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Will college students need a negative COVID test to return to campus in January?

Will a negative COVID-19 test be necessary to return to class? College students are preparing for winter break, or in many cases, it has already started. But when they return to campus in January, as the surge of Omicron grows and cases rise in New York – will a negative COVID-19 test be necessary?

Some colleges say ‘yes’. And others are holding out on the answer.


SUNY Brockport and St. John Fisher tell RochesterFirst.com that students will engage in return testing in January. RIT is recommending that students get tested, but as of now, not requiring it. Nazareth College also has no plans of testing immediately.

It’s likely that SUNY will adopt a universal policy by the time students return to campus next month. But nothing has been announced yet.



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