Coronavirus Response Information for Students and Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I remain on campus?

We are strongly encouraging all students who have other suitable housing options other than SUNY Morrisville to thoroughly consider leaving campus as soon as possible. Students with extenuating circumstances, such as international students or those who lack housing or food security elsewhere, or who do not have reliable access to the internet or accompanying technology, may choose to remain on campus. Students must fill out the “Student Plans After Spring Break” survey in Web for Students to remain on campus.

Can I return to living on campus?

Similarly, while we strongly encourage students who have other suitable housing options to remain in them, students who are currently off campus have the option to return if they meet the criteria to do so. These criteria include students without housing or food security elsewhere or those who do not have reliable access to the internet or accompanying technology. Students who wish to return to campus must fill out the “Student Plans After Spring Break” survey in Web for Students with the reason they are returning and date of their return.

When can I return to retrieve my belongings?

Students may return to campus to collect their belongings starting Thursday, March 19, from noon to 7 p.m. Retrieval will also be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students will need to bring their swipe cards and keys to access the halls. Express checkout will be available by the Resident Assistants Office after students clear their rooms. While we intend to find additional times in the future for students to retrieve their belongings, the uncertain and shifting nature of the current situation prohibits us from committing to specifics yet.

Because of limited personnel and social distancing protocol, there will be no campus personnel or equipment to assist with any move out. Students will need to bring their own assistance with them. We ask that everyone practice social distancing, staying at least six feet apart as much as possible, and regularly wash their hands, cough into sleeves rather than hands and otherwise limit the risk of exposure to keep our students, employees, guests and neighbors as safe as possible.

If students OR any guests accompanying them to campus answer YES to any of the following, they will not be permitted to come to campus, or enter residence halls, until they have completed a 14-day quarantine:

  1. Has flu-like symptoms; or
  2. Has been in any of the following countries within the last 14 days: China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran and any other country reported by the Centers for Disease Control has having “widespread sustained” (with or without restrictions on entry to the U.S.) or “sustained community” spread of the coronavirus (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html); or
  3. Resides or has had close contact with anyone who has been in one of the countries listed above within the last 14 days; or
  4. Has been directed to self-quarantine, isolate or self-monitor for the coronavirus by any doctor, hospital or health agency; or
  5. Has been diagnosed with, or has had close contact with anyone diagnosed with, COVID-19.

It is not mandatory that students retrieve their belongings now. However, it is unclear when the next opportunity for move-out will be, before the end of the semester. There is an immediate need to vacate Fountain View Hall, and other halls may follow as the campus moves to consolidate housing for the remaining students on campus. We also want to prepare for any needs local and state officials might have for broader public health and safety.

What if I have belongings or materials in locations other than residence halls, such as auto shop or other labs?

Students who have belongings in academic buildings or other areas of campus will be able to collect those during the same timeslots that they can clear their residence halls. It will be helpful for students to contact their faculty and let them know of their plans.

Will my classes be delivered remotely (online or by other means)?

Yes. Some courses and programs have required elements that cannot practically move online or otherwise be delivered remotely, and those will be deferred or other arrangements will be made to meet learning outcomes. Check Blackboard and consult with your faculty and advisor to determine which, if any, of your courses or labs will be deferred or altered.

Can I get a refund on my housing/dining/tuition and other fees?

Until further notice, select campus residence halls, Mustang Alley (dining) and other essential facilities will remain open to serve students in a safe and healthy environment for those students who choose to stay on campus. Tuition and fees charged to student accounts will continue to support these activities.

Details about the credit and refund processes for students who do not return to campus to complete the semester will be forthcoming. We are working with SUNY system to be sure we are compliant with all requirements, including those of financial aid. Please be patient as we work out the process and communicate that with you via email, our website and potentially physical mail.

When will my partial credit or refund be processed?

NOTE: Any potential partial credit or refund you might receive will not be impacted by your move-out time. The Office of Student Accounts will process partial credit or refunds by the end of the spring semester. Resident students and commuting students must indicate their housing intentions by submitting the “Student Plans After Spring Break” survey in Web for Students.

When and how can I return my books?

Textbooks are not required to be returned until May. However, the Campus Store is currently working on a process that will allow students to send back their rental materials at no additional charge. Please continue to monitor the Campus Store website and your Morrisville email for updated information.

If I choose to remain home and not return to campus, will I be penalized?

No. As long as you continue to participate in your courses and submit the work required by your program, you will be evaluated according to standard practices. If you require particular accommodations to continue your participation in your program, consult with your faculty, advisor and Accessibility Services to make the proper arrangements.

What if I am not able to complete my internship?

Students should work with their faculty and site supervisor to make alternate arrangements for completion.

What will instruction be like on campus? Will I attend labs? Will classes take place in person for students who are on campus?

All courses this semester are moving to online/remote instruction, including labs where possible. Those labs that cannot be offered remotely will be rescheduled.

What will conditions be like on campus, should I choose to stay or return?

Most buildings will be locked and inaccessible. The library is closed. STUAC will be open only to access Mustang Alley to pick up takeout meals. Hours and the menu for meals will be limited. There will be no transportation available to leave campus for shopping or other errands. The Health Center will be open. Most offices are closed in compliance with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order for only essential employees to be on campus. There will be no student activities, club meetings or intramurals. All varsity sports have had their seasons canceled as well. Services such as tutoring will likely be delivered via remote means, such as video conferencing. We will do our best to support you during this difficult time and want to be sure you understand the parameters we are working within as you decide to return to campus this spring.

What “social distancing” requirements will be enforced on campus for the remainder of the semester?

Students will be expected to observe the rule of not congregating in groups larger than 10, and must maintain a distance of six feet as much as reasonably possible.

