Vaccination Requirement

SUNY Brockport continues to follow all New York State Department of Health, Monroe County Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The following guidance has been developed with the health and safety of our community as our first priority.

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On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

SUNY Brockport, in partnership with Wegmans Food Markets, is hosting a series of on-campus Pfizer vaccination clinics on August 13, 23, 30. 

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All SUNY Brockport students who access campus facilities in person will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 once one of the vaccines has been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

In addition, SUNY Brockport will be requiring vaccinations of all students to access residence halls and to participate in intercollegiate athletics, including club sports. This requirement is effective Aug. 30, regardless of final FDA approval. 

Though this policy requiring vaccination does not apply to faculty and staff, SUNY Brockport faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. This COVID-19 vaccination requirement will follow our existing policy regarding required immunizations, including religious and health exemptions. 


Residential Students (students who live in a residence hall or student townhomes) and student athletes (both residential and living off-campus), including club sports participants, are required to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 30, with limited exemptions. 

According to the CDC; In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Residential Students and Student Athletes, including Club Sports participants, who meet the following criteria ARE ELIGIBILE to move-in to their residence hall/student townhome and participate in intercollegiate athletic programs: 

  • Are in progress of being fully vaccinated (have received one dose in a two dose series and are awaiting their second dose) AND can offer proof of having a vaccination appointment scheduled by uploading it to MyHazen.

OR

  • Plan to start their series and receive their first vaccination upon moving into a residence hall/student townhome during an on-campus vaccine clinic.

OR

  • Have submitted and have been approved by Hazen Center for Integrated Care for a COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption. 

To check if your COVID-19 Vaccine is on file with the Health Center:

  1. Sign in to MyHazen using your Net ID and password
  2. Go to the “Immunizations” tab
  3. From drop down, select “View History”
  4. At the bottom click the green “Print” buttonAll vaccines will be displayed
  5. If your COVID vaccines are on file and accurate, NO further action is needed. 

If your COVID vaccines are not on your immunization list:

  1. Go to the “Upload” tab
  2. From the drop down menu, select “COVID Vaccine Records” and “Select File"
  3. Attach, then click “Upload”
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the document

Exemption Information

Medical Exemptions

Students may be exempt from the vaccination requirement if a duly licensed healthcare provider certifies in writing that the student has a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine. Students requesting consideration for a medical exemption from vaccination requirements must submit a petition for exemption, including the above mentioned certification, through MyHazen by 11:59 pm on August 2, 2021 (instructions listed below). Requests for medical exemptions must contain the certification of a licensed healthcare provider, sufficient information for Hazen Health Center staff to understand the medical basis for the exemption, its necessary length and contact information for the healthcare provider. Hazen Health Center staff will review exemption requests in the same manner as it considers requests for medical exemptions from MMR immunization requirements.

Religious Exemptions

Students who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may petition for exemption from the vaccination requirement by submitting a written statement to that effect through MyHazen by 11:59 pm on August 2, 2021 (instructions listed below). Such a statement should explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s sincere religious belief or practice. Hazen Health Center staff will review exemption requests in the same manner as it considers requests for medical exemptions from MMR immunization requirements.

Instructions on How to Submit a Medical or Religious Exemption

  1. Login to MyHazen with your NetID & password
  2. Go to the “Upload” tab
  3. From the drop down menu, select either “COVID 19 Medical Exemption Letter” OR “COVID 19 Religious Exemption Letter”, then click "Select File"
  4. Attach file, then click “Upload”
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the document

Students granted a medical or religious exemption will be subjected to certain restrictions and COVID-19 testing responsibilities as set forth in this policy.

Obligations of Students Exempted from Vaccination Requirement

Students who are granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus. Such students are required to:

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of the student’s move-in date.
  2. Comply with mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing at least once a week.
  3. Maintain six feet of social distancing and wear a mask at all times the student is indoors except:
    • when the student is in their private residential or personal space;
    • when they are eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced.

Housing Conditions for Residential Students Exempted from Vaccination Requirement

SUNY Brockport reserves the right to reassign students from their current housing assignment. The purpose of such reassignment would be to avoid placing a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the same room or suite. If possible, reassigned students would be assigned to space in the same residential community as their current assignment; however, this may not always be possible. 


Housing Cancellation for Unvaccinated Students

Students unwilling or not able to comply with the vaccination requirement for on-campus housing may petition to cancel housing on or before 11:59 pm on Aug. 2. Students who petition for medical or religious exemption who are denied such exemption must request housing cancellation within three business days of notification that their exemption has been denied. Students who fail to meet these deadlines will be subject to housing charges for the fall 2021 semester but are only permitted to occupy their space if they are fully vaccinated prior to occupancy.


Vaccination Requirement for International Students 

The CDC and New York State Department of Health have recommended that completing a WHO-approved vaccine series is acceptable as proof of being fully vaccinated. A vaccine is approved if "Finalized" appears in the column called "Status of Assessment."

All health information requirements must be presented in English or accompanied by a translation. Students who require the translation of documents can use one of the many translation services available on the internet. 

Last Updated 7/30/21