return to campus: summer/fall 2021


The College continues to monitor the situation regarding the increased spread of the COVID-19 Delta Variant.   The CDC estimates that the spread will continue this Fall.  As such, Maritime College has adopted local campus regulations (independent of the FDA approval process and similar to other SUNY Campuses) requiring vaccinations of all students living in residence halls and all student-athletes. Limited medical and religious exemptions will be considered. This updated guidance modifies the July 14, 2021, Return to Campus Guidance.  Please continue to monitor your emails and the College’s website for updates.

Vaccination Requirement

Maritime College requires all students living in residence halls and student-athletes (varsity and club sports) to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall 2021 term. People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 more than two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or more than two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

The College reserves the right to assign exempted unvaccinated students rooms with other exempted unvaccinated students.  In addition, Maritime College coaches reserve the right not to permit exempted unvaccinated students from participating in games if such participation would force the College to cancel/forfeit the game. 

Exempted unvaccinated students who live on-campus, exempted unvaccinated student-athletes, and commuter students who are not vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Medical and Religious Exemptions

Students requesting an exemption from the vaccination requirement must submit a written request for exemption to Student Health Services ( no later than Friday, August 13, 2021. Supporting medical or religious documentation must be provided.

Campus Town Hall Zoom Meeting, July 21

A campus Town Hall was held on Wednesday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. in which RADM Alfultis discussed the expectations for the Fall 2021 Semester. Those who were unable to attend may access the recorded Town Hall Meeting. Use Passcode: #mTeJ5=E

July 14, 2021

Based on the NYS Governor’s announcement on June 15, 2021 regarding the lifting of all state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, Maritime College will return to pre-pandemic campus activity.  The increased vaccination rates and low positivity rates have now allowed for the robust academic and residential experience our students have come to expect.

SUNY has issued the following COVID-19 guidance for on-campus activities this summer and for the Fall 2021 semester (please review this information carefully).

Masks and Social Distancing

Based on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff are not required to wear masks or maintain social distancing.  Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing in all campus locations whenever practicable.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: (1) two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or (2) two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Faculty members may require all students to wear a mask within their instructional setting.

Per CDC, a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability may submit a request to the campus for consideration of an exemption from mask wearing based on a medical accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 Testing

All unvaccinated students must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within (5) days of their arrival on campus at the start of the semester.  Mandatory weekly testing will be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination.  To be excused from mandatory testing:

  • Vaccinated students- may submit documentation to Health Services (if not previously submitted). 

  • Vaccinated employees- may submit documentation to the Office of Human Resources Services (if not previously submitted).

Diagnostic (PCR) testing will continue for all symptomatic persons, including vaccinated persons who display COVID-related symptoms.

Daily Health Screenings

All campus members and visitors should conduct a daily health screening using CampusClear before departing their residence/room.  This useful tool sends reminders to complete the daily screening. Apps are available for iPhones and Android devices.  All students and employees with signs or symptoms of infectious illness should stay home when sick and/or seek medical care.

Mandatory Vaccination for Students and Vaccination Management System

The State of New York has directed public universities to mandate COVID vaccinations for students upon the federal government’s full approval of the vaccine.  Once full approval is received, further guidance and additional details will be provided. To avoid potential disruption during the academic year, it is highly recommend that all students receive the vaccination prior to returning to Maritime College (barring any CDC/NY State DOH recognized exemptions).  Students are urged to discuss any concerns or questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccines with their primary care physician.

SUNY Administration is developing a system-wide process for all campuses to track the verified vaccination status of SUNY students.  Maritime College will utilize this system to verify vaccination status.  Students vaccinated outside of New York State will be required to submit appropriate documentation to the College.

Residence Halls, Quarantine and Isolation Space

Maritime College will maintain designated quarantine/isolation rooms. 

  • CDC Guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.

  • All individuals (regardless of vaccination status) who test positive must isolate for 10 days. 

  • Individuals not fully vaccinated who come into contact with a positive person must quarantine for 10 days.

Telecommuting Policies (Employees)

The statewide telecommuting pilot program expired in its current form on July 2, 2021.  SUNY Administration is working with the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and campuses on a system-wide telecommuting policy that will be submitted to the State for review and approval.

Event Capacity Limits

The State of New York has lifted COVID-19 restrictions for large-scale indoor events venues with less than 5,000 attendees.  As such, all athletic events and other Maritime College events may have visitors within the maximum capacity limits for the respective facility.


Visitors are permitted on campus in accordance with existing rules and regulations.  All unvaccinated visitors should continue to wear a mask and must practice social distancing in all locations.

Food service delivery is permitted on campus under pre-COVID guidelines.

Please note that Maritime College or SUNY may impose additional requirements based on increased COVID-19 transmission rates.