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Timely Student Information for Fall 2021

Guiding Principles

Suffolk County Community College’s policies and procedures for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have been and will continue to be governed by the principle that the safety of our students and employees is paramount, while continuing the College’s mission of education.

SUNY Suffolk’s plans are aligned and consistent with guidance from SUNY, local and state Departments of Health guidelines. The College is also following applicable recommendations from the federal government, PESH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 relies in large part on the personal responsibility of everyone on campus, through good personal hygiene practices, consistent adherence to physical distancing requirements, wearing a face covering or mask, and closely monitoring personal health to recognize symptoms. Do not come to campus if you are sick.

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve; as more information becomes available, the College’s policies and guidelines may be updated or changed. At this time, it is an expectation that all students will familiarize themselves with, and agree to follow, the guidelines provided in this document.

Please check the MySCCC home tab for links to student communications related to returning to campus.

COVID-19 Requirements

 

We encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains among the College’s top priorities. In May 2021, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all SUNY and CUNY students taking in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester would be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This requirement was contingent on a COVID-19 vaccine receiving full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has now given full approval to a COVID-19 vaccine.

ALERT: ALL ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS MUST NOW BE VACCINATED

All SUNY institutions – including SUNY Suffolk – now require that on-campus students, and any students accessing campus facilities, must provide proof of full vaccination to the campus Office of Health Services before September 27, 2021:

Students may request an exemption from this requirement based on medical or religious grounds but must do so by September 8, 2021. Filing for an exemption is a rigorous and demanding process. Students will be notified if their request is approved.

Students who do not submit proof of vaccination – or who do not request and receive an approved exemption – will not be able to continue in-person learning on campus.

On-campus students who do not comply with SUNY’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy by September 27, 2021, are required by SUNY to be withdrawn from all face-to-face classes without refund. Student financial aid or scholarships may also be impacted.

Fully remote students are not subject to this requirement if they do not intend to access campus services and activities. We strongly encourage all students who do not plan to become vaccinated to build a schedule using online options and to immediately contact their Campus Counseling Center to determine class availability and make schedule changes:

Students will be required to be vaccinated in order to continue to come onto a campus, unless they have been granted a valid medical or religious exemption. Exemptions for religious reasons, or because a student is fully online, will have to be requested from the campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 

Exemptions for medical reasons must be requested from the Campus Health Services Office.

Students will need to complete a request form as part of this process and supporting documentation may be required. 

While we will endeavor to provide students with the opportunity to continue to complete their in-person learning, this may not be possible in every situation; therefore, students are advised that a failure to become fully vaccinated within the established timeframe may adversely impact their ability to successfully complete on-campus and in-person learning. Unvaccinated students may be barred from access to campus. As a result, students who are unable to continue their in-person learning will be subject to existing college policies related to withdrawal and refunds.

In addition, students in certain programs or courses involving clinical, field, or internship placements may find that certain sites, such as healthcare settings, will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working at the site. Students in affected programs are being advised regarding these requirements as they become known to the affected programs. These student vaccination expectations mean that SUNY Suffolk students may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at some point in the near future, such as:

  • if/when the SUNY vaccination requirement becomes effective, or  
  • as part of an external clinical, field, or internship placement at a site that requires vaccination.

As a result, all students are strongly encouraged to complete the vaccination process as soon as possible. 

Being vaccinated serves to enhance the overall health and safety of our entire College community and includes certain benefits such as reduced frequency for participation in mandatory COVID-19 testing. Final details on the State’s vaccine mandate are likely to include plans to accommodate certain exemptions and grace periods once there is a date by which compliance is expected. At this time:

  • Anyone aged 12 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in New York State.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in individuals aged 12 and older. 
  • The Moderna and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for use in individuals aged 18 and older. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and critical to helping us get back to normal. To determine your vaccine eligibility:

  • Use the New York State “Am I Eligible app” 
  • Call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) 
  • SUNY has developed the following resource for all students seeking to learn more at: https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax

Students who have already been vaccinated are encouraged to submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card via email, fax, or in person to their campus Health Services Office. When submitting the card, please be sure to include your name and student ID number with your vaccine card. You can also seek the assistance of Health Services in identifying available vaccination opportunities.

