New York State Public Health Law

In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, Section 2165, all matriculated students attending Suffolk County Community College who were born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide acceptable written proof of adequate immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Department of Health.

Acceptable proof of immunity consists of a Certificate of Immunization (page 2) signed and stamped by a physician or licensed health care provider which documents measles, mumps, and rubella immunity. Students must submit this certificate or equivalent to the Health Services Office on their home campus and document at least partial compliance with the immunization requirements before they will be permitted to register for classes. Partial compliance shall be defined as one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella immunization.

In addition, proof of an honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years prior to the date of application to Suffolk County Community College shall also qualify as a certificate enabling a student to attend classes pending actual receipt of immunization records from the armed services.

Students who are in partial compliance will be notified by the Vice President for Student Affairs that they will be suspended from their classes if they do not fully comply with the immunization requirements within the first 30 days of the semester (45 days for students transferring from another state or country). Students who are suspended and who subsequently fail to comply with the immunization requirements will be administratively withdrawn from their classes and prevented from registering for subsequent semesters.

Immunization records shall be maintained on each campus at the Health Services Office, which shall consider such information as confidential and subject to the College Records Policy and New York State Public Health laws. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall be responsible for the completion and timely submission to the Commissioner of Health of the annual survey of immunization levels of students attending Suffolk County Community College.

Students who cannot afford a private physician will be directed to the Suffolk County Health Department for information regarding free immunization clinics. Persons may be exempt from any or all of these requirements if a physician certifies in writing that the immunizations may be detrimental to their health (go to printable Medical Exemption Form). In addition, persons who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to immunization may be exempt after submitting a statement to that effect to the Dean of Student Services and to the Health Services office on their home campus (see Information Regarding Religious Exemption below).

Should a suspected case of measles, mumps, or rubella occur on a campus, the Office of the Dean of Student Services will evaluate the case in conjunction with the County Health Department and the Health Services Office and consulting physician. While awaiting serological confirmation, immunization records will be reviewed and susceptible individuals identified. If the suspected case is confirmed, the Office of the Dean of Student Services will notify all susceptible students and staff to be immunized. Susceptible students who are unable to be immunized may be required to remain off campus until the Health Department deems it safe for such individuals to return.

This mandatory student immunization policy will be included in the college catalog and the campus student handbook.

Complying with Immunization Requirements

If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you will not be permitted to register for classes until your proof of immunization has been submitted and approved by the Health Services Office.

  1. Obtain a stamped copy of your health records from any of the following sources:
    • the Guidance Office or Health Office at your high school
    • the Health Office at your previous college
    • your family physician
    • your military health and immunization records
    • your employee health records
  2. Take the Certificate of Immunization (page 2) to your doctor or clinic for additional immunizations if any of the following apply:
    • you cannot obtain a copy of your health records for any reason (or)
    • your health records show that you received only one measles immunization (or)
    • your health records show that your immunizations were given before 1968 for measles or before 1969 for mumps or rubella
  3. Submit your health records or completed Certificate of Immunization (page 2), along with your completed Health History Form (page 3), to the Health Services Office on your home campus. If you have served in the military in the past 10 years, bring your discharge papers and your medical records (if available) as well.

Free Immunization Clinics

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services periodically offers free immunization clinics.
Call (631) 854-0333 for information and directions to: 

Suffolk County Department of Health Services
3500 Sunrise Highway – Suite 124
PO Box 9006
Great River NY 11739-9006

Free immunization clinics are also held on Suffolk's three campuses during the fall and spring enrollment periods.

Procedures for Religious Exemption

In order to qualify for a religious exemption from immunization requirements as specified by Section 2165 of the New York State Public Health Law, students 18 years or older must submit a statement that they hold religious beliefs contrary to the practice of immunization. For students under the age of 18, a similar statement must be submitted, signed by the student and by his/her parent or guardian. This statement must describe the beliefs in sufficient detail to permit the institution to determine that first, the beliefs are religious in nature (not philosophical), and in second, the beliefs are sincerely and genuinely held.

Please submit this statement to the Dean/Associate Dean of Student Services and to the Health Services office on your home campus. Your statement will be reviewed and you will be notified when a decision has been reached.

If you are granted a religious exemption, you should bring your health records to the Health Services Office on your home campus in order to document any previous immunizations, physician-verified diagnosis of measles or mumps disease, and/or positive titer results. Note that the titer is a blood test, which determines the level of immunity an individual may have to measles, mumps, or rubella, and may be used as an alternative to immunizations.

If an outbreak of measles, mumps or rubella should occur on campus, you will be considered susceptible under New York State Public Health Law and may be required to remain off campus until the Suffolk County Department of Health deems it safe for you to return. These absences may cause you to be withdrawn from your classes. Immunization records or titer results may fulfill the immunization requirements and prevent exclusion from the campus in the event of an outbreak.

 

Ammerman Campus

 Dean of Student Services
Suffolk County
Community College
533 College Road
Ammerman Building - Room 200
Selden NY 11784-2899
Phone: (631) 451-4047
Fax: (631) 451-4874

Eastern Campus

 Assoc. Dean of Student Services
Suffolk County
Community College
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Peconic Building - Room 224
Riverhead NY 11901-3499
Phone: (631) 548-2510
Fax: (631) 548-3540

Grant Campus

 Dean of Student Services
Suffolk County
Community College
Crooked Hill Road
Caumsett Hall - Room 106
Brentwood NY 11717-1092
Phone: (631) 851-6709
Fax: (631) 851-6820

 

Mandatory Student Immunizations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella

In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, Section 2165, all matriculated students attending Suffolk County Community College who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide written proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Department of Health. These standards include the following:

Measles

 Two (2) vaccines after 1/1/68
(minimum of 28 days apart)
[or]
Physician-documented
history of disease
[or]
Blood titer
showing immunity

Mumps

 One (1) vaccine after 1/1/69

[or]
Physician-documented
history of disease
[or]
Blood titer
showing immunity

Rubella

 One (1) vaccine after 1/1/69

Note: A history of having had
Rubella is not acceptable
proof of immunity.
[or]
Blood titer
showing immunity

 

What's Recommended

 Td Vaccine
(tetanus & diphtheria)
 A booster is recommended for adults every 10 years.
 Meningococcal Meningitis
(Menomune™ / Menactra™/ Menveo™)
 Must have been given within the past 10 years

The Health Services Office recommends that you speak to your doctor or health care provider regarding your health concerns and the need for any additional immunizations.

Note: The meningitis acknowledgement form is required.  See the Meningitis Requirements page.