New Paltz Forward FAQs
Yes. SUNY New Paltz is planning a traditional, safe, in-person experience for students in fall 2021, consistent with continued progress against COVID-19 in New York State.
We expect to offer more than 90% of fall 2021 courses fully or partially in person, including more than 1,500 on-campus classes.
These plans are subject to change pending pandemic conditions and/or new guidance from SUNY or the State of New York.
As part of our return to a safe, traditional in-person campus experience this fall, we're planning to provide a rich and lively on-campus experience for students. That includes:
- A return to full residence hall capacity
- More student organization activities and events
- Expanded dining options as compared to the last year
These plans are subject to change pending pandemic conditions and/or new guidance from SUNY or the State of New York.
Yes. As we look forward to easing pandemic-era restrictions, the safety of our students, faculty and staff will remain our top priority.
We will be guided by the same “We Not Me” philosophy that made it possible to sustain activities in and out of the classroom, with low rates of COVID-19 infection and no interruptions during the 2020-21 academic year.
Some of the ways we’re planning to keep our community safe and healthy in fall 2021 include:
- Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing will be available to all students, faculty and staff.
- Free, on-campus vaccination will be available to registered students.
- Campus-based contact tracing will continue, but people who have been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
These plans are subject to change pending pandemic conditions and/or new guidance from SUNY or the State of New York.
New York State and SUNY announced in May that all students at public universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend in-person classes this fall.
However, that requirement will not go into effect until at least one vaccine has full FDA approval (the three vaccines currently in use are authorized under Emergency Use Authorization). As of July 2021, full FDA approval is still pending for the vaccines.
While the timeline remains unclear, it appears likely that at least one vaccine will receive FDA approval by the end of 2021, and possibly as soon as early fall, as President Biden indicated last week.
We continue to encourage all members of our population to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for their own health and that of the people around them, including by partnering with SUNY to increase student vaccination rates systemwide through their #30DayVaxChallenge.
Yes. New York State public health law already requires post-secondary students attending colleges and universities to demonstrate proof of immunity against certain diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella.
In order for these requirements to be permitted under the law, available vaccines must have full FDA approval. For this reason, the recently announced requirement that SUNY and CUNY students must show proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes in fall 2021 is pending full federal approval of the vaccines.
New York State public health law allows college students to be exempted from existing immunization requirements if a doctor verifies that a vaccine would be detrimental to the patient’s health (medical exemption) or if they hold “genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to immunization” (religious exemption).
As of this writing, we are awaiting more information from the state about possible medical and religious exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. We will share that information with our community as soon as we have it.
Learn more here about existing vaccination requirements and available exemptions for New York college students.
On July 28, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that all state workers - including SUNY employees - are required to be vaccined for COVID-19 by Labor Day (Sept. 6, 2021).
Anyone who does not get vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.
This policy aligns with existing SUNY policy, which already requires unvaccinated employees (and students) to be tested for COVID-19 every week they are on campus.
Students, faculty and staff can voluntarily share their vaccination status with the College via their COVID-19 profile at my.newpaltz.edu. The College collects this information as an element of our institutional COVID-19 management.
Community members who upload their vaccination information will be exempted from certain requirements, including weekly testing and daily screening mandates, in the fall 2021 semester, as outlined in FAQs above.
Vaccination information disclosed to the College may be shared with campus faculty and staff on a need-to-know basis as a necessary element of our campus COVID-19 management.
This may include employees who are involved in campus contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, general health and safety personnel, and course instructors, among others.
Vaccination figures for our community will also be reported to SUNY and New York State and will be used to help inform planning for on-campus programs and activities.
If a COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval, and the state's vaccination requirement for public college students goes into effect, this would make it much easier for SUNY New Paltz to return to a safe and normal, in-person fall semester.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has worked together, and made sacrifices, to ensure the safety of all as our number one priority.
We succeeded in keeping cases low on campus in the 2020-21 academic year, but doing so required us to temporarily suspend many elements of “the campus experience,” including full-capacity in-person classes, academic and co-curricular events, and other activities.
