Houghton College’s Response to COVID-19

Houghton continues to act in consultation with county and state health officials and takes into consideration the infection rate, testing capabilities, and other societal issues as we prepare our campus to welcome students for in-person learning this year.

We continue to fulfill our commitment to students in the Houghton Promise by providing flexible-learning options for students to learn remotely who do not yet feel safe to return to in-person learning. We also will continue to share the best information available to students, families, and community members below.

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Houghton College strongly encourages all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated. Vaccination will not be required except for those in off-campus academic programs. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90-days can follow guidance below for vaccinated individuals.


Houghton, NY

Vaccinated individuals can access all areas of campus, including overnight stays in residence halls.

Buffalo, NY

Vaccinated individuals can access all areas of each location.

Houghton, NY

Unvaccinated individuals can access the Campus Center and athletic facilities but cannot access other areas unless as a department sponsored visitor.

Buffalo, NY

Unvaccinated individuals can only access nonclassroom facilities.


Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask.

Unvaccinated individuals need to wear a mask when indoors at all locations unless in their residence hall room.

Fall Campus Arrival

As the campus responds to the realities of COVID-19, the support of every member of the community will be more important than ever. This semester, residential students will get to know their fellow floor, townhouse, or apartment residents on a deeper level as they experience Houghton together.

Our arrival plan for the fall for Houghton and Houghton Buffalo requires that each student either:

1) Provide a negative COVID test result when they arrive on campus.

  1. Students that are not vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative test taken within the three days prior to their arrival on campus. We will have limited tests available to provide rapid results in the fall, so students are encouraged to arrange this testing prior to coming back to campus.
  2. Students who are not vaccinated will also need to be tested three days after they return to campus and each time they spend a night off-campus. They will not need to quarantine during this time unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.

2) Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

According to the CDC, you are considered “fully vaccinated” if you are 14 days past having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR 14 days past having received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

What does this mean for…?

These new procedures will inspire many questions. As we await final guidance from New York State, Houghton will continue to provide the best information available concerning those treasured aspects of the Houghton Experience that are impacted by the COVID-19 virus.


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