Communications

CRT Update Nov. 19
Email to students and employees, Nov. 19

CRT Update Nov. 5
Email to students and employees, Nov. 5

Upholding our Standards for Safety, Wellness and Mutual Respect This Weekend
Email to students and employees, Oct. 29

CRT Update Oct. 22
Email to students and employees, Oct. 22

Eligible students to receive pandemic relief grants
Email to students and employees, Oct. 18

CRT Update Oct. 15
Email to students and employees, Oct. 15

Thank you and enjoy break safely. Updates and reminders
Email to students and employees, Oct. 7 

CRT Update Oct. 1
Email to students and employees, Oct. 1

CRT Update Sept. 24
Email to students and employees, Sept. 24

Employee testing & health screening update
Email to employees, Sept. 17

COVID update: Thank you for your commitment 
Email to students, employees and parents, Sept. 17

Greetings and information from Otsego County Public Health Director Heidi Bond
Email to students, employees and parents, Sept. 16

COVID update: Testing for vaccinated students and contingency plans
Email to students and employees, Sept. 10

CRT Update Sept. 3
Email to students, employees and parents Sept. 3

CRT Update Aug. 27
Email to students and employees, Aug. 27

Student vaccine mandate details
Email to students and employees, Aug. 27

Message from Student Association President
Email to students, Aug. 26

Full FDA Authorization of Pfizer vaccine and student vaccine mandate information
Email to students and employees, Aug. 23

Guest Commentary: A pandemic partnership How SUNY Oneonta and the city of Oneonta are working together to keep the community safe
Guest column in The Daily Star by Incoming President Dr. Alberto Cardelle and Mayor Gary Herzig, Aug. 21

CRT Update Aug. 20
Email to students and employees, Aug. 20

Welcome message from Mayor Gary Herzig
Email to students, Aug. 19

We're excited for the fall semester!
Email to students, Aug. 16

We're ready for the fall semester.
Email to employees, Aug. 16

Return-to-Campus Reminders
Email to employees, Aug. 5

Fall 2021 Plan & Updated Student Vaccine Policy
Email to students, employees and parents Jul. 30

Preparing for Fall 2021 Semester
Email to students, Jul. 22

COVID Vaccine Reminder
Email to students, Jul. 14

Field House Track and Fitness Center Open
Email to employees, Jul. 8

Replacing Signs & How to Request Removal of Plexiglass Barriers
Email to employees, Jul. 6

Upcoming Telecommuting Changes
Email to state employees, Jul. 2

Independence Day Testing Schedule Adjustment
Email to employees, Jul. 1

Clarification on Indoor Mask Policy for Unvaccinated/Unknown Vaccination Status Individuals
Email to employees, Jun. 23

Masks & Testing No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated
Email to employees, Jun. 22

Updated Testing and Masking Guidance
Email to employees, Jun. 16

Updated Campus Visitor Guidelines
Email to employees and students, Jun. 3

Summer Testing Updates
Email to employees, May 26

Employee Mask Update and Reminder
Email to employees, May 20

Guest Commentary: Creating a better 'normal' in post-COVID world
guest column in The Daily Star by Acting President Dennis Craig and Mayor Gary Herzig, May 14

Summer Alternate Work Hours Information
Email to employees, May 14

Summer 2021 COVID Testing
Email to employees and students, May 14

Campus Mask Policy Remains Unchanged 
Email to employees and students, May 14

Final Video Update for Spring 2021
Email to employees and students, May 13

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training Reminder
Email to employees, May 12

Video addresses FAQs about the COVID vaccine
Email to students, May 10

Vaccine updates and thank-yous
Email to employees, May 10

Mandatory Fall 2021 Student Vaccine Information
Email to employees and students, May 10

Optional Testing on May 10 and Summer Testing Info
Email to students, May 6

Summer 2021 Testing Procedures
Email to employees, May 6

City to close Main Street to send off college grads
article published in The Daily Star, May 4

Kudos to Health Center staff, last chance for student pool testing
Email to employees and students, May 3

Mask Policy and Vaccine Information
Email to employees and students, Apr. 30

Fall 2021 Planning is Underway
Email to students, Apr. 30

Fall 2021 Planning is Underway
Email to employees, Apr. 30

Last Chance for On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Next Week
Email to students, Apr. 29

Outdoor event, in-person dining are hopeful signs of return to normalcy
Email to employees and students, Apr. 26

Vaccination standby list, Chase weight room opens
Email to employees and students, Apr. 19

Canceled: Johnson & Johnson Student Vaccine Clinic
Email to employees, students and parents, Apr. 13

Weekly COVID Update and Safety Reminders
Email to employees and students, Apr. 12

Emergency Relief Funding Available to Eligible Students
Email to employees and students, Apr. 12

Vaccines Available to Students On Campus
Email to employees, students and parents, Apr. 9

Being a Conscientious Campus Community
Email to employees and students, Apr. 5

Read transcript: Spring Semester Update and Good News

Spring is finally here and we have just six weeks left in the semester! First and foremost, I want to thank you, Red Dragons, for staying vigilant and doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this semester. 
  
The busy state-run vaccination site on campus offers us hope that we’re getting closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. More good news came earlier this week when New York State announced that those age 16 and older can be vaccinated beginning April 6th. As we plan for a successful academic year ahead, I encourage everyone to get the vaccine as soon as you can get an appointment.  I just got my second dose in Utica this morning and it was easy to sign up online at ny.gov forward/vaccine.   
  
One common question health professionals have been asked is, whether or not someone should continue to test weekly for COVID if they’ve been fully vaccinated. Here’s the answer: anyone who is reporting to campus for any reason must still participate in weekly testing. The vaccine is designed to stop the virus from making you sick. We don’t know yet for sure if the vaccine will stop you from spreading the virus. We should continue to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands after we’ve been vaccinated. Testing remains essential for us keeping the spread of COVID under control and regular testing has become an established routine, with our campus administering more than 2,000 tests each week. This has resulted in our campus infection rate staying lower than that of our surrounding community and Otsego County. Thank you to our testing site volunteers, and to those of you who are on campus or in the city and have committed to getting tested every week. You all continue to play an important role in keeping the campus safe and productive.    
  
As we race to get everyone vaccinated, we should all remain concerned about emerging COVID strains and the fact that infections have been rising in our region and across the state. I know you might be tempted to relax your mask wearing or social distancing efforts with warmer weather here and more opportunities to gather, but we are not at that point yet. Remember, masks are still required on campus, even outdoors.  
  
University Police continues to work with the City of Oneonta Police Department to ensure that student activity off campus aligns with our community standards. I am happy to report there have been very few incidents so far this semester. I thank all of our off-campus students and encourage you to continue to be good neighbors.  
  
We have come so very far and I am proud of our students, faculty, and staff for all that you’ve done individually to get us through this very unique academic year.  Now is the time to continue working hard to keep each other safe so we can have a successful end to the semester.   

In Your Opinion: SUNY Oneonta vaccination site was close to perfection
Editorial in The Daily Star, Apr. 2

Senator Charles Schumer Visits Campus
Email to employees and students, Apr. 2

Telecommuting Agreements Extended
Email to employees, Apr. 1 

Dear SUNY Employee,

As you know, New York State is currently working to distribute vaccines to all eligible New Yorkers, with many SUNY campuses serving as vaccination distribution sites. With the recent expansion of criteria for appointment eligibility, this email is to remind you that all in-person college staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

You may visit covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov at your earliest convenience to learn more and make an appointment. If you still have questions about the vaccines, check out our #KnowYourVax video series featuring experts from around the SUNY system.

Make an Appointment

Thank you for all that you have done for the SUNY system and your campus community to help keep everyone safe and our campuses running during this difficult time.  

Infection Rate Remains Low; Vaccine Eligibility Expands
Email to employees and students, Mar. 29

Telecommuting Agreements Update
Email to employees, Mar. 26

Check Your COVID Pool Test Result Online
Email to employees and students, Mar. 26

Each of Us Makes a Difference in the Fight Against COVID
Email to employees, Mar. 25

Campus COVID Infection Rate Remains Low
Email to employees, students and parents, Mar. 22

 Read transcript: Keep up the good work with COVID safety measures

Hi, I’m Clara Culeton. 

