Things You Need to Know About the Start of the Spring Semester

Posted by John Brhel on January 13, 2022

Things You Need to Know About the Start of the Spring Semester

Spring 2022 is going to be a great semester, but we need the cooperation of every student to make it run smoothly and safely for all. Last semester was a success, and we know we can do it again with your help! Whether you live on or off campus, vaccine booster shots and testing will be crucial to keeping numbers down and ensuring that you can safely enjoy in-person academic and extracurricular opportunities for months to come. Here are some of the most important things you need to know as the spring semester kicks off.

All students

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Booster shots are a must

Any student with a regular on-campus presence, which includes off-campus students attending classes, is required to have a booster shot by Jan. 20, or within 30 days of becoming eligible for a booster if that date falls after Jan. 20. Residential students will be required to provide proof during their move-in. All students should upload documentation to the Decker Student health portal at

Students should self-test at home

It’s recommended, when possible, that students self-test at home with a PCR, antigen or home antigen test 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid needing to return home for isolation if they test positive upon arrival to campus. Students who test positive will be required to return home or will be placed in campus isolation housing if it is not possible to return home. 

Surveillance testing is required

SUNY now requires that every student be tested more frequently than in the past, even if they are fully vaccinated and boosted. An email will be sent to students before the start of the semester indicating the weeks during the semester when they must get tested. Testing is by appointment only; students can’t just show up at the Surveillance Testing Center. Those with religious and medical exemptions will continue to be tested weekly.

Residential students

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No test, no move-in (unless you’ve had COVID-19)

Move-in will include mandatory testing before students can check into their rooms. Students who had COVID-19 within the past 90 days will be exempted from testing but should upload their positive test results to the Decker Health Patient Portal

Students must provide booster shot evidence

Residential students must upload their booster documents to the Decker Health Patient Portal and bring evidence of their booster shot to check-in (e.g., vaccination card with booster shot recorded, photo of vaccination card, New York Excelsior Pass Plus, documentation of shot from medical provider). They will also be tested at check-in unless they have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Off-campus students

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Students must provide booster shot evidence

Off-campus students must upload their booster documents to the Decker Health Patient Portal.

Testing is required before the first day of classes

Students living off campus will be required to attest to a negative PCR, antigen or home antigen test via the portal starting on Jan. 22. Students will receive an email with a link to the attestation form on Friday, Jan. 21. 

To find a test site near you, visit:

There is a booster clinic on campus

You should make every attempt possible to get a booster before Jan. 24, however, there will be an on-campus booster clinic for off-campus students from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. A limited number of Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available. You must have an appointment, which can be scheduled at It is unlikely that we will be able to offer enough boosters for every student who wants one.

COVID-19 positive students should stay home

Students who test positive should remain where they are, isolate and delay travel to campus until completing the CDC-recommended five-day isolation period.

With your cooperation, we can keep numbers down and make it a successful semester on campus. Get tested, get your booster! #BoostUpBing

Check our guidance page daily for updates. Email with questions.