While we typically house about 2,800 students on campus, fewer than 1,000 students will reside on campus due to their inability to commute to campus for classes identified as requiring in-person instruction (i.e. international students, students outside a reasonable commuting radius, etc.) or have special circumstances.
The 26% residential density will ensure no more than two students to a shared bathroom.
Students are required to wear face coverings at all times (per the college’s Modified Code of Conduct) while on campus and when outside of their rooms.
Wearing a face mask is not required in assigned residence hall bedrooms.
Every student will receive two washable cloth face coverings. Face coverings are required in face to face courses, except when circumstances make it impractical, such as playing a brass or wind instrument.
Rules for Residential Students
In order to prevent virus spread, students will not be allowed guest visitation.
Social gatherings will be limited in attendee numbers and must only take place out of doors. Face coverings will be required at all times.
Failure to comply with the rules in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus may result in disciplinary action and revocation of campus housing. The new rules and regulations regarding campus housing are being implemented for the safety of the college as a whole, so there are no exceptions or appeals. All students must sign an agreement to these new rules prior to moving to campus.
Students selected to reside on campus will receive an email with a survey link where students can indicate preferences of suite mate/apartment mate. These requests, although not guaranteed, will be considered when assigning housing.
All students will have their own bedroom and no more than two students will share a bathroom.
For those residing in an apartment or suite, there may be a student assigned to another bedroom within the space, but there will be only one student per bedroom and no more than two students sharing a bathroom.
In response to feedback received from students and their families, we are undertaking a complete revision to the original dining plan, which required all students living on campus to purchase a meal plan.
Students living in apartments (Alumni Village, the Olde, and the Commons) will not be required to purchase a meal plan. As in previous years, students in residential halls (Outback, Wayback, and Fort Awesome) will be required to purchase a meal plan, as those rooms are not equipped with kitchens.
This may affect the services offered. However, students have made their priorities clear and we have heard them.
Please be patient as the meal plan is redesigned for the fall including meal plan levels, options, and costs. The new plan will be shared as soon as possible.
Menus may be more limited than usual, however, dietary restrictions will be addressed. Students will need to register with the accommodations office.
The Loop bus service will not run during the fall term.
Students with cars must purchase parking permits. Purchase a permit online through myHeliotrope or in person at the Parking /More Card office.
Roughly 60 rooms have been identified as quarantine rooms should cases of COVID-19 be confirmed. Traveling with COVID-19 is not advised, so we plan to have residential students quarantine on campus.
Students living on campus who show symptoms and are waiting for test results and those confirmed to be infected will be isolated in rooms set aside for quarantine on campus.
Students isolated for quarantine will receive food delivery in disposable containers, which are placed in trash bags after use and placed outside the room. Medicine will be delivered and psychosocial and academic supports can be accessed remotely.
If quarantine space on campus becomes unavailable, more space will be provided by Westchester County. Critical cases will be sent to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
Per SUNY system recommendations, students who test positive and are able to travel home, and feel safe, will return home.
Non-residential students will be required to quarantine at home.
Living on Campus
The Move-In date is tentatively set for August 29.
Guests are not allowed after move-in day, but families will be able to help students move in.
There are no travel restrictions for students in residence, but everyone must be conscious of safety as they travel.
Every student will have their own bedroom, but some apartments and suites will have more than one person living there. The goal is to make sure that every student has their own bedroom and there are no more than two students sharing a bathroom.
No, students will not be allowed to visit each others’ rooms.
Unless students are enrolled in courses that require in person instruction, they will not be able to live on campus.
The goal is to keep as many people in their original assignments as possible, but there are no guarantees.
Information is being sent to the students originally hired as RAs. The position will have many of the same responsibilities, but will now also involve online programming.
The college will be in touch with each student. Room rates overall have not increased from last year. Students will be charged by where they are placed and that rate will be prorated down based on the number of dates they stay in the dorm.
Campus housing is not available on a part-time basis. If approved to live on campus, students must choose to accept or deny the assignment.
Yes, residents must move out completely.
Students must move out by 5pm on Tuesday, November 24. Students can work with OCE to address any extenuating circumstances.
This is not yet determined.
Should the campus need to return to remote learning earlier than planned, the unused portion of housing, meal plans, and other fees will be prorated and refunded. Tuition will not be prorated as students receive the same credits regardless of course delivery.
New York State Mandatory Quarantine
Students may quarantine beginning 8/14/2020 for 14 days at a private location in New York State or in any state not on the travel advisory list. However, it is strongly recommended to quarantine in New York State as the travel advisory designated state list may change daily
The College will contact those students required to quarantine on campus for 14 days prior to the start of the semester. Only students from states on the list are required to quarantine.
No sign up is necessary. The College will contact those students who need to quarantine, based on whether they are from a state on New York’s Travel Advisory list.
No, you would quarantine where you are living.
The goal is to quarantine in the space students will live, but the college will send more information to these students.
If required to quarantine, students will pay the regular room rate without the proration.
Students may quarantine beginning August 14, 2020 for 14 days at a private location in New York State or in any state not on the travel advisory list. However, it is strongly recommended to quarantine in New York State as the travel advisory designated state list may change daily
Due to the inconclusive nature of antibody testing at this time and the uncertainty of reactivation and reinfection of disease, all students coming from an area designated by New York State and/or the United States government as having a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19 will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival on campus
Health and Safety
Yes, students are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms inside of their residential spaces. The college will provide starter kits with disinfectant and a washable rag.
Students living on campus will receive a starter PPE kit that includes disinfectant, a washable rag, and hand sanitizer. After this initial supply, students are responsible for attaining their own PPE. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in the academic and other buildings on campus as well.
No. Students must bring their own thermometers.
Health Services is open Monday–Friday from 8:30am–5:00pm. Fonemed, a nurse advice line, is available after hours. There will be no extended hours for Health Services.
Requirements for testing of students prior to arrival on campus are only for students with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or with recent known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
Students in quarantine/isolation will be required to self-assess (temperature and symptom check) twice daily and report any untoward findings to Health Services.
Health care providers at Health Services will evaluate the severity of a student’s condition and refer for hospitalization as appropriate. Health Services remains committed to providing services for all students with medical needs.
Our current health service resources for addressing COVID-19 on campus are focused on testing of symptomatic students and those with exposure and monitoring, evaluation and treatment of students in quarantine/isolation for COVID-19 . The college has developed a comprehensive reopening plan, which includes specific measures of mitigation and containment necessary to ensure the health and safety of the college community.