Last month, I had the random luck of being SUNY Oneonta’s 10,000th COVID pool test taker. It was a proud moment, realizing how hard we have worked as a campus community to keep one another safe. We’re so lucky to have access to free testing right on campus, with one of the most accurate COVID tests in the world. 

With our actions and our choices, each of us is making a difference in the fight against COVID. Getting tested each week. Remembering to complete our daily health screenings. Wearing masks. And keeping our social bubbles small. Halfway through the semester, SUNY Oneonta’s positivity rate is under 1 percent, and we’re beginning to take steps toward the normal life we enjoyed before the pandemic. 

We’re in the home stretch, but we have to keep it up.

As a member of the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, I know how hard it’s been to give up doing some of the things we love most. I absolutely cannot wait to be back on the court.  But if we can get through the semester without an outbreak, all the sacrifices we’ve made will have been worth it.

Thank you for doing your part to keep your friends, your family members and yourself safe. We’ve come this far. Together, we’ve got this.

Stay Safe This St. Patrick’s Day
email to students, employees and parents, Mar. 17

Beginning tomorrow, March 18, there will be some changes to the parking lots on campus to accommodate the state-run mass vaccination site located in the Alumni Field House. Lots 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 will be offline for campus employees and students. Lots 4 and 8 (Fine Arts Center faculty-staff lower lot and Alumni Field House lower lot) will remain open for our campus community on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow will be redirected to the Hunt Union if there is a need.

Employees Granted Excused Leave Time for Vaccination
email to employees, Mar. 17

Campus Vaccination Site Officially Opening Friday
email to students and employees, Mar. 17

No Official Date for Campus Vaccination Site Opening
email to students and employees, Mar. 17

Fitness Center Closing During Vaccination Site Prep
email to students and employees, Mar. 15

Campus COVID Infection Rate Falls
email to students, employees and parents, Mar. 15

Dear SUNY Oneonta Community,

An early spring weekend is upon us, and the trepidation related to Covid-19 for many of us that work and live in a college town is probably heightened. St. Patrick’s Day for many college students is a day of fun, frolic and unfortunately, drinking. Here in Oneonta, it’s no different. The major difference I see is that we’re still in a pandemic. 

Over the span of this semester, I have been meeting and listening to various constituent groups about our students and the community. This past week has highlighted for me the fact that we all are in this together, and we all have a collective responsibility to be accountable to each other. 

I moved to the Oneonta community almost six years ago. I have noticed that year-round residents of this community are both appreciative of the vibrancy of living in a college town, and concerned about losing the dynamic and shared values here because many residents come and go. 

These concerns are exacerbated by the behavior of some our students. I say some of our students because the vast majority of our students respect the social norms and laws of the community they call home for the majority of the year.

I’m writing this letter because I share some of the concerns that many of you have as year-round residents, and I want you to know that the college is doing all that we can to address them. This includes not only leveling sanctions for bad behavior, but also providing resources to our students, helping them grow as productive community members.

The college isn’t in this alone. We all can take steps to address unsafe or irresponsible behavior of anyone living and visiting our community. Here are some resources that any of us can use, just in case you were unaware of these options:

  • Notify your local law enforcement agency of activities — off-campus — that jeopardize the safety of the Oneonta community. If you believe someone is in violation of the law and/or city ordinances, the first call you should make is to the Oneonta Police Department (607) 432-1113. OPD is a key partner of the college and a great resource to city residents. City police will determine if laws are being broken.
  • Next, contact your Common Council representative and make them aware of the situation. If you know that SUNY Oneonta students are involved in activities that violate the Code of Student Conduct, contact the Office of Community Standards (607) 436-2253. Once a report has been received, the Office of Community Standards will investigate and adjudicate as appropriate.
  • Finally, I urge you to connect with your neighbors in ways that create a relationship of trust. This is the same message that we’re sharing with our students, so I hope that you will be open to their outreach as well. Once you have established these types of relationships, it’s easier to have those tough conversations about appropriate behavior and community expectations.

We’re all in this together, and we all have a role to play to make our community the safest and best it can be. 

Warmest regards, 

f/d/c

Franklin Chambers
Vice President for External Affairs

Read transcript: Don't let Warm Weather or Upcoming Holidays Tempt You

Hello, I’m Christopher Peguero Liriano,

As a new member and Community Service Chair of the Inter-Greek Council, I want to remind you how important it is to keep taking precautions against the spread of COVID. As you may know, there’s been an uptick in cases, not just at SUNY Oneonta but throughout Otsego County.

With spring-like temperatures and growing optimism as more and more people get the vaccine, it’s tempting to relax the rules.

But now is not the time to let down our guard.

If you’re planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or St. Oney’s, be responsible. Keep your bubble as small as you can. Wear your mask. If you go out, wash your hands often, and social distance as much as you can. If you or someone you spend time with has symptoms, isolate yourself and get tested. 

I know you’re tired of COVID. I am, too. Oneonta is a community, and my fraternity brothers are like family. It’s hard not to be able to get together the way we used to. But we’ve made it this far, and now a return to normal times is in sight.

I’m proud of the way our campus community has come together so far this semester to protect one another, our families and our friends.

Now, let’s keep it up and win this fight. 

COVID Testing Center Moving to Hunt Union
email to students and employees, Mar. 11

City, colleges: Don't have St. Pat's parties in pandemic
article published in The Daily Star, Mar. 11

COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expanded
email to employees, Mar. 10

Otsego County COVID risk level remains very high
email to students and employees, Mar. 8

Preparing to Be a COVID Vaccination Site
email to students and employees, Mar. 8

SUNY Oneonta to Host Vaccination Site
email to students and employees, Mar. 8

SUNY Oneonta Administers 10,000th COVID-19 Test Amongst Other Accomplishments
news article posted, Mar 5.

Greetings from SUNY Oneonta!

Wow, it is hard to believe that we are in our 6th week of the Spring semester! This newsletter is full of information for you and your student. We have included some important dates that your student might need to be reminded of, as well as some fun programs that the whole family might enjoy! Can you believe we are already talking about summer? And if you are interested in knowing what our employees and students who are participating in the pool testing are doing every week, check out a fun video of Red the Dragon being tested.  

Sincerely,

The Families@Oneonta Communication Team

Make Summer Count

Summer is a great time to catch up or get ahead on your student's career goals.  Students can register for summer classes, do an internship, or get a summer job to help build their skill sets. 

Summer Classes: SUNY Oneonta summer registration began Monday, March 1, 2021 for all students. Summer classes are a great way to catch up or get ahead on degree requirements or retake a course to repair a grade point average.   

Sometimes a student needs to take summer courses to maintain academic progress for financial aid purposes. Students should contact finaid@oneonta.edu to review financial aid eligibility for summer enrollment. 

Looking to take a class at another institution? Students need to obtain prior approval from Academic Advisement prior to taking courses at another institution in order to ensure the course transfer back.


Internships and summer jobs

Now is the perfect time for students to begin looking for a summer internship. Depending on the safety of the work site, some internships are in-person, however, many are remote. The benefit of a remote internship is that students can work for a company across the country- from the comfort of their home! Students can get started by accessing their Handshake account using their Oneonta single-sign on credentials. The system offers curated jobs and internships for Oneonta students and access to hundreds of virtual events hosted by employers from around the country like Facebook, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bank of America.

For our juniors and seniors polishing their interview skills, we offer Big Interview, an online tool that provides great advice, and insider tips, on interviewing. Students can even record themselves answering questions. Remember practice makes perfect. Students can create an account at Oneonta.biginterview.com.


Financial Aid Updates

Will your student be attending SUNY Oneonta during the 2021-2022 academic year?

If so the FAFSA is now available!  Parents will need to renew the FAFSA information using your 2019 Federal Tax Return.
For New York State residents, after you complete the FAFSA you will be prompted to complete the NYS TAP Grant Application as well.  If you have completed the FAFSA please have the student check their personal and Oneonta email accounts regularly to find their eAward Notice.

Is your student graduating in May or graduating this summer? Have they borrowed any federal student loans while attending?

If you answered yes to both of these questions please be aware that the student is required to complete an online Federal Loan Exit Counseling.  The student may visit https://studentaid.gov to complete the Loan Exit Counseling at any time.  This step must be done in order for a student to receive their diploma or transcript.  

Does your student need to take summer courses to maintain academic progress?

Students should contact finaid@oneonta.edu to review financial aid eligibility for summer enrollment.


