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COVID-19 Campus Updates

Read all the campus updates put out by SUNY Schenectady.

Travel Advisory

On June 25, 2020, New York State’s Governor signed Executive Order 205 that issued a travel advisory for states and territories who are experiencing significant community-wide spread of COVID-19, you can read the list at  This travel advisory requires that any person traveling to New York from one of these states must complete an online health assessment form located at It further mandates that these people must self-quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply with this executive order can result in fines of $2,000. Furthermore, any New York employee (including employees of SUNY Schenectady who knowingly travels to a state on the travel advisory list in a non-essential capacity will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York State's COVID-19 paid sick leave law for the duration of their 14 day quarantine.

Executive Order 202.45 required the same provisions as the above Executive Order for international travel to any country designated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a level two or three health risk ( must also complete the online health form and self-quarantine for 14 days.

Any student or staff, who plans to travel to a travel advisory state or arrives to New York from a foreign country or a travel advisory state, must contact SUNY Schenectady. SUNY Schenectady will require that these individuals quarantine for 14 days and submit a screenshot of the last page of the required New York Health form prior to being permitted on campus.

SUNY Schenectady is a commuter school; therefore, we are unable to provide a quarantine arrangement for any student arriving from a travel advisory state or foreign country.  All students will receive communication from SUNY Schenectady prior to the beginning of the fall semester, which will address the quarantine mandate by New York State.  Any individual who is unable to secure appropriately quarantine arrangements will be directed to the Department of Health regarding their living arrangement.  Appropriate quarantine arrangements is defined as:

  1. The individual must be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary. Cleaning supplies (e.g. household cleaning wipes, bleach) must be provided in any shared bathroom.
  2. The individual must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room(s) with a separate door. Given that an exposed person might become ill while sleeping, the exposed person must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
  3. Food must be delivered to the person’s quarters

International students will be contacted directly by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to identify their fall living arrangements and to explain any restrictions they may have prior to the beginning of the fall semester. All staff and students will be required to submit a screenshot of the last page of this online health form prior to returning to campus. The Office of Human Resources will be the designated office for employees and the Office of Student Affairs will be the designated for students.

Chancellor Kristina Johnson has provided the following letter with information about what SUNY is currently doing and how they are planning to move forward to resume face-to-face, on campus instruction, research and scholarship. Read the Chancellor's letter.

On March 30, 2020 the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments (aka Stimulus Checks) will begin within the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file, such as low-income individuals, students, retirees, veterans, those who are unemployed and people with disabilities, will need to file a 2019 simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. Learn more from the IRS Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments page and this IRS informational page, Economic impact payments: What you need to know.

SUNY Schenectady Donate Protective Supplied Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

College and Ellis Medicine employees load supplies into a car.SUNY Schenectady responded to Ellis Medicine’s plea to the community for essential masks, protective suits, and gloves to help safeguard healthcare workers on the front-line of the Coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals like Ellis Hospital and medical facilities locally and nationally are experiencing a shortage of proper medical equipment to protect medical workers from the virus.

SUNY Schenectady had personal protection equipment, or P.P.E., left-over from its School of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism and science laboratories since all in-person instruction and labs have been transitioned to online learning due to COVID-19. The College begins virtual instruction March 30 following an extended spring break.

A total of 300 surgical masks, 40 Tyvek suits, and 100 boxes of gloves have been delivered to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.

“It’s important that we support one another, especially our healthcare professionals who are working directly with those affected by the Coronavirus,” said Dr. Steady H. Moono, president of SUNY Schenectady. “We are able to provide equipment to help them during this critical time, and we know that we are all stronger together.”

“On behalf of all our staff, we are touched by the outpouring of support, including this generous donation of essential protective equipment from SUNY Schenectady,” said Marcy Steiner, vice president/executive director of The Foundation for Ellis Medicine. “Donations such as this help to ensure the continued safety of our clinical care teams as they fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are honored to serve our community and are thankful for partners like SUNY Schenectady for supporting us in return.”

Last week, SUNY Schenectady donated food to the Salvation Army of Schenectady and YWCA NorthEastern NY from its Culinary Arts program and the SUNY Schenectady Convenience Store.

