COVID-19 Campus Resources
Updated Mask Policy – effective 2.13.23
Spring 2023 Campus Health Safety Plan – Revised 12.28.22.pdf
The above link references the College’s spring COVID-19 policies and protocols. Students, faculty, and staff should refer to the COVID-19 SharePoint site for the latest information on policies and procedures. This site has the latest memos from Dr. Heath to the college community. Email remains the primary form of communication with the campus community.
To find information on the most common COVID related protocols, click on the links below:
Living with an Individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 Positive Protocol
The SUNY System Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all students who will have a physical presence on campus to provide evidence of, at minimum, the initial course of COVID vaccinations. Pursuant to the Policy, students are considered fully vaccinated: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine. As per the NYSDOH, medical exemption requests only can be considered. Medical exemption requests can be sent to: MedicalExemptionCommittee@sunyopt.edu
The College may implement a regular surveillance testing program of all individuals, if local COVID-19 conditions warrant for the health and safety of our community. This may include regular testing of employees pursuant to a campus level labor management agreement.
All event planning should follow the event protocols announced on January 3rd, 2023 COVID-Event-and-Attestation-guidance.pdf (sunyopt.edu). The health and safety of the entire SUNY College of Optometry community and guests is paramount, we have developed guidance to assist in the event planning process. All health and safety protocols must be followed. The guidance may be changed given the evolving nature of the pandemic, additional guidance by regulatory bodies, and/or an increase in risk factors. Additionally, events may be cancelled at the last minute if the situation is determined to be unsafe. A copy of the COVID-19 attestation for event coordinators can also be found in the College’s COVID-19 SharePoint under the Documents tab and College events folder.
The SUNY College of Optometry is following the guidelines provided by the Department of Health, CDC, SUNY System, and other appropriate regulatory bodies. Details regarding campus operations have been communicated to the SUNY Optometry community through regular email communication. Operations are subject to modification based on changing circumstances and any additional guidance issued. Changes in operations will be communicated primarily by email.
The following are our guiding principles for decision making as we develop policies and implement appropriate regulations and guidance:
We take all claims of exposure and possible infection of COVID-19 very seriously. We have done our best to remove or prevent any symptomatic persons from being on campus and ASTM level-2 face masks or better remain available for our students, faculty and staff. If we have a suspected case of COVID-19 infection we will:
We are taking all reasonable measures to ensure the health and well-being of our community, and we will continue to keep you updated as circumstances change.
Please remain off campus if you are feeling ill and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that cannot be attributed to another health condition.
We ask that all campus community members and visitors practice good health habits to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases as recommended by the CDC: