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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (CARES, CRRSAA, ARP)

SUNY Schenectady has received $16,970,830 from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and American Rescue Plan (ARP).  A minimum of $7,049,258 shall be distributed to eligible students through the form of emergency grants.   

For detailed information on the emergency grants to students click on the HEERF Student Aid Facts & Data link below. 

HEERF Student Aid Facts and Data

HEERF III Block Grant Distribution Data

As of March 21, 2022 all HEERF Student Aid Funds have been distributed to students and there is no more funding available at this time. If any of the funds go unclaimed we will attempt to redistribute. Students are welcome to submit an a funding application in the event that unclaimed funds become available. We do not anticipate identifying any unclaimed funds until June 2022 at the earliest. 

ARP (HEERF III) Student Aid Funding Application

HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 6/30/2021
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 3/31/2021 - Updated
00678500_HEERF_Q22021_03312021 - Revised 3/28/22
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 12/31/2020
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 9/30/2020

COVID-19 Vaccine for Students

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With the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021, the State mandated all students to be vaccinated. For the Spring 2022 term, students need to receive a booster prior to returning to campus if it has been six months or more since their last Moderna vaccine, five months or more since their last Pfizer vaccine, or two months since their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is now in place for all SUNY campuses.

Students have the option to submit a COVID-19 Medical Exemption or COVID-19 Religious Exemption for review. If this applies to you, please email the Student Affairs Office at or call the Dean of Student Affairs at 518-381-1378. 

Students must submit proof of their vaccination. Please disclose your vaccination status via the SUNY Vaccination Verification Application. SUNY Schenectady login credentials will work to access this site. If your credentials do not work, you can send proof of vaccination to or bring proof to Student Affairs in Elston Hall, Room 222.

COVID-19 Testing for Students

Pool-Testing for Spring 2022 Semester

Students will receive a link from Calendly, a software scheduling system used by academic advisement. Every week students will choose their appointment time spanning a 15-minute interval up to maximum of 15 students. Once the cap has been reached, their desired 15-minute interval will no longer be available forcing them to choose another time. The invite will include instruction on pool testing along with a rescheduling feature. The invites will be received in a special email address which will be used to verify that pool-testing requirements have been met.

Students who have questions may contact the Office of Student Affairs at 518-381-1365 or via email at  

This will be enforced by the Dean of Student Affairs. Students who do not comply with pool-testing or mask-wearing will be subject to the provisions of the College’s Code of Conduct.

COVID-19 Testing for Employees

Weekly Pool Testing Required For:

  • Employees who have not completed the vaccination yet
  • Employees with SUNY Schenectady approved religious or medical vaccination exemption
  • Employees who have not submitted proof of vaccination

Monthly Pool Testing Required For:

Employees who have completed the vaccination, and booster when eligible, AND have provided evidence to the Human Resources Office at

To schedule the time for your COVID pool test:

Please schedule your appointment using the Calendly link for employees.

We have made it easy through Calendly to set up your appointment times for the whole semester all at once. The appointment schedule is set up in 15-minute blocks and once the maximum number of employees (15) schedule an appointment during a specific block, the time slot will no longer be visible and you will need to choose a different block of time. You will use Calendly to book your vaccination appointment each week or month depending on your specific requirement. There is no recurrent function in this software. Please schedule yourself Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. through 5:45 p.m. and Friday 8:15 a.m. through 1:45 p.m. There is a scroll in the middle of the screen so you can see directions and the cancellation statement.

COVID Pool Testing is mandatory for all employees. Please note that the list of weekly and monthly appointments will be cross-referenced with vaccination records. Employees who do not comply with the COVID pool testing requirement will be reported to Human Resources and the employee supervisor.  

COVID-19 Safety Guidance for SUNY Schenectady Campus Gatherings

Safety Guidelines for gatherings at SUNY Schenectady are informed by the Centers for Disease Control current considerations.

Defining "Gatherings"

Large gatherings bring together many people from multiple households in a private or public space. SUNY Schenectady defines large gatherings as planned events with more than 50 individuals. 

Small gatherings are informal in nature and may occur with colleagues whom you regularly socialize. SUNY Schenectady defines small gatherings as groups of 50 or fewer individuals.

Event organizers will continue to assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone or cancel large or small events and gatherings, significantly reduce the number of attendees, or hold virtual gatherings on a case-by-case basis when event requests are made.

Campus Event Guidelines

  • Seating in campus common areas will adhere to 75% capacity, with seating adjusted or signed to ensure social distancing.
  • Effective Friday, March 4, students and employees are no longer required to wear masks and face coverings in classrooms, common areas, and other college locations. Social distancing requirements remain in effect. Individuals who wish to wear a mask or face covering may do so at their own discretion. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
  • Face coverings are provided at all campus points of entry to all individuals wanting one. Hand sanitizing stations will be located at all points of entry/exit and in convenient locations around the campus for student, staff and visitor use.
  • Any requests for use of space will adhere to all current SUNY guidelines and/or policies. SUNY Schenectady will follow the current guidelines on capacity limits and any required procedures including securing identifying information from attendees of any events.
  • External communications to campus visitors will include:
    • The College website will list announcements, plans and update protocols and guidelines.
    • Poster signage at entrances where all who enter must perform self-health screening.

Important Phone Numbers

New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) Communicable Disease Department
518-386-2824, option 4
After Hours 518-437-7878