COVID-19

COVID-Response Plans, Procedures, and Requirements

Operating procedures in response to the pandemic and frequently asked questions are listed below.

The purpose of this plan is to ensure the collective health and safety of SUNY Oneonta students, faculty and staff, and do our part to minimize the potential health and safety impact to our surrounding community. We continue to follow all applicable federal, state and local health guidance pertaining to COVID-19. The following plan highlights the procedures we will follow to ensure student success and maintain the health, safety and wellness of our campus and local community.

This plan is a living document and subject to change based on new and evolving information and guidance from the CDC, New York State and SUNY. Please continue to check this page for updates on our response to the pandemic.

AnchorTesting, Masking, Academic and Campus Operations Guidance

Weekly Surveillance Testing for Asymptomatic Students & Employees

Free COVID-19 tests are available on campus for asymptomatic students and employees. The purpose of surveillance testing is to survey a non-symptomatic population to detect if the virus is present and prevent it from spreading.

Is surveillance testing required?

  • Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status is unknown are required to test weekly in our surveillance testing program.
  • Seven percent of fully vaccinated students will also be randomly selected and required to participate in surveillance testing each week.
  • Five percent of fully vaccinated employees will also be randomly selected and required to participate in surveillance testing each week.

    The college reserves the right to increase the frequency of testing among the entire campus community at any time. 

    Remember, surveillance testing is only for people who are asymptomatic. Anyone with COVID symptoms who needs a test should see the section about “diagnostic testing” below. 
     

When and where are surveillance tests available?

The surveillance testing center is located in the Morris Conference Center and open for walk-in testing. 
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Morris Conference Center is located near Human Ecology and Alumni Hall and can be seen as building 33 on the campus map.)

Dec. 15, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022:
The surveillance testing center will be open Mondays and Tuesdays from 7 - 10 a.m. in room 105, Morris Conference Center. 

Spring 2022 Hours of Operation:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
     

What is the surveillance testing compliance procedure?

The testing cycle for students (weekly schedule for compliance) runs Monday - Sunday. The testing center will be open for walk-ins on Mondays and Tuesdays. If students or employees cannot make the walk-in hours, scheduled testing appointments on campus are available on a limited basis. The availability of appointments is not guaranteed, and they will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing covid-testingcenter@oneonta.edu. 

Those who may miss the testing center can pay for a test off campus to satisfy their weekly testing requirement. Use the state's test site finder or purchase a BinaxNOW, FlowFlex, QuickVue, iHealth, or CareStart over-the-counter/ at-home test then upload a screenshot/photo/.pdf of the results of a test taken off campus or at home. Anyone using an at-home test must write their name, date of birth, and the date the test was taken on the test kit or a piece of paper then take and upload a photo of both the kit, paper and a government-issued ID card next to each other to meet the weekly testing requirement. 

Tests must be taken and results submitted by the end of the day on Sunday to remain in good standing. (Tests done on Sundays satisfy the requirement for the testing week that began on the prior Monday; they do not meet the requirement for the following testing week.)

What type of tests are available on campus? How do the tests work?

The tests conducted on campus are saliva-based pool tests. These are simple, self-administered oral swab tests that only take a few minutes to complete. Instructions on how to conduct the test will be provided at the testing center.

Individual test samples are pooled together in small groups and the pool is tested for COVID. If the pool comes back negative, then all samples in that pool are presumed negative. If the pool comes back positive, the individual swabs will be tested separately to see which is/are positive.

Off-campus and on-campus student tests will be pooled separately, and on-campus student tests will be pooled by residence hall.

If you have not previously participated in the college’s pool testing, you will need to create an account at app.clarifi-covid-19.com. If you already have an account, please log in and register for each new test. To reduce wait times at the testing center, it’s best to do this ahead of time on your mobile device. If you do not have a cell phone and/or need help, you can register for your test with assistance from volunteers at the testing site.

Before testing you must:

  • wait 1 hour after brushing your teeth
  • wait 30 minutes after eating, drinking, smoking, vaping, chewing gum/mints

How do students and employees get results from the on-campus tests? 

If an someone is in a negative pool, their test is presumed negative and the result will be displayed in the app.clarifi-covid-19.com. testing portal. 

If someone is in a positive pool, they will be notified and should follow appropriate directions provided.

Students:

  • Fully vaccinated students will be notified about the positive pool via email and are not required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic. If their individual test result comes back negative, they will be notified via email and the testing portal. If their individual test result comes back positive, students will be contacted by the Health Center/Quarantine & Isolation team and employees will be contacted by Human Resources with instructions on isolating.
  • Partially vaccinated or exempt (unvaccinated) students will be contacted by the Quarantine & Isolation team with instructions about moving to precautionary quarantine. If the individual test result comes back negative, the Quarantine & Isolation team will notify the student and help facilitate leaving quarantine. If their individual test result comes back positive, students will be contacted by the Health Center/Quarantine & Isolation team and employees will be contacted by Human Resources with instructions on isolating.

 Employees:

  • As of October 2021, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be notified about the positive pool via email and are required to quarantine to prevent any asymptomatic spread from breakthrough cases. If their individual test result comes back negative, they will be notified via email and the testing portal and can stop their quarantine. If their individual test result comes back positive, employees will be contacted by  Human Resources with instructions on isolating.
     

Diagnostic Testing for Symptomatic Students & Employees

Diagnostic testing for symptomatic students will be available at the Health and Wellness Center or at any local pharmacy or health clinic. All students who develop symptoms should go into a precautionary quarantine until test results are returned. Please contact the quarantine & isolation team at 607-436-2077 for assistance and advice on moving to quarantine, both on or off campus.

A public testing site for symptomatic people is available on campus in the Morris Conference Center. See below for hours and how to make an appointment. Students experiencing symptoms should contact the Health Center for advice and direction on where to get tested (at the Health Center or elsewhere). 

If students get a test off campus, they should report the results to the Health Center.

If a test comes back positive, please follow the directions from the contact tracers from the Department of Health. Everyone who tests positive must isolate regardless of vaccination status. If a student gets a positive result after the Health Center closes, please contact Graig Eichler at 607-436-2077 for assistance and advice on moving into isolation on or off campus.

Employees should contact their primary care physician or a local pharmacy/clinic for a test if they develop symptoms.
 

Wastewater Testing

On-campus wastewater testing will also be conducted to help monitor the positivity level on campus and identify any areas or buildings that may be experiencing an increase in cases.

Surveillance Testing Center for Asymptomatic SUNY Oneonta Students & Employees:

Location: Morris Conference Center 
Testing is available on a walk-in basis. See "Surveillance Testing" section above for instructions on testing procedures. (Morris Conference Center is located near Human Ecology and Alumni Hall and can be seen as building 33 on the campus map.)

