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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

New York Tech has mandated that all faculty, staff, and students at our New York campuses be fully vaccinated by October 22, 2021.

Upload Proof of Vaccination

STUDENTS: If you do not upload your proof of vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exemption, you are in jeopardy of having your registration cancelled for the spring 2022 term.

FACULTY AND STAFF: Those not in compliance with the vaccination policy will be faced with disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

New York Tech requires all students, faculty, and staff at our New York campuses to be fully vaccinated by October 22, 2021, regardless if they are planning to access campus or not./p>

Individual exemptions due to medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

You can upload your proof of vaccination here.



Do I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19, even if I don't plan to access campus?

Yes. New York Tech is requiring all faculty, staff, and students enrolled in our New York campuses to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by October 22, 2021.



What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the vaccine. For example, the CDC considers people fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.



Are masks required on campus if I am vaccinated?

Yes, masks are required indoors on campus, whether you are vaccinated or not.



Where can I get vaccinated?

Free vaccinations and COVID-19 tests are available at the Academic Health Care Center (516.686.1300) on our Long Island campus. All New York Tech community members are welcome. Community members in New York City can also get vaccinated at one of New York City's vaccination sites.



How can I provide my proof of vaccination to New York Tech?

In addition to the CDC Vaccine Card, alternate forms of proof are acceptable. Proof of vaccination must include name, date of birth, and date of last vaccination. Note: While the New York State Excelsior Pass generally does not include type of vaccine and date of last vaccination, the Excelsior Pass Plus does include the correct information. So, acceptable forms of proof include:

  • CDC Vaccine Card
  • Health Insurance Vaccine Confirmation Letter
  • International Vaccine Record/Card
  • Excelsior Pass Plus


What vaccines will New York Tech accept?

New York Tech will accept all vaccines that have received final or Emergency Use Authorization approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as vaccines with an emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization.



Are there alternatives to getting vaccinated? Can I get regular COVID-19 tests instead?

No. As of October 22, there are no testing options.



Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?

Limited medical or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Members of the New York Tech community may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons by submitting the appropriate exemption forms and supporting documentation and uploading them here. Anyone granted an exemption may need to meet testing and other public health requirements that vaccinated community members do not.



Where can I find the student COVID-19 exemption forms?

Students can use the following exemption forms:

Completed forms must be uploaded here, using the secured portal. Please do NOT email completed forms and/or supporting documentation.



Where can I find the faculty and staff COVID-19 exemption forms?

Faculty and staff can use the following exemption forms:

Completed forms must be uploaded here, using the secured portal. Please do NOT email completed forms and/or supporting documentation.



How long will it take to process my exemption request?

Exemption requests will be processed as quickly as practicable but it may take up to 10 business days (or longer) following submission of all required documentation, depending on the specific circumstances of the request. All exemption requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



Will my vaccination status be kept private?

New York Tech will follow best practices and comply with applicable laws in maintaining privacy and security with respect to employee vaccination status.



What if I don't want to be vaccinated?

Everyone must be vaccinated or have an approved exemption by October 22, 2021. Employees who don’t comply with the vaccination, testing, and mask policies will be faced with disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Students who do not upload their proof of vaccination, or do not have an approved medical or religious exemption, are in jeopardy of having their registration cancelled for the spring 2022 term.



Can a manager ask if an employee is vaccinated?

New York Tech will follow best practices relating to questions about vaccination status. While it is not illegal for a manager to ask employees if they are vaccinated, discussions about vaccination status should only be done with an appropriately trained Human Resources professional.



Can a professor or faculty member ask a student if they are vaccinated?

New York Tech will follow best practices relating to questions about vaccination status, and professor/faculty members should not engage students regarding vaccination status. Faculty members with questions regarding compliance with this aspect of the vaccination policy should address deanofstudents@nyit.edu.



Who do I contact if I have questions about the COVID-19 policy or vaccination status requirements?

Students with questions about COVID-19 policies and vaccine requirements should contact the Counseling and Wellness Center at ows@nyit.edu.

Faculty and staff members with questions about COVID-19 policies and vaccine requirements should contact the Office of Human Resources at HRBenefits@nyit.edu.

Please do not send any personal medical information in any emails you send to New York Tech. If you have questions that cannot be addressed in an email, and you would like for someone to get back to you, please email the appropriate office with your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and a convenient time to call you back.



What are the protocols for accessing campus?

All New York Tech community members must complete the online COVID-19 Health Screen questionnaire to access campus. If you experience any issues with the Health Screen, please alert the Office of Security on your campus:

  • Long Island: 516.686.7789
  • New York City: 646.273.7789

As of October 22, all students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. In addition, all students, faculty, and staff will continue to be required to wear masks indoors in public areas and classrooms, regardless of their vaccination status.

See comprehensive campus access policies for the New York campuses.



What are the other ways in which the university is increasing safety for community members on campus?

Our overall strategy to reduce the chances of anyone coming into contact with the COVID-19 virus while on campus is described in our campus reopening plan. We ask that everyone cooperate and do their part to maintain a healthy campus environment and to be aware of student compliance policies.



What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 or have direct contact with someone who is positive?

Testing will help diagnose individuals who may be infected but are asymptomatic. If a positive test is discovered, you will be asked to remain in isolation and follow guidance from the local health department and your healthcare provider before returning to campus.

  • Faculty and staff members with positive COVID-19 test results or who have been in direct contact with someone who is positive must contact the Office of Human Resources at hrbenefits@nyit.edu.
  • Students with positive COVID-19 test results or who have had direct contact with someone who is positive, should notify the university at contacttracing@nyit.edu.

If an individual is tested and shows a positive result for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, the individual may only return to work or class based on the following:

  1. Symptomatic cases:
    • At least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms
  2. Asymptomatic cases:
    • 10 days of isolation after the first positive test if they remain asymptomatic, OR
    • With a doctor’s note giving permission to return to work or class.


Will international travelers be required to quarantine upon their arrival in the U.S., preventing them from accessing campus?

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health regulations, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines. Currently, this requires international travelers to obtain a test three-to-five days after arrival. The traveler should remain quarantined and self-monitor for symptoms for seven days if the test is negative, and ten days if no test is taken. Faculty, staff, and students should follow the required vaccine mandate to gain access to campus.

For student-specific information about COVID-19 testing and questions about other COVID-related policies, resources, and support services, please see our Student FAQs.

For faculty-specific information about COVID-19 testing and questions about other COVID-related policies, resources, and support services, please see our Faculty FAQs.