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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

FM is excited to welcome our students back to campus for Spring 2022. 

The SUNY community has done an extraordinary job of keeping our campuses safe over the course of the pandemic. The COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and we too must evolve and adapt our response. These updated protocols provide guidelines for on-campus classes and activities for the spring 2022 semester.

New for spring 2022:

Vaccination and boosters required for on-campus classes, activities

  • Regardless of vaccination status, SUNY requires all students with a regular on-campus presence to be tested prior to the start of the spring semester.
    • On-campus presence defined as:
      • In-person and Flex-Mode classes
      • Athletics
      • On-campus jobs
      • Utilizing the Library and services (on-campus tutoring, Learning Commons technology…)
  • On-campus students must receive the booster upon eligibility. You are eligible for a booster two months after the J&J dose, five months after the second Moderna, or five months after the Pfizer.
  • A surveillance testing protocol for everyone on campus will be implemented. Students and employees who have received a booster will be exempt from this requirement.

Continuing COVID-19 vaccine, testing, and mask protocols:

  • All students must submit evidence of vaccination continues to be required.
  • Campuses will continue mandatory weekly testing for anyone on campus who has an approved exemption from vaccination or for any employee who has not provided proof of vaccination.
  • If a student has been notified by the DOH or other contact tracing entity to quarantine due to COVID exposure or has received a positive COVID test result, they must contact the Office of Student Affairs, student.help@fmcc.edu, as soon as possible and provide appropriate documentation.
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community College received clearance from SUNY to lift the indoor mask requirement for COVID-19- vaccinated individuals, effective, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.  The mandate is lifted so long as the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels remain low for our area. The levels were recently revised and can be viewed here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/201…/science/community-levels.html

College Students

  • Students must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, upon acceptance to the college, as part of the admission process.  Students may not register for in-person classes without this proof in place.
  • Students may contact the Office of the Registrar at 518.736.3622, ext. 8141 with any questions or by email at registrar@fmcc.suny.edu.
  • For international students – please see additional information below.

High School Students studying at FMCC – PTECH, Early Admission, and Smart Scholars

  • Effective immediately, all high school students currently studying on the FMCC campus are subject to SUNY COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
  • All high school students who wish to attend on-campus courses for the Spring 2022 semester must complete one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series by Friday, January 7, 2022 and provide proof of vaccine or have an approved temporary exemption form on file with the Registrar’s office.
  • Students who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be de-registered from their Spring 2022 on-campus courses.

Exemptions – For New Students

  • Medical – A student may be exempt from vaccination if a physician certifies in writing that the immunization(s) may be detrimental to their health.  The Medical Exemption Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If granted, the student will be required to be tested each week at the College for COVID-19.  If denied, students will not be allowed to take on campus classes at FM unless they get the vaccine.
  • Religious – A student who holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to immunization may apply for a religious exemption after submitting a statement to that effect.  The Religious Exemption Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. A committee review will determine if this exemption will be permitted. If granted, the student will be required to be tested each week at the College for COVID-19.  If denied, students will not be allowed to take on campus classes at FM unless they get the vaccine.

Exemptions – For Continuing Students

  • Medical Booster – A student may be exempt from booster vaccination if a physician certifies in writing that the immunization(s) may be detrimental to their health.  The Medical Booster Exemption Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If granted, the student will be required to be tested each week at the College for COVID-19.  If denied, students will need to get the booster vaccine.

COVID-19 Weekly Testing

  • Until you verify that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or if you are unvaccinated, or you have an approved exemption, you are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Starting Monday, February 7, 2022, testing will be available on campus Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Raiders Cove, located in the Physical Education Building for the remainder of the spring 2022 semester.
  • In-season student-athletes will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
  • Fully boosted students and staff members who have submitted proof of vaccination are not required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Individuals may provide documentation of negative COVID test results through their employer or other means.  The test must be from the previous 3 days of submission to FM.  Test results must be sent to Robin Towne at robin.towne@fmcc.suny.edu, prior to Friday of each week.  If this documentation is received as outlined, students will not need to be tested in that week.
  • Individuals may provide documentation of negative COVID test through a COVID at home test.  An image of the negative test with the individuals photo ID must be sent to Robin Towne at robin.towne@fmcc.suny.edu.  If this documentation is received as outlined, individuals will not need to be tested in that week on campus.
  • Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 does not need to report for testing within 90 days of the positive result but must provide documentation of a positive test to Robin Towne at robin.towne@fmcc.suny.edu.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

  • Monthly surveillance testing will be required for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
  • Starting in February we will randomly select individuals to participate in the surveillance testing. This testing will be available on campus Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Raiders Cove, located in the Physical Education Building for the remainder of the spring 2022 semester.
  • Selected individuals will be emailed with instructions and dates when they need to participate.
  • Fully boosted students and staff members who have submitted proof of vaccination are not required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Related Uniform Sanctions – Message and Policy Statement from SUNY Chancellor’s Office.  Effective October 1, 2020

Student Violations In accordance with the authority vested in me as Chancellor of The State University of New York (“SUNY” or “University”) and the COVID-19 public health directives issued by the Governor and the New York State Department of Health relating to the re-opening of SUNY campuses, and after consultation with your campuses, I am instituting this comprehensive emergency directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at SUNY’s State-operated campuses and community colleges.

