COVID-19 Policies and Updates
Effective May 2, 2022: The College continues to strongly encourage mask wearing indoors but will not require it at this time.
Updated April 27, 2022
UPDATE to TC3 Spring 2022 COVID-19 Policies
As of May 2, 2022, the College is continuing to strongly encourage mask wearing indoors but will not require it at this time.
May 19, 2021
CDC issues guidance noting a partial lifting of mask mandate for those who are vaccinated. The College follows this policy and allows vaccinated individuals to be unmasked on campus.
July 30, 2021
The Tompkins County Health Department issues a mask advisory for indoor settings. The College follows suit shortly thereafter and requires masks on campus.
December 13, 2021
The State of New York imposes a mask mandate in public indoor settings Tompkins County Health Department follows suit.
February 9, 2022
The State partially lifts the indoor mask mandates but keeps it in place for a variety of public spaces, including for childcare centers and schools.
February 27, 2022
Governor Kathy Hochul announces plans to end the state mask requirement in schools starting on March 2, 2022
February 28, 2022
The Tompkins County Health Department suspends the local mask advisory as the spread of COVID-19 and active COVID-19 hospital admissions have slowed.
April 27, 2022
The Tompkins County Health Department advises a local mask advisory as the spread of COVID-19 and active COVID-19 hospital admissions increase. The College follows suit and puts a mask mandate on campus back in place
The College continues to strongly encourage mask wearing indoors but will not require it at this time.
I don’t want to get the vaccine, may I still take classes?
Unvaccinated students may take fully online/remote classes. While you may not utilize our in-person facilities, we offer a wide array of online/remote courses and we offer support services virtually. However, we can’t guarantee that you will be able to replace your face-to-face classes with remote/online options. If you need assistance changing your class schedule please contact Enrollment Services at email@example.com or call 607.844.6580.
I’m vaccinated, but not boosted – can I come to campus or take in-person classes?
The SUNY mandate is for all students that are eligible to receive a booster shot to do so. However, you are able to come to campus and participate in in-person classes and campus programs before you have been boosted. Please remember to upload your proof of booster shot into the campus Health and Wellness Portal. Please see the attached .pdf with detailed instructions on how to upload your proof.
Where can I read more about the SUNY policy and the vaccine mandate?
The official announcement for the August announcement from the FDA is here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine and the official SUNY Policy is here: https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=900
Updated information on SUNY’s Spring 2022 guidance is here: https://www.suny.edu/campus-reopening/
I am only taking online classes, may I live in the residence hall if I am unvaccinated?
All residence hall students must be in compliance with the vaccine and booster mandate. The types of classes you are taking do not change this requirement. Students can move-in to residence halls and begin classes if they are vaccinated but not boosted, but must get the booster shot when eligible.
You will also need to sign on to the Health and Wellness Portal to indicate that you intend to be all remote and submit an attestation that you will not come to campus for any reason. You can access the Portal in your MyTC3 account at https://tompkinscortland.studenthealthportal.com or call Health and Wellness Services at 607-844-8222 ext. 4487 if you need assistance.
I am unvaccinated and I am only taking online classes, may I come to campus to utilize support services?
Unvaccinated students may not come to campus to utilize support services. We do offer a variety of online/remote services to help fully online/remote students. You must also register yourself as a fully online student and complete an attestation at the Health and Wellness portal here https://tompkinscortland.studenthealthportal.com.
I need a medical/religious exemption to getting the vaccine; how do I do that? When do I need to make that request?
Students must request a medical or religious exemption by contacting the Health and Wellness Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-844-8222 ext. 4487 no later than Wednesday, January 19. Please note that all exemptions must be approved, and a request is not a guarantee of an exemption. Students will also be required to provide supporting documentation.
How do I submit my proof of vaccination and booster shot?
Students may submit proof of COVID-19 vaccine by uploading it via the Health and Wellness Portal in your MyTC3 account at https://tompkinscortland.studenthealthportal.com or call Health and Wellness Services at 607-844-8222 ext. 4487 if you need assistance.
If I already submitted proof of vaccination, do I have to go in again to provide proof of my booster shot?
Yes. Students may submit proof of COVID-19 booster by uploading it via the Health and Wellness Portal in your MyTC3 account at https://tompkinscortland.studenthealthportal.com or call Health and Wellness Services at 607-844-8222 ext. 4487 if you need assistance
What if I lost my vaccination card?
You can download an app for your phone that will validate your vaccination here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/excelsior-pass-and-excelsior-pass-plus - a screenshot of your Excelsior Pass is an acceptable form of proof of vaccination for this purpose. You will need to know some basic information such as the county where you received the shot and the dates of your first (and if needed) second dose to access your validated pass.
If you got your vaccine or booster dose at a pharmacy (like CVS or Walgreens) they may be able to provide an electronic copy for you.
If you still have your paper card, it is recommended that you take a photo of or scan both sides of your card so you will always have a digital copy of it.
Does the vaccine and booster requirement apply to CollegeNow students?
This requirement does not apply to students taking courses in their high school. This mandate applies only to students taking courses and utilizing our facilities. So, a student taking CollegeNow courses at their local high school would have to follow the health protocols of their high school.
The College has implemented vaccine requirements, but what are the cleaning protocols for classrooms?
The College will be disinfecting classrooms on a daily basis, which is consistent with SUNY and NYS DOH requirements.
I want to get vaccinated or boosted ASAP, where can I go to get vaccinated or boosted?
Most local pharmacies are now offering the vaccine and the booster, so you can check in with your local doctor or visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ - this site also allows you to search the entire United States as well as filter by the type of vaccine.
- Tompkins County Residents: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup
- Cortland County Residents: https://www.cortland-co.org/1009/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information
- New York State Residents (State Run Sites): https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Do I need to continue to get tested now that the vaccine mandate is in place?
- Unvaccinated students (those in process of being of being fully vaccinated or those with exemptions) who come to campus must be tested weekly.
- Vaccinated but not boosted students should regularly participate in our campus rapid testing program.
- Boosted students are encouraged to participate in our campus rapid testing program.
Should I come to campus if I am symptomatic?
No. If you are ill at all, please seek testing through the site at the mall to determine if your symptoms are from COVID-19 or another illness. Do not come to campus.
What should I do if I take a home test and I am positive?
Do not come to campus. Please let the campus COVID-19 team know by emailing email@example.com and we will contact you to check-in. Students should work with their faculty members to stay current on academic responsibilities and faculty/staff should contact their immediate supervisor.
Counties in New York State are also asking that individuals self-report their home testing positive cases. For more information on home testing and reporting, please visit this link:
Cortland County: https://www.cortland-co.org/432/Health-Department
Who can I contact if I have any questions or wish to report a concern?
The College has established an email that can be used for any of the following reasons:
- If a student self-reports to you that they are positive or in quarantine
- If a student reports to you that they think another student is positive or in quarantine
- If you wish to report a concern that someone is not following College COVID-19 protocols
- To ask a question regarding any of the College COVID-19 protocols
The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and is listed in Outlook as “COVID19 Reports.”