Jan. 21, 2022
Spring 2022 semester
Binghamton University has pushed back the start of classes until Tuesday, Jan. 25. The University will have only in-person classes; there will be no remote learning. In order for the semester to be successful, all students must follow the guidance below for the start of the semester.
Any student with a regular on-campus presence, which includes off-campus students attending classes, is now 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. To be eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, it must be five months after completing the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine series or two months after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
- For example, students moving in on Jan. 20 who completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series on or before Aug. 20, 2021, or the J&J vaccine on or before Nov. 20, 2021, will be required to have a booster.
The University is using current CDC guidelines to determine when an individual is eligible to be boosted following a COVID-19 infection. These guidelines state that individuals with known COVID-19 infection are eligible to get their booster after recovery from the acute illness, if symptoms were present, and when criteria to discontinue isolation has been met. Binghamton University considers acute symptoms to include fever/chills, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion/runny nose, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.
Therefore, students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be eligible to receive a booster at a New York state-run vaccination site until 10 days after their diagnosis; if this takes them beyond the Jan. 20 deadline, they will have 30 days after this date to get the booster.
The following reasons will not be accepted as reasons to avoid a vaccine/booster:
- having had COVID-19 within the past 90 days
- having a blood test that is positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
- "long-haul" COVID-19
- persistent headache
- persistent muscle/joint aches
- persistent fatigue
- inability to taste or smell
Students with a previous University-approved medical or religious exemption will not need to get a booster; however, they must follow the existing weekly testing protocols and University guidelines. Students already vaccinated are not eligible to apply for a medical or religious exemption to the booster requirement, with the sole exception being an individual who has had a change in medical condition that contraindicates further vaccination doses.
Criteria for booster compliance
- J&J (any date) vaccination with J&J/Pfizer/Moderna booster shot given more than two months later = compliant
- Pfizer or Moderna vaccination with J&J/Pfizer/Moderna booster shot given more than five months later = compliant
Residential students and boosters
- Residential students will receive specific move-in instructions from Residential Life and should plan to bring evidence of their booster shot to check-in for presentation (e.g., vaccination card with booster shot recorded, New York Excelsior Pass Plus, documentation of shot from medical provider).
- Residence hall occupancy will be rescinded without refund for students who do not receive a booster shot by Jan. 20, or within 30 days of becoming eligible for one.
Providing proof of booster shots
Students will not be able to attend class or move into their residence hall until proof of a booster shot 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.
Where to go for a booster shot
To find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you, visit vaccines.gov where you can enter your zip code and you will be provided a list of all local vaccine sites.
In New York state, you can get your booster at various state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites.
BC Transit Route #57 has a drop-off at Davis College on Riverside Drive in Johnson City for students who make appointments at the New York state-run COVID vaccine site operated there. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Make an appointment on the web. Off-campus students can enter their starting point and destination to find the correct BC Transit route online.
On-campus booster clinics
The University is holding booster clinics for students who are not able to secure the booster shot prior to arriving to campus. A limited number of Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available on an appointment-only basis. The appointments must be scheduled at the links below. It is unlikely that we will be able to offer enough boosters for every residential student who wants one.
Residential students who are able to sign up for a booster appointment at the on-campus clinic will need to schedule a move-in date/time that corresponds with their booster appointment. Students who attempt to sign up for a move-in time that corresponds with their booster shot time but are unable to should email email@example.com a copy of their booster appointment confirmation.
Boosters will be offered at the on-campus booster clinics in UU-111 at the following dates/times:
For residential students:
- Thursday Jan. 20 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1423250
- Friday Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1423250
- Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1445749
For off-campus students:
- Monday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1445791
Residential students’ arrival testing
- It’s recommended, when possible, that students should self-test at home with a PCR or antigen test 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid needing to return home for isolation if they test positive upon arrival to Binghamton.
- Residential students’ move-in will occur over four days (Thurs–Sun/Jan. 20–23) with Monday, Jan. 24 as a possible swing day for weather disruption. Move-in will include mandatory testing before checking into rooms. More on the Move-in day process here.
- Residential Life has communicated appointment time slots for students to select a move-in time slot via email.
- Residential Life will require sign up by a certain date and will twice notify those who have not selected a time. No response will result in card access removal.
- Surveillance Testing Center hours in The Union will be 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on the move-in dates noted above and move-in slots will correspond accordingly.
Off-campus students’ arrival testing
- Students living off campus will be required to have a PCR, antigen or home antigen test done within 72 hours prior to the start of classes. Compliance will be done through an online attestation. The link will be emailed to registered stuents on Friday, Jan. 21.
- You must find a test off campus. The University’s Surveillance Testing Center cannot accommodate off-campus students during the residential student move-in. This website can help you find a test site near you. To find a test near you, this site can help.
- Students who test positive should remain where they are, isolate and delay travel to campus until completing the CDC-recommended five-day isolation period.
On-Going Surveillance Testing
- All students irrespective of vaccination status will be required to undergo surveillance testing approximately once per month if they have any on-campus presence.
- The University will continue to operate the Surveillance Testing Center in The Union with the same hours as last semester.
- In the past, the University has imposed substantial penalties for non-compliance with
pandemic policies and procedures including:
- removal from campus housing without refund
- deregistration from classes without refund
- barring access to campus
- The campus community now has three semesters of experience following pandemic policies and protocols. We expect compliance from our community without having to continually resort to sanctioning non-compliance or regularly reminding individuals who are negligent of their obligations.
- The University will closely monitor compliance with surveillance testing requirements and boosters. It is our hope and expectation that community compliance will remain high for the duration of the semester.
- Nonetheless, if, in the University’s judgment, compliance with COVID mandates is not
maintained, sanctions could include the following:
- Any students who have already missed a test or deadline will be warned that they (a) cannot miss more required testing for the term and/or (b) must complete their booster requirement by a fixed date.
- Failure to comply with the terms of the warning will include the following responses
by the University:
- A graduating student who has been non-compliant may not participate in Commencement exercises.
- A returning student will have fall 2022 registration rescinded or blocked and will not be authorized to register for fall 2022 classes until the end of summer, placing them at a disadvantage for seats.
During this time of intense preparation and to coordinate responses, direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will be answered as soon as possible.