Rev. January 2021

Guiding Principles

Suffolk County Community College’s policies and procedures for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have been and will continue to be governed by the principle that the safety of our students and employees is paramount, while continuing the College’s mission of education.

SUNY Suffolk’s Return-to-Campus plans are aligned and consistent with guidance from SUNY, local and state Departments of Health guidelines, as well as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Forward Plan. The College is also following applicable recommendations from the federal government, PESH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 relies in large part on the personal responsibility of everyone on campus, through good personal hygiene practices, consistent adherence to physical distancing requirements, wearing a face covering or mask, and closely monitoring personal health to recognize symptoms. Do not come to campus if you are sick.

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve; as more information becomes available, the College’s policies and guidelines may be updated or changed. At this time, it is an expectation that all students will familiarize themselves with, and agree to follow, the guidelines provided in this document.

Please check the MySCCC home tab for links to student communications related to returning to campus.

In addition, the College’s COVID-19 Webpage contains substantial information helpful to students.

Returning to Campus

Student Expectations and Guidelines

All students are expected to comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document. Safety is a shared responsibility, and every student plays an important role in maintaining a safe and healthy campus community.

Symptom Monitoring

All students should continue to monitor themselves for possible symptoms of COVID-19, which include one or more of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory infection/distress

Students who are ill or who exhibit symptoms should stay home and are encouraged to seek medical care. We encourage voluntary home isolation if you begin to exhibit symptoms and we urge you to contact your healthcare provider if your condition changes. Symptomatic students should not come on campus and should notify their Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs:

Mandatory COVID-19 Pooled Saliva Testing for On-Campus Students

SUNY Suffolk has implemented mandatory COVID-19 pooled saliva testing for all on-campus students, faculty and staff, in accordance with SUNY directives and guidelines. Detailed information on the College’s SUNY-approved mandatory testing plan, can be found on the College’s Coronavirus website.

Students should check their College email regularly for important notifications relating to COVID-19 testing requirements throughout the semester. Failure to comply with testing requirements will result in a restriction on the student’s ability to come to campus and may result in disciplinary action under SUNY’s Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Violations Policy.

Daily Screening Requirement and Health Notification Protocols for On-Campus Students

Graphic of woman in bed with Covid-19 symptoms.

Students who are coming on campus or who are attending in-person, off-site activities (e.g. a nursing clinical) are required to complete a daily confidential return-to-campus health screening questionnaire every day, prior to their arrival. Access a sample of the screening questionnaire here.

The screening questionnaire is an easy-to-use online tool that asks a series of questions that require students to self-report whether they are experiencing any known symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have had close contact with any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10 preceding days, whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the 10 preceding days, and whether they have traveled internationally or to any states designated under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 205 Travel Advisory within the 10 preceding days.

Travel Advisory and Quarantine

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) have issued a COVID-19 Travel Advisory in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Based on current guidelines:

  • Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (i.e., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory; however, travelers must continue to fill out the NYS online traveler health form.
  • All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state (i.e., all states other than NJ, CT, MA, PA, and VT) or from a country with a CDC Level 2 or higher travel warning, must quarantine for a period of 10 days, consistent with NYSDOH regulations for quarantine, unless they meet the criteria to “test out” of the 10-day quarantine period below.

Criteria for “Test Out” of the 10-Day Quarantine for Travel

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC Level 2 or higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
    • The most up-to-date information on the NYS COVID-19 travel advisory can be found on the NYS DOH website. Most countries currently remain subject to a Level 2 or higher travel warning from the CDC against non-essential travel, as outlined on the CDC website. Students planning to travel should review these travel advisories for the most up-to-date information.

Please be advised that the New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Department of Health have adopted the CDC quarantine guidelines, which reduce the required quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days if they remain symptom-free. Symptom-monitoring is required for the full 14 days, even though an individual can exit quarantine after 10 days if they remain symptom-free.

Coming to Campus after You Complete Your Questionnaire

Upon completion of the questionnaire, students whose responses indicate no risk of COVID-19 exposure, will receive an email to their College email address, permitting them to come on campus that day (please see sample email below). Each day, all students permitted access to campus will receive a sticker that should be worn in the lapel area and visible while on campus. Conversely, students whose responses indicate a risk of COVID-19 exposure, will receive an email to their College email address, advising them that they do not have clearance to come on campus that day (please see sample email below) and that they should contact their campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs immediately for follow-up:

COVID-19 Student Questionnaire Online Approval Screenshot

COVID-19 Student Questionnaire Email Screenshot

COVID-19 Student Questionnaire Online Denied Screenshot

Student Return to Campus Questionnaire Disapproval

Students who do not complete the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will not be permitted to enter campus and will be instructed to complete the health screening questionnaire before they can enter campus.