If I have received accommodations for testing, how will these services be administered?

Students should be communicating with their professors and indicate to each professor what their accommodation needs are and what will be needed to assist them.

What happens if faculty are not planning for alternate accommodations for students?

Students should report this to the Office of Accessibility Services immediately.

What will happen if I or another student living on campus is exposed to COVID-19, the coronavirus, while on campus?

Students will be evaluated if symptoms are present. Testing will be administered if necessary. Once a test is given, students will be moved to quarantine; if the test is positive they will be moved to isolation. The 14 days of isolation begins on the day of the positive test result.

What transportation options will be available to me to, from and on campus?

There is no on-campus MAC Transportation at this time.

COACHUSA BUS UPDATES: Effective Friday, March 20

From Morrisville to Binghamton/NYC

  • Operates Monday - Friday ONLY
  • Departs Morrisville at 11:55 a.m. | Arrives NYC at 5:55 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to NYC bus is cancelled

From NYC to Morrisville to Utica

  • Operates Monday - Friday ONLY
  • Departs NYC at 12:30 p.m. | Arrives Morrisville at 6:10 p.m.
  • 8 a.m. bus from NYC is cancelled

Saturday and Sunday Services: CANCELLED

Round-trip CoachUSA tickets to the Morrisville campus can be purchased in-person at your departure terminal. Tickets are not available for purchase at the Campus Store.

Will my Veterans Benefits be impacted?

What is the impact, if any, to GI Bill recipients when their schools are either closed or has directed their students to take classes online as a result of precautions taken due to COVID-19?

Per SUNY Coordinator of Veterans Affairs: The State Approving Agency has approved the switch from in-residence to online classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Veteran students should see no change in the spring 2020 benefits. Please direct any questions to Ms. Lori Davis, Veteran’s Certifying Office, 315.684.6520 or registrar@morrisville.edu.

Can I still use the campus Wi-Fi?

Yes. If you're in the area and need access to Wi-Fi, we have prepared a map of where Wi-Fi can safely be accessed without leaving your car.

Spring Break Information

We are availing ourselves of the opportunity provided by SUNY system to extend our spring break by an additional week. While we were scheduled to resume classes on Monday, March 23, we are now pushing back our date to resume classes to Monday, March 30. This will allow our faculty and staff the necessary time to prepare for this monumental shift in planning and teaching. It will also allow our students to become more familiar with what remote learning means for them, and make the necessary adaptations to finish the academic semester.

We are strongly encouraging all students who have other suitable housing options other than SUNY Morrisville to thoroughly consider leaving campus as soon as possible. Similarly, we strongly discourage students returning to campus and ask them to reconsider.

Students with extenuating circumstances, such as lack of housing or food security elsewhere, or who do not have reliable access to the internet or accompanying technology, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to remain on or return to campus.

Students who are on campus will still have access to dining. To comply with the Governor’s directives of no more gatherings exceeding 50 people (especially controlling spaces where people eat), meals will be provided for takeout from Mustang Alley to avoid congregating in groups in dining halls. Additionally, the Copper Turret Restaurant, the campus Fitness Center, STUAC gym and Hamilton Hall gym are closed until further notice.

More information will be forthcoming as our plans take further shape. Please watch your email, especially Alerts@morrisville.edu, and regularly check morrisville.edu/coronavirus for updates. The “Communications Archive” in particular will contain all announcements we distribute.

Parking

For any student staying on campus over Spring Break, with a vehicle, you may park in any appropriate student parking lot. Any vehicle on campus must have a current parking decal. Please email Jean Hyde at hydejc@morrisville.edu with your vehicle information (plate number, make, model), residence hall and room number you are staying in, and your contact phone number.

Athletics Information

Following the NCAA’s March 12 decision to cancel its spring championships and concern over the uncertainty of COVID-19, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents’ Council, of which SUNY Morrisville is a member, has announced the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, effective immediately.

In addition to the suspension of conference affiliated competition, SUNY Morrisville has made the decision to suspend all spring action for the safety of the student-athletes and campus community.

Any and all schedule changes as they occur will be made available to the public through the athletics website, as well as the athletics social media outlets of Facebook (@MorrisvilleStateCollegeAthletics), Twitter (@MSCMustangs) and Instagram (@MorrisvilleStateAthletics).

The Mustangs compete within the NEAC in the sports of men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s golf, and softball during the spring season.

The Morrisville Athletics Department recognizes the disappointment in the decision put forward, but wholeheartedly understand that the concern for the health and well-being of our student-athletes within the conference, at SUNY Morrisville and within the campus community is at the forefront of the decision and support it accordingly.

Below is the statement released by the NEAC office on March 12:

“As with any decision, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) holds the health and well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront of everything that we do. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we also have a responsibility to exhibit careful consideration of all those that interact with our programs, our campuses and our greater communities. Therefore, the NEAC Presidents’ Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, effective immediately. We recognize this is a disappointing decision for our student-athletes. That is the competitive spirit that we value every day. In the wake of this decision and the rapidly evolving state of this situation, the NEAC will be working with our member institutions in the coming days, weeks, and months to navigate through unchartered territory for our members and answer any questions that may arise. The one thing that is certain is that we will all get through this together. As additional updates are available from the NCAA regarding eligibility questions and concerns, the NEAC will share that information with our member institutions. Finally, we want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators throughout the 2019-20 academic year. We did not ever envision an ending such as this but we remain proud of the accomplishments of our programs this year. NEAC Presidents’ Council.”

To understand and stay updated on the measures being taken by SUNY Morrisville in response to the coronavirus pandemic, please continue to refer to this page.