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January 14 Message to Students, Parents/Families, and Employees from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg

Dear campus community,

More than 1,500 students have completed arrival testing requirements and have moved in to their residence halls. We recognize that for many students and families, our arrival protocols required more than in the fall and that the Phase 0 quarantine upon arrival was and has been very difficult. Because of your efforts and our plan, we were able to uncover positive student cases before students arrived on campus, as they arrived on campus, and as a result of our Day 4 testing clinics, which we put in place given what we now know about the incubation period for COVID-19, even after arrival. The Phase 0 quarantine period ensured we were able to protect students until thorough testing was completed. With every difficult decision we make and every process we put in place, we do so with the health and safety of our campus community top of mind. Thank you for doing your part to help us protect each other as we reestablish our in-person community this semester.

As of January 13, we have a total of 14 active cases (11 students and 3 employees).  Additionally, 30 students tested positive in pre-tests and are isolating at home until released by their local public health department. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly and has recently been revamped to provide more transparency for the community.

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk) due to the significant and sustained increase in the number of cases in the North Country. There is still a State of Emergency in place for St. Lawrence County due to COVID-19 cases, and we continue to discourage students from leaving campus with the exception of essential travel for groceries, medical appointments, and medication.

In-person class meetings can begin on Monday, January 18. If faculty or students have questions about their courses, they should contact acadean@stlawu.edu. Any student attending class must wear a red bracelet, issued by Residence Life and indicating they have cleared all entry testing and quarantine requirements.

Residential Status

As of early Thursday afternoon, Residence Life was able to move many students out of Phase 0 quarantine and into Phase 1 Residential Visitation. For those remaining in Phase 0, students who followed proper arrival protocols, including Arrival and Day 4 testing, will be released as soon as all test results have been received. Residence Life will communicate with students as soon as they are released from Phase 0.

As a reminder, for those students in Phase 1 Residential Visitation status:

  • Students can visit within their extended family unit only. They are not permitted to visit other wings or floors of their building that are not defined as their extended family unit.
  • Students are not permitted to visit other residence halls.
  • The number of students in a room may not exceed double the occupancy.  For example:
    • Single = 2 occupants
    • Double = 4 occupants
    • Triple = 6 occupants
  • Students may hang out without a mask on if they are inside a residence hall room with the door closed.
  • Students must wear appropriate face coverings at all times when in the hallways, lounges, and other common areas.
  • Please refer to the Laurentian Pact for guidance on other guidelines when on campus.

Phase 2, which permits student visitation within residential buildings and, in some circumstances, a small number of other buildings, is scheduled to begin after the first six weeks of the Spring 2021 semester, which is around February 15. The decision to move to Phase 2 will be based on University guidelines and current local public health conditions, as well as student compliance with the Laurentian Pact. The date for Phase 2 may be changed based on these conditions.

Questions can be directed to Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu

Health and Wellness Reminders

All students are required to complete a Daily Health Check, which can be completed in the CoVerified app.

All employees who are on campus any day and for any reason must also complete the health screening questionnaire before arriving on campus.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Students experiencing any of these symptoms should contact the Health Center immediately at healthcenter@stlawu.edu.

Abiding by the Laurentian Pact

As the virus surges across our nation and the North Country, it is paramount that all Laurentians, including those who have previously had COVID-19 and those who have been vaccinated, must continue to follow public health protocols and all parts of the Laurentian Pact.

Remember that wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in public spaces are REQUIRED for all campus community members, along with adherence to all aspects of the Laurentian Pact.  Avoid gatherings, stay home when you are sick, and keep your hands and space clean.

Students Who Test Positive

Since last July when we shared our reopening plan for the academic year, our process for students who test positive has included sending students home if they live within 500 miles of St. Lawrence University. Each family that this affects should identify a contingency plan as soon as possible for their student to leave campus in the event they test positive. Learn more about our containment and quarantine procedures on the Always Forward website.

Employee Reminders

  • Employees who are able to work from home should continue to work from home or revert to home work in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Do not come to work if you are sick. 
  • Contact Debra Mousaw, dmousaw@stlawu.edu, in Human Resources if Public Health notifies you to isolate or quarantine, or if you test positive and you await Public Health notice.
  • If you test positive, immediately go home and stay home.

The health, wellbeing, and safety of our community remain our top University priority. We look forward to a happy, safe, and productive semester. 

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life
Karl Schonberg, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

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January 8 message to students from John O'Connor, Assistant Dean of Student Life

Good afternoon,

I’m writing with an update about Thelmo Storage. Originally we were unsure if we would be able to allow storage access at all before students were cleared from their Phase 0 quarantine.  We’ve able to establish a limited availability for Thelmo Storage upon arrival for essential items only. Students can sign up for a slot during these time periods on their move-in day to come once to Thelmo storage and pickup essential items only. Additional storage hours will be available next week for students to gather the remainder of their belongings after students have been cleared from precautionary quarantine. Again – this is for pickup of essential items only and students will be held to their 15 minute arrival timeslot.

  • Friday, Jan. 8: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 9: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 10: 6:30-8 p.m. 

Sign up here for a slot to gather your essential items from storage: https://bit.ly/StorageSP21

With Zest & Optimism,

John

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January 6 message to students from Marijo Haggett, Director of Dining and Conference Services

Hello Everyone!

I am following up from our email from last week with more detailed information on how to identify any dietary needs, times for meal collections and the link to our website which includes our menu from 01/08 to 01/15. I apologize this email is later than I expected but it took a little longer to finalize all of the details.

Before we get into the logistics I want to let everyone know that we realize Phase 0 will be challenging in many ways for all of you. The dining team has spent a lot of time developing a plan to make sure everyone is provided meals in a safe manner during this time. However, if any of you are having a difficult time regarding food or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us in the following ways:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. call our main office at 315-229-5995

On weekends and after 3:30 p.m. you can call either 315-229-5606 (Dana) or 315-229-5761 (Northstar)

You can also email me at mlhaggett@stlawu.edu

To reiterate, you will receive a lunch and dinner each day. Breakfast is all packaged, continental style food that will be picked up at dinner. The breakfast bags will be enough for two days of breakfast. Our menu is now posted on the dining website on the home page. Please read through so you know what meals you will be receiving each day. If possible, please bring extra drinks and snacks for your dorm room when you move in. We are providing juice and bottled water only at this time for beverages. https://www.stlawu.edu/dining This is the link to our website with the menu on the home page.

