What Students Need to Know

Updated May 17, 2022

Stay healthy, Falcons!

DCC offers the full campus experience with the following health and safety protocols in place. Please note that these guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences increased COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional protocols.

For information related to DCC’s health and safety guidance, see the 2021-22 COVID-19 Guidance in myDCC.

Students are reminded that visits to some student services offices should be made by appointment.

MASKING GUIDANCE

Masks are currently required inside all campus buildings and at all DCC events.

On Saturday, May 14, the CDC Covid-19 Community Level in Dutchess County increased from medium- to high-transmission level. CDC guidance for “high” community level recommends masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Following this guidance, masks are again required inside all buildings and at all DCC events effective Monday, May 16. You may remove your mask within the confines of your individual office space or cubicle, except when interacting with others in that space.

Masks are available in building main lobbies. If none are available, please call Campus Safety at (845) 431-8070 to request masks. Or you can submit a request through the College’s work order process.

  • Special consideration. Pursuant to the CDC, “A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)” may submit a request to the campus for consideration of an exemption from mask-wearing based on a medical accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Community transmission. Additional requirements may be imposed by DCC or SUNY administration based upon the increasing COVID-19 transmission rates on campus.

TESTING

Start of Semester Testing:

All students with on campus classes  – vaccinated and unvaccinated – must be tested on campus no sooner than a week before a new semester/session starts and no later than by the end of the first week of classes. Specific dates will be added for summer classes soon.

Vaccinated students: Students who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster will no longer need to undergo mandatory weekly testing if they opt-in to the SUNY Vaccination Verification system. Fully vaccinated and boosted students are not required to quarantine if they come into contact with a person who has COVID but should be tested 5 – 7 days after exposure.

Partially vaccinated/Unvaccinated students: Students with approved exemptions or those that are partially vaccinated (have not received booster) must undergo weekly testing. Bring your DCC ID card to the testing location. Anyone who is unvaccinated and has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must follow the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health guidance for exposure, isolation and quarantine that is available on their COVID webpage.

If conditions change prompting DCC to take additional measures, the College may require more frequent testing of students regardless of vaccination status.

Testing will take place in Handel Dining Room, at DCC @ Fishkill and DCC @ FPC. The testing schedule is posted in myDCC.

The testing process is as follows:

1. If you haven’t been tested before, please register at the SUNY COVID testing site. SUNY Covid Testing Site - Register or Login
2. Do not smoke or vape, brush your teeth or use mouthwash for three hours before your test. Please do not eat or drink from 30-60 minutes before your test.
3. Students will swipe their DCC ID to access their Banner account, which will allow for the test date to be registered. The system will then print a test tube label.
4. The test worker will register the test in the Quadrant BioScience system.
5. Students will then swab their mouth with the test applicator and insert the swab into the test tube.
6. The test worker will then apply the label to the tube.
7. You will receive an email from Quadrant Bioscience with your test results

VACCINATION AND BOOSTERS

Per SUNY direction, all DCC students must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes and/or use any on-campus service or resource, including the Fitness Center. In addition, SUNY is also mandating that any student with a regular on-campus presence must receive a booster vaccination when eligible.

  • If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

  • If you received a Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination.

Visit the Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health website for local vaccination clinics and resources.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not willing to be vaccinated, you will not be able to register for on-campus classes as now that DCC’s vaccination requirement has been implemented and should you be administratively withdrawn, you will not be able to get a refund after the SUNY refund period has passed.

Visit the Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health website for local vaccination clinics and resources.

Vaccinated students:

Fully vaccinated students should verify their vaccination status in the SUNY Vaccination Verification site. Use your DCC login and follow the instructions on the form. Students vaccinated outside the State of New York will be able to upload an image of their vaccination record in the system. You will only be able to verify your vaccination status through the SUNY Vaccination Verification site once you are considered fully vaccinated.

Students can upload their booster on the SUNY Vaccination Verification site by selecting Update Record, directions are available on the site to manually upload the card.

Need assistance with verifying your vax?

  • Contact the Excelsior Pass Help Desk at (844) 699-7277 to verify that the information you are providing in the SUNY Vaccination Pass is the same information that you provided at the time of your vaccine and for general inquiries/support regarding data in the New York State Immunization Information Systems (NYSIIS) and the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR).

  • You can also contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@sunydutchess.edu or (845) 431-8005.

Per CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated:

Two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
Two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J vaccine.

Students who are NOT vaccinated, do not plan on getting vaccinated, and are not eligible for medical or religious exemptions can still enroll in online courses. However, they cannot physically come to campus while remaining unvaccinated. These students will not be able to access any in-person services, such as advising or tutoring support. They will also not be allowed to use on-campus facilities, like the Fitness Center and the Library. Any support services and engagement with DCC will be conducted virtually through phone, email or Zoom. 

Exemptions:

Students may ask for a waiver from the vaccination requirement if they have a medical or religious exemption.

  • Medical exemption: You will be required to provide written certification from a licensed health provider that the COVID-19 vaccine is detrimental to your health. Medical exemption requests will be reviewed by the Health Office.

