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April 8 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Wed, 8 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
Three students reported to the College in the last 24 hours that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
The first student is a female commuter who resides in Dutchess County. She was last on campus on March 11, became symptomatic on March 23, was tested on March 31 and subsequently received a positive test result. She is currently at home in Dutchess County.
The second student is a female commuter who resides in Orange County. She was last on campus on March 13, became symptomatic on March 29, and tested positive on March 31. She is currently at home in quarantine in Orange County.
The third student is a female commuter who resides in Ulster County. She was last on campus on March 13, was tested on March 27 after becoming symptomatic, and received a positive test result on April 5. She is currently at home in quarantine in Ulster County.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, additional notification to students, faculty or staff who may have come into contact with these individuals while on campus is not needed, due to the distance in time between their last time on campus (more than 14 days ago) and the onset of symptoms. 
Also, because it has been more than seven days since these students were on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of classrooms or academic buildings they occupied, per current CDC guidance.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 13 students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
 
We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Wed, 8 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • A message from SUNY on diversity and inclusion in distance learning
  • Virtual services from the Career Resource Center
  • Everything you need to know about the special Pass/Fail option for spring 2020
  • Contact info and resources from retirement plan providers
  • Do This, Not That: An innovative framework for online teaching best practices
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Original music about life in quarantine, and an athletics trivia contest tonight on Twitch
 

News from around campus

Comprehensive FAQs on the Pass/Fail option for spring 2020
Everything you need to know before deciding whether to opt in

Online services from the Career Resource Center
Practice job interviews, polish your résumé and discuss your future from the comfort of home

List of COVID-19 resources offered by SUNY retirement plan providers
Benefits Office encouraging employees to contact providers with financial questions

Real-time list of buildings closed for cleaning
Office of Emergency Management informing community about closures as they occur

 

Resources for remote teaching and learning

A message from SUNY regarding diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Chief diversity officers share some best practices for inclusive remote instruction

Do This, Not That: Ideas for teaching remotely
Useful frameworks from California State University

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Open Webex Follow-Up: What Are Your Questions?
Chat with Instructional Media Services on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from media

Teachers use district 3D printers to make face shields
HVAMC works with regional schools to ramp up protective gear production
(Times Herald-Record, 4/7/20)

Tips on spending your time wisely during quarantine
Thoughts on living with purpose while self-isolating
(New Paltz Oracle, 4/5/20)

 

From our community

 

From Geology Lecturer Kaustubh Patwardhan, a new composition titled "Man in Quarantine," inspired by Johnny Cash's "Man in Black" and arranged and performed with Geology Adjunct Laurel Mutti

Join Athletics, Wellness & Recreation for trivia on Twitch, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. through the month of April
Inviting all campus community members to compete for prizes with the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association

 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
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April 7 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Tue, 7 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has received no new reports of students, faculty or staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 3:30 p.m. today, April 7.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is now sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive-test cases to the campus community.
 
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:02 AM on Tue, 7 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Encouraging students to apply for fall scholarships - more than 150 available!
  • Forever Orange and Blue: A letter from the Office of Alumni Relations
  • Undergraduate Admission goes virtual
  • Innovative teaching in the Sculpture Program
  • Photos from the newly renovated JFT Lobby
  • Office of Instructional Technology holding daily, virtual drop-in hours
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from media
  • From our community: Trick shot contest!
 

News from around campus

Forever Orange and Blue
A letter to New Paltz alumni and friends from the Office of Alumni Relations

Undergraduate Admission staff meeting virtually with prospects and families
Admission goes online with tours, advising, student panels and more

Real-time list of buildings closed for cleaning
Office of Emergency Management informing community about closures as they occur

 

Innovative teaching

Sculpture Program creates take-home kits to keep students engaged
Packaging materials and developing new assignments for studio artists working from home

 
 
The recently completed Jacobson Faculty Tower (JFT) lobby renovation has fully transformed the building that serves as home to many departments within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
 

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Office of Instructional Technology hosting online drop-in hours
Daily sessions for students and faculty to get quick answers

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Faculty Development Center: Teaching Circle Discussions
Open conversation among educators on a rotating series of topics
April 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and April 9, 5 - 6 p.m.

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from media

From businesses to students, coronavirus causes critical hits to the local art community
Checking in on student, faculty and community creators
(New Paltz Oracle, 4/5/20)

SUNY New Paltz makes top 100 in new Best Public College rankings
College lands at No. 85 out of nearly 500 evaluated institutions
(Business First, 3/25/20)

 

From our community

Intramural sports trick shot video competition
Athletics, Wellness & Recreation challenges community members to test their skill and creativity

 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

April 6 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Mon, 6 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A student reported to the College late Friday, April 3, that he had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier that day.
The student is currently at his home in Rockland County.
The student is a resident of the third floor of Bouton Hall. He attended classes during the week of March 9-13 and was last on campus on March 14 to pick up belongings from his room. He reported that the onset of symptoms occurred on March 14.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual.
Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, any of those potential secondary exposures may already be out of quarantine, assuming they never became symptomatic and have been cleared by a physician, given that their possible exposure on campus could have occurred no later than March 14, more than 14 days ago.
Also, because it has been more than 7 days since the student was on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of the classrooms or academic buildings that the student entered at this time, per current CDC guidance.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
 
We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:01 AM on Mon, 6 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • An open letter to faculty from SUNY New Paltz students
  • Parents: Student teachers available now to provide online instruction to k-12 children
  • New Virtual Engagement tool launches for student groups and others hosting online events
  • Remote learning resources for students and faculty advisers
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from media
  • FAQ of the day
 

News from around campus

An open letter to faculty from SUNY New Paltz students
Submitted on behalf of students by Student Association Vice President for Academic Affairs Haley Hershenson

Student teachers available now to provide online instruction to children k-12
School of Education offers new service to families in the SUNY New Paltz community

Student Activities launches new Virtual Engagement platform to keep our community connected
Inviting student clubs, organizations and campus departments to host and promote their online events

Real-time list of buildings closed for cleaning
Office of Emergency Management informing community about closures as they occur

 
 
The College received 190 gallons of New York State Clean hand sanitizer on Friday, April 3. The Office of Emergency Management is distributing the sanitizer to campus areas of need, including Facilities Management, Information Technology Services, Sodexo, Print & Mail Services, University Police and Residence Life.

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Strategies for students to succeed in online learning
Sharing eight of our favorite approaches to getting the most out of an online class

Advising sites for faculty in Blackboard
Facilitating communication between faculty and their advisees

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Faculty Development Center: Teaching Circle Discussions
Open conversation among educators on a rotating series of topics
April 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and April 9, 5 - 6 p.m.

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from media

How will the pandemic affect our sense of community?
Reflecting on local leaders' future outlooks, six months after they were first published
(New Paltz Times, 4/3/20)

 

Frequently Asked Question of the Day

If students opt into the Pass (P) grade option for spring 2020 courses, can those courses be used to satisfy minor requirements?
Yes. Courses for which a student has earned a P grade will satisfy degree, major and minor requirements and can be applied whether or not the student has declared a major or minor. There may be restrictions for accredited programs leading to licensure or certification.  
Students will be able opt in to this new Pass grade option beginning May 21, and the opt-in period will continue through Oct. 16. We encourage students to discuss this option with their advisors after their spring semester courses are graded. The method for requesting the P grade will be developed and communicated before the end of the semester. 
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.
 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

April 3 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 3:46 PM on Fri, 3 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has received no new reports of students, faculty or staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 3:30 p.m. today, April 3.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and nine students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is now sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive-test cases to the campus community.
 
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Fri, 3 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Virtual hot chocolate with the president
  • Teaching with compassion in an age of remote learning
  • Observance of Passover will take place as scheduled
  • Online fitness classes from the Athletics & Wellness Center
  • Important safety guidance on cybersecurity and mail pickup
  • Compensatory pay option for UUP-represented employees
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from media
  • Well-wishes from the Educational Opportunity Program family
 

News from around campus

VIDEO: Hot Chocolate with President Christian
Popular residence hall event goes virtual with an assist from Hans, the presidential dachshund

College’s observance of Passover will take place as scheduled
No classes after 3 p.m. on April 8; break extends through April 10

Athletic & Wellness Center offering virtual fitness classes
Stay active while staying safe with online instruction in yoga, dance, boot camp and more

Guidance from Mail Services to ensure students receive their deliveries
New protocols for pickup and forwarding, and how to give others permission to get your mail for you

UUP Employees can now enroll in compensatory pay option for holidays
Review and fill the compensatory time waiver form by May 15

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Teaching with compassion in an age of remote learning
A message from Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning Shala Mills

Guidance for faculty and staff about cybersecurity and working from home
A few easy rules to follow to protect yourself and sensitive data you may work with

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Virtual faculty tea & coffee (& PETS!)
Join the Faculty Development Center for conversation and decompression after the first week of remote instruction. Bring your pet! Special guest: Zachary Bowman, education manager at The Dorsky Museum
TODAY, April 3, 2 - 4 p.m.

Teaching, learning and assessing in remote learning environments
Another recommended session from the Association of American Colleges & Universities' Faculty Fridays series
TODAY, April 3, 2 - 3 p.m.

TerminalFour beginner trainings
Sign up to learn basic tools for managing your office or department webpage
April 7 & 8

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from media

Coronavirus: In 14 days New Paltz patients had 'frightening moments,' see progress
An update from campus community members recovering from illness together (Poughkeepsie Journal, 4/2/20)

Four creative COVID-19 business pivots
Local entrepreneurs and creators innovate to keep working and serving their customers (Chronogram, 4/2/20)

 

From our community

 
A message to students from the SUNY New Paltz EOP family. Follow @np_eop
 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

April 2 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Thu, 2 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A student reported to the College that she tested positive for COVID-19 today.
The student is a commuter who was last on campus on March 13. She reported the onset of symptoms consistent with an upper respiratory infection on March 9, and was prescribed antibiotics by her primary care provider. Her symptoms continued and she subsequently saw her primary care provider via teleconference on March 23, was administered a test for COVID-19 on March 24, and received a positive test result today, April 2.
The student is currently in quarantine at her home in Dutchess County.
The student attended classes during the week of March 9-13. We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual.
Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, any of those potential secondary exposures may already be out of quarantine, assuming they never became symptomatic and have been cleared by a physician, given that their possible exposure on campus could have occurred no later than March 13, more than 14 days ago.
Also, because it has been more than 7 days since the student was on campus, we do not need to deploy any focused cleaning of the classrooms or academic buildings that the student entered at this time, per current CDC guidance.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and nine students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
 
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Thu, 2 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • New appointments in two crucial campus leadership roles
  • A list of useful distance learning tools and strategies for students
  • New online spreadsheet tracks buildings closed for cleaning in real-time
  • A message to faculty from the Office of Academic Advising
  • Trainings and professional development opportunities
  • The latest from governmnent and media
  • FAQ of the day: Is the campus food pantry still open?
 

News from around campus

College appoints new vice president for enrollment management
Jeffrey D. Gant, director of undergraduate admissions at Montclair State University, will join the New Paltz campus community effective Jan. 1, 2021

College appoints new assistant vice president for student affairs
Congratulations to Michael Patterson, current director of student activities and union services, who will assume new role on Jan. 1, 2021

Office of Emergency Management publishes real-time list of buildings closed for cleaning
New resource designed to help community stay informed about campus closures

Ensure seamless payroll distribution – verify your address or go paperless
As state payroll shifts to mailing paychecks, now's a great time to consider switching to digital pay stubs

How the Office of Academic Advising supports faculty advisors
As course registration approaches, academic advisors welcome faculty to get in touch with questions about remote advising

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Tools to help students with the transition to remote learning
Student-focused resources and a few helpful tips for adapting to new course structures

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Grade Center QuickStart, April 3
Blackboard fundamentals to help faculty keep gradebooks up-to-date

TerminalFour beginner trainings, April 7 & 8
Sign up to learn basic tools for managing your office or department webpage

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

Click the links above to register, or view all available HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from government and media

'Be mindful': Cayuga County's second COVID-19 case shares her story
New Paltz student opens up about lessons learned from experience with illness

Governor Cuomo's daily press briefing (4/1/20)
Regeneron is creating 500,000 test kits for state at no charge

 

Frequently Asked Question of the Day

Is the Campus Food Pantry still open?
Yes, but the Food Pantry is no longer accepting walk-in visitors as part of the College’s practice of social distancing.
The Food Pantry has created a Google Form for accepting emergency requests from students living off campus.
Requests should be submitted Sunday – Wednesday to allow staff to gather items in a reasonable time frame. Students will receive email confirmation when their requests have been received and are ready for pickup. The confirmation email will include additional instructions for pickup.
The Food Pantry staff is available to answer questions at nppantry@gmail.com. You can also follow on Instagram (@nppantry) and Facebook (@SUNY New Paltz Food Pantry).
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.
 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

April 1 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Wed, 1 April

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has received no new reports of students, faculty or staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 3:30 p.m. today, April 1.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and eight students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is now sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive-test cases to the campus community.
 
