Most SUNY Orange instruction this fall to be held remotely

MIDDLETOWN – The SUNY Orange fall semester will begin on Monday, August 24 with final exams concluding on Saturday, December 12.

On-campus instruction, which will account for approximately 15 percent of the college’s total curriculum, will be curtailed on Tuesday, November 24 as a precaution against projections of a resurgence of the coronavirus. Post-Thanksgiving instrument for those courses will be held remotely.

On-campus academic instruction will be limited to those course-related activities in-person, lab-based instruction or specialized computer hardware and software.

Disciplines in which some on-campus instruction will take place include the health professions, lab sciences, computer science, and art/media.

College officials said the school will follow CDC, state and local health department recommendations about the use of personal protective equipment in the instructional and laboratory settings.

To assure social distancing guidelines are being met, the college has prioritized buildings, classrooms, and laboratories that are most critical for in-person student learning in the fall, and staff has begun removing desks and other equipment.

To reduce population density, both the Middletown and Newburgh campus will remain closed to the general pubic while a small selection of cultural and community events will be held virtually rather than in-person during the fall.

Masks will be required for those who use the campuses, and building access will be limited to specific entrances and exits.

The college also plans to implement a daily screening process for students and employees, and protocols for reporting, testing, tracing and quarantining have been established in the event a student or employee reports symptoms.

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