Masking, Vaccination & Booster Requirements
Spring Semester, 2022
COVID continues to have a significant impact in New York State, as well as the rest of the country. The State of New York has imposed updated policies required of all businesses, colleges and universities, and other organizations operating in the state.
Here is some important information you need to know prior to your return to Alfred University:
- All students must provide documentation of a negative COVID test administered by a medical professional within 72 hours prior to January 14th at 12:00 noon Eastern time (a home test will not be accepted); any student not submitting documentation of a test will not be allowed to attend classes.
- All students are required to be fully vaccinated before returning to Alfred University; fully vaccinated means TWO Moderna or Pfizer doses or ONE Johnson and Johnson dose, followed by a full 14-day waiting period.
- Exemptions for strongly held religious beliefs and medical reasons will be considered; any student (on or off campus) receiving an exemption will be required to be tested weekly.
- All students are strongly encouraged to have a COVID booster shot before returning; for those who haven’t received a booster before returning, two booster clinics will be offered: January 21st at Alfred University and January 27th at Alfred State College. The times for each clinic will be announced in advance.
- Area vaccination sites are regularly administering vaccines and boosters.
- Those who test positive for COVID in weekly testing or who self-present at the Wellness Center and test positive will be required to isolate for ten days; if New York State revises the guidance for isolation periods, the University will revise its policy to match.
- Contact tracing will continue through the Spring semester for those identified as having come into contact with a student who has tested positive; the quarantine period for unvaccinated people identified through contact tracing will be 10 days (quarantine is not required for vaccinated students); if New York State revises the guidance for quarantine periods, the University will revise its policy.
- All students are encouraged to get a flu shot before returning to Alfred University; flu clinics will be conducted on campus based on need or request.
- Once on campus, masks are required by all students in any Alfred University building (including classrooms). Masks may be removed in dining halls/facilities while eating. Students are not required to wear a mask while in their residence hall room.
- Masks must be worn properly, extending over the nose and under the chin.
- Alfred University faculty and staff are required to complete daily health screenings as part of our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID on our campus. These required screenings are currently mandated by the New York State HERO Act and apply to all staff and faculty, regardless of COVID vaccination status.
- Faculty and staff of Alfred University: please be aware at all times of symptoms that may be related to COVID (regardless of your vaccination status). If you experience onset of new symptoms, such as a headache, cough, muscle or joint aches, elevated temperature, or other flu-like symptoms, please call your primary care provider immediately. Follow their advice regarding next steps to take, if any. Do not come to work unless your provider clears you to do so. If you are diagnosed as positive for COVID, do not return to work until cleared by your provider, and let HR and your supervisor know you will not be at work.
- Students: if you wake up with or begin to experience symptoms that may be COVID-related (flu-like symptoms: cough, fever, muscle aches, etc.) please call the Wellness Center immediately and speak to one of the staff for a possible diagnosis. Do not go to classes, dining hall or anywhere else until you are cleared by the Wellness Center staff. A list of testing and vaccination sites is available for you to choose a location convenient for you.
- All visitors to our campus must comply with the same masking requirements as students and employees.
- Visitors can enter academic and non-residence hall buildings while wearing a mask. Families are welcome to visit their student but should not be entering residence halls. An exception will be our move-in and move-out dates at the beginning and end of the semester. Family members who are masked may enter the residence halls to help their student get settled into their rooms.
- Please contact the Wellness Center for all other vaccination, booster shot and testing questions. A list of area vaccination and COVID testing sites is available for students as well.
The staff and faculty of Alfred University remain committed to providing the safest, healthiest college experience possible. Your cooperation and compliance will help us achieve a full, in-person semester. If you have additional questions regarding vaccination requirements, please contact the Wellness Center or Tamara Kenney. You are also encouraged to email us.
- Who is required to be vaccinated for the Spring semester?
All students living on or off campus must be vaccinated to attend Spring semester classes or participate in any sports, activities or clubs. Vaccinated students will be required to wear a mask in campus buildings (exceptions: while in private dorm rooms and while eating in dining halls). Masks are also required to be worn outdoors when maintaining social distancing is not possible. Faculty and staff must adhere to these same guidelines, as well as visitors to campus. Depending on fully vaccinated status, students may also be required to submit to periodic COVID testing.
- When must students be vaccinated for the Spring semester?
New students (including transfers) should plan on being fully vaccinated before returning to Alfred University prior to move-in day. New students who have been vaccinated are required to send a scan, photo or copy of their vaccine card to the Wellness Center before departing for Alfred (via fax at 607-871-2631 or our HealthDocs portal). International students are requested to send their documents in English.
- What does fully vaccinated mean?
