Health & Safety
Required Public Health Measures
These steps will help ensure that everyone is doing their part to keep Marist a safe place for living and learning.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Requirement
Marist will continue to require that all students, faculty, and staff stay “up-to-date" with their COVID-19 vaccine, as defined by the CDC. To comply with this requirement for the 2022-23 academic year: 1) All members of the Marist community will complete a COVID-19 vaccine series and booster(s), and will have provided proof of that vaccination to the College, or 2) will have received a religious or medical exemption approved and granted by the College. All members of the Marist College community must adhere to this policy by uploading their proof of vaccination and booster dose to the Marist Health Services Patient Portal by the deadlines listed below. Anyone who is not eligible for a booster by the stated deadline, must receive their booster within 30 days of becoming eligible, per CDC guidelines. Individuals who were previously approved for a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will need to renew their exemptions for the 2022-23 academic year.
Deadlines to submit COVID-19 vaccine documentation:
- For Summer 2022 term: May 15, 2022
- For incoming freshman and transfer students for Fall 2022 term: June 30, 2022
- For returning students for Fall 2022 term: August 1, 2022
Please Note: Incoming freshmen and transfer students should submit their COVID-19 vaccine documentation with the remainder of the their health forms by June 30, 2022.
Masking Requirement Modified, Effective February 18, 2022
Effective, February 18, 2022, Marist modified its masking policy to be mask optional. We encourage a “mask friendly” approach, whereby those who wish to wear a mask respect those who do not, and those who do not wish to wear a mask respect those who do. As a campus community, we ask that everyone demonstrate empathy and understanding toward each other as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. Those who would like to obtain a supply of either surgical or KN-95 masks may do so by emailing PPE.firstname.lastname@example.org. Masking requirements are subject to change and dependent on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak on campus, and in the surrounding community.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing is particularly important after you have been in a public place or if you have been blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.
Flu Shot Requirement
Flu shots will be mandatory for all students and employees for the 2022-23 academic year. To comply with this requirement, flu shots must be received after August 1, 2022. Documentation of flu vaccine will need to be uploaded to the Patient Portal no later than January 15, 2023, unless they have a religious or medical exemption. Marist College will hold on-campus flu vaccination clinics in the Fall; students who attend an on-campus flu vaccination clinic do not have to upload their proof, as Health Services will complete this step.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Students, faculty, and staff must actively assist with cleaning and sanitizing their own living and work spaces. Housekeeping services will utilize hospital-grade EPA approved products for disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as public restrooms, handrails, tables, faucets, and doorknobs, among others.
If you are in a private setting and do not have on a face mask or cloth covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever equal to or greater than 100.3° F should stay home or isolate in campus housing to limit physical contact with others.