Campus Fire Updates

Update Sun., Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m.

The fire in Cook Hall has compromised the control panel for several elevators on campus, including elevators in the Miller Campus Center, Payson, and F.O.B. As a result, the only way to travel from floor to floor in those buildings will be to use the stairs. We apologize for the inconvenience while crews work on repairing those systems.

Students: If the lack of an elevator presents an accessibility problem for you, particularly for a class, please contact Sheila Peo in Accommodative Services at or call 315-386-7392 on Monday morning.

Faculty and Staff: If you are in need of relocating your office due to the lack of an elevator, please contact your appropriate dean or supervisor. The computer lab in the library has also been made available for faculty/staff use.

We will work diligently to accommodate everyone’s needs until the elevators once again become operational.


Cleaning in F.O.B.: Please be aware that cleaning in F.O.B. will continue this week.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we get back up and running following the recent fire emergency.


Update Sat., Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Personal Items: For those of you with personal items left behind in Wicks, Payson or Faculty Office Building (items such as cell phones, book bags and purses)… Prior to cleaning crews entering the buildings, University Police went room to room and collected those personal items that were in clear view. They did not open desks or other areas. Items were bagged and labeled by room or office number. If you had items in those areas during the time of the fire, you can claim them at University Police upon your return to campus. You will be asked to provide the room number or classroom area where the items were located, the description of your belongings, and photo identification. We ask for your patience in this process.

Update Fri., Feb. 17, 1:20 p.m.

As a result of Cook Hall being offline for the remainder of the semester, a number of classes needed to be rescheduled and/or moved to St. Lawrence University. Labs at St. Lawrence are cancelled for the week of Feb. 20 and will resume the week of March 5. Below is a new schedule and office locations for displaced courses/faculty.

» Rescheduled Cook Hall Courses

» New Office Locations


Update Fri., Feb. 17, 10:50 a.m.

At 11 a.m. this morning President Kennedy will be meeting with local media to announce that our recent fire emergency is over.

Timeline to Re-open Buildings to Students and Faculty

President Kennedy announced today the re-opening timeline for nearly all campus buildings that were closed as a precaution following last Friday’s fire in Cook Hall. The New York State Department of Health has released air, swipe and field test results on the buildings that confirm they are safe to re-occupy. Cook Hall is the only building that will not re-open next week.

“Throughout this process, we have been exceedingly cautious in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said President Kennedy. “Although there was only one building that actually sustained fire damage, we wanted to make sure the others did not sustain any smoke damage or have any air quality concerns. There has been a barrage of tests to confirm that there are no health concerns, problems or safety concerns in any of those buildings.”

Re-opening schedule:

The following buildings will re-open on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.:

  • Heritage Residence Hall
  • Rushton Residence Hall

The following buildings will re-open Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 a.m.:

  • Payson Hall
  • Wicks Hall
  • Faculty Office Building (F.O.B.)
  • Richard W. Miller Campus Center

Some buildings will re-open with limited hours due to ongoing building maintenance and management. We ask for your patience and understanding. The Faculty Office Building will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Miller Campus Center and Payson Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Students Return: Students will be allowed to return to campus on Sunday (Feb. 19) and all classes will resume Monday (Feb. 20). Individual courses may be subject to time and location changes, particularly the science labs normally conducted in Cook Hall that have been relocated to St. Lawrence University.

“Each of these buildings is safe and secure,” confirmed Kennedy. “Students will be allowed access to their rooms and belongings when the return on Sunday. With the exception of the Cook Hall offices, faculty and staff will be allowed access to their offices as well.”

Cook Hall: Cook Hall will remain unavailable. A time for allowing access to the building has not yet been determined. Faculty members with offices in Cook Hall have been relocated. Classes scheduled in Cook Hall have also been relocated.

“There are an incredible number of people we would like to thank for assisting us in getting back on our feet so quickly,” said Kennedy. “Without their outstanding efforts and dedication, we would not be announcing the re-opening of our campus today. There are many individuals who have not seen their families for a week, and we can’t thank them enough.”

Questions or concerns regarding Residence Halls: contact the Residence Life Office at

NYC Buses: All Students who took the NYC buses that were provided by SUNY Canton will be contacted individually either by cell phone or their SUNY Canton email address by the evening of Friday February 17th.

More Questions: For students and families in need of personal assistance, please call 315-386-7100. Assistance is available on Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

More information will be forthcoming via the website. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this emergency.


Update Tues., Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m.

Canton Fire Department issues a press release and President Kennedy responds. View Release here.

Update Tues., Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m.

There is currently a Student Resource Center in Mohawk for students needing assistance with toiletries, clothing, etc. The Health Center is open from 8-4 pm in the Campus Center. Also a reminder for students on campus in need of a computer, Nevaldine North 119 is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. this week unless announced otherwise.

