SUNY Jefferson

Information for Students

 

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer and staying safe and healthy. Without a doubt, you must have lots of questions about the fall semester. The following brief update should answer some of those questions and additional details are available in the full text of this message below.  Rest assured that with any decisions we make during this challenging time, our first priority is for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Class Formats. We have transitioned the majority of fall semester to remote learning formats. Some classes that require hands-on activity will be conducted face-to-face on campus and incorporate social distancing measures. The vast majority of classes that were originally scheduled for in-person instruction have been converted to live online learning, which is when you have a set class schedule and instruction is provided in real-time by the instructor.

We understand remote learning can be a challenge for many and we stand ready to help you be successful. If you have questions or concerns about your class format, please visit the academic-related FAQ or contact an educational planner at 315-786-2437.

Residence Hall. East Hall will be open with a maximum of 130 students for the fall semester. At this capacity level, each student will have their own bedroom; shared suite spaces will include the living room and kitchen. Regular health screenings will be conducted and protocols are in place should a student display symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19.  Our goal is to provide you with a safe and healthy living environment that balances the social activity you expect from college life.

Intercollegiate Sports.  In accordance with the NJCAA, intercollegiate athletics will not take place this fall, however colleges will be allowed to offer fall sports in the spring semester. For Jefferson, this means we need to decide what sports we can offer beginning in early January. As soon decisions are made, we will let you know.     

Phased Campus Reopening.  While we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back to  campus, we are beginning our transition back by phasing in College departments and staff only. During this time, offices will not be open to the public except by limited appointments, scheduled in advance; no walk-ins will be permitted at this time. 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.

  • Placement, CLEP and DSST Testing: Please email thetestingcenter@sunyjefferson.edu with any questions or to schedule your exam. Remote testing is still available as well.
  • Accommodative Services:  Schedule in-person and online appointments by emailing jccaccommodations@sunyjefferson.edu with your name, phone number, and your requested time and day for the appointment.
  • Enrollment Services Staff and Education Planners:  Online and in-person appointments with admissions, student records, financial aid and education planning staff may be requested through the Virtual Kiosk or by calling (315) 786-2437.
  • Library Materials - Curbside Pick-Up: To request books or other library materials, contact the library via email library@sunyjefferson.edu or by calling (315) 786-2225 during business hours.

Please remember that these decisions, along with any part of the College’s reopening plan, are subject to change depending upon guidance from state and local health officials and SUNY.  The College’s coronavirus-related web page Coronavirus – Campus Reopening Updates and Information is your primary hub for updates, new procedures for accessing and visiting campus, answers to FAQs, and resources to help you transition back to college life.

Updates and Information

Jefferson Students,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and staying safe and healthy.  I’m sure you have lots of questions about the fall semester and I wanted to provide you with the following update.  Rest assured that with any decisions we make during this challenging time, our first priority is for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Class Formats for Fall Semester
In light of persistent health concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, we have transitioned the majority of fall semester to remote learning formats. Some classes that require hands-on activity, such as science labs and culinary arts, will be conducted face-to-face on campus and incorporate social distancing measures. The vast majority of classes that were originally scheduled for in-person instruction have been converted to live online learning, also called synchronous. Synchronous learning is when a student accesses a class via the internet, but has a set class schedule and instruction is provided in real-time by the instructor. Many classes will be conducted via a combination of learning formats. 

We understand remote learning can be a challenge for many and we stand ready to help you be successful. All students must complete a distance learning orientation online, technical support is available 24/7, and faculty and staff will be on hand to help you with these new learning formats. If you have questions or concerns about your class format, please visit the academic-related FAQ on www.sunyjefferson.edu/welcomeback or contact an educational planner at 315-786-2437.

Residence Hall is Open
East Hall will be open with a maximum of 130 students for the fall semester. At this capacity level, each student will have their own bedroom; shared suite spaces will include the living room and kitchen. Residence life staff are in the process of developing guidelines around guest visitation and socializing in common areas like the game room and HUB.  Regular health screenings will be conducted and protocols are in place should a student display symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19.  Ultimately our goal is to provide you with a safe and healthy living environment that balances the social activity you expect from college life. The housing application is available online

Intercollegiate Sports – Fall Semester
The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced that intercollegiate athletics will not take place this fall, however fall sports can be played during the spring semester at the discretion of the individual college. For Jefferson, this means we need to decide what sports we can offer in the spring semester, beginning in early January. As soon decisions are made, we will be sure to let you know.     

Phased Campus Reopening
While we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming students and community members back to campus, we are beginning our transition back to campus by phasing in College departments and staff only, during the month of July. During this time, offices will not be open to the public except by limited, scheduled appointments. We look forward to meeting you in a safe and healthy environment. For this reason, all in-person appointments must be scheduled in advance; no walk-ins will be permitted at this time. 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.

  • Placement, CLEP and DSST Testing: Appointments can be made Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 1:15 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Remote testing is still available as well. Please contact the Testing Center at thetestingcenter@sunyjefferson.edu with any questions or to schedule your exam.
  • Accommodative Services:  In-person and online appointments can be scheduled by emailing jccaccommodations@sunyjefferson.edu with your name, phone number, and your requested time and day for the appointment.
  • Enrollment Services Staff and Education Planners: Online and in-person appointments with admissions, student records, financial aid and education planning staff may be requested through the Virtual Kiosk or by calling (315) 786-2437.
  • Library Materials - Curbside Pick-Up: To request books or other library materials, contact the library via email library@sunyjefferson.edu or by calling (315) 786-2225 during business hours. You will be given a day and time to pick up your materials. This service will be available Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. A SUNY card is required to borrow materials. Library materials can be returned to the drop box located in the first floor lobby of the Deans Collaborative Learning Center, Bldg. 15 and will be quarantined for 3 days.  

Please remember that these decisions, along with any part of the College’s reopening plan, are subject to change depending upon guidance from state and local health officials and SUNY.  The details and processes relating to how we open to students and the general public are still being finalized.  We will continue to keep you posted as information evolves.  The College’s pandemic-related web page Coronavirus – Campus Reopening Updates and Information is your primary hub for updates, new procedures for accessing and visiting campus, answers to FAQs, and resources to help you transition back to college life.

Be well,

Dr. Ty Stone
President

 

External Resources

New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065