Important Updates | St. Lawrence University Always Forward: Returning to St. Lawrence

Important Updates

When decisions are made and additional information is added to parts of the Always Forward website, this page will be updated with the pertinent details.

Please note that buildings and offices are closed to visitors. Offices should be contacted by email or phone; please consult the University Directory or website for contact information.

September 25

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley sent a message to students with updates about residential visitation restrictions.

September 21

September 11

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg sent a message to students, employees, and parents/families to provide a campus status update.
  • The University has increased its testing capabilities and more information about upcoming weekly clinics for students and employees is now available.
  • The COVID-19 Dashboard was updated to include St. Lawrence's Current Operating Status (Low Risk/New Normal as of Sept. 11) and more information about the University's operating status levels.

September 4

August 29

  • The Refund Policy section was updated to reflect that on-campus students who wish to switch to remote learning for the fall semester can receive a pro-rated refund of room and board charges up until the last day of the add/drop period (Thursday, Sept. 3). More details are on the Shutdown and Refund Policy page.

August 27

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg sent a message to parents and families to provide an update on the status of campus after the first few days with students on campus.

August 21

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg sent a message to employees, students and parents regarding results from our first testing clinic and announcing the new COVID-19 dashboard, which will inform the Laurentian and local communities about new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases involving St. Lawrence students, faculty, and staff.

August 19

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg sent a message to on-campus fall semester students with reminders about what is required of them before they arrive on campus to check-in.

August 14

  • Health and Counseling Services and our Move-In Team sent a message to students with more information about testing, arriving on campus, and what to expect on Move-In Day

August 12

August 7

  • The recording from Wednesday's Town Hall about the Laurentian Pact, St. Lawrence's social contract for the upcoming academic year, has been added to the Town Hall Information page.

August 6

  • Health and Counseling Services and the Academic Affairs office shared a message with fall semester on-campus students and families regarding pre-arrival testing options being offered. This information has been added to the Arriving on Campus and Testing page.
  • Campus community members are now able to report a concern they have about adherence to public health protocols and policies.

August 5

August 2

  • Upcoming Town Halls and Zoom chat information has been added to a Town Hall Information page. Recordings of Town Halls will also be posted here when they are ready.

July 31

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley shared a message with the community about The Laurentian Pact, St. Lawrence's social contract, for students and families to review and submit by Friday, Aug. 14.

July 30

July 24

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg shared a message with students returning for the fall semester that included more details on the New York State travel advisory and what students need to be aware of in the weeks and days leading up to Move-In Day. Updates have also been made to the Arriving on Campus and Testing page. 
  • Brush Art Gallery will be closed for the fall semester and will have alternative exhibitions.

July 22

  • Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg shared a message with international students that included more details on arrival options for the fall semester. Updates have also been made to the Arriving on Campus and Testing page. 
  • Director of Athletics Bob Durocher shared a message with student-athletes with several updates.
    • The Liberty League announced that all league competition and championships through December 31, 2020, have been canceled due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Fall Sports: We plan to have as many fall sports teams as possible participate in practices and intra-squad activities. We will also consider the potential for some intercollegiate scrimmages later in the fall with limited regional opponents if public health conditions permit.
    • Winter Sports: We are hopeful that public health conditions will allow our participation in winter sports. Details are currently being discussed with the Liberty League, the College Squash Association, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
    • Division I Hockey: St. Lawrence intends to play Division I hockey this year. ECAC Hockey continues to discuss the best path forward. We anticipate being able to share more information in the near future.

July 20

  • More detailed information about testing prior to campus arrival was added to the Arriving on Campus and Testing section. "All students must be tested with a diagnostic molecular (PCR) test, not a rapid point of care test, 5-7 days prior to coming to campus."
  • Residence Life hosted a Zoom meeting on Thursday, July 17, for students and families who had questions. The recording was added to the Residence Halls section of the Occupancy, Residence Life and Dining site.

July 18

  • Several updates were made to the Arriving on Campus and Testing section, including when students will find out their move-in date and time and clarifying information about testing prior to and during on-campus arrival.
  • The Occupancy, Residence Life and Dining section was updated with detailed information about housing assignments and a timeline for fall semester room draws.
  • The Tuition and Financial Aid section was updated with details about when bills for the fall semester will be released (July 28) and due (August 28). as well as more details regarding less-than-full-time tuition for remote attendance.

July 15

A complete report on St. Lawrence's fall plans was released to students, parents, employees, and alumni. The full document can be found here. 