Spring 2022 Hours of Operation:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Public Symptomatic Testing Center: 

**The public testing site closed operations on Friday, March 25.**

Off-Campus Testing Options:

New York State offers an online test site finder to locate testing sites off campus. The only at-home test brands the college accepts are BinaxNOW, QuickVue, FlowFlex, iHealth, and CareStart.

Students must submit off campus test results to the Health Center by uploading a screenshot/photo/.pdf of the results to our online self reporting tool.  Anyone using the BinaxNOW, QuickVue, FlowFlex, iHealth, or CareStart at-home test must write their name, date of birth, and the date the test was taken on the test kit then take and upload a photo of both the kit and a college or government-issued ID card next to each other when self-reporting a result.

Asymptomatic students and employees are encouraged to utilize the on-campus surveillance (pool) tests as they are free and among the most accurate COVID tests available today. Remember, these tests are saliva-based tests that are quick and simple to take.

What do students and employees do if they receive a positive test result with an off campus/at-home test? 

First, you should isolate yourself from others and then report your test to the college. (Students needing assistance with quarantine or isolation can contact the Q&I team at  607-436-2077.) 

  • Students: Please report your positive test result to the online self reporting tool and contact the Health Center (607-436-3573) immediately. Contact the Q&I team for assistance moving to the isolation building if isolating on campus (607-436-2077). Follow all instructions from contact tracers and the Department of Health.
  •  Employees: Report your positive test result to Human Resources (607-436-2509). You should also report your positive result to your primary care provider and/or the Otsego County Department of Health. (Or your local department of health if you are not a resident of Otsego County.) Isolate at home for the instructed amount of time prior to returning to work. Follow all instructions from contact tracers and the Department of Health.

Effective May 6 - 20, 2022 masks are required everywhere indoors on campus.

  • Masks will be required for all students, employees, and visitors in all indoor settings on campus.
    • Masks may be removed indoors only in the following situations:
      • When actively eating/drinking while seated.
      • While socially distanced and working at workstations* or in your personal residence hall room. (*Workstations do not include stations in computer labs or desks/furniture in shared recreational, study, or classroom/instructional spaces.)
  • No food or drink will be allowed in classrooms, labs, or other indoor instructional spaces at this time.
  • For indoor events, performers or speakers who are fully boosted or have tested negative within the past three days do not have to wear masks. All audience members will be required to mask indoors. (A decision about masking at commencement will be made after a re-evaluation of the campus' status and will be communicated to all participants and graduates the week of May 16.)
  • We encourage you to take advantage of the warm weather to eat, take breaks and have meetings with others outdoors. 
  • This decision is in line with SUNY's guidance that individual campuses should make health and safety decisions based on local factors.
  • Masking will also help protect you against strep throat and the flu, which have also been present on campus over the past few weeks.

Free masks are still available to students and employees:

  • KN95 and other masks are available at the HuB in the Hunt Union, main desk in the Morris Conference Center and at the main desk in Milne Library.  Offices and departments can put in a work order to request a supply of KN95 masks.

While masks are often worn to help protect those around you, they can help protect yourself as well – especially by wearing a KN95 or N95 mask/respirator, which offer the best personal protection.

Acceptable Face Coverings

Members of the college community and visitors are encouraged to provide their own facial coverings, however the face coverings must:

  • be made of at least two layers of washable, tightly-woven fabric (cotton is preferred), or be a commercially available disposable mask (eg: examination/surgical masks).

  • cover the wearer's nose and mouth at all times.

  • be securely fastened to the wearer's head by means of straps or ear loops.

  • conform to the wearer's face to fit snugly, provide the best possible seal and prevent gaps.

  • not have an exhaust valve.

  • The use of N95 or KN95 masks/respirators are encouraged.

Face coverings that do not meet the intention or function of preventing the spread of COVID-19 are prohibited. The following are examples of face coverings which have been found insufficient in meeting our mask guidelines by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  

  • Any type of covering affixed in any way to eyeglasses. 

  • Masks that do not cover both the mouth and nose.

  • Masks that are constructed of loosely woven fabrics.

  • Masks made from non-permeable materials that are likely to suffocate.

  • Masks with unfiltered exhaust valves. 

  • Face shields worn without a mask.

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Individuals who do not comply with the mask policy, or whose face coverings are determined to be insufficient, will be directed to comply by wearing an acceptable face covering as listed above. Continued failure to comply may result in an investigation and consequences carried out by the office of Community Standards for students or Human Resources for employees. 

The mask policy will continuously be reviewed and if the pandemic’s impact on the local community and region allows, we may be able to adjust. Any changes will be communicated with the college community via email.

 

  • Please continue to follow all instructions in emails you get about testing requirements or submitting booster information. See the  "Testing Procedures," “Vaccination & Booster Policy” and “Quarantine & Isolation” sections of this page for related information.
  • Please continue to test and report positives to the college (Health Center for students, Human Resources for employees).

The CRT will continue to monitor the presence of COVID on campus and make any necessary adjustments in health and safety guidance as public health conditions or state/SUNY/federal regulations warrant.

Effective Jan. 2022, The college has adopted new guidance on quarantine and isolation using information from the CDC, New York State and the Otsego County Department of Health.

Please note: Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at any time should self-isolate and seek a diagnostic test as soon as possible. As with any illness, students should contact their primary care provider or the Health Center, and employees should refer to their primary care provider, for guidance on symptoms or treatment.

Isolation:

Isolation is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation is the same for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Anyone who tests positive must isolate for a minimum of 5 full days. See below for detailed instructions for various circumstances.

Those with a positive test result must:

  • Isolate for 5 days, counting day 0 as the day the test was taken.
    • If symptoms develop after testing positive, start 5-day count again, day 0 is the day symptoms started.
    • (If applicable) Continue to isolate until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • If no symptoms are present after day 5, isolation may end, but a well-fitting mask, preferably N95 or KN95, must be worn anytime around others (except while eating or sleeping) for an additional five days (days 6-10).
  • Immunocompromised individuals should speak to their primary care provider for additional recommendations.

For further guidance and to report a positive case or close contact:

  • Students who test positive should contact the Health Center for guidance in terms of their symptoms and the appropriate quarantine or isolation time.
  • Employees should report any positive cases to Human Resources as soon as possible and contact their primary care provider should they have questions about their symptoms.

 

Quarantine:

Quarantine is for individuals who are symptomatic and awaiting a test result OR are determined to be close contacts to someone who is positive for COVID-19. Guidance for quarantine varies based on vaccination/booster status. See below for detailed instructions for various circumstances.

Those with symptoms waiting for test results must:

  • Quarantine until negative test result is received or 5 days symptom free, whichever is first.