Is your student graduating this May or August 2021?

 A diploma application must be filed with the Office of the Registrar no later than Thursday, April 1. The application is also required to participate in the virtual ceremony on May 15 and to be included in the printed program.  Visit the commencement website for more information.


Is your student looking for something to do or a way to connect to other students? 

Here are a few ways your student, whether near or far, and your family can engage with other Red Dragons.

  • Weekend Events: most weekend events are hybrid, and we encourage our remote students to participate.  Check out the campus connection events calendar for which events are happening this weekend.  These rotate on a monthly basis.
    Late Night Paint nights – students may email huinfo@oneonta.edu from their Oneonta email account and we will mail them a canvas, paint, and brushes.
    Arts & Craft nights – students may email huinfo@oneonta.edu from their Oneonta email account and we will mail them craft supplies, paint, and brushes.
    BINGO Nights – you can access an electronic BINGO card via the link on Campus Connection and we will gladly mail the prizes.
    Game Show nights – shows will be setup to allow for both in-person and virtual players to participate and win.
    Comedy nights – shows will be live and streamed for our remote students. Families are welcome but please note language and topics are geared toward a college audience.
    Board game nights – we will have board games here at the Hunt Union and people to host Jackbox Games online. Anyone is welcome to join us online. 

Watch Red get pool tested for COVID

Watch the video

Latest COVID numbers, containment measures
email to students and employees, Mar. 1

 Read transcript: Keeping the Health of Our Community Front and Center

Hello, I’m Gabby Cecere, president of the Student Association here at SUNY Oneonta.

As you may have heard, there’s been an uptick in COVID cases in our community. The number of infections nudged up last week, not just here at SUNY Oneonta, but throughout Otsego County.

The college is keeping a close eye on the situation and needs your help. Please: remain vigilant and continue to take precautions against the spread of COVID. 

As the days begin getting longer and hopefully sunnier, I know we may be tempted to let down our guard. After all, we’ve been battling this pandemic for almost a year and, if you’re like me,  it’s getting tiresome. Also, spring holidays are on the horizon, which are natural points of connection. But we must remember what we’re all working so hard for.

SUNY Oneonta has really come together this year in this fight. We’ve all done an amazing job over the first six weeks of the semester. Our campus community is probably the most COVID-tested group of people in region. We’re testing for ourselves, for one another, for our families and for our friends. And the results have been great.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I hope you are, too. We know what to do and we just have to keep doing it. So please: wear your mask. Be smart about social gatherings. Stay in your bubble as much as you can. Wash your hands often. And make a point of getting tested every week.

Thanks for being safe and keeping the health of our community front and center.

Dear Colleagues,

The college is seeing an uptick in COVID cases associated with the campus community. A total of 11 new cases were confirmed during the past week, and we expect to know the extent of the uptick within the next seven to 10 days. 

In the meantime, we ask you to continue to be vigilant in observing social distancing practices and wearing masks. In the classroom:

  • If you are comfortable request to see that the student completed their health screening prior to coming to class (Dated, green check on their phone, tablet or print copy)
  • If a student tests positive Department of Health (DOH) will contact them to identify individuals through contact tracing that need to quarantine
  • If the instructor is identified through contact tracing, DOH will contact you to quarantine.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that they need to move the online component of the class due to quarantine or illness.

We know that so most of our students and employees are making sacrifices and doing the right things to protect themselves and our community from COVID. I am grateful for all your efforts, and the low positivity rates so far this semester indicate that they are working. Thank you for supporting our students in the classroom!

Best regards,
Leamor Kahanov

Uptick in COVID Cases: Please Be Vigilant
email to employees, students and parents, Feb. 25

Internal Communications Task Force Forms
email to employees and students, Feb. 24

SUNYAC Spring Sports to Resume
news article posted, Feb. 23

Chancellor, SUNYAC: Spring Sports Can Resume
email to employees, students and parents, Feb. 23

From the Mayor: Colleges have adjusted well to COVID-19
column published in The Daily Star, Feb. 22

College Administers 10,000th COVID Test
news article posted, Feb. 22

Weekly Update from the CRT
email to employees, students, parents Feb. 22

Read transcript: College Administers 10,000th COVID Test

Today, SUNY Oneonta reached a milestone in the fight against COVID. We administered our 10,000th pool test of the semester in the Alumni Field House.

What an incredible achievement!

Getting to this point is the result of exceptional planning, organizational agility and dedication shared across our campus community to get tested weekly. I point to our testing center as an example of the all-hands-on-deck approach that is required to manage the pandemic.

I toured the space with newly elected officials – state assemblyman Angelino and State Senator Oberacker. They were equally impressed and also committed to helping our campus remain vital through the pandemic and in the years ahead.

Our COVID Operational Team has implemented a testing program that is safe, efficient, accurate and convenient. Inside the Field House, the improved flow of foot traffic, quick test registration and multiple test stations spaced far apart allow students and employees to move through the center in minutes. Details like designating free parking outside of the Alumni Field House remove barriers to getting testing that might not immediately come to mind.

Thanks to the many members of our Athletics department and others who keep the line moving — and everyone in it appropriately spaced — walking us all through the steps of the test each week. It takes dedication to close the loop on 10,000 tests, especially with teams working around snowstorms.  Thanks as well to our custodial staff for cleaning what is the largest and now must be the most heavily used space on our campus: the Dewar Arena. Our testing center would be impossible without the work they do.

And thank you to each of you who have made getting a COVID test part of your routine. You share credit for the result: our infection rate has remained well under 1 percent so far this semester, which is fantastic by any standard. Committing to test weekly shows that we want everyone here to have the best possible experience this semester. It also demonstrates that even under difficult circumstances, we are a community of care.

We can continue to work together to keep it there.

Senator Oberacker joins SUNY Oneonta acting President Dennis Craig for tour of COVID-19 testing center
news story on WIVT, Feb. 18

In Your Opinion: SUNY Oneonta students are taking COVID seriously
letter to the editor of The Daily Star from V.P. for External Affairs Franklin Chambers, Feb. 17

Good evening, 

The Families@Oneonta Team would like to make you aware of a an email that recently went out to students.  

Thank you- 
The Families @Oneonta Team


Fall Planning

We announced at yesterday’s College Senate meeting that planning for the fall 2021 semester has begun. The college has made a few assumptions that drive our thinking at this early stage. Perhaps most importantly, we recognize the need to be flexible. Any plan must be a living document, just like our plan for spring. At this point, we expect the fall semester to take shape around just a few key points, which we’ve added to this webpage that we anticipate building out as planning continues.

Dining Services Takes Care of Students in Quarantine and Isolation

OAS has begun conducting a weekly dining survey of all students in quarantine and isolation as one way to ensure that their needs are met. Students rate three aspects of their meal delivery experience on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). We’re proud to share this week’s results:

Accuracy of your meal orders, 4.67
Quantity of your meals, 4.42
Quality of your meals, 4.33

Thanks to Sodexo for making quarantine and isolation just a little brighter!

Best regards,
Leamor Kahanov and Julie Piscitello
COVID Response Team Steering Committee co-chairs


Family Communication Team | SUNY Oneonta

Good Afternoon,

The following message is sent on behalf of Tracey Ranieri.  If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Testing Center or Tracy Hartwell. 

Description/call for Volunteers for the Testing Center

  • Greeters/Registration: Promote a COVID-19 safe environment, answer questions, confirm readiness to test, assure proper registration
  • Testers: Oversee proper test administration and confirm test is finalized appropriately, hands-free administration
  • Poolers: Combine testing samples in a sterile environment, PPE provided

Testing Center hours

  • Mondays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Tuesdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

If you are interested in helping the college in this capacity, please send an email with your availability to: covid-testingcenter@oneonta.edu.
 
Thank you. 

Updates from the CRT
email to employees, students and parents, Feb. 16

Low positivity rate, positive feedback on spring semester
email to employees, students and parents, Feb. 15

Read Transcript: Message from the Mayor: Semester Off to a Good Start 

Hello, I’m Gary Herzig, mayor of the city of Oneonta.  SUNY Oneonta -  its students, parents, faculty, staff and all campus employees are very important members of the Oneonta community and I am pleased to be able to welcome you back for this year’s Spring Semester.

It has now been nearly a full year of sacrifice for all of us and we are all getting very weary of it.  This is not the year that any of us wanted to see.  We have all missed the social interaction that is such an important part of life.  Yet, we should be proud of how we are keeping each other safe.  