Before Arriving for the Fall Semester

  • All students must be tested 5-7 days prior to coming to campus. After the students are tested prior to coming to campus, they must self-quarantine for the same five to seven-day period to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Students will be required to upload their test result to the student portal prior to arriving on campus. 
  • All students must also be aware of the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory. As the policy indicates, “If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread as defined by the metrics above, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.”
  • We will ask students to attest upon arrival that they have either traveled from a state not on the list or have followed the self-quarantine protocol in New York State for 14 days prior to their arrival on campus.
  • Learn more about arriving on campus.

Fall Semester (Semester I) Move In

  • Students will be assigned a day and specific time between August 17 and August 25 to stagger arrivals and facilitate testing.
  • Students may not be on campus before their move-in appointment.
  • Students may be accompanied by one family member for move-in but that person may not enter the residence halls.
  • We urge students to pack very lightly for the semester and bring only essential items and clothing they can carry to their room on their own without assistance.

Academic Calendar and Break Information

  • St. Lawrence's 2020-2021 academic calendar can be found here.
  • International students in residence for back-to-back semesters will be permitted to stay on campus between the two semesters. Our plan is to offer the same option for domestic students who have financial need and are from the West Coast or other far away states. Residence Life will have a petition process in place prior to the end of the fall and spring semesters for students to request this housing accommodation.


  • St. Lawrence University is coordinating with St. Lawrence County Public Health, with the regional St. Lawrence Health Systems, and with The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to require testing upon arrival to campus for all students and to mandate testing of employees who work on campus as students arrive and during the semester when students are in residence. 
  • Once students arrive on campus we will establish a clinic format to test students and employees with The Broad Institute's CRSP SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Diagnostic Assay for in vitro qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory specimens. This means the test is designed to detect the presence of the genomic material of the SARS-CoV2 novel coronavirus, the pathogen responsible for the disease known as COVID-19. 
  • The test is a nasal swab administered by each patient under medical observation.
  • A second round of surveillance testing will take place 14 days after the arrival testing, to detect new infections. 
  • We will offer randomized testing one day a week (Tuesdays) every week starting one week after the second round of testing.
  • COVID tests will be submitted to students’ health insurance. If rejected, St. Lawrence will pay. 
  • Employee information about testing is available on the Employee Information page.
  • Read more details about our testing procedures, as well as what we'll be asking of students and employees, and what we are doing for their safety.

Containment and Quarantine

We have provided many more details regarding where and how we will safely quarantine students. Please visit the Containment and Quarantine information page.

Campus Life

More details about residence life, dining, student gatherings, events, and other information has been added to the website.

Commencements and Reunion

On July 10, the University announced new Commencement dates for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, as well as a new date for Reunion 2021.

  • 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


  • We will maintain a strict “no visitor” policy except for business purposes by appointment and exceptions noted for Brewer Bookstore, Newell Fitness Center and the libraries, with brief access to those facilities allowed for non-community members (see below), and approved speakers from the Associated Colleges.
  • This policy includes prohibiting individuals that most commonly travel to campus: parents (other than move-in and move-out), young alumni, and other St. Lawrence students who are not registered for the semester that is currently in session. 

Travel Guidelines

  • Students will be allowed to participate in supervised travel for University-sponsored purposes and only if compliant with Safety Guidelines for Field Trips.
  • Personal travel by students is limited to St. Lawrence County except in the case of a family emergency.
  • If a family emergency arises, the student must advise Dean of Student’s office, agree to remain at home for 14 days, agree to be tested upon return to campus and to be quarantined until test results are back and test is negative.  If the student leaves campus after November 1, the student should remain off campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Travel guidelines for employees can be found on the Employee Information page.

Off-Campus Programs

  • The University Senior Staff has accepted the recommendation of the Student Safe Travel Committee to cancel all remaining study abroad programs for the Fall 2020 semester. Students and families have been notified and there is a process in place for them to continue their academic progress next year. 
  • The Student Safe Travel Committee will be evaluating Spring 2021 off-campus programs throughout the fall and anticipate making decisions in October. 
  • All summer international internships and summer international travel courses are canceled.

Emergency Student Assistance Fund

  • Recognizing the financial hardship that is being faced by many of our students, the University, with the support of generous donors, has established the Emergency Student Assistance Fund, which will help students with uncovered and unplanned expenses.
  • Interested students can apply to use the fund. 

CARES Act Information and Application 

  • The recent federal CARES Act provides funding to colleges and universities for student grants. The purpose of these funds is to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses directly resulting from the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
  • Learn more about the CARES Act funding and application process.