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Fall 2020 Planning


SUNY Plattsburgh's preparation for the fall semester includes deliberate, timely and thoughtful approaches to organize key information, examine alternatives, and inform decision-making. Input from faculty, students and staff has ensured excellence and accessibility. 

SUNY approved our fall restart plan and ensured it meets all safety requirements detailed by Gov. Cuomo and the state Department of Health. The plan describes our approach to return students, faculty and staff to campus safely for the fall within the constraints presented by COVID-19 and with the flexibility to adjust as conditions warrant.  

The Fall 2020 Restart Plan is online here.

Details on sections of the plan and short summaries are online here.

Five targeted working groups gathered relevant data to envision what resuming operations would entail and require. Working groups are leveraging our talent, skill, innovation and time available until fall to support SUNY Plattsburgh’s goal to be “student first” and provide a significant educational experience.

Working Groups

  1. Operational Continuity, Health and Safety. First do no harm. Includes protections, precautions, distancing, testing, tracing, etc. that needs to be in place for all campus communities (e.g. faculty, staff, students, public health/safety, etc.). Identifies supplies, procedures and related resources to support Fall 2020 scenarios.
  2. Academics and Instructional Continuity. Focus on how we will operate academically, what formats could be used, and under what constraints, including a delayed start. Key on what we do, where do we do it, and what additional professional development is needed and when. Details implications for classrooms, staffing, delivery times, etc. Considers aspects of library, technology support, program evaluation, pedagogy, and more under the three scenarios.
  3. Housing and Campus Life. Focus on where and how students live during the semester. Accounts for how many students, where and what community housing constraints may look like. Explores implications for campus life, activities, programing, athletics and related activities.
  4. Student Support and Equity. Focus on what students need to remain successful, how we support students, where that support is delivered and in what ways. Includes basic needs support (e.g. - housing, food, social, emotional, psychological, etc.) and novel retention strategies. Details elements needed to ensure inclusion and equity in all aspects of campus life and that students continue to have access to higher education.
  5. Admissions and Student Recruitment Marketing. Focus on how we maximize yield for the incoming fall class and what is needed now and over the coming months for the next class/es of Cardinals. Examines what special needs exist for domestic and international admissions, events, tactics and related student recruitment marketing under the scenarios. Focus on how we engage alumni to provide support.

Our initial scenarios planning chart based on summaries from five working groups is here

Our initial planning summary report to the chancellor is here.

Overarching Aspects

Several important factors run through the five critical areas but are not included in separate working group buckets listed above. Working groups will frame all three scenario plans while considering these elements: 

  • Financial Stability. College budget, revenues, expenses, finances.
  • Advancement. Fundraising and donor support.
  • Communications. Coordinated messaging.
  • Community. External relations and political support.
  • Strategic Planning. Long-term approaches and Middle States regional accreditation process.
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