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Winter and Spring 2021 Reopening Plan

Winter and Spring 2021 Reopening Plan

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  1. COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring
  2. Mode of Instruction
  3. Academic Calendar
  4. On-Campus Activities
  5. Reporting
  6. What Students Should Know: Transparency
  7. Appendix A: SUNY Guidelines for Reopening – Released November 2020
  8. Appendix B: Fall 2020 Departure Plan
  9. Appendix C: Winter Break Housing Addendum
  10. Appendix D: Faculty Training and Development
  11. Appendix E: What Students Should Know

SUNY Delhi Campus Safety Monitor:
Martin Pettit, Chief of University Police
Phone: 607-746-4702
Email: pettitma@delhi.edu

SUNY Delhi’s reopening plan meets the SUNY guidelines for reopening that were released in November 2020 (see Appendix A). This report outlines how SUNY Delhi will meet the established guidelines given the information we have at this time. This plan will be updated as needed to reflect changes to guidelines and requirements by SUNY, the New York State Department of Health, our Delaware County Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Any modifications or changes will be communicated to the SUNY Delhi campus community via the college website and email.

1. COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring

a. Departing Campus in Fall 2020

See Appendix B: Fall 2020 Departure Plan (Approved by SUNY November 2020)

b. Students Remaining on Campus

Students who need to remain on campus in the residence halls after the close of in-person classes on Saturday, November 21, through the end of the fall semester and/or until the start of the spring semester, may petition the Office of Residence Life to stay in the residence halls during that period of time. Special consideration will be given to students who are homeless or have housing insecurity, as well as our international student population. Any student who remains on campus will be required to sign the Winter Break Housing Addendum (see Appendix C: Winter Break Housing Addendum).

Any student who has extenuating circumstances and has been approved to remain on campus after November 21 will take part in our weekly surveillance pool testing procedure on Mondays, in coordination with our employee testing that is done through SUNY Upstate Medical.

Space in the residence halls will be set aside for quarantine/isolation (Q/I) for students living on campus. In accordance with recommendations from SUNY, students who test positive for COVID-19 may be sent home via private transportation, unless they are not able to travel home (i.e. international students) or do not feel safe returning home. Students who are unable to travel home or do not feel safe returning home will be assigned to the designated Q/I spaces in collaboration with Campus Health Services and the local Public Health department. Any student in the Q/I spaces will be provided food daily through our campus dining services, CADI.    

The Residence Hall Director (RD) on duty will routinely check in (via email, personal check-ins, and other interactions) with students remaining on campus during the break period to monitor their mental and physical well-being.  The RD on duty will report or refer any issues to the appropriate campus personnel or department. 

Counseling Services will continue to provide tele-counseling services to students who remain on campus, with the exception of holidays. Weekly announcements through the campus-wide email system will remind students of the numerous free mental health resources available, as well as direct students to our campus website that lists all of the resources for mental and physical well-being. 

Any residential student approved to remain on campus during this time will sign an acknowledgment of the rules that will govern their stay on campus (see Appendix C: Winter Break Housing Addendum).

Employees who regularly come to campus to work after November 21 (i.e. University Police, custodial staff, residence life staff members, etc.) will continue to be tested on Mondays according to the Employee Testing protocols established in Fall 2020. Testing for eligible staff will continue throughout the winter and spring terms.

c. Returning to Campus for Winter and Spring Terms

Testing & Isolation Requirements

Students approved to remain on campus and staff continuing to work on campus after November 21:

Any SUNY Delhi student or employee who continues to reside on campus, uses campus facilities, or regularly works on campus after November 21 and/or through the winter and spring semester will continue to be tested on a regular basis. During this time period, the staff and student surveillance testing will take place on Mondays. Students and staff will also be required to continue to complete the Daily Health Screening tool to monitor their symptoms.

Any faculty or staff member who begins remote instruction or remote work from home after November 21 and subsequently returns to campus for in-person instruction or work will take part in the employee surveillance testing on the Monday they start back to work. Alternatively, they must present Human Resources with either a negative COVID-19 test result that was administered within the past three days or a positive diagnostic test result for COVID-19 from the prior three-month period before returning to work.

Employees who regularly come to campus to work after November 21 will be tested on Mondays in accordance with the pre-established employee testing protocol for Fall 2020.  All employees must complete the SUNY Delhi Daily Screening Tool prior to reporting to work each day, which screens employees for travel history and attestation, as well as COVID-19 history and symptoms. The employee's supervisor and/or Human Resources will be alerted to any staff member unable to report to work due to not meeting the pre-established criteria for travel and COVID-19 questions. 

In cases of possible exposure to COVID-19 on campus, SUNY Delhi will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance Testing, Screening, and

Outbreak Response for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), specifically the section “Tiered approach and inclusion criteria for SARS-CoV-2 testing of persons with possible exposure in IHE setting in the context of an outbreak.”

Winter 2020/21 Term:
All SUNY Delhi Winter term classes are taught online, and therefore no students or faculty members will be returning to Delhi for classes or to teach during this break. Staff who are working on campus during this term will be tested consistent with the Employee Testing procedures established in the Fall 2020 semester, as described above.

Spring 2021 Semester:
Health Services will instruct students to complete the daily mandatory COVID-19 screening via the Student Health Portal, beginning 14 days before their return to campus using the SUNY Delhi Health Screening student tool. Students will also be instructed to complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine at home and will be required to sign an attestation stating that they have done so. Health Services will provide follow-up with students, when necessary, on responses provided on the screening tool and/or the attestation of the quarantine.

In addition to submitting the attestation of the completed 7-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus, students must also either:

  1. Participate in COVID Surveillance Pool Testing upon arrival to campus, OR
  2. Provide documentation to Health Services of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior three month period.

The only limited exemptions for the 7-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus requirement 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.

All SUNY Delhi faculty/staff who will be regularly present on campus in the spring semester will be instructed via email to use the employee SUNY Delhi Daily Health Screening tool 14 days prior to returning to campus to teach, work on campus, or use campus facilities. Human Resources will provide follow-up with faculty and staff, when necessary, on responses provided on the screening tool. 

For all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for any activities or services (i.e. library, fitness center, dining services, etc.), taking or teaching one or more classes on campus, or residing on campus, will also be pre-screened for travel to/from restricted areas, for exposure to anyone who has had COVID-19, and for COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days prior to their return to campus through the daily health screening tools. 

Health Services will follow up with any student and Human Resources will follow up with any faculty/staff member who indicates: (a) travel to/from restricted states/regions or to/from international locations as defined by New York State to remind them to follow the New York State Travel Advisory and complete the New York State Health form;  (b) they have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19, and/or; (c) they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

Health Services will assist students, and Human Resources will assist faculty and staff in following the directives of the local and state Departments of Health related to mandatory testing, quarantine/isolation, and timing of returning to campus.

