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Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protocol Regarding COVID-19

March 27, 2020

I am sending this on behalf of Health Services and the Emergency Response team.

Please note that after today we will no longer announce positive cases of COVID-19 if the individuals have not been on campus within the incubation period, which experts believe is 14 days. We are making this change as many of our faculty, staff, and students are now off campus and have been for a few weeks.

We will continue to inform the community of any positive cases of COVID-19 that may have exposed the community.

That said, today we learned that another employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This person has not been on campus during the incubation period. No further action needs to be taken at this time.

Best regards,

Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 13, 2020

Reporting and Identification of Exposure and Symptoms

As we continue to monitor information about the COVID-19 virus in our area, we wanted to update the community about how to identify symptoms, what to do should you believe you have been exposed to the virus, and what steps the college will take if there is a confirmed case on campus.

How Do I Identify Symptoms?

If you are sick with symptoms of fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, students should call Health Services at (914) 251-7925 for advice and a possible appointment.

What To Do

If you suspect you have been exposed to someone who has symptoms or you were exposed to someone who has been confirmed to have the coronavirus, please call Health Services at (914) 251-7925 for advice.

College Updates and Reporting

The college will communicate to the campus community if a member of the community has been tested and received confirmation of a positive diagnosis of the coronavirus. Purchase College administration will follow the instructions and guidance from the Department of Health on next steps for the community.


  Confirmed Cases

March 27, 2020

Dear Community Members,

I am sending this on behalf of Health Services and the Emergency Response team.

Please note that two more members of our community have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

An employee who tested positive has not been on campus during the 14-day incubation period.

The second person, who was a residential student, was on campus in recent days, but is now living off-campus.

As per Department of Health protocols, we will disinfect all affected areas and reach out to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus for screening.

We ask all students who are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to reach out to Health Services or their primary care provider right away to report their symptoms and seek advice. Faculty and staff should follow the guidelines sent by Human Resources.

In the meantime, we will continue our protocols and ask the community to do the same including disinfecting frequently trafficked areas and engaging in recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 25, 2020

Please note that a fourth member of our community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The person was a non-residential student. The student has been on campus in recent days.

As per Department of Health protocols, we will disinfect all affected areas and reach out to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus for screening as soon as possible.

We ask all students who are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to reach out to Health Services or their primary care provider right away to report their symptoms and seek advice. Faculty and staff should follow the guidelines sent by Human Resources.

In the meantime, we will continue our protocols and ask the community to do the same including disinfecting frequently trafficked areas and engaging in recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 24, 2020

Please note that a third member of our community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The person was a non-residential student. The student has not been on campus in several days.

Since this exposure has exceeded the 14 day incubation period, the Board of Health says it is not necessary to reach out to known contacts. However, Health Services will send an email to anyone who was in contact with the student as a precaution.

We ask all students who are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to reach out to Health Services or their primary care provider right away to report their symptoms and seek advice. Faculty and staff should follow the guidelines sent by Human Resources.

In the meantime, we will continue our protocols and ask the community to do the same including disinfecting frequently trafficked areas and engaging in recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 20, 2020

Please note that a second member of our community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The person was a non-residential, part time, non-degree student. The student has not been on campus since March 2. Since this is past the incubation period, the Board of Health says it is not necessary to reach out to known contacts.

Please note that we can’t say more about individuals who tested positive out of a concern for privacy. In terms of yesterday’s positive case, as several people have asked, we can confirm that yesterday’s individual resided in an apartment style residence. All of their close contacts have been informed and advised.

We will be working closely with the Board of Health. In addition to disinfecting all affected areas, we will reach out to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus for screening. The Board of Health will determine who will be tested.

Many people asked if it was safe for parents to come on campus and help their students move. Please know that all affected areas have been disinfected.

We ask all students who are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to reach out to Health Services right away to report their symptoms and seek advice. Faculty and staff should follow the guidelines sent by Human Resources.

In the meantime, we will continue our protocols and ask the community to do the same including disinfecting frequently trafficked areas and engaging in recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 19, 2020

A member of our community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This person, who is a residential student, has been quarantined off campus at home. They were last on campus on Tuesday, March 17 to pick up items from their room.

We will be working closely with the Board of Health. In addition to disinfecting all affected areas, we will reach out to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus for screening. The Board of Health will determine who will be tested.

We ask all students who are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to reach out to Health Services right away to report their symptoms and seek advice. Faculty and staff should first call their health care provider and then report to Health Services.

In the meantime, we will continue our protocols and ask the community to do the same including disinfecting frequently trafficked areas and engaging in recommended hygiene and social distancing practices.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management


  Updates

For Everyone

For Students and Parents

For Faculty and Staff

  For Everyone

March 27, 2020: Update Regarding 2020-2021 Fees

Dear Purchase College Community,

As we end the week and prepare for the rescheduled spring break, I wanted to share some positive news with you.

Due to the current situation, we have decided that one way we can help our Purchase College families is to keep room rates, broad based fees, and course fees flat for the 2020-2021 academic year.

We know this is a challenging time for our community and will continue to look for new ways to support our students and their families.

We look forward to being in touch after spring break.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

–Donna Frithsen
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Interim Executive Director of the Purchase College Foundation and Charitable Entities

–Judith J. Nolan
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Operations

–Barry Pearson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 24, 2020: Space Utilization – Blue Tape – Clean Room

With the campus population and building utilization drastically reduced, Facilities Management will be operating on a rotating schedule that will reduce the amount of workers on campus by half on any given day. In order to operate on this reduced work force, it is extremely important to be able to track space utilization across campus. The goal is to disinfect, clean, and lock up as many areas on campus with the intent of not having to revisit that space until the population starts to grow again. To be successful, we will need the help and cooperation of everyone remaining on campus.

  • Once we disinfect, clean and remove trash and recycling from a space, we will place a piece of blue tape over the lock of the door.
  • You can help. If you open a door that has a strip of tape on it, discard the tape. This will signify that the room has been in use and therefore needs to be cleaned.
  • However, as the majority of employees work remotely, the number of rooms not in use increases. A clean, unused room — one that has a taped doorknob — need not be cleaned.
  • This a simple measure, but an important one. A doorknob with tape on it opens into a clean room. A doorknob without tape opens into a room that needs to be cleaned.
March 20, 2020: Interlibrary Loan during Library Closure

Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Interlibrary Loan requests for physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, microfilms, etc.) will be suspended until further notice. You are able to request Digital Articles and Digital Book Chapters through your Discovery Search/My Library account and your ILLiad account.

Please understand that delivery time may be longer than expected to due to closures and minimal staffing at lending libraries.

Book Chapters

If you require only a chapter or a few pages from a book, please place a request through your ILLiad account. Please be sure to fill out as much information in the request form as you can to ensure we request the correct item for you.

Articles

If you need an article that is not available in our databases, please place a request using the “Find it @ Purchase” button and then select “Place Interlibrary Loan Request.”

Please check the citation information in the form and make sure it is correct.

Due Dates for Check-out Interlibrary Loans

We will be requesting new due dates from the lending libraries for all ILLs that are currently checked out.

Items Currently on Hold Shelf

If you have requested an Interlibrary Loan that you have not picked up and no longer need, please email the Interlibrary Loan Department at lib.ill@purchase.edu, and we will send items back to the lending libraries.

Returns

  • Return all ILLs to the book drop in the Library’s entry (books as well as DVDs, CDs, etc). The book drop is accessible 24/7, even if the Library is closed.
  • Both SUNY and non-SUNY items may be returned to any SUNY Library throughout New York State.
  • To return items by mail, please use the following address:
    Purchase College Library
    Attention: Interlibrary Loan Department
    735 Anderson Hill Road
    Purchase, NY 10577

Questions

Please check our Interlibrary Loan guide for updated information.

Purchase College librarians are still available to assist you through our Ask a Librarian virtual reference services.

March 20, 2020: Available PCA Services

Below please find details about campus services that will be offered as of Monday, March 23.

Dining

We will provide service from the Main Dining Hall (MDH) from 9:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week. It will be grab and go. No one will be able to eat at the MDH.

All students who have been approved to stay on campus will be given a meal plan that has unlimited access to the MDH. All other meal plans will be deactivated Sunday night. Faculty and staff will be charged a $6 fee.

Loop Bus

The Loop will be stop service at midnight on Sunday, March 22.

More Store

The More Store will be open 11:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Sunday, as well as 7:00 – 10:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. To limit possible exposure, only one customer will be allowed in the store at a time.

Bookstore

The Bookstore will be closed until further notice.

Parking/Card Office

The Parking/Card Office will be closed, but staff will be checking voicemail and email regularly. If you need a replacement ID card, call or email the office. We will generate a new card and it leave it for you at the Main Dining Hall.

–Patrick Savolskis, Executive Director
Purchase College Association

March 19, 2020: Access to Adobe Software, Technology Support, More…

Adobe Software

As a result of the transition to remote delivery of classes for the remainder of the semester, student access to labs and classrooms with Adobe Creative Cloud may not be possible for students who have returned to their homes. In response to this nationwide need, Adobe has provided temporary at-home access through May 31, 2020 for higher education students and faculty so that they can continue to have access to Adobe Creative Cloud tools they may need.

