Fall 2021

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, were exposed to someone who has tested positive or are quarantined.
  •  All individuals must wear a mask when indoors on campus.
  •  Please note that the vaccination mandate put into effect for all SUNY campuses continues into the Spring 2022 semester.

On Sept. 15, 2021, the following letter was sent by Registrar Mary Aldous to all students who are not attending on-campus classes or events:

Our records indicate that you are a fully online or remote student and have not submitted the required COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the Office of Registration and Records. The Sept. 27 deadline for submission is quickly approaching. 

  1. Fully online or remote students must attest to having no physical presence on campus nor reasonably anticipate using on-campus services for the entirety of the academic term. As a fully online or remote student, you must submit the COVID-19 Online Learning and Fully Remote Student Attestation Form, available here

  2. If a physical presence on campus is planned, you must submit proof of vaccination to registrar@sunyacc.edu. Proof of vaccination can include: copy of vaccination card, copy of Excelsior Pass or vaccination record from your medical provider. 

  3. If you are looking to find a vaccination site, COVID vaccines are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find where to get a vaccine near you.

  4. As a reminder, the state-mandated directive for all students to be vaccinated is now in place for all SUNY campuses. Students attending in-person classes on any one of the SUNY ADK locations are required to be vaccinated (campus policy). If you are not compliant by the deadline, you risk remaining enrolled at the college.

For any questions or concerns, please contact registrar@sunyacc.edu

 

On Sept. 15, 2021, the following email was sent by Registrar Mary Aldous to all students who have not submitted proof of vaccination or filed for an exemption :

Action Required: COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Required

Our records indicate that you have not submitted the required COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the Office of Registration and Records and the Sept. 27 deadline for submission is quickly approaching.

Please submit proof of vaccination to registrar@sunyacc.edu. Proof of vaccination can include: copy of vaccination card, copy of Excelsior Pass or vaccination record from your medical provider. 

If you are looking to find a vaccination site, COVID vaccines are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find where to get a vaccine near you.

As a reminder, the state-mandated directive for all students to be vaccinated is now in place for all SUNY campuses. Students attending in-person classes on any one of the SUNY ADK locations, are required to be vaccinated (campus policy). If you are not compliant by the deadline, you risk remaining enrolled at the college. 

For any questions or concerns, please contact registrar@sunyacc.edu

 

On Aug. 31, 2021, the following email was sent to all students by Dean for Student Affairs Kate O'Sick:

Dear Students:  Sign up today for your required Surveillance COVID-19 testing in September.

Group #1: Unvaccinated Students - test weekly within 5 days prior to the start of class and weekly throughout the semester. 

Schedule every week through links below:

September 2nd or 3rd at Queensbury  

September 6-10 at Queensbury or September 6-10 at Saratoga

September 13-17 at Queensbury or September 13-17 at Saratoga

September 20-24 at Queensbury or September 20-24 at Saratoga

September 27-Oct 1 at Queensbury or September 27-Oct 1 at Saratoga

 

Group #2: Nursing, Culinary, Residents and Student Athletes - test within 5 days prior to the start of class and test monthly if vaccinated (October links out later).  Click one link below:

September 2nd or 3rd at Queensbury

September 6-10 at Queensbury (must test on the 6th or the 7th)

 

Group #3: Vaccinated Students who have an in-person course - test monthly.  Click one of the links below to schedule the September test.

September 2nd or 3rd at Queensbury  

September 6-10 at Queensbury or September 6-10 at Saratoga

September 13-17 at Queensbury or September 13-17 at Saratoga

September 20-24 at Queensbury or September 20-24 at Saratoga

September 27-Oct 1 at Queensbury or September 27-Oct 1 at Saratoga

(Students can also send a negative off-campus test result within 5 days of the start of classes to COVIDnotify@sunyacc.edu).


On Aug. 27, 2021, the following email was sent to all students by Dean for Student Affairs Kate O'Sick:

Face Covering wearing for all campus community members-effective September 1 

Required in all indoor classrooms or other public settings (ex. Library, computer lab, lounges, etc.), at indoor, college-sponsored events and when interacting with college employees in offices or meeting rooms. 

Note: It is permissible to remove a face covering while alone in a private office or suite, private residence hall room, while eating, outdoors, and presenting in front of an audience when able to maintain at least 6 feet from others who must remain masked (eg. lecturing in a classroom, at a campus event/meeting in large spaces).

 

COVID 19 testing requirements 

For the start of classes

Student populations who pose a higher risk of transmission must provide proof of a negative, PCR COVID 19 test within 5 days prior to the start of classes or participate in on campus testing during that same time period. Students can send their test results to COVIDnotify@sunyacc.edu.   Information about testing will be forthcoming, please regularly check your college email. 

