Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 vaccine exemption process

In the spring of 2021, former 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 exceptions. All Binghamton University students must now upload proof of having received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series before arriving on campus, or obtain a medical, religious or online/remote exemption. The exemption process is currently closed for fall 2021, and information about the spring 2022 semester exemption process will be shared with students in the coming weeks.

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.