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SUNY Ulster Updates : COVID-19

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SUNY Ulster Updates : COVID-19

 

March 23, 2020

SUNY Ulster students and Essential Personnel are the only individuals allowed on the Stone Ridge Campus  or at KCSU. All public access is restricted and is not allowed at this time.

We've implemented a check-in process for all essential employees and students who are reporting to campus that require the use of a computer and do not have any other means of accessing a computer or internet for a school-related assignment.   

Upon arrival, all essential employees and students must report to Public Safety located in Hasbrouck 133 or the lobby of KCSU to sign in and have their temperature taken.  Anyone with a temperature in excess of 100 F will be asked to leave campus and check with their local physician. Prior to departure, please check-out with Public Safety so that Housekeeping may be dispatched to sanitize the previously occupied areas.


 

COVID-19 Statement - Dr. Alan P. Roberts

 

SUNY Ulster Statement - Dr. Alan P. Roberts

March 19, 2020

SUNY Ulster welcomes you back as we rally together as an educational community to resume our Spring 2020 semester.

We are prepared for you to continue learning, and share your concern for the health and safety of our entire community.

Our faculty and staff are here for you as you continue  your SUNY Ulster education this semester remotely.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank our entire SUNY Ulster community of students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors for all of their contributions as we respond to COVID-19.

Please be aware of a linked message from SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Kristina Johnson [link is here] affirming that we are all in this together and that we will make it through as a SUNY family.

Dr. Alan P. Roberts

President

 

SUNY Ulster Operations Update March 19, 2020  - STUDENTS

As you prepare to return to your studies on March 23, here is an update on important dates, services and delivery options.  

 Please see the updated Important Dates for the Spring 2020 semester for guidance regarding events in the Academic Calendar.

The Stone Ridge Campus (SRC) and Kingston Center (KCSU) are open, though because of social distancing guidelines, you may come to the Stone Ridge campus and Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster only for a specific purpose (school-related assignments, use of a computer, or for pre-scheduled appointments). 

SUNY Ulster students and Essential Personnel are the only individuals allowed on the Stone Ridge Campus  or at KCSU. All public access is restricted at this time.

As we have said, all classes will be delivered remotely:

  • If you are currently enrolled in an online class, you will receive instructions from your instructor. Do not assume your class has stopped or that it will not resume before March 23. Stay engaged. Follow the syllabus or course outline for the course.

  • Express and seven-week classes will begin on March 23.

  • Remote delivery means that your instructor might use email, Blackboard, Google tools or a combination to conduct class and communicate with you. Your instructor might also choose to conduct class synchronously, meaning everyone in your class is attending remotely at the same time. For this, we will use a very easy-to-use tool called Google Meet. You can download the app and use Meet on your cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. 

  • Police Basic Training will continue to meet while observing social distancing guidelines.  Clinicals, education field placements and internships are taking place at the discretion of the host.  Students, both those enrolled in credit-bearing courses and those in Continuing Education courses, will receive directions from your instructor(s).  

  • SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson has mandated that students who do not wish to come on campus must be afforded other opportunities to meet course outcomes.  Faculty are designing alternative means for you to demonstrate competency other than an on-campus experience. Please contact your instructor directly with any concerns.

  • Specific questions should be directed to your instructor,  who will raise them with the department chairperson and, if necessary, the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 

The Stone Ridge Campus (SRC) and Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU) locations remain open as do College offices via remote operations:

Computer Use - SRC & KCSU

The Computer labs/rooms on the second floor of Hasbrouck Hall on the Stone Ridge Campus will be open for student use (8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) to conduct classwork, do homework or conduct research .  The Mac Labs will not be available for student access at this time.  A limited number of Mac computers have been placed in Hasbrouck Hall for student use. 

Limited-capacity computer access is available at KCSU  (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday). 

Though you might see a number of computer workstations, the College has removed keyboards from computer spaces in order to implement social distancing practices.   Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced for everyone’s safety.

