SUNY has announced a system-wide policy that all students who access campus facilities in person must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions. This requirement went into final effect following the approval granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the Pfizer vaccine series in late August.
Students have until September 24, 2021 to provide evidence they have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
Students who do not provide evidence of compliance or obtain a medical or religious exemption by that date will be administratively withdrawn from their classes (i.e. de-registered) in accordance with pre-existing withdrawal and financial liability policies.
Students are further advised that SUNY Old Westbury has adopted a campus regulation requiring vaccinations of all students who intend to live in campus residence halls in Fall 2021, without regard to full FDA approval.
Students shall submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or the information needed to request a medical or religious waiver from this vaccine requirement, to the SUNY Old Westbury Student Health Center. Methods of submission include:
- Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method)
- Via fax to 516-876-3142
- Via USPS mail to Student Health Center, PO Box 210, Old Westbury, NY 11568
- In-person to the Student Health Center, Suite I-109, Campus Center
For the two-week period following a student's final COVID-19 inoculation, the student must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing until such time as their vaccination is fully in effect. Other requirements related to health and safety (i.e. masking, social distancing, return to campus requirements, etc.) are expected also for those in this position and those granted a medical and/or religious exemption.
Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is defined as the following:
Copy of a vaccine record indicating receipt of all doses necessary to complete an FDA approved, or World Health Organization approved, SARS-CoV-2 vaccine series.
Each page of the submitted documents must have student’s first name and last name, and their date of birth or 700#.
The submitted record must include the specific name of the vaccine(s) given as shown on the first or second column of the World Health Organization’s “Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process” document and the date(s) that any vaccine was given.
Exemptions from the Requirement
Exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement are allowed only for medical reasons and for religious reasons. Students who are granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on-campus, which include:
Required weekly testing for COVID-19
Wearing of masks in all public spaces, maintaining six feet of social distancing where ever practicable, and other posted College requirements.
The deadline to submit medical or religious exemption requests, which had originally been August 8, was extended to September 3, 2021.