Fall Semester Guidance // Sep. 6, 2022

The SUNY Student COVID-19 Vaccine Policy remains in effect and requires all students who will have a physical presence on campus to provide evidence of, at minimum, the initial course of COVID vaccinations. Surveillance testing for those who received medical or religious exemptions will also remain in place. Students requiring surveillance testing will receive communication on how and when to test through their MVCC student email. Online students are required to complete the online attestation.

MVCC will be updating COVID guidelines and requirements, as needed, in accordance with guidance issued by SUNY, State, and County health officials. Plans may be adjusted based on the latest science and recommendations and communicated on this page. Please check this page regularly for updates.

SUNY Vaccine Mandate // Jun. 21, 2022

Medical Exemptions

If a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, or licensed midwife caring for a pregnant student certifies in writing that the student has a health condition which is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must be on the practitioners letterhead, and must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental. Provisions need to be made to review records of temporarily exempted persons periodically to see if contraindications still exist. The deadline for completing the medical exemption is August 22, 2022.

Religious Exemptions

A student may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student or student's parent(s) or guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, or parent(s), or guardian if under the age of 18. The institution may require supporting documents. It is not required that a religious exemption statement be notarized. Click to view religious exemption form. The deadline for completing the religious exemption is August 22, 2022.

MVCC does not challenge a person's personal religious convictions.  New York State does not recognize philosophical views as religious exemption; therefore, MVCC does not as well.

Mask/Face Covering Update // Mar. 9, 2022

In response to the continued drop in local COVID-19 cases, high vaccination rates, and guidance from the CDCState and County Health authorities, effective Thursday, March 10, face coverings at MVCC campuses and facilities will be optional.

As always, your decision to continue to wear a mask when inside buildings is a personal one and should not be judged or interpreted as a symbol of vaccination status. Per CDC, you may continue to wear a mask based on personal preference and informed by your personal level of risk. You may also choose to wear a mask or respirator that offers greater protection in certain situations, such as:

  • If you are sick and need to be around others or are caring for someone who has COVID-19, continue to wear a mask.
  • If you are at increased risk for severe illness or live with or spend time with someone at higher risk, speak to your healthcare provider about wearing a mask.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. They should talk to their healthcare providers about what additional precautions may be necessary.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, chills, etc.), please contact your health care provider or urgent care. Do not come to campus.

This updated guidance is subject to change. We will continue to monitor community positivity and hospitalization rates and communicate regularly with County officials to keep the College community informed.

The updated MVCC employee COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing, and Face Covering Policy can be found here.

Surveillance Testing Guidance // Jan. 27, 2022

For the  Spring semester, students are required to be fully vaccinated including having received the booster. Those students who are not yet eligible to receive the booster will be required to participate in random, monthly surveillance testing, which will begin in February. The College will provide a communication with additional details about this as we get closer. 

Spring 2022 Guidance // Jan. 5, 2022

Students planning to take in-person classes, work on campus, live in the residence halls, or participate in on-campus activities or services during 2022 spring semester, you must:

  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., completed a one- or two-shot series depending on the vaccine);
  • Have had at least one vaccine dose and have been granted a temporary medical accommodation to complete any vaccine series; or
  • Have been granted a medical or religious exemption.
  • Plus, get a COVID-19 booster within the first 30 days you are eligible. If you received a Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (J & J), you are eligible after two months. Both Pfizer and Moderna booster eligibility is after 6 months. Enter your booster documentation here.

Students must verify their vaccination or obtain an exemption by 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 17, 2022. Applications for religious or medical exemptions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022. There is no grace period. Students who do not meet the deadline for completing the COVID-19 requirement will be removed from in-person courses. This may affect financial aid eligibility.

Students who verified their vaccination or received a medical or religious exemption during the fall 2021 semester, will not have to re-verify their status prior to the spring 2022 semester. Weekly testing will continue to be required for those who received an exemption.

Regardless of vaccination status, monthly surveillance testing will be required for anyone with a physical presence on campus with exemptions for those who have received a booster.

Vaccination Portal Update // Dec. 10, 2021

All students taking classes on ground must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at the MVCC Vaccination Portal.

Students requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement due to their status as a student registered only for online courses can submit their attestation here.

Students who wish to explore options to move to online schedules are encouraged to contact their Student Support Advisor (SSA). To find the contact info for your SSA, visit mvcc.edu/advisement.

Spring 2022 Semester Boosters for Residence Hall Students

The College has determined that the COVID-19 vaccination booster will be required by all residence hall students.  In accordance with current CDC recommendation, all Residence Hall students will be required to receive a booster shot if it has been “six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after their initial J&J vaccine.” This must be done prior to arrival for the Spring 2022 semester.  The boosters will take the place of weekly pool testing. 

If you are not eligible to receive the booster based on the above timing,  you are still able to be a residence hall student.  You are required to receive the booster within 14 days of becoming eligible for it.   

For questions, email VPStudentAffairs@mvcc.edu.