Long Island EOC
COVID-19 Protocols

The Long Island Educational Opportunity Center is excited to offer both online and limited in-person classes this spring semester. While the Long Island EOC (LIEOC) has been successful in dealing with the COVID crisis, your cooperation will allow us to safely move to a much more normal experience.

Vaccine Mandate

For the Spring 2022 semester, all students that have an LIEOC facility presence or plan to use the LIEOC facilities must be fully vaccinated AND boosted as soon as they are eligible to receive the booster.

Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center (LIEOC) have been remarkably successful in dealing with the ongoing public health crisis. We continue to ask for your cooperation to safely proceed with a more normal and extensive campus experience.

All SUNY students who plan to have an on-campus presence, including any use of campus or LIEOC facilities, must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Such students may receive any of the three vaccines available in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson).

All students who still need to provide vaccination status, please use the COVID Vaccine Upload Form. 

The LIEOC has the discretion to create additional health and safety restrictions as it deems appropriate and has elected to require masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings.

Students participating in applied learning experiences will be required to comply with the vaccination policies of their host site. This includes all levels of clinical and allied health training and educator preparation.

 

COVID Booster Mandate

In alignment with Governor Hochul’s mandate, all LIEOC students are required to receive a booster vaccination when eligible to do so if you are to have any presence at any of our facilities. You are eligible to receive your booster 6 months after completing a primary Moderna series, 5 months after completing a Pfizer series, or 2 months after your initial J&J immunization. LIEOC students must update their booster status through our link listed above, to ensure continued enrollment.

Students will have a 30 day window from the first day of eligibility to comply with the mandate. Those who fail to comply after the 30 day grace period will have their in-person class schedule dropped and will be required to return any loaned devices (if applicable). Students who have already submitted proof of a primary COVID vaccination are not eligible for a religious exemption to this policy. Medical exemptions will continue to be handled on a case by case basis.

Students who recently tested positive for COVID may receive a medical extension of up to 90 days to comply with the booster requirement. With appropriate documentation, please use medical exemption form (button above) to request a temporary medical accommodation. All students with an LIEOC facility presence must submit proof of a COVID test prior to returning to LIEOC facilities. All other students must do so five days before the beginning of the spring term.

The College and the LIEOC will offer pre-arrival testing the last week of January, prior to the start of the semester. The test is a PCR COVID-19 oral, saliva based test. Testing will be available in the Campus Center Student Lounge and Ballroom C. Please check back for hours of operation as this will be updated in the next day or so.

VACCINE VERIFICATION & WAIVER

Medical or religious exemptions may be requested by qualifying students. In order to have an exemption request considered, students must submit requests by January 27, 2022. Students with approved medical or religious exemptions should be aware that they may be excluded from all in-person classes and activities at the LIEOC’s discretion should a COVID-19 outbreak occur at any LIEOC facility. Fully completed exemption forms should be submitted to covidexemption@lieoc.farmingdale.edu

  • Medical Exemption: Medical Exemptions must come from a licensed healthcare provider (MD, DO, NP, PA).
  • Religious Exemptions: Students who hold genuine religious beliefs that are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination fill out a religious waiver. The student must explain how receiving the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with the student’s deeply held religious belief or practice. 

Surveillance Testing

All students with an on-campus or LIEOC facility presence are required to participate in our COVID Surveillance Testing. The test is a PCR COVID-19 oral, saliva based test.

The Health and Wellness Center is offering free testing in the Campus Center Student Lounge:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you cannot make it to the on-campus pooled testing, you are required to obtain a test and submit the results.

Students who verify their booster shot will be exempt from the College’s weekly COVID surveillance testing.

Students who recently tested positive will be exempt from the LIEOC’s and College’s weekly COVID surveillance testing for 90 days.

COVID-19 POSITIVE

The LIEOC and/or Campus authorities will contact students for information and guidance after receiving the self-reporting form.

The LIEOC and the College will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who have been identified as potentially being exposed. Due to federal HIPPA laws, the identity of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot be disclosed and the College is limited in the amount of information it can make public in such situations.

In the event a student tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, please choose the “Daily COVID-19 Screening Form” button above and complete the form … we will ask you at that time, to upload a copy of your COVID results and then “submit” the form.  The link is:  https://forms.gle/u5BbjSJT5LLRVVW96

 

Masking

The LIEOC is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings at all times within indoor settings when on an LIEOC location and/or approved applied learning experiences.
Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Testing

Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff are exempt from weekly testing once they have provided their COVID vaccination documentation through the LIEOC Intake and/or counseling protocols.In addition, vaccinated students will be asked to allow SUNY access to New York State’s Vaccine Registry to confirm their status, thereby exempting them from testing requirements. The link will be emailed at a later date and included on the hub.

Distancing

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to adhere to social distancing protocols, however we encourage all LIEOC constituents to continue to do so when possible and to respect others comfort level in regards to distancing.

Feeling Ill

Anyone within the LIEOC community should not report to work or in-person class if they are sick or feel sick.

Prior to returning to an LIEOC location or practical experience after an illness you should consult with your healthcare provider in order to determine that it is safe to do so.

Students who are unable to attend a scheduled face-to-face class session are required to notify their course instructor.

 

Precautionary Quarantine

Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.  Should an individual begin to experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should remain home and contact their primary healthcare provider for guidance.  Students should also fill out the Student COVID Sanctions 

 
The Long Island Educational Opportunity Center (LIEOC) in conjunction with Farmingdale State College (FSC) remains committed to ensuring a healthy campus environment for all members of its community. Pursuant to guidance issued by the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Office, the Office of the Executive Director/Dean of the LIEOC will follow the College’s COVID-19 related behaviors that threaten or endanger the health and safety of others. The guidance is listed as modified disciplinary guidance.