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Presidential Update

Dear Students,

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive to reduce density and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SUNY Canton will allow students on campus only under very limited circumstances. The College remains open and academic arrangements will be made to accommodate your individual learning plans.

As of now, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the SUNY Canton community or in St. Lawrence County. Here are some very important updates:

Living on campus

ONLY international students, students who have no other safe place to go, and those who must be on campus for essential coursework will be allowed to return to the residence halls. Please see the Laboratory Coursework section below.

For students who will return in the fall, we intend to credit unused room and board fees for students who have returned home for the remainder of the semester. For students graduating in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 refunds will be credited to their student account.

If you are currently staying in your residence hall room, or the above-listed criteria applies to you and you wish to seek approval to return to campus, please email reslife@canton.edu to request permission by 12pm on Wednesday, March 18. If you do not request and get approved to stay on campus you will not have card access and you will not be permitted to enter the residence halls.

Essential Belongings

Students are no longer permitted to return to campus to retrieve belongings. If you have essential belongings such as books, notebooks, laptops, or medications the residence life staff will retrieve them from your room and mail them to you. Please e-mail reslife@canton.edu with such requests. Students will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve non-essential belongings at a later date. We will provide further guidance as soon as we can.

Laboratory Coursework

We’ve received numerous inquiries about our labs and hands-on learning opportunities. Further communications will be coming, and we beg your patience as we work to answer your individual questions. We will notify you by Friday if you must return to campus to complete lab or clinical specific coursework.

For those remaining on campus

  • Health Services will be open, but with a limited staff and capacity. You must ahead to make an appointment. Please call (315) 386-7333.
  • Counseling will be available remotely for telephone-only counseling. Please call (315) 386-7314.
  • The Library Learning Commons building will remain open with minimal staffing and services.
  • The Roos House and the Fitness Center are closed.
  • SUNY Canton sponsored buses from New York City have been cancelled.
  • All student events for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester have been cancelled, postponed, or will be offered in an online-only format.
  • Other services will be available remotely.

Internet and Broadband Resources

Due to the wide-spread effects of the COVID-19 on Higher Education, many companies and industry partners have announced discounted and or free access to their products and services for those impacted. For broadband and cellular services, you will need to contact your local service provider to receive further information and confirm service availability at your location.

Our communication includes significant input and consultation with the State University of New York. They’ve provided expert guidance throughout this unprecedented situation. These plans are made with the goal of protecting the health of its students and employees. This is an ever-changing situation, so please stay posted for further communications.

We fully realize how deeply this transition affects you as our students and want you to know that we are here to support you in any way we can going forward. We share with you the sadness over the lost personal, face-to-face interactions and experiences on campus, but will endeavor to create the most engaging space we can remotely for you.

I appreciate your strength and resilience in these trying times. With your help, we can, and will persevere. Be strong. Stay healthy. Be well. Go Roos!

- Dr. Szafran