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Our decisions have been made following numerous conversations with our local public health officials and with guidance from the State University of New York. These plans are subject to change rapidly, depending on local and state-wide infections, or by declaration from the Governor.

We realize that any plan we enact will bring about numerous questions and “What if” scenarios. We’ve done our best to prepare for those eventualities and are continuing to research our options.

Latest Update

SUNY Adopts System-Wide Policy Requiring All On-Campus Students to Test Negative for COVID-19 Prior to Thanksgiving Break

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced that SUNY has adopted a policy mandating all students using on-campus facilities in any capacity test negative for COVID-19 within the 10 days prior to leaving campus. Campuses must develop schedules that conduct the test as close to a student’s departure date as possible. 

View System-Wide Thanksgiving Break Testing Policy

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

SUNY Chancellor Malatras institutes a comprehensive emergency directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at SUNY’s State-operated campuses and community colleges.

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

SUNY Chancellor Malatras institutes a comprehensive emergency directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at SUNY’s State-operated campuses and community colleges.

Student Daily Health Check-In

In the home screen of the patient portal, you will be prompted to register with your SUNY Canton ID and e-mail address. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to login to have access to the available forms. Please note that if you have already submitted the required health history form to Davis Health Center, you DO NOT need to complete the form through the portal again. If you have any questions or need assistance with registering for the patient portal, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

View more details on Daily Health Check-In

Institutional Priorities

As always, our institutional priorities remain:

Health & Safety

Protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the north country community.

Academic Excellence

Providing the best possible hands-on educational experience to prepare students for their future careers.

Welcoming Environment

Maintaining a welcoming environment for everyone at the College.

Key Dates

  • Saturday, November 21- Sunday, November 29: Thanksgiving break
  • Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 11: Remainder of the semester offered remotely
  • Monday, December 14 - Friday, December 18: Final exams offered remotely

Required Forms for All In-Person SUNY Canton Students

RequiredAttention All SUNY Canton Students Planning To Be On Campus (Residential, commuter, or online students who plan to come to campus to receive services or for meetings)

This fall, we are requiring three forms for all students who will be on campus for any reason (classes, to receive services, or for meetings). Residential students are required to also complete the fourth form (this form is ONLY for residential students). Please fill out all forms at least 72 hours before the date you plan to return to campus, or no later than August 25. Failure to complete these forms will place a hold on your account which will restrict you from accessing campus services, UCanWeb, and your residence hall until completed. Each of these forms only takes a few moments to complete! Again, if you are going to be fully online and will not step foot on campus for any services, to access the library, etc., you do not need to complete these forms and you do not need to notify my office. Please note: On each of these forms, you will need to scroll to the top of the page and click the “submit” button after you complete it or we will not receive your completed form. Should you have any questions, please email bish@canton.edu and I’d be glad to assist you further. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Required Forms for Fall 2020:

  1. Student Pledge:  Please complete the SUNY Canton Student Pledge and be sure to click to electronically sign the bottom of the form. When you have completed the entire form, please click the “submit” button at the top right hand-side of the form.
  2. Back to Campus Screening: Please fill out the Back to Campus Screening at least 72 hours before the first day you plan to be on campus/move in to your residence hall or no later than August 25. When you have completed the entire form, please click the “submit” button at the top right-hand side of the form. 
  3. Health Insurance Form: All students must complete the Health Insurance Form who will be on campus (residential, commuter, or fully online but receiving campus services in person) at least 72 hours before the first day you plan to be on campus. When you have completed the entire form, please click the “submit” button at the top right-hand side of the form.
  4. Residential Student Wellness Plan: Residential students only must fill out the Student Wellness Plan at least 72 hours before the first day you plan to be on campus/move in to your residence hall or no later than August 25. When you have completed the entire form, please click the “submit” button at the top right hand-side of the form.
  5. New York State Traveler Health Form: If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must undertake a precautionary quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last day you were in a designated state. This does not apply to any individual passing through a designated state for a limited duration (i.e. less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

REMINDER: If you are a commuter student and wish to take advantage of the COVID-19 testing happening on campus (in lieu of providing documentation of a negative COVID-19 test administered by your local clinic/healthcare provider dated 8/17/20 to 8/30/20), please complete this Commuter COVID-19 Test Request Form by August 15 and we will get in touch with you. Residential students do not need to sign up for testing, as you will be tested for COVID-19 at check-in; fully online students not planning to be on campus for any reason also do not need to sign up for testing as it is not required.

Commuter Student Requirements

All students who are planning to attend classes on campus or access services (including the library and any support services) are required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test result before the start of the academic semester.  Please read the following information carefully. 

