COVID-19 Information, Safety Measures & Financial Assistance

The safety of students and employees at Cayuga Community College is always the institution’s top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cayuga implemented a series of health regulations and guidelines that are listed on this page.


Students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit their vaccination information at this link IF:

  • They are registered for in-person courses; OR
  • They are participating in athletics or work-study; OR
  • They use the Fitness Center; OR
  • They plan to regularly access campus.

Students meeting any of the above criteria can satisfy the vaccination requirement by receiving a single-dose vaccine OR the second dose of a two-dose vaccine no later than two weeks before the start of the semester and submitting the information at this link. Students who register for a class with in-person components after the start of the semester must submit their vaccination information at the same link immediately upon registering.

Students who regularly access campus and fail to submit their vaccination information will be restricted from campus, removed from their in-person courses and held liable for outstanding fees and tuition charges.

COVID-19 vaccination information can be submitted at this link.

Students who receive a vaccination exemption from the College, are taking all classes online or are accessing the campus less than two hours per week are not required to be vaccinated.

Boosters are encouraged but are not required.

Students with questions can email Sue Wilson, Coordinator of College Health Services, at with any questions related to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.


Students wishing to request a vaccination exemption must do so no later than one month before the start of the semester by emailing Vice President Dr. Cathy Dotterer at


Anyone wishing to wear a facial covering is encouraged to do so. Facial coverings are only required if:

  • You are in days 6-10 after isolating for testing positive from COVID-19; OR
  • In the previous 10 days you were directly exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Facial coverings are available at the Public Safety offices on both campuses.


The federal government established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES) in 2020. Supplemental HEERF funds were later authorized through the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Cayuga was allocated HEERF funding to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship, specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or expenses related to any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus.

For details on HEERF funding for students, please follow this link.