Fall 2021 Planning

Safety will remain the college's No. 1 concern this fall. What we set in motion now is based, at least in part, on everything we've learned about COVID up to this point. We recognize the need to be flexible. It is not possible to say with certainty right now exactly what effect the pandemic will have on the college, the region or the state in the months to come, so, similar to our spring 2021 plan, our fall 2021 plan will be a living document with the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. Here are a few key parts of the plan in development:

Fall Courses

See the Course Schedule Key page for more information about fall courses.

Course Questions and Answers

Our fall plan must meet SUNY, New York State Education Department and Middle States requirements specifying that undergraduate programs approved for residential delivery cannot provide more than 50% of the coursework online for any given program. This requirement was suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. It has not been suspended beyond that.

On May 10, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes on SUNY campuses in the fall, contingent on  vaccines receiving full FDA approval, rather than the current emergency use authorization. Based on this announcement, we are planning for all in-person hybrid SUNY Oneonta courses scheduled for the fall 2021 semester to be offered fully in-person.

See the Course Schedule Key page for more information about instruction formats. 

Our curriculum and educational experience are designed to be delivered primarily through in-person instruction. We had to adjust that standard due to the health and safety considerations early in the pandemic, but we are looking forward to transitioning back to our engaging and enriching in-person model. While some classes are planned to be delivered fully online this fall, students are encouraged to contact Academic Advisement or their faculty advisor to discuss what options exist and make the most sense for their individual degree progression. Any student who has a medical issue precluding them from attending classes in person should contact the Accessibility Resources office to determine whether they meet criteria for a medical accommodation. Please also see the residence life information provided below regarding housing requirements for first and second-year students.

Students who wish to take classes with as many in-person meetings as possible will need to build a schedule from the list of offerings that are designated as either On-Campus Courses or In-person Hybrid Courses. Students are encouraged to contact Academic Advisement or their faculty advisor to discuss what options exist and make the most sense for their individual degree progression. More information on how to determine this is available on the Course Schedule Key page.

Living on Campus

Our overarching goal is to return to our residential campus values and maximize the student experience on campus. We aim to house over 3,000 students on campus in the fall with our residence halls between 85-90% capacity. The college will return to requiring all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus, which was our practice prior to the pandemic.

Residential Life Questions and Answers 

All first-year and sophomore students will be required to live on campus, with a few exceptions. First-year students will live in double- or quad-style rooms, with a roommate. Juniors and seniors who wish to live on campus will be able to do so as space permits.

Yes. We plan to follow quarantine and isolation procedures similar to the spring 2021 semester.

Campus Activities, Events and Dining

You’ll have many chances to see and make friends, join clubs and engage in the vibrant social experience that is such an important part of college life.

Yes. We will offer a mix of in-person and virtual events and meetings. Detailed guidance for in-person group activities will be released before the fall semester begins, but students will have multiple opportunities to join the clubs and attend the programs we have come to value as integral parts of the Oneonta experience.

Yes. Campus dining will be a mix of dine-in and takeout services, and Starbucks and other campus retail dining venues will be open.

COVID Safety Protocols

The college is creating our plan in consideration of the latest federal, state and local guidance for COVID surveillance testing, mask wearing and social distancing.

Safety Questions and Answers

On May 10, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes on SUNY campuses in the fall, contingent on  vaccines receiving full FDA approval, rather than the current emergency use authorization. The college will share updates about this new requirement when they become available.

We have not yet received any vaccine exemption guidelines. We will release additional information as procedures are established. This is a developing situation and we will update our website to reflect these changes as soon as possible.

The college has also not received any information in regard to vaccine requirements for faculty and staff for the fall. If we do, we will share that as quickly as we can.

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to get a vaccine if able. The vaccine will help you enjoy a safe and active summer, and we expect that fully vaccinated individuals will have less restrictive requirements for quarantining and testing next fall. 

Yes, students will be required to submit receipt of a negative test before coming to campus. Additionally, as access to vaccine supplies improve, the college may consider adding proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test to its pre-screening requirements.

We are preparing to require face coverings and will continue to develop our plan in consideration of the most recent state and CDC guidance. We will provide details when we have them.

The college is committed to maintaining a rigorous COVID testing program and is looking at models that may increase access and flexibility for students, faculty, and staff.

We expect to still maintain regular COVID testing for residential students, students with in-person instruction, and anyone who regularly comes to campus (students, faculty and staff). Full details regarding testing requirements, frequency and protocol are forthcoming.

We anticipate that the CDC and New York State Department of Health will provide guidance for easing some of the public health restrictions like social distancing, and we will make an announcement when any updates are implemented for our campus.

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