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Skidmore College
Office of Campus Life and Engagement

CLE Spring 2021 Plan

Student engagement outside of academic and residential spaces on campus provides important enrichment and is a central component of the student experience. A wide range of events, including artistic and cultural programs, student club activity, religious life, and social interactions all constitute for many some of the most important interactions of their college years.Adapting these experiences in light of public health guidance as we respond to COVID-19 requires significant changes that mitigate risk while maintaining, wherever possible, Skidmore’s unique strength as a residential college. In light of that, the Offices of Campus Life, including Community Service, Leadership Activities, Religious and Spiritual Life, Student Diversity Programs, and our Student Government Association are planning to offer in-person, virtual, and hybrid student programs and late-night social events this spring.

Clear and standard practices have been established so that students know, in advance, what to expect when it comes to cocurricular programming and how to manage meetings and social events. We have incorporated this new information into our spring leadership training. We will align programming and events with Skidmore, CDC, and NY State guidelines that include limiting gatherings to ensure social distancing, with indoor and outdoor attendance limits, and require attendees to wear face coverings. Limits on the number of people assembled may change as CDC guidelines evolve.

While large-scale social events will not be possible this spring, we will be working with student clubs, organizations, and campus partners to provide ample opportunities for student engagement that reflect the diverse interests of our students and that capture some of the traditions that students have come to know and love.

We have developed an FAQ page with information about cocurricular life on campus. If you have questions about Campus Life and Engagement and student activities, email mariel@skidmore.edu.

Mariel Martin, Associate Dean

CLE Case Desk Hours

 

The first six weeks, a phased introduction

We have established a phased approach to our student engagement. Each phase will last two weeks, which allows for time to appropriately assess population infection rates. We will advance from phase to phase based on a review of the Skidmore Alert Levels, which is based on specific criteria including: 

  1. Skidmore College infection rates, 
  2. Skidmore testing compliance/compliance with mitigation efforts 
  3. Saratoga infection rates  

Phase 1: February 1-14, 2021*
Safer start and rebuilding the bubble.

  • No in-person club meetings, events, or practices. 
  • All club meetings and activities are virtual.
  • No sponsored travel off-campus.
  • No guests permitted on campus.
  • The Office of Leadership Activities will offer Health and Safety Coordinator training for student leaders.

Phase 2: February 15-28, 2021* 
We will begin to expand the co-curricular experience, while still closely monitoring the impact of those decisions on the campus community.

  • Clubs and organizations can begin in-person meetings and events
    • All meetings, events, and programs must be registered and approved. 
    • No sponsored travel off-campus.
    • No guests permitted on campus.
    • All health and safety guidelines must be adhered to, including mask wearing, physical distancing, and disinfecting surfaces and shared items. 
    • All clubs must have a trained Health and Safety Coordinator present at any in-person gathering. 
    • Organizers must record attendance and meeting/event location for potential contact tracing purposes.
    • No food permitted at any in-person meeting or event.
      • Food can be picked up and taken away to eat in another location.
    • In-person gatherings are limited to 25 people or fewer, depending on capacity of space and as long physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained.
      • All attendees/participants must present CoVerified compliance confirmation.
      • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
    • In-person, outdoor meetings/events are limited to 50 people or fewer (depending on capacity of space and as long physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained).
      • All attendees/participants must present CoVerified compliance confirmation.
      • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
    • Club sports may begin to train together in person, but cannot practice or engage in play. Use of shared objects is prohibited. No competition or travel is permitted. Club Sports should refer to the Fall 2020 Club Sports Guidelines throughout Phase 2. 
    • All singing and performance groups must follow additional health and safety guidelines, as outlined here.

Phase 3: March 1, 2021-end of Semester*
We will continue to expand the co-curricular experience, while closely monitoring the impact of those decisions on the campus community.

  • Clubs and organizations can continue in-person meetings and events
    • All meetings, events, and programs must be registered and approved.
    • No sponsored travel off-campus.
    • No guests permitted on campus.
    • All health and safety guidelines must be adhered to, including mask wearing, physical distancing, and disinfecting surfaces and shared items. 
    • All clubs must have a trained Health and Safety Coordinator present at any in-person gathering. 
    • Organizers must record attendance and meeting/event location for potential contact tracing purposes.
    • Food is permitted at in-person meetings with preapproval. More details added soon.
    • In-person gatherings are limited to 25 people or fewer, depending on capacity of space and as long physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained.
      • All attendees/participants must present CoVerified compliance confirmation.
      • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
    • In-person, outdoor meetings/events are limited to 50 people or fewer (depending on capacity of space and as long physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained).
      • All attendees/participants must present CoVerified compliance confirmation.
      • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times.
    • Club Sports may begin to engage in in-person practice and play with pre-approval. Use of shared objects is permitted with a pre-approved plans for sanitizing equipment. Participants must continue to be masked and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet while practicing/playing. No competition or travel is permitted. 
    • All singing and performance groups must follow additional health and safety guidelines, as outlined here.

* We will advance through these phases only if we remain at Alert Level 1 or 2. If we move to Alert Level 3, we will review Phases.

We will use your questions to populate our FAQ page. If you provide an email, we will get back to you soon.