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Updated June 22, 2022
DCC is committed to keeping our campus community safe and healthy. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SUNY, and state and local health departments, including those on capacity limits.
Please note that these guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences increased COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional protocols.
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.
DCC encourages visitors to perform an 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.
We highly encourage all visitors to get vaccinated before they visit DCC campuses. Visitors who are not vaccinated are highly encouraged to mask inside campus buildings.
Due to the reduction of COVID cases on campus and the community, the College has suspended its indoor mask requirement at all College locations for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This requirement has been replaced by a “mask-optional” practice. The following guidelines are designed to add clarity to the practice:
Masks are no longer required to be worn at any DCC location – this applies to all areas of campus, including residence halls, instructional spaces and offices.
All members of the College community will respect an individual’s decision to wear or not wear a mask.
Members of the College community may not require that someone wears a mask in their workspace or ask another individual to prove their vaccination status.
Masks will continue to be available in building lobbies and from Campus Safety & Security.
Students participating in clinicals or other off-campus placements must continue to comply with specific regulations or requirements in place at that site.
There are specific instances on campus when masks must be worn:
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should wear a mask until you receive a negative test.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must continue to wear a mask for five days following your initial five-day isolation period.
Note: The COVID-19 pandemic situation remains fluid. Therefore, our policies and practices relating to COVID-19 are subject to change at any time, depending on the public health conditions of our immediate area and external guidance. If any element of our new mask practice changes due to an increase in cases in the community or on campus, it will be clearly communicated.
SUNY’s and the College’s vaccination policy remains intact.
Enforcement of the COVID-19 guidance will be handled through Campus Safety.
- DCC cleans and disinfects high-touch surfaces, such as common areas and shared workstations, at least once a day. The College also regularly cleans and disinfects other surfaces as necessary depending on the level of traffic and the general risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
- DCC provides hand sanitizer stations at building entrances.
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.