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May 3-9

April 26 - May 2

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March 22-28

March 15-21

SUNY Poly Residential Students (March 21, 2020)
We strongly want to reiterate, for the health and safety of all, please do not return to campus to secure any of the other items you may have left behind until you receive further notification that you may do so. Access to the institution’s residence halls is restricted, effective immediately. We strongly encourage you to stay where you are and not travel, as current health guidelines recommend.

Any items remaining in your room are secure, and we will inform you as soon as it is safe for you to return to campus to retrieve them.

Again, we appreciate your understanding that we are making the best health-based decisions we can at this time.

    FAQs for Students and Researchers (March 21, 2020)
    View the FAQ for students and researchers document (pdf) with information for students and researchers in the lab.

    COVID-19 Exposure Guidance (March 20, 2020)
    The SUNY Poly Pandemic Response Team released Employee and Student COVID-19 Exposure Guidance (pdf) for employee and supervisor response to COVID-19 illness and exposure. The document also contains related student illness and exposure guidance information.

    Essential and Non-Essential Employee Guidance (March 18, 2020)
    Per order of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, all non-essential state employees are now directed to work from home, effective Tuesday, March 17. Read more about work from home requirements and considerations (pdf)

    To assist with working remotely, please fill out this telecommuting form (pdf) ASAP and please send it to your supervisor. Please also see the following link to an Implementation Bulletin (pdf).

    Residential Students - Utica Campus (March 18, 2020)
    We strongly want to reiterate, for the health and safety of all, that if you do not have essential items left in your dorm room, please do not return to campus to secure any of the other items you may have left behind until you receive further notification that you may do so. Any items remaining in your room are secure, and we will inform you as soon as we know when you may return to campus to retrieve them. Again, we understand the inconvenience this represents for you, and appreciate your understanding that we are making the best health-based decisions we can at this time. More information (pdf)

    Students are STRONGLY discouraged from returning to campus following spring break, including staying or picking up their personal items until further notice.

    We are STRONGLY encouraging students who are currently residing on campus for spring break to return home immediately with their belongings.

    For your safety, and the health and safety of our campus community, it is our intent to only house students on-campus with special circumstances.

    All special consideration requests to return to or remain on campus must be approved in advance by filling out the request form to remain in residence. Requests must be received by midnight, March 19, 2020.

    More information about student charges, the residential life check-out process, special considerations for remaining on campus, guidelines for remaining on campus, and services available to students (pdf).

    Remote Work Directive (March 16, 2020)
    At the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State is asking non-essential employees to temporarily work from an alternate location (pdf).

    If you can work remotely, please fill out the Telecommuting Application (fillable pdf) ASAP. Please follow the approval process so that the application is signed by the employee and supervisor, before being sent to the department VP, who will then send to SUNY Poly HR.

    Liberal Leave (March 16, 2020)

    Wildcat Fitness Center (March 16, 2020)
    Based on Governor Cuomo’s recent closing of places of assembly like gyms and fitness centers, our gyms and fitness center will be closed until further notice.

    Student Updates from Chancellor Kristina Johnson (March 13, 2020)

    • We recognize that some students will need to remain on campus for special circumstances, such as housing needs, employment responsibilities, and to fulfill coursework that requires hands-on instruction or laboratory work. We will make sure their learning environment is safe.
    • Many campus dormitories, dining halls and other facilities will remain open for the duration of the semester, until further notice.
    • We will offer students the choice to return to campus. However, if they either choose not to return or are unable to do so, we will do whatever it takes to ensure they can fulfill and complete their academic requirements remotely.
    • We are working quickly to resolve the financial impact remote instruction and distance learning will have on a student’s account.

    Read full message (pdf)


    SUNY Poly Labs - Albany Campus
    SUNY Poly will follow University at Albany guidance for all SUNY Poly labs on the University at Albany campus.

    Travel Between SUNY Poly’s Utica and Albany Campuses
    Out of an abundance of caution, SUNY Poly is proactively employing social distancing measures, which can be helpful for limiting the spread of COVID-19. In particular, we are limiting work-related travel between our Albany and Utica campuses. While our campuses remain open, we are strongly encouraging you to arrange virtual meetings for colleagues between our two sites to ensure that the important work we undertake each day advances. If you believe you must still travel between our two campuses, you are required to gain approval from the Vice President whom you report to.

    SUNY Poly Athletics Activities Are Concluded for the Spring Semester
    SUNY Poly Athletics has announced that all current and upcoming intercollegiate sports activities have been cancelled, including Spring break trips for baseball, men's lacrosse and softball.

    The North Eastern Athletics Conference has taken action similar to what many national conferences have done - to cancel all league regular season and championship competition for the remainder of the academic year. The NCAA is expected to address the widespread cancellation of intercollegiate contests across the nation and the impact it will have on student athlete eligibility and college sports sponsorship concerns.

    Distance Learning

    • On March 11, 2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that as a preventative measure SUNY and CUNY schools are moving toward a distance education model.
    • Classes will continue the week before Spring Break as planned, with a number of faculty and students already testing the distance education capability.
    • SUNY Poly’s distance learning begins on Monday, March 23. Information about how to access your classes will be provided shortly.
    • Additional details regarding laboratory or other experiential courses will also be provided soon. Updates will be made available on this webpage.
    • For distance learning, students will need access to a computer or smart phone with a high-speed, broadband, or DSL internet connection (dial-up connections are not recommended.) Additional guidance for required resources is forthcoming.

    Faculty and Staff Direct Deposit and Contact Information
    Employees should consider updating their contact information and signing up to receive their paychecks via direct deposit in SUNY self-service. This may be helpful in case any employees and student employees must stay home. Directions to do so are located here:

    SUNY Poly-Hosted Events

    • FIRST at SUNY Poly events have been postponed
    • SUNY Poly leadership is evaluating all events and will provide guidance to each host. Online formats for events are strongly encouraged.
    • We will communicate a decision regarding commencement ceremonies in Albany and Utica in the coming weeks.

    The SUNY Poly COVID-19 Task Force meets regularly to be as proactive as possible in working toward protecting the health of students, faculty, and staff. The task force includes representatives from Administration, Academics, the Wellness Center, Residential Life, University Police, Facilities, Communications, and other key offices.

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