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Timely Information for Fall 2022

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 plans are aligned and consistent with guidance from SUNY, local and state Departments of Health guidelines. 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, 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 here.

COVID-19 Requirements

 

All SUNY institutions – including SUNY Suffolk – now require that on-campus students, and any students with a regular on-campus presence must provide proof of vaccination to the campus Office of Health Services. Submit your vaccine card to covid19vaccinecards@sunysuffolk.edu

  • Ammerman Health Services
    Kreiling Hall - Portable Building
     
  • Eastern Health Services
    Peconic Building
     
  • Michael J. Grant Health Services
    Captree Commons

Students may request an exemption from this requirement based on medical or religious grounds but must have done so by August 22, 2022. Filing for an exemption is a rigorous and demanding process. Students will be notified if their request is approved.

Students who do not submit proof of vaccination – or who do not request and receive an approved exemption – will not be able to register for in-person learning on campus.

Students will be required to be vaccinated in order to continue to come onto a campus, unless they have been granted a valid medical or religious exemption. Exemptions for religious reasons, or because a student is fully online, will have to be requested from the campus Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 

Exemptions for medical reasons must be requested from the Campus Health Services Office.

Students will need to complete a request form as part of this process and supporting documentation may be required.

Students in certain programs or courses involving clinical, field, or internship placements may find that certain sites, such as healthcare settings, will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working at the site. Students in affected programs are being advised regarding these requirements as they become known to the affected programs. These student vaccination expectations mean that SUNY Suffolk students may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at some point in the near future, such as:

  • if/when the SUNY vaccination requirement becomes effective, or  
  • as part of an external clinical, field, or internship placement at a site that requires vaccination.

As a result, all students are strongly encouraged to complete the vaccination process as soon as possible. 

Being vaccinated serves to enhance the overall health and safety of our entire College community and includes certain benefits such as reduced frequency for participation in mandatory COVID-19 testing. Final details on the State’s vaccine mandate are likely to include plans to accommodate certain exemptions and grace periods once there is a date by which compliance is expected. At this time:

  • Anyone aged 5 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine in New York State.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in individuals aged 12 and older. 
  • The Moderna and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for use in individuals aged 18 and older. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and critical to helping us get back to normal. To determine your vaccine eligibility:

  • Use the New York State “Am I Eligible app” 
  • Call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) 
  • SUNY has developed the following resource for all students seeking to learn more at: https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax

Students who have already been vaccinated are encouraged to submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card via email or in person to their campus Health Services Office: covid19vaccinecards@sunysuffolk.edu. When submitting the card, please be sure to include your name and student ID number with your vaccine card. You can also seek the assistance of Health Services in identifying available vaccination opportunities.

SUNY System Administration has developed a System-wide solution to collect and track verified vaccination status of SUNY students, utilizing the New York State and New York City immunization databases. Students vaccinated outside the State of New York will be required to submit appropriate documentation verifying their vaccination status to the College. Students are advised that the College may be required to report vaccination information using this system.  The college also reserves the right to verify vaccination status through these databases.

Masks are not required on campus, in classrooms, inside college buildings, labs, offices, common spaces, or in crowded outdoor settings and venues. Masking on campus is optional for all members of our community. It is anticipated that many employees and students alike may desire to continue using masks in indoor settings. Members of the Suffolk community have many different reasons to continue or discontinue masking. Individual needs and differences should be respected and mutually supported.

Faculty, staff, and students who are unvaccinated, or care for family members with a heightened risk for illness, are encouraged to continue to wear a mask.

Students with an approved vaccine exemption will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test every two weeks.  The students can use a home test or participate in testing at a health care facility.

Students need to include a picture of the test result with their college ID and must submit this information to the office of health services via email. 

The test information will be entered into SPAYHIS in Banner. Students who do not comply, will receive a communication reminding them to test. This list will be run monthly and letters will be sent from central student affairs.

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

Stay Informed

The College will continue to communicate COVID-19 information to students, faculty and staff via college email and through its Coronavirus website. Students are strongly encouraged to review this webpage, email communications, and our COVID-19 guidelines on a regular basis to ensure familiarity with college plans and requirements for the Fall 2022 semester.

Symptom Monitoring 

While daily health screening forms are currently no longer required for students and visitors to campus, all students should continue to monitor themselves for exposure to or symptoms of infectious illnesses, including possible symptoms of COVID-19 which include unexpected onset of 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 

Anyone with signs or symptoms of infectious illness should stay home when sick and is encouraged to seek medical care.

Check the COVID-19 Dashboard 

SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus. In addition, you can monitor COVID-19 public health metrics through: 

Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. As COVID-19 and its variants are highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus. The College’s first priority is the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves, but for all members of the SUNY and college community.

Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.

If Tested Positive, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation

All students, vaccinated or unvaccinated who test positive for COVID-19, must isolate for 5 days.  Students should return to campus after day 5 of their isolation period, provided they:

  • have not had a fever for at least 24 hours;
  • symptoms have resolved or have improved;
  • wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.

The student will work with her/his professor(s) individually to continue to complete coursework during their absence from class. This requires early notification by such students to their professors.

Students identified for quarantine and isolation will have access to certain assistance, such as psychosocial, academic and/or other supports as needed.

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally 

We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time for everyone. 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. 

SUNY also has resources to help you get the support you need: 

Get Instructional and Technology Help 

Information and links for students seeking to access technological and instructional assistance, can be found on Technology Support page

Request Accommodations for Disabilities 

Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should contact Disability Services. 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 Disability Services as soon as possible so that we can work with you to complete registration. Please email the Office of Disability Services from your College email address and provide the office with any documentation related to your disability such as an IEP, evaluation or letter from a medical professional. 

The best way to reach Disability Services is via your College email address as follows: 

Ammerman Campus: DisabilityA@sunysuffolk.edu 
Michael J. Grant Campus: DisabilityG@sunysuffolk.edu 
Eastern Campus: DisabilityE@sunysuffolk.edu 

Changes and Updates

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance, or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and Suffolk County Community College have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and Suffolk County Community College will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of new developments. 

Student Services

Below you will find important information on services available on campus and remotely during the fall semester.

Students who wish to meet with staff from any student services area, including the cashier, can meet face-to-face in addition to web-conferencing and phone appointments. Please refer to the Contact us link for email contact addresses that will enable you to reach these offices to schedule an appointment.

Libraries

The libraries are open to the college community. Library hours can be found on the Suffolk Library websiteRemote library research assistance is also available by phoneemail and virtual chat.

Child Care Centers

Child care centers are open. Parents and guardians can receive additional information by contacting their campus childcare center.

Dining and Food Services

Aramark dining operations will be open on the Ammerman campus and Michael J. Grant campus. Vending machines will remain available for use. The Eastern Campus Peconic Café will continue to operate. The Baker’s Workshop at the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center is open.

Health Services

Each campus has a Health Services Office. For more information, please refer to the Health Services webpage.

Campus Bookstores

The campus bookstores offer both online and in-person book orders.  You can access book information, order books and schedule book pick-ups from the College’s bookstore website.

Vehicle Registration

For the Fall 2022 semester, all students with an on-campus class will be assessed the vehicle registration fee. Students should register their vehicle and secure a parking sticker.

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

Student Technology Support

Outdoor wireless access is available across parking lots on all campuses. The College has arranged to make a limited number of devices available to students who do not have access at home. The process for students who have no technology at home to request a laptop or Chromebook is for students to request a device using the portal (MySCCC). The link is located on the student homepage, under Student Quick Links. Attached is a screenshot of the location for requesting a device from on the student homepage in MySCCC.

Online Advising

The College has both online and in-person advising options to assist students with enrollment registration.

Online Tutoring

  • The Academic Tutoring Centers at each campus offer both remote and face to face options.  Please view this link to access campus-specific information.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services offers student accommodations for both online and face-to-face courses. 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 here.

Mental Health and Wellness Services

The College’s Mental Health and Wellness Services program will continue to provide services to students in distress and in need of support. To connect with a mental health counselor, please email mentalhealth@sunysuffolk.edu.

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.

Everyday Prevention

Personal protective measures will help prevent the spread of this virus.

To minimize the chance for exposure, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

As an institution of higher education:

  • We encourage everyone to self-monitor their health. 
  • We emphasize voluntary home isolation if you begin to exhibit symptoms and we urge you to contact your healthcare provider if your condition changes.
  • Anyone who is ill or who exhibits symptoms should stay home.

Employee Safety Notice COVID-19 Protective Measures

Visit CDC website for more everyday prevention tips.

Coronavirus - Staying Safe (English)

Coronavirus - Staying Safe (Spanish)

Students who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who are sick will be sent home. Sick students are advised to follow Department of Health/CDC-recommended steps and should not return to campus until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met. A return to campus clearance will be required.

All students, vaccinated or unvaccinated who test positive for COVID-19, must isolate for 5 days.  Students should return to campus after day 5 of their isolation period, provided they:

  • have not had a fever for at least 24 hours;
  • symptoms have resolved or have improved;
  • wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.

Course Absences Due to COVID-19

The College does not believe students should be penalized for missing class as a result 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. 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.