COVID-19

Fall 2020 Contingency Plan

This plan details the steps SUNY Oneonta is taking to wind down on-campus activities and services in an orderly fashion for the rest of the fall semester. This plan is designed with the safety and health of our entire campus community in mind.  Excluded from this plan are the students and facilities of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, which is housed and administered at a location in Cooperstown.

Read the full plan

Statement from President Barbara Jean Morris on Irresponsible Behavior in Residence Hall

We have seen the photo taken in one of our residence halls of students blatantly violating our strict safety protocols and code of conduct and putting themselves and others at risk. We are working to identify the students and will quickly issue disciplinary actions and possible suspensions. We will also step up our monitoring of these residence halls to prevent this behavior from happening again and to continue to protect the safety and health of our students.

It is deeply disappointing that following the severe action SUNY Oneonta took just days ago to shift to remote learning for all students, we are still faced with the reckless and irresponsible behavior of a few that are damaging the reputation of our campus and our dedicated students who followed the safety rules every day and were looking forward to a great semester on campus.

COVID-19 Dashboard

680

Number of positive cases since the start of the fall semester

6

Total number of students in quarantine on campus

1

Total number of students in isolation on campus

Updated Sept. 20

This data presents known positive test cases among SUNY Oneonta students. Students in isolation have tested positive for COVID-19. Students in quarantine are suspected of being positive for COVID-19.

Questions and Answers

Quarantine and Isolation

We recommend all students help stop the outbreak by quarantining in place. Students are required to quarantine if they have been mandated by the state through contact tracing to do so.  

Quarantine is a way of restricting the movement of people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease until it can be determined that they are not infected. 

Isolation is a way of removing a known infected person from the community so they cannot spread disease. In this case the campus has set aside a residence hall where COVID positive students can be housed and cared for until they are no longer infectious. 

A campus care team will make support calls to each student daily or as often as the student indicates they want a care team call. Medical staff are available to do tele-health and in-person health visits as needed. Many students may have no or minimal symptoms and might not need to be seen. Students with symptoms will have a check-in meeting every few days or more frequently depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Academics

Yes. The course withdrawal date for students has been extended to Dec. 4. 

No. At this time, the college will not have a pass/fail option for fall 2020 due to accreditation and licensure requirements and financial aid implications. 

Maybe, depending on the location of the internship site. Internships in Oneonta and Otsego County have been suspended. Students and faculty should consult their internship agreement and monitor the public health website for the county where the internship is occurring for information on the health and safety of attending the internship (located on the internship form).  

Students should contact their course instructor to make arrangements to pick-up their belongings. 

IT Services will provide remote support. Customers will be able to access our services in the following ways:

Damascene Book Cellar is open all semester for late purchases, to buy books that students no longer need, and to answer any book-related questions. Damascene can be contacted at 607 436-3329 and textbooks@oneonta.edu.

For the balance of the fall 2020 semester, students can order directly from Damascene Book Cellar for curbside pickup or shipment to home addresses. Used and new purchases, rentals and access codes are available.

Students with books that were previously ordered and who have not been contacted by Damascene to arrange for shipment should call the store at 607-436-3329.

The deadline to return books and rentals for a full refund was Sept. 11. Only refunds received or postmarked by that date qualify for a refund. All other refund policies apply: books must be accompanied by a receipt; books and access codes purchased or rented in shrink wrap must be returned in the shrink wrap; and books and access codes that were purchased or rented as new must still be brand new as Damascene determines. Returns must be packed well, should be sent via a trackable method, and should be accompanied by a note with the student’s name, phone number and email address. Damascene takes no responsibility for books and packages that are lost or damaged in transit.

The deadline to return fall semester rentals has been extended to Jan. 20, 2021.

On-Campus Housing and Dining

No. However, the college is working to be able to deliver overnight deliveries of food to students from parents. 

Students who are placed in quarantine or isolation buildings will have meals prepared and delivered by the college’s Catering Department throughout their confinement. There will be two deliveries each day, a mid-morning brunch and an evening dinner that will also include a continental breakfast for the following morning.  

Until they leave campus, students not in isolation or quarantine buildings may select from a variety of meals for takeout from Wilsbach Dining Hall. They must maintain social distancing protocols and wear masks. The dining hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.  to reduce density. Once the majority of students have moved back home, Dining Services will assess how many students remain on campus because of extenuating circumstances. Depending on that number, the college may shift dining operations to Morris Hall. 

No. Visitors are not allowed.

The college will make arrangements to get urgent packages and mail to students who are quarantined and in isolation. Dragon Express will email students when packages arrive. Please read that email carefully. Students can schedule a time to come to Hunt Union to pick up their packages curbside. A link to schedule that appointment will be included in the email. 

Testing

Pool testing

Pool testing for COVID-19 will be available to students and employees every Monday this semester at the Alumni Field House from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and at the college’s Cooperstown facility from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Weekly pool testing is required for all on-campus students except those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. The college recommends that off-campus students be tested on a regular basis.