Please see our Adobe Access page for instructions on how to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

Many faculty who already have full access to Adobe CC prior to this offer can continue using it as normal and are not impacted.

If you do choose to participate in this free trial from Adobe, you only need to install the components you want to use - you do not have to install the entire CC suite. Keep in mind that even individual components can be quite large, occupy substantial disk space, and may take some time to download. If you have a robust computer with plenty of disk space and a fast Internet connection, you’re probably ok. However, on an older, slower laptop without much disk space, you may want to Google “Open Source Alternatives to Adobe CC” - as there are many other options.

If you see a prompt to try or buy Adobe products, you can safely ignore it - no purchases are necessary. Users who already have a personal subscription to Adobe CC can continue to use their personal subscription.

All Purchase College users have been granted access to Adobe Spark for Education, which provides 2GB of cloud storage for Adobe CC files or assets.

Please submit a CTS Work Order if you need additional assistance.

Other Software and Internet Access

Adobe isn’t the only vendor responding to COVID-19 with free trial versions for education, many vendors are doing that.

To obtain Autodesk software, please see Autodesk Education.

SUNY has negotiated temporary at-home access to SPSS licenses. Please submit a CTS Work Order if you want a temporary SPSS License.

Local Internet providers (Altice/Cablevison for the NY Metro area) are also offering free broadband service for new residential connections for 60 days.

Zoom

Faculty and staff who would like a full Zoom license should submit a CTS Work Order with that subject line. We have already distributed hundreds of licenses.

Students who would like thier own Zoom license can visit Zoom.com and sign up for a “free” license (some features restricted - i.e. no dial-in number for voice-only participants.)

For any questions you may have about using Zoom, please see our Zoom page.

CTS support staff are using Zoom to provide remote support for faculty and staff who are working from alternate locations.

Helpdesk Support Services

With the sudden shift to remote delivery, CTS is also adjusting services to ensure that we continue to support classes and administrative operations.

To that end, CTS has set up a Live Support Zoom Room where you can “virtually drop in” and speak to our support staff from 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday-Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am-4:45pm.

As always, you can submit a CTS Work Order or email support at helpdesk@purchase.edu.

March 19, 2020: Library to Close March 23 Due to COVID-19

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Purchase College Library will be closed as of Monday, March 23. We will notify the campus when we reopen.

Due Dates

All Purchase College Library items that have been checked out and did not have a status of Lost or Overdue on March 9, 2020 will have a new due date of September 30, 2020. This new due date is automatic; you do not need to renew your items for your due date to be extended.

Purchase College Library Fines

  • All overdue fines that have accrued after March 9, 2020 will be waived.
  • All fines that were added for Overdue or Lost items before March 9, 2020 will not be waived.

Interlibrary Loan

  • ILL staff will request new due dates for all currently checked out Interlibrary Loan items.
  • If you have an Interlibrary Loan and have not yet received a new due date, please log in to My Library Account via Discovery and request a renewal
  • If you are unable to request a renewal in your account, please email lib.ill@purchase.edu
  • Please note: Purchase College Library does not set due dates for Interlibrary Loans; they are set by the lending library.
  • All Interlibrary Loan fines will be waived.

How to Return Purchase College Library Items and Interlibrary Loans

  • Return all items to the book drop in the Library’s entry (books as well as DVDs, CDs, etc). The book drop is accessible 24/7, even if the Library is closed.
  • Both SUNY and non-SUNY items may be returned to any SUNY Library throughout New York State.
  • To return items by mail, please use one of the following addresses, depending on the circumstance:
    Purchase College Library
    Attention: Circulation
    735 Anderson Hill Road
    Purchase, NY 10577
    or
    Purchase College Library
    Attention: Interlibrary Loan Department
    735 Anderson Hill Road
    Purchase, NY 10577
  • If you are unable to return your items to Purchase College, SUNY campus, or via mail, please contact us for other options for returns.
  • For questions regarding Purchase College items, please email: lib.circ@purchase.edu
  • For question regarding Interlibrary Loans, please email: lib.ill@purchase.edu

Ask a Librarian: Virtual Reference Help

Although the Library building is closed, Purchase College librarians are still available to assist you through our Ask a Librarian virtual reference services.

  • Chat 24/7: You can IM a librarian in real time, any time! Local Purchase College librarians will staff the chat service Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Chat is also monitored 24/7 by back-up librarians from a nationwide cooperative. Day or night, someone is there to answer your question!
  • Text a Librarian at (914) 873-1711. The text service will be monitored by local librarians, Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Email us at ask@purchase.libanswers.com. Local librarians will respond as soon as possible (within 24 hours or the following business day).

