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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

 

As you prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, we strongly encourage you to be tested for COVID-19 prior to your arrival on campus. Doing so will allow you to easily isolate at home, instead of on campus, should you test positive.

If you test positive at home prior to arrival, do not come to campus. Stay home and follow your local Department of Health guidelines regarding isolation length, and refer to the “important note” below.

All residential students will be required to test upon arrival for Move-In Weekend, either Saturday, January 22 or Sunday, January 23 in the Bouck Ballroom. More details will be forthcoming regarding the process of move-in and registering for a testing slot.

Commuter studentsshould also test Saturday, January 22 or Sunday, January 23 in the Bouck Ballroom. If it is not possible to test during this weekend, there will be limited testing hours during the remainder of the week.Students will be able to electronically register for a testing slot – this information will be shared shortly.

The College’s plan is to provide antigen testing the first week (starting January 22) of the semester. Antigen tests return a result in as little as 15 minutes. For the remainder of the semester, we will be using our regular pooled testing system with results received 24 to 48 hours after samples are sent to the medical lab.

A wristband will be issued after on-campus testing is completed and should be worn through to end of day Friday, January 28, or until the student leaves campus for the week. Students may not attend class, work on campus, or be in the residence halls without testing upon arrival to campus.

All students are also required to test the week of January 31.The frequency of testing after the first two weeks of the semester will be based on the results of the first two weeks of testing.

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:

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 six 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

7/1/22 - 7/31/21

2/28/22

8/1/21 - 8/31/21

3/30/22

9/1/21 - 9/30/21

4/30/22

10/1/21 – 10/31/21

5/30/22

11/1/21 – today

6 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

7/1/22 - 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

Campus Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy >> (Updated September 2, 2021)

Schoharie County, and much of New York State, is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant. As we return to campus, the following requirements will be in effect. Please read these requirements carefully as they apply to all members of our campus community:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask whenever indoors and in all instructional spaces, regardless of location. This applies to all individuals, including students, employees, auxiliary workers, vendors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Neck gaiters and bandannas are not recommended forms of face coverings.
  • Visitors must wear masks at all times when indoors or outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Everyone must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, when attending a large outdoor event.
  • The only instances in which face masks are not required to be worn are when alone in one’s own residence hall room, office or personal workspace, while seated and actively eating or drinking in a designated dining area, or while walking alone or in a small group outside.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must observe proper social distancing measures whenever possible. 
  • Alternatives to cloth face coverings may be provided as an alternative if accommodations are needed.
We will evaluate these masking policies continually so that we may lessen restrictions as conditions allow.


 

 

  • All visitors must wear masks at all times, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of their vaccination status 
  • Visitors are not required to be vaccinated unless they are visiting residence halls*  
  • Campus hosts are not required to have their visitors complete a screening form or temperature check

*All individuals visiting residence halls are required to be vaccinated. 

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.  

If a visitor fails to adhere to the above policies, the individual(s) will be asked to desist from such conduct and may be asked to leave campus property. Continued behavior inconsistent with these policies may result in the individual(s) being reported to University Police for appropriate action.  

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

Thank you. 

 

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