Students with questions are encouraged to engage in further discussions with their campus Associate Deans of Student Affairs:

For the fall 2021 semester, SUNY is requiring that unvaccinated students must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five (5) days prior to arriving on campus at the start of the semester. Please note: there may be need to return to COVID-19 testing requirements for specific populations, regardless of vaccination status, to meet activity or site-based requirements. Students affected by these requirements will be advised of such by their program. 

As a commuter college, we are requiring all non-vaccinated students be tested during the first week your on-campus classes begin in the fall semester (e.g. 8/30/21–9/3/21), and weekly thereafter.  The campus-specific Fall 2021 COVID-19 Testing Schedule is updated as any changes are made. Individuals who do not complete this requirement will be restricted from the classroom and will need to coordinate readmittance through the campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

SUNY System Administration is currently developing a System-wide solution to collect and track verified vaccination status of SUNY students, utilizing the New York State and New York City immunization databases. Students vaccinated outside the State of New York will be required to submit appropriate documentation verifying their vaccination status to the College. Students are advised that once this vaccination management system is operational, students may be expected to provide information to verify their vaccination status, and the College may be required to report vaccination information using this system.  The college also reserves the right to verify vaccination status through these databases.  As more information becomes available about this system, we will update this webpage and/or notify students appropriately.

Based on current information and reported community vaccination rates, it is unlikely that our on-campus population will be 100% fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple factors should be considered for managing environments where 100% of the population is not fully vaccinated. The primary factors to consider include: (1) level of community transmission of COVID-19; (2) COVID-19 vaccination coverage, including among students, faculty, and staff; (3) implementation of a robust, frequent SARS-CoV-2 screening testing program with high participation from the unvaccinated campus population; and (4) any local COVID-19 outbreaks or increasing trends. Other methods of reducing exposure to and spread of COVID-19 will continue to be implemented on campus this fall as a result. 

To eliminate the need to have faculty or staff monitor individuals’ vaccination status and to maximize opportunities for students who wish to return to on-campus learning, the College will continue to require the use of face coverings/masks this fall, as outlined below: 

  • For everyone, regardless of vaccination status, face coverings/masks are required in classrooms, inside all college buildings, labs, offices, common spaces, and facilities, as well as in crowded outdoor settings and venues and when interacting with College Public Safety Officers.
  • In addition, individuals who are  fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., those who are two weeks past their final dose of an authorized vaccine) are no longer required to wear a face covering/mask outdoors on campus while alone or in small outdoor groups and gatherings.
  • Individuals who are  not  fully vaccinated or who do not submit proof of vaccination to the college, must continue to use a face covering/mask while on campus any time there is a potential to be less than six feet apart from one another, including outdoors, consistent with the College’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Use of Face Coverings/Masks.
  • Limited exceptions to these rules are as follows:
    • While actively eating or drinking with appropriate physical distancing. Students are encouraged to take advantage of additional outdoor furniture that has been provided on our campuses to further enhance the dining experience. 
    • When by themselves alone. 
  • Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering/mask due to a medical or health condition may request an exemption from this requirement and confidentially address their individual circumstances with the Office of Disability Services (if a student), as detailed in the College’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Use of Face Coverings/Masks.

Students are expected to wear a mask in order to remain in the classroom or lab. You will see reminder signage displayed across the campus. Masks will be made available at Public Safety booths, at campus student center information desks, and in instructional buildings. Everyone is encouraged to maintain appropriate physical distancing whenever possible.

The goal is to get every individual vaccinated. Until that point, mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not provided proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

As of September 1, 2021, the College will no longer require COVID-19 testing for those students who have submitted proper documentation of their full COVID-19 vaccination status. Please note, there may be COVID-19 testing requirements for specific populations, regardless of vaccination status, to meet activity or site-based requirements. Students affected by these requirements will be advised of such by their program. 

