Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:
Wear face coverings:
Please Note: SUNY Poly faculty, staff, and students have been notified they must wear a face covering at all times while indoors on campus starting August 5, 2021, except in those locations which are usually exempted such as in a student’s dorm room, in an employee’s enclosed office, when alone in a private space, or when seated and actively eating and drinking. This requirement will be reassessed and the community will be updated about any changes. This new guidance supersedes the face covering guidance below, which could be reverted to at such time as it is considered safe to do so:
Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals (i.e. students2, faculty, and staff3) are not required to maintain social distancing or wear masks except as indicated below and in areas where the rate of transmission is high to substantial. Pursuant to CDC guidance, nothing herein prohibits fully vaccinated individuals from continuing the use of masks and the CDC has recommended fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Additionally:
- The CDC indicates fully vaccinated individuals can choose to wear a face covering regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19.
- After a potential exposure, wearing a face covering is required for 14 days.
However, in certain settings, especially when some unvaccinated members of the community may be present, fully vaccinated individuals may be required to wear face coverings. All impacted individuals and groups will be notified. Supplemental signage that will be posted providing further direction as needed.
- Within classrooms/laboratories everyone is required to wear face coverings, with exceptions for only fully vaccinated faculty/staff who are able to teach from the teaching zone which is at least 6-feet from the nearest student in the classroom. In those classrooms where the faculty/staff are unvaccinated, or the teaching zone is not at least 6-feet from all students, face coverings will be required.
- For any events, gatherings, activities, and other engagements that include people from outside the SUNY Poly community, all attendees and participants will be expected to wear a face covering as a precaution regardless of vaccination status. Some limited exceptions may be allowed.
In very limited circumstances and during approved events, individual presenters or performers may be approved to take masks off when presenting / performing for a fully masked audience or group. All events of this sort must be submitted to the events committee who will review for logistical needs, and COVID-19 considerations. Approval for exemption of the required mask mandate will be issued by the EHS department in consultation with Campus Safety Monitors and appropriate COVID response team members as needed, and after discussion with the event organizers regarding the need for such exemptions.
The general criteria are as follows:
- The presenter or performer must be fully vaccinated or have proof of recent (within past 90 days) recovery from COVID-19, or must have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 72 hours. Proof of such shall be provided to the appropriate office (i.e., HR, Wellness, EHS) and reviewed before approvals are given.
- The presenter or performer must be no closer than 12-feet from the nearest attendee or audience member. Additional distance may be appropriate for those who are not vaccinated.
- Unrelated individuals sharing a stage shall also be at least 12-feet from the unmasked individual, unless they are a related individual (e.g., part of the same family unit) or an integral part of the performance.
- When interacting with individuals or when within 6-feet from others (e.g. stage party, audience members, individuals called from the audience), masks must be worn by all.
- Individuals who are part of a team (e.g., musical duo) may be allowed to remove masks when performing together as long as the individuals are part of the same "act".
Outdoor settings will have fewer restrictions regarding masks when social distancing is in place.
Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Individuals: Unvaccinated individuals and those who have chosen not to share proof of vaccination with HR (employees) must still wear face coverings at all times. Exceptions for unvaccinated individuals include the following: they may remove their face coverings indoors or outdoors only when alone, while working at their workstation socially distanced from others or with a physical barrier in place, or while socially distanced, seated, and actively eating/drinking.
More Information: Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine (subject to changes based on FDA approval/booster shot guidance).
- Special consideration. Pursuant to the CDC, “A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)” may submit a request to Disability Services at email@example.com for consideration of an exemption from mask wearing based on a medical accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.
- Community transmission. Additional requirements may be imposed by the campus or System Administration based upon the increasing COVID-19 transmission rates on campus.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
- Practice social distancing when required (see above) to reduce transmission.