Summer 2021 COVID Information

These guidelines are subject to change based on recommendations and guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and SUNY, or in the event of a community or campus outbreak.

What are the results of the CoVID-19 testing program?

Results from the College's "Defend the Den Against COVID-19" testing program are updated regular on the COVID-19 Status webpage.

Vaccines

are vaccines required for students and employees?

As of now, no. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that students at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus this fall. This requirement applies to you if you are enrolled in at least one in-person class or visit campus for any reason, including to conduct research; work on campus; participate in athletic practices; or visit the library, academic buildings or other campus facilities. 

However, this requirement is contingent upon final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being administered under emergency use authorization. We anticipate that the FDA will formally take up approval of the vaccines soon.

The college has also not received any information in regard to vaccine requirements for faculty and staff for the fall. If we do, we will share that as quickly as we can.

Until then, SUNY Old Westbury strongly encourages students and employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, and ideally before arriving on campus this fall. The vaccine will help you enjoy a safe and active summer, and we expect that fully vaccinated individuals will have less restrictive requirements for quarantining and testing next fall. 

To submit proof of your vaccination:

If I'm fully vaccinated do I have to continue testing?

Fully vaccinated individuals can volunteer proof of vaccination using the process above to be exempt from regular testing. 

Until proof of vaccination is on file and approved, employees will be considered unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status and must continue to test weekly.

Can I still opt to participate in the pool testing if I'm vaccinated?

No. Rapid and PCR tests are readily available at local pharmacies and clinics, often at no charge.

Are vaccines available on campus?

YES!  The state-operated mass vaccination clinic is still open in the College's Clark Athletic Center. Vaccines are being provided on a walk-in basis.

Testing

What are the current testing requirements for students and employees?

Regular weekly testing is required for individuals who are unvaccinated/have not volunteered their proof of vaccination. The testing center is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Student Health Center. 

To be exempt from regular testing, fully vaccinated individuals can volunteer proof of vaccination using the process outlined above under "Vaccine: Are Vaccines Required?"

Until proof of vaccination is on file and approved, students and  employees who have a presence on campus will be considered unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status and must continue to test weekly.

Are people who have tested positive for COVID-19 exempt from the weekly testing requirement?

If you have already tested positive for COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you not be re-tested for 90 days after your positive test.