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Wed, 1 April

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Summer hours to begin May 1
  • A message to students from the Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation
  • Important guidance from the Payroll Office
  • Upcoming training opportunities from the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
  • The latest from government and media
  • Frequently Asked Question of the day
 

News from around campus

Summer hours to begin May 1
Onset of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. core office hours will come early in 2020

Guidance for student workers and their supervisors
Important steps to take to keep work study students and student assistants working and paid

A Message From Athletics, Wellness & Recreation Director Stuart Robinson
Checking in with students on behalf of the entire Hawks athletics staff

Additional info regarding modified course registration schedule
Clarifying start dates for undergraduate, graduate and summer course registration

Classified Employees April 2020 Longevity Payment, Performance Advance and Salary Increase
An important update from the Payroll Office for employees represented by CSEA, PEF, PBANY and NYSCOPBA

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Use Starfish for remote scheduling and faculty-student communication
As remote learning begins and course registration approaches, Starfish is more valuable than ever as a tool for keeping students, faculty and advisors in touch

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Upcoming Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings:

  • Staying Active in Retirement and Exploring Lifelong Learning
    Thursday, April 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    In this Retirement Ready session, we’ll begin to explore some of the many options for staying active in retirement, including continuing education programs in the region.
    This session is helpful for anyone who is thinking about retirement and looking for ways to stay intellectually and socially engaged. It is open to all campus faculty and staff.
  • Giving Effective Feedback Using the UUP Performance Evaluation Templates
    Friday, April 3, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Helping employees to develop their professional skills requires setting clear expectations and specific goals, and providing useful, ongoing feedback. In this training we will cover best practices for setting objectives and then review step-by-step guidelines for conducting feedback conversations to support productivity and employee growth. This training is open to faculty and staff with direct reports and to any employees who would like to add to their professional tool kit.
Click the links above to register, or view all available (and socially distant!) HRDI trainings at: www.newpaltz.edu/hr/training/catalog.html
 

The latest from government and media

3D printers at SUNY New Paltz produce 1,000 face shields for health care workers
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan tours Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center (Daily Freeman, 3/31/20)

Governor Cuomo's Daily Press Briefing (3/31/20)
New online portal connects hospitals to volunteer healthcare workers and helps prioritize deployment to hospitals with greatest need

 

Frequently Asked Question of the Day

Is the College offering any additional Pass/Fail options for the spring 2020 semester?
Yes. The College will allow students to opt in to a special Pass (P) grade option for spring 2020 courses.
Unlike the standard S/U option, courses for which a student has earned a P grade will satisfy degree and/or major requirements in the same manner as letter-graded courses. Students will be able to apply P grades to letter-graded courses only when they have earned a D grade or higher. There may be additional restrictions for accredited programs.
Students will be able opt in to this new Pass grade option beginning May 21, and the opt-in period will continue through Oct. 16. We encourage students to discuss this option with their advisors after their spring semester courses are graded. The method for requesting the P grade will be developed and communicated before the end of the semester. 
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.
 

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Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

March 31 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Tue, 31 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has received no new reports of students, faculty or staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 3:30 p.m. today, March 31.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and eight students have tested positive for COVID-19. All have been quarantined at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
The College is now sharing information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
 
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Support SUNY New Paltz students now

Posted on: 1:47 PM on Tue, 31 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

You have been on my mind over the last couple of weeks while we’ve readied our campus community for weathering the changes ahead. I hope you and your families are healthy and handling the current situation as best you can. 

Recently we’ve been fielding questions about how to support students who are facing unanticipated hardships during this extraordinary time. For those who are interested and able to give, I want to highlight two funds previously established to help students in times such as these: 

  • Gifts to the Student Crisis Fund meet immediate student needs, such as expenses for traveling home, food, or health care. This is not tuition relief but support for essential academic needs (books and supplies) or for basic needs (such as short-term housing or transportation). 
 
Student Crisis Fund
  • Gifts to the Crossing the Finish Line Fund support juniors and seniors when emergency financial challenges impact their ability to complete their academic program. Every gift to this fund (up to $100,000) will be matched by two anonymous donors—which doubles the value of your gift. 
 
Crossing the Finish Line Fund
Both the Student Crisis Fund and the Crossing the Finish Line Fund give students hope by responding quickly to their needs in very difficult times. Students tell us that knowing someone cares about their success is a powerful motivator. You too can help. You can give hope. Any support you provide now will be deeply appreciated.  

As we proceed through the next weeks and months, you can find our most current information on our COVID-19 webpage, which is updated regularly. Although all campus events have been cancelled or postponed, classes will continue online for the rest of the semester.  

You are part of the New Paltz family. As always, your connection to 
SUNY New Paltz is highly valued and important to us. If you have any questions 
or if you just want to connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Sincerely, 

Erica Marks 
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Tue, 31 March

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Fall 2020 undergraduate registration start date extended
  • Keeping courses accessible during distance learning
  • What's up with the blue tape on doors to campus rooms?
  • Upcoming professional development and training opportunities
  • The latest from government and media
  • Frequently Asked Question of the day
 

News from around campus

Fall 2020 course registration start date for undergraduate students moved to April 27
One-week extension allows students and advisors more time to plan

Blue tape on door jambs: Clean rooms and a safer campus
Facilities adopts a new, common sense approach to allow custodial staff to work safely and efficiently

A word of caution regarding playing sports during pandemic
A friendly reminder from the Director of the Student Health Service

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Keeping Accessibility in Mind
The Office of Instructional Technology and Disability Resource Center offer tips and tools to help all students succeed through the shift to distance learning

Contingency Planning in Blackboard
Guidance for faculty preparing for the possibility they become unable to teach
(Updated March 30)

 

Professional development and training opportunities

Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Innovative Campus Models
A Faculty Development Center-endorsed webinar from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (TODAY, March 31, 2-3 p.m., free of charge)

 

The latest from government and media

SUNY New Paltz Team 3D Prints Face Shields For COVID-19 Front Lines
Audio story about HVAMC's work supporting local responders (WAMC, 3/30/20)

Tips to Keep a Positive Attitude in the World of Coronavirus
IDMH Deputy Director shares expertise with a national audience (Weather.com, 3/27/20)

Governor Cuomo's Daily Press Briefing (3/30/20)
Annoucing new hospital partnerships to balance patient capacity and share supplies

 

Frequently Asked Question of the Day

What resources are available for students in financial crisis?
The Student Crisis Fund provides quick-response, one-time grants in the event of a qualifying emergency. Funds can be used toward essential academic needs (books and supplies); replacement of lost or damaged items; or basic needs such as utilities, childcare, short-term housing or transportation. Average awards are $100-$1,000.
Students with special circumstances are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to learn more about what additional resources are available. Please note that the office is practicing social distancing strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help us maintain the best customer service possible, please submit any financial aid questions or concerns via e-mail to fao@newpaltz.edu.
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.
 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

March 30 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

Posted on: 4:30 PM on Mon, 30 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A residential student reported to the College that he tested positive for COVID-19 today.
The student resides on the second floor of Bliss Hall. He is currently at home in quarantine in Staten Island.
The student was last on campus on March 27 to collect belongings from his residence hall. He reported that the onset of symptoms occurred on March 23. 
Two student residents living on the second floor of Bliss Hall have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. We are temporarily restricting access to the floor and dispatching cleaners with proper training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to clean in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual, and instructing them to immediately self-isolate as per CDC guidelines.
As of this writing, we can confirm that seven employees and eight students have tested positive for COVID-19. All are in self-quarantine at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.
 
Beginning March 30, the College will share information about students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 in a single message sent at the end of each day. Messages will be sent whether or not there are confirmed cases to report, and will continue Monday-Friday until further notice.
Members of the campus community may hear unconfirmed reports of individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive. The College will continue to report only confirmed, positive test cases to the campus community.
 
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Daily Digest - SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: 10:00 AM on Mon, 30 March

   
We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • A message from President Christian on the eve of the restart of classes
  • For faculty: A recommended to-do list as remote learning launches
  • For students: Free online tutoring available through the Center for Student Success
  • News from around campus: Including 3D-printed face shields at the HVAMC
  • Updates from government and media
  • Frequently Asked Question of the day

Message from President Christian

 

"I thank everyone for your patience, tenacity and grace ...
We’ll get through this together."

 

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Faculty Checklist for the Remote Learning Launch
The two most important things to help students succeed: Communicate regularly, and respond quickly

Students can get free online tutoring through the Center for Student Success
STAR-NY program connects SUNY students with trained tutors in a variety of subjects

 

News from around campus

3D printing face shields to support local response to COVID-19
HVAMC producing much-needed gear for those on the front lines of the pandemic

Provost Lyman’s letter to faculty on the eve of remote teaching launch
"You inspire me with your intentions to make the best of unimagined educational challenges "

Action required from federal work study supervisors
College leadership is committed to keeping students employed and paid; supervisors are asked to inform the Payroll Office which work study employees will be working remotely

List of computer labs open effective March 30
As the College continues to serve students unable to leave their on-campus residences, an update about academic facilities that remain operational

 

Updates from government and media

 

Frequently Asked Question of the Day

Are resources available to students who have limited access to textbooks?
Yes. The campus bookstore is now able to offer free ebooks thanks to a partnership between Follett and RedShelf.
Students must use their “.edu” email address to access this program, and there is a limit of seven ebook units that can be borrowed per student.
To learn more about this program and borrow the free ebooks, visit www.sunynewpaltzshop.com.
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.
 

Daily Digest readers: We want to hear from you! 

Our team is seeking input on how this newsletter can best serve students, faculty and staff as we all adjust to new challenges posed by the response to coronavirus.
We're inviting submissions and ideas of all kinds:
  • Have important news to share with the SUNY New Paltz community?
  • Developed an innovative solution to improve remote teaching and learning?
  • Figured out a lifehack to help yourself stay positive?
  • Want to share a photograph with friends and colleagues?
Please just reply to this email or write to communication@newpaltz.edu and let us know what you would like to see in this space. Thank you!
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Message originally distributed via: SUNY New Paltz News

A message from President Christian

Posted on: 5:36 PM on Sun, 29 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
Please view this important video message from President Donald P. Christian on the eve of the restart of classes at SUNY New Paltz.
 
 

 

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

Two additional employees test positive for COVID-19 this weekend

Posted on: 4:34 PM on Sun, 29 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

Two campus employees reported to the College that they tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend. You may hear unconfirmed reports from individuals that they are assumed to have COVID-19 but have not been tested or their physician does not plan to test them and they are recuperating at home. The College will continue to report only confirmed COVID-19 cases to the campus community.

As we indicated last week, we now are sharing this information at the end of each day in one email update.

  • A political science faculty member has notified us today that her doctor confirmed that her COVID-19 test was positive. She was last on campus to visit her office on Monday, March 16, or Tuesday, March 17, and did not show symptoms until Wednesday, March 18. She was tested on March 19 and the test came back positive today. She has been in self-quarantine at home since the onset of symptoms.  Anyone who has been in JFT and used either elevator between Monday, March 16, and Friday, March 27, should self-quarantine immediately for 14 days from the day they used the elevators and seek guidance from a physician. The faculty member’s office will be cleaned. The entire Faculty Tower was cleaned on Friday, March 27, as part of the campus’s standard enhanced cleaning protocol during flu season. Therefore, JFT will not be closed.

