Canisius Fall 2021 Covid-19 Response and Reopening Plans

Canisius welcomes students back for the fall with updated plans and policies.

Canisius College is thrilled to welcome members of our campus community back for the start of the fall 2021 semester.  While we look forward to resuming some of our “normal” activities, the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, and so does the guidance from health officials.  As we learn new information, we are adjusting our protocols on campus accordingly based on these advisories.  We must continue to remain vigilant to keep ourselves, friends, colleagues, loved ones, and the community we share as safe as possible. 

At this time, Canisius will implement the following policies.  In general, these protocols apply to all undergraduate and graduate students. Exceptions will apply to fully-online students for whom campus attendance is not required. Hybrid students (online with some face-to-face campus activity) must abide by all of the requirements outlined.   Please review the links below for more details and information:

Masking Required 

  • All Canisius College faculty, staff, students and visitors – vaccinated or not – are required to wear masks when inside campus buildings facilities and vehicles, unless you are in a private space (e.g. personal office or residence hall room). The indoor mask mandate will apply in all classrooms and laboratories this fall.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask and maintain social distancing everywhere on campus, inside and out.  Vaccinated individuals are also encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor public spaces on campus where social distancing is not possible.

Vaccination Information

  • Canisius College continues to strongly recommend that all students be vaccinated against Covid-19 as the most effective way of controlling an outbreak of Covid-19 on our campus.
  • For the fall 2021 semester, Canisius will NOT require students to be vaccinated as a condition of returning to in-person learning in the classroom or residing in the residence halls.   Some exceptions apply.  We will continue to monitor the FDA approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines;
  • All registered students – residents and commuters - who are vaccinated must upload the proof of vaccination immediately to MyCanisiusHealth (login required). Students who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be subject to all restrictions and requirements applicable to unvaccinated students.  
  • The college WILL require, however, that students residing in the college residence halls provide either proof of vaccination or the results of a negative PCR Covid-19 test (rapid antigen tests or over the counter self-tests will not be accepted) taken not more than 72 hours before the student’s arrival on campus. 
  • Any vaccinated students who have registered for fall 2021 should submit their proof of vaccination or test results to MyCanisiusHealth (login required). This information will assist us in our assessments and planning efforts. Students who do not upload their Covid-19 vaccination information are considered unvaccinated and subject to testing protocols.
  • The MAAC will require Covid-19 vaccination for student athletes.  Exemptions will be limited to medical or religious reasons only and unvaccinated students who do not qualify for an exemption will not be permitted to practice or compete.
  • There are certain “close contact” programs or programs that contain a heightened degree of risk that will require Covid-19 vaccination as a precondition to participation.
  • We are continuing to monitor developments including the final approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration, which could cause us to require the vaccines of all students, faculty and staff.    

Testing Protocols 

  • September 1, 2021, was the deadline for students to upload their completed vaccination records into the MyCanisiusHealth portal. Anyone who has not uploaded information into the portal is considered non-vaccinated and will be entered into the college’s testing protocol.
  • Beginning the week of September 20, Canisius will begin testing groups of non-vaccinated students each week.  
  • Anyone who received just one shot of a two-dose series will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second shot. Those students will be required to test until they have reached the two week mark after dose #2.
  • Students who have not been vaccinated or who have not uploaded their information will be charged a $250 Covid testing fee each semester. This fee will be added directly to the student’s bill. The fee covers the cost to the college for implementing a testing protocol, which includes additional nursing staff as well as the cost of the tests.
  • Testing is to protect the individual and the community from asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 so even those who have a medical reason not to be vaccinated will be in the testing protocol. If the student registers their medical information and documentation with the Health Center, the testing fee will be waived.
  • There are penalties for missing one’s testing appointment. 
    • If a student misses one appointment and reschedules, it will be considered an oversight and there will be no penalty. 
    • If a student does not reschedule and/or misses a second appointment, a $25 no-show fee will be charged and added to the student’s bill. 
    • If a student misses three appointments, they will be blocked from registering for spring semester classes and will be tested weekly for the remainder of the semester. If they have already registered for the spring, they will be withdrawn from those classes and will have to re-register. The block on the student’s registration will be removed at the end of the fall semester if the student successfully completes a weekly testing protocol or demonstrates proof of vaccination.

Canisius Resources

Additional Online Resources

From the Center for Disease Control