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Fall 2023 Plan


I. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

All students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their initial course of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. While vaccines are not required at this time as a condition of enrollment, SUNY reserves the authority to change this policy at any time because of changes in local conditions or due to requirements imposed by Federal, State or local governments.        

Students enrolled in any program or course or who are participating in a clinical or internship held at a third-party location must continue to comply with all health and safety guidelines, including any vaccination or testing protocols that are in place at the third- party location. Certain employees, students, and volunteers at healthcare facilities, including SUNY healthcare facilities and hospitals, may be subject to mandatory COVID- 19 vaccination pursuant to relevant regulations and policies.

SUNY Cobleskill will continuously examine COVID-19 data and update its policy as needed based on local conditions or in response to requirements imposed by federal, state, or local authorities.

For information on the COVID-19 vaccine, 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.



II. Campus COVID-19 Testing Policy

Students should test if they are symptomatic for COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests are available in limited supply for residential students in all Residential Life offices and for commuter students in Johnson Hall (University Police offices).

If you test positive, inform the Wellness Center by emailing WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu with the following:

  • A photo of your positive home test AND a copy of your student I.D. together in the same photo OR proof of a positive PCR from a lab
  • Please also complete and submit this form.

You may direct any questions to WellnessCenter@cobleskill.edu.

SUNY Cobleskill reserves the right to increase the rate of testing for students based on levels of transmission on campus and in our geographic region.


If you are experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms:

Residential students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Wellness Center at 518-255-5225 to arrange testing. If it is after hours and you need a rapid test, please go to the RA’s Office when it is open. After October 31st rapid test kits will no longer be provided by the college.

If your test is positive, please notify the Wellness Center by phone at 518-255-5225 and follow the isolation directions through the button below.

Commuter students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Wellness Center by phone to schedule an appointment. The Wellness Center can be reached at 518-255-5225. If your test is positive, please notify the Wellness Center by completing the Student Report of Quarantine/Isolation Directive form and follow all isolation instructions as per the CDC.


COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat or hoarseness
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea



III. Isolation Policy

If you are a residential student who has tested positive for COVID-19 you are advised to isolate at your permanent residence. If that is not possible, residents may isolate in their designated residence hall room. Commuter students will be advised to isolate at their permanent address.

Who Must Isolate? Anyone who is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 , regardless of their vaccination status. Isolation can end after 5 days (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date an asymptomatic person tests positive) if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. If fever continues or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, continue to isolate until there is no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

Attending Class During Isolation:

  • COVID-19 positive students may NOT attend in-person classes or activities until their isolation period is over.

Roommates of Residents in Isolation:

  • Roommates of residents who are COVID-positive have the option to remain in their current residence hall room or move to another designated room. They should contact residential life staff to organize their move.
  • All roommates must wear a mask at all times while in the room, except while sleeping.
  • Roommates must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for protecting yourself and others found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

How to Isolate


What to Do After Being Exposed to COVID-19:

The New York State Department of Health is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s isolation and precautions for people with COVID-19 guidance, which provides information to those who tested positive. If you were exposed to COVID-19, follow these CDC precautions.



IV. Campus Face Mask Policy

At this time, face masks are not required inside campus buildings. 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.

Of course, everyone has the right to choose to continue wearing a mask, and the College expects all members of our campus to 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 for 10 days from date of exposure.
  • 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, as per CDC guidelines.
  • Face mask requirements in the Wellness Center will be determined by the CDC’s current levels of COVID-19 community transmission. Students visiting the Wellness Center who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have had a positive test, must continue to wear a face mask.



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

Questions regarding on-campus housing: reslife@cobleskill.edu

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