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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.
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.
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 testing site. Social distancing will be strictly maintained. Learn more about Covid-19 testing at DCC here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thriving Campus: https://sunydutchess.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.
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.
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 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 new developments.
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.