The diligent efforts of administrators this summer and the dedication of students, staff, and faculty to get COVID-19 vaccinations is providing a “Caz Strong” campus environment that will help assure another academic year of in-person learning for Cazenovia College.
President Ron Chesbrough expressed that view today after welcoming students back over the weekend and the start of classes this week. He said College policies have resulted these “very high” rates of vaccination:
- 97 percent of employees are fully vaccinated
- 91 percent of students are fully vaccinated or have received a first shot
- A 93 percent overall vaccination rate for the campus community
Students and employees were also able to request a medical or religious exemption, which make up the small percentage of campus community members who are not vaccinated. Those students are required to follow protocols put in place to support community health and safety.
“With our prior success mitigating COVID-19, continued rigorous attention to health protocols, a commitment to vaccinations, and our community’s dedication to creating an utmost level of safety, we look forward to returning to more normal types of activities on the campus this fall,” such as more flexibility for students to socialize with friends, participate in campus events, and cheer on their Wildcats athletic teams while still keeping safety foremost in mind.”
The College community is very grateful for the efforts of everyone who has helped make sure its members stay healthy and safe, Chesbrough said.
In May, the College announced that vaccinations would be required for students and staff for the fall 2021 semester. As the spring semester ended and then continually throughout the summer, College Health Center, Student Affairs, and Admissions Offices staff, assisted by personnel from the Athletics, Enrollment Services, and HEOP departments and other individuals on campus, worked diligently to complete a “Caz Strong” status regarding high levels of immunization. They engaged with students all summer regarding proper documentation of vaccination or filing of paperwork requesting a religious or health exemption.
“Their work made a real difference in the College’s readiness and confidence getting ready to support an interactive in-person experience in class and across campus with proper protocols in place,” said Karey Pine, Ed.D., vice president for Student Affairs. “We certainly appreciate the work everyone contributed to this huge effort and our thanks and appreciation go out to everyone who helped us successfully complete such a comprehensive task,” she said.
This fall, Cazenovia College will continue to consult with local health officials and follow all local, state, and Center for Disease Control guidelines in effect. For the start of the semester, this will include surveillance COVID testing and use of face coverings indoors. The College will continue to evaluate the need for these precautions as the semester progresses.