Current COVID Protocols
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Current COVID Protocols

We hope you are as excited as we are for a great fall semester, full of learning, growth, fun and good health!

Jefferson’s campus and all services (including facilities rental) are fully open with masking optional*. We will continue to be a mask-friendly campus and expect that many students, faculty and staff will continue to wear masks based on individual comfort levels. Most offices on campus still offer virtual and phone appointments in addition to in-person meetings.

We will continue to monitor positivity rates both on campus and in our community and make adjustments as necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.   

*Current CDC and Department of Health isolation guidelines require masking for five days after a positive test result, once symptoms have ended. Read more.

Q: Can students get a COVID test on campus?

A: Yes. Portable home test kits are available in the athletics office, residence hall, security and in McVean Center, Room 4-100 (Student Affairs).

In addition, students can make an appointment through North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) to be seen at the on campus Health and Wellness Center, or at the NCFHC location at 238 Arsenal Street in Watertown. 315-775-7777.

Most health insurances cover the cost of the COVID test. If you do not have health insurance, please contact:

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement & Retention
ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-6561


Below is a PDF of our current procedures relating to COVID and any questions you might have. You can click on the links in the Table of Contents to navigate more freely.
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Per SUNY policy, all students taking in-person classes and students coming onto campus for any reason (library, fitness center, etc.) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the semester.

If you are beginning in-person classes for fall 2022 semester – you must supply proof of vaccination by Friday, August 19, 2022.

Students must submit vaccination information by emailing a photo of the vaccine card to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu OR in-person at the Security or Enrollment Services offices.


Students may request
religious or medical exemptions from the COVID vaccine. Unvaccinated students may also request a temporary accommodation to utilize academic resources on campus (i.e. library). Please contact accommodations@sunyjefferson.edu with questions.

Please keep in mind that Jefferson’s plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction from the NYS Department of Health, Jefferson County Control Room and Public Health Office, Centers for Disease Control and SUNY.  This page is your primary hub for current COVID guidance and updates to any procedures for accessing and visiting campus.

August 11, 2022

Dear Students, 

The start of the Fall semester at Jefferson Community College is right around the corner! There is one more quick, but very important, step you must take – submit proof of FULL vaccination against COVID by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.  Full vaccination means you have completed the 2-shot series of Moderna or Pfizer or 1-shot of J&J.

Just snap a photo of your vaccine card and send it to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu – it’s that easy!

It is a SUNY requirement that all students taking in-person classes must be vaccinated against COVID.  If we do not have proof of vaccination, you will be withdrawn from your in-person class(es).

If you plan to submit a request for a medical or religious exemption, you must submit it as soon as possible and no later than August 19, 2022 to accommodations@sunyjefferson.edu or vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.  

If you are currently unvaccinated, schedule your appointment at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

QUESTIONS? Please email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu

Thank you!

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
Jefferson Community College 

April 18, 2022:

Students, Faculty and Staff,

Over the past few days, the CDC has updated its COVID Tracker and Jefferson, Lewis and other surrounding counties have returned to a COVID-19 Community Level of Transmission of High.   Based upon this current level, the CDC recommends the following actions: 

  • Wear a mask indoors in public, including on public transportation
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Continue to be proactive by practicing good hand washing and sanitizing

Our campus is not implementing a requirement to return to masking at this time.  However, those who wish to mask should feel comfortable doing so.

The College continues to provide free at-home COVID test kits.  Employees may contact Human Resources to obtain test kits.  Students may contact vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu with questions or can pick up free test kits from any of these locations:

  • Commuter Students: McVean Student Center, Room 4-100, Vice President office
  • Student-Athletes: McVean Student Center, Athletic Trainer office
  • Residence Hall Students:  East Hall, Residence Hall office

The Campus COVID Committee continues to monitor rising transmission rates in the community and discuss how it relates to our campus.   We will communicate any updates to our current procedures to the campus community.

Thank you,

Ty A. Stone, PhD
President

March 1, 2022:

Students,

I hope you are enjoying a healthy Spring semester!

