Our approach in spring 2021 will be broadly similar to that of fall 2020. This includes our intention to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid and fully online courses. The following aspects of our SUNY-approved plan are unique to the spring 2021 semester.
This is important Student information and action is required, so please read carefully.
New policies and information for spring 2021
- The spring semester has begun remotely as scheduled on Jan. 20, 2021. All course delivery will take place remotely prior to Feb. 1.
- Seated on campus courses will begin in-person on Feb. 1.
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING ON-CAMPUS ATTENDANCE:
- All students must complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to any in-person presence on campus and sign the attestation on their first day of in seat class.
- Campuses may allow commuter students who are employed to apply to a campus designee for a limited work exemption.
- Such exemption will permit qualified commuter students to work during the quarantine.
- To qualify for the exemption, the commuter students will need to make a formal email request and provide documentation of the COVID-19 safety protocols of their employer on the employer’s letterhead. This can be emailed to Healthservices@Sunysullivan.edu.
PLEASE NOTE exemption will ONLY apply to their ability to work. When not working all students will be expected to quarantine from others.
- All students, faculty and staff who will have an on-campus presence will be required to complete the daily Health Screenings TWO weeks prior to their first on-campus presence to report any symptoms, exposure or travel, as designated by SUNY policy.
- SUNY is requiring students to produce a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days prior to their presence on campus,
- or be COVID tested on campus within five days after coming to campus for the first time
- or submit a positive COVID-19 test result from the past 3 months
This applies to students who plan to work or take classes on campus, or to use campus facilities such as the gym or library.
- We plan to offer on-campus COVID-19 saliva testing from January 25-29 and Feb.1-5. From 9am -4pm to help students meet this requirement. (faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and be tested.
- Anyone who chooses to submit test results from an off-campus facility must do so within five days of arrival on campus. It can be emailed to Healthservices@SUNYSullivan.edu.
- To make an appointment for testing or have if you have questions please contact the Pam Jones the College Nurse via email at Healthservices@sunysullivan.edu
- SUNY has mandated that spring break be canceled and any days off during the semester must fall on midweek days to discourage travel.
- We have received the following guidance from SUNY regarding Commencement: “Commencement exercises ordinarily occurring at or near the close of Spring 2021 semester will be considered in accordance with guidance from New York State. Campuses should begin to plan and message virtual commencements and/or safely distanced methods of recognition and degree dissemination for their graduates.” We are currently considering various options and will communicate them with the campus community once they have been finalized. SUNY Sullivan plans will be contingent on state health department guidance at the time of Commencement.
- All students considered part of our in-person population (including student work studies) will be subject to WEEKLY mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing, with options for getting tested on campus or submitting results from off-campus facilities. Health Services will be pool testing to comply with the 100% tested EVERY WEEK mandate. Testing will be available Monday – Thursday, Times and locations TBD.
Continuing policies from Fall 2020
- All students and employees will be expected to complete the Daily Health Screening at my.SUNYSullivan.edu on any day they intend to be on campus.
- Masking and social distancing will be required for all in-person environments, including classrooms, study areas, offices, Library and other common use spaces.
- The College will be prepared with a plan to temporarily Pause and Pivot to fully remote instruction if so directed by SUNY or state and local health officials.
- Chancellor Malatras’ uniform emergency disciplinary standards will be extended through the spring semester so that every effort can be made to ensure compliance with the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols.
A Q & A guide to SUNY Sullivan student COVID-19 testing can be found here.