Academics, Campus Life, & Travel Guidance

St. Lawrence alert level guidelines may be subject to change. We continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the spread of the virus. St. Lawrence University senior staff have taken into account a variety of factors to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus and surrounding communities.

As of Friday, September 3, the Campus Operating Status has been changed to orange (higher risk), effective until Sunday, September 12. Our renewed vigilance and attention to safety protocols includes temporary updates to our mask and social distancing policy, as well as updates to our academic, campus life, and travel guidance. 

Meetings and committees: Any employees concerned about extenuating circumstances at home should speak with their supervisor about working remotely between now and September 12. Supervisors should plan to offer a hybrid option for any team meetings. 

For meetings that include only members of the campus community (faculty, staff, and students), all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals must also socially distance themselves from others when inside or outside for meetings. 

Small events (under 250):  These events (excluding athletics) welcome external guests (alumni, parents, and friends) to join students and employees in such events as theatre and music performances, lectures, Writer’s Series, employee training, and more. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks when attending indoor events. Unvaccinated individuals must also wear masks outdoors when in the presence of others and socially distance themselves from others both inside and outside. Until September 12, masks are required to be worn inside at all times and outside while in the company of others.

Classes: The University has extended through September 12 faculty discretion to decide to offer class meetings hybrid or remotely. This is not required, and classes may meet in-person or remotely based on the instructor’s judgment in consultation with the Academic Dean’s Office. In order to assist our contact-tracing efforts, faculty must keep seating charts and/or daily photos of class meetings for all in-person classes. Masks must be worn at all times in all in-person class meetings.

If students feel ill, as in pre-pandemic, they should not attend class and they must advise their faculty about missing class.  Faculty will have discretion and use their judgment about the ability to have a student join a class by Zoom, do make-up work, or miss the class.  We advise faculty to communicate their expectations and to consult Academic Advising if a solution is challenging.

If a student is placed on medical leave, or is in isolation/quarantine, Student Life will inform faculty of the leave per normal, and faculty retain discretion about accommodating the absence.

Remote Attendance and Tuition: This will not be an option for 2021-2022.

Classrooms/academic buildings/event spaces: Per New York State guidance, these spaces return to full occupancy. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals must social distance and wear a mask outdoors when in the presence of others. We will not create separate seating areas and will work individually with unvaccinated students for the appropriate accommodation per class.  Until September 12, masks are required to be worn inside at all times and outside while in the company of others.

Research Labs: No extra restrictions are advised; faculty should follow the classroom guidance.

Time between classes: We assume the same time between classes as in 2019-2020, with no extra time as was planned in 2020-21.

International Programs: The Student Safe Travel Committee advised on June 15 that programs other than Nepal and Sweden may proceed. 

Field Trip Components for Fall Courses: Guidance will be consistent with campus, with full occupancy and mask wearing for vaccinated and unvaccinated, on the honor system. Each vehicle will be supplied with disinfectant and paper towels to disinfect vehicle surfaces as needed. 

In order to travel safely off campus, the group leader must fill out an online application detailing travel plans two weeks in advance of the field trip. The application can be found here.

Community-Based Learning: Community-Based Learning (CBL) is a treasured part of the educational experience at St. Lawrence for many students and faculty members, and we’re committed to continuing its tradition. The community engagement portion of CBL courses will be available to students. St. Lawrence transportation can be used if available; priority is given to academic needs then to athletics then to recreation and other uses.

Lounges, Break Rooms, and Elevators: Indoor and outdoor student gatherings are limited to 10 individuals or fewer. Masks must be worn at all times.

Student Social Norms and Expectations: Unvaccinated students will be required to test weekly; failure to test two weeks in a row is grounds for removal from campus at the student’s expense until tested.  Non-compliance will be considered a student disciplinary matter.