After careful consideration of many factors, including the continued decline in COVID cases in Jefferson County, the low positivity rate on campus (less than 1%), the vaccination rate of our faculty and staff, and the vaccinated status of our in-person students,  masking will become optional on campus beginning Wednesday, March 2.   This aligns with Governor Hochul lifting the mask mandate for K-12 schools in NYS on March 2.   

We will continue to be a mask-friendly campus.  We expect that many students, faculty and staff will continue to wear masks based on individual comfort levels, and we are fully supportive of that.  

I am optimistic that we can keep COVID at bay and begin to return to normal activities; however, we need to remain vigilant in taking care of others and ourselves.  COVID testing protocols remain the same and we appreciate your diligence in testing regularly. Furthermore, SUNY still requires in-person students receive the COVID booster vaccine as soon as eligible and provide proof of booster to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

We will continue to monitor positivity rates both on campus and in our community and make adjustments as necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact me at vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.   

Good luck on your upcoming mid-term exams!

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention


Oct. 18, 2021:

Dear Students,

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at Jefferson Community College – THANK YOU for helping keep our campus safe and healthy during the pandemic.  Our student body is currently 97% compliant with the vaccine mandate.  Our full time faculty and staff, while not mandated to get the COVID vaccine, are 96% vaccinated and doing their part to maintain a healthy environment here at Jefferson.  

Given the current COVID positivity rate in Jefferson County, we will continue to wear masks at all times while inside campus classrooms and buildings.  Our Campus Reopening Committee will periodically review this and other safety guidelines and make recommendations accordingly.

A few reminders:

  • If you are partially vaccinated, you must continue to test weekly (details below) for COVID until fully vaccinated, which is two weeks after your second dose.
  • If you received a religious or medical exemption, you must test weekly (details below) for the duration of the fall semester.
  • If you are taking online courses only and unvaccinated, you may not come to campus and utilize campus facilities.

Best wishes on your mid-term exams. Study hard, have some fun, stay healthy and enjoy the rest of your semester!

Ty A. Stone, PhD
President
Jefferson Community College

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Weekly COVID Testing in the Student Lounge in the McVean Student Center, Building 4.

Tuesdays, 8:00am – 11:30am
Thursdays, 12:00pm - 3:30pm 

NOTE:  No vaping, smoking or tobacco use and no drinks, gum candy or food in your mouth for 30 minutes before testing; no brushing or mouthwash for 3 hours before testing.


Sept. 8, 2021: URGENT: Your Vaccination Status Will Soon Impact your Enrollment Status at JCC - Action Required

** The message below is applicable ONLY to students taking in person classes who HAVE NOT yet submitted COVID vaccination information to the College. **

Students,

Our records indicate you have not submitted proof of COVID vaccination to the College and that you are currently enrolled in at least one in-person class.  Time is running out for you to meet the SUNY mandate that all SUNY students (taking in-person classes) be vaccinated against COVID by September 27, 2021.

If you are not planning to get vaccinated – please reply to this email and let us know.  We can stop sending you vaccine emails, HOWEVER you will need to discuss your academic plan with your faculty advisor as Jefferson has no choice but to withdraw you from your in-person classes after September 27th.   There are likely to be financial implications.  Your academic career is important and we will do our best to keep you on track, however JCC is obligated to adhere to the policy mandated by the State University of New York.

Should you wish to remain in your in-person classes, you must get vaccinated as quickly as possible.  You have only a few options:

  • Receive your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by Saturday, September 11th AND send a photo of your vaccination card ASAP to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu. The College must be able to demonstrate proof that your full COVID vaccination is in fact in progress as of September 11, 2021. 
  • Get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is one shot only and can be administered anytime between now and September 27th.  Please be aware, however, there is limited supply locally of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If this is your preference, you should make your appointment sooner rather than later.

You can find a location near you, by type of vaccine, by visiting https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

The deadline for requesting medical or religious exemption (follow link and click on Forms and Guidelines) has passed. You have one last opportunity to email your request to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu by 5pm on Friday, September 10th.

