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Fall 2020 Planning

FAQs

FAQS will be continuously updated as new questions are asked and new information is available. We strongly encourage students, families, staff and faculty to view the latest messages from Skidmore as well as the community forum recordings available under ‘messages and updates’ for additional information.  

Return to Campus

Following weeks of extensive, collaborative work, information-gathering and outreach, we have determined that Skidmore will bring back all or nearly all of its student body for in-person learning and a residential experience this fall.

Information and schedules have been shared with students and parents via email.

 

Please see the quarantine FAQs below. 

Regardless of where a student is traveling from, we ask that you be vigilant about minimizing exposure to the coronavirus in the days prior to coming to campus.  If you develop any of the following symptoms, please consult with and follow the guidance of your health care provider and local public health authorities at home before coming to campus. If you have had a meaningful exposure to anyone who has COVID 19 (closer than 6 feet, for longer than 15 minutes) do not come to campus until you are cleared to do so by your local public health authorities.  

Information and schedules have been shared with students and parents via email.

At this time, we do not anticipate that students will be required to be tested before coming to campus, rather all students will be tested upon arrival.

Family members may accompany students to campus, but only one person will be allowed to help the student carry belongings and leave immediately after.

Yes. Student Affairs staff will be available to provide hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, and offer guidance and facilitate the move-in. Students should bring belongings that can be handled with the help of one other person.

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, all campus and community-based Pre-Orientation Programs will not be offered this August. While we are disappointed to share this news, the Office of Campus Life & Engagement is committed to working with all student leaders to explore virtual and safe and healthy in-person opportunities for incoming students to connect with each other and build community this fall. Those with questions may contact preorientation@skidmore.edu 
 
New student orientation will be held as a hybrid model this year. It will begin with several on-line modules .

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive that would have barred international students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online this fall semester has been rescinded.

President Marc Conner recently shared this message with the Skidmore community, which outlines the ways in which Skidmore is working to support international students.

We acknowledge that some students will be unable or unwilling to come to campus for a range of reasons, and we will work equally hard to provide a high-quality educational experience for those students through remote avenues.

A leave of absence request may be submitted at any time, however, the deadline for submitting a leave of absence request and receiving a 100% refund of tuition is prior to the second day of classes, which for fall 2020 is Tuesday, Aug. 25. Information on the leave of absence process is available here and the schedule for refund information for the fall 2020 semester is available here.

Skidmore College has made the difficult decision to suspend all fall 2020 off-campus study programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students with questions should contact Off-Campus Study & Exchanges at ocse@skidmore.edu   

After the completion of certain class registrations and housing selections (expected by the end of July) charges for the Fall semester will be billed during the week of August 3rd and will be due by August 21st.  Payment plan options are also available.  Please see the Bursar's website or contact them for more information. 

The Office of Financial Aid is preparing to release financial aid awards for everyone who has a completed financial aid application as soon as The Office of Residential life provides final student housing assignments. The information should be available and provided to all by early August.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@skidmore.edu

The schedule and plans for the spring 2021 semester should be determined in the fall, based on the latest health guidance.

Quarantine

No. Please contact the Office of Residential Life directly.

According to the New York State Department of Health, individuals passing through a designated state for less than 24 hours, such as stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel, are not required to quarantine.

Current CDC guidelines call for all travelers into the US from an international location to quarantine themselves for 14 days following arrival. These guidelines apply to international and domestic travelers, meaning any student traveling into the US from abroad must quarantine prior to their arrival on campus.

Quarantine requirements are based on locations where individuals are traveling from, so any student who has been residing in a state not listed on the NYS Travel Advisory list does not need to quarantine prior to returning to campus. (For example, if your home is in Florida, but you have been living in Connecticut this summer, you do not need to quarantine. If your home state is New York, but you have been living in Texas this summer, you do need to quarantine).  

Skidmore expects all students arriving to campus to comply with the quarantine requirements that are relevant for them. We will not be requiring certification or proof of residency.   

Yes, students can choose to quarantine in another state that is not on the Advisory list. All travelers entering New York from a state on the restricted states advisory list must complete the New York State Traveler Health form available here. Skidmore will not be requiring seperate documentation from students traveling from areas with quarantine requirements.

