We are thrilled to be returning to a high level of on-campus instruction this Fall and look forward to the campus' return. Farmingdale State College has been remarkably successful in dealing with the ongoing public health crisis. Your cooperation will allow us to safely move to a much more normal and extensive campus experience.
The College urges everyone to take steps now to receive the COVID vaccine. It is free and will help ensure a safe return for the fall semester. Once you have uploaded your proof of vaccination, you will be exempt from completing the daily covid screening tool and weekly testing.
The College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings at all times within indoor settings when on campus. Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.
All employees with an on-campus presence who are not fully vaccinated are required to be tested weekly for possible COVID infection.
The Health and Wellness Center is offering free testing in Nold Hall:
- Monday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you cannot make it to the on-campus pooled testing, you are required to obtain a test and submit the results via email to Human Resources. Please note that you are responsible for any cost incurred if you test off campus.
If you had a Positive COVID test within 90 days you will be excused from testing for 90 days from the date you had the positive COVID test performed. You will need to email the positive COVID test result to Human Resources.
Daily COVID Screening Form
Unvaccinated faculty and staff members are required to complete the Daily COVID Screening Form every day.
Unvaccinated individuals are required to practice social distancing at all times on campus when feasible.
Feeling Ill & COVID Positive
Employees are required to complete the self-reporting form.
Human Resources will contact the employee to determine if contact tracing is required. Only those individuals who have been identified as potentially being exposed will be notified. Due to federal HIPPA laws, the identity of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot be disclosed and the College is limited in the amount of information it can make public in such situations.
The College has collapsed the A/B week schedule; these classes will now meet on campus and in-person every week. The A/B course schedule will remain in place for registration purposes and will resume, if a resurgence of the virus occurs. The A/B schedule allows for students to attend in-person instruction every other week alternating with live stream virtual attendance.
Unvaccinated individuals are required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. Should an individual begin to experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should remain home and contact their primary healthcare provider for guidance. Employees should submit this information to Human Resources using the self-reporting form.
Student COVID Sanctions
Farmingdale State College (FSC) remains committed to ensuring a healthy campus environment for all members of its community. Pursuant to guidance issued by the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Office, the Office of the Dean of Students intends to address COVID-19 related behaviors that threaten or endanger the health and safety of others. FSC has developed modified disciplinary guidance for all students.
Managing Your Classroom in COVID Times
The Dean of Students is prepared to take disciplinary action against those who are endangering others by not abiding by the FSC Code of Conduct and Safety Regulations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to inform the Students of Concern Committee about concerning behaviors as well as COVID related issues they encounter in the classroom by completing the online reporting form.
Instructors are often best positioned to evaluate if a disruption warrants an escalation in action. Good faith efforts to resolve the matter at the lowest level possible is always encouraged. Students should be reminded that masks are essential “no mask = no class”. If a disruptive student refuses to comply, an instructor can ask the student to leave and if necessary dismiss the class altogether. Consistent with FSC Guidelines for Disruptive Students such action should be reported to the Academic Dean, Department Chairperson and Office of the Dean of Students. As always, if an emergency situation arises, please contact University Police for immediate assistance at 934-420-2111.
In-person meetings are permitted, however we strongly encourage the continued use of virtual meetings (e.g. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.) where possible and practical. If in-person meetings are necessary, all physical distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated.