COVID-19 (Coronavirus) INFORMATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

DO I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO ACCESS CAMPUS?

Students who plan to access campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete the SUNY survey at this link no later than two weeks before the start of the semester. Information about required immunizations other than COVID-19 can be found at this link.

If you would like to request a vaccination exemption, contact the College’s COVID-19 Administrator at kchaykos@cayuga-cc.edu. Exemptions must be filed no later than one month before the start of the semester.

Students who are not registered for in-person courses but plan to access campus for other purposes on a limited basis as defined by the College are not required to be vaccinated but must sign an attestation understanding limited use of campus.

Students planning on regularly accessing campus during the semester who fail to be fully vaccinated and submit the vaccination information will be restricted from campus, removed from in-person courses and held liable for outstanding fees and tuition charges.

Students who do not plan to access campus are not required to submit proof of vaccination.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY VACCINATION INFORMATION?

Students should use this link to submit their vaccination information, and will receive an email verifying this information.

HOW OFTEN IS COVID-19 TESTING?

Students who received a vaccination exemption or are participating in certain programs (nursing, athletics, etc.) will participate in regular COVID testing. These details will be communicated to students before the start of the semester.

Currently, testing is unavailable for vaccinated students. Students who will not access campus this semester are not required to participate in COVID-19 testing.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, contact COVID-19 Administrator Kathleen Chaykosky at kchaykos@cayuga-cc.edu.

ARE BOOSTER SHOTS REQUIRED TO ACCESS CAMPUS?

Booster shots are encouraged but are not required to access campus.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 BOOSTER?

Students can determine whether they are eligible for the COVID-19 booster at the Centers for Disease Control’s website. You can find locations to receive the COVID-19 booster at this link.

WHERE CAN I GET A BOOSTER SHOT?

Use this link from the Centers for Disease Control to identify locations near you that offer COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. You will need to know your five-digit zip code or a zip code near your location.

I’M NOT VACCINATED. CAN I ACCESS CAMPUS?

Students planning to regularly access campus are required to be vaccinated and submit their vaccination information to the College no later than two weeks before the start of the semester, or must receive a vaccination exemption.

Exemption requests must be filed no later than a month before the start of the semester. Email kchaykos@cayuga-cc.edu for details on requesting an exemption.

Students planning to regularly access campus who fail to complete a vaccination series or fail to submit the information to the College will be restricted from campus, removed from their in-person courses and will be liable for outstanding fees and tuition charges.

Students who are not registered for in-person courses but plan to access campus for other purposes on a limited basis as defined by the College are not required to be vaccinated but must sign an attestation understanding limited use of campus.

ARE FACIAL COVERINGS REQUIRED?

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear facial coverings, though they are encouraged to do so if they are in a county labeled “high risk” by the CDC or the local county health department.

Unvaccinated individuals or vaccinated individuals who haven’t submitted their vaccination information are required to wear facial coverings when indoors on-campus. Students can submit their vaccination information at this link.

Requests for a medical, religious, or other accommodation to this policy will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you need a facial covering, contact the Office of Public Safety at 315-246-4708 (Auburn) or 315-246-0116 (Fulton).

ARE COURSES ONLINE OR IN-PERSON?

Many of Cayuga’s courses will be offered in-person on the Auburn and Fulton campuses. You can find a listing of courses and details about course formats. If you have questions about course formats, you can contact your professors or the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement at studenteng@cayuga-cc.edu.

ARE COLLEGE SERVICES AVAILABLE IN-PERSON OR VIRTUALLY?

College services are available in-person and virtually. You can find contact information for College offices here.

ARE BOTH CAYUGA CAMPUSES OPEN?

Cayuga’s campuses in Auburn and Fulton are open. Summer hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. Beginning August 22, hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

IS THE BOOKSTORE OPEN?

The Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Fridays staff work remote and are available via email only. The Bookstore is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Questions should be directed to sm8041@bncollege.com or at 315-294-8686. Visit the Bookstore website.

ALL OR SOME OF MY COURSES ARE ONLINE. DOES THAT IMPACT MY FINANCIAL AID?

Course format does not impact a student’s financial aid. Students are encouraged to direct questions about financial aid to the Office of Student Financial Services at 315-294-8470 or financialservices@cayuga-cc.edu.