Fully Vaccinated & Boosted Individuals/ Individuals who have had COVID within the past 90 days:

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past final dose of initial vaccine series) and boosted (if eligible), are a close contact of someone with COVID, but are not symptomatic are not required to quarantine. However;

  • If symptoms develop, they are required to quarantine and seek a diagnostic test - see above.
  • It is recommended to wear a well-fitting mask, preferably N95 or KN95, anytime around others (except for eating and sleeping) for 10 days and to take a precautionary test at least 5 days after exposure.

Anyone who has received the initial full series of vaccine but is eligible and has not yet received the booster, must follow the directions below to quarantine for five days if they are a close contact to a COVID case.

Pool testing quarantine info for fully vaccinated:

  • Students:  If fully vaccinated students are part of a positive pool in the on-campus surveillance testing, they are not required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • Employees: All fully vaccinated employees who are part of a positive pool are required to quarantine until their individual test result comes back negative.
     

Partially Vaccinated (includes those who are eligible, but haven’t received a booster)
and Exempt/Unvaccinated Individuals:

Partially vaccinated (haven’t yet received a full initial series of vaccine, or are eligible but haven’t yet received a booster) and exempt (unvaccinated) individuals who are determined to be a close contact to a COVID case must:

  • Quarantine for 5 days after exposure
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Seek a test at least five days after exposure (or as soon as symptoms develop)
    • If the test is negative, quarantine can end after day 5 (on day 6).
    • If the test is positive, these individuals must isolate and are required to follow the guidance above and directions from the Department of Health and the Health Center (students) or Human Resources (employees).  

Those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days do need to quarantine, but do not need to test unless symptoms develop.

Pool testing quarantine info for partially/unvaccinated:

  • All partially vaccinated/unvaccinated individuals who are part of a positive pool are required to quarantine until their individual test result comes back negative.

 

Special Q&I considerations based on residential status:

Residential Students

  • Residential students who may have to quarantine or isolate based on the guidance above must do so in the designated quarantine or isolation residence hall. College staff will provide special transportation to the quarantine or isolation hall, where you will have meals prepared and delivered by our catering staff.
  • The quarantine and isolation buildings have dedicated staff members. MacDuff will serve as the college’s quarantine hall, and Denison will serve as the isolation hall.
  • Symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status, who live in a residence hall and who cannot schedule a same day appointment with the Health Center must notify their RD and quarantine in a designated quarantine space until they can make their appointment. Students who do not comply with this directive may be subject to disciplinary actions.                                                            

Off-Campus Students & Employees

  • Students who live off campus and employees who need to quarantine or isolate according to the guidance above should do so at their residence. See resources for students who are quarantining or isolating off campus.
  • Off-campus students are able to quarantine/isolate on campus if preferred/necessary and can contact the Q&I team at 607-436-2077 for assistance on moving into the quarantine or isolation hall.

Faculty, staff and students may host visitors on campus and inside buildings, with the exception of inside residence halls (see residence hall guidance below). Guests and visitors include anyone who is not a current employee or student at the college who is invited to visit any indoor space on campus, ie: colleagues or visitors attending an in-person meeting, visitors here for a tour of any space or facilities, etc. In-person appointments and meetings are allowed in spaces that can accommodate proper social distancing . Anyone inviting multiple guests to gather or meet together must abide by the most current event capacity limits listed below.

Guests with an appointment or pre-arranged visit are not required to complete a visitor daily health screening at this time. However the visitor health screening is still available as an option if a host would like to take extra precautions. Contact Graig.Eichler@Oneonta.edu for more information on the visitor daily health screening.

Contractors and vendors are required to submit a COVID safety plan to the Facilities, Safety and Planning Office for review. 

College community members and visitors are required to continue following the college’s most recent health and safety protocols. Please see specific guidelines for masking, distancing, testing, and vaccination above.

Residence Hall Guest Policy

On-campus residents can host outside guests in their residence hall, provided the guest can supply proof they are fully vaccinated. 

  • A guest registration form must be completed and submitted to residence life staff. Forms are available in the RA office in each residence hall or in the main office for Residential Community Life in Wilsbach Hall and can be filled out ahead of time, or at the time a guest arrives.
  • If the guest is present while the form is being filled out, the residence life staff will have the authority to review the guest’s CDC vaccination card or the excelsior pass to confirm full vaccination (at least two weeks past final dose of vaccine). No other form of vaccine proof will be accepted. Proof of a negative test will not be accepted in place of proof of vaccine.
  • If the form is submitted in advance of the guest’s arrival, the guest can send their host a screen shot of their CDC vaccination card or their excelsior pass to be submitted with the form for review by residence life staff.
  • Hosts must get their roommate(s) approval before bringing a guest into any living area.
  • All guests must follow all federal, state and local laws and college policies as outlined in the residence hall license
  • Guests must always be accompanied by their hosts. Guests may not be left alone inside personal residence hall rooms or common spaces.

Any enrolled student or college faculty/staff who is fully vaccinated or following weekly pool test requirements (unvaccinated/partially vaccinated/exempt from vaccination) will be allowed to visit residential students in their residence hall, including student rooms and public spaces open to residents. College community members should be prepared to show ID and proof of vaccination/testing participation if asked by the residential staff.

Please note, that the policy is subject to change at any time in response to the pandemic’s impact on our campus, local community, or wider region. Any changes will be communicated via email and residence life staff.

Venue Capacity

Room/venue capacities for on-campus events have been restored to 100% as of March 20.  Anyone planning an event is encouraged to use their discretion and can still host events at a reduced capacity if preferred.

Contact Graig Eichler via email or at 607-436-2077 with any questions about on-campus events or venues/spaces

Masking

Masks are required at all indoor events from May 6 - 20, 2022.

Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test

If an indoor event's attendance is anticipated to be more than 500 people and includes off-campus (non-students or employees) attendees, the event organizer(s) must reach out to the COVID Response Team for risk assessment and determination on whether proof of vaccine/negative test will be required. Events with less than 500 people in attendance, or events with only current students and employees attending, are not required to ask attendees to provide proof of vaccine/negative test.

Private Events

As of February, 2022, the college is accepting limited requests for private/external/outside events to be held on campus. All events and attendees must follow our guest and visitor protocol and campus events guidance listed on the COVID-19 webpage. Anyone with questions about external events or guests should contact Graig Eichler via email or at 607-436-2077. 

 

As with the college’s public-health guidance throughout the past year, we will continue to monitor the national, state, and local COVID-19 situation. Guidance will routinely be assessed and adjusted based on risk assessment, regulations, and local community and campus data (vaccination percentage, positivity rate, etc.). 

In accordance with current CDC recommendations, SUNY Oneonta’s custodial department will continue to sanitize all high-touch surfaces at least once daily but will revert to traditional cleaning operations consistent with campus standards that were in place prior to the start of the pandemic.

The air handling systems in each building will bring in as much fresh air as possible, and filtration for each system was upgraded to the maximum extent possible. You may notice space temperatures are warmer and/or more humid in the summer and cooler and drier in the winter. This is directly related to the volume of outside air that is being introduced into each area.