A COVID-19 vaccination requirement – increasingly common at colleges and universities across the nation – would help us take the next step back to a lively, exciting on-campus environment, while still protecting the health of all members of our community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are the leading national sources of good information about research and development of vaccines.
The CDC maintains a comprehensive vaccine information hub online that is updated on a regular basis with new information. The CDC also updates these pages to explain what scientists and doctors do not yet know about the vaccination process, as research is ongoing.
We found this list of the Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines especially helpful.
Another useful CDC resource is this list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Vaccines.
New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine resource hub includes a great deal of information about how and when residents can get vaccinated.
The state is also reporting on its progress to date on their COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, which is updated daily with new numbers on doses administered, broken down by region.
Many counties are also publishing vaccine information online. Ulster County offers tools for finding vaccination sites (most counties are running their own sites in addition to the state-operated locations). Dutchess County and Orange County provide similar online services to their residents, as do most other counties in New York.
Students, faculty and staff will be classified as “fully vaccinated” if they meet both of the following criteria:
- It has been at least two weeks since they received the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccination sequence, AND
- They have uploaded their vaccination status to their COVID-19 profile at my.newpaltz.edu.
So, if you receive a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after you get the second shot.
If you receive a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), you are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after you get the single shot.
No, but masking indoors is still recommended and encouraged for the fully vaccinated.
On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidance recommending indoor mask use in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates, even for the fully vaccinated.
As of July 29, that guidance is only a recommendation, and has not yet been adopted by the New York State Department of Health or by SUNY. The new indoor-mask-use guidance for fully vaccinated people does not presently apply at SUNY New Paltz, though this is subject to change as circumstances evolve.
Please remember that all unvaccinated people are required to wear masks indoors at all times on campus.
As of May 17, members of our community who have been fully vaccinated AND submitted their vaccination info to the College through my.newpaltz.edu are exempt from SUNY’s mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing policy.
This means that vaccinated people no longer have to test every week they are on campus.
Those who have not been vaccinated and shared their vaccination info with the College will still need to test every week that they are on campus, in a continuation of SUNY’s spring 2021 testing policy.
Per CDC recommendation, vaccinated people should still get tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms or in some cases when they are returning to the U.S. from international travel.
No. Effective July 29, the Daily Screening at my.newpaltz.edu has been turned off for fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who have reported their vaccination status to the College.
Students, faculty and staff will be classified as “unvaccinated” if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Have not received any COVID-19 vaccine doses, OR
- Are partially vaccinated (i.e., received only one of two doses in a two-dose sequence, or had final dose less than two weeks ago), OR
- Have completed a vaccination sequence, but have not uploaded their vaccination status to their COVID-19 profile at my.newpaltz.edu.
Yes. Per SUNY and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must always wear a mask while indoors on the SUNY New Paltz campus.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people should also continue to observe social distancing in indoor settings, including instructional spaces, where practicable.
Yes. SUNY’s mandatory weekly testing policy remains in effect for anyone who has a physical presence on campus and has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination.
Those who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or who have not submitted proof of vaccination through my.newpaltz.edu, must get tested for COVID-19 every week they are on campus during the fall 2021 semester.
Per recent bargaining unit agreements with SUNY, this policy applies to unvaccinated employees as well as students. New agreements have been signed by UUP, CSEA, PEF, NYSCOPBA and PBANYS to extend mandatory weekly testing for unvaccinated people through December 2021.
Yes. Any member of our campus community who has not gotten vaccinated AND uploaded their vaccination info at my.newpaltz.edu must complete the Daily Health Screening every day they are on campus, by logging into my.newpaltz.edu and answering all questions.
Any student, faculty or staff member who is not fully vaccinated, and/or who has not uploaded their vaccination to the College through their COVID-19 profile at my.newpaltz.edu, is required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Screening every day that they are on campus during the fall 2021 semester.
Effective July 29, the Daily COVID-19 Screening has been turned off for those who are fully vaccinated and submitted their vaccine info.
The screening questionnaire can be quickly completed by logging into my.newpaltz.edu on either a desktop or mobile device. The screening will pop up immediately the first time you log in each day, and can also be found by clicking on your COVID-19 Profile in my.newpaltz.edu.