Informal Student Gatherings:  Cross-building residential visitation is suspended until Sept. 12. Students may visit with other students in their same residence hall. They may visit with students who reside in other residence halls in outdoor spaces on campus.  The number of individuals in each room should be no more than double the designated room occupancy. Masks must be worn at all times when inside residential buildings. This includes residence hall bathrooms, lounges, common areas, and hallways. Students may remove their masks when in their rooms with their roommates when the door is closed. If any student guests who are not assigned to a room are present, all occupants must wear masks.

Indoor and outdoor student gatherings are limited to 10 individuals or fewer and all students  must wear masks at all times. If students wish to host an event larger than 10 individuals, you must submit a safety plan for approval. Please submit your safety plan here.  

“Family Unit” designation: Roommates, suitemates, or townhouse mates will be considered a family unit if new limitations must be imposed with worsening health conditions. 

Extended Family Unit and Campus Access: We will begin the semester with full campus access (the “Phase 3” of 2020-21) for students.  However, if the campus experiences an outbreak of 5 or more student cases in the same infection period (two weeks) or has 10 or more students in-home quarantine, the University will discuss reverting to “Phase 2” which allows students to interact only with students in their residence hall.  If the campus experiences an outbreak of 10 or more student cases in the same infection period (two weeks) or has 20 or more students in home quarantine, the University will discuss reverting to “Phase 1” which allows students to interact only with students in their own floor.  

Student Health & Counseling Services:  The University will continue to offer in-person and tele-medicine options. Masks will be required for all in-person health appointment.

The Health Center’s services are offering weekend walk-in hours for students experiencing COVID symptoms.

  • Friday, Sept. 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 5 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If the Health Center is closed, please contact Safety and Security at 315-229-5555. 
  • Students with a recent negative test result with ongoing upper respiratory or non-covid symptoms may also visit Canton Urgent Care: 
    • EJ Noble Medical Building, 80 East Main Street, Lower Level Parking Lot
    • Phone: (315) 386-3300
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Student Employment: All student employment goes through the Financial Aid Office and student employment will return to campus-based only.

Dining: In accordance with campus safety guidelines, the following updates to on-campus dining have been made:

  • Dana Dining Center and Northstar Cafe are takeout only starting on Saturday, Sept. 4.
  • Students dining indoors may only dine with others from their residential building.
  • Students may dine with others outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer.
  • When dining outdoors, please maintain social distance and wear a mask when not eating.
  • Outdoor dining tables are set up outside Dana and the student center.

Travel Guidance:

Employees: Business-related travel for scholarship and professional duties (including conferences) will resume after June 1, with safety guidance per New York State.

Students: To keep our North Country neighbors and campus community safe, the following activities are prohibited: 

  • Visiting other colleges, attending gatherings or parties at other colleges or in off-campus houses hosted by other college students
  •  Attending off-campus gatherings of more than 10 (that includes in off-campus housing), unless it is an approved University event with a registered safety plan (i.e. a community service event or class field trip)
  • Attending off-campus gatherings of any size without a face covering, including off-campus houses rented by St. Lawrence students​​​​

Travel in Canton/Potsdam is limited to essential trips only. Students must have approval to go beyond Canton/Potsdam. Submit your request here.

  • Wear a face mask at all times when traveling off campus, including when visiting local businesses. 
  • If riding with someone who is not your roommate, please keep vehicle windows open and practice social distancing when possible.

Athletics:  The University will comply with NCAA, ECAC, and Liberty League guidance as well as New York State guidance, related to testing, practice and competition rules.  Over the summer, Athletics will develop a plan for compliance with league and conference guidance for the safe resumption of athletic gameplay. It will follow New York State guidance as it relates to college athletics.  All student-athletes on campus will follow University policies as it relates to testing and masking.  Please visit Saints Athletics for updates on specific competitions. 

Guidance for spectators at indoor and outdoor athletic events will follow New York State, NCAA and Liberty League guidelines that are in effect as of August 2, and may be modified as public health evolves. The modifications may restrict or loosen the plans.

Facilities Operations: We will return to pre-pandemic cleaning schedules.