We are... HERK Safe

The following policies related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have been implemented at Herkimer County Community College, developed in accordance with the latest guidance from the Herkimer County Health Department and the State University of New York. Please note they are subject to change per Federal, State, SUNY, local, or College guidance. Questions regarding Herkimer College's policies and protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be sent to coronavirusresponse@herkimer.edu.

Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2022

Per State University of New York policy, all students accessing campus facilities are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, the following COVID-19 infection prevention protocols are required of students accessing campus facilities:

Students who are vaccinated are required to submit proof of vaccination as soon as they are fully vaccinated. A photo or scanned copy of the vaccination card can be uploaded here: herkimer.edu/herksafe or submitted via email to deanofstudents@herkimer.edu or by mail to Dean of Students, Herkimer College, 100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY 13350.

Students not yet fully vaccinated can get a vaccine at most pharmacies, making it easy and convenient to get vaccinated. For locations, visit: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

Vaccine Exemptions:

Medical and Religious Exemptions:  Students may be exempt from the vaccine requirement if a duly licensed health care provider certifies in writing that the COVID-19 vaccination may be detrimental to the student’s health.  Students who hold genuine religious beliefs which are contrary to COVID-19 vaccination may also be exempt. 

Medical Exemption Request Form

Religious Medical Exemption Request Form

Completed exemption requests (along with any required documentation) should be submitted to the Dean of Students Office via email to deanofstudents@herkimer.edu or fax to 315-866-1808. 

Internet Academy:  Internet Academy students (students enrolled 100% online) who are not planning to be on-campus for any reason are exempt from the vaccination requirement.  Students in this category must submit an attestation confirming they will not be using any campus facilities.  The Student Exemption Attestation can be completed online here: www.herkimer.edu/online-exemption.

COVID Testing Requirements

Unvaccinated students (students with approved waivers) will be required to participate in bi-weekly COVID testing provided by Herkimer College the first and third weeks of each month, effective Monday, September 5, 2022. 

Unvaccinated students will test with home testing kits*, provided by Herkimer College, which will be available at the Dean of Students/Director of Athletics Office, CA 264, during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, and after hours at the Campus Safety Office in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, RMCC 254.

Unvaccinated students are responsible for testing at their home location during the designated test week. Students must send a picture of the test results (either time-stamped or with an accompanying note of the date) to the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@herkimer.edu.

*Note: The home testing kits provided to the College from iHealth have an extended shelf life and expire on January 24, 2023.

All Students

If you are feeling ill or experience any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home, notify your faculty member(s) and get tested. If you need a test, email deanofstudents@herkimer.edu or contact your health provider. If you test positive, contact Director of Campus Safety Tim Rogers at rogerstd@herkimer.edu or deanofstudents@herkimer.edu and follow the CDC Guidelines for Isolation. The College will notify your instructors.

The above policies and procedures are subject to change as COVID-related conditions evolve.