Important Academic Continuity Planning Update

Provost: March 11, 2020

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Dear colleagues,

Today the Governor made the decision that all SUNY and CUNY campuses should limit face-to-face instruction and move coursework, wherever possible, to alternative delivery methods beginning March 19 until further notice. 

There may be a few exceptions where face-to-face on-campus delivery of academic content will be allowed (labs, etc.). Please note that between now and the start of spring break, all classes will meet as scheduled on campus.  

While on-campus face-to-face instruction will be suspended, the college will otherwise remain open for normal business operations throughout the rest of the semester. Our academic mission will be supported by the on-going operations of all our administrative offices and personnel to serve our campus community.

It is important to know that all instructional spaces, offices, labs, and the library will remain accessible during this time.   We will continue to provide support for students who are unable to return home or must stay on campus for academic reasons.  

To begin this transition, I ask that the following steps be taken immediately: 

  1. Contact all students in your classes by noon tomorrow, March 12, and let them know about this transition. If you already know how you will adapt your class(es), please let your students know the particulars. If you are unsure at this time how you will move forward, please   assure your students that more information will be coming. 
  2. By Friday, March 13 at noon please notify your department chair of your plans for the rest of the semester to ensure continuity of instruction.  If you are unsure how to accomplish this task, please discuss with your chair. 
  3. Department chairs will review these plans and submit them to their respective deans by Friday at 4:30 pm. Chairs, if you have questions, please contact your dean.

We will then triage and prioritize support for those programs/courses that need the most adaptive assistance.  This is just the first step in the process; more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

I am fully aware of the stress this decision places upon each of you and I appreciate your dedication and hard work to support our students during this difficult time.  I’m confident that we will work through this as a community.  

Thank you,

Katy Heyning, PhD
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Last Updated 7/1/20

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