  • A staff member in the Office of Student Financial Services in Wooster Hall tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, March 28. She was last on campus on Thursday, March 12, and showed symptoms on Friday, March 13. She spent time in her office, the breakroom and common areas of the Office of Student Financial Services, as well as the common areas in the Office of Student Accounts. She was also in Resnick Engineering Building. Anyone who visited these three locations between March 11-13, should self-quarantine for 14 days starting the day they visited the office (We recognize this period is already over, however, if you are symptomatic, please continue to self-quarantine and contact your physician). Resnick Engineering Hall will be closed for cleaning consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines by trained cleaners with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Wooster Hall was cleaned on Friday, March 27, as part of the campus’s standard enhanced cleaning protocol during flu season. Therefore, Wooster will not be entirely closed. Student Financial Services and Student Accounts, however, will be closed for enhanced cleaning consistent with the above guidelines.

As of today, we can confirm that seven employee and seven students have tested positive for COVID-19. All are in self-quarantine at home or in the hospital. Some are already feeling better.

We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual, and instructing them to immediately self-isolate as per CDC guidelines.

We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.

We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.

Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.

Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

Sincerely, 
Donald P. Christian
President






 

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED BY TEACHING FACULTY: Access to Buildings

Posted on: 2:11 PM on Fri, 27 March

The College’s original plans for moving to remote instruction because of COVID-19 allowed for faculty to work on campus from their offices, laboratories, or smart classrooms, if needed, in order to access technology for distance learning.  However, as confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection have begun to appear and accelerate on campus, operating conditions have changed.

We can no longer guarantee faculty continuous access to their offices, laboratories, or smart classrooms. Buildings may have to be closed anytime, possibly for prolonged periods. Because we must adhere to New York Department of Health (NYDOH) guidelines, a building could potentially be closed for several days. This happens when a person with a positive diagnosis spent time in a particular building during the course of their contagious period.

As of this writing, there are 12 known cases of COVID-19 infection at the College, including 5 resident students, 2 commuter students, and 5 faculty/staff members. These changing conditions have already necessitated academic building closures of several days. In order to be ready for the high likelihood of future academic building closures, faculty are requested to prepare as follows:
  • Scan your office for any materials you will want for the remainder of the semester, including books, files, plants, etc. and take them with you      
  • If you will need access to technology following a building closure, please develop a back-up plan and share it with your chair
  • IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED by noon on Sunday, March 29th, please answer the survey that asks:
    • How your building’s closure would cut off your access to technology
    • What technology you would need to carry out your back-up instructional plan
If you have unmet technology needs as a result of a building closure, we will attempt to provide support in the form of portable technology or offer you specific locations on campus where a suite of technologies will be available to meet instructional needs in the event of prolonged closure of your building. Please be aware that if you use highly specialized technology, regrettably, it may not be possible to provide equivalents of such technology following building closure. Please plan accordingly.

We do ask, however, that you refrain from coming to campus if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, (e.g., fever, cough, trouble breathing) or if you are in Mandatory Quarantine, Mandatory Isolation, or Precautionary Quarantine as set forth in New York State guidelines. These categories include individuals in close contact with other individuals who are positive or presumed positive cases. 

Survey link: Access to buildings survey

If the link above does not work, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://newpaltz.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2u7w3ZIuwGbL3Rb
Thank you for taking time to give prompt attention to this message and survey.

Barbara Lyman
Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

NPAlert

Posted on: 12:15 PM on Fri, 27 March

NPAlert: ANY individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19; e.g. fever over 100.0F, cough or shortness of breath, are not permitted on campus. You are expected to take your temperature before travelling to campus and may have your temperature taken upon arrival to campus.

Message originally distributed via: NPAlert - SMS

NPAlert

Posted on: 4:53 PM on Thu, 26 March

NPALERT: Per Dr. Carol Smith, UC DOH Commissioner, any students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are directed to stay home until released by the Health Department in the County in which they reside

Message originally distributed via: NPAlert

Additional SUNY New Paltz faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Posted on: 3:40 PM on Wed, 25 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
An additional SUNY New Paltz faculty member notified his supervisor today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. 
This is the fifth confirmed case in the SUNY New Paltz community and the third faculty member to test positive.
The individual is a male adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts. He was last on campus on March 13, and reported that the onset of symptoms occurred on March 14. He was hospitalized on March 23, and the test produced a positive result today, March 25. He remains in the hospital under medical care.
The faculty member attended a meeting with colleagues in McKenna Theatre room 108 on Thursday, March 12, and taught a class in Parker Theatre room 101 on Friday, March 13. We are temporarily closing these buildings and dispatching cleaners with appropriate training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to clean these buildings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Faculty and staff in those buildings are encouraged to collect their belongings and vacate the premises as soon as possible.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual, and instructing them to immediately self-isolate as per CDC guidelines
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.
Sincerely, 
Donald P. Christian, President

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

NPAlert

Posted on: 3:38 PM on Wed, 25 March

NPALERT: We are aware that a male faculty adjunct in Theatre has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently off-campus and hospitalized. Emergency protocols have been activated. We weill be reaching out with more information soon.

Message originally distributed via: NPAlert

Addendum: Buildings closed for cleaning following positive COVID-19 tests

Posted on: 1:27 PM on Wed, 25 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
We write with clarification about building closures related to the two students who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and today.
The buildings include: Lecture Center, Humanities, Wooster Hall, Smiley Arts Building and van den Berg Hall.
We are closing those buildings effective immediately and dispatching cleaners with appropriate training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Faculty and staff in those buildings are encouraged to collect their belongings and vacate the premises as soon as possible.
We will communicate further when the buildings are ready to re-open.
Scott Schulte
Director, Office of Emergency Management

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Additional SUNY New Paltz student tests positive for COVID-19

Posted on: 12:09 PM on Wed, 25 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A second SUNY New Paltz student notified the Student Health Center today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is related to the student case that the College announced yesterday, March 24, through contact when each student was asymptomatic.
The individual is a male student who resides on campus on the third floor of Ridgeview Hall. He is currently in quarantine at home in Suffolk County, New York.
The student was last on campus on March 13, and reported that the onset of symptoms occurred on March 14. The student was tested on March 18, and the test produced a positive result today, March 25. 
Additionally, this student reported he attended classes in Lecture Centers 107 and 108, Humanities 309, Wooster 335 and van den Berg Hall 217 on March 12 and 13. He also spent time in Peregrine Dining Hall and patronized the Student Union sushi and sandwich shops on those days. We are temporarily closing these academic buildings, the sandwich shop and sushi facilities and the third floor of Ridgeview, and dispatching cleaners with proper training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to clean these buildings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Nester’s and Pomodoro’s will remain open.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual, and instructing them to immediately self-isolate as per CDC guidelines
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.
Sincerely, 
Donald P. Christian, President 

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

NPAlert

Posted on: 11:27 AM on Wed, 25 March

NPAlert: We are aware that an additional male resident student has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently off-campus & in qurantine. Emergency protocols have been activated. We weill be reaching out with more information soon.

Message originally distributed via: NPAlert

COVID-19 guidance for Non-Residential Student

Posted on: 7:26 PM on Tue, 24 March

Dear Non-Residential Student,

As you know, SUNY New Paltz is responding to the threat of COVID-19 with guidance from our local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The actions of our institution are designed to prevent the continued spread of the virus among our campus community.

If you are a student living in an off-campus apartment or house, please consider the following for your safety and the safety of those around you:
  • Students should avoid any unnecessary travel, including to and from campus. Many campus services such as dining, recreational facilities, programming, computer labs, etc. have been significantly curtailed. Sojourner Truth Library services can be accessed remotely, and assistance is available via email or phone. We recommend that students do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary, and we recommend calling or emailing the office from which you are requesting assistance. 
  • Visitors/Guests/Hosting Social Events: Please limit your socializing. We know this can be difficult as connecting with friends is so important. Current guidance stipulates that people should not gather in groups. Additionally, maintaining six feet of space between yourself and others, and washing your hands often can help reduce potential transmission.
  • Social distancing is key to preventing the spread of infection. By allowing guests/visitors into your living space or creating situations where there are large group gatherings (parties, etc.), you are putting yourself and others at risk of being exposed to the virus. People may tell you they feel fine, but they may be unaware they are carrying the virus. Have lunch, dinner or evening meetups through your favorite video conferencing app, so you can see friends without any risk.
  • It is imperative that all students heed this advice. Any student or group of students found to be putting themselves or others in unnecessary danger (i.e. hosting large parties, etc.) can be held accountable via the Student Code of Conduct (Student Handbook). Disciplinary actions for such conduct could result in suspension or expulsion from New Paltz.
Thank you for your help in contributing to the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Questions or concerns can be directed to my office by e-mailing studentaffairs@newpaltz.edu

In addition, we want you to know we care a great deal about you and your health. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough) please contact the Student Health Center at 845-257-3400. If you have difficulty breathing call 911. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.      

For SUNY New Paltz-specific updates, visit www.newpaltz.edu/coronavirus-info/ and continue to check your SUNY New Paltz Hawk Mail inbox, as it is the college’s official communication method to students.

Take care of yourself, and each other.

Sincerely,

Robin Cohen-La Valle
Dean of Students

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

SUNY New Paltz student tests positive for COVID-19

Posted on: 7:01 PM on Tue, 24 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A SUNY New Paltz student notified the Student Health Center today that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual is a male residential student and is currently in quarantine at home in Suffolk County, New York.
The student was last on campus on March 13, and reported that the onset of symptoms also occurred on March 13. 
The student was tested on March 18, and the test produced a positive result today, March 24.
We are moving the four current residents out of Scudder Hall, the student’s residence hall, and making arrangements to have the building cleaned by a third-party contractor.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual, and instructing them to immediately self-isolate as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the CDC has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.
Sincerely, 
Donald P. Christian, President 

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Remote-Only Faculty Office Hours

Posted on: 5:01 PM on Tue, 24 March

Dear Faculty,
As all of us adjust to the remote learning environment, we know that students' ability to reach their faculty for assistance is even more important than under normal circumstances. However, in order to meet the directives from the state to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, "office hours" for the remainder of the semester will be conducted remotely. Students have been directed to watch for messages from their  instructors about their remote office hour plans. Among the approaches you might consider are the following:
  • Email students a sign up sheet with dates/times when you are available to visit with them by phone.  
  • Announce the windows of time each week when you will be available for office hours:
    • via live-time email (be sure to remind students that you may be emailing other students during that window of time, so they may have to wait a minute or two for your reply)
    • via Bb Collaborate or WebEx (then respond to students as they log in to those sessions). 

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Student employment during spring semester

Posted on: 4:56 PM on Tue, 24 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

We understand that campus employment for many of our students is critical to their well-being. For this reason, the College leadership is committed to keeping our students employed and paid through the end of the spring semester to ease the disruption and hardship that leaving campus and moving to remote instruction has created for them both emotionally and financially. This campus decision applies to all student temporary employees, work study students, and TA/GAs.

The NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations has issued guidance during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak to enable campuses to support our hourly student employees, including TAs and GAs, in this way, and the federal government will continue to pay work-study students. This guidance is consistent with Chancellor Kristina Johnson’s directive to do no harm to our students during this unprecedented time and is consistent with our campus values about our students’ well-being.

Due to Governor Cuomo’s stay at home order, student temporary employees and work study students will need to complete their work remotely.  As we move to distance learning next week, the campus will continue to assess ongoing needs for student employment to help ensure the academic success of our students this semester.

Employees of Sodexo or the Campus Bookstore need to work with those areas to understand work schedules and expectations.  

