Updated Vaccine and COVID-19 Testing Requirements for the 2021-22 Academic Year
June 1, 2021
Current scientific and medical guidance indicates that everyone who is medically able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should do so as soon as possible. In addition, all SUNY and CUNY institutions will require proof of vaccination by all in-person students for Fall 2021, pending full approval of any of the vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Governor has also encouraged all private colleges in New York State to do the same.
LIM College has decided to follow the most informed science protocols and align itself with two of the largest and most prominent public college systems in the United States, SUNY and CUNY, as well as most of New York’s private colleges.
Therefore, LIM College WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF THE COVID-19 vaccine for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in Fall 2021, pending full FDA approval of any one or more COVID-19 vaccine(s).
Until such time as the FDA has fully approved its first COVID-19 vaccine, LIM College will continue to allow non-vaccinated community members on campus, subject to the College’s present COVID-19 testing protocols. However, LIM College STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that all community members get vaccinated as the best way to protect yourself and help stop the pandemic. Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer have to participate in the College’s ongoing testing protocols.
NOTE: Students who submitted housing applications and are approved to live at the Ludlow Residence WILL BE REQUIRED to be vaccinated in order to reside at the property.
It is also important that we understand our community and who has been vaccinated to properly assess and monitor the safety of our campus environment. To this end, the College will begin collecting vaccination information from all community members beginning Monday, June 14. Instructions will be emailed separately.
Students who submit proof of vaccination will be entered into a monthly drawing for a chance to win one of five $1,000 one-time tuition reimbursements. These drawings will take place on June 30, July 30, August 30 and the first day of classes. Proof of vaccination includes a copy of your medical record indicating the COVID-19 vaccine was fully administered or a copy of your completed vaccination card.
All students who submit proof of vaccination WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE COLLEGE’S CURRENT BASELINE AND WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING upon approval of submitted documentation. All non-vaccinated students will be required to adhere to established testing protocols, including weekly on-campus surveillance testing.
As always, we will continue to stay abreast of changing regulations and state and federal requirements, as well as best practices, and will modify our processes and protocols accordingly.
The College will hold an informational webinar on Tuesday, June 8 from 8:15 – 9:15pm ET. During this webinar we will discuss our COVID-19 policies and plans for the upcoming academic year in more detail. LIM community members should check their email or MyLIM for the registration link.