For anyone who has allergies or dietary preferences please fill out this survey.  https://stlawu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1AH8tXyWTFNNwdD It is crucial you complete this survey as soon as possible and at a minimum, 24 hours before you arrive if you have dietary needs.  This survey expires on 01/09 at 11:59 p.m. If you do not have any dietary needs or allergens, you do not need to fill this out. Also note that all of the hot meals are gluten free and our cold meals have a gluten free option. There will be a vegan option for every meal as well. We are avoiding all major allergens where possible. If you have previously emailed me your dietary needs or if you are currently living on campus you will need to fill out this survey. Also note that you will need to let our staff know if you require a vegan meal, gluten free meal, if you have allergies when you are picking up your meal. The survey is anonymous so the data we collect will tell us how many of each meal type we need to provide per residence. For those receiving deliveries to your houses we will label the bags so you can identify meals.

If you have a class conflict during your assigned meal pick up time please come get your meal at another time during the meal periods. It is important everyone comes to collect their meals at the assigned time to ensure safe social distancing, but we realize that your assigned time may cause a conflict. Please do not skip a meal, it is ok if you have to come at another time. If you have questions or concerns about this please let me know.

Please remember to socially distance while picking up your meals and wear your mask at all times. If the area becomes too congested we may ask that you return to your room and we will deliver your meal to your door after taking your information. We do not anticipate this being an issue but want to share our plan in case this happens. Our goal is to provide you meals in the safest manner possible. In advance, we thank you for your understanding and patience during Phase 0 and we are eager to see everyone back in Dana and Northstar on January 16th!

Only if you are released from Phase 0 quarantine during this time you can order and pick up from Sun Coffee Roasters on the GET app and shop at Jack’s Corner but all of your meals will be delivered to your dorm through dinner on January 15th. Dana and the kitchen of Northstar will not be open during this time as we are focused on providing meals in the residences on campus.

**If we have to adjust our plans in any way we will be sure to communicate those to you via email and at your dining pick up locations

Below you will find the list of residences on campus with assigned times for both lunch and dinner. Please find your housing assignment and take note of your pick up times for meals.

Whitman

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • Dinner pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Rooms 400 – 499
    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Rooms 300 – 399
    • 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rooms 200 – 299
    • 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rooms 100 – 199
  • Lunch pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Rooms 400 – 499
    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Rooms 300 – 399
    • 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rooms 200 – 299
    • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rooms 100 - 199
  • Whitman residents will pick up all meals in the lobby of Whitman for each meal

Dean Eaton

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • Dinner pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rooms 2100 – 3020
    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Rooms 2000 – 2099
    • 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Rooms 1050 – 1128
    • 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rooms 1000 – 1049
  • Lunch pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Rooms 2100 – 3020
    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rooms 2000 – 2099   
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rooms 1050 – 1128
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rooms 1000 – 1049
  • Dean Eaton residents will pick up all meals in the lobby of Dean Eaton for each meal

Lee & Rebert

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move in day
  • Rebert Dinner pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Rooms 200 – 399
    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rooms  100 – 199
  • Rebert Lunch pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Rooms 200 – 399
    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rooms 100 – 299
  • Lee Dinner pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Rooms 200 – 399
    • 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rooms 100 – 199
  • Lee Lunch pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rooms 200 – 399
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rooms 100 – 199
  • Lee & Rebert residents will pick up all meals in the lower lobby of Eben for each meal

Sykes

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • Dinner pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Rooms 3000 – 3999 & 1201a&b
    • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rooms 2500 – 2999
    • 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Rooms 2000 – 2499
    • 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Rooms 1000 – 1999
  • Lunch pickups designated by room numbers:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Rooms 3000 – 3999 & 1201a&b
    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rooms 2500 – 2999
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Rooms 2000 – 2499
    • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rooms 1000 - 1999
  • Sykes residents will pick up all meals in the Dana for each meal (You will enter into Dana near Millwheels, follow signs to pick up food and you will exit doors on double doors near vending machines)

1 Lincoln, 11 Maple, 1 University, 3 University, 5 University , 58 Park, 62 Park, 70 Park, 72 Park, 78 Park Priest, Reiff

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • Dinner pickups designated by your residence:
    • 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 1 Lincoln
    • 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 11 Maple
    • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 1 University
    • 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3 University
    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 5 University
    • 5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 58 Park
    • 5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 62 Park
    • 5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 70 Park
    • 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 72 Park
    • 6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 78 Park
    • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Priest & Reiff
  • Lunch pickups designated by residence:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 1 Lincoln
    • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 11 Maple
    • 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 1 University
    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3 University
    • 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. 5 University
    • 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 58 Park
    • 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 62 Park
    • 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 70 Park
    • 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 72 Park
    • 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 78 Park
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Priest & Reiff
  • All residents listed above will pick up all meals in the Sykes Common Room and enter through the main entrance on Park Street (DO NOT enter Sykes Residence to get into Sykes Common Room, you must use main entrance from Park Street)

Hulett, Jencks, 21 Romoda, Gaines

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • Dinner pickups designated by residence:
    • 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Hulett
    • 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Jencks
    • 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. 21 Romoda
    • 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Gaines
  • Lunch pickups designated by residence:
    • 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Hulett
    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Jencks
    • 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 21 Romoda
    • 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Gaines
  • All residents listed above will pick up all meals in Pub 56

13 University ATO, 17 College, 25 College (BETA), 48 Park, 50 Park, 52 Park, 54 Park, Chi Omega, Townhouses

  • You will receive one delivery per day to your residence that will include your lunch and dinner
  • Your deliveries will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m.
    • For townhouses your food and beverages will be placed in the laundry rooms of each townhouse
    • For theme & Greek houses your food will be set inside by a staff member, please remain in your rooms during this time
  • Please refrigerate the meals that you plan on eating for dinner and reheat as needed
  • Your houses will be pre-stocked with breakfast items and bottled water that are to last from your move in date to 01/15
    • Many townhouse residents have requested to opt out of bottled water, please note that we will not be delivering water to anyone who has opted out

KDH (both 14-day quarantine and regular housing)

  • Dinner will be your first meal on your move-in day
  • KDH Residents & Quarantine Temporary Residents will have your meals dropped off at your door within these time frames. We will knock on your door so you know your food has arrived.
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 Dinner 
  • All residents of KDH will have their meals delivered to their dorm rooms

Thank you,

Marijo

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January 4 Message to Students, Parents/Families, and Employees from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin a new semester today, we hope everyone had an enjoyable break and had the chance to relax and recharge.

Testing and Campus Status

The University is processing employee and student testing this week. A regularly updated dashboard on positive COVID-19 cases on campus is available on the Always Forward website.

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk) due to the increased number of cases in St. Lawrence County and across the country.

It is required that all members of our community abide by public health guidelines and the Laurentian Pact. It is up to all of us to protect the campus experience that we all cherish.

Campus Arrival

As many of you prepare to travel to campus at the end of the week, please note you may only check-in on the assigned date and time listed on the Always Forward website and if you have completed the required pre-arrival testing.

The University is currently receiving many requests for the late arrival date of Sunday, January 17; students should be aware that space to accommodate arrivals on this date is limited, so individuals who have the capability of arriving on their original move-in date are strongly encouraged to do so. Any late arrival student who is unable to be scheduled on January 17 needs to check with their individual faculty members and will be scheduled to arrive on January 26 or 27.

Questions can be directed to Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu. Please be patient for a response, as this office is currently experiencing a high volume of inquiries.

Information for Students Who Have Recently Tested Positive

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 since departing for home during the fall semester and prior to their arrival on campus for the spring semester are required to send a copy of their positive test to the Health Center via the patient portal. Students are required to complete the quarantine issued by their local public health officials at their homes before returning to campus. A new campus arrival date will be assigned by Residence Life after submission of the documentation releasing them from quarantine.

Anyone who has tested positive is exempt from surveillance testing for 90 days according to guidance from public health officials. These students are required to comply with the campus quarantine upon move in, daily symptom checks, and all Laurentian Pact conditions. It is important to contact the Health Center if at any point you develop symptoms, even if they are mild, to further evaluate the cause of the symptoms. Questions can be directed to the Health Center at healthcenter@stlawu.edu.

Information for Students Who Are Currently Quarantined at Home

If a student is quarantined at their home by their local public health officials, they are not allowed to travel to campus and move in. Those students should contact the Health Center ((315) 229-5392 or healthcenter@stlawu.edu) immediately to discuss their individual situation and plan for a later campus arrival.

Academics

Classes began remotely for all students enrolled in the spring semester today (Monday, January 4). In-person class meetings can begin on Monday, January 18. If faculty or students have questions about their courses, they should contact acadean@stlawu.edu

As we begin a new semester we must rigorously sustain a safe campus environment. If we work together and adhere to campus safety requirements, we can and will achieve another productive and healthy semester.

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life
Karl Schonberg, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

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January 2 message to students from Marijo Haggett, Director of Dining and Conference Services

Happy New Year Everyone!

As you prepare to move onto campus for this semester we wanted to share with you how dining services will be operating during Phase 0. There is a lot of information to take in regarding move in and we want to be sure you have an excellent understanding of how you will be receiving your meals during this time. Please take the time to read through this entire email and know that another email will be coming from us on 01/04/21 with more detailed information including meal pick up times, menus and how to report any dietary/allergen information.

During Phase 0 Dining Services will be either delivering to your residence or have a designated place for meal picks ups. Please find your residence below to understand how you will be receiving your meals during this time. On your move in day, dinner will be the first meal served. All of your meals, regardless if you have been released from quarantine or not, will be delivered to your residence or pick up location beginning with dinner on 01/08 through dinner 01/15. No dining services location will be open during this time except for Sun Coffee Shop and Jack’s Corner at the Northstar Café. Please see hours of operation below.

Dana and Northstar will resume normal hours of operation beginning 01/16/21.

For students who remained on campus during winter break and are not in the Phase 0 quarantine you can eat at Northstar Café beginning with dinner on 01/03 – all meal plans will be active. You can use the GET app or you can use meal swipes and exchanges by placing orders with staff members inside of Northstar. Please see below the hours of operation.

For all early arrivals that are in Phase 0 quarantine, your first meal will be dinner on your move in day. Then all meals will be delivered to your residence through lunch on 01/08. You will then receive your meals beginning with dinner on 01/08 through dinner 01/15 to your residence as outlined below.

Breakfast will be continental and pre-packaged for your convenience. You will pick up breakfast bags at dinner. The only exception is some residences that will be pre-stocked upon arrival as you will see below.

We strongly encourage you to bring your favorite beverages and snacks if possible. Dining will be providing meals only during this time with assorted juice and bottled water for beverages.

Also please be sure to check the dining services website https://www.stlawu.edu/dining for menus during Phase 0 that will be posted by 01/05.

If you have dietary and/or allergen concerns please wait for the email that will come out on 01/04 with instructions on how to identify your needs. If you have severe allergies or dietary needs we will be in contact to make arrangements with you. We will have gluten-free and vegan options available for all meals and are avoiding all major allergens with our meal service during this time.

Current Students Living on Campus & Hours of Operation for Northstar from 01/03 – 01/15

For all students who stayed on campus over winter break and are not required to quarantine you can eat at Northstar Cafe:

  • 01/03: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 01/04 – 01/07: 7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 01/08: 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sun Coffee Shop and Jack’s Corner

  • 01/09 – 01/15: 7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Anyone released from Phase 0 quarantine can shop in Jack’s Corner and order from Sun Coffee Shop on the GET app

Students arriving before January 8th

  • Dinner will be your first meal
  • Your meals will be delivered to your residence while you are in Phase 0
  • Email mlhaggett@stlawu.edu if you have any dietary or allergies needs

Whitman

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner meal pick ups
  • Whitman residents will pick up all meals in the lobby of Whitman for each meal

Dean Eaton

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner meal pick ups
  • Dean Eaton residents will pick up all meals in the lobby of Dean Eaton for each meal

Lee & Rebert

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner pick ups
  • Lee & Rebert residents will pick up all meals in the lower lobby of Eben for each meal

Sykes

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner pick ups
  • Sykes residents will pick up all meals in the Dana for each meal

