Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Resources

Blaze Maskot Ambassador

masked-blazeWhat is a Blaze Maskot Ambassador?

This initiative is an opportunity for students to share the importance of the safety measures surrounding COVID-19 with their peers. During a one-hour training, students will learn why it is important to wear a face covering, be physically distant from others, wash hands properly and clean surfaces. In addition, students will learn how to educate other students.

How do I become a Blaze Maskot Ambassador?

Trainings will take place the last full week of August 2020. If you are interested, please sign up for a free virtual training.

Protect Yourself and Others

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks — landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.
  • It is possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

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What you can do to help limit the spread?

  • Wear a face covering
    • It’s important to cover your mouth and nose completely. Those carrying the virus may not show symptoms.
  • Practice physical distancing
    • Distance yourself at least 6 feet apart from others — about two arm lengths.
  • Wash or sanitize hands
    • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds — as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
    • Sanitize shared common areas and shared electronic equipment regularly.

Red Dragon Safe Commitment

Be Red Dragon Safe. Stop the spread of COVID-19.

Students can access the commitment to sign on MyRedDragon, under the Student Tab.

At SUNY Cortland, we are committed to staying well and protecting others. Therefore, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health and to help keep my Red Dragon community safe by stopping the spread of COVID-19.

All students attest to:

• Having completed the Pre-Arrival Screen for COVID-19 and having submitted my responses prior to arrival.
• Having completed all isolation, quarantine or other requirements mandated by my completed Pre-Arrival Screen for COVID-19.

All students commit to:

• Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others on and off campus when feasible.
• Wear an appropriate face covering on and off campus.
• Wash my hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
• Abide by the occupancy limits of federal, state and local ordinances.
• Stay informed and comply with campus policies.
• Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions around campus.
• Keep my clothing, belongings, personal spaces and shared common spaces sanitized.
• Complete the daily symptom screening survey about symptoms and other risk factors for COVID-19 (daily symptom survey is available in myRedDragon).
• Participate in testing, isolation, quarantine and contact tracing as requested.
• Contact the Student Health Service, my primary care physician or another medical professional if I experience any symptoms of illness.
• Stay home if I feel ill or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.

All students have read the recommendations:

• Get a flu vaccine.
• Access campus well-being resources when needed.
• Avoid traveling outside of Central New York for the Fall 2020 semester.
• Respectfully remind others about safety measures.

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have reported a range of mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

List of Symptoms

What to Bring Related to COVID-19

What to bring to campus related to COVID-19

Checklist to Print

Here are recommendations of supplies to bring to campus relating to the health and safety of yourself and others as you prepare for your campus arrival.

  • Adequate face coverings — Bring enough for one per day, keeping in mind how often you will wash them. The university will be providing two reusable masks to each student.

  • Cleaning supplies — This is for your own personal living space to wipe down commonly used surfaces.

    • Look for one of these active ingredients in your cleaning solutions to be effective against virus: Ethanol, Glycolic acid, Hydrogen peroxide, Hypochlorous acid, Isopropyl alcohol, Quaternary ammonium, Sodium hypochlorite.

    • A list of all COVID-19 disinfectants can be found on the EPA webpage.

  • Digital or other thermometer

  • Hand sanitizer — There will be hand sanitizers and places to wash your hands around campus; however, it is a good idea to have your own as well.

    • Off-campus students should remember hand soap for their living spaces.

  • Over-the-counter medicine — Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or other cold symptom medication.

  • Isolation and quarantine “to go bag” — Since isolation or quarantine can happen quickly and likely be as long as 14 days, it is recommended to have a bag ready with essential items.

    • Items to consider: clothing, over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, school supplies, snacks, thermometer, toiletries/hygiene products.


The SUNY Cortland Cupboard will have some cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and hand soap. Additional items may become available, if needed. Please email cortland.cupboard@cortland.edu if you have any other needs or suggestions.