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Student Return to Campus Plan

Meet Dr. Gooch, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Summer 2021 at SUNY Schenectady

SUNY Schenectady is ready to assist you in anyway we can to ensure your summer semester is productive and engaging. Given the College’s continued virtual instruction, there are protocols for students who will be coming to campus to utilize support services or lab classes.

The College is awaiting additional guidance from SUNY, New York State, and the CDC regarding the fall semester. We will inform the College community as soon as possible with any new information. Please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination if you have not already done so. Visit Schenectady County Public Health to find a vaccine point of distribution. Most locations do not require an appointment.

  • The College is open for business Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • There will be no evening face-to-face services (after 4:30 p.m.) provided for the Summer semester, unless previously arranged with a member of staff.
  • If you have a lab course held on campus, you will enter and exit from the same location. This will allow us to monitor and track in the case of a COVID-19 positive case on campus.
    • Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism  classes will enter and exit through the Elston Hall B-wing entrance or the Loading Dock entrance behind the Casola entranceway.
    • Natural Science and Business classes will enter and exit through the Center for Science and Technology (CST).
    • Music classes will enter and exit through the Music Building Main Entranceway.
    • If you arrive by CDTA, no matter your class type, you will enter through the Canal Side Café Entrance on Route 5.
  • All individuals (students, staff or visitors) visiting campus will be required to complete a health assessment and temperature check each day. You can complete it prior to arrival each day or in person when you arrive to campus.
  • All students are require to participate in COVID Surveillance Pool Testing once a week if they are on campus.
  • Facemasks and social distancing are mandated when in all campus buildings.
  • To ensure continued safety, hand sanitizer dispensers will be located throughout campus and our Facilities staff will clean and disinfect campus regularly. We will also have cleaning supplies in each classroom/computer station to use before and after each use.
  • SUNY Schenectady will continue our laptop loan program. Please see below for more information regarding the laptop loan program.
  • If you are taking a face-to-face class and become ill, please reach out to us at
  • If you are ill or have developed any COVID symptoms, do not come to campus.


Free Resources, How-To Instructions, and Campus Supports

SUNY Schenectady remains committed to your success with virtual instruction. The Student Resource page includes information to help you to be successful as you take your courses.


Student Laptop Loan Program

SUNY Schenectady, through a US Department of Education Title III grant, is able to loan laptops to students for the winter/spring semester to ensure full access to their online coursework. To request a laptop, please complete the Laptop Loan Request form and return it to Appointments will be made for students to pick up a laptop.


COVID-19 Testing for Students

SUNY Schenectady continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community. Given the spikes in COVID-19 cases reported at our nation’s Colleges and Universities, all unvaccinated students and students who choose not to disclose their vaccination status who are on campus for class or other business (computer access, visiting an office or using the food pantry) are mandated to submit to a COVID-19 saliva test every week that a student is on campus. This protocol has been adopted at every SUNY campus across the state.

This testing will be mandatory for those students students and will allow SUNY Schenectady to identify cases among students early on and take steps to prevent further spread of the virus. Face-to-face students will receive a scheduled day and time, via email, for their mandated test prior to the beginning of the semester. Students who come to campus for other purposes, will be taken as a walk-in student, no appointment is necessary.



Compliance with our campus safety requirements is mandatory. If a student refuses to comply with these requirements, they will be denied entry to the buildings and directed to leave the premises. Should they refuse, law enforcement will be contacted for assistance. Students who are sent home due to their refusal to these safety measures may also face additional code of conduct processes.