Non-vaccinated students, as well as those students who have not yet submitted documentation of their full vaccination status, will continue to be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing as stated in the SUNY Fall Guidelines dated July 8, 2021.   

The campus-specific Fall 2021 COVID-19 Testing Schedule is updated as any changes are made.  Individuals can access COVID-19 testing each week of the semester at the following campus locations: 

Ammerman Campus: Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 

Michael J. Grant Campus: Captree Commons - Room 113

Eastern Campus: Peconic Building, (first floor) – Shark Tank

For unvaccinated students who are not on campus on a weekly basis, for every week you are on campus for any purpose, you must be tested once during that week. This includes students who have not provided proof of full vaccination status to their campus Health Services Office.

The College will monitor participation and compliance with these testing requirements and will follow up with restrictions on campus access and/or disciplinary sanctions for all students who do not comply.

The College no longer requires weekly COVID-19 testing for occasional campus visitors.

Fully vaccinated students are invited to opt into testing if they so choose.

As with all COVID-related actions, these decisions will be revisited on a continuing basis as state mandates or local conditions change.

All students are expected to comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined on this website. Safety is a shared responsibility, and every student plays an important role in maintaining a safe and healthy campus community.

Stay Informed

The College will continue to communicate COVID-19 information to students, faculty and staff via college email and through its Coronavirus website. Students are strongly encouraged to review this webpage, email communications, and our COVID-19 guidelines on a regular basis to ensure familiarity with our plans and requirements for the Fall 2021 semester.

Symptom Monitoring 

While daily health screening forms are currently no longer required for students and visitors to campus, all students should continue to monitor themselves for exposure to or symptoms of infectious illnesses, including possible symptoms of COVID-19 which include unexpected onset of one or more of the following: 

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

Anyone with signs or symptoms of infectious illness should stay home when sick and is encouraged to seek medical care.

Students who are ill or who exhibit symptoms should stay home and are encouraged to seek medical care. We encourage voluntary home isolation if you begin to exhibit symptoms and we urge you to contact your healthcare provider if your condition changes. Symptomatic students should not come on campus and should notify their Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs:

Check the COVID-19 Dashboard 

SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus. In addition, you can monitor COVID-19 public health metrics through: 

Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part 

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. As COVID-19 and its variants are highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus. As we return to campus for the fall 2021 semester, the College’s first priority is the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond, is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves, but for all members of the SUNY and Suffolk County Community College community. 

  • Wear face coverings (masks) at all times while indoors on campus, including in classrooms, labs, conference rooms and other public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing, as well as outdoors in the situations outlined above under the heading Masks and Social Distancing.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use handsanitizer where soap and water are not available.
  • Stay homewhen you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Participate in testing and tracing.
  • Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission. 
  • Become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More information, including options for making appointments or receiving the vaccine on a walk-in basis at certain locations, is available at https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax/

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.

If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation 

Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical or campus official that they are “at risk” for having COVID-19 may be required to quarantine or isolate.  This will require that the student not come to campus.  The student will work with her/his professors individually to continue to complete coursework during the medical absence from class. This requires early notification by such students to their professors. The College has specific information about restrictions that may be found on this website.

Students identified for quarantine and isolation will have access to certain assistance, such as psychosocial, academic and/or other supports as needed. 

Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action

Disruptions to the safe delivery of instruction will not be tolerated. When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Office of the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Student conduct is governed by the Student Code of Conduct.

Students who are partially or completely removed from the institution or who are unable to continue due to campus access restriction imposed after a finding of a violation, may not be eligible for refunds. 

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally 

We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time for everyone. The College's Mental Health and Wellness staff will continue to provide services to students who need support. SUNY Suffolk offers individual short-term mental health counseling to our students. All students receive weekly communications regarding opportunities to participate in remote group sessions focused on: art therapy, pet therapy, breathing and meditation, and yoga. Students can also request individual therapy sessions via our student portal to provide direct connection to mental health counselors. The therapy sessions occur via web-conferencing. 