Hand sanitizing stations will remain in common areas in all buildings and will be checked/restocked daily. Campus departments can request additional cleaning supplies (wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.).  Employees looking for supplies should inquire with their office or department support staff. Supplies will be distributed to departments by work order. 

For questions about cleaning supplies, air handling systems and hand sanitizing stations, please reach out to the Office of Facilities, Safety and Physical Plant at facilities@oneonta.edu.

SUNY Oneonta will utilize a phased contingency plan that allows the campus to actively mitigate and respond to different levels of campus -and community-spread. The indicators used for action will include, but aren’t limited to, factors such as the number of positive pools from week to week, the prevalence and intensity of COVID-19 at both on-campus and off-campus wastewater testing sites, symptomatic cases at The Health and Wellness Center, the local positivity rate, and local hospital capacity.

Preventive measures that could be taken include restricting outside visitors at events and in residence halls, shifting to virtual events and activities, changing to takeout dining, and additional measures as needed. 

SUNY retains the authority to pause campus activities in cases of increased community transmission.

Most courses will be offered in their traditional on-campus (in-person) instruction format for Spring 2022. There will be some classes offered in hybrid in-person and online formats, as had been the case even pre-pandemic: courses and instructors are vetted by faculty and shared governance for online delivery. See the Course Schedule Key and Class Search Page for more information about instruction formats. 

Academic continuity plans were established before the start of the academic year so that the college is prepared to transition to remote instruction if necessary. Additionally, plans will be in place for learning and instruction continuity should faculty and/or staff become ill or otherwise unable to be present. Faculty will build flexibility into courses in case of student illness.

During in-person instruction, faculty, staff and students will be required to adhere to the campus mask policy outlined above. Students will adhere to the classroom behavior guidelines in the Student Code of Conduct. Students who do not comply with the policy will be referred to Community Standards for further action.

There will be no food or drink allowed in any classroom, laboratory or performance space while instructional activities are underway. The American Association of Pediatrics provides reasons  why full masking even among the fully vaccinated is optimal. In addition, the CDC continues to update its guidance for the fully vaccinated as more information becomes available surrounding the transmission rate and effect of new variants on individuals and communities.

All students must complete the mandatory online pre-arrival screening survey tool and any student accessing campus facilities, regardless of vaccination status, must provide obtain a COVID test and report the results prior to arrival.

Pre-arrival screening required for ALL students:

All students must complete the pre-arrival screening and indicate if they will be accessing campus (taking in-person classes, living on campus, using the library or dining venues, etc.) OR if they are enrolled in a fully remote/online schedule for the semester and won’t be accessing campus. Successful completion (a green checkmark in the screening tool) is required for all.

1. Any student who will be accessing campus in any way during the spring semester is required to test for COVID prior to the date of their arrival on campus according to the timelines below, OR provide proof they have tested positive in the past 90 days and have completed/will complete isolation prior to arrival. 

  • We know that tests are in high demand, and we recommend you act now to make an appointment to get your test within five days prior to your arrival. (If you have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days and have recovered or will be out of isolation before your date of arrival, you can provide a copy of your positive test result in place of the negative test for re-entry.)
  • Acceptable Tests:
    • Tests administered at a clinic by a medical provider are preferred (PCR or rapid) and can be taken up to five days prior to arrival.
      • Clinically administered test results must include student’s name, date of birth, date test was administered, and result.
    • At-home/over-the-counter tests are acceptable but can only be taken within 48 hours of arrival. At-home test brands accepted for re-entry testing are BinaxNow, FlowFlex, QuickVue, iHealth, and CareStart. Other brands are being researched and this list may be expanded. Please continue to check the COVID-19 webpage for any updates.
      • Students taking an at-home test must take a photo with all of the following in the same frame: the test kit showing the result, a government-issued photo ID, and an indicator of the date test was administered. The date the test was administered can be indicated by using a digital timestamp on the photo or by writing the date and time the test was administered on the test kit or a piece of paper and including it in the photo. 
  • Pre-arrival test procedure:
    • If the pre-arrival test is negative, students must upload a copy of the negative test result to the pre-arrival screening tool and are able to return as planned.
    • If the pre-arrival test is positive, students must isolate at home and cannot return to campus until their isolation period has ended.
      • Students in this situation must upload the positive test result to the pre-arrival screening tool, indicate a new arrival date that is after their isolation period, and notify their instructors for any classes/labs that will be missed.
    • If a student has tested positive within the past 90 days and will be out of isolation prior to arrival, they do not have to provide proof of a negative test, but must upload a copy of their positive test result showing the date the positive result was received to the pre-arrival screening tool within five days prior to their arrival.  
      • Students who tested positive within the past 90 days but no longer have the test result must provide proof of a negative test using a rapid test following the directions above. (If a PCR test is used, it may produce a false-positive.) Students in this situation will be included in regular surveillance testing as we cannot verify the self-reported positive test. If the re-entry rapid test returns a positive result, students must complete another isolation period prior to returning to campus.
  • If your result is approved, you will get a green checkmark on the pre-arrival screening tool. Please bookmark or screenshot this page and be prepared to show your green check upon arrival to campus.
  • You should self-quarantine between when you test and when you arrive on campus.
  • We will share check-in information closer to the beginning of the semester.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 result from the pre-arrival screening test, you must not come to campus. You must immediately notify the Health Center and isolate at home and make arrangements to move into your residence hall or off-campus apartment upon completion of your isolation obligations.

2. Students with a fully remote/online schedule for Spring 2022 must use the pre-arrival screening tool to attest that they will not be accessing any college-owned facilities and are therefore not required to submit proof of a negative test. 

Students who attempt to access campus without fulfilling the above requirements will be dropped from classes and will not be allowed to access residence halls or campus facilities. The college's standard financial liability and refund policies will apply. Adjustments made to billed costs of attendance will not be made if a student does not comply with the requirement and therefore has a late move-in date. ​

Returning students living on campus can return Jan. 23 – 25 and must check in at the front desk of their residence hall to show their green checkmark from completing the pre-arrival screening. Front desk hours for all residence halls are as follows:

  • Sunday, Jan 23, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Returning students living off campus must complete the pre-arrival screening within five days prior to using any campus facilities (maximum deadline of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25) or they will be dropped from classes.

New students should reach out to the Office of Admissions for information about move-in, check-in, and orientation.