The screening will ask if the student or employee is planning to be on campus that day. If that response is no, the screening is complete and the response is recorded for compliance record.
Those who are planning to come to campus will be required to take and report their temperature, indicate the presence of any COVID-19 symptoms and report any exposure to confirmed cases.
SUNY requires all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff members to be tested for COVID-19 every week they are on campus.
Fully vaccinated people are exempt from SUNY's testing requirement.
Additionally, any member of our community, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, is strongly encouraged to be tested if they develop symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Yes. The College will continue to provide COVID-19 testing at Awosting Hall during the fall 2021 semester, though it will take place at a reduced volume as compared to the spring 2021 semester.
Students, faculty and staff can get an on-campus PCR test through our partners at Enzo Lab.
Enzo Labs testing is by appointment only. You can use this link to sign up. Note that you will need your health insurance information to make an appointment.
Results from Enzo Labs testing are generally available within 2-3 business days after testing.
The Enzo Labs testing schedule for the rest of summer can be found here; the full fall schedule will be shared soon.
The Student Health Service also has limited capacity to provide additional individual PCR testing for students with COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact them at 845-257-3400, or contact your physician.
Yes, students and employees who are required to be tested may elect to be tested off campus by their health care provider rather than participating in on-campus pool testing.
Those who choose to be tested off campus must submit their test results to the College in order to fulfill SUNY's testing mandate.
Test results can be uploaded to you COVID-19 profile at my.newpaltz.edu.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss your situation and arrange a diagnostic test.
New Paltz students with symptoms should contact the Health Center at (845) 257-3400, or their personal physician, for consultation and instructions. Employees should contact their physicians.
This recommendation applies for everyone, even the fully vaccinated.
The College will enact the following protocol if a student tests positive:
- Residential students with a confirmed diagnosis will be relocated to an on-campus quarantine facility (students may opt to quarantine at home). Residential quarantined students will be provided with food, trash and laundry service. Student Health Service will monitor residential quarantined students’ health and provide over-the-counter medication as warranted. Students must quarantine until cleared by Student Health Service; generally 14 days post-exposure or 10 days from onset of symptoms, per CDC guidelines.
- Awosting Hall will again be set aside as unoccupied for the spring 2021 semester, and will be available to quarantine residential students as needed.
- Commuter students with a confirmed diagnosis will be directed to quarantine at home, and will not be allowed to return to campus until asymptomatic for 14 days from exposure or 10 days from symptom onset, per CDC guidelines.
- In all cases of confirmed diagnosis, the College will deploy our contact tracing protocol to notify classmates, and faculty members of their potential exposure.
- Positive cases in the campus population will be reported to the local health department, as required.
- Student Health Service will report student cases.
- The Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion will report employee cases.
The communication protocol for suspected or confirmed student cases of COVID-19 is as follows:
- Whether the student lives on or off campus:
- Contact tracers will be deployed to interview them about where they have been and with whom they have been in contact.
- Tracers will notify other individuals as appropriate, and will also notify Facilities if the student has been in common spaces on campus within seven days.
- Student Health Service will also notify Ulster County health officials of the positive diagnosis, unless the student does not reside in Ulster County or has returned home to another county. In these cases the student will be instructed to inform their County health officials.
- All of the faculty teaching courses in which the student is enrolled will be notified, whether those courses are in-person, remote or hybrid.
- The notification to faculty will not necessarily include instructions to quarantine. Faculty and classmates should not need to quarantine unless contact tracers confirm that they have been in close contact (10 minutes or more within six feet, without wearing a mask). In such cases, contact tracers will instruct faculty and classmates will be instructed to quarantine.
- If the student lives on campus:
- The student’s instructors and the Quarantine Coordinator for the Department of Residence Life will be notified. The Quarantine Coordinator will in turn notify Dining Services, Facilities Management, the Office of Emergency Management and the student’s home Residence Director.
- When Student Health Service clears a student to exit quarantine/isolation, they will notify the student’s in-person instructors and the Quarantine Coordinator (if the student lives on campus).
The College will continue sharing updates about positive cases in our campus community on our COVID-19 Dashboard.
