- Seating capacity of all rooms has been significantly reduced, with the vast majority of spaces accommodating between 20% and 50% of the normal number of seats.
- All instructional spaces too small to accommodate academic activities while maintaining physical distance protocols are closed.
- Large spaces not previously used for regular classes, such as Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, have been brought online as instructional spaces.
- Seats will be placed within a 96-inch diameter circle with 7-10 feet of teaching zones in front of them.
- Classroom furniture will be positioned so that proper physical distancing protocols are followed and designated classroom capacities are not exceeded. Signage and markings have been deployed to direct circulation.
- Labs are reduced to 50% capacity to achieve physical distancing.
Remote Learning Spaces and Open Computer Labs for Students
For students who are looking for quieter spaces when logged onto online courses, there are several options:
- Remote Learning Spaces are classrooms in every academic building designated for individuals logged into online courses (see list below).
- Memorial Library has physically-distanced learning spaces throughout the building.
- Classrooms, when not scheduled for a class, and physically-distanced spaces in different buildings (e.g., poolside in Park Center, seating in Moffett) can be used as well.
Students can find a list of computer labs that are completely open and not used for classes. Computer labs, when not scheduled for a class, can be used as well.
Designated Remote Learning Spaces
- Bowers, Room 1120
- Cornish, Room D0133
- Corey, Room 201
- Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 207
- Moffett Center, Room209
- Old Main, Room G-23
- Old Main Colloquium
- Park Center, Room 1128
- Park Center, Room1131
- Professional Studies Building, 1166 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Sperry Center, Room 304
- Van Hoesen Hall, Room B140
- Instructional spaces and labs will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected twice per day.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available in all academic spaces.
- There will be a quart bottle of disinfectant and a roll of paper towels in each classroom for students and faculty to utilize for additional disinfecting as needed. There will also be wipes available to clean instructors' computer stations and computers in the computer lab. Do not use the spray bottles on the electronic equipment. The custodial staff will ensure the disinfectant and paper towels are stocked throughout the day.
Food and drink
- No food or drink is allowed in instructional spaces. Beverages for instructors and ADA accommodations will be the exception.
- During in-person classes or meetings, all students and faculty are required to wear face coverings.
- Posters reminding faculty and students about practicing preventative health behaviors will be posted in each instructional space.
- Classes for faculty and students who have mobility issues will be scheduled on the first floor of accessible buildings so that no use of elevators will be needed to attend classes
Consistent with guidance from SUNY legal counsel, all departments are strongly encouraged to identify opportunities to fulfill off-campus internships and field experiences through online virtual activities. On-campus internships will be allowed, with the understanding that the same physical distancing protocols followed by the rest of the campus will be observed.
SUNY Cortland has a significant number of courses that involve off-campus fieldwork (such as student teaching), internships and activities (such as physical education and recreation-related coursework). Plans for these courses are being devised on a case-by-case basis as they often involve working with off-campus partners and/or delivery in non-traditional instructional spaces (e.g. gyms). The deans are coordinating discussions with departments related to these unique courses, with a commitment to adhering to all safety and cleaning protocols described above. If a fieldwork course also involves transportation (e.g. a bus to Raquette Lake), departments should also address how physical distancing and cleaning protocols will be maintained during transport.
Given the mix of both in-person, hybrid, and online course delivery, SUNY Cortland cannot guarantee any student a fully online or fully in-person course schedule. Students who require all online courses for Fall 2020 because of a disability or because they are in a high-risk group associated with COVID-19 should email their associate dean.
Continuing and returning students and new transfer students may adjust their schedules through myRedDragon up to Aug. 30 using their preregistration or orientation PIN. New first-year and transfer students will be contacted via their SUNY Cortland email in myRedDragon in early August about the process of adding a course to their schedule. All students will have the opportunity to make schedule adjustments during the week of drop/add from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.
- If a student drops a course in the registration system, the course may not be available if they attempt to reregister.
- All tuition rates apply, regardless of the course delivery method.
- All email communication with students will be through their official SUNY Cortland email.
- Students may learn more about Fall 2020 course formats by visiting the course formats webpage.
Memorial Library will open its doors to the campus community on Monday, Aug. 24, for the first time since shutting down last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See a complete list of services on the library's Fall 2020 webpage.
Follow these steps to check out materials from the library or through interlibrary loan.
Memorial Library loans
- Find a book using OneSearch on the Library tab in myRedDragon.
- Click "Check Shelf."
- Click "Request."
- Fill out the form.
- Request your interlibrary loans as normal.
- You will get a notice when the items arrive.