What Students Need to Know

Updated Jan. 24, 2022

Stay healthy, Falcons!

DCC offers the full campus experience with the following health and safety protocols in place. Please note that these guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences increased COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional protocols.

For information related to DCC’s health and safety guidance, see the 2021-22 COVID-19 Guidance in myDCC.

Students are reminded that visits to student services offices should be made by appointment.

VACCINATION AND BOOSTERS

Per SUNY direction, all DCC students must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes and/or use any on-campus service or resource, including the Fitness Center. In addition, SUNY is also mandating that any student with a regular on-campus presence must receive a booster vaccination when eligible.

  • If you received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

  • If you received a Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination, you are eligible for a booster at least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination.

Visit the Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health website for local vaccination clinics and resources.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not willing to be vaccinated, you will not be able to register for on-campus classes as now that DCC’s vaccination requirement has been implemented and should you be administratively withdrawn, you will not be able to get a refund after the SUNY refund period has passed.

We encourage you to take advantage of an on-campus COVID vaccination and booster clinic on Thursday, February 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

Appointments are required and must be scheduled by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 2. Please complete the registration form to schedule your appointment. ​ 

Visit the Dutchess County Behavioral & Community Health website for local vaccination clinics and resources.

Vaccinated students:

Fully vaccinated students should verify their vaccination status in the SUNY Vaccination Verification site. Use your DCC login and follow the instructions on the form. Students vaccinated outside the State of New York will be able to upload an image of their vaccination record in the system. You will only be able to verify your vaccination status through the SUNY Vaccination Verification site once you are considered fully vaccinated.

Students can upload their booster on the SUNY Vaccination Verification site by selecting Update Record, directions are available on the site to manually upload the card.

Need assistance with verifying your vax?

  • Contact the Excelsior Pass Help Desk at (844) 699-7277 to verify that the information you are providing in the SUNY Vaccination Pass is the same information that you provided at the time of your vaccine and for general inquiries/support regarding data in the New York State Immunization Information Systems (NYSIIS) and the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR).

  • You can also contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@sunydutchess.edu or (845) 431-8005.

Per CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated:

Two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
Two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J vaccine.

Students who are NOT vaccinated, do not plan on getting vaccinated, and are not eligible for medical or religious exemptions can still enroll in online courses. However, they cannot physically come to campus while remaining unvaccinated. These students will not be able to access any in-person services, such as advising or tutoring support. They will also not be allowed to use on-campus facilities, like the Fitness Center and the Library. Any support services and engagement with DCC will be conducted virtually through phone, email or Zoom. 

Exemptions:

Students may ask for a waiver from the vaccination requirement if they have a medical or religious exemption. The deadline for students to apply for a religious or medical exemption for the spring 2022 semester has passed.

If a previous exemption request was granted, but you did not comply with the campus’s COVID-19 related health and safety protocols (e.g.: mask/face coverings, social distancing, weekly surveillance testing) if accessing a SUNY facility is a condition of your ongoing physical presence, you may not be eligible for another approved exemption.

Please remember: if you have not been approved for an exemption and you have not verified your vaccination status through the SUNY system, you will not be able to register for in-person classes or come to campus for any reason, including attending classes and/or accessing any on-campus service or resource.

All SUNY colleges and universities, including Dutchess Community College, are required to enforce sanctions for student violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, which can include termination of exemptions to removal from face-to-face coursework and on-campus presence, and administrative withdrawal. This is designed to help SUNY’s campuses protect the public health of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and ensure campuses can remain open during the pandemic.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

Following CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic but must be tested for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for five (5) days at home.

For more information, see the Student FAQs.

ACADEMIC HOUSING

All students living in Academic Housing must be vaccinated, have received a booster if eligible and must provide proof of vaccination and booster completion to academichousing@sunydutchess.edu before move-in. Students must also provide proof of a negative test before moving in.

If, while living in Academic Housing, you test positive for COVID-19 or need to be quarantined, you must return home until you have completed your quarantine/isolation period.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

All students will be required to wear masks in campus buildings.

