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Falsification of Covid Records

False Exemption Submissions

On August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Per New York State policy, all SUNY students are now required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination is September 27, 2021 to continue enrollment in classes.

If you are not vaccinated, and do not have an approved exemption, you are not permitted to access any in-person campus activities, dining, or other services. On-campus students will be required to move out of their residence hall.

In very special circumstances students may request a limited exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We know that vaccinations are a polarizing issue, and there is uncertainty by some of the safety of the shots. As such, there is the potential for some to falsify their medical status and/or their religious belief in an attempt to qualify for an exemption. So while students are asked to certify that their exemption statements and documentation are true and accurate, and that the receipt of the COVID-19 vaccination may be detrimental to their health, it is important to remind students that giving false statements or providing false documentation is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, involvement as an accessory to others giving false statements or providing false documents by providing assistance or encouragement to them as they are engaged in these acts is also a violation of the Code (for example, see codes 5 and 18). Given the potential medical dangers to others, students could be jeopardizing their ability to remain a Geneseo student with this type of violation.

Fake Vaccination Cards or Results

While Geneseo is not currently restricting the activities or access of unvaccinated individuals, other outside entities are. With the increased demand for proof of vaccinations comes the temptation for some to consider getting fake Covid-19 vaccine cards (or negative test results). In addition to potentially endangering your own health by faking a vaccine status you don't have, you are also potentially compromising the health of others who may be led to believe one thing based on your presented status.

Presenting a fake card may be against the law, but providing false documents is definitely against the Student Code of Conduct. You could jeopardize your ability to remain a Geneseo student by providing false information such as this.

Scammers are also seeing the potential to turn a profit by selling false credentials. Please educate yourself on the dangers of purchasing false cards. The Federal Trade Commission is a good resource for information.