Coronavirus Updates

September 15, 2021 Update

Students who attend MCC in person must be vaccinated by September 27, 2021. Students who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine shot between Sept. 15-27 will be eligible for a temporary medical accommodation and will receive more time to complete a two-shot series. No refunds after deadline. 


Do not come to campus if you feel ill or test positive for COVID-19.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact MCC Health Services at (585) 292-2018 or email Health Services and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Your name and personal information will remain confidential. Positive test results are confirmed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. New York state and Monroe County manage contact tracing and case follow up.

With the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021, SUNY and MCC now require all students who plan to engage in person (e.g., in-person classes, activities and services) to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27 to protect your health and safety. Visit SUNY’s Know Your Vax site.

To verify your vaccination, upload an image/screenshot of your vaccination card to the MCC Student Health Services Portal by September 27. The image should display one of the following:

  • the first and second doses of the PfizerNBiotech or Moderna vaccine
  • the Johnson & Johnson single shot dose
  • Images of the Excelsior Pass uploaded to the portal are not acceptable.

Students who do not verify that they are vaccinated or do not receive an approved official exemption by September 27 will be administratively withdrawn from all in-person classes, will not receive a refund of tuition or fees, and will receive a “W” for each course. This may affect financial aid eligibility.

The deadline to apply for a vaccination exemption for medical or religious reasons has passed.

Students who verify they are fully vaccinated may opt out of weekly COVID-19 testing.

MCC’s fall semester plan is subject to change based on federal, state, SUNY and Monroe County guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance 

MCC requires students, faculty, staff, and visitors - regardless of vaccination status - to wear masks inside college buildings until further notice. 

Help Keep our Community Safe: Indoor Face Masking Required

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Rochester area, the Monroe County Department of Public Health’s indoor mask policy remains in place. MCC requires students, faculty, staff and visitors--regardless of vaccination status--to wear masks inside college buildings until further notice. Social distancing is welcomed but not required. These important safety measures are in place until COVID-19 transmission rates decline in Monroe County and in order to keep MCC’s on-campus positivity rate low. 

  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are alone and not in a public or shared space may unmask.
  • Any in-person meetings or group activities in conference rooms or other indoor spaces should be conducted with everyone being masked—regardless of vaccination status.
  • When outdoors, everyone who is not fully vaccinated should wear a face mask on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible.

Masks are available at various locations on campuses and at the Applied Technologies Center. Face shields will be provided to those with qualifying medical accommodations:

View our Summer/Fall Semester 2021 Return Plan (PDF)

Please note:

  • The MCC Association (i.e., MCC Bookstore, Richard M. Guon Child Care Center, Housing and Residence Life) and its partners operate under a separate plan.
  • Off-site learning locations (e.g., Rochester Arc + Flame, Eastman Business Park, clinical locations, etc.) may follow different guidelines.
  • MCC Corporate College and the Economic and Workforce Development Center learners and employer partners may follow a different set of guidelines.

Academic Calendar

  • August 26, 2021: Fall semester begins
  • November 25 - November 28, 2021: Thanksgiving recess
  • December 23, 2021: Last day of classes
  • View the Fall Semester calendar

SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker

The SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker provides you with up-to-date data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information for SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities, including MCC. You can view information on system-wide or campus-by-campus levels.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately contact MCC Health Services, at (585) 292-2018 or email Health Services. Your name and personal information will remain confidential. Positive test results are confirmed by the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should email Kristin Lowe, MCC Human Resources, or call (585) 292-2048.


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