Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirements

All SUNY students who access campus facilities in person must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted once eligible, with limited exceptions. All Binghamton University students must now upload proof of having received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series. In addition, all students must also have received a booster to be able to move into residence halls or to attend classes on campus.

In limited circumstances, students may apply for a medical or religious exemption by following the processes detailed below. 

Submitting proof of vaccination and booster

Students vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 must submit proof of vaccination and a booster to the Decker Student Health Services Center through the “Uploads” section of the student health portal. Students will be notified via the Secure Messaging Function of the student health portal once their vaccine documentation has been received and processed. This process may take up to five business days.

  1. Proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus is defined as the following:
    Copy of a vaccine record indicating receipt of all doses necessary to complete an FDA-approved or World Health Organization-approved SARS-CoV-2 vaccine series.
  2. Each page of the submitted documents must have the student’s first name, last name and date of birth or B-number.
  3. The submitted record must include the specific name of the vaccine(s) given as shown on the first or second column of the World Health Organization’s “Status of COVID-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process” document and the date(s) that any vaccine was given.

Exemptions from the vaccine requirement

Students who are granted an exemption from the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus, as outlined in Binghamton University’s Spring 2022 Operational Guidance.

Exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be considered for medical reasons or for religious reasons.

  • Medical exemption

    Students with a medical reason to avoid COVID-19 vaccination may be granted a waiver from the vaccine requirement. Reasonable accommodations shall be granted to these students so long as the failure to be vaccinated does not prevent the student from otherwise fulfilling the programmatic or curricular requirements of their academic program.

    Exemption process:

    • Complete the Medical Exemption Request form. Completion of the form will require the assistance of your medical provider, so be sure to plan in advance.
  • Religious exemption

    New York state law allows a student to request a waiver from a vaccination which is normally required by law if that student, or the parent(s) or guardian(s) of students who are younger than 18 years old, hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to the practice of immunization. How you request a religious waiver depends upon whether you have already paid your admissions deposit.

    If you have paid your deposit:

    • Visit the Decker Student Health Services Center patient portal

    • Indicate you are from Binghamton University, and sign in using your BU username and password.

    • Go to the FORMS section of the portal.

    • Complete the COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption form.

    If you have NOT paid your deposit:

    Use this form to submit your request. You will receive an immediate notification of the decision regarding your request.

Testing requirements for exempted students

Students granted any of the above exemptions must comply with the campus's COVID-19-related health and safety protocols (e.g. masks/face coverings, social distancing, regular surveillance testing). They must also participate in weekly on-campus surveillance testing at the Surveillance Testing Site in the University Union. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule weekly tests through the link provided by the University for this purpose. Failure to comply with the weekly on-campus testing requirement will result in:

  • First missed test: A warning message from the Surveillance Testing Center.
  • Second missed test: Students who miss a test after receiving a warning message will have a HOLD placed on their registration; however, the impact of the HOLD on the student’s registration will be held in abeyance unless the student misses another test in the same semester.
  • Third missed test: Students who miss a third required COVID-19 test in the same semester will have the registration HOLD activated and will be dropped from their courses. Students not enrolled are also not eligible to live in campus residence halls.

Accessing medical care

If you feel ill, do not leave your on-campus room or come to campus if you are an off-campus residing student.

  • All students with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 should isolate and call the Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221 for consideration of diagnostic testing.
  • If Decker is closed, and you are experiencing symptoms, more information about local health facilities with after-hours care is available on the diagnostic testing page.
  • Students are responsible for the potential cost of COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 symptoms

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the following may be signs of coronavirus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 prevention

Receiving negative results from a COVID-19 test is reassuring, but remember, it is only a snapshot in time. A negative test today doesn’t mean a negative test tomorrow. Always follow all public health and safety guidelines. Coronavirus is thought to spread by contact with respiratory droplets. Therefore, students, faculty and staff can reduce their risk for contracting and spreading this virus by:

  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering inside all public areas in campus facilities.
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoiding large gatherings