The health and safety of our entire campus community is the first and most important consideration as we formulate and enact these plans.
Delivering on the Purchase Promise
Our second priority is to ensure the college is able to continue to deliver the instruction, programming, and services necessary for new and returning students to graduate on time and within the eight-semester plans.
Summary of Plans
Fall semester instruction will be conducted based on guidelines set forth by the Governor’s office and SUNY.
All students will take classes remotely. However, faculty compiled a list of classes requiring in-person instruction for students to stay on track and graduate on time. A quarter of students are enrolled in classes that will use in-person instruction. All in-person classes will be supplemented by remote learning.
Just under 1,000 students will live on campus, including those unable to commute to in-person classes (i.e. international students, students outside a reasonable commuting radius, no transportation, etc.) and those with special circumstances. Letters will be sent via email alerting students enrolled in courses with face to face learning.
All in-person instruction will conclude by Thanksgiving. The semester will be finished remotely for all students.
To operate within the mandates and guidelines issued by the state and the CDC, we must reduce our population density on campus and implement rules for face coverings, social distancing, self-reporting of symptoms, and other behavioral changes to reduce risk.
The only way we can achieve the lowest risk environment is to manage thoughtfully the number of students allowed back on campus for in-person classes. We understand distance learning comes with challenges, but please know we will not risk the health and safety of our community members.
Community Means Everyone
Students make up the biggest proportion of the Purchase community, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Beyond the many faculty members who teach our students, hundreds of people work together to be sure the gears of Purchase College turn smoothly, from dining hall workers to janitorial staff, from student services professionals to groundskeepers, from health and wellness to library staff and everyone in between.
Reducing the density on campus reduces the necessity of people being put in harm’s way from doing nothing more than taking classes or going to work. It’s the college’s duty to protect all of our community members from possible exposure through contact on campus. And it’s the responsibility of our community members to protect each other.
Needless to say everyone wants to be together. And we will be again. But for now, we need to honor our sense of community—and pursue the safest course of action for all members.
Our Westchester County location is a major consideration factor in our plans to reopen.
The population density of the county is much greater than those throughout the state. And many of our students, faculty, and employees commute from New York City. A percentage of those rely on mass transit.
This movement of our population in higher risk areas dramatically increases the likelihood of the spread of coronavirus.
Westchester County is included in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. Visit the New York State dashboard for more information.
Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Students: July 9, 2020
Questions submitted in advance and within the chat during the Town Hall are in the process of being answered within the content of this site and on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Using a combination of email, texts, website, and signage, the college will communicate effectively and efficiently to ensure the safety of the campus community.
Communications will be sent if a member of the community has been tested for coronavirus and received a positive diagnosis, if they have been on campus within the incubation period of 14 days. Alerts will be placed on a banner on the website, dedicated web pages, social media posts, emails to various stakeholder groups, and text messages, in addition to outreach to local press.
Campus communications are bound by both HIPPA and FERPA regulations, laws that protect individual’s privacy.
As demonstrated last spring as the coronavirus unfolded, the college will communicate as often as necessary to keep the entire community safe and informed.
Return to Remote Operations
Due to the nature of the virus and the chance for outbreak, all plans are fluid and subject to change. Plans for the contingency of returning to fully remote learning are in place should they be needed.