June 25, 2021 - 12:05pm
Per recent guidance received from SUNY, and in line with New York State lifting its mandate on masks for state employees, fully vaccinated individuals (students and employees) who have submitted documentation (of a full vaccination series to HR or Health Services) are no longer required to wear masks---indoors or outdoors---on the SUNY Oswego campus. Unvaccinated students and employees or those individuals who have not shown proof of vaccination must continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

The exception to this new guidance is in the classroom this summer. All students and faculty must continue to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all in-person classrooms or classroom-type settings, including camps, due to the hybrid population of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals present in these settings. In addition, our employees in Health Services will continue to wear masks in accordance with state and health guidelines. All students, employees and/or visitors who come into Health Services must wear a mask.  

Some additional points of information are provided below for your reference:

  • Weekly surveillance testing continues to be required for any person (students and employees) who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated, or who has not shown proof of vaccination.

  • For employees: New York State has released Revised Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Our Office of Human Resources will soon be sharing more detailed information and providing guidance to our employees.

  • SUNY Oswego continues to await guidance on a SUNY policy that requires students to be vaccinated once the vaccines are fully-approved by the FDA. We will inform our campus community as soon as we are able, but highly encourage our students to get vaccinated if they have not done so already in anticipation of this mandate.  
I hope you find this update helpful and that you are finding time to enjoy the summer. Be well and take care.


Deborah F. Stanley