New Student Health Requirements
Immunization Records and Requirements
Student Health and Counseling will obtain your immunization records from the NYS Database.
- If your records are missing or incomplete, we will contact you for more information.
- Students not from New York State or from a different country will need to upload their immunization records to their student My Health portal under Medical Clearances.
- Students who do not meet the New York State Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis Immunization requirements within 30 days of the start of their semester will be dropped from their classes for non-compliance.
These requirements apply to students taking 6 or more credits per semester.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
This vaccine is usually given as 2 MMR immunizations in childhood. TWO doses of live measles vaccine were given after 1967; the first dose was given after 12 months of age; the second dose was given at least 28 days after the first dose or a blood test showing immunity.
Students are required to have a MenACWY within the last five years from the start of the semester date. This vaccine may appear on your records under various names; review the CDC's Vaccines for Meningitis page for more information. Students may receive the vaccine at any time in the future through their healthcare provider or at a local pharmacy.
New York state law allows a student to request a waiver from a vaccination required by law. Conditions for waiver: 1) the student has a medical reason to decline immunization, or 2) the student holds genuine religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. Forms are completed by the student or by the parent/guardian for those under 18 years of age.
There are two types of waivers for MMR:
- Medical Exemption
This form must be completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife (for a pregnant student) who is caring for the student. This form certifies that the student has a health condition that prevents receiving the MMR vaccine.
- Religious Exemption
This form is completed when student holds genuine beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. Requests for religious exemption are to be submitted with a written statement from the student.
EMAIL your completed MMR waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX to 585-245-5744.
To complete a waiver for Meningitis/Meningococcal:
- Login to the student health portal, My Health, using your SUNY Geneseo email and birth date.
- Select Medical Clearances from the MENU.
- Scroll down to "Items NOT Required for Clearance" and select Meningococcal Waiver.
Note that in the event of an outbreak, medical or religiously exempt students may be asked to leave the SUNY Geneseo campus for their own safety.
- Medical Exemption
Additional Suggested Immunizations
In addition to required vaccinations listed above, Health Services strongly encourages students to receive immunizations for seasonal influenza, bacterial meningitis, and hepatitis B. When combined with practicing basic health behaviors, immunizations can significantly reduce students’ risk of contracting these serious and potentially fatal diseases. Students who have not received these immunizations from their PCPs can get these vaccinations at Health Services. Vaccination for meningitis must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. Other vaccinations are available via Health Services and may also require an additional fee to be paid by the student.
NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccine is no longer required for students to attend SUNY Geneseo.
Other Entrance Requirements
These requirements must be completed/uploaded BEFORE arrival.
Date of Recent Physical Requirements
- First-year students: within the last 12 months from the start of classes
- Transfer students: within the last 24 months from the start of classes.
- Varsity athletes: within 6 months of the start of your sport.
You may upload a copy of your recent physical completed on your provider's form but it MUST have all criteria outlined below. You may also download our physical form for your provider to complete.
If you are ineligible to obtain a new physical by June 1 due to your health insurance coverage, submit your most recent physical. Once you obtain the new physical, upload it immediately to your health portal.
Components of Recent Physical Requirements
A physical MUST have all items listed below to be valid:
- the student's name
- the date of the physical
- the student's blood pressure reading
- the signature of the provider, electronic signature, or signature/stamp
- the provider's name, license, and contact information
- a statement that the student is healthy to attend college and or play collegiate sports
NOTE: a visit summary from your providers' health portal will NOT be accepted as a valid physical.
Consent for Treatment
New students must read and acknowledge the Student Health and Counseling Consent for Treatment. This online document explains our privacy policies. You can find this consent on your student health portal My Health, under Medical Clearances. If you are under 18 years old when you arrive on campus, your parent/guardian must complete the a Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor.
Complete these two additional forms on your student health portal, My Health.
- Health History Online Form: Here you will enter your allergies, medications, personal health history as well as family history.
- TB Screening: This form appears as an online questionnaire.
You must upload your insurance card to your student health portal, My Health.
- Log into My Health using your SUNY Geneseo email and birth date.
- From the main menu, select Insurance Card.
- Chose the button for Add New Card.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page that comes up.
- Click the Upload Front Image button. Select the front image of your insurance card then chose DONE.
- Click the green button LOOKS GOOD to confirm.
- Repeat this process for the back of your card.
- Select the button Populate Form (OCR). This will auto-populate the fields.
- To finish, select SAVE.
You MUST contact your insurance company BEFORE arriving to verify that our lab, Quest-Pittsburgh 875 Greentree Road, Bldg. 4, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, is in your insurance network and whether or not you are required to obtain prior authorization for labs. If they are not in your network, labs can be billed to your student account for payment. When you visit Student Health and Counseling, you will be responsible for any charges your health insurance does not cover.
Student Athlete Requirements
For information regarding student-athlete requirements, please go to their Student-Athlete Medical Forms site.