Students living in campus housing will be tested upon arrival to campus during the move-in process for the spring semester. 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.

Once students have completed the above requirements, they will be given a wristband to indicate they 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.

Students will be required to complete the SUNY Delhi Daily Health Screening tool if they are living in campus housing, working on campus, or prior to coming to campus for any reason. Health Services provide follow-up with students, when necessary, on responses provided per the screening tool. After the initial surveillance testing upon arrival, weekly testing of all eligible students who are taking in-person classes or labs, residing in campus housing, working on campus, or using any campus facility will occur in coordination with SUNY Upstate Medical.

Faculty who will be physically present on campus for in-person instruction, and staff who will be routinely working on campus, will be tested on Monday, February 1.  Faculty/staff surveillance testing will take place on Mondays thereafter per the Employee Testing procedures established in the Fall 2020 semester.

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 as outlined in the Testing, Screening, and Outbreak Response for Institutions of Higher Education, specifically the section “Tiered approach and inclusion criteria for SARS-CoV-2 testing of persons with possible exposure in IHE setting in the context of an outbreak.”

All students, faculty, or staff will be notified of the requirement to isolate if they have tested positive and/or have come in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are at risk of being infected. Individuals will be instructed to follow the guidance of the local County Health Department and will work with the appropriate office on campus for the timing of return to campus. 

The health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance to SUNY Delhi and requires the participation of the entire campus community. To help minimize exposure to COVID-19, on-campus quarantine/isolation (Q/I) spaces will be utilized to isolate residential students who have been directly exposed to or have contracted the virus, or who are awaiting test results. Off-campus students who are required to Q/I will be advised to do so at their place of residence, or in a space made available through the county health department.

Health Services has worked closely with Delaware County Department of Health to establish appropriate Q/I space for on-campus residential students in accordance with our reopening plan for the Spring 2021 semester. The designated Q/I space is Murphy Hall. The entire building has been vacated and reserved for this purpose. Murphy Hall is a four-story traditional style residence hall with a designed capacity of 217 beds and 16 bathrooms (four bathrooms per floor), with two ADA-compliant bathrooms on the ground floor. There is one elevator and four laundry rooms in this building.  Murphy Hall is cleaned and maintained daily by the college's custodial staff. Murphy Hall has one Residence Hall Director who will serve as the Q/I Coordinator for the Spring 2021 semester.

For the Spring 2021 semester, the maximum number of residential students will be 1,100, the maximum number of all students on campus at any given time will be 1,300, and the maximum number of employees on campus at any given time will be 300.

2. Mode of Instruction

a. Winter 2021-21 Term
All SUNY Delhi Winter 2020/2021 courses will be taught online, and only students with extenuating circumstances (such as housing insecurity issues and/or our international students who cannot return home) will remain in the residence halls.  These students will be required to be tested on a weekly basis during this term. No faculty will be reporting to work on campus during this time. Staff who are routinely reporting to work on campus during this term will also be tested on Mondays consistent with the Employee Testing procedures established in the Fall 2020 semester.
b. Spring 2021 Term

The SUNY Delhi Spring 2021 semester begins on February 1 for all students. No courses will begin prior to February 1. All instruction will be remote from Monday, February 1 until Monday, February 15. February 15 will be the start of in-person instruction for those courses and labs that require physical presence for certification, licensing, practicums, and applied learning experiences.

SPRING 2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
DAY/DATE ARRIVAL/EVENT
Friday, January 22 Resident Assistants move into residence halls and will be tested upon arrival*
Friday, January 22 - Thursday, January 28 Resident Assistant Training
Monday, February 1 Classes begin - ALL classes are online
Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7 Residence Hall students arrive per staggered time frames - COVID-19 testing for all residential students upon arrival
Monday, February 8 COVID-19 testing for commuter students, students living off campus, and students not previously tested
Monday, February 15 First day of in-person classes
Monday, February 15 & Tuesday, February 16  Weekly surveillance testing for all students who reside or work on campus, take in-person classes or labs, and/or use on campus facilities will be completed.  Weekly testing will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the remainder of the semester. 
On or about Monday, May 3 & Tuesday, May 4 Surveillance testing for all departing students. 
Saturday, May 8 Check-out for residence halls begins
Saturday, May 15 Commencement

There are no scheduled Spring Breaks for Spring 2021.

*Surveillance testing will be conducted on residential students who arrive prior to Friday, February 5 on the day they move in.

Weekly surveillance testing of all students who take in-person classes or labs, reside in campus housing, work on campus, or use on campus facilities, and any faculty who teach in-person classes and staff who regularly report to work physically on campus, will be conducted to monitor any presence of COVID-19 in our population.  

In-person labs and classes will meet on-campus density protocols consistent with New York State and the governing local health department guidelines.

If necessary, the campus is prepared to suspend in-person instruction for a two-week pause period as outlined in the Supplemental Higher Education Guidance from the New York State Department of Health. All instruction would move to a remote learning format for this two-week pause period with specific instructions given to students from the instructors for each course via email. For those courses/labs that mandate specific in-person lab or class time for licensing or certification requirements, alternative arrangements will be made on a course-by-course basis to meet those requirements at a later time.  

c. Remote Instruction
  1. Transparency of Percentage of Courses Offered Online/In Person: This information is available on the SUNY Delhi website on the Spring 2021 Course Information web page.
  2. Regular Substantive Interactions: Faculty teaching remote courses will engage students on a consistent basis. The primary goal is to ensure that faculty who teach asynchronous courses interact with their students at least once a week. Regular interaction between faculty and students will occur via group chat, office hours, or assigned/requested appointments.
  3. International Students: Accommodations will be made for international students on a case-by-case basis, as each individual and situation is unique.
  4. Substantive Interaction: Meeting these criteria will occur due to our direct instruction, group discussions, surveys, and analysis.
  5. Faculty Training to Support Remote Learning of Students with Disabilities: As courses move to a remote learning format for Spring 2021, please visit the Access & Equity Service Remote Learning page for additional information and instruction.
  6. Faculty Professional Development for Instructional Technologies and Remote Pedagogies: The Callas Center provides training and professional development for faculty who wish to enhance the delivery of their course content remotely. The academic deans will encourage faculty to participate in the professional development opportunities. See Appendix D: Faculty Training and Development for details on the training and support that will be available to faculty.
  7. Provide Proactive and Regularized Advising Interventions, Prioritizing Academic Success: The SUNY Delhi Academic Advising Center is committed to providing outstanding academic support to all our students, regardless of the mode of instruction. Using the interactive Starfish software and the personalized approach of our faculty and advising staff, proactive and regular communication and interventions are part of our normal operating procedures. Early detection of issues or concerns will assist our students in accessing the support they need to be successful.
  8. Utilize Instructional Support Provided by SUNY: The resources available to faculty by SUNY are widely advertised and communicated via our Learning Management System “Faculty Lounge,” campus-wide email, the college website, and through communication with the faculty directly from the Provost and the Callas Center for Educational Technology and Instruction.
  9. Additional SUNY Support and Guidance on Academic Continuity: SUNY Delhi will communicate the SUNY Academic Continuity Q&A document through announcements in our campus-wide email and on the college website.