How the Screening Process Works:

  1. Each day, prior to coming on campus, students will login to MySCCC and complete the questionnaire by using a simple pull-down menu that enables them to answer “yes” or “no” to each question. Students can use any device, including their phone with a web browser, to complete this task.

  2. The questionnaire is accessible via a link that has been placed on the MySCCC student portal, as well as on the College’s home page as one of the items included under the Quick Link pull-down menu. You may also access the questionnaire from this link.

  3. Once the questionnaire is submitted, students who receive an email to their College email address permitting them to come on campus that day, should save a copy of the email on their mobile device or print a hard copy of the email. (If you need assistance with setting up or troubleshooting your College email, please refer to the student technology information posted on the College’s coronavirus website or view the information found here: sunysuffolk.edu/studenttech).

  4. Your College ID card and a copy of the email permitting you access to campus (printed or available to display on your cell phone—e.g. a screenshot), must be shown to the Public Safety Officer on duty when you arrive.  In addition, our Student Return-to-Campus Guidelines include an expectation that all students will display their College ID card at all times while they are on campus. Public Safety will provide you with a lanyard for this purpose.

  5. If you do not currently have a College ID card, please immediately arrange to secure one through your campus Public Safety Office (631) 451-4242.

  6. Students who are advised that they do not have clearance to come on campus, must contact their campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs immediately for follow-up:
  1. Please note that the health screening questionnaire can only be completed once a day and students who submit a questionnaire will not be permitted to do so again until the following day.

  2. Students who will be coming onto campus are encouraged to review and become familiar with the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire in advance of their actually completing the form. Students are also encouraged to make sure they have secured a current SUNY Suffolk College ID card. By completing these steps before classes begin, you will help to minimize delays at the campus entrances, which are likely occur during the semester.

Personal Health and Safety Guidance and Practices

Everyone plays a role in taking personal responsibility to limit the spread of COVID-19. You should continue the following habits:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or using hand sanitizer
  • When coughing or sneezing, do so into a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Maintain physical distance from others
  • Monitor your own health

Physical Distancing

Graphic of students remaining at least 6 feet apart - social distancing.

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay physically distanced from others when possible, even if you (or they) appear to have no symptoms. Physical distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Physical distancing must be followed while on campus, and everyone on campus must maintain a minimum of a 6-foot distance between themselves in all directions (e.g. side-to-side or when facing one another), whenever possible, including in classrooms, labs, libraries, and other common areas. Anytime there is any potential for people to be less than 6 feet apart from one another, individuals must wear a face covering/mask. Additional information on the use and care of face coverings / masks is provided below.

Elevators

Tightly confined spaces (e.g. elevators) in which physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained should be occupied by only one individual at a time (or two individuals, where assistance is needed). When there is more than one occupant present, all occupants must wear a mask.

High-Interaction Areas

College-wide, wherever necessary, we have reconfigured spaces to ensure physical distancing in all areas that involve a high level of interaction with others (e.g. student support areas, libraries, offices with general public contact and interaction, etc.). We have installed plexiglass shields as needed for enhanced protection.

Meetings and Gatherings

The College is restricting in-person meetings, gatherings, and hanging out on campus. Student use of some campus spaces may be allowed if coordinated with the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. Students seeking to hold club meetings should use tele- or video-conferencing, which can be arranged through the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. All meetings that take place should be held in an open, well-ventilated space with appropriate physical distancing between participants.

Restrooms

Care should be taken in restrooms to ensure at least a 6-foot distance between individuals. This may require that only one person can enter the restroom and use the facility at a time. Please try to minimize time spent in the restroom. Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.

Use of Shared Objects and Surfaces

Students should limit the sharing of objects, should minimize the degree to which they touch shared surfaces; and should follow hand hygiene practices outlined in CDC guidelines and available for review via the College’s Coronavirus website. Specifically, students should wash their hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds, dry their hands using disposable paper towels, and are encouraged to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for times when handwashing is not possible. These items are available for your use on campus.

Use and Care of Face Coverings / Masks

Image of a girl wearing a facemask.

It is a requirement that you arrive on campus wearing a face covering/mask and that you wear it every day as indicated in these guidelines (ensuring that your mouth and nose are fully covered).

Please review detailed guidance regarding face coverings.

You will be responsible for the daily maintenance of your face covering/mask. Face coverings/masks must be replaced when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored and discarded.

Please review the instructions below for use and care of face coverings/masks:

Putting on the face covering / disposable mask

  • Ensure the face covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering / disposable mask

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering / mask.
  • When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering

  • Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent when soiled and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after the day’s use or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Return-to-Campus Protocols for Symptomatic or Quarantined/Isolated Students

  • Students who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who are sick will be sent home. Sick students are advised to follow Department of Health and CDC-recommended steps and should not return to campus until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with their healthcare provider. A return to campus clearance will be required. Students can find more information on isolation requirements on the Suffolk County Department of Health website.
  • When a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student may only return to campus after providing a return to campus clearance from their local Department of Health or their healthcare provider to the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
  • When a student has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and that contact was while they were symptomatic or 48 hours prior to being symptomatic, the Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines dictate a mandatory quarantine for 10 days with daily symptom monitoring for 14 days from the last date of contact. (Note: close contact is defined by SCDOH as being within 6 feet of a person displaying COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and been exposed for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or more). A close contact may be less than 10 minutes if someone who has tested positive coughed or sneezed on you).