 

STONE RIDGE CAMPUS OFFICES:

Campus offices, including those of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, TRIO, Library, EOP,  Mental Health, Enrollment and Success Center, Disabilities Services, and CAPS (tutoring) are functioning by remote operation. This means there might not be anyone in the physical offices. Employees are conducting business by phone, email  and videoconferencing. Email or telephone these offices, and your call or email will be returned promptly. Do not come to campus to access these services. The exception is accomodations proctoring, and this must be pre-arranged with Disability Services at disability_services@ sunyulster.edu

 

If you need assistance, campus offices may be reached through the following emails:

Financial Aid - financialaid@sunyulster.edu

Payroll - payroll@sunyulster.edu

Human Resources - humanresources@sunyulster.edu

Student Accounts - studentaccounts@sunyulster.edu

Registrar - reginfo@sunyulster.edu

Tutoring -CAPS@sunyulster.edu

Disability Services - disability_services@ sunyulster.edu

Mental Health - farinal@sunyulster.edu

Continuing and Professional Education: cereg@sunyulster.edu

 

Graduation

SUNY Ulster has not yet made a final determination as to the status of our scheduled May 16, 2020, Commencement Ceremony.  We will be in touch in the next few weeks with information, as we keep everyone’s health and safety as top concerns and evaluate this important ceremony to celebrate the culmination of your academic work and accomplishments at SUNY Ulster.  

Tutoring

SUNY Ulster's Center for Academic Planning and Support (CAPS) is providing  tutoring services through the use of remote technology. Please reach out to CAPS@sunyulster.edu to schedule remote tutoring sessions. 

Here are additional online resources for tutoring:

StudentLingo - for Study skills 

Khan Academy

 

Disability Services/Testing Center   

If your instructor assigns an exercise or a test, you can come to Hasbrouck Hall on the Stone Ridge Campus for pre-scheduled appointments.  Please email testingcenter@sunyulster.edu, or levines@sunyulster.edu, at least 48 hours prior to the event to schedule an appointment to come to the testing center. The testing center will make you aware of a time to come to campus to complete the exercise or test.

 

Because of social distancing rules, the number of spaces in the center is limited, so the center might not be able to accommodate your first choice for a date and time.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please email Director of Disability Services Sonia Levine (levines@sunyulster.edu).

 

On-site testing and final exams will be evaluated as this fluid situation progresses.

 

Communications

All SUNY Ulster will be communicating through your SUNY Ulster email.  Please check this email regularly and let us know if you have any technical problems accessing this email. 

Food Services

Lessings will continue to offer food service. Limited access to takeout prepackaged food is available. Seating areas and hallway gathering areas are not available at this time.

Bookstore

The physical bookstore in Vanderlyn Hall will be closed as of Monday, March 23, 2020.  The bookstore has expanded online services that can be accessed here

Other Physical Facility Closures

  • Stone Ridge Campus
  • Senate Gym
  • Library
  • Hardenbergh Hall 
  • Clinton Hall
  • Student Life Center - food can be picked up for takeout only. 

 

Limited Access: Access is limited to specific functions in this building, as outlined below.  All students must enter through the Public Safety entrance on the first floor of Hasbrouck Hall. Because only SUNY Ulster students may use our facilities, please bring your student ID with you.

 

Hasbrouck Hall

  • Hasbrouck Second Floor - Computer spaces 

  • Hasbrouck - Testing Center for accommodations

 

Kingston Center:  Access at the Kingston Center will be limited to the computer labs from 8:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

 

Transportation

UCAT has scaled back public transportation. Please check all bus schedules for updated schedule information.  Please review this information here.

 

Ulster County Executive Ryan’s Project Resilience

Ulster County has announced Project Resilience, a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19. The County has secured over $2 million in funding in 24 hours, and will utilize UCAT and partner with non-profits and municipalities to deliver meals to local distribution centers. 

 

ULSTER COUNTY RESIDENTS:REQUEST for Food Assistance (English)

RESIDENTES DEL CONDADO DE ULSTER: Solicitud de asistencia alimentaria (Español)

 

The Food Pantry at SUNY Ulster

Access to the Pantry at SUNY Ulster will continue as of March 23 using  an electronic form. Information is located on the College’s website.  Stone Ridge orders will be picked up in the lobby of Hasbrouck Hall (next to to Public Safety) and KCSU orders will be picked up in the main lobby (next to Public Safety) on Thursdays beginning at 9 :30 a.m.

