Spring 2021 & COVID-19 Campus Information

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Tuesday, March 2

Dear Campus Community, 

March is here and we are almost at the mid-point of the semester. It is more important than ever to make sure we stay focused on our goals which are to keep our campus healthy, maintain our ability to offer in-person classes and labs, and help ensure students can earn the credits they need to complete their degrees.  

In order to meet these goals, it is critical that every single person that comes to campus for any reason: 

  • Be tested every single week to identify any new infections. 
  • Quarantine or isolate when necessary and follow the guidelines set forth by the Health Center, Department of Health, and/or the CDC.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a face mask at all times, except when in your private residence. 
  • Maintain physical distance from one another at all times. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and follow the other health protocols listed on our website. 
  • Make wise choices about what you do with your free time, making sure you follow the Student Code of Conduct and advice from the CDC 
  • Take care of yourself mentally and use the resources listed on our website and in the Delhi Today if you are feeling isolated or lonely. Reach out to your friends, family, or a mentor and tell them how you are feeling.   

These next few weeks are the most critical. Although we are all weary and tired of wearing masks, getting tested weekly, and following the other health protocols, we are doing this so we can keep our in-person classes going. We have come too far to jeopardize our success.

If you see someone not following the health protocols, politely ask them to do so. If they do not comply use the COVID-19 Complaint Form so appropriate action can be taken.  

We must hold one another accountable and each do our part in keeping each other healthy.   

The surveillance testing is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, and that is to identify and isolate those who have the virus in order to reduce the spread. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact Health Services or your primary care physician to get tested, and stay away from others until you are feeling better. 

Thank you for your continued support in meeting our goals and for your diligence in following the health protocols. 

Dr. Michael R. Laliberte 

President 

Friday, February 12

Dear Residential & Commuter Students,

We are excited that you are here with us for in-person classes and labs that start this Monday, February 15. In-person instruction will allow you to gain the valuable and necessary hands-on instruction and training you need for the continuity and completion of your degrees. Keeping yourself and our campus community healthy is critical for you to remain in these classes/labs. 

Here are a few reminders for Spring 2021:

  • All students coming to campus for any reason must participate in weekly surveillance pool testing and must complete the Daily Health Screening. Remember these things for the weekly testing:
    • All students will be tested on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
    • Health Services will email details regarding what day and time students should show up for testing.
    • Bring your cell phone and SUNY Delhi I.D. with you to the testing site.
    • Do NOT eat or drink anything, use tobacco or tobacco products, smoke, or vape within 30 minutes before your test.
    • Do NOT brush your teeth or use mouth wash within 3 hours before your test.
    • If you have any COVID symptoms at all - anytime - call Health Services and do not come to testing until cleared by Health Services.
  • Wear your yellow wrist band you got at check-in or at the testing site until Saturday, February 20! This wrist band signifies that you have been tested and are allowed to be on campus. If the band tears and you need a replacement, please go to Health Services, Foreman Hall or see your Resident Assistant.
  • Wear your face mask everywhere and make sure it covers your nose and mouth. The only time you should not wear your face mask is when you are in your own residence hall room. Please wash your face mask frequently!
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance even when wearing a face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water or hand sanitizer.
  • Encourage yourself and others to make smart choices regarding gatherings and following other the health protocols.
  • Familiarize and remind others of the consequences of not following the Updated Student Code of Conduct -Appendix 11 Guidelines.

Remember, we all play an important role in staying healthy and not spreading germs.  The ability to remain on campus and take in-person classes and labs rests on each one of us to do our part. 

Thank you.  We truly appreciate all of your efforts in helping everyone be successful this spring semester!

Michael R. Laliberte

President

Friday, February 5

Message from the President

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! I hope you are doing well and are excited to be taking classes!

For all our students who are learning remotely this semester, I hope you are connecting with your faculty and other students and encourage you to stay fully engaged in your courses.  I encourage you to check out the Spring 2021 Resources available to help ensure your success in a remote learning environment.

As some of you prepare to arrive for the spring semester to take your in-person labs and classes, I want to remind you of the importance of making sure you do everything you need to do before your return, as well as following the established health protocols once you are here. You did an amazing job in the fall semester which allowed us to be successful with our in-person classes and labs.  We want Spring 2021 to be just as successful.

Before moving into your campus or local housing, please make sure you have:

1. Completed the 14 day pre-screening tool.
2. Completed the 7-day required precautionary quarantine.
3. Submitted any health documentation to Health Services in your student portal.
4. Bring and wear your face masks.  Bring several face masks with you for the semester, as they will be required to be worn except in very limited situations.
5. Complete the surveillance pool saliva test upon arrival.
6. Wear your bracelet!  Once you arrive in Delhi and have completed your surveillance pool test, you will be given a bracelet to wear.  This bracelet signifies that you have completed all the necessary steps to be on campus, whether that be to take in-person classes or labs, work on campus, or use any campus facility (including the library, fitness center, eateries, etc.).  This bracelet must be worn until Saturday, February 20.