The College will continue to hold Awosting Hall unoccupied and available for students who live on campus and must be quarantined or isolated.
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days. This includes both unvaccinated and vaccinated students.
Per Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. Fully vaccinated students who do not display symptoms will not be asked to quarantine following an exposure.
Unvaccinated students will need to quarantine if they are in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual for longer than 10 minutes. They will also be required to follow CDC recommendations for travel quarantine and any other quarantine guidelines issued by the state or county health departments.
While quarantining or isolating on campus, students will be provided with a refrigerator/microwave, food, support, wellness checks, and laundry and trash services. Once students move out of quarantine, the space they occupied will be thoroughly cleaned.
The College will follow the latest Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), state and local health department guidance about how long quarantine should last for people who test positive for COVID-19, and when people can come out of isolation.
Governor Cuomo issued new guidance for the State of New York, which will be in effect for our campus. Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period.
Students who are uncomfortable attending in-person classes are encouraged to consult with their faculty and/or academic advisors about altering their course schedule and their plan of study.
The Division of Academic Affairs and Information Technology Services have been working continuously to develop faculty proficiency in teaching both online and seated modalities with content-specific webinars and other training opportunities.
We are also working to provide additional free training and resources for students to help ensure they can succeed in online learning settings.
Yes, our protocol for cases when an instructor is unable to complete a course is unchanged from the pre-COVID-19 era.
If a faculty member becomes unable to teach due to illness or for other reasons, their faculty colleagues will work with the department chair and other academic leaders to make arrangements for course instruction to continue in the original instructor’s absence.
Yes. SUNY and the State of New York have lifted restrictions for all but the largest (5,000+ people) indoor events. Accordingly, in-person events at SUNY New Paltz (including public lectures, student events, Commencement, Convocation, etc.) will resume as normal during the 2021-22 academic year.
All health and safety policies for unvaccinated people, including visitors, (masking, distancing, regular surveillance testing) will be in effect for these events, as for all other campus activities this fall.
Event policies are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions evolve.
Please note that the College has upgraded air filtration systems and modified HVAC policies to support a return to regular indoor capacity this fall. Use this link to read more about those upgrades.
Yes.The College will resume allowing visitors in indoor spaces and at campus events in fall 2021, and COVID-19-related policies for visitors will largely follow those for campus community members.
At present, visitors who are fully vaccinated will not need to wear masks on campus, though they are encouraged to do so. Visitors who are unvaccinated must wear masks in indoor spaces while on campus.
All study abroad is suspended for fall 2021, per SUNY administration. New Paltz will follow SUNY guidance on international mobility and study abroad experiences.
Many virtual opportunities are available for students interested in global learning this fall. The SUNY Global Commons involves students in projects with non-governmental organizations through study of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
You can learn about more opportunities at the SUNY database of virtual programs, which includes options open to all SUNY students, suitable for every major, through partner organizations and institutions in nations all around the world.
Applications for spring 2022 programs are now open and the application fee has been waived for all students.
For further information specific to study abroad, please visit the Study Abroad COVID-19 FAQ page.
Student Health Service (SHS) will work with the campus community to raise awareness of and encourage activities that should decrease the effect of COVID-19 on this campus, including social distancing, use of face coverings, frequent hand washing and staying home if sick.
Student Health Service will be open Monday – Friday, but in order to reduce exposure walk-ins will not be allowed. Students must make an appointment before visiting.
Triage nurses will be available for phone assessment and will advise students on self-care measures, schedule in-person consultations as needed, and direct students to emergency services, if warranted.
SHS will also make greater use of telemedicine to continue providing health services to students in the safest manner possible.
Masks will be required for in-person appointments. No one will be allowed to accompany a student to their appointment. Students will be taken directly to an examination room where hand cleaning protocols will be required of the student at the beginning and end of their office visit.
Student Health Service will help ensure that students have access to COVID-19 testing when needed and will work with local health departments to coordinate quarantine, monitoring and treatment efforts.
Yes, flu shots will be given out at the on-campus Health Center and at local pharmacies.
