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April 12 Message to Students from Health Services

Good Morning,

St. Lawrence University Health Services will be administering COVID-19 vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson) TODAY, TOMORROW and WEDNESDAY at the Leithead Field House – St. Lawrence University, 100 Park Street, Canton, NY 13617, for anyone 18 and older:

Details and the registration link can be found in the link below:

https://v2.waitwhile.com/book/vaccinationappointme/calendar

Please note: 

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

ON THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT PLEASE BRING:

  • Identification (photo and date of birth listed)
  • Photo of the completed NYS COVID Vaccine Form
  • The COVID-19 Screening and Consent Form. 

CDC Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Overview and Safety
Johnson & Johnson Fact Sheet

Erin M. Casey, PA-C
Clinical Director of Health Services

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April 9 Message to Students from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg

Dear students,

We write with information about the status of COVID-19 in our local community.

St. Lawrence County has seen a steady increase in cases over the last several days, including a sharp spike in college campus cases in Potsdam. Because of this, we strongly discourage students from visiting Potsdam at this time.

As we have all semester, we continue to advise that students not leave campus with the exception of essential travel for groceries, medical appointments, medication, and approved recreation.

This is a critical time to keep our campus community safe. Finals Week is on the horizon and we are excited to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of the Class of 2021 at Commencement next week. Having gotten this far, we encourage our seniors to do all that they can so that they are not in quarantine or isolation for Commencement. We really want to congratulate each of you in person. We also want to continue doing our part to protect the local community, as well as your families and hometowns as you depart campus throughout the next week.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, we expect you to continue adhering to the Laurentian Pact and public health protocols:

  • Continue to wear a mask (the CDC has issued additional guidance about mask wearing)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep your hands and space clean
  • Provide complete and truthful information about your contacts if you test positive 

On behalf of every faculty and staff member at St. Lawrence, we want to share how proud we are of you for staying committed to one another during a stressful semester. Time and time again, you have illustrated what it means to be a member of a community that comes together in difficult moments and puts the safety of others above personal interests. We thank you. 

Sincerely,

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

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March 31 Message to Summer Semester Students 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

Students registered for the summer semester,

As we prepare for the summer semester, we want to share more information regarding the anticipated availability of academic support services and remind you about arrival information that can also be found on the Always Forward website. Information on dining hours, mental health support, and athletic facilities can be found in the March 4 message to students.

Academic Support Services

As a reminder, all University functions that are part of a typical semester will be open and operating for the summer semester because we know that students need the full range of opportunities, activities, and support services that St. Lawrence offers during a normal academic year. 

  • Owen D. Young Library and the Launders Science Library will both be open from at least 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays (shorter hours on weekends as usual), and the 24-hour room will be available. Longer hours will be considered if there is more student demand.
  • Students will have access to peer tutoring support.
  • The WORD Studio will be open about 25 hours per week throughout the summer semester.
  • All of the usual academic support services, including academic advising resources, will be offered with normal hours, likely also including the added COVID-era flexibility of evening meetings and office hours.

Traveling

All students located in the U.S., regardless of where they travel from to arrive in Canton, will follow the same University guidelines. All travelers coming to NYS from areas beyond the Border States (NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT) must fill out this NY state form. (coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#traveler-health-form).

Students Arriving from International Destinations

If you expect to depart for St. Lawrence from an international location within 10 days of May 1, contact Tsewang Lama, tlama@stlawu.edu, for quarantine guidance.

Required Testing

For the health and safety of the campus community, all students (including those who have been fully vaccinated) will be required to take a PCR nasal test three days before arrival for the Third Semester. An antigen test is NOT acceptable to St. Lawrence.
For consistency of methodology, assurance of response, and convenience, St. Lawrence University has contracted with Everlywell to conduct pre-arrival testing. The Everlywell at-home PCR nasal COVID-19 test is preferred and will be offered to every student residing in the US registered for the Spring semester. (Everlywell cannot process tests sent from outside the US.)

As we indicated in our March 1 message, students who wish to order an Everlywell test through the University must do so by April 1, 2021; tests will be mailed by Everlywell to the address of record in St. Lawrence’s database or an alternative address provided at the time of order. 

A discounted charge of $90 per test will be added to student bills if you order a test. Note that this is not the same as the spring process. You must order an Everlywell test if you want an Everlywell test. To order an Everlywell test: Everlywell Test Kit Form - Summer 2021

Whether students use the Everlywell test or another PCR nasal test, all students will be required to have a PCR nasal test, whether from a medical provider or clinic at home, or the Everlywell test, three days before arrival on campus. Results of that test must also be provided prior to arrival. 

More information on summer semester arrival is available on the Always Forward website.

For questions regarding testing, please contact the Health Center at healthcenter@stlawu.edu.

For questions regarding traveling to campus or move-in, please contact Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus during the summer semester. 

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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March 19 Message to Students 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,

With the snow melting and warmer days in the forecast, it feels like we’re turning a corner here in the North Country in more ways than one. This semester has been stressful and difficult for many of us—faculty and staff included—and we very much appreciate your continued efforts to keep one another safe and healthy. We hope spring’s arrival gives you even more options to take care of yourself mentally and physically as we work our way through the final weeks of the Spring 2021 semester. 