I am delighted to report that from the city’s perspective, SUNY Oneonta’s spring semester is off to an excellent start. The college’s spring plan is working and it’s working well. I am thankful to the college — especially Acting President Dennis Craig and his team — for partnering with me and with others in city government to make sure we’re all working together to keep each other safe. 

I want you to know that I greatly appreciate our students sense of community -  in complying with Oneonta’s mask ordinance, getting tested regularly for COVID, avoiding house parties, and taking other precautions necessary to prevent the spread of this coronavirus. This means so much to everyone who lives here – Thank you. You know, the virus does not discriminate. It will infect students, parents coming for a visit, those who work here, and our year-round residents. At the end of the day, we must all rely upon one another to remain healthy.

So far, this is exactly what we’ve been able to do this semester and I feel confident that we will continue to succeed. With the vaccine beginning to roll out, Oneonta is inching back to normal and is miles ahead of where we were last fall.

Better days are coming and we are going to get there together.  Someday we will all look back at this year and remember not only the difficulties and the sacrifice, but also how we came together as a community to keep each other safe.   Until then, let’s keep safety our #1 priority and let’s continue to do everything we can to move forward together.  Thank you for being here and for your commitment to each other.

 Announcing the Red's Rewards program
email to students, Feb. 14

Miss a Mandatory COVID Test? Here’s What to Do
email to students, Feb. 12

What to Do if You Are Sick and Experiencing COVID Symptoms
email to students and parents, Feb. 12

Counseling Center Resources for Students - Spring 2021

Counseling Center Services

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling – anxiety support, grief, and relationship issues are frequent topics of our therapy groups. New groups this semester include:
  • COVID Coping circles – short term support groups for students to connect and get support from a trained counselor and peers who share concerns/reactions to Covid-19
  • Senior support group will be offered to graduating seniors as an opportunity to share, process, and get support around experiences associated with ending their time in college during the COVID pandemic
  • Crisis and same-day counseling
  • Consultations
  • Outreach programs

To set up an appointment, please call 607-436-3368. For more information about our services visit the Counseling Center website.

Resources for Coping with COVID-19

We are living through an unprecedented time in history and it has caused great disturbance in most people’s lives. We are aware that students are experiencing an enormous amount of stress related to the trauma, stress, isolation, and prolonged disruption in our lives. The SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center is here to help you. We also offer these online resources for learning to cope with the anxiety and stress of these trying times:

Students:

Resources for Wellness

Self-Guided Relaxation Exercises

The Counseling Center has recorded a variety of mindfulness and relaxation exercises to support students. We have a collection of guided relaxation exercises that are short (for before a test or presentation) or longer for helping to relax before sleep.

Access the exercises

Do You Mind?

Mindfulness Sessions with Rebecca Harrington and Bharath Ramkumar

Mindfulness Techniques can improve mental and physical health. These regular sessions are an opportunity to experience mindfulness practice for yourself, whether you are a beginner or a regular practitioner.

Mondays and Fridays at 11am on Microsoft Teams. A full listing of dates is available on CORQ

The Daily Break Series

These short, fifteen-minute programs are offered daily once the semester gets underway.  A variety of offerings include guided meditation, stretching, poetry, musical performances, and the pets of SUNY Oneonta. Take a break and give your brain a boost.

All events will be listed on CORQ

Worried about a friend or family member? 

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training

SUNY has made a nationally renowned suicide prevention training available on-line to all SUNY students and employees. The training takes approximately 30-60 minutes and can help you learn how to talk to a friend or family member you might be concerned about. 

Find the QPR course here and use the organizational Code: SUNY

SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center’s suicide prevention resources

Read more tips for how to support a friend

Consultation: You can also consult with a counselor about how to support your friend or family member. Consultation describes when a Counseling Center staff member provides professional expertise to someone other than a current counseling client about mental health issues. The Counselors are available to help you support your loved one’s mental health.

For a consultation: call 607-436-3368 and ask to speak with a counselor for a consultation.

Positive Signs That Our Spring Plan is Working
email to students and employees, Feb. 9

Video transcript:

Hello, I’m Dr. Franklin Chambers, SUNY Oneonta’s vice president for external affairs. In this capacity, among my many roles is strengthening our relationships with off-campus students, parents and partners of the college, such as Oneonta city officials, local merchants, and other civic groups and organizations. Open lines of communication have never been more important, and over the past few months I’ve held great conversations with many members of our extended community. Here is what I’ve heard:

First, our students have overwhelmingly come through this semester by wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and being good neighbors. Whether you live downtown, work on Main Street, hold an elected office or have a son or daughter attending SUNY Oneonta, this means a lot. We’re all facing the same challenge — COVID — and taking precautions against it every day is important. Students are on board and recognition of this is increasing.

Next, lots of people want to become more involved in moving SUNY Oneonta forward. That’s why I’m initiating an Off-Campus Parent Ambassador program. Parent Ambassadors are parents of off-campus students who have passion for our school, credibility among peers, connection to the community and the desire to advance Oneonta. They will be instrumental to promoting healthy and safe living among off-campus students.

Another initiative that will help keep us connected is my new podcast called, “In the Lair.” My guests in the lair will be members of the extended community who’ll discuss items of interest to off-campus students in and around Oneonta.

With two weeks of the spring semester already behind us, the infection rate here in Otsego County has thankfully begun to decline. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, COVID remains a threat. It’s possible to play by the rules, so to speak, and still become infected. We want students to be prepared if this happens and so the college has developed this SUNY Oneonta Q&I Info for Off-Campus Students. It will soon be available on our website and includes guidance for quarantining in an apartment, what to do if someone living with you tests positive and a list of items to have ready if you do get sick.

The best way to get through COVID is to stick together and to support one another, in other words: to continue being the caring community that makes SUNY Oneonta so special. So let’s keep doing what we’re doing. Stay safe. Stay in touch. And stay up to date on everything the college and the Oneonta community have to offer.
 

 

What to Do if You Are Sick and Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
email to employees, Feb. 5

Follow Safety Protocols or Risk Losing Card Access to Campus Buildings
email to students and parents, Feb. 4

What to Expect During a Pause in Campus Operations
email to students, parents and employees, Feb. 3

City: SUCO learned from fall reopening outbreak
article published in The Daily Star, Feb. 2

Progress Report as In-Person Classes Begin
email to employees and students, on Feb. 1

Consequences for Unsafe Behavior
email to students and employees, Feb. 1

Snowy Greetings from SUNY Oneonta!

We have pulled together some information that we'd like you to see.  As you know, our goal is to share information with student's families with the goal of keeping our community safe and healthy as we start in-person classes this week.

*Due to anticipated storm, all classes on Tuesday will be held in the remote environment.*

Acting President Craig gave a progress report the college community via video today. 

Read the full transcript of Acting President Craig's video message.

Listen to the first episode of "Inside the Lair," a new podcast hosted by Vice President for External Affairs Franklin Chambers

Plans to Celebrate the Class of 2021

As we begin a new semester, I know members of the Class of 2021 are anxious to hear about May 2021 commencement.

While news of the COVID-19 vaccine brings hope for the future, its full rollout is expected to take a considerable amount of time, and health experts predict that broad resumption of large-scale, in-person gatherings will not occur until fall 2021. Taking into consideration local and state infection rates and guidance from SUNY and the Department of Health, we cannot responsibly move forward with our traditional commencement. Our ceremony for the Class of 2021 will be virtual.

I know this is extremely disappointing to our students and their families. Please know that we are working hard to organize a memorable event to acknowledge your years of hard work and significant achievements. In the coming months, we will send more details on how you can participate in the virtual commencement event and other celebratory opportunities.

Virtual celebrations for the Class of 2020 held in December were a great success, and thousands of people tuned in to celebrate with us. It was a memory I will not soon forget. Although we aspire to host an in-person event when doing so is again possible, our aim for the Class of 2021 is for the virtual commencement to be a point of pride to share with family and fellow graduates, as it was for the Class of 2020.
At a time when so much seems uncertain, I am certain of this: The Class of 2021 deserves to be celebrated and nothing, not even COVID, will get in the way of that.

Sincerely,
Dennis Craig
Acting President

Consequences for Unsafe Behavior

Thanks to the vast majority of students who are wearing masks, socializing responsibly and taking the precautions necessary to limit the spread of COVID. By collectively committing to this, we are taking care of one another.