 

Lights for Learning

The Ulster Community College Foundation Inc. has relocated off-site and is working daily to support SUNY Ulster faculty, students, and staff during these challenging times.  We will do our best to review and process (as funds permit) any request for assistance and to use creative measures to obtain and deliver the assistance you need. 

 

Please know that our Lights for Learning Student Emergency Funding is accepting applications now.  Students should be prepared to list a faculty or staff member from SUNY ULster who can act as a reference for the application for assistance.  Students should complete the application at: https://sunyulster. academicworks.com/ opportunities/792 



Other Updates

 

All non-instructional student activities, including clubs, performances and special events, are canceled until further notice, as well as athletic seasons.

 

At this time, SUNY Ulster does not have any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the SUNY Ulster College community. 

 

However, in the event that SUNY Ulster is notified of a positive COVID-19 test, a RAVE Alert will be issued immediately upon notification from the Department of Health or other County or State officials.  Updated information will be provided through additional RAVE Alerts and posted on the website. If you have not signed up for RAVE, please go to the Portal (Student Resources Tab/Banner Self Service Channel/Personal Information/SUNY Ulster Alert (RAVE) to sign up.


Any concerns and questions can be addressed to zellj@sunyulster.edu or (845) 687-5049.


 

 

March 17, 2020 - 11:30 am

 

At this time, SUNY Ulster does not have any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of March 16, Ulster County announced one new positive case, bringing the total number to six confirmed cases. 

I know there are many questions regarding COVID-19 and our approach to “flattening the curve.”  Here at SUNY Ulster, we are working to reduce our density numbers and transition to working remotely. Below are some updates on efforts to flatten the curve, protocols, and resources for our community. 

Employee Notice 

If you are directed by the Department of Health to undergo a mandatory or precautionary quarantine, you must notify your supervisor. This will ensure that we can implement immediate notifications and follow our internal “quarantine/positive test” protocol.   

Non-Essential Employee Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Emergency (Governor)

SUNY Ulster has interpreted the Governor’s announcement from March 16, 2020, regarding non-essential employees as defined as follows for SUNY Ulster employees on the Stone Ridge Campus and at the KCSU:

Non-essential employees, as well as non-essential local government employees, have been directed to work remotely, as we have been directed to reduce our on site workforce by at least fifty percent (50%)(Executive Order 202.4, March 7).  We are monitoring this closely and will be in touch regarding the end date of this order.

For March 17, 18 and 19, Faculty trainings are scheduled and will continue with limited capacity and social distancing measures in HAS 219.  As this is deemed as an essential function for our continued academic continuity of operations through remote measures,only faculty who are registered for training should be on the Stone Ridge Campus.

In order to reduce the burden on our housekeeping staff, we will be closing off areas of campus that are not being utilized.  This will ensure that we can maintain cleaning protocols as outlined by the Department of Health.  

All essential employees identified via SUNY Ulster’s Essential Personnel Policy 4.14, will be notified by their supervisor of their status.

During this time period, employees will work remotely, as directed by their supervisor, while continuing to perform their normal duties to the extent practicable. Remote work plans and continuity of operations will be shared from your supervisor. Supervisors will work with employees as much as possible to allow flexible/alternate work schedules for employees who are caring for family members in their home, including children who may not be in school.  Plans will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

Student services operations will be conducted remotely with limited on site transactions for Enrollment/Admissions, Disabilities Services, Tutoring through social distancing parameters on the Stone Ridge Campus and at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster.

Contact your supervisor with any questions.

 

Travel/Conferences

All SUNY Ulster sponsored travel and conferences requiring official SUNY Ulster business, is suspended until further notice.

SUNY Ulster Faculty & Staff Portal Resources

Please access the SUNY Ulster Portal/Employee Resources/Working Remotely Channel for a collection of information and resources that can be of help in working and teaching remotely. This is a dynamic collection, which will be updated as information and tools become available.

