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Fall 2021 Guidelines

SUNY Geneseo has returned to an on-campus experience with in-person classes for Fall 2021. All students at SUNY colleges and universities are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

These guidelines explain SUNY Geneseo’s policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and other safety precautions designed to protect the health of the campus community and promote student success.

SUNY Geneseo’s educational experience is anchored by in-person instruction; close and persistent contact among students, faculty, and staff; and a residential campus that promotes student engagement in co-curricular and extracurricular programs. Our guidelines prioritize the in-person campus experience that our students value.

Employees please see COVID-19 guidance for employees.

This guidance is subject to change.

Updates

September 17: Mask Policy Update

Community transmission of COVID-19 remains “high” in Livingston County and the surrounding area (per the CDC). Therefore, our indoor mask policy remains in effect

Everyone—regardless of vaccination status—must wear a mask (covering both the nose and mouth), except while in their personal living and work spaces. The masking requirement extends to campus visitors.

Due to the need for consistent indoor masking, eating and drinking are prohibited in all instructional areas.

We will monitor the conditions and will reassess the mask requirement by October 25.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe.

September 1: Student Surveillance Testing Information

In accordance with Geneseo’s Fall 2021 reopening plan, all on-campus, off-campus, and commuter students must participate in surveillance testing.

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing beginning Tuesday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 8.

All vaccinated students are required to test on a monthly basis, starting in October.

See the COVID-19 Surveillance Testing page for full details.

August 24: FDA Grants Vaccine Approval; SUNY Requirement Now In Effect

Per New York State policy, all SUNY students are required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

The deadline to submit proof of vaccination is September 27 to continue enrollment in classes. For more information, see our COVID-19 vaccination requirement page.

August 19: Proof of Negative Test Prior to Arrival No Longer Required

All students, regardless of vaccination status, are now required to be tested on arrival to Geneseo. Residential students will be tested at move-in; off campus students will be tested the week of August 30.

The College will use rapid tests and the Health Center or Geneseo First Response staff will administer them. There is an approximate wait time of 20 minutes for results.

Off-Campus Students Must Schedule Arrival Testing

All off-campus students (regardless of vaccination status) are required to be tested for COVID-19 on either Tuesday, August 31 or Wednesday, September 1 in Sturges.

To schedule your appointment:

  1. Log into the health portal with your Geneseo ID and password.
  2. Enter your birthday and click Proceed.
  3. Scroll down and click on the blue Check-In/Schedule an Appointment link.
  4. This will bring you to your existing Appointment screen.
  5. Click on Schedule an Appointment.
  6. Select OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS - COVID TESTING ONLY.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. The system will bring you to a Schedule Appointment Page.
  9. You do not need to edit the date field.
  10. Click on Search for An Appointment.
  11. You will be able to pick from a time slot on 8/31 or 9/1.
  12. As time slots are booked, they will disappear.
  13. Select the time slot that works for you and then scroll up or down to click on Continue.
  14. The next screen will confirm the Date/Time of the appointment and ask you to click on the blue Confirm button.
  15. Your appointment is scheduled and an email will be sent to your Geneseo account confirming the appointment.
  16. To cancel/reschedule your appointment, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  17. Click on the blue cancel button below the appointment and follow the instructions.

Please note that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please upload your test result to your health portal so we know you are exempt from testing for 90 days after your positive test.

SUNY Geneseo may decide to require more frequent surveillance testing of all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, upon consultation with the local health department in response to changes in community health and infection rates or if CDC, state, or SUNY guidance require such.

August 18: On-Campus Vaccine Clinic Available Sept. 10

SUNY Geneseo will offer a Wegman’s Pfizer vaccine clinic to students in Sturges Hall on September 10 (first dose) and October 1 (second dose).

If you're interested, please register as soon as possible because appointment slots will fill quickly.

To register to get the Pfizer vaccine on campus on Sept. 10:

  1. Visit the off-site clinic scheduling tool
  2. Select "schedule a new appointment"
  3. Put Sept. 10 as the date and 14454 as the zip code.
  4. Click "schedule" on the SUNY Geneseo COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Fill out any required information.

SUNY requires all in-person students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Already Vaccinated?

If you have completed the entire COVID-19 vaccination series and have not submitted proof to Health & Counseling, you need to do so by September 27. If you fail to submit your vaccine card info you’ll be considered unvaccinated.

Submit your proof of vaccination. If you have only received one dose of a two-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer), please submit the dose you have received.

How to submit proof of full or partial COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Log in to the SUNY Health Portal with your Geneseo User ID and password.
  2. Confirm your identity by entering your birthday and click "proceed."
  3. Navigate to the "I would like to…" section and click on "enter my COVID-19 vaccine information"
  4. Click the green "upload" button to locate and select the file to upload, then click "open." You only need to upload the side of the card that has both completed vaccine dates listed. If you have a vaccine on either side of the vaccine card, that's fine -- just scan and upload both sides.
  5. Confirm that the document is legible and click "looks good" at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter the COVID-19 vaccine information. Scroll down to enter the first date and vaccine type and the second date and vaccine type if you received Moderna or Pfizer. Enter the single date if you received Johnson & Johnson.

