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 any World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID vaccines.  In addition,  Dominican University expects students, faculty, and staff to receive their COVID vaccination booster within two weeks of eligibility.

To find where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) COVID-19 webpage or the CDC website.  

Verifying Your Status

To verify your status, proof of  primary vaccinations and boosters should be submitted via Dominican University’s Medicat Portal

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

Testing is available at many walk-in clinics and pharmacies throughout Rockland County.  You can also test  yourself with at home COVID tests available at pharmacies.

 

Masks

Masks are now optional throughout the Dominican University campus, including classrooms. Everyone is encouraged  to respect others’ decisions regarding mask wearing. Masks will continue to be required in the Dominican University Health Center.

The  Rockland County Health Department is following current CDC COVID guidelines which  require people who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 to wear masks.  Further information on what to do if you test positive or are exposed to someone who tested positive is outlined below under FAQ’s  Health Questions.

FAQS

Health Questions

Q: What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Employees: Notify your direct supervisor and/or Human Resources. If an employee who reports to you notifies you of their testing positive, you will then notify HR.
  • Students: Notify your instructor or academic division.
  • Inform close contacts, on and off campus, that you have tested positive.*+
  • Complete the Positive COVID Results form in Medicat.
  • Upload positive test results to Medicat Patient Portal.
  • Isolate for at least 5 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test, if asymptomatic. The day of your onset of symptoms or positive test, if asymptomatic, is Day 0. 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.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the Building. You will be instructed on the next steps.

Q: What do I do if I have symptoms?

  • Employees: Notify your direct supervisor and/or Human Resources. If an employee who reports to you reports having symptoms, you will then notify HR.
  • Students: Notify your instructor or academic division.
  • See an off-campus health care provider for an evaluation and COVID-19 testing or test at home.
  • Isolate off campus until you receive your PCR test results back or until you have 2 negative rapid antigen tests at least 24 hours apart. If negative, you may return to campus when you are feeling well and are without a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever- reducing medications). If positive, refer to Q1 above.
  • If you live in a residence hall, alert the Assistant Director of the building. You will be instructed on the next steps.

Q: What do I do if I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Because of high levels of immunity and availability of effective COVID-19 prevention and management tools, QUARANTINE of exposed persons is no longer recommended, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. Persons who have had recent confirmed or suspected exposure to an infected person should wear a mask for 10 days around others when indoors in public and should receive testing ≥5 days after exposure (or sooner, if they are symptomatic), irrespective of their vaccination status.

Q: How do I upload my vaccination information?

  • Go to the Dominican University’s Medicat Portal 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@duny.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 be required to comply with the terms set forth in the exemption agreement.

 

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.

September 2022


May 2022


April 2022


December 2021


October 2021


July 2021


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January 2021


October 2020