We have some good pieces of news to share and also want to provide updates to various protocols and procedures for the remainder of the semester and into the next.

Campus Gatherings

New York State guidelines have changed favorably in this area. Effective March 22, gatherings of no more than 100 people are allowed in non-residential outdoor spaces with an approved safety plan. Until then, the current guidelines still apply: Gatherings of no more than 50 people are allowed in non-residential outdoor spaces with an approved safety plan.

Please remember that informal 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, if there is no approved safety plan.

Public Health Guidance for Vaccinated and Non-Vaccinated Laurentians

Each day, we hear from more campus community members who are in the process of getting vaccinated or are now fully vaccinated. This is exciting progress and is welcomed news for all of us. But it’s still important to remember that many members of our community (faculty, staff, and students) are patiently waiting for their opportunity.  In order to protect each other, we can’t let our guard down and must continue to adhere to public health protocols and the Laurentian Pact.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, we expect all campus community members to:

  • Continue to wear a mask (the CDC has issued additional guidance about mask wearing)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep your hands and space clean
  • Attend your regular COVID-19 test appointment (Yes, vaccinated people, too!)
  • Provide complete and truthful information about your contacts if you test positive

Spring 2021 Campus Departure Process

If a student leaves campus to quarantine either due to testing positive or through contact tracing on or after Thursday, April 1, the student will be required to complete the rest of the semester from home.

The residence halls close Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. for first-year, sophomore, and junior students. They must depart campus within 24 hours after their last final exam or by Friday, April 16, at 5 pm. The residence halls close Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. for graduating seniors. As in our arrival protocol, family members traveling to campus to pick up their Laurentian must remain outside the residence halls, to protect all students and staff.

Whatever a student's campus departure date may be, students must take all personal property home with them, even if they are registered to be on campus for the Summer Semester. We recognize that this is an inconvenience, but personal and institutional circumstances can change quickly and we want to ensure that students and families don’t experience anything like they did during the Spring 2020 semester.
Any student who does not remove all personal property from campus will be charged an $850 room packing and storage fee. The University will contract with a third-party company to pack rooms that have not been packed by their occupants and the charge will cover fees associated with this.

Spring Sports

As you most likely are aware, some of our spring teams have started competition or will be starting non-conference play very soon. The Liberty League conference schedules are posted and league competition will begin the weekend of March 26. Student-athletes and team personnel will adhere to a rigorous COVID-19 testing protocol to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition. Unfortunately, at this time no spectators will be allowed at any competitions at Liberty League institutions, including St. Lawrence.

In-person, Remote, and Off-campus Internships and Activities for Spring and Summer 2021

  • Off-campus students may participate in remote internships for credit and/or with University funding support.
  • Off-campus students may participate in approved (requiring a waiver form) in-person internships for credit and/or with University funding support.
  • On-campus students may participate in on-campus internships.
  • Off-campus activities: CBL placements, SLU PIC, Campus Kitchens, Sustainability Interns, academic field trips, and Nature Up North may be permitted for students living on campus in Spring or Summer 2021 only when campus is on Green Alert.
  • Students must first receive approval to live on campus before seeking or accepting an off-campus internship. Students living on campus in Spring and Summer 2021 may not engage in off-campus internships either for credit or with University funding support with the exceptions below.
    • If the in-person CBL or internship would qualify the student to be vaccinated by NYS DOH parameters and the student is fully vaccinated, it would be okay for the student to live in the residence halls and continue with the testing cadence that is in place.
    • If the internship’s line of work or the individual doesn’t qualify for the vaccine by other means, a remote option is required if the individual is living on campus or in any campus housing.
  • Students (or departments) asking for approval of an off-campus experience, internship, program, academic field trip, etc. must submit to their supervisor a description of their proposed off-campus experience that includes a safety plan, a detailed accounting of how much public interaction is required, and environmental/public health situation at the site, including whether the site is deemed essential. The plan should be reviewed and accepted by the supervisors two weeks in advance. Ultimately the faculty or staff member who is approving or supervising the trip is responsible for following all University policies, COVID-19 related guidelines, and ensuring the safety of the students.

These requirements are subject to county and state travel restrictions and may change accordingly.

Employee Travel

Beginning June 1, assuming infection rates continue to decline and vaccination rates rise, the University will again fund faculty and staff business-related travel, including faculty research, faculty and staff conference travel, professional development, and travel related to execution of professional duties. Employees must attest that they will review and abide by all state and University travel and re-entry regulations in place at the time of travel, including quarantine. Employees travel at their own risk of illness or inability to return home and the University cannot be responsible for lodging and food if travel plans are interrupted. Travel after June 1 can be authorized before then to help with planning; current restrictions remain in place on travel occurring prior to June 1. This change impacts faculty and staff travel only, there is no change to University policy related to student travel at this time.

Employee Vaccination Pay

Per state law late last week, employees who must schedule their vaccination during regular work hours are eligible for up to four hours of pay for vaccine appointments that occur during regular work hours. Please contact Human Resources about your appointment notice and timing to plan for payment. 

Campus Operating Status

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk).  While St. Lawrence County has seen cases decrease over the last several weeks, the County is still considered at “very high risk” of infection based on cases per 100,000 people. 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, medication, and approved recreation.

