As we prepare to welcome you back to the SUNY Oneonta community for the spring 2021 semester, we acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic is still very present in the world and our local community.
Now, more than ever, we are calling on you, as well as all other community members, to consider the role you play in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to the College’s protective measures. These measures implement federal, state and local emergency orders; relevant public health guidelines; and guidance from the College’s public health advisors.
As one of the first steps, we are asking you to agree to a set of behaviors that will support keeping yourself, your peers, the faculty and staff, as well as the greater Oneonta community safe. Even if you are living at home, we ask you to sign the document so you understand the expectations should you ever visit campus.
Please take the time to carefully review this document, and related links, before deciding whether you will return to campus in the spring semester. If you intend to return to Oneonta to participate in on-campus classes (whether living on or off campus), it is especially important that you understand both your obligation as a member of the college community and how life on campus will be different this year.
Action Steps/Behavioral Pledge
As a member of the SUNY Oneonta community, I agree to take active steps to protect my health, as well as the health and safety of every member of our campus and local communities in the midst of this global pandemic. These steps include:
- Completing the daily health screening to monitor for signs of COVID-19 and consulting a medical professional if I have symptoms. (For this to be useful to the community, I understand it is important that I am honest in my responses.)
- Complying with weekly on-campus testing requirements.
- Adhering to the guidelines on handwashing, cleaning, and sanitization of shared spaces and contact surfaces as developed by the CDC and adopted by the College.
- Social distancing of more than 6’ when not in your bedroom (on or off campus)
- Wearing face coverings (masks) on campus at all times (including classrooms, conference rooms, and other spaces) even when six-feet social distance exists. (Exceptions are 1. in your private residential space, 2. by yourself, 3. eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing)
- Observing and following directives and guidance issued by the College, including instructional signs that are posted throughout campus. (i.e. leaving furniture in place, following directional signs on stairways, and utilizing markers indicating 6 feet)
- Following through on requirements to move to a quarantine/isolation residence hall.
- Complying strictly with all quarantine or isolation directives. A copy will be provided at the time of notice of quarantine or isolation.
- Answering questions and otherwise cooperating as may be necessary for effective contact tracing.
- Setting up voicemail so you can receive, and respond to, calls from contract tracing, department of health, or campus officials.
- Updating your emergency contact information in case others need to be contacted on my behalf for medical reasons.
- Providing an accurate local address if you are living in the Oneonta community while taking on-campus classes.
- Following all regulations and ordinances of the City of Oneonta, whether living off campus or visiting off-campus businesses or residences.
- Being especially considerate of members of our community who may be at a higher risk.
Additional regulations have been developed that will be in effect for students living on campus, as well as those who need to be on campus for classes. The complete list is available on the Residential Community Life website titled Residence Hall License Addendum Spring 2021. They include the following:
- No visitors will be allowed in residence halls. This includes visitors from residents of other campus residence halls. Guests from off-campus will not be allowed in residence halls (including friends or family from off-campus).
- Avoid unnecessary travel during the semester. If you plan to travel to a location with high incidents of COVID-19, please contact the health center about instructions for self-isolating.
Please remember to be kind, patient, and respectful to each other as we all move forward through this new normal together. Each of us may need a friendly reminder from time to time if we forget or stray from the new requirements on campus. We will all be better off the more we can give and receive these reminders with goodwill and cooperation.
At the same time, the college will enforce the public health requirements in a manner consistent with our overall campus culture and educational philosophies. Therefore, repeated or serious infractions may result in disciplinary action under applicable processes. Students found in violation through the campus conduct process will be subject to the SUNY Uniform Sanctions, including removal from campus residence halls or suspension from the college.
You are encouraged to invite others to participate with you by reminding them of their responsibility to our greater community. Be the first to wear a mask – research shows young people aren’t wearing masks because their peers aren’t.
Understanding of Possible Exposure
The college will take all reasonable steps to create a safe environment, but cannot guarantee a risk-free campus. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 virus even if you follow all of the safety precautions addressed here, and those recommended by the CDC, local, state and federal health and medical professionals. By coming onto campus, you acknowledge and accept that this is possible.
Acknowledgement of Statement
By returning to campus, I understand that I bear a responsibility for, and have the ability to protect, my own health and safety. By signing this document, I agree that I will do my part and I will comply with the College’s public health rules and protective measures, and that any failure to comply may be subject to discipline and/or sanction in accordance with College policies.