Student Laptop Pickup

As the semester resumes on Monday, March 30 we want to provide you with the necessary tools to participate in virtual instruction. For those of you who need them, laptops are available for you to borrow from the College. They can be picked up during the week at the times and locations below. Social distancing measures will be in effect at these locations. Please bring your student ID with you. 

Laptop Pickup

Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25
Office of Student Affairs
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 26 - Sunday, March 29
Casola Dining Room Entrance
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All other College services are closed March 26-March 29.

What can you do while you wait for classes and instruction to resume remotely March 30?
  • Access Blackboard and start reviewing your classes. Learn how to navigate the Blackboard tool.
  • Check your SUNY Schenectady email regularly for updates.
  • Review your notes from the last couple of classes to ensure you are ready to pick up where you left off.
  • Enroll for summer and fall courses, if you haven’t already done so.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us at or call 518-381-1344.

Dear Students,

I commend all of you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with a supportive and successful end to the Spring 2020 semester. To ensure continued success, SUNY Schenectady is providing you with some updates from the Student Affairs and Academic Support Services divisions.

First, your faculty have been diligently working on placing as many classes into a virtual model as possible. They will begin to reach out to you next week to explain how they will be moving forward in your particular classes. We know that you may be anxious to receive this information; however, please rest assured that your faculty are working hard to ensure a smooth transition to virtual instruction, which will begin on Monday, March 30.

All offices at SUNY Schenectady have reduced their on-site workforce as mandated by Federal and State authorities. Offices are currently open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. During this period, some staff members will be working remotely from home. However, this will not impact the services that we provide and the support the offices provide.
The following offices are currently open on campus:

  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions
  • Student Business Office
  • EOP
  • Library Services will be open 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Services through the following offices will be provided remotely until March 30, 2020:

Academic Advising If you have a scheduled appointment with your advisor, he or she will reach out to you to determine if you will be speaking by phone or video conferencing. To schedule an appointment with your advisor, simply go to their “calendly” link by clicking below on the advisor’s name.

    Mitzi Espinola
    Heidi Borofsky
    Racene Lawes
    Karen Raney
    Ellen Wertlieb
    Anna Westerman
    Margaret Anne Williams

Student Success Center If you require assistance from your Coach, please email him or her or “raise your hand” in Starfish for assistance.

Registrar's Office To contact the Registrar's Office please email For additional information about the services of the Registrar, please see the Register for Classes page.

Career Services is providing services remotely today and tomorrow (Friday). The office will be open on campus Monday and Tuesday next week (March 23 and 24). You may reach a staff member by emailing or calling 518-836-2807.

TRIO will be providing services remotely. You can reach TRIO at 518-381-1463 or

ADA Transitional Services is providing services remotely. All meetings will occur virtually. Please reach out to Susanna Adams at if you need to speak with her.

Counseling Services will occur remotely. Robyn King will be available both by video or telephone conferencing. If you already have a scheduled appointment, Robyn will be reaching out to you to determine the best way for you to meet with her. If you wish to schedule an appointment with Robyn, you can email her at

Additional Services

Food Pantry on campus is available for students. The hours for the pantry will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:30 a.m-3:30 p.m.

Free Wi-Fi for Students - If you are concerned about your access to Wi-Fi, Charter and Comcast have both announced that they will offer K-12 and college students free Wi-Fi for the next 60 days beginning March 16. If you are a Spectrum broadband user, call your local service for information. If you do not currently have a Spectrum subscription, you can call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will also be waived, according to the company. You can also find Spectrum hotspot locations by going to
What can you do while you wait for classes and instruction to resume remotely March 30?

  • Access Blackboard and start reviewing your classes. Learn how to navigate the Blackboard tool.
  • Check your SUNY Schenectady email regularly for updates.
  • Review your notes from the last couple of classes to ensure you are ready to pick up where you left off.
  • Enroll for summer and fall courses, if you haven’t already done so.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us at or call 518-381-1344.

SUNY Schenectady Prepares to Switch to Online Classes Due to Coronavirus

SUNY Schenectady is continuing its preparations to transition courses to virtual learning formats in anticipation of instruction resuming on March 30 following an extended spring break. The safety of the College’s students and campus community remains the top priority as administrators continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 novel coronavirus situation closely.