1 Lincoln, 11 Maple, 1 University, 3 University, 5 University, 58 Park, 62 Park, 70 Park, 72 Park, 78 Park Priest, Reiff

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner pick ups
  • All residents listed above will pick up all meals in the Sykes Common Room

Hulett, Jencks, 21 Romoda, Gaines

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner pick ups
  • All residents listed above will pick up all meals in Pub 56

13 University ATO, 17 College, 25 College (BETA), 48 Park, 50 Park, 52 Park, 54 Park, Chi Omega, Townhouses

  • You will receive one delivery per day to your residence that will include your lunch and dinner
  • Your houses will be pre-stocked with breakfast items and bottled water that are to last from your move-in date to 01/15

KDH (both 14-day quarantine and regular housing)

  • Dinner will be your first meal on move-in day
  • There will be lunch and dinner deliveries
  • All residents of KDH will have their meals delivered to their dorm rooms 

Please keep an eye out from Dining Services on 01/04 with information on how to identify dietary needs, menus and times for meal picks up and deliveries.

Thank you,

Marijo

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December 29 message to on-campus students, employees and parents/families from Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life, and Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

We hope that you have had a relaxing break and join us in looking forward to the new semester.

Our Spring 2021 Semester Arrival Plan and strict adherence to the Laurentian Pact gives everyone the best chance for a safe start in January, but is only effective if every student adheres to the arrival requirements and the pact. Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to read this email in its entirety as it includes more information about the campus arrival process, as well as key reminders about pre-arrival testing and the link to our final Town Hall webinar for students and families.

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

All students are required to take at least one PCR nasal test before arrival for the spring semester and submit negative results prior to arrival. Please be aware that an antigen test is NOT acceptable to St. Lawrence. Students should follow pre-arrival testing requirements based on the location they will be traveling from when they move back to campus.

Due to New York State requirements, students traveling from non-contiguous states will be required to take two pre-arrival tests prior to moving in. (For reference, New York’s contiguous states include Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.)

All students need to quarantine in their homes after they have taken their test(s) and prior to their arrival on campus.

Earlier this month, we sent detailed information about arrival dates and the pre-arrival requirements dates and deadlines students need to follow in order to move in. These details are also included at the bottom of this email.

For more information on pre-arrival testing requirements, please visit the Always Forward website.

Campus Arrival Process

In addition to signing the Laurentian Pact and completing all pre-arrival testing requirements, students are required to complete the Spring 2021 Campus Residence Attestation Form before arrival. For those arriving Jan. 8-10, please complete the form no later than Wednesday, Jan. 6. For those arriving earlier, please complete the form at least 24 hours prior to your arrival.

Students need to arrive on campus on their assigned move-in date and time and immediately report for testing at Leithead Field House. Students will then move into their residence halls and enter Phase 0, which requires a quarantine in their rooms with meals delivered to campus residences. Students will be tested a second time four (4) days after arrival and remain in quarantine until negative results have been received. Follow-up testing will occur January 6, 11, 12, 13, and 20, by appointment.

Parents and guests are required to wear masks while on campus and will not be able to enter any residential buildings during move-in. 

We strongly encourage students to pack lightly for their semester on campus. Please try your best to pack all personal items into two suitcases. Students should also be prepared to quarantine in their residence halls at the beginning of the semester, as well as during the semester if necessary.

Students will also be required to take all personal items home with them at the end of the semester, even if they plan to be back on campus for the Summer 2021 term. We recognize that this is an inconvenience for many, but it avoids a situation like the one students and families experienced during the Spring 2020 semester when they were unable to retrieve belongings for months due to sudden and unexpected travel restrictions.

Academics

Classes begin remotely for all students enrolled in the spring semester on Monday, January 4, 2021. In-person class meetings can begin on Monday, January 18. Faculty should be in touch with students to convey meeting plans for individual courses. If faculty or students have questions about their courses, they should contact acadean@stlawu.edu.

Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 30

Residence Life and Health Center staff members will hold a town hall for students and families on Wednesday, December 30, starting at 5 p.m. ET to answer questions that you might have about move-in and testing requirements. https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/99353817119

Flexibility, innovation, and understanding will once again be critical for us to have a successful start to the semester. Thank you in advance for your partnership in prioritizing the health and safety of yourself, as well as our campus and local communities, as we welcome everyone back to campus.

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Karl Schonberg, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

Assigned Move-in Date and Testing Deadlines:

Community Assistants (CAs) and Orientation Leaders (OLs) and new-to-campus international students eligible for 14-day quarantine 

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, December 28, 2020 
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, December 28, 2020
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, December 31, 2020

First-Year Buildings and Floors

  • Move-in date: Friday, January 8, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Saturday morning, January 2, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Saturday morning, January 2, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021

Upperclass Residences- Group 1 (Whitman (upperclass residents only), Dean Eaton, Sykes, Kirk Douglas, 62 Park, and Local commuter students)

  • Move-in date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 4, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 4, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021

Upperclass Residences – Group 2 (Steiner Senior Townhouses, Theme Cottages (including 48 Park), Hulett & Jencks, and Greek Houses)

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, January 7, 2021

Alternative move-in date for students who are unable to arrive on the initial move-in date or do not have a valid pre-test submitted on time.

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 17, 2021 
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 11, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 11, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, January 14, 2021

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December 17 Message to Students from Health Services and the Move-in Team

Dear Students,

As Spring semester approaches, we are providing you with the latest information about arriving on campus.

Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our campus community. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure we have the best possible chance for success as we enter the new semester, the University has altered the pre-arrival testing plan for students. We have not changed scheduled arrival dates. More details are shared below.

Testing Requirements for All Students

All students are required to take at least one PCR nasal test before arrival for the spring semester and submit negative results prior to arrival. Please be aware that an antigen test is NOT acceptable to St. Lawrence.

NEW: Previously, we had shared dates for when students would need to have their pre-test completed. We have moved the pre-test timeframe earlier to help ensure results are received in a more appropriate timeframe.

Additional Requirements for Students OUTSIDE of New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania

Travelers from states that are not contiguous to New York or from any CDC Level 2 or 3 nation must complete the New York State Travel form prior to entering New York State.

NEW: Because of New York State requirements, students traveling from non-contiguous states will be required to take two pre-tests prior to moving in. The University requires results from the first pre-test date to be uploaded to Medicat at least 24 hours prior to your arrival on campus. (Reminder: Your arrival date has not changed and is listed below for reference).

