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.

  • Do not come to campus if you have any COVID-like symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined.
  • Please note that the vaccination mandate put into effect for all SUNY campuses continues. 
  • SUNY recommends all students who qualify to receive the vaccination booster to do so.

FAQs

All students taking at least one in-person class and/or participating in on-campus activities/housing must submit proof of vaccination. Those who qualify to receive the vaccination booster are recommended to be boosted in accordance with the governor's mandate of January 2022. 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 recommended 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 recommended 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.

 

  • All individuals who are not vaccinated, who are due for a booster or who tested positive for COVID and are in days 6 through 10 of recovery, must wear a mask fitted over their nose and mouth.
  • 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, are recommended 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

  • Those who are not fully vaccinated (including booster, if eligible) are required to wear a mask fitted over their nose and mouth while indoors on campus.
  • 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.
  • 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 March 2, 2022, the following was sent to students:

I hope your semester is going well and thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our shared community. 

In light of the continued decline of COVID cases in our region and around New York, the change in CDC guidance for communities with low transmission rates, and upon consultation with SUNY and the Warren County Public Health Services department, the college will adopt the following changes to its face covering and testing policies effective March 2, 2022:

Face coverings
Face coverings will be optional in all indoor public settings for students who are vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) and proof is on file in the Registrar’s Office. 

Face coverings remain required, per SUNY policy, in all indoor public settings for those who are:

  • Unvaccinated but approved for a medical or religious exemption
  • Eligible for a booster, but have not yet received it and/or have not provided proof of such

IMPORTANT FOR ALL: Anyone, per policy # 3010, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has returned to campus upon completing five days of isolation and free of symptoms,  must wear a well-fitting mask at all times on days 6-10. 

COVID-19 testing
Weekly testing remains required for individuals who are:

  • Unvaccinated but approved for a medical or religious exemption
  • Eligible for a booster, but have not yet received it and/or have not provided proof of such
  • Student athletes

All other students are exempt from testing but may do so on a voluntary basis. The college will maintain rapid tests to use as needed and encourage students to pick up a supply in the Student Center to use before returning to classes after spring break.

The following health and safety strategies remain available to our campus community:

  • Getting vaccinated and/or boosted (if you are eligible)
  • Staying home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking testing
  • Reporting positive test results
  • Wearing face coverings (KN95 or surgical masks are available to all)  
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands (sanitizing stations around campus)
  • Maintaining your distance from others whenever practicable 
  • COVID-19 testing on site (required for those who are not vaccinated or up to date with booster shots) for anyone to access if needed

We are moving away from widespread mandates and toward personal responsibility. Your responsibility involves getting vaccinated and boosted (when eligible), monitoring your health and staying home when ill, and supporting anyone who wishes to maintain face coverings to protect themselves and others in their lives. 

We expect everyone to respect individual decisions to remain masked and refrain from disparaging comments, mocking or otherwise disrespectful behavior. Please be considerate if another student or employee requests you to be masked while meeting in close proximity, especially if you exhibit any cold-like symptoms. 

I am hopeful we can maintain this optional face covering policy. However, if community transmission rates change to high, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and upon consultation with our local public health officials, we may need to reinstate face coverings in any or all campus community spaces. 

Let’s work together to keep our community healthy. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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 if you are not fully vaccinated or if you are between days 6 and 10 after testing positive for COVID-19.

All visitors to campus should check in at Welcome Desk in Warren Hall. Facial coverings are mandatory for those who are not fully vaccinated or who are in days 6 to 10 after testing positive for COVID-19.

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.

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 if you are not fully vaccinated, or if you are in days 6 to 10 after testing positive for COVID-19.

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 if you are not fully vaccinated or are within days 6 to 10 after testing positive for COVID-19.