Herkimer College Alerts

Important COVID-19 vaccination and surveillance testing information is available here.

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 weekly COVID testing provided by Herkimer College. Testing schedule and location for the fall semester will be announced at a later date. 

Students who have tested positive are exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of the positive test. You must submit any supporting documentation to rogerstd@herkimer.edu.  After the 90 days are up, you will need to participate in testing as indicated above.


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