The second pre-test, along with the follow-up testing that we are providing on campus, will allow you to meet the state’s requirements of taking a test three days in advance of your arrival without quarantining for 14 days. Results from the second pre-test are not required to move in; however, they will need to be uploaded to Medicat once they are received.

To ensure pre-test requirements are met, the University will send each student from a non-contiguous state an additional Everlywell test (paid for by St. Lawrence). If you already have an Everlywell test, this will be the second of two pre-tests you must complete and mail in on the required dates indicated below. If you do not have an Everlywell test, this will be the first of two pre-tests you must complete and mail in on the required dates below and, if you haven’t already, you will need to schedule a second test to be administered in your area.

For reference: contiguous states are defined as Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. 

International Students

International students arriving to campus for the first time have received previous communications from International Student Services and should continue to follow that guidance. The Everlywell pre-test kits cannot be shipped from outside of the United States. International students who were on campus residential students in the fall but are currently off campus should follow the campus reentry requirements that apply to the state they are currently staying in during Winter Break.

More information is available in the Spring 2021 FAQ for all international students https://rb.gy/kfrzba and the FAQ for first-year international students https://rb.gy/qjh1iy. Questions about international student information can be sent to Tsewang Lama, coordinator of international student services at tlama@stlawu.edu.

Assigned Move-in Date and Testing Information:

Community Assistants (CAs) and Orientation Leaders (OLs) and new-to-campus international students eligible for 14-day quarantine (Who is eligible?)

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, December 28, 2020 
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, December 28, 2020
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, December 31, 2020

First-Year Buildings and Floors

  • Move-in date: Friday, January 8, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Saturday morning, January 2, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Saturday morning, January 2, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021

Upperclass Residences- Group 1 (Whitman (upperclass residents only), Dean Eaton, Sykes, Kirk Douglas, 62 Park, and Local commuter students)

  • Move-in date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 4, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 4, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021

Upperclass Residences – Group 2 (Steiner Senior Townhouses, Theme Cottages (including 48 Park), Hulett & Jencks, and Greek Houses)

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, January 7, 2021

Alternative move-in date for students who are unable to arrive on the initial move-in date or do not have a valid pre-test submitted on time.

  • Move-in date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
  • If you live in New York or a contiguous state:
    • Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 11, 2021
  • If you live in a non-contiguous state:
    • Take your first test and send to Everlywell or provider: Monday morning, January 11, 2021
    • Take your second test and send to Everlywell: Thursday morning, January 14, 2021

More information on testing instructions is available on the Always Forward website.

TOWN HALL

The Residence Life and Health Center Staff will hold a town hall for students and families on the following dates and times to answer questions that you might have about move-in and testing requirements.

Friday, December 18 starting at 5 p.m. https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/97799843289

Wednesday, December 30 starting at 5 p.m. https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/99353817119

Laurentian Pact Reminder

As a reminder, students are required to sign the Spring 2021 Laurentian Pact by Friday, Dec. 18. Please note that all students will need to “login” at the top right of the page before you can access the Pact. Questions about the Laurentian Pact should be sent to reslife@stlawu.edu

We recognize that this semester will again be different than normal, and that for all involved, it will be more challenging and require us to remain flexible. We are looking forward to having you back on campus and ready for a safe and healthy semester!

Sincerely,

Health Services and the rest of the Move-In Team

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December 17 Message to Employees from Lisa Cania, Vice President for Community and Employee Relations

Dear Colleagues:

I begin where I usually conclude:  thanking you for your tremendous good will, energy, effort, and patience through this long semester.  We work among heroes.

Spring semester begins earlier than usual, as you know.  This memo details our return-to-work plans for employees, reminds us all about best practices for the holidays, and repeats the guidance for our safety.  We all want to relax, but we must remain vigilant.  Thank you for reading another long memo from me.

Employee Return-to-Work Testing Clinics

We will begin the Spring semester with mandatory testing clinics for all employees who expect to work on campus at least 15 minutes every week. 

Our Campus Safety Monitoring Committee (CSMC) discussed the spring semester arrival testing for employees.  In the summer, we had very low community spread and we had people working in July and August before our tests arrived and our clinics began.  So we did not require a negative test result before return to work.  Since then, we require a negative test result before new employees begin work.  Now we have very high regional community spread, the holiday gatherings risk factor, the college essentially closed from December 26-January 3, and some 50 students arriving January 3, so there won’t be time for a pre-student arrival negative test for all employees. 

Dining services staff only

You are asked to be tested on Sunday, January 3, from 12 pm – 2 pm.   You will hear more information from Marijo Haggett or David Geleta.  Please use this link for appointments: https://v2.waitwhile.com/welcome/leitheadfieldhouseds

ALL other employees—everyone!!!!

We will have a test clinic for all employees working on campus for at least 15 minutes a week January 4-7, 8 am – 2 pm. Come to this clinic if you expect to work on campus this spring for at least 15 minutes each week.  You may schedule your appointment at this link: https://v2.waitwhile.com/welcome/leitheadfieldhouseem   

If you are not working on campus between Dec 22 and January 3, your first test clinic will be January 4-7.  We ask you to work from home if you can until you receive negative results and to continue to work from home as much as possible, as you did in the fall.   If you cannot work from home, please try to make the clinic your first stop on campus, then be exceptionally careful about mask wearing and social distancing until your results come back.

If you are working on campus between Dec 22 and January 3, you should be notified by me to come in for our clinics Dec 21-22 and 28-29 and you’ll be tested again January 4-7.  Please use the different appointment link that is included in your notification email. 

If you are working on campus between Dec 22 and January 3 and are not notified by me for clinics Dec 21-21 and Dec 28-29, please alert me asap.  We are using the most updated info we can, but tracking individual schedules is, frankly, impossible without your assistance.  If you work on campus, we want to test for your safety and that of others.

Most students arrive in sequence January 8-10 after taking at-home tests before arrival.  So we should be able to test all employees before students arrive and we remember that when students arrive, they will be tested again, go immediately into quarantine, be tested on Day 4 and remain in quarantine until the second negative result is received.

The second mandatory clinic will be January 18-21 for all employees and all students. I will notify campus when appointments are available.

