quarantine:

  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after the date of the last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, quarantine immediately and get tested.


The below chart will help you quickly find your quarantine and testing requirements.


Quarantine Table



Click here to view the "Quarantine Table" in PDF >> 

 

New York State COVID-19 Guidance 

The following information has been adapted by SUNY Cobleskill from the New York State Guidance effective May 31, 2022 and is subject to change.

 

Who Must Isolate?

  • Anyone who is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 through viral testing, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • Students who are symptomatic and have taken a PCR test must isolate (precautionary quarantine) until test results are received. If test is positive, isolate for 5 days. Isolation can end after 5 days if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. See Isolation Guidelines Chart below for details.

  • Isolation guidance calls for individuals in isolation to wear a well-fitting mask when it is not possible to be separate from others in the home or residence hall. Masks are not able to be worn during sleep. Therefore, if you have a roommate, you cannot return to a shared sleeping space until at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or your positive test result. This means that if you have a roommate, you must continue to sleep in your assigned isolation room until the completion of 10 days even though you may leave your isolation room to attend classes and activities. 

The Wellness Center, under the direction of the Schoharie County Department of Health, DOES have the authority and responsibility to place students in isolation. 

 

HOW TO ISOLATE

STUDENTS: REPORT ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE ORDERS

 

The below chart will help you quickly find your isolation and testing requirements.


Isolation Table



Click here to view the "Isolation for the General Public Table" in PDF >> 

 

New York State COVID-19 Guidance 

Residential students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Wellness Center at 518-255-5225 to arrange testing. If it is after hours and you need a rapid test, please go to the RA’s Office when it is open.

The College encourages students to come to campus with a supply of rapid tests. Free, at-home tests can be ordered from the federal government here: https://www.covid.gov/tests.

If your test is positive, please notify the Wellness Center by phone and by completing the Student Report of Quarantine/Isolation Directive form. If the Wellness Center is closed, please notify your RA. Follow all isolation instructions as per the CDC.

Commuter students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Wellness Center by phone to schedule an appointment. The Wellness Center can be reached at 518-255-5225. If your test is positive, please notify the Wellness Center by completing the Student Report of Quarantine/Isolation Directive form and follow all isolation instructions as per the CDC.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat or hoarseness
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

 

We Are a Mask-Friendly Campus

At this time, face masks are not required inside campus buildings. This applies to all areas of campus, including residence halls and instructional spaces (with one exception, noted below*). Faculty and staff do not have the authority on their own to institute mask requirements in classrooms or offices.  

Of course, everyone has the right to choose to continue wearing a mask, and the College expects all members of our campus to respect the decision to do so.

There are specific instances on campus in which a mask must be worn: 

  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must wear a mask for 10 days from date of exposure.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must continue to wear a mask for five days following your initial five-day isolation period, as per CDC guidelines.

  • All healthcare settings regulated by the New York State Dept. of Health continue to require masks. This applies to the campus Wellness Center and all classes (lecture, lab, clinical) within our Paramedic Program*. Masks must be worn by everyone in these locations. 
     

Notes on other areas of campus COVID-19 policy: 

  • Outdoor Masking: There is no requirement on the use of masks in any outdoor settings on campus; however, individuals may choose to wear a mask.

  • Eating/Drinking in the Classroom: Eating and drinking in lecture classes will be left to the discretion of the professor. Eating in drinking are not allowed in any lab classes.

  • Student-Athletes: SUNY Cobleskill student-athletes will be required to follow NCAA and NAC guidelines during practice and competition.

  • Campus Visitors: Campus visitors will not be required to wear a mask.

 

If you feel you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. You are not alone.   

These resources are always available to you:  

NY Project Hope - 1-844-863-9314  
Project Hope Crisis Counselors understand what you are going through. Talking to them is free, confidential, and anonymous. Talk to someone who is trained, knowledgeable and never judges. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone you don’t know.   
  
Crisis Text Line - Text GOT5 to 741741  
A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.   
  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Dial 988
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as crisis resources for you or your loved ones.   

Headspace: A New State of Mind   
Headspace offers a collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to help you through these stressful and challenging times.   
 
Visit our Wellness Center page for strategies in supporting your mental health.   

 

The Everbridge App is an essential element of SUNY Cobleskill’s campus safety plan, giving you a quick, direct line of communication to University Police through your smart phone. In this way, Everbridge serves as an extension of our Emergency Blue Lights which are located at key points throughout campus.

Everbridge is also your official source for up-to-date campus information during emergency situations, including class cancellations and timely warnings of crime incidents near campus.

Please download the Everbridge App as soon as possible and to familiarize yourself with its features.

Download form App Store

Dwonload from the google play store

  • Click Enroll and search for 12043 (campus zip code)
  • Login using your Single Sign On Credentials
The Everbridge App is one of the many tools the College uses to keep our campus safe. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible in using this tool. Support to assist you in navigating the Everbridge App is available here: https://www.cobleskill.edu/nyalert.Questions on downloading or using the Everbridge App? Please contact your Resident Assistant (RA) or University Police (UPD) at 518-255-5317.

 

Safety Tools within Everbridge

 

Safety button Safety Label and Instructions
safety sheild Safety Shield: Login and tap the Shield icon near the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Four “standard” Safety buttons are displayed.
Check in Check In enables you to quickly share your location with University Police. This feature can be activated as a safeguard in any situation in which you want your specific location to be known.
Virtual Campus Escort Virtual Campus Escort can be activated to allow you to check in at certain intervals during a certain period of time. If you fail to check in at any point, an SOS is automatically triggered, notifying University Police.
SOS SOS triggers an alert that automatically sends your device’s location and a two-minute video recording to University Police. Once you tap “SOS,” you have 10 seconds to cancel, or the SOS will be sent. If you want to send an SOS as soon as possible, tap “SOS Now
Emergency Call Emergency Call: Tap “Emergency Call,” then tap “Call” to automatically call 9-1-1.
Report an incident Report an Incident: This feature gives you options to report an incident or crime on campus. If you see something, say something
Campus Guidelines Campus Guidelines provide links to the College’s COVID-19 information, Residence Hall Terms and Conditions, Student Conduct Codes, Student Handbook, Wellness Center, and Emergency Procedures Quick Reference.
Quick Emergency Ref Quick Emergency Ref will directly open the Emergency Procedures Quick Reference.
   



Questions?

Questions regarding our campus’ COVID-19 policies: wellnesscenter@cobleskill.edu 

Questions regarding on-campus housing: reslife@cobleskill.edu

Questions regarding tuition, fees, and financial aid: financialaid@cobleskill.edu