Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

St Vladimir’s Seminary COVID-19 Directives

2021 Fall Semester

 For Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests 

The campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) is open for course instruction, residential student housing, meals, and other student services for the Fall 2021 Semester.

The following COVID-19 directives are currently in effect for the Fall 2021 Semester, unless otherwise indicated. All seminarians, faculty, staff, and visitors should read these directives thoroughly and are responsible for complying with the expectations listed.

Due to the ongoing nature of the global pandemic, all information on this page is subject to change.

Seminary leadership will continue to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NYS Department of Health, and ecclesiastical guidance closely and will revise its directives as needed. It is our hope that these directives are temporary–but we commit to taking every measure possible to ensure all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, remain healthy and safe on this campus.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, providing approximately $14 billion in relief funding for higher education institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Institutions such as St. Vladimir's Seminary were allocated funding from this act by the U.S. Department of Education and encouraged to apply for these funds by submitting a grant proposal to the Department of Education. St. Vladimir's applied for and received a grant in the amount of $475,000 under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(3).

The use of these funds is broad and includes providing additional emergency grants to students and covering costs related to operating additional class sections and classrooms to enable social distancing as well as costs involved in disinfecting, cleaning, and providing PPE to students, faculty, and staff. The grant also allows for replacement of lost revenues by the institution due to reduced enrollment and cancelled revenue-generating events and for the purchase or upgrade of equipment to enable remote learning, including training for faculty and staff on such equipment.

Institutions receiving grant funding under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(3) are required to post a quarterly report of the grant funds expended during the quarter. You can find our reports below.