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.

When considering options, every decision we make is being guided by these principles:

  • 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, which extends to our responsibility for the long-term strength of the institution.

Campus Operating Status: Level 3: Orange-Phase A (High Risk)

Orange Alert Status.

 Campus Guidance as of September 17, 2021:

MASKING:

Indoor masking required for vaccinated and unvaccinated in all buildings; outdoor masking may be required

DAILY SYMPTOM CHECKS

Every day, if feeling ill stay home. Students contact Health Center and employees contact supervisor.

CLASSES

In-person, hybrid, or online per instructor discretion in consultation with the Dean

STUDENT RESIDENCES

Significant restrictions: Room occupancy limits in place; masks required inside all residential buildings except when students are in their room with just their roommate(s) with the door closed

Phase A: Cross-building visitation permitted, outdoor masking recommended but not required for vaccinated and required for unvaccinated, maximum gathering size of 15 or less

GATHERINGS ANYWHERE ON CAMPUS (INDOORS OR OUTDOORS)

Maximum gathering size is (Phase A) 15 or (Phase B) 10 without a safety plan, indoors or outdoors

DINING

Takeout only, limited indoor dining in the student center 1st floor, socially distanced. Students dining indoors should only eat with individuals from their residential area

OFFICES AND OTHER WORK SPACES

Employees may discuss any extenuating circumstances with managers, managers may allow remote work, if possible; masking indoors required, for all, masking outdoors may be required

UNIVERSITY-SANCTIONED EVENTS

Mostly remote, except for outdoors, masked and distanced events, and small indoor groups, all with VP approved safety plans

ATHLETICS

Follow NCAA guidelines/Consider increased testing

PUBLIC SPACES (E.G. LIBRARIES, FITNESS CENTER)

Masking required indoors, other restrictions may be imposed

VISITORS

Visitors allowed at supervised university events/programs, and campus employment interviews only, indoor masking required for vaccinated and unvaccinated, outdoor masking may be required, additional restrictions may be imposed

OFF-CAMPUS SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

No off-campus gatherings or socializing with students from other institutions, indoor masking required for vaccinated and unvaccinated

OFF-CAMPUS TRAVEL

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

Limited off-campus travel for students in the Canton/Potsdam area for essential items only, pre-approved trips outside of the Canton/Potsdam area, continue to wear masks when off campus. Pre-approval for field trips, CBL, or conference travel with students. Business-related travel for employees for scholarship and professional duties (including conferences) allowed with supervisor approval.

TESTING REGIMEN

Weekly testing for unvaccinated & 50% of vaccinated students, and any who want to test, rapid tests at the Health Center for students with symptoms, testing requirements could increase if conditions warrant

St. Lawrence COVID-19 Dashboard