Spring 2024 COVID-19 Update and Guidance

The COVID-19 virus continues to evolve and infection rates continue to surge then fall in the US and in our local community. We continue to monitor the new variants, outbreak trends, and community transmission rates. 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.

Monitor your health

Students with respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough, nasal congestion) should test for COVID-19. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear a high-quality mask when around others and in indoor spaces if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID, even mild symptoms. Masks are available at the Student Health Center free of charge. 

  • At home rapid antigen test kits are available at the Student Health Center free of charge. 
  • The Student Health Center can also perform diagnostic COVID testing free of charge on symptomatic students. 

Students who feel well, but have been exposed to COVID-19

  • Regardless of your vaccination status monitor for symptoms for 10 days after exposure and test for COVID on day 5. No need to test again unless you develop symptoms. No need to quarantine unless symptomatic.

Students who test positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate.per CDC requirements.  

  • Students are encouraged to isolate off campus whenever possible. For situations in which isolating off campus is not possible, students may isolate in their room. Roommates may stay, but you and your roommate must both mask when in your room together. Roommates who are not COVID positive and wish to move out of the room should contact Residence Life.

Students in isolation should not attend classes, work, or other activities until isolation is complete.

  • Notify professors, supervisors, and coaches that you are unable to attend classes, work, or other activities in person. You should complete an Affirmation of Isolation form if documentation of isolation is required.
  • Students in isolation may leave their room to use the bathroom, pick up takeout food, evacuate for a fire alarm, or attend a medical appointment. A mask must be worn anytime you leave your room. Students should not mingle with friends while out of their room.
  • Students in isolation may not have guests or visitors. Only the student and their roommate may be in the room.
  • Contact the Student Health Center if you need masks or over-the-counter medications. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., phone 315-684-6078.
  • If your COVID-19 symptoms get worse, call 911.

Face Coverings

Masks are generally not required to be worn on campus.

  • While at the Student Health Center for a health or counseling appointment, students with respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough, nasal congestion) will be required to wear a mask.
  • Some members of our campus community may choose to wear a mask for a variety of reasons. As a mask friendly campus, we respect and encourage individual decisions regarding personal health and safety.