SUNY Schenectady is doing its part to reduce the spread of the virus. As of March 18, there have been no reported or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at the College. All College offices remain open, although SUNY Schenectady is complying with New York state’s directive to limit staff on campus to 50 percent of its total workforce. Additionally, the College has limited entry points to its buildings through Elston Hall (quad/security entrance), School of Music and the Canal Side Café Patio. The institution is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff and will continue to take guidance from SUNY Administration, state leaders, federal agencies, and health officials for the well-being of its campus community.

Student academic success is also a priority. The College is working to provide as much assistance as possible to keep students on track during and after this public health situation. Students who do not have access to a computer or reliable Wi-Fi, are asked to relay this information in an email to or SUNY Schenectady will work with students to provide the proper accommodations for continued, uninterrupted academic instruction during this difficult time.

Dear Students,

Spring break is a time of relaxation, fun and rejuvenation for you after the long dark winter months. While we know this time is filled with uncertainty, please know that the College's Leadership Team are working to ensure your health and safety, as well as, your continued academic success. We wanted to address some of the questions we are receiving from some of your classmates, to provide you with further information. 

Is the College closed for the rest of the semester?

The College is open for students to be able to conduct business such as financial aid, academic advising, and access to computer labs. This may change, but for now we are open.

Governor Cuomo said all classes are moving to a virtual format, what does that mean for my class?

Your faculty are working diligently to begin moving their courses to virtual formats over the next two weeks. This may include Blackboard, videos, zoom teleconferencing, and others. Your faculty will be reaching out to inform you of how they will be proceeding with your course for the next eight weeks. 

I do not have a laptop, computer, or access to wifi in my home. What am I going to do?

If you do not have a laptop, desktop or reliable wifi, we ask that you send us your information to tell us what you might need. Please send your information to or

We will be working to provide as much assistance as possible to keep all of you progressing in your academic coursework.

I have never taken my classes virtually and don’t know how to access or use the portal or Blackboard. What should I do?

Not to worry, we are providing training for anyone who may need it. 

From Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 25 in Elston Hall 530, we will have staff available to provide assistance for students on how to access the portal, use Blackboard and email.

Monday – Wednesday (March 16 - 25) 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend during these scheduled times, please reach out to the Student Success Center at and we will arrange for a staff member to train you at a different day and time.

I have testing accommodations. What do I do if we are now taking virtual classes?

The Testing Center will still be available for you to take your classes by appointment. If you have concerns regarding your accommodations, please reach out to Susanna Adams, ADA Transition Coordinator, at

I use the food pantry regularly. Will the pantry still be open?

The food pantry will remain open for our students to access. 

We understand that you may be confused and concerned about the pandemic, keeping yourself and family healthy, and being able to keep up with your classes. We are here to assist you in your success  Please let us know how we can support you during this time. We are a family and we will get through this together. And, please be assured that your well-being and success are critical to all of us.

This week has been a challenging one as we have all been confronted with the news surrounding the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As this situation has continued to evolve, we think about those directly affected by the virus, as we experience changes to our own daily routines and lifestyles. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and resilience as the College works to effectively navigate this quickly changing situation. During this period, we continue to monitor guidance from SUNY System and state leaders, federal agencies, and health officials.

The safety of all members of our College community remains our top priority.

We understand that members of our College community have questions regarding what will take place after Spring Break, as well as the future of the semester. We would like to assure you that SUNY Schenectady’s Leadership Team has developed plans to continue with academic instruction, while also moving toward virtual instruction models. At the same time, we will be implementing social distancing (a term applied by public health officials to stop the spread of a disease), in accordance with guidelines from SUNY System Administration.  

To reduce COVID-19 exposure, the College is:

  • Moving to virtual instruction for most traditional face-to-face courses classes offered for the remainder of the semester and a combination of virtual and on-campus instruction for lab course sections, based upon recommended practices to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, in alignment with direction from Governor Cuomo. The provision of virtual instruction will take a variety of forms and may include online instruction through Blackboard, course instruction provided via video, and other formats. Any lab instruction that takes place on campus will include a focus on adherence to recommendations for density and social spacing, limiting large groups and maintaining distance between individuals in a consistent manner and as much as possible. In the coming days additional information will be sent out to members of the campus community to provide updates regarding courses and instructional resources.
  • Spring Break is extended by one week, for a total of two weeks off, from Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 29. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. The Academic Advisement Center will be open from Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 25. During this time ALL offices will be open for students to conduct business. The Academic Advising Center will meet with students by appointment; walk-ins are strongly discouraged during this time. Students: To schedule an appointment with your advisor please visit the Academic Advising website.