After January 22, we will begin random sampling again, aiming for greater frequency for all.

Holidays, Travel and At-Home Testing
St. Lawrence will continue to have about 50 students on campus through December. Your usual Laurentian generosity again must be deferred.  In New York State 74% of the cases from September to November are traced to small, in-home gatherings, so while you maintain your own safe practice, also please do not invite SLU students to your home during the break period. 

Please do not bring food other than cookies or baked goods to students on campus.  We have an obligation for food safety.  The University is assisting students to have food supplies and/or meals throughout this period. 

(Have you read this far?  Thanks!  The first five people who email me with the message Keep Going! will receive a $5 contribution from me to your CWA account to use as you wish.)

Remembering guidance that the safest holiday is one spent at home only with those who live in your home, we are able to offer an at-home test kit for those who plan to travel.  Please consult the Travel Guidance for Employees, which follows New York State requirements, if you plan to travel.  If you have family members traveling to stay with you, you may also purchase a test kit for them.  Even your family members who live elsewhere (whether down the street or across the country) are not members of your immediate family bubble.  Wearing masks and social distancing in your homes is the best protection.  (Remember the comment above?  In New York State 74% of the cases from September to November are traced to small, in-home gatherings.)

At-home kits are available for sale, at cost, $90 per kit, at Brewer Bookstore only to those with a St. Lawrence University email account. Purchasing is an honor system; you may purchase what you need for you and your family but please do not purchase for others.   You may purchase the kit in person or order online at https://www.brewerbookstore.com/covid-19-test-home-collection-kit

The at-home test will NOT substitute for our clinic.

The Everlywell test is licensed for the United States only. Tests must be returned from a United States address.   The kit is valid for one year, though it should be used once opened.  If you have a positive result, that result is communicated by the company (by law) to County Public Health, and Public Health will notify St. Lawrence.

Handy Reminders

  • Complete your Daily Health Check any day you are on campus for any reason: https://stlawu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_032OXUj5lKEtGDP  (this includes use of the fitness center or any other facility, or coming to campus to teach).
  • Use of the Fitness Center requires a test within the past 30 days.  Please be prepared to show negative test result to the staff if you are asked.  If you have not been tested within the past 30 days and want to use the Fitness Center, you may arrange to have your own test (the Bookstore’s at-home kit will qualify).  We cannot use the University’s limited tests solely for the purpose of Fitness Center access.  If you use the Fitness Center, you must register online for your appointment, complete the health form, enter the front door of Newell (other doors will be locked), and check in at the front desk.  See this page for complete details:  https://saintsathletics.com/sports/2013/7/19/Fitness%20Facility%20Hours.aspx?id=27
  • Do not come to campus if you are ill.
  • Persons in quarantine for potential exposure to COVID or those in isolation because of a positive diagnosis should NOT come to campus for testing. 
  • Persons who are ill the day of the test should NOT come in for testing.  If you are ill on the day of the test and you were scheduled to be on campus, you should have completed your Daily Health Check.  Please also notify me so we can reschedule you.
  • If your results are negative, you will receive an email from CareEvolve. 
  • If your results are positive, you will receive a phone call from SLU Health Services and County Public Health.  Until you hear from County Public Health, go home and stay home, and consider contacting those with whom you’ve been in contact to advise them to self-quarantine. County Public Health is working as fast and as diligently as they can, but with an average of 35-40 cases per day, there may be delays in reaching new positive cases. 

I wish each of you a restful and safe holiday and thank you for the privilege of working with you.

Lisa

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December 10 Message to Students Remaining on Campus for the Holiday Break from Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Hello my Laurentian friend. The St. Lawrence community has truly led by example throughout this global pandemic and we could not be prouder of your persistence, creativity and strength this semester. I know that we are all experiencing COVID fatigue, but as cases continue to increase in and beyond the North Country, it will be especially important to protect yourself and others here during the winter break by diligently following the 3 W’s: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. It’s important to keep in mind that most cases of community spread begin with one pre- or asymptomatic person. You have sacrificed so much to get to this point in the semester and I know that it is tough being here during the holiday. Please know that we care about you dearly and I have the utmost confidence that you will continue the great work to keep yourself and our campus safe and healthy. Each of us must now do our part to fight this increase in positive cases.  Please take care of yourself and all of our fellow Laurentians, let’s continue to work together to stay healthy, and let’s enjoy a well-earned nice, relaxing break. I wish you the absolute best and happiest holiday season and I look forward to seeing you next semester! Below you will find some important helpful information for the days ahead:  

Mandatory Community Meeting for All Students staying for break: 

Laurentian Pact: 

  • Winter Break Laurentian Pact – due Friday, December 11 at Noon
  • During Winter Break, all students remaining on campus will be considered one extended family unit and cross-building visitation will be allowed. 
  • Eating will be allowed in residence hall common areas.  However, face coverings must be worn at all times in residence hall common areas except when immediately eating and face coverings should be put back on as soon as eating is concluded. 

When is the University closed?

  • Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18: Offices open normal business hours 
  • Monday, December 21: Most offices open normal business hours 
  • Tuesday, December 22 – Sunday, January 3: University closed. Only Safety & Security is open.
  • Please also note that all offices are closed on weekends except for Safety & Security.

Housing: 

  • reslife@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5250 
  • Students will remain in their current rooms during Winter Break
  • If you are changing room assignments for spring ‘21, you will relocate to your new room at some point during Winter Break.  Residence Life will contact you with a move date if this situation applies to you.
  • If you have problems with heat, hot water, or other facilities issues please call Safety & Security 315-229-5555 

Break Info Facebook Group:  

Food: 

  • Dining Services will be closed during winter break.  
  • Dana closes Friday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. On that day, Dana will reopen for students staying during Winter Break from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for you to pick up grocery items to use for cooking over break (free to students staying for break). 
  • Northstar Café closes Friday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. Please plan to stock up on items before it closes (using your dining dollars). 
  • We will be in touch about additional grocery shopping trips, food pantry availability, and limited meals for over break later this week. Watch your email for a message from Megan Putney 
  • If you want to cook in the residence halls, the following kitchens will be open: Priest, Reiff, Gaines, I-House, 62 Park, Kirk Douglas, Dean Eaton (just 1), Themes & Townhouses 

Student Mail Center: 

  • The Mail Center will be closed from Tuesday, December 22 – Sunday, January 3.  It will reopen on Monday, January 4. 
  • Please make note of these dates when ordering packages. 

