New SUNY COVID Policy Takes Effect Oct. 1

Message to students:

As of October 1, SUNY has established required sanctions for students who do not follow the campus COVID policies as outlined.  

The policy sets required minimum sanctions for the behaviors listed below. Minimum sanctions include a removal from campus housing, PNG from campus while allowing participation in virtual classes only, suspension and expulsion from the college. Visit SUNY.edu for the full SUNY policy. 

•    Intentional Violations of COVID-Positive Students: For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students. Students in this category will be suspended or expelled and cannot gain admission to other SUNY campuses during the time of their sanction.
 
•    Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who fail to self-isolate (because they are COVID-19 positive) as directed by the college or the State or local Department of Health.  Students in this category will be suspended or expelled and cannot gain admission to other SUNY campuses during the time of their sanction.
 
•    Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the college or the State or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine period, on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order.
 
•    Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on-campus gathering of more than 5 individuals in an apartment or individuals who do not live in the building’ have off-campus guests or off-campus gathering that exceeds the current limitation published by Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.
 
•    Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees): For students who attend an on-campus gathering of more than five individuals in an apartment, or attends an off–campus gathering that exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.
 
•    Violations of Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.
 
•    Contact Tracing: For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
 
•    For students who fail to submit their health screening via the campus’s portal for three consecutive visits to campus, the College will enforce an interim suspension until the student complies.

This policy also requires that student-athletes found in violation can lose the privilege of participating in the college’s athletics for a period of time up to a permanent ban from the program.  It may also impact NJCAA eligibility. 

Our campus Good Samaritan policy does remain in effect.  If you are assaulted, witness an assault/attempted assault or are calling because someone is in immediate danger due to drug or alcohol consumption, you and that individual will not be held accountable for these sanctions; we are more concerned with your immediate safety!

Questions about the new sanctions can be directed to VPSS@tompkinscortland.edu