Coronavirus Update -- Residence Hall -- March 21

Residential Students, Families, and Friends:

I write to follow up on the message sent this morning from Ryan Gambino, Director of Housing and Residential Education, and reiterate the importance of what he communicated.

Our decision to reduce our timeline for students to gather their belongings was made as a result of the emergency directive issued yesterday by Governor Cuomo that goes into effect Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The Governor’s office provided further guidance to colleges and universities in New York that indicated moving in and out of student housing should be completed before the mandated restrictions go into place. Because of this directive, all students who are planning to remove their belongings must do so by no later than tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 8PM.

Additionally, if you are planning to vacate your space and leave belongings behind, you must do so by no later than 8PM, Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Once restrictions are lifted, we will be able to begin coordinating directly with those whose belongings remain in the building.

Only those students who have indicated on the housing status form that they plan to remain in the residence hall for the duration of the spring 2020 semester will be able to access the residence hall after 8PM, Sunday, March 22, 2020.

This is necessary for us to maintain accurate information about who is in the building and ensure appropriate social distancing and compliance with other directives and mandates by local, state, and federal officials. We are running the residence hall with only essential personnel at this time and can only permit those residents continuing to stay in housing to come and go once the restrictions go into place tomorrow evening.

Anyone whose housing status is altered by this new timeline must update their status by resubmitting this form.

We appreciate your understanding as we all go through this together.
Stay well,

Chris Chamberlin
Dean of Students

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