Thank you to OIT and Jonathan Rhea for their work in gathering and making these resources accessible for our community.

Athletics

SUNY Ulster Athletics has been suspended, as the NJCAA announced that seasons are over.  Student-athletes are being contacted by coaches.

 

Internet Access

Internet services providers are offering free access to broadband and wi-fi to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription for a limited time. 

Charter Communications (Spectrum): To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. 

Altice USA: For Optimum or Suddenlink users information can be found here.  

 

School District Closures 

  • Prioritize Childcare for Health Care Workers and Medical Providers:  The County is evaluating how to provide and prioritize available childcare for health care workers and medical providers.  


Children’s Center Update

While we await guidance from the Office of Children and Family Services regarding the operations of our Children’s Center, we are offering refunds to parents who would like to keep their children home during this school district closure.  This will reduce the density of the Children’s Center and allow us to keep the center open for those who continue to need it while working together to implement social distancing practices. 

 

Municipal Information 

The Governor has announced that all local governments are required to reduce staffing levels.  These plans will likely impact the provision of services at the County, Town and Village level.  

 

Town of Marbletown and Rosendale: The Town of Marbletown and Rosendale Municipal Center Offices will be closed to public access as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.  Residents can do business via phone and email. Contact information for Marbletown departments is 845-687-7500 or https://www.marbletown.net/

 

Ulster County: Ulster County has taken steps to limit face to face interaction in County Offices.  Please review this information at https://ulstercountyny.gov/ coronavirus and plan ahead for any necessary County Office visits.  

 

Ulster Area Transit is operating on a modified schedule.  Due to a driver shortage, UCAT will be modifying their bus routes, as outlined below. 

 


 

I am appreciative of the collective efforts of our faculty and staff during this challenging time, and am grateful for all you are doing to continue service and support to SUNY Ulster students.  

 

Dr. Alan P. Roberts


 

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March 13, 2020

 

On March 13, an announcement was made to close all Ulster County school districts for 14 days, and we understand that you may have questions and concerns.

We are in close contact with our partners and key stakeholders on this fluid situation, and County Executive Ryan is in full support of SUNY Ulster's plan as outlined by our faculty and staff leaders to date.

Thank you for your hard work, leadership, and contributions made together to collaboratively address this pandemic and its implications to our community, most importantly for your dedication to our students who are eager to continue their education.

We are appreciative of your understanding as we take measures to keep our SUNY Ulster community healthy and safe during this public health crisis and remain committed to our students and our community.

 

Dr. Alan P. Roberts

President

 

 

For Students 

COVID-19 Update - March 13, 2020  - STUDENTS 7:46 p.m.

Dear Student:

In light of the declaration of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan declaring a State of Emergency, SUNY Ulster has taken a number of steps to ensure you are able to continue your education with as little disruption as possible.  Here are SUNY Ulster's next steps. We will keep you informed with any additional updates as soon as possible. 

The best source of information is your instructor. You will be receiving instructions from your instructors over the next several days regarding how your class will proceed for the remainder of the semester. 

The following guidelines, which are consistent with the Governor’s and Ulster County Executive’s State of Emergency declaration, SUNY guidance, Ulster County Health authorities, and guidance on Social Distancing. Social Distancingmeans maintaining at least six (6) feet of space between persons and also minimizing the number of persons on campus:

1 – The Spring Break will be extended through March 22, with instruction resuming on Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • If you are currently enrolled in an online class, you will receive instructions from your instructor. Do not assume your class has stopped or that it will not resume before March 23. Stay engaged. Follow the syllabus or course outline for the course.

  • Express and seven-week classes will begin on March 23.

2- The Stone Ridge Campus and Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU) location remain open and functioning,  observing social distancing guidelines.

  • Campus offices such as Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar, TRIO, Library, Enrollment and Success Center, Public Safety, Disabilities Services, and CAPS (tutoring)  will remain open, but with limited staffing as most employees will be working from home. We will conduct as much business by phone and email as possible.

3 – When instruction resumes, all classes with a lecture component will be delivered remotely.

