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Restart Plan: Get the details.

Fall 2020

SUNY Potsdam’s Restart Plan for Fall 2020 has been approved.

View Restart Plan



New Telecommuting Policy

  • A Telecommuting Pilot Program has been approved, through agreements with CSEA, PEF and UUP. The policy also applies to M/C employees. The pilot has been extended through October 2, 2020. View Policy (PDF)
  • SUNY Potsdam has chosen to approve telecommuting plans through July 30, to the greatest extent possible. After that time, SUNY Potsdam is planning on beginning to bring employees back to campus in phases.
  • You must have approval from your supervisor to extend a telecommuting arrangement, along with an approved application on file with Human Resources.

Coping resources

  • The College Counseling Center has put together a list of resources to help you and our students.
  • If you need support for your mental health, email Gena Nelson at The College Counseling Center is offering one-time video meetings for support and advice, and can also offer a list of private practitioners for ongoing counseling.
  • The Governor’s Office has established a free hotline staffed by volunteer mental health professionals, available anytime by calling 1 (844) 863-9314.
  • New York State is partnering with Headspace to offer free meditation and mindfulness content. For more information, visit

Programs abroad

  • SUNY Potsdam has canceled all College-sponsored international travel courses and short-term programs, effective through December 31, 2020. 

International travel

  • The U.S. Department of State has a level 4 global health advisory in place, advising all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad, due to the global impact of COVID-19. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a Level 3 Warning in place. 
  • The U.S. President has barred entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals traveling from China, Iran, most countries in the European Union, the United Kingdom and Ireland. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may return from these nations through specific airports and with health protocols in place.
  • As of March 18, the U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their border to all non-essential traffic. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed return entry. Travelers entering/returning to Canada should consult the Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel Information.

Domestic travel

  • In response to rising levels of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the U.S., New York State has issued a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.
  • As of July 10, the restricted states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
  • If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.
  • The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

Athletic facilities

  • The Maxcy Hall Athletic Complex facilities remain closed until further notice, following an executive order from the Governor closing all gyms in the state.
  • The Merritt Hall pool remains closed as well.
  • All Maxcy Club members and Swim Club members will have their contracts extended, so that once the facilities reopen, community members will be able to utilize those facilities for the same amount of time in the future that they will miss due to this closure.

Mailroom & Receiving

The Student Mailroom in the Barrington Student Union, and the Carson Hall Mailroom, will both be open as follows for the foreseeable future:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed between 12 and 12:30 p.m. for lunch)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Closed

The Receiving Department will continue to be open five days a week, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed between 12 and 12:30 p.m.). Receiving will continue to call and leave voicemails with departments to arrange deliveries or pick-ups.