Mandatory Student Immunizations
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Meningitis
Students taking six or more credits and born on or after January 1, 1957, are required to provide proof of adequate immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella before attending classes, in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Public Health Law.
New York State Public Health Law also requires that the College distribute information about meningococcal meningitis and vaccination against the disease. Additionally, the College is legally required to maintain a record of your returned response.
Although students enrolled for less than six semester hours are exempt from these requirements, immunization is strongly encouraged by public health officials. Recent high school graduates are encouraged to have copies of high school health records sent to the Office of the Registrar. All other students should have their physicians forward these records.
Nursing students must also provide proof of a yearly PPD (Mantoux) skin test for tuberculosis, yearly physical update, documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination (unless there is a signed declination statement) and proof of chicken pox, chicken pox vaccination (two shots), or a positive varicella titer. Current professional liability insurance and CPR are also required. T-dap is required every 10 years. Other requirements for nursing students can be found under the Nursing AAS program requirements.
COVID – 19
Students, in accordance with SUNY Policy 3100 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Any student who is taking at least one on campus class, accessing on campus services, living in the residence hall, and/or participating in athletics will be required to be vaccinated. The student will have to have vaccination documentation in place by September 27, 2021 or risk being removed from any in person class, residence hall and/or athletic team. Any refunds would be subject to all existing SUNY policies.
Religious Exemption Requests
Limited exceptions are granted for students who hold “genuine and sincere religious beliefs” that are contrary to immunization. Students requesting religious exemptions shall submit a Request for Religious Exemption to Measles, Mumps and Rubella Immunization Form and/or Request for Religious Exemption to COVID-19 Immunization Form to the Office of Registration and Records. Forms are available at https://www.sunyacc.edu/admissions/registrars-office. If, after review of the student's statement, questions remain about the existence of a sincerely held religious belief, Department of Health regulation and SUNY permits the College to request supporting documents. Some examples include;
- A letter from an authorized representative of the church, temple, religious institution, etc. attended by the student/parent/guardian, literature from the church, temple, religious institution, etc. explaining doctrine/beliefs that prohibit immunization (Note: students need not necessarily be a member of an organized religion or religious institution to obtain a religious exemption);
- Other writings or sources upon which the student relied in formulating religious beliefs that prohibit immunization;
- A copy of any student statements to healthcare providers or school district officials or prior college explaining the religious basis for refusing immunization;
- Any documents or other information the student may be willing to provide that reflect a sincerely held religious objection to immunization (for example: disclosure of whether student/parent/guardian or other children have been immunized, student/parent/guardian's current position on allowing themselves or their children to receive or refuse other kinds of medical treatment.)
Medical Exemption Requests
Limited exceptions are granted for students for whom immunization would be physically detrimental or otherwise medically contraindicated. Students requesting medical exemptions shall submit a Request for Medical Exemption to COVID-19 Immunization Form or Student Immunization Record Form (for MMR) to the Office of Registration and Records. Forms are available at https://www.sunyacc.edu/admissions/registrars-office.
COVID-19 Online Learning and Fully Remote Exemption Requests
Exemptions may be provided to students who will have no physical presence on campus nor reasonably anticipate using on-campus services for the entirety of the academic term may submit a COVID-19 Information and Vaccination Response Form to the Office of Registration and Records. Form is available at https://www.sunyacc.edu/admissions/registrars-office.
Exemption Grievance Procedure
A student who wishes to appeal a denied religious exemption request may submit an exemption grievance to the Director of Compliance & Risk Management, email@example.com. This grievance must be in writing and include supporting documentation not already provided [see examples above].
A student who wishes to appeal a denied medical exemption may submit an exemption grievance to the Director of Compliance & Risk Management, firstname.lastname@example.org. This grievance must be in writing and include a second opinion from a qualified medical professional.
Upon review of the grievance, in conjunction with SUNY legal counsel, a formal letter with a decision will be sent to the student no later than 10 business days after the grievance has been filed. All grievance decisions are final.