  • This means that your instructor might use email, Blackboard, Google tools or a combination to conduct class and communicate with you. Your instructor might also choose to conduct class synchronously, meaning everyone in your class is attending remotely at the same time. For this, we will use a very easy-to-use tool called Google Meet. You can download the app and use Meet on your cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. 

  •  If examinations or certain exercises cannot be administered remotely, you might be required to come to campus to take the test(s). Social Distancing requirements will apply in those cases.

4 – Labs, clinicals, art studios, music studios, and Police Basic Training, will continue to meet while observing Social Distancing guidelines.  Education field placements and internships will continue at the discretion of the host. If you are enrolled in an internship, you will receive instructions from your instructor.

●        In courses containing both lecture and laboratory elements, the lecture component is to be delivered remotely.

●        Because Social Distancing requires a distance of 6 feet between persons, some labs and studios might have to be divided into smaller groups. This means the day or time of your lab or studio might change. You will receive instructions from your instructor regarding when to attend.

5 – Students will have access to computer facilities on the Stone Ridge Campus and at the KCSU.

  •  If you need access to a computer to conduct classwork, do homework or conduct research,  you will have access to computer facilities on the Stone Ridge Campus and at the KCSU.

  • Computer access on the Stone Ridge Campus will be in the Library and in Hasbrouck 219 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Computers are available at KCSU from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.  Social distancing measures will be followed in these locations.

6 – Specific questions should be directed to your instructor,  who will raise them with the department chairperson and, if necessary, the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

7 - Access to the Pantry at SUNY Ulster will continue via the electronic form and information will be located on the College’s website.

8 - All non-instructional student activities, including clubs and performances, are canceled until further notice. 

9 - Student-athletes in currently running sports (baseball, track & field, golf) will continue to practice following Social Distancing rules, but all competition is canceled through April 3, 2020, as announced by the NJCAA. Instructions will be sent by coaches and/or Athletic Director Matt Brennie. 

10 - Please review the following resource and letter from SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson.

11 - At this time, SUNY Ulster does not have any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the SUNY Ulster College community. 

 

However, in the event that SUNY Ulster is notified of a positive COVID-19 test, a RAVE Alert will be issued immediately upon notification from the Department of Health or other County or State officials.  Updated information will be provided through additional RAVE Alerts and posted on the website. If you have not signed up for RAVE, please go to the Portal (Student Resources Tab/Banner Self Service Channel/Personal Information/SUNY Ulster Alert (RAVE) to sign up.

 

Any concerns and questions can be addressed to zellj@sunyulster.edu.

Thank you for your understanding as we take measures to keep our SUNY Ulster community healthy and safe during this public health crisis.  We remain committed to your education and to keeping you informed daily, as we work with our partners and key stakeholders on this fluid situation.

Dr. Alan Roberts

SUNY Ulster, President 

 

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March 12, 2020:

SUNY Ulster’s Stone Ridge Campus (SRC) and Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster (KCSU) remain open for continuity of operations, observing social distancing measures at this time.

SUNY Ulster Spring Break is extended through March 22 for the SRC and the KCSU.  This is an effort to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the virus while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester.  

As of March 23, SUNY Ulster classes will resume, using in most cases varying levels of remote instruction, which will include online student engagement, virtual connectivity, email, and BlackBoard, the College’s Learning Management System.  

Specific communications will be sent separately regarding laboratory schedules, clinicals, internships, education field placements, Police Basic Training, and art and music studios.  

All SUNY Ulster Campus Life Engagement Events and Student Life Club Activities are suspended until further notice.

All SUNY Ulster Special Events and Facilities Use Rentals at the College’s Stone Ridge Campus and KCSU are suspended until further notice.

We value everyone’s contributions and efforts to date in working together collaboratively as we address this pandemic and will continue to keep our community informed daily, as we work with our partners and key stakeholders on this fluid situation.

Any concerns and questions can be addressed to zellj@sunyulster.edu.


 

March 11, 2020:

SUNY Ulster is reviewing Governor Cuomo's announcement and SUNYs guidance and will be in touch as soon as possible with next steps for students and our community as it relates to SUNY Ulster’s plan for the continued academic continuity of operations for the Spring 2020 semester. 

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