SUNY Oneonta and the City of Oneonta have taken a clear, fair and strict stance against behaviors that jeopardize the health of the community. The college is working closely this semester with the Oneonta Police Department to enforce SUNY mandates related to safety. Officers from our University Police Department will join city police on “party patrols” to identify SUNY Oneonta students who attend unsafe house parties downtown and then refer them to our Community Standards office for follow-up.

Students alleged to have violated city ordinances may be cited or arrested, which could lead to fines or other punishment. Students found in violation of the college’s Code of Student Conduct, including SUNY’s directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols, linked from the button below, will be subject to sanctions up to and including full suspension or dismissal.

All of us need to stay strong and encourage those around us continue to make the right choices. This will be critical in the days ahead. Last week, over 99.22 percent of those who came through our COVID testing center tested negative. This is a great accomplishment. Let’s strive toward repeating our success this week.

Read the Uniform Sanctioning Directive

Sincerely,
Bernadette Tiapo
Chief Diversity Officer and Interim VP for Student Development

The message below regarding vaccine availability is forwarded on behalf of the Otsego County Department of Health.

ELIGIBILITY FOR PHASE 1B, AT THIS TIME, INCLUDES ONLY THOSE FACULTY/INSTRUCTORS TEACHING FACE TO FACE.

 

NO WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS ARE ALLOWED, REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY.  WE WILL BE ASKING FOR PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION AT THE DOOR.  WE WILL NEED TO TURN AWAY ANY REGISTRANTS WHO DO NOT MEET ELIGIBILITY.

 

You must bring proof of eligibility to the clinic i.e. ID badge, work letter, etc.

(The registration link has been removed; please refer to the email "NOTICE OF VACCINE AVAILABILITY COVID 1B Clinic - Wednesday, February 3, 2021," dated Feb. 1, for the registration link).

Progress Report as In-Person Classes Begin
email to students and employees, Feb. 1

Where to Find Study Spaces, Computer Labs and Dining Areas
email to students, Jan. 31

First Week Updates
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 29

Plans to Celebrate the Class of 2021
email to students and employees, Jan. 29

6 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 29

Town Hall Meetings to Address Your Questions About the Spring Semester
email to students and parents, Jan. 22 and Jan. 28

1 Employee, 3 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 28

Welcome from Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 27

Campus Fitness Facilities to Open Feb. 1 on a Limited Basis
email to students and employees, Jan. 27

Town Hall Meetings to Address Your Questions About the Spring Semester
email to employees, Jan. 22 and Jan. 27

4 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 27

In the Lair, Episode 1
a podcast hosted by Vice President for External Affairs Franklin Chambers, Jan. 26

College Resources to Support Your Success This Semester
email to students, Jan. 26

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 26

Malatras: SUNY Oneonta recommended as vaccination site
article published in The Daily Star, Jan. 25

Kim MacLeod
Associate Director of Communications
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
kim.macleod@oneonta.edu
(607) 436-3603
 
NEWS RELEASE

Jan. 25, 2020

ONEONTA, N.Y. – Spring 2021 classes began remotely yesterday at SUNY Oneonta and the college has put into action a comprehensive plan for a safe and successful semester. Developed with broad input from students, faculty, staff, public health experts, community leaders and elected officials – including City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig – the Spring 2021 Academic Continuity and Health and Safety Plan includes several new initiatives aimed at protecting the safety of the campus and greater Oneonta community. These include:

  • weekly testing of all on-campus students, students taking in-person classes and off-campus students who come to campus to use facilities such as the library or fitness center;
  • weekly surveillance testing of random samples encompassing 10 percent of off-campus students living in the Oneonta area;
  • creating a vice president for external affairs position to ensure open communication between the campus and Oneonta city and town officials and constituencies;
  • adopting a low-density residential model where only about 650 students will live on campus, in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls spread across campus; and
  • establishing a Parents of Off-Campus Student Ambassador program to build community among off-campus students and their parents.

“SUNY Oneonta has worked extremely hard throughout the past few months to prepare for this moment,” said Acting President Dennis Craig. “However, we will continue to remind students and employees to be vigilant by washing their hands frequently and following mask and social distancing mandates. Students, employees, parents and community members alike must commit to doing their part, day in and day out, to ensure a safe semester.”

City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said, “I am pleased with the open lines of communication and the spirit of collaboration that have been developed with the college. Only through working together can we ensure the health and safety of all within the Oneonta community. The college’s plan for weekly testing and clear expectations will help us succeed.”

Over 1,500 students registered for at least one in-person class. About 650 students have opted to live in residence halls this semester, while housing capacity on campus is more than 3,600.

“This is an extremely low-density model and we will test 100 percent of our on-campus students and 100 percent of our students enrolled in in-person classes every week,” said Provost Leamor Kahanov, who co-chairs the college’s COVID Response Team. “This will help us identify and assist infected students as soon as possible.”

COVID Response Team Co-Chair Julie Piscitello, the college’s vice president for finance and administration, added that testing will give on-campus students confidence. “It will assure that they feel safe and cared for in our residence halls, consistent with SUNY Oneonta’s values,” she said.

The COVID Response Team continues to track on-campus cases, consider staffing needs related to the pandemic and assess external factors such as regional infection trends, the availability of healthcare resources and the rollout of a system to immunize people against the virus. The spring reopening plan is a living document, designed to allow the college to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

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As a SUNY Oneonta student registered for the spring 2021 semester and residing off-campus in the Oneonta area, we are providing you with the following testing protocol information to help you prepare for the upcoming semester.

Initial Quarantine and Isolation Prior to Return to Campus

Prior to returning to campus, students and employees must comply with testing and quarantine protocols issued by the SUNY system. Additional requirements are set forth in the NYS Travel Advisory for those individuals returning to campus from international locations or any of the non-contiguous states. Individuals who are required to self-quarantine must:

  • stay at their residence, leaving only for essential medical appointments or treatment, or to obtain food and other essential goods when delivery is not possible;
  • not invite or allow guests, other than caregivers, into their quarantined residence; and
  • self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, seeking appropriate medical care as needed.

Regardless of from where you are traveling, students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result in the 3-day period prior to arriving at campus (see below) will be required to isolate and follow instructions from their local Department of Health.

Additionally, students who test positive cannot travel to the SUNY Oneonta campus until they receive a clearance document from their local Department of Health, and must also attest in the Daily Health Screening that they are no longer ill and have been released from isolation by the Department of Health.

Testing Requirements for Return to Campus

The following testing procedures will be in place for students to return for the spring 2021 semester.

  • All students who plan to study, work and/or visit on-campus during the spring 2021 semester must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (normal, no virus detected) prior to their arrival on campus. The test must be taken within a three (3) day period prior to the student’s return. Only PCR molecular tests or antigen "rapid" tests will be accepted; antibody tests will not be accepted
  • If a student has received a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 within the three (3) month period prior to returning to campus, the student is not required to be tested again before arrival on campus but must provide documentation of the positive diagnostic test in the SUNY Oneonta Portal.
  • All students must report their test information in the SUNY Oneonta Portal via the online reporting mechanism. The uploaded documentation must include the student's name, type of test (PCR or antigen "rapid"), test result, and date the test was administered.

As a reminder, students living off-campus in the Oneonta community are required to follow all elements of the Spring 2021 Academic Continuity & Health and Safety Draft Plan which includes:

  • completing the Daily Health Screening;
  • wearing a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth at all times when outside of your private residence;
  • maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet; and
  • complying with the prohibition of social gatherings of more than 10 individuals, including residents, at any time.

Students found responsible for serious or persistent noncompliance will face significant sanctions under the procedures set forth in the student code of conduct, and the SUNY Uniform Sanction Policy, including suspension or dismissal.

Thank you for your attention to these important instructions and for your commitment to protect the health and safety of each other and all members of the SUNY Oneonta community.

Warmest regards,
 
 f/d/c
Franklin Chambers
Vice President for External Affairs

Welcome to the Red Dragon Family!

We are excited to welcome you to the Families@Oneonta group. We know that you are our students’ biggest supporters, cheerleaders and coaches. Through regular email updates, and our newsletter, we aim to keep you up-to-date and informed about the Red Dragon Community. There is an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email if you would like to opt out of these emails.

