Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 vaccinations

All students accessing SUNY facilities for any in-person classes or activities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exception. A booster is strongly encouraged but not required. 

  • Vaccination records must be provided two weeks prior to arriving on campus for any reason.
  • On-campus JCC students have to submit proof of COVID-19 and all other required immunizations to the Health Center to avoid academic withdrawal from all on-campus courses, financial liability, or negative impacts on financial aid status.

Following the FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, all students accessing SUNY facilities for any in-person classes or activities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exception.

This policy includes students coming to campus for any reason, including credit courses, non-credit courses, athletics, campus life, residence life, student services, and Sheriff’s Academy.

On-campus JCC students have to submit proof of COVID-19 and all other required immunizations to the Health Center to avoid academic withdrawal from all on-campus courses, financial liability, or negative impacts on financial aid status.

Any student who has not shown that they have completed a full vaccine series or been granted an exemption will either be unenrolled, or may revert to fully remote instruction if that is an available option based on the student's course of study, and will no longer have access to any in-person campus activities or services.

If a student is taking online coursework only and has no plans to participate in any on-campus activities or interactions, the COVID-19 vaccination is not required.

A booster is strongly encouraged but not required. Eligible dates for COVID-19 booster shot:

  • Pfizer or Moderna booster shot is recommended five months after you receive your second shot.
  • Janssen (J&J) booster shot is recommended two months after you receive your shot.

Review Health Services Immunization Requirements and submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including exemption requests).

The COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are free and available through the Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus County health department clinics and many pharmacies.

Face masks not required

With the news from the CDC and Governor Hochul’s office, effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022, masks are no longer mandated in buildings or classrooms at any JCC location. These revised guidelines will continue to be formulated as a result of daily review of our local health department consultations and COVID-19 case data in our counties.

Any employee, student, or visitor who wishes to continue masking for any reason may do so without question or explanation. Masks continue to be available at the entrances of our buildings. Employees and students are welcome to contact a Health Center for masks to best protect them from virus transmission.

All plexiglass barriers remain intact. These barriers continue to protect students and employees from airborne illnesses beyond COVID-19 such as colds, influenza, and pneumonia during peak season of these illnesses.

Other requirements

  • Weekly pool testing remains mandatory for unvaccinated employees and students with medical or religious exemptions. Pool testing also remains open to anyone who wishes to test despite being vaccinated. Pool testing »