Students:

Please be in touch with your supervisors remotely and once per week to learn what tasks you may be able to perform remotely for the remainder of the semester consistent with your average hours. Supervisors may have to get creative and consult other departments that may have more suitable remote work for you to complete. Please be patient with us as we sort out this unusual situation. Timesheets will continue to be submitted online. Per the Office of the NYS Comptroller, paychecks and paystubs will be mailed to you. If you are accustomed to contacting your supervisor in person in the office, please use PeopleFinder on the SUNY New Paltz website at (link here) to connect with your supervisors.

Student Supervisors:

You are directed to maximize the opportunity to have your student employees work remotely, as they will continue to be paid through the end of the spring semester. We will leave it up to the individual supervisor to set up remote tasks, but ask that you be in touch with your student employees once per week and use your discretion in each student employee’s case, with the primary goal of not hurting the student financially. If you are having difficulty finding remote tasks within your department for your students, please consider consulting colleagues who may have suitable remote work for your students.

Questions about student employment can be directed to COVID19Questions@newpaltz.edu.

Sincerely,

Michele Halstead
Vice President for Administration and Finance

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Ulster County COVID-19 Testing SIte Available

Posted on: 12:15 PM on Mon, 23 March

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has announced information about Ulster County’s first drive-through mobile COVID-19 testing site located at Tech City in Kingston, NY.

Please review the below notice before visiting or calling the site.

COVID-19

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Clarifying Pause NY for our Employees

Posted on: 8:14 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has, over the last week or so, taken significant steps to reduce employee density on campus, consistent with the spirit of recent directives from Governor Cuomo. Today’s announcement by the Governor requiring businesses and non-essential services to keep 100% of employees home DOES NOT apply to SUNY and does not mean the campus is closed. We remain operational. Administrative offices remain open and are providing remote services and support. We discourage in-person assistance to the extent possible. Be sure to call ahead or refer to the office closings website to confirm the status of an office before visiting. Faculty are permitted on campus to use technology, classrooms and office spaces necessary to provide or support continuity of remote instruction. Thank you all for your creative and supportive approaches to telecommuting to help keep members of our community as healthy as possible.
Sincerely,
Tanhena Pacheco Dunn
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

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Guidance re: Employees & Students Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

Posted on: 8:02 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
As announced earlier today, the College has learned that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19. We believe those employees spent time in the Old Main Building and the academic portion of College/Shango Hall during the times when they may have been contagious. We have closed those buildings and scheduled them for deep cleaning.
If you are in one of the buildings when receiving this message, please collect what you will need to work remotely and exit the building as soon as possible. This is a precautionary measure and will allow us to thoroughly clean the facility.
If you are not in the buildings in question when receiving this message, please do not return to them before the closure is lifted. The academic portions of College/Shango Hall will remain closed through Tuesday, March 24, and Old Main will remain closed through Thursday, March 26.
College/Shango Hall residents may move out beginning Sunday, March 22, at 8 a.m. No move outs are possible prior to that time, due to deep cleaning in residential areas scheduled for Saturday, March 21. 
Please note that your risk of exposure is linked to type of contact. Close contact is defined as “being within 6 feet of a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.” Proximate contact is defined as “being in the same enclosed environment such as a classroom, office, or gatherings but greater than 6 feet from a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.” 
Mandatory quarantine is required for a person who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Precautionary quarantine is required for those who have had proximate contact.
Sincerely,
Scott Schulte, Director of Emergency Management

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College/Shango Halls and Old Main Building Deep-Cleanings Scheduled; New Reopening Dates

Posted on: 7:35 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
The College has contracted with third-party cleaners at SERVPRO to conduct deep cleaning in College/Shango Hall and Old Main. The cleaners will operate according to this schedule:
  • Saturday, March 21: Residential portions of College/Shango
  • Sunday, March 22: Off
  • Monday, March 23: Academic portions of College/Shango
  • Tuesday, March 24: Academic portions of College/Shango and Old Main
  • Wednesday, March 25: Old Main
  • Thursday, March 26: Old Main (if needed)
This will extend the previously announced closure period for these buildings; academic portions of College/Shango Hall will now remain closed through Tuesday, March 24, and Old Main will remain closed through Thursday, March 26.
College/Shango Hall residents may move out beginning Sunday, March 22, at 8 a.m. No move outs are possible prior to that time, due to deep cleaning in residential areas scheduled for Saturday, March 21. 

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Second SUNY New Paltz faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Posted on: 2:58 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

A second SUNY New Paltz employee notified College leadership that that employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

This individual is a special education faculty member and is currently off campus and in quarantine. The employee was last on campus on Thursday, March 12.

As a precaution, we are closing Old Main effective immediately and it will remain closed at least until Monday, March 23, to enable deep cleaning by a third-party contractor.

We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual. 

We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.

We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.

Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.

Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian, President

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NP Alert

Posted on: 2:57 PM on Fri, 20 March

NPAlert: Additionally, a special education faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following appropriate protocols, will send more info shortly.

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College awaiting further guidance re: Governor's stay-at-home order

Posted on: 1:31 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced a new order for all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home, to go into effect the evening of Sunday, March 22.

We are awaiting further guidance from SUNY about the Governor’s order, and will notify members of the community as soon as we know more.

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NP Alert

Posted on: 1:30 PM on Fri, 20 March

NPAlert: We are awaiting further guidance from SUNY about the stay at home order issued by the Governor today. We will notify you once we know more.

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NPAlert: Clarification

Posted on: 12:45 PM on Fri, 20 March

NPAlert: Clarification: The College is closing College & Shango Halls effective immediately. The halls will be closed at least until Mar. 23, for deep cleaning.

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NPAlert

Posted on: 12:11 PM on Fri, 20 March

The College is closing College & Shango Halls effective immediately. The halls will be closed at least until Mar. 23 for deep cleaning.

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Campus community member tests positive for COVID-19

Posted on: 12:02 PM on Fri, 20 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
A SUNY New Paltz employee notified College leadership today that that employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
This individual is a music faculty member and is currently off campus and in quarantine. The employee was last on campus on Sunday, March 15.
As a precaution, we are closing all of College Hall and Shango Hall effective immediately and it will remain closed at least until Monday, March 23, to enable deep cleaning.
We are working closely with the Ulster County Department of Health and the Ulster County Office of Emergency Management to reach out to any students, faculty or staff members who may have come in contact with this individual.
We are activating all necessary protocols and will provide timely updates to all members of the campus community. We remind members of our community that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that there is “No Identifiable Risk” to an individual who walks or briefly shares a room with a COVID-19-positive individual. That guidance can be found in Table 1 of the CDC’s interim guidance for risk assessment related to perceived levels of exposure.
We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.
Campus leadership is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 with guidance from the CDC and our local and state health departments, as well as SUNY System Administration and the Governor’s Office.
Please continue to monitor campus e-mail for updates. Campus community members can view updates at the Coronavirus Information and Coronavirus FAQs webpages, which are being updated regularly as this situation evolves.
Please also continue to treat all members of our campus community with the care, dignity and respect that we all deserve.
Sincerely,
Donald P. Christian, President

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NPAlert

Posted on: 11:20 AM on Fri, 20 March

NPAlert: We are aware that a music faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19. They are currently off-campus & in quarantine. Emergency protocols have been activated. We will be reaching out with more information soon.

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Precautionary measures, CDC guidelines and student health on campus

Posted on: 6:00 PM on Thu, 19 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

We write to clarify questions we have received from students, faculty and staff about current conditions on campus. 

As of this writing, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

Per Health Department guidelines, campus leadership will notify the campus community if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 verified by test results.

In hopes of reducing confusion and misinformation, we draw your attention to this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the difference between “self-isolation” and “self-quarantine”:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

According to these definitions, “self-isolation” refers to a precautionary practice taken by those who are experiencing symptoms, but have not tested positive for COVID-19, while “self-quarantine” is a mandated restriction of movement of people who have tested positive. Self-isolation is a best practice for anyone experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms and is being especially encouraged at this time.

As of this writing, there is no mandated quarantine on the SUNY New Paltz campus, because there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on our campus.

Students who are currently living in residence halls may be choosing to separate themselves from others as a precautionary measure. These students are choosing to self-isolate, but are not in quarantine.

We continue to recommend that members of our community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms practice good public health protocols by resting, drinking lots of fluids, reducing contact with others, restricting their movement around campus, and contacting the Student Health Center or their primary care physician.

As announced on March 18, the Student Health Center is no longer open to walk-in visitors. Only those who have called first and set an appointment will be allowed to enter the building. 

Students can call 845-257-3400 to set up an appointment at the Student Health Center. Phones will be on from Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4:30 p.m. Saturday hours have been suspended until further notice. 

When you arrive to your appointment, please call the front desk at 845-257-3400 to let us know that you are here, and a staff member will come to the door and let you inside.

We apologize for any inconvenience these new measures may create, and thank all students, faculty and staff for supporting the effort to safeguard our campus community.

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May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies Postponed

Posted on: 5:36 PM on Thu, 19 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
It is with great disappointment that I announce the postponement of SUNY New Paltz’s May 2020 Commencement ceremonies. 
This is one of the most painful decisions I have made during my years as president at SUNY New Paltz, and I know other campus leaders feel the same. Commencement is a special day for graduates, parents and other family members, and close friends. It is a day to acknowledge the accomplishments of our graduates, the fruits of their years of hard work, and to launch our latest graduates in the next phase of your lives. It is both a completion and a new beginning. Faculty and staff who have worked with graduating students share in that celebration. We are all deeply saddened by the necessity of this decision.
This is, however, the right action for the health and safety of our community. The College traditionally welcomes thousands of visitors to campus during the three-day Commencement weekend; other typical end-of-year celebrations also attract many graduates and guests. In light of current federal, state and local guidance related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the consensus of science and medical experts, we must accept the reality that we would be unable to guarantee the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests at such gatherings this May. By making the decision to postpone now, we hope to provide enough notice for students and families to adjust their travel plans. This decision applies to major College-wide events (our graduate and two undergraduate commencement ceremonies) and to all other large celebratory gatherings typically held during May.
While we have made the decision to postpone, our goal is to reschedule the 2020 Commencement celebrations so that we can proudly recognize our graduating students in a manner befitting their exceptional achievements. Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, we do not know when we will be able to reschedule but will provide updates as they become available. We welcome your suggestions on these efforts at commencement@newpaltz.edu. I thank you for your patience as we work together to acknowledge this special milestone.
Our cap and gown provider, Herff Jones, has confirmed that students will be able to receive refunds for unused regalia. More details will be posted at https://newpaltz.edu/commencement/. Diplomas will be distributed directly to individual graduating seniors and graduate students once all course requirements are completed and Records & Registration clears each candidate for degree conferral.
I must say once again how grateful I am to all students, faculty and staff for your resiliency and creativity in meeting this unprecedented challenge. Our collective response to the coronavirus has already helped to slow its spread, and the sacrifices we have made and continue to make are saving lives.
Sincerely,
Donald P. Christian
President

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Message from Chancellor Kristina Johnson

Posted on: 6:00 PM on Thu, 19 March

Dear SUNY Students,

When you chose SUNY as the place to pursue your college and career ambitions, you became part of the SUNY family. We made a commitment to you to support you along the way and that commitment remains – especially now during these challenging times. While on campus, you've made friends, developed traditions and enjoyed expanding your vision of what the world is and your unique role in it. I've heard from many of you regarding the anxiety and uncertainty you feel about your future, so I would like to offer a few thoughts and give you my personal support because that is what family does for one another.

Your safety and well-being are our number one priority. That is why we decided to cancel or postpone all study abroad programs, extended spring break up to a week, and encouraged those of you who can stay at home or with friends to not come back to your campuses until further notice. We took this action to blunt the spread of the COVID19 by reducing the density of exposure.

As part of our commitment to your academic pursuits, we worked over the past year to upgrade our online learning platform which is now accessible to provide you the tools to complete your coursework remotely. While the learning environment is different, you will have the network and backing of all of SUNY at your fingertips to help you finish the semester. And for seniors—don't worry. If necessary, we will reschedule your commencement to make sure you walk across the stage and we proudly celebrate your accomplishments. It is also important to mention that you will receive credits or refunds for the services that you do not use this semester, such as room, board and activity fees.

