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Dear students and families,

Adelphi has continued to monitor the science and data regarding the spread of COVID-19. For the well-being of our community and to enable our return to a full academic experience this year, we are requiring all students to be fully vaccinated before returning to Adelphi for the start of our fall 2021 semester.

Our decision is based on the changing public health landscape and scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines:

  • The latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show surging COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States, with more than 83 percent caused by the Delta variant.
  • Data confirmed by University Epidemiologist and Special Adviser to the Office of University Health and Wellness K.C. Rondello, MD, shows that, currently, 97 percent of all hospital admissions from COVID-19 are among unvaccinated persons.
  • Scientific evidence shows the benefits of vaccination and supports the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to protect those who are vaccinated, and to help prevent further spread of the virus.
  • President Joe Biden confirmed on Wednesday, July 21, that he expects full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccines this fall.

The University has strongly urged our students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We launched a vaccine incentive program on May 10 to encourage a higher response to this important effort. To date, only 26 percent of our student population has uploaded proof of full vaccination.

We remain committed to protecting the well-being of our community.

What this means for our students:

  • If you are already vaccinated: upload proof of your completed vaccination to the Adelphi Health Portal by August 1, 2021. Incentives still apply.
  • If you are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated: complete your vaccine series as soon as possible and upload proof of your completed vaccination no later than August 11, 2021.
  • If you do not have access to a vaccine: call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine on campus and to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you can upload your proof. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi.
  • If you have begun (or are beginning) a course of vaccination but will not have completed the vaccine series by August 11, 2021: call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you can upload your proof. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi.
  • If you have a valid medical or religious exemptionsubmit a request for exemption from this policy; all requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions will be required to follow established health and safety protocols at Adelphi and must participate in the University’s ongoing surveillance testing program.
  • If you are in a fully online degree program or are fully remote: You are exempt from this policy. If you visit campus for any reason, you will be required to show proof of vaccination.

If you are not in compliance with the University’s immunization policy, you will receive alerts and reminders to submit proof of vaccination. If you remain noncompliant beyond the deadlines indicated above or any University-approved grace period, you will not be permitted on campus, which may impact your enrollment in classes.

Your COVID-19 vaccine must be currently authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes those vaccines currently authorized for emergency use in the United States (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson). You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after administration of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or two weeks after administration of a single dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).

To upload your proof of vaccination:

Visit the Health Portal and follow the instructions. Your documents will be securely stored on Adelphi University’s Health Services portal and will become part of your confidential health record.

To continue safeguarding our entire community, Adelphi will:

  • Require all unvaccinated individuals (those with approved medical or religious exemption) to wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • Maintain our robust cleaning and air filtration protocols.
  • Keep protective barriers in place in offices, study spaces and other areas.
  • Encourage all community members to continue with vigilant hand hygiene and stay home when feeling unwell, among other proven mitigation strategies.
  • Remain flexible in case the public health situation changes and state officials announce new requirements or restrictions. In addition to our vaccine FAQ web page, following my signature below are some anticipated questions and answers. Please feel free to also contact us by email at healthandwellness@adelphi.edu.

Together, we have been highly successful at protecting one another throughout the pandemic and we thank you for your continued commitment to ensuring the safety of our community. We are excited to be planning a full and vibrant return to our campus and learning centers, and look forward to being together again at Adelphi.

Gene Palma
Vice President of University Wellness, Safety and Administration

Helpful Questions and Answers for Students

If you have an approved medical or religious exemption and are unvaccinated, you will be required to abide by all health and safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals in order to be allowed to participate in in-person learning and activities:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You are required to participate in the University’s ongoing surveillance testing program.

If you do not have an approved exemption and do not want to get vaccinated, you will not be allowed on campus or in Adelphi learning centers for the academic year 2021–2022. Please reach out to the Office of Academic Services and Retention at oasr@adelphi.edu to discuss what options might be possible for you, depending on your course of study.

Yes. We will continue to require all community members to submit a daily health screening and agree to follow established Adelphi health and safety protocols. The screening questionnaire continues to be available on the AU2GO app, online via eCampus and using paper forms available at the Office of Public Safety or South Avenue booth.

Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to you free of charge. Call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine on campus and to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you can upload your proof. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You are required to participate in the University’s ongoing surveillance testing program.

Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to you free of charge only after you meet the CDC’s posted Recommendations For Unvaccinated People Traveling Internationally During COVID-19. Before you return to Adelphi or begin your vaccine series, you must self-quarantine off campus at your own expense for seven days after arrival in the United States and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result after your quarantine period within 72 hours of your move-in.

Once you have completed your self-quarantine period and have a negative COVID-19 test result, Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine to you free of charge. Call Adelphi Health Services at 516.877.6002 to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccine on campus and to arrange for a temporary waiver of the vaccination requirement while you complete your vaccination. Once vaccination is complete, you can upload your proof. Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to follow established health and safety protocols that apply to unvaccinated individuals at Adelphi:

  • You must wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, except while eating or drinking.
  • You must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
  • You must immediately notify Student Health Services if you test positive for COVID-19 or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19. You will be required to quarantine off campus at your own expense if required by the University.
  • You are required to participate in the University’s ongoing surveillance testing program.

No. Many of our community members—vaccinated and unvaccinated—will choose to continue wearing masks for various personal reasons and comfort levels. A person wearing a mask or maintaining social distance should not automatically be assumed to be unvaccinated or treated differently for that perception.

Only hall residents and their family members as well as other current Adelphi community members (students, faculty and staff) are permitted in residence halls. Identification is required.

All residents of Adelphi’s living community, including Nassau Community College students, are required to be fully vaccinated. Visitors to the residence halls are restricted to hall residents and their family members as well as other current Adelphi community members (students, faculty and staff). Identification is required.

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