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. To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its new variants, St. Joseph's University requires all in-person students, faculty and staff to receive the primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Updated: 11/22/2022

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

Yes, students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated with the primary COVID-19 vaccination series when eligible to attend in-person classes and activities at St. Joseph's University.

What is the University’s COVID-19 Immunization Policy?

For more information, view our COVID-19 immunization policy.

Will fully online students be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Fully online students are exempt from this policy. However, any fully online student who comes to campus and/or any of our offsite facilities will be required to show proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter the premises.

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

Yes, the University will continue to require the primary COVID vaccination series as a condition of employment for all employees who have not received an approved medical or religious exemption. However, COVID booster shots will no longer be required as a condition of employment at St. Joseph’s University, New York, but are strongly recommended.

How can I submit proof of vaccination?

All registered students will have access to upload their information via the portal utilizing their university credentials, within one business day of registration. Visit the portal to upload your information.

What is the deadline to submit proof of vaccination?

All new incoming students must submit proof of completed vaccination by January 5, 2023, or one week after a student has registered for classes (when applicable, e.g., late registrants).

What if I am not fully vaccinated before classes start in Spring 2023?

Students must receive their first dose of  an FDA approved or authorized-for-emergency-use vaccine no later than January 6, 2023, or one week after you register for classes (when applicable, e.g., late registrants). Any student who fails to submit the required documentation with proof of vaccination will be contacted and reminded of the requirement. Non-compliance with this policy will prevent you from being permitted on campus, which may also impact your enrollment in classes.

Where can I get vaccinated?

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

Will I be required to get a booster shot?

While we are still strongly recommending that every individual receive the booster shot if they are eligible to do so, the University will be eliminating its mandate for the COVID booster effective July 19, 2022. 

It is important to note that students and faculty 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.

Why should I get a booster shot?

While the primary series protects against severe infection, studies have shown immunity decreases over time.  Obtaining a booster shot helps maintain your immunity and helps to reduce the spread of coronavirus. St. Joseph's University strongly recommends students receive the booster shot when eligible.

How can I request a medical or religious exemption?

Medical and religious exemptions will be submitted as instructed in keeping with the exemption process outlined in the University’s immunization protocols. Students who wish to request an exemption must do so no later than January 5, 2023, or one week after you register for classes (when applicable, e.g., late registrants). All registered students will have access to upload their information via the portal utilizing their university credentials, within one business day of registration. Visit the portal to upload your information.

What happens if I am not in compliance with the new mandate?

Unvaccinated students who have not completed their primary series of vaccination by the required deadline may not be allowed on campus unless granted a medical or religious exemption or a special circumstances extension by the University. Examples of students who might be considered for a special circumstances extension include an international or out of state student, whose travel to campus has prevented them from meeting the established timeline or a student who enrolled at the University close to or after the established timeline. Please note that special circumstances exemptions will only be awarded for case-by-case situations and then only on a temporary basis. Unvaccinated students are also required to participate in surveillance testing (please see below for information about surveillance testing).


Surveillance Testing

Unvaccinated students and those with approved medical or religious exemptions will be required to undergo routine COVID-19 surveillance tests. Information regarding testing requirements is sent via email prior to the start of each semester. Please note that you are required to upload the results to the designated site for review and approval


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. 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.


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