As a result, campus life has been turned upside down. I know what that is like. When I was at university, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph system. It was also a major disruption that took six months of my life to overcome. What got me through it was the strong support of my family and my college network of friends, colleagues, and faculty. That same network will help support you through the COVID19 crisis.

Your SUNY family is here for you. The SUNY system and each campus president, the faculty and staff are committed to supporting you and to delivering a great education. I will continue to communicate with you weekly, and with your presidents daily. I encourage you to reach out for support. While everything may seem different, take comfort in the things that remain the same—studying, completing projects and connecting with each other virtually. Together we will get through this and come out even stronger. I promise you.

Take care of yourselves, your family, your friends, your SUNY.

Sincerely,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD. 
Chancellor, The State University of New York

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U.S. Department of State Issues Global Level 4 Travel Advisory

Posted on: 4:06 PM on Thu, 19 March

The following message has been sent to all SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad:


Dear Students,

I’m writing to you with an update about study abroad which is very serious.  Please read this very carefully.

The US Department of State will soon be announcing a Level 4 Travel Advisory applying to international travel for US citizens.  A Level 4 Travel Advisory is “do not travel”, the highest and most severe level.

Essentially, US citizens abroad are being advised to return to the US as soon as possible or face the prospect of being stuck abroad for an indefinite period of time under local shelter in place orders.

We are still waiting the official announcement from the Dept of State, but it is imminent.  Hence, this email to you.

Please pay attention to further emails from us and information coming forth from the Dept of State and Embassy in your study abroad country.

This is very serious, so let us know if you have a change in plans ASAP.  Be sure to update both forms.  Thanks.

Take care,
Christian Wilwohl
Director, Center for International Programs

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NEW GUIDANCE REGARDING STUDENTS’ RETURN TO CAMPUS

Posted on: 5:01 PM on Tue, 17 March

Dear Resident Students:

We write to share NEW guidance from SUNY’s Chancellor to our campus TODAY regarding student housing after spring break. We realize this is a shift from previous guidance and messaging we have provided and reflects the state’s evolving efforts to practice increased social distancing and manage this crisis. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. We understand this shift in guidance may be jarring and upsetting for our students in this uncertain time. We want to assure you of our steadfast commitment to your safety and to the achievement of your educational goals during this difficult semester as we all navigate this pandemic.

As of today, we are strongly encouraging students not to return to campus after the extended spring break. Students who may return to campus residence halls after March 29 are those who have special circumstances, including international students, students without other safe living and dining arrangements, or those with limited or no access to technology. 

Students should indicate whether they need to remain or return to campus housing after March 29 by returning this form no later than March 19. If you previously completed the form and your needs have changed given today’s new guidance from SUNY, please complete the form and submit again.
As always, the Department of Residence Life is here to support you for any questions you have or anything you need. Please reach out to the Office of Residence Life at (845) 257-4444.

Check Out Process

Students who do not need to remain in residence halls after March 29 due to special circumstances MUST collect all belongings by March 29.  We cannot check you out of your room until your belongings have been removed.
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Updates

We recognize how stressful this time is for you and appreciate your patience as new guidance is provided to us from SUNY on a regular basis. Please continue to check your campus email frequently for more updates as they become available. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus once this pandemic is past us. 

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Most recent guidance for campus response to coronavirus

Posted on: 5:04 PM on Tue, 17 March

Dear Employees:
Given recent CDC guidance and state directives regarding our state and nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are receiving new guidance daily. 
We are grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate a very fluid situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that is impacting our personal and professional lives and those of the students we serve. We have received new up-to-the-minute guidance from SUNY today regarding this evolving situation and we share it below to help inform your planning for telecommuting and business continuity and your interactions with students. This is a shift from previous messaging we have provided to students and reflects the state’s efforts to manage the crisis with increased social distancing. 
Today, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson provided updated guidance on the academic planning preparations she has asked campuses to include in their COVID-19 response plans, and to ensure strong coupling of these academic preparations with communications to our students considering plans after spring break. The Chancellor’s guidance is in blue below:
This guidance addresses all SUNY colleges and universities, which are being directed by the state to require non-essential employees to work from home to ensure social distancing and accommodate the impacts of school and child care closures:
  • Students are strongly encouraged not to return to campus after spring break, until further notice. Students who may return to campus residence halls after March 29 are those who have special circumstances, including international students, students without other safe living and dining arrangements, or those with limited or no access to technology.  Students should be in communication with Residential Life staff regarding these needs.
  • Furthermore, academic continuity arrangements on campuses or colleges should not require students’ physical presence to meet program requirements, until further notice. 
We are in good standing with that second bullet because New Paltz had already decided to limit in-person instruction to clinicals and fieldwork that require licensure or certification, most of which occur off campus.  We know faculty will take the rest of this planning week and the next to ensure all instruction is provided by remote delivery as previously directed.
We will be closing some computer labs but will keep enough open to provide access to all software needed for remote instruction. Stay tuned for a message from ITS on this.
The library will be providing services in accordance with CDC safety guidelines and state directives.  Please check the library website for updates.
Employees who have confirmed off-site work plans should collect lap-tops, documents and other materials they will need to complete work remotely and begin off-site work as soon as possible. These employees should also feel free to come to the office intermittently (and as long as they remain healthy) to retrieve additional materials, water plants, etc.
Supervisors can work with employees to arrange staggered or rotating scheduling for those whose work may involve partial office time.  Not all our processes are digital or within a digital work flow and that means  many offices will depend on campus mail and U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS and DHL for critical daily operations.
Offices can reduce points of in-person interaction to foster social distancing and protect front-line office staff by having those staff guide how work is received in their offices, for example, by using lock boxes, envelopes available outside of offices, encouraging scanning of documents, etc. Here is a sample of how an office is doing just that.
Stay tuned for additional messages about how we can fulfill our mission of supporting students and providing the best quality education under these trying and uncertain circumstances. 
Donald P. Christian, President
Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, Associate VP for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

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ACTION NEEDED: Nonessential state employees should work from home tomorrow

Posted on: 6:00 PM on Mon, 16 March

This afternoon, Governor Cuomo issued a directive that, statewide, nonessential state employees should work from home starting tomorrow. Where practicable, you should work from home tomorrow and contact your supervisor for guidance on your work tomorrow. And supervisors reserve the right to request that some people will need to come in tomorrow. For the purpose of this directive, the definition of essential employee is not the same as with weather emergencies. (see definition below). The campus remains open. This is not a directive to close the campus, but rather to comply with the directive to de-densify the number of people working on campus due to the (COVID-19) coronavirus.

If you arrive at work tomorrow, please consult with your supervisor as soon as possible to make arrangements as defined below. If you are unsure if you are essential or nonessential under these new definitions, please consult your supervisor. Academic faculty are considered essential employees to provide continuity of instruction via distance learning. They have the option of doing this remotely or from their offices. Keep in mind that the spirit of this directive is to thin out density of employees on campus to protect health and safety. Therefore, where possible we encourage you to work from home.

The rest of your week and the coming weeks will be defined as we continue our planning. We appreciate all those areas who have begun to plan for off-site work and encourage all others to make planning and communicating an off-site work plan their top priority tomorrow (March 17). We will provide supervisors with strategies for supporting this plan. We recognize that as you plan, employees may need to return this week to retrieve essential files, etc., to do this work remotely.

For the purpose of this directive, essential employees are any person whose job function is essential to the effective operation of the campus, or who must be physically present to perform their job, or who is involved in the emergency response to COVID19. Non-essential employees should be considered any person who does not need to be physically present to perform their job functions, or they are not currently required to meet the core functions of their agency or authority during this emergency response.

Throughout state government, non-essential employees will not be charged accruals during this time. Non-essential state employees are being directed to work from home, to the extent practicable. While they are home, these employees may be assigned work outside of their normal duties. The campus may change an employee’s designation as either essential or nonessential at any time and will provide notice if that change is necessary.

This morning we provided information and guidance to employees and supervisors regarding request to work off-site.  This afternoon we have been informed by SUNY and GOER (Governors Office of Employee Relations) that a statewide telecommuting pilot program has been approved for UUP, M/C, CSEA, and PEF-represented employees.

Much of the guidance provided in this morning’s email remains but the new pilot program does include a few additional provisions.  You can see the full outline of the pilot program here.  If you have already finalized your off-site or telecommuting arrangements with your supervisor and HRDI, you do not need to duplicate your efforts by completing the form. All others, except for academic faculty, are must fill  out the form here.

We draw your attention to the following, which may be particularly critical to planning:

  • This pilot program is for a temporary period of 2 months beginning with an effective date of March 17, 2020 through May 14, 2020.
  • Upon receiving a request to work off-site, supervisors have 48 hours to review and make an initial determination on the request.
  • Supervisors who are reviewing the off-site proposal should inform HRDI of the decision.  HRDI will provide final approval within 48 hours of receiving the request in their office.
  • If the request is disapproved or if an employee wishes to contest mandated telecommuting, they may appeal to the agency head or designee (Jodi Papa) in writing within 24 hours of the denial. The appeal shall state the reasons for disagreement with management’s determination and a decision on that appeal shall be provided within 7 calendar days. If the appeal is denied, the reasons for denial must be provided. 
  • Any denials of request for telecommuting are not grievable under any collective bargaining agreements.

We remind you that this week HRDI is providing WebEx training to supervisors to help plan for these requests. A message about registering for this training was also sent today.  In addition, we will soon be providing some training on best practices for telecommuting to support those who will be working off-site.  HRDI is available to help our campus community as we all look to meet the operational needs of the college and maintain important services for our students. 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Update: Campus events cancelled through May 10

Posted on: 2:28 PM on Mon, 16 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Sunday, March 15, recommending that for the next eight weeks, in-person events consisting of 50 people or more, anywhere in the United States, should be cancelled or postponed.
Consistent with that guidance and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive issued today, SUNY New Paltz has decided to extend the cancellation of all campus events through May 10.
This will include the cancellation of Accepted Student Open Houses originally scheduled to take place on March 28 and April 4.
We are working to offer options for students to engage remotely with the campus and each other. We will notify you of these opportunities in the coming weeks. 
We have not yet made a decision about Commencement 2020, scheduled for May 15-17. We will notify the campus in the coming weeks of our decision.

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Employee Testing and Evaluation Protocols for COVID-19

Posted on: 1:28 PM on Mon, 16 March

Dear Faculty and Staff,
Effective March 16, 2020 at 12:00PM, all state agencies and authorities must abide by the following protocols for employees who report symptoms of illness associated with the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for your attention and implementation of this protocol during this difficult time.

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Supporting Employees and Business Continuity

Posted on: 10:40 AM on Mon, 16 March

Dear Employees:

As we navigate the uncertainty of coronavirus, we are planning for continuity of business and administrative functions. Colleges are expected to be open, providing continuity of operations, including support services to our students even as many may be remote from campus. Residence Halls are open and some students have elected to remain here. However, we understand the difficulty that employees and their families will face in the wake of school and child-care closures. We also want to take responsible steps to promote social distancing practices and reduce the density of employees on our staff.

Effective immediately, employees may submit to their supervisor or department head a request to work, temporarily, from an off-site location. We recognize not every position will lend itself to this type of arrangement.  In addition, this temporary request is subject to revision, suspension or revocation based on future guidance by the College or the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and/or SUNY.

Making this request

An employee should initiate a conversation with their supervisor, if they wish to and believe they can perform their duties from an alternate work location. Employees can make this request for reasons related to managing the COVID-19 virus, which may include the closure of schools or child-care facilities.  

Underlying Health Conditions or Compromised Immunity:

Employees seeking temporary off-site work arrangements due to their own or a family member’s underlying health condition or compromised immunity, should consult with their health care provider about whether there are special measures necessary to support their well-being.  If those recommendations impact your ability to meet your obligation or work schedule, please complete the ADA accommodation form. Benefits staff will contact employees who submit the form and they will work with you, supervisors and department leadership to help identify appropriate processes and support measures.

