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Posted on: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM

We created this daily newsletter to keep students, faculty and staff informed about campus news and resources for distance learning, while also reducing the volume of emails we're all receiving. Read more here.


  • Fall 2020 undergraduate registration start date extended
  • Keeping courses accessible during distance learning
  • What's up with the blue tape on doors to campus rooms?
  • Upcoming professional development and training opportunities
  • The latest from government and media
  • Frequently Asked Question of the day

News from around campus

Fall 2020 course registration start date for undergraduate students moved to April 27
One-week extension allows students and advisors more time to plan

Blue tape on door jambs: Clean rooms and a safer campus
Facilities adopts a new, common sense approach to allow custodial staff to work safely and efficiently

A word of caution regarding playing sports during pandemic
A friendly reminder from the Director of the Student Health Service

Resources for remote teaching and learning

Keeping Accessibility in Mind
The Office of Instructional Technology and Disability Resource Center offer tips and tools to help all students succeed through the shift to distance learning

Contingency Planning in Blackboard
Guidance for faculty preparing for the possibility they become unable to teach
(Updated March 30)


Professional development and training opportunities

Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Innovative Campus Models
A Faculty Development Center-endorsed webinar from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (TODAY, March 31, 2-3 p.m., free of charge)


The latest from government and media

SUNY New Paltz Team 3D Prints Face Shields For COVID-19 Front Lines
Audio story about HVAMC's work supporting local responders (WAMC, 3/30/20)

Tips to Keep a Positive Attitude in the World of Coronavirus
IDMH Deputy Director shares expertise with a national audience (Weather.com, 3/27/20)

Governor Cuomo's Daily Press Briefing (3/30/20)
Annoucing new hospital partnerships to balance patient capacity and share supplies


Frequently Asked Question of the Day

What resources are available for students in financial crisis?
The Student Crisis Fund provides quick-response, one-time grants in the event of a qualifying emergency. Funds can be used toward essential academic needs (books and supplies); replacement of lost or damaged items; or basic needs such as utilities, childcare, short-term housing or transportation. Average awards are $100-$1,000.
Students with special circumstances are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to learn more about what additional resources are available. Please note that the office is practicing social distancing strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help us maintain the best customer service possible, please submit any financial aid questions or concerns via e-mail to fao@newpaltz.edu.
Have more questions? We're updating our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions webpage daily.

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