What Students Need to Know

Updated Nov. 30, 2021

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 student services offices should be made by appointment.

VACCINATIONS

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. To find a vaccination location near you, visit the SUNY #30DayVaxChallenge webpage

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on-campus classes as now that DCC’s vaccination requirement has been implemented and should you be administratively withdrawn, you will not be able to get a refund after the SUNY refund period has passed.

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. 

If you need assistance with the SUNY verification system or the medical extension protocol form, please 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. (Download medical exemption form)

  • 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 will be reviewed by a DCC committee. (Download religious exemption form) Religious exemption requests are reviewed by a DCC committee, and all decisions are final. Please allow for up to ten 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, 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. Religious or medical exemptions for the spring 2022 semester will be accepted until Jan 2. 

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 ten (10) business days for review and response to your request. Exemptions will only be valid for a single semester. Students must reapply every semester. 

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) 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.

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 ten (10) days at home.

For more information, see the Student FAQs.

ACADEMIC HOUSING

All students living in Academic Housing must be vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination completion to academichousing@sunydutchess.edu before move-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.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

All students will be required to wear masks in campus buildings.

Special consideration may be given to those who cannot wear a mask. See the Student FAQ for more information.

Masking guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences variations in COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional masking protocols. 

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.

TESTING

Vaccinated students. Fully vaccinated students will no longer need to undergo mandatory weekly testing if they opt-in to the SUNY Vaccination Verification system. Fully vaccinated 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.

Students with approved exemptions must undergo weekly testing. Bring your DCC ID card to the testing location. Per current CDC guidelines, anyone who is unvaccinated and has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

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

For the fall 2021 semester, testing will take place in Handel Dining Room on the following days and times:

Mondays 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Spring semester testing information will be forthcoming.

The testing process is as follows:

1. 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.
2. The test worker will register the test in the Quadrant BioScience system.
3. Students will then swab their mouth with the test applicator and insert the swab into the test tube. 
4. The test worker will then apply the label to the tube. 

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.

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.

VISITORS

While DCC looks forward to welcoming visitors to campus for approved activities, all indoor spaces will be prioritized for courses and student use.

Visitors are broadly defined as those who are not employees, credit students or non-credit students.

Approved activities of the College have a defined sponsor and are clearly fixed in time and space. 

  • All campus visits to student services must be made by appointment.

  • Visitors must wear masks and meet the DCC health screening assessment. 

  • DCC will follow any additional New York State or local health guidelines, including those on capacity limits.

CAMPUS COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

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

FACILITIES PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

BUILDING ENTRANCES

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.

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