3. Academic Calendar

a. Spring Term Start Dates
The SUNY Delhi Spring 2021 semester begins on Monday, February 1, for all students. All students will study remotely for the first two weeks and then move to in-person instruction on Monday, February 15 for those courses/labs that require the physical presence of the faculty and students.

SPRING 2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
DAY/DATE ARRIVAL/EVENT
Monday, February 1 Classes begin - ALL classes are online

Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7

Residence hall students arrive per staggered time frames - COVID-19 testing for all residential students upon arrival
Monday, February 8 COVID-19 testing for commuters, student living off campus, and students not previously tested
Monday, February 15 First day of in-person classes
Monday, February 15 & Tuesday, February 16  Weekly surveillance testing for all students who reside or work on campus, take in-person classes or labs, and/or use on campus facilities will be completed.  Weekly testing will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the remainder of the semester.
On or about Monday, May 3 & Tuesday, May 4  Surveillance testing for all departing students.
Saturday, May 8 Check-out for residence halls begins 
Saturday, May 15 Commencement
b. Spring Break

SUNY Delhi’s Spring 2021 schedule does not include any scheduled spring breaks, and students will be encouraged to remain on campus for the duration of the semester.

Due to the unique nature of our in-person, applied classes and academic programs, in combination with the instruction of our remote learners, SUNY Delhi will not be offering unified or campus-wide restoration days. Faculty will assign restoration days/times as needed for their individual courses and will notify students in advance of these days/times in class and/or via email.

c. Commencement

SUNY Delhi will make plans for a socially distanced outside ceremony for our Spring 2021 graduates. This ceremony will be recorded/televised live to help reduce density and allow for safety protocols.

If an in-person outdoor ceremony is permitted, special consideration will be given to meet all CDC recommendations and NYSDOH guidance for social distancing, mask-wearing, and other protocols to keep participants healthy and safe.

The graduation committee will also develop contingency plans for a completely remote ceremony (as was done for May 2020), in the event that the campus cannot hold an in-person ceremony. 

A decision regarding the format of commencement will be made in March 2021.

4. On-Campus Activities

a. Federal, State, and Local Guidance

At this time, all Spring 2021 student life activities are scheduled to be online. Any event that is subsequently approved to be in-person will be given special consideration to ensure it meets all NYSDOH guidance for social distancing, mask-wearing, and other protocols to keep participants healthy and safe.

SUNY Delhi will continuously assess and confirm that all cleaning protocols are in compliance with NYSDOH Higher Education Guidance and CDC guidance (Interim Guidance for Higher Education during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes).

b. Face Coverings (Masks)

Face coverings are, and will continue to be, required at all times for the campus community, with the only exceptions being: (1) in an individual’s private, assigned residence hall when they are alone or with their roommate(s) or alone in a private office or workspace; (2) while eating in on-campus dining venues while seated and socially distanced, or; (3) when individuals are alone. Any request for a medical, religious, or other accommodation to this policy will be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with relevant laws and campus procedures. This policy will be clearly communicated via weekly announcements in the campus-wide email, on the college website, through direct email and correspondence with the campus community, through the president’s weekly video to the campus, and other means, as deemed appropriate.

c. Mental Health Supports, Services, and Referrals

SUNY Delhi Counseling Services has a well-designed web page with multiple resources available to students for mental health resources and links (including ReachOut SUNY, Thriving Campus, and Middle Earth), and the free online QPR training. This web page and mental health resources are communicated to the students throughout the semester in the campus-wide email and on our social media pages. The Division of Student Life also emails students and parents with information and links to resources several times throughout the semester. 

SUNY Delhi will advertise the NYS OMH Crisis Text Line and other crisis services, as well as QPR training on the digital signboards, through periodic announcements via the campus-wide email, in the residence halls, as well as to faculty through the faculty listserv from the Provost’s office.

A combination of in-person and tele-mental health services are available, including ongoing counseling, group support, crisis intervention, and after-hours consultation. Counseling Services provides consultation to faculty and staff who note mental health concerns in students and provide training, as well as consultation to student staff such as Resident Assistants. The counseling staff also follow up with students noted to be of concern through the campus CARE Team. Counseling staff continue to provide outreach in the classroom for both in-person and online courses.

Employees will be encouraged to take care of their emotional and mental well-being through reminders in the campus-wide email system, and periodically through the President’s weekly video message to campus. Employees will also be encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is a free, confidential assessment and referral service available to all New York State employees and their family members who have concerns or need assistance with life situations that may affect their well-being or work performance. 

5. Reporting

a. Daily Dashboard
The SUNY Delhi Dashboard was updated to take viewers directly to the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker with instructions on how to view information specific to SUNY Delhi. Use of the SUNY dashboard helps reduce confusion, streamlines the information, and provides accurate information regarding SUNY Delhi’s COVID-19-related information. The dashboard is updated daily.
b. Instructional Modalities
SUNY Delhi will be reporting this data via our Director of Institutional Research with the assistance of our Registrar, as required.

6. What Students Should Know: Transparency

Appendix E: What Students Should Know outlines in clear language information regarding testing requirements, mandatory quarantine/isolation, uniform compliance, and includes a link to the web page which indicates the percentage of courses that will be offered in person and remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. This notice will help students make an informed decision about the expected educational experience at SUNY Delhi and provide the necessary links to the documents it refers to. This notice will be sent to all SUNY Delhi students and families via email and will also be posted on the SUNY Delhi website.

Appendix A: SUNY Guidelines for Reopening - Released November 2020

The State of New York and the entire nation continue to face unprecedented health challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, SUNY continues to operate under a state public health emergency. To maintain the highest level of public health and safety, the following will be the health and safety protocols for all SUNY campuses. Of course, if federal, state, or local health guidance changes, the SUNY guidance will be updated to conform accordingly.

For the purpose of the policy, Campus shall mean the 29 State-operated campuses and 30 community colleges operating under the program of the State University of New York. The individual Campus plans should be done in collaboration with the Campus community.

