COVID Visitor Policy Update // Sep. 21, 2021

Mohawk Valley Community College’s visitor policy has been updated to align with the SUNY COVID-19 Vaccination Policy in addition to updated CDC guidance regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant, and will be in effect until further notice. More here...


Fall 2021 Vaccination Update // Aug. 24, 2021

Dear all MVCC students,

vaccine stickerWith the FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine as of August 23, 2021, MVCC is requiring full vaccinations for students enrolled in on-campus classes.

A “hold” restriction, preventing students from any registration activity (add, drop, new registration, transcript requests, etc.) will be placed for all not in compliance. Students must provide proof of vaccination for campus review by October 18, 2021. Mandatory weekly testing will be required for all students until they are fully vaccinated. Testing for all commuters begins on Monday, September 13, 2021. More here...

Fall 2021 Update // Aug. 20, 2021

To mitigate risk for on-campus COVID exposures in our campus community, the College has developed a plan consisting of staged population density reduction from academic activities. The plan calls for different mitigation strategies based on the risk of community spread, and mitigation levels that will be determined through consideration of:

  • Vaccination rates
  • New positive cases per week on MVCC campuses
  • New positive cases per week in Oneida County
  • Trendline of new cases
  • County seven-day rolling positivity rate
  • Numbers in quarantine
  • Regional prevalence indicators
  • Updated regulatory guidance from external agencies, including the CDC, New York State, SUNY, and Oneida County

Regardless of mitigation level, all individuals are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Wear a mask in communal spaces (e.g., classroom, hallway, etc.) in all buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Frequently wash hands and avoid unnecessary physical contact with others.
  • Follow the directions of contact tracers, medical and other staff if asked to isolate or quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated students will participate in weekly monitoring/surveillance testing.
  • Residence Halls students must be vaccinated and will participate in monthly surveillance testing.

 Mitigation Level 1 

This represents a very low alert for disease transmission with isolated and rapidly contained cases among the campus community.


Classroom/Lab/Academic Space Actions:

  • Classes anticipated to be in-person will do so with appropriate masking.
  • The Library and Learning Commons will be open.
  • Spectators will be permitted at athletics events.
  • Athletics practices and competition will follow current guidance and restrictions as set by the region, state, SUNY, and NJCAA.

Non-Academic Offices and Services Actions:

  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions to this include enclosed office areas where all individuals are vaccinated or eating/drinking in designated areas.
  • All meetings must have a virtual attendance option. 
  • All offices will be open with reduced staffing where appropriate, as determined by the department supervisor in conjunction with Cabinet.

 Mitigation Level 2 

This represents a moderate alert for disease transmission and includes mitigation activities aimed at containing spread.


Classroom/Lab/Academic Space Actions:

  • Classes anticipated to be in-person will do so with appropriate physical distancing. In-person sections go remote in the following schools as appropriate: Business and Hospitality, Humanities, Public and Human Services, and Art.
  • The Library and Learning Commons will be open with reduced capacity in study spaces and computer workstations to ensure social distancing based on current guidelines.
  • Athletics practices and competition will follow current guidance and restrictions as set by the region, state, SUNY, and NJCAA.

Non-Academic Offices and Services Actions:

  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Meetings will be held in a hybrid format, with both socially distanced in-person and virtual options.
  • The overall employee density will not exceed 50% as determined by Cabinet.

 Mitigation Level 3 

This represents a very high level of alert for disease transmission.


Classroom/Lab/Academic Space Actions:

  • In-person classes will be scaled back by transitioning all lectures to remote instruction. STEM-Career, STEM-Transfer, Hospitality, and pre-licensure health program labs will remain in-person.
  • The Library and Learning Commons will be open with further reduced capacity in study spaces and computer workstations to ensure social distancing based on current guidelines.
  • Athletics practices and competition will follow current guidance and restrictions as set by the region, state, SUNY, and NJCAA.

Non-Academic Offices and Services Actions:

  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • No in-person meeting will exceed 10 people.
  • The College will again utilize the Campus Clear self-screening app for all students and employees coming to campus.
  • Overall employee density will not exceed 33% as determined by Cabinet.