I’m a supervisor, how do I support this program?

  • Supervisors should be confident that the employee’s off-site work location is adequately conducive to complete the core duties assigned under this temporary arrangement. The work would be performed during the normal operating hours of the college (unless otherwise specified) and the employee must be available for work-related communication via on-line or by phone as provided by the supervisor.
  • Register for planning support from HRDI!  We are also pleased to offer a few workshops to help departments plan. All workshops will be delivered via WebEex. Monday, March 16, from  2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, from  10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, March 18, from  2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Still have questions? Any Vice President or department leader who has questions or concerns about designing or assigning off-site work should contact Jodi Papa at papaj@newpaltz.edu. Vice Presidents or divisional leaders will approve or deny requests made under this temporary program.  

What should I do when planning with an employee?

  • Document a specific work schedule, including workdays and hours supported by the temporary arrangement.
  • A clear list or articulation of assignments, projects and/or task to be completed under this temporary arrangement.
  • Clearly identify when employees are expected to participate in department meetings, conference calls, or supervisory meetings through web or phone.
  • Ensure that any employee whose work includes confidential or secure information are provided college-issued equipment and access to the college VPN for secure data transmittal during the temporary off-site arrangement. Employees must report any suspected breech of information immediately.
  • Ensure that forward facing offices have adequate staffing to continue to meet needs that can’t be met through on-line or phone interaction. Consider rotating schedules for employees to provide flexibility where possible.

To be observed during the temporary off-site arrangement

Employees who wish to be relieved of responsibility for work on a particular day or days will advise their supervisor per protocols established in the department and charge vacation and/or personal leave (if applicable).

Employees who are unable to work due to illness will charge sick leave (or family sick leave if caring for a sick family member) and will report their absences to their supervisor as per protocols established by the department. Supervisors should complete a notification form which will notify Benefits if an employee has been absent more than 3 days.

Employees may be reasonably expected to provide their own equipment, including phone and internet service, if that is necessary to complete the temporary off-site arrangement. 

Employees will be responsible for the safety and security of all College property, such as computers, printers, fax machines and other equipment loaned to an employee while it is not on University premises.

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Credit/Refunds on Spring 2020 Semester Costs

Posted on: 7:40 AM on Mon, 16 March

Dear SUNY New Paltz Students and Parents:
In recent days we have been working closely with SUNY leadership to quickly resolve the financial impact that remote instruction, distance learning, and campus housing changes will have on students and families.
We are developing approaches to credit certain unused fees to the accounts of students who will return in the fall, and to refund fees to students who will graduate this spring. We want to be certain that we make decisions that do not jeopardize any student’s financial aid. Those underlying principles are under study and review.
We intend to credit or refund unused room and board fees for students who returned home for the remainder of the semester, effective at the time they check out as prescribed by Residence Life. We are analyzing other fees, such as course fees, some of which have been spent and some not, and to determine approaches that are fair to students who have remained on campus and those who have left. Your Student Association executive board is developing a plan for partial refunds of the Student Activity fee in collaboration with the Student Senate.
We will not be refunding tuition costs because the College will continue to deliver credit for coursework via distance learning and remote instruction. We are taking every measure to make sure you continue to receive a high-quality education. Additionally, for all students, we will not be refunding the technology fee because we will be relying heavily on our technology resources to provide distance learning.
We will provide more detail and clarity as we develop these approaches in the coming days. At the least, we wanted you to know about the general decision to credit or refund room and board fees, and that work is in progress to assure fair and prompt actions. We encourage students or parents who have questions or concerns to contact the college at COVID19Questions@newpaltz.edu.
We encourage you to continue following all guidelines to keep yourselves and friends and family safe during this pandemic. We will promptly notify you if the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation impacts our ability to welcome residents back to campus after Spring Break.
Sincerely,
Donald P. Christian, President
Michele Halstead, Vice President for Administration & Finance
L. David Eaton, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Message from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson

Posted on: 3:02 PM on Fri, 13 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:
I am sharing a message from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson about the response of SUNY and its 64 campuses to the coronavirus outbreak. She outlines the steps that SUNY has been taking to draw on the advice of New York State offices and resources, and to guide actions on individual SUNY campuses.  I believe you will find that actions and communication at New Paltz align closely with the Chancellor’s statements and values.
You may note her reference to students remaining on campus “to fulfill coursework that requires hands-on instruction or laboratory work.”  So that we could plan our curriculum and offerings, I sought her clarification on an earlier communication that referred to on-campus lab sections. She explained to me that that language was included as guidance for at least one, and perhaps several, technology sector campuses where virtually every course is “hands-on” or a laboratory. That guidance is the basis for our decision to plan our laboratory offerings for the remainder of the semester in alternative formats.
I also want to remind our students and faculty of recent messages to students that stated:  Residence halls remain open for those who choose to stay here during spring break as well as for students who wish to return for the rest of the semester. Students may live in the residence halls and take classes remotely. Remaining on or returning to campus after spring break will allow access to high-speed internet and other technological resources to access remote instruction. Students need to choose whether to continue living on campus based on what is the safest, most comfortable and practical for them.
Donald P. Christian
President
 

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

President Christian’s Message to Students on Eve of Spring Break

Posted on: 1:40 PM on Fri, 13 March

Dear SUNY New Paltz Students:

We recognize how stressful and even sad this time is for our students and employees because the semester looks so different than expected. Thank you for being as patient and productive as possible during these extraordinary times. Our job is to continue to keep you safe and healthy and to provide assurances and clear direction as this global situation evolves. In that vein, here are several important things you need to know today:

  1. We will continue to function as the place that we all love, just temporarily through other means. We value our sense of community and the close interaction among students, faculty, and staff that make SUNY New Paltz such a special place.  We will do everything possible to sustain those values during this difficult time.
  2. The campus is open. All services, including food services, are available and all offices are open for face-to-face and remote access to students. You will be hearing more from your faculty about their office hours and how to remain in touch with your professors.
  3. Residence halls remain open for those who choose to stay here during spring break as well as for students who wish to return for the rest of the semester. Students may live in the residence halls and take classes remotely. Remaining on or returning to campus after spring break will allow access to high-speed internet and other technological resources to access remote instruction. Students need to choose whether to continue living on campus based on what is the safest, most comfortable and practical for them.
  4. Financial Impacts: SUNY leadership is working quickly to resolve the financial impact that leaving campus and returning home will have on students and families.
  5. For graduating seniors, we know this has been especially stressful. We are working diligently to ensure you have the opportunity to complete your degree requirements. We recognize that there is great sadness among seniors and other students regarding missed opportunities to exhibit and celebrate your academic achievements and participate in club and program activities. Again, we are working on ways to keep you connected and to preserve our sense of community and engagement that makes us New Paltz.
  6. Commencement: We will be making a decision regarding commencement in the coming weeks and will communicate it as soon as we know.
  7. Cleaning: Even though COVID -19 is very infectious, it is also very fragile and has a relatively short lifespan. If we have any cases of COVID-19 on campus rooms can be readily cleaned by a third-party cleaning and disinfecting contractor that we will hire for this purpose, making them safe for re-occupancy.
  8. We know that some students are concerned about learning through remote delivery as well as in a seated classroom.  Know that your professors are working hard and creatively to provide you with excellent experiences.  Provost and Deans will be sharing a P/F (Pass/Fail) grading option for this semester to alleviate concerns among students who are not familiar with distance learning. A separate message about this and other academic matters will be coming soon from the Provost’s Office. Faculty continue to prepare to move instruction for all courses, including labs and studios, to remote delivery and will be in touch with their students directly about these plans. Our plan is to complete the semester on our original schedule.
  9. Wherever you are during spring break and the rest of the semester, be mindful of social distancing guidance. Avoid large gatherings, and limit travel where possible. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is discouraging all travel, domestic and international. Wash your hands fully and frequently, particularly after touching surfaces (door knobs and handles, light switches, computer keyboards, etc.) that others have touched.
  10. We recognize there is lots of uncertainty and we will keep sharing guidance and information regularly through the extended break and beyond.
Even as we face these challenges, I am heartened by the exchange of ideas and offers of support among members of the community to assist others in managing this transition from our traditional seated and residential learning environment. I am proud of our faculty who continue to demonstrate their commitment to our mission and to educating you, our students. I’m grateful to staff and administrators who have and continue to help in planning and supporting needed changes. Only by working together as a community can we ensure that New Paltz remains among the best examples of public higher education.

Be safe and well.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian
President

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

Further guidance regarding the next few weeks

Posted on: 5:44 PM on Thu, 12 March

Dear New Paltz Students,

We know there are many questions and concerns regarding yesterday’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) message to campus. We are working closely with SUNY, local and state health departments, and other state agencies to act consistently with their guidance, some of which is still forthcoming.

Spring break is being extended one full week to enable the College to prepare for remote instruction. There will be no classes from March 16 – 27, including all current online and seated courses. Issues regarding student-costs are still to be determined and will be communicated at a later date.

Distance learning

Instruction will resume on March 30, at which time all classes will be offered remotely, through the end of the spring semester. At this time, off-campus field work or clinical experience, where required for licensing or certifications, will continue.

We are recommending that all students take home whatever they need (books, notes, etc.) to continue their coursework from off-campus. 

Tips for distance learning

We have heard student concerns about their academic performance with distance learning.  We are discussing different grading options for this semester to accommodate those who are new to remote learning.

SUNY New Paltz is committed to continuing distance instruction so that students may complete their academic requirements this semester. We are offering guidance and support for students who are not familiar with Blackboard and other distance learning platforms.

As we reported yesterday, we are in the process of developing a comprehensive plan to maximize course delivery via distance learning. Here are a few initial resources that may be helpful. Please stay tuned for further guidance and support.
  • Open SUNY’s Characteristics of a Successful Online Learner resource with suggestions on how to be successful in an online format.
  • The “Support” tab in Blackboard includes links to a number of useful tools to help students.
  • For Blackboard related issues, students can make use of the following resources:

Resident students

The Residence Halls are open during and after spring break.  If you need to remain on campus please contact the Department of Residence Life (845-257-4444, reslife@newpaltz.edu) as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.  If you choose to leave campus housing for the remainder of the semester, it is a good time for you to move your belongings.  Issues regarding student-costs for students who choose to move out are still to be determined and will be communicated at a later date.

  Effective immediately and for the remainder of the semester, there will be no visitors permitted (daytime or overnight) in the Residence Halls. We ask students who remain on campus to be mindful of practicing good public health policies by not traveling back and forth from areas with high levels of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Keeping Connected

All in-person events are cancelled from March 19 to April 19.  We are working to offer remote options for students to engage with the campus and each other.  We will notify you of these opportunities in the coming weeks.

Avoiding transmission

We are doing enhanced cleaning across campus but encourage frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer and wipes to avoid transmission of germs. 

Student employment

Student temporary employees will be allowed to work on and off campus and remain in the residence halls if they so choose. We understand that employment is critical to students’ well-being.

Work Study students will also be able to work on and off campus and remain in the residence halls to do so for the same reasons mentioned above. Student Sodexo or Bookstore employees need to contact those areas to understand work schedules and expectations.

TA’s and GA’s will be given alternate work assignments that can be done in a remote location. Those who are resident students will also be allowed to remain in the residence halls.  

We will continue to provide updates as they become available

At this time, the SUNY New Paltz campus remains open. We understand that this is an uncertain and disruptive situation for all of our campus community members. We thank you for your patience and hope you recognize that the governor’s directive and our compliance is consistent with our top priority for students’ health and safety.

Please continue to monitor your campus email, the College website and other institutional channels for the latest news and updates in the coming days and weeks.

Additional information and resources related to SUNY New Paltz’s contingency planning and preparedness is available online at https://newpaltz.edu/contingency/
Sincerely,
Donald P. Christian, President
Barbara Lyman, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephanie Blaisdell, Vice President for Student Affairs 

 

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President

Follow up on Governor Cuomo's announcement about spring semester

Posted on: 5:45 PM on Wed, 11 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

We write with an update regarding Governor Cuomo's announcement today that SUNY and CUNY will provide distance learning in an effort to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester.