This applies to the following:

  • Students who have not provided proof of vaccination completion

  • Have an approved exemption on file with the Registrar’s Office

  • Enrolled in Culinary Arts or Nursing

  • Residents in the college’s residence halls

  • Student athletes

The college employs the services of Quadrant Biosciences to provide a self-administered, saliva based test to monitor the COVID 19 virus. Individual samples are pooled (typically in sets of 12 samples), sent to an off site lab and tested at no cost to you. Results are returned within 24-48 hours. You may proceed as usual until the results are returned to you via email.

If there is a positive pool, the individuals in the pool will be notified, asked to quarantine while each individual sample is tested to determine who in the pool is positive, and follow up action will be taken and communicated to you within 24-48 hours. This diagnostic test will be billed to your insurance company and if this presents a financial burden, the college will assist.

  1. Unvaccinated individuals approved for an exemption

You will be invited via your college email to test weekly and expected to comply.  

 

  1. Vaccinated individuals

Although vaccinations are highly effective in protecting you from serious illness, we know that asymptomatic people can spread the virus. You will be required to test once a month to help us identify any possible asymptomatic individuals who unknowingly may carry the virus to others.

Other ongoing mitigation strategies in place since the start of the pandemic:

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout campus

  • Signage to reinforce hand washing, face coverings, and staying home when ill

  • Upgraded air handling systems throughout all campus buildings

  • Widely available disposable masks

  • The facilities staff continues to implement daily routine cleaning practices with additional daily disinfection of high touch areas

The college’s COVID 19 response team regularly monitors community infection rates, as well as local, state and federal health guidelines, and may adjust policies accordingly. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation in helping to make our campus community healthy and safe for all to thrive.


On Aug. 24, 2021, the following email was sent to all students by Dean for Student Affairs Kate O'Sick:

Students,

This communication contains important information that directly impacts you regarding a SUNY COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  As you may be aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval for the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, Aug. 23 (https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine). 

In response, and to keep our learning communities as safe as possible for all, the State University of New York (SUNY) has mandated that within 35 days all on-campus students must i) complete a vaccine series; or ii) provide evidence of having already completed a full vaccine series; or iii) submit a request for and receive approval for an exemption from the vaccination requirement based on a legitimate medical or religious basis. The 35-day grace period began Aug. 23 and will extend through Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.  

The vaccination mandate applies to all students who fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Are enrolled in at least one on-campus class (this includes Early College Career Academy/P-TECH programs on campus)

  • Plan to use any in-person services at any one of our campus locations

  • Live in the residence halls

  • Participate in intercollegiate athletics

If you fall into any of the categories listed above, you have until Sept. 27, 2021, to provide proof of vaccination status, complete all doses of any vaccine currently available (In the US: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), or have an approved COVID-19 religious or medical exemption on file with the college. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you should act immediately. 

If you do not comply, you will be removed from your on-campus classes, residence hall, and/or athletic team and refunded in accordance with the SUNY refund policy (25 percent refund through Sept. 28; no refund from Sept. 29 on).

Note: Once the usual add/drop period ends, there is no option to switch to remote learning. Students may not request a change in course modality, nor will faculty be able to accommodate such requests. 

COVID vaccines are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find where to get a vaccine near you.

If you’ve already completed a vaccination series or are in process: 

  • SUNY has a secure way for you to provide proof of your COVID 19 vaccination. This information will be accessed by our Registrar’s Office and, like other immunization records, become part of your student record. To submit proof of your COVID vaccination, please visit: https://suny.edu/StudentVaccinationPass/. Please contact the Registrar’s Office, registrar@sunyacc.edu, if you have any questions or issues with uploading your vaccination proof through this portal.

If you have not started a vaccination series but intend to:

  • If you are choosing a two-shot series, you must receive the first shot no later than Sept. 6, 2021, to be in compliance. Once you’ve had the first shot (Moderna/Pfizer) or one shot (Johnson & Johnson), notify the Registrar’s Office immediately at registrar@sunyacc.edu so we can document your compliance.  

Note: You can remain enrolled in on campus courses (until Sept. 27, 2021) while in the process of completing the vaccination series and will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing until you are considered fully vaccinated.

If you do not intend to pursue a vaccination, your options are as follows:

  1. Contact advising@sunyacc.edu to talk with an advisor about moving your classes to remote (options are available, but limited). This should be done prior to the start of classes Sept. 8, 2021.

  2. Pursue an exemption option, click here to read more: Exemption information 

At this time, nearly 97 percent of our on campus employees have been vaccinated. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and staff back to campus and a fully vaccinated campus community creates a safe and robust learning environment for all to thrive. 


On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the following email was sent to all students by Dean for Student Affairs Kate O'Sick:

Dear Students,

The Fall semester is quickly approaching. All of us at SUNY Adirondack are very excited to get started and welcome back students and staff for in-person instruction and activities. Your health and safety and the safety of our community continue to inform our decisions regarding a safe return to campus.

Although vaccination rates in our local community exceed the state average, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. The recent Delta variant has created a marked increase in cases across the country. Therefore, the State University of New York will soon be implementing a mandate for students to be vaccinated.