Your Learning and On-Campus Experience This Semester

Please note that helpful information is available and frequently updated for your review on the College’s Coronavirus website.

Instructional Modalities for the Spring 2021 Semester

As we commence the spring 2021 semester, the College is pleased to announce that it will be offering classes in a variety of instructional delivery methods to meet student needs.  Here is a brief explanation of how each modality will work:

  • Online—instruction is provided by the professor through Blackboard, the College’s online learning management system. Students interact with faculty and complete assignments working on their own time, while adhering to course deadlines.
  • Real-Time Online—recreates a classroom experience with your instructor and other class members coming together for live virtual instruction at regularly scheduled days and times. 
  • Combined Online—50% Online and 50% Real-Time Online meeting times with your instructor.
  • Blended—partly on campus and partly Online or Real-Time Online, used mostly for labs and performance courses.
  • There will also be a limited number of face-to-face classes that require hands-on instructional experiences to meet accreditation requirements.

A video is available on the MySCCC student portal that will show how each modality will appear to the student.

On-Campus Classes and Labs

If your schedule indicates that you will be coming onto campus for any class or lab, please note that the College has implemented changes to class size to support your safety and health while on campus:

  • Of the approximately 2,300 sections the College is offering this spring, most courses are offered in a remote modality. Face-to-face on-campus courses will primarily be experiential instruction that will be held in laboratories or discipline-specific learning spaces. Student groups in these spaces will be limited to reduce density in accordance with physical distancing guidelines.
  • Laboratory sections are scheduled to meet on a rotating basis with approximately 8 students in a lab section over the semester, allowing for reduced population density.
  • Offices, centers, waiting areas, computer labs, laboratories, and classrooms have been measured and reconfigured for physical distancing, with seating specifically designated.

Course Absences Due to COVID-19

The College does not believe students should be penalized for missing class as a result of illnes. The SUNY Chancellor has endorsed this position. Please speak with your faculty who have been asked to develop alternate ways to meet learning outcomes for students who may become ill. Students who become ill and need to miss class or scheduled course activities as a result of illness should advise their instructor(s).  Please note that students do not need to share individual/personal health information with the instructor.  If you have questions about this, you should speak to your instructor, the Academic Chair responsible for the program, and/or the Associate Academic Dean on your campus.

Student Services

Below you will find important information on services available on campus and remotely during semester, as well as modifications to how these services are being offered.

Students who wish to meet with staff from any student services area, including the cashier, can meet face-to-face on a limited basis in addition to web-conferencing and phone appointments. Please refer to the final page of these Guidelines for email contact addresses that will enable you to contact these offices to schedule an appointment.

In accordance with SUNY guidelines, any student utilizing services on campus (e.g. the library), must follow the same testing and isolation requirements in place for on-campus students. This information is detailed in the What Students Should Know section of the College’s Coronavirus website.

Libraries

Campus libraries will be open but are accessible by appointment only. You can make an appointment and find more information on the Library website.

The following services will be available in the library:

  • Students will be able to schedule an appointment to use a computer.
  • Students will be able to use specialized academic software programs that they may not have at home.
  • Academic Computing professional assistants will be available to help students with academic software and answer other technology questions.
  • Librarians will be available to assist students with academic research or library resources questions.
  • Students can request an appointment for a quiet study space.
  • Students can request digital scans of reserve materials using an online form. Copyright rules apply.
  • Students may request print books remotely and pick them up at their campus libraries.

Students can reserve two-hour time-blocks to visit their campus library. Evening hours will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be at least one librarian and ETU professional assistant on duty.  Reservations will be made using an online form.  The second floor of the Michael J. Grant and Eastern Campus libraries will be closed. The second floor of the Ammerman Campus library will be open for restroom access only. In addition to the on-campus appointments, remote library research assistance will be available by phone, email and virtual chat.

In accordance with SUNY guidelines, any student utilizing services on campus (e.g. the library), must follow the same testing and isolation requirements in place for on-campus students. This information is detailed in the What Students Should Know section of the College’s Coronavirus website.

Child Care Centers

Child care centers are open for the spring semester. New drop off and pick-up procedures are in place. Parents and guardians can receive additional information on these new procedures and COVID-19-related safety measures that have been put in place by contacting their campus childcare center.

