Vaccinations

To ensure the safest experience for all on campus, the University is requiring all new and returning students, faculty, administrators, and staff to complete their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of the Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J vaccine.  In addition,  Dominican University expects students, faculty, and staff to receive their COVID vaccination booster within two weeks of eligibility (5 months after completing the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer or 2 months after the J&J vaccine.)

**  According to updated CDC and Rockland County COVID guidelines, you must quarantine for 5 days if you are exposed to someone with COVID if you are eligible for and have not received a booster.  This is a significant change in the quarantining guidelines.

  • Click here to find vaccine locations in New York State including Pfizer clinics at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY
  • Click here to find vaccine locations in New York City
  • Click here for Moderna booster clinics at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY

Verifying Your Status

To verify your status, proof of  primary vaccinations and boosters should be submitted via Dominican University’s Medicat Portal at https://dc.medicatconnect.com

Here is how to do this after logging in to the Medicat Portal using the same user name and password you use to access my.dc.edu.

STEP 1: Click on the Immunizations tab and select Enter Dates from the drop-down menu. Click on the date box for the specific vaccine you received and enter the date of the vaccines you received.

STEP 2: Click on the Upload tab. From the Document  drop-down menu select “Proof of COVID Vaccine” for students or “Proof of COVID Vaccine for employees.” Select and upload the documentation file.

If you are unable to upload your proof of vaccination, contact the Health Center for assistance.

Getting Tested

Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY, is a SUNY COVID-19 Testing Site.  For more information, and to make an appointment, click here.

For testing sites in Westchester County, NY, click here.

Testing is also available at many walk-in clinics and pharmacies throughout Rockland County.

Masks

Masks are now optional throughout the Dominican University campus, including classrooms.

The decision to remove the masking requirement comes after the CDC changed its guidance to no longer recommend masks in areas with low and medium levels of COVID-19.   In addition, New York Governor Hochul has lifted the mask mandate for students in K-12 schools.

People have different comfort levels when it comes to removing their masks, and everyone is encouraged  to respect others’ decisions regarding mask wearing.

Masks will continue to be required in the Dominican University Health Center.  Rockland County Health Department guidelines also require people who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 to wear masks as outlined below under FAQ’s  Health Questions.

FAQS

Health Questions

Q: What do I do if I test positive?

  • Complete the form in Medicat and isolate.
  • Remain off campus for at least 5 days. Do not return to campus until you have no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever- reducing medications) and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  •  See an off-campus health care provider, if needed.
  • Complete the daily monitoring questionnaire on Medicat if you develop new or worsening symptoms.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the Building. You will be instructed on the next steps after speaking with a contact tracer.

Q: What do I do if I have symptoms?

  • See an off-campus health care provider for an evaluation and possible COVID testing.
  • Complete the form in Medicat and isolate until you receive further instructions from the Health Center.
  • Complete the daily monitoring questionnaire on Medicat if you develop new or worsening symptoms.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the building. You will be instructed on the next steps.

Q: How will I know if I was exposed to someone with COVID?

According to NYS Department of Health guidelines, exposure is when you are within six feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID, for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.

You will be notified of exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID by one of the following:

  • An individual who tested positive
  • A contact tracer from the College
  • A local business or venue you recently visited
  • The Rockland County Department of Health or the New York State Department of Health

A positive person is considered contagious 48 hours before symptoms begin or 48 hours before a positive COVID test without any symptoms.

Q: What do I do if I was exposed to a positive COVID case?

If you are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or are eligible for a booster, but have not yet received one

  • Complete the form in Medicat.
  • Quarantine for a full 5 days after exposure if you are asymptomatic with day 0 being the last day of your exposure. Test on day 5 if possible.
  • At the end of the 5-day quarantine, you must wear a well-fitting mask indoors for 5 more days.
  • Complete the daily monitoring questionnaire on Medicat  for new or worsening symptoms.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the Building. You will be instructed on next steps

If you are fully vaccinated, have received the booster (if you are eligible), and have no symptoms

  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days following exposure.
  • Complete the daily monitoring questionnaire on Medicat  for new or worsening symptoms.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the Building. You will be instructed on the next steps

Vaccine Policy

Q: How do I upload my vaccination information?
A: Go to the Dominican University’s Medicat Portal at https://dc.medicatconnect.com to upload your vaccination status.

After logging in to the Medicat Portal using the same user name and password you use to access my.dc.edu follow these two steps

STEP 1: Click on the Immunizations tab and select Enter Dates from the drop-down menu.  Click on the date box for the specific vaccine you received and enter the date of the vaccines you received. 

STEP 2:  Click on the Upload tab. From the Document  drop-down menu select “Proof of COVID Vaccine” for students or “Proof of COVID Vaccine for employees.” Select and upload the documentation file.

If you are unable to upload your proof of vaccination, contact the Health Center for assistance.

Q: I am a commuter or a  graduate student. Do I need to submit a COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes. Vaccinations are required of all students (except those who received an exemption) who have classes or meetings on campus.

Exemptions

New employees and students may request an exemption from the College’s vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons.  Use the forms below to apply for an exemption. Completed forms must be submitted by email to Covid-19.Exemption@dc.edu.

Each request will be carefully reviewed according to the established guidelines and contraindications for approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

If you receive an exemption, you will still be expected to adhere to the following requirements:

  • Weekly COVID-19 testing will be required and will be your responsibility.
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing results must be uploaded to the Medicat no later than 8 am each Tuesday,
  • Your ability to freely navigate the College campus and participate in some activities may be limited.
  • In the event of an outbreak, unvaccinated persons should have a personal plan in case they are directed to leave campus for their safety.

CARES Act Reporting

Dominican University has received funds through the CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Read important disclosure information about the CARES act here.

Below are links to the quarterly reports.

April 2022


December 2021


October 2021


July 2021


April 2021


January 2021


October 2020