July 12, 2022
Find below the campus guidance for the fall 2022 semester. We’re looking forward to having everyone on campus for the fall semester, and as you prepare, we’re writing to update you on Binghamton University’s COVID-19 protocols. We continue to follow all public health and state guidelines, and have developed the following guidance with your safety and the safety of the entire community in mind.
Vaccinations and boosters
All students who have a physical presence on campus are required to complete a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (fully vaccinated*). For domestic students, this means completing a series of FDA-approved or authorized vaccines at least two weeks prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23. International students must complete a primary series that is FDA-approved or authorized, or one that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Students planning to move into campus housing will not be allowed to move in unless they have completed a series of FDA-approved or authorized, or WHO-approved vaccines, or have been granted a medical or religious exemption. NO unvaccinated student will be able to complete course registration without an approved exemption.
SUNY has removed the requirement for students to have received a booster. However, the University strongly recommends that students receive booster shots when eligible because they help the student and the community raise the level of protection against the COVID virus. In addition, students who have not received a booster shot may be subject to quarantine if exposed to an individual who tests positive. Find information on COVID-19 vaccine boosters at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.
Quarantine and isolation
The University will have limited quarantine and isolation housing on campus in the fall of 2022 for on-campus residing students who test positive for COVID-19. Should the need expand beyond available beds, students will be strongly encouraged to return home for their quarantine/isolation period, or, if that is not possible, will be required to quarantine/isolate in place where they reside on campus.
The University no longer requires masking, except for individuals in healthcare facilities (e.g., Decker Student Health Services, surveillance testing
sites). However, the
CDC continues to communicate that masks can protect you and others from COVID-19. The campus community is asked to remain supportive of those who choose to wear masks and especially sensitive to individuals who may be immunocompromised. Please consider wearing a mask when you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness.
Testing upon arrival
Binghamton University will not require students to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus for the fall 2022 semester.
Non-symptomatic surveillance testing
Students with medical or religious exemptions will continue to be required to undergo regular surveillance testing at the University surveillance testing site unless they are in a program that does not require an on-campus presence. The University will no longer offer courtesy surveillance testing to vaccinated students. Home test kits will be available on campus while supplies last.
Symptomatic diagnostic testing
Decker Student Health Services will provide diagnostic testing for students with symptoms by appointment.
Requesting an exemption
Students may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination. Students with exemptions will be required to undergo regular surveillance testing at the on-campus site. The process for requesting exemptions has been automated. Find information on how to request an exemption on the Decker Student Health Services website at https://www.binghamton.edu/health/covid-19/index.html.
The University is working with a local pharmacy to plan some on-campus vaccination clinics in late August for international students and students who have not yet been fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC, or who are eligible for a booster and wish to receive one. Once these clinics are confirmed, the information will be communicated to students.
* Fully vaccinated is having completed one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least two weeks prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23.
Providing proof of vaccination
Students will not be able to attend class or move into their residence hall until proof of being fully vaccinated is uploaded to the Decker Student Health Services portal.
All booster shot documentation must be uploaded into the portal at binghamton.medicatconnect.com/
To upload documentation, follow these instructions:
- Indicate you are from Binghamton University.
- Sign in using your Binghamton University login ID username and password.
- Go to the Uploads section of the portal.
- Upload a copy of your immunization to COVID Immunizations.
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