When fully vaccinated, you must again submit proof of final vaccination to Jefferson either via the SUNY “Vaccination Pass” which can be found in Blackboard / MyJCC portal, or by sending a photo of your vaccination card to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

For those already partially or fully vaccinated:

Have you submitted your documentation yet? If not, send a photo of your vaccine card to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu or stop by Campus Safety & Security, Room 15-140 of the Deans Collaborative Center and let security staff take photocopy of your vaccination card. Even if you have received only one of a two-dose vaccine, we need to document your partial vaccination.

Questions?  Email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu or call 315-786-6563.

Regards,

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
Jefferson Community College


Sept. 3, 2021: URGENT!  Your Enrollment Status at JCC is in Jeopardy-Action Required

** The message below is applicable ONLY to students taking in person classes who HAVE NOT yet submitted COVID vaccination information to the College. **

Students,

Our records indicate you have not submitted proof of COVID vaccination to the College and that you are currently enrolled in at least one in person class.  Time is running out for you to meet the SUNY mandate that all SUNY students (taking in-person classes) be vaccinated against COVID by September 27, 2021.

If you are not planning to get vaccinated, you need to discuss your academic plan with your faculty advisor as Jefferson has no choice but to withdraw you from your classes after September 27th.   There are likely to be financial implications.  Your academic career is important and integral to your future, however Jefferson Community College is obligated to adhere to the policy mandated by the State University of New York.

Should you wish to remain in your classes, you must get vaccinated as quickly as possible to meet the deadline. You have only a few options:

  • Receive your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine by Monday, September 6th. This means you can receive your second dose on September 27th.
  • Plan to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is one shot only and can be administered anytime between now and September 27th. Please be aware, however, there is limited supply locally of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If this is your preference, you should make your appointment sooner rather than later. Jefferson County Public Health currently has availability of the J&J vaccine.
  • If requesting medical or religious exemption (follow link and click on Forms and Guidelines), your request must be submitted for review no later Friday, September 3, 2021 (TODAY) by 11:59pm. Email your request to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

When vaccinated, you must submit proof of vaccination to Jefferson either via the SUNY “Vaccination Pass” which can be found in Blackboard / MyJCC portal, or by sending a photo of your vaccination card to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

You can find a vaccine location near you by visiting https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

If you have submitted your COVID vaccination information indicating you are fully vaccinated, please disregard. Your information is being processed and you should not receive further communications.

Further, if you have received ONE dose of the COVID vaccine, please send a photo of your vaccination card to vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

Questions?  Email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu or call 315-786-6563.

Regards,

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
Jefferson Community College


Sept. 2, 2021: Weekly COVID Testing for JCC Students: Action Needed!

Students,

I hope you are having a great start to the fall semester!

I am writing to remind you that you must be fully vaccinated against COVID by September 27 to continue your in-person classes. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to test weekly for COVID.   You are not fully vaccinated until 14 days following your second shot of Pfizer and Moderna, or your first (and only) shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The test is a pooled saliva test and it is available on campus in the Student Lounge (McVean Student Center, Bldg. 4) and free of charge every Tuesday from 8:30am-11:00 am and Thursdays from 1:00pm -3:30pm.  No appointment is necessary and the test takes less than 2 minutes to take.  NOTE: COVID testing is not available today (September 2) as previously scheduled.

IMPORTANT! At least two days before your first saliva test, you must create a COVID-19 Surveillance Account (if you do not already have one).

  • The account must be created at least two days before you plan to test
  • Create your account here: http://register.suny-covid.com/
  • After you create your account, you will receive an email with a verification code. After you verify the account, you must complete your profile information
  • Detailed instructions on creating the account are attached

NOTE:  If you do not already have a COVID-19 Surveillance Account and plan to test on Tuesday September 7, you must sign up by Sunday. September 5.

IMPORTANT! You cannot do some things before taking the saliva test.

  • No brushing teeth or use of mouth wash 3 hours or less before test
  • No vaping, smoking or tobacco use within 30 minutes of test

If you cannot test during the times listed above, you can call the North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) at (315) 775-7777 to schedule an appointment to test at the NCFHC location at 238 Arsenal Street in Watertown.  Rapid nasal swab tests are also available by appointment.

