Health and Wellness | St. Lawrence University Always Forward: Returning to St. Lawrence

Health and Wellness

The success of St. Lawrence’s plan to welcome Laurentians back to campus depends on maintaining and strengthening our community’s well-known culture of respect, care, and support. Every Laurentian needs to be diligent—in every hour of every day and in each personal decision they make—to safeguard their own health and the health of others.

Student Health & Counseling Services

Director of Student Health Services Erin Casey is the point of contact for health-related matters on campus and serves as liaison with St. Lawrence County’s Department of Public Health.

The Health & Counseling Center is prepared to offer telemedicine and tele-counseling. The Center is also revising protocols and procedures in anticipation of utilizing only 25% occupancy of the facility at any given time. We are aware there will be the possible need for private spaces on-campus for students to conduct tele-counseling sessions.

The regional health care provider, St. Lawrence Health Systems (SLHS), manages the on-campus student health services. The director of St. Lawrence University’s Student Health Services is an employee of the SLHS and meets regularly with peers and management to assure coordination of resources for diagnostic testing and treatment. SLHS has COVID-19 beds at three hospitals for use by area residents, including students if necessary, meeting the metrics set by the NYS Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard.

Preventative Hygiene Practices

  • Wash your hands often and carefully with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. This applies to students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Use your own pens and pencils as possible.

Anti-Stigma Guidelines (via CDC)

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information from the World Health Organization

Information from the New York State Department of Health

Information from the St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health