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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Unvaccinated students must complete their vaccination series no later than Monday,
September 27, 2021. 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 after Monday, September 27, 2021 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.
SUNY Erie will host on campus vaccination clinics on campus on Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at North and City campuses.
North Campus: S Building, Room 124 - Student Lounge
City Campus: Post Building, first floor lobby next to the library
South Campus: Vaccination pods are available Monday thru 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 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.
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.
Student Vaccination Exemption
Students who are seeking an exemption to the vaccination must apply and receive approval.
Their application for the exemption will be reviewed and approval of the exemption
will be communicated directly to the student. Please be advised that those granted
an exemption for the vaccination will be required to wear a mask at all times on campus,
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.
- Temporary Personal exemption until full FDA approval of the vaccine: This exemption is for students who are waiting for full FDA approval of the vaccine. Please be advised once SUNY Erie receives direction from SUNY that the vaccine has been FDA approved, this exemption will expire 45 days after the approval date and the student will need to complete the vaccination series during that 45-day time frame in order to continue taking in-person classes. Changes to this exemption status will be communicated directly to the student granted this exemption.
All students seeking an exemption must apply for the exemption by filling out the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form.
Quarantine Procedures for Unvaccinated Students Prior to The Fall 2021 Semester
Unvaccinated students will need to provide proof they tested negative for COVID-19 within five days prior to arriving to campus for the semester. Test results may be sent to email@example.com. Unvaccinated students will then need to participate in weekly covid testing. More information about covid testing for the fall will be sent closer to the start of the fall semester.
In lieu of a negative test, unvaccinated students may attest to SUNY Erie that they quarantined at least 10 days prior to their arrival on campus. Information on how to submit the attestation form will be included in the future testing email.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
What Happens to my Financial Aid if the College closes temporarily or classes are
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.