Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 vaccine exemption process

In spring 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras adopted a policy that all SUNY students who access campus facilities in person must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exception. While this requirement will not take full effect until at least one COVID-19 vaccination receives full FDA approval, all students are advised that Binghamton will require full compliance with this general policy requiring student vaccinations at the earliest possible date following full FDA approval. Students are further advised that Binghamton has adopted local campus regulations requiring vaccinations of all students to access residence halls and certain other programs and services effective Aug. 15, 2021, without regard to full FDA approval as more fully explained herein.  

Exemptions to this requirement are allowed for students who have fully remote/online schedules, or who have a medical or religious reason to avoid vaccination. If you wish to request an exemption, follow the instructions in the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Process document. The COVID-19 Remote/Online Attestation Form is part of this process for students with fully remote/online schedules.  

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 and outdoors when six feet of social distancing is not possible.
  • 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 and adhering to the no-guest policy in residence halls.