 

Vaccine Mandate

The best defense against the COVID-19 virus is vaccination. We expect the FDA’s full approval of at least one vaccine soon, very likely within the fall semester. Therefore, if you are taking one or more in-person classes, living in the residence hall and/or participating in athletics, you will have no more than 35 days to comply with the mandate once it becomes effective. Otherwise, you will be removed from any in-person classes, the Residence Hall and/or athletic team. No refunds will be provided if you do not comply.

Exemptions may be provided to those who have legitimate medical or religious reasons. 

 

Submitting your vaccination status 

SUNY has created a way for you to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. This information will be accessed by our Registrar’s Office and become part of your student record, just like other immunization records. 

The student vaccination pass portal is available at https://suny.edu/StudentVaccinationPass. Login and verify your vaccination status. When you submit your information through the portal, it must match the information that you provided at the time of your vaccine. If you need assistance verifying the information, you may contact the Excelsior Pass Help Desk at 844-699-7277.

 

Questions and Information

Please visit https://www.sunyacc.edu/admissions/summer-and-fall-2021 to learn more about our COVID-19 health and safety protocols and policies. For questions related to Immunization record submissions, please contact registrar@sunyacc.edu

Please note: all policies and procedures related to COVID-19 are subject to change based on local, state or federal guidelines. 

See you in September!

FAQs

SUNY Adirondack is committed to the health of our students, faculty, staff and greater community. Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask in public spaces. Regular sanitizing of shared resources will continue and hand-sanitizing stations will still be offered throughout campus.

Following state guidelines, all in-person SUNY students are mandated to be vaccinated (or have been granted a medical or religous waiver). Learn more about the SUNY policy.

As of Sept. 27: All students receiving on-campus services must have submitted proof of vaccination, attestation that they will not visit campus or a waiver from the mandate.

As of Aug. 25: Dean of Student Affairs Kate O'Sick sent students information about the state-required COVID-19 vaccination for SUNY students. In it, she details how students can submit proof of vaccination, including the following:

If you’ve already completed a vaccination series or are in process: 

  • SUNY has a secure way for you to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. This information will be accessed by our Registrar’s Office and, like other immunization records, become part of your student record. To submit proof of your COVID vaccination, please visit: https://suny.edu/StudentVaccinationPass/. Please contact the Registrar’s Office, registrar@sunyacc.edu, if you have any questions or issues with uploading your vaccination proof through this portal.

If you have not started a vaccination series but intend to:

  • If you are choosing a two-shot series, you must receive the first shot no later than Sept. 6, 2021, to be in compliance. Once you’ve had the first shot (Moderna/Pfizer) or one shot (Johnson & Johnson), notify the Registrar’s Office immediately at registrar@sunyacc.edu so we can document your compliance.  

 

As of Aug. 24: With the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Aug. 23, 2021, the state-mandated directive for all students to be vaccinated is now in place for all SUNY campuses. Pursuant to SUNY policy, there is an up to 35-day grace period to allow students to provide proof of vaccination or submit a request for a medical or religious exemption for campus review. We urge faculty and staff to continue to be vaccinated as well. 

Learn more about the benefits of being vaccinated and the risks of COVID-19.

COVID vaccines are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find where to get a vaccine near you.

 

As part of the reopening of SUNY campuses across New York state, our schools are answering the call for transparency and public safety by providing statistics on the COVID-19 case count at each SUNY campus and community.

The SUNY Case Tracker is an up-to-date dashboard that provides data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information at each of our 64 colleges and universities. Individual campuses submit data daily, and the dashboard loads data hourly from the database. The data can be viewed on a system-wide or campus-by-campus level.

COVID vaccines are available at many pharmacies and retail stores. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find where to get a vaccine near you.

All students who receive on-campus services must be vaccinated or have been issued an exemption.

Throughout the Fall 2021 semester

  • 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.

Throughout the Fall 2021 semester,

  • 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.

 

Sign up for a COVID test:

Queensbury

COVID Testing SignUp Queensbury Oct. 4 through 8

COVID Testing SignUp Queensbury Oct. 11 through 15

COVID Testing SignUp Queensbury Oct. 18 through 22

COVID Testing SignUp Queensbury Oct. 25 through 29

 

Saratoga

COVID Testing SignUp Saratoga Oct. 6 through 8

COVID Testing SignUp Saratoga Oct. 13 through 15

COVID Testing SignUp Saratoga Oct. 20 through 22

COVID Testing SignUp Saratoga Oct. 27 through 29

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

To meet with an enrollment-related staff member (we encourage appointments, but walk-ins are accepted), please check in at Welcome Desk in Warren Hall. Please wear a facial covering while indoors on campus.

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.

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 coming on the Queensbury campus to drop off enrollment paperwork, please visit Warren Hall and check in at the Welcome Desk. Please wear a mask 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 beginning Aug. 2 
  • 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.

SUNY Adirondack's Library is open this summer only to students and employees. Library and IT computer lab hours for the summer are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facilities will reopen to the general public Sept. 8; all visitors will be required to sign in and wear a mask.

Back on campus