SUNY Delhi Spring 2022 Plan

This plan is tentative and subject to change.

The purpose of this plan is to help ensure the health and well-being of our campus community while offering students the best college experience possible during the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SUNY Delhi Spring 2022 semester will begin for students as scheduled on Monday, January 24 for full semester classes.

All classes originally designed to be taught in person will be taught face-to-face on campus while online classes will be delivered remotely. We will continue to offer students a full residential experience and embrace traditional campus events.

We will continuously monitor campus data from our surveillance testing, and recommendations from the CDC, local Department of Health, and SUNY, to determine if any modifications to our plan should be made.

For the purposes of this plan, the definition of a fully vaccinated individual means one has received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passes since the final dose. Booster shots are also required for all students accessing campus for any reason 5 months after their final dose of a two dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after a one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

FACE MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING:

Face masks that cover both the nose and mouth and are securely fastened to the wearer’s head will be required in all indoor spaces, except in one’s own residence hall room, private office, or when seated and eating or drinking. Social distancing is encouraged, although not required at this time, whenever face masks are not being worn, including when eating and when outdoors.

Individuals who do not comply with the mask policy, or whose face coverings are determined to be insufficient or improperly worn, will be directed to comply by wearing an acceptable face covering. Continued failure to comply may result in an investigation and consequences carried out by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for students, or the Office of Human Resources for employees. 

DAILY HEALTH SCREENING:

Students do not need to complete the daily health screening, although it is important to monitor symptoms daily and contact Health Services if not feeling well.

Faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must complete the daily health screening tool every day they are scheduled to be on campus. Employees should contact a healthcare provider if not feeling well.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

Consistent with the fall semester, and in accordance with NYS and SUNY mandates, all residential students and students coming to campus for any reason (including to work, eat, study, use any campus facility, attend meetings, etc.) must submit documentation of being fully vaccinated or be approved for a medical or religious exemption by January 14, in the Patient Portal at least 10 days prior to the start of spring classes.

In addition and in accordance with Governor Hochul and SUNY’s  announcement, all students accessing campus must also receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption. Students must submit proof of their booster in the Patient Portal .

The vaccination policy is subject to change based on CDC guidelines, SUNY, and state and local health departments.

All students who are taking any in-person classes or accessing or using any college facilities for any reason must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption on record in order to remain enrolled.

Faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination, and booster if received, to the college via Human Resources.

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated and get a booster shot when eligible.

STUDENT ARRIVAL:

All students accessing campus facilities or services must be fully vaccinated, get a booster if eligible, or have been approved for a medical or religious exemption or waiver by January 14.

Vaccinated and non-vaccinated students who have not tested positive for COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days must complete a rapid COVID-19 test before they return to campus. 

  • Please note that the rapid COVID-19 test must be taken within a 72- hour window before returning to campus. For example, if you are returning to campus on a Sunday, your test should be taken on the preceding Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Testing sites are available across NYS. Your test must be negative and you must upload the test results to your SUNY Delhi patient portal  before you return to campus. If you live in campus housing you will also have to show proof of a negative test to your RA before you get your keys. 
  • If your rapid COVID-19 test comes back positive, per the Department of Health, you must isolate at home for 5 days and then wear a mask when around other people for another 5 days upon your return to campus. Again, proof of a positive test must be uploaded to your SUNY Delhi patient portal before you return to campus and you must show proof of a positive test to your RA before you get your keys if you live in University housing. 

Vaccinated and non-vaccinated students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days are exempt from the pre-arrival testing requirement.  Students must submit proof of a positive test to your SUNY Delhi patient portal  before you return to campus if you have not already done so and show proof of the positive test to your RA before you get your keys if you live in University housing. 

In addition, all vaccinated students who are eligible to receive a booster (5 months after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or 2 months after your one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) must get their booster and upload proof to your SUNY Delhi patient portal before you return to campus.  

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. 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. 

Any student who tries to access campus facilities for any reason without meeting the vaccination requirements will be subject to sanctions per the Student Code of Conduct.

