COVID-19 Guidelines

Below you'll find the most current COVID-19 guidelines for SUNY Fredonia for Fall 2022. Your support and cooperation ensures a vibrant in-person experience and continued success for our students!

Important Fall 2022 Dates for Students:

  • Immunization and COVID Vaccination Records Due Monday, August 1, for ALL New and Returning Students 
  • Move In for New Students- Thursday, August 18
  • Move In for Returning Students- Saturday, August 20 - Sunday, August 21
  • New Student Orientation - Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21
  • First Day of Classes-Monday, August 22
  • Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Academic Calendar

SUNY has mandated that all students be fully vaccinated (or have received an approved medical or religious exemption) prior to coming to campus. 

By August 1, 2022, all students must provide evidence (a photo of your COVID vaccination card) of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR receive an approved medical or religious exemption.

If you are seeking an exemption from the vaccination requirement, complete the appropriate form available below and submit to the Student Health Center.*

*All students granted a medical or religious exemption are required to participate in weekly testing. Exempt students who do not abide by the weekly testing requirement will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include, but is not limited to, student account holds, e-services disabling, conduct charges, possible removal from campus housing, restriction from on campus activities, suspension from the university, etc.

Send evidence of vaccination or completed request for exemption form by August 1, 2022, using the information below.

PLEASE NOTE: 

Enrolled students who fail to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or who fail to receive an approved exemption by close of business on August 1 may be deregistered from SUNY Fredonia and will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls.


Effective March 4, 2022, the wearing of masks at SUNY Fredonia will be optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. Please note, however, that SUNY strongly recommends masks indoors for anyone who has not submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated (including those with approved exemptions) or for anyone not boosted. Individuals who are completing quarantine and isolation must also wear a mask under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines.

In addition, masks will continue to be required in the following areas:

  • Student Health Center - LoGrasso Hall

  • Youngerman Clinic - Thompson Hall

The updated masking policy was developed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department and is in alignment with current CDC guidelines, including the downgrading of  Chautauqua County’s community-level transmission to medium. Thanks to the vigilance exhibited by our entire campus, we have maintained low positive test rates and high vaccination rates for both students and employees. We will continue to monitor campus, local, and state conditions and make adjustments as needed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department.  

Based on guidance received from SUNY on June 16, 2022, all students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their vaccinations as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including obtaining any booster authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC for their age group. While not required at this time, SUNY reserves the authority to impose a requirement for any booster at any time as a result of changes in local conditions or as a result of requirements imposed by Federal, State or local authorities. To schedule a booster appointment, visit this CDC website

Acceptable proof includes:

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Enrolled students who fail to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or who fail to receive an approved exemption by close of business on August 1, 2022, may be deregistered from SUNY Fredonia and will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls.

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

All students with medical or religious exemptions are required to participate in weekly pool testing. 

Employees who have not provided Human Resources with verification of vaccination are required to participate in weekly pool testing. If you have not already done so, employees may submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources at evaccineverify@fredona.edu to request an exemption from weekly testing. 

Weekly testing for those required to participate, including for anyone who wants to voluntarily test, will take place Mondays and Tuesdays 12p-4pm in the Natatorium Lobby. 

At this time, no regular pool testing is required of vaccinated individuals who have provided their proof of vaccination to the appropriate office. Occasional testing may be required 

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days are exempt from pool testing. Students must submit documentation to health.center@fredonia.edu and employees must submit documentation to evaccineverify@fredonia.edu for this exemption to take effect. 

Exempt students who do not abide by these weekly testing requirements will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include, but is not limited to, student account holds, e-services disabling, conduct charges, possible removal from campus housing, restriction from on campus activities, suspension from the University, etc.

The federal government is providing four free COVID-19 testing kits to every U.S. residential address that requests them at www.covidtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

Do college students qualify for free at home COVID-19 testing kits?

Yes! College students residing on or off campus may request free testing kits. Students with shared housing addresses (residence halls, apartment buildings, group housing) should each enter their unique room or apartment number, and/or letter A, B, C, D, etc. along with their street address on the ordering form (or via phone).

Example Address for Residential Students:

First Name & Last Name
280 Central Ave., Hall and Room # (e.g. Kasling Hall Rm. 313A)
Fredonia, NY  14063

What if your request was rejected when you enter a shared housing address?

Students should call USPS Customer Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to resolve issues with shared housing addresses.

When will the tests arrive?

Orders are expected to ship in 7-12 days.

When should I use my at home kits?

At-home test kits are not a replacement for on-campus pool testing or visiting the health center if you need to see a medical provider. But there are some great purposes for these free kits.

If you begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and testing is not available (i.e. during evening hours or on weekends) you can use your at-home test kit to receive an immediate result rather than waiting until a clinic opens.

Anytime you plan to join a large gathering with friends or classmates (i.e. student club events, athletic games, or other social gatherings) you can test immediately ahead of time to be sure you won’t unknowingly infect others.

What should a student do if they test positive for COVID-19?

During Normal Business Hours (8am - 4:30pm M-F): 

Outside of Normal Business Hours:

  • Residential students: Notify the RD on Duty (716-679-8524) immediately
  • Non-residential (off-campus students): Email health.center@fredonia.edu to notify campus of test results - please also provide your cell number
    • The Health Center will contact you on the next business day to follow-up

Follow CDC guidelines to isolate/quarantine

During the 2022 Fall Semester

Effective March 4, the wearing of masks at SUNY Fredonia will be optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. Please note, however, that SUNY strongly recommends masks indoors for anyone who has not submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated (including those with approved exemptions) or for anyone not boosted. Individuals who are completing quarantine and isolation must also wear a mask under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines.

