Coronavirus Information


NOTE: The COVID vaccination is required for all students taking in-person classes or participating in on-campus activities two weeks before the start of the semester. Additionally, for the same students, the Booster Shot is highly recommended for those that have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine 6 months ago or 2 months ago for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

SUNY is answering the call for transparency and public safety by providing statistics on the COVID-19 case count at each SUNY campus and community. For more information and to view the data, visit SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker.

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*For students who are seeking an exemption for Summer 2022 the exemption application will open on April 15, 2022. The deadline to submit for Summer Session is May 23, 2022. The application for Fall 2022 will open on July 1, 2022. Deadline to submit for Fall exemptions is Friday, September 9, 2022.

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The State University at New York (SUNY) and SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie) continue to operate under the most up to date federal, state and county public health guidance to ensure the safety of the faculty, staff and students at SUNY Erie. The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and college community remain our top priority. 

Please find listed COVID-19 protocols that SUNY Erie will be adopting or continuing. These protocols were developed under the guidance of SUNY, New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Erie County Department of Health.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Campus Safety Monitor, Amy Yoder at (716) 851-1620 or via email


SUNY Erie encourages all students and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as part of our community effort to promote health and safety. The Erie County Department of Health offers several vaccination locations. For more information on available vaccination pods, please visit the Erie County, NY Department of Health's vaccine information webpage. Reservations are recommended; however, walk-ins are accepted. 


As per the May 10, 2021 mandate from New York State as well as SUNY Board of Trustees approval, a COVID-19 vaccination has become mandatory for all SUNY students who take in-person classes or participate in on campus activities since full approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) occurred on Monday, August 23, 2021. All students registered for in an in-person class are required to complete the full COVID vaccination series two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students and staff are considered fully vaccinated and in completion of the series: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose vaccination series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccine.

Medical and Religious Exemptions

Students who are seeking an exemption to the vaccination must apply and receive approval. Their application for the exemption will be reviewed and additional information will be requested from the student for committee review. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision to the email provided on the application. Please be advised that those granted an exemption for the vaccination please social distance from others when possible and participate in weekly Covid testing. 

The following are reasons for and exemption for the COVID -19 vaccination: 

  • Religious - Documentation required 
  • Permanent medical - Documentation required 
  • Temporary medical condition - Documentation required. Once temporary medical exemption expires the student will be required to complete the vaccination series, within a certain period of time, as determined by SUNY Erie in order to continue with in-person classes.

All students seeking an exemption must initially apply for the exemption using the online exemption application form. For students who are seeking an exemption for Summer 2022 the exemption application will open on April 15, 2022. The deadline to submit for Summer Session is May 23, 2022. The application for Fall 2022 will open on July 30, 2022. Deadline to submit for Fall applications is Friday, September 9, 2022.

Student Submission of Vaccination Record

In order to be in compliance with the mandate, fully vaccinated students must submit evidence of their vaccination to their campus health office. Confirmed vaccinated students will also be exempt from weekly Covid testing. This information will also be used for SUNY Erie’s COVID-19 data management purposes. You must either upload a copy of your vaccination card, call the campus health office or submit a copy of your vaccination card in person. Please be advised that health office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., however there is a secure drop box outside of each office for document submission off hours. 

Login and upload a copy of your vaccination card: ​​​​Vaccination Verification Form

City Health Office, (716) 851-1199, POST 228
South Health Office, (716) 851-1699, 5109
North Health Office, (716) 851-1499, S152B  

Vaccine Guidance for International Students

For SUNY Erie’s international students, the SUNY vaccination requirement recognizes vaccines that have been authorized by the World Health Organization. 

International students who have received a vaccine not authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization will need an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your campus health center for more information or submit a copy of your vaccination card.

Covid Testing

Mandatory weekly testing is required for students who have an approved exemption.

Positive COVID Diagnosis or Experiencing Symptoms

Any student or staff member with a physical presence on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must call campus security dispatch to report this information at 716-270-6600. Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, medical professional or through SUNY Erie’s weekly COVID-19 pool testing representative that you are "at risk" for having COVID-19, may be required to quarantine or isolate for a specific period of time. 


What Happens to my Financial Aid if the College closes temporarily or classes are moved online?
Students continue to remain eligible for any financial aid they receive through the College. In addition, as a result of Coronavirus, the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office released guidance that provides schools much greater flexibility in administering federal financial aid programs (Pell, SEOG, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study). If you have questions, please contact Financial Aid at: 
City (716) 851-1177 
North (716) 851-1477 
South (716) 851-1677 

If I have the Coronavirus, will I suffer consequences if I miss classes?
You will not be penalized if you missed classes due to Coronavirus. The College has communicated with all instructors to ensure that classes will be able to be moved online. Your professor will work with you and will provide alternate solutions if you are ill. Contact your instructors by email if you have additional questions.

What happens if a faculty member is unable to continue teaching a class?
We have standard protocols for faculty members if they become sick or incapacitated. If a faculty member is sick and unable to teach another faculty member will replace them.

What resources are available for students experiencing financial emergencies due to Coronavirus?
The College is committed to supporting students who are experiencing financial difficulty or incurring additional expenses as a result of Coronavirus. Students who are experiencing financial insecurity should contact the Dean of Students Office.

I am feeling stressed what should I do?
We recognize that some of you are feeling growing concerns about family or friends, or about your own health. Please contact our Advisement Counseling and Student Support Service Centers during weekday office hours, or email for additional support.

How can I avoid getting sick?
Please visit the CDC website for current recommendations.
What should I do if I become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath?
Please visit the CDC website for current recommendations.