 AnchorVaccination Policy and InformationAnchor

Anchor​​​​​​Boosters:

Students: 
On Dec. 31, 2021, Gov. Hochul announced a requirement for fully vaccinated SUNY students who are accessing campus facilities to receive a COVID vaccine booster as soon as they are eligible. A new copy of the student's CDC vaccination card showing the date booster was received and booster type must be uploaded to the student health portal according to the timelines below:

  • Students who are eligible on or before Jan. 15, 2022, must receive a booster and submit proof by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2022.
  • Students who become eligible for a booster Jan. 16 or after have 21 days (three weeks) from their date of eligibility to receive a booster and submit proof.
  • Students who are eligible for a booster but have recently recovered from COVID will have 30 days from the end of their isolation period to receive a booster and upload proof.
  • Exemptions from the booster requirement for students will be extremely limited. The only exceptions that will be considered are circumstances where students have a significant medical consideration and can provide a signed letter of attestation from a primary care provider or medical doctor indicating why the student cannot receive a booster dose. Letters of medical attestation must be uploaded to the student health portal for review by Jan. 21, 2022. Students will be notified of approval or denial of request.   

Clinics offering booster doses can be found in the "Where to Get Vaccinated/Boosted" section below. 

Any student who does not receive a booster within the appropriate timeline above will be dropped from their classes.


Employees:
Vaccines or boosters are not mandatory for employees at this time. The vaccine requirement for faculty mentioned by Gov. Hochul on Dec. 31 is still being developed by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. Any update will be communicated as soon as possible. If you have received a booster dose, you can upload proof via the instructions in the "How to Provide Proof of Vaccination" section below.


Vaccine Policy:

As of Aug. 23, 2021, after the FDA fully authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the SUNY policy mandating vaccines for students is in effect. All students who plan to access any campus facilities for any reason are required to be vaccinated.

  • All students who are taking any in-person classes or using any college facilities must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption on record in order to remain enrolled. Students must ensure their record of receiving a full series (all doses) of a vaccine anis in the student patient portal. (Deadline to submit proof of full vaccination (if haven't done so already) for Spring '22 is Jan. 19, 2022. Students can choose to receive any of the three vaccines currently available in the United States. Exemptions are limited, and applications must be filed no later than Dec. 30, 2021 for the Spring '22 semester. Details on exemptions and the applications can be found in the "Vaccine Exemptions" section below. 
  • All students must receive a full series (all doses) of a COVID vaccine prior to Dec. 30, 2021 for the Spring '22 semester. Students who choose not to get vaccinated by this deadline and do not have an approved exemption on file will be unable to come to campus for any reason — including to attend classes — and will be disenrolled from their classes.
    • If a student is not planning to get vaccinated or submit an application for a genuine religious or medical exemption, it may be in their best interest to either complete the withdrawal process or apply for a leave of absence* so they incur as little financial liability as possible.
    • Financial liability is determined by the withdrawal date, and if you wait until the beginning of the semester you will incur full financial liability for tuition and most fees for the semester. The college will follow the standard liability schedules for tuition, fees, room and dining. See SUNY Oneonta’s withdrawal webpageleave of absence webpage, or SUNY’s tuition and fee liability policy for more information. If you do not complete this semester, your financial aid may also be impacted. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (finaid@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2532) for more information before making a decision to withdraw or take a leave of absence.  If the standard SUNY-authorized refund dates have passed, there will be no refunds for students in these circumstances.  
    • *Students requesting a leave of absence must provide proof of vaccination in order to return to campus.
    • If you have not yet begun the vaccination process, you must make sure you have enough time to receive a full series by Dec. 30, 2021.  

Employees who are fully vaccinated may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination to the college. Information surrounding the college’s vaccination policy, procedure to submit proof of vaccination, expectations and exemption process can be found below.

Students living in the United States can get any of the three vaccines currently available with FDA emergency authorization: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

International students should try to get vaccinated with one of the above three vaccines.  If those are not available to an international student, they should seek to be vaccinated with any of the vaccines currently under emergency authorization by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The college is partnering with the Otsego County Department of Health to host additional booster clinics on campus. Registration is required. These are open to students and employees. Please click the link for the date you'd like to register for below and be sure you complete the registration form fully. Dates will continue to be added, please check back regularly if you don't see a date that works for you.

  • No dates scheduled at this time

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The CDC has an easy and convenient Vaccine Finder that can help you find a vaccination or booster site at a pharmacy or clinic near you.

In addition, anyone studying, living or working in New York can use the state's Am I Eligible? app or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to request an appointment at any state-run site.

Anyone interested in obtaining their vaccine or booster in Otsego County can check Otsego County’s Department of Health webpage for information regarding local clinics.

Students

All students must submit proof of being fully vaccinated (two weeks past final dose) and boosted when eligible in order to remain enrolled.

  1. Students can check to see if the college has record of their COVID-19 vaccination/booster the Health Center student patient portal by logging in and clicking on the “immunization” tab.
  2. If you do not see your COVID-19 vaccine/booster listed in your file, please click the “upload” button on the main menu and upload a photo of your CDC vaccination card. Please note, we cannot accept documentation from the Excelsior Pass for students, it must be a photo of the CDC vaccination card. By submitting a photo of your vaccination card, you affirm it is accurate and has not been forged or altered in any way, and acknowledge that it is a crime to falsify COVID-19 vaccination information.

Employees

  1. Employees can upload a PDF from the Excelsior Pass mobile app or a photo/scan of your vaccination card to the secure COVID Vaccine Proof Employee Form.
  2. ​​​Proof may also be provided by taking the original, or a true copy, of your vaccination card or Excelsior Pass .pdf to Human Resources (Netzer room 208 for state employees). By submitting a photo of your vaccination card, you affirm it is accurate and has not been forged or altered in any way, and acknowledge that it is a crime to falsify COVID-19 vaccination information.
  3. Human Resources will review all submissions within two business days and notify you of approval status. Should this be the case, please reach out to the appropriate human resources office at the contact information provided in the form.
  4. Vaccination information will be confidential and only used by human resources for the purpose of ensuring compliance and other safety measures that differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees (quarantine guidance, etc).
  5. Please direct any questions to Human Resources.

Students and employees who do not have proof of full vaccination on record must participate in weekly surveillance testing and may have other limitations on campus.

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

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine has received full FDA authorization. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been granted emergency approval for use by the FDA. The vaccines are safe and effective. Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about the importance of the vaccine and to dispel any myths you may have heard.

Spring 2022 Vaccine Exemption Information:
Exemptions to the vaccine mandate are limited and include only the following categories:

  1. Medical Exemption
    • Students may be exempt from this vaccine requirement if a duly licensed health care provider certifies in writing that the COVID-19 vaccination may be detrimental to the student’s health. The campus shall provide reasonable accommodations to those students whose medical condition(s) contraindicates COVID-19 vaccination so long as the failure to be vaccinated does not prevent the student from otherwise fulfilling the programmatic or curricular requirements of their academic program. Students granted a medical exemption will be subject to certain restrictions in the guidance herein and may be subject to other restrictions imposed by the campus.
      Applications for medical exemptions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. The form to apply for a medical exemption must be printed, completed, signed and uploaded to the Health Center student patient portal.
  2. Religious Exemption
    • Students who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may be exempt after submitting a written statement to that effect as required. Such statement should explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s sincere religious belief or practice and how not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination will not otherwise prevent the student’s completion of programmatic or curricular requirements of their academic program. General philosophical or moral objections to the vaccine shall not suffice as the basis for a religious exemption. Students granted a religious exemption will be subject to certain restrictions in the guidance herein and may be subject to other restrictions imposed by the campus.
      Applications for religious exemptions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.. The form to apply for a religious exemption must be printed, completed, signed and uploaded to the Health Center student patient portal.