Other Available Computing Spaces

Please use remaining open spaces on campus for computer access and printing including:

  • HUM2033: PC lab (22 seats)
  • HUM2034: Mac lab 23 iMacs
  • HUM1054: Mac lab (28 iMacs)

These spaces automatically open/close as follows:

  • Monday: 8:00am - 10:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 10:30pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30am - 10:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 10:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
March 17, 2020: Update from Interim President Dennis Craig

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff

As the situation has evolved over the past few days, all across the country we’re being asked to take more drastic measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

While we had originally hoped to keep a small number of in-person classes in place until March 27, doing so is no longer possible. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our immediate community, such a possibility is imminent given the spread of the virus.

Therefore, the few in-person courses that remain will end as of the close of business on Friday, March 20. All classes will be online only as of Monday, March 23.

In order to lessen the density on campus, we will only keep the residence halls open for:

  • international students,
  • students without anywhere else to go,
  • students without access to the technology needed to complete their courses online
  • students who may have other personal issues that warrant the need to stay on campus

If you believe you need to stay on campus for one of these reasons, please complete the Spring Housing Request form as soon as possible but no later than 9:00am on Thursday, March 19. Students will be notified of approval or denial of their request no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, March 19.

Otherwise, we will expect students to move out by 9:00pm on Sunday, March 22. Directions on move-out protocol will be sent out by OCE later today.

If a student has already moved all belongings from their room but did not officially check out and return keys, please email ceg@purchase.edu in order to officially complete your check out process and avoid charges.

Thank you for your understanding as we work together during this unprecedented time.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 17, 2020: Update from Interim President Dennis Craig

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff

As the situation has evolved over the past few days, all across the country we’re being asked to take more drastic measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

While we had originally hoped to keep a small number of in-person classes in place until March 27, doing so is no longer possible. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our immediate community, such a possibility is imminent given the spread of the virus.

Therefore, the few in-person courses that remain will end as of the close of business on Friday, March 20. All classes will be online only as of Monday, March 23.

In order to lessen the density on campus, we will only keep the residence halls open for:

  • international students,
  • students without anywhere else to go,
  • students without access to the technology needed to complete their courses online
  • students who may have other personal issues that warrant the need to stay on campus

If you believe you need to stay on campus for one of these reasons, please complete the Spring Housing Request form as soon as possible but no later than 9:00am on Thursday, March 19. Students will be notified of approval or denial of their request no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, March 19.

Otherwise, we will expect students to move out by 9:00pm on Sunday, March 22. Directions on move-out protocol will be sent out by OCE later today.

If a student has already moved all belongings from their room but did not officially check out and return keys, please email ceg@purchase.edu in order to officially complete your check out process and avoid charges.

Thank you for your understanding as we work together during this unprecedented time.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 16, 2020: Update from Interim President Dennis Craig

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for your patience during this tumultuous time. As every day brings a new question and a new circumstance, we’ve been working around the clock behind the scenes to address issues and support our community and serve our students. Primarily, our hard working faculty and staff have been focused on issues that impact our student’s academics and the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

I’m grateful to our Emergency Response Management Team who has been meeting and debriefing regularly.

I’m especially appreciative of our faculty, who have been redesigning classes to ensure that all courses are able to be delivered through distance learning formats in the coming days.

A few significant steps we’ve taken since my last update include converting all dining into take out in order to limit density in the dining areas. Another action we have taken is to close the gym as of 5 pm today. We understand that physical activity is important to staying healthy. We hope our students can take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the green space on campus.

Many of you have written to ask about refunds. Please know that, with guidance from SUNY, we will be addressing credits and refunds for those students leaving campus for the remainder of the semester. As soon as we have details, we will communicate our plan.

Thank you again for your support and flexibility as we work together to make the best of the challenging semester.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 12, 2020: Public Events Policy

In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s directive that the State University of New York reduce in-person interactions to lessen the risk of COVID-19 transference, for the remainder of the spring semester athletic events, student exhibits, lectures, concerts, performances, and other events (ticketed and non-ticketed) are no longer available to the public and restricted to academic purposes only.

What does this mean?

  • Athletic events will not be open to the public. Teams will compete, but without spectators.
  • Performances (e.g. concerts, plays, recitals, etc.) will serve the academic needs of the students. Only faculty, staff, and administration involved in the evaluation of lecture / performance / concert / recital will be in attendance.
  • Lectures (Durst, and others) will be carried out for internal audiences only. Rooms will be identified and occupancy limits decreased to allow for sufficient social distancing.
  • Gala and fundraising events are postponed or altered so they do not require in person attendance.
  • Alumni weekend is postponed.
  • Symposia (NSS, HUM) will be held for internal audiences only.
  • All PSGA events and programs will be canceled for the remainder of the semester. Details from PSGA will be forthcoming.
  • A decision regarding commencement will be made by mid-April.
  • SUNY Film Festival is canceled.
  • Tango events and other residencies are not open to the public.
  • All conferences or meetings of professional organizations are canceled.

