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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN ON-CAMPUS CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. Students who engage or plan to engage in on campus (e.g., in-person classes, activities and services) across all SUNY campuses, including FMCC, are required to verify full vaccination or must submit and be approved for a qualified medical or religious exemption, prior to registration for an upcoming semester or term at FMCC.

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

High School Students studying at FMCC – PTECH and Early Admission

Effective immediately, all high school students 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 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.

COVID-19 Weekly Testing

Testing will be available on campus Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Room P-107, located in the Physical Education Building for the remainder of the fall 2021 semester.  Spring testing information will be forthcoming and updated as it becomes available.

Fully vaccinated students and staff members who have submitted proof of vaccination are not required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

In-season student-athletes will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

Students may provide documentation of negative COVID test results through their employer or other means.  The test must be from the previous 7 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.

Any student 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.

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.

Tuition Refunds/Withdrawals related to the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate and SUNY Resolution

As stated above, the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution adopting a vaccine mandate for COVID-19 for students who will be on campus for in person learning, services or employment. The language and intent of that resolution is that the COVID-19 vaccine is now part of the existing requirements for immunization (measles, mumps, rubella and either a Meningococcal vaccine or a department of health opt out form).

What this means practically is that if a student wishes NOT to be vaccinated, they should not enroll at FMCC. We will continue to follow the SUNY Tuition Refund Policy for Spring 2022. Please refer to the SUNY Tuition and Fees Refund Policy at https://www.fmcc.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/.

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 Jane Kelley, Vice President for    Student Affairs at 518.736.3622, ext. 8100 or by email at jane.kelley@fmcc.suny.edu.

Updated: October 26, 2021