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

SUNY Schenectady has received $17,728,669 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), American Rescue Plan (ARP), and Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP).  A minimum of $7,428,178 shall be distributed to eligible students through the form of emergency grants.  As of September 26, 2022 all emergency grants have been awarded to students. 

HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 6/30/2021
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report, Ending Quarter 3/31/2021 - Updated
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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 Fall 2022 term, all new, returning, continuing, and transfer students who plan to attend in-person classes and/or utilize in-person services are required to provide evidence that they have completed the initial course of COVID vaccinations.

Pursuant to SUNY’s policy, students are considered fully vaccinated for the initial course of vaccination (a) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series OR (b) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine. Students are NOT required to have the booster shots, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Find information to get the vaccine or boosters. 

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 using one of 3 options: 1) Submit their vaccination information to the SUNY Vaccination Verification Application; 2)  bring a copy of their vaccination card or their Excelsior Pass to the Office of Student Affairs, Elston 222 ; 3) email a copy to Returning students who attended SUNY Schenectady in 2021-22 and were fully vaccinated or approved for a medical or religious waiver are not required to disclose their vaccination status again in 2022-23.

COVID-19 Testing for Students

Where can I get a COVID test kit on campus?

Students may get a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test nasal swab kit to self-administer off campus at the Elston Hall security desk, the Kindl Building, Center City, and the COVID Pool Testing Room, Elston 323.

What do I do if I am positive for COVID?

First, if you feel ill but are not positive, do NOT come to campus. If you test positive for COVID, notify the College by emailing with a picture of the positive test and a completed self-attestation form from the New York State Health Department.

Students who test positive for COVID must isolate for 5 consecutive days with the date of the positive test counted as day 0. Students may only return to campus if they are fever and symptom free after the 5-day isolation period.

If an unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or person without the CDC recommended booster is exposed to a positive case, that student must quarantine off campus for 5 days and monitor for symptoms or 10 days if immunocompromised. Positive individuals and those exposed to a positive individual must wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days post return from isolation. Fully vaccinated individuals exposed to a positive case may remain on campus and monitor for symptoms.

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 are positive and do not comply with testing or mask-wearing will be subject to the provisions of the College’s Code of Conduct.

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.
  • 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 updated protocols and guidelines.
    • Poster signage at entrances where all who enter must perform self-health screenings.

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