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Campus Life, Major Events and Activities

Our success upon returning to campus in the fall will be a community-wide effort. We all have a responsibility to keep one another safe, and to protect the wellbeing of not just ourselves but our classmates, faculty and staff, and North Country neighbors.

Social Contract: The Laurentian Pact
Student Gatherings, Public Events, Large Venues and Events
Large Public Events on Campus
Third-Party Events: Speakers and Performers
Commencements and Reunions
Places and Events of Worship
Student Employment

Social Contract: The Laurentian Pact

Students were required to sign the The Laurentian Pact, a COVID-19-specific Social Contract, prior to arriving on campus and moving into their respective residences. 

The Laurentian Pact codifies behavioral directives to protect the community. It includes, but is not limited to, such aspects as compliance with mandatory mask-wearing, testing for COVID-19 upon arrival and at intervals, completing daily confidential reports of health status, abiding by rules for student gatherings and events, placement in quarantine if exposed and in isolation with a positive diagnosis, and abiding by travel restrictions and visitor prohibitions.  The Contract describes disciplinary penalties for violations, including being sent home. Students completed an online educational module before arriving on campus. Both students and parents/guardians signed the Social Contract.

When determining sanctions for COVID-19-related violations, student history will be taken into account. In cases of non-compliance, we will take severity of incident, its impact on the campus community, and a student’s past student conduct history into account when making a decision on what an appropriate sanction should be, including if they can stay or not. Theoretically, a student who has a clean record but has a major violation could be sent home.

Student Gatherings, Public Events, Large Venues and Events

St. Lawrence wouldn’t be St. Lawrence without our active, vibrant student body. Our clubs and organizations and the events that they sponsor enrich campus life. We are determined to maintain this spirit of collaboration and community, which is why we’ve thoughtfully considered safeguards that allow certain events and activities to continue while ensuring the health of students, employees, and our North Country neighbors.

Even though New York State and health experts have placed restrictions on gatherings, we are supplementing the abundant social programming typically offered to students. Partnering with clubs and organizations, we are providing creative new formal and informal opportunities for safe social interaction that are both in person and virtual. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for small groups to gather while still adhering to the regulations. We welcome additional suggestions from students.

Limited gatherings are permitted with restrictions based on space, location, and in accordance with New York State guidelines.

Gatherings of no more than 50 people are allowed in outdoor spaces when approved by Student Activities (see below). Gatherings of no more than 10 people are permitted in shared indoor spaces such as common rooms and kitchen areas when six feet of physical distancing is possible. During the first four weeks of the semester or until further notice, all people in the gathering must be from the same designated extended family unit. At the conclusion of the gathering, all surfaces must be wiped down with provided disinfectant products.

Gatherings in bedrooms of up to double the currently established occupancy are allowed (e.g., singles can have two people, doubles can have four people, including the residents of the room). During the first four weeks of the semester, all people attending a room gathering must be from the same designated extended family unit and all room occupants must agree to the gathering. If approved, any current students can be guests in a student room after four weeks; all residents must wear face coverings if any room occupants are from a different extended family unit. Students can withdraw consent to having others in privately assigned spaces at any time.

Gatherings outside of the residence halls between 11 and 50 people are only permitted if approved by the Student Activities Office. Students must complete advance coordination with the Student Activities Office before these events occur to ensure all agreed upon safety guidelines are followed.

Campus meetings should be held virtually whenever possible. If a meeting must be held in person, the meeting should be scheduled for a space that complies with the 50% capacity-of-occupancy guideline as noted in the room reservation system. Social distancing and masks are always required.

Large Public Events on Campus

Public events on campus, including large event spaces and venues, are restricted or modified in accordance with public health guidance at the time of the event. Events usually scheduled in the fall semester that historically bring large numbers of external guests to campus (e.g., Family Weekend) are planned as virtual events. We will continue to propose aternatives to ongoing community engagement such as remote gatherings when possible. 

See below for information on Commencements and Reunion.

Third-Party Events: Speakers and Performers

Social distancing and public health guidelines also apply to any third parties (if approved) permitted to use campus space for approved gatherings. External guest speakers or performers only may come from one of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. No other speakers or performers may visit campus in the fall semester.

Campus meetings should be held virtually whenever possible. If a meeting must be held in person, the meeting should be scheduled for a space that complies with the 50% capacity-of-occupancy guideline as noted in the room reservation system. Social distancing and masks are always required.

Commencements and Reunions

At St. Lawrence, we cherish opportunities to celebrate our achievements and our community. We have delayed Commencement for the Class of 2020, as well as our 2020 Reunion weekend, as we plan to properly honor these very special events when it safe to do so.

After reviewing many options and considering factors such as on-campus capacity, the academic calendar, and opportunities for events, a subcommittee representing Academic Affairs, Student Life, Facilities Operations, Advancement, University Communications and the Commencement Committee proposes the following, with dates predicated on New York State guidance for gatherings that would be in effect at least two months’ in advance. Commencement is a major University activity that normally requires six months’ planning by departments across campus.

  • Commencement for the Class of 2021: April 25, 2021
     
  • Commencement for the Class of 2020: August 1, 2021
    • Members of the Class of 2020 will be invited to campus as University guests for some dates in advance for campus activities for a senior experience together. 

Reunion: July 15-18, 2021 

With the Summer Semester (Semester III) beginning May 3 and ending July 9, we need to alot time for students to depart campus. Because we believe fewer students will be in residence in Summer 2021, we propose to place Reunion 2021 on the dates of July 15-18, assuming that health considerations then allow gatherings of larger groups.  

Places and Events of Worship

Chaplain Shaun Whitehead will offer virtual services in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

Student Employment

All student employment goes through the Financial Aid office.

  • Students enrolled on campus can work on campus
  • Students enrolled remotely but living in NYS can work remotely.
  • Students enrolled remotely but not living in NYS cannot work unless they reside in a state for which the University already has registered as an employer:  Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, or Indiana.
  • Students not enrolled in the semester cannot work, if the funding is federal work study. Any requests for exceptions to hire a student as a temporary worker (paid NYS minimum wage) must go to the Senior Staff leader of the division.