Rebuild the Bubble - Golden Knights Rise to the Occasion

In the opening days of the fall semester, we created a bubble that was free from COVID-19 and together we stopped it in our campus community.  We had less than one percent positivity rate in our testing and our University worked diligently with our public health partners to keep the campus safe.  We must maintain that same mindset this semester.  On this page are the links and answers to what you need to know to start classes and to rebuild the bubble that stops the spread of COVID-19.  We also have an easy to read FAQ page.  If you have any questions or further comments on these plans, please reach out to community@clarkson.edu

Scroll Through Our FAQ Page 

The Latest Announcements

Click on the image to go more information on Risk Alert Levels & Gathering Policies.

Clarkson classes for the Spring Semester began remotely on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 for all students. In-person classes resumed on Monday, January 18, 2021.

We are again asking students to stay on campus for the duration of the semester through final exams, and will be working with student leaders to restructure plans that are alternatives to breaks and spreading them throughout the semester.  We did a Q&A session with undergradutate students earlier in the semester on updates to the plan.  

The adjacent image reflects the color-coded risk alert system and related policies on gatherings

Academic Calendar

Recent Announcements to Support Plan

March 4, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: More than 3500 Vaccination Appointments Available Today Through Next Week at SUNY Potsdam Field House

March 3, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: March 3 No New Student or Employee Cases Today

March 2, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: March 2 Update

March 1, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: March 1 Update

February 28, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: End of Weekend Update

February 27, 2021 – COVID-19 Read: Weekend Update

February 26, 2021 - Student Mask Expectations in Academic Buildings

February 25, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Case Update, February 25, 2021

February 24, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Case Update,Ways to Stop the Spread

February 23, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Return to In Person Learning & Case Update

February 22, 2021 - COVID-19 READ: Return to In Person Learning Update

February 21, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 10 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 20, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 9 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 19, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 8 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 18, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 7 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 17, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 6 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 16, 2021 - COVID-19 Read: Day 5 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine

February 15, 2021- COVID-19 Read: Day 4 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine – Update on Positive Cases

February 15, 2021- February Shuttle Bus Limited Service

February 14, 2021- Golden Knights Rise -- Innovation Challenge 

February 13, 2021- COVID-19 Read: Vaccine Eligibility Information


Previous Announcements  

Students and Families

FAQs

Find the answers here to your most common questions about COVID-19 testing and precautions, academic concerns, student life -- even laundry. 

Academics and Classes
From the Office of Student Life

Read the December 2020 Newsletter from the Office of Student Life.

The Clarkson Commitment

All students are asked to read and sign the Clarkson Commitment to be vigilant in this time of the pandemic. 

 

Contact Information

General Information Desk – All Locations 315/268-6400

Campus Safety & Security – 315/268-6666
 

Dean of Students -- 315/268-6620

Dean of Graduate School -- 518/631-9910

Residence Life -- 315/268-6642

Student Health & Counseling Center -- 315/268-6633

Student Affairs -- 315/268-6461

Student Administrative Services -- 315/268-6451

Clarkson Human Resources -- 315/268-6497

Environmental Health & Safety Manager -- 315/268-6640

COVID-19 Executive Work Group

President Tony Collins

Provost Robyn Hannigan

VP for External Relations Kelly Chezum

VP Enrollment and Student Advancement Brian Grant

Chief HR Officer Amy McGaheran

Chief Information Officer Josh Fiske

Refer general COVID-19 questions and comments to: community@clarkson.edu
 

COVID-19 Special Scientific Advisory & Experts Group  

Goodarz Ahmadi, Susan Bailey, Douglas Bohl, Deborah Brown, Suresh Dhaniyala, Byron Erath, Andrea Ferro, Matthew Manierre, Shane Rogers, Alan Rossner, Damien Samways, Craig Woodworth


 

Faculty and Staff

Daily Screening Tool
Current Policies

Testing policy for employees. 

Check here for more COVID-19 related policies.

