What You Need to Know About COVID-19 at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College is taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff while closely monitoring the development of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The college is in close contact with SUNY System Administration and the New York State Department of Health and will share updates and new guidance quickly with the SUNY Empire community. 

In order to help reduce density, most of our campus locations will follow a distance learning model beginning March 17, 2020 and continuing through the Spring 2021 term(s).

Certain campus locations will be open to students by appointment only. Those campus locations are:

  • Saratoga Springs
    • 113 West Ave Student Campus Center

Despite following a distance learning model, several campus locations are equipped with eduroam, a higher education roaming WiFi service that provides internet access to students using their same SUNY Empire network credentials even from a building's exterior. Those locations are:

  • Rochester
  • Saratoga Springs
    • 2 Union Ave
    • 111 West Ave
    • 113 West Ave Student Campus Center
  • Selden

The following campus locations will be full distance learning:

  • Albany
  • Auburn
  • Binghamton
  • Brooklyn
  • Buffalo (Cheektowaga)
  • Corning
  • Fort Drum
  • Harlem
  • Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School for Labor Studies
  • Hartsdale
  • Hauppauge
  • Lakewood
  • Latham
  • Manhattan
  • Olean
  • Rochester
  • Rockefeller Institute of Government (Albany)
  • Queensbury
  • Saratoga Springs (2 Union, 111 West Ave)
  • Schenectady
  • Selden
  • Staten Island
  • Syracuse (East Syracuse)

COVID-19 Spring 2021 Map (PDF 413kB)

 

As SUNY Empire has been delivering, and pioneering, online education for more than 20 years, we are uniquely positioned to make this transition smoothly if and where needed. We anticipate minimal interruption in students' academic progress. (Students see: COVID-19 Student FAQ and Tips for Successful Distance Learning. Faculty see: Instructional Continuity.)

Please note the following additional steps that are being taken, among others: 

  • We have increased the cleaning frequency and intensity for high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, faucets, elevator buttons, and light switches throughout all SUNY Empire locations.
  • Safety and Security has created a sign-in sheet for all guests (including students, delivery drivers, etc.) that should be filled out at the front desks at all locations.
  • We are developing robust continuity of operations plans to deliver services with minimal interruption in various scenarios.
  • Students, faculty, and staff: please be sure to update your contact information and add a mobile number in Self-Service Banner to receive email and text notifications through our Everbridge notification system.

Be assured that the safety and security of every member of the SUNY Empire community are our highest priorities.  

Contact Us with Questions or Concerns

Students: Contact the Student Information Center at 1stop@esc.edu or
1-800-847-3000, ext. 2285.

Employees: Contact Director of Facilities Joshua Fleming at Joshua.Fleming@esc.edu.

Media: Contact Director of Communications Jamie Tario at Jamie.Tario@esc.edu.

SUNY Empire State College is taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff while closely monitoring the development of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The college is in close contact with SUNY System Administration and the New York State Department of Health and will share updates and new guidance quickly with the SUNY Empire community.

Spring 2021 SUNY Empire Plan

SUNY Empire State College has released its plan for instruction and services for the spring semester. The plan has been approved by the State University of New York.

Read the plan

SUNY Empire COVID-19 Emergency Educational Grant

Our Emergency Educational Grant program has helped more than 900 SUNY Empire students continue their academic pursuits despite new financial challenges imposed by the pandemic. While funds for the fall term have been awarded, we are still accepting gifts.

Students, please continue to check back for updates on the availability for new awards

Support the Effort

Important Resources

The SUNY Empire State College community is volunteering, organizing, and donating their time and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read about the good work being done across the state.

Contact Us with Questions or Concerns

Students: Contact the Student Information Center at 1stop@esc.edu or 1-800-847-3000, ext. 2285.

Employees: Contact Director of Facilities Joshua Fleming at joshua.fleming@esc.edu.

Media: Contact Director of Communications Jamie Tario at jamie.tario@esc.edu

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