SUNY also has resources to help you get the support you need: 

Understand What’s Being Offered On-Campus and Online 

The master course schedule established by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs reflects approximately a 50-50 division between on-campus and virtual classes.  As an interim measure, the College will increase standard classroom capacities to 75% of pre-COVID levels and expand lower-enrollment applied classes to whatever higher capacities those instructional spaces will allow.  In conjunction with this, all students in the classroom will be masked, regardless of vaccination status. 

Get Instructional and Technology Help 

Information and links for students seeking to access technological and instructional assistance, can be found on Technology Support page

Request Accommodations for Disabilities 

Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should contact Disability Services. If you are a student who has not needed accommodations in the past but feel you may need to register with the office now, we encourage you to contact Disability Services as soon as possible so that we can work with you to complete registration. Please email the Office of Disability Services from your College email address and provide the office with any documentation related to your disability such as an IEP, evaluation or letter from a medical professional. 

The best way to reach Disability Services is via your College email address as follows: 

Ammerman Campus: DisabilityA@sunysuffolk.edu 
Michael J. Grant Campus: DisabilityG@sunysuffolk.edu 
Eastern Campus: DisabilityE@sunysuffolk.edu 

Mandatory Pause Requirements

The NYS requirements for a mandatory pause are no longer in effect. However, SUNY System Administration retains the authority to pause campus activities in cases of increased community transmission. 

Changes and Updates

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance, or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and Suffolk County Community College have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and Suffolk County Community College will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of new developments. 

Student Services

Below you will find important information on services available on campus and remotely during the fall semester.

Students who wish to meet with staff from any student services area, including the cashier, can meet face-to-face in addition to web-conferencing and phone appointments. Please refer to the Contact us link for email contact addresses that will enable you to reach these offices to schedule an appointment.

On-Campus Classes and Labs

If your schedule indicates that you will be coming onto campus for any class or lab, please note that the College has implemented changes to classroom capacity to support your safety and health while on campus.

Libraries

The College no longer requires students to make appointments to use our libraries and the support services in those buildings. The libraries are open to the college community. Library hours can be found on the Suffolk Library websiteLibrary users must abide by the college’s COVID-19 safety protocols.  Remote library research assistance is also available by phoneemail and virtual chat.

Child Care Centers

Child care centers are open. Parents and guardians can receive additional information on procedures and COVID-19-related safety measures that have been put in place by contacting their campus childcare center.

Dining and Food Services

Aramark dining operations will be open on the Ammerman and Michael J. Grant campuses.  Vending machines will remain available for use.  The Eastern Campus Peconic Café will continue to operate. The Baker’s Workshop at the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center is open.

Health Services

Each campus has a Health Services Office. Campus Health Services offices continue to assist students by telephone and email and by appointment for paperwork drop-off. Students are encouraged to email or fax any required health history forms and immunization paperwork. For more information, please refer to the Health Services webpage.

Athletics

While we are still waiting for Athletic guidance from SUNY, the expectation is that athletic practices and competition will resume in a manner similar to the pre-pandemic period. Weekly COVID-19 testing will continue for all student-athletes and coaches.  In addition, we will continue to following all COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the College. We anticipate that the following sports will run (subject to change based on participation numbers):

FALL:

  • Men's soccer
  • Women's soccer
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Volleyball

WINTER:

  • Women's basketball
  • Men's basketball
  • Women's bowling
  • Men's bowling
  • Cheer

SPRING:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Men's Tennis
  • Golf
  • Women's Track & Field
  • Men's Track & Field

Campus Bookstores

The campus bookstores offer both online and in-person book orders.  You can access book information, order books and schedule book pick-ups from the College’s bookstore website.

