Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Updates

Check back here for the latest updates about Fall 2021. This is going to be the best year ever!!

Best year ever!

As we transition back to a more normal semester, we are aiming to make this the most exciting and engaging year we’ve ever had in the residence halls. Here are just a few of the programs we are planning for fall:

  • Grocery bingo
  • Funbucks and the annual funbucks auction
  • Canoeing on the Grasse River
  • Off-campus hikes including one to the Mt. Arab fire tower
  • Outdoor movies in the Kennedy Hall quad
  • Off-campus trips to the mall and other destinations
  • An excursion to the Thousand Islands
  • Hiking and swimming at Lampson Falls
  • And more to come!

FDA Approves Phizer Vaccine

The FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer/ Comirnaty vaccine as of Monday, August 23, 2021.

Over the summer, students were notified that when the FDA fully authorized one of the COVID vaccines, all students at SUNY campuses would be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to have a physical presence on campus. The authority for this requirement comes from the State University of New York (SUNY) policy, coupled with the New York State mandate issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

See new vaccine requirements and deadlines.

Fall 2021 Testing Schedule

COVID-19 testing calendar: unvaccinated and undisclosed individuals test every week. Vaccinated individuals test every 1st and 3rd week.

Testing occurs in Miller Campus Center 212-214

Testing Hours

Unvaccinated/undisclosed Testing Weeks

Mondays: 12 PM - 4 PM, Tuesdays: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Everyone Testing Weeks

Mondays: 9 AM - 4 PM, Tuesdays: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

COVID-19 Policies

Vaccines

Are students required to be vaccinated?

The FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer/ Comirnaty vaccine as of Monday, August 23, 2021.

Over the summer, students were notified that when the FDA fully authorized one of the COVID vaccines, all students at SUNY campuses would be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to have a physical presence on campus. The authority for this requirement comes from the State University of New York (SUNY) policy, coupled with the New York State mandate issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

If you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • If you have already submitted your vaccination records to the Davis Health Center, you’re all set!
  • If you haven’t done so, please submit them by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27 by uploading them into the Medicat Health Portal 

If you’re PARTIALLY vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • If you have already received one COVID-19 shot and are awaiting the second one, please make sure you get your second shot and submit your full vaccination records before September 27 into the Medicat Health Portal

If you are NOT currently vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • If you are living on campus, taking in-person classes, or using any in-person campus services (the Fitness Center, the Southworth Library Learning Commons, dining facilities, tutoring, etc.), you are now required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  We have built in a grace period to allow you to begin this process, if you are not already vaccinated, which means you must be fully vaccinated within thirty-five (35) days, which is by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27.  Please upload your vaccine records into the Medicat Health Portal.
  • If you do not receive your full vaccination and provide the requisite documentation showing that you have completed your vaccination by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 27, you will be immediately suspended from the campus, will be required to complete your studies online/remote, and will NOT receive any refunds for housing, meals, or tuition. You will be restricted from entering the campus for any reason until that suspension is lifted in writing by the Vice President for Student Affairs. This suspension means you would not be able to live on campus, take in-person classes, or receive in-person services.

  • SUNY Canton is hosting a Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine clinic, in conjunction with St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health, right here on campus in Dana Hall Gymnasium on August 31 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • You can also find a local vaccination site.

  • If you wish to provide documentation to support a medical or religious exemption for us to consider, please email the Davis Health Center at healthcenter@canton.edu for the applicable forms and more information.  Please note that all exemption requests will be reviewed and you will be notified of the determination, and that the exemption is not official until you have received confirmation in writing of that decision from the Davis Health Center. If you are provided an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still be required to attend weekly campus COVID-19 testing, wear a face-covering at all times other than in personal spaces, and may be required to immediately leave the campus if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs. You will be provided information about this if you are provided an exemption.

Are faculty and staff required to be vaccinated?

We are NOT currently requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated, though we strongly encourage them to get vaccinated. Whether faculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated once one or more of the vaccines have been approved for non-emergency use by the FDA will depend on the outcome of discussions between the State of New York, SUNY, and their relevant unions.

Can we get a vaccine on campus?

Yes! SUNY Canton is offering a vaccine clinic on campus on Wednesday, August 31, open to all students and employees. For more information and to register, click here. We will continue to work with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department and provide vaccine-related information to the campus community.

Can I ask a student their vaccination status?

No. Individuals are not required to provide vaccination status. All faculty, staff, and students who are unvaccinated or prefer not to disclose are required to be tested for COVID weekly, wear a mask at all times (unless seated and eating in a social-distanced dining facility, in their personal office, or in their residence hall room) and observe social distancing whenever possible.

Arrival Testing

Will SUNY Canton screen everyone for COVID at the beginning of the semester?

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff with any on-campus presence must be tested for COVID-19 during opening week (August 23 – 27), regardless of vaccination status. Testing will take place in the Dana Hall Gymnasium at the following days/times:

  • Monday, August 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday, August 24-27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*If you arrive after 3 p.m. on Friday, August 27, you will be required to test on Monday, August 30. Information will be out soon regarding times and sign-ups for testing on this date and for the Fall 2021 semester.