Dining and Food Services

Aramark dining operations on the Ammerman and Michael J. Grant campuses will not be open, though vending machines will remain available for use.  Students will not be charged a fee for the meal plan this semester.

The Eastern Campus Peconic Café will continue to operate its food services for grab-and-go only. The Baker’s Workshop at the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center is open for takeout only.

Health Services

Each campus has a Health Services Office. Campus Health Services offices continue to assist students by telephone and email and by appointment for paperwork drop-off. Students are encouraged to email or fax any required health history forms and immunization paperwork. For more information, please refer to the Health Services webpage.

Athletics

After careful thought, consideration, and dialogue, 27 of SUNY’s 30 community colleges that are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for indoor sports that are considered “high risk” for COVID-19 exposure, during the 2020-2021 indoor sports season. These sports include: basketball, cheerleading, dance, volleyball and wrestling. Campuses will have the option to hold on-campus workouts and training with student-athletes, should the institution allow it in a structured and monitored environment.

Low to moderate indoor sports, including bowling, may compete in a virtual setting and must adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Spring sports that will be held at SUNY Suffolk include softball, baseball, lacrosse, and equestrian, as well as men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis, commencing on February 1st. NJCAA SUNY community colleges will continue planning for the safe resumption of intercollegiate athletics.

Campus Bookstores

The campus bookstores will continue to operate fully online. You can access the online bookstores from the College’s online bookstore website.

Vehicle Registration

For the spring 2021 semester, the College’s vehicle registration fee has been waived, however, students should still register their vehicle and secure a parking sticker.

Elimination of Fees for the Spring 2021 Semester

For the spring 2021 semester:

  • The meal plan fee has been eliminated.
  • The convenience fee has been eliminated.
  • The distance education fee has been modified to be a one-time charge per semester vs. a per class fee.

For additional information on tuition and fees, please refer to the tuition and fees webpage.

Student Activities

Student activities programming will continue to take place virtually. Students can view all opportunities for student involvement, events and programs in the MySCCC portal, student life tab.

Students seeking to hold club meetings should use tele- or video-conferencing, which can be arranged through the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. Please refer to the College’s coronavirus website for information on available video-conferencing platforms.

Student Technology Support

Outdoor wireless access has been expanded to parking lots on all campuses. The College has arranged to make a limited number of laptops and WiFi hotspots available to students who do not have access at home. Students should email Carol Wickliffe Campbell at wicklic@sunysuffolk.edu for further information. 

Please refer to the student technology information posted on the College’s coronavirus website or view the information found here: www.sunysuffolk.edu/studenttech for the most up-to-date information.

Learning Management Software

The College uses Blackboard for its learning management system. The Blackboard mobile app is available. For more information and instructions on how to download the app, please see this webpage.

To support academic integrity, exam proctoring software may be used in your course(s) for remote exams; please watch this short video to get a basic understanding of Proctorio LockDown Browser and the webcam feature which may be required for some exams.

Disability Services

As we move into a model of remote education, the Office of Disability Services has several tips to share with students. Students who have already registered with the Office must send a picture or scanned copy of the Determination of Services Accommodation Letter to each professor, even if you have previously shown the letter. Professors may not have written down your specific accommodations and will need to know your accommodations, especially how much extended time you were approved for on your exams. Accommodations may look different in an on-line environment, so feel free to email the Office if you have questions or concerns. We require communicating from your @sunysuffolk email address and that you provide us with your full name and student ID number.

If you are a student who has not needed accommodations in the past but feel you may need to register with the Office now, we encourage you to contact us prior to the start of classes.

You can contact the Office of Disability Services at the following email addresses:

Additional FAQs can be found on the College’s Coronavirus website.

Environmental Health and Safety Practices

Graphic of a person spraying disinfectant on a surface.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The College is following hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Suffolk County Department of Health. Maintenance staff will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection, and more frequently as needed, especially in high transit areas, such as restrooms and common areas. All labs and classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Cleaning logs will be maintained on site, documenting date, time, and scope of cleaning.

Signage and Visual Cues

The College has posted signage to remind everyone on campus to adhere to proper hygiene, physical distancing rules, appropriate use of face coverings, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Examples of some of the signs you will see on campus are below:

Additionally, offices, centers, waiting areas, computer labs, laboratories, and classrooms have been measured and reconfigured for physical distancing, with seating specifically designated.

Non-Essential Common Areas

Non-essential common areas on campus (e.g. gyms, pools, health clubs, dining areas) remain closed until further notice.

Health Tracing and Monitoring After Campus Re-Opening

Suffolk County Community College has planned extensively to implement procedures that are in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff. New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in coordination with the State University of New York has periodically issued directives and guidelines that have helped to shape the College’s planning decisions. These have been further influenced by the CDC, and state and local departments of health.