Update Mon., Feb. 13, 1:15 p.m.

Students who took the buses to NYC from SUNY Canton will be contacted no later than Friday with instructions of when and where they are to get on the buses to return to campus. We ask that everyone please be patient as we have a lot of students to contact. For those of you who did not have a contact number but listed an email, please regularly check your email for instructions. Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Update Mon., Feb. 13, 12:00 p.m.

Winter Break: We have received many questions regarding SUNY Canton’s scheduled winter break from Feb. 24 – Mar. 4.

Here are our current plans: Winter break will not be affected. We plan to take winter break as scheduled. As of right now, there will be no classes Sat., Feb. 25 through Sun., Mar. 4. Residence Halls will be closed that week as planned.

The Residence Halls will be closing for winter break at 5pm on Friday, February 24th and will reopen at 12pm on Sunday, March 4th. If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail the Residence Life Office at

This decision was made in an effort to inconvenience as few students as possible.

Resumption of classes: Plans remain to resume classes on Monday, Feb. 20.

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update Mon., Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.

Each semester a limited number of students are eligible for a financial aid refund during the fourth week of school. This is a regularly scheduled refund and is not related to Friday’s fire on campus and the decision to cancel classes this week.

  • To check your eligibility, review your Account Summary by Term at UCanWeb.  Refunds will show there by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The refund was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15. Due to the fire and circumstances on campus, we have had to postpone on-campus refunds until Monday, Feb. 20. If you are an eligible student with an emergency need for your refund check, please call 315-386-7616 or email

Student refund checks:

  • Refund checks for those students eligible to receive one will be available on Monday, February 20 at the Student Service Center beginning at 9:00 am.
  • Students who previously signed up for electronic refund will have funds in accounts on Thursday.
  • If you would like the Student Service Center to mail your check, please email and include your name, ID, and mailing address. Un-mailed checks will be held in the Student Service Center for Monday, February 20.
  • These refunds do not include TAP awards.

Students who have not yet signed up for an electronic refund check but would like to do so are able to sign up for e-refunding (direct deposit in checking or savings only). Go to the Billing Menu on UCanWeb before 3:30 today (Monday, February 13) and then call the Student Service Center (315-386-7616) to let them know. They will do their best to code the refund as electronic. This will not work with the Debit card option as they take several days to mail the card.

Also, checks will only be mailed to students who contact Financial Aid at with their name, ID, and mailing address. Students who do not contact Financial Aid today can plan on picking up their checks Monday, Feb 20 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Student Service Center. Students should not come to campus to pick up checks this week as they won’t be available for pick up until Monday.

We will continue to update students throughout the week on other developments on campus. Tentative plans remain in place to resume classes on Monday, Feb. 20.

Update Sun., Feb. 12, 6:15 p.m.

Thank you for your continued patience as we organize plans for resuming operations at SUNY Canton.

BUILDINGS: The following buildings have not yet re-opened: Cook Hall, F.O.B., Wicks, Payson, Miller Campus Center, Heritage and Rushton. Locks have been changed for all impacted buildings.

SOUTHWORTH LIBRARY: There is limited access to Southworth Library because it is being utilized as the Incident Command Center.

FOR AFFECTED STAFFUnless contacted by your respective Vice President or supervisor, affected staff from the above listed buildings, should:

Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Nevaldine North 102, Auditorium.

We will be handing out alternative workplace assignments and discussing next steps.


Please meet at noon in Nevaldine North 102, Auditorium.

*Areas under Student Affairs and Support Services will not report to Nevaldine; each Director in those areas have been contacted individually.

PARKING:  The following parking lots are not available: Parking Lot #5 adjacent to Wicks, Cook Hall parking lot, and parking along Payson Drive.

DINING SERVICES: Chaney Dining Hall is operating this week and feeding the athletes who remain on campus. As per usual, faculty/staff are welcome to purchase meals and enjoy dining at Chaney. All other eateries around campus will be closed until further notice. Chaney’s hours this week are:

Monday 2/13 – Saturday 2/18

Brunch 11am-2pm

Dinner  5pm-6:30pm

Sunday 2/19

Brunch  11am-2pm

Dinner  4:30pm-7:30pm

WINTER BREAK: Good news. Winter break will not be affected. We will take winter break as scheduled. There will be no classes Sat., Feb. 25 through Sun., Mar. 4. Residence Halls will be closed that week as planned.

Thank you for your support, offers to help, and patience.

Update Sun., Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m.

Students in need of assistance should go to Grasse River Suites. Staff will be there to assist on clothes, toiletries, etc.  You can also call 386-7585 or 386-7977  if there are needs that we can help you with.

Update Sat., Feb. 11, 6:00 p.m.