Thank you for keeping yourself and your Geneseo community safe.

August 5: Mask Requirement

We are excited to return to fully in-person classes in a few weeks! As you know, many counties in New York State are experiencing "substantial" levels of transmission of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant.

To prepare for a safe return to campus, effective Monday, August 9, we are proactively requiring all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—to wear a mask indoors except while in their personal living spaces and workspaces. This requirement extends to campus visitors. We also encourage students to follow local mask recommendations in their home counties.

We will continue to monitor the dynamic pandemic conditions and will reassess the indoor mask-wearing requirement by September 23.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and we look forward to seeing you back on campus soon!

Quick Answers

Are vaccines required for all students?

Yes. Per New York State policy, all SUNY students are required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

The deadline to submit proof of vaccination is September 27 to continue enrollment in classes. For more information, see our COVID-19 vaccination requirement page.

Please also review the Falsification of COVID-19 Records web page.

Do students need to submit proof of vaccination?

Yes. Students who do not provide proof of full or partial vaccination to Student Health and Counseling by September 27 will be considered unvaccinated.

How to submit proof of full or partial COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Log in to the SUNY Health Portal with your Geneseo User ID and password.
  2. Confirm your identity by entering your birthday and click "proceed."
  3. Navigate to the "I would like to…" section and click on "enter my COVID-19 vaccine information"
  4. Click the green "upload" button to locate and select the file to upload, then click "open." You only need to upload the side of the card that has both completed vaccine dates listed. If you have a vaccine on either side of the vaccine card, that's fine -- just scan and upload both sides.
  5. Confirm that the document is legible and click "looks good" at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter the COVID-19 vaccine information. Scroll down to enter the first date and vaccine type and the second date and vaccine type if you received Moderna or Pfizer. Enter the single date if you received Johnson & Johnson.
Are masks and physical distancing mandatory?

Yes, for unvaccinated students.

August 5 update: Effective Monday, August 9, we are requiring all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—to wear a mask indoors except while in their personal living spaces and workspaces.

Please note this additional mask requirement does not alter the requirement for unvaccinated individuals to maintain physical distance where practicable. This is consistent with the Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

We will continue to monitor the dynamic pandemic conditions and will reassess the indoor mask-wearing requirement by October 25. The masking policy may be amended if local conditions or guidance from the Department of Health, SUNY, State, or CDC requires such.

Will vaccination be required for students who have recently had COVID-19?

Yes.

Guidelines

Masks

August 5 update: Effective Monday, August 9, all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—are required to wear a mask indoors except while in their personal living spaces and workspaces.

Please note this additional mask requirement does not alter the requirement for unvaccinated individuals to maintain physical distance where practicable. This is consistent with the Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

We will continue to monitor the dynamic pandemic conditions and will reassess the indoor mask-wearing requirement by October 25. The masking policy may be amended if local conditions or guidance from the Department of Health, SUNY, State, or CDC requires such.

Proof of Vaccination

Students who do not provide proof of full vaccination to Student Health and Counseling by September 27 will be considered unvaccinated.

Only submit your proof of vaccination once you have completed the entire vaccination series (both shots for Moderna or Pfizer). Proof of an incomplete vaccination series will not be accepted.

How to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Log in to the SUNY Health Portal with your Geneseo User ID and password.
  2. Confirm your identity by entering your birthday and click "proceed."
  3. Navigate to the "I would like to…" section and click on "enter my COVID-19 vaccine information"
  4. Click the green "upload" button to locate and select the file to upload, then click "open." You only need to upload the side of the card that has both completed vaccine dates listed. If you have a vaccine on either side of the vaccine card, that's fine -- just scan and upload both sides.
  5. Confirm that the document is legible and click "looks good" at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter the COVID-19 vaccine information. Scroll down to enter the first date and vaccine type and the second date and vaccine type if you received Moderna or Pfizer. Enter the single date if you received Johnson & Johnson.

Students are considered fully vaccinated when:

  • More than two weeks have passed since they received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or more than two weeks have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), AND
  • They have provided proof of vaccination through the student health portal.
Surveillance Testing

All unvaccinated students are required to participate in surveillance testing weekly beginning Tuesday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 8.

All vaccinated students are required to test on a monthly basis, starting in October.

See the COVID-19 Surveillance Testing page for full details.

SUNY Geneseo may decide to require more frequent surveillance testing of all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, upon consultation with the local health department in response to changes in community health and infection rates or if CDC, state, or SUNY guidance require such.