The turnaround time for pooled saliva test results average 48-72 hours, but may take longer due to high demand.  Following the pooled saliva test, you may be required to take an additional test to verify the presence of coronavirus

Most health insurances cover the cost of the COVID test. If you do not have health insurance, please contact the college via vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.  Answers to additional frequently asked questions about COVID testing are available on our website.

Our first priority is the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff at Jefferson Community College. We appreciate your cooperation with testing weekly until you are fully vaccinated.

Questions?  Email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu or call 315-786-6563.

Regards,
Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention


Aug. 31, 2021: JCC Students-Time is running out. Do you have your COVID shot? Vaccine clinic on campus TODAY.

Dear Students, 
I hope you had a great first day of classes!  This is a very important reminder that in order to continue your in-person classes (and use campus facilities), you must be fully vaccinated against COVID by September 27.

So what does this REALLY mean for you? 

  • If you are not planning to be vaccinated, you will not be able to stay in your in-person classes.
  • Unvaccinated students must begin the vaccination process immediately to remain on campus.
  • The tuition refund policy will not change based on vaccination status.

We understand that getting the vaccine is a personal choice, however you should be aware that SUNY policy mandates that students taking in-person classes be withdrawn from classes if not vaccinated by September 27.

** If you are taking remote classes only and do not plan to use JCC facilities, you are not required to be vaccinated.**  

If you are currently unvaccinated:  

You must get vaccinated as quickly as possible (lucky for you there is a Pfizer Clinic on campus today!) or file a request for a medical or religious exemption (click on Forms and Guidelines). Requests for exemptions must be submitted for review no later than Friday, September 3, 2021.

If you choose Moderna, you must receive your first shot no later than today, August 31st.  The wait time for your second Moderna shot is 28 days.

  • If you choose Pfizer, you must receive your first shot no later than Monday September 6th.  With Pfizer the wait time is 21 days between shots.
  • The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is one shot only.

If you choose Moderna or Pfizer, the clinic will schedule your second dose for you at the first-dose appointment. 

Below is a list of upcoming clinics on campus and in Jefferson County. There are many pharmacies, grocery stores and Walmart locations with ample supply of the vaccine – click here to find a vaccination site nearer to you.  

TODAY! Tuesday, August 31 from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Jefferson Community College (by NCFHC)
McVean Gymnasium (Bldg. 4) 
 

Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Kinney's Pharmacy, 905 Coffeen Street, Watertown
Email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu to set up an appointment

Thursday, Sept. 2 at North Country Family Health, 238 Arsenal Street, Watertown
Call (315) 782-9450 to make an appointment.

Once you are fully vaccinated: 
You must register your vaccination information online in the “SUNY Vaccination Pass” Application. (See information above) 

COVID Testing until Vaccinated:
You must continue to test weekly until 14 days following your second shot of Pfizer and Moderna, or your first (and only) shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Testing is available on campus and free of charge.  No appointment necessary.

Weekly Testing at Student Lounge, McVean Student Center, Bldg 4.
Tuesdays, 8:30am – 11:30am  
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

Questions?  To get answers to your questions as quickly as possible, please email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.  

If you are receiving this email after submitting proof of vaccination, it means that your information is still being processed and verified.

Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our campus safe and healthy.  

Dr. Corey Campbell 
Vice President for Student Engagement & Retention
315-786-6561 


Aug. 27, 2021: Urgent! JCC Student Vaccine Requirement - Immediate Action Required.  

Dear Students, 

The State University of New York has mandated all SUNY students must be fully vaccinated against COVID by September 27 in order to take classes on campus and use College facilities (i.e. library, fitness center, etc.).  If you are taking remote classes only and do not plan to use JCC facilities, you are not required to be vaccinated.  

Already vaccinated?   

You must register your vaccination information online in the “SUNY Vaccination Pass.” Look for this module in Blackboard.  

screenshot of blackboard module

If you are currently unvaccinated:  

You must get vaccinated as quickly as possible. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is one shot only. For both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, there is a wait time between the first and second shot. 