Contact Information

General Information Desk – All Locations 315/268-6400

Campus Safety & Security – 315/268-6666
 

Dean of Students -- 315/268-6620

Dean of Graduate School -- 518/631-9910

Residence Life -- 315/268-6642

Student Health & Counseling Center -- 315/268-6633

Student Affairs -- 315/268-6461

Student Administrative Services -- 315/268-6451

Clarkson Human Resources -- 315/268-6497

Environmental Health & Safety Manager -- 315/268-6640

COVID-19 Executive Work Group

President Tony Collins

Provost Robyn Hannigan

VP for External Relations Kelly Chezum

VP Enrollment and Student Advancement Brian Grant

Chief HR Officer Amy McGaheran

Chief Information Officer Josh Fiske

Refer general COVID-19 questions and comments to: community@clarkson.edu
 

COVID-19 Special Scientific Advisory & Experts Group  

Goodarz Ahmadi, Susan Bailey, Douglas Bohl, Deborah Brown, Suresh Dhaniyala, Byron Erath, Andrea Ferro, Matthew Manierre, Shane Rogers, Alan Rossner, Damien Samways, Craig Woodworth

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Positive Test Response Plan

Click here for our COVID-19 positive test response plan.

Clarkson Alert Levels and Gathering Policies

For Spring 2021, we are using a color-coded risk alert system based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in the regional community.  This includes parameters for gathering sizes and activities. Get all the details here. 

Contact Information

General Information Desk – All Locations 315/268-6400

Campus Safety & Security – 315/268-6666
 

Dean of Students -- 315/268-6620

Dean of Graduate School -- 518/631-9910

Residence Life -- 315/268-6642

Student Health & Counseling Center -- 315/268-6633

Student Affairs -- 315/268-6461

Student Administrative Services -- 315/268-6451

Clarkson Human Resources -- 315/268-6497

Environmental Health & Safety Manager -- 315/268-6640

COVID-19 Executive Work Group

President Tony Collins

Provost Robyn Hannigan

VP for External Relations Kelly Chezum

VP Enrollment and Student Advancement Brian Grant

Chief HR Officer Amy McGaheran

Chief Information Officer Josh Fiske

Refer general COVID-19 questions and comments to: community@clarkson.edu
 

COVID-19 Special Scientific Advisory & Experts Group  

Goodarz Ahmadi, Susan Bailey, Douglas Bohl, Deborah Brown, Suresh Dhaniyala, Byron Erath, Andrea Ferro, Matthew Manierre, Shane Rogers, Alan Rossner, Damien Samways, Craig Woodworth

Visitors to Campus

With limited exceptions, non-essential visitors are not permitted on campus until further notice. All contractors, vendors, tenants, and other visitors (including those who may be considered essential) on campus must be approved through Human Resources first. Please complete the form here at least 72 hours prior to your anticipated need for the visitor(s) to arrive on campus. 

Admissions

What do we need to do to visit and tour the campus? At this time we are only able to welcome guests for on-campus visits who are traveling to Clarkson from within New York State or from contiguous states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont). Read more, and link to our virtual tour. 

Sports
  • With the return of students, faculty and staff to the Clarkson Potsdam Campus, we are updating our hockey game day protocols for entry and exit to Cheel Arena. All student athletes and game day personnel will enter and exit through the Northwest side entrance. This entrance is card access only.  This will allow general students, faculty and staff to use the main Cheel entrance to get food or go to class if needed and will not intermingle with student athletes or game day personnel. 
     
  • Follow the Golden Knights virtually! Click here for more information

COVID-19 Plan for Spring 2021

We're sharing our current COVID-19 plans in a dynamic national environment subject to evolving directives and guidance from local, New York State and federal representatives as well as new best practices emerging from industry and our peers. This plan has been developed in accordance with New York Forward regulations and the specific guidance for higher education and higher education research operations.

View and Download the Clarkson University COVID-19 Spring 2021 Plan

View All Appendices to the Spring 2021 Plan

Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting on Campus

The University posts an announcement to the campus community on the same day we are notified of a positive result on a COVID-19 test for one of our faculty, staff or students. The Reopening Plan (above) submitted to NYS details the ongoing plans for testing and monitoring of Clarkson's campus community members.  All students returning to campus have been required to submit a negative test result prior to their arrival and are tested again upon return. The University also is conducting random tests and uses wastewater and air monitoring surveillance in addition to immediate testing based on COVID-19 symptoms or circumstances reported on a daily screening tool.  