  3. Fully Online: Students who are enrolled in a schedule of fully online classes and do not plan to access campus for any reason, do not need to submit proof of vaccination, but must attest that they will not come to campus through the pre-screening tool by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.  If online students plan to come to campus, or access college facilities for any reason, they must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption on record.

Exemption Review Process: Students who have applied for an exemption will be notified if their application is approved or denied as quickly as possible, but decisions will be sent on a rolling basis. If an exemption application is denied, students will have five days from the date of their denial to get their first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and provide proof of initial administration (CDC vaccination card uploaded to the student health portal- see full instructions above). Students opting for one of the two-dose vaccines must stay on schedule to receive their second dose in order to remain in compliance. 

Exemptions that were approved for the Fall 2021 semester do carry over to Spring 2022 and students do not need to reapply for spring. 

Booster Requirement Exemption Information:

  • Exemptions from the booster requirement for students will be extremely limited. The only exceptions that will be considered are circumstances where students have a significant medical consideration and can provide a signed letter of attestation from a primary care provider or medical doctor indicating why the student cannot receive a booster dose. Letters of medical attestation must be uploaded to the student health portal for review by Jan. 21, 2022. Students will be notified of approval or denial of request.   

Questions pertaining to the exemption process and status of the request should be directed to the Health Center at 607-436-3573 or HealthCenteroneonta.edu. 

Student Exemptions and Campus Policies

Students who are granted an exemption must follow policies for unvaccinated/vaccination status unknown individuals. Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated students should wear masks indoors at all times and outdoors (when social distancing can’t be maintained), and must quarantine if they come into contact with a positive case (even if asymptomatic) and participate in weekly testing.

AnchorFrequently Asked Questions

Testing

  1. Students who are partially vaccinated or exempt are required to test every week.
  2. Seven percent of fully vaccinated students and five percent of fully vaccinated employees will be randomly selected to participate in mandatory testing each week.  Those selected will be notified on Sunday evening that they must be tested within the next seven days.
  3. Employees who have not submitted proof of vaccination are required to test every week.

Please note that the testing requirements may change depending on conditions on campus or in the local community and county. The college reserves the right to increase the frequency of testing among the entire campus community at any time.

Until proof of full vaccination is on file and approved, employees and students will be considered unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status and must continue to test weekly.

See testing center location and hours in the "Testing Information" section above.

If you have not previously participated in the college’s on-campus pool testing, you will need to create an account at app.clarifi-covid-19.com.. If you already have an account, please log in and register for each new test. To reduce wait times at the testing center, it’s best to do this ahead of time on your mobile device. If you do not have a cell phone and/or need help, you can register for your test with assistance from volunteers at the testing site.

Anyone who is symptomatic should seek a test as soon as possible. Students should contact the Health Center and employees should contact their primary care physicians for guidance.

Seven percent of fully vaccinated students and five percent of fully vaccinated employees will be randomly selected to participate in mandatory testing each week. If selected, students will be notified on Sunday evening that they must be tested within the next seven days.

It is recommended and encouraged for fully vaccinated individuals participate in the weekly surveillance testing to help prevent spread from any asymptomatic cases and help people feel safe and comfortable on campus. See the "Testing Information" section above for testing center hours.

The college reserves the right to change the testing procedures and increase or decrease the selection of fully vaccinated individuals on a random basis for surveillance testing to help catch any asymptomatic cases and prevent an outbreak.

This additional surveillance testing will help complete the picture of any asymptomatic spread on campus and provide more data about the rate of possible breakthrough cases. The college may adjust the percentage of fully vaccinated individuals who are randomly selected based on the overall college positivity rate. The number could be lowered when the rate is low and raised when the rate is high. Any changes to the selection process will be communicated via email to the entire college community.

Fully Vaccinated Students: Per CDC and New York State guidance, at this time, fully vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID  — meaning they have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since their final dose — and are not symptomatic, are not required to quarantine. If fully vaccinated individuals are part of a positive pool in the on-campus surveillance testing, they are not required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic.

Fully Vaccinated Employees: All fully vaccinated employees are required to quarantine if they are part of a positive pool at this time. 

Any vaccinated individual who was exposed to a positive case and has symptoms is required to quarantine and seek a diagnostic test. 

If a fully vaccinated individual tests positive for COVID, they are required to isolate and follow directions from the Department of Health and the Health Center (students) or Human Resources (employees).  

Partially vaccinated or exempt (unvaccinated) students will be contacted by the Quarantine & Isolation team about being in a positive pool and provided with instructions about moving to precautionary quarantine. If the individual test result comes back negative, the Quarantine & Isolation team will notify the student and help facilitate leaving quarantine. If their individual test result comes back positive, students will be contacted by the Health Center/Quarantine & Isolation team and employees will be contacted by Human Resources with instructions on isolating.
Unvaccinated and vaccination status unknown employees will be contacted by Human Resources about quarantining and the result of their individual test result.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID should not participate in the weekly surveillance testing, and should get an individual diagnostic (PCR or rapid) test instead.

Students experiencing symptoms should contact the Health and Wellness Center for a diagnostic test. Diagnostic testing is also available at several local pharmacies or health clinics. NYS Department of Health has a website to help locate off-campus testing options.

Employees should contact their primary care physician or a local pharmacy/clinic for advice and a test if they develop symptoms.

Quadrant Biosciences is operating a symptomatic testing center in the Emergency Services Building through the end of February, 2022. This site is open to members of the public and to students and employees. Please see the "Testing Center Hours and Information" section above for details.

Fully vaccinated:

  • If you are identified as a close contact of someone who is positive, you do not have to quarantine unless you have symptoms as indicated by current CDC guidance.
  • Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you should get tested as a precaution, but it isn’t necessary to seek a test immediately after you learn you are a close contact. The CDC recommends that vaccinated asymptomatic people wait 3-5 days from the exposure before getting a precautionary test, and we encourage you to take advantage of the free on-campus tests for that purpose. If you have been selected for the random testing of vaccinated students, you should still participate, as it is OK to test sooner than 3-5 days after exposure, but you should test again the next week, as well.
  • If you develop symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate and contact the Health Center for advice on getting a diagnostic test as soon as possible.