Together, we will be navigating a challenging time. The College administration and faculty remain dedicated to ensuring that we are able to connect effectively with our college community—especially as it impacts upon our support for the goals and aspirations of our students. We have worked hard to adjust learning activities and develop procedures to support your safety on campus and continue to maintain our priority for presenting a clean environment that will help keep everyone healthy. This pandemic has changed our College’s routines and we are dedicated to keeping you informed about those changes as they occur.

All employees, registered students and visitors are being provided detailed instructions on the protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings while on campus, and how to report symptoms or exposure. All employees, students and visitors will be required to complete a health screening survey to ensure that they are not symptomatic, have not tested positive, have not been in close contact with any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the past 10 days, and have not traveled internationally or to a state on the Executive Order 205 Travel Advisory within the last 10 days; this health screening survey must be completed each day an employee or student will be on campus, prior to the individual entering campus. Results of the screening will be logged and monitored. Any faculty, staff or student who tests positive will be required to report their status to the College and isolate at home according to CDC and Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines.

International and Out-of-State Travel

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) have issued a COVID-19 Travel Advisory in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Based on current guidelines:

  • Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (i.e., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory; however, travelers must continue to fill out the NYS online traveler health form.
  • All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state (i.e., all states other than NJ, CT, MA, PA, and VT) or from a country with a CDC Level 2 or higher travel warning, must quarantine for a period of 10 days, consistent with NYSDOH regulations for quarantine, unless they meet the criteria to “test out” of the 10-day quarantine period below.

Criteria for “Test Out” of the 10-Day Quarantine for Travel

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC Level 2 or higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
    • The most up-to-date information on the NYS COVID-19 travel advisory can be found on the NYS DOH website. Most countries currently remain subject to a Level 2 or higher travel warning from the CDC against non-essential travel, as outlined on the CDC website. Students planning to travel should review these travel advisories for the most up-to-date information.

Please be advised that the New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Department of Health have adopted the CDC quarantine guidelines, which reduce the required quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days if they remain symptom-free. Symptom-monitoring is required for the full 14 days, even though an individual can exit quarantine after 10 days if they remain symptom-free.

Faculty, staff or students who have traveled internationally or out-of-State must complete the NYS online traveler health form. Students will be required and directed to submit a copy of their confirmation of submission of the NYS Traveler Health Form to the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs:

The information students enter in this form will be shared with their local Department of Health and will be logged into its contact tracing system. If you are advised that you are subject to a quarantine requirement, you must notify the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs who will inform you when you can return to campus.

Arrival of international students and students returning from out-of-state travel

An email was sent on January 13 to all registered students, reminding them to plan accordingly if they travel out-of-state or if they travel out-of-country. Upon their return to our region, students must register online and complete isolation and quarantine requirements accordingly.

Students who travel out-of-the-country are subject to a 10-day required quarantine period upon their entry or return to the United States. Students returning from international travel will not be permitted to come to campus during this 10-day period. Students are required to inform their Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs if they have traveled internationally and if so, the date of their return to the United States and New York State.

Students who travel to another state must, upon their return to New York State, complete the NYS online traveler health form, and must complete isolation and quarantine requirements as then directed. The most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found on the NYSDOH website. We encourage you to regularly check this website throughout the semester if you are planning any out-of-state travel.

 Students coming back from out-of-State or international travel will be required to submit a copy of their confirmation of submission of the NYS Traveler Health Form to the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs:

This information will be shared with the Department of Health and will be logged into its contact tracing system. If students are advised they are subject to a quarantine requirement, they must notify the Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs who, in turn will inform them when they can return to campus.

Students are strongly advised to plan and/or limit any out-of-state or international travel so as to ensure they can complete any required quarantine or isolation period prior to the start of their on-campus classes and any plan to utilize on-campus services.

Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement

All students who will be on campus for any reason during the semester, must read and agree to the following “Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement” as part of the screening questionnaire they are required to complete. This indicates your agreement to adhere to the guidelines, shared with all students, that address practices that will be followed upon returning to campus, including those related to social distancing, facial masking, health/symptom screening and monitoring, and handwashing and hygiene protocols.

In order to maintain a safe teaching and learning environment, all students must agree to the following:

Before arriving on campus I will:

  • Complete all mandatory COVID-19 testing
  • Monitor my health for 14 days prior to any day I am coming onto campus
  • Submit a daily health screening questionnaire prior to coming on campus
  • Delay coming onto campus if I am feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow instructions for entering campus by wearing a face covering/mask over my nose and mouth, showing my clearance email for coming on-campus, and displaying my College ID at all times

When I am on campus I will:

