Key things to know for spring semester: 

  • January 13, 2022 Forward Flyer announcements: student pre-arrival testing recommended, boosters required, mask required indoors, and visitor COVID-19 documentation required for certain public group events — all explained below. Isolation period has changed.
  • Students, faculty, and staff: Be prepared to show your NazCard ID when arriving for campus events. If you need a replacement, contact Campus Safety.
  • The College is proceeding with all course instruction and on-campus housing plans in the spring 2022 semester. 

Nazareth continues to re-evaluate protocols as appropriate.

Mask up

Masks are currently required indoors on campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Research finds that wearing a snug fitting N95 respirator or KN95 mask offers more protection, so that type of mask is recommended by New York state. Nazareth is ordering some KN95 masks for students, faculty, and staff. The nonprofit Project N95 lists vetted products that meet high standards. Learn about proper fit. Recent research also finds that double masking — a disposable surgical mask covered by a cloth mask — offers more protection than either one alone.


  • Private spaces — You remove your mask when alone in a private room/office.
  • Housing — In a residence hall room or apartment with your own roommates, you may remove your mask.
  • Eating and drinking – You may remove your mask to eat or drink. An unvaccinated individual (who needs a documented exemption from the vaccine requirement, per Nazareth policy) should maintain six feet of social distance from others. Face coverings should be replaced immediately when finished.
  • Athletes are following specific protocols defined by Empire 8 and NCAA. Performing arts students and students doing clinicals also are following specific strict guidelines defined by the nature of their work indoors and in group settings.

Screen before work

All employees, including student workers: Complete the brief online screening each day before starting work on campus, and follow any onscreen instructions.


Effective January 15, 2022, visitors ages 5 and older are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (paper or digital), or proof of a negative test within the previous 48 hours, along with photo ID, for all group events open to the public that are:

  • in the gym, pool, Golisano Training Center, performance spaces, chapel, York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute clinics, and the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
  • any indoor campus event that is open to the public where 100 or more guests are expected

Plan to provide:

  • Identity: Photo ID (driver's license or school ID). If a child doesn't have a photo ID, they need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or school official.
  • And either:
    • Vaccine documentation: Original vaccination card or other documentation (in printed or digital form, including digital vaccine passport) showing full vaccination.
    • Or a negative test result from the previous 48 hours: A printout or digital pdf of your lab test result, or a time-stamped photo of your at-home test result.
    • Or if you are not vaccinated and had COVID within the 90 days before the event: Provide a note from your doctor or lab test result indicating the date of positivity.

Campus Safety will coordinate staff to check documentation.

Need a mask? Available at multiple locations on campus.

Vaccination required

Booster required for students, faculty, staff, and contract employees.

On-campus booster clinics: January 24 and February 4, 2022.

Nazareth’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Symptoms or COVID-19 exposure

Testing, Quarantine, & Isolation

Unvaccinated students, faculty, & staff

Weekly surveillance testing required

Other protocols

Other protocols on campus returned to normal in June 2021 and continue like so:

  • Physical distancing is not required, except in health care settings, and for unvaccinated individuals when eating or drinking. Anyone who is more comfortable social distancing may do so. Our community demonstrates respect and care for all individuals.
  • Workplaces: Offices and research labs can operate at full density.
  • Gathering sizes are not limited.
  • Dining facilities operate under normal density and hours.
  • Gyms operate without restrictions (except masks are required).
  • College athletics continue.
  • Campus visitors/guests — see details in the Visitor section above.

Nazareth College’s pandemic guidelines are guided by Monroe County and New York state public health officials and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols for higher education.

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