Please be advised that the College will be CLOSED from Thursday, March 26, through Sunday, March 29. College facilities staff will be performing a deep cleaning and complete disinfection of all facilities.

The College is:

  • Providing support for students utilizing virtual instruction.
  • From Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 25 in Elston Hall 530, we will have staff available to provide assistance for students on how to access the portal, use Blackboard and email.
  • Monday through Wednesday (March 16 - 25) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m./
        2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
        Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Limiting large gatherings
  • Cancelling events on campus
  • Continuing cleaning and disinfecting protocols on campus
  • Implementing a campus visitation protocol
  • Enacting a plan in the event that a COVID-19 case appears on campus

The College continues to work with SUNY, Schenectady County Department of Public Health, and the New York State of Department of Health. We understand that members of the College community will have questions, particularly about specifics regarding what will happen after Spring Break. We will continue to keep you informed about any campus developments related to the Coronavirus.

Members of our College community: As we move through this period, make sure to check your College email regularly as updates will continue to be sent out during Spring Break and ongoing.

Also, for the latest updates, please keep visiting this webpage.

Student questions can be sent to:

Employee questions can be sent to:

Again, we thank you for your patience.

Earlier today Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that SUNY and CUNY colleges would be moving to distance learning models and taking efforts to implement social distancing in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). SUNY Schenectady will remain open for the remainder of this week. All classes are being held at their normal times. Next week the College is on Spring Break and will be open for business.

During Spring Break, College leadership will continue planning how to implement distance learning models. The College will communicate about how instruction will be delivered. We understand that students will have questions now about what will occur after Spring Break. The College leadership team is developing next steps to move forward. Please monitor College communications during this time as the situation continues to evolve.

Student questions can be sent to:

Employee questions can be sent to:

There are no reported COVID-19 cases at the College.

The safety of our students and College community remains our top priority. The College continues to work with SUNY, Schenectady County Department of Public Health, and the New York State of Department of Health on this matter. We will continue to update students and staff.

As you are aware, Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for New York State. This allows New York to mobilize it’s emergency management system within the state and to apply for federal aid if necessary. SUNY Schenectady continues to monitor this global pandemic. The Presidential Task Force has met and is developing a report for Dr. Moono’s review on our continued response to COVID-19. This information will also be shared with the College community.

The CDC has identified the following symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure:

  •     Fever
  •     Cough
  •     Shortness of Breath
As we continue to move forward we would like to share the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) recommendation for appropriate steps:

  1.  Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  2. If you become ill, remain at home and contact your physician. Your health care provider can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed, prior and during your visit.
  3. Cover your cough and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands or use sanitizer.
  4. Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding with others if you are ill.
  5. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and bedside tables.

If you are ill, do not come to campus. Contact SUNY Schenectady to inform us that you are ill.

For students contact

Sabrina McGinty, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at or 518-381-1365

For employees contact

Edmund McTernan, Executive Director of Human Resources at or 518-381-1331

The College is taking steps to manage the possible impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As a result of this rapidly expanding global situation, the College decided to cancel the Culinary Arts study abroad trip to Italy scheduled to depart in May. All participants have been informed of the decision. This decision was made based on the current situation in Italy, CDC travel restrictions and SUNY guidance on overseas programs in heavily impacted Coronavirus areas.

As we move closer to Spring Break (March 16-21), we highly recommend if you are planning to travel outside of the U.S. that you reconsider your plans. The Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide with travel restrictions occurring on an almost daily basis. If you still plan to travel abroad, we ask that you inform the College. This information will be kept confidential to the extent possible but may be shared with public health officials upon request.


Please contact Sabrina McGinty, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at or 518-381-1365.


Please reach out to Ed McTernan, Executive Director of Human Resources at or 518-381-3331.

If you are traveling internationally or domestically during this time, please use good hygiene practices; wash your hands regularly, cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue, and stay away from others who may be ill. If you return to the region with an illness after your travels, please stay home, seek appropriate medical attention and inform the College as noted above.