1. COVID-19 Testing and Monitoring
Below are the minimum requirements for testing and monitoring procedures during the transition from Fall 2020 to Winter and Spring 2021 instruction*

A. Departing Campus in Fall
Please refer to the Chancellor’s October 26, 2020 SUNY Mandatory Testing for Fall 2020 Semester Closing Guidance.

B. Students Remaining on Campus
The Campus will implement a process to allow students to request permission to remain on campus after the fall semester ends and/or during the winter term. The Campus must also develop a plan for those students who are pre-approved to so remain. This plan must include regular COVID-19 testing and any necessary isolation and quarantine protocols, including confirmation that students have access to meals and/or meal preparation facilities. Campuses must also ensure services are available with a special focus on monitoring the student’s mental and physical well-being while residing on campus. Furthermore, these students must sign an acknowledgement of the rules that will govern their stay, whether it is an addendum to the housing license or another stand-alone document.

* NYS Department of Health Guidance, local County Health Department procedures, approved campus surveillance plans, and the “Campus Restarting: Recommendations for COVID-19 Screening, Testing and Surveillance” white paper should be referred to for details.

C. Returning to Campus for Winter and Spring Terms Testing and Isolation Requirements
Students returning to campus or attending courses on campus for the Winter and Spring 2021 semester must be tested for COVID-19. Campuses shall develop plans to phase in the safe return of students to accommodate the testing and other health and safety requirements. It is strongly recommended that faculty and staff working on campus are pre-tested before returning to campus.

Specific requirements are as follows:

  1. All students, 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.
  2. Upon returning for Winter and/or Spring 2021 on-campus activities, any student who will: (1) live on campus; or (2) take at least one class on campus; or (3) utilize services on campus (e.g., library, gym, dining); or (4) work on campus, must:
    1. Submit an attestation that he/she/they have completed a seven (7)-day precautionary quarantine (see ii (c) below for limited exceptions) prior to returning to campus; and either:
      1. Present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return, or participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days of returning to campus; or
      2. Present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior three-month period.
    2. Inform the campus of any known contacts with COVID-19 positive individuals, or of any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or of a positive test result for COVID-19 (this notification to campus should not replace reporting to a health care provider or local health department).
    3. The following limited exemptions are allowed for the seven (7)-day precautionary quarantine stated above:
  3. Campuses must resume surveillance testing as soon as students return to campus, pursuant to the individual campus testing plans incorporated into the Campus reopening plans and SUNY’s Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Program as announced on September 4, 2020. All students, faculty and staff who live on campus and/or plan to be on campus regularly (including instruction, co-curricular activities, and meetings) shall be tested regularly.
  4. In cases of possible exposure to COVID-19 on campus, Campuses shall follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance Testing, Screening, and
  5. Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to/from restricted states/regions or to/from international locations as defined by New York State must follow the New York State Travel Advisory - whether living on or off campus - and attest that they have submitted the New York Traveler Health form and will follow the guidance of the governing local health department related to mandatory testing, quarantine/isolation, and timing of returning to campus.
  6. Any student, faculty, or staff testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate and follow the New York State Department of Health Order on isolation and the guidance of the governing local health department on length of said isolation and timing of return to campus.
  7. Campuses must confirm there is appropriate quarantine and isolation space for on-campus residential students in accordance with the individual campus reopening plans. Campuses are encouraged to work with the governing local health department to assist with quarantine and isolation space for off-campus students if necessary.

2. Mode of Instruction
A. Winter 2020-21 term

Instruction for the winter term must be fully remote, with the exception of courses such as those with clinical practicums, research, and applied learning experiences that require physical presence - this applies to both undergraduate and graduate study. On-campus density must be minimized to the maximum extent practicable and consistent with New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines. For all on-campus students, faculty, and staff, the campus shall maintain surveillance testing at the percentage level stated in the campus reopening plan. Campuses should notify SUNY System Administration of any courses which fall into the above categories of requiring in-person instruction to provost@suny.edu. For courses that do not fall within the above categories, campuses may request specific exceptions to SUNY System Administration to hold any other in-person instruction.

B. Spring 2021 term
Spring term Instruction must be remote prior to February 1 in order to minimize additional risks associated with influenza season.

  1. If necessary, campuses may allow students to return to campus prior to February 1 in order to meet the mandatory testing requirement outlined above. Spring term start dates prior to February 1 must occur in a fully remote format except for those clinical practicums, research, and applied learning experiences that require physical presence as outlined above. Such acceptable in-person instruction includes licensed professional practicums, teaching practicums, laboratory research, and other types of hands-on applied/experiential learning that takes place in specialized facilities and/or requires specialized equipment.
  2. Campuses should notify SUNY System Administration of any courses which fall into the above categories. For courses that do not fall within the above categories, campuses may request specific exceptions to SUNY System Administration to begin in-person instruction prior to February 1. Both notification and/or requests for exceptions must be submitted no later than December 1, 2020 to provost@suny.edu.
  3. Modes of instruction must ensure safe on-campus density, consistent with New York State and the governing local health department guidelines. Campuses must be prepared to execute fully remote plans if the campus meets the threshold for a mandatory pause on in-person instruction as outlined in the Supplemental Higher Education guidance from the New York State Department of Health.
  4. Campus expectations for students during such a mandatory pause must be clearly communicated to students prior to the beginning of the semester.

C. Remote Instruction
Working together with campus governance processes and in collaboration with its faculty and support staff, campuses must work to ensure that remote instruction meets or exceeds expectations of regular and substantive interaction. Campuses will continue to assist students with access to devices and internet connectivity in order for students to be successful with remote instruction.

  1. Transparency: Before the beginning of each semester, campuses must publish [on their website] the percentage of courses which will be offered in person and remote.
  2. Regular Interaction: The institution must provide for the opportunity for substantive interactions with the student on a predictable and regular basis commensurate with both the length of time and the amount of content in the course or competency, must monitor the student’s academic engagement and success, and must make clear that the instructor(s) are responsible for promptly and proactively engaging in substantive interaction with the student when needed on the basis of such monitoring, or upon request by the student.
  3. International Students: The institution will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of international students completing coursework from other time zones, e.g. - opportunities for asynchronous instruction, interactions scheduled in a way that takes into account the time zones of the students enrolled in the section, and other such flexibilities.
  4. Substantive Interaction: The institution must engage students in teaching, learning, and assessment, consistent with the content under discussion, while also including at least two of the following:
    1. Provision of direct instruction;
    2. Assessment and / or the provision of feedback on a student’s coursework;
    3. Provision of information and / or responding to questions about the content of a course or competency;
    4. Facilitation of group discussion regarding the content of a course or competency; or
    5. Other instructional activities approved by the institution’s/program’s accrediting agency.
  5. Campuses must work with faculty in order to equip them with the knowledge and skill to support remote learning of students with disabilities. Campuses should remind faculty members that the standard process for requesting academic accommodation would continue to apply, no matter the mode of instruction.
  6. Campuses must work to ensure all faculty and students have access to orientation/training opportunities to familiarize them with instructional technologies and remote pedagogies, especially those faculty for whom such technologies/pedagogies are new and for those students in vulnerable populations.
  7. Campuses must provide proactive and regularized advising interventions for all academic programs in such manner that prioritizes student success.
  8. Campus communities should utilize instructional support provided by SUNY.
  9. Additional support and guidance on academic continuity can be found in our FAQ document.
3. Academic Calendar
A. Spring Term Start Dates

