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Fall 2020

What will SUNY Potsdam look like in the early stages post-pandemic? How do we reopen?

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Spring 2020 Information/Resources


  • In keeping with our mission, SUNY Potsdam must do everything in our power to ensure that students have the ability to complete their Spring 2020 coursework wherever possible, through remote learning.
  • The Center for Creative Instruction has rolled out a number of trainings and resources to assist faculty in the transition to remote instruction, working with the coronavirus task force’s academic subcommittee. As outlined in Provost Bergeron’s recent newsletters, these resources include: Moodle, Relay, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

New Telecommuting Policy

  • A new Telecommuting Pilot Program has been approved, through agreements with CSEA, PEF and UUP. The policy also applies to M/C employees. The pilot will remain in effect until Thursday, May 14. View Policy (PDF)
  • If you are a CSEA, M/C, PEF or UUP employee, and are currently considered an essential employee for the purposes of the COVID-19 response, and want either to telecommute immediately because you are considered high risk for health reasons, or want to begin the telecommute process after the March 31 window, please complete an application (PDF).

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

Student Health Services

Every Thursday at 9 a.m., Faculty/Staff are invited to "Converse with a Nurse" regarding COVID-19 and other health related questions. Please check your email for Zoom information, including the Zoom link, meeting ID and password.

Programs abroad

  • The State University of New York and City University of New York have suspended all remaining campus-administered study abroad programs for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • SUNY Potsdam has also canceled all College-sponsored international travel courses and short-term programs, effective through Aug. 1.

International travel

  • The U.S. Department of State has issued a level 3 global health advisory, advising all U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad, due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • The President has now 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.
  • Additionally, all cruise ship travel is now discouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • As of March 18, the U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their border to all non-essential traffic. This is expected to extend through June 21, 2020. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed return entry.

Athletic facilities

  • The Maxcy Hall Athletic Complex facilities will now be 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.