We continue to update the COVID-19 Dashboard regularly. According to the March 17 update, the University has 3 active cases (1 student on campus, 1 student at home or off campus, and 1 employee).

Thank you once again for your continued flexibility and innovation during this most unusual school year. 

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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March 9 Message to International Students from Tsewang Lama, Coordinator of International Student Services

Dear international students, 

Below you will find information about summer housing. We thank you for your patience as we worked on finding the best possible solution for our students.  

Please read this email carefully and contact Megan or me if you have any questions. We have separated the email into two categories: students who are not enrolled in the summer semester, and students who are enrolled in summer semester. Please note the upcoming deadlines.  

Category 1: Students who are staying for all or part of the summer break but are not enrolled in T3 (summer term)

Who is eligible to apply to live on campus for the summer break? All international students who are currently here and enrolled in T2 (spring semester) but are not able to return home due to COVID, financial, OPT pending, political, or visa-related issues. 

Is there a form I must fill out? Fill out the International Student Summer Housing Petition Form in the Residence Portal.  This form is due by Wednesday, March 17. You do NOT complete the April Interim Petition Form

How much does it cost to stay on campus? The housing fee during summer term (May 3 – July 9) is $166/week ($1,660 total). Students who demonstrate financial need can apply for a fee waiver when filling out the form. Decisions on fee waivers will be made by Wednesday, March 24. 

Where will I be living on campus? International students not enrolled in T3 will live in Sykes.  

  • I-House will be under construction (lounge and roof) and is not available. Students will be assigned to other areas in Sykes that have a kitchen.  
  • Kirk Douglas will not be an option as it will be utilized for other purposes, including quarantine, this summer. 
  • Students should be ready to move when rooms are ready in Sykes during the week of April 19 - 23. Residence Life will provide 48 hours' notice to move. 

What about food? For the April interim (April 17 – 30) period, there is a fee of $420 for food. Beyond that period, students are on their own for meals. ISS will collaborate with other offices to provide meals and other options.  

Can I leave campus if I am approved to be here for the summer break? 

  • Students may leave campus during April Interim (April 16 – May 1) but must follow the same guidelines as domestic students. There will be no exceptions: 
  • You must depart campus by Friday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • You must place all private property in Thelmo storage prior to your departure.  
  • You will be able to access storage after your arrival quarantine is complete on Thursday, May 6.  
  • You must return to campus on Saturday, May 1 at an assigned time between 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  
  • You must obtain a negative pre-test result prior to your return, following the same guidelines as T3 students.  
  • If you are not able to return by May 1 between 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., you will be responsible for making your own summer housing arrangements off campus.   

After May 1, students may not leave St. Lawrence County for the remainder of the summer. If you depart campus after this date, you cannot return until your assigned move-in date in August. 

Who else will be on campus this summer? T3 students, spring sport student-athletes, research fellows, summer internship students (maybe), HEOP students. 

Testing: it will happen regularly. 

Expectations: Students will be expected to follow the Laurentian Pact. 

Category 2: Students who are enrolled in summer term (T3)

How much does it cost to stay on campus? The housing fee during summer term is covered in your T3 student bill. For the April interim period, there is a $420 fee for food. 

Is there a form I must fill out? If you are interested in staying on campus in between semesters, you must complete the April Interim Petition FormThis form is due by Wednesday, March 10.  

If you interested in staying after T3 concludes, you must fill out the International Student Summer Housing Petition Form in the Residence Portal. This form is due by Wednesday, March 17. 

Where will I be living on campus? Students enrolled in T3 will live in Whitman, Rebert, or Lee with other T3 students. You will relocate to Sykes when T3 ends. This mid-summer move will occur during the weekend of July 10-11.  

What about food? For the April interim period, there is a $420 fee. Students enrolled in T3 will have a meal plan during the summer semester (May 1 – July 9). Beyond that period, students are on their own for meals. ISS will collaborate with other offices to provide meals and other options.  

Can I leave campus? Students may leave campus during April Interim (April 16 – May 1) but must follow the same guidelines as domestic students when returning to campus on May 1. There will be no exceptions: 

  • You must depart campus by Friday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • You must place all private property in Thelmo storage prior to your departure.   
  • You will be able to access storage after your arrival quarantine is complete on Thursday, May 6. Make sure you have essential items with you. 
  • You must return to campus on Saturday, May 1 at an assigned time between 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You must obtain a negative pre-test result prior to your return, following the same guidelines as T3 students.  
  • If you are not able to return by May 1 between 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., you will be responsible for making your own summer housing arrangements off campus.   

After May 1, students may not leave St. Lawrence County for the remainder of the summer. If you depart campus after this date, you cannot return until your assigned move-in date in August. 