Sincerely,
The Family Communication Team

A Welcome Video from President Craig

On opening day of the spring semester, Acting President Dennis Craig shared a video message underscoring the importance of students doing their part to keep the campus and Oneonta community safe. 

Watch the Video

Town Hall Meeting to Address Questions 

You're invited to attend a question-and-answer session for students and parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Panelists from several college offices will respond to any additional questions about the college's spring reopening plan and what on- and off-campus students can expect this semester in terms of academics, residential life, dining, student activities, and COVID-19 testing, safety protocols and expectations.

Panelists will address questions submitted ahead of time as well as questions submitted in the live chat during the event. You can submit questions using this form (link has been removed).

There is no need to register for the event. When it’s time for the session, simply click the button below to join. Please note that it is best to access the session from a tablet, laptop or desktop computer using the Google Chrome or Firefox internet browser. This session may not be easily accessible through Safari or mobile devices.

Access the Town Hall Session

(link has been removed)

Sanctions for Student Violations 

SUNY is taking COVID safety very seriously. We encourage you to review SUNY’s Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations directive with your student. These sanctions are a companion to SUNY Oneonta’s Code of Student Conduct. Whether they live on- or off-campus, all students can face serious repercussions for failing to comply with COVID safety protocols. 

Read the Uniform Sanctioning Directive

Academic Support Services

Tutoring is available for both on-campus and remote students this semester. The Student Learning Center provides free peer tutoring for many 100- and 200-level courses, as well as free academic coaching sessions to help students one-on-one with goals such as developing specific study skills and refining writing skills. For more information, you and your Red Dragon can check out the Student Learning Center website.

Accessibility Resources

The transition from one college to another college is a big step for everyone. Students with disabilities have even more things to think about than their nondisabled peers. It is important for students with disabilities to understand how adjustments or accommodations from another institution are requested once they are here.

Much of the terminology, law and what students are eligible for changes once students attend college. IEP/504 Plans, or other accommodations do not automatically apply once you are in college. In addition, services or accommodations do not transfer from one institution to another. Students must self-identify and formally register with the Office of Accessibility Resources to receive accommodations.

The Office of Accessibility Resources at SUNY Oneonta complies with all applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination based on disability. These regulations affirm that any qualified person receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, services, programs, and activities at the college. For more information or to register for services, visit the Office of Accessibility Resources website.

1-Stop Student Support Services

In order to provide the services your student may need in a safe, socially distanced manner, several college offices have teamed up to offer "1-STOP Student Support Services" in the Hunt Union Ballroom over the next couple weeks.

Staff members from the offices of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Registrar, Academic Advisement, Student Employment, Student Learning Center (Tutoring), Accessibility Resources, and IT will be available between 11am to 4 p.m. weekdays, starting through Friday, Feb. 5.

All of these offices are also fielding questions via email, phone calls, and remote appointments but they will not be offering in-person service at their offices in the Netzer Administration Building or the Milne Library. 

We are your Family Communication Team:

Monica Grau

Monica Grau is the Director of New Student Services and the Interim Director of Residence Life. Her focus through her career at the college has been on student success and persistence. She has her MA in Higher Education from New York University and her Ph.D. from Binghamton University. She is the parent of two recent college graduates. 

Kate McMichael

Kate McMichael is the Assistant Director of New Student Services, where she focuses on assisting new first-year students and transfers during their first semesters at the college. She began her career at SUNY Oneonta in 2011 and has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of student leaders who serve as peer mentors for new students. Kate is also a proud parent to a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Michelle Thibault

Michelle Thibault is the Director of Continuing Education and Summer/Winter Sessions. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years and has a wide range of experience from residence life and student activities to admissions and academic advisement. Michelle began at SUNY Oneonta in 2001 and has spent the last 10 years in her current role serving the needs of non-traditional students looking to enter higher education and the community through non-credit programs. She has her MS in Higher Education Administration from Buffalo State College. Michelle is the proud parent of a college freshman and a sixth-grader.

Welcome Back, Red Dragon Families!  

A Welcome Video from President Craig

On opening day of the spring semester, Acting President Dennis Craig shared a video message underscoring the importance of students doing their part to keep the campus and Oneonta community safe. 

Watch the Video

Town Hall Meeting to Address Questions 

You're invited to attend a question-and-answer session for students and parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Panelists from several college offices will respond to any additional questions about the college's spring reopening plan and what on- and off-campus students can expect this semester in terms of academics, residential life, dining, student activities, and COVID-19 testing, safety protocols and expectations.

Panelists will address questions submitted ahead of time as well as questions submitted in the live chat during the event. You can submit questions using this form (link has been removed).

There is no need to register for the event. When it’s time for the session, simply click the button below to join. Please note that it is best to access the session from a tablet, laptop or desktop computer using the Google Chrome or Firefox internet browser. This session may not be easily accessible through Safari or mobile devices.

Access the Town Hall Session

(link has been removed)

Sanctions for Student Violations 

SUNY is taking COVID safety very seriously. We encourage you to review SUNY’s Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations directive with your student. These sanctions are a companion to SUNY Oneonta’s Code of Student Conduct. Whether they live on- or off-campus, all students can face serious repercussions for failing to comply with COVID safety protocols. 

Read the Uniform Sanctioning Directive

Academic Support Services

Tutoring is available for both on-campus and remote students this semester. The Student Learning Center provides free peer tutoring for many 100- and 200-level courses, as well as free academic coaching sessions to help students one-on-one with goals such as developing specific study skills and refining writing skills. For more information, you and your Red Dragon can check out the Student Learning Center website.

Accessibility Resources

The transition from one college to another college is a big step for everyone. Students with disabilities have even more things to think about than their nondisabled peers. It is important for students with disabilities to understand how adjustments or accommodations from another institution are requested once they are here.

Much of the terminology, law and what students are eligible for changes once students attend college. IEP/504 Plans, or other accommodations do not automatically apply once you are in college. In addition, services or accommodations do not transfer from one institution to another. Students must self-identify and formally register with the Office of Accessibility Resources to receive accommodations.

The Office of Accessibility Resources at SUNY Oneonta complies with all applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination based on disability. These regulations affirm that any qualified person receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, services, programs, and activities at the college. For more information or to register for services, visit the Office of Accessibility Resources website.

1-Stop Student Support Services

In order to provide the services your student may need in a safe, socially distanced manner, several college offices have teamed up to offer "1-STOP Student Support Services" in the Hunt Union Ballroom over the next couple weeks.

Staff members from the offices of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Registrar, Academic Advisement, Student Employment, Student Learning Center (Tutoring), Accessibility Resources, and IT will be available between 11am to 4 p.m. weekdays, starting through Friday, Feb. 5.

All of these offices are also fielding questions via email, phone calls, and remote appointments but they will not be offering in-person service at their offices in the Netzer Administration Building or the Milne Library. 

Spring 2021 Testing Requirements Reminder
email to off-campus students taking in-person classes, Jan. 25

Welcome to the Spring Semester
email to students and employees, Jan. 25

Possible COVID Exposure at Red Jug Pub
email to students and employees, Jan. 25

SUNY increases mandatory COVID testing to weekly for the start of spring semester
news story on WHAM, Jan. 24

SUNY Chancellor Gives the Go-Ahead for SUNY Oneonta to Resume In-Person Learning
news story on WKTV, Jan. 24

During visit to SUNY Oneonta, Chancellor Malatras talks mandatory weekly testing for SUNY students and faculty
news story on WSYR, Jan. 24

Chancellor Malatras Announces SUNY Requirement for Weekly Testing
email to students and employees, Jan. 24

Chancellor Malatras to Visit SUNY Oneonta Today
email to students and employees, Jan. 24

Free rides on all OPT routes are provided by the Student Association and included in your activity fee. Limited capacity, seats only, and masks required at this time.

Sunday:

  • SUNY bus will run on a continuous loop between campus, Wal Mart, and Downtown from 3 PM until 9 PM (with a driver break from 5:30-6 PM). Due to the length of the route we are unable to establish exactly what times it will be at each stop so it is best to check the bus tracker to see when it is coming. Reminder that if you turn your phone sideways the tracker will show the entire system route. Last pickup on campus will be approximately 8:50 PM.

