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Spring 2022 Plan

SUNY Cobleskill is making every effort to provide the safest living and learning environment for you to fully enjoy your collegiate experience this Fall. Our plans are aligned with local, state, and federal guidance and our commitment in upholding public health standards. Please check this website and your campus email often for the latest updates on our Spring 2022 Plan.

 


SUNY Cobleskill COVID-19 Policies

New York State COVID-19 Guidance

 

Student testing takes place in Bouck Hall Ballroom.  

Testing Hours:

  • Sunday:          5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Monday:         8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday:        8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday:   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday:       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Friday:            8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

When registering your test, please be sure to indicate that you are a SUNY Cobleskill student.

Individuals in a positive pool will be notified through an email from Quadrant Biosciences. You may also check the Clarifi Web App for your result. Results will be provided two to three days after testing.  

Positive individuals must isolate for five days. Residential students will be contacted regarding their isolation plans. Whether in a positive pool or positive for COVID-19, please be sure to follow the protocols as outlined in the documents below:

 

Important Note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, do not participate in testing. Instead of testing, inform the Wellness Center of your positive test by emailing covidtesting@cobleskill.edu with the following:

  • Forward your PCR positive test result from the lab (this is preferred); or
  • For an at-home test, send a photo of the positive test AND your identification together in one photo. Identification may be your State ID (driver's license) or SUNY Cobleskill ID. 

Please direct any questions to covidtesting@cobleskill.edu.

The SUNY Student Vaccine Policy continues to require all students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. In addition to the initial course of vaccination, any student with a regular, on-campus presence who is eligible for a booster shot must receive one for the Spring 2022 semester.

Please refer to the following table for deadlines to obtain booster vaccinations:
 

MODERNA – Booster required five months after second dose of initial vaccination

If your second dose of vaccine was:

You need to be boosted by:

6/30/21 and earlier

1/30/22

7/1/21 - 7/31/21

1/30/22

8/1/21 - 8/31/21

2/28/22

9/1/21 - 9/30/21

3/30/22

10/1/21 – 10/31/21

4/30/22

11/1/21 – today

5 months after second vaccination date

 

PFIZER – Booster required five months after second dose of initial vaccination

If your second dose of vaccine was:

You need to be boosted by:

6/30/21 and earlier

1/30/22

7/1/21 - 7/31/21

1/30/22

8/1/21 - 8/31/21

2/28/22

9/1/21 - 9/30/21

3/30/22

10/1/21 – 10/31/21

4/30/22

11/1/21 – today

5 months after second vaccination date

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JANSEN)– Booster required two months after initial vaccination

If you were vaccinated:

You need to be boosted by:

10/31/21 and earlier

1/30/22

11/1/21 – 11/30/21

2/28/22

12/1/21 – 12/31/21

3/30/22

1/1/22 – 1/31/22

4/30/22

2/1/22 – 2/28/22

5/30/22

3/1/22 and later

2 months after initial vaccination date

 

For information on the booster vaccines and FAQs, visit the CDC’s website. To find a vaccine site near you and to schedule an appointment, visit New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccine website or the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.  

To submit proof of your booster vaccine, please send a photo of your Vaccination Card to the College’s Wellness Center using one of these three options:

 

Note on Medical and Religious Exemptions

You do not need to receive a booster vaccine if you had a religious or medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine approved in the Fall 2021 semester. Your exemption extends through the Spring 2022 semester, with no requirement to reapply for exemption.

If you are a new student at SUNY Cobleskill for the Spring 2022 semester and are seeking an exemption on religious or medical grounds, please follow our exemption application instructions. Applications are due by Friday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

 

SUNY requires that all students taking in-person classes be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination became a requirement in the Fall 2021 semester following the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, and the requirement remains in effect for the Spring 2022 semester.

Please read this information carefully and take the appropriate steps to ensure your compliance with this requirement.

Incoming Students Who Are Currently Unvaccinated*

You must receive your second dose of the vaccine (or single dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine) AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE your scheduled arrival on campus for the Spring semester. This accounts for the two-week waiting period between receiving your final dose and being recognized as fully vaccinated.

We recommend that you begin your vaccination series as soon as possible to avoid any disruptions to the start of your Spring classes. If receiving a two-dose vaccination, there will be a 3-week to 4-week interval between your doses.

The first day of Spring classes is Monday, January 24, 2022.


How to Get Vaccinated:

You may visit New York State’s vaccination website or call the state's COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829 to request an appointment at any state-run site, or use the CDC's Vaccine Finder to locate a pharmacy near you that is offering the vaccine.


Medical and Religious Exemptions:

New students may request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or sincerely-held religious reasons. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a committee; they are not automatically granted. Outcomes of requests will be communicated to you through our secured messaging system.

If requesting an exemption, your request must be received by SUNY Cobleskill NO LATER than January 14, 2022.

Click here to read the requirements for a medical or religious vaccination exemption. 

Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by you if you are 18 years of age or older, or a parent or guardian if you are under the age of 18. 

Students who are granted a medical or religious exemption must either provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result administered by a medical provider and taken within five days before arriving to campus OR may test upon arrival within the dates/times scheduled for testing. 

All students with exemptions will be subject to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing administered by the campus.