This emergency directive, which implements a COVID-19 sanctioning policy, is intentionally narrowly tailored to the current public health emergency, and seeks to create uniformity of sanction to help SUNY balance the need to protect public health of students, faculty, staff, and community members, with students’ rights to remain within the educational environment. This directive does not supersede the definitions of violations of COVID-19 requirements, where defined by a campus within their Code of Conduct or other policy, but assigns standardized sanctions for such violations, dependent upon gravity and intentionality. All students maintain the due process rights guaranteed to them by the federal and New York State Constitutions, New York State law, SUNY regulations, and University-wide and campus policies.

Students are strongly encouraged to follow the reasonable requirements of wearing masks/coverings, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, presenting for COVID-19 testing, filling out daily digital health forms before arrival on campus, reporting positive test results, and following all directives of campus, local, and State health officials.

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on March 7, 2020, and shortly thereafter SUNY colleges and universities began to shift to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. For the Fall 2020 semester, pursuant to New York State Department of Health Guidance issued on June 28, 2020, SUNY colleges and universities have reopened on-campus class instruction and activities in a limited fashion with mandatory COVID-19 specific protocols to maintain the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students.

Unlike most policy violations that impact just the accused or a small group of people, a violation of mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols can have a wide application and the impact upon direct, secondary, tertiary, and other infected parties can result in their illness, injury, and/or death. Further, violations of mandatory COVID-19 protocols can aid in the spread of the virus, which can result in the partial or complete closure of a campus, loss of academic opportunity, and significant economic damage on and off campus. This is an unprecedented time in the history of The State University of New York. To effectuate a fair and consistent approach to policy violations by students at its State-operated and community colleges, SUNY establishes this COVID-19 sanctioning policy for all State-operated and community college campuses.

Due Process Prior to Conduct and Interim Actions: By virtue of attending a public higher education institution, SUNY students receive due process before imposition of a sanction or reduction of access to the University, with the process concomitant to the gravity of the potential deprivation. This policy does not modify or reduce access to Constitutional due process, but simply sets standard sanctions for violations, consistent with due process. Sanctions shall be applied following a process dictated by the institution’s Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to, any appeals process it incorporates.  Consistent with SUNY policy, the standard of evidence shall be preponderance of the evidence. Students are presumed not responsible until the institution makes a finding based upon the evidence. Furthermore, a campus has the authority to consider a student’s financial and other exigent circumstances in resolving a violation. Institutions may use interim suspension or other interim action for students who commit a COVID-19-related violation during the pendency of the investigation and adjudication process as may be provided by its Code of Conduct.

Each institution shall determine whether students can participate in their coursework remotely during the investigative and adjudicative process. Due to the continuing health threat presented by a student under investigation enrolling in another institution without such institution’s knowledge, during the pendency of such an investigation and adjudication, if allowed under the institution’s Code of Conduct, a hold shall be placed on a student’s transcript and release thereof. Amnesty and Good Samaritan policies and principles that are already in campus policy to encourage disclosure of violations of federal, State, or local law or campus policy or participation in an investigation or adjudication of such a violation may be expanded to apply those principles to potential violations of the provisions of this policy.

This policy shall apply only during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and shall end upon order of the Chancellor. This policy shall not be precedential for any time outside of this emergency.  Generally, and as it relates to this policy, students shall retain all rights to expression as protected under the First Amendment. This policy shall apply equally to all students, regardless of membership in a protected class. This policy shall take effect at 8:00 a.m. on October 1, 2020, unless implemented earlier by a campus President. Presidents or their designees shall send students no less than two electronic mail messages using the address on file to notify students of this policy and link to the policy language. Institutions are encouraged to also use traditional and social media to inform students and community members of the policy. Multiple findings of responsibility may result in graduated levels of sanction, up to and including permanent dismissal. Additionally, findings of violations during periods when a campus is partially or completely closed (or on pause), under the standards established by the New York State Department of Health and SUNY Chancellor, may result in elevated levels of sanction. All sanctions established in this policy serve as the minimum, and campuses have discretion to enact higher sanctions where merited. A finding of responsibility and applied sanction of dismissal or suspension shall, consistent with SUNY policy, leave the respondent ineligible for refund of tuition, room, board, or fees, and the student will be responsible for all amounts owed.