Partially vaccinated or exempt/unvaccinated:

  • If you are notified you have been in close contact with someone who is positive, you will be required to quarantine. Please follow the instructions from the contact tracers and the college’s Quarantine and Isolation team.
  • If you are asymptomatic you should wait until 5-7 days after exposure before getting a test to try and avoid the possibility of a false negative by testing too early.  
  • If you develop symptoms, please notify the Health Center or the Quarantine and Isolation team and they will assist you in getting a diagnostic test.  

Students who test positive outside of the Health Center (while it is closed or while home for a break or weekend) should isolate immediately and then notify the Health Center of your positive result by uploading a screenshot/photo/.pdf of the results of a test taken off campus or at home. You should follow up with the Health Center for advice and next steps on staying up to date with your school work: Health.Center@oneonta.edu, 607-436-3573.

If you are isolating off-campus, you must wait until you have completed the mandatory isolation period before returning to campus.

Students needing assistance with quarantine or isolation on campus can contact the Q&I team at  607-436-2077. 

Students can contact the Q&I team at 607-436-2077 for advice and assistance on moving to isolation on or off campus any time of day. Students living on campus can also reach out to their residence hall director for help getting in touch with the Quarantine and Isolation Team. 

Students should report their positive test to the Health Center as soon as possible by uploading a screenshot/photo/.pdf of the results of a test taken off campus or at home.

Asymptomatic students are encouraged to utilize the on-campus surveillance (pool) tests as they are free and among the most accurate COVID tests available today. Remember, these tests are saliva-based tests that are quick and simple to take and fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine if they are part of a positive pool as long as they are asymptomatic. 

Those who may miss the testing center can pay for a test off campus to satisfy their weekly testing requirement. Students in this situation can use the state's test site finder or purchase a BinaxNOW, QuickVue, FlowFlex, iHealth, or CareStart over-the-counter/ at-home test.  Students must upload a screenshot/photo/.pdf of the results to our self-reporting tool of the test taken off campus or at home. Anyone using an at-home test must write their name, date of birth, and the date the test was taken on the test kit or a piece of paper, then take and upload a photo of both the kit, paper and a college or government-issued ID card next to each other to meet the weekly testing requirement. 

Students who miss their mandatory weekly COVID test should get a test on campus on the next available testing day. Students who miss a required weekly test and do not make it up will be subject to judicial charges through the Office of Community Standards. 

Alternately, students can fulfill their mandatory testing requirement by obtaining a COVID test off-campus and contact the Health Center about submitting a copy of that test.

See information about the weekly testing cycle and off-campus testing options in the "Testing Information" section above.

Employees who miss a required test should contact Human Resources to find out about locations where they can get a test on campus or in the community. 
 

On Dec. 31, 2021, Gov. Hochul announced a requirement for SUNY students who are accessing campus facilities to be tested for COVID-19 prior to the spring semester. This is in response to recent increased levels of COVID-19 infections and breakthrough cases throughout December and will help us keep our schedule. All students accessing campus, regardless of vaccinations status, are required to submit proof of a negative test (or a positive result from the last 90 days) prior to arrival for Spring 2022. 

Quarantine and Isolation

Yes, please see the Quarantine and Isolation section above for full details regarding the quarantine and isolation procedures and location.

If you are unvaccinated and a known close contact of someone who has tested positive, in a positive surveillance test pool, are symptomatic and waiting to get a test, or you waiting for test results, you must quarantine until you receive your negative test results in order to prevent transmitting the virus. Symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status, who live in a residence hall and who cannot schedule a same day appointment with the Health Center must quarantine in a designated quarantine space until they can make their appointment. Students who do not comply with this directive may be subject to disciplinary actions.

If you live on campus, college staff will transport you to our quarantine residence hall, where you will have meals prepared and delivered by our catering staff. If you live off campus, you must quarantine in your place of residence until you receive a negative test.  See resources for students who are quarantining off campus.

Students: If you are fully vaccinated, you can be exempt from quarantining if you were exposed to someone who tests positive or are in a positive pool as long as you are asymptomatic. Students who are symptomatic should contact Graig Eichler at graig.eichler@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2077 for instructions on quarantine and testing. Employees who are symptomatic should contact human resources as well as their primary care provider or their local department of health for instructions on quarantine and testing.

Regardless of vaccination status, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself and follow directions provided by the Department of Health. Please cooperate with the contact tracer who calls or emails you to find out who you may have been in contact with prior to isolation.

Students: 
If you live on campus, you should isolate in your room until college staff contact you to transport you to our isolation residence hall. There you will have meals prepared and delivered by our catering staff. Health Center staff will be available for tele-health and in-person medical care. Contact the Health Center at 607-436-3573 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Outside of regular business hours students can contact the Q&I team at 607-436-2077 for advice and assistance on moving to isolation. 

If you live off campus you can isolate in your house/apartment, or you are welcome to isolate on campus. Contact the Q&I team at 607-436-2077 for advice and assistance on moving to on-campus isolation.

Yes. Students who can’t safely quarantine or isolate in their off-campus apartment have the option to quarantine or isolate on campus, for a fee. Meals will be delivered and there will be 24-hour staffing. Please contact Graig Eichler at graig.eichler@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2077 any time of day for more information.

Vaccine

All students, on or off-campus, are be required to be vaccinated per the SUNY requirement that went into effect after the FDA fully authorized the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021.

Please see the Vaccination Policy & Information section above for full details.

To ensure we can offer our customary in-person college experience, and so all students can complete their academic requirements with as few interruptions or delays as possible, we are taking a proactive approach to get students vaccinated as soon as possible.

The FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently approved for emergency use. The vaccines are safe and effective. Individuals who live in close quarters, such as in a residence hall, are at a greater risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. Requiring all residential students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is the safest way to offer on-campus housing for our students.

We are adhering to SUNY's policy mandating student vaccination, and this will ensure we can continue to offer the in-person, residential college experience students expect.

Domestic students are fully vaccinated if they have received all required doses of one of the three vaccines currently available with FDA emergency authorization: Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and are at least two weeks have passed since the final shot. 

International students who were unable to receive one of the vaccines under emergency authorization in the U.S. are considered fully vaccinated if they received all required doses of any of the vaccines currently under emergency authorization by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are at least two weeks have passed since the final shot. 

Yes. On Dec. 31, 2021, Gov. Hochul announced a requirement for fully vaccinated SUNY students who are accessing campus facilities to receive a COVID vaccine booster as soon as they are eligible. A new copy of the student's CDC vaccination card showing the date booster was received and booster type must be uploaded to the student health portal according to the timelines in the "Vaccination Policy & Information" section above.

The booster is being required for students based on a mandate from SUNY and the state of New York.  Vaccines and boosters are recommended by the CDC.