Special consideration may be given to those who cannot wear a mask. See the Student FAQ for more information.

Masking guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences variations in COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional masking protocols. 

SELF-HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

Although daily health screenings are no longer required, DCC encourages students to perform a daily at-home self-health assessment before coming to campus.

For a list of questions to ask yourself in assessing your health, see the At-Home Health Questionnaire. 

If you show symptoms of infectious illness, please stay at home and/or seek medical care.

TESTING

Start of Semester Testing:

All students with on campus clases  – vaccinated and unvaccinated – must be tested on campus no sooner than January 18 or during the first week of classes: Jan. 24-28.

Vaccinated students: Students who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster will no longer need to undergo mandatory weekly testing if they opt-in to the SUNY Vaccination Verification system. Fully vaccinated and boosted students are not required to quarantine if they come into contact with a person who has COVID but should be tested 5– 7 days after exposure.

Partially vaccinated/Unvaccinated students: Students with approved exemptions or those that are partially vaccinated (have not received booster) must undergo weekly testing. Bring your DCC ID card to the testing location. Anyone who is unvaccinated and has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must follow the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health guidance for exposure, isolation and quarantine that is available on their COVID webpage.  

If conditions change prompting DCC to take additional measures, the College may require more frequent testing of students regardless of vaccination status.

For the spring 2022 semester, testing will take place in Handel Dining Room, at DCC @ Fishkill and DCC @ FPC, the testing schedule is posted in myDCC.

The testing process is as follows:

1. Students will swipe their DCC ID to access their Banner account, which will allow for the test date to be registered. The system will then print a test tube label.
2. The test worker will register the test in the Quadrant BioScience system.
3. Students will then swab their mouth with the test applicator and insert the swab into the test tube. 
4. The test worker will then apply the label to the tube. 
5. You will receive an email from Quadrant Bioscience with your test results

DCC ID CARDS

All students must obtain and wear a DCC ID whenever they are on campus or at any of our college facilities – e.g., DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @ HVR Airport and DCC @ the Partnership. ID cards are issued in the Campus Security & Safety Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services building, at DCC @ at the Partnership, and at DCC @ Fishkill.

ATHLETICS

All student-athletes and coaches must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of practices for the season. DCC will comply with all NJCAA COVID-19 regulations and protocols.

COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL

High school students must follow the health and safety guidelines and protocols of the location at which they receive instruction.

If the course is delivered at their high school, they must follow the local school district guidelines.
If the course is delivered on the DCC campus, they must follow the DCC campus guidelines.

VISITORS

While DCC looks forward to welcoming visitors to campus for approved activities, all indoor spaces will be prioritized for courses and student use.

Visitors are broadly defined as those who are not employees, credit students or non-credit students.

Approved activities of the College have a defined sponsor and are clearly fixed in time and space. 

  • All campus visits to student services must be made by appointment.

  • Visitors must wear masks and meet the DCC health screening assessment. 

  • DCC will follow any additional New York State or local health guidelines, including those on capacity limits.

CAMPUS COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

Enforcement of the COVID-19 guidance will be handled through the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability. 

FACILITIES PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

BUILDING ENTRANCES

Access to offices in the Orcutt Student Services Center will by appointment only. Please consult Your Student Success Team page for contact information.

To prevent clustering around designated entrance doorways and to encourage appropriate social distancing, all building entrances are now open.

CLEANING

While New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect, DCC will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as common areas and shared workstations, at least once a day. The College will also regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary depending on the level of traffic, the individuals who use the space, and the general risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
DCC will continue to provide hand hygiene stations or supplies within workplaces for individuals to use.

VENTILATION AND AIR FILTRATION

DCC has increased outdoor airflow and ventilation rates in indoor settings to support individual comfort and safety, and in accordance with building codes and standards.
In indoor areas where the air is recirculated, DCC has installed higher-rated filters in the filter rack and air handlers of HVAC systems that are able to perform to the level of heating and cooling they provided prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

QUESTIONS? Send an email to Covid@sunydutchess.edu.