COVID-19 Response Plans and Updates

Pursuant to recent guidance provided by the NYS Department of Health, NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations and SUNY System, recent updates have been made to SUNY Morrisville's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

As we return to campus for the Fall 2022 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.

Vaccination continues to be the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from serious COVID-19 disease. The virus continues to evolve, and with that we too must evolve and adapt our guidance and flexibility. We continue to monitor the highly contagious Omicron variant and sub-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.

Vaccination for Students

All SUNY Morrisville students with a physical presence on campus must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved waiver. 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, 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 Fall 2022 semester. To find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster: search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

All students are reminded that, per New York State Department of Health and Madison County Department of Health, any individual with known exposure to COVID-19 who is not up to date with vaccination must complete mandatory quarantine. This includes anyone who is unvaccinated, has not completed the initial vaccine series, or is eligible for a CDC recommended booster but has not received it. Specific details for quarantine and isolation requirements can be found below.

Return to Campus

All students will participate in pooled saliva testing upon returning to campus. Pooled saliva testing is completed through Quadrant Biosciences at no cost to the student. New students should register for an account; returning students should confirm login information and account details. Please refer to this registration guide for step-by-step instructions.

Students testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days may receive an exemption from testing with proof of a positive test result. Test results must contain the student’s name and date of testing. Students are not required to test prior to arrival to campus unless symptomatic.

  • Residential Students:
    • All residential students will participate in pooled saliva testing upon arrival to campus, during the move-in process.
  • Commuter Students and Norwich Campus Students:
    • All commuter students and Norwich Campus students are required to participate in pooled saliva testing during the first week of class.

These guidelines may be adjusted based on local, regional and state recommendations or community transmission rates. Any changes will be communicated through email and the college website.

COVID-19 Pooled Saliva Surveillance Testing

Mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any student who has a physical presence on campus and who is not vaccinated, including those with approved religious or medical waivers.

All students who have a physical presence on campus, regardless of vaccination status, will participate in pooled saliva surveillance testing upon return to campus in August.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, may be asked to participate in pooled saliva testing based on known exposure or if campus infection rates increase.

Any incidents of non-compliance with campus COVID-19 testing will be handled through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for students and the Office of Human Resources for employees.

UPDATE: As of Oct. 3, 2022, weekly pooled saliva surveillance testing has been discontinued for all students. Tests are no longer required. Test kits remain available at the Student Health Center.

Masks and Physical Distancing

SUNY Morrisville encourages individuals to wear masks in indoor spaces if unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or immunocompromised.

Mask use is required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in a healthcare setting.

Monitor Your Health

Students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and seek medical care even if symptoms are mild. This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated students. Students are encouraged to seek medical care at the Student Health Center, a local urgent care, or with their primary care provider the first day they are ill whenever possible. The Student Health Center can perform diagnostic COVID-19 testing free of charge on symptomatic students. Any student who tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to isolate. Specific details on isolation can be found below.

Quarantine and 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.

Fully vaccinated students (includes booster) exposed to COVID-19 positive individuals do not need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. These students should self-monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days, with appropriate follow up should symptoms develop. All vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to test around day five after exposure regardless of symptoms. The Student Health Center can perform diagnostic COVID-19 testing free of charge on exposed students.

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students with recent COVID-19 exposure must complete mandatory quarantine for five days. Students living on campus are required to complete the mandatory quarantine either at home or in the designated quarantine and isolation building (South Hall) on campus. Students may complete mandatory quarantine in their assigned room in the Commons buildings. Off-campus students may complete mandatory quarantine either at home or in their off-campus residence for the 5-day period. These students should self-monitor for symptoms over the next 14 days. If symptoms develop, self-isolation should occur with prompt follow-up with the local public health authority or a healthcare provider.

Students who receive a positive test for COVID-19 from an off-campus provider should notify the Student Health Center as soon as possible regarding their diagnosis. Likewise, students placed under a mandatory quarantine order by a County or State Health Department should notify the Student Health Center.

If you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, SUNY has provided many helpful facts and resources via its “Know Your Vax” website. A Know Your Vax video playlist also is available on YouTube and features PSAs by SUNY students, medical experts and community leaders.

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