This policy will be in effect through the spring semester and until further notice.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 11, 2020: Update from Interim President Dennis Craig

Dear Purchase College Community,

Today, March 11, Governor Cuomo announced that the State University of New York and the City University of New York systems will implement plans to maximize distance learning and reduce in-person classes, no later than March 19, for the remainder of the Spring semester in light of the evolving novel coronavirus situation in New York.

All campuses are charged with developing plans catered to the campus and curriculum-specific needs while reducing density in the campus environment to help slow possibility for exposures to novel coronavirus.

By March 19, we will have instructional deliveries in place that conform to health department guidelines for interaction. Students should check with their faculty on specific course requirements.

We understand that this is a significant change and challenge for our campus community and will do whatever we can to support our students during this time.

What does this mean for the rest of the semester?

  • We will be keeping our residence halls and dining services open.
  • We will be focusing on offering alternative delivery methods including distance learning to the extent that is possible.
  • As we stated this week, many classes will be occurring online through a remote service, such as conference calling or Zoom.
  • Some classes and labs will be broken into smaller groups, as per SUNY’s guidance.
  • All support offices will remain operational throughout the semester with the goal of supporting our students during this transition and beyond.
  • By Friday, March 13, we will issue guidance on public events. News on commencement will be forthcoming later in the month.
  • The Office of Community Engagement will be working with PSGA on changes to the student visitor policy.
  • Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

While this is an unforeseen disruption, please know that I am confident that we can work together to ensure that our students continue to achieve academic success and complete their classwork.

Thank you all for your cooperation as we work together to navigate this unprecedented situation.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 8, 2020: Update on Courses

Dear Campus Community:

Faculty and Staff are working diligently to prepare for the possible interruption of instruction due to COVID-19. First and foremost: our concern is for the health and well being of all members of our community.

Given where we are in the semester, and in order for our students to continue their academic progress, we are focused on ensuring students can complete their course work such they can be credited for a full semester. Completing coursework will necessarily be enabled by measures that minimize risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Our current work involves efforts to transfer current courses to online, creating alternative completion options, and investigating delayed completion where necessary. Many of these efforts are underway and others are being investigated. All completion efforts must conform to the policies of SUNY, New York State education laws, and Federal policies regarding completion and financial aid eligibility. We want to safeguard the health of our students while ensuring their academic standing remains intact.

In terms of attendance, we are not under any mandated restrictions from the Chancellor or the Governor to limit or restrict class meetings or public gatherings. The Governor has the sole authority to close the campus. Class attendance policies are in effect, but faculty members are making adjustments for students as the need arises.

Thank you.

–Barry Pearson, MFA
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 5, 2020: Update from Health Services

The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spreadworldwide and, indeed, in New York State and nearby communities. To date, thereare no known cases in our community.

This virus is spread from human to human through respiratorydroplets when infected individuals cough or sneeze. These droplets can land inthe mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into thelungs. It is possible that a person may get the virus by touching a surface orobject that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, orpossibly their eyes.

Our facilities team has been prioritizing disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and railings. They will also be making disinfecting wipes available to the community soon for personal use.

There is no vaccine as yet to prevent this virus.

Measures you can take to stay healthy and prevent the spreadof the virus include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes withunwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, and breathing difficulties), stay home and do not attend class. Students should call Health Services at (914) 251-7925 for advice and/or appointment

–Adrienne Belluscio, RN, BC
Administrative Director of Health Services

March 4, 2020: Update from Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Patricia Bice

Dear Purchase College community,

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in our region, the cross-campus Emergency Response team is committed to keeping our community updated. We are meeting often and will continue to update the campus regularly as situations evolve.

We still do not have any reported cases of the virus on campus. The health risk to our campus community remains low.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Please contact Health Services at (914) 251-6380 or your primary care provider if you believe you have been exposed to the virus through travel to affected areas or exposure to someone who has it.

Preventative Measures

The best prevention continues to be the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

International Travel

You may have seen the news that Governor Cuomo has announced the suspension of certain SUNY and CUNY Study Abroad trips in affected countries. We have two students in these programs and are in contact with them and the trip administrators about their options.

At this time we would like to encourage all community members to stay up to date with the travel advisories issued by the CDC. If you plan on traveling to one of these countries over spring break, whether for leisure or business, we urge you to reconsider. Additional countries may be added to the list in the coming weeks. Please check travel advisories often.