In-person instruction for spring term shall not occur on campuses prior to February 1. Pursuant to Section 2 above, campuses must notify SUNY System Administration of any courses which require in-person instruction prior to February 1 (e.g., clinical practicums, research, and applied learning experiences). For courses that do not fall within the above categories, campuses may request specific exceptions to SUNY System Administration to begin in-person instruction prior to February 1. Both notification and/or requests for exceptions must be submitted no later than December 1, 2020 to provost@suny.edu.

B. Spring Break
Given the current risks associated with COVID-19 spread, spring break and any other spring holiday periods will not be permitted. Campuses may build in single-day midweek ‘reading days’ throughout the semester as an alternative pause of instruction while discouraging/prohibiting travel away from campus. Any on-campus services in support of religious observance shall follow the density, quarantine/isolation, and face covering requirements that are already incorporated into the campus reopening plan. This does not apply to campuses that will offer fully remote learning in Spring 2021. Exceptions to this Spring Break policy will be considered and must be pre-approved by SUNY System Administration by December 1, 2020. Such exceptions must include a process to test students for COVID-19 upon departure from campus as well as testing for COVID-19 upon their return.

C. Commencement
Commencement exercises ordinarily occurring at or near the close of the Spring 2021 semester will be considered in accordance with guidance from New York State.

Campuses should begin to plan and message virtual commencements and/or safely distanced methods of recognition and degree dissemination for their graduates.

4. On-campus Activities

A. Federal, State and Local Guidance
All in-person activities will continue to follow the mandatory NYSDOH guidance for social distancing as well as the strictures of the approved campus reopening plan.

  1. To the extent possible, activities shall be held outdoors or in a well-ventilated location, and campuses shall implement CDC recommendations to improve ventilation (Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education).
  2. Campuses should continuously assess and confirm that all cleaning protocols are in compliance with NYSDOH Higher Education Guidance and CDC guidance (Interim Guidance for Higher Education during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes).

B. Face Coverings (Masks)
Face coverings (masks) must be worn by all members of the campus community on campus at all times, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces, even when six-feet social distancing exists. Exceptions to mask wearing include when students are: (1) in their private residential or personal space; (2) eating meals on campus while seated and social distancing is appropriately enforced; or (3) by themselves. Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone in their office or other space. Any request for a medical, religious, or other accommodation to this policy should be reviewed on an individual basis in accordance with relevant laws and campus procedures.

C. Mental Health Supports, Services and Referrals
Given the unprecedented times for students, campuses should strive to do the following to increase the support for mental health services among our campus community:

  1. Promote on-campus and community-based mental health treatment and resources, including:
    a) ReachOut SUNY;
    c) Middle Earth from the University at Albany.
  2. Highlight therapy groups and other peer-to-peer support strategies
  3. Advertise the availability of crisis services, including Crisis Text Line, including: NYS OMH Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741
  4. Publicize the availability of free online QPR suicide prevention training for students, faculty, and staff.
Reporting
A. Daily Dashboard

Campuses are required to report daily COVID-related information to the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker in accordance with guidelines set forth by SUNY. Campuses that maintain their own COVID-19 dashboards must keep the data in their campus dashboards consistent with the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker at all times. If the campus does not keep its campus COVID-19 dashboard in sync with the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker, the campus COVID-19 dashboard shall be retired. Campuses may provide more information on their individual dashboard than what is currently required in the SUNY dashboard, in accordance with applicable privacy and confidentiality laws, but the core numbers shall be consistent with the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker.

B. Instructional Modalities
Campuses shall report to SUNY System Administration, as a continuation of fall semester reporting procedures, periodic statistical summaries of the distribution of instructional modalities between face-to-face, hybrid and remote methods as adjustments are made during the conduct of the academic semester.

6. What Students Should Know: Transparency

Campuses shall disseminate a clear, plain language notice on “What Students Should Know” to all students. SUNY System Administration will develop a template for campuses to customize. This notice should provide information that includes but is not limited to: testing requirements; mandatory quarantine and isolation; uniform compliance; and the percentage of courses which will be offered in person, and virtual so they can make informed decisions about their educational experience.

The informational “What Students Should Know” notice should include links or additional information about the specific policies.

Required Submissions to SUNY:
All notifications of in-person courses in approved categories and/or requests for exceptions for in-person courses to be held prior to February 1 (for both winter and spring terms) must be submitted no later than December 1, 2020 to provost@suny.edu.

Requests for exceptions to the spring break policy should be submitted no later than December 1, 2020 to provost@suny.edu.

Campuses must submit the name and contact information of the Campus Safety Monitor.

Please send the updated campus plans for winter and spring terms for review to Valerie Dent at Valerie.dent@suny.edu no later than December 10. Campuses need only submit changes and updates to the fall campus reopening plan, including those elements that specifically address requirements in this guidance.

Appendix B: Fall 2020 Departure Plan

SUNY Delhi, in collaboration with the Delaware County Public Health Department, has devised a plan for students to safely depart the campus and return to their homes and communities as the college transitions from in-person instruction to fully online instruction on November 20 for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester. 

The college has a well-established relationship with our local health department and consults with them frequently. Our departure plan is supported and endorsed by Mandy Walsh, Director of Delaware County Public Health.

Throughout the fall semester, the college has provided weekly surveillance pool testing to help identify persons who may be infectious. To help prevent infectious people from returning to their homes and communities, the college will test all students who have a physical presence on campus on Tuesday, November 10. This will be done through pool tests with Upstate Medical in Syracuse. Testing will be done within ten days prior to student departure and proper isolation and quarantine will be instituted on campus, as needed, under the direction of our county health department. Testing on November 10 will allow us to receive the test results back to students prior to their departure. We will also provide an additional day of testing for any no-show students on Tuesday, November 17.  Students testing on this day will be required to remain on campus until results are received, although we anticipate the results on or before Friday, November 20.

