SUNY Morrisville’s Spring 2023 COVID-19 Protocols

As we return to campus for the Spring 2023 semester, SUNY Morrisville’s continuing priority is the health and safety of our campus community. The SUNY Morrisville community has done an extraordinary job over the course of the pandemic, but we must maintain our diligence in order to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors and our surrounding communities, while also providing the critical applied learning and teaching that is SUNY Morrisville’s mission. Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others; but all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.

Vaccination for Students

All SUNY Morrisville students with a physical presence on campus must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved waiver. This applies to all students who will have a regular on-campus presence, including those who participate in intercollegiate athletics, club sports, or intramurals regardless of whether they live on campus. Vaccinated for COVID-19 means a student must have completed a minimum of the initial course of the vaccine: (1) received both doses in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) received a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

Students may apply for a medical or religious waiver for the COVID-19 vaccines. Students who already have an approved medical or religious waiver do not need to reapply for the Spring 2023 semester. To find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster: search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Monitor your Health

  1. All students, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to seek medical care (either at the Student Health Center or local Urgent Care or Emergency Room) if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  2. The Student Health Center can perform diagnostic COVID-19 testing free of charge on symptomatic students. At-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at the Student Health Center free of charge.
  3. Any student who tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to isolate (specific details on isolation can be found below). Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test, either from an off-campus provider or an at-home test, should notify the Student Health Center as soon as possible regarding their diagnosis.  
  4. All individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings when around others and in indoor spaces if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, even mild symptoms. Mask use is required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in a healthcare setting.

Isolation

Symptomatic students are expected to self-isolate until their test results are known, at which time they will be instructed on the next steps. Students are expected to follow all instructions and guidelines issued by campus health officials, Madison County Department of Health or New York State Contact Tracers until they are cleared to resume usual activities.

Students living on campus who test positive are required to isolate either at home or in the designated quarantine and isolation building (South Hall) on campus. Students who test positive may not remain in the Commons buildings. Off-campus students testing positive will isolate either at home or in their off-campus residence.

Any student exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should self-monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days, with appropriate follow up should symptoms develop. All students exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to test around day five (5) after exposure regardless of symptoms.

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