COVID-19 and Returning to Campus
As we return to campus in spring 2021, SUNY Dutchess Community College’s first priority
is the health and safety of our campus community, including its students, faculty,
and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021
and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves,
but for all members of the SUNY community. This includes:
wearing face coverings (masks)
participating in testing and tracing
completing daily screenings
being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have
Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.
Here’s what you need to know and do as SUNY and Dutchess Community College welcome
students back to campus in 2021.
Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements
For 14 days prior to return to campus, every student must complete a pre-return health screening survey daily that will
ask for information about any COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 history and travel history
If you have an on-campus class component beginning Jan. 19, you will begin to receive
an automated survey form on Jan. 5, which needs to be completed daily.
If your on-campus class component begins on Feb. 1, you will receive the survey form
on Jan. 18, which needs to be completed daily.
Our health screening database will track compliance and send you reminders.
These surveys will generate a clearance screen similar to that of the current health
screening process. You will be asked to show this clearance screen at the Welcome
Desk before you will be allowed to enter the building for your class.
For 7 days prior to return to campus, all students must quarantine. If you must work, you will be given the opportunity to request a waiver but you must quarantine except when at work (with an approved waiver). Before return to on-campus activities, an attestation form will be sent to you that
will require you to confirm that you have quarantined for 7 days prior to your return
to campus or that you were approved for a waiver to work and that you quarantined
except when at work.
For January 19 activities, quarantine begins on January 12
For February 1, quarantine begins on January 25
Once you have confirmed your quarantine, the form will generate a clearance screen.
You also will be required to show this clearance screen at the Welcome Desk before
you will be allowed to enter the building for your class.
Get Screened Daily
Everyone coming to campus, including students, must complete a daily health screening.
The daily screening form is to be completed online and is available on MyDCC for students,
staff and visitors. At each building main entrance the QR code is provided to link
directly to the form. Individuals who have had suspected exposure to COVID-19 or who
are symptomatic (based on daily Student Health Screening Survey Screening tool to
be on campus) should not be on campus, will be excluded from pooled testing, and should
contact their health care provider.
Get Tested Regularly
In an effort to ensure the continued safety of our on-campus community, Dutchess Community
College is conducting pooled testing that was developed and validated by SUNY Upstate
Medical Center. As a result of the internal SUNY testing capability, SUNY Administration
is requiring every campus to establish and implement a Covid-19 testing plan.
Everyone who comes to campus must complete the Health Screening Form every day and
be tested once during the week that they are on campus.
Testing will be done in Drumlin Hall. You must enter through the West Entrance (the
Dutchess Hall side). Appointments are not required, however, you MUST show your DCC
ID at the entrance to Drumlin. Social distancing will be strictly maintained. Learn
more about Covid-19 testing at DCC here.
Check the COVID-19 Dashboard
SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status
across the system and at each campus. https://www.suny.edu/covid19-tracker/. A link to the SUNY COVID Dashboard is available on myDCC.
Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part
Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because
COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:
Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other
public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.
If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation
Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested
positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical
or campus official that they are “at risk” for having COVID-19 may be required to
quarantine or isolate. This will include taking classes remotely. Students identified
for quarantine and isolation will have access to certain assistance such as psychosocial,
academic and/or other supports, as needed.
Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action
When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety,
students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary
actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Student
conduct is governed by the campus Student Code of Conduct. minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from
the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.
Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally
We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY has resources to
help you get the support you need.
Telecounseling mental health support services can be accessed through DutchessCounseling.
ReachOut SUNY: https://online.suny.edu/covid19/students/local-state-and-national-resources/.
Thriving Campus: https://www.thrivingcampus.com/.
Middle Earth from the University at Albany: https://www.albany.edu/middleearthcafe/.
New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741.
Understand What’s Being Offered On-Campus and Online
The semester for remote coursework is scheduled to start on January 19. The exceptions
are a few courses with clinical requirements such as Nursing and Medical Lab Tech.
Other courses, such as science labs, will start their on-campus component as of February
1. Please check your schedule of classes carefully and speak to your faculty member if
you have any questions.
Get Instructional and Technology Help
One-on-one and online tutoring sessions can help bring classroom material into focus.
Peer and professional tutors are available in science labs, and the Math and Science
Center. Additionally, the Writing Center can provide assistance with any paper or
lab report. For students who need help after hours, online tutoring is available 24/7.
Additional information about instructional support is available on myDCC on the Tutoring Services link.
Request Accommodations for Disabilities
Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations
for their disabilities should contact the Office of Accommodative Services (OAS).
The staff are committed to providing equal access and an inclusive campus community
by providing accessibility services and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.
Services to students are being provided remotely via video conferencing, telephone
or email. Additional information is available on the myDCC link for the Office of Accommodative Services.
If We Have to PAUSE or Pivot to Remote Instruction, Follow These Rules
If the campus must switch to a two-week (or longer) pause, all instruction and student
support services will return to complete remote delivery. Students will be notified
via DCC email and text message. Given that the College will be delivering most courses
through remote modalities in spring, this will be handled in an orderly fashion at
the course, program and department level.
Changes and Updates: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected
changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance,
or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and Dutchess Community College have to make
changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and DCC
will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of
Thank you in advance for everything you are doing and will do to make 2021 safe for
you, your fellow students, and the campus community and beyond.