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Campus Life FAQs

How do I know which courses have been moved to virtual instruction?

  • Log in to BearPAWS
  • Click “Student Services and Financial Aid,” 
  • Click “Registration,” 
  • Click “Class Search,”
  • Select “Fall 2020” and click “Submit”
  • Select “Advanced Search”
  • Under “Attribute Type” select “Virtual Instruction”

Is the Counseling Center available?

The College Counseling Center remains committed to working with students who are navigating the mental health impacts of their experience. More information can be found here.

What will the restrictions in the residence halls be, due to COVID-19?

There will be several restrictions in the residence halls due to COVID-19.  Updated campus policies will be provided to students in the upcoming weeks and will include:

  • Per New York State mandates, students will not have to wear a face covering in their room, but you will be required to wear one at all other times. This will include when you are in the hallway, bathroom, or common areas of the residence halls.
  • Students will not have card access to all residence halls; your card access will be restricted to the building where you live.
  • Students will not be able to have any guests in any part of the residence halls (rooms, common areas, etc). Guests are defined as anyone who is not assigned to live in your room, including other SUNY Potsdam students. This policy may be assessed as the semester progresses, but students should expect that this could stay in place for the entire semester.
  • Students who become sick or come in close contact with someone who has become sick should expect to have to temporarily relocate until you are cleared by Public Health.  During this time, students will not be able to leave their space for any reason.  Food, and other items that a student may need, will be delivered.

What will on-campus student life be during the Fall 2020 semester?

In considering activities that can take place, we followed guidance by NYS and public health. Many traditional activities have been temporarily suspended for the Fall as a result. These include large-scale events, contact-based events, activities that would put people in close proximity with one another not allowing for physical distancing, and student club travel.

Traditional programs to include the Potsdam Diversity Ambassadors and Mentors (P’DAM) program; Days of Reflection; Summit Leadership Program; Women, Gender, and Leadership; late night activities; and many others will transition to a virtual format.  

Can student clubs and student organizations meet face-to-face?

Campus Life will work to support student clubs and organizations to transition the majority of their activities online. To maximize available space and allow students with health concerns to participate, weekly student club/organization meetings will need to be conducted online.

A limited number of small-scale, seated activities may be able to take place in-person indoors or outdoors pending staffing and space availability. Additionally, attendance tracking will be required at all events to support contact tracing efforts if needed and will be limited to SUNY Potsdam students, faculty, and staff. Given this, clubs and organizations should plan to offer as many activities as possible virtually for the fall.

Will club sports, athletic events, or access to Fitness Center be available during the Fall 2020 semester?

At this time, the following facilities will be closed for the Fall until further notice: many areas within Maxcy Hall for recreational activities to include the Pool, Ice Rink, Climbing Wall, Racquetball and Squash Courts, and locker rooms as well as Pete’s Place in the Student Union and the Video Gaming Lounge in Lehman.  Based on current NYS guidelines, the Fitness Center is currently closed. If permitted to open by NYS, the College will consider options to re-open  the Fitness Center with limited hours and safety procedures in place. We anticipate other areas of campus to be available for limited programming. Venture Outdoors will be open for canoe and kayak use on a limited basis. It is expected that competitive, contact-based club sport teams will be able to engage in individual and potentially group based work-outs in a phased approach pending further guidance.  Intercollegiate Athletics will follow the guidelines articulated by the NCAA, as well as SUNYAC, NEWHL, and NEAC Conferences in addition to college, state, regional, and federal guidelines. 

How will I know what virtual events will take place?

The schedule of events will be available soon at - be sure to log in with your Potsdam user name and password to view all features.

What dining options will be available?

PACES is planning to have all dining areas open at this time, but this is subject to change depending on the number of students who return to campus.  Expanded grab and go options will be offered and encouraged. 

Will the bear shuttle operate during the Fall 2020 semester?

The Bear Shuttle is planned to operate on its regular schedule with appropriate safety measures in place.

Will there be a Welcome Weekend Carnival?

Welcome Weekend will kick-off the year with engaging virtual activities to help students meet one another, develop friendships, and connect with student clubs and organizations. Highlights include a large-scale virtual teambuilding activity, Playlist Bingo, and a Stream of Illusion Magic Experience, with many prizes available. The main event of the weekend will be a virtual club showcase where students can participate in interactive experiences with 40+ student clubs and organizations and learn how to join our amazing groups. The club showcase is replacing the Welcome Weekend Carnival for this year.