SUNY Genesee Community College Fall 2021 Operating Plan

July 23, 2021

Subject to Change


SUNY GCC has been returning to pre-pandemic operations. One of the final phases includes all employees returning to traditional work spaces each day, beginning August 2, 2021. Fall 2021 coursework will be conducted primarily through face-to-face instruction, with hybrid and online courses available as they traditionally have been. GCC continues to monitor the latest guidance from public health professionals and will update related protocols accordingly. Admission to Campus

Campus employees, students, and visitors are no longer required to take part in entrance screening, and all pre-pandemic campus entrances are now open. Out of an abundance of caution, any campus member who is exhibiting symptoms of being unwell is urged to stay home until such time that symptoms have subsided.

Vaccination Regulations

SUNY GCC strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. Consistent with current guidance from SUNY, upon full FDA authorization of at least one COVID-19 vaccine, all students accessing GCC facilities in-person will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although this requirement is not yet in place, students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated now to be prepared for this expected mandate. ACE students shall follow the protocols at the site where they are receiving instruction. Limited exemptions to this policy are listed below.

  1. Medical Exemption: Students may be exempt from this vaccine requirement if a duly licensed healthcare provider certifies in writing that the COVID-19 vaccination may be detrimental to the student’s health. This exemption shall also be available for international students who received a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized or approved by the FDA. Students granted a medical exemption will be subjected to the masking and testing regulations listed in the following sections of this document.
  2. Religious Exemption: Students who hold religious beliefs which are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may be exempt after submitting a written statement to that effect. Such statements should explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs or practices. General philosophical or moral objections to such vaccine shall not suffice as the basis for a religious exemption. Students granted a religious exemption will be subjected to the masking and testing regulations listed in the following sections this document.

Documentation of exceptions should be sent to healthoffice@genesee.edu.

Masking Regulations

All classroom activities, regardless of the vaccination status of participants, must be conducted with participants wearing masks or face coverings.

Elsewhere on campus, all community members are welcomed to wear masks or face coverings at any time. Those who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask or face covering on campus, except when in private office space. Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or face coverings outside of classroom activities. If a campus-based event has specific masking requirements, this will be communicated to its participants and within its promotional material.

To be fully vaccinated, one must be two weeks beyond the second dose of a two-dose vaccine course, or two weeks beyond the first dose of a single dose vaccine course.

Pooled Surveillance Testing

Students who are not vaccinated must take part weekly in pooled surveillance testing, scheduled for various campus locations posted on the GCC website calendar. Faculty and staff are not required to participate in pooled surveillance testing, but are welcomed to do so.


Students deemed not to be in compliance with masking and testing protocols shall be referred to the Dean of Students Office for discipline, subject to the student code of conduct.

Campus Maintenance and Cleaning

GCC will continue its tradition of exceptional cleaning practices and will continue to stress the importance of hand washing. Our campus air handling and filtration systems adhere to COVID-19 air handling and filtration guidelines.

July 23, 2021 – Subject to Change