- A face covering is a fabric mask that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties, straps, ear loops or simply wrapped around the lower face. Face coverings should NOT have ventilation ports.
- Face coverings must be worn by all members of the campus community on campus at all times, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces, even when 6 feet of social distancing exists. Exceptions to mask wearing include when students are:
- In their private residential or personal space;
- Eating meals on-campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced; or
- By themselves.
- Face shields are not considered a routine alternative to a face covering or mask; however, the Cortland County Health Department has determined that a face shield may be appropriate in certain circumstances related to COVID-19.
- Face coverings should:
- Be disposed (single use) or washed (reusable) after one day of use or more often if they become soiled or damaged.
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the face.
- Cover both the nose and mouth, with the bottom edge under the chin.
- Face coverings may be removed when alone in a personal space (such as an office or residence hall room) or outdoors, but keep a covering on hand and ready to put on.
- Face covering protocols should be maintained off campus as well.
- Any request for a medical, religious, or other accommodation to this policy should be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with relevant laws and campus procedures.
Face coverings and masks requirements (PDF)
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, individuals can take the following steps to manage stress and anxiety levels:
- Manage information flow by choosing reliable sources and establish boundaries on checking for updates.
- Practice good self-care by exercising, eating healthy foods, practicing mindfulness, sleeping enough at night and going outside when permittable
- Seek peer support to stay connected.
- Facilitate ways to maintain social connections: personal, family and friends. This might include technological assistance or coordinating times with others to physically check in on vulnerable individuals.
- The Counseling Center and Employee Assistance Program are available to offer emotional support and resources during this stressful period.
- Counseling Center appointments will be offered via telemental health to assure safety while providing mask-less counseling.
- In addition to current students, counselors also can provide consultations and outreach to families, staff and the community as needed.
- Up-to-date information on accessing services and resources will be posted regularly on the Counseling Center website.
Social gatherings are the biggest source of COVID-19 infections.
- The suspension of any in-person activities for fraternities and sororities remains in place.
- Limit ALL social gatherings — indoors or outdoors — to no more than 10 people.
- Gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people by New York state executive order. Violations are subject to fines up to $1,000.
- All New Yorkers age 16 and older — including those from out-of-state who study at SUNY Cortland — are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers 18 and older are eligible for the Johnson & Johnson Janssen and Moderna vaccine.
- Information on how to sign up and find a provider is available on the New York State Department of Health's website.
- Vaccination clinics for the general community are offered at SUNY Cortland’s Park Center Alumni Arena by the Cortland County Health Department as doses become available. Please check the county health department website for more information.
- There are many reasons to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an exhaustive document on the CDC website. You should know that the vaccine has shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, is a safer way to build natural immunity and is an important tool in helping to stop the pandemic.
- FDA fact sheets for each of the three available vaccines are available online:
- Students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are eligible for vaccination as soon as they complete isolation.
- After vaccination, SUNY Cortland has several expectations:
- Even after they are fully vaccinated, all students, faculty and staff must participate in pool testing every week. Students who complete all weekly testing requirements are entered into monthly prize raffles and a grand-prize drawing for free textbooks from the Campus Store.
- All SUNY Cortland community members must continue to follow all campus safety procedures, including face coverings and physical distancing, even if they are vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure. You will be deemed fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your final dose.
Employees found not to be adhering to required expectations can be reported to their supervisors or to the Human Resources Office. Employees who are not following the requirements above and detailed further in the Guidelines for Returning to Work on Campus may be subject to severe disciplinary sanctions consistent with their collective bargaining agreement.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has issued an emergency directive implementing a uniform system of sanctions for any SUNY students who violate COVID-19 policies. Strong and consistent consequences are necessary because COVID violations can have a disproportionately large impact on communities, threatening large numbers of people with a potentially fatal virus and threatening institutions’ ability to provide the educational experiences important to their students. Learn more about the enforcement and penalties.