Vehicle Registration

For the fall 2021 semester, the College’s vehicle registration fee has been waived, however, students should still register their vehicle and secure a parking sticker.

Elimination of Fees for the Fall 2021 Semester

For the fall 2021 semester:

  • The convenience fee has been eliminated.
  • The distance education fee has been modified to be a one-time charge per semester vs. a per class fee.

For additional information on tuition and fees, please refer to the tuition and fees webpage.

Student Activities

Student activities programming will continue to take place virtually. A limited number of activities will be held in person.  Students can view all opportunities for student involvement, events and programs in the MySCCC portal, student life tab.

Students seeking to hold club meetings should use tele- or video-conferencing, which can be arranged through the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. Please refer to the Technology Support page for information on available video-conferencing platforms.

Student Technology Support

Outdoor wireless access has been expanded to parking lots on all campuses. The College has arranged to make a limited number of devices available to students who do not have access at home. The process for students who have no technology at home to request a laptop or Chromebook has changed for the Fall 2021 semester.   Students seeking this service will request a device using the portal (MySCCC).  The link is located on the student homepage, under Student Quick Links. Attached is a screenshot of the location on the homepage:

Laptop Request Form Location in Student Portal

Requests are completed within 5 - 7 business days. If approved, students will be given instructions on how to pick up their device.  If the request is denied, they will be notified.

Please note that the default device issued will be a Chromebook.  Students will only get a laptop if they need software that cannot run on a Chromebook. 

Please refer to the student technology information posted student technology information posted on the Technology Support page or view the information found here: www.sunysuffolk.edu/studenttech for the most up-to-date information.

Learning Management Software

The College uses Blackboard for its learning management system. The Blackboard mobile app is available. For more information and instructions on how to download the app, please see this webpage.

To support academic integrity, exam proctoring software may be used in your course(s) for remote exams.

Online Advising

The College has both online and in-person advising options to assist you with your enrollment registration.

    • The counselor or advisor will advise you using Degree Works and Schedule Builder.
    • Based on the review of your Degree Works audit, the counselor can add the recommended courses into your Schedule Builder page.
    • View the courses the counselor is adding (once you refresh your browser).
    • You can then work within your Schedule Builder tool to add breaks, select a schedule and, at the appropriate time, register for classes
    • After registration, you should double-check your Degree Works audit again to be sure that course selections are correct (i.e., count in program and are financial aid eligible). 

Online Tutoring

  • The Academic Tutoring Centers at each campus offer both remote and face to face options.  Please view this link to access campus-specific information.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services offers student accommodations for both online and face-to-face courses. If you are a student who has not needed accommodations in the past but feel you may need to register with the Office now, we encourage you to contact us prior to the start of classes.

You can contact the Office of Disability Services at the following email addresses:

Additional FAQs can be found here.

Signage and Visual Cues

The College has posted signage to remind everyone on campus to adhere to proper hygiene, physical distancing rules, appropriate use of face coverings.

Non-Essential Common Areas

Non-essential common areas on campus (e.g. gyms, pools, health clubs, dining areas) have been reopened for the fall semester.

Mental Health and Wellness Services

During this unprecedented and difficult time for everyone, the College’s Mental Health and Wellness Services program will continue to provide services to students in distress and in need of support. To connect with a mental health counselor, please email mentalhealth@sunysuffolk.edu.

The College administration and faculty remain dedicated to ensuring that we are able to connect effectively with our college community—especially as it impacts upon our support for the goals and aspirations of our students. We have worked hard to adjust learning activities and develop procedures to support your safety on campus and continue to maintain our priority for presenting a clean environment that will help keep everyone healthy.

Personal Health and Safety Guidance and Practices

Physical Distancing

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay physically distanced from others when possible, even if you (or they) appear to have no symptoms. Physical distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Elevators

Tightly confined spaces (e.g. elevators) in which physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained should be occupied by only one individual at a time (or two individuals, where assistance is needed). When there is more than one occupant present, all occupants must wear a mask.

High-Interaction Areas

College-wide, wherever necessary, we have reconfigured spaces to ensure physical distancing in all areas that involve a high level of interaction with others (e.g. student support areas, libraries, offices with general public contact and interaction, etc.). We have installed plexiglass shields as needed for enhanced protection.

Meetings and Gatherings

The College is restricting in-person meetings, gatherings, and hanging out on campus. Student use of some campus spaces may be allowed if coordinated with the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. Students seeking to hold club meetings should use tele- or video-conferencing, which can be arranged through the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. All meetings that take place should be held in an open, well-ventilated space with appropriate physical distancing between participants.

Restrooms

Care should be taken in restrooms to ensure distancing between individuals. This may require that only one person can enter the restroom and use the facility at a time. Please try to minimize time spent in the restroom. Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.

Environmental Health and Safety Practices

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The College is following hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Suffolk County Department of Health. Maintenance staff will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection, and more frequently as needed, especially in high transit areas, such as restrooms and common areas. All labs and classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Cleaning logs will be maintained on site, documenting date, time, and scope of cleaning.

Signage and Visual Cues

The College has posted signage to remind everyone on campus to adhere to proper hygiene, physical distancing rules, appropriate use of face coverings.

Non-Essential Common Areas

Non-essential common areas on campus (e.g. gyms, pools, health clubs, dining areas) have been reopened for the fall semester.

Everyday Prevention

Personal protective measures will help prevent the spread of this virus. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus. The best way to protect against illness, is to avoid being exposed to the virus.  

To minimize the chance for exposure, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

As an institution of higher education:

  • We encourage everyone to self-monitor their health. 
  • We emphasize voluntary home isolation if you begin to exhibit symptoms and we urge you to contact your healthcare provider if your condition changes.
  • Anyone who is ill or who exhibits symptoms should stay home.

Employee Safety Notice COVID-19 Protective Measures

Visit CDC website for more everyday prevention tips.

Coronavirus - Staying Safe (English)

Coronavirus - Staying Safe (Spanish)

Use and Care of Face Coverings / Masks

It is a requirement that you arrive on campus wearing a face covering/mask and that you wear it every day as indicated in these guidelines (ensuring that your mouth and nose are fully covered).

Please review detailed guidance regarding face coverings.

You will be responsible for the daily maintenance of your face covering/mask. Face coverings/masks must be replaced when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored and discarded.

Please review the instructions below for use and care of face coverings/masks:

Putting on the face covering / disposable mask

  • Ensure the face covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering / disposable mask

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering / mask.
  • When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering

  • Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent when soiled and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after the day’s use or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Return-to-Campus Protocols for Symptomatic or Quarantined/Isolated Students

  • Students who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who are sick will be sent home. Sick students are advised to follow Department of Health and CDC-recommended steps and should not return to campus until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with their healthcare provider. A return to campus clearance will be required. Students can find more information on isolation requirements on the Suffolk County Department of Health website.
  • When a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student may only return to campus after providing a return to campus clearance from their local Department of Health or their healthcare provider to the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
  • When a student has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and that contact was while they were symptomatic or 48 hours prior to being symptomatic, the Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines dictate a mandatory quarantine for 10 days with daily symptom monitoring for 14 days from the last date of contact. (Note: close contact is defined by SCDOH as being within 6 feet of a person displaying COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and been exposed for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or more). A close contact may be less than 10 minutes if someone who has tested positive coughed or sneezed on you).

Course Absences Due to COVID-19

The College does not believe students should be penalized for missing class as a result of illnes. The SUNY Chancellor has endorsed this position. Please speak with your faculty who have been asked to develop alternate ways to meet learning outcomes for students who may become ill. Students who become ill and need to miss class or scheduled course activities as a result of illness should advise their instructor(s).  Please note that students do not need to share individual/personal health information with the instructor.  If you have questions about this, you should speak to your instructor, the Academic Chair responsible for the program, and/or the Associate Academic Dean on your campus.