Fall 2021 Plan
Message to Students and Parents
Updated June 2, 2021
We’re very pleased to update you about our progress in planning for the fall.
At this point, a majority of students have been vaccinated. We’re so proud of how many students have taken this important step to protect themselves, each other, and the community at large.
Coupled with data from the region and up-to-date guidance from the CDC, SUNY, and the State, things are looking very positive for the fall.
Based on the Governor’s announcement about mandating vaccines for all in-person students once FDA approval is received, we’re now able to announce the information below.
Please keep in mind that we’re still waiting for additional guidance and clarification regarding other areas. Once we know more, we’ll provide another update. We anticipate this information soon.
In the meantime, if you have not yet received your vaccination, we highly encourage you to do so, whether you are a student, faculty, or staff member. Visit our website for information about how to get a vaccine.
At this time, directors and faculty members are rapidly converting as many courses to in-person delivery as possible given changing data on vaccination rates. Please be on the lookout for new course information.
Faculty will be on campus and available to meet with students, whether their classes are in person, hybrid, or remote delivery.
We’re also working on more out of classroom activities for students that connect with the curriculum. Faculty will be encouraged to offer additional educational experiences outside of the classroom, whether that’s a Purchase in the City bus trip, or other activity on or off campus.
Clubs, Events, and Leadership Opportunities
We’ll be hosting more events, activities, and student life programming in the Stood and elsewhere on campus. Clubs, services, and the PSGA are welcome to host face to face events as well as long as they follow health and safety guidelines. There will be more opportunities for peer- to-peer mentorship as well.
We’re pleased to be able to accommodate all who want to live on campus. To that end, we encourage students to fill out their roommate requests as soon as possible. Thanks to vaccinations, rooms and apartment style residents will be at full capacity, allowing for students to have roommates in any space that was designed for multiple people. We will utilize all available spaces other than those set aside for quarantine.
Students, if you have not already done so, upload your COVID vaccination information to our website.
For more information on housing, visit the Housing Selection page.
As long as the positivity rate stays down, we’re hoping to allow students to have a limited number of visitors in their residential spaces and elsewhere on campus.
In addition to our regular in-person orientations for first-year students and transfer students in July, we’re looking into a special orientation for sophomores.
There will be more robust dining options in terms of hours, locations, and the ability to dine together. Details are still being finalized.
The Loop shuttle will operate fully as in previous years, making all stops in Port Chester and White Plains.
The Library will be open but may limit hours and capacity.
All campus offices will be open and staffed. Appointments may be needed, but we’re here to serve and support our students.
We have had a very safe and successful spring athletic season. We are planning for the fall and working with the NCAA and Skyline conference to have a robust fall season. We are planning on having men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball assuming we can safely do so and the number of COVID cases in our area or remains low. As vaccine rates keep going up and positivity rates going down, we expect to be able to welcome a limited number of spectators at games in the fall.
We will continue to offer both in-person and remote programs to offer opportunities for students who are on campus and those who may be remote in the fall.
The fitness Center will be open seven days a week as well as the basketball court areas when PE classes are not being offered. We have limited the number of people that can be in the fitness center at a time and every 45 minutes we will close the room down so we can sanitize the equipment to ensure all of our students are safe.
We can’t wait to see the campus bustling with students, faculty, staff, and other community members.
We look forward to updating you about other positive developments as they unfold.
In the meantime, please help us make all this possible by getting vaccinated if you are able. If you are a student who was vaccinated in New York City or outside of New York State, please update your medical records with Health Services. We have records for all students who were vaccinated in New York State.
Employees will receive further instruction on how to share their vaccination status with HR.