Important Dates 

  • Wednesday, March 10: April Interim Petition Form deadline. International students enrolled in T3 who want to petition to stay on campus between from April 17-30 must complete this form.  
  • Wednesday, March 17: The T3 Summer Housing Form goes live on this day. Only students enrolled in T3 complete this form. It is due Wednesday, March 24. 
  • Wednesday, March 17: International Student Summer Housing Petition Form deadline.  If you are staying here for all or part of the summer, you must complete this form.  International students enrolled in T3 who plan to stay on campus past July 9 must also complete this form.   
  • Monday, March 22: Last day to petition to change plans for campus residency or remote enrollment. Decisions made after March 22 will carry a $1,500 administrative fee. 
  • Wednesday, March 24: T3 Summer Housing Form deadline.  Only students enrolled in T3 complete this form. It is due Wednesday, March 24.  
  • Friday, April 16 @ 5:00 p.m.: Departure date for students who plan to be off campus during April Interim.
    • Graduating seniors who have applied for OPT may leave on Sunday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m. 
    • CAs should contact Residence Life before confirming any travel plans.  
  • Saturday, May 1 @ 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Arrival date for Summer term (T3) students.  International students who left campus during April Interim must also return at this time. You must factor in travel time from Syracuse to Canton, which will take about three hours. 

If you have any questions, Megan and I have office hours weekly. Schedule an appointment here www.stlawu.edu/wconline (ISS Advising). We can also meet outside of those hours.

Tsewang Lama
Coordinator of International Student Services

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March 5 Message to Students 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,

We want to provide an update on the University’s Campus Operating Status, the Residential Visitation Status, and the Class of 2021 Commencement status. We also want to highlight several announcements that were made earlier this week to different Laurentian audiences about spring athletic competition, summer semester arrival information, and the plans for a virtual reunion and Campaign celebration this June.

Campus Operating Status

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk). 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, medication, and approved recreation. St. Lawrence County continues to experience a sustained high number of cases, and is considered at “very high risk” of infection based on cases per 100,000 people.

As of the morning of Friday, March 5, the University has 14 active cases (4 students on campus, 9 students at home or off campus, and 1 employee). The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly.

Phase 3 Residential Visitation Status

The University has evaluated the safety and compliance of the Laurentian Pact during the past week of Phase 2 and determined that we can move into Phase 3, which allows students to increase cross-residence visitation each week from Thursday at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday at noon. Phase 3 maintains the guidelines related to face-covering and social distancing requirements. Only students who are in the same extended family unit are allowed to eat together or sleep in the residence hall room. Masks will be required at all times when students are with people not in their extended family units.

We are pleased to be able to move toward a more open campus, and want to recognize that this is the due to the weekly testing and wastewater results. At the same time, we want to stress how dependent we are on every person making the right choices and looking out for the health of the whole campus.  Even a small number of violations of the Laurentian Pact could easily result in steps backward to Phase 2 and 1, or the end of our ability to be on campus together.  Everyone’s continued effort and vigilance is necessary to ensure that we continue to move in the right direction.

  • Phase 1: Visitation within extended family unit only. No other residence hall access.
  • Phase 2: Student visitation within their residential buildings. Phase 2 allowed students greater flexibility to visit other students with face coverings within their assigned residence hall or residential area.
  • Phase 3: (Begins on Friday, March 5 immediately) Allows students to increase cross-residence visitation each week from Thursday at 5:00 p.m. until Sunday at noon. This time period will allow the University to make the best use possible of wastewater testing.

As a reminder, students must still abide by room capacity levels, and gatherings of more than 10 students are still not permitted in any residential space unless there is a pre-approved safety plan in place.

The University reserves the right at any time to review Phase 3 visitation and possibly revert to an earlier phase.

It is important to that we continue to adhere to the Laurentian Pact and public health protocols.

  • Continue to wear a mask (the CDC has issued additional guidance about mask wearing)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep your hands and space clean
  • Attend your regular COVID test appointment
  • Provide complete and truthful information about your contacts if you, unfortunately, test positive.

Class of 2021 Commencement Update

Last week, the University shared our updated plans for the Class of 2021 Commencement given current state and local public health directives. Earlier this week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced upcoming adjustments to large gathering guidelines. Those who are working on the University’s overall Campus Safety Plan, as well as those working on Commencement, are actively looking into how this affects our plans. We will share more information soon.

Please continue to help us keep our Laurentian community safe and stay in-person for classes and campus life. 

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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March 4 Message to Summer Semester Students from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg

Students registered for the summer semester,

We recognize that there are questions from students about what offices and resources will be available during the summer semester. All offices and departments that are part of a typical semester will be open and operating for the summer semester because we know that students need the full range of opportunities, activities, and support services that St. Lawrence offers during a normal academic year. While individual offices and programs are still developing their summer plans, we want to share the information that is available. More information regarding academic support services will be shared when available.

Dining Services:

Both Dana Dining Hall and the Northstar café will be open this summer. The Dana Dining Hall will offer typical fare with added made-to-order options for breakfast and lunch. The Northstar Café will offer the regular menu with the coffee shop and c store open during operating hours.

Dana Dining Hall Hours Monday thru Friday

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dana Dining Hall Hours Saturday and Sunday

  • Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*closed between meal periods

Northstar Café Daily Hours

  • 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Mental Health Support:

Health and Counseling Services will be available for students studying on campus this semester.

Additionally, our crisis/consultation line (315-229-1914) is available for all St. Lawrence University students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Athletic Facilities:

Athletic and recreation facilities will be open, including the Stafford Fitness Center and Newell Field House. The University also expects athletes will have access to the athletic training room and athletic training staff.

Residence Life, Student Activities, and Thelmo are collaborating on a plan for students to provide their ideas on what activities they would like to see planned during the summer. We want to take full advantage of the seasonal opportunities and look forward to enjoying summer in the North Country with you. 