  • Religious exemption: You will be required to complete a religious exemption form, submit a written statement explaining how receiving the vaccination conflicts with your sincere religious beliefs or practices, and/or supporting material, such as a written statement from an authorized representative. Religious exemption requests are reviewed by a DCC committee and all decisions are final. Please allow for up to five business days for review and response to your request.

To request a medical or religious exemption from the SUNY COVID-19 vaccination mandate, you must complete the relevant form (see below), include the appropriate certification, use your own SUNY Dutchess email and submit it to vaxexemption@sunydutchess.edu. Requests MUST be sent to vaxexemption@sunydutchess.edu or they will not be processed.  [CREDIT-FREE STUDENTS: PLEASE FOLLOW SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CREDIT-FREE FORMS, BELOW.]

If you are a current student who received an exemption for the spring 2022 semester, your exemption will be extended to the end of the fall 2022 semester. You do not need to reapply for a summer or fall exemption, but you must adhere to the Spring 2022 exemption attestation.

Vaccine Exemption Forms & Deadlines

Summer 2022 Sessions

Exemption requests for summer sessions must be submitted no less than five business days before the beginning of the summer session start date. Exemption forms for classes that begin July 11 must be submitted by July 1 (due to the July 4 holiday). The exemption request deadline for classes that begin May 23 has now passed. 

Download Medical Exemption Form Summer CREDIT 2022)

Download Religious Exemption Form (Summer CREDIT 2022)

Download Medical Exemption Form (CREDIT-FREE)

Download Religious Exemption Form (CREDIT-FREE)

Fall 2022 Semester

The deadline to submit your exemption request for the fall 2022 semester is Monday, August 15.

Download Medical Exemption Form (Fall 2022)

Download Religious Exemption Form (Fall 2022)

Exemption Decisions

A decision regarding your request will be sent to your DCC email and will only be communicated to the student making the request. Allow up to five (5) business days for review and response to your request. All decisions are final.

If a previous exemption request was granted, but you did not comply with the campus’s COVID-19 related health and safety protocols (e.g.: mask/face coverings, social distancing, weekly surveillance testing, What Students Need to Know) if accessing a SUNY facility is a condition of your ongoing physical presence, you may not be eligible for another approved exemption.

Please remember: if you have not been approved for an exemption and you have not verified your vaccination status through the SUNY system, you will not be able to register for in-person classes or come to campus for any reason, including attending classes and/or accessing any on-campus service or resource.

All SUNY colleges and universities, including Dutchess Community College, are required to enforce sanctions for student violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, which can include termination of exemptions to removal from face-to-face coursework and on campus presence, and administrative withdrawal. This is designed to help SUNY’s campuses protect the public health of students, faculty, staff and community members, and ensure campuses can remain open during the pandemic.

SELF-HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

Although daily health screenings are no longer required, DCC encourages students to perform a daily at-home self-health assessment before coming to campus.

For a list of questions to ask yourself in assessing your health, see the At-Home Health Questionnaire. 

If you show symptoms of infectious illness, please stay at home and/or seek medical care.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

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 for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for five (5) days at home.

For more information, see the Student FAQs.

ACADEMIC HOUSING

All students living in Academic Housing must be vaccinated, have received a booster if eligible and must provide proof of vaccination and booster completion to academichousing@sunydutchess.edu before move-in. Students must also provide proof of a negative test before moving in.

If, while living in Academic Housing, you test positive for COVID-19 or need to be quarantined, you must return home until you have completed your quarantine/isolation period.

DCC ID CARDS

All students must obtain and wear a DCC ID whenever they are on campus or at any of our college facilities – e.g., DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @ HVR Airport and DCC @ the Partnership. ID cards are issued in the Campus Security & Safety Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services building, at DCC @ at the Partnership, and at DCC @ Fishkill.

ATHLETICS

All student-athletes and coaches must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of practices for the season. DCC will comply with all NJCAA COVID-19 regulations and protocols.

VISITORS

See our visitors page for information.

COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL

High school students must follow the health and safety guidelines and protocols of the location at which they receive instruction.

If the course is delivered at their high school, they must follow the local school district guidelines.
If the course is delivered on the DCC campus, they must follow the DCC campus guidelines.

Enforcement of the COVID-19 guidance will be handled through the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability. 

FACILITIES PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

BUILDING ENTRANCES

Access to offices in the Orcutt Student Services Center will by appointment only. Please consult Your Student Success Team page for contact information.

To prevent clustering around designated entrance doorways and to encourage appropriate social distancing, all building entrances are now open.

CLEANING

While New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect, DCC will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as common areas and shared workstations, at least once a day. The College will also regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary depending on the level of traffic, the individuals who use the space, and the general risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
DCC will continue to provide hand hygiene stations or supplies within workplaces for individuals to use.

VENTILATION AND AIR FILTRATION

DCC has increased outdoor airflow and ventilation rates in indoor settings to support individual comfort and safety, and in accordance with building codes and standards. In indoor areas where the air is recirculated, DCC has installed higher-rated filters in the filter rack and air handlers of HVAC systems that are able to perform to the level of heating and cooling they provided prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CAMPUS COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

QUESTIONS? Send an email to Covid@sunydutchess.edu.