January 7, 2021
I want to keep you fully informed about the plans Farmingdale State College has for
the spring 2021 semester, and the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety
of our students.
Our spring semester will begin on Friday, January 29—approximately one week later
than originally scheduled. This slight delay in the start of classes is in keeping
with SUNY guidance on adjustments to our academic calendar. In addition, we will not
have a Spring Break in March. Instead, classes will be held during the week of March
14-20 when the break was originally scheduled. The spring semester classes will conclude
as originally scheduled on May 7, with final exams to follow.
About 85 per cent of our instruction will be delivered in some remote format. I am
pleased to say the campus has not experienced many cases of COVID-19. Remote, online,
and hybrid instruction assists us in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining
a safe environment. Wearing face coverings on campus and social distancing will again
be mandatory for any student who comes to campus.
As in fall 2020, the College will require all students to complete a Pre-Arrival Agreement that outlines campus policies regarding screening, testing, travel, as well as compliance
with face mask, distancing, and other obligations.
All students who are on-campus for any reason are required to complete all of the following
or face removal from in-person classes and lose access to on-campus services:
- Complete the Pre-Arrival Agreement which requires a seven-day precautionary quarantine before returning to campus
- Present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to January
29 OR participate in an on-campus COVID-19 testing opportunity within five days of
initial return to campus (only rapid antigen and PCR nasal swab testing results will
be accepted) OR present documentation of a positive COVID-19 diagnostic result from
the prior three-month period before initial return to campus using the COVID-19 Test Upload link
- Begin completing the daily health screening tool 14 days prior to their first day on campus and continue for the entirety of the semester
(including those days when they are not expected on campus)
Here are the links to the forms that students who are on campus must submit:
Our students have been diligent in observing campus, SUNY, and state public health
requirements. During the spring semester, we will continue to conduct mandatory COVID-19
testing of all students with an on-campus presence.
I fully understand the inconvenience resulting from the implementation of these health
and safety protocols. These measures are designed to meet State University of New
York requirements and, most importantly, to protect the entire campus community and
Please visit the home page of the College’s web site at www.farmingdale.edu, where you will see a prominently displayed message “Spring 2021: What Students Should
Know.” From here, you can navigate to a wealth of pertinent information about campus
operations for the spring 2021 semester.