Spring 2022 Pre-arrival Instructions for Students

Students: Submit Proof of Vaccination Students: Submit Test Results Register a Surveillance Test Kit

All UAlbany students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This SUNY mandate is in effect for any UAlbany student coming to any UAlbany campus or facility for any reason during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for more information. 

To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must satisfy all three of these requirements:  

  1. You must have received all required doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine

  2. At least two weeks need to have passed since your final shot.  

  3. You must have submitted proof of vaccination on the Student Health Portal

Students must get their final COVID-19 shot by January 5, 2022, or request an exemption by December 15, 2021, in order to attend UAlbany in the Spring 2022 semester. 

Review detailed instructions below:
 

Students who have already submitted proof of full COVID-19 vaccination

Thank you! You do not need to take any further action before the Spring 2022 semester. 

Students who were approved for a medical or religious exemption in Fall 2021

If you were approved for a medical or religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption in Fall 2021, that exemption will carry over into the Spring 2022 semester.  

Note: Residential students who were not compliant with weekly surveillance testing in Fall 2021 may be removed from on-campus housing for the Spring 2022 semester. Any student who is not compliant with weekly surveillance testing requirements may be referred for disciplinary action and may not be allowed to register for Spring 2022 classes until they have completed the disciplinary referral process.

You must complete pre-arrival testing by getting a PCR-based COVID-19 test within five days before you arrive on campus

  1. If your test result is negative, submit a copy of your negative test result to the Student COVID Documentation Portal

  2. If your test result is positive, do not come to campus. Report your positive result. 

You must also participate in weekly surveillance testing for the entire semester. Failure to participate in weekly surveillance testing will result in disciplinary actions up to and including de-registration from classes at the University.

Students who were approved for a fully remote exemption in Fall 2021

If you’ll be enrolled in fully online courses during the Spring 2022 semester, and won’t be coming to campus for any reason, you must apply for a new fully remote COVID-19 vaccination and surveillance testing exemption by Wednesday, January 5, 2022

If you register for a hybrid or in-person course after being approved for a fully remote exemption, your exemption will be revoked and you must complete the steps listed below. 
 
Note: The fully remote exemption expires at the conclusion of each semester and must be resubmitted each semester depending on your course schedule. 


If you’ll be enrolled in any in-person or hybrid classes during the Spring 2022 semester, and/or coming to campus for any reason, you must do one of the following:  

  1. Submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 
     

  2. Apply for a medical COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021. (Download the COVID-19 Medical Vaccination Exemption Form. Complete and sign Part I, then ask your doctor to fill out and sign Part II. Upload the completed form to the Student Health Portal.) 
     

  3. Apply for a religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Note: Requests for exemptions are not automatically granted. They are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and require documentation to support an exemption request. 

If you apply for a medical or religious exemption but are denied, you must get vaccinated — receiving your final shot and submitting proof of full vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, you must complete pre-arrival testing by getting a PCR-based COVID-19 test within five days before you arrive on campus:

  1. If your test result is negative, submit proof to the Student COVID Documentation Portal

  2. If your test result is positive, do not come to campus. Report your positive result.  

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, you must also participate in weekly surveillance testing for the entire semester. 

Vaccinated students arriving from international locations
CDC Rules

Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 test and produce a negative result no more than one day before traveling by air to the United States. (This is a requirement for entry into the United States; students are not required to provide this documentation to UAlbany.) 

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required by the CDC to self-quarantine upon arrival in the United States. 


UAlbany Rules

Students who are fully vaccinated but who have not submitted proof to UAlbany must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.)

Students who have submitted proof of full vaccination to UAlbany in Fall 2021 do not need to take any further action before the Spring 2022 semester. 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students arriving from international locations
CDC Rules 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students who are arriving from international locations must: 

  • Take a COVID-19 test and produce a negative test result no more than one day before traveling by air to the United States, per CDC guidance. (This is a requirement for entry into the United States; fully vaccinated students are not required to provide this documentation to UAlbany.) 

