MVCC moves toward COVID vaccine compliance

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After receiving a Non-compliance Notice from the State University of New York for not enforcing the state system’s student vaccine mandate, Mohawk Valley Community College agreed campuses would be up to compliance today.

In correspondence addressed to SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Anta Cisse-Green dated Oct. 6, MVCC President Dr. Randall J. Van Wagoner stated as a “follow-up” to his Oct. 5 response, the college was making additional efforts to comply with the state vaccine mandate.

The MVCC president included a copy of an email sent to students who do not have proof of COVID vaccination or an approved exemption on file with the college. Van Wagoner said MVCC was taking “additional” actions to include:

Arranging with the Oneida County Health Department to provide a vaccination POD on the Utica campus today.

Staffing responses to text and email into the evening to quickly respond to student questions.

Preparing Student Support Advisors (case managers) to work with students who want to explore their online options for possible transitions.

Van Wagoner’s email to students warned that “if
students taking classes on campus have not begun their COVID vaccination cycle by Friday, Oct. 8, they will be unenrolled and unable to access on campus services and facilities until they do.”

Students were further advised to register to receive their first shot at the vaccination location of their choice or in the Jorgensen Center on the Utica campus Friday. Those who are partially vaccinated must submit proof of vaccination at the MVCC Vaccination Portal.

Students who have not yet submitted proof of full vaccination were urged to do so, and those wishing to explore options to move to online class schedules, should contact their Student Support Advisor.

In her Non-Compliance Notice addressed to the college Tuesday, Cisse-Green stated MVCC was “refusing to unenroll non-compliant students for the fall 2021 semester,” and would only unenroll beginning in the spring 2022 semester, which was in “direct violation” of the mandate.

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