The following students will be exempt from departure testing:

  1. Online students who are never physically present on campus or use campus services.
  2. Students who have provided Health Services with copies of previous positive COVID-19 test and have since recovered.
  3. Students who have been tested for COVID-19 at a health care facility off campus November 10 through November 20 (within the ten-day time frame) and have provided Health Services with documentation of negative results.

Any student who tests positive on the pool tests will be able to quarantine/isolate in the college’s designated quarantine/isolation space, if necessary. All standard quarantine/isolation care, including food and daily calls, will continue to assure meeting the needs of these students.

Any student who does not comply with the mandatory testing prior to departure will be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review.

Employees who report to campus for work after November 20 will continue to be pool saliva tested weekly on Monday afternoons after the Thanksgiving break until the end of the spring semester. Any student who has extenuating circumstances and is allowed to remain on campus after November 20 will also be tested during this time. 

Students will be reminded that they must limit contact, wear masks, and practice social distancing prior to departure and will be advised to stay on campus until they depart for the break to avoid any unnecessary risk of exposure.

Instructions for safety measures during the semester break will be distributed to students via email and include avoiding unnecessary travel and social gatherings, avoiding potential exposure to those who are sick, and to continue all health protocols to remain healthy. They will also be informed of the requirements to return to campus in the spring, including the 14-day quarantine requirement and testing upon arrival to campus or for in-person instruction. 

Appendix C: Winter Break Housing Addendum

Effective November 21, 2020

Students who need to remain on campus after the close of in-person classes in the Fall 2020 and the start of the Spring 2021 semester (referenced hereafter as the “winter break”) may petition to the Office of Residence Life for permission to stay in the college residence halls during the break. Special consideration is given to students who are homeless or have housing insecurity, as well as international students.

This agreement makes clear the expectation that we all commit to a strong regimen of personal hygiene and responsibility that protects individuals and the community. In turn, the college has developed an intense sanitizing and cleaning plan for classrooms, residence halls, and other common spaces.  

Signage will be posted across campus to encourage and reinforce the message of personal responsibility to protect the health and safety of the community. Students are urged to abide by the expectations displayed on these signs and encourage others to join them. 

The college reserves the right to update and make edits to this document to be in line with the latest guidance from local, state, and national public health agencies as well as government officials. All updates to the document will be clearly noted with the date and posted on the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website. This document supersedes any previous policies or practices.

  • All campus policies and procedures as described in the Student Handbook, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Terms and Conditions for College Housing (Housing License) are in effect during the break period.
  • Students are responsible for all applicable fees and charges during the break. 
  • Students will report to Student Health Services (Foreman Hall) immediately if they have been exposed to the coronavirus or person(s) exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Students must comply with Campus Health Protocols for attending and obtaining diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under published protocol.
  • Students will abide by all guidelines and policies of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State. This includes but is not limited to travel bans and restrictions, personal and public hygiene, and limiting the spread of coronavirus.
  • Students should not leave the local area of Delhi for any travel during the break period. It is understood that if a student has requested to remain on campus for housing, they are not doing so out of convenience but necessity. If students are found to leave the area, their break housing will be revoked until the start of the spring semester.
  • No outside guest is permitted on campus or in the residence halls. This includes day and overnight visitors in the residence halls. To aid in identification, all SUNY Delhi students must visibly wear their valid student ID when on campus and in common spaces. Authorized guests who are on-campus residents living in the residence halls during the break socializing in a room, suite, or townhouse not their own are limited to one person per room occupant.
  • Group gatherings are prohibited. Some spaces and venues will be closed or entrance will be restricted to prevent crowding.
  • Students must follow all guidelines for personal distancing and safety, including:
  • Face covering must be worn at all times. Face coverings do not need to be worn while in your assigned residence hall room when alone or in the presence of a roommate.
  • Where possible, allow for six feet of personal distancing between others.
  • SUNY Delhi student screening application must be used daily.
  • Proper handwashing and personal hygiene.
  • Illness must be reported to Student Health Services immediately.
  • No voluntarily travel to any location to which New York State has banned or restricted travel.
  • Space in the residence halls will be set aside for quarantine/isolation space for students living on campus. In accordance with recommendations from SUNY, students who test positive for COVID-19 may be sent home via private transportation, unless they are not able to travel home (i.e. international students) or do not feel safe returning home. Students who are unable to travel home or do not feel safe returning home will be assigned to the designated Q/I spaces in collaboration with Campus Health Services and the local Public Health department. Food delivery options through Campus Dining Services will be provided.

IF A STUDENT VIOLATES THESE EXPECTATIONS, THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES:

Disciplinary charges may be brought against the student for violating the above expectations. These include but are not limited to, Personal Misconduct not on College Property, Failure to Comply, Reckless Endangerment, Violation of Guest Policy, Violation of Identification Policy, and/or Trespassing.

Students who are removed from housing, suspended, or expelled for violating the above policies will not be eligible for a refund.

Student Signature:                                                                                              Date:                                                                                         Student Name (Please Print): ______________________________________Date: _____________
Student ID Number:  800 ______________________
Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian: ______________________________ Date: _____________
(If Student is under 18 years of age)                                                   

Appendix D: Faculty Training and Development

Ven diagramFaculty Training and Development Response
There is an expectation that faculty at SUNY Delhi will take advantage of initial fundamental trainings as well as ongoing professional development opportunities to improve and advance their capabilities and knowledge of Educational Technology and Online Learning tactics and best practices. At SUNY Delhi, the Callas Center for Educational Technology & Instruction adheres to the TPACK Model for training.  TPACK is a framework that identifies the three types of knowledge instructors need to combine in order to reach successful edtech integration; technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge.  TPACK recognizes the need for knowledge in each area individually as well as the overlap between the three. 

Process for Documentation and Tracking
The Callas Center in partnership with the Center for Excellence & Innovation will track faculty attendance and participation in training and development offerings. This data will then be shared with deans prior to the start of each semester in hopes to further encourage faculty development and engagement in training opportunities. 

Training and Development Resources
Although training and ongoing professional development have been the long-standing mission of the Callas Center, beginning in January 2021, faculty involvement in such will be tracked and tracking data will be shared with deans and the Provost to ensure participation, and ultimately the quality of online instruction. This formalized training and development framework will include a 4-week Facilitated Asynchronous Course on Instructional Design & Teaching (ID&T), with two additional 30-minute sessions on Assessments in Moodle and 21st Century Web 2.0. This professional development series will be offered twice annually, once in January and once in August. The completion of the course and corresponding sessions may be used as artifacts toward promotion.