  • Complete all mandatory COVID-19 testing
  • Practice appropriate physical distancing and good hygiene, including:
    • Remaining at least 6 feet from others whenever possible Graphic of woman with facemask and physical distancing.
    • Wearing a face covering/mask over my mouth and nose, as required by the College: in all shared spaces, including classrooms, lecture halls, hallways in academic buildings, academic common areas, laboratories and libraries, outdoor campus spaces and courtyards; while in transit between classes, on campus pathways; and during meetings or gatherings with other students, staff or faculty.
    • Maintaining good personal hygiene habits and washing my hands and/or using hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day
    • Staying home if I am sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Socialize only in small groups
  • Adhere to all protocols the College establishes for in-person class/lab attendance
  • Take responsibility for completing all work that is assigned.
  • Follow directional signs on campus walkways and in buildings
  • Follow the guidelines and procedures provided to students regarding international travel and out-of-state travel
  • Cooperate with contact tracing inquiries immediately and completely
  • Comply with any request to quarantine or isolate, including in the event of a positive test result for COVID-19
  • Participate in classes and events remotely if I am not feeling well
  • If I am a member or leader of a student organization, I will abide by the rule prohibiting in-person events and will not organize or attend such events unless they are coordinated by professional College staff.
  • Adhere to all health and safety practices recommended or required by the College.

Accountability and Responsibility:

I understand that to protect the College community and myself, I must abide by the Return-to-Campus Guidelines for Students and this Agreement, as they may be modified by the College from time to time. I understand that major violations of the Guidelines and the Agreement, including those related to testing, quarantining, isolating, and/or hosting unpermitted and prohibited in-person gatherings, may result in removal from campus and/or disciplinary action.

Below is the text that will appear on the electronic Student Daily Health Screening Questionnaire:

Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement:
I understand that to protect the College community and myself, I must abide by the Return-to-Campus Guidelines for Students and the Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement, as they may be modified by the College from time to time. I understand that I must wear a face covering/mask over my nose and mouth while I am on campus and adhere to physical distancing requirements, maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance between other individuals in all directions (e.g. side-to-side or when facing one another) whenever possible. I understand that major violations of the Guidelines and the Agreement, including those related to testing, quarantining, isolating, and/or hosting unpermitted and prohibited in-person gatherings, may result in removal from campus and/or disciplinary action. By selecting “I agree,” I indicate my willingness and agreement to abide by the College’s rules, Return-to-Campus Guidelines for Students, and the Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement. I acknowledge that Suffolk County Community College cannot eliminate the risk of illness during a global pandemic. I voluntarily accept the risks associated with in-person, on-campus study and services at this time. I understand that to protect the College community and myself, I must abide by the Return-to-Campus Guidelines for Students and the Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement, as they may be modified by the College from time to time. I understand that I must wear a face covering/mask over my nose and mouth while I am on campus and adhere to physical distancing requirements, maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance between other individuals in all directions (e.g. side-to-side or when facing one another) whenever possible. I understand that major violations of the Guidelines and the Agreement, including those related to testing, quarantining, isolating, and/or hosting unpermitted and prohibited in-person gatherings, may result in removal from campus and/or disciplinary action. By selecting “I agree,” I indicate my willingness and agreement to abide by the College’s rules, Return-to-Campus Guidelines for Students, and the Protect SUNY Suffolk Agreement. I acknowledge that Suffolk County Community College cannot eliminate the risk of illness during a global pandemic. I voluntarily accept the risks associated with in-person, on-campus study and services at this time.

SUNY Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Violations Policy

A Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Violations Policy is in effect as of October 1, 2020 at 8:00am SUNY-wide. A copy of this policy can be accessed here. The College is implementing this policy as required. This policy assigns standardized sanctions for violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, dependent on the gravity of the violations and intentionality. Any violations of COVID-19 safety protocols will be addressed in accordance with this policy, in a manner consistent with the due process requirements outlined in the College’s Student Code of Conduct. All students are strongly encouraged to follow the reasonable requirements outlined in these guidelines and elsewhere, including wearing masks/face coverings, physical/social distancing, presenting for COVID-19 testing, filling out daily health screening questionnaires before arrival on campus, reporting positive COVID-19 test results, and following all directives of College, local and state health officials. All students are advised to review this new policy carefully.

Link to COVID-19 Questionnaire for Students

What to Expect When You Enter/Exit Campus

Public safety officer checking student's authorization and ID to be on campus.

Restricted Entry/Exit Points on Campus

Entrance and exit points for the College’s campuses will be restricted as follows until further notice. Students are encouraged to arrive well ahead of their class start-time (30 to 40 minutes) in order to minimize any anxiety related to completing the campus check-in protocols and arriving for class on time.

