Are residential students required to be vaccinated? Boosted?
Yes! Buffalo State College is requiring all students living in campus-operated residence halls to be fully vaccinated prior to occupancy for the spring 2022 term, with limited medical and religious exemptions only and independent of the FDA approval process. In addition, Buffalo State is requiring all students to obtain the COVID-19 booster once they are eligible. Those students who are currently eligible for the booster are required to obtain their booster by January 24, 2022.
What do I do if I am not yet eligible for a booster?
Students not yet eligible for a booster will be permitted to move into their residence hall space. All students, regardless of vaccination and booster status, will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing when checking into your residence hall. After that, students who are not yet boosted will be required to pool test monthly. Students should monitor their Buffalo State email for their assigned pool test time. Additionally, students should plan to obtain their booster within seven (7) days of eligibility.
Can I request a medical or religious exemption?
Yes. More details information can be found here: https://weigel.buffalostate.edu/covid-19-information.
Can I terminate my housing if I am not vaccinated/boosted?
No. Students can only request to terminate if they are granted a medical or religious exemption through the Weigel Health Center. Exempted students must student a request to terminate here (https://residencelife.buffalostate.edu/forms) within three business days of their exemption notification. Please attach a screenshot of your exemption notification to your termination request.
If I am unvaccinated will my housing assignment change?
Maybe. Buffalo State College reserves the right to reassign exempted unvaccinated students from their current housing assignment. The purpose of such reassignment would be to avoid placing a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students in the same room or suite. If possible, reassigned students would be assigned to space in the same residential community as their current assignment; however, this may not always be possible given that the campus is expected to be at full residential occupancy. An exempted student reassigned to a different residential community and/or room type will be charged the lower of the two housing rates between the two assignments.
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