Prior to coming to the pool testing site, students and employees must create a COVID-19 surveillance account and register online. Registration information is for internal campus use only. Two pointers:

  • The registration site will ask for your Student ID. No. Employees should insert their SUNY employee ID number. (If you don’t know it, then contact HR.)
  • When you reach the screen asking if you have a testing kit, do not respond. You will need to bring up this screen on your electronic device (phone, laptop, tablet) and answer in the affirmative once you are at the testing site.

Pre-test Protocol

  • For three hours prior to your test, do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
  • In the 30 minutes prior to your test, do not eat or drink anything, including mints, chewing gum or lozenges and do not smoke, vape, or use smokeless tobacco.

PCR testing

The Health Center also can accommodate 12-14 students per day for PCR testing, Monday-Friday. PCR tests are available only for symptomatic students.

Testing Plan

SUNY approved the college’s COVID-19 testing plan on Sept. 16.
 

Off-campus students in Oneonta are encouraged to be tested regularly while taking remote courses. Pool testing is available on campus once a week. Health officials recommend that off-campus students be tested once every two weeks.

Students whose test results are negative will receive email notification. Students whose test results are positive will receive a phone call with further instructions. The college will notify all test takers of their results as soon as possible. 

The lab has had delays in getting back some of the pooled test results. Students should first check their email clutter and spam files. If they still don't see an email and haven't received a phone call, they can call the college's COVID help line at 607-436-2000 and a trained staff member will look up their test results. This line is staffed weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Yes. The college will notify those individuals whose samples tested positive. No follow-up test is needed. 

About two days after their results are available, students should get an email from the lab to set up their MyChart portal. If they do this, they can then print a copy of their result if they are positive. If they were in a negative pool, they did not get individual testing so this won’t be an option for them. In that case, the test results email they receive from the college (Covid-tests@oneonta.edu) is their confirmation.

Contact the Otsego County Department of Health for a decision, ask for a hard copy documenting that decision, and provide it by email to Melissa Fallon-Korb

No. Upon returning home, students are advised to self quarantine for 14 days and then get tested again to ensure they are still negative.

If a student tests positive, they are placed in isolation for 14 days and must stay for the duration. If a student is in quarantine with symptoms waiting for test results, they may leave if/ when they receive a negative test result. If a student is in quarantine due to close contact with someone who has tested positive, that student must remain in quarantine for the full 14 days. This is a Department of Health mandate.

No. The test involves collecting saliva in your mouth with a swab and takes less than five minutes.

Students who receive permission to live on campus for the rest of the full semester because of special circumstances will be required to be tested once a week.

If your roommate tests positive, then you are considered a close contact and need to go into quarantine for 14 days. You will be notified by the Otsego County Department of Health. You should pack two weeks worth of belongings, including your bed linens. A van driver will come to help you move to the quarantine hall.

Health and Wellness Center

Call the Health Center at 607-436-3573 to speak with a staff member.

Yes. The Counseling Center is available to do tele-counseling for students who are physically in New York state. We are no longer seeing students in person. To set up an appointment, please call 607-436-3368.

If you are located in Otsego County and need to speak with a licensed counselor immediately, then call the 24-hour Otsego County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at 1-844-732-6228. If you are located outside of Otsego County and are having a mental health emergency, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to your local mental health crisis unit.

Campus Activities, Facilities and Transportation

Yes. The library will offer online services to students, faculty and staff. 

Campus offices and services such as Academic Advisement, the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Career Development Center, Counseling Center, International Education, Student Learning Center and Student Employment will continue offering virtual appointments and digital services. 

Yes. IT Services will offer remote support. Students, faculty and staff will be able to access our services Online – visit our Remote Resources website, e-mail us at Helpme@oneonta.edu or call (607) 436-4567.   

Curb side pickup/drop off services will be coordinated on an as needed basis by appointment only. To view our hours please visit the ITS website.

The campus is not closed. However, college facilities, including the library, Hunt Union and classroom buildings, will be closed to students and only accessible to faculty and staff via card access.

No. All in-person events and activities are canceled or moved to a virtual format.

Refer to Campus Connection or the Corq app for information.

OPT is operating on a limited schedule. Bus service is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes some stops downtown, at Walmart, Southside Mall and Hannaford (upon request). Students can swipe their ID cards on buses for service. Social distancing and mask wearing on OPT buses is mandatory.

Financial Impact

The college plans to issue full housing refunds and prorated dining refunds for students who move out of their rooms during the move-out period. Certain other broadly-charged fees – including Transportation, Athletics, Student Life, and Activity fees – will also be adjusted for all eligible students. More details will be forthcoming. 

To be eligible for refunds, students must be enrolled in credit-bearing coursework and have incurred charges for eligible fees at the time of impact. A student who withdraws from college prior to the date of impact would not be eligible for COVID-related account adjustments even if they incur charges for eligible fees. Instead, the standard liability rates would apply to their billed costs. 

