Student Resources & FAQs
Thank You for Staying Safe, Tribunes!
Face coverings are required when inside MCC buildings.
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 properly wear masks (nose and mouth covered) 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.
What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Do not come to campus if you test positive and/or feel ill. You should immediately contact MCC Health Services at (585) 292-2018 or email Health Services and email 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.
Am I required to get a COVID-19 vaccination plus a booster?
If you take courses in person or plan to come to campus for any reason, you must be vaccinated. Use the MCC Student Health Services Portal or contact Health Services Office (call 585-292-2018 or email MCC's Health Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)) to verify vaccination.* You are compliant with the SUNY vaccine policy if you have either:
- been fully vaccinated (i.e., completed a one- or two-shot series depending on the vaccine);
- had at least one vaccine dose and been granted a temporary accommodation to complete any vaccine series; or
- been granted a medical or religious exemption.
- Plus, get a COVID-19 booster shot once you are eligible (recent Student Tribune article).
If you are enrolling for the spring semester*, you must verify your vaccination** or obtain an exemption** by 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2022. There is no grace period. (Because the timeline for booster eligibility varies, boosters are not required by the Jan. 14 deadline.) Students who do not meet the deadline for completing the COVID-19 requirement will be removed from in-person courses. This may affect financial aid eligibility.
- Did you miss the vaccination deadline & were dropped from an in-person course? Re-register now for an online or remote course, or verify your vaccination (1 or 2 shots) & re-register for an in-person course. (Course availability not guaranteed.) The spring semester begins on Mon., Jan. 24.
- Eligible students are also required to get a COVID-19 booster. If you are not yet eligible for a booster, we will remind you when it's time. (recent Student Tribune article).
- A vaccination/booster clinic will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 on the Brighton Campus. Vaccinations available daily (M-F) starting at 11:00 a.m. on the Downtown Campus. Make an appointment online; walk-ins welcomed.
If you already received or are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster you must verify receipt of a booster as soon as possible using the Student Health Services Portal. Eligibility is determined based on CDC guidelines (typically five or six months after completing a primary COVID-19 vaccine series). Booster verification is not required by Jan. 14 to attend spring semester classes.
** If you verified your vaccination or received a medical or religious exemption during the fall 2021 semester, you will not have to re-verify your status prior to intersession or the spring 2022 semester. Weekly testing will continue to be required if you received an exemption.
What are MCC’s plans for the spring semester?
At MCC, we are confident about our ability to safely provide in-person learning and activities because our students, faculty and staff have proven they know how to protect themselves from and stop the spread of COVID-19. MCC adheres to local, state and federal guidance and will remain flexible as the pandemic continues to evolve.
What factors were considered in developing the Intersession/Spring 2022 Semester plan?
Protecting your health and safety is our top priority. Our General Intersession/Spring Semester 2022 Response Guidelines are informed by the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health, SUNY, and the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Work groups and administrators from across the college developed a plan that provides the safest environment possible for all members of the college community. That plan is subject to change based on the latest guidance and will continue to evolve as conditions change.
What is the schedule for intersession and the spring semester?
- Monday, Jan. 3: Intersession 2022 begins
- Friday, Jan. 14: Vaccination verification deadline for Spring Semester 2022
- Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - MCC Closed
- Wednesday, Jan. 19: Last Day of Intersession Classes
- Monday, Jan. 24: Spring Semester 2022 Classes Begin
- Sunday-Friday, Feb. 20-25: Winter Recesses - MCC Open; No Classes
- Sunday-Sunday, April 17-24: Spring Recess - MCC Open; No Classes
- Friday, May 20: Last Day of Classes
- Saturday-Thursday, May 21-16 Final Examination Period
- Monday, May 30: Memorial Day - MCC Closed
- Thursday evening, June 2: Commencement
- View the Spring Semester 2022 Calendar
Can I come to campus to meet with an Admissions or Financial Aid counselor or an advisor?
Yes! On the Brighton Campus, the following MCC offices are open for both virtual and in-person services. Please check the department’s web page for office hours and to schedule your appointment. Appointments are encouraged to maximize your time.
Can I eat and drink in class?
Eating in class is not allowed. You may drink water if it is in a closeable bottle and only if your instructor allows it.
COVID-19 pooled testing
If you take courses in person and you have verified that you are vaccinated with MCC Health Services, participation in MCC COVID-19 pooled (saliva) testing is optional.
If you received a COVID-19 vaccination exemption from MCC Health Services, you will be required to participate in MCC pooled (saliva) testing or submit testing results from another provider each week of the semester. Please visit our pooled COVID-19 testing page for more information. No appointment is necessary. Free testing sessions are held in the Flynn Campus Center (start in the Forum, 3-130) on the Brighton Campus on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Other acceptable options to satisfy the testing requirement include:
- Submit testing results from another provider to MCC Health Services.
- Present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior 3-month period to MCC Health Services and MCC Student Rights.
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.
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.
In-person & Online Learning
MCC courses are delivered in person and online. Learn more about course formats in our online catalog. We are here to help you in any way we can.
If you do not have access to a computer: 1) notify your professor; 2) apply for an MCC Dreamkeepers emergency grant, stating that you need a laptop to complete your studies this fall, and/or 3) contact the Student Technology HelpDesk. Limited on-campus access to technology in MCC libraries/learning commons will be offered this fall by appointment. Please check back for updates.
CircleIn Study App
CircleIn is an easy to use study app and website where students study online together. Students who are active in the app earn points, gifts, and scholarships! MCC is excited to offer this service to our students at no cost. Refer to CircleIn's Student Welcome Guide for information on how to use the many different features both online and in the mobile app.
Additional Academic Resources
Emergency Financial Support
If you are facing a financial emergency (for example, needing a laptop and/or WiFi access, paying rent, food insecurity, transportation issues, etc.), you can apply online for assistance through MCC's Dreamkeepers programs and stay on track. Dreamkeepers at MCC are made possible by generous supporters of the MCC Foundation.
MCC Financial Aid representatives are also available to help you. Contact Financial Aid via email.
Mental Health Support
If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911 or Lifeline (585) 275-5151.
MCC Counselors are available to help you online and/or over the phone, and are safely serving students in person if needed. Contact MCC's Counseling Center for assistance at (585) 292-2140 or email MCC's Counseling Center.
Additional information can be found on the SUNY website, including