Fall 2020 Reopening Plan: Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

When do my classes start?

SUNY Morrisville will offer a compressed schedule for Fall 2020, with classes beginning on Monday, August 24, 2020.

When will classes end?

In-person class instruction will end Friday, November 20. Class instruction will then shift to online learning beginning Monday, November 23. All finals also will be held exclusively online and will be held during the week of December 7-11, 2020. 

This ensures that you receive the same standard number of instruction hours and weeks as a normal semester. This is emerging as a standard practice for colleges this fall, and is meant to minimize travel to and from the campus and its immediate community. 

When and where should a mask or face covering be worn on campus?

Please refer to the Hygiene Procedures section.

What will classroom capacity look like?

All instructional spaces will be audited for revised capacity, not to exceed 50% of standard limits. Student work spaces will be placed at least six feet apart. Coordination of effort between Facilities Services and the Office of the Registrar will ensure that courses are assigned to appropriate instructional spaces capable of accommodating socially-distanced student numbers.

For each academic building, entrances and exits, signage and hand sanitizer stations will encourage good hygiene and proper social distancing practices.

When will I learn of my course schedule changes? 

Schedules for students who have already registered for classes this past spring have not changed, although the mode of delivery may have changed. School offices will contact you via your Morrisville email account by Friday, July 17, about any changes.

Based on delivery mode adjustments, first-year students will be reviewed and rescheduled by the Office of Academic Advising, while transfer students will be reviewed and rescheduled by their School Office. 

Will my classes be face-to-face, fully online, hybrid, or web enhanced? 

A description of the variety of delivery modes can be found at Distance Education Definitions

Will all of my classes be live-streamed or recorded? 

For in-person classes, we have purchased additional technology to assist faculty who are teaching in a format that will allow students to take a course in-person, synchronously (live, at the same time) online, or asynchronously (recorded, at any time) online. 

What about my classes that teach through hands-on learning methods?

Classes with labs and those that are delivered with a hands-on approach will be offered in spaces that adhere to physical (social) distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols. 

What will the face-to-face instruction experience be like?

Class sections will be held in spaces large enough to adhere to physical-distancing requirements. All courses that include face-to-face instruction require students and faculty to wear approved face coverings. Hybrid options (classes that combine some online, some in-person) will reduce the amount of continuous time students and faculty will spend together in the classroom.

Where on campus can I participate in my online or hybrid courses?

The Donald G. Butcher Library at SUNY Morrisville welcomes students who need a place on campus to join their online classes. Campus policies regarding wearing a mask or face covering and physical distancing while in shared spaces will be followed. 

Students can use their own laptops or check out a laptop from the library circulation desk and will be required to wear headphones (also available for checkout). The study pods and carrels on the library’s second floor are the best seating options for this activity. To adhere to physical distancing, group study rooms will not available this fall. The available library seating options are specifically arranged to accommodate physical distancing between individuals. 

Please visit the library webpage for the most current information on when the building is open for student use.

Will we follow the usual holiday schedule?

Due to the condensed semester, there will be no Fall Break (normally held in October) to allow as much in-classroom instruction as necessary prior to shifting to online learning on Monday, November 23. Thanksgiving Break will still be held as scheduled beginning Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27.

Will there be screening or testing before I am allowed to return to campus?

Yes, all residential students will be screened prior to being allowed back to campus, and also screened upon arrival:

  1. Pre-arrival screen: All individuals will submit screening questionnaire 14 days before return to campus/move-in date. Student questionnaires are reviewed by health services and students are approved to arrive to campus.
  2. Arrival screen: All residential students will be asked screening questions by health services staff and have temperature taken upon arrival. Any positive screen will go directly to quarantine/isolation at home/on campus.
  3. Testing: Health Services plans to collect testing specimens on campus on symptomatic students. The specimens will be sent to a reference lab off campus. Additionally, with NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent expansion of testing availability to all residents of New York, the college will work with area officials and providers to develop a process to accommodate voluntary student and employee testing.

I’m an incoming student this semester. How do I participate in Orientation?

A Virtual Summer Orientation will be made available for all incoming students, as will the Bystanders Intervention Training. Additional details will be provided to you via your student email account in the coming weeks.

Can I leave campus?

Yes, you may leave campus to go to local establishments (stores, eateries, etc.). Please continue to follow state guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining proper social distancing when visiting these establishments. 

Can I return home during the semester?

Advisories or restrictions may be put in place returning home or traveling to high-density areas on weekends. More details will be provided as they are finalized. 

How will move-out from the residential halls be handled?

The college will encourage all residential students to limit items brought to campus for the months of August-November, with minimal “extras” to reduce any subsequent return to campus to move out belongings. Additional boxes and bags will be provided. 

After students depart, Residence Life staff will close the buildings, going room-to-room to ensure all electronics and appliances have been removed or are not plugged in, ensure that trash has been removed, etc. Room damages will be assessed as appropriate. Card access will be switched to “vacation access” and only students having authorization will be allowed to stay. 

The college will offer emergency housing for international students and those with housing insecurity, as well as those who meet other hardship criteria, similar to March 2020. Students approved to remain on campus will be moved immediately to single rooms with single baths. Meals and health care needs will be provided.

What campus offices will be open? What procedures must be followed (walk-in availability, by appointment only, etc.)?

Details regarding campus offices are still being finalized and will be announced shortly. 

When does the Spring Semester start?

As of now, the 2020-21 Spring Semester will begin as originally scheduled on Monday, January 25, 2021. Should this change, you will be immediately notified via your student email and the college website. 

What do I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms of possible COVID-19, PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR ROOM or YOUR HOME and adhere to the following steps:

  1. Immediately notify each of their professors that you will not be attending class. If you are student-athlete, also notify your head coach that you will not be attending any team activities. 
  2. If living on campus, immediately contact the SUNY Morrisville Student Health Center at 315.684.6078, or your local health care provider. 
  3. Follow guidance provided through Step 2 and closely monitor your symptoms. If you develop any of the following symptoms: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in your chest; inability to stay awake; new confusion; or bluish lips or face; seek emergency care by CALLING 911 or CALL AHEAD TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM. 

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

COVID testing on symptomatic students will be collected by Health Services and processed by off-campus reference laboratory. Student will be placed in quarantine/isolation housing (currently designated as South Hall, left vacant for this purpose). 

If the test is negative, you may return to normal activities. If a test is positive, you must remain in isolation in the designated quarantine and isolation building that has been set up on campus until you are cleared by a health provider or public health authority.

Health Services will utilize telehealth for daily checks on quarantine/isolation students in coordination with local health department.

What will happen if the college has to evacuate the campus?

All courses will be enhanced and prepared for remote delivery only in the event we must move to complete remote instruction.