Students with exemptions may be excluded from all in-person classes and activities at the College’s discretion should a COVID-19 outbreak occur on campus. SUNY Cobleskill may impose additional restrictions as needed.

Continuing students whose exemptions were approved prior to the Fall 2021 semester do not need to reapply to continue their exemption through Spring 2022.

* Requirements are subject to change based on CDC/ NYS Department of Health Guidelines. 

 

Incoming Students Who Are Partially Vaccinated

Please submit a photo of your partially completed Vaccination Card to the College’s Wellness Center using one of these three options.

This will allow SUNY Cobleskill to have a record of your intent to comply with the vaccine requirement.

Once you receive your second dose, please resubmit your completed Vaccination Card through one of the methods above.


Incoming Students Who Are Fully Vaccinated

Please submit a photo of your Vaccination Card to the College’s Wellness Center using one of these three options:

Thank you for getting vaccinated and taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.   

 

Failure to Comply

Any student found to have not completed a full vaccine series or that has not been been granted an exemption will be disenrolled from classes and will no longer have access to in-person campus activities or services. SUNY Cobleskill will not be offering online alternatives to scheduled in-person classes in the Spring 2022 semester.

 

Questions?

Please email the Office of Student Development at StudenDevelopment@cobleskill.edu with any questions about the above information.

 

Student Arrival - January 23

Classes Begin - Monday, January 24

Spring Break - March 21 – 25

Last Day of Classes – May 13

Commencement - May 14

"We Are a Mask-Friendly Campus"

As of Wednesday, March 2, 2022, SUNY Cobleskill is suspending the indoor mask requirement at all campus locations for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This applies to all areas of campus, including residence halls and instructional spaces (with one exception, noted below*). Faculty and staff do not have the authority on their own to institute mask requirements in classrooms or offices.  

This announcement comes in response to new Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) guidance classifying Schoharie County and much of New York State as areas of low COVID-19 transmission. 

Of course, everyone has the right to choose to continue wearing a mask, and all other members of our campus will respect the decision to do so.

There are specific instances on campus in which a mask must be worn: 

  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should wear a mask until you receive a negative test.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must continue to wear a mask for five days following your initial five day isolation period. This is explained in our current Quarantine and Isolation Policy
  • Additionally, all healthcare settings regulated by the New York State Dept. of Health continue to require masks. This applies to the campus Wellness Center and all classes (lecture, lab, clinical) within our Paramedic Program*. Masks must be worn by everyone in these locations.   

 

Notes on other areas of campus COVID-19 policy: 

  • Outdoor Masking: There will be no requirement on the use of masks in any outdoor settings on campus; however, individuals may choose to wear a mask.
  • COVID-19 Testing: Until further notice, our current testing procedures for students and employees will remain the same.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster: SUNY’s policy requiring the primary COVID-19 vaccination and subsequent booster vaccination for all in-person students remains in effect. All students must receive their booster dose once they become eligible, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. 
  • Eating/Drinking in the Classroom: Eating and drinking in lecture classes will be left to the discretion of the professor. Eating in drinking are not allowed in any lab classes.
  • Student-Athletes: SUNY Cobleskill student-athletes will be required to follow NCAA and NAC guidelines during practice and competition.
  • Campus Visitors: Campus visitors will not be required to wear a mask.


Our campus policies relating to COVID-19 are subject to change at any time, depending on the public health conditions of our immediate area and external guidance. If any element of our mask policy changes due to cases in the community or on campus increasing, it will be clearly communicated.  

Thank you again for all that you have done and continue to do to keep our campus safe. 

 

Events

The College continues to monitor the potential for the spread of COVID-19 as we assess plans for future events. At this time, we are only accepting external event requests for events occurring after June 1, 2022. We thank you for your understanding.  

Visitors

Visitors are not required to wear a mask on campus unless visiting the Community Testing Site or participating in an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic. 

Who is Considered a Visitor? 
Visitors are defined as individuals who require access to campus facilities who are not an employee, a registered student, or a campus resident of SUNY Cobleskill. Examples of visitors include vendors and contractors, parents/guardians of students and prospective students, visiting speakers and meeting attendees, delivery personnel.  

Questions on our visitor policy may be addressed to Chief Richard Bialkowski, UPD at Ext. 5317 or bialkort@cobleskill.edu.  

 

If you feel you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. You are not alone.  
 
These resources are always available to you: 

NY Project Hope - 1-844-863-9314 
Project Hope Crisis Counselors understand what you are going through. Talking to them is free, confidential, and anonymous. Talk to someone who is trained, knowledgeable and never judges. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone you don’t know.  
 
Crisis Text Line - Text GOT5 to 741741 
A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  
 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as crisis resources for you or your loved ones.  

Headspace: A New State of Mind  
Headspace offers a collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to help you through these stressful and challenging times.  

 
Visit our Wellness Center page for strategies in supporting your mental health.  

 


Questions?

Questions regarding our campus’ COVID-19 policies: studentdevelopment@cobleskill.edu

Questions regarding on-campus housing and the vaccination requirement: reslife@cobleskill.edu

Questions regarding tuition, fees, and financial aid: financialaid@cobleskill.edu