Fully vaccinated means 2 vaccinations with the following vaccines (followed by a 14-day post-vaccination waiting period after the 2nd dose): Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Sinopharm, Sinovac OR 1 dose of the following vaccine (followed by a 14-day post-vaccination waiting period): Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
- If a student is only able to get 1 dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines prior to arriving in Alfred, what should that student do?
Any student who is only able to get 1 dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines before leaving for Alfred should notify the Wellness Center and submit a scan, photo or copy of the vaccine card to the Wellness Center (via fax at 607-871-2631 or our HealthDocsportal) and indicate that another dose is needed after arriving at Alfred. Alfred University will be conducting a vaccination clinic shortly after the Spring semester begins for those students requiring a both doses or a 2nd dose. In addition, vaccines are also available in a number of locations off campus (local hospital, Allegany County Department of Health, local pharmacies). Under current guidelines, domestic students who have had 1 dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are able to receive their second dose of the same vaccine after arriving at Alfred.
- If an international student has only received the 1st dose of a 2-dose vaccine, will they be able to get the 2nd dose after they arrive in Alfred?
No, international students not fully vaccinated will be required to wait 28 days beyond the date of their 1st dose and begin a new round of vaccinations—2 doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- If a student has received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine but the 14-day post-vaccination waiting period has not elapsed, will the student be able to return to Alfred?
Yes, students who have received a full series of vaccines should return to Alfred even if the post-vaccination waiting period has not elapsed. All masking requirements remain in place.
- What must a student do if they are not able to obtain a vaccination before returning to Alfred?
Students who have not been able to access a vaccination site at home or get vaccinated locally should return to Alfred in time for classes to begin. These students should inform the Wellness Center (607-871-2400 or via our HealthDocs portal) of their intent to be vaccinated at Alfred University, available in a number of locations off campus (local hospital, Allegany County Department of Health, local pharmacies).
- What are the vaccination requirements for international students?
International students are also required to be fully vaccinated before returning to Alfred. Any World Health Organization-authorized vaccines will be accepted for the vaccination requirement, per the New York State Department of Health. These include: Pfizer BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Sinopharm, Sinovac. International students are requested to send their vaccination records (in English) to the Wellness Center via fax at 607-871-2631 or via our HealthDocs portal.
- What travel restrictions apply to students arriving from international locations?
According to Centers for Disease Control guidance, vaccinated and unvaccinated students arriving from international locations are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before boarding a flight to the US. Unvaccinated students traveling from abroad should also get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arriving in the U.S. and self-quarantine for 7 days. If unvaccinated students traveling from abroad are not tested following arrival in the U.S., they should self-quarantine for 10 days.
- Will students who are not fully vaccinated be able to attend classes?
Yes, students who are not fully vaccinated will be able to attend all their classes. As with all other students, these students must be masked in all campus buildings and in outdoor settings in which social distancing is not possible. The only exceptions are while in one's private dorm room and while eating at a dining hall. These students will also be COVID tested periodically throughout the semester.
- If students are unwilling to attend classes on campus, are they able to take classes remotely?
If students choose to receive their instruction remotely, they will need to enroll in courses that are designated as being offered remotely. These students will need work with their advisors or Deans to select such courses.
- Will COVID vaccination exemptions be available for students?
Exemptions will be available for students who have medical conditions or express firmly held religious beliefs against vaccinations. Students with medical conditions must submit a letter from a duly licensed healthcare provider (medical doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner) to the Wellness Center, via fax at 607-871-2631 or via our HealthDocs portal identifying the specific condition(s) warranting the exemption. Students who have firmly held religious beliefs preventing them from being vaccinated must submit a letter to the Wellness Center explaining their religious objections.
- If students do not intend to be vaccinated or to request an exemption, will they be allowed to take classes in person?
Students who are not vaccinated or do not receive an exemption will not be allowed to move into their residence hall or attend classes. Those students are requested to notify the Office of Student Affairs at 607-871-2132 and the Alfred University Registrar at 607-871-2123 if they do not intend to return to Alfred in the Spring, or contact their Dean’s office to discuss online options.
- If students have had and have recovered from COVID-19, are they exempt from the vaccination requirement?
No, students who have had COVID and recovered are not exempt from the vaccination requirement.
- Will students with exemptions be able to attend classes in person?
Any student who is granted a medical or religious exemption will be able to attend classes. As with all other students, these students must be masked in all campus buildings and in outdoor settings in which social distancing is not possible. The only exceptions are while in one's private dorm room and while eating at a dining hall. Exempt students will also be required to submit to periodic COVID testing throughout the semester, or until fully vaccinated.
- Does the vaccination requirement apply to students participating in athletics at Alfred University?
The vaccination requirement applies to all students, including student-athletes at Alfred University.