  • With Moderna the wait time is 28 days. If you choose Moderna, you must receive your first shot no later than Tuesday, August 31st.  
  • With Pfizer the wait time is 21 days. If you choose Pfizer, you must receive your first shot no later than Monday September 6th.  

If you choose Moderna or Pfizer, the clinic will schedule your second dose for you at the first-dose appointment. 

Below is a list of upcoming clinics on campus and in Jefferson County. There are many pharmacies, grocery stores and Walmart locations with ample supply of the vaccine – visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site nearer to you.  

Friday, August 27 from 12:00 – 3:00pm at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) 

Location: 531 Meade Street, Watertown, NY 13601  Get Directions

 

Monday, August 30 from 12:00 pm to 3:00pm at Jefferson Community College (by JCPH) 

McVean Gymnasium, McVean Student Center 

 

Tuesday, August 31 from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Jefferson Community College (by NCFHC) 

McVean Gymnasium, McVean Student Center 

 

You must continue to test weekly until 14 days following your second shot of Pfizer and Moderna, or your first (and only) shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Testing will be available on campus and free of charge. 

Weekly Testing at Student Lounge in the McVean Student Center, Bldg 4.
Tuesdays, 8:30am – 11:30am  

Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

Once you are fully vaccinated: 

You must register your vaccination information online in the “SUNY Vaccination Pass” Application. (See information above) 

Exemptions:  Requests for medical or religious exemptions (click on Forms and Guidelines) must be submitted no later than Friday, September 3, 2021.   

Questions?  To get answers to your questions as quickly as possible, please email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.  

Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our campus safe and healthy.  

Dr. Corey Campbell 

Vice President for Student Engagement & Retention 

315-786-6561


Aug. 24, 2021: Student Vaccine Requirement: Immediate Action Required!

URGENT NOTICE: You must be fully vaccinated against COVID by September 27 in order to take classes on campus and use Jefferson Community College facilities (i.e. library, fitness center, etc.). 

Dear Students,

You may recall, the State University of New York has mandated that once a COVID vaccine is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)   all SUNY students taking any in-person class or using campus facilities must be vaccinated against COVID.  With yesterday’s FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, the SUNY mandate is now effective as of August 23, 2021.

 If you are currently unvaccinated:

You must get vaccinated as quickly as possible. There is a wait time between the first and second shot of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

  • For Moderna, the wait time is 28 days, so you must receive your first shot no later than August 31st.
  • For Pfizer, the wait time is 21 days so you must receive your first shot no later than September 6th.

 Below is a list of upcoming clinics in Jefferson County. You may also find a vaccination site nearer to you. There are many pharmacies, grocery stores and Walmart locations with ample supply of the vaccine.

Wednesday, August 25 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living
210 Court Street - Suite 107, Watertown, NY 13601 (Park BEHIND the building)  Get Directions
Need a ride?  Call 315-785-8703

Thursday, August 26 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC)
238 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601  Get Directions
Call to make an appointment:  315.782.9450

Thursday, August 26 from 1:00 - 2:00pm at Jefferson County Public Health
Location: 531 Meade Street, Watertown, NY13601  Get Directions
 

Friday, August 27 from 12:00 – 3:00pm at Jefferson County Public Health
Location: 531 Meade Street, Watertown, NY13601  Get Directions

Tuesday, August 31 from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Jefferson Community College (by NCFHC)
Location: Gymnasium, McVean Student Center (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

If you are already fully vaccinated or when you complete the vaccine series:

You must enter your vaccination information online in the “SUNY Vaccination Verification Application.” Look for this module in Blackboard:

Exemptions:  Requests for medical or religious exemptions (click on Forms and Guidelines) must be submitted no later than Friday, September 3, 2021. 

 Questions?  To get answers to your questions as quickly as possible, please email vaccine@sunyjefferson.edu.

Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our campus safe and healthy. 

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement & Retention
Jefferson Community College
315-786-6561


July 22, 2021: Fall Semester Updates & COVID Guidelines

Dear Students  –

I am so excited to welcome you all to campus, in-person, for the fall semester! I know I speak for the entire faculty and staff when I say we have missed seeing you and the vibrancy you bring to our campus.

