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Current Masking Level: BLUE

(warning) Important Public Health Information

To be FULLY COMPLIANT with the University's spring 2022 public health requirements and to be in GOOD STANDING with the College of Law you must comply with the Booster Requirement:

All students, faculty and staff who plan to routinely access any Syracuse University campus location or facility are required to be fully vaccinated, including a COVID-19 booster shot, or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file, prior to the start of the spring semester. 

Given the announcement regarding the revised start of the spring semester in-person classes to Jan. 24, 2022, students, faculty and staff must be compliant with the booster shot requirement on and as of Jan. 24.  By then, you must submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to the Patient Portal demonstrating you have received a booster at least 14 days prior to your arrival on campus, or file and receive a medical or religious exemption with the University. If you have received an exemption, you must wear a mask at all times on campus and take a weekly COVID-19 test.

If you have questions about your vaccination record, please contact the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000.


Q: Has the university changed its current masking alert? (Apr. 19 2022)

A: Yes. The current masking level is "Blue" as noted in this message from Vice Chancellor Haynie. Please continue to monitor your messages and these pages for updates. 

Q: What does this action mean for you? (Apr 19., 2022)

A: Masking level Blue indicates an elevated level of transmission risk on campus and stipulates the following guidelines on campus:

  • For all students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated and boosted:
    • Masks Required at all times:
    • During academic instruction (inclusive of classrooms, laboratories, libraries and lecture venues); and
    • During non-academic events and in certain facilities, as determined by a public health risk assessment. These exceptions will be communicated directly as appropriate, to include the installation of signage as required.
    • Masks Strongly Recommended:
      • When indoors on campus, and outdoors in the presence of others.
  • For vaccine-exempt individuals (approved religious or medical exemption), or if you have not yet received a booster dose of the COVID vaccine:
    • Masks are required at all times and in all facilities while on campus, and while outdoors when in the presence of others.

Q: What does the "Blue" level mean for activities within Dineen Hall? (Apr.19, 2022)

  1. Masks Required: At all times if you are vaccine-exempt. For vaccinated and boosted, during academic instruction (classrooms, the library, offices).
  2. Masks Strongly Recommended:  Essentially, it is recommended that we wear our masks at all times, indoors and outdoors in the presence of others.

Q: Are classes being recorded this spring?

A: Yes.  Your professors are required to record class sessions on Zoom and to make the recordings available to students who miss class due to illness or isolation. 

If you are not presently compliant with the University’s return to campus vaccination, check-in, and arrival requirements, you will lose your campus IT privileges, including IT support, Wi-Fi, and access to Blackboard. Please pursue full compliance.

Q: Can I attend my classes remotely this spring?

A: No.  As of Jan. 24, all JD residential and LL.M. classes will be in-person.  If you cannot attend class in person due to illness or isolation, be in touch with your professor to gain access to class recordings.

If you are not compliant with the University’s return to campus vaccination, check-in, and arrival requirements, you will lose your campus IT privileges, including IT support, Wi-Fi, and access to Blackboard. Please pursue full compliance.

Q: Are student events allowed in Dineen Hall? 

A: As of Feb. 1, 2022, student events may be held in Dineen Hall, subject to compliance with University guidelines, which are available here.

Q: Is the Neporent Café open this Spring?

A: Yes. As was the case last fall, during the spring semester, the café will be open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Q: Will I need to continue to test throughout the semester?

A: Yes. Given the current surge of new COVID cases locally and across the U.S., Syracuse University will continue and expand its on-campus COVID surveillance testing program for fully vaccinated individuals beginning Jan. 24. Like the fall semester, each week a group of students, faculty and staff will be selected for testing and directed to visit the Stadium Testing Center. However, given the current surge of new COVID cases stemming from the omicron variant, the number of vaccinated individuals required to test each week will be expanded to start the spring semester.  Community compliance with the requirements of the surveillance testing program will be closely monitored.

Q: I have a medical or religious vaccine exemption, must I continue to test after arrival?

A: Yes. Post arrival and on-going testing will be mandatory. You are required to participate in routine COVID surveillance testing once per week. Community compliance with the requirements of the surveillance testing program will be closely monitored.

Q:  Where and when can I be tested? 

A: Visit the University’s Testing Center webpage for the latest information.

No appointments are required. Please bring your Syracuse University I.D. and refrain from eating, drinking anything (including water), brushing your teeth or using mouthwash, chewing gum or using any tobacco products in the 30 minutes prior to testing.

Q: Do I have to pay for my COVID tests?

A: All of your tests on campus (Kimmel, Stadium) are free of charge. 

Q: Will our spring break be impacted by the revised University schedule?

A: Not at this time. Spring break is as scheduled, March 13-20.

Q: The Vice Chancellor’s message stated that Convocations, Commencement, and graduation ceremonies will be pushed back a week due to the late start for the main campus. How will this affect the College of Law?

A: NEW INFORMATION: Our Commencement will take place on Friday, May 6 at 11 AM at the Stadium. Check our Commencement webpage for updates.

Q: What should I do if I receive a positive COVID test?  Am I required to quarantine?

A: Please contact Director of Student Affairs Sarah Collins as soon as possible. Please also refer to the next two questions and answers.

Q: What should I do if I experience COVID-19-like symptoms?

A: Please do not come to Dineen Hall. Proceed to a COVID-19 testing site, such as SU's on-campus services in Kimmel Dining Hall or at the Stadium. 

Q: What are the isolation and quarantine requirements if I become COVID-19 positive?

A:  In alignment with the Stay Safe Pledge and Code of Student Conduct, students must adhere to all quarantine and isolation protocols. Students who fail to comply may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Protocols include:

  • Stay in the designated quarantine or isolation location as directed by the Barnes Center and/or COVID Project Management Office (PMO). Those who need to see a healthcare provider can call the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000 to make an appointment and ask for medical transportation.
  • Wear a face mask if leaving their room or picking up contactless deliveries.
  • No outside visitors are allowed during the quarantine or isolation
  • Stay at least six feet away from others at all times.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds each time, with soap and water. If unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing 60-95% alcohol on all surfaces of your hands.

All students in quarantine will need to get a saliva surveillance test on approximately day 6 or 7 of the quarantine period. Instructions are provided by the Syracuse University COVID PMO prior to this date on how and where to obtain this test. Negative results are provided via email. If a positive test result is received, a Barnes Center staff member will contact the student.This test is for monitoring purposes only and will not end the quarantine period if it comes back negative.

Quarantine or isolation orders are sent to email accounts, which will include an anticipated release date. The day prior to the release date, a Syracuse University contact tracer will contact the student to provide instructions on ending quarantine or isolation.

Additional information regarding laundry services, garbage, facilities, food services, activities or package drop-off and delivery services are provided in the location-specific guidance or through the pod leader.

Q: How does COVID-19 affect the College of Law’s attendance policy?

A: Please review the College’s attendance policy, located Rules 9.1 and 9.2.3 of our Academic Handbook. It is important that you consult the syllabus for each of your classes to understand the attendance policies that apply to you. These policies are in full force and effect.  If you are experiencing a COVID-19-related absence, please contact Director of Student Affairs Sarah Collins as soon as possible and be in touch with your professors.  All classes are being recorded; recordings will be available to you for any classes you’ve had to miss due to illness. 

Q: Can I attend class if I am not fully vaccinated?

A:  Not unless you’ve received an approved exemption. Please refer to the above answer.

Q: I would like to claim a medical or religious exemption for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, 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.

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