Frequently Asked Questions
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All SUNY students with a campus presence must be vaccinated
All SUNY New Paltz students, including new incoming students, will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can register for in-person, on-campus classes.
To provide proof of vaccination (after completion of the full vaccination series), visit my.newpaltz.edu and click the link to view your COVID-19 Profile. From there, follow the instructions to upload information about your vaccination and a photo of your vaccine card. Your proof of vaccination should be approved within a few business days.
Students may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. There is also an exemption available to students who are taking a fully online course schedule and have no campus presence. More information about exemptions is available here.
SUNY’s policy requires only an initial COVID-19 vaccination for students. The College strongly encourages all eligible students to get a booster to maximize protection against the virus, but boosters are no longer required for most students.
Student athletes are required to be vaccinated AND boosted to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
COVID-19 Testing at SUNY New Paltz
Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is strongly encouraged to get tested if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The College is following local, state and federal health agencies in recommending use of self-administered antigen tests for most members of our community. Antigen tests are widely available at many pharmacies and online retailers and are also available on campus for students, faculty and staff.
You may also choose to get a PCR test at an off-campus location. Information about where to get a PCR test can be found on this Ulster County page (and many other counties offer similar resources on their websites).
At-home antigen test results and off-campus PCR test results must be manually uploaded to your COVID-19 Profile at my.newpaltz.edu to satisfy campus testing requirements. Off-campus and at-home test results when uploaded to your COVID-19 Profile must include your full name, type of test, date of test collection, and results of the test. Any tests missing that information will not be accepted. Click here for detailed instructions for uploading test results.
What to do if you test positive
Per the CDC and New York State, anyone (regardless of vaccination status) who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days after becoming symptomatic or testing positive. They must then wear a mask in all public spaces during days 6-10 after symptoms or positive test.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must notify the Student Health Service at (845) 257-3400 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to notify the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion so the College can support you during your mandatory isolation period.