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P626: COVID-19 PANDEMIC HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

Issued by:
President's Office
Approved:
August 2020
Updated:
November 2021

Policy Statement

The purpose of this University policy is to inform our community of our expectations and key health and safety measures, which have been established to help minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Policy

The University will strive to protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide tools to help educate and support established best practices (for instance: distribute facial coverings, post signs, follow cleaning protocols, etc.). Consistent with our SUNY-Approved Stony Brook COVID-19 Recovery Plan, all members of the University community and all visitors/vendors to campus, must follow these safety measures:

  • Daily Health Self-Screening: If you do not feel well or want to monitor for any symptoms before you leave your residence hall/apartment/home, complete the Campus Clear health screening app. Do not come to campus or classes if you do not feel well.
    • Employees: Employees will no longer be required to self-screen before coming to their campus worksite. We will, however, ask you to complete the daily CampusClear health screening app if you do not feel well or want to monitor for any symptoms before you leave to work on campus. The screening will also advise you on next steps. Please do not come to campus if you don't feel well, and contact the Health Information Line (HIL) at (631) 632-5000, Option #1 with any COVID-related concerns or positive test results.
    • Students: individuals who answer questions to the screen indicating a cause for concern or learn of a positive COVID-19 test result must stay home or in their residence. Students are prompted to contact Student Health Services and must follow their guidelines. Students should also follow instructions from their course syllabus.
  • Testing: requirements are as follows:
    • Students: are required to participate in free, on-campus COVID PCR surveillance testing. Information on testing requirements is available on the Stronger Together website.
    • Employees: Fully vaccinated employees may opt out from mandatory weekly testing upon submitting documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series. Individuals who submit proof of being fully vaccinated will only be required to test monthly. Mandatory weekly surveillance testing will continue to be required for any person who has not shown proof of vaccination and who has a physical presence on campus. Information on testing requirements is available on the Stronger Together website.
  • Travel: State and federal health guidelines continue to recommend avoiding international and domestic travel unless travelers are fully vaccinated. If travel is necessary, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website for up to date information.
  • Facial Coverings: For the safety of our campus community, face masks are required while inside all campus buildings - regardless of vaccination status. Limited exemptions are as follows:
    • Medical Reasons - employees who are unable to wear facial coverings due to a medical or other health condition should consult with the Office of Equity and Access (OEA). Students should contact the Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC).
    • Individual Space - facial coverings may only be removed when alone in a cubicle, office, or other designated areas and when following social distancing (includes residence hall rooms/apartments).
    • Eating/Drinking - individuals may remove their masks in order to eat/drink, but should maintain social distancing.

    Facial coverings are not required when outdoors. However, unvaccinated individuals should wear a facial covering when outdoors if attending a crowded event and unable to maintain six feet of physical distancing.

  • Social Distancing: While fully vaccinated individuals generally do not need to be physically distanced, this practice is encouraged. Individuals who are unvaccinated and/or whose vaccination status is unknown need to continue to maintain six feet of distance, in accordance with federal (CDC) guidelines.
  • Basic Infection Prevention Measures: Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's responsibility - remember to:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your own workspaces daily. This includes tables, desks, phones, keyboards, etc.
    • Avoid use of other people's phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment, when possible.
    • Stay home if you are sick.

Given the ever-evolving nature of this pandemic, the required measures above are subject to change. The University will also take any other measures determined to be necessary to help protect the health and safety of our community. Such determinations will be made in accordance with the latest science and guidance to protect public health, as well as federal, state, and local laws/regulations. The University will monitor COVID-19 pandemic developments closely and revise this policy as necessary. This policy will phase out once measures are no longer necessary according to health officials.

Scope

This policy applies to all individuals affiliated with and/or present on the West Campus, Research & Development Park, and Stony Brook Southampton. Affiliates of and individuals at Stony Brook University Hospital, the HSC, and the Long Island State Veterans Home are to follow the guidance distributed by those locations.

Definitions

Facial Covering (mask): means a cloth/fabric material of multiple layers that snugly covers a person's nose and mouth. Other masks, such as surgical-style masks, are also acceptable facial coverings. Face shields or other coverings that do not fit snugly against the face do not meet the definition of a facial covering for the purposes of this policy.

Fully Vaccinated: is defined as being 2 or more weeks after the final dose (e.g., first for Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, second for Pfizer and Moderna) of the vaccine approved by the FDA or authorized by the FDA for emergency use. Vaccines that are not authorized by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use or approved by the FDA do not satisfy this definition.

Social Distancing: also called "physical distancing", means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people.

Compliance

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with measures described in this policy. Failure to comply will result in appropriate administrative action. Visitors/vendors are also expected to comply with this policy.

Inquiries

For information related to this policy, please visit the Stronger Together Website.

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