All SUNY/CUNY campuses, including SUNY Potsdam, now require full immunization for COVID-19 for students accessing campus facilities, with limited exceptions. Students who are new to campus will be required to submit proof of their vaccination or apply for a medical or religious exemption prior to the start of classes.
Students at our extension site in Watertown will also be expected to follow the same vaccination protocols.
In addition to the initial course of vaccination, any student with regular on campus presence (i.e., not fully remote for the semester) who is eligible for a booster shot MUST receive one for the Spring '22 semester. If you are not yet eligible for your booster, you will have one month from the date you are eligible to get it.. You are eligible to get a booster shot if you are 5 months after your last Moderna or Pfizer shot or 2 months after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Click here to learn more about the boosters and schedule an appointment to receive yours. The booster will not only help protect you from COVID and severe symptoms, individuals who have received their booster shot will not need to quarantine following an exposure as long as you are asymptomatic (although you will need to wear your mask for 10 days after the exposure).
Clinics & locations
You can also receive vaccinations at pharmacies and local clinics here near campus or get your first dose in your area before leaving home. To find locations, search at https://www.vaccines.gov/search or text your ZIP code to 438829. Get answers to any questions you have at https://www.suny.edu/knowyourvax.
- The updated Spring 2022 academic calendar can be found here.
- Spring Break will remain at its previously scheduled dates (March 5 to March 13).
- Finals week will be May 16-20.
- Commencement will now be held on Saturday, May 21.
- The vast majority of our classes will be face-to-face this spring.
- For internships and other applied learning experiences, including PK-12 school placements, SUNY Potsdam students will follow the vaccination requirements of their site.
- Students who are placed in isolation or quarantine MUST contact their instructors immediately so that appropriate accommodations can be made. It is important to note that instructors are NOT required to provide a virtual option as the accommodation, but are expected to support students’ ongoing learning experiences in a manner appropriate to the course.
- Pay close attention to your Potsdam email account: there may be changes to academic policies as we understand more about the current COVID variant.
The SUNY Potsdam COVID-19 BEAR (Be Ethical And Responsible) Pledge outlines expectations for students to protect everyone's health during the pandemic. Violations of the BEAR Pledge are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and are subject to sanctions, including prohibition from being on campus. To report any concerns or possible violations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Activities with a high level of interpersonal interaction will require students to be fully vaccinated in order to participate, such as club sports or performance-based organizations.
- Masks are optional at all campus activities.
- Masking will be required at all indoor activities, and at some outdoor activities where crowding and close contact will occur.
- The Bear Shuttle will be up and running again this spring. Masks are required at all times on the bus.
Dining services will follow public health and campus guidelines.
SUNY Potsdam mask-optional in all indoor locations with the following exceptions:
- Bear Shuttle
- Student Health Services
- College Counseling Center
- Community Testing Site
For those with approved exemptions or who are eligible for boosters, we strongly encourage you to keep wearing masks indoors for your safety and the safety of your peers. Additionally, masks are encouraged in large group settings.
In compliance with New York State isolation requirements, anyone who is within six to ten days of recovering from testing positive for COVID is still required to continue to be masked around others.
Campus constituents are asked to carry a mask with you at all times. As a Potsdam Bear, we are committed to care for one another. Be respectful of individuals who request that you wear a mask in their office space or other room. A printable sign is available to post on your door for those who wish to request that guests wear a mask. We must be courteous and understanding when people are wearing masks or ask you to wear one.
- Vaccination and testing protocols apply to all students who are participating in face-to-face experiences, including at our main campus in Potsdam and our extension site in Watertown.
- Vaccinated students will be required to participate in periodic surveillance testing.
- Unvaccinated students must take part in mandatory weekly surveillance testing.
- As always, testing for students is available at Student Health Services and local healthcare providers for anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from campus testing requirements for 90 days after their first positive test. Please submit your test results to Student Health Services via the secure file upload here if this applies to you.
- All unvaccinated teacher candidates will need to test weekly in the schools.
- Beginning Monday, May 23, COVID-19 employee testing will only be available to those who are mandated to test. Unvaccinated employees and those who have not shown proof of full vaccination are mandated to test through August 31, 2022.
- Employees that are fully vaccinated (defined as two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) may use a local testing site or an at home testing kit if experiencing symptoms.
Whether you live on-campus or off-campus, Student Health Services will explain how isolation and quarantine work.
If you live on campus, Residence Life will get you moved to your quarantine/isolation space, which will be a single room with private bathrooms. They will also talk to you about what it means to quarantine/isolate on campus, to include how food will be delivered.
If you live off-campus, you will quarantine or isolate in your off-campus housing.
Students may quarantine or isolate in an alternative location with permission from Residence Life or Student Health Services. Please note, that you cannot travel to another location without receiving permission as there has to be a safe plan approved.
What to expect from Student Health Services
- They will monitor your health your health every day through the Student Health Portal, which you will need to complete daily.
- If you have a medical question during the week from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., call SHS at (315) 267-2377 or (315) 267-2667.
- After hours:
- Call University Police at (315) 267-2222 for assistance.
- On-campus: For worsening COVID symptoms that may require an emergency room visit, call UP so they can guide the ambulance to you.
Off-campus: For worsening COVID symptoms that may require an emergency room visit, please call St. Lawrence Health Systems at (315) 265-3300 or the 911 dispatcher and inform them that your symptoms are related to COVID-19.
Isolation is used for people who test positive for COVID-19.
I’ve been told that I’m a Close Contact, what will I need to do?
- Unvaccinated Individuals: Regardless of whether you are symptomatic or not, you will be tested at Student Health and then placed into quarantine or isolation based on the results.
- Fully Vaccinated Individuals with Symptoms: You will be tested at Student Health and then placed into quarantine or isolation based on the results. Additional testing, in consultation with Student Health, may be requested.
- Fully Vaccinated Individuals without Symptoms: Depending on how close your contact was, you may be asked to be tested at Student Health or you may be told to go to next week’s testing. You should limit your interactions with people until your test results come in. If you become symptomatic (have cold symptoms), please make an online appointment with Student Health Services or call them for an appointment at (315) 267-2377 so that you can be evaluated.
- Guests and visitors will be allowed on campus. All guests are required to follow the current campus guidelines at the time of their visit.
Our commitment to each other
Every SUNY Potsdam student and employee returning to campus will be asked to adhere to strict protocols recommended by public health. Inspired by our Potsdam Pledge, we will commit to protect each other’s health and safety by:
- Paying attention to our health, and getting tested for COVID if we start experiencing any symptoms.
- Agreeing to complete quarantine or isolation periods when required. Violations of these requirements would be taken very seriously and would be handled under the student conduct system.
- Practicing good hygiene, through frequent handwashing and disinfection of shared surfaces.
- Being considerate of others, especially those at high risk.