April 7, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State on PAUSE regulations would be extended by an additional two weeks, through Wednesday, April 29, as part of our ongoing statewide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In extending the directive, the Governor has also doubled the maximum civil fine for violating the state’s social distancing protocol, from $500 to $1,000. Local authorities can and will enforce this directive. Potsdam Village Police have asked the public to call about any suspected gathering in violation of this directive as soon as they are aware, to assist with quick enforcement, at (315) 265-2121.
Remember, any SUNY Potsdam student found responsible for violating these measures and putting themselves and others in unnecessary danger (i.e., by hosting large gatherings) can also be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary actions could result in suspension/dismissal.
Additionally, Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe has announced a travel restriction advisory for St. Lawrence County, effective immediately. All non-essential travel is restricted until further notice.
SUNY Potsdam, like other college campuses, is considered essential, for the purposes of educating our students and completing the semester in a distance learning format. A limited number of employees have been deemed essential. Those essential personnel are permitted to continue to travel to report to work as needed. Human Resources has already sent a message to essential employees with more details.