PLEASE NOTE: On testing day, for 3 hours before you test you are not permitted to brush your teeth or use mouthwash, and for 30 minutes before the test, you should not consume anything or take anything by mouth, including water, gum, cigarettes/vape, food, etc.

BEFORE YOU CAN TEST with us, you are required to set up an account with Quadrant Biosciences (where our completed COVID tests are sent). Returning students who have already tested with us before, you are all set- this is the same site as before. New students- please follow that link and set up your account. Further instructions while setting it up are available in the user guide.

Surveillence Testing

Will there be continuing surveillance testing during the semester?

Yes. Further details will be sent out soon.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated or do not disclose: SUNY Canton requires that all unvaccinated and undisclosed individuals must be tested weekly for COVID-19.
  • If you are fully vaccinated: SUNY Canton requires that all vaccinated individuals are tested periodically in the following manner:
    • If St. Lawrence County is categorized by the CDC as “Substantial” or “High” transmission (map here), vaccinated employees and students must be tested twice monthly for COVID-19, during the first and third week of each month.
    • If St. Lawrence County is categorized by the CDC as “Low” or “Moderate” transmission, vaccinated employees and students must be tested monthly, during the first week of each month.

PLEASE NOTE: On testing day, for 3 hours before you test you are not permitted to brush your teeth or use mouthwash, and for 30 minutes before the test, you should not consume anything or take anything by mouth, including water, gum, cigarettes/vape, food, etc.

What happens if I miss a test?

All faculty, staff, and students are expected to be tested at the specified intervals above, with limited exceptions.

  • Employees out on scheduled vacation/paid time off, or home sick, may email Lenore VanderZee (vanderzeel@canton.edu) to request to be tested during an alternate week.
  • If an employee misses a weekly test without a valid excuse, an email will be sent to the employee, the employee’s supervisor, the employee’s area Vice President, and Human Resources. In the case of two or more unexcused missed tests, additional action may be taken.

Masking

Is masking required in classrooms and laboratory facilities?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students must wear an appropriate mask in classroom and laboratory facilities at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing should be practiced whenever possible and practical. Face shields worn alone, or masks that do not completely cover the mouth and nose, are not appropriate face coverings. Please refer to the COVID-19 Updates section for the latest on masking and testing.

Is masking required elsewhere on campus?

Yes. Masks are now required for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, in all indoor locations. The only exceptions are:

  • Personal offices.
  • Residence hall rooms.
  • Dining facilities while eating. Masks are required upon entry until seated.
  • Or students competing in a varsity sport or exercising in the fitness center.

We strongly encourage everyone to wear mask outdoors if you are in a crowded setting. Please refer to the COVID-19 Updates section for the latest on masking and testing.

If a student or colleague is unmasked in areas where masking is required, can I ask them to mask?

Yes. If the student doesn’t comply, the VP for Student Affairs should be notified. If the faculty or staff member doesn’t comply, the Director of HR should be notified. While everyone should carry a mask with them, it would be prudent to have some disposable ones available.

Sickness, Quarantine, and Isolation

What if I have COVID-related symptoms on a day I’m supposed to come to campus?

  • Faculty and staff should NOT report to campus if they are experiencing COVID-related symptoms. All employees should contact Human Resources for further steps, Faculty should also contact their Chair or Dean so that someone can cover their class(es) if possible.
  • Students should NOT report to campus if they are experiencing COVID-related symptoms. They should contact the Davis Health Center for further steps, and notify their professors that they will not be in class.

What should I do if a colleague or student on campus shows signs of COVID-related symptoms?

You should advise students to contact the Davis Health Center and faculty/staff to contact Human Resources immediately.

What should I do if a student contacts me about needing to miss class due to COVID-related symptoms, quarantine, or positive COVID test?

Faculty should work with the student to inform them of assignments and to make necessary materials available online or by email. If the student’s condition is severe enough to make them unable to complete assignments, you should make reasonable arrangements so that they can catch up when possible, without loss of credit.

Social Distancing and PPE

Roody with maskSocial distancing, or the more accurate term physical distancing, will be integrated into campus life. Classes and hands-on labs that are offered in person will be divided in half, so students and faculty will be spread apart:

  • All classes will require students and instructors to wear masks.
  • The College will be providing reusable masks to students, faculty, and staff. Disposable masks may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
  • To reduce density where possible, students on campus will live in either a double or single room.
  • Most areas on campus currently use MERV-15 (minimum efficiency reporting value) ventilation filters, which filters out the COVID-19 virus. This exceeds the MERV-13 state requirement for malls.

While there are still many unknowns about the virus, we do know that masks help slow the spread of germs and increasing your distance from someone decreases the ability to spread (or shed) the virus. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us.

Two people wearing face coverings during COVID-19 outbreak.

Masks/Face-Coverings

Masks must fully cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly in line with the guidelines for best practices from the CDC. While face shields are permitted, they can only be worn with a mask underneath that meets the aforementioned guidelines. Laundering masks between each use is strongly encouraged. Please check out the CDC link for some excellent tips for finding a great face covering.

Proper and Improper Mask Wearing

 

View more about face coverings at the CDC's Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 website.