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Support for Our Students as the World Deals with the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted on: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 6:55 AM

Dear Campus Community,
As we have acknowledged in previous communications, events beyond the boundaries of the campus deeply affect members of our community.  There has been much discussion of the threat of coronavirus, and along with that, reports of bias against Chinese and Asian Americans in the U.S.  Regrettably, our own students have reported incidents on and near campus where they have been made to feel marginalized and unwelcome based on misinformation and assumptions. Concern about the coronavirus should not lead us to embrace xenophobia or act counter to our culture of inclusion.
We want to express our support for our students who have been impacted by negative comments, or who are worried about loved ones at home.  We are your community and understand that even in the best of circumstances, sustained time away from home can be difficult.  If you experience harassing or threatening comments from members of our campus community, please contact either the Dean of Students (HAB 701, 845-257-3260) or the Chief Diversity Officer   (HAB 601, 845-257-3172) for support.  As always, your faculty and staff are here to ensure your success at SUNY New Paltz and are here to assist you.
The Campus Update sent on Jan 22, 2020 by our Student Health Center Medical Director regarding the Novel Coronavirus is still current:  We know of no campus community members who are at risk for 2019nCoV.  Please review this communication for details on the virus.  
Donald P. Christian
Tanhena Pacheco Dunn
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Incluson
Stephanie Blaisdell
Vice President for Student Affairs

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