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COVID-19 Updates



ESF is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. Please review the information on this page to stay abreast of the most current plans in place for the College. The information presented here serves as a guide for on-campus operations, including a variety of approaches to academic learning. All plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor's Office.




COVID Alert Level: RED

This level indicates a high level of transmission risk on campus, and correlates with the following masking policy:

Unvaccinated: Masks required at all times when indoors, and outdoors when in presence of others.

Vaccinated: Masks required at all times when indoors, and outdoors when in presence of others.

Exceptions: Students on their own in Centennial Hall room and vaccinated employees while alone in workstation, or when working independently outdoors on campus.



SUNY ESF COVID-19 Dashboard

Current COVID Statistics (Since 09/21/2021)

1,440

Total Tests Administered on Campus
(since 8/30/21)

13

Current Total Active Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

0

Contacts in Quarantine
 

16

Total Recovered Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

1440

Total Tests Administered on Campus
since 8/30/21

13

Current Total Active Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

0

Contacts in Quarantine
 

16

Total Recovered Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

Note: Quarantine is defined as potential exposure as determined by contact tracing. Active cases are those that have tested positive and are currently in isolation.



Latest Updates

Subject: Working Together to Keep our Campus Healthy and Safe

Date: 09/07/2021

Dear Students, Families, Faculty and Staff:

The health and safety of our campus are of utmost importance. It is incumbent upon each of us to understand the impact of our personal and collective actions, and to hold ourselves and each other accountable to behave in ways that will slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

As you are aware, the College is actively communicating campus masking requirements based on a four-tiered alert system that is based on new infection rates, testing data, and contact tracing. Our current campus masking level is RED, requiring masks indoors at all times and outdoors when in the presence of others.

Whether student, faculty or staff, if you encounter someone who is not in compliance, it's our obligation to speak up for the health and safety of the greater campus community. We realize this can be an awkward conversation, so here are some guidelines to help make it easier:

  • Be firm, polite, and compassionate. Politely ask anyone who is not following the campus COVID requirements to do so for the sake of their health and the health of others.

  • Direct them to where they can get a mask. Disposable masks are available in central locations across campus:

    • 115 Baker Lab

    • ESF Division of Student Affairs, 110 Bray Hall

    • ESF University Police Department, 19 Bray Hall

For faculty specifically:

  • If someone has a disability-related reason for not wearing a mask, they must document it. Instructors can opt to identify a reasonable accommodation that does not change the learning objectives of the course or direct the student that they must register with the Center for Disability Resources, where documentation of this reason will be reviewed. A reasonable accommodation cannot be a violation of COVID expectations.

  • Students who repeatedly fail to comply with classroom or campus expectations must be reported and asked to leave. If a student is repeatedly noncompliant and/or argumentative, instructors reserve the right to instruct the student to leave, mark it as an absence (if applicable), and file a report with the Division of Student Affairs, noting the student's noncompliant behavior.

    • On the rare occasion that a student repeatedly does not comply, or if the student is disruptive to your class or in your office, you may file a report here.

    • If you feel that the situation is escalating to a point where the student is becoming aggressive, you may contact the ESF University Police by dialing x6667 from any campus phone or dialing (315) 470-6667 from your cell phone. Refusal to leave warrants reporting the student to Student Affairs using the Reporting Violations procedure outlined above.

  • This guidance along with specific examples of each interaction is available on the ESF COVID Restart page here. Thank you for your continued diligence and cooperation.

    Adapted with permission from University at Albany (2020): "How to respond to student noncompliance." Retrieved from https://www.albany.edu/covid-19/planning-fall-2020/teaching-learning/resources-instructors/how-respond-student

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