WILL CAYUGA PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY FOR REMOTE LEARNING TO STUDENTS IN NEED?

Cayuga will work to support students who need technological assistance to complete their courses. Students who need assistance should complete this online form.

ARE COMPUTERS AVAILABLE FOR ME TO USE?

Computer labs are available on both campuses, and computers are also available in the library. We encourage students who are on-campus for a live-online course to use headphones if they are taking the class in a computer lab or the library.

I’M STARTING MY FIRST SEMESTER. IS THERE AN ORIENTATION I NEED TO COMPLETE?

First-year students should complete our new student online orientation to help prepare them for college and to learn more about the available support services.

ARE ATHLETICS PROGRAMS OPERATING THIS SEMESTER?

Cayuga’s athletic programs are available. Students can email dbevivin@cayuga-cc.edu with questions about athletics.

ARE ON-CAMPUS STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND PUBLIC EVENTS ALLOWED?

The College will evaluate requests to hold on-campus student activities and public events on a case-by-case basis. The health and safety of the campus community and potential visitors will be the primary factors in permitting an in-person event. Student activities may also be available in a virtual environment.

HOW DO I CONTACT PUBLIC SAFETY?

The Office of Public Safety can be contacted at 315-246-4708 (Auburn) or 315-246-0116 (Fulton).

ARE FOOD SERVICES AVAILABLE ON EITHER CAMPUS?

At this time, food services on both campuses are unavailable. Convenience food items are available on-campus and in the Auburn bookstore.

IS THE CHILDCARE CENTER OPEN?

The Cayuga Community College Child Care Center, located on 81 Wall Street in Auburn, is open.

ARE CAMPUS TOURS AVAILABLE?

The Admissions Office offers campus tours Monday–Friday on both campuses. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office at 1-866-598-8883 with questions about attending Cayuga and campus tours. An online application for admission can be found here.

WHAT COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE?

Cayuga has instituted comprehensive safety and sanitation procedures to protect the campus community. All safety measures can be found here.

WILL I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID-19 TESTING?

Unvaccinated students and students in certain populations (athletics, nursing) will participate in regular COVID-19 testing. Details will be shared with students before the start of the semester.

Currently, on-campus testing is not available for students who submitted proof of vaccination.

I’M VACCINATED. DO I STILL HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID-19 TESTING?

Vaccinated students who submitted their vaccination information to the College are not eligible to participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing.

I DON’T WANT TO BE VACCINATED. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER?

SUNY and the College encourage students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help protect themselves and the entire campus community.

Any student who plans to regularly accesses campus must be vaccinated or must have received an exemption. Unvaccinated students may enroll in online courses. We encourage students who wish to do so to contact the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement at studenteng@cayuga-cc.edu or 315-294-8523.

Unless they have received an exemption, any student who plans to regularly access campus must be vaccinated and submit this information to the College no later than two weeks before the start of the semester. If you would like to apply for a medical or religious exemption, email Administrator Kathleen Chaykosky at kchaykos@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

Individuals needing to access campus regularly who have not completed a vaccination series and submitted the information to the College at least two weeks before the start of the semester will be restricted from campus, removed from their courses and will be liable for outstanding fees and tuition charges.

Students who are not registered for in-person courses but plan to access campus for other purposes on a limited basis as defined by the College are not required to be vaccinated but must sign an attestation understanding limited use of campus.

IS CAYUGA PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Cayuga is practicing social distancing in all settings. Offices have been equipped with protective screens. Desks in classrooms have also been separated to distances of three feet.

IF I FEEL ILL, SHOULD I STILL COME TO CAMPUS?

Faculty and staff who are feeling ill are restricted from accessing campus and are encouraged to contact their physician. Students should contact their physician, and follow-up with faculty to let them know if they will be unable to complete assignments or attend class.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES SAY I MAY NEED TO QUARANTINE IF I WAS IN “CLOSE CONTACT” WITH SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE. WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “CLOSE CONTACT?”

The New York State Department of Health defines “close contact” as sharing the same household or being less than 6 feet away from an infected person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

An infected person can spread COVID-19 two days starting two days before they have symptoms. An asymptomatic person can spread COVID-19 starting two days before testing positive.

ARE THE FITNESS CENTERS OPEN?

At this time, the Fitness Centers are only open for organized, supervised student activities.