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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

April 23: Important updates on events, Summer Session and travel

April 23, 2020

On-Campus Events/Activities

SUNY Potsdam continues to closely monitor guidance on all events and activities, in consultation with the St. Lawrence Public Health Department. The College plans to cancel all in-person campus-sponsored and third-party events and activities through August 1, in order to protect the health of our campus and community. Sadly, this includes many of our beloved summer camps and programs for children. We know that this is disappointing news. However, each program organizer is working closely with their constituents to develop alternative plans. All existing restrictions limiting access to campus facilities will likewise remain in place until further notice.


While it is too early to determine when a traditional face-to-face Commencement ceremony will be possible, you are invited to join us online on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m., for a special virtual celebration of our graduating students. The Commencement Committee will send more details about the virtual celebration to our Class of 2020 graduates on Monday.

Summer Session

Based on guidance from SUNY System Administration, there will be no face-to-face courses offered during Summer Session this year. Our faculty have worked hard to develop additional online and distance learning offerings, and registration is open now. Students will receive more information about the expanded online Summer Session offerings in the coming days.

International Travel Experiences

SUNY Potsdam has canceled all upcoming College-sponsored international travel experiences, including semester-long and short-term programs for fall semester. Please note this is effective for all programs during the Fall 2020 semester. Students who are planning to complete an international travel experience through another SUNY institution should contact Krista LaVack, Director of International Education and Programs, to discuss the potential impact of the pandemic on their ability to participate, at

Domestic Travel Experiences

Effective immediately, for risk management purposes, all domestic travel courses involving students that include an overnight stay will need to be coordinated following the policies and procedures established by the Office of International Education and Programs. Instructors should contact their respective Dean/Director and Krista LaVack to discuss the potential impacts for their courses.


We will continue to update campus on our response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, as we work to protect public health and uphold our academic mission in the weeks and months ahead.