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Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

On Friday, September 25, 2020, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced a new set of SUNY-wide standards for those who do not comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.

In addition to Purchase College policy and the Student Code of Conduct, this policy is designed to help protect the public health of our entire campus community and ensure we can remain open during the pandemic.

Students who are found to be in non-compliance and/or responsible for violations may now face immediate college and/or housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal (e.g. expulsion), and student organizations in non-compliance face a permanent campus ban.

To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, the Office of Community Standards’ sanctioning criteria has been in compliance with the guidelines set forth in this policy prior to today. The policy sets a range of allowable sanctions for the infractions listed below.

Allowable sanctions include a suspension from college and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), college and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.

All sanctions established in this policy serve as the minimum. The college has discretion to enact higher sanctions where merited.

  • Intentional Violations of COVID-Positive Students: For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students.

  • Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who fail to self-isolate (because they are COVID-19 positive) as directed by their SUNY campus or the State or local Department of Health.

  • Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the institution or the State or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine (potentially positive because of a close contact with someone who is positive) period, on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order.

  • Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on-campus or off-campus gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.

  • Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees): For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.

  • Violations of Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health.

  • Contact Tracing: For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

  • Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols: For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the campus’s published protocol, or for students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days, the college shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, including interim suspension, or administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy.

Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations Policy. This policy will go into effect at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 1, 2020 and will end upon order of the Chancellor. In addition to the new SUNY policy, please continue to follow the Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy.