SUNY Jefferson
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Welcome Back!

Let’s stay safe and get back to business!

As we transition back to campus during the coronavirus pandemic, our number one priority is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the greater college community.  After spending the month of July bringing staff back to campus and implementing additional cleaning and safety protocols, we are now ready to welcome students, prospective students and visitors back to Jefferson on a limited basis.

Beginning August 3, the majority of campus offices will be open for in-person service during regular business hours Monday-Thursday. Exceptions are noted below. Friday business will be conducted remotely each week to allow for thorough cleaning by the facilities department.

We strongly encourage students, prospective students and visitors with essential business on campus to call or email ahead and schedule appointments. While walk-in service is permitted, scheduled appointments will help to reduce population density and waiting in lines. In addition, virtual appointments will continue to be available and are encouraged.

Face coverings are required when entering offices, classroom spaces and common areas and must always be worn when social distancing is not possible. Guests must complete a health screening form upon arrival to their destination on campus. Campus offices may have slightly differing protocols for in-person meetings. Wherever possible, spaces and furniture have been arranged to facilitate social distancing.

We have transitioned the majority of fall semester classes to remote learning formats. Some classes that require hands-on activity will be conducted face-to-face on campus with social distancing measures. You can read more about our fall semester plans online. Details about specific classes will be forthcoming as the start of the semester nears. Capacity in the residence hall will not exceed 130 students, about 45% occupancy.  

Please keep in mind that Jefferson’s plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction from the department of health, the State and SUNY.  It’s a good idea to check this website for the most up-to-date information before coming to campus. This page is your primary hub for updates, new procedures for accessing and visiting campus, and resources to help the campus community transition back to college life. 

Campus information and updates

  • How to Reach Us:  Offices will be staffed during regular business hours on Monday-Thursday. Staff will work remotely on Fridays. Whether working remotely or on campus, College staff are available via phone and email during regular business hours. Contact information is available on our online directory
  • Access to Campus:  Visitors, students and staff must wear a face covering upon entering classrooms, offices, and all indoor common areas. Face coverings must be worn at all times when social distancing is not feasible. Guests must also complete a health screening form upon arrival at your campus destination.  If you are not feeling well or have visited a state restricted in the NYS Travel Advisory within the last 14 days, we kindly ask that you refrain from coming to campus. Rather, we will happily connect with you online or over the telephone. 
  • Fall Semester: Registration for fall semester classes is open.  Classes begin August 31. We are offering a combination of remote online, remote online live (where students and instructors meet together on a regular schedule), and a limited number of in-person classes and labs that will incorporate social distancing. For detailed descriptions of the different class formats, please visit our academic-related FAQ.
  • Safety Protocols for In-Person Appointments:  Unless otherwise noted below, all campus offices are open for in-person meetings beginning August 3. We look forward to meeting you in a safe and healthy environment. For the foreseeable future, we encourage prospective students and visitors to make appointments in advance of your visit. When your appointment is confirmed, you will be advised as to the process for when you arrive on campus. Face coverings and social distancing are required.
  • Virtual Appointments:  Offices will continue to offer and encourage virtual appointments whenever feasible, either online or via telephone.
  • Library:  The library is open only to students at this time.  Patrons must show a SUNY Student ID.  The library will continue to offer curbside pick up of books and other library materials. Please contact the library via email or by calling (315) 786-2225 during business hours.
  • Computer Access:  The library has computers available for student use. A SUNY STudent ID must be presented. 
  • Bookstore: The campus bookstore will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm on Monday - Thursday beginning August 3.  Textbooks and academic materials can also be ordered online.
  • The following campus facilities remain closed until further notice:  Fitness Center, Computer Lab (Jules Center), Courtyard Cafeteria and Campus Childcare. In addition, campus facilities are not currently available for use/rental by external organizations.
  • Professional Development Workshops & Kids College:  A variety of online professional training opportunities are available while in-person workshops remain suspended. Kids' College programs are offered online this summer through Black Rocket.
  • Health & Wellness Center: The Health & Wellness Center on campus is operated by the North Country Family Health Center and is open its regular hours. Please call (315) 786-1045 for appointments.

Please continue to monitor your College email and for further updates.

Jefferson's reopening plan has been approved by SUNY and is available for your information. It is subject to change at any time.  We will evaluate the College's reopening process weekly and make changes as necessary, as we continue to monitor guidance from the NYS Department of Health, the Jefferson County Control Room and Public Health Office, the Centers for Disease Control and SUNY. The coronavirus pandemic is an evolving issue, and the College will keep our constituents up-to-date as we put appropriate protocols in place to minimize potential risks to students, faculty and staff.

External Resources

Samaritan Medical Center Resource Line:  (315) 755-3100, 7 days per week, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065