  • Ammerman Campus:
    1. STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES ONLY- College Road entrance(the entrance without a traffic light), check-in at Public Safety booth
    2. STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES- Brookhaven Gym entrance off of Nicolls Road, check-in at Public Safety booth
    3. STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES- By the bus stop near College Road, check in with Public Safety officer. Use this location for all drop-offs, including Lyft, Uber, taxis and private vehicles.
  • Michael J. Grant Campus: STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES
    1. Wicks Road entrance, check-in at Public Safety booth
    2. By the bus stop near Caumsett Hall, check-in at Public Safety booth
  • Eastern Campus: STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES- Riverhead-Speonk Road entrance, proceed to Public Safety booth in Lot #1.
  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES- 2nd Street entrance
  • Sayville Center STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES- Greene Avenue entrance

All vehicles from Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services shall be stopped at the campus screening checkpoint. The designated rideshare pickup/drop-off points are the Suffolk County Transit bus stop in front of the NFL Building on the Ammerman Campus, the Suffolk County Transit bus stop by the Sagtikos Building on the Michael J. Grant Campus, and the Suffolk County Transit bus stop in Lot 1 at the Eastern Campus. At the checkpoint, the Public Safety Officer will follow the below procedures:

  • If the vehicle is coming onto campus in order to pick up a passenger(s) the driver will be instructed to proceed to the designated rideshare pickup/drop-off point.
  • If the vehicle is coming onto campus in order to drop off a passenger(s) the occupants of the vehicle will be asked to provide proof that the online COVID-19 health screening questionnaire has been filled out. If the online screening questionnaire has not been filled out a paper copy will be provided and collected prior to allowing the vehicle to proceed to the designated rideshare pickup/drop-off point.
  • The driver of the rideshare vehicle will not be asked to provide a health screening questionnaire.

Mandatory Check-in with Public Safety at Entry Point

  • Upon arrival, students will be required to check in with Public Safety officers stationed at the campus entrance.
  • You will be stopped at the booth by a College Public Safety Officer.
  • Students must have a face covering over their mouth and nose when they arrive on campus and are stopped at the entrance. If you do not have a face covering, please ask the Officer and one will be provided to you.
  • The Officer will request that you open your driver-side window 2 inches and place your College ID card against the window along with your email indicating health screening clearance. If your phone does not enable you to display a screenshot indicating health questionnaire clearance, a hard copy of the health screening form will be providing to you for completion before you will be allowed to proceed.
  • Students with clearance will be provided with a sticker indicating they have clearance for the day. Students will need to write their name on this sticker. It should be worn in the lapel area and visible while on campus.

Questions and Answers for Students Returning to Campus During the Covid-19 Pandemic

  1. I've tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Do I still need to wear the mask?
    Yes, if you previously tested positive for COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies you must still wear a mask or face covering as outlined above.

  2. If I have to stay home due to COVID-19 self-isolation, how will this affect my class instructional time?
    The College does not believe students should be penalized for missing class as a result of either illness or fear of illness. The SUNY Chancellor has endorsed this position. Please speak with your faculty who have been asked to develop alternate ways to meet learning outcomes for students who may become ill and need to miss class or scheduled activities due to illness. Your instructor will provide you with more details. If you have further concerns about this, you should speak to your instructor, the Academic Chair responsible for the program, and/or the Associate Academic Dean on your campus.

  3. What should I do if I am advised that I have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus?
    When a student has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and that contact was while they were symptomatic or 48 hours prior to being symptomatic, the Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines dictate a mandatory quarantine for 10 days, with daily symptom monitoring for 14 days from the last date of contact. (Note: close contact is defined by SCDOH as being within 6 feet of a person displaying COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, 10 minutes or more. A close contact may be less than 10 minutes if someone who has tested positive coughed or sneezed on you).

  4. Will student health be monitored?
    Students are expected to self-monitor their health. All employees, students and visitors will be required to complete a daily health screening survey to ensure that they are not symptomatic, have not tested positive, have not been in close contact with any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the past 10 days, and have not traveled internationally or to a state on the Executive Order 205 Travel Advisory within the last 10 days; this health screening survey must be completed each day an employee or student will be on campus, prior to the individual entering campus. Results of the screening will be logged and monitored.

    Students will not be permitted on campus if this daily health screening questionnaire has not been completed. Students whose responses to the screening questionnaire indicate a risk of COVID-19 exposure will not be permitted to come on campus that day and will be informed to contact their Campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs:

    Eastern Campus:
    Dr. Mary Reese: reesem@sunysuffolk.edu
    Michael J. Grant Campus: Dr. Meryl Rogers: rogersm@sunysuffolk.edu
    Ammerman Campus: Dr. Edward Martinez: martineze@sunysuffolk.edu

    Photo of COVID-19 testing.
  5. Where can I go to be tested for COVID-19?
    The NYS Department of Health has a searchable listing of testing sites on its website.

  6. Are campuses now open to the public and to students?
    Campuses are only open to the extent noted within these guidelines. Campus access remains restricted.

  7. I have recently traveled out-of-state or internationally. Will I need to quarantine upon my return?
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health have issued a COVID-19 Travel Advisory in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Based on current guidelines, travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (i.e., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory; however, travelers must continue to fill out the NYS online traveler health form.