In addition to the Health Center, the following medical facilities are located in the New Paltz area:
- New Paltz Family Health Center: 279 Main Street, New Paltz, NY, (845) 255-2930
- CareMount Medical: 264 Main Street, New Paltz, NY, (845) 255-7900
- Health Quest Medical Practice: 514 Route 299, Highland, NY, (845) 691-9200
- FirstCare Medical Center (functions as an Urgent Care Facility): 222 Route 299, Highland, NY, (845) 691-3627
If a student has an urgent medical problem and they are not sure how to proceed, they may reach the Student Health Center’s on-call physician outside of regular office hours by calling (845) 257-3400.
The on-call physician is available to discuss urgent medical questions with students by telephone and to help the student caller identify their options for care.
Students who require in-person medical attention can go to FirstCare Medical Center, which functions as an Urgent Care Facility and is located at 222 Route 299, Highland, NY, (845) 691-3627.
For students experiencing severe medical problems, there are Emergency Departments at the following area hospitals:
We recognize that student mental health needs have increased during the pandemic, and that more students than ever before are attempting to succeed academically while living through traumatic circumstances.
The Division of Student Affairs has reorganized services and staffing to supplement the Psychological Counseling Center’s (PCC) intervention services to allow for more outreach, prevention implementation and coordination.
The PCC, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) and SUNY have made training available to faculty, staff and students on both Psychological First Aid and suicide prevention. SUNY’s Mental Health Matters website, https://www.suny.edu/mental-health/, offers additional online suicide prevention training.
An enhanced, online Crisis Response Protocol/Reporting Form will be provided for faculty, staff and students to report students of concern and incidents of bias.
SUNY and the PCC continue to offer 24/7 crisis triage.
The PCC will continue to offer clinical services both remotely and in-person, though the majority of clinical services (including individual, group therapy and crisis-related assessment and intervention) will be offered remotely.
To deliver in-person services, the PCC staff will be staggered on a rotational basis to keep the office physically staffed five days a week during normal business. The waiting room, one of the largest spaces in the Center, will be temporarily converted to a triage room for students in acute emotional distress, to best facilitate recommended social distancing. The conference room will be modified as a second triage room.
Students who come directly to the PCC experiencing significant emotional distress but not of life-threatening nature, may be directed to wait in place or return to their room and wait. While waiting to be contacted for triage, they will be directed to self-help phone apps to aid in self-deescalating or regulating their anxiety.
The Division of Student Affairs has compiled a list of local agencies and support networks that are open and providing valuable services to members of the public, including students.
The list is being updated regularly with contact information for organizations offering information about COVID-19; crisis intervention and assistance; help with food insecurity; substance abuse disorder treatment, including Narcan kits and training; resources for LGBTQ+-identifying individuals; and more.
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.
Click here for the Student Crisis Fund application.
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 (coronavirus). To help us maintain the best customer service possible, please submit any financial aid questions or concerns via e-mail to email@example.com.
No. The statewide Telecommuting Pilot Program expired in its current form on July 2, 2021.
Under the current guidance, SUNY campuses will resume in-person instruction and residential operations for fall 2021 and offices will resume in-person services and operations.
Between July 2 and Sept. 7, 2021, the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Resources (GOER) has granted campuses limited discretion to support requests for telecommuting from all employee classifications in cases where the employee is still experiencing COVID-19 related challenges such as lack of childcare, elder care, or managing health concerns that do not fall under ADA or FMLA rules.
Please contact Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
SUNY New Paltz has developed a new flexible work framework for certain employees in summer and fall 2021.
Flexible work options are not available for all employee classifications due to state employment regulations that prohibit local changes to classified service positions.
The flexible options framework provides formal structure and support for the flexibility that has always been within campus discretion for UUP and MC employees. The framework is currently available to UUP and MC employees only.
This framework empowers supervisors and employees to explore more flexible approaches to work while supporting operational needs, excellence in service, and our institutional values.
Flexible work planning may not be appropriate for all areas, given the needs of the students we serve in the classroom, in their campus residences, and in other campus settings. Plans must be approved by divisional leadership such as a vice president, assistant/associate vice president, or dean, following discussion between an employee and supervisor.
Questions about this process can be directed to the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion at email@example.com.
Yes. Under guidance issued in March 2020 by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER), employees are provided with up to 14 days of paid sick leave, without charge to accruals, when subjected to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation.
A mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation may come from a Public Health Officer (for example, a County or City Department of Health or a written statement from the individual’s attending physician or local health officer attesting to the quarantine and the necessity of the absence).
Should an employee need to remain quarantined or isolated, the second and third periods of paid sick leave will require a positive COVID-19 test in addition to an order of quarantine or isolation. Employees who choose not to obtain a test will be required to charge their sick accruals for absences.
Yes, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance remains open, whether in person or remotely, to assist with identifying, securing and managing external funding for research and creative activities as well as assisting with research integrity and compliance.
Work-related travel will continue to be very limited during the 2021-22 academic year and will continue to require pre-approval by the Provost or the divisional Vice President. International travel is banned until further notice.
All pre-approved travel requisitions must be submitted to the Travel Office before employees’ travel occurs. If travel is not pre-approved, it will not be reimbursed.
We recognize that some faculty, staff and students may have health issues that raise particular concerns related to COVID-19.
We encourage these campus community members to file appropriate documentation for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Faculty and staff may have health issues that pose a higher risk or may have higher risk due to age. In addition, employees may have concerns about risk to children, elders or others for whom they are primary care givers. These individuals should work with their physicians and the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion to complete appropriate paperwork and make an appropriate accommodation plan. More information, including HRDI’s workplace accommodation request form, is available here.
Students should work with their physicians and the Disability Resource Center to complete appropriate paperwork and make an appropriate accommodation plan.
The SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Response Team includes representatives from across the academic and administrative units, including all five academic deans and specialists in emergency management, health services, information technology, online learning, human resources, diversity and inclusion, student affairs, communication and government relations.
Members of the COVID-19 Planning Team include:
- Donald P. Christian, President
- Barbara G. Lyman, Interim Provost
- Shelly Wright, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Communication & Marketing
- Stephanie Blaisdell, Vice President for Student Affairs
- Michele Halstead, Vice President for Administration and Finance
- Jeffrey Gant, Vice President for Enrollment Management
- Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
- Erica Marks, Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations and Executive Director, SUNY New Paltz Foundation
- John Reina, Chief Information Officer
- Scott Schulte, Director of Emergency Management
- Laurel M. Garrick Duhaney, Associate Provost for Strategic Planning & Assessment
- Laura Barrett, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Kristin Backhaus, Dean, School of Business
- Dan Freedman, Dean, School of Science & Engineering
- Jeni Mokren, Dean, School of Fine & Performing Arts
- Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Dean, School of Education
- Shala Mills, Assistant Vice President for Graduate & Extended Learning
- Rich Winters, Director of Community & Government Relations
- Matt Skillman, Director of Digital Media
Many other faculty, staff, students and village/town officials have contributed to our decision-making and planning, including as members of subgroups focused on Academic Planning, Classroom Density and Space Allocation, Faculty Teaching Preferences, Residence Life Logistics, Testing and Tracing, Personal Protective Equipment, Self-Reporting Symptom Process, International Students, Student Behavior Enforcement, Promoting Positive Student Behavior, Communication and Signage.
The full list of contributors can be found in our full Fall 2020/Spring 2021 COVID-19 Plan, beginning on page 2.
Additional consultation is ongoing with members of our community including student leadership, faculty governance and union leadership.
The COVID-19 Response Team is focused on continuing to fulfill the College’s educational mission in a fiscally responsible way, while maintaining the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and the New Paltz community.
The planning adheres to core guiding principles outlined by SUNY System administration for the planning process:
- Put safety first: When making financial decisions, safety comes first
- Protect the core academic areas of excellence
- Maintain our fundamental mission: The broadest possible access to world-class teaching, research and scholarship
- Sustain academic programs and achieve operational efficiencies
- Demonstrate agility in responding rapidly to workforce needs
- Be mindful of and support vulnerable populations
The NYS requirements for a mandatory pause are no longer in effect, meaning that there is no longer a defined threshold of COVID-19 cases or positive test rate that will trigger an automatic pivot to fully remote instruction.
However, SUNY administration retains the authority to pause campus activities in the event of increased COVID-19 transmission.