Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Living On Campus Guide

Residence Life and Housing has established 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 the Spring 2021 semester will be a safe, healthy, and successful one. Residents are required to select their arrival date/time with our office prior to move in. Lastly, all residential students must comply with the pre-arrival and arrival directives listed in the College's Spring 2021 Campus Guide.

Residence Life and Housing Updates

Room Types

There will be no mandated triple room assignments in any of our residence halls. All rooms will be singles, double, or designed triple rooms.

Occupancy Limits

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. 

  • Student Rooms
    • Student rooms/suites/apartments/quads have a maximum occupancy of residents assigned to the space plus one additional building resident (regardless of the number of residents currently present).
  • Bathrooms
    • Students will be required to wear a mask when traveling to and while using the bathroom. A student may only remove their mask when in the shower stall or while brushing their teeth at the bathroom sinks. Cleaning supplies will be available in the bathroom for students to wipe down the area that they used.
  • Lounges
    • Some furniture from these spaces will be removed if possible, to minimize large gatherings. Recreational items such as ping pong paddles and pool sticks will not be available.
      • No more than 3 students will be permitted in a recreation lounges; study lounges/rooms will be single occupancy only.
  • Laundry rooms
    • The Laundry View app should be used to determine what units are available at any given moment. Residents will be encouraged to fold laundry in their room to avoid densities in the laundry room. Residents will also be encouraged to use one unit at a time and to wipe down the door handle after use.
      • No more than 3 students will be permitted in laundry rooms.
  • Kitchenettes
    • Students will be asked wipe down and sanitize the space after each use. There will be cleaning supplies available in each kitchenette for student use.
      • Kitchenettes will be single occupancy.

Isolation Spaces

Spaces have been set aside for 14-day isolation of residents if a student tests positive for COVID-19.

Cleaning

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.

PPE Requirements

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.

Guests and Visitors

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. All special requests will require the approval from the Residence Life and Housing Office.

Programming

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.

Expectations

Any violations of COVID-related policies will be considered a violation of SUNY Cortland’s Student Code of Conduct. Enforcement of the policies is aimed at protecting the health of the Cortland community. The SUNY-wide sanctions include strict disciplinary actions that could include loss of campus access, suspension or even permanent dismissal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What actions can students take to help keep themselves and their fellow community members safe and healthy this spring semester?

There are some actions that every member of our campus community must take to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy:

  1. If you are sick, stay home and do not go to class or work.
  2. Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
  3. Keep appropriate distance between you and others.
  4. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Are there plans to increase cleaning in public areas within the residence halls?

Public restrooms and high touch-point areas such as elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails will be cleaned at an increased frequency.

Will there be additional cleaning supplies available for students, if needed?

Yes. Residence Halls will have designated sanitation areas and staff will be equipped with extra cleaning supplies

What form should a student complete if all their scheduled classes are being held remotely and the student will be living at home for spring semester?

Students may submit a form if all their scheduled classes are being held remotely and the student will be living at home for spring semester. To access the form follow the steps below:

New Students:

  1. Once you are logged into myRedDragon go to the student tab
  2. Look for the Residence Life and Housing section
  3. Select the 'Housing process and information' link
  4. From the top menu, select Forms
  5. New Student Off Campus Approval Form

 Returning Students:

  1. Once you are logged into myRedDragon go to the student tab
  2. Look for the Residence Life and Housing section
  3. Select the 'Housing process and information' link
  4. From the top menu, select Forms
  5. Release from Housing for Spring 2021 Form