Instructional Design & Teaching (ID&T) Course
This session, taught in a four-week cohort, will cover basics, as well as content selection and pedagogical considerations for teaching in an online environment. The four-week session will be broken down into modules with like-content. An open synchronous office hour will accompany each week. The course and accompanying 30-minute sessions culminate in a capstone project where participants will be required to submit an introductory module and at least one fully developed module/topic for a course to be reviewed by a Callas Center Instructional Designer, using the Quality Matters rubric. Participants must include a Web 2.0 component. Week 4 will be dedicated to working on the completion of the capstone assignment. The content may be newly created, or participants may use a course that they have already developed.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize accessible formatting (TPK)
  2. Save files as PDF (TK)
  3. Navigate in the LMS (TK)
  4. Change the layout of course pages (TK)
  5. Add Content to a Course (TCK)
  6. Complete course backups, archives, and moving content, and describe reasons for doing so (TK)
  7. Set up gradebook (TK)
  8. Describe the importance of providing assessment information (grading scheme, rubrics, expectations) (PK)
  9. Create rubrics in the LMS (TPK)
  10. Differentiate which activities are best-suited for grading with a rubric and why (PCK)
  11. Discuss and explain SLO alignment per the Quality Matters rubric definitions (PCK)
  12. Use discussion forums appropriately (PCK)
  13. Summarize and apply Principles of Universal Design (TPACK)
  14. Explore and formulate a communication policy (PK)
  15. Develop a thorough course syllabus which includes information about the course, course requirements, instructor, course activities, course assessments, and so on (PCK)
  16. Recall key events of historical development of disability and the social model shift
  17. Recall laws that govern academic standards in higher education
  18. Use campus resources to identify accessibility issues in their course content (TK)
  19. Reduce accessibility barriers for students (TPACK)
  20. Recall policies and procedures of the Access & Equity Office at SUNY Delhi in order to successfully support students in need of accommodations 

Accompanying 30-minute Sessions:
The Assessments in Moodle session will describe in detail assessment methods that can be used to gauge where students are in their learning and the curriculum. A large part of assessment is providing timely and meaningful feedback to students, which will be covered in this session. 21st Century Web 2.0 will cover tools that can be used to facilitate virtual learning material to support asynchronous and synchronous lectures, flipped learning tools, and other resources available to create engaging and interactive content for the online course.

Initiatives for Student Support
Geared toward student acclimation to the Learning Management System (LMS), the Student Orientation provides students with a self-paced, asynchronous course which includes Moodle activities and resources, course activities, and learning activities commonly found in online coursework. While the Student Orientation is not compulsory campus-wide, many Freshman Success course sections and 100-level courses require students to complete the orientation and upload the Certificate of Completion as an assignment in their courses. 

The Student Orientation is typically completed by 350 incoming students per academic year, though in the Fall 2020 semester alone, 346 students (a mix between incoming freshmen and new-to-online students due to the pandemic) completed the orientation. Based on the official third-week census numbers, percentages of students identified as incoming freshmen who completed the orientation have been included in the accompanying chart (Student Orientation Participation). Participation tracking is a continued piece of the Callas Center Assessment Planning and will continue to be reported on.

Bar ChartThe Callas Center will further develop a partnership with the Center for Student Leadership & Engagement to incorporate the Student Orientation into Bronco Ready Day activities during new student orientation, beginning Spring 2021, in order to reach more students.

In addition to the Student Orientation being available to students to take and refer back to, top-level menu items on every page of the LMS include links to important resources for online and face-to-face learning, such as Online FAQs and system requirements, the Help Desk, and student support services.

Appendix E: What Students Should Know

What Students Should Know: COVID-19 and Returning to Campus

Dear Students,

As we return to campus in Spring 2021, SUNY Delhi’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. These include:

  • wearing face coverings (masks)
  • hand washing
  • social distancing
  • participating in testing and tracing
  • completing daily 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 and where educational success is possible.

Here’s what you need to know and do as we welcome you back to campus in 2021:

Stay Informed
SUNY Delhi will communicate COVID-19 information to all campus members via the Delhi Today, our campus-wide email system, and on the college website. On-campus students will also see reminders on the electronic bulletin boards and on posters at the entrance of buildings.

Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements
Health Services will instruct you to complete the daily mandatory COVID-19 screening via the Student Health Portal, beginning 14 days before your return to campus using the SUNY Delhi Health Screening student tool. You will also be instructed to complete a seven-day self-quarantine at home and will be required to sign an attestation stating that you have completed this. Health Services will follow up with you, when necessary, based on your responses on the screening tool and/or the attestation. 

All students, faculty, and staff will also be pre-screened for travel to/from restricted areas, and for exposure to anyone who has had COVID-19, on the daily health screening tools. Health Services will follow up with anyone who indicates travel to/from restricted states/regions/international locations defined by New York State to remind them to follow the New York State Travel Advisory and complete the New York State Health form. They will also follow up with anyone who indicates exposure to others with COVID-19 to assist in following the directives of the local and state Departments of Health related to mandatory testing, quarantine/isolation, and timing of returning to campus.

All students will be tested upon arrival to campus during residential move-in and at a designated time/day for commuters and other students who plan to use campus facilities for any reason. Only students who can show verification of a positive COVID-19 test result within the past three months and who have since recovered will be exempt from the test upon arrival to SUNY Delhi.

Once you have completed the above requirements, you will be given a wristband that will be necessary to enter any class or campus facility for the first week of classes. If you try to attend class or use any campus facility without a wristband, you will be instructed to go to the Health Center immediately for a COVID-19 test and will not be allowed to remain on campus or use any campus services until you have been tested and cleared by Health Services.

You will be required to complete the SUNY Delhi Daily Health Screening tool if you are living in campus housing, working on campus, or prior to coming to campus for any reason. Health Services follows up, when necessary, on responses provided per the screening tool. After the initial surveillance testing upon arrival, weekly testing of eligible students will occur on Tuesdays in coordination with SUNY Upstate Medical. 

All students who attend in-person classes or labs, reside in campus housing, use any campus facility, or work on campus will be required to participate in weekly surveillance pool testing.  Health Services will send notices to students via email regarding the details of the testing procedure and dates/times of weekly tests. If a student does not receive an email to participate in testing and have not been officially exempted from the test, they must contact Health Services.

To minimize exposure to COVID-19, on-campus quarantine/isolation (Q/I) spaces will be utilized to isolate residential who have been directly exposed to or who have contracted the virus, or who are awaiting test results. Off-campus students required to Q/I will be advised to do so at their place of residence or in a space made available through the county health department.  Please refer to the Q/I Guidelines and Restrictions web page for more information.