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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March 1 Message to Spring Sports Student-Athletes from Senior Associate Vice President for Athletics Bob Durocher

Dear Laurentian Community,

I write to provide you with an update on Spring sports. Earlier today, the Liberty League Presidents Council agreed on a plan for a return to athletics competition this spring. Competition will begin no earlier than the weekend of March 26.

Student-athletes and team personnel will adhere to a rigorous COVID-19 testing protocol to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition. Our priority at St. Lawrence remains our entire campus community's health and safety.

We expect league schedules to be posted online in the coming weeks but are subject to change due to the changing conditions and public health considerations.

Our teams have done a great job during the fall and winter seasons. While some athletes have had the opportunity to compete, others have had the chance to improve through practice. Regardless of the circumstances, they have all done an excellent job following public health protocols and staying safe.

I look forward to the spring season and seeing more Saints out on the field. 

Go Saints!

Bob Durocher
Senior Associate Vice President for Athletics

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March 1 Message to Summer Semester Students from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley and Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs Karl Schonberg

Students registered for the summer semester,

We wanted to update you with information arrival and testing information for the Summer 2021 semester that runs from May 3 until July 9. Complete arrival information can be found on the Always Forward website.

As has been the case with our other semesters this year, fundamental to our safety planning is the concept of “one arrival, one departure.” This means there will be no breaks in the semester and travel will have the same limitations as the fall and spring semesters. Adherence to the Laurentian Pact, with violators subject to removal from campus residency, will remain our expectation.

Key Dates

These processes apply to students who have been vaccinated as well as those not yet vaccinated.

  • Wednesday, March 3: April interim petition forms available for remaining on campus between semesters due to extreme hardship
  • Wednesday, March 10: April interim petition forms due
  • Wednesday, March 17: Summer Housing forms available
  • Friday, March 19: Students receive notice about between-semester residency
  • Monday, March 22: Last day to petition to change plans for campus residency or remote enrollment. Decisions made after March 22 will carry a $1,500 administrative fee
  • Wednesday, March 24: Summer Housing forms due
  • Friday, April 16: Summer residence assignments released 
  • Tuesday, April 27: Pre-arrival test at home for students coming from NYS, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Vermont
  • Wednesday, April 28: Pre-arrival test at home for students coming from any other state or other nation, per New York State travel regulations.
  • Saturday, May 1 Students return by appointment and Day 1 arrival test (2 pm – 6 pm)
  • Monday, May 3: Classes begin remotely
  • Tuesday, May 4: Day 4 follow-up test
  • Thursday, May 6:  In-person classes scheduled to begin

No late arrival will be accommodated for students registered for the summer, except for late arrivals due to COVID-related issues with documentation from a medical provider.

Traveling

All students, regardless of where they travel from to arrive in Canton, will follow the same University guidelines. 

All travelers coming to NYS from areas beyond the Border States (NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT) must fill out this NY state form. (coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#traveler-health-form).

Students Arriving from International Destinations

If you expect to depart for St. Lawrence from an international location within 10 days of May 1, contact Tsewang Lama, tlama@stlawu.edu for quarantine guidance.

Required 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 Third Semester. An antigen test is NOT acceptable to St. Lawrence.

For consistency of methodology, assurance of response, and convenience, St. Lawrence University has contracted with Everlywell to conduct pre-arrival testing. The Everlywell at-home PCR nasal COVID-19 test is preferred and will be offered to every student residing in the US registered for the Spring semester. (Everlywell cannot process tests sent from outside the US.)

Students who wish to order an Everlywell test through the University must do so by March 31, 2021; tests will be mailed by Everlywell to the address of record in St. Lawrence’s database or an alternative address provided at the time of order. 

A discounted charge of $95 per test will be added to student bills if you order a test. Note that this is not the same as the spring process. You must order an Everlywell test if you want an Everlywell test. To order an Everlywell test: Everlywell Test Kit Form - Summer 2021

Whether students use the Everlywell test or another PCR nasal test, all students will be required to have a PCR nasal test, whether from a medical provider or clinic at home, or the Everlywell test, three days before arrival on campus. 

For questions regarding testing, please contact the Health Center at healthcenter@stlawu.edu.

For questions regarding traveling to campus or move-in, please contact Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus during the summer semester. 

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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February 27 Message to Students from Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley

Hello Laurentian friends.

Due to a possible COVID-19 exposure, residents of Commons College and Kappa Kappa Gamma House have been placed in quarantine effective immediately. If you have been in contact with any residents of these two houses on Friday or Saturday, February 26-27, (these dates may expand as more information is gained), please isolate yourself, wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands and utilize sanitizer.

Student Health Services warns people who were around residents of these two houses during this time frame may have been exposed to COVID-19. We strongly suggest anyone who believes they were near any of these residents around or near these two days, should be tested for COVID-19 and monitor how you feel. Monitor your temperature twice a day for 14 days. Call student health services at (315) 229-5392 for further guidance if you develop the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscles or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. In case of an emergency, please call Safety and Security at 315-229-5555. Please know that your health and safety is our biggest priority. If you have any questions, please contact Student Health Services. Take care of yourselves and please be safe and healthy! 