  • Self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival in the United States. (Note: If you are a residential student who needs to self-quarantine in on-campus housing, please email [email protected] by Wednesday, January 5, 2022, to coordinate your self-quarantine.)  

Please visit the CDC website for more information on international travel rules. 


UAlbany Rules 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students also must do one of the following: 

  1. Get vaccinated and submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 
     

  2. If you are unable to get fully vaccinated in your country, email [email protected] by Wednesday, January 5, 2022, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination accommodation, which will allow you seven days after your arrival in the United States to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or, if you are partially vaccinated, to complete your vaccination process.

  3. Apply for a medical COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021. (Download the COVID-19 Medical Vaccination Exemption Form. Complete and sign Part I of the form, then ask your doctor to fill out and sign Part II. Upload the completed form to the Student Health Portal.) 
     

  4. Apply for a religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Note: Requests for exemptions are not automatically granted. They are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and require documentation to support an exemption request. 

If you apply for a medical or religious exemption but are denied, you must get vaccinated — receiving your final shot and submitting proof of full vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, or a seven-day accommodation, you must complete pre-arrival testing by getting a PCR-based COVID-19 test within five days before you arrive on campus:

  1. If your test result is negative, submit proof to the Student COVID Documentation Portal

  1. If your test result is positive, do not come to campus. Report your positive result.  

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, you must also participate in weekly surveillance testing for the entire semester.  

If you are approved for a seven-day accommodation, you must also participate in weekly surveillance testing until you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, two weeks have passed since your final dose, and you have submitted proof of vaccination to UAlbany. 

Students who were not enrolled at UAlbany in Fall 2021

Note: You cannot register for classes, sign up for housing or register for Orientation until your proof of full COVID-19 vaccination has been submitted or your request for COVID-19 vaccination exemption is approved by the University. 

(If you are a new student arriving from an international location, please follow the instructions in the sections above.) 


If you’ll be enrolled in fully online courses during the Spring 2022 semester, and won’t be coming to campus for any reason, you must apply for a fully remote COVID-19 vaccination and surveillance testing exemption by Wednesday, January 5, 2022


If you’ll be enrolled in any in-person or hybrid classes during the Spring 2022 semester, and/or coming to campus for any reason, you must do one of the following: 

  1. Submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 
     

  2. Apply for a medical COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021. (Download the COVID-19 Medical Vaccination Exemption Form. Complete and sign Part I of the form, then ask your doctor to fill out and sign Part II. Upload the completed form to the Student Health Portal.) 
     

  3. Apply for a religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption by Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Note: Requests for exemptions are not automatically granted. They are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and require documentation to support an exemption request. 

If you apply for a medical or religious exemption but are denied, you must get vaccinated — receiving your final shot and submitting proof of full vaccination on the Student Health Portal by Wednesday, January 5, 2022. (Visit the Vaccinate UAlbany page for detailed upload instructions.) 

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, you must complete pre-arrival testing by getting a PCR-based COVID-19 test within five days before you arrive on campus

  1. If your test result is negative, submit proof to the Student COVID Documentation Portal

  2. If your test result is positive, do not come to campus. Report your positive result.  

If you are approved for a medical or religious exemption, you must also participate in weekly surveillance testing for the entire semester. 

Please note: 

Students who do not complete all required pre-arrival procedures may be de-registered from classes and/or referred for disciplinary action. 

Any student who is not yet fully vaccinated may not come to campus for any reason until they are fully compliant (meaning they are fully vaccinated or approved for an exemption as described above).  

Any student who has been approved for an exemption must submit a negative pre-arrival test result before coming to campus. 

SUNY’s tuition and fee refund policy will be in effect for any student who is required to be vaccinated but who refuses to do so. Please review UAlbany’s Financial Liability information for more details. 

If a student who was approved for a medical or religious vaccination exemption later withdraws from the University and applies for readmission, they will be required to reapply for a vaccination exemption or submit proof of full vaccination.