Keeping our campus community healthy is critical to your academic continuity, allowing you to attend your in-person labs and classes this semester. This will require everyone to do their part to keep themselves and others healthy, which includes wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, washing hands, and limiting face-to-face social gatherings. Students and families should also become familiar with the Student Code of Conduct Appendix 11 which outlines the expectations and sanctions for violations this semester.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and others safe and have a successful semester.

Michael R. Laliberte
President

Thursday, January 21

We hope everyone is preparing for a successful semester and has had a chance to read the Spring 2021 Reopening Plan.  Below are selected items that are critical for students who plan to be on campus this semester to know and understand prior to beginning classes on February 1, arriving back on campus, and returning to in-person instruction on February 15.

Before You Return

Any student planning on living on campus, taking in-person classes/labs, working on campus, or using any on campus facilities at any point during the Spring 2021 semester must complete the following:

  • You’ll be required to submit the student daily COVID-19 health screening every day for two weeks before your return. Health Services will follow up with you, when necessary, based on your responses on the screening tool. Compliance of daily submission will be verified as part of the spring semester check-in process. 
  • You must complete a seven-day quarantine at home prior to returning to campus. Upon your arrival to campus you will be required to sign an attestation stating that you have completed this self-quarantine.
    • The only limited exemptions for the seven-day precautionary quarantine is for someone who:
      1. Is currently enrolled as a health care professional student who is designated as an “essential employee” and receives approval from Health Services for the exemption.
        OR
      2. Is a commuter student who is employed for an organization able to document appropriate COVID-19 health protocols for employees, and receives approval from Health Services. This exemption applies only to the student's ability to work. When not working, the student is expected to quarantine from others.
    • Anyone seeking an exception for the seven-day quarantine must contact Health Services in advance of their return. Health Services will maintain all records pertaining to the limited exemptions approved and report these exemptions to SUNY as directed.
  • You must also either:
    1. Participate in COVID Surveillance Pool Testing upon your arrival to campus.
      OR
    2. Provide documentation to Health Services of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior three month period.

Once you have completed the above requirements, you will be given a wristband to indicate you have completed the steps necessary to attend in-person classes and be on campus. The wristband will be required for entry to any class or use of any campus facility for the first week of classes. Students who attempt to attend class in person, work on campus, or use any campus facility without a wristband will be instructed to go to the Health Center immediately for a COVID-19 test. Students will not be allowed to remain on campus for classes or work or to use any campus services or facilities until a negative test result is received by Health Services.

Upon Your Return

  • On-campus residents will be assigned a move-in date and time between February 5-7, 2021. Students should check their email for their assignment and further details from the Office of Residence Life.
  • Students living in campus housing will be tested upon arrival to campus during the move-in process for the spring semester (February 5-7). Students living in off-campus housing and commuter students will be tested on Monday, February 8. Only students who can show verification of a positive COVID-19 test result within the past three months, and have since recovered and tested negative, will be exempt from the test upon arrival to SUNY Delhi.

Spring Semester Screening & Testing

  • Students who will be on campus for any reason must complete the mandatory daily health screening. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action. Health Services provides follow-up with students, when necessary, on responses provided per the screening tool.
  • After the initial surveillance testing upon arrival, all students who will be on campus for any reason must participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance pool testing each week during the semester. This includes students who are residing on campus, taking on-campus classes or labs, working on campus, or using any on-campus facilities. Health Services will email students each week with their assigned testing date and time.
  • Students who have received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to participate in pooled testing. Those returning to SUNY Delhi having received one dose of the vaccine must return to the same provider for the second dose.
  • Similar to last semester, on-campus students will also be required to test negative before leaving at the end of the semester.

Additional Notes

  • In cases of possible exposure to COVID-19 on campus, SUNY Delhi will work closely with Delaware County Department of Health and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Further contact tracing and isolation/quarantine guidelines are posted in our Spring 2021 Reopening Plan.
  • Please continue to read your SUNY Delhi email daily and visit the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Reopening Information web page for the latest information on the college’s response to the pandemic.
     

Thank you for your attention to these important details.  Our commitment to health and safety as a community will ensure we have a successful semester.

Michael R. Laliberte
President

Friday, January 15

Dear Campus Community,

I hope you are well and have taken some time to relax and rejuvenate the past few weeks. As individuals begin to return for the Spring 2021 semester over the next few weeks, I want to remind everyone of the importance of reading our reopening plan and following the health protocols that have been established to keep everyone healthy.

The reopening plan is available on our SUNY Delhi website, and specific information is being emailed to students regarding academics, residential housing, and health protocols that will assist in a smooth return to campus. Please monitor your email often and read the Delhi Today for important information and deadlines.

We are excited to begin our spring semester and to work together to support the academic progress of our students.

Sincerely,
Dr. Michael R. Laliberte
President