- Campus departments, academic programs and student groups are encouraged to host programs remotely.
- Requests for Student Government Association groups' in-person campus events must be submitted to the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office at least 14 days in advance.
- Priority for approval will be given to events that:
- Are not possible or effective to host virtually.
- Involve quick and/or outdoor interactions with minimal contact.
- Directly support higher learning.
- Directly benefit the institution.
- Directly relate to civic engagement.
- Face coverings will be required for entry into all events.
- Physical distancing requirements must always be maintained.
- Concerts, dances and open mic nights will be restricted to online events due to the increased risk of coronavirus transmission associated with these kinds of activities.
- Advance sign-up is required, and attendance must be taken and records kept in case contact tracing becomes required.
- Events held outdoors may not be advertised to non-students/off-campus.
- Groups should implement live streaming (e.g. Facebook Live or Instagram Live) for any in-person program that does not conflict with copyright law or contractual agreements.
- No communal food (buffets, etc.) is permitted. All food must be prepared by Cortland Auxiliary, an approved facility or pre-packaged/store-bought. Homemade foods are not allowed.
- Events should be no longer than 90 minutes in length (from arrival to departure).
- Event capacity may not exceed the adjusted room capacities for physical distancing. Outdoor venues also have established capacities based on the current guidelines established by the state.
- Groups must assist in cleaning high-touch spaces and equipment. Supplies will be provided by Facilities Operations and Services.
- Student groups may not host outside guests including, but not limited to, other college teams or clubs, high school/college prep programs, parents and family, alumni and friends.
- Student groups looking to contract outside services must ensure and provide documentation that those vendor(s) will comply with campus standards for physical distancing, cleanliness, etc. Please note there will be a limit to the number of hired personnel permitted at any one program.
For more information on approval and venue availability and capacities, visit the Campus Activities and Corey Union website.
Residence halls will put in place protocols that will limit density, promote physical distancing, require face coverings and enhance cleaning. Housing considerations for students with special needs/underlying health conditions will be enacted.
All policies and procedures implemented as part of the campus response to COVID-19 fall under the jurisdiction of the Code of Student Conduct and will be enforced through the student conduct process. Violations may be submitted through the Incident Reporting Form.
- The university will eliminate all triple occupancy in double rooms, and additional housing has been secured at College Suites.
- Student rooms will be designed occupancy plus one — for example, a double room has a designed occupancy of two so that room can have both residents of that room plus one additional visitor from that same hall.
- Similarly, a suite of six students can have only one visitor at a time from that same hall.
- The move-in timeframe will be extended to eight days and staggered by student type, hall and floor.
- Large gatherings will be prohibited.
- Residence halls have been evaluated for circulation and flow of traffic.
- Physical distancing markers will be posted using tape or signs that denote 6 feet of spacing in commonly used areas. They also may be applied to floors in high-traffic corridors to denote a single direction of traffic and high-volume staircases may be denoted as up or down only. There will also be a “stay to the right” expectation when traveling in areas that have bidirectional traffic.
- Restrictions on group events and activities will be put into place.
- Face coverings will be required in common areas and hallways.
- Access to kitchen facilities and shared cooking utensils will be limited.
- Furniture use in common areas will be restricted.
- Elevator use will be limited to those who require use and capacity will be reduced to ensure physical distancing.
- Enhanced cleaning protocols based on CDC and NYSDOH guidelines will be implemented by custodial services.
- Frequently touched surfaces in common areas of occupied residence halls will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily by the custodial staff using EPA-approved spray products effective in addressing human coronaviruses. Frequently touched surfaces include:
- Tables and chairs
- Door handles
- Faucets and fixtures
- Equipment handles
- Elevator and vending machine buttons
- Building occupants also are asked to use disinfectant spray and paper towels provided by Facilities Operations and Services to disinfect high-touch surfaces.
- Residence Life and Housing will strive to communicate with students via email and social media channels.
- The office will inform students and families what custodial staff is doing each day to keep facilities safe, how staff can be available virtually and the consequences for those who do not follow protocol.
Residence hall guests/visitors
- SUNY Cortland prohibits non-essential guests/visitors from accessing campus to enter buildings and meet with or interact with students and staff. Virtual visits and appointments should be used whenever possible.
- Those who must make in-person visits (deliveries, inspections, contractors, etc.) will be required to be pre-screened, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.
- Off-campus guests/visitors, including non-residential students, will not be permitted in the residence halls at any time.
- Students will not be permitted to visit halls in which they do not reside. For example, only residents of Bishop Hall can visit other residents of Bishop Hall.
- Failure to adhere to these requirements could result in student conduct charges being filed.
Pending COVID-19 developments, the guest/visitor policy may be revised at any time.
Special housing considerations
- Special housing considerations for students who are immunocompromised or who have an underlying health condition will work directly with the Disability Resources Office to ensure any required accommodations are provided.
The Reopening Member Guide highlights changes that have been made to our facilities, operations and procedures to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission. All changes have been developed using New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines. Please familiarize yourself with our new policies and procedures to ensure you have the best and safest experience at the Student Life Center.
- Workout time slot reservations using the Recreational Sports Purchase Portal will be required to enter the Student Life Center.
- All patrons must complete their daily COVID-19 screening app before entering campus and must show confirmation at the Student Life Center front desk.
- Face coverings are required at all times. Gaiters, buffs, face shields and bandanas are not allowed in the Student Life Center.
- All equipment must be sanitized before and after use.
- Only current students and faculty/staff will be permitted to use the Student Life Center until further notice.
Read the full guide on the Student Life Center website.