Spring 2022 Semester Update

We are sharing additional information regarding the spring 2022 semester, to help students and families prepare for the return to campus. In order for the semester to be successful, all students must follow the guidance below.

Boosters

Any student with a regular on-campus presence, which includes off-campus students attending classes or coming to campus regularly to use campus resources, is now required to have a booster shot by January 31, or within 30 days of becoming eligible for a booster if that date falls after January 31.

According to the CDC and the NYSDOH, the only exclusions for COVID-19 vaccination/booster are being in isolation or quarantine or having received monoclonal antibodies in the past 90 days. If you have been recently infected with COVID-19 and are out of isolation and did not receive monoclonal antibodies, if eligible for your COVID-19 booster, you should receive your COVID-19 booster before coming to campus.

To be eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, it must be five months after completing the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine series, or two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Students with a previous college-approved medical or religious exemption will not need to get a booster; however, they must follow the existing weekly testing protocols and other college guidelines.

Residential Students and Boosters

Residential students will not be allowed to move into campus housing without a booster, if eligible. Once eligible they must receive their booster within 30 days. Housing for residential students will be rescinded without refund for students who do not receive the booster vaccine by January 31 or within 30 days of becoming eligible for one.

Providing Proof of the Booster Vaccine

Eligible students will not be able to attend class or move into their residential area until documentation of a booster has been uploaded to the secure Health Services portal.

Upload your documentation now.

Where to Find a Booster

Appointments throughout New York State can be found by visiting the New York State COVID vaccine website, Westchester County Health Department website, and visiting the Vaccine Finder website for more information about vaccine availability.

Ongoing Surveillance Testing

  • All students with approved exemptions must test weekly.

  • Students who have received at least 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 1 dose of the J&J vaccine must test weekly until fully vaccinated (2 weeks after final shot).

  • Random testing of fully vaccinated students will continue. Students who receive notification regarding random surveillance testing must comply.

Thank you for your patience as we make adjustment to provide a safe and meaningful educational experience for everyone.
Stay healthy and safe.

Spring 2022 Semester Academic Calendar

After many thoughtful conversations about the academic needs of our students and the current COVID case load in our region, we have decided to adjust the academic calendar to begin almost two weeks later than our original start date. Our plan for the spring semester prioritizes in-person learning and the health and safety of our community.The plan will also include a full spring break, which we understand is important for the mental health and wellness of the community.

This plan, which has been approved by SUNY, will hopefully allow us to get past the peak of the current spike of cases. It also gives our community more time to obtain tests, which we know is a challenge right now. As per the Governor’s mandate on booster shots, it also gives students more time to obtain booster shots as they become eligible, as required.

Please note that we are still working on the schedule for move-in and on-campus testing, as well as the schedule for finals and commencement. We will be in touch in the coming days once those days are firm.

All students (residents and commuters) will need to obtain a PCR test and result within 7 days of returning to campus and self-quarantine from that test date until departing for campus.

Adjusted Spring 2022 Calendar

  • Monday, January 31: First day of class
  • Monday, February 21: Presidents’ Day, class in session
  • Spring Break: April 11-15
  • Finals: May 16-20
  • Commencement: May 20

Additional Information for Fully Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff

According to the CDC and the NYSDOH, the only exclusions for COVID-19 vaccination/booster are being in isolation or quarantine or having received monoclonal antibodies in the past 90 days.

If you have been recently infected with COVID-19 and are out of isolation and did not receive monoclonal antibodies, if eligible for your COVID-19 booster, you should receive your COVID-19 booster before coming to campus.​

Persons who are fully vaccinated (two weeks have passed since two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J&J) and have had their booster vaccination and have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic:

  • Do not have to quarantine
  • Must get a PCR test five to seven days after the last day of exposure
  • Must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when around other persons for 10 days from the date of exposure
  • Must monitor for COVID-like symptoms for 10 days

Classes do not have to be altered.

Persons (regardless of vaccination status) experiencing COVID-like symptoms should:

Faculty/staff/off campus students:
  • Do not come to campus and notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students)
  • Get a rapid antigen test, followed by a PCR test if the rapid antigen test is negative
  • Remain at home under precautionary isolation until PCR results are negative
  • Faculty with classes scheduled should pivot to remote delivery or make other arrangements with their chair and director for course coverage until PCR results are negative
Students residing on campus:
  • Do not go to class or leave your room and call Health Services at (914) 251-7925
  • Get a rapid antigen test, followed by a PCR test if the rapid antigen test is negative, at Health Services or Urgent Care off campus
  • Remain under precautionary isolation until PCR results are negative. Health Services and the Quarantine Coordinator will arrange for isolation housing on campus or at student’s home

Persons who are are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated (two weeks have passed since two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of J&J) and have had their booster vaccination when eligible and have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Do not have to quarantine
  • Must get a PCR test five to seven days after the last day of exposure
  • Must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when around other persons for 10 days from the date of exposure
  • Must monitor for COVID-like symptoms for 10 days

Classes do not have to be altered.

No, you must quarantine at home for 5 days​.

A close contact is someone with whom you have been within six feet of for a a period of at least 15 minutes within the course of an hour who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The exposure period starts 48 hours prior to the positive person’s onset of symptoms or the date of a positive test, whichever comes first.

Third-party contact is someone who is in close contact with someone who is a close contact of a positive person. Third-party contacts are not subject to quarantine protocol.

Vaccines

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.

Yes. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost of protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

  • 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.

Records must be submitted to Health Services by uploading to Medicat (Purchase College’s secure electronic medical system):

Visit our Vaccination Sites page for information about how to get a vaccine.

Internships

Students who are registered for internships, including those in on- and off-campus placements, are expected to comply with vaccination and safety guidance established by those placements.

For Faculty

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.