If you have returned from one of these countries and are experiencing the symptoms outlined above, please contact your health providers for medical advice and your professors and supervisors for accommodations and online options.

If students have questions or concerns about international travel, they should reach out to the office of International Programs and Services at (914) 251-6032.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 2, 2020: Update from Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Patricia Bice

Dear Purchase College community,

As you have most likely seen on the news, there has been the first confirmed case in New York of the COVID-19 virus. I wanted to assure you that we do not have any reported cases of the virus on campus and the immediate health risk to our campus community is considered low.

Key staff, including myself, took part in a SUNY System-led call early this morning where they made resources available to us. We are currently working in conjunction with SUNY and receiving guidance from our regional and national counterparts at the New York State Department of Health and CDC, and following recommendations from the World Health Organization as well.

As a result of this meeting and of working closely with our Health Services department, I wanted to share the following information.

Preventative Measures

Firstly, it is critically important for all of us to engage in everyday preventive actions to stay healthy and to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease.

Our facilities team has been prioritizing disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and railings. They will also be making disinfecting wipes available to the community soon for personal use.

Similarly to preventing the flu, the CDC recommends the following practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

What to do if you are sick

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Please contact Health Services at (914) 251-6380 if you believe you have been exposed to the virus through travel to affected areas or exposure to someone who has it.

It is important to stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading the virus. Under these extreme circumstances, we are asking faculty to be more flexible regarding their policies on absences, and work with the students to come up with the best way of making up their work.

Faculty members are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources available to them through the Teaching and Learning Center regarding teaching during a campus closure. Faculty is also encouraged to take part in upcoming workshops related to online teaching.

International Travel and Study Abroad Programs

Faculty, staff, and students should follow US State Department Travel Advisory guidelines for all college-sponsored international travel.

The Office of International Programs and Services is working closely with our students currently studying abroad, international partners and other administering SUNY campuses to determine the status of study abroad programs in affected countries. With regard to Purchase faculty-led summer programs, we will update their status as we assess the situation in each geographical location.

If students have questions or concerns about international travel, they should reach out to the office of International Programs and Services at (914) 251-6032.

As the situation is continuing to evolve, we will be updating the campus community later this week.

–Patricia Bice, Ed.D
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

  For Students and Parents

March 23, 2020: Credit/Refunds on Spring Semester Costs

Dear Students,

I want you to know that we are working quickly to resolve the financial impact this transition to remote learning will have on a student’s unused campus housing, meals, and fees for the remainder of the spring semester while taking into account student’s financial aid awards.

Students living on campus prior to the COVID-19 crisis will receive a refund or credit for housing fees and meal plan fees (if applicable) based on the proportionate time between when they leave campus housing—or as cleared by Residence Life—and the end of the spring term.

Students living off campus with meal plans will receive a refund or credit for the unused portion of their meal plans.

All students will receive prorated refunds or credits for certain other fees for services that have been discontinued due to the COVID-19 emergency. The calculation of the amount of the refund or credit is being determined for each of these fees. The fees eligible for a credit/refund include:

  • Transportation fee
  • Athletics fee
  • Student activity fee
  • The category of “Other Broad Based Fees” as appropriate and approved annually by SUNY System Administration

I recognize that this is a difficult time, as soon as additional information is available, we will update you. Credits or refund approaches will be finalized as soon as possible and certainly before the end of the spring semester.

Sincerely,

Patricia Bice, Ed.D
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 18, 2020: PSGA Updates and Election Information

Hello Students,

As you all may know, things have been changing and everyone has had to adjust. The Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) has also has to adjust to these changes. We all know that events on campus, the STOOD, and our entities is just one of the things that makes Purchase such a great place to be. We all know how difficult it has been to adjust to these safety measures, and we as the PSGA also have been struggling with that. We have given as much as we can in this trying time to allow for our entities to stay open, and our services open to allow them to provide you with the things that this campus knows and loves.

Due to the campus-wide email sent out from the President’s office, most of us will no longer be on campus after Sunday. Regarding the safety measures and that we will not be on-campus for the remainder of the semester, we have made the following decisions. Additional updates will be provided to the campus community next week:

The Stood

The Stood will close effective Friday, March 20 at 5:00pm.

Services

PSGA Services will close effective Friday, March 20 at 5:00pm.

PSGA Office

The PSGA Office will close effective Friday, March 20 at 5:00pm.

PSGA Senate

The student legislative body will still be at work for the student body and will host Wednesday meetings via Zoom. Weekly login for the meetings will be posted in a Pantherlink event before the meetings. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 12:30-2:00pm. There will be meeting today, March 18.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations will not be required to meet after March 20 but all are encouraged to continuing to be a place for students to connect – just electronically. Formal updates to all club & organization leadership will be sent next week.