Monday through Saturday:

  • The bus will run the standard SUNY route between campus and downtown every half hour from 7 AM until 5:30 PM with the bus on campus at the 15 and 45 minute marks (in general but, again, the bus tracker is best to make sure you don’t miss it).
  • The bus will then switch to a loop between campus, Wal Mart, and Downtown starting at 6 PM until 9 PM. Due to the length of the route we are unable to establish exactly what times it will be at each stop so it is best to check the bus tracker to see when it is coming. Reminder that if you turn your phone sideways that the tracker will show the entire system route.

Important Notes:

  • Sunday through Wednesday last pickup on campus will be approximately 8:50 PM
  • Thursday through Saturday last pickup on campus will be approximately 8 PM. Drivers will make exceptions for students who have class until 8:15 PM but please note that this is a shopping shuttle and not meant to serve as transportation between campus and downtown except for classes as noted.
  • You may still get to Southside during the day by transferring at the Bus Store.

oneontatracker.com - always know where the bus is…

  • vertical mode: see individual routes
  • horizontal mode: see the whole system in action

In general, our campus buildings will be closed to the public during the spring semester. Faculty, staff and students will be admitted through card access enabled by their Oneonta ID Cards. The campus grounds will continue to be open to the public to walk through.

Here are more details on specific buildings:

  • General academic buildings will be open through card access for students, faculty and staff from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entry after hours will be restricted for deep cleaning, fogging and disinfection. General academic buildings will be closed to students on weekends.
  • The Welcome Center will be open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for our admissions guests. Faculty and staff access will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  •  The Milne Library will be open to students, faculty and staff with card access, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 10 p.m., starting Feb. 1.
  • Mills Marketplace and Wilsbach Dining Hall will be unlocked for take out and grab and go during regular dining hours.
  • Residence halls will remain locked as usual with card access enabled only for students living in each hall and support staff. General resident access will start Jan. 21.
  • The Netzer Administration building will be card access only, accessible by students 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and accessible by faculty and staff at all times and days of the week. Changes will be effective Feb. 1.
  • Red Dragon Outfitters will be accessible by card access for faculty, students and staff, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekend hours may change if the college opens buildings to guests and/or for special events. Access for the general public would be announced at a later date dependent on local conditions. 
  • Hunt Union will be open through card access for faculty, students and staff for hours that will be posted on doorways. Starbucks will be open to faculty, staff and students but will not be open to the public.
  • Students that require additional building access related to in-course registration will be allowed access beginning Feb. 1.

If necessary, the college will post additional details in building entryways with specific building hours.
 
When you come to campus, please ensure that your ID card is functional as you will be relying on it for entry into our buildings. Residential students experiencing a problem with card access should contact Residence Life (ext. 2514) and all others should contact the Facilities department extension (ext. 2710).

Office of Facilities and Safety

To all supervisors:

Thank you for your continuing high level of service to the college’s students and to other employees and departments.  We realize that many of you and those you supervise, routinely interact face to face with students or other employees and may have concerns about the health risks of being on campus. Here is information regarding health and safety that may be of assistance.

  1.  Students are required to participate in weekly testing and daily health screening.  Students who do not complete the online Daily Health Screening or college pooled testing are subject to SUNY Imposed Uniform Sanctions. Employees represented by CSEA, UUP, PEF and PBANYS who come to campus must participate in the college’s pooled testing each week they are on campus and are subject to discipline if they do not comply.  All employees, whether working remotely or on campus, must complete the online Daily Health Screening for each day they work.
  2. If your office provides service to students, you may choose to ask to see each student’s completed health screening prior to interaction. Students should be able to show a green check mark on their cell phone or other device if  they have  completed the Daily Health Screening requirement. You may want to tell students ahead of time or post on your door that you will request to see the green mark prior to interaction; if they don’t have a green check mark you may request they leave the office and return only when they are in compliance. This is an extra layer of health and safety monitoring to use, if you and your staff so choose. Using this may encourage students to monitor their own symptoms daily and be a responsible consumer of health services, as well as adhere to public health guidance.
  3. The compliance information that was shared with students is provided below:

Compliance
 
Do I have to complete the Daily Health Screening? What happens if I miss a day or two?
 

  • Yes, the daily health screening is a significant part of a student’s responsibilities to the community. It must be completed each day to ensure that a student is feeling well, and is an important tool, along with regular testing, in ensuring that we are keeping our students and the community safe and healthy.  Students receive reminders if they miss two (2) consecutive days. Students lose access to campus facilities if they miss three (3) consecutive days of filling out the daily health screening.

 
What happens if I miss a day of testing? What happens if I miss a week?
 

  • Students who live on campus, students who take M2M courses, and students who regularly access campus facilities are required to be tested on a weekly basis.
  • Students who miss the Monday testing date will receive a reminder via e-mail.
  • Students who miss both the Monday and Tuesday testing dates in any given week will receive an e-mail notification with additional information on how to seek a test through alternative means. This ensures that they can get into compliance for that week.
  • On-campus students should contact their Residence Hall Director, and Off-campus students should contact the Health Center, for information on how to provide testing proof.
  • Failure to complete the testing for two (2) weeks during the semester will result in the suspension of card access to campus facilities (residence halls, Milne Library, Hunt College Union, Classroom buildings), as well as conduct charges and sanctions which may include probation, removal from the residence halls, and loss of access to campus facilities.

Best regards,
Leamor Kahanov and Julie Piscitello
COVID Response Team Steering Committee co-chairs

Guest Commentary: Strengthening town/gown relations is vital
guest column in The Daily Star from V.P. for External Affairs Franklin Chambers, Jan. 22

Acting President Says SUNY Oneonta Is 'In A Better Place' For Spring
radio interview with WAMC, Jan. 21

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations
email to students and employees, Jan. 21

2 Employees, 1 Student Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 21

How You Can Do Your Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 20

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 20

Pre-semester Testing Is Everyone’s Best Option
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 19

Otsego County COVID-19 Updates
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 19

Complete Your COVID SMART Training
email to employees, Jan. 19

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 19

Additional COVID-19 Testing Opportunities for Students
email to students, Jan. 18

Complete Your COVID SMART Training
email to students, Jan. 16

Follow-up on Change to Pre-semester Testing
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 15

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 15

Preparations for Spring Semester Continue
email to students and employees, Jan. 14

Increased Flexibility in Pre-semester COVID Testing
email to students and employees, Jan. 13

Pool Testing Requirements and Procedures
email to employees, Jan. 12

A successful Spring 2021 reopening for the college is heavily dependent upon a number of employees being re-deployed or volunteering for COVID-19 related activities outside their normal work assignments.  These temporary reassignments are intended to supplement and/or relieve those employees who are assigned  COVID-19 related tasks on a normal and regular basis.   The activities center around contacting students about test results and close contacts, calling students to check on their wellbeing, working at the testing center, and providing services in the designated quarantine and isolation buildings.

If you are interested in participating in any of the redeployment/volunteer activities listed below, please forward your name, available hours (week day(s) and estimated time) during your normal work schedule, and type of activity requested to Human Resources at human.resource@oneonta.edu.  Keep in mind that submitting your name is voluntary and any reassignments are subject to your supervisor’s approval, verification of time available for outside assignments and need. 

Redeployment

Contact Tracing -  This involves identifying close contacts of students who test positive for COVID-19 and communicating with them about quarantining, etc.   If you have already submitted your name for this activity, there is no need to do so again.

COVID-19 Help Line – Employees will be provided information and training to respond to calls from students and their parents about the testing process, quarantining, isolating, etc.    The college’s Call Center will be the primary unit responsible for this activity, but if the number of calls exceeds its capacity, the overflow will be directed to those employees willing to serve on the COVID-19 Help Line.  The hours of operation will also be determined by the level of call activity. 

Quarantine and Isolation team – Employees serving on this team will deliver food, bring class assignments, and other necessities to students in one of the designated Quarantine and Isolation buildings.  There may be additional tasks in the Q & I buildings associated with these roles. 

Volunteer

Care Call team – if you’re interested in checking in with students who’ve been placed in quarantine or isolation and following up with them as they return to their residence halls and classrooms, this is the perfect volunteer assignment for you.  You can determine how many students you would like to talk to and make calls when it’s convenient for you and the student(s).

Thank you for considering filling these important roles – it will make a positive difference to our students, their parents, other employees and the greater Oneonta community. 