SURVEILLANCE POOL TESTING:

Students:

  • Students with approved vaccination exemptions must participate in mandatory weekly surveillance pool testing after the first week of classes.
  • Students who are fully vaccinated must participate in routine surveillance pool testing after the first week of classes.
  • Students who do not comply will face disciplinary measures up to and including removal from campus and de-registration from classes. The college's standard financial liability and refund policies will apply.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, students who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19 must go to Health Services to be tested.
  • Diagnostic testing for symptomatic students will be available at Health Services in Foreman Hall during regular business hours.

FACULTY & STAFF:

  • All faculty and staff will be required to participate in the surveillance pool testing by Tuesday, January 18, working in accordance with Human Resources for a specific day and time to be tested.
  • Unvaccinated or vaccination status unknown faculty and staff must participate in mandatory weekly surveillance testing after January 18.
  • All fully vaccinated faculty and staff must participate in routine surveillance testing throughout the semester and will be contacted by Human Resources.
  • Employees who do not comply will face appropriate disciplinary measures. 

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and/or get a COVID-19 booster to keep themselves and others healthy. 

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION GUIDELINES:

Students:

  • Non-symptomatic fully vaccinated students: Per CDC and New York State guidance, fully vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19, or who are part of a positive surveillance test pool, who are asymptomatic, are not required to quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated (exemption-approved) students who are exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or who are part of a positive surveillance test pool, symptomatic or not, will be required to isolate per instructions of Health Services or the Department of Health.
  • Any student who has symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must contact Health Services to be tested.
  • On-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in the designated isolation residence hall (Murphy Hall). College staff will direct the residential student to Murphy Hall where meals will be prepared and delivered.
  • Off-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at their place of residence until released by the Department of Health.

Faculty and Staff:

  • Vaccinated asymptomatic employees who are part of a positive surveillance pool are not required to quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated asymptomatic employees who are part of a positive surveillance pool are required to quarantine until test results are finalized.
  • Symptomatic employees must seek medical advice and isolate until they have been advised they are clear to return to work. Employees should contact their primary care physician or local pharmacy/clinic for medical advice if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must follow directives from the Department of Health.
  • Any vaccinated faculty or staff who is asymptomatic after being in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 must follow the directives of the Department of Health, which currently do not require quarantine.
  • Any unvaccinated faculty or staff, regardless of symptoms, who comes in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 must follow the directives of the Department of Health, which would likely require quarantine.

THRESHOLDS FOR ACTION, PAUSE, OR EARLY WARNING SIGNS

The NYS requirement for a mandatory pause are no longer in effect. However, SUNY retains the authority to pause campus activities in cases of increased community transmission.

SUNY Delhi will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and rely on recommendations from SUNY, the local department of health, and the CDC regarding increased health protocols and modifications to in-person learning. Factors used for action will include data on symptomatic cases of COVID-19 at Health Services, the number of positive pools each week, and overall infection rates.

Any modification or change to instructional modality must first be approved by the academic dean, confirmed by the provost, and supported by SUNY.

Residence halls will remain open if an academic pause is instituted.

ACADEMIC CONTINUITY

Courses will be offered in the original instructional format in which they were designed and approved in Spring 2022. Any modification or change to instructional modality for any class or program must be first approved by the academic dean and the provost.

Academic continuity plans, formulated by the academic departments, are pending and must be approved by leadership. These plans will provide preparation for the transition to hybrid or remote instruction if necessary.  Faculty will build flexibility into their courses in case of faculty or student illness. Every plan is subject to change and adapt given possible continuous evolving situations and the uniqueness of each of our academic programs and program requirements.

CAMPUS GUESTS AND VISITORS

Faculty, staff, and students may host visitors or guests on campus and inside buildings for official business, except in the residence halls. Guests and visitors must wear an appropriate face mask while indoors and follow all campus health protocols.

Admissions visitors will continue to be welcome, led by designated tour guides, and will follow all health protocols.

Contact tracing protocols are still required for those utilizing campus services or gatherings.

Residence Hall Guest Policy:

Only currently enrolled residential SUNY Delhi students and staff are permitted in the residence halls/townhouses at this time. Therefore, no outside guest(s), including off-campus students, are permitted in the residence halls/townhouses, including day and overnight visitors. Off-campus students are not allowed in the residence halls/townhouses.

Campus Event Policy:

Guests are allowed to attend on-campus events, programs and athletic events, as long as they register in advance, check in at the event, and abide by all campus COVID-19 policies.

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