COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

The health and safety of our students has been our highest priority — after thoughtful deliberation and in order to control the COVID-19 virus and its contagious variants, St. Thomas Aquinas College requires all students and employees to be vaccinated. We will, of course, allow documented medical or religious exemptions and implement additional safety protocols for students and employees who are not vaccinated. 

This decision was not taken lightly and — consistent with many of our peer colleges — we are committed to working with all members of our campus community to help them achieve vaccinated or exempt status as readily as possible. We will host vaccine clinics on campus, provide free transportation to nearby vaccination sites, and work earnestly to ensure that all members of our community have free, easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Please reference our Spartan Startup FAQ Resource for more information about STAC’s COVID-19 policies, procedures, and more that can help answer any questions you may have. (Common FAQs from our Resource can be found below.)

Vaccination and Booster Documentation

If you have not yet submitted your fully or partially completed vaccination record, you must submit via www.stac.edu/COVID, or complete the medical or religious exemption request form via www.stac.edu/exemption as soon as possible.

It is the College's expectation that you receive the booster shot when eligible, as we believe the boosters will provide a critical additional layer of safety across our campus. When you are eligible to receive your booster, or if you already are, please get your booster and upload documentation at www.stac.edu/COVID.

STAC COVID-19 Questions: 845-398-4242
For those who may have questions regarding our COVID-19 policies and procedures, please reach out to STAC Health & Wellness Services at [email protected] or 845-398-4242.

Anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster is urged to speak with appropriate health professionals. Help us stay “Spartan Strong”!

Spartan Startup: COmmon FAQs

Please reference the below Spartan Startup FAQs for more information about St. Thomas Aquinas College's COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement as well as additional policies, procedures, and more that can help answer any questions you may have. For a full detailed list of FAQs, please read our Spartan Startup FAQ Resource.

Q: Why is the College requiring the vaccine?
A: St. Thomas Aquinas College is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of the entire College community. The COVID-19 vaccine requirement creates a safer environment for the St. Thomas Aquinas College community by dramatically reducing the potential for COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, leading to a more “normal” campus experience for our students, while also alleviating the distress felt by students, faculty and staff about exposure to the virus, and the need for quarantine and isolation. The safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff has always been our top priority.

Q: What if I already had COVID-19? Do I need to submit evidence of vaccination?
If you previously had or have been exposed to COVID-19, you are still required to be vaccinated and must submit your evidence of vaccination to the College. Current medical guidance is that you can receive the vaccine as soon as you recover from COVID-19. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 with a monoclonal antibody treatment or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days. If you have further questions about this topic, please speak with your medical provider.

Q: Is the COVID vaccine safe?
A: Yes, all 3 available vaccines in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) are safe and effective. Over 386 million doses of these vaccines have been administered since December 2020 under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. All 3 available vaccines have met the Food and Drug Administrations rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality and have therefore all received emergency use authorization. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine safety, please visit: CDC Safety of COVID VaccinesCDC COVID Vaccine Information for Specific GroupsWHO Safety of COVID-19 VaccinesUS Dept. of Health & Human Services Vaccine Safety.

Q: What happens if I choose not to be vaccinated for COVID?
A: The College expects all students and employees to submit vaccination documentation before joining the campus community. If you have a medical condition where you cannot be vaccinated or a sincerely held religious belief that prohibits vaccination, you may apply for an exemption. We will do everything we can to help you get vaccinated and to support you, but if you do not get vaccinated, students may be subject to restrictions up to and including the need to pause your academic journey and employees not in compliance with this policy may be required to take an unpaid leave of absence and/or may be subject to other appropriate action determined by the College.

Q: If I cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, can I request an exemption? How do I request a medical or religious exemption?
A: Yes. Students and employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or have sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit vaccines can submit a request for a medical or religious exemption through the Office of Health & Wellness Services. After reading the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Fact Sheet at www.stac.edu/exemption, please complete the applicable medical exemption or religious exemption form. Please note that for medical exemptions, documentation from your treating healthcare provider is required. The documentation must be on the providers official practice letterhead and include a signature, practice address and NPI#. STAC students and employees exercising this right will be fully supported.

Q: Will students/employees be required to wear masks on campus?
New Mask Policy - Effective March 7, 2022, members of the STAC community who have received their booster vaccination will:

Eligible individuals who have not received their Booster will still need to wear their masks in ALL indoor settings, will be subject to quarantine, and may be subject to random testing in order to continue to safeguard the STAC community. Remember, all students and faculty will still be required to wear masks in the classroom (and in instructional spaces) regardless of their Booster status. 
This change results from new CDC guidelines, NYS guidance, low community transmissions levels within Rockland County, and a low campus infection rate.

Q: Where can I find more specific information about getting a vaccine?
A: Please visit our Vaccine Information web page.

Q: What international travel guidelines do I need to follow before arriving on campus?
A: Fully Vaccinatined Individuals

  • Do not need to get tested prior to leaving the US unless the destination requires it.
  • Show a negative COVID-19 Test BEFORE boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • Get tested 3-5 days AFTER International Travel.
  • You do NOT need to self quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Unvaccinatined Individuals:

  • Show a negative COVID-19 Test BEFORE boarding an international flight to the United States.
  • Self Quarantine for a full 7 days after travel - even if you test negative.
  • Get tested 3-5 days AFTER International Travel - continue self quarantine for full 7 days even if you receive a negative test result.