    All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state (i.e., all states other than NJ, CT, MA, PA, and VT) or from a country with a CDC Level 2 or higher travel warning, must quarantine for a period of 10 days, consistent with NYSDOH regulations for quarantine, unless they meet the criteria to “test out” of the 10-day quarantine period outlined on the NYS COVID-19 travel advisory webpage and described in these guidelines above. Please review the COVID-19 travel advisory information and guidelines posted on the NYS DOH website carefully to determine if you are subject to the 10-day quarantine requirements based upon your travel.

    On January 13, 2021, an email was sent to all registered students reminding them to plan accordingly if they travel out-of-state or if they travel out-of-country. Upon their return to our region, students must register online and complete isolation and quarantine requirements accordingly.

    The College’s COVID-19 Webpage contains a description of travel restrictions, a link to the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory webpage, and a link to the NYS online health form which all individuals who have traveled must complete online.

    Please notify your professor and the campus Associate Dean for Student Affairs as soon as possible if you are subject to a quarantine requirement based on recent travel.

    The most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory can be found on the NYS DOH website. The CDC has issued a Students planning to travel should review these travel advisories for the most up-to-date information.

  8. I am concerned and feeling stressed about returning to the campus. Is there someone I can speak with?
    As this is a difficult time for many people, please be reminded that there are multiple support resources available to you.

    The College's Mental Health and Wellness staff will continue to provide services to students who need support. SUNY Suffolk offers individual short-term mental health counseling to our students. All students receive weekly communications regarding opportunities to participate in remote group sessions focused on: art therapy, pet therapy, breathing and meditation, and yoga. Students can also request individual therapy sessions via our student portal to provide direct connection to mental health counselors. The therapy sessions occur via web-conferencing. You can reach the team members via email at mentalhealth@sunysuffolk.edu or call them as follows:

    Ammerman Campus Office
    Ammerman Building, Room 209
    (631) 451-4530
    (631) 451-4060
    (631) 451-4069

    Eastern Campus Office
    Peconic Building, Room 212E
    (631) 548-2650

    Michael J. Grant Campus Office
    Caumsett Hall, Lower Level
    (631) 851-6872

    The New York State Office of Mental Health also runs a COVID-19 emotional support helpline. The OMH Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Helpline is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. The Helpline can be reached at 1-844-863-9314. More information is available on the NYSOMH website.

    SUNY also has resources to help you get the support you need:
    ReachOut SUNY
    Thriving Campus
    Middle Earth from the University at Albany
    New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741

Student Affairs Contact List

Admissions

Ammerman Campus
AdmissionsA@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
AdmissionsE@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
AdmissionsG@sunysuffolk.edu

Associate Dean/General

Ammerman Campus
ammermanstudentaffairs@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
easternstudentaffairs@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
grantstudentaffairs@sunysuffolk.edu

Athletics and Campus Activities

Ammerman Campus
activities-ammr@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
activities-east@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
activities-grant@sunysuffolk.edu

Career Services

Ammerman Campus
careerservices-ammr@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
careerservices-east@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
careerservices-west@sunysuffolk.edu

Cashier Office

The campus Cashier offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students must complete the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire and follow the guidance presented in this document in order to enter the campus. No appointments are required to visit the Cashier. Individuals who do not complete the screening questionnaire in advance will be required to do so when entering the campus. The Student Expectations and Guidelines presented in the Return to Campus Guidelines apply to all individuals coming to the Cashier Office and should be reviewed before coming to campus.

Ammerman Campus
cashiera@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
eastcashier@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
grantcashier@sunysuffolk.edu

Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding

All Campuses
csjhu@sunysuffolk.edu

Child Care Centers

Ammerman Campus
counselinga@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Camps
counselinge@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
counselingg@sunysuffolk.edu

Disability Services

Ammerman Campus
DisabilityA@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
DisabilityE@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
DisabilityG@sunysuffolk.edu

Financial Aid

Ammerman Campus
faidammr@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
faideast@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
faidwest@sunysuffolk.edu

Food Pantry Access

Ammerman Campus
ammrfoodpantry@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
eastfoodpantry@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
activities-grant@sunysuffolk.edu

Health Services

Ammerman Campus
healthserv-ammr@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
healthserv-east@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
healthserv-west@sunysuffolk.edu

Mental Health

All Campuses
mentalhealth@sunysuffolk.edu

Public Safety

(631) 451-4242

Registrar

Ammerman Campus
registrara@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
registrare@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
registrarw@sunysuffolk.edu

New Student Advising

Ammerman Campus
advisingammerman@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
counselinge@sunysuffolk.edu

Grant Campus
welcomecenterwest@sunysuffolk.edu

Veteran Services

All Campuses
veterans@sunysuffolk.edu

Last Updated: 9/28/21