COVID-19 at SUNY Adirondack

Safe Smart Ready logo with elbow bump illustrationFor the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the guidelines below before you arrive.

FAQs

All students taking at least one in-person class and/or participating in on-campus activities/housing must submit proof of vaccination. Those eligible for the COVID-19 booster must receive it to be considered fully vaccinated. To learn how to receive a vaccination or booster, visit vaccines.gov.

Those who are not attending in-person classes or using on-campus resources must provide attestation that they will not visit campus. 

Those attending on-campus programs and/or classes who cannot be vaccinated because of religious or medical reasons must receive a waiver from the mandate. To apply for a medical or religious exemption for COVID vaccination, please use these forms: waiver for medical reasons or  waiver for religious reasons.

Five months after being fully vaccinated with two Pfizer or Moderna doses or two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson dose, most people are eligible to receive a vaccination booster, which is mandated for all in-person SUNY students. Learn more about eligibility and register for a booster.

To learn how to receive a booster, visit vaccines.gov.

COVID vaccines and boosters are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Find where to get a vaccine near you.

Five months after being fully vaccinated with two Pfizer or Moderna doses or two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson dose, most people are eligible to receive a vaccination booster, which is mandated for all in-person SUNY students. Learn more and register for a booster.

 

Once you're vaccinated, please submit proof to immunizations@sunyacc.edu. Once you receive a booster, please submit proof to immunizations@sunyacc.edu.

 

Everyone is required to wear a mask fitted over their nose and mouth while indoors on campus.

Shared resources are regularly sanitized.

Hand-sanitizing stations are offered throughout campus.

All in-person SUNY students are mandated to be vaccinated (or have been granted a medical or religous waiver) and, upon eligibility, to receive a booster. Learn more about the SUNY policy.

The CDC offers the following helpful advice on exposure, quarantine and isolation:

If you have any pre-existing health conditions, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have any questions, SUNY Adirondack strongly encourages you to contact your primary care provider. These charts are for reference to answer general questions and should not replace advice from a licensed medical professional.

 

Testing FAQs

  • Unvaccinated individuals approved for an exemption must test weekly.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated (either less than two weeks after their final dose) must test weekly.
  • Vaccinated individuals must test once a month.
  • All vaccinated individuals must receive a COVID-19 booster when they become eligible to do so.

SUNY Adirondack uses non-invasive saliva tests, which only require a swab of the inside of your mouth.  

Students and staff arrive at the time of their appointments. Please prepare by logging in and filling out the registration form. The site attendant will instruct visitors how to collect saliva using a soft absorbent swab placed in the mouth for 10-15 seconds. That swab is then placed in a collection tube with a solution that inactivates any viruses and preserves the saliva for testing at another location. Once 12 samples have been collected, these are pooled together into a single larger tube, and all the larger tubes are then sent to Quadrant Biosciences for testing. 

The method is based on the now well-established finding that the COVID-19 virus can be present at detectable levels in saliva of subjects. The test uses a method of detection called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) that is optimized for maximum sensitivity in stabilized human saliva.

The specific saliva testing method used will detect the presence of as few as five copies of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a single PCR test more than 95 percent of the time. 

This testing method is effective even for individuals who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days. Please notify SUNY Adirondack that you are COVID positive by contacting covidnotify@sunyacc.edu.

 

 

Students will register a profile in the Clarifi app with Quadrant Biosciences (the laboratory processing the campus COVID tests).  Students can then view their COVID test results by logging into their profile at https://app.clarifi-covid-19.com/.  They will also receive an email from Quadrant notifying them of new test results. SUNY Adirondack will also be notified of these results. Students may also be contacted directly by SUNY Adirondack regarding positive test results.

On Jan. 6, 2022, the following was sent to students:

Spring semester update

 

Dear students,

We look forward to you joining our college community Jan. 24 for the spring semester. Your health and safety continue to remain important to us and, as cases have been on the rise again, new policies were announced Dec. 31 by Gov. Hochul for all SUNY and CUNY students. 

 

Vaccine and booster policy

The SUNY student vaccine policy continues for the spring semester. All entering students taking at least one in-person class and/or participating in on-campus activities (including athletics and living on campus) must comply by the start of the spring semester.

In addition, all students taking at least one in-person class and/or participating in on-campus activities (including athletics and living on campus) who are eligible for a booster are required to show proof of this booster by the start of classes (Jan. 24). Evidence is mounting that the original vaccine wanes over time and a booster is the best protection against spreading the virus and/or contracting a serious case.

According to the CDC you are eligible for a booster if:

  • It has been at least six months since you completed the Pfizer vaccine series

  • It has been at least six months since you completed the Moderna vaccine series

  • It has been at least two months since completing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

Need to get a booster? The NYS Mass Vaccination site at Aviation Mall in Queensbury is open for vaccination appointments. Schedule an appointment here or find a list of other area providers. Please submit proof of your booster to the Registrar’s office before Jan. 24 by emailing a copy to immunizations@sunyacc.edu or bringing it to the office in Warren Hall. 

 

Testing prior to the start of classes

All students, regardless of vaccination status, taking at least one in-person class and/or participating in on-campus activities (including athletics and living on campus) must have proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the start of classes. Testing will be available on campus beginning Jan. 18. Click one of the following links to schedule an appointment:

Queensbury Campus Testing Appointments or Saratoga Campus Testing Appointments.

You can also secure a test off campus and send proof to covidnotify@sunyacc.edu.

 

Testing after the start of classes for all students taking at least one in-person class

  1. Weekly testing is mandatory for all in-person students who are unvaccinated and have a medical or religious exemption on file.

  2. Monthly testing is mandatory for all in-person students who are vaccinated and boosted. Information will be sent to your college email about signing up for this additional health and safety precaution.

 

Face coverings

Until further notice, our Face Covering Policy remains in effect. You MUST properly wear your face covering (completely covers your nose and mouth) at all times indoors unless you are in a private space or seated and actively eating or drinking. So many of our students have been diligently following this policy; thank you. 

Thank you in advance for helping us keep our campus healthy and safe for all to learn.

If any member of the SUNY Adirondack community has concerns about COVID reporting or protocols, they should contact covidnotify@sunyacc.edu.

Back on campus

Visiting campus

If you are attending an Accepted Student Day or other sponsored enrollment event, please:

  • Follow the guidelines provided to you upon registration for the event

  • Do not bring parents, grandparents, siblings or friends; you should attend alone to help SUNY Adirondack follow pandemic-related protocols

  • Wear a mask

All visitors to campus should check in at Welcome Desk in Warren Hall. Facial coverings are mandatory.

The college bookstore hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The bookstore offers remote ordering options here.

Hours for SUNY Adirondack's Library and IT computer lab are listed on the library's home page. All visitors are required to sign in and wear masks.

If you are attending a scheduled on-campus class or event, please:

  • Follow the guidelines provided by the host of your scheduled class or event

  • Wear a facial covering while on campus

The SUNY Adirondack Saratoga location is open for walk-in traffic during the following hours:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Use of the library, computer lab or wireless access is available only to registered SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty and staff.
  • If visiting SUNY Adirondack Saratoga, please wear a facial covering.