In addition, masks will continue to be required in the following areas:

  • Student Health Center - LoGrasso Hall

  • Youngerman Clinic - Thompson Hall

The updated masking policy was developed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department and is in alignment with current CDC guidelines, including the downgrading of  Chautauqua County’s community-level transmission to medium. Thanks to the vigilance exhibited by our entire campus, we have maintained low positive test rates and high vaccination rates for both students and employees. We will continue to monitor campus, local, and state conditions and make adjustments as needed in consultation with the Chautauqua County Health Department.  

If you receive a COVID-19 positive result or test positive via an at-home test (or receive an expectation to quarantine due to exposure) DURING Normal Business Hours (8am - 4:30pm M-F):

If you receive a COVID-19 positive result or test positive via an at-home test (or receive an expectation to quarantine due to exposure)  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

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:

Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines from NYS Department of Health (as of 5/5/2022):

ISOLATION GUIDANCE - Did you receive a positive COVID-19 test results? This guidance pertains to what to do after a confirmed infection.

For symptomatic COVID-19 positive cases:

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have or have had COVID-19 symptoms, you must be isolated for five days, with day zero being the day of symptom onset.

  • You can end isolation after five full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days after the end of your five-day isolation period. You should avoid situations where you can’t wear a mask, such as restaurants, until after day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
  • You should wait to travel until after day 10, if at all possible.

For symptom-free COVID-19 positive cases:

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have had no COVID-19 symptoms, you must be isolated for five days, with day zero being the date of the positive COVID-19 test.

  • You can end isolation after five full days if you have not developed COVID-19 symptoms during your five-day isolation period.
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days after the end of your five-day isolation period. You should avoid situations where you can’t wear a mask, such as restaurants, until after day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
  • You should wait to travel until after day 10, if at all possible.

For individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:

If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you should continue to follow the standard 10 days of isolation and seek the advice of your medical provider.

QUARANTINE GUIDANCE - Have you been around someone with COVID-19? This guidance pertains to what to do following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. (For the following, the date of last exposure to the COVID-19 positive person is counted as day zero.)

For the general population:

As per guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the following groups should quarantine for five full days, wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days, and, if possible, test at day five:

  • You are ages 12 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

Note: If you are a close contact but are fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster received at least two weeks before the first date of exposure), are not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required. However, you should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the date of last exposure.

For more information, read the CDC’s complete quarantine and isolation guidance.   

IF YOU START TO SHOW SYMPTOMS:

  • During Normal Business Hours (8am - 4:30pm M-F):
    • Students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Center (health.center@fredonia.edu or 716-673-3131) on the first day they are ill, even if symptoms are mild. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
  • Outside of Normal Business Hours:
    • Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should get tested (find COVID tests or use an at-home COVID test) as soon as possible. Students experiencing a medical emergency at any time should contact University Police immediately (716-673-3333).

After hours, residential students who test positive or are symptomatic should contact the RD on Duty (716-679-8524).

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 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 Fredonia's 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 Student Affairs 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

Requirements for exempt students

SUNY strongly recommends masks indoors for anyone who has not submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated (including those with approved exemptions) or for anyone not boosted. Individuals who are completing quarantine and isolation must also wear a mask under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines.

All students with medical or religious exemptions are required to participate in weekly pool testing. 

Employees who have not provided Human Resources with verification of vaccination are required to participate in weekly pool testing. If you have not already done so, employees may submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources at evaccineverify@fredona.edu to request an exemption from weekly testing. 

Weekly testing for those required to participate, including for anyone who wants to voluntarily test, will take place Mondays and Tuesdays,12pm-4pm, in the Natatorium Lobby. 

At this time, no regular pool testing is required of vaccinated individuals who have provided their proof of vaccination to the appropriate office. Occasional testing may be required 

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days are exempt from pool testing. Students must submit documentation to health.center@fredonia.edu and employees must submit documentation to evaccineverify@fredonia.edu for this exemption to take effect. 

Exempt students who do not abide by these weekly testing requirements will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include, but is not limited to, student account holds, e-services disabling, conduct charges, possible removal from campus housing, restriction from on campus activities, suspension from the University, etc.​​​​​​​

Students may be exempt from a COVID-19 vaccination on the basis of a medical or religious exemption if they meet very specific criteria. There is also online exemption status for a student who is a fully remote learner but who is not in a fully online degree program. 

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. 

*All students granted a medical or religious exemption are required to participate in weekly testing. Exempt students who do not abide by the weekly testing requirement will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include, but is not limited to, student account holds, e-services disabling, conduct charges, possible removal from campus housing, restriction from on campus activities, suspension from the university, etc.

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. 

Online exemptions

Online exemption form

This form is required for students requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement due to their status as a fully remote learner but who is not in a fully online degree program.

 

COVID-19 Campus Visitor and Space Use Information

updated 1/24/22

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

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.).

The wearing of masks at SUNY Fredonia is optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. Please note, however, that SUNY strongly recommends masks indoors for anyone who has not submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated (including those with approved exemptions) or for anyone not boosted. In addition, masks will continue to be required in the following areas:

  • Student Health Center - LoGrasso Hall

  • Youngerman Clinic - Thompson Hall

Events that will host off-campus individuals during this heightened COVID-19 Omicron surge should strongly consider the timeliness of the event.   

Events of any significant size must be reviewed by Environmental Health and Safety by calling 716-673-3796 or e-mail Sarah.Laurie@fredonia.edu.

Event details which could potentially raise concern include:

  • events attracting a large number of off-campus individuals
  • events reaching full capacity of the scheduled space
  • events hosting youth and/or vulnerable populations
  • events taking place concurrently with other notable campus gatherings
  • indoor events serving food or beverages

Key departments who handle space reservations should flag events of concerns and notify EHS (e.g., Academic departments, Campus Life, Athletics, RAC, Student Association, FSA). 

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.