Get Screened Daily
Everyone coming to campus, including students, must complete a daily health screening using the SUNY Delhi Health Screening tool. The college utilizes a web-based screening tool which is available via the SUNY Delhi website or an app on a Smart Phone. A reminder is also announced at the top of the daily campus-wide email with a link to the tool. You will answer questions about your health, exposure to individuals with COVID-19, and travel to a restricted area. Answering “Yes” to any of these questions results in a choice for you to “not attend class.”  Health Services follows up with any student who indicates they will “not attend class” on the screening app.

Get Tested Regularly
If you live in campus housing, take in-person classes or labs, work on campus, or use any of the campus facilities (i.e. library, eateries, fitness center, health center, etc.), you must participate in the weekly surveillance testing. The College will test all on-campus student population every week on Mondays and Tuesdays through pool testing with Upstate Medical in Syracuse. Details will be sent to students via email from Health Services. If you are in a positive pool, you will be quickly notified upon receipt of your results and asked to self-isolate until reflex tests are received.

Diagnostic testing in Health Services will be done if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19. The use of Point-Of-Care (POC) testing will be the first test used to diagnose symptomatic students. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing will be used for back-up of a negative rapid test, or when otherwise indicated.  PCR tests will be sent to our outside vendor, Lab Corp. Results from Lab Corp are typically received within 48 hours. You will be placed in precautionary quarantine while awaiting results. If the results are negative, you will be released from quarantine. If the results are positive, you will be placed in isolation and pre-established campus quarantine/isolation (Q/I) procedures will be followed.

Health Services will continue to work closely with our county health department and the local hospital throughout the spring semester to coordinate communication, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation requirements.

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. The SUNY Delhi Dashboard has been updated to take viewers directly to the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker web page with instructions on how to see SUNY Delhi specific information. Use of the SUNY dashboard helps reduce confusion, streamlines the information, and provides accurate information regarding SUNY Delhi’s COVID-19-related information. The dashboard is updated daily.

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 you are: (1) in your own private, assigned residence hall, alone or with your roommate(s); (2) eating in on-campus dining venues while seated and socially distanced; or (3) when you are alone.
  • 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
If you test positive, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, have been directly exposed to individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department or medical or campus official that you are “at risk” for having COVID-19, you may be required to quarantine or isolate (Q/I). This may include taking classes remotely, not going to dining halls, or using other campus facilities. Students assigned to on-campus residential Q/I space will have access to certain assistance, such as the delivery of food and medicine, and will be checked on daily to assess their physical and mental well-being. They may also receive psychosocial, academic, and/or other supports, as needed. More information for students assigned to Q/I is available on our Q/I Guidelines and Restrictions web page.

Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action
If you violate the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, you may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Student conduct is governed by the College Student Code of Conduct.

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. SUNY Delhi has an informative wellness web page with multiple resources for mental health, free online QPR training, and useful links such as those listed below.

The link to this web page and other resources are communicated throughout the semester in the campus wide email (Delhi Today), on our social media pages, and on the digital signboards throughout campus.

A combination of in-person and tele-mental health services are available to support you, including ongoing counseling, group support, crisis intervention, and after-hours consultation. Counseling Services training and consultation is also available to student staff such as Resident Assistants.

Understand What’s Being Offered On Campus and Online
SUNY Delhi has developed a Spring 2021 Course Information web page that contains information you’ll need to make an informed decision about classes for the spring semester, including identifying the classes that are being offered in person and remote, and other academic information. Barring unforeseen circumstances, SUNY Delhi plans to offer approximately 21% of courses in a face-to-face (on campus) format.

Get Instructional and Technology Help
Students can get instructional assistance from a variety of sources, including:

  • Vancko Hall is SUNY Delhi’s online learning platform it provides students with online study skills and support services, how to excel submitting activities and assignments.
  • Resnick Academic Library provides in-person and online assistance with research, reference services, study rooms, and laptop loans.
  • The Resnick Academic Achievement Center provides support for students for academic success, and includes tutoring and advising services, career planning, and oversee the StarFish early academic warning system.

If you need technology assistance, email helpdesk@delhi.edu, call 607-746-4835, or visit the CIS website

Request Accommodations for Disabilities
If you self-disclose a learning disability to your instructor, you will receive reasonable accommodations and should contact Gabriella Vasta, Coordinator of the Office of Access and Equity Services, at 607-746-4744 or send an email to accessandequity@delhi.edu to make arrangements. The Access and Equity web page provides the necessary information regarding accommodations, policies, necessary links, and deadlines. 

Follow Housing and Dining Updates
Information on housing and dining service can be found on the Office of Residence Life and College Auxiliary (CADI) websites. Changes and updates are provided through campus email, digital signage, and department social media accounts. If you are a residential student, you will receive direct email from Residence Life via the Housing Management System (HMS). CADI utilizes a mobile application (GET) for cashless payment, virtual card swipe, pick-up orders, venue hours, and weekly menus.

If We Have to PAUSE, Follow These Rules
If the campus must switch to a two-week pause, the following rules apply:

  1. Instruction will immediately shift to remote instruction for all courses. You are required to communicate with your faculty via email and stay up-to-date on the expectations for each of your courses. Faculty will provide information on how each class will run (whether asynchronous or synchronous), when assignments are due, what modifications will be made to the schedule, etc.
  2. Students living in campus housing will precautionary quarantine in their assigned residence hall during the two-week pause period and are strongly advised not to leave campus to travel or go home.
  3. Dining services for residential students will be preorder and take-out only.
  4. Campus facilities (i.e. pool, fitness center, library, etc.) will be closed for the duration of the two-week pause period.

If We Have to Pivot to Remote Instruction, Follow This Plan
In the event of a pivot to remote instruction for the spring semester, you will be notified via campus-wide email announcements.

The following plan will be implemented if the pivot to remote instruction is required:

  • All courses delivered remotely/online will continue to be delivered in that modality.
  • Required lab-intensive courses will be worked out between faculty and students to discuss alternative courses as necessary. Students may need to return to campus at a later time to complete laboratory requirements.
  • All nursing courses with clinical practicums will be delivered remotely and will change to alternative clinical experiences (remote clinical instruction). You will be informed by the Assistant Dean of Nursing with detailed information. Schedules will not be impacted as remote clinicals are held synchronously.

The Office of Residence Life will coordinate a scheduled move-out of each residence hall, and you will remove belongings from your assigned room. Limited storage for student belongings will be supplied for those who, due to transportation constraints, cannot remove all of their belongings. If you cannot leave campus quickly (i.e. international, homeless, or housing insecure students), you will be provided on-campus accommodations and food service until you can provide safe transportation home or alternative housing.

Refunds of the room and board charges will be based on a weekly pro-ration and will be applied to your account if the Campus is required to move to a fully online teaching modality that does not align with the planned academic schedule.

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 SUNY Delhi have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and SUNY Delhi 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, the campus community, and beyond.