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Daily Digest: SUNY New Paltz News

Posted on: Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM

This newsletter is a daily source of major campus news, information about events, useful tips for navigating campus this fall, and updates about new and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Read more here.
Students, faculty and staff will also receive important bulletins via the new NPForward text notification system.


  • Coronavirus update: No new cases to report
  • Guidance for faculty: What to do when you learn of someone else’s confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
  • Radio Catskill interview with President Christian
  • Celebrating UPD Lt. Johnny Coxum's 20+ years of service to our community
  • Peer-to-peer academic services available now from the Center for Student Success
  • Review the College's media relations and social media policies
  • FAQ of the Day: What happens if a student reports a symptom or exposure to COVID-19 in the Daily Health Screening?
  • From our community: A "very satisfying sphere" from the Metal Program
  • Events and resources
  • The latest from media

Coronavirus updates

Sept. 10 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community
No new cases to report as of 5 p.m. yesterday

SUNY New Paltz COVID-19 Dashboard
The College's tally of active cases, on-campus testing, positivity rates, quarantine and more


News from around campus

Guidance for faculty: What to do when you learn of someone else’s confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
Clarification on how cases should be reported and suggestions for how instructors can respond when students reach out

Radio Catskill interview with President Christian
A conversation about the Protect New Paltz Pledge and the College's coordination with local municipalities this fall

Get a jump-start on your academics with the Center for Student Success
Use to schedule peer-to-peer advising, tutoring, writing instruction and more

Last call! Faculty survey on Open Access Scholarship and Repository closes Sept. 11 at noon
Help shape a new, SUNY-mandated policy that could make faculty scholarship available to new and larger audiences
Use this link for context and additional info about Open Access policies

Review the College's media relations and social media policies
Info on how we work with journalists and social platforms to "Tell the New Paltz Story"

Friends and colleagues from across campus joined University Police last month to celebrate Lieutenant Johnny Coxum's retirement after more than two decades of service.
Coxum was uniquely connected to students, faculty, staff and alumni and always made education a core element of his work, including as a leader of Ethics in Policing and Cultural Diversity trainings for new and experienced officers in UPD and throughout New York State.

Reopening FAQ of the day

What happens if a student reports a symptom or exposure to COVID-19 in the Daily Health Screening?
Students who indicate symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19 in the Daily Health Screening will receive instructions to contact the Student Health Service, to remain in their residence hall room (if living on campus) or to remain at home (if living off campus).
The Student Health Service, the student’s Residence Director (if applicable), and the instructors of the student’s in-person courses (if applicable) will be notified that the student did not pass the Screening for that day.
The Health Service will make a clinical judgment about the likelihood of COVID-19 based on the unique circumstances of each student’s case.
If the Student Health Service determines that the symptoms are unlikely to be COVID-19-related, they may clear the student to be present on campus and in subsequent seated classes, as long as future health screenings reveal resolution of symptoms and no exposure.
If the Student Health Services suspects that the symptoms are COVID-19-related, the student will be required to quarantine. If COVID-19 is confirmed by testing, the student will be required to isolate. Residential students may quarantine/isolate in Awosting Hall or at home. Commuter students will quarantine/isolate off campus. Both will be monitored by Student Health Services, the College’s contact tracers and, under some circumstances, county health officials.

Events and resources

Upcoming Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings

SUNY System-wide COVID-19 Case Tracker
Published statistics from all 64 campuses, updated every 24 hours

Free webinar: Teaching and Communication Strategies In-Person and Online Using Theatre Techniques
SUNY Center for Professional Development offers simple tips from performing arts for more effective public speaking, even while masked. Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

Faculty drop in hours with Mentor Teacher Blair Proctor, today from 1-3 p.m.
An informal way for colleagues to share ideas, tips and best practices for online teaching


The latest from media

Ulster County refocuses Project Resilience to address child care needs
The Benjamin Center is a partner on a new initiative to help families cover child care costs
Daily Freeman, 9/8/20


From Our Community 

The community of makers in the Department of Art is continuing to produce exceptional work this fall. @newpaltzmetal shares this "very satisfying sphere" from Emily Rowe '20 (Visual Art), who is working from a home studio for her final semester. See more

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