University Commons

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidelines

"97% of the entire student body provided evidence of being vaccinated and approximately 3% were granted exemptions. This is tremendous! It indicates how seriously SUNY Fredonia students take this pandemic, and how much they desire to be in class and succeed academically. Students, thank you for your diligence in responding to this mandate."
      - campus message from President Kolison, 9/30/21

Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces on campus. The only exceptions will be in personal living spaces, individual workspaces, and during indoor eating and drinking. This requirement pertains to students, faculty, staff, and all visitors to campus. 

SUNY COVID-19 DASHBOARD

OVERVIEW

The purpose of these guidelines is to explain the policies and procedures SUNY Fredonia will operate under during the fall 2021 semester as they pertain to COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and safety precautions designed to protect the health of the campus community and promote student success.

This guidance is subject to change if SUNY Fredonia experiences an increase in the rate of infections on campus or in the community.

If you receive a text* or any notification of COVID-19 positive results (or an expectation to quarantine) DURING Normal Business Hours (8am - 4:30pm M-F):

If you receive a text* or any notification of COVID-19 positive results (or an expectation to quarantine) AFTER Normal Business Hours:

  • STUDENTS:
    • If you are a residential student, notify the RD on Duty (716-679-8524) immediately
    • If you are a non-residential (off-campus student), send an email to health.center@fredonia.edu to notify campus of the requirement to isolate/quarantine - please provide your cell number in the email
  • EMPLOYEES:
    • Notify Human Resources by email: human.resources@fredonia.edu (non-state employees should notify their human resources director / supervisor)
      • Notify your supervisor per your unit/department procedures

Please note that the NYS Department of Health provides text notifications to individuals with positive test results. Please be aware that the information that triggers this text message being sent is NOT managed by SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, these results are NOT limited to pool testing results (e.g. they may include positive results from a test you took at an urgent care, hospital, pharmacy, or with your primary care provider, etc.). It is quite likely you may receive the text before the campus is notified of any positive pool test results.

To view Pool Testing results, students and employees may log in at https://app.clarifi-covid-19.com/ (the same site used to register the barcode for the on-campus pool test) and click from the main screen:

  • “Pending” indicates that results are not yet available;
  • “Presumed Negative” means that all 12 individuals in the pool were negative;
  • “Reflex Negative” means your individually run test was negative;
  • “Reflex Positive” means you have tested positive for COVID-19 and should follow the steps outlined above for individuals who have been notified of a positive result.

If you receive a “Pooled Positive” result, please take extra precautions to protect others in the event that you are the individual who is positive. Wear your mask and maintain social distancing. Avoid gatherings wherever possible.

Below is an example of the text from the NYS Department of Health:

NYS Department of Health is contacting _________(Your Name). Your COVID-19 test came back and you tested positive. You should immediately isolate yourself and contact your doctor. Your local health department will be contacting you to find out where you have been or who you came in contact with. Everything is kept confidential, and we will never ask for SSN or financial information.

You can help us speed up the contact tracing process by starting to think about who you came in contact with 48 hours before your symptoms began or 48 hours before you were tested, if you don't have symptoms. It's important we reach contacts quickly so they can quarantine themselves and get tested. Your name will never be disclosed to your contacts. 

Click on LINK to add contacts. 

This link will expire in 48 hours. Replies are not monitored. Text STOP to opt out.

 

Acceptable proof includes:

STUDENTS

Send evidence via:

  • Email to health.center@fredonia.edu, or 
  • Fax to the Student Health Center at 716-673-4722, or 
  • Mail to Student Health Center, LoGrasso Hall, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.

Below are options for obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination:

Students must be fully vaccinated to relax physical distancing on campus. A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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 completed the vaccination verification process by sending a copy or photo of their vaccination record to health.center@fredonia.edu  

EMPLOYEES

Employees should send proof of vaccination to employee.vaccineverify@fredonia.edu

Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces on campus. The only exceptions will be in personal living spaces, individual workspaces, and during indoor eating and drinking.

All individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to take part in monthly surveillance testing. Unvaccinated and/or exempt individuals must participate in weekly testing.

Vaccinated employees must participate in testing monthly.

Unvaccinated employees must participate in testing on a weekly basis. 

 If you believe you are exempt for all testing, you will need to immediately complete the Exemption Form (log on with Fredonia credentials).
Possible exemptions from testing:

  • Positive COVID19 test within past 90 days
  • Currently in quarantine
  • Working 100% remote and not coming onto campus for any reason
  • Currently showing signs / symptoms of COVID19 or other illness
  • On a short-term medical leave

Surveillance testing schedule

How to administer your own test

Student surveillance testing FAQ

Students will be granted one warning for failure to report for testing. After a second missed test, the student will be subject to the student conduct process and possible removal from campus housing and participation in campus activities.

 

 

 

Any students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Center on the first day they are ill, even if symptoms are mild. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

During the evening or weekends, symptomatic students living on-campus should contact University Police at (716) 673-3333, while students living off-campus should contact an off-campus health provider such as an urgent care facility or Brooks Memorial Hospital.

Students who are fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19-positive individuals do not need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. These individuals should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure and contact the Student Health Center immediately should symptoms develop.

Students who are not fully vaccinated/unvaccinated/exempt and exposed to COVID-19-positive individuals must quarantine for 10 days.

Symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to quarantine until their COVID-19 test results are known, at which time they will be instructed on next steps. All COVID-19 positive individuals will be required to isolate for 10 days.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, who live on campus and test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate either at home or in designated spaces on campus, following all instructions and guidelines issued by SUNY Fredonia and the Chautauqua County Department of Health, until they are cleared to resume usual activities. Off-campus students testing positive will isolate either at home or in their off-campus residence for the 10-day period.