Sincerely,

Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

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February 26 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,

Due to the high percentage of testing compliance and the results after all on-campus students were tested this past week, we will move back into Phase 2 of our residence visitation policy as of today (Friday, Feb. 26).

The University will consider moving to Phase 3 on or before Monday, March 8. Phase 3 allows for increased cross-residence visitation each week from Thursday at 5 p.m. until Sunday at noon.

These steps toward a more open campus are the result of strong student compliance with the Laurentian Pact in recent days. That must continue in order to sustain Phase 2 and move to Phase 3, but even a very small number of violations can put our entire campus at risk of a return to Phase 1 or worse, an end to our in-person semester. Our safety as a campus remains dependent on every member of our community making the right choices.

Campus Operating Status

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk). 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, medication, and approved recreation. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly.

Phased Approach to Reopening Cross-residence Visitation

Phase 1: Visitation within extended family unit only. No other residence hall access.

Phase 2: (current status) Student visitation within their residential buildings. Phase 2 allows students greater flexibility to visit other students with face coverings within their assigned residence hall or residential area.

Gatherings of more than 10 students are still not permitted in any residential space unless there is a pre-approved safety plan in place. (Submit proposals here:  https://stlawu.presence.io/form/campus-event-request-form-for-safety-plans)

Notes on how special residence areas are impacted:

  • Sykes, Dean Eaton, Hulett, Jencks: May visit freely within your assigned building, including outside of your extended family unit but still adhering to face covering guidelines.
  • Townhouses: May visit other townhouses while wearing face coverings. Students must follow all guidelines outlined above.
  • Theme Cottages: The following clusters have been identified to allow increased flexibility for residents of Theme Cottages and Sustainability Farm – you may visit within your theme cluster. This is for individual visitation and does not change the requirement for no gatherings of more than 10 individuals.
  •    University, College & Romoda: Arts Annex (21 Romoda), LIGHT House (17 College), Java (5 University), The Dub(3 University), The Artist Guild (1 University)
  •    Park, North of Lincoln Street: POWER House (48 Park, 2nd & 3rd floor), The Lounge (50 Park), BSU (52 Park), La Casa (54 Park), The Outing Club (58 Park)
  •    Park, South of Lincoln Street: The Hub (1 Lincoln), CASL (62 Park 1st floor), Greenhouse (70 Park), Campus Kitchens (72 Park), Commons College (78 Park), Habitat (11 Maple), Sustainability Farm
  • Greek Houses: Residents of Greek houses will receive an email this afternoon with more information on their assigned clusters from Residence Life. 
    First-Year Residence Halls: We are expanding visitation between select first-year halls to allow the Class of 2024 to socialize. Residents of the following buildings may now visit the other noted building in their first-year residence pairing:
  • Priest - Lee
  • Reiff - Rebert
  • Gaines – Whitman

The University reserves the right, at any time, to review Phase 2 and possibly revert back to Phase 1. 

It is important to that we continue to adhere to the Laurentian Pact and public health protocols.

  • Continue to wear a mask (the CDC has issued additional guidance about mask wearing)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep your hands and space clean

We know setbacks in residential visitation statuses are challenging for everyone. Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we do all we can to keep you and our community healthy and safe.

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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February 18 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,

Over the past few days, we have received reports that cross-residence visitations occurred among small groups of students last weekend. This is not permitted in our Phase 2 Residential Visitation status, which allows students to only visit with others within their own residential buildings or assigned building clusters.

For reasons of wise and necessary caution and coupled with the increase in cases at other local area colleges, the University is reverting back to Phase 1 Residential Visitation status (visitation within extended family unit only; no other residence hall access), effective immediately.

While the number of active cases on campus remains relatively low, the number of close contacts identified for those cases was high. In addition, we had a number of students not show up for their mandatory test this past week, which is a violation of the Laurentian Pact. Any significant increase in positive cases will jeopardize in-person learning due to the constraints of our quarantine space, as well as our ability to continue an on-campus semester.

As a result, every student on campus is required to be tested next week (Feb. 22-24). Students will receive information about testing today from Suzy Noble in the Associate Dean’s office.

We will reevaluate our Residential Visitation status once we have received all results from next week’s clinics and will share any decision made on or before Monday, March 1.

Campus Operating Status

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk). 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, medication, and approved recreation.

On campus, in-person classes and activities will proceed as scheduled. Students are still able to safely participate in outdoor recreation and enjoy the company of their extended family unit. Dining facilities, the libraries, the Fitness Center, the Sullivan Student Center, the Brewer Bookstore, and other popular venues remain open at this time.

It is critical that we continue to adhere to the Laurentian Pact and public health protocols.

  • Continue to wear a mask (the CDC has issued additional guidance about mask wearing)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep your hands and space clean

Your decisions affect every member of our community and potentially put people at risk, both on our campus and in the broader North Country community. We all have the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to each other, as Laurentians, through our actions the rest of this semester. 

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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February 8 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 of Monday morning, the University has a total of five active cases (two students and three employees). However, St. Lawrence County continues to experience a significant and sustained high number of cases during the course of the past few weeks. The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly.

Campus Operating Status

The campus operating status remains at yellow (moderate risk). 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, medication, and approved recreation.

