COVID-19 Safety Information

Living On Campus Guide

Spring 2022 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Vaccination Requirements

All new students living in residence halls must submit documentation about their COVID-19 vaccination status by Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Vaccination verification will be managed through the SUNY portal, which is available for accepted students through the Admissions tab in myRedDragon or online through the SUNY website. Students must log in to myRedDragon to complete this process. Limited exceptions will be made only for approved medical and religious reasons. Applications for medical or religious exemptions must be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

As required by New York State, COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are mandatory for all eligible campus residents. As students become eligible for boosters during the semester, they will be required to receive a booster shot. Details about this safety measure are still being developed and will be shared as soon as they are available.

Move-in Summary

Residents are required to register for a move in appointment in the housing portal by Wednesday, January 19.  All residential students will be required to do pre-arrival testing. Residential students are expected to comply with all other pre-arrival and arrival directives listed in the College's Spring 2022 Guidance.

  • First-Year Students
    • Day 1 – Thursday, January 20 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Appointments are required.
    • Day 2 – Friday, January 21 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Appointments are required.
  • Returning Students
    • Day 3 – Saturday, January 22 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Appointments are required.
    • Day 4 – Sunday, January 23 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Appointments are required.

Looking to arrive early? Complete the Early Arrival Request Form. Approved early arrivals (including athletes, staff members, and other requests) should arrive during their scheduled timeslot. All early arrival requests must be submitted by January 17. 

  • Face coverings/masks
    • In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SUNY Cortland will require all students, employees, and visitors - regardless of their vaccination status - to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings, effective Aug. 3.
  • Move in assistance
    • Residents are allowed to have no more than two people to assist them during their move-in appointment in an effort to minimize densities within the residence halls.
  • Elevators
    • Elevators will be available for use during move in. Residential staff will be coordinating elevator access throughout opening weekend. A full list of halls with elevators is available on our Arrival Information webpage.
  • Carts and hand trucks
    • Carts and hand trucks will be available. The college has a limited amount of carts for use so we encourage you bring your own if you have items that require a cart/hand truck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I park?

  • Upon arrival to campus, you will be able to pull right up to your residence hall. All belongings should be unloaded from the car. One move in helper should remain with the belongings while someone else moves the car to the designated parking lot. Campus transportation will be running on a loop in order to bring families back to their student’s residence hall.

Where do I get my ID card?

  • Visit the ID photo webpage and follow the instructions to upload a photo to be used on their ID card. Once the submitted photo has been approved, an email will be sent to the student's Cortland email address.
  • You are able to pick up your Cortland ID card from the Cortland Auxiliary office in Neubig Hall upon your arrival to campus. Students must bring a valid form of photo ID (i.e., a State Driver's License, State Photo ID, or Passport) to the Auxiliary office in order to be issued a Cortland ID.

How do I get my textbooks?

  • You can order your textbooks online or you buy them at the campus store in Neubig Hall upon arrival.

Where do I pick up mail and packages?

  • Letter mail
    • Students will receive all letter mail in their assigned mailbox located in their residence hall. At opening, everyone is assigned a mailbox by hall staff and provided with a combination. Letter mail includes bills, invoices, personal correspondence, small parcels, newsletters, magazines, advertisements, and circulars.
  • Packages
    • All packages are delivered to Neubig Hall at Package Services and students may pick up their package at the service counter located in the back of The Campus Store. Students will be notified that a package has been delivered via email and/or text message (text messaging service only available if student signs up). Any package that is not picked up within the timeframe specified will be returned to sender.

Where can I get my parking permit?

  • Students looking to purchase a parking permit should log into the Parking Portal using your myRedDragon account. See the steps below:
    • Log into your myRedDragon account
    • Select the student tab
    • Locate the parking section
    • Click the "Parking Management System" link
    • Click "Order a Permit"
    • Select permit type
    • Select existing or add a new vehicle
    • Click "Add Permit to Cart"
    • Complete credit card information
    • Click "Confirm"
  • Once payment is processed, the permit process is complete. No permit will be mailed or need to be picked up, the vehicle license plate(s) will be linked electronically to your permit.  For more information, please see the virtual permitting page.

Permits will be sold on a per-semester basis only. Total number of all permit types sold are subject to a cap. Once permit type pools are exhausted, students may enter a wait list in the unlikely event that additional permits will become available.

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Residence Life and Housing Updates

Room Types

There will be no mandated triple room assignments in any of our residence halls. All rooms will be singles, double, or designed triple rooms.

Guests and Visitors

Residential students will not be permitted to have any daytime or overnight guests (including but not limited to: non-SUNY Cortland students, off-campus students, siblings, family members, etc.) in the residence halls.

Residential students will be permitted to visit other residence halls. Visiting residents cannot stay overnight and are expected to depart the building by 2 a.m.

All residents hosting other residents are responsible for the actions of their visitors. Residents are expected to take reasonable action to prevent their visitors from violating College policies.

Face Covering Requirements

Starting Wednesday, March 2, 2022, SUNY Cortland will no longer mandate face coverings in indoor spaces. In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with declining rates of COVID-19 in Cortland County and our campus' high vaccination rate, we will be able to do this safely. 
Face coverings will be optional for all fully vaccinated and boosted students, faculty and staff. Indoor spaces include all buildings and campus buses.  
The only thing changing is our policy on masks. Please note that other COVID-19 safety policies at SUNY Cortland remain in place:  
  • Students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. 
  • Students, faculty and staff who are selected for surveillance testing must participate.  
  • Masks are still required in health care settings, such as Student Health Service, in accordance with federal regulations. 
  • It is SUNY Cortland's expectation and the responsibility of unvaccinated and unboosted individuals, including those who have received medical or religious exemptions, to continue to test weekly and wear face coverings indoors. This follows SUNY's updated guidance for Spring 2022. 

Quarantine and Isolation Spaces

A portion of our West Campus Apartments have been set aside as dedicated quarantine and/or isolation space reserved for the needs of on-campus residents during the academic year.