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COVID Testing Requirements


The last day of testing was September 8, 2022. After this date, students are no longer required to participate in COVID surveillance testing regardless of vaccination status. 

Please read all of the information below so that you know what to do in case you feel sick and how to stay safe throughout the semester. 


If at any point in the semester you feel sick, do not attend in-person classes or come to campus, and avoid being around people. Please contact Student Health Services at (631) 632-6740 for an appointment. For hours of operation, visit the SHS website

TimelyCare, our new virtual healthcare service, is available 24/7. You can connect virtually with medical providers that can treat a wide range of common illnesses such as cold and flu, allergies, pink eye, etc. 


If you test positive for COVID,  with or without symptoms, you will need to isolate (at home or in your dorm room) for a minimum of 5 days. You cannot attend in-person classes during this time, but can continue to participate in online classes as long as you feel well enough to do so. If you live on campus, leaving campus to isolate at home is strongly encouraged, so make plans ahead of time to isolate at home, including transportation as you cannot take public transportation while sick with COVID.  If you need advice or information about what to do, call the Campus Health Response Team at (631) 632-6176 and leave a message with your name, SBU ID, and a phone number to call you back. Please have ready the date of your positive test result, and be ready to communicate  the symptoms you are feeling.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you attend classes at the hospital (i.e, HSC, SOM, dental school, SON), please call the Campus Health Response team (CRT) at 631-632-6176 for isolation and return to work guidance, as the guidelines described on this website may not apply to you.

Recent CDC guidance has been updated for Health Science Center students who specifically attend classes at the hospital. These students are now required to isolate for seven (7)  days.   Additionally, they must take an antigen test and receive a negative result  48 hours apart to return to work/classes before day 10.  Students can return as soon as day 8 as long as they have either a negative at-home test 48 hours prior to returning and a second negative at-home test 48 hours later (usually days 5 and 7 or days 6 and 8), otherwise, they should wait until after day 10 to return.   Please note: If you are student that is required to isolate and you require documentation, please complete  this University's Attestation Form.


While we have made so much progress, COVID still remains a concern, so we all need to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy. 

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers/cleaners are also effective.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. 
  • Know your community infection levels and make an informed choice on whether to wear a mask, and in which situations. Follow local and state health and safety requirements.