Events

As updated last week, all events and programs are canceled through the spring semester.

What does this all mean?

  • All in-person and program oriented PSGA entities, and services are suspending for the remainder of the semester.
  • Senate and the Executive Board will still be advocating, listening, and serving the students for the remainder of the semester.
  • Clubs and organizations are still able to meet and organize by their own jurisdiction.

Elections

Elections for the 2020-2021 year are open today till March 27: Vote now

Voting in this election is more important than ever. All of the programing and the services you were looking forward to will be happening next year, and all of the PSGA entities, services, clubs, and more will be offered and available to you just as they were this year.

This is a special circumstance in which we will not be offering all of our services for the remainder of the semester, and we hope that you understand that this is out of our hands, and all of these measures are taken to protect and keep our community and families safe.​

Ballots include
  • Biennial vote on the MSAF
  • Various constitutional referendums
  • Presidential Candidates: Nicholas Astor - unopposed
  • Vice President Candidates: Elizabeth Eriole and Julia Tortorello-Allen
  • Chair of Senate: Lia Vaccarino - unopposed
  • Coordinator of Finance: Sara Atlassi and Ivan Mercado
  • Student Activities Coordinator: Anyela Coronado and Cooper Myers
  • Coordinator of Public Affairs: Meeynz Bunch - unopposed
  • Coordinator of Clubs & Organizations: election will occur fall 2020
  • Sustainability Coordinator: Sophie Bell - unopposed
  • School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Senators: René Garrett, Bailey Peabody, Dylan Schwartz (5 available seats)
  • School of the Arts Senators: election will occur fall 2020
  • NYPIRG Board of Directors: Joelle Allen and Cooper Myers

We understand that everyone’s expectations have had to change over the course of the week for the rest of the semester, and we understand that this is difficult. The PSGA is still yours and the Executive Board and our student leaders are still here to advocate for you in any way we can. Please reach out if you need anything, be safe, and be well.

Sincerely,

The Executive Board of the Purchase Student Government Association
psga.executives@purchase.edu

March 13, 2020: Update from Interim President Dennis Craig

I am sharing a broadcast email that just went out to faculty and staff and clarifying how these issues will impact the remainder of your semester.

In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s directive that the State University of New York reduce in-person interactions to lessen the risk of COVID-19 transference, the college has made the following adjustments:

  • Between March 13 and March 27: in person instruction using social distancing (e.g. 6 feet apart, 10 or fewer people present, etc.) will be continued but shifted to distance as quickly as possible;
  • Spring Break will be moved up, and occur March 30 - April 5;
  • April 6 classes will resume via distance learning and at that time no in person instruction will occur for the remainder of the semester;
  • Campus residential facilities and services remain open;
  • All study abroad has been canceled for spring and summer until further notice;
  • Public events will be canceled or postponed as of March 13 until further notice;
  • Our Division III teams have cancelled the rest of the season;
  • Alternatives to an in-person commencement will be announced;
  • Until further notice, only students who reside on campus and essential college employees can enter residence hall buildings. Resident students cannot invite outside guests to visit them and off-campus students and non-students are not permitted in residence halls at any time.
  • Any revisions to housing refund/credit policies will be announced before spring break;
  • Dining operations that adhere to health department guidelines will continue to be provided.

Our faculty and staff continue to transition courses to accessible distance delivery. We understand these changes are disruptive. However, second only to your safety, our goal is to create pathways so that you can graduate from Purchase College. Thank you for your patience as we work together during these unprecedented circumstances.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President

March 12, 2020: PSGA Update Regarding Operations and Event Cancellations

Hello Students,

Through the guidance and direction from Purchase College administrators, SUNY, and even the Governor; the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) is officially adjusting its operations and canceling all events for the rest of the semester. By doing this, we hope to promote a safer Purchase community. This email includes information for all entities under the PSGA, please read in its entirety.

Events

All events and programs are canceled through the spring semester and until further notice. This includes organization events such as Zombie Prom and Culture Shock. All events and programs hosted by clubs, organizations, or services are canceled for the rest of the semester–large or small.

The Stood

The Stood will be open Monday - Friday from 12:00 - 5:00pm. To reduce the number of guests at a specific time, employees may be instructed to restrict attendance at necessary times. Some video games and equipment will not be available. We will not be accepting Roombook reservations for the building, including Whitson’s and Dino Room.

PSGA Senate

The student legislative body will still be at work for the student body and will host all Wednesday meetings via Zoom, the electronic meeting platform being supported by the college. Weekly login for the meetings will be posted on Pantherlink 24 hours before the meetings. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 12:30 - 2:00 pm.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations are the premiere social engagement for our campus and they will still be active and a place for students to connect. All meetings will held as scheduled but through an electronic platform. Information regarding login to these electronic meetings and entity updates will be posted to their Pantherlink page.

