Fall 2021 Semester FAQ
General Fall 2021 Information
- What does the SUNY Delhi college experience look like in Fall 2021?
The fall semester begins on Monday, August 30. SUNY Delhi plans to welcome our students back to a full residential college setting with in-person classrooms. All labs and hands-on learning experiences will also take place in a face-to-face setting. No social distancing is required. Only classes that were designed to be offered online will continue to be taught online.
Students can expect to enjoy in-person student life activities and programming, athletic events and competitions, on-campus dining, and access to all campus facilities. SUNY Delhi will also begin to host off-campus visitors for events and activities.
In order to successfully implement this plan, we require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
If I am a fully online student, do I need to be vaccinated?
Any student registered for at least one in-person class, works on campus, or who plans to access campus facilities (e.g. Library, Fitness Center, Pool, campus eateries, etc.) is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions. Non-residential students enrolled in only online classes who will not use campus facilities or be on campus this fall are not required to be vaccinated at this time.
- What COVID-19 health protocols am I required to follow on campus this fall?
Per SUNY’s COVID-19 vaccination policy published August 21, 2021, all students attending a SUNY institution in the Fall 2021 term and thereafter are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27, 2021. Previously, SUNY Delhi only required student-athletes, nursing students, and residential students to be fully vaccinated. Per SUNY’s policy, with the full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, all students who come to campus for at least one in-person class must be fully vaccinated by September 27. Only non-residential students may apply for a medical and religious exemption until September 3 as the deadline for residential students was August 16.
In addition, masks are required to be worn by everyone indoors, except when alone in one’s own residence hall room or office and while seated for eating or drinking. Students, faculty, and staff are also required to take part in the surveillance testing the first week of classes. After the first week, vaccinated individuals will be tested periodically while unvaccinated individuals will be required to test weekly.
We look forward to being able to modify or eliminate the mask requirement once the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus is determined to be low enough to do so safely.
- Where do I submit my proof of vaccination?
Students should upload a copy of their vaccination card to Health Services on the student patient portal while faculty and staff can submit their proof of vaccination to Human Resources.
- I have lost my vaccination card and don’t have a copy. Where can I find a copy?
If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.
If you have made every effort to locate your vaccination information, are unable to get a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.
- Why am I required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to attend SUNY Delhi?
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that students at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall pending full FDA approval for the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally approved the Pfizer-BioNTech on Monday, August 23, putting the vaccination requirement for all students into effect immediately.
- Do we still need to practice social distancing on campus?
While wearing a mask in an indoor setting, social distancing is no longer required. Masks are not required outdoors.
I have concerns and feel hesitant about the vaccine. What should I do?
Please speak with your healthcare provider about the safety of the COVID vaccines, or visit Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US for more information.
- Why do I have to wear a mask if I’m vaccinated?
While getting vaccinated is the safest way to protect yourself and others, even vaccinated individuals may be carriers of COVID and infect others who may not be able to get the vaccine due to their age, health issues, or religious beliefs. Requiring all individuals to wear masks indoors will help ensure the highest probability that everyone remains healthy and we can deliver our courses successfully this fall semester without a pause or shutdown.
- How long will the mask requirement be in effect?
To reach a point where we can modify or eliminate the mask requirement, the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus must be extremely low and vaccination rates of all campus community members very high. With vaccination compliance, we hope to be able to relax these requirements soon.
- I’m a commuter or non-residential student. Do I need to get the vaccine?
All students who come to campus for at least one in-person class are required to be vaccinated.
- Can I apply for an exemption from the vaccine?
The deadline to submit an exemption application for residential students was August 16 and requests are no longer being accepted. Non-residential student waiver requests will be accepted until September 3 and decisions regarding the exemptions will be sent to the students’ SUNY Delhi email address.
- What are my responsibilities if I have an exemption from the vaccine?
Exempted, unvaccinated students are required to:
- Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of the student’s move-in date
- Participate in weekly surveillance testing
- Wear a mask at all times indoors, except when alone in their room in the residence hall or when sitting down to eat/drink
Unvaccinated students may have limited use of campus facilities, such as the fitness center, pool, or dining facilities.
- How can I make a vaccine appointment?
- Vaccines are currently widely available. Please visit our Get Vaccinated page to learn how to make an appointment.
- When am I considered fully vaccinated?
If you received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days (2 weeks) after receiving your dose.
If you received the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days (2 weeks) after receiving your second dose.
- Do I still need the vaccine if I already had COVID-19 and have antibodies?
According to CDC, you can and should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible to be infected again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. You can learn more at CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ page.
- Can I still get vaccinated if I had COVID-19 within the past 90 days?
According to CDC, you can still be vaccinated as long as you have recovered from COVID-19. However, if you currently have symptomatic COVID-19, you should wait until you have recovered from your illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation before getting vaccinated. You can learn more at CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ page.
If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, and are still recovering, you may be eligible for a medical accommodation. If your medical accommodation is approved, you will be required to get fully vaccinated after the 90 day period is over.
- I am a student-athlete this fall. What are the requirements for me?
All students, including student-athletes, are required to be vaccinated. Vaccinated student-athletes are not required to wear a mask while practicing or competing.
Student-athletes who have been approved for a vaccine exemption for religious or medical reasons are required to wear a mask while practicing and competing.
Living on Campus / Residence Hall Questions
- What if I’m not fully vaccinated before my move-in date?
In order to check into your residence hall, you must be fully vaccinated. However, an exception may be made for a student if they have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and cannot yet get their second dose, or if they have just recovered from having COVID. Any student who has had only one dose of a two-dose vaccine prior to arrival, or who has just recovered from COVID, must complete a medical accommodation form request (pdf) and submit it on the patient portal with a copy of their vaccination card showing the first dose of the vaccine, or a copy of their positive COVID test result that is within the allowable time frame. If approved, the student will be allowed to move in to the residence hall with the understanding that they will be required to get fully vaccinated by the date Health Services authorizes. Students who do not comply with the agreed-upon vaccination schedule with Health Services and/or follow the other health protocols and procedures may be removed from housing and be liable for room and board charges.
- If I do not get vaccinated and am not eligible for an exemption, what are my options?
Students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27 or were denied an exemption may be disenrolled from classes and may not reside in on-campus housing. In this situation, the two options for you are to: (1) get vaccinated, or (2) study fully online if it is an option for your academic program.
If you decide not to get vaccinated and are currently signed up for on-campus housing, your deadline to request a release from campus housing obligation was August 20. Applications are no longer accepted.
- I live off campus in Riverview Townhouses. Do I still need to get the vaccine?
Yes, Riverview Townhouses are considered residential housing and the same vaccine and mask requirements apply.
- Are guests or visitors allowed in the residence halls?
At this time, other than a family member who is assisting with move-in during Welcome Weekend, only currently enrolled, residential students are allowed in the residence halls.
Guests & Visitor Information
- Is the campus open for guests or visitors?
At this time, campus facilities (e.g. the pool, fitness center, MAC dining hall, residence halls, etc.) are open to currently enrolled students only. Some campus facilities (e.g. library, Farrell dining center, Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Café, etc.) are also open to current faculty and staff. All currently enrolled students, part or full time, must be vaccinated or be approved for a medical or religious exemption in order to be on campus. Masks are required to be worn at all times while indoors, except when seated for eating and drinking, or alone in a private residence or office.