Effective Wednesday, Oct. 7, SUNY Cortland is under a temporary study-in-place order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The SUNY Cortland campus is not closing.
In accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance, during this time:
Please know this is not a lockdown. Students will not be confined to rooms or buildings. By “in place” we want students to remain in Cortland and limit unnecessary excursions that could put them or the community at risk. Further information is below.
SUNY Cortland has met the 100-case threshold to transition to remote learning under New York State Department of Health guidance. If cases stabilize and students comply with safety measures, the Cortland County Department of Health may authorize the resumption of in-person learning. Active case counts are available on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.
As a containment strategy, the SUNY system requires us, to the best of our ability, to keep students on campus and in the local community rather than send them home. In cases where colleges have sent students home in response to an outbreak, the virus has spread to other communities, putting vulnerable family members at risk. Further, we do not want students bringing the virus back to campus once the study-in-place period ends.
The following changes are in effect:
All student assistants (students currently on SUNY Cortland student payroll, not including Cortland Auxiliary, working in a non-Federal Work-Study capacity) and Federal Work-Study employees should not report to their assigned work locations during this period with rare exceptions for critical essential service.
All students working for Cortland Auxiliary (formerly ASC) should continue to report as scheduled unless contacted directly by their supervisor. Food preparation and service is considered a critical and essential function and will continue.
Every effort should be made to provide student assistants and Federal Work-Study employees an opportunity to work remotely during this study-in-place period. If remote work cannot be provided, these student employees will continue to receive payment of wages consistent with their currently defined work schedule for this 14-day period, ending Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. For this 14-day period, student assistants and Federal Work-Study employees should complete a timesheet consistent with their normally assigned schedule and submit for approval to their supervisor.
At the conclusion of this 14-day period, we hope to be able to return to normal work schedules and locations, but, if the study-in-place order is extended, or if the campus unfortunately has to close, completely or in part, student assistants will only be paid for actual hours worked from a remote work location. If comparable remote work is not available for the remainder of the semester, student employees will not continue to be paid.
Additional Federal Work-Study updates will be communicated through the Financial Aid Office.
Student assistants and their supervisors are encouraged to reach out to Lauren Christiansen, student employment coordinator, with any questions or concerns.
It is normal to experience worry in the face of uncertainty. Please try to make your self-care a priority, and schedule time to attend to your emotional, psychological and mental health. The following resources are a sample of what is available on the Counseling Center and Conley Counseling and Wellness Services websites.
With growing concerns related to our physical health, it is important to pay attention to our mental health as well. During this time of change and uncertainty, it is normal to experience an increase in stress and anxiety.
Given the magnitude of this pandemic, many of us will know someone who falls ill or we may become ill ourselves. We also will experience the changes that physical distancing engenders, including loss of routine, missed or postponed special events, or just plain socializing with family and friends. These resources can help explain our reactions and help us come to terms with grief and loss during this time.