Residential students will be tested upon check-in to their residence hall and need not make prior arrangements with the College. 

Commuter students or online students who will access campus services are asked to follow the information below for guidance on submitting a negative COVID-19 test result to the College.

  • COVID-19 testing should be completed as close as possible to the start of the Fall semester.  However, due to results often taking a week or more to come back, we are willing to accept documentation of a negative test result for a test completed after August 17th.
  • Students will need to send proof of testing to the Davis Health Center prior to being allowed to return to campus. Please send that information by fax to (315)-386-7932, by email at healthcenter@canton.edu, or by mail to MCC 004 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. We must receive this information before the first day that you intend to be on campus for classes or to receive services/visit support areas. 
  • Students can arrange with their own primary care provider to have this testing done.  Alternately, they can call the following testing sites to schedule testing.
  • St. Lawrence Health Systems 315-261-6240
  • Claxton Hepburn Medical Center 315-713-6655
  • Clifton Fine 315-848-8049
  • St. Lawrence Country Public Health Department 315-229-3448

Should you not be able to secure testing off campus, we will be offering limited availability for COVID-19 testing on campus the week of August 24. If you are not able to secure testing through your provider, please fill out the information on this link and we will get in touch with you on/before August 20 to notify you of your testing date/time on campus.

Quarantine vs. Isolation

Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.


An easy way to remember the difference - If you are Questioning if you have an illness, you would Quarantine. If you are Infected, you would Isolate.

 

Student Daily Health Check-In

The Medicat portal referenced below is ONLY for student use. Employees (faculty/staff) should continue using the COVID-19 Health Check. Please do not sign up for an account if you are not a current student.

Access the Student Patient Portal

In the home screen of the patient portal, you will be prompted to register with your SUNY Canton ID and e-mail address. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to login to have access to the available forms. Please note that if you have already submitted the required health history form to Davis Health Center, you DO NOT need to complete the form through the portal again. If you have any questions or need assistance with registering for the patient portal, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

COVID-19 Student Health Check screenThe patient portal will also serve as the gateway to the required daily symptom tracker. Upon logging into the patient portal, you will click on the COVID-19 heading, then click on the form labeled “Symptom Track Students,” which will prompt you to answer a series of yes/no questions in relation to COVID-19. We are requiring this form to be completed on a daily basis for all students who will be present on campus. Please complete this form prior to coming on campus.

Faculty and staff may ask students for their green dot to confirm that they did the daily health check, but they may not ask to see negative test results or other confidential health information from students.

Like everything in our world today, things are ever-changing and evolving. Should you need any assistance with the Patient Portal or Daily Symptom Tracker, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

COVID-19 Student Health Check Definitions

Social Distancing and PPE

Roody with maskSocial distancing, or the more accurate term physical distancing, will be integrated into campus life. Classes and hands-on labs that are offered in person will be divided in half, so students and faculty will be spread apart:

  • All classes will require students and instructors to wear masks.
  • The College will be providing reusable masks to students, faculty, and staff. Disposable masks may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
  • To reduce density where possible, students on campus will live in either a double or single room.
  • Chaney Dining Center has altered its procedures to encourage space between diners, both in line and while eating. The primary dining facility will eliminate all self-serve stations and provide staffed areas.
  • Most areas on campus currently use MERV-15 (minimum efficiency reporting value) ventilation filters, which filters out the COVID-19 virus. This exceeds the MERV-13 state requirement for malls.

While there are still many unknowns about the virus, we do know that masks help slow the spread of germs and increasing your distance from someone decreases the ability to spread (or shed) the virus. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us.

Two people wearing face coverings during COVID-19 outbreak.

View more about face coverings at the CDC's Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 website.

Dining Information

 

Initial Chaney Operating Procedures

Following campus protocols, Chaney Dining Center will be offering take-out meals for students during the initial self-quarantine phase of opening. Residential students may pick up meals at the dining center according to the schedule below. Masks are required when picking up meals.

Sat/Sun: 

  • Continental Breakfast  9:00 - 10:00A – Available to all
  • Lunch / Dinner Meals
    • 10:30 - 11:00A / 4:00 - 4:30P - Heritage
    • 11:00 - 11:30A / 4:30 - 5:00P - Rushton
    • 11:30 - 12:00A / 5:00 - 5:30P - Mohawk
    • 12:00 - 12:30P / 5:30 - 6:00P - Smith
    • 12:30 - 1:30P / 6:00 - 7:00P - Kennedy

