Fall 2021 Safety Protocols & Requirements

July 22, 2021

Great Dane: 

Earlier this month, we wrote to encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as all UAlbany students will be required to be vaccinated this fall and students planning to live on campus must have begun or completed their COVID-19 vaccination cycle by the time they arrive on campus, regardless of FDA approval. I am writing today to share details of UAlbany’s Fall ’21 safety protocols and requirements as well as provide instructions on how to submit proof of vaccination, if the information has not already been received from state vaccination records. 

Fall ’21 safety protocols and requirements can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website. These include the University’s expectations on vaccinations, entry testing, the use of face masks, weekly surveillance testing, and on-campus housing and food service.

You can confirm your vaccination status, or upload documentation confirming that you have received your final vaccination dose (one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, or the full course of vaccination for a World Health Organization-approved vaccine if you are currently residing outside of the United States), as follows: 

  • How do I verify that my COVID-19 vaccination record has been received? Visit the Student Health Portal to verify that your COVID-19 vaccination record from New York State/New York City immunization registries has been received and processed by the University (select ‘My Profile,’ then select ‘Immun. History’ to view your records). 

  • How do I upload my proof of my vaccination record? If there is no record of your vaccine based on the instructions above, upload a photo of your COVID-19 vaccine card to the Student Health Portal as soon as possible. Select ‘Document Upload,’ then select ‘COVID Vaccinations’ as the Document Type. The following file formats can be uploaded: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, BMP and GIF. Please do not submit the Excelsior Pass. Note that when you upload your record, it may take several days to be reflected in the portal. 

  • I previously submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Do I need to re-submit it? Students who submitted their proof of vaccination to the Student COVID Documentation Portal or student employees who submitted records through the employee portal must still verify and/or upload their vaccine card on the Student Health Portal.

Should you have any questions regarding uploading your vaccination documentation, please email [email protected]


As detailed in the Fall ’21 safety protocols and requirements, at this time fully vaccinated students will be exempt from most UAlbany COVID-19 protocols, such as providing a negative COVID-19 test result before arriving on campus, weekly surveillance testing, wearing a mask in most places on campus, and being placed into isolation as a result of contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, while unvaccinated students will continue to be subject to these requirements. 

Once the FDA grants final approval, students who were not already subject to the earlier vaccination requirement for those living on campus will have a limited window to comply with the vaccine mandate. Students who choose not to get vaccinated within this time period will be unable to come to campus for any reason — including to attend classes — and will be deregistered from their classes. If this is past the normal SUNY authorized refund date, there will be no refunds for students in these circumstances. 

Please continue to monitor your UAlbany email for future updates about COVID-19 and your return to campus this fall. 

Thank you again for putting the public health and well-being of our entire community first! 




Carol H. Kim  

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Michael N. Christakis 

Vice President for Student Affairs