Is SUNY New Paltz prepared with plans to return to remote operations in the event in-person, on-campus operations cannot safely be sustained?
Yes. The College has developed a “Pause and Pivot” procedure which can be implemented if the College is so directed by the state’s Regional Control Room, SUNY, the Department of Health or other body.
The plan outlines steps to be taken to shut down in-person activities, reduce campus density and return to remote operations. These steps include:
- Halting all in-person instruction, pivoting to remote delivery, and resuming in seven calendar days. In this event, the academic calendar would be adjusted to add back the lost instructional days at the end of the semester when we have already moved to remote instruction.
- Issuing new directions to employees regarding telecommuting policies, equipment for home offices, and other issues pursuant to SUNY and state directives and collective bargaining agreements.
- Continuing operation of facilities, maintenance, custodial and other essential functions to ensure the health and safety of any employees who must remain on campus.
- Reverting all activities to virtual modality, with support from Instructional Technology Services.