SUNY New Paltz announced fall re-opening plan

NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz will open this fall with a mix of remote, online and face-to-face courses with appropriate social distancing, personal protective equipment and focused cleaning protocols.

As part of the plan announced on Thursday, residence hall capacity will be reduced.

Classes will begin on Monday, August 24 and instruction will end on Wednesday, November 25. The final exam period will be online after Thanksgiving.

The college will prioritize face-to-face instruction with reduced density for select laboratory studio, clinical and equipment-essential course, as well as some general education and gateway courses to majors with appropriate social distancing.

A majority of the fall semester courses will be taught remotely, though.

All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks or other face coverings in classrooms, restrooms, elevators, lecture halls, common spaces, studios and labs whenever they are occupied by more than one person.

All students and employees will be required to complete a daily health self-screening and self-report. It will require everyone to take and report their temperature, ask them to indicate the presence of COVID-19 symptoms and ask them to report any exposure to confirm cases.

Student Health Service will offer some COVID-19 testing, working closely with the Ulster County Health Department to allow students to get tested at community sites.

Residential students with a confirmed diagnosis will be relocated to the college’s quarantine site, Awosting Hall, which will be set aside as unoccupied at the start of the fall semester.

Use of campus indoor facilities will be restricted to faculty and students.

Limited in-person events and gatherings will be offered on a very limited basis with prior approval.

Sodexo, the college’s food service provider, has adopted new protocols to ensure that students and employees can safely enjoy meals on campus.

The college will follow SUNY, SUNY Athletic Conference and NCAA guidelines regarding intercollegiate fall sports. Any fall sports teams will begin with a phased approach on August 24 consistent with NCAA policy.

To prepare for the possibility that in-person, on-campus operations cannot safely be sustained, the college has developed a “pause and pivot” procedure that can be implemented if the college is so directed by the state’s regional control room, SUNY or the state or local health departments.

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