The CDC has booster eligibility guidelines for each type of vaccine available in the US listed on their website

In order to check into your residence hall for Spring 2022, you must have received a full series of a vaccine by Dec. 30, 2021, and have proof uploaded to the student health portal.  Or you must have an approved exemption on file. Residential students who attempt to access campus without fulfilling the above requirements will not be allowed to move into their residence halls until doing so.  

  • We need to know the date of your vaccine doses so we can tell when you are fully vaccinated (two weeks past your final dose). You’ll need to participate in weekly testing until you are fully vaccinated.  This information is also important to us incase we will ever be required to have booster shots.  
  • The excelsior pass only tells us if someone is vaccinated or not, it doesn’t provide dates of doses.
  • Individuals who have lost their vaccine card, need to contact their vaccination provider or their state department of health to get access to their vaccination record. New Yorkers can call the NYS COVID Vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) and they can provide you with a copy of your immunization record, which does have the dates of the doses of your vaccines. You can upload a copy of the immunization record to the student patient portal.
  • Those enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after the first vaccine dose, you can access vaccination information using those tools.

Proof of COVID-19 antibodies through test results cannot be used as an alternative to receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Individuals who have recovered from COVID are vulnerable to reinfection, especially with variants like the more contagious Delta variant circulating, and experts do not yet know how long antibodies may protect you from getting sick again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Also, getting the vaccine makes it less likely that you will transmit the virus to people who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons or because they are not yet eligible (like children under 12). Read more from the CDC about why to get vaccinated or boosted, even if you've already had COVID.

According to CDC, you can be vaccinated or boosted as long as you have recovered from COVID-19. If you have questions, you should talk to your primary care physician or the health center (for students). You can learn more at CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ page.

Only in extremely limited circumstances. See the "Vaccine Exemptions" section above. 

Campus Activities and Facilities

Yes. A mix of in-person and virtual events and meetings will be offered. Please check CampusConnection for the most up-to-date event calendar. Full event guidance will be released soon.

Yes. Prospective students and families should contact admissions to set up a campus visit.

All academic and administrative buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours. Residence halls will remain locked with card access for only the necessary students or employees. Please note that this may change depending on conditions on campus or in the local community and county. The college reserves the right to activate card access at any point and will communicate any changes via email.

Yes. Campus dining will be a mix of dine-in and takeout services, and Starbucks and other retail dining venues will be open.

Starbucks, Red Dragon Outfitters and Damascene Book Cellar will all be open to the public, with operating hours posted on the OAS website.

Yes, students living on campus are allowed to host guests in their residence hall, provided the guest can supply proof they are fully vaccinated. However, this is subject to change at any time based on infection rates on campus or locally.

See full residence hall guest policy in the "Campus Guests & Visitors" section above.

Yes. Please see the full guest and visitor and residence hall guest policies  in the "Campus Guests & Visitors" section above.

Other Questions and Answers 

Due to a recent uptick in COVID cases among students and employees the college has decided to require masks to help ensure campus operations and finals are able to continue as planned for the spring 2022 semester.

SUNY and the state have directed that individual campuses can implement additional health and safety requirements at our discretion. Indoor masking will help reduce the likelihood that someone may have to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID, will help keep our classes and activities running as scheduled, and will continue to lessen the impact of COVID-19 at the college.

Recommended face covering guidelines - masks should:

  • be made of at least two layers of washable, tightly-woven fabric (cotton is preferred), or be a commercially available disposable mask (eg: examination/surgical masks).
  • cover the wearer's nose and mouth at all times.
  • be securely fastened to the wearer's head by means of straps or ear loops.
  • conform to the wearer's face to fit snugly, provide the best possible seal and prevent gaps.
  • not have an exhaust valve.

The use of N95 or KN95 masks/respirators are encouraged.

Loosely woven fabrics or single-layer coverings like gaiters are not recommended. 

We are utilizing the SUNY COVID Case Tracker to report our current active cases. The college sends data to SUNY every weekday and the numbers are updated each afternoon. 

The number of actual active cases is different than the number at the top of the SUNY COVID Tracker because that section of the dashboard reports cases over a 14-day rolling period, not active cases. You can see the total number of students in isolation (active cases) on the SUNY COVID Tracker by selecting “Oneonta” and scrolling down to the “Quarantine & Isolation: Current Status” section. 

The daily health screening is no longer required for students.

Employees are required to submit a daily health screening. This is sent to your Oneonta email address every weekday morning.

We do, however, encourage everyone to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and should quarantine in place and call a healthcare provider.  Employees should contact their primary care physician, and students can contact the Health Center at 607-436-3573 for consideration of diagnostic testing. If the Health Center is closed, and you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please see the Emergencies and After Hours Concerns page for a list of local resources. 

The Division of Academic Affairs has prepared a webpage with frequently asked questions and resources for teaching faculty. 

Hand sanitizing stations will remain in common areas in all buildings and will be checked/restocked daily. Campus departments can request additional cleaning supplies (wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.).  Employees looking for supplies should inquire with their office or department support staff. Supplies will be distributed to departments by work order. 

For questions about cleaning supplies, air handling systems and hand sanitizing stations, please reach out to the Office of Facilities, Safety and Physical Plant at facilities@oneonta.edu.

The Otsego County Department of Health is responsible for contact tracing for anyone who receives a positive result from a test conducted on campus or in our county.

We are living through an unprecedented time in history and it has caused great disturbance in most people’s lives. Managing added responsibilities and restrictions, or being quarantined or isolated, can add stress at an already difficult time. The SUNY Oneonta community is here to help you. If you are struggling, you can request a check-in from the college using the Dragon Care Check-In form. The Counseling Center or your residence hall director can also connect you to support services.

The Counseling Center has created a list of online resources for learning to cope with the anxiety and stress of these trying times:

If you are located in Otsego County and need to speak with a licensed counselor immediately, please call the 24-hour Otsego County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at 1-844-732-6228. 

Faculty and staff can reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for referrals and resources.

Student Emergency Fund - The Student Emergency Fund provides grants for SUNY Oneonta students to pay for urgent expenses triggered by unforeseen events that threaten their ability to stay in college. If you are experiencing a hardship due to the unexpected changes connected to the Coronavirus, the student emergency fund may be able to help.

Student Emergency Grants - SUNY Oneonta will receive funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to be disbursed in the form of emergency grants to eligible students. Eligible students will receive an email from EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu with further information about assistance and details about the disbursement process. More information about these grants is available on the HEERF Student Aid Funds page. Questions about relief grants should be directed to EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu.

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COVID Concern Form
This form goes to college officials.

To report a concern to the City of Oneonta, call or text 607-376-7453.

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Otsego County Department of Health DOH Website | DOH Facebook

Intermountain COVID-19 Impact Consortium ICIC WebsiteICIC Facebook

NYS COVID-19 Tracker

SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker

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