Here are the announcements that have been posted this month.

COVID-19 Read: End of Weekend Update - February 28, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Weekend Update - February 27, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Weekend Case Update - February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Case Update - February 25, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Case Update,Ways to Stop the Spread  - February 24, 2021 

COVID-19 Read: Return to In Person Learning & Case Update - February 23, 2021 

COVID-19 READ: Return to In Person Learning Update - February 22, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 10 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 21, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 9 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 20, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 8 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 19, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 7 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 18, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 6 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 17, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 5 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 16, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 4 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine – Update on Positive Cases - February 15, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 3 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 14, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Day 2 of Precautionary Self-Quarantine - February 13, 2021

COVID-19 Read/Act: IMPORTANT - Potsdam Campus in Precautionary Quarantine - February 12, 2021

COVID-19 Read/Act: Today's Update - February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Update on Positive Cases - February 10, 2021

COVID-19 ACT: It is Time to Stop COVID-19 Spread. Return to Red - February 9, 2021

COVID-19 Read:  Update on COVID-19 Cases - Your Actions Are Critical to Stopping the Spread- February 8, 2021

COVID-19 READ:  Weekend COVID-19 Case Update - February 5, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Update on Cases/Thanks to Our Healthcare Community - February 4, 2021

COVID-19 Read: Update on COVID-19 Cases in County &  University  - February 3, 2021

 COVID-19 Read: Update on Positive Cases and Quarantines - February 1, 2021


 

COVID-19 Dashboard

Testing Administered in University Health Center by St. Lawrence Health System Since 8/1/2020. 

Note: The NYS Department of Health on 9/15/20 initiated a new NYS dashboard to include data effective from 8/1/20 and this dashboard, which originally had been from the start of classes, was adjusted to match the new NYS reporting for consistency and to ensure transparency.  There were 18 reported cases in the 2021 Fall Semester and all recovered.  All known cases have been reported publicly on both websites as of 3/4/2021.  

18,773

Total Number Tested

142

Total Cases Recovered

162
(0.8%)

Total Positive Test Results

20

Total Current Active Cases

18,611
(99.2%)

Total Negative Test Results

Other Campus Community Members/ Testing Sites

6

Total Current Active Cases

134

Total Cases Recovered

A Safe Place to Learn

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Clarkson University NYS COVID Map

Potsdam and New York's North Country community are a unique part of the world where we genuinely look out for each other. Through diligence by many, COVID-19 in our region has been proactively managed with minimal cases.

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Munter Trail 2020

Our 640-acre campus and its wooded nature trail system advance personal wellness and plenty of room for social distancing year round. 

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Clarkson University Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Students engage in innovative programs and research that provide solutions to real-world problems, such as cutting edge wastewater testing for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

New York State has created a new website with COVID-19 vaccine information  and a downloadable booklet that summarizes the vaccination program plan.  NYS also has a "Am I Eligible" form that you can complete to see if you are currently eligible to get a vaccination.  Based on responses, it includes how schedule an appointment at a location near you.  The State has established hubs through local hospital systems to distribute vaccines in a phased approach. including a location at SUNY Potsdam and a mobile vaccination unit in the North Country that our PA students are helping to staff.   The University has also shared ULT Freezers with the regional health system to appropriately store and inventory the vaccine vials. 

During the 2021 spring semester, Clarkson will be strongly encouraging individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccination to get it. The University will not be requiring vaccinations for students during the spring semester.

The Clinical and Rural Health Research Department of St. Lawrence Health System recently hosted a free virtual webinar, "COVID-19 Vax Versus Fiction: Answering Questions and Presenting the Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines" and can be viewed online here.

For recent announcements from Clarkson about vaccine eligibility, please see this recent announcement.

Check this out:  Rhiannon Clements ’22, double major in Biology and Communications, has started a regular newsletter, “Got Biotechnology” that translates the hottest news about recent advances in biotechnology into easy-to-read and good-to-know information.  Here are her recent posts explaining the science behind the Pfizer VaccineClarkson University and the author make no warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information contained herein.

 

New York State References

Previous Clarkson Restart Information

Spring 2020                  Fall 2020