As we return to campus for spring semester 2021, all members of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry community are expected to follow New York State and SUNY guidelines relative to COVID-19. The guidelines have been established to keep our campuses safe and healthy and to ensure we can remain focused on providing a quality education. The health and safety of ESF students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance. It is incumbent on each of us to understand the importance 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. To achieve this, the College Commitment was developed. Each member of the ESF community, including students, faculty, staff, and other constituents, is asked to affirm their commitment to the following.
As a member of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry community, I am committed to keeping myself and the ESF community healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. I commit to take the following actions:
To Keep Myself Safe, I Will:
- Practice social distancing and limit gatherings as required by local, state, and federal officials if I am gathering with people outside of my residence
- Limit mass gatherings to 10 people while the College remains in an Orange Zone, and limit mass gatherings to 25 people if/when the College is in a Yellow Zone. Mass gatherings do not include classrooms or other academic gatherings. Academic facilities were carefully assessed for COVID-safe occupancy levels, are thoroughly sanitized before and after each use, and occupants are required to wear masks/face coverings.
- Wash my hands regularly and clean surfaces I touch
- Monitor my health on a daily basis for symptoms of COVID-19, and notify my health care provider or the ESF Student Health Services at Crouse Medical Practice (for students) if I exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- A fever of 100 degrees F or higher
- Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Headache without a clear reason
- Unexplained body aches, muscle aches, or fatigue
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea
- Other symptoms that may be identified as linked to COVID-19 illness
- Understand that this virus does not discriminate and neither will I. No person or group of people is responsible for this virus and I will not blame the presence of COVID-19 on anyone
To Keep the ESF Community Safe, I Will:
- Wear a mask or face covering while on campus
- Wear a mask or face covering off campus where social distancing measures cannot be maintained
- Limit travel outside of Central New York for the duration of the spring semester 2021 to only that which is essential and follow all NY State Travel Guidelines if travel is necessary
- Refrain from hosting any guests, including family, who do not currently live in Central New York
- Assist in cleaning classroom, lab, residential, and other surfaces and areas that I use and touch
- Adhere to all directives and College guidance if I need to be quarantined or isolated
- Stay in my residence and not attend classes, participate in extracurricular activities, report for work, or come to campus if exhibiting any of the above-mentioned symptoms of COVID-19, if awaiting COVID-19 test results, if I have tested positive for COVID-19, or if I have had close contact with any person known or suspected of having COVID-19
- Follow all pre-arrival guidelines and weekly testing expectations for spring semester 2021 [link to WSSK document]
- Agree to testing for COVID-19 and potential subsequent self-quarantining if I am identified as a contact of anyone who has been determined to be positive for COVID-19
- Fully and honestly participate in contact tracing efforts
- Encourage others to follow these guidelines
- Follow all directives and guidelines outlined by Syracuse University whenever I am on their campus
- Get a flu shot and provide documentation if I intend to use any facilities on the Syracuse University campus including, but not limited to:
- Dining services, including Syracuse University dining halls, Peoples Place, etc.
- Libraries and classroom spaces
- Recreational facilities including the Barnes Center
- Follow any new directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and/or New York State that become public during the academic year
- Upon being exposed, exhibiting symptoms, to or testing positive for COVID-19, timely report the positive test, symptoms, or potential exposure to appropriate ESF staff and self-quarantine in a designated location until:
- My symptoms have resolved, and
- It has been at least ten days since the start of my symptoms
I understand COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract COVID-19, even if I follow all of the safety precautions outlined above and those recommended by the CDC, local health department, and others. I understand that although ESF is following the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.
The safety of our community is a shared responsibility, and my actions that do not align with the guidelines above can put myself and others at risk. I understand that whether or not I affirm this Commitment, failure to comply with these directives may result for students in a referral to the Division of Student Affairs for violation of the ESF Code of Student Conduct, which governs individual and group behavior of students on and off-campus. Failure of employees to comply with these directives may result in referral to the Human Resources Office.
We recognize that some members of our community with disabilities, in order to live, learn, and work safely, may need to modify some aspects of this Commitment. Students who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability-related reasons should contact the Center for Disability Resources to request a reasonable accommodation/modification, firstname.lastname@example.org, 315.443-4498. Employees who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability-related reasons should contact the Human Resources Office, email@example.com, 315-470-6611.