Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Classes and academics

The plans listed below are subject to change and may be revised as new information becomes available.

Academic operations

  • Changes to the Spring 2021 academic calendar include the following:
    • The semester will begin as scheduled on Feb 1.
    • Spring break has been canceled.
    • Wellness Days are scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, April 14. There will be no classes on these days.
    • Classes scheduled for in-person or hybrid delivery will meet on campus through Friday, May 7.
  • To reduce classroom density, all courses with enrollments of 50 students or more will be taught exclusively online. All other classes will be taught in hybrid fashion with some content presented online and the balance in person.
  • All in-person classes may be limited to 55 minutes.
  • Courses delivered twice per week (e.g. Tuesday/Thursday) will be assigned to a space that can accommodate at least half of the student enrollment. Courses delivered three times per week (e.g. Monday/Wednesday/Friday) will be assigned to a space that can accommodate at least one-third of the enrolled students.
    • For classes that are to be divided into two or three groups, faculty members will contact their students directly (e.g. email, Blackboard) with information about their groups and scheduled meeting times.
  • The Human Resources Office has devised protocols for accommodating faculty and teaching staff who are not able to deliver in-person content due to health or other concerns.
  • The Disability Resources Office and associate deans have developed protocols for accommodating students in at-risk categories.
    • Students who may require all online courses for Spring 2021 because of a disability or because they are in a high-risk group associated with COVID-19, should email their associate dean.

Classrooms and labs

Reduced density

  • 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:

  1. Remote Learning Spaces are classrooms in every academic building designated for individuals logged into online courses (see list below).
  2. Memorial Library has physically-distanced learning spaces throughout the building.
  3. 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.

Face coverings

  • 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.

Mobility concerns

  • 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

Fieldwork and activity courses

On campus

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.

Off campus

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 Spring 2020 because of a disability or because they are in a high-risk group associated with COVID-19 should email their associate dean.

All students will have the opportunity to make schedule adjustments during the week of drop/add from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5.


  • 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

See a complete list of services on the library's 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.

Interlibrary loans

  • Request your interlibrary loans as normal.
  • You will get a notice when the items arrive.

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