The violations are listed below:

I(A)- COVID-Positive Intentional Violations: For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19, from one or more positive tests, or students who know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students by any means— including, but not limited to, visiting with the COVID19 positive tested person in an enclosed area or inviting that person to the student’s room, apartment or other enclosed space, sharing food or other personal items, or hosting a gathering of any size—the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than one calendar year. For SUNY campuses that maintain a hospital or public-facing health care facility, suspended or dismissed students shall, consistent with campus policy, remain eligible to enter the campus for health care purposes. A student dismissed or suspended from a SUNY campus for a positive intentional violation shall be ineligible for admission to any other SUNY Stateoperated or community college during the pendency of their sanction.

I(B)- Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who have been directed by the institution or the State or local Department of Health to self-isolate (because they have tested positive for COVID-19) on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such isolation order—including, but not limited to, intentionally leaving isolation, exposing other individuals, including students (whether in isolation or not) by visiting with them in an enclosed area, by inviting them to the student’s room, apartment or other enclosed space, by sharing food or other personal items, or by hosting a gathering of any size—the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access and housing for no less than one calendar year. A student dismissed or suspended from a SUNY campus for a failure to self- isolate violation shall be ineligible for admission to any other SUNY institution during the pendency of their sanction. Failure to follow the directions of State or local health departments or the provisions of Executive Orders (including but not limited to New York State on Pause) may also result in fines, criminal prosecution, or referral to relevant government agencies.

I(C)- Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the institution or the State or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine period (mandatory or 4 precautionary), on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For non-residential students who fail to quarantine, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic access to campus of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process) and other sanctions detailed above. Failure to follow the directions of State or local health departments may also result in fines, criminal prosecution, and referral to relevant government agencies.

II(A)- Prohibited On Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on campus gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates or exceeds campus housing policy and/or the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension of at least one year, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For covered gatherings, all individuals who are on the housing contract/lease (or a member of their family is on the lease), pay rent, or live at the location or otherwise assisted in organizing the event shall be considered a host unless it can be shown that they were not present and played no part in organizing, hosting, promoting, or advertising the event.

II(B)- Prohibited On Campus Gathering (Attendee): For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates or exceeds campus housing policy and/or the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For non-residential students, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic access to campus of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process) and other sanctions detailed above.

III(A)- Prohibited Off Campus Gathering (Hosts): Acts that occur off campus in violation of social distancing requirements under law, regulation, order, or campus policy present significant health and safety threats on campus and have a nexus to continued functioning of each campus. For students who host an off campus gathering of any size, indoor or outdoor, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from live attendance at the institution of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), a suspension of at least one year, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For nonresidential students, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic access to campus of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process) and other sanctions detailed above. For covered gatherings, all individuals who are on the lease (or a member of their family is on the lease), pay rent, or live at the location shall be considered a host unless it can be shown that they were not present and played no part in organizing, hosting, promoting or advertising the event.

III(B)- Prohibited Off Campus Gathering (Attendee): Acts that occur off campus in violation of social distancing requirements under law, regulation, order, or campus policy present significant health and safety threats on campus and have a nexus to the continued functioning of each campus. For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing (for students who live on campus) with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), for residential or non-residential students a suspension from live attendance with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.

  • Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
  • Contact Tracing: For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally (unless it can be shown that the student was genuinely not reached by contact tracers through no failure on their part), with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts conducted by the institution or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
  • Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols: For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the institution’s published protocol, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy. For students whose access has been restricted, they shall be ineligible to attend live classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are administrative actions that are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by obtaining a diagnostic or surveillance test or by submitting negative results of a diagnostic or surveillance test, as applicable. The institution shall notify the student of their reduction of access. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline. For students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the institution’s supplied portal for at least three consecutive days, without sufficient excuse, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings. For students whose access has been restricted, they shall be ineligible to attend live classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by submitting their daily health screening. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline.
  • Student Athletes: For student athletes, in addition to the other provisions of this policy, a finding of responsibility for any violation detailed above in Sections I, II, and/or III, or repeated violations of other provisions above, may also include, at a minimum, a loss of the privilege of competing in intercollegiate athletics at the institution in the current academic year or longer, temporary or permanent removal of leadership roles, and loss of scholarship (where applicable). For student athletes found responsible for any violation detailed above in Sections I(A), I(B), I(C), the consequences may also include permanent loss of the privilege of competing in intercollegiate athletics at the institution, temporary or permanent removal of leadership roles, and loss of scholarship (where applicable). Such consequences may also impact NCAA, NCJAA, or other conference or association eligibility (pursuant to applicable rules).
  • Student Organizations: Where applicable, for recognized or registered student organizations, whether on or off campus, academic, social, athletic, or of any other nature, that have one or more members who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19, from one or more positive tests, or members who know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and are found to have hosted a gathering of any size, indoor or outdoor, on campus or off campus, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include deregistration or de-recognition and a report to a national organizing body (if applicable) or may also include permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration. Where applicable, for recognized or registered student organizations, whether on or off campus, academic, social, or of any other nature, that are found to have hosted a gathering of any size, indoor or outdoor, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a de-registration or de-recognition, a report to a national organizing body, organizational suspension of at least one year, or permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration.

