To: All Students – All Campuses
From: President Tony Collins
Clarkson University will be complying with Governor Cuomo’s new directive for all New Yorkers (*see below).
- In Potsdam – Only students who have been pre-approved by the Residence Life office are permitted on campus or in the residence halls. Anyone arriving without permission will be sent home immediately. All academic and recreational buildings are closed.
- The CRC and Beacon campuses remain closed to students until further notice.
- Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced, with a ban on non-essential gatherings of individuals in all facilities. Failure to abide by these rules will result in sanctions up to and including being sent home.
- There will be no non-essential personnel on the Potsdam, CRC or Beacon campuses effective 8:00pm on Sunday, March 22 until further notice. Read more here: https://announcements.clarkson.edu/2020/03/21/clarkson-employee-compliance-with-nys-directive-no-employees-students-or-graduate-students-on-campuses-starting-sunday-8pm-without-authorization/
I join NYS Governor Cuomo in caring about your health, well-being and safety and the same for our greater communities, particularly the most vulnerable among us. I take this responsibility very seriously and I am counting on all of you to live the Clarkson values of integrity and diligence to take every precaution and abide by the Governor’s mandates.
Stop the spread. Save lives. BE GOLDEN KNIGHTS.
* The Governor’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
- Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
- Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
- Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
- When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
- Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
- Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.
“Matilda’s Law” includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:
- Remain indoors;
- Can go outside for solitary exercise;
- Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if a person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
- Do not visit households with multiple people;
- To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
- Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.