Always Forward: Returning to St. Lawrence

This website outlines St. Lawrence’s plans for the 2021-2022 academic year. Details, announcements, and updates will be added as decisions are made. Provisions in this plan are consistent with guidance issued May 25, 2021, by the American College Health Association (ACHA) and New York State guidance, based on CDC guidance, issued June 15, 2021.

The University remains committed to its mission: to provide an inspiring liberal arts experience for students from all over the world who come here with purpose and promise. The safety and well-being of our entire campus community remains our top priority. Decision making will be as inclusive and equitable as possible and in consultation with stakeholders and local public health officials and in accordance with guidance from federal and state agencies. Flexibility and innovation will be required of all Laurentians, which extends to our responsibility for the long-term strength of the institution.

Weekly Testing Clinics

Weekly testing clinics take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Eben Holden (South Room); parking is available in Lot C.

Any asymptomatic student, faculty, or staff member can get tested during weekly clinics. Symptomatic students should not wait for a clinic and should instead contact Health Services (315-229-5392), while symptomatic employees should schedule a test as soon as possible at a local testing site.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Not feeling well? The CDC keeps an updated list of symptoms often associated with COVID-19.

Campus Operating Status: Level 1 - Green (Low Risk)

Five COVID colored alert levels include grey, green, yellow, orange, and red and an arrow points to green.

Campus Guidance as of February 28, 2022:

Masking

Beginning Monday, March 28, 2022:

  • Individuals will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor public spaces including classrooms and required group meetings. However, students, faculty, and staff can ask that masks be worn in their classrooms, group meetings they attend, their residences, or their offices.
  • Everyone has a different risk profile that isn’t obvious to others, and as Laurentians, we respect the wishes of others. We expect that, should a Laurentian ask for masks to be worn, every Laurentian in the room will honor that request. 
    • Course instructors may continue to require masks in individual classes based on their evaluation of the safety requirements in each class. The Dean’s Office can send a message to students enrolled in those classes indicating that mask wearing is a University requirement in those classes and students must adhere to this expectation.
    • In required meetings, attendees should contact the convener to convey the request for masking during specific meetings. 
    • A printable mask graphic that you can display on your door or in your work space is available for download.  We recommend that this sign be placed on all office doors and other spaces where mask wearing is requested so that it can be easily recognized and followed.
  • Consistent with NY State, Centers for Disease Control, and local public health guidance there are no longer distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals regarding mask requirements. The weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated individuals remains the same.
  • In compliance with New York State, anyone who is within six to ten days of recovering from testing positive for COVID is required to continue to be masked around others.
  • Masks are required to be worn in the Health Center.
  • Everyone on campus is required to carry a mask that can be put on when necessary.
  • If you would like to be fit-tested using the OSHA protocol to confirm that an N-95 mask fits your face, contact Suna Stone-McMasters at smcmasters@stlawu.edu.

View the campus mask and social distancing policy

Daily Symptom Checks

At the first sign of illness or any COVID-related symptoms, please get tested.

Students contact Health Center and employees contact supervisor.

Classes

In-person, though circumstances may temporarily require switching to remote learning.

Student Residences

Students, faculty, and staff can ask that masks be worn in their residences or offices. Everyone has a different risk profile that isn’t obvious to others, and as Laurentians, we respect the wishes of others. We expect that, should a Laurentian ask for masks to be worn, every Laurentian in the room will honor that request. 

Events on Campus

Maximum outdoor gathering size without a safety plan: 50 people

Indoor gatherings of any size (and outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people) must have a safety plan

Dining

Effective Wednesday, March 28, 2022, Individuals will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor public spaces including classrooms and required group meetings.

Offices and Other Work Spaces

Effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022, employees with office doors can leave those doors open without having to wear a mask.

University-Sanctioned Events

In-person, reduced serving of food and drink, consultation with VP for events with more than 50 people, additional restrictions for events with more than 250 attendees, distancing where feasible and appropriate.

Athletics

Follow NCAA guidelines

Public Spaces (e.g. Libraries, Fitness Center)

Open; Note that masks still MUST be worn in classrooms and required group meetings. 

Visitors

Open

Off-Campus Social Activities

No restrictions on off-campus social activities

Off-campus Travel

(Separate review process for study away programs through the Student Safe Travel Committee)

No restrictions

Testing Regimen

Rapid tests at the Health Center for students with symptoms. Masks are required to be worn in the Health Center.

St. Lawrence COVID-19 Dashboard