Fitness Center: 

  • Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Closed: Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
  • These hours are tentative based on usage and staffing availability.

Health & Wellness 

  • Health Center: 
    • healthcenter@stlawu.edu, 315-229-5392
    • Closed for appointments.
    • If you need a medication refill please call M-F 8-3pm.   
       
  • COVID Testing schedule:
    • Monday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
    • In case of an emergency call Security at (315) 229-5555. 
       
  • Counseling Center Winter Break Hours:  
    • Counseling center will be closed from Tuesday, December 22 – Sunday, January 3.  
    • Appointments are available for students on campus from Monday, December 14 – Monday, December 21, to schedule an appointment call 315-229-5392 between 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m.  
  • If you or a friend experience a mental health crisis or need in-the-moment support, please contact the SLU 24-hour crisis line at 315-229-1914, which is available throughout the break.
  • On January 4th hours of operation and availability of services to enrolled students will resume as usual.

Other Crisis resources: 

  • SLU 24-hour crisis line: 315-229-1914 
  • Crisis text line: 741-741 
  • Reach Out: 315-265-2422
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Helpline (LGBTQ): 1-866-488-7386
  • Renewal House: 315-379-9845
  • Safety and Security: 315-229-5555

…If you are in Quarantine: 

  • Email quarantine@stlawu.edu with any questions/needs you may have
  • No Dining Services between 12/12 - 1/3 therefore, meal options will be limited

Activities & Entertainment 

  • Other events will be announced next week! 

Transportation

  • If you have plans to use SLU transportation services, please note you need to provide their office with advance notice. You will need to provide them with proof of a recent negative test result.
  • They will be closed from Saturday, December 12 – Saturday, January 2.
  • If you have questions, please write to Transportation Services at transportationservices@stlawu.edu

Public transportation options: 

Departing Campus During Winter Break:

  • We understand that your plans may change, if you must leave campus for the break, please note the following: 
    • You must notify Residence Life (reslife@stlawu.edu) if you choose to leave campus
    • Once you leave campus, you cannot return until your assigned move-in date on January 8, 9, or 10 
    • You must be tested no more than 9 days before departing campus.
    • Reminder: due to the State of Emergency in St. Lawrence County, students who stay on campus are not permitted to leave campus with the exception of essential travel for groceries, medical appointments, medication, or exercise.
  • If you choose to leave campus, assess the risk:  
    • Are you traveling somewhere where COVID cases are increasing?   
    • Are you or someone you are visiting at a high risk of getting COVID?  
    • Are there safer options to your break plans?  
    • Do you have a plan in place in you get sick? 
  • SLU Health Insurance (for International Students)

More Information: 

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December 4 message to on-campus students, employees and parents/families from Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life, and Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs

Dear Laurentian community,

As of December 4, we have completed 20,209 tests of students and employees. We have two active cases, and we currently have five students in campus quarantine. St. Lawrence County has also experienced a significant increase this week, with more than 300 active positive cases. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly.

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk) through the end of the semester and final exams on Friday, December 11.

All members of the campus community are required to follow public health protocols and wear a mask, maintain social distancing, avoid gatherings, stay home when you are sick, and keep your hands and space clean.

  • As planned, final exams are being conducted remotely to accommodate those who departed at Thanksgiving; faculty and students should plan on NO in-person meetings. If faculty or students have questions about their courses, they should contact acadean@stlawu.edu.
  • All students remaining on campus can continue Phase 2 Residential Visitation (visit other students with face coverings within their assigned residence hall or residential area; no other residence hall access).
  • Students are discouraged from leaving campus with the exception of essential travel for groceries, medical appointments, and medication.
  • Student gatherings are limited to 10 people and face coverings and social distancing are required.
  • Athletics and Recreation venues are open with limited hours.
  • Athletic practices remain cancelled.
  • Campus visitors are limited to University business and by appointment only.
  • Access to Owen D. Young Library is limited to students currently on campus, employees, and retirees through the MacAllaster After Hours Study Room.
  • Brewer Bookstore is open with increased precautions.

Employees

  • Employees who are able to work from home should continue to work from home or revert to home work in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Do not come to work if you are sick. 
  • Contact Debra Mousaw, dmousaw@stlawu.edu, in Human Resources if Public Health notifies you to isolate or quarantine. 

Our top priority remains the health and safety of the community as we enter final exams. We wish students and faculty good luck as they finish the semester. 

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Karl Schonberg, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

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December 3 message to international students from Tsewang Lama, Coordinator of International Student Services

Dear international students,

As a follow-up to the email you received from Deans Hagi Bradley and Karl Schonberg today, below is what you need to know as an international student.

If you arrive in the United States and plan to be at St. Lawrence University on January 3, you will be placed in quarantine on campus by New York State directive. For the latest update on NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory, please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

January 3 is the return date for any international student who was not enrolled as an on-campus student in Fall ’20.  That includes new FYs & upper-class students in this position, regardless of if they are doing a 3-day or 14-day quarantine.

1.       Those with a negative PCR test will spend 3 days in quarantine students.

  • You will move directly into your spring assignment on 1/3. 
  • You will get tested on 1/6 and then be released from quarantine when that test result is returned negative.
  • Meal plans will start on the evening of January 3.

2.       Those without a PCR test will move into Kirk Douglas Hall and complete a 14-day quarantine.

  • Pack lightly. You will need to move your own belongings first into quarantine and later into your Spring housing.   
  • If you are traveling with another St. Lawrence student, you will be considered a “family unit” and you may have to share a room.  
  • While in quarantine, you must remain in the room at all times. 
  • Rooms in Kirk Douglas Hall will be equipped with a microwave and small refrigerator. 
  • Meal plans will start on the evening of January 3.
  • You must remain in this room for 14 days, and then will be allowed to relocate to your assigned spring semester room after a negative test.   

If your campus-based test result is positive, you will remain in quarantine on campus or if needed, a hospital, until you have a negative test result. 

If you are eligible for this early arrival option, please complete this form https://stlawu-residence.symplicity.com/index.php/pid167366?# by December 15, 2020. 

