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Fall 2023 Updates

For All Students

All students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their initial course of vaccinations and boosters consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. While vaccines are not required at this time as a condition of enrollment, SUNY reserves the authority to change this policy at any time because of changes in local conditions or due to requirements imposed by Federal, State or local authorities.

If you test positive for COVID-19, all commuter and residential students should report the positive test to Health Services.

For Students Who Feel Sick

If you feel sick, including COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact Health Services and take a home-test. Rapid COVID-19 tests are available by stopping by Residential and Student Life Officers or Student Health Services.

If you test negative and feel well enough to attend class (you don’t have a fever and you haven’t taken fever-reducing medication), you should wear a well-fitting mask and maintain physical distance as much as possible.

If you have a roommate, you may continue to reside in your residence hall room together. Both you and your roommate should mask and maintain social distancing. If symptoms persist, you should take a rapid test for 2 days and call Health Services for evaluation.

If your symptoms do not allow you to attend class, you should stay home (except to go to the Health Services), rest, and take care of yourself. It is your responsibility to communicate with faculty about any absences and keep up with missed work.

For Students Who Have Been Exposed to a Person who Tests Positive for COVID-19

If you have been exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19, you should wear a mask when around others for 10 days from your exposure and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

If symptoms occur, take a rapid COVID-19 test and follow algorithm above (see For Students Who Feel Sick).

If no symptoms occur, take a COVID-19 test on day 5 after your exposure. Students must report positive test results to Health Services.

For Students Who Test Positive for COVID-19

If you test positive, you must report the positive case to Health Services and should not attend classes. Students are expected to reach out to faculty when they miss class, and are responsible for keeping up with missed work.

To ensure your comfort, all students are strongly encouraged to isolate off campus. For instances where isolating off campus is not possible, the following steps will be taken:

  • If you reside on campus and live in a single room, you will isolate in your room. You should only leave your room to use the bathroom or kitchen. When doing so, you should have a well fitted mask and wipe down any services touched as you proceed back to your room. While you are remaining in your space, Residential & Student Life will communicate with you via telephone and your Purchase email regarding requirements of isolation and campus resources while isolating

  • If you reside on campus and live in a double room, you will be relocated to an isolation space. If this occurs, Residential & Student Life will communicate with you via telephone and your Purchase email regarding your new room location and isolation protocol. The email sent to your Purchase email will include information about meal delivery requirements of isolation, and campus resources while isolating. This same information will be posted in the isolation space.

Regardless of where you choose to isolate, you are expected to reach out to faculty when you miss class, and are responsible for keeping up with missed work.

Roommates/Suitemates of a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 may choose to stay somewhere else, but are responsible for the cost and arrangement.

During the time of isolation facilities work orders may be delayed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Any incidents of non-compliance with any SUNY or campus protocols will be handled through the Office of Community Standards.

Evacuating During a Fire Alarm after Testing Positive for COVID-19

  1. Quarantined and isolated students must participate in the drills and actual alarms.
  2. Occupants must use the closest safe exit path in the event of a fire emergency or drill.
  3. Upon alarm, all persons should exit the building without delay, preferably wearing a well fitted face coverings and maintaining social distance. Do not significantly delay evacuation for those reasons.
  4. Occupants of quarantine and isolation areas must report to the muster but remain socially distant from other residents. Face covering and social distancing should be maintained at those points, where possible.