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COVID-19 Important Updates

Last Updated: May 19, 2020, at 6:15 p.m.

Remote Learning (Updated 5/12/2020)

  • St. Lawrence University's Remote Learning period began Monday, March 23, and extended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Students completed coursework from off campus.

Commencement (Updated 5/18/2020)  

  • The in-person Commencement celebrations scheduled for the weekend of May 15-17, 2020, have been postponed.  
  • The intention of the University is to replace the traditional May Commencement for the Class of 2020 with another date on campus in a traditional academic ceremony with stage, speeches, and regalia, once government and public health directives declare it is safe to do so and in coordination with the University calendar. This (TBD) face-to-face event will be live-streamed, as has been the custom at past Commencements.

Room and Board Credits/Refunds (Updated 5/5/2020) 

  • The University plans to provide refunds or credits for room and board charges, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work through this individualized process.
  • The University will first focus on our senior class, and then will calculate the amount credited to every other student’s account.
  • St. Lawrence is committed to completing this process for families by the end of May.

Retrieving Belongings and Residence Life (Updated 5/19/2020)

  • On Tuesday, May 19, Residence Life announced a Campus Move-Out plan scheduled for May 27-June 10. The move-out process was developed with the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community as a top priority and in coordination with the other three Associated Colleges. Residence Life has developed an FAQ page with more details. 
  • Students are required to complete a form to be permitted on campus, providing date preferences and other relevant information. The priority deadline for completing this form is Wednesday, May 20, at 11:59 p.m., although forms will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. 
  • To keep students, staff, and guests safe and ensure proper social distancing guidelines can be followed by all individuals on campus, the following criteria will be used to schedule move-out time slots:

    • Each move-out date will offer two times each day – a morning shift and afternoon shift.

    • Each residential building will have a limited number of students scheduled during each move out shift, based on the size of the building and number of entrances/exits.

    • Roommates, suitemates, and townhouse mates will not be scheduled during the same shift.

    • If a student is assigned to the same room in fall 2020, they will not be required to retrieve their items but will have the option to do so. 

  • Other than those returning to campus to retrieve belongings as part of the Campus Move-Out plan, all residential buildings at the University are currently closed. Only students who are approved to remain on campus are permitted in university housing. At this time, no other students, family, or guests are permitted to enter residential buildings.  
  • Only students who have petitioned and were approved by the Office of Residence Life are permitted to stay on campus beyond Saturday, May 9. 

Emergency Student Assistance Fund (Updated 4/24/2020) 

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

Fall 2020 Planning (Updated 5/15/2020)

  • The University has initiated a comprehensive planning process to ensure we continue to foster student learning, business continuity, and fiscal resiliency for the next academic year.

  • Our initial framework for planning includes starting with the following four possible scenarios but allows for flexibility as needed based on local, state, and federal directives.

    • Return to campus as planned in August 2020 with some changes, but the academic calendar remains essentially intact; allowances to accommodate some online learning
    • Delayed start to the Fall 2020 semester with some coursework in the initial weeks being conducted remotely
    • Return to campus in January 2021 with online instruction in Fall 2020
    • Return to campus in Fall 2021 with online instruction throughout the 2020-21 academic year
  • To begin exploring these contingencies, Senior Staff has established four planning groups of two to three senior staff members and additional faculty and staff to consider as fully as possible all implications for each scenario. 

    • Academic program and faculty; university calendar and events; off-campus programs
    • Non-academic programs—athletics, student life, campus capital assets
    • Administration—policies, contracts, staffing levels, and budget
    • Admissions, advancement, and long-term financial (revenue) strategy 
  • Many have asked when we expect to have certainty about the fall, and our best answer is we don’t know yet when this will be. We know that all Laurentians wish to be together again on campus, and need time to make their plans to return, but also that we must take the time needed to make the best decisions for the well-being of our community in all its dimensions. Read more from Karl Schonberg and Hagi Bradley.

  • New York State Governor Cuomo has developed four phases to reopening the state. As of Friday, May 15, the North Country region was approved to enter Phase One - Return of Construction and Manufacturing with limited retail services, and the University continues to monitor and prepare for Phase Two - Return of Professional Services and Administrative Support. Read more about the University's Return-to-work status and planning efforts on the Employee Information & Resources page.

Admissions (Updated 4/24/2020)

  • The Office of Admissions has not taken new appointments since Monday, March 16, and has suspended all on-campus tours and interviews until the University reassesses the situation.
  • Admissions has canceled all in-person Admitted Student Open Houses, as well as the spring Admissions Visit Day for high school juniors and sophomores. 
  • Learn more about the many virtual opportunities to get to St. Lawrence by visiting our Admissions page.

Reunion, Laurentian Engagement, and Fundraising Information (Updated 4/24/2020)

  • Reunion Weekend, scheduled for May 28-31, 2020, has been canceled.
  • The University has announced that those milestones and affinities affected by the cancellation of Reunion Weekend 2020 will be invited to participate alongside Reunion milestones next year, June 3-6, 2021. 
  • Read more Laurentian engagement and fundraising updates from University Advancement.

Events and Facilities (Updated 4/24/2020)

  • All on-campus and off-campus summer events beyond July 5 are also now cancelled indefinitely. For questions, contact your senior staff member.

  • Residential and Dining facilities will be closed through July 5 pending future notice with the exception of students approved to stay on campus through an individual request process. 

  • Camp Canaras, located on Upper Saranac Lake and operated by the University, will be closed for the 2020 season.

  • As of March 16 at 8 p.m., the University’s fitness facilities are closed in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s directive to close all gyms. 

  • As of March 16, the Brush Art Gallery is closed.

  • As of Friday, March 20, Brewer Bookstore is temporarily closed, but they are accepting online orders. Check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Summer Academic Programs (Updated 4/2/2020) 

  • On-campus components of summer academic programs including coursework, SLUPIC, SLU and Tanner Fellowships, CSTEP and McNair summer research and internships, HEOP Summer session, and Saints Start Challenge Grants are canceled.
  • Program directors will work with mentors, fellowship awardees, and Tanner applicants to see if remote options or postponements of projects are possible.
  • The University expects to maintain its summer online course offerings. 

Off-Campus Spring and Summer Programs (Updated 3/24/2020) 

  • As of March 15, 2020, St. Lawrence has instructed students in all Spring 2020 off-campus programs to return to their homes. St. Lawrence is working with students and host institutions to ensure that every student has the opportunity to return to campus in the fall with the full amount of credit they had planned, and experience no interruption of progress toward graduation.
  • All spring semester international short-term travel components, summer international internships, and summer international travel courses are canceled.

Intercollegiate Athletics (Updated 3/13/2020)

  • The Liberty League presidents have unanimously agreed to cancel all remaining conference regular-season and championship competitions. The NCAA has also announced it has canceled all winter and spring championships.