It is important that you read this message fully, as there are several new items that we want all students, faculty and staff to be aware of prior to spring break.

Today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo
This afternoon, Governor Cuomo announced that SUNY and CUNY will implement changes to maximize distance learning and reduce in-person learning and campus density for the remainder of the spring semester in light of the evolving novel coronavirus situation in New York. While spring break has been extended a week, the College remains open. We are consulting with SUNY System administration and our local health department to plan our course offerings after spring break. We will provide further information as our planning continues.

Classes this week
In-person and online classes will continue to be held through the end of this week as scheduled. 

We are extending spring break for an additional week and instruction will resume on March 30.

This will allow us more time for continued planning and preparations as we work to ensure continuity of our classes and operations. Information Technology Services (ITS) is working closely with deans and faculty and will continue to do so to ensure they are ready for this alternate learning model. We will communicate with the campus community once these plans are finalized.

Before leaving for spring break: how students can prepare this week
For students who live on campus, please be sure to take home whatever you need from your residence hall (books, notes, laptop, etc.) as you may need to continue your academic requirements through distance learning if necessary. We are aware that some students may not have access to high-speed internet and technology at home, and are including these considerations in our plans. Campuses and residence halls will remain open to accommodate special circumstances, students in need of housing and hands-on laboratory course work.

Please know that we are aware that international and some other residential students may not be able to go home for spring break, including due to concerns about exposure to the virus in their home communities. Please contact the Department of Residence Life as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs. This student population will be able to remain on campus with food and other services provided.   

Faculty and staff updates
While spring break has been extended a week, all College offices remain open and all services remain available. Deans will be in touch with you to communicate additional division-specific information and to discuss how you may continue operating over the next several weeks. Please review this helpful message from Instructional Technology Services for information about preparing to support distance learning.

We also want to help employees understand what to do regarding reporting to work. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor of your absence as per the protocols established within your department. Remaining home allows you to get well and reduces the possibility of spreading any illness to others in the campus community. The Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion (HRDI) asks supervisors to complete this form which will notify Benefits if an employee has been absent more than three days. Timely notification to HRDI ensures support for supervisors as well as employees’ access to important benefits information. Employees should use their sick accruals for absences related to their own illness or charge family sick leave if you are absent to take care of a family member.  

If you have underlying health conditions or compromised immunity, please consult with your health care provider about whether there are special measures you should be taking to ensure your well-being. If those recommendations impact your ability to meet your obligation or work schedule, please complete the ADA accommodation form. Benefits staff will contact employees who submit the form and they will work with you, supervisors and department leadership to help identify appropriate processes and support measures.

The College has also asked vice presidents to work with leadership in their areas to assess critical business functions, staffing levels and resources needed for continuity of service or business in the event that we experience low staffing levels or, if by order of the governor, we close campus. This means that vice presidents and department leadership should plan for and document work that can be accomplished off-site with the understanding that not all jobs on campus lend themselves to accommodating off-site work arrangements. HRDI is offering assistance for this planning.   

Campus events as of March 19
Effective March 19 through April 19, all campus events are cancelled with the exception of SUNY New Paltz athletic competitions. Athletic competitions will proceed with competitors only. No spectators will be admitted and all contests will be livestreamed

Residence hall policy changes
Effective March 23, the Department of Residence Life is implementing new guest policies for all residence halls. Until further notice, only students who reside on campus and essential College employees can enter residence hall buildings. Resident students cannot invite outside guests to visit them and off-campus students and non-students are not permitted in residence halls at any time.

If you are traveling during spring break
We continue to ask all campus community members to consider carefully any plans to travel during spring break, because such movement increases the risk for encountering those who may have come in contact with the coronavirus.
Thank you to those who have completed the voluntary travel registry. If you have yet to complete the form, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible here.

As a reminder, the College has cancelled all campus-sponsored and official campus international travel for faculty, staff and students to CDC Level 2 or higher level countries or areas (as of today, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and China).  We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts. Anyone, employee or student, anticipating travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries (see above list) over spring break or during the spring 2020 semester, is strongly discouraged from doing so. As new countries or areas of the United States are added to CDC level 2 and 3 classifications, the same College-mandated travel restrictions will apply. Anyone who does travel to such areas will be required to notify their local health department, self-quarantine for 14 days and will not be permitted to come to campus for two weeks upon their return. The CDC is also discouraging all cruise ship travel.

We know this continues to be an uncertain and challenging situation for all of us, and that disruptions and inconveniences will likely result because of this virus. The safety and security of all members of our campus community remains our highest priority. 

We are committed to continuing instruction so that students may complete their academic requirements this semester. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we monitor this rapidly changing situation and adjust our plans and actions accordingly.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian, President

Barbara Lyman, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Message originally distributed via: Office of the President email

Ulster County reports first coronavirus case in County; no known link to SUNY New Paltz

Posted on: 2:03 PM on Sun, 8 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

Campus leadership is aware that Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has reported today that a county resident has tested “presumptive positive” for the novel coronavirus. The county, which includes New Paltz, has confirmed that this individual has no known connection to SUNY New Paltz. The county is working with state health officials to further research the travel history of this individual and learn who else he has encountered. The county will be in touch directly with those individuals. 

Please be aware that campus leadership and our coronavirus task force are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates on containing and mitigating the risk to our campus community as it becomes available. 
State officials report they are working to do more testing as quickly as possible to find the people who are infected and help contain the spread of the virus. They note that there are going to be more cases because health officials are testing more people and that will provide the facts necessary to manage the situation. State officials say about 80 percent of those infected will self-resolve.  
This development reinforces the fact that Coronavirus can be contracted in countries other than those designated by the CDC as Level 2 and Level 3,  as France is not currently a Level 2 or Level 3-designated country. For this reason, we ask members of the campus community to reconsider very seriously plans to travel over spring break, either internationally or domestically, given the rapidly changing nature of this situation. Here again is the campus guidance regarding travel this spring:

Spring Break and Spring Travel by All Campus Constituents

We ask all campus community members to consider carefully any plans to travel during spring break, as such movement increases the risk for encountering those who may have come in contact with the virus.

Effective immediately, the College has cancelled all campus-sponsored and official campus international travel for faculty, staff and students to CDC Level 2 or higher level countries or areas (as of today, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and China).  We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts. Anyone, employee or student, anticipating travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries (see above list) over spring break or during the spring 2020 semester, is strongly discouraged from doing so. As new countries or areas of the United States are added to CDC level 2 and 3 classifications, the same College-mandated travel restrictions will apply. Anyone who does travel to such areas will be required to notify their local health department, self-quarantine for 14 days and will not be permitted to come to campus for two weeks upon their return. The CDC is also discouraging cruise ship travel to or within Asia. Those traveling by ship elsewhere should be mindful that their itineraries may be impacted as well.

Quarantine means students will not be able to live in a residence hall or attend all seated classes during that two-week period. We ask faculty to work with students who are under self-quarantine to assist them in making up work they may have missed or continue to work with them through online means. We also ask faculty to relax class attendance policies to reinforce the importance that ill students not attend class to prevent infecting others.

Employees should alert their supervisor about any such personal travel plans as you will need to use sick leave while under the two-week period quarantine. Teaching faculty will need to make arrangements with chairs for substitute teaching or online teaching during those first two weeks after spring break or other spring travel. We are seeking guidance on whether working from an alternate work site (not on campus) could be permissible. 

The College is mandating that any students or employees with travel plans out-of-state or internationally for official campus business register at the following link. Those with personal travel plans out-of-state or internationally are strongly encouraged to register as well. The task force will use these plans to allow us to support you upon your return and to coordinate communication. The task force will not be sharing this information broadly. While redundant, plans also should be reported to supervisors and shared with vice presidents.

Students and employees engaging in personal travel over spring break and this spring semester should note that CDC alert level designations are rapidly evolving. As such, your travel plans may be impacted and you may be subjected to public health-based restrictions upon return to the U.S. or New York. It is also possible that CDC restrictions regarding domestic travel could be mandated.

CDC-Recommended Precautions

Coronavirus is thought to be transmitted primarily in two ways:
  1. Through person-to-person contact when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
  2. From contact with infected surfaces or objects by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, using your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (The campus has initiated heightened cleaning protocols focused on frequently touched surfaces in public spaces; office staff may use their P Cards to purchase CDC-approved disinfectant wipes or alcohol-based hand-sanitizer).
  • Social distancing (efforts to limit where and when people come together).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If You are Experiencing Symptoms Consistent with Coronavirus

We ask students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus, including fever over 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, to call rather than visit the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff should contact their primary doctor. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m.  If you are a student and experiencing symptoms, please call the Student Health Center to review your symptoms and make health care decisions. The Student Health Center does not have the ability to test for coronavirus. Students who meet the criteria for testing will be sent to local hospitals. Student Affairs will coordinate housing and food arrangements. Employees experiencing symptoms as outlined above should consult with a primary care physician.  If a medical provider confirms that you tested positive for coronavirus, please call the Benefits Office 845-257-3169 or 845-257-3165 and your supervisor to advise them of your status.  Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion will work with you and your supervisor to identify the appropriate employment steps in your case.

Donald P. Christian, President
Scott Schulte, Director, Emergency Management

 

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Campus Contingency Planning

Posted on: 4:15 PM on Fri, 6 March

Campus Contingency Planning

In the event of any extended suspension of on-campus activites and classes, our goal is to minimize the disruption to instruction by fully utilizing campus technology services that can be accessed remotely.

In the spirit of preparedness, offices across the campus are now compiling documentation and guidance on how to access and leverage the many valuable resources we already have at our disposal. 

We will continue to keep the campus apprised of available technology resources, but here are some key areas it is beneficial to have in mind: 

Technology Resources

During an extended suspension of on-campus activites and classes, the Blackboard Learning Management System will be the core resource to provide course content, lecture materials, and assignments.  Through the Blackboard LMS, all faculty and students also have access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a web-conferencing program that can be used for video communication.     

Be assured, all courses already have a course shell in Blackboard that can be utilized at any point in the semester and students are automatically enrolled in appropriate shells.  If you have not used Blackboard before, guidance and training will be offered (see below) and we encourage to you begin familiarizing yourself with the system now.    

However, in addition to Blackboard, there are many other technology resources you should consider to remain connected to campus:

Ongoing Training

Many of these resources may be new to many faculty and staff, but training is available.  In addition to already scheduled Blackboard and Instructional Technology trainings for the Spring 2020 semester, additional trainings will be offered over the upcoming weeks on topics relevant to remote access.

Continue checking the OIT Events Page for both existing and new events and monitor your email for additional announcements as new workshops are added.   

Documentation on these services is also provided in the Information Technology Services (ITS) knowledge base.  Staff are compiling guidance on the tools and services that would be most relevant for use during an extended suspension of on-campus activites and classes and these comprehensive resources will be available soon.  The ITS knowledge base is available online from any location and most resources feature detailed walk-throughs, screenshots, or videos as appropriate. 

Campus Communication

If any extended suspension of on-campus activites and classes should occur, technology updates will be provided through the following methods:

Continued Support

ITS is committed to supporting the campus population in the most timely and effective way possible.  In the event of a extended suspension of on-campus activites and classes, all requests for support and training, as well as all issue reporting, can be made through our support site at support.newpaltz.edu.

Maintaining a single point of contact will assist ITS to address support needs in an orderly way; triage issues effectively; and reallocate support staff, as necessary.  

Message originally distributed via: ITS Email

Latest updates regarding coronavirus planning and precautionary measures

Posted on: 3:46 PM on Fri, 6 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

We write with an update on our campus planning to develop precautionary measures to protect our campus community from the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please be aware we currently know of no campus community members who are at risk or infected with coronavirus. As of today, there are 33 confirmed cases in New York State. At this time, all on-campus classes, events, searches and day-to-day operations will go on as planned.

