Faculty/Staff FAQs


Q: What is the threshold for campus shutdown?
DCC continues to monitor conditions on campus as well locally, regionally and nationally. Any change in modality of instruction will be made in consultation with Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and SUNY and will take into consideration levels of campus community transmission of COVID-19, vaccination coverage, local outbreaks and increasing trends. 


Q: How will buildings and campus facilities be kept safe?
We will continue to limit building access by using designated entrances. Campus safety officers will be positioned in building lobby areas to monitor and ensure mask compliance. Health-related questions will be posted at every entrance to encourage individuals to assess their health before entering the building or facility. See the fall campus map. 

Q: How do I request extra masks or face shields for my office or area?
Campus safety officers stationed in the buildings will have a supply of masks or face shields. Or you can submit a request through the College’s work order process.

Q: What is being done about congestion in hallways and cafeteria? 
Campus safety officers have been positioned in building lobbies to monitor masking and social distancing compliance. Dining services have introduced a new ordering app to address congestion and wait times. Areas such as Student Financial Services has launched a new queueing app to limit wait time and congestion issues. 

Q: It seems that accessibility concerns were not taken into account when closing entrances to buildings.  
Accessible routes were reviewed with the Office of Accommodative Services. Additional entrances have been opened to address accessibility issues. A campus map indicating designated building entrances can be found on the fall guidance page. 

In the Classroom

Q: What is the process for student vaccine exemptions? Will faculty/staff be informed of exemption numbers? 
Students pursuing for-credit studies were asked to complete religious and medical exemption petitions and submit to VaxExemptions@sunydutchess.edu. However, the deadline has passed for any credit-seeking student to petition for an exemption from the vaccination requirement. Petitions are no longer being accepted. Petitions were reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty and staff representatives and decisions are being communicated to the petitioning student via email.

Students in credit-free programs may ask for a waiver from the vaccination requirement if they have a medical or religious exemption. Exemption forms are available on the What Students Need to Know page. Completed petitions from credit-free students should be sent to CFVaxexemption@sunydutchess.edu

Due to privacy issues, faculty and staff will not be notified of exemption decisions.   

Q: What do I do if a student tells me they have COVID-19?
Please tell the student to contact the Health Office at (845) 431-8075 or healthoffice@sunydutchess.edu The Health Office is located in room 110 of the Orcutt Student Services Center. You may follow up with the Health Office to provide student’s name and A number.

Q: I am teaching for an extensive period of time in the classroom. Do I have to wear a mask the entire time?
Yes. Faculty must wear a mask when teaching. They can also wear a face shield as secondary protection over a mask.

Q: Do I have wear a mask in my office?
You may remove your mask within the confines of your individual office space or cubicle, except when interacting with others in that space. 

Q: When we talk about wearing a mask if we “engage with students directly,” what does that mean?
If you come into contact with students on a regular basis, you are encouraged to remain masked and maintain physical distance where practicable.

Q: What happens if a student doesn’t want to wear a mask? What are faculty obligations and protections in assuring compliance to masking guidelines?  Where should faculty/staff report security concerns?
If a student does not comply with your repeated requests to wear a mask, please contact Campus Safety at x8070. A campus safety officer will escort the student from your classroom to the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability. The non-compliance will be treated as a Student Code of Conduct violation.

On Campus

Q: Regarding the wearing of badges. The guidelines encourage faculty, staff and students to wear a DCC ID badge when on one of our campuses. How visible does the badge need to be?
Badges should be worn in full view – either attached to an item of clothing, hung around the neck or attached to the outside of a bag or backpack.

Q: What information is available regarding campus numbers?  
SUNY is providing statistics on the COVID-19 case count at each SUNY campus. For more, visit the SUNY COVID-19 tracker website. 

Your Health

Q: What if I contract COVID-19?
Faculty and staff should contact HR at (845) 431-8670 or officeofhumanresources@sunydutchess.edu. If you are able, please contact your supervisor to advise them of your absence as well.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic but must be tested. Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days at home.

Unvaccinated faculty and staff are required to quarantine. If HR does not have a record of you being vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine. 

Q: What if I can’t wear a mask?
The accommodation will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis through HR. Per CDC guidelines, a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.),” should submit a request to HR for consideration of an exemption from mask-wearing based on a medical accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.

Q: Regarding contact tracing. What happens if I am contact traced for COVID?
If you are contact traced for COVID-19, please contact HR immediately. Following CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic but must be tested. Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days at home.