SUNY Sanctions in Response to COVID-19 Violations

Student participation in weekly COVID-19 pooled testing is mandatory throughout the spring semester. Specific requirements are listed on the Spring 2021 Info web page under the "Pre-Arrival Testing" tab.

Chancellor Malatras and SUNY leaders have announced new SUNY-wide required student conduct sanctions associated with specific COVID-19 violations. These requirements complement MCC’s General Conduct Rules and Regulations during the pandemic.

Effective October 1, 2020, SUNY universities and colleges, including MCC, must adhere to an emergency directive calling for uniform sanctions in response to COVID-19 safety violations by students. This directive applies during our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will end on the order of Chancellor Malatras.

Students will be sanctioned if they are found to be responsible for any of the following:

  • Test positive for COVID-19 and then intentionally expose others to the virus;
  • Fail to adhere to isolation or quarantine orders;
  • Host or attend a prohibited on- or off-campus gathering;
  • Fail to follow face-mask and social-distancing requirements;
  • Fail to comply with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts; or
  • Fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without a sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing.

Student athletes found to have violated the SUNY policy also may lose the ability to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Student organizations that are found to be in violation of any of the above may be deregistered or derecognized, and possibly face organizational suspension for at least one year, permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration, and individual or group loss of membership and/or officer status.

Students are required to follow all MCC, Monroe County and New York state health directives, including:

  • wear face coverings
  • socially distance
  • participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing (pooled and individual PCR tests)
  • complete daily self-assessments
  • report positive test results to MCC Health Services

This is a partial summary of violations; please refer to the directive for comprehensive information.

SUNY-Mandated Sanction Options

Sanction options range from restriction from all on-campus activities and classes, to permanent dismissal from MCC and the inability to apply/transfer to any other SUNY institution. Many of the sanctions include a suspension with a time-period of a year or more. Sanctions of suspension or dismissal also come with no refund of tuition, room, board, or fees, and students would be fully responsible for all amounts owed.

All student conduct reports are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All students maintain the due process rights guaranteed to them by the federal and New York state constitutions, state law, SUNY regulations, and campus policies.

SUNY Directives

Violation Summarized Description SUNY Mandated Sanction Options
COVID-Positive Intentional Violations Covid-19 positive students who knowingly or intentionally expose other students Permanent dismissal or conduct suspension (including distance learning) and removal from on-campus housing for no less than one calendar year.
Failure to Self-Isolate Violation of isolation orders

Permanent dismissal or conduct suspension (including distance learning) and removal from on-campus housing for no less than one calendar year.

Ineligibility to be admitted to any other SUNY institution during the sanction time frame.

Possible fines or criminal prosecution.

Failure to Quarantine Violation of quarantine orders

Removal from on-campus housing (remote learning only), restriction from campus, conduct suspension or permanent dismissal.

For non-residential students, failure to quarantine shall include conduct suspension, or restriction from campus for no less than one calendar year.

Possible fines or criminal prosecution.

Prohibited On Campus Gathering (hosts) Hosting a gathering that exceeds campus housing policy or campus policies/limits Removal from on-campus housing for at least one year (remote learning only), conduct suspension or permanent dismissal.
Prohibited On Campus Gathering (attendee) Attendance at a gathering that exceeds campus housing policy or campus policies/limits

Removal from on-campus housing (remote learning only), conduct suspension, modified suspension to permit remote learning only, or permanent dismissal.

For non-residential students, sanctions include conduct suspension, or restriction from campus for at least one year (remote learning only).

Prohibited Off Campus Gathering (hosts) Acts that occur off campus that violate social distancing requirements; hosting a gathering that exceeds local, state or campus limitations. Conduct suspension for at least one year, modified suspension to permit remote learning only, or permanent dismissal.
Prohibited Off Campus Gathering (attendee) Acts that occur off campus that violate social distancing requirements; attending a gathering that exceeds local, state or campus limitations. Removal from on-campus housing (remote learning only), conduct suspension, modified suspension to permit remote learning only, or permanent dismissal.
Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements Repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing policies. Removal from on-campus housing (remote learning only), modified suspension to permit remote learning only, conduct suspension or permanent dismissal.
Contact Tracing Failure to comply with contact tracing efforts Removal from on-campus housing (remote learning only), modified suspension to permit remote learning only, conduct suspension or permanent dismissal.
Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols Failure to participate in mandatory testing, repeated failure to complete daily symptom checking, etc. Interim suspension or administrative, non-disciplinary actions will be taken: Restricted or reduced access to campus facilities and buildings, inability to attend in-person classes, parking restrictions, etc.
Student Athletes Violation of any of the above sections Loss of the privilege of competing in the current academic year or longer, temporary or permanent removal from student leadership roles, etc.
Student Organizations Violations of the above sections De-registration or de-recognition, report to national organizing body (if applicable), organizational suspension for at least one year, or permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration. Individual or group loss of membership and/or officer status.

Health Protocols & Mandatory Testing: Compliance is Important

According to "Section VI-Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols" of SUNY’s COVID-19 sanctioning policy:

“For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the institution’s published protocol, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy. For students whose access has been restricted, they shall be ineligible to attend live classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are administrative actions that are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by obtaining a diagnostic or surveillance test or by submitting negative results of a diagnostic or surveillance test, as applicable. The institution shall notify the student of their reduction of access. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline.

"For students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the institution’s supplied portal for at least three consecutive days, without sufficient excuse, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include interim suspension, or take administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings. For students whose access has been restricted, they shall be ineligible to attend live classes (though they may continue in remote coursework only, if available and as subject to campus policy and process), and their parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by submitting their daily health screening. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline."

Questions? Contact covid19response@monroecc.edu.