Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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In response to the global spread of COVID-19, St. Joseph's University continues to closely monitor recommendations made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health. In an effort to protect the health and safety of the SJNY community, we are sharing the following information.


About COVID-19

How is the COVID virus spread?

The COVID-19 virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There may also be instances of spreading when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes.

How long after exposure does it take for symptoms to appear?

How long after exposure does it take for symptoms to appear?

  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and may include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How can I minimize my chances of contracting and spreading the virus?

The quickest and safest way to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Additional measures to reduce your risk of infection include the following guidelines for good health:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for wearing a mask or other approved face coverings.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.



Our primary goal during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to ensure a healthy and safe environment for its community members. The University aims to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus for all, and the quickest and safest way to accomplish this is through vaccination.  While proof of the COVID vaccination is no longer required as a condition of enrollment or employment, we do understand that there are some members of the SJNY community that may be more vulnerable than others to severe illness. As such, we are still strongly encouraging our collective community to follow the public health guidelines of medical professionals and stay current with their immunizations.

Updated: 2/15/23

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required for all in-person students?

Effective February 15, 2023, proof of the COVID vaccination will no longer be required as a condition of enrollment for in-person students at St. Joseph’s University, New York. It is important to note, however, that students participating at clinical and/or internship sites and in field placements must continue to comply with vaccination and other COVID-19 policies in place at the facilities they are serving. Additionally, students who live in EHS housing and some study abroad programs may still require the vaccine to participate.

Are faculty, staff and administrators required to get the COVID vaccine?

Effective February 15, 2023, proof of the COVID vaccination will no longer be required as a condition of employment at St. Joseph’s University, New York.

Where can I go if I choose to get vaccinated?

To find a vaccination center near you, please use the following links below:


Masking and Social Distancing

For your safety and others, please practice social distancing when possible. Masks and face coverings are optional.

Do I need to wear a mask?

The mask mandate has been lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Masks are optional in all St. Joseph's University facilities. It is understood that some individuals will still want to continue wearing masks and the University is supportive of that.

What is considered an acceptable mask or face covering?

Masks and face coverings are optional for all members of the St. Joseph's University community. The University follows CDC guidance on what is considered an acceptable mask; gaiters, buffs, bandanas and face shields are not acceptable face coverings.


Contingency Planning

The University has established a website called Carry On to provide the Community with resources to support Faculty, Students and Staff to maintain continuity of teaching, learning and campus operations.


Additional Resources