Fall 2021 FAQs
Updated August 19, 2021
Governor Cuomo has announced that SUNY students will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pending FDA approval, which was announced on August 23. Vaccines are required for all students who live on campus, attend class, or use campus resources. Exceptions are made only for approved medical and religious exemptions.
Students must be fully vaccinated by September 27.
If you have not obtained at least one COVID-19 vaccine, you must schedule your first Pfizer vaccine no later than Friday, September 3, 2021 and have both vaccines no later than Monday, September 27, 2021. Your first Moderna shot must be received by August 30.
If you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, please upload your vaccination information online with Health Services through your Medical Records Portal.
If you are in the process of being vaccinated (i.e. completed one of two doses), please upload the information of your first vaccine to the Medical Records Portal and complete the Medical Accommodation Form, which lets Health Services know that your vaccine is in progress.Once complete, you will need upload the form to the Medical Records Portal.
This mandate applies only to students. Its implementation follows SUNY guidance set forth by the Chancellor’s office in keeping with the Board of Trustees Resolution.
The CDC and New York State Department of Health have recommended that completing a WHO-approved vaccine series is acceptable as proof of being fully vaccinated.
The current list of WHO-approved vaccines is available online. A vaccine is approved if “Finalized” appears in the column called “Status of Assessment.”
All health information requirements must be presented in English or accompanied by a translation. Students who require the translation of documents can use one of the many translation services available on the internet.
International students should contact the Office for Global Education if the WHO-approved vaccine is not available in their country and to make arrangements for their arrival.
All students, whether commuting or living on campus, must submit vaccination documentation no later than August 20, 2021. If you have not already received the vaccine, please be aware of the following deadlines to ensure you can return to campus, classes, and housing in the fall:
- Moderna: first dose by July 23
- Pfizer: first dose by July 30
- Johnson & Johnson: single dose by August 6
Students who have received one vaccine but are not fully immunized must complete the Temporary Medical Accommodations form to move into campus housing.
Students living on campus who have begun the vaccination process and received at least an initial dose will be allowed to move into their residence hall. A grace period will be offered until Friday, September 10, for residential students to become fully vaccinated. Students will be required to wear face coverings, physically distance, and test weekly until they are considered fully vaccinated.
- Exempt unvaccinated students or unvaccinated students will be required to test weekly on campus and will be required to quarantine or isolate if exposed to a positive case. Students who do not test weekly as required may face disciplinary action through the Office of Community Standards.
- Exempt unvaccinated students and unvaccinated students must wear masks inside campus buildings and maintain social distancing per CDC guidelines.
- While exempt unvaccinated students or unvaccinated students can attend classes, the college has the right to limit access to some areas of campus as well as some activities or events in order to ensure the health and safety of our unvaccinated and vaccinated students.
We have records for all students who were vaccinated in New York State. If you are a student who was vaccinated in New York City or outside of New York State, please update your medical records with Health Services.
Visit our Vaccine Clinics page for information about how to get a vaccine.
Vaccines are not currently mandated for employees, however we highly encourage all community members to get vaccinated.
We hope to offer more opportunities for students to spend time together by opening up dining locations and student lounges. We hope to open more lounge spaces in the residential areas and the commuter lounge.
We also plan on hosting more in-person events and club meetings at the Stood and elsewhere on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
The college is also looking into revising the visitor policy, allowing students to have a limited amount number of visitors in their residential spaces.
These decisions will depend on the positivity rates and the current health guidelines at the time.
Yes, the library will be open but may limit hours and capacity.
The Loop shuttle will operate fully as in previous years, making all stops in Port Chester and White Plains.
- Exempt unvaccinated students will be required to test weekly on campus and will be required to quarantine or isolate if exposed to a positive case. Students who do not test weekly as required may face disciplinary action through the Office of Community Standards.
- Must wear masks inside campus buildings and maintain social distancing per CDC guidelines.
- Purchase College reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment. The purpose of such reassignment would be to avoid placing a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the same room or suite. If possible, reassigned students would be assigned to a space in the same residential community as their current assignment; however, this may not always be possible given that the campus is expected to be at full residential occupancy. An exempted student reassigned to a different residential community and/or room type will be charged the lower of the two housing rates between the two assignments.
- Unvaccinated individuals with an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement may request to remain in their assigned housing and share a room with their roommates and/or suitemates by gaining written consent from all roommates/suitemates. Once written consent has been acquired in writing from all parties, they should provide these to the Office of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org within five business days of notification that their exemption has been approved.
- Proof of negative PCR test 5 days prior to arrival on campus
- It is highly recommended that exempt unvaccinated students self-quarantine or limit their activities 10 days prior to their move in date.
After a deposit is submitted, while still logged onto MyHeliotrope, there are directions on the right hand side of the screen on how to complete the RLA.
There is a button on the top of the housing page that will open up a side bar on the left hand side. This is where the RLA can be found.
After signing the RLA, there is a short questionnaire that must be completed.
Students unwilling to comply with the vaccination requirement for campus residents must cancel their housing on or before August 13, 2021 to receive a refund of their housing deposit.
Students who petition for medical or religious exemption and are denied the exemption, have 3 days from the notification of denial to cancel housing and receive a refund of their housing deposit.
Student should email email@example.com to cancel their housing and receive a refund by the deadlines noted above.
Faculty members should insert the following statement on their syllabus:
Community Health During COVID-19
To ensure that each of us has a healthy and safe learning experience, all students are required to remain informed and follow Purchase College Policy and/or any departmental, local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations for attending classes on campus and in a remote learning environment.
Within courses that involve in-person contact, all students, faculty members, staff, and visitors are required to adhere to the expectations outlined on the college’s COVID-19 website. Failure to comply with requirements (e.g. wearing masks, maintaining social distancing where applicable) will result in the request to leave the classroom for that in-person class session. Students may also be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
For the health of our entire community, please be sure to answer the daily health screening questionnaire thoroughly. Do not enter the any campus building if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Contact your faculty if you need to miss class because of COVID-19 symptoms. The college will address on a case by case basis student absences due to COVID-19 symptoms, while awaiting test results, or during quarantine.