Semester Arrivals & Departures

Pre-Arrival Requirements and Arrival Testing

We look forward to your return to campus! Residence Life will coordinate a structured and timed move-in process with medical staff on site to assure proof of full vaccination has been provided and the University has no concerns about safety. All students will report to Leithead Field House to verify proof of vaccination and have a PCR arrival test administered. students will be permitted to access campus and enter residential buildings only after they have been cleared by staff at Leithead Field House on their assigned move-in date. 

Students who are required to submit a pre-arrival test (see criteria below) but whose test results have not yet arrived on their move-in date should contact Student Health Services healthcenter@stlawu.edu to discuss options.

Students and guests coming to campus to help with move in need to monitor themselves for any symptoms prior to their arrival on campus. If any student or guest, regardless of vaccination status, is symptomatic prior to arrival, do not come to campus and plan to get tested as soon as possible. Students should then contact Residence Life at reslife@stlawu.edu to let them know of a delayed arrival. Students who are unable to move in during their scheduled date and time will need to work with each of their professors on how to make up coursework until they are on campus and ready to attend classes in person.

Vaccinated Students

Pre-Arrival: In line with current CDC recommendations, vaccinated students do not need to submit a pre-arrival test. 

Arrival Testing: All vaccinated students will be tested upon arrival and will report to Leithead Field House at their scheduled check-in date and time.

Surveillance Testing: In line with current CDC recommendations, vaccinated students do not need to undergo surveillance testing. (Subject to change as noted below.)

Testing at the University clinic for vaccinated Laurentians is not required and is not encouraged. At this time, it is not recommended that vaccinated individuals undergo surveillance testing.  If there is evidence of substantial or high transmission in the community, then testing may need to resume. Such decisions will be made in conjunction with local public health authorities and/or federal guidance.  

If a vaccinated individual does test positive, they will still be required to isolate. Unvaccinated close contacts will be quarantined. (Vaccinated individuals who are close contacts are not quarantined but are monitored by the Public Health contact tracers.) 

Unvaccinated Students With Approved Exemption

Pre-Arrival Testing: We will require a student pre-arrival PCR test for any approved unvaccinated student, with the test taken within 5 days before arrival on campus.

Arrival Testing: All approved unvaccinated students will be tested on arrival and will report to Leithead Field House at their scheduled check-in date and time. 

Surveillance Testing: There will be weekly testing of all unvaccinated Laurentians who have an approved vaccine exemption. If local or regional health conditions require a higher level of surveillance, it is possible random surveillance testing of vaccinated Laurentians will occur according to guidance from the New York State Department of Health and Local Public Health.

Learn more about our surveillance testing and weekly testing clinics.

Unvaccinated Students Without Approved Exemption

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our campus community. Any student who is not vaccinated (whose exemption was not approved or who did not apply for an exemption and arrives without intending to be vaccinated) will have their card access turned off prior to arrival. They will be deregistered from their courses prior to the first day of class and will not be able to move into their room. If they arrive on campus, they are to report directly to Leithead Field House for review and possible removal from campus. 

Extenuating Circumstances

Students unable to obtain a vaccine due to circumstances beyond their control: We recognize that vaccines are not available equitably everywhere. If a student is unable to get fully vaccinated before arriving on campus, we will coordinate a way for this student to begin the vaccination process upon arrival. Please email healthcenter@stlawu.edu as early as possible prior to your arrival so we can prepare to vaccinate you when you arrive.

These students will also need to abide by the procedures for unvaccinated students with approved exemptions. Pre-arrival test five days prior to arrival, test on day of arrival, and remain in our weekly surveillance testing until fully vaccinated. 

Students who are in the process of being fully vaccinated: Please communicate your status with Residence Life and the Health Center as early as possible prior to your arrival to ensure your move-in plans align with the University’s protocols and procedures.

These students will need to abide by the procedures for unvaccinated students with approved exemptions. Pre-arrival test five days prior to arrival, test on day of arrival, and remain in our weekly surveillance testing until fully vaccinated.

Campus Arrivals

Traveling to New York State from other states and other nations: There are currently no travel restrictions.

Move-in Dates: Arrival date for all fall sports student-athletes and other approved early arrivals will be communicated by head coaches or a student's sponsoring department. 

Sunday, Aug. 15: Arrival date for OLs, CAs 

Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 19: Arrival date for new international students

Thursday, Aug. 19-Sunday, Aug. 22: International Student Orientation 

Sunday, Aug. 22: New students and transfer students arrive during assigned time and First-Year Orientation begins 

Monday, Aug. 23: Sophomore students arrive during assigned time and Sophomore Orientation begins on Tuesday

Monday, Aug. 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 24: Upperclass students arrive during assigned time

Academic Calendar and Scheduled Breaks

Our plan for breaks is dependent on public health conditions, protocols, and federal, state, and local guidance. Should anything change, we may need to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our campus and North Country communities. This could include, but is not limited to, increased testing and/or the testing of vaccinated individuals. 

It will be critically important that students and families are mindful of the conditions at their personal destinations over breaks and holidays and any state or federal directives that could prevent students from returning to campus (such as international border restrictions). Students monitor themselves for any symptoms for the duration of their time away from campus and prior to their return to St. Lawrence. No student should return to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms prior to arrival.

Academic Calendar

The University is returning to a two-semester calendar.

  • Mid-Semester Break
    • Thursday, Oct. 14-Friday, Oct. 15
    • Classes end on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m.
    • Residence halls and some dining facilities will remain open throughout this break
  • Thanksgiving Break
    • Saturday, Nov. 20-Sunday, Nov. 28
    • Residence halls close on Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.
    • Residence halls reopen on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m.
    • Students requiring housing over this break may contact Residence Life; request forms will be available Oct. 19 and due Nov. 11
  • Winter Break (End of the fall 2021 semester)
    • Saturday, Dec. 18-Tuesday, January 18, 2022
    • Residence halls close on Friday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m.
    • Only international students are permitted to stay on campus over this break; request forms will be available Nov. 30 and due Dec. 10

Spring Break (March 2022): Dates will be determined by October 1, 2021.