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Potsdam Prepared

Important Information

Along with the other health requirements for attending, the SUNY Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy remains in effect. All students who will have a physical presence on campus (both on the main campus and at the Watertown extension site) must provide documentation of either the primary series of COVID vaccinations or an approved medical or religious exemption.

SUNY Potsdam highly recommends that students keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. According to the CDC, you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you.

Clinics & locations

You can receive your COVID-19 vaccination at pharmacies and local clinics here near campus or get your first dose in your area before leaving home. To find locations, search at or text your ZIP code to 438829. Get answers to any questions you have at


SUNY Potsdam is mask-optional in all indoor locations with the following exceptions: 

  • Student Health Services


In compliance with New York State isolation requirements, anyone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or within six to ten days of recovering from testing positive is still required to continue to be masked around others.

As a Potsdam Bear, we are committed to care for one another. Please carry a mask with you at all times and be respectful of people who are wearing masks or ask you to wear one in their presence. A printable sign is available to post on your door for those who wish to request that guests wear a mask in their personal space.

Students at our Watertown extension site are required to follow Jefferson Community College’s mask policy.

  • Return to campus testing is required for students who have not completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, including those who have an approved medical or religious exemption. 
    • PCR testing should be done 72 hours before coming back to campus.
    • Rapid antigen test should be done within 12 hours of traveling back to campus. 
    • Students who test positive should remain at home and upload their positive test result through Student Health Service’s secure file upload. 
  • All other students are strongly encouraged to do pre-arrival testing on their own (especially if they are symptomatic), following the suggestions above. 
  • Unvaccinated employees and those who have not shown proof of full vaccination are mandated to test through August 31, 2022. Effective September 1, there will be no campus testing for employees, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Student Health Services offers free COVID testing for students.
  • Tests can also be scheduled at the following locations:

  • Rapid tests are also widely available.

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.

Testing Positive

  • Report your positive test to Student Health Service through this secure link.
  • Student Health will guide you through the isolation process.
  • Notify your close contacts.
  • Notify your instructors that you will not be in class; Student Health Services can help guide you on when you can return to the classroom safely. 
  • You can visit the St Lawrence County Public Health website to obtain an isolation order if you need one.

I’ve been told that I’m a Close Contact, what will I need to do?

Close Contact to a COVID-19 Positive Case

You DO NOT need to quarantine if you:

  • Are up to date with the recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including boosters when eligible.
  • Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days; use this secure link to upload positive test result.
  • We respectfully request that you wear a mask around others for at least 7 days.

You SHOULD quarantine if you:

  • Completed the primary series of vaccines but have not received a booster when eligible.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series (includes students who have a medical or religious exemption).
  • You can visit the St Lawrence County Public Health website to obtain a quarantine order if you need one.
  • 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

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. 
  • Practicing good hygiene, through frequent handwashing and disinfection of shared surfaces.
  • Being considerate of others, especially those at high risk.