Summer International Programs

All off-campus summer programs have been cancelled given the many uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for International and Intercultural Studies has been in contact with all students impacted by summer off-campus program cancellation.

Phased Approach to Reopening Cross-residence Visitation

Our community has demonstrated a willingness to comply with the Laurentian Pact and public health directives so far this semester and it is critical that we continue. Due to the low number of cases on campus, we will move into Phase Two of our residence visitation policy as of today (Monday, Feb. 8).

Phase 1: Visitation within extended family unit only. No other residence hall access.

Phase 2: (current status) Student visitation within their residential buildings. Phase 2 allows students greater flexibility to visit other students with face coverings within their assigned residence hall or residential area.

Gatherings of more than 10 students are still not permitted in any residential space unless there is a pre-approved safety plan in place. (Submit proposals here:  https://stlawu.presence.io/form/campus-event-request-form-for-safety-plans)

Notes on how special residence areas are impacted:

  • Sykes, Dean Eaton, Hulett, Jencks: May visit freely within your assigned building, including outside of your extended family unit but still adhering to face covering guidelines.
  • Townhouses: May visit other townhouses while wearing face coverings. Students must follow all guidelines outlined above.
  • Theme Cottages: Residence Life will work with Theme Cottages to mutually select one to two other themes that they can visit while wearing a face covering. Theme groups will be approved based on the total size of the newly-joined themes.
  • Greek Houses: Will remain without cross-residence visitation during Phase 2. We encourage residents of Greek houses to continue finding creative outdoor activities to allow socialization with students from other residence areas and submit safety plans here for those events: https://stlawu.presence.io/form/campus-event-request-form-for-safety-plans
    First-Year Residence Halls: We are expanding visitation between select first-year halls to allow the Class of 2024 to socialize. Residents of the following buildings may now visit the other noted building in their first-year residence pairing:
  • Priest - Lee
  • Reiff - Rebert
  • Gaines – Whitman

The University reserves the right, at any time and for any reason, to review Phase 2 and possibly revert back to Phase 1. 

We will regularly monitor and evaluate the safety and compliance of the Laurentian Pact during Phase 2. In order to continue our semester in person, our community needs to follow strict adherence to the Laurentian Pact and other local public health protocols. It is important to remember to continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, stay home when you are sick, and keep your hands and space clean. 

We appreciate everything you all are doing to keep the Laurentian community safe and please keep up the good work so we can continue to enjoy another in-person semester. 

Sincerely,

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

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February 2 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,

With the reopening of campus this semester, our campus and regional communities have experienced more positive cases than we did at the beginning of the fall term. Since January 3, when students began returning to campus, 23 students and 7 employees have tested positive through on-campus clinics.  While we are very glad that most cases now have recovered, we note that in the fall, those numbers were one student and one employee. Additionally, St. Lawrence County remains as an “extremely high risk” area, with a 6% average positivity rate over the past 14 days.  We remain in Operating Code Yellow and in Phase 1 of our students’ return (residence hall interactions within family units only).  

We write to remind community members of the communications process when a Laurentian tests positive for COVID-19 so students, families, and employees know what to expect and can plan ahead in the event they test positive or come into close contact with someone who does  More detailed information can be found on the Always Forward website:  https://www.stlawu.edu/always-forward/containment-and-quarantine

When a Student Tests Positive

  1. When a student tests positive and the results are released from the lab, Erin Casey, director of health services or her designate, will call the person to convey the information.
  2. Erin or Health Services staff will communicate the immediate need to isolate in a private room with a private bath and discuss the student’s relocation either to Kirk Douglas Hall (if the student’s home is further than 500 miles) or to home if within 500 miles. 
    1. This isolation plan has been a foundation of the University’s Reopening Plan since July 2020, as St. Lawrence has only 140 beds available for both isolation (positive person) and quarantine (close contacts).  These 140 beds are in singles, doubles, or triples, so the total number of people who can be accommodated in isolation or quarantine is fewer than 140.
  3. Erin or staff then share a description of close contacts with the positive person and reviews their activities over the past 48 hours from either test date or symptom onset, including whether they have experienced any symptoms and when symptoms started. For everyone’s safety, honesty and full information are required when it comes to close contacts.
  4. Once Erin or staff have this information, Erin consults with St. Lawrence County Public Health officials, who advise verbally on the scope and nature of isolation and quarantine and who will, as soon as possible, follow up themselves and provide state-mandated isolation/quarantine orders due to close contact.
    1. The high volume of cases in the county sometimes delays Public Health for several days; in the meantime, St. Lawrence University acts on Public Health officials’ advice immediately to protect other Laurentians.
  5. Erin or staff will reach out to close contacts by phone, if possible, or email, as soon as she has direction from Public Health. They will advise the close contacts of their status and discuss their own plan to quarantine either on campus or at home, again based on the home address and distance from campus criteria outlined above.

When an Employee Tests Positive

When an employee tests positive through our campus clinic, Erin Casey or Health Services staff will call the employee and follow the same process described above. They also alert Debra Mousaw in Human Resources, who reaches out to gather information about work responsibilities and to coordinate sensitive communication. If an employee tests positive through an outside provider (physician or clinic), they should contact Debra Mousaw directly.