With gratitude,

Dia

Dia M. Carleton
Dia M. Carleton,  J.D.  SHRM - SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
SUNY Oneonta
208 Netzer Administration Building
dia.carleton@oneonta.edu
607.436.2518

Yesterday, the State of New York expanded COVID-19 vaccination availability to Phase 1B, augmenting the categories of individuals who are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.

Please see the State of New York expanded list for vaccine eligibility, which includes the college’s in-person faculty/instructors. We understand that many essential staff members from various departments have extensive face-to- face interaction with students and are not yet included on the list of eligible employees. We are advocating for those roles to be included as their contributions to the college are vital.  We are also pursuing clarification and an expansion of the Phase 1B vaccine-eligible category to include more of those individuals who make in-person instruction possible.

To receive the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form, which will allow you to schedule an appointment time. Appointments may be delayed several weeks, due to limited quantities of vaccines even though you meet the category of vaccination. Currently, only those individuals who fit one of the categories listed in Phase 1A or Phase 1B of the NYS COVID Vaccine website may register for the vaccine.  We learned yesterday, there is presently limited availability in our region, but as more doses become available, more venues such as pharmacies and doctors’ offices will be able to administer the shot; it is estimated that it will take up to 14 weeks to administer shots to the Phase 1B group.   SUNY Oneonta has no jurisdiction over the distribution and availability of the vaccine.

An important note: all employees, even those who have been vaccinated already or are in the process, must continue to adhere to the public safety measures and all college policies in place, including mask usage, pool testing, daily screening, and social distancing.

Please see our Spring 2021 plans if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Dia
Dia M. Carleton, J.D.  SHRM - SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
SUNY Oneonta
208 Netzer Administration Building
dia.carleton@oneonta.edu
607.436.2518

Contingency Plan for In-Person Classes
email to teaching faculty, Jan. 11

Candlelight Vigil to Honor Victims of COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 9

1 Employee, 2 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Jan. 9

Telecommuting Extended

The telecommuting program slated to expire on Jan. 8, 2021, has now been extended through April 2, 2021. The extension applies to all employees represented by UUP, CSEA and PEF and all Management/Confidential employees.

Reopening Requirement

In November, SUNY published health and safety guidelines for reopening the campus for Spring 2021. According to those guidelines, all faculty and staff “must be pre-screened daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two (2) weeks prior to return” to campus. 

To meet this requirement, all employees must complete the online Daily Health Screening for the period of Jan. 11 through Jan. 24, in anticipation of the start of classes on Jan. 25. This requirement includes even those employees who are not working during that two-week period. 

Please remember that after the conclusion of the two-week period, all employees, whether working on campus or remotely, must complete the Daily Health Screening for every day they perform work for the college or are in precautionary/quarantine or isolation. 

If you have any questions about telecommuting or the Daily Health Screening, please email your questions to human.resources@oneonta.edu.

Spring Semester Update
email to students, employees and parents, Jan. 7

Mandatory COVID Training Coming
email to students and employees, Jan. 4

Correction and Positive COVID-19 Test Results
email to students and employees, Jan. 1

2 Employees, 1 Student Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 24

2 Students, 2 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 23

Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine
email to students and employees, Dec. 22

Campus Life Information Session Video
email to employees, Dec. 21

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 19

Campus Life Information Session Video
email to students, Dec. 18

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 18

Colleagues,

Conversations in the town halls identified a faculty and staff desire for inquiry into employee health issues related to COVID-19 in the workplace.  Researchers from SUNY Oneonta, Utica College, and Bassett Healthcare, as part of the Intermountain COVID-19 Impact Consortium (ICIC), have developed a survey that provides summary data used to monitor anxiety and behavior that is useful for future planning and pandemic response.

During the fall semester, the college supported the researchers from ICIC to survey our students.  In addition to students, ICIC will send similar surveys to our campus employees beginning in early Spring 2021. The survey will be delivered three times to capture different moments in time throughout the semester. 

ICIC is collaborating with SUNY Oneonta administration by sharing the information in order to assist with the response to the impact of COVID-19 on students and employees.  The college supports the ICIC survey, and we appreciate our faculty experts for creating and disseminating the survey to better understand student and employee responses to the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leamor Kahanov
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
SUNY Oneonta
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY  13820
607-436-2517

Inclement Weather Policy and Liberal Telecommuting Program Reminders
email to employees, Dec. 16

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 16

Information Session for Students and Families
email to employees, Dec. 15

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 15

Information Session on Spring 2021 Campus Life
email to students, Dec. 14

Guest Commentary: Collaboration will lead to successful spring semester
guest commentary, Dec. 12

2 Students, 2 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 12

Spring 2021 Plan Submitted to SUNY
email to students and employees, Dec. 11

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 11

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 9

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 5

Mandatory Testing, Annual Leave and Telecommuting Updates
email to employees, Dec. 4

Signs of Hope Light Our Way
email to students and employees, Dec. 4

Draft Spring Plan to Be Discussed at Dec. 9 Town Hall
email to employees, Dec. 4

1 Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 4

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Dec. 3

Refinement of Draft Re-opening Plan Continues
email to employees, Dec. 2

Telecommuting and ‘Reasonable Accommodation’ Under ADA
email to employees, Dec. 2

In Your Opinion: SUNY Oneonta reopening plan far from flawed
letter to the editor of the Daily Star from Gabbie Brink, parent of a SUNY Oneonta student, Dec. 2

Gary Herzig: Many flaws of fall reopening addressed by SUNY Oneonta
editorial in The Daily Star from Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Dec. 1

In Your Opinion: SUNY Oneonta plan a good compromise
letter to the editor of The Daily Star from Tara Hastings, parent of a SUNY Oneonta student, Dec. 1

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 24

SUNY Oneonta Preparing Sensible Reopening Plan
editorial from AllOTSEGO.com, Nov. 23

2 Students, 1 Employee Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 21

Finding Our Path Forward, Together
to employees, students and parents, on Nov. 20

2 Students, 1 Employee Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 20

Unite In Making Plan Work
editorial from AllOTSEGO.com, Nov. 19

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 19

3 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 18

3 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 17

Important Changes to Campus Leadership
email to students and employees, Nov. 1

Announcing Our Draft Re-opening Plan
email to students and employees, Nov. 16

A Message About Spring Activities from Acting President Craig and SA President Gabby Cecere
to students, employees and parents, on Nov. 13

Update on Spring Semester Planning
to students, employees and parents, on Nov. 9

Nov. 6 Progress Report from Acting President Craig
to students, employees and parents, on Nov. 6

1 Student, 1 Employee Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 6

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 5

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 4

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Nov. 3

1 Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 31

Progress Report from Acting President Craig
to students, employees and parents, on Oct. 29

2 Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 28

3 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 27

Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 24

A Video Message from Acting President Dennis Craig
email to students, employees and parents, on Oct. 21

Getting Right to Work
email to students, employees and parents, Oct. 20

2 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 20

Good afternoon,

We hope this e-mail finds you safe and well.  Our office is committed to working with the college community to support your academics during the upcoming Spring 2021 semester.  

Please note that the current Spring 2021 schedule is now available for viewing.  While some changes may continue to occur in the schedule, we wanted to give you as much information as possible at this time.  The Course Schedule Key was designed to assist you in reading the schedule of classes.  Our office will offer a series of open Teams meetings to answer any questions that we can about the registration process. ​​​​​

Time tickets for registration will be assigned on Monday, October 26.  You will receive an e-mail on that day with instructions on how to check your time ticket and verify that you have no holds.

Online registration for Spring 2021 will begin on November 9, 2020.

Thank you,

The Registrar’s Office

​​​​Maureen P. Artale
College Registrar
SUNY Oneonta
130 Netzer Administration Building
Oneonta, NY  13820
607.436.3216

The Care Call Team was started as part of our campus’ response to the outbreak of COVID-19 this semester. Care calls were made to students in isolation and quarantine just to check in and offer support while they dealt with all they were facing. Now the effort has expanded to include calls to all freshman and transfer students to check in, answer questions,  see how they are doing, and to really help them feel like they are part of the campus community as we continue to respond to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

The Care Call Team is seeking more volunteers to assist with this outreach. If you are interested in volunteering your time to be part of this effort, please reach out to Mary Ballard at Mary.Ballard@Oneonta.edu.

Thank you!

4 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 16

2 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 8

6 More Students Test Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 7

SUNY Oneonta Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
email to students and employees, Oct. 6

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