As you are aware, SUNY Cortland has established a comprehensive restart plan (PDF). Residence Life and Housing is developing detailed plans to welcome students to our residence halls with added precautions to set you up for success. By working together and doing our part, we can ensure this year be a safe, healthy, and successful one.
Room assignments and assigned move-in times will be made available to residents via myRedDragon at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 10. Arrival information will be updated throughout the summer. We encourage you to check this page periodically for updates. (Updated: July 29, 2020)
Residential students will only be allowed two family members or two friends to help with move-in. Students and their help will be required to wear coverings/masks, gloves, and maintain six feet of distance during the move-in process. Once a vehicle is unloaded, the student and one helper can begin bringing items to the room while the other helper can move the vehicle to the appropriate parking area. Residents will be limited to one trip for move-in. Students and families should plan on bringing all necessary items during their move-in time. Return trips to the residence halls will not be permitted.
There will be designated entries and exits at each hall to minimize residents passing one another on their way in/out of the residence halls. Additionally, there will be a “stay to the right” guideline when traveling through hallways/stairwells.
Elevators will be available in halls that have them on a limited basis. Carts and hand trucks that are traditionally supplied to residents will be unavailable during move-in.
Staff will be available in the RA office for students to retrieve their key, ID card, and other check-in information.
Purchase what you need for your room. Coordinate with your roommate to decide who is bringing what shared items like the TV, refrigerator and rug. Refer to our “What to Bring and What Not to Bring” document and print off our suggested shopping list (PDF) to bring with you
Label all items you will move into your room with your name, residence hall and room number. To make this process easier we have created labels that you can download and print (PDF) onto your own label sheets (or just print them on regular paper and tape them on). You can use 2"x4" labels (Avery 5163). If you would like to receive assistance moving in your belongings, make sure your items are labeled (including your fan, refrigerator and any other loose items you have in addition to boxes and bags).
When you arrive on campus SUNY Cortland staff will be available to make the move-in process one of the easiest you will ever experience. Here is what you can expect:
Report directly to your assigned residence hall. Visit the staff office to officially check in. Students assigned to West Campus Apartments should go directly to the West Campus Recreation Center to check in. Students assigned to College Suites should go directly to staff office.
The following halls have elevators and require you to place your belongings in a pre-marked location to wait to use the elevator:
There will be no mandated triple room assignments in any of our residence halls. All rooms will be singles, double, or designed triple rooms.
Touch points in community spaces will be minimized and physical distancing promoted by reducing seating. Occupancy limits will be posted outside of common spaces in the residence halls.
There will be limits on the number of in-hall residents that can be in a room/suite/apartment.
Spaces have been set aside for 14-day isolation of residents if a student tests positive for COVID-19.
Rigorous sanitizing procedures will follow CDC, New York State, and SUNY guidelines. Cleaners and custodians will clean all bathrooms at least 1-2 times per day.
Students will be required to wear a mask in all common spaces (hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms, lounges, kitchenettes, mail pick-up areas, study rooms, and any other shared space) in the residence halls. Students will be provided at least one reusable mask to use when accessing common spaces. Students who share the same residence (i.e. double room, quad, suite, or apartment including the Leadership House) will be considered members of the same household and will not be required to wear a mask within their hall assignment.
Residential students will not be permitted to have guests (non-SUNY Cortland students, non-residential students, siblings, family members, etc.) or visitors (residential students from another hall) in the residence halls. A form will be made available to students and staff for guest requests for special circumstances. All requests will require the approval from the Residence Life and Housing Office.
Community programming will be redesigned to offer socially distanced, online, and passive programs. Masks must be worn at all in-person programs, informal activities, and intentional interactions.
Failure to adhere to expectations for social distancing and COVID-related safety requirements will violate the Student Conduct Code failure to comply. Any students not adhering to these policies could result in conduct charges being filed.
There are some actions that every member of our campus community must take to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy:
Public restrooms and high touch-point areas such as elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails will be cleaned at an increased frequency.
Yes. Residence Halls will have designated sanitation areas and staff will be equipped with extra cleaning supplies
Yes. Students won’t completely move out in November. Students will be required to move out before Thanksgiving, and will be able to return when the Spring semester starts.
Students are encouraged to pack only what they need for September-November. You can use our What to Bring page and suggested shopping list (PDF) as guides. We also encourage you to bring items that will assist you with move-in (carts, hand trucks, plastic bins, etc. - these will not be provided by staff)
Students may submit a form if all their scheduled classes are being held remotely and the student will be living at home for fall semester. To access the form follow the steps below:
Yes. Students who are exempted from their housing requirement due to their scheduled classes being held remote will be guaranteed housing for the spring. Students will need complete the Wait List Housing Form for Spring 2021 (available in October 2020).
No. Blaze and his opening crew will not be able to assist this year with new student move-in.