The Student Health Center monitors all SUNY Fredonia students who need to quarantine or isolate. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, are symptomatic, and/or have tested positive, contact the Student Health Center at 716-673-3131 or health.center@fredonia.edu.

Academics

As members of the Fredonia community, we are responsible for taking care of ourselves and others during these challenging times. In particular, we are counting on each other to engage in safe behaviors while on and off campus. This includes professors, staff members, students, and essential visitors.

All students are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations regarding Fall 2021 SUNY COVID-19 Guidelines. Failure to do so constitutes a potential violation of campus rules and regulations that may endanger members of our community.

For your safety and the safety of your classmates and faculty, you are required to comply with the Fall 2021 SUNY COVID-19 Guidelines. Please note that if you refuse to comply with the guidelines during a class, you will be required to leave class. If you refuse to leave, the class session will be cancelled in order to minimize disruption and maintain a safe environment. Students who violate campus safety policies may be subject to disciplinary actions. Thank you for helping to maintain a safe campus environment.

“What happens with my coursework if I need to isolate or quarantine?”

When a student is required to quarantine or isolate, documentation will be provided from the Student Health Center to ESS regarding the medical reasons for the student to be out of face-to-face instruction for a designated period of time. Faculty will provide two weeks worth of assignments for the student to ensure no disruption in the student’s progress to course completion.

Students who are working as student teachers or interns, including those in on- and off-campus sites, are expected to comply with vaccination and safety guidance established by those sites. Students with questions should contact their faculty advisor. 

Around campus

Student-Athletes: In order to participate on SUNY Fredonia's Division III intercollegiate or club teams, student-athletes must be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Students with questions should contact their coach or the Department of Athletics at (716) 673-3101 or athletics@fredonia.edu

Spectators: The athletic department would like to remind all visitors that masks are required indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also encouraged at outdoor venues for all visitors, especially in those situations where social distancing is not possible. 

Masks must be worn in all indoor buildings on campus, including dining facilities. Coverings can be removed once seated for eating and drinking.

 

Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces on campus. The only exceptions will be in personal living spaces, individual workspaces, and during indoor eating and drinking.

COVID-19 Campus Visitor and Space Use Information

Please note that policies related to COVID-19 are subject to change based on the nature of the virus and other factors.

The University is implementing current NYS guidance on events and social gatherings. That means that there are no restrictions on events and gatherings indoors and outdoors at this point, as NYS guidance only applies to indoor venues with a capacity of 5,000 or more (which does not apply to the University event spaces). 

All visitors must adhere to current guidelines and follow safety precautions. Hosts are required to include the following information in all event communications. 

Definitions

  • Campus Visitors are anyone who is not a current student or employee (including but not limited to recruitment visitors, guest speakers, performance venue patrons, consultants, vendors, contractors, customers).
  • Hosts are those that are sponsoring, hosting, or scheduling meetings or events on SUNY Fredonia’s campus (e.g., Admissions, Campus Life, FSA, Rockefeller Arts Center, Student Association, etc.).

Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces on campus. The only exceptions will be in personal living spaces, individual workspaces, and during indoor eating and drinking.

There are no COVID-19 specific space capacity limits on campus but mask requirements apply.

There is no visitor health screening requirement. Hosts are required to use event-related communications to remind all attendees to monitor themselves for symptoms the day of the event and to not come to the event if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise are concerned that they might be infected with the coronavirus.

In accordance with industry and professional guidelines, a venue/event sponsor may require additional restrictions (e.g., proof of vaccination, 100% masking regardless of vaccination status). It is the responsibility of the host to inform visitors of any additional requirements. Appropriate VP approval is required prior to the addition or removal of stated restrictions.

Requirements for exempt students

Masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor spaces on campus. The only exceptions will be in personal living spaces, individual workspaces, and during indoor eating and drinking.

Exempt students must participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing once a week.

Surveillance testing schedule

Student surveillance testing FAQ

How to administer your own test

Students will be granted one warning for failure to report for testing. After a second missed test, the student will be subject to the student conduct process and possible removal from campus housing and participation in campus activities.

If an unvaccinated student has tested positive for COVID-19, they will not be required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing for 90 days after the date of their positive test result. At the end of those 90 days, they are required to test weekly.

Students may be exempt from a COVID-19 vaccination on the basis of a medical or religious exemption if they meet very specific criteria.

All students, regardless of where they live, who wish to request an exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine must submit a petition for exemption to the Student Health Center. Students granted exemptions must adhere to the policies regarding unvaccinated students described in this guidance.

The Student Health Center will review exemptions in the same way the university considers requests for medical exemptions from measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization requirements. Students granted a medical or religious exemption will be subject to certain restrictions and COVID-19 testing responsibilities detailed in this policy.

Decisions on exemptions will be made within a few business days, depending on volume. Students will be notified via campus email. 

Medical exemptions

Medical exemption form

Students may be exempt from the vaccination requirement if a duly licensed healthcare provider certifies in writing that the student has a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Students requesting consideration for a medical exemption from vaccination requirements must submit an exemption request form to the Student Health Center. Instructions for submitting exemption requests are included on the downloadable form.

Requests for medical exemptions must contain:

  • The certification of a licensed healthcare provider;
  • Sufficient information for Student Health Center staff to understand the medical basis for the exemption;
  • The necessary length of the requested exemption;
  • Contact information for the healthcare provider.

Religious exemptions

Religious exemption form

Students who hold genuine religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination must submit an exemption request form to Student Health Center. Instructions for submitting exemption requests are included on the downloadable form. The student must explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s deeply held religious belief or practice.