Student members of an organization found to have engaged in conduct described in either paragraph of this Section, who themselves individually organized or participated in such a gathering shall, in addition to the sanctions described above, be subject to loss of their membership and/or officer status (where applicable) in an organization found to have so violated.

Questions on interpretation of this policy shall be directed to campus counsel. The SUNY Student Conduct Institute is directed to continue to provide technical assistance upon request to SUNY State-operated and community colleges, in coordination with campus counsel, and consistent with this directive, which may include webinars or additional written guidance.

Accommodations

  • Employees requesting accommodations should contact the Human Resources office by contacting Connie Grant, Human Resource Manager at 518-736-3622, Ext. 8403 or by email at connie.grant@fmcc.suny.edu.
  • Students requesting accommodations should contact Robin DeVito, Coordinator of Accessibility Services at 518-736-3622, Ext. 8145 or by email at robin.devito@fmcc.suny.edu.

Vaccine and Booster Clinics on Campus

  • COVID-19 vaccination (1st & 2nd shots) and booster clinics will be available for all students, employees and general public. No appointments necessary.  Below are the dates and times of our first clinic on campus.
    • Monday, February 7th from 12pm to 2pm
    • Tuesday, February 8th from 12pm to 2pm
    • Wednesday, February 8th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
  • All individuals need to bring photo ID, insurance card (if applicable), and COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
  • All vaccinations and booster shots are free.
  • Additional clinics dates and times will be provided soon.
  • Location of clinic will be in the Physical Education Building, Raiders Cove.

Help Keep our Community Safe: Face Masks Required Indoors

  • FMCC requires mask wearing due to the increased transmission rate in our region.  In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. This safety measure will remain in place until further notice.
  • Any in-person meetings or group activities in conference rooms or other indoor spaces should be conducted with everyone being masked—regardless of vaccination status.
  • When outdoors, everyone who is not fully vaccinated should wear a face mask on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible.
  • Faculty who are teaching may remove their face mask while lecturing if they maintain appropriate social distancing.

Other

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is now being treated like all other student immunization requirements and compliance is now embedded into the admission process for all incoming students.
  • Students are considered fully vaccinated: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccine.
  • Proof of vaccination (either a completed vaccination card which can be photocopied and given back to the student or a legible screenshot of the vaccine card clearly displaying the student’s name, birthdate and all vaccination information) must be provided to the Office of the Registrar, located in the Student Development Center or emailed to registrar@fmcc.suny.edu. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 518.736.3622, Ext. 8141.

International Students — arriving from international locations.

As of June 24, 2021, New York State Department of Health has confirmed that if you are fully vaccinated with one of the World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines, you do not have to receive another vaccine: As of 11/30/2021 those 8 vaccines are:

  • AstraZeneca-Oxford (AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech  (COVAXIN)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Ad26.COV2.S
  • Moderna MRNA-1273
  • Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2
  • Serum Institute of India Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

If you have any questions, please contact the International Student Office at intl@fmcc.suny.edu.

Fully Vaccinated International Students:
You are considered fully vaccinated if you have the following:

  1. received all required doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot.  Please email a copy of your vaccination proof before your arrival to intl@fmcc.suny.edu.
  2. have provided proof of immunity (typically 2 shots of the MMR Vaccine) for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and have a Meningococcal Form on File with the college.  For more information about these requirements – please see the following page: (https://www.fmcc.edu/academics/registrars-office/immunization-requirements-for-students/).

For more information on international travel rules please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html

For additional information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.cdc.gov. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Student Affairs office at 518.736.3622, ext. 8101.

Campuses must continue to comply with any additional requirements imposed by the New York State, SUNY, and local health departments. These protocols are subject to change as conditions develop.

Updated:  March 2, 2022