SUNY Jefferson
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Welcome Back!

We hope your fall semester is going well! Our number one priority is the health and safety of students, faculty and staff along with the greater College community, so this is the place for important reopening information. 

Current COVID-related Protocols:

Face Coverings: Fully vaccinated individuals must wear a mask on campus when indoors in spaces with two or more people.  Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals must wear a mask at all times when indoors and, where practical, observing social distancing in indoor settings.  (effective Aug. 4, 2021)

COVID Testing: Weekly testing is mandatory for those in the process of becoming fully vaccinated (two weeks after second dose) and those who are exempt. Pooled saliva COVID testing is available on campus at no cost to you - weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:00am and on Thursdays from 1:00pm -2:30pm in the Student Lounge, McVean Student Center.  No appointments are needed, but you must have a SUNY Surveillance Account and refrain from certain activities (brushing, vaping, etc.) before testing. Visit our testing FAQ page for details!

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 vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the semester. Students who have not submitted proof of vaccination will not be permitted to attend in-person classes and will be withdrawn from those classes.

If you are beginning classes the week of January 24th (full term and early session) – you must supply proof of vaccination by Friday, January 21st.

If you are beginning in-person classes the week of March 21st (late session) – you must supply proof of vaccination by Friday, March 18th.

Students must submit vaccination information either in-person at the Security or Enrollment Services offices or by emailing

Deadline for religious or medical exemptions is Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Read more about exemptions here.

There are many vaccination 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).

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.

External Resources

Samaritan Medical Center Resource Line:  (315) 755-3100, 7 days per week, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065