What Students Should Know - COVID-19 & Returning to Campus
As we return to campus in spring 2021, SUNY Brockport’s first priority is the health and safety of our campus community, including its students, faculty, and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves, but for all members of the SUNY community. This includes:
- wearing face coverings (masks)
- hand washing
- social distancing
- participating in testing and tracing
- completing daily screenings
- being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have
Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.
Here’s what you need to know and do as SUNY and Brockport welcome students back to campus in 2021:
The Bringing Brockport Back website will continue to be the clearinghouse of all relevant information related to SUNY Brockport’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains information, resources, and frequently asked questions segmented by audience (students, faculty/staff, parents/community, and all) as well as a comprehensive list of related campus e-mail communications.
- Please continue to check your SUNY Brockport email account. As more information becomes available, it will be announced in a campus e-mail from President Macpherson or other college officials.
- The most crucial and sensitive information may be sent to students by text message via our RAVE emergency notification system.
- SUNY Brockport social media (primarily Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) will also be a source for important COVID-19 notifications.
Return to Campus Safely
Testing and Isolation Requirements
All students will be required to complete a mandatory seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to the Brockport area.
All students who have at least one in-person class or come to campus at any point, will be required to participate in the Covid-19 testing program upon arrival. 100% of these students will be tested each week.
Students must take a pre-arrival Covid-19 test on Feb. 1, Feb. 2 or Feb. 3 and submit their result to Hazen. Testing clinics will be held on-campus during these days for local students. More information about these clinics, and other test options for non-local students, can be found on the Bringing Brockport Back website.
If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last three months, you can present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior three-month period.
Residential student testing will be coordinated with move-in dates and times. Students who do not submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of in-person classes will not be able to attend face-to-face classes or move into the residence halls.
- The full academic calendar can be found here, but below is a summary of the changes to the spring semester calendar:
|January 25||Daily Symptom Checking Starts for overall population
|February 1, 2, 3||
Students get tested for Covid-19 prior to arriving; submit negative test results to MyHazen
Out-of-State Students return to NYS for 10-day quarantine
|Various||Complete a mandatory 7-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to the Brockport
area and starting in-person classes on February 8th.
|February 6 & 7||
Residential Students Return. Arrival Testing of Residential Students.
First Day of Classes, In-person (planning to be face to face); Arrival Testing of Off-Campus Students Begins
During the first week, students should limit movement to only essential locations like their classrooms, dining halls and their residence hall/off campus apartment.
- Residential lounges will be available for socially distant use.
- Residential students can return to the residence halls on February 6 & 7. Residential students will receive an email directly from Residential Life/Learning Communities with additional information about returning to the residence halls.
- Dining will be take-out only until February 10th, at which time in-person dining is anticipated to resume.
- Small, socially distant in-person activities will be offered; virtual programming will be available. The fitness center will open February 10.
- Students should not travel to other campuses or out of the area.
- Students must wear face coverings at all times indoors, unless in their private bedroom, even when maintaining social distancing. Frequent handwashing and increased cleaning will occur.
- No visitors will be allowed, even for assisting with moving items back into the residence halls.
Get Screened Daily
Everyone coming to campus, including students, must complete a daily health screening. Students will have to start the daily symptom checking 14 days prior to returning to Brockport.
Get Tested Regularly
SUNY Brockport is committed to pool testing 100% of our on-campus community. More
information is available on the Bringing Brockport Back website.
SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus.
Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part
Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:
- Wear a face covering (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other
public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.
- Exceptions to this requirement include when students are (1) in their private residential or personal space, (2) eating meals on-campus while seated and socially distanced, or (3) outdoors and social distancing restrictions can be consistently maintained (not when there is a high likelihood of passing someone on a walkway, such as when traveling in between class periods). Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone in their office or other private spaces.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
- Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.
The social distancing and face covering policy can be found here.
If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation
Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical or campus official that they are “at risk” for having COVID-19 may be required to quarantine or isolate. This may include taking classes remotely, and not going to dining halls and other campus facilities. The campus has specific information about restrictions that may be found here. Students identified for quarantine and isolation (whether residential or non-residential) will have access to certain assistance, such as the delivery of food and medicine. They may also receive psychosocial, academic and/or other supports, as needed.
Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action
When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Student conduct is governed by the campus Code of Student Conduct. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Additional information can be found here. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.
Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the campus guest policies, that apply to both on and off campus students.
Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally
We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY has resources to help you get the support you need:
- Hazen Center for Integrated Care Counseling Services
- ReachOut SUNY
- Thriving Campus
- Middle Earth from the University at Albany
- New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741
- LifeLine - Dial 211 or 1-877-356-9211
Understand What’s Being Offered On-Campus & Online
Barring unforeseen circumstances, approximately 57% of spring classes are scheduled to meet in face-to-face or hybrid formats. 43% are online. For large face-to-face classes, we will maximize our efforts to assign rooms to accommodate as many students as possible to attend classes intact, but some courses may have to have A/B or A/B/C schedules to ensure social distancing.
Get Instructional and Technology Help
Provides students with tutoring, accessibility support and academic advisement services.
A college wide online service desk with specific services for assisting students with any technology need. (i.e. loaning laptops or chromebooks)
Includes information about Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams and our learning management system (Blackboard).
Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should contact the Student Accessibility Services Office.
Follow Housing & Dining Updates
Residential student return dates will be on February 6 & 7. You will be contacted by Residential Life/Learning Communities to schedule your return date and time. Dining Halls and retail dining locations will remain open for the spring semester.
If We Have to PAUSE, Follow These Rules
If the campus must switch to a two-week (or longer) pause, the following rules apply.
- All classes transition to remote delivery
- Dining halls will be carry-out only
- In-person meetings, programs and services will transition to remote formats.
- Residence halls will remain open with increased restrictions. Students are urged to stay on campus, in their residence hall during this time. Arrangements to move home during the PAUSE must be made in advance by contacting your Resident Director. Students who leave the residence halls to go home during the PAUSE period will not be permitted to return unless they produce a negative test result within 3 days of return. Students who choose to leave and not return should be aware of refund policies
- Off campus students are urged to remain in their residence.
- Athletic and recreational activities will be suspended
- Additional mitigation strategies will be considered, dependent on the nature of the spike in cases.
If We Have to Pivot to Remote Instruction, Follow This Plan
Faculty members will communicate updated course information directly to students in their courses. If SUNY Brockport pivots to remote instruction and residence hall students move out, students and parents/guardians will be sent information about move out timelines, plans and expectations. We anticipate providing a 3-day period for students to move out of the residence halls. Students will be refunded based on the published spring 2021 Housing Refund Policy.
Changes and Updates
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance, or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and Brockport have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and Brockport will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of new developments.
Thank you in advance for everything you are doing and will do to make 2021 safe for you, your fellow students, and the campus community and beyond.