Mon-Fri

  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    • 7:30 - 8:00A / 10:30 - 11:00A / 4:00 - 4:30P - Heritage
    • 8:00 - 8:30A / 11:00 - 11:30A / 4:30 - 5:00P - Rushton
    • 8:30 - 9:00A / 11:30 - 12:00P / 5:00 - 5:30P - Mohawk
    • 9:00 - 9:30A / 12:00 - 12:30P / 5:30 - 6:00P - Smith
    • 9:30 - 10:00A / 12:30 - 1:30P / 6:00 - 7:00P - Kennedy

Once the testing period is complete and satisfactory, Chaney will be open for dine-in or take-out. Hours of operation: Mon - Fri, 7:30A – 8:00P and Sat – Sun, 10:30A – 7:30P. Expected date for full opening is September 7th. To assist with limited seating, students are asked to reserve a seat by using the GET Mobile app. More details to follow. Masks are required until diner is seated.

View all Dining Hall hours and information

 

Textbooks

For the safety of all students, faculty and staff and to help maintain social distancing guidelines, the following procedures will be in place for Fall 2020. Any questions should be directed to Corey Jordan at jordanc@canton.edu.

Textbook Center

  • Textbooks will need to be ordered online at bookstore.canton.edu.
  • Order early and have your textbooks shipped to you at your home address.
  • If you do not have your textbooks shipped, you will need to make an appointment to pick them up once you arrive on campus by using the GET app. Once your order is ready, you will receive an email telling you to make your appointment for pick up. Due to volume and limited number of appointments per day, it could take several days for an appointment to become available for orders placed the first week of classes. Please order early!

Mail Info


Student Mailroom

  • Please do not have anything shipped to campus until you are sure you are attending. Otherwise, packages received will be denied and will be “RETURNED TO SENDER”.
  • As of August 2020 all package pick up will be by appointment only.
  • All appointments will be made via the GET app.
  • Once your package is processed and ready for pick up, you will receive an email telling you to make your appointment.
  • There are numerous packages delivered daily the first few weeks of each semester. With the need to make an appointment to pick up your package, it could take several days for an appointment to become available. Therefore, wherever possible, please bring your belongings with you when you arrive to campus instead of shipping.
  • Mailroom keys must be purchased online at bookstore.canton.edu and will be given out when you check into your dorm.
    • All mailroom key purchases are non-refundable so please wait until you are sure you are coming to campus before purchasing.

Campus Mail

Daily campus mail delivery and pick up has returned to normal, with delivery/pick up happening once daily to each location. The mail process for remote employees will be handled by each department/area individually. If you have someone in your area that is working remotely, please determine the most efficient, cost-effective way to get their mail to them – i.e., recycle junk mail on campus, scan and email important items, etc.

View campus mail schedule

Planning Teams

To plan for major issues related to Fall Opening, nine planning committees have been developed to address logistics over the next four months and beyond. The committees are:

  • (A) Summer 2020/Opening Week – Related Events
  • (B) Recruitment and Enrollment
  • (C) Academics
  • (D) Student Life
  • (E) Financial Impact and Operations
  • (F) Advancement
  • (G) Debrief & Recommendations
  • (H) Campus-Wide Issues
  • (I) Technology

Several members of SUNY Canton’s Emergency Response Resource Group attend or convene weekly meetings with regional health officials and local medical experts. Campus leaders also regularly consult with and share restart strategies with the Associated Colleges, medical, business and civic leaders.

Learning Formats

SUNY Canton offers many learning formats to fit any student's needs. The current schedule and delivery formats are listed below. As conditions related to COVID-19 remain fluid, the College may be required to transition to remote and online formats during the semester as directed by SUNY or the NYS Governor's Office.

During COVID-19 Testing Period

 
Remote (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught remotely through Blackboard or other online platform, Class meets via Collaborate Ultra or Teams, Class may require proctored testing
Online Asynchronous - Class taught entirely through Blackboard, No scheduled meeting times, Class may require proctored testing
 

From End of Testing Period to Thanksgiving

Remote (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught remotely through Blackboard or other online platform, Class meets via Collaborate Ultra or Teams, Class may require proctored testing
Face to Face - Class is on-campus at scheduled time, Social distancing practices will be required, COVID-19 conditions may require class to move to a remote format
Flex (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught in a classroom and through Blackboard, Students have choice to attend live class, view live stream, or view content on their time, Class may require proctored testing
Online Asynchronous - Class taught entirely through Blackboard, No scheduled meeting times, Class may require proctored testing

From Thanksgiving to End of Semester

 
Remote (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught remotely through Blackboard or other online platform, Class meets via Collaborate Ultra or Teams, Class may require proctored testing
Online Asynchronous - Class taught entirely through Blackboard, No scheduled meeting times, Class may require proctored testing
 

For more information about online and remote learning formats, visit the SUNY Canton Online website.