As we continue to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country and internationally, we are taking many steps to put New Paltz in the best possible position in the event of an active outbreak in our region, including:

  • The College has published a Frequently Asked Questions website, which we will continue to update as the situation evolves.
  • We have begun focused cleaning by custodial staff of high-contact areas, including doorknobs, handrails, tabletops and computer lab keyboards and mice.
  • The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) will be offering training to college faculty and staff in Psychological First Aid (PFA). This is a universal early intervention that can be learned and delivered by anyone (no mental health background required), and used to support anyone experiencing stress or anxiety. For example, IDMH will be offering this training to the Administrative Council at its meeting on Monday, March 23. Stay tuned for more details and training options.
  • Contingency plans are being developed and will be announced soon in the event that faculty need to deliver instruction remotely.
  • Admission staff are working on contingency plans for Accepted Students Days on March 28 and April 4 and will share these as they develop.
  • All New Paltz students traveling abroad or who have recently returned home have access to a 24-7 virtual mental health counseling service. Students can register to make appointments with a mental health counselor and receive services remotely.
  • The Disability Resource Center (845-257-3020) is available to address any specific concerns related to students who may have underlying health issues.

Clarification about Class Cancelation Policies and Campus Closure Determinations
Please note that the College President only has the authority to delay or cancel classes and campus events, but does not have the authority to close the campus. The authority to close the campus rests with the Governor. College leadership is consulting closely with SUNY Administration, the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the Governor’s Office, and will defer to their healthcare expertise, guidance and directives on such decisions.

New Paltz Students Currently Studying Abroad
As we reported earlier this week, all study abroad programs in Italy, Japan, and South Korea have been cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. This means that SUNY is instructing all program participants in the impacted countries to return to New York immediately. The State of New York and SUNY have determined that the safest and most efficient manner to get students home as soon as possible is to charter flights back to New York at no cost to the affected students. SUNY will provide quarantine locations at other designated campuses for a 14-day period. Self-quarantine, under strict DOH guidelines and monitored by local health departments will also be allowed. Final arrangements for these flights and for quarantine procedures will be communicated to individual students, as soon as possible. 

CDC-Recommended Precautions
Coronavirus is thought to be transmitted primarily in two ways:

  1. Through person-to-person contact when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
  2. From contact with infected surfaces or objects by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, using your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (The campus has initiated heightened cleaning protocols focused on frequently touched surfaces in public spaces; office staff may use their P Cards to purchase CDC-approved disinfectant wipes or alcohol-based hand-sanitizer).
  • Social distancing (efforts to limit where and when people come together).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If You are Experiencing Symptoms Consistent with Coronavirus
We ask students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus, including fever over 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, to call rather than visit the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff should contact their primary doctor. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m.  If you are a student and experiencing symptoms, please call the Student Health Center to review your symptoms and make health care decisions. The Student Health Center does not have the ability to test for coronavirus. Students who meet the criteria for testing will be sent to local hospitals. Student Affairs will coordinate housing and food arrangements. Employees experiencing symptoms as outlined above should consult with a primary care physician.  If a medical provider confirms that you tested positive for coronavirus, please call the Benefits Office 845-257-3169 or 845-257-3165 and your supervisor to advise them of your status.  Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion will work with you and your supervisor to identify the appropriate employment steps in your case.

Future Updates
We will continue to provide additional information to the campus community as it becomes available. Please check the college home page regularly for updates.

 

Donald P. Christian, President
Scott Schulte, Director, Emergency Management
Richard J. Ordway Jr., M.D., Director, Student Health Service

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Governor Announces SUNY and CUNY Study Abroad Programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran, South Korea Suspended Effective Immediately

Posted on: 11:19 AM on Wed, 4 March

SUNY and CUNY Arranging Immediate Return Travel for Approximately 300 Students

Individuals Returning from Impacted Countries Will Fly into New York Stewart International Airport and Urge Quarantine at Designated Dormitories

Campus-Sponsored Travel Outside the U.S. for both SUNY and CUNY Canceled for Spring Semester to Impacted Countries

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Message originally distributed via: New York State Office of the Governor

Coronavirus planning and precautionary measures

Posted on: 8:45 AM on Wed, 4 March

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

SUNY New Paltz campus leadership and our emergency management team are actively monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are planning precautionary measures to protect the campus community.

Please be aware we currently know of no campus community members who are at risk or infected with coronavirus. And there are two confirmed cases in New York State. At this time, all on-campus classes, events, searches and day-to-day operations will go on as planned.

We ask you to read this message in its entirety for important guidance regarding spring break travel that impacts the entire campus community and precautionary steps you can take as an individual to protect our community.

Planning and Precautionary Measures
We are currently coordinating our planning with SUNY, New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services guidance on best practices for safeguarding the campus community. The safety and well-being of our students and employees are our primary concerns. We know this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to adjust our planning and actions as developments warrant. Our efforts are informed by the recommendations of the New York State Department of Health, the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on such incidents regarding college and university campuses.

The College has convened a task force with appropriate expertise in international programs, academic affairs, emergency management, environmental health and safety, healthcare, information technology services, human resources, facilities, communication, conference services, university police, food service, residence life, the registrar and financial aid to plan and prepare for this rapidly evolving situation. Our emergency planning includes considerations of, but not exclusive to:

  • Potential impacts on classes, continuity of college operations and schedules
  • Guidance for students, faculty, staff and visitors
  • The Student Health Center and its capacity to serve students and its coordination with local medical resources
  • Residential students
  • Campus cleaning efforts
  • Food service planning and delivery adjustments
  • Large gatherings
  • Quarantine management
  • Coordination with other local, state and federal agencies

Spring Break and Spring Travel by All Campus Constituents
We ask all campus community members to consider carefully any plans to travel during spring break, as such movement increases the risk for encountering those who may have come in contact with the virus.

Effective immediately, the College has cancelled all campus-sponsored and official campus international travel for faculty, staff and students to CDC Level 2 or higher level countries or areas (as of today, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and China).  We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts. Anyone, employee or student, anticipating travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries (see above list) over spring break or during the spring 2020 semester, is strongly discouraged from doing so. As new countries or areas of the United States are added to CDC level 2 and 3 classifications, the same College-mandated travel restrictions will apply. Anyone who does travel to such areas will be required to notify their local health department, self-quarantine for 14 days and will not be permitted to come to campus for two weeks upon their return. The CDC is also discouraging cruise ship travel to or within Asia. Those traveling by ship elsewhere should be mindful that their itineraries may be impacted as well.

Quarantine means students will not be able to live in a residence hall or attend all seated classes during that two-week period. We ask faculty to work with students who are under self-quarantine to assist them in making up work they may have missed or continue to work with them through online means. We also ask faculty to relax class attendance policies to reinforce the importance that ill students not attend class to prevent infecting others.

Employees should alert their supervisor about any such personal travel plans as you will need to use sick leave while under the two-week period quarantine. Teaching faculty will need to make arrangements with chairs for substitute teaching or online teaching during those first two weeks after spring break or other spring travel. We are seeking guidance on whether working from an alternate work site (not on campus) could be permissible. 

The College is mandating that any students or employees with travel plans out-of-state or internationally for official campus business register at the following link. Those with personal travel plans out-of-state or internationally are strongly encouraged to register as well. The task force will use these plans to allow us to support you upon your return and to coordinate communication. The task force will not be sharing this information broadly. While redundant, plans also should be reported to supervisors and shared with vice presidents.

Students and employees engaging in personal travel over spring break and this spring semester should note that CDC alert level designations are rapidly evolving. As such, your travel plans may be impacted and you may be subjected to public health-based restrictions upon return to the U.S. or New York. It is also possible that CDC restrictions regarding domestic travel could be mandated.

CDC-Recommended Precautions
Coronavirus is thought to be transmitted primarily through two ways:

  1. Through person-to-person contact when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes;
  2. From contact with infected surfaces or objects by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash, using your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (The campus has initiated heightened cleaning protocols focused on frequently touched surfaces in public spaces; office staff may use their P Cards to purchase CDC-approved disinfectant wipes or alcohol-based hand-sanitizer).
  • Social distancing (efforts to limit where and when people come together).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We ask students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus, including fever over 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, to call rather than visit the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff should contact their primary doctor. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m.  If you are a residential student and experiencing symptoms, please call the Student Health Center so that healthcare arrangements can be made for you. The Student Health Center does not have the ability to test for coronavirus. Students who are in need of testing will be sent to local hospitals. Student Affairs will coordinate housing and food arrangements.

Study Abroad Students and Their Eventual Return to Campus
The College is in contact with SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad in impacted countries, such as Italy, Japan and South Korea, and has confirmed they are safe. Governor Andrew Cuomo, SUNY, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are calling back all SUNY students, faculty and staff, in CDC Level 2 and Level 3 countries. Those students will be required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. The College is accommodating disruptions to their academic programs for those who are choosing to return home. We are reaching out to the handful of students who until now have elected not to return to provide them with information and support for when they return home. We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts.

Most (not all) students are returning home immediately, and we have made it clear that they should contact their local health department and plan for a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to campus.

Additional Resources

  • For the Centers for Disease Control’s latest updates on coronavirus, visit the CDC website.
  • New Yorkers can call the State hotline at 1-888-364-3065, where experts can answer questions regarding coronavirus.

Future Updates
We will continue to provide additional information to the campus community as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian, President
Scott Schulte, Director, Emergency Management
Richard J. Ordway Jr., M.D., Director, Student Health Service

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Center for International Programs Releases Guidance

Posted on: 5:32 PM on Sat, 29 February

The Center for International Programs has release guidance for students currently studying abroad. Read more here.

Message originally distributed via: Center for International Programs

Support for Our Students as the World Deals with the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted on: 6:55 AM on Thu, 6 February

Dear Campus Community,
As we have acknowledged in previous communications, events beyond the boundaries of the campus deeply affect members of our community.  There has been much discussion of the threat of coronavirus, and along with that, reports of bias against Chinese and Asian Americans in the U.S.  Regrettably, our own students have reported incidents on and near campus where they have been made to feel marginalized and unwelcome based on misinformation and assumptions. Concern about the coronavirus should not lead us to embrace xenophobia or act counter to our culture of inclusion.
We want to express our support for our students who have been impacted by negative comments, or who are worried about loved ones at home.  We are your community and understand that even in the best of circumstances, sustained time away from home can be difficult.  If you experience harassing or threatening comments from members of our campus community, please contact either the Dean of Students (HAB 701, 845-257-3260) or the Chief Diversity Officer   (HAB 601, 845-257-3172) for support.  As always, your faculty and staff are here to ensure your success at SUNY New Paltz and are here to assist you.
The Campus Update sent on Jan 22, 2020 by our Student Health Center Medical Director regarding the Novel Coronavirus is still current:  We know of no campus community members who are at risk for 2019nCoV.  Please review this communication for details on the virus.  
Donald P. Christian
President
Tanhena Pacheco Dunn
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Incluson
Stephanie Blaisdell
Vice President for Student Affairs

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update

Student Health Center Update - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Posted on: 3:15 PM on Wed, 22 January

Dear Members of the Campus Community: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has resulted in more than 500 confirmed cases and 17 fatalities in China.

We currently know of no campus community members who are at risk for 2019nCoV. The first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV in the United States was diagnosed in Seattle, Washington, and announced on Jan. 21. Cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. As a result of the outbreak, the CDC issued a Watch Level 2 Alert (practice enhanced precautions).

According to the CDC, common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses such as the common cold.

Three other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoVSARS-CoV and 2019-nCoV, have been known to cause severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, which often progress to pneumonia.

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Risk factors for 2019-nCoV include:

  • Travel history from Wuhan City, China within the last 14 days 
  • Close contact with a person within the last 14 days under investigation for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019nCoV)  
  • Close contact with a person within the past 14 days confirmed to have 2019nCoV

We ask students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV to visit the Student Health Center or call their primary doctor. Faculty and staff should contact their primary doctor. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m. 

We will continue to provide additional information to the campus community as it becomes available.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Ordway Jr., M.D.
Director, Student Health Service

Message originally distributed via: Campus Update