Tuition will not be adjusted as all classes will continue for the remainder of the term. Campuses are not authorized to revise tuition rates, which are set by the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

Students with a negative (credit) billed balance after adjustments are applied will have two options: 

  • Reduce fall portion of parent or student loan(s) by the amount of the credit 
  • Receive a refund of the credit balance less financial aid items that are not yet certified for payment

Adjustments for eligible students with a balance due at the time of impact will first be applied to the amount due; any remaining credit balance will be subject to the options above. 

No. The September installment has been cancelled. Any balance remaining after the room, dining, and fee adjustments are made will be due on Oct. 21.

Yes, if they left by Sept. 10 and scheduled an appointment to pick up their belongings.

Yes, we expect that all graduate student assistants will continue to work, or transition to work or teach remotely, and all contract terms will be honored.

Student employees who are on the payroll will be paid for the first two weeks of the semester according to their approved work schedule, whether or not work was performed for the full two weeks. Going forward, students will be permitted to work only from a remote location and will be paid for hours actually worked. Supervisors will be strongly encouraged to identify remote work duties for the students working in their department. 

Students who accepted Federal Work Study awards and started to work at their positions after the start of the semester will be paid for the first two weeks of the semester according to their approved work schedule. Going forward, students will be permitted to work only from a remote location and will be paid only for those hours worked. As FWS is a need-based program awarded to those students with the least financial resources, supervisors will be encouraged to identify tasks that students can perform remotely to ensure that students receive the needed financial aid to continue being enrolled. The Student Employment Coordinator will work with supervisors to find appropriate remote work assignments so that students who wish to continue in the FWS can do so. The college will also monitor the number of students who have accepted awards and are actively working, as an opportunity to convert Work Study Funds to a grant-based program may be available. 

Declining Dollars will be refunded according to the refund policy approved by SUNY. Dragon Dollars will not roll over to Spring 2021; Dragon Dollar balances will be refunded. 

 Telecommuting

Employees who have an approved telecommuting agreement in place should plan to work remotely except as needed to provide direct services in offices on a rotating basis or as directed by their supervisor.  All other employees should continue to work on campus as directed. 

Staff employees who work remotely should follow the process for telecommuting established in the spring. There is no need to reapply to telecommute, but weekly work plans should be submitted. Employees can come to campus as needed to pick up work assignments or materials but should notify their supervisor first. 

If a staff employee is unable to work remotely because of Internet, child care or another issue, the employee should contact HR to discuss options. If he or she plans to work on campus instead, he or she should notify HR so that arrangements for cleaning and disinfecting of workspaces can be made. 

Campus Messages

No New Cases of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 20

Testing Identifies 4 New Cases of COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 19

Testing Identifies 4 New Cases of COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 18

COVID-19 Testing Available Every Monday
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 17

1 New Case of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 17

No New COVID-19 Test Results at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 16

5 New Cases of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 15

No New COVID-19 Cases at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 13

COVID-19 Testing Available Every Monday
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 13

SUNY Oneonta Sees 16 More COVID-19 Cases
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 12

11 New Cases of COVID-19 at the College
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 11

No New Cases of COVID-19 Today at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 10

12 New Cases of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta Today
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 9

SUNY Oneonta Reports 33 New Cases of COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 8

SUNY Oneonta COVID-19 Update
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 7

597 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 6

57 New Confirmed COVID Cases, 0 Employees Test Positive
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 5

COVID-19 Cases Up 33 Today at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 4

No Employees Test Positive for COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 4

118 More Cases of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 3

SUNY Chancellor Sends Students Home for the Rest of the Fall Semester
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 3

100 New Cases of COVID-19 at the College
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 3

2,700 Tested, More Results Expected Later Tonight
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 2

44 New Cases of COVID-19 at the College
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 2

68 New Cases of COVID-19 at the College
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Sept. 1

Campus Resident Screening Nearly Complete
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 31

Frequently Asked Questions About the Two-Week Pause
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 31

College Pausing In-Person Activities for 2 Weeks
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 30

SUNY Chancellor Visiting Campus
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 30

5 Students Suspended in Connection with Parties
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 29

College Sees 16 New Cases of COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 28

College to Conduct Pool Testing for COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 27

College Sees 6 New Cases of COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 27

5 More Students Test Positive for COVID
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 26

2 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
from the Office of the President to students and employees, Aug. 25

Our Safety Is a Collective Responsibility
from the Office of the President to employees, July 30

Fall Re-Start Questions and Answers
from the Office of the President to employees, July 8

College Receives Approval for Students to Return This Fall
from the Office of the President to students and employees, July 2

Related Links

SUNY Oneonta Fall Re-Start Plan

Re-Start Questions and Answers

Actions for Safety

Additional Data

Otsego County Map

NYS COVID-19 Tracker

Report a Concern

Conduct Report Form
This form goes to college officials.

To report a concern to the City of Oneonta, call or text 607-376-7453.

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