Getting Tested for COVID-19

Surveillance testing

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing through the College beginning Tuesday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 8.

All vaccinated students are required to test on a monthly basis, starting in October.

If you are symptomatic

Students with symptoms of COVID-19—whether the student is vaccinated or unvaccinated—should immediately contact the Health Center at 585-245-5736.

Symptomatic students must visit the Health Center in order to be examined by a nurse or clinician to determine if a COVID-19 test is needed.

If you do not have symptoms

If you are asymptomatic but want to get tested outside of surveillance testing, you can obtain a rapid test over the counter at Wegman's, CVS, Walmart, etc. If you choose to obtain an over-the-counter rapid test and are positive, you will be responsible for obtaining an additional off-site PCR test; the Department of Health will not accept an over-the-counter rapid as proof of positive.

Off-site PCR testing locations

You are able to obtain an off-site PCR test at the following places:

If you test positive

If you test positive after receiving a test at one of the off-site locations above, please contact the Health Center 585-243-5736 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM and syfrett@geneseo.edu after hours and on weekends.

According to CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days, though they do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they are symptomatic.

Requirements for Unvaccinated Students

Masks and Physical Distancing

All unvaccinated individuals are required to:

  • Wear masks indoors (except in their own living space)
  • Wear masks outdoors in crowded settings
  • Maintain physical distancing (in addition to wearing masks) where practicable

Disposable mask dispensers will remain available across campus. Clear face masks will be made available to support those who rely on lip-reading.

August 5 update: Effective Monday, August 9, all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—are required to wear a mask indoors except while in their personal living spaces and workspaces.

Please note this additional mask requirement does not alter the requirement for unvaccinated individuals to maintain physical distance where practicable. This is consistent with the Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

We will continue to monitor the dynamic pandemic conditions and will reassess the indoor mask-wearing requirement by October 25. The masking policy may be amended if local conditions or guidance from the Department of Health, SUNY, State, or CDC requires such.

Surveillance Testing for Unvaccinated Students

Unvaccinated students are required to participate in mandatory weekly surveillance testing starting Tuesday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 8. Students who fail to participate will be reported to Student Conduct.

If this is your first year participating in pooled testing, please make sure to create a profile in the Upstate Medical app.

If you have obtained a positive test in the last 90 days, please upload a copy of your test to your health portal under Medical Clearances. This will exempt you from testing for the next 90 days. Please email Pooled Testing by September 10 to schedule a test day/time once your 90 days have passed. You will be scheduled to receive a test either weekly or monthly depending on your vaccination or exemption status.

You will choose a specific time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on either Tuesday, September 7 or Wednesday, September 8.

This time and day of the week will be your standing weekly appointment for the entire Fall 2021 semester.

If you miss an appointment:

  • You will receive an email alert.
  • You will not be allowed on campus until you obtain your own test outside of campus and submit the results.
  • Student Health and Counseling will not supply tests.

To schedule a test:

  • Go to your health portal
  • Click Check-In/Schedule an Appointment
  • Click Schedule an Appointment
  • Select COVID Testing, then click Continue
  • Select NON-VACCINATED COVID TESTING, then click Continue
    • Select a time on either Tuesday or Wednesday for your standing appointment
    • Click Continue
    • Click Confirm
Daily Health Screening

Unvaccinated students are required to complete a daily health screening.

Quarantine and Isolation

Positive COVID-19 Test

Students who test positive for COVID-19—whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, symptomatic or asymptomatic—will isolate until cleared by the DOH. They are encouraged to do so at their permanent residence. We will work with students who are unable to quarantine or isolate at home and need accommodations, such as international students and those with no other safe housing options.

These students will have their health status/wellness monitored daily by the Livingston County DOH. Fees may be assessed for extra services provided to students during on-campus isolation or quarantine.

COVID-19 Exposure

Vaccinated students are NOT required to quarantine after possible exposure.

Quarantine IS required for unvaccinated students who:

  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, OR
  • Have been in close contact with someone who is displaying symptoms, OR
  • Is believed by the Livingston County Department of Health to require quarantine.
Off-Campus or Commuting Students

Off-campus or commuting students will quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residence. Off-campus students who test positive are encouraged to isolate at their permanent residence until cleared by the Livingston County DOH. The DOH is responsible for follow-up contact tracing and daily health check-ins for off-campus students. As these students are identified, Student Health and Counseling will also check in with them and provide health guidance as needed.

Keeping up with Classes during COVID-Related Absences

Students who need to miss classes for an extended period of time (including a COVID-related quarantine or isolation order) should contact the Dean of Students (deanstu@geneseo.edu), who will inform faculty of absences.

Students are responsible for reaching out to their faculty as soon as possible to make arrangements for keeping up with missed work. Faculty are not required to provide online instruction to students during extended absences.

Students are responsible for staying in touch with their instructors to clarify expectations and resolve any questions about the coursework

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