What Students Should Know: COVID-19

Updated April 26, 2023

Here’s what students need to know and do related to COVID-19 safety measures.

Important Information for Students
SUNY Vaccine Mandate

On April 11, 2023, SUNY revised its guidance related to COVID-19 vaccinations. All students are strongly encouraged to stay up to date on their initial course of vaccinations and boosters consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required as a condition to enroll in in-person courses. All courses are open regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status.

SUNY and RCC continue to monitor state and local conditions. If deemed appropriate and/or requirements are imposed, RCC will adjust and communicate COVID-19 vaccination requirements accordingly. Masking remains optional on all RCC campuses. Students participating in offsite nursing clinicals, occupational therapy assistant fieldwork, housing, or any other offsite class or event are subject to the COVID-19 vaccination requirements and masking mandates of the offsite facility. Contact [email protected] for any questions.

Nursing Student Vaccine Requirements
All Nursing students must follow the COVID vaccine requirement as outlined by the Nursing Department. Please contact [email protected] for more information and with any questions.

Masking Expectations

The wearing of a mask or face covering on SUNY Rockland Community College property is optional.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to our Public Safety office at 845-574-4217.

Testing Positive for COVID-19, Quarantine and Returning to Campus

Rockland Community College adheres to CDC, NYSDOH, and Rockland County Health Department COVID 19 quarantine and isolation guidance.

CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

At the onset of the pandemic, the campus-wide HVAC system was updated with MERV-13 air filters.

Plant Facilities personnel have continually been flushing and running water in low traffic areas to prevent stagnation. The New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect. However, Plant Facilities personnel will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as common areas, restrooms, and shared workstations, and regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary.

Plant Facilities will continue to provide hand hygiene stations at building entrances and restrooms.


Please reach out to [email protected]  with any questions or concerns.

Read SUNY COVID-19 Guidance for Summer and Fall 2023