I am writing to let you know what you can expect for the Fall semester. Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for the entire campus community while providing the best student experience possible.  Current guidelines, subject to change as COVID-related conditions evolve, are as follows:

Masking / Social Distancing

  • Fully vaccinated students are not required to wear a mask or socially distance on campus. 
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students must continue wearing masks on campus and, where practical, observe social distancing in indoor settings such as in classrooms and labs, at sporting or other campus events, in the cafeteria, etc.

Please keep in mind that fully vaccinated people may still choose to wear a mask and are most welcome to do so.  In addition, if you cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability, you may request an exemption from mask-wearing, regardless of vaccination status.  Please contact Tanya Hoistion, Coordinator of Student Accommodations and Testing Services, thoistion@sunyjefferson.edu or 315-786-2335.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing

  • Fully vaccinated students are not required to test weekly for COVID; however, documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series must first be submitted to Courtney Bauer, cbauer@sunyjefferson.edu.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students, who will be spending any amount of time physically on campus on a regular basis, are required to complete a COVID test weekly.  Information about scheduling testing on campus will be shared prior to the fall semester on sunyjefferson.edu/welcomeback and via your College email.

COVID Vaccination
It is not mandatory as of yet, but New York State will require all SUNY college students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 after one or more of the vaccines receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We anticipate it could happen before the start of fall semester. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please keep an eye on your College email over the summer and on www.sunyjefferson.edu/welcomeback.

Campus Cleaning
Facilities will continue to clean all College facilities in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. 

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Corey Campbell, Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention, ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu or 315-786-6561.

Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our campus safe and healthy.  I am looking forward to a wonderful academic year!

Ty A. Stone, PhD
President
Jefferson Community College


May 14, 2021:  Update on possible COVID Vaccine Requirement for Students

Dear Students: 

As you may have heard on Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will require all SUNY college students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 for the Fall semester. This requirement is contingent on one or more of the vaccines receiving full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What you need to know:
While this has not been fully adopted yet, we anticipate it could happen before the start of fall semester. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please keep an eye on your college email over the summer and on our website’s coronavirus information page.

What you can do now

  • If you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine  now, there are many resources available to you. Find a vaccination site near you or check out Jefferson County’s vaccination clinic information.
  • Learn more about the safety of the vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Keep practicing safety measures! While the guidance changes almost weekly, be smart, wash hands frequently, practice social distancing and wear your face coverings wherever necessary. Check out the CDC’s information on how to minimize risk of infection for yourself and others.

It’s been a long academic year and I’m so proud of our students, faculty and staff for the hard work that’s been done. You’ve all stuck together to stay safe and achieve the academic goals that are so important to us all.

Thank you for your diligence during this pandemic and staying committed to these goals.

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement & Retention
ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu


August 28, 2020: Computer Requirements & Laptop Information

Students,

Having a reliable computer with key capabilities is more important than ever when it comes to taking college classes. We’ve found that some technology, such as Chromebooks, iPads and tablets, are not able to run the specialized software required for some classes and textbook add-ons, especially now with the onset of more remote learning. See JCC’s minimum technology requirements.

To help you purchase the appropriate computer technology for your college classes, should you need it, the College has partnered with Lenovo to negotiate competitive prices for laptop computers that will meet your needs as a Jefferson student.  The College has selected several models from which to choose, all of which meet the minimum required specifications to complete your coursework. Most have three year warranties included in the price. You can shop on JCC’s Lenovo site or even use financial aid at the campus bookstore.

For more information on computer requirements and purchasing options, visit us on the web.

We also have resources for you on campus. The library has computer workstations available (all socially distanced), laptops for sign-out and use in the library, or you can bring your own device to access campus WiFi and printers. There are also laptops available for sign-out and use in the Fireside Lounge in the Deans Collaborative Learning Center. Laptops can be checked out at the front desk, first come-first served, during regular business hours. 

Should you find yourself without a reliable computer or internet access, please be sure to reach out to your instructors or your advisor and let them know.  We are here to help.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for the start of fall semester!

Regards,

Monica Papagni, Director of Instructional Technology
Dr. Maryrose Eannace, Vice President for Academic Affairs

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