Yes. New York state quarantine requirements apply to all individuals coming from designated locations.

Yes. Skidmore will provide quarantine housing and support to all students who are traveling to Skidmore from any location that requires quarantine, including states on New York state’s Travel Advisory List. Quarantine housing will be in a local hotel in Saratoga Springs and will begin on Aug. 7.

New students are encouraged to arrive between Aug. 7 - 9 and returning students by Aug. 9. Arrival after Aug. 9 will likely mean that students will not be able to complete the 14-day quarantine and be tested in time to begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.

Yes. Students who will be living in off-campus housing and unable to access that housing for quarantine, will be charged a nominal fee ($25 per night) for the hotel quarantine housing provided by Skidmore.

There will be no additional charge for quarantine housing for those students who live in college housing (including hotels) for the fall semester. 

Students who are high financial need, including OP students and international students, and are planning to live off campus in the fall will receive support necessary to cover the $25 per night fee for quarantine.

No, students will be housed in single rooms in the quarantine housing provided by Skidmore. New York State's precautionary quarantine requirements specify that individuals should not leave their rooms during the 14 day required quarantine period.

Because of the specific requirements outlined by the New York Travel Advisory for precautionary quarantine, all quarantine housing offered by Skidmore before the start of classes will be in a local hotel only.

Students who do not wish to utilize the quarantine housing and support that Skidmore is offering, but instead opt to quarantine in New York on their own upon arrival – for example with family, friends or in housing or hotels of their choice – must followNew York State Department of Health precautionary quarantine requirements.

Skidmore will provide necessary support for students to quarantine according to CDC and New York State guidelines. Among other things, this will include a private room and food service for a 14-day period leading up to the start of first-year student orientation and the beginning of classes.

We understand the complexities and challenges of air travel at this time, particularly for international students and we will be as flexible as possible. If you arrive after Aug. 9 it may mean you will need to remain in quarantine during first-year student orientation or the first days of classes. Under such circumstances, Skidmore will assist students to transition into classes and the Skidmore community as soon and as efficiently as possible.

Students who currently reside in a state that is removed from the NYS Travel Advisory list prior to Aug. 7 may alter their plans accordingly.  

If you arrive after Aug. 9 it may mean you will need to remain in quarantine during first-year student orientation or the first days of classes. Under such circumstances, Skidmore will assist students to transition into classes and the Skidmore community as soon and as efficiently as possible.

Family members may accompany students, but only one person will be allowed to help the student carry belongings and must leave immediately after moving in belongings. All travelers must complete the New York State Traveler Health form available here.

No. Students will need to go directly to the hotel quarantine spaces. Dropping off belongings on campus will not be permitted. Per New York State Department of Health requirements, once students are in the quarantine space they may not leave.

Students should go directly to the hotel they are assigned to and check in. As some arrangements vary among the hotels we are using, additional information will be provided with or shortly after your placement information.

Students can secure a train or bus from Penn Station to Albany. Once in Albany students will need to secure a cab or another form of travel to their assigned hotel in Saratoga Springs.  

No. Students arriving in Albany either at the airport, train station or bus station will need to secure their own transportation to their assigned hotel.

 

Per New York State Department of Health requirements, once students are in the quarantine space they may not leave.

Per the New York State Department of Health, symptoms of COVID-19 can appear as late as 14 days after exposure. Therefore, a negative test cannot guarantee that you will not become sick. The full 14 days of quarantine are required.

Students in quarantine who order books and supplies online through the Skidmore Shop may request delivery when the items are available.

Students in quarantine housing will be tested at the hotel in conjunction with their quarantine. Students in quarantine will not be allowed to return to campus until they have completed the 14-day quarantine and have tested negative for coronavirus.

All students who will be coming to campus will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the beginning of classes. Information about testing dates and procedures will be released as part of our move-in instructions.

According to the New York State Department of Health, the Executive Order does not direct law enforcement to stop people solely due to an out-of-state license plate.

academics

As previously announced, the fall semester will begin two weeks early, on August 24, and end on Friