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COVID-19 Guidelines

***updated 1/18/22***

VACCINATION CLINIC will be held at Steele Hall on January 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boosters will be available as well as first or second doses of Pfizer or Moderna.
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SUNY Fredonia has developed a robust plan as we return to classes and activities for the Spring 2022 semester. Your support and cooperation will ensure a vibrant in-person experience and continued success for our students!

We expect to begin classes as scheduled on January 24.

Below is information to know before the semester begins. Under that is pertinent information to remember during the semester.

News: SUNY Fredonia to host daily community COVID-19 test site

Residential/Townhouse students: In order to move into your residence hall/townhouse, you must bring and show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test:

  • If using a PCR test, this must be administered within 72 hours prior to moving into your residence hall 
  • If using a rapid test, students can provide a negative result that was taken within 6 hours prior to move-in.
    • Home-tests: Write your name/F# on the test and take a picture of the test next to your Fredonia ID card. Show this picture at check-in.
  • If you have tested positive within the previous 90 days of move-in, bring this evidence in lieu of a negative test.
  • If you receive a positive test result which will delay your return to campus, please send test results to health.center@fredonia.edu*
    • *Student Affairs will then be able to notify your faculty of absence due to medical reasons  

Off-campus/commuter students: Prior to your arrival on campus, submit negative COVID-19 test results to health.center@fredonia.edu

  • If using a PCR test, this must be administered within 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus
  • If using a rapid test, students can provide a negative result that was taken within 6 hours prior to arrival on campus.
    • Home-tests: Write your name/F# on the test and take a picture of the test next to your Fredonia ID card. Email this picture to health.center@fredonia.edu .
  • If you have tested positive within the previous 90 days of move-in, email this to health.center@fredonia.edu 
  • If you receive a positive test result which will delay your return to campus, please send test results to health.center@fredonia.edu*
    • *Student Affairs will then be able to notify your faculty of absence due to medical reasons  

All students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment NOW to get a COVID-19 test prior to your return to school (based on guidelines listed above). Visit this NY Department of Health website to find and schedule a COVID-19 test.

The Governor's office has mandated all SUNY students receive their vaccination booster. Any student who is eligible now to receive a booster must send evidence of having received a booster to the Student Health Center by January 31. Students who are not yet eligible will receive separate communication with their deadline. To schedule a booster appointment, visit this CDC website.

For information about when you're eligible for a booster (depending on which vaccine you originally received), visit this CDC vaccine booster website.

For spring 2022, all returning students must be fully vaccinated (or have received an approved exemption) against COVID-19 before close of business on Friday, January 21, 2022. Returning students who fail to provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination or who fail to receive an approved medical or religious exemption by close of business on January 21 will be deregistered from SUNY Fredonia and will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls on January 22.

Students who have submitted evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in fall 2021 do NOT need to submit records again.

Students who received an approved RELIGIOUS exemption in fall 2021 do not need to resubmit for spring 2022.

Students who received an approved MEDICAL exemption in fall 2021 are required to resubmit the medical exemption form OR submit evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before close of business on 1/21/2022.

Students who received an ONLINE ONLY exemption in fall 2021 are required to submit evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or, if you will be registered for online courses only in spring 2022 and will not have any physical presence at any SUNY facility, resubmit for an online only exemption before close of business on 1/21/2022.

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

First Week Surveillance Testing 

As well as the negative results from students returning to campus, all students, faculty, and staff will participate in surveillance (pool) testing during the first week of classes. 

Testing will be available in Natatorium:

  • Last Name A - L: Monday, January 24th - 9am to noon and 1pm - 4pm 
  • Last Name A - L: Tuesday, January 25th - 9am to noon and 1pm - 4pm 
  • Last Name M - Z: Wednesday, January 26th - 9am to noon and 1pm - 4pm 
  • Last Name M - Z: Thursday, January 27th - 9am to noon and 1pm - 4pm 

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

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.

Further information regarding ongoing surveillance testing for the general population throughout the semester will be provided soon.

  • Immunization and COVID Vaccination Records Due- Thursday, January 20
  • Move In for New Students- Friday, January 21
  • Move In for Returning Students- Saturday, January 22- Sunday, January 23
  • New Student Orientation - Friday, January 21-Sunday, January 23 
  • First Day of Classes-Monday, January 24

At Fredonia, new students can move on to campus Friday, January 21. Therefore, the due date for all new students to submit evidence of full vaccination OR to have received an approved medical or religious exemption, is close of business on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

For spring 2022, all returning students must be fully vaccinated (or have received an approved exemption) against COVID-19 before close of business on Friday, January 21, 2022

Pfizer or Moderna

  • 1st Dose: On or before Dec.8, 2021
  • 2nd Dose: On or before Jan.6, 2022
  • Send photo of Vaccine Card by Jan. 20

Johnson & Johnson

  • Single Dose: On or before Jan.6, 2022
  • Send photo of Vaccine Card by Jan. 20

Newly enrolled students who fail to provide evidence COVID-19 vaccination or who fail to receive an approved medical or religious exemption by close of business on January 20 will be deregistered from SUNY Fredonia and will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls on January 21.

Returning students who fail to provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination or who fail to receive an approved medical or religious exemption by close of business on January 21 will be deregistered from SUNY Fredonia and will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls on January 22.

New students can download and submit a Medical or Religious Exemption Form from the Student Health Center website. Students must have received an approved exemption from the Student Health Center before close of business on January 20, 2022.  Links to the forms are posted on the Student Health Center website at https://www.fredonia.edu/student-life/health-center/incoming-students .  

If a transfer student had an exemption at another school, they must still complete the appropriate form at Fredonia and seek exemption with the Student Health Center.

New students can download and submit an Online Only Exemption Form from the Student Health Center website. Students must have received an approval from the Student Health Center before close of business on January 20, 2022. Link to the form is posted on the Student Health Center website at https://www.fredonia.edu/student-life/health-center/incoming-students

During the 2022 semester

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.

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.

Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines from NYS Department of Health (as of 1/4/2022):

1). Infected (Positive COVID test):

Anyone (any vaccination status) who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for at least 5 days:

  • Positive and symptomatic - isolate for at least 5 days (if you have a fever, continue to isolate until fever resolves)
    • 5 days of strict mask use following isolation
  • Positive and asymptomatic (no symptoms) - isolate for at least 5 days 

2). Direct Contact | Exposed to COVID-19:

  • Fully Vaccinated + Boosted (2 weeks after booster) = no restrictions | monitor symptoms for 14 days | wear a well-fitting mask indoors
  • Unvaccinated/exempt or fully vaccinated, unboosted = 5 day quarantine after last contact with COVID positive person. Recommend getting tested 5 days after close contact

Isolated and quarantined students are required to follow 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 isolation 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.

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.

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

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.

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. The Springs 2022 test schedule will be shared soon.

Student surveillance testing FAQ

How to administer your own test

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. 

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.