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June 15, 2021

Additional COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted—With the high vaccination rate statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lifted the vast majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions. As such, Syracuse University is taking corresponding action.


Community Messages

COVID Update (Flu Vaccine, COVID-19 Vaccination, Interim Travel Policy) | July 14, 2021

Additional COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted | June 15, 2021

Public Health Update: Testing Center Will Transition to Kimmel Dining Hall Effective May 24; New Hours of Operation | May 17, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Get Vaccinated! (Submit Proof of Vaccination, Testing Center Hours) | April 9, 2021


Q: Am I required to be on campus in fall 2021 if I am in a residential program

A: Yes. The expectation is that all residential program students (J.D. and LL.M.) will be taught in-person and on campus in fall 2021. 

Q: Do I require a COVID-19 vaccine in order to be on campus in summer and fall 2021?

A: As of June 1, Syracuse University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff who access campus over the summer months. All new and returning students as well as faculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated prior to the Fall 2021 semester.  Please read this memo for more information .

Q: I would like to claim a medical or religious exemption for getting a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus, what should I do?

A: Students who need to submit a medical or religious exemption for vaccines may do so via the Patient Portal. It is currently open for incoming students. Instructions include:

  • Log in to the Patient Portal with your SU NetID and password.
  • Select “Forms” from the main menu.
  • Under Student Forms, select the “Medical-Religious Waiver” form to print the waiver to sign.
  • Once you have signed the waiver and added the required supporting documentation, select “Upload” on the home screen.
  • Follow the upload instructions.
  • In the drop-down section, select “Medical or Religious Waiver Form.”
  • Select the completed waiver file to upload.

The exemption form only needs to be submitted once during your time at Syracuse University College of Law.  This means that should vaccine requirements change, your exemption form will continue to be active.

For a medical exemption, a note from your doctor should be uploaded.  For religious exemption, a statement from you explaining the request for the exemption is sufficient.  You can choose to upload one or both.

You may also contact Barnes Health Center at 315.443.8000 and press 5 for Covid-19 related questions or to confirm with them directly.

Q: How is the return to campus in Fall 2021 being managed?

A: Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu has asked the Academic Planning Group to create a set of assumptions and recommendations to guide planning for the Fall 2021 semester. The full report—published in April 2021—can be read here.

The main assumptions include:

  • Final plans will always be contingent on public health conditions and informed by regulations provided by state, county, and municipal governments.
  • The University will resume in-person residential instruction in the fall semester in a manner that closely resembles our pre-pandemic mode of residential operation.
  • All faculty and staff will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.
  • All graduate students will be eligible to receive the vaccine and most will  have been vaccinated.
  • Social distancing requirements will be relaxed, permitting 100% occupancy of classroom spaces for fall.
  • Masking may continue to be required in classrooms and indoor spaces.
  • The post-pandemic “normal” may not be exactly the same as before the pandemic. Thoughtful deliberation and strategic adaptation to a new post-pandemic normal is in the best interest of the University.

Q: I'm an international student; will I be able to attend in person classes in fall 2021?

A: Despite the optimistic outlook for a successful return to a fully in-person fall residential semester, the University faces continued challenges in meeting the instructional needs of international students who have not yet secured a student visa to enter the United States. There is a possibility that some of our new and continuing international students, especially from China, may not be successful in securing a student visa in time to begin residential study this fall. Please contact the Office of International Programs with questions or concerns

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