COVID-19 and Returning to Campus
As we return to campus in spring 2021, SUNY Oneonta’s first priority is the health and safety of our campus community, including its students, faculty, and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves, but for all members of the SUNY community. This includes:
- wearing masks
- hand washing
- social distancing
- participating in testing and tracing
- completing daily health screenings
- being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have
Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.
Here’s what you need to know and do as SUNY and Oneonta welcome students back to campus in 2021:
Routine information regarding COVID-19 on Oneonta’s campus can be found here. The campus will use college assigned email to communicate any significant changes to the information provided here or need for a campus pivot. The campus website will be routinely updated.
Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements
Get Screened Daily
Everyone coming to campus, including students, must complete a daily health screening. A link to the daily health screening is emailed daily. To utilize campus facilities and participate in on-campus classes and programming daily health screenings must be completed.
Get Tested Regularly
Check the COVID-19 Dashboard
SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus.
Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part
Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:
- Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.
- Exceptions to this requirement include when students are (1) in their private residential or personal space, (2) eating meals on-campus while seated and socially distanced, or (3) alone outside. Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone outside, in their office or other private spaces.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
- Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.
If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation
Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical or campus official that they are “at risk” for having COVID-19 may be required to quarantine or isolate. This may include taking classes remotely, and not going to dining halls and other campus facilities. The campus has specific information about restrictions. Students identified for quarantine and isolation (whether residential or non-residential in Oneonta) will have access to certain assistance, such as the delivery of food and medicine. They may also receive psychosocial, academic and/or other supports, as needed.
Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action
When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the office of Community Standards and/or Human Resources Offices. Student conduct is governed by the campus Code of Conduct. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.
Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally
We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY has resources to help you get the support you need.
- Oneonta Counseling, Health and Wellness Center or 607-436-3573
- Oneonta Counseling Center or 607-436-3368
- Otsego County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team 1-844-732-6228
- ReachOut SUNY
- Thriving Campus
- Middle Earth from the University at Albany
- New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741.
Understand What’s Being Offered On-Campus and Online
SUNY Oneonta has a range of in-person, hybrid, and online classes. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Oneonta plans to offer 20% of courses in a face-to-face format. The College will offer a mix of in person and virtual program/events. Please watch the CORQ App and Campus Connection for information.
Get Instructional and Technology Help
Students who need assistance accessing instructional technology should contact Information Technology Services.
Request Accommodations for Disabilities
Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should contact Accessibility Resources.
Follow Housing and Dining Updates
If We Have to PAUSE, Follow These Rules
If the campus must switch to a two-week (or longer) pause, the following rules apply.
If We Have to Pivot to Remote Instruction, Follow This Plan
The campus will communicate through email with students regarding any need to pivot to remote instruction with specific dates and times. Faculty will connect with students in their classes to provide information on the specifics on individual classes. General guidelines on campus pivot to remote instruction has several components. Click on the item below for more information.
Changes and Updates
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance, or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and Oneonta have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and Oneonta will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of new developments.
Thank you in advance for everything you are doing and will do to make 2021 safe for you, your fellow students, and the campus community and beyond.