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine orders can vary from person to person based on many factors, such as whether the positive person has symptoms and when the symptoms began, or is asymptomatic, or the nature of the interactions with the positive person.  The County Public Health Department has published a guide to quarantine calculation.

What You Can Do Today to Help

  • Students are advised to maintain a “to-go” bag ready with clothing and toiletries so they may immediately relocate to quarantine spaces as necessary. They must also pack up their rooms so they have all they need in case they are unable to return.
  • Each student and their family member(s) should discuss and have a plan in place in the event the student tests positive or is a close contact.  If they live fewer than 500 miles away from campus, this plan should account for the requirement to quarantine at home.
  • Faculty members should be prepared for any student to switch to remote learning temporarily due to isolation or quarantine, as well as prepare themselves and their students for courses to switch to a remote format at any time due to isolation and quarantine protocols.

Though we understand that students often have questions about their quarantine period, we may not be able to answer since it is determined by Public Health. Nonetheless, should you have inquiries that you think we can address, we ask you to contact Student Health Services at 315-229-5392 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and request that all calls about isolation and quarantine be directed to the nurse who will staff this service. 

Finally, we repeat our thanks for careful attention to the Laurentian Pact safety measures, which are fundamental to our staying in person on campus this semester. We also remind students that violations of the Laurentian Pact may result in your return to remote learning.

Sincerely,
Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

Karl Schonberg, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

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January 24 Message to Employees from the Academic Dean's Office and the Campus Safety Monitoring Committee

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to provide the update below from the Campus Safe Monitoring Committee, which includes information about steps taken by the County Public Health Office late last week.

We had earlier relayed the notification we received from the County that in cases where a student tested positive and had been in an in-person class meeting of more than 60 minutes, all students and faculty in that class would be required to quarantine.  As of Friday, this is no longer hypothetical; the County has now required full quarantine of one SLU class in which a student tested positive.

As you plan for classes this week and beyond, we want to reiterate the University’s request to plan for in-person meetings of less than 60 minutes wherever this can be done consistently with course learning goals.  In all cases, please rigorously follow all required safety practices including wearing of masks and social distancing.

We have asked the County Public Health office for more information about their protocols, such as whether breaks during class meetings impact the likelihood of quarantine.  We will provide any updates to the campus as soon as we have them.

We understand how challenging these circumstances are and ask your patience and collaboration as we work together to support our students’ learning and the health of our community.

Sincerely,

Karl and Evelyn

From the Campus Safe Monitoring Committee, 1/24/21:

Last week, six students who had followed all arrival protocols (pre-arrival tests followed by two on-arrival tests on Days 1 and 4) tested positive for COVID during our January 18-21 mandatory clinic.  Most of these students were contacts of students who tested positive upon arrival and therefore already were in quarantine. But at least two attended in-person classes last week and as a result, two classes have been quarantined, in one case because the class met for more than 60 minutes.

Quarantine directives come from the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, which has state-delegated authority for such orders.  Our colleagues in Public Health are managing a caseload of an average 75-80 cases per day, with six days since January 1 having cases over 100.  

Very recently we learned from Public Health that while they still require the social distancing and mask wearing for all classes, as they did in the fall, and they recommend seating charts for all classes to facilitate contact tracing, they no longer have the capacity to ask as many detailed questions and make judgments about quarantine with the level of analysis that was previously possible.  In their responsibility to protect health and life by acting as quickly as possible, they are acting out of care, caution, and necessity given limited resources.

We know this results in frustration and inconvenience for both students and course instructors.  St. Lawrence is the first campus in the county to return to in-person classes and thus the first to experience the results of the county rise in infections since early December.  We are working with the Associated Colleges to ensure the advice we receive and our responses are in concert.

Faculty were alerted last week to the updated advisory from Public Health that we should expect full-class quarantine if classes exceed 60 minutes.  Wanting to provide clear guidance and to be consistent across all four North Country campuses, we and other leaders of the Associated Colleges have asked for clarification on this advice, such as whether 60 minutes is cumulative or sequential, and whether open windows, classroom size, change of room, or experience in the class will factor into decisions as they originally expected. We will share their responses when we have them.

The consequences of quarantine for an entire class are quite challenging for everyone. Students who live within 500 miles must go home (because the University has limited quarantine capacity) unless doing so is absolutely impossible. Those remaining on campus must relocate to Kirk Douglas Hall, which puts pressure on dining services and student life, as well as faculty.  Faculty need to remain in quarantine, thus making it impossible to conduct daily activities outside their homes or teach in person. If we fill Kirk Douglas Hall with quarantined students, the University will not be able to continue to operate in person, and having just a few class sections fully quarantined might get us close to that point.  We also want to avoid moving classes entirely online as both faculty and students value teaching and learning in person.

We know that you have questions about what steps you could take to reduce the risk of you and your students having to quarantine. We have requested more information from the County about this and will let the campus know as soon as we have any updates. What we do know is that Public Health said they would fully quarantine classes based on meeting duration exceeding 60 minutes and they now have done so. If it is possible to limit your in-class time with students to no more than 60 minutes until we have more information, we ask you to do so. We do understand that this is an additional burden in an already very difficult time.

The Campus Safety Monitoring Committee:

Lisa Cania
Erin Casey 

Rance Davis
Pat Gagnon
Evelyn Jennings
Valerie Lehr
Paul Redfern

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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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