Stay Home, Stop the Spread, and Save Lives

Students in Potsdam

Clarkson is complying with NYS PAUSE Executive Order  — which means we expect you to do the same. Please do the right thing during this national emergency by being a part of the solutions:  stay home, stop the spread and save lives.    

Any students returning to Potsdam — both approved for on-campus housing and those living in private off-campus housing in St. Lawrence County who traveled back from areas of NY State, the United States or abroad with evidence of sustained transmission must be self-monitoring in self-isolation,  for the 14 days following their return.(This is pretty much everywhere.)  Exercise social distancing at least six-feet apart and no social gatherings.  

In Potsdam and across the county, local authorities have begun acting on behavior that is not consistent with these NYS directives.  Behaviors reported to us in the Village/Town of Potsdam will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct review.

This is a time to build your own leadership skills in challenging times  — be the Golden Knights with the solution that saves lives.  


Brian Grant
VP for Enrollment & Student Advancement.

*   The Governor’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. 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;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. 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.

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