Services

Many PSGA Services will remain open as they provide a service to the student body but may have adjusted hours and offerings. Updates for hours and operations for individual services will be posted to their Pantherlink page.

PSGA Office

The PSGA Office will remain open as a service for students and provide a location to ask questions and receive information. Operating hours will be Monday through Friday from 12:00 - 5:00pm.

Specific information will be sent to all club and organization officers, service heads, coordinators, interns, and employees of the PSGA soon.

We are experiencing this together. The health and safety of our student body is most important to us and will we continue to work diligently for the student body of Purchase College even through event cancelations. We urge you to take care of yourself, practice good hygiene, and be kind to each other.

Sincerely,

The Executive Board of the Purchase Student Government Association
psga.executives@purchase.edu

March 12, 2020: Online Accommodations

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, classes will be moving to an online format for the remainder of the semester. The barriers that exist at the intersection of a student’s disability and course design may be different from the original course format. Some accommodations students used before may no longer apply to online formats, and some accommodations not considered previously may need to be considered now.

If students are experiencing a barrier in their course and want to discuss additional accommodations, please follow our process to submit a supplemental accommodation request via Accommodate.

The Office of Disability Resources will remain open for the spring 2020 semester.

March 10, 2020: PSGA Update Regarding Operations and Event Cancellations

Hello Students,

Following the information shared by our Provost; we as the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA), will be following a similar operating structure as our classes through the weekend, in hopes to reduce any face-to-face interactions, the spread of germs and to promote a safer Purchase community. As an executive order by the Executive Board of the PSGA, we decided that moving forward there must be some adjusting that happens in the next week. Some announcements:

  • MSAF Fest (Wednesday, March 11) will be postponed.
  • The Stood will be closed and host no events, programs, or open hours, until Monday, March 16.
  • All PSGA Services ​will be closed until Monday, March 16.
  • All scheduled PSGA meetings and committees are to be hosted online or be postponed until the week of Monday, March 16. This includes club and organization meetings.
  • All scheduled programs and events are to be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
  • Elections for the 2020- 2021 Academic Year for Executive Board members, Academic Senators, Sustainability Coordinator, Constitutional Referendums, and to affirm and keep the Mandatory Student Activities Fee will be rescheduled to open via Pantherlink on March 18 at 12:00pm and close March 24 at 5:00pm.

Please note that the dates listed above for meetings, events, and The Stood operation are tentative and future postponement may occur. Nothing else will be changing until there are more announcements from our Interim President and/or Provost, but we will try to keep you posted as soon as possible. We understand that this will be affecting our programing, events, and meetings and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for understanding. Hope all is well, stay healthy.

Kindly,
The Executive Board of the PSGA

March 10, 2020: Online Tutoring Option

To mitigate risk related to COVID-19, the Learning Center will start offering the option to hold tutoring sessions online using Zoom. Students who feel more comfortable meeting with a tutor virtually can schedule a session on WCOnline as usual and should email learning@purchase.edu with at least 12 hours notice to request a Zoom session. The tutor will then reply with a link where both can access the Zoom meeting at the start of the scheduled session time.

Any questions can be directed to dashielle.horn@purchase.edu.

March 10, 2020: Update on Courses

As you may have heard, many schools and colleges in our region have been preparing and responding to the COVID-19 virus. Those responses have varied greatly depending on the level of risk the campus faces.

As of now, we are still considered a low risk as we do not yet have a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 case on our campus. However, as safety is a primary concern, after careful consideration, we have decided to use Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 11-13 as a trial period to prepare for possible curtailment of campus face-to-face meetings in the future. The campus and all offices will remain operational during the three days.

What does this mean?

All classes will continue and students are expected to participate as per our attendance policy. However, in order to eliminate or lessen in person interactions, we are taking the significant step of suspending in person instruction March 11-13, where possible. As an alternative, classes may occur online through a remote service, such as conference calling or Zoom. We understand that there are specific challenges related to many programs and it may not be feasible to move everything online. Faculty members will be reaching out to students with their plans for individual classes, academic events, and performances.

During this time, residence hall staff, dining services, and other student support offices will be open and focusing on developing procedures that ensure continued delivery of services while protecting students and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure.

After this three-day period, we will examine how the trial period went, and whether some or all of the measures are needed. We will communicate plans for the rest of the semester by Friday at 6:00pm, taking into account the feedback received from across campus and any new guidance from the Department of Health and SUNY.

Thank you for your cooperation.

–Dennis Craig
Interim President