The Emergency Management Team has been meeting continuously throughout the day with local and state agencies regarding the fire in Cook Hall and its effects on our campus. The Department of Health and the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services are currently awaiting test results on the buildings surrounding Cook Hall to ensure their safety for occupancy. Until then, we will continue to remain cautious and not allow entry to the following buildings:

Cook Hall





Miller Campus Center

Faculty Office Building

We have developed staffing plans for the upcoming week for employees in the affected buildings. Those employees are asked to come to the Southworth Library on Monday, unless otherwise advised by their supervisors.

We’re thankful to the New York State Office of General Services for moving rapidly to select three contractors to assist in the recovery efforts as we look to get back up and running as quickly as possible.

The collaboration between local and state agencies, SUNY and SUNY Canton officials, and everyone involved in this process has been exceptional. Thank you all for your patience and cooperation. We will continue to update you on the college’s website as well as email when appropriate.

Update Sat., Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m.

How does this affect the online students?

  • Online classes are also cancelled for next week. All classes are scheduled to restart on Monday, Feb. 20.

When will we be able to get our books, keys, cars?

  • You can now get your cars from lots 4 and 5 around Wicks and Cook Halls, however those buildings in addition to FOB, Miller Campus Center, and Payson remain closed until further notice. Heritage and Rushton residences also remain closed. Fire and safety officials are on campus again today and will be inspecting buildings to determine whether and when they are clean and safe to re-enter. We will continue to update the campus community on their findings. Although Cook is the only building to sustain fire damage, we are being cautious before reopening any other buildings to ensure their safety.

What about off-campus clinicals for Nursing Students?

  • Clinicals are cancelled next week.

The Roos hockey game will be played as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tonight in Roos House. Tomorrow’s club hockey game has been cancelled, and tomorrow’s Men’s and Women’s basketball games have been postponed.

Roos house has changed hours of operation for next week. For more information, please check their website:

Please continue to check for the latest updates.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.

Update Sat., Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.

  • All classes are canceled the week of Feb. 13 – 17, including online and nurse clinicals.
  • Students will be allowed to return to campus Sunday, Feb. 19.
  • Cook, FOB, Wicks, Payson, Heritage and Rushton buildings remain closed and are off-limits.
  • Cars in Lots 4 & 5 (outside Wicks/Cook) can be picked up at this time.
  • The website will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Update Fri., Feb. 10, 6:00 p.m.

Due to the cancellation of classes next week, residential students are encouraged to leave campus as soon as possible.

We understand not all students are able to leave this evening. Students who reside in Mohawk, Smith and Grasse River Suites can stay in their rooms tonight if needed. Unfortunately, students residing in Heritage and Rushton will not be allowed back in those residence halls this evening, and potentially for several days. Heritage and Rushton students who need to remain on campus tonight should make arrangements with Residence Life staff located in the central lobby of Grasse River Suites this evening.

We are working to provide our New York City students transportation either this evening or Saturday morning. We are arranging for several buses to be available to transport students to NYC. We are also currently working on arranging for buses to bring students back to campus next Sunday, Feb. 19. Please continue to monitor your emails and for information.

Winter and spring athletes will be allowed to remain on campus this weekend and next week. Chaney Dining Hall will continue to operate and provide meals to those athletes. Athletes who live in Rushton or Heritage will have to make other arrangements with the Residence Life staff in the lobby of Grasse River Suites.

Update Fri., Feb. 10, 4:45 p.m.

SUNY Canton Cancels Next Week’s Classes (Feb. 13 -17)

Due to a fire in Cook Hall and potential smoke damage to adjacent buildings on the SUNY Canton campus, the College is sending students home and cancelling classes for the week of February 13-17. Classes are set to resume on Monday, Feb. 20.

» View full press release

Update Fri., Feb. 10, 3:20 p.m.

The fire in Cook Hall has been extinguished, however the following buildings remain off-limits: FOB, Cook, Payson, Wicks, Miller Campus Center, Heritage, Rushton, Mohawk, and Southworth Library. People with vehicles on campus can retrieve them, except for vehicles located in Lot 5 (Faculty and Staff parking outside of Wicks and Dana).

Tonight’s hockey game will continue as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Roos House.

Updates will be ongoing.

Update Fri., Feb. 10, 1:09 p.m.

Faculty and staff are excused for the day, all classes are canceled for the remainder of the day.

Please see the New York Alert email for further information.

Update Fri., Feb. 10, 12:56 p.m.

For safety and traffic purposes, we are asking everyone not to come to the SUNY Canton Campus.

There are no reported injuries and police and firefighters are on scene. More information will be forthcoming when it becomes available.

For individuals already on campus, we ask that you stay away from Cook Hall, Wicks, FOB, French Hall, Payson, Miller Campus Center, Southworth Library, Nevaldine, Heritage, Mohawk, and Rushton, Due to potential smoke, if you live in Heritage, Mohawk or Rushton, please go to Smith, or the Grasse River Suites.