Messages to the Community

July 29 Message from Academic Affairs and Student Life

Dear campus community,

As we look forward to a new academic year, we anticipate activity on campus will look more like life prior to the COVD-19 pandemic. This is thanks to every Laurentian’s commitment to the public-health practices that mitigate the spread of the virus – including adhering to the University’s mandate that all students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated.

Below are our updated policies, informed by current guidance from the Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These policies may change if we experience an outbreak. The Always Forward website has been updated accordingly, and the dashboard has been removed.


Masking on campus will be optional, not required, and based on each person’s choice and comfort level. As Laurentians we expect members of our community to respect others’ individual decisions about masking that may be different than their own.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Not feeling well? Consult the CDC’s updated list of symptoms often associated with COVID-19.


•  We will no longer perform weekly PCR testing.

•  Symptomatic students should contact Health Services (315-229-5392) to get a free rapid test. During the hours the Health Center is closed, rapid tests will be available at Safety and Security.

•  Symptomatic employees should schedule a test as soon as possible at a local testing site or complete an at-home rapid test. Here is information from OptumRx on how to get free at-home tests.

NOTE: Symptomatic students and employees should stay in/home if they are feeling ill.

Test positive? Here’s what to do, including instructions for Containment and Quarantine.

 Community Resources

• Free N-95 masks and COVID-19 home test kits are available to everyone for pickup at St. Lawrence County’s DMV and Human Services Building entrance in Canton at 80 NY-310.

•  There are also free COVID-19 home test kits available at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse at 48 Court St; they can be found on a table outside of the Legislative Board Room. Items can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

• If you stop by and do not see any home tests or masks out on the tables, please go to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to request these items (located at St. Lawrence County Human Services Building).

 The Campus Safety Monitoring Committee and Senior Staff will continue to pay close attention to the presence of COVID-19 in our community and keep you updated on any policy changes needed to protect the well-being of all Laurentians, which we are ready to implement should changing circumstances require. Stay well, and we wish you a healthy, productive semester ahead.


Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs
Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

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