Fall 2021 Plan
March 29, 2021 Update to Students and Parents
Updated: April 7, 2021
We’re pleased to let you know that we are cautiously optimistic about the fall. It is our goal to bring back more students to campus for in-person activities and classes and to house more students in the residence halls than we have been able to welcome over the past year.
We wanted to update you about our planning process for the fall. As you know, we have always prioritized safety and will continue to do so, for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community around us.
We are currently planning for two scenarios, keeping in mind that all plans must adhere to guidelines from the CDC and the State.
One scenario has us offering mostly face-to-face classes, along with some remote and hybrid classes if the rates of vaccinations rise throughout the summer and the number of cases fall. More housing would be available also.
Our current scenario is a more gradual approach, but will still increase in-person activities and residents significantly. In the second scenario, we would increase face-to-face classes by about 60% over our current spring offerings. Approximately 1,500-1,700 students would have at least one in-person course. These courses would include programs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts. We would also open up 1,250 rooms in the residential areas, which is an increase of 300 students.
This second scenario frames the fall as a transition back to a full campus. This plan gives us the flexibility to continually add more opportunities for in-person learning and on-campus experiences for both residential students and commuters.
At this point, we encourage you to complete your housing deposit and application to affirm your intent to live on campus, which will help us plan ahead for the fall.
In the coming weeks, we will be continuing to develop our fall plan based on new guidance and direction from SUNY, the State, and the CDC. As the plan evolves, we will post updates on our Covid website.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these challenges together.