Fall 2021 Semester Information

Updated Fall 2021 Plan & Health Protocols

(8/24/2021) 

We have designed our Fall 2021 plan to offer our students in-person classes and hands-on labs combined with engaging student programming. Our plan is based on the SUNY Guidelines for Fall 2021 and with the overall health and wellness of our campus community at the forefront of our decisions.  

This plan is tentative and may change based on recommendations from New York State, SUNY, and the local health department. Please check this page frequently for updates.  

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or two weeks after receiving the single dose COVID-19 vaccine. Reference to “vaccinated” individuals refers only to those who are fully vaccinated.

Message From President Michael R. Laliberte - Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Dear Students,

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine to be used in the fight against COVID-19. This now puts into effect the NYS and SUNY COVID-19 vaccine requirement that all students need to be fully vaccinated by September 27 or they may be disenrolled from classes. Previously, SUNY Delhi only required student-athletes, nursing students, and residential students to be fully vaccinated. As of August 24, all students who come to campus for at least one in-person class need to be fully vaccinated by September 27, 2021.

Students can get vaccinated at many locations in their hometown, in Delhi, and across the state, and individuals can get their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at different locations.  

SUNY Delhi will implement the vaccination requirement as follows:

  • All non-vaccinated non-residential students who have not received a medical or religious exemption will be given 35 days from August 24 (until September 27) to upload documentation to the student patient portal showing they have received a full COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • Exemptions: The deadline for residential students to request a medical or religious exemption was Monday, August 16. For non-residential students, there is an open 10-day period, from August 24 through September 3, to apply for an exemption. Exemption requests will be reviewed at least once per week during this time with decisions sent to the students via their SUNY Delhi email. Applying for a COVID-19 exemption does not allow an extension to the September 27 deadline for vaccination if the exemption is not approved.
  • Students who have not demonstrated proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series or who do not have an exemption approved by SUNY Delhi by September 27 will be disenrolled from their courses and the college will follow its standard tuition refund schedule.

This timeline allows students to select the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at their discretion and still complete the vaccine series by the deadline. This plan enables the college to protect the health and safety of the entire campus community and also fulfills the SUNY system vaccination policy.

Please refer to the Fall 2021 Semester Information web page and read the FAQs.  Any additional questions may be directed to Fall2021@delhi.edu.

Sincerely,

President Michael R. Laliberte

Vaccination Requirements

On Monday, August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine to be used in the fight against COVID-19. Details of this and other requirements for the fall semester include: 

Students Living in On-Campus Housing: 

Students living in on campus housing are required to be vaccinated before arriving on campus in August. Students will be allowed to move into their campus residence if they have either:

  • Received the one dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Received both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech). 
  • Received one dose of a two-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) and are approved for a medical accommodation. The request for a medical accommodation and supporting documentation must be submitted by Monday, August 16 by 5 p.m. in the student patient portal
  • Recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days and received approval for a medical accommodation. The request for a medical accommodation and supporting documentation must be submitted by Monday, August 16 by 5 p.m. in the student patient portal

Students living in on-campus housing who attempt to access campus without meeting the above requirements will not be allowed to move into their residence halls.

Non-Residential Students: 

All non-vaccinated, non-residential students who have not received a medical or religious exemption will be given 35 days from August 24 (until September 27) to upload documentation to the student patient portal showing they have received a full COVID-19 vaccine series. 

The deadline for non-residential students to apply for an exemption is Friday, September 3. Exemption requests will be reviewed at least once per week with decisions sent via email. Applying for a COVID-19 exemption does not allow an extension to the September 27 deadline for vaccination if the exemption is not approved.

Students who have not demonstrated proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series or who do not have an exemption approved by SUNY Delhi by September 27 will be disenrolled from their courses and the college will follow its standard tuition refund schedule.

This timeline allows students to select the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at their discretion and still complete the vaccine series by the deadline. This plan enables the college to protect the health and safety of the entire campus community and also fulfills the SUNY system vaccination policy.

Student-Athletes: 

All student-athletes are required to be vaccinated in order to compete in fall sports and live in on-campus housing. 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 health reasons may practice, compete, and live in on-campus housing. These students are required to wear a mask at all times, except when seated to eat or drink or in their private residence.

Unvaccinated student-athletes who are not approved for a medical or religious exemption are not allowed to compete or reside in on-campus housing, but may practice with their team while wearing a mask.

Nursing Students: 

All students enrolled in the pre-licensure AAS and dual degree nursing programs are required to be vaccinated, regardless of their place of residence.

Pre-Arrival/Arrival Screening Requirements

Students Living in On-Campus Housing: 

Vaccinated students who have submitted proof of vaccination in the student patient portal at least 5 days prior to their move-in date have no other pre-screening requirements, and will be given a wristband upon arrival which will allow them to move into their campus residence. 

Unvaccinated students (including those who have only had one dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine or who have been approved for a medical accommodation or a religious or medical exemption) are required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 5 days prior to coming to campus in the student patient portal.

Approved Documentation for the Pre-Arrival COVID tests: Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests (Binax Now) that are performed at home will not be accepted as proof of a negative test result within 5 days prior to arrival to campus. They also will not be accepted as proof of a positive test. Health Services will not accept a picture of these kits as proof of a positive result either. All tests must be performed at a Primary Care Provider’s office, Urgent Care, hospital, or a pharmacy where legitimate documentation of the test can be provided.

Any student who attempts to access campus for any reason without fulfilling the above requirements will not be allowed to move into their campus residence and is subject to the campus judicial process.

Non-Residential Students:

Vaccinated students who have submitted their vaccination document in the student patient portal have no other pre-screening requirements. 

Unvaccinated students (including those who have only had one dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or who have been approved for a medical accommodation or a religious or medical exemption) are required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 5 days prior to coming to campus in the student patient portal.

Students who cannot afford a COVID-19 testing due to financial hardship can request funding through the Student Emergency Fund

Students Who Test Positive Prior to Arrival

Any student who tests positive from their pre-arrival COVID-19 test must not come to campus. They must isolate at home under the direction of their local department of health until they are officially released from isolation. These students should contact Health Services to begin the process of making arrangements for a late arrival. 

Mandatory Surveillance Testing & Daily Self-Screening Tool

All students must participate in surveillance testing on Monday, August 30 or Tuesday, August 31, anytime between 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Farrell 211.  

Vaccinated students will participate in surveillance testing as notified by Health Services, while unvaccinated students will participate in weekly testing

All faculty, staff, and students are required to use the daily self-screening tool every day they are on campus.

Testing for symptomatic students is available at Health Services. Students experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should remain in their place of residence, not attend classes/labs, and contact Health Services.

Masks & Social Distancing 

Masks are one of the safest ways to protect yourself and others. Anyone may wear their mask at any time, regardless of the protocols established below. Many people wear their mask even when vaccinated to protect themselves and others who are vulnerable.

Indoors: 

Mask are required in all indoor spaces and may be removed only in personal residence rooms, private offices when alone, and when seated and eating or drinking and maintaining social distance from others. 

Social distancing is not mandatory with the required mask mandate.

Outdoors: 

Vaccinated individuals do not have to wear their mask outdoors.

Unvaccinated individuals should wear masks outdoors when not alone. 

Quarantine/Isolation: 

Vaccinated students who are not symptomatic may not be required to quarantine following exposure to another individual who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at this time.

Unvaccinated students who are in a positive surveillance pool test, have direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, or are symptomatic and awaiting test results will be required to quarantine in a designated quarantine space.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home or their place of residence under the guidance of the health department.


Updated August 24, 2021