Coronavirus Information

 

As part of the reopening of SUNY campuses across New York State, 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.

Latest Updates
Vaccinations
COVID Testing
Positive COVID Diagnosis or Experiencing Symptoms
Masking and Distancing Guidelines
FAQ

Latest Updates

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. 

For the Fall 2021 semester, as compared to the 2020-2021 academic year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Erie will offer a more robust in-person academic experience. Students may choose from a wider variety of in-person courses and labs as well various remote course options. Student services, activities and programming will also be offered safely in person, while also offering remote access to our online student populations.

We are excited to see our campuses physically populated again and look forward to having you on campus in a safe way. 

Please find listed COVID-19 protocols that SUNY Erie, will be adopting or continuing for the fall 2021 semester. 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) 525-4500 or via email yoder@ecc.edu.

For information about the CARES Act, visit Student CARES Act Info.

Vaccinations

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, including on our South and North campuses. 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 since full approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) occurred on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Students who have received at least one dose of the vaccine must provide documentation of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated students must participate in COVID-19 weekly pool testing until considered fully vaccinated. For more information on how to sign up for pool testing please see COVID Testing below.
 
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.

Failure to comply with the vaccination mandate or an approval of a medical or religious exemption will result in your withdrawal from in person classes. Students will be responsible for any financial liability for withdrawals after the end of drop/add on September 14, 2021.

Masks are to worn by everyone, regardless of vaccination status while inside campus buildings. Vaccinated students may choose to wear a mask while outdoors on campus.

Vaccination Clinics

South Campus: Vaccination pods are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Building 7

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 at:
https://myecc.ecc.edu/Vaccination%20Verification/Pages/Vaccination-Verification.aspx

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.

Daily Health Screening for Unvaccinated Students and Staff

All unvaccinated students and staff will be required to provide a health screening through the #CampusClear app for every day they are on campus.

The health self-screening application #CampusClear is mandatory for unvaccinated students and staff to complete their self-screening in order to access SUNY Erie campuses and properties during the COVID-19 pandemic.  SUNY Erie students and employees should register their SUNY Erie email account to the app to complete the self-screening. All transmitted data is encrypted and only limited individuals, appointed by SUNY Erie, will have the ability to unencrypt data for purposes of monitoring campus access, contacting symptomatic individuals, performing contact tracing and reporting. The app does not conduct surveillance or tracking other than the utilization of the app. Furthermore, the app does not use Bluetooth or GPS and will not track your location. View #CampusClear privacy policy from the vendor Ivy.ai. The #Campusclear app is available for download in the Google and Apple app stores. If you cannot download the app, please contact Amy Yoder at (716) 525-4500 for an alternative option to submit this information. 

Covid Testing

Mandatory weekly testing is still required for students and employees who have not been vaccinated and have a regular presence on campus. 
Those that are vaccinated must opt out of weekly testing by showing proof of completion of their vaccination series. 
Any staff or student that does not submit their vaccination card or any student granted an exemption to the vaccine will need to participate in weekly Covid testing. 

How To Schedule Your COVID Test

You can self-schedule your weekly COVID tests online using the COVID testing scheduler.  (Please note: you must choose a campus first in order to see the availability and you must schedule each test separately). 

  • You are welcome to get your COVID test off campus if you prefer. If you do, send your results each week to covidscheduling@ecc.edu. Make sure your results include your name, date of test, and test results.    
  • If you had COVID, please email us a picture of your positive results, and you will be excused from testing for 90 days from the date you tested positive. 
  • If you are vaccinated, you do not need to test if you provide us with proof of vaccination. Please see additional instructions for how to provide proof.

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. 

Masking, Distancing Guidelines

In accordance with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Erie County Department of Health, SUNY Erie will require all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside campus buildings. Masks are not required in private offices or when eating.

Additionally, students and employees who are not vaccinated are required for wearing a mask outdoors on SUNY Erie campuses. Unvaccinated staff representing the college at off campus events or meetings are required to wear a mask. Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to observe physical distancing whenever practical. 

Please be advised that any changes to the current mask procedures will be communicated to the college community as soon as updated guidance is in place.

Students who have a documented medical condition that require an exemption from mask wearing should contact their campus Student Access Center (SAC) office for assistance. Staff who have a documented medical condition that require an exemption from mask wearing should contact Human Resources. 

Employee concerns about mask compliance with other employees may contact Human Resources for assistance. Concerns about students not complying with the mask requirement may be forwarded to the campus Dean of Students. 

FAQ

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, as well as Horizon Health Services.

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.