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Semester Arrivals and Departures

Spring 2021 Semester Arrival

Important Dates

  • Sunday, Jan. 3: Students eligible for on-campus quarantine arrive (Who is eligible?)
  • Monday, Jan. 4: Classes begin remotely for all students

Students will be assigned a specific move-in time for their date. The move-in dates will be as follows:

  • Friday, Jan. 8: First-Year Buildings and Floors
  • Saturday, Jan. 9: Upperclass Buildings and Floors (see below for specific spaces)
  • Sunday, Jan. 10: Upperclass Buildings and Floors (see below for specific spaces)
    • Specific date for upperclass students who are booking flights (regardless of building assignment) to return to campus. 
  • Sunday, Jan. 17: 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

Before Arriving: Traveling, Testing, and Quarantine Information

Traveling

All travelers coming to New York State from areas beyond the border states (NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT) must fill out this form (coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#traveler-health-form).

Required Testing

For the health and safety of the campus community, 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.

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 U.S. 

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.

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. 

Testing Schedule and Instructions for All Students

NEW (as of 12/17/20): 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: (as of 12/17/20): 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 Deadlines:

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

Students should take the Everlywell test (or their preferred PCR nasal test) three weekdays in advance of their assigned move-in date. They should send the test back to Everlywell on the same day they take the test via the return carrier label provided. Results are expected within the three weekdays mandated by the state. Students should upload the PDF of their results to Medicat (Health Services system) immediately upon receipt*--they do not wait until their campus arrival. They should keep a tracking record of their shipment. 

As in the fall, students will be required to quarantine at home after they take the test and before they travel to campus.

Students who do not have a negative pre-test received will not be permitted to arrive on campus as planned.  The alternative move-in date is Sunday, January 17. All classes will be remote through January 18, so students will not be disadvantaged if their test result is not received.

Students should expect a mandatory testing clinic for all on January 18-21, and then randomized testing throughout the Spring semester, with an expectation of being tested at least every three weeks and more likely every two weeks.

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

Quarantine and Arrival Information

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. 

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.

Once students arrive on campus at their appointment time, they must report immediately to Leithead Field House for on-arrival clearance and testing. Students will be asked to sign an Attestation of Compliance for Spring regarding pre-arrival quarantine and also must sign the Laurentian Pact for the Spring semester.  Students who do not complete these requirements will not be allowed to move into campus residence.

Just as in the Fall semester, one family member may accompany a student to campus but only the student may enter the residence hall. Family members may not enter the residence halls by any entrance and must wear masks and practice social distancing any time they are on campus.

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

Textbook Information

  • Students should purchase course materials from the Brewer Bookstore in advance. If they are arriving on campus for the Spring 2021 semester, select "Curbside Pick-up." 
    • Note: On-campus pick-up must be curbside before students report for testing and enter quarantine. Park in the Brewer Bookstore parking lot upon returning to campus, call 315-229-5460, and Bookstore staff will bring your course materials to you.  Then proceed to the testing clinic and after your test, go directly to your residence hall. 

For more information about textbooks from the Brewer Bookstore, visit the Academics and Classrooms page. 

Phase 0 

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.

Information for Late Arrivers

Students who request late arrival and are assigned to arrive AFTER our previously advertised January 17 late arrival date will have the following conditions:

  1. You must submit a request to arrive late to Residence Life and receive an assigned move-in date from that office.  Please do not confirm travel plans or book a flight until you have been confirmed to arrive on a date assigned by the University.
  2. If enrolled in any hybrid courses, you must contact your faculty to request permission to arrive late and it is the faculty member’s right to accommodate the late arrival or not.  Late arriving students may have academic consequences to their decisions.
  3. Arriving after January 17 must include an arrival day of Tuesday or Wednesday to coincide with campus testing clinics for Arrival Test 1.
  4. Students who arrive after January 17 will be housed in quarantine for at least 4 days on a space-available basis at the Best Western Inn at the student’s expense, charged to your St. Lawrence bill.  A discounted rate of $68 per night (single room occupancy) will include meals delivered to your rooms. You may not leave your room or have guests until your Arrival Test 2 results are received as negative.
  5. Consistent with our previously announced policy https://www.stlawu.edu/always-forward/shutdown-and-refund-policy: The University will not prorate tuition, room or board if students arrive late to the semester for any reason.  If a student elects to cease in-person attendance after the semester’s Add/Drop date and/or vacate his/her/their assigned housing unit based on concerns related to COVID-19 in the absence of a mandated departure, no refunds will be provided. 
  6. Students who wish to switch attendance from spring to summer may do so by January 12, Add/Drop date, with no change fees and full comprehensive fee refund. 
  7. Students who wish to change from spring on-campus to spring fully remote will incur the $1,500 change fee, as announced in October 2020. 

Breaks and Personal Belongings

Whatever a student's campus departure date may be, students must take all personal property home with them. We recognize that this is an inconvenience, but we are trying to avoid a situation like the one students and families experienced during Spring 2020. In the event the University cannot reopen as planned in January depending on the public health conditions, students might not be able to retrieve their belongings for weeks or months.

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.

Past Semester Plans

Archived: Fall 2020 Arrival Plan
Archived: Fall 2020 Departure Plan