All students attending SUNY Oneonta and enrolled for 6 or more credits must submit:
- Proof of Immunizations for new students are due June 30th for incoming Fall semester students and December 30th for incoming Spring semester students. Documentation may be provided by a completed Proof of Immunization Form, physician's office printout, or certificate from high school or other postsecondary institution and then be uploaded on the patient portal. Required immunizations are Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningitis.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella requirements can be met through one of the following:
- Two doses of MMR Vaccine
- Two doses of Measles and one dose of Mumps and one dose of Rubella vaccine
- Medical documentation of history of disease(s)
- Blood titers showing immunity (lab report required)
- Born before 1/1/1957
Meningitis: Documentation of vaccine within the past 5 years, or the student (parent if student is under 18) may sign an acknowledgment of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of the meningitis immunization. This refusal can be completed on the proof of immunization form or on the patient portal. For more information regarding New York State PHL Section 2167 meningococcal disease and vaccinations please see meningococcal disease fact sheet.
- Health History This is a brief health history to be completed on the patient portal. All new users must register on the patient portal. Once registered you can find Health History under the "required forms" tab.
International Students must also have documented proof of TB testing from their home country. We recommend having their home health care providers complete the International Student Proof of Immunization Form which includes required immunizations and TB testing.
Please note that according to NYS Public Health Law (PHL) Section 2165, no institution shall permit any student to attend the institution in excess of 30 days without complying with law. However, such 30 day period may be extended to not more than 45 days for a student showing a good faith effort to comply.
An important part of a student’s college experience involves learning about how to optimize their health and well-being and to advocate for their health-related concerns. For some students, this could refer to learning how to make (and keep) a medical appointment, understanding how to get a prescription filled at a pharmacy, or communicating to a health care provider the important details of their health/medication history. The Student Health Center staff is committed to helping students navigate this developmental process. At the same time, we recognize how difficult it is knowing that your student is ill and possibly hours away from home. We also understand the feeling of uncertainty to have your student receive healthcare from providers they do not know. Many parents/guardians also find it frustrating when their students are seen at the Student Health Center and the provider cannot speak with them about their students’ condition or plan of care without the students’ permission.
Working together we can help your student develop skills needed to understand and participate in decisions concerning personal health and to acquire knowledge of accessing medical services and an understanding of the cost of medical care, and the necessity for medical insurance. We can also help students develop healthy behaviors to reduce the risk of illness and injury.
As your student prepares to leave for college, there are some things that parents/guardians can do to help their student manage their health:
- Encourage your student to call and make his or her next medical appointment and obtain general information about the appointment.
- Review the basics of your insurance plan with your student, providing copies of his or her medical, prescription drug, dental, and/or vision insurance cards, discussing any requirements for pre-approval, whether and when to notify the insurance company following hospitalization or emergency room care, and the difference between "in-network" and "out-of-network" care.
- Discuss any seasonal, food, or drug allergies and personal and family medical histories, ensuring that your student can provide the basics to a health care provider.
- Discuss the resources on campus and where to get services for other concerns or medical conditions that may be provided by a local professional in the community.
- Send your student to college with basic first aid and over the counter medication(s).
- Encourage your student to contact health center administration before calling home, if s/he is not satisfied with their service. We always take student concerns seriously!
All student information held at the Health Center is strictly confidential and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student and/or as required by law. Students under 18 years of age, must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health Center except for emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.