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Fall 2021 Return-to-Campus Guidelines

SUNY Geneseo will return to an on-campus experience with in-person classes in Fall 2021.

These guidelines for Fall 2021 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. We expect that the SUNY Geneseo campus community will largely be one of vaccinated individuals.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that students at SUNY colleges and universities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandate is pending final approval of a vaccine by the FDA.

SUNY Geneseo anticipates FDA approval of a vaccine soon and strongly encourages all students to get vaccinated before the Fall 2021 semester begins on August 30.

This guidance is subject to change.

Quick Answers

Further details on all topics are outlined in the guidelines below.

Are vaccines required for all students?

All SUNY students will be required to be vaccinated once the FDA approves at least one vaccine. The College anticipates this will happen soon, and we urge all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Do students need to submit proof of vaccination?

Yes. Students who do not provide proof of vaccination to Student Health and Counseling through their health portal will be considered unvaccinated.

Are there any exemptions for vaccination?

We anticipate that we will offer medical and religious exemptions. Those policies are still under development and details will be forthcoming.

Are masks and physical distancing mandatory?

Yes, for unvaccinated and exempt students. Those who have submitted proof of vaccination may choose to relax these measures.

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

Yes.

Guidelines

Masks and Physical Distancing

Fully vaccinated students are not required to wear a mask or physically distance on campus. Following CDC guidance, nothing prohibits these individuals from continuing to wear masks if they wish.

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

We strongly encourage students to get vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination through their health portal to Student Health and Counseling.

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

Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to relax masking and social distancing on campus. They 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.
Pre-Arrival and Surveillance Testing

Students who have provided proof of vaccination do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival to campus. They may also choose to opt-out of mandatory weekly testing.

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.

Symptomatic Individuals

Symptomatic students—whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated—should immediately contact the Health Center to obtain a COVID test. They also have off-campus options for obtaining a test, such as Noyes Health Services, CVS, Walgreens, or WellNow Urgent Care.

If the test is positive, students should contact Student Health and Counseling so contact tracing and quarantine protocols can begin. 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 and Exempt 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 shields/masks will be made available to support those who rely on lip-reading.

The masking policy may be amended if local conditions or guidance from the Department of Health, SUNY, State, or CDC requires such.

Pre-Arrival and Surveillance Testing

Pre-Arrival Testing

Unvaccinated students are required to submit proof of a negative PCR COVID test administered within the previous 72 hours or a rapid test within six hours of arrival to Student Health and Counseling before returning to campus. We also recommend that unvaccinated students self-quarantine for 10 days prior to arrival (attestation is not required).

Surveillance Testing

Unvaccinated students are required to participate in mandatory weekly surveillance testing. Students who fail to participate will be reported to Student Conduct.

Medical and Religious Exemptions

We anticipate that we will offer medical and religious exemptions. Those policies are still under development and details will be forthcoming.

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.

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