 Mitigation Level 4 

This represents the highest level of alert for disease transmission and a deterioration of conditions resulting in a community spread event.


Classroom/Lab/Academic Space Actions:

  • STEM-Transfer labs will be transitioned to remote. STEM-Career, Hospitality, and pre-licensure health program labs will be managed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the restrictions/flexibilities put into place by external agencies.
  • The Library and Learning Commons will offer remote services with the possibility of limited hours or closure based on circumstances or current guidelines.
  • Athletics practices and competition will follow current guidance and restrictions as set by the region, state, SUNY, and NJCAA.

Non-Academic Offices and Services Actions:

  • Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All meetings will be held virtually.
  • Congregate meals will be reduced by time and/or space to ensure room for proper social distancing.
  • *Overall employee density will be reduced to essential staff only.

"Essential" refers to the designation made by the employer that an employee is required to be physically present at a worksite to perform their job. Such designation may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the employer.

"Non-essential" refers to the designation made by the employer that an employee is not required to be physically present at a worksite to perform their job. Such designation may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the employer.



Fall 2021 Update // Aug. 11, 2021

President VanWagoner

Dear Students, Families, and Supporters: 

As communicated previously, Mohawk Valley Community College will increase in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester and our shift back to increasing regular on-campus activity will be aligned with local, state and federal public health guidelines. We remain committed to the health and safety of our campus community and are excited that our students will again be able to take advantage of the vast academic and student life opportunities available across both of our campuses. Based on the increase in more transmissible variants and return to normal campus activity, we strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated.

The protocols and requirements below are subject to amendment as the circumstances around the ongoing pandemic and conditions on campus and in the surrounding community change.

Academics

The Fall 2021 semester will feature a more normal academic schedule with a traditional Thanksgiving Recess and final exam period. New Student Convocation will be held Thursday, August 26, classes will start on Monday, August 30, 2021, and Commencement will be held on Friday, December 17. To prepare, many faculty and staff started returning to their on-campus offices in June. Though we are transitioning back to a more traditional course schedule, we will continue to provide many course options as in person, online asynchronous, online synchronous, as well as hybrid instruction.

Vaccination, Masks, and Distancing

  • Effective Thursday, August 12, everyone — regardless of vaccination status — must wear a mask when indoors in all MVCC buildings, including classrooms, labs, libraries, Learning Commons, athletics facilities, and offices (except for individuals in their offices and those eating in designated dining areas). Masks are optional outdoors on campus. 
  • For vaccinated students, physical distancing and weekly testing will not be required upon submission and verification of proof of being fully vaccinated. Acceptable documentation is a valid vaccination record card or NYS Excelsior Pass
  • Fully vaccinated students should submit proof of vaccination at COVIDDocs. To be considered fully vaccinated, students must have received all required doses and at least two weeks have passed since the final dose.
  • Students must be fully vaccinated to live in the residence halls on campus. 
  • Students who are not yet fully vaccinated, those who have not provided the College with proof of vaccination, and all unvaccinated students who are regularly visiting MVCC for class, studying, athletic training, etc., must continue to participate in weekly pool testing for the duration of their time on campus this Fall. Testing dates and times will be communicated in the future.  
  • Unvaccinated students and those with unknown status must continue to distance and participate in weekly pool/surveillance testing. Those who choose not to submit proof of vaccination will need to follow the guidelines for the unvaccinated. 
  • MVCC will continue to promote proper hand hygiene, as well as provide enhanced cleaning and upgraded air filtration.    

Noncompliance with current COVID-19 guidelines may result in suspended facility access and/or disciplinary action. Should students choose not to comply with the requirements above, they will be subject to progressive discipline, corrective action, up to and including dismissal by the office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.   

We are very much looking forward to the fall semester and will be counting on all of you to make the college a safe and healthy environment.  As information is updated you will be kept informed via your student email. 

#foreverforward

President's SignatureRandall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D.
President