In addition, please note the following:

  • Read the section on quarantine and testing procedure https://www.stlawu.edu/always-forward/arriving-campus-and-testing so that you have a general overview of the process. 
  • Many airlines also have a pre-arrival COVID test requirement before you board your flight. Be sure to check those details.
  • St. Lawrence will provide transportation from Syracuse, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Massena and Saranac Lake airports. You can fill out this form https://www.stlawu.edu/safety-security/transportation-service to make reservations.  The vehicle will be fitted with a plastic separator between the driver and passenger(s) for everyone’s safety. More details will be provided to first year students in the upcoming weeks.
  • Before you travel, make sure you have the documents you need (passport, visa, I-20, admissions documents for new students etc.).
  • Parents or family members will not be allowed to enter the quarantine building or help you move into your dorm room. 

If you are an international student who was on-campus in Fall 2020 or living in the US currently, you will need to follow the same policies as domestic students. If you are not eligible to quarantine on campus, you will be assigned a move-in date by Residence Life reslife@stlawu.edu.

By now you have probably already firmed up your plans for next semester. Any changes in plan should be reported to Academic Advising at academicadvising@stlawu.edu immediately. If you are not able to be on campus for Spring 2021, you may enroll at St. Lawrence as a remote student taking courses online for the spring semester. Alternately, you can plan to be on campus for the Summer semester instead of taking Spring classes remotely.  

Financial aid, including merit scholarships, is reviewed for adjustments based on the full semester tuition rate without the room and meal plan cost to avoid an over award situation. Any questions should be directed to finaid@stlawu.edu.

Orientation for new students this year will take place in a hybrid format as the first week of classes will be conducted remotely. For the full academic calendar, please visit https://www.stlawu.edu/academic-calendars

We understand you may have additional questions. Tsewang Lama and Megan Putney also have weekly office hours: 

Tues (bi-weekly) & Thurs., 10 - 12: Tsewang  https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/3152295552 

Wed & Fri, 10 - 12:  Megan https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/5779647486 

Best,

Tsewang Lama

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December 3 message to students, employees and parents/families from Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life, and Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs

Dear Campus Community,

As the Fall 2020 semester winds down, St. Lawrence’s faculty and staff are simultaneously preparing for the Spring 2021 semester and students returning to campus in January. Throughout November, we shared important information about pre-arrival testing and changes to our arrival plan compared to the fall. Updates to our plan, along with key dates, details, and deadlines for you, are listed below. 

Academics

Classes begin remotely for all students enrolled in the spring semester on Monday, January 4, 2021. In-person class meetings can begin on Monday, January 18. Faculty should be in touch with students to convey meeting plans for individual courses. If faculty or students have questions about their courses, they should contact acadean@stlawu.edu.

Pre-arrival Testing

For the health and safety of the campus community, all students will be required to take a PCR nasal test three days before arrival for the spring semester and submit negative results prior to arrival. Please be aware that an antigen test is NOT acceptable to St. Lawrence.

For consistency of methodology, assurance of response, and convenience for students and families, St. Lawrence University contracted with Everlywell to conduct pre-arrival testing. The Everlywell at-home PCR nasal COVID-19 test was offered to every student residing in the U.S. registered for the spring semester. Everlywell cannot process tests sent from outside the US. Tests were handed out on campus the week of November 15. Tests for those who were not on campus this fall will be mailed to home addresses in the coming days.

We strongly discourage the use of this test kit for any other purpose. The University is not able to send any additional kits to students if their kit is lost or misused. As COVID-19 cases increase around the country, so will demands on testing, which will make it much more difficult to get the required negative test results before arriving for the semester.

More detailed information about testing instructions is available on the Always Forward website.

Traveling to Campus

All students, regardless of where they travel from, will follow the same University arrival guidelines. The only exception is international students arriving on campus for the first time in January, who have the option to complete a 14-day quarantine. All other students will follow the protocol outlined below.

However, travelers from states that are not contiguous to New York or from any CDC Level 2 or 3 nation must complete the New York State Travel form prior to entering New York State.

Quarantine Information and Arrival Dates

Campus arrival protocols will be different from the fall to ensure a safe and successful re-entry to campus life. Students will arrive on campus on their assigned move-in date and time and immediately report for testing at Leithead Fieldhouse, and then move into their residence halls and enter Phase 0, which requires a quarantine in their rooms, with meals delivered to campus residences. They then will be tested a second time four (4) days after arrival and remain in quarantine until negative results have been received. Follow-up testing will occur January 6, 11, 12, 13, and 20, by appointment.

Assigned Move-in Dates:
Sunday, January 3, 2021: Community Assistants (CAs) and Orientation Leaders (OLs) and new-to-campus international students eligible for 14-day quarantine: (Who is eligible?)
Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Thursday morning, December 31, 2020 

Friday, January 8, 2021: First-Year Buildings and Floors
Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021

Saturday, January 9, 2021: Upperclass Residences- Group 1
Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021

Group 1 includes:

  • Whitman (upperclass residents only)
  • Dean Eaton
  • Sykes
  • Kirk Douglas
  • 62 Park
  • Local commuter students

Sunday, January 10, 2021: Upperclass Residences – Group 2
Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Thursday morning, January 7, 2021

Group 2 includes:

  • Steiner Senior Townhouses
  • Theme Cottages (including 48 Park)
  • Hulett & Jencks
  • Greek Houses

Monday, January 11
Alternative move-in date for students whose test results taken on the above dates are delayed for any reason.  No new pretest required.

Sunday, January 17, 2021: Alternative Move-in Date
Take your test and send to Everlywell or provider: Thursday morning, January 14, 2021

Alternative move-in date for students who are unable to arrive on initial move-in date or do not have a valid pre-test submitted on time.

Questions about arrival and move-in information can be directed to Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu.

Spring 2021 Laurentian Pact Due Dec. 18

We shared the Spring 2021 Laurentian Pact in our November 11 email to the community. The Laurentian Pact outlines all of the ways that we, as a community, agree to act to keep each other safe throughout the semester. All students studying on campus during the Spring 2021 semester are required to sign the Laurentian Pact by Friday, Dec. 18. Please note that all students will need to “login” at the top right of the page before you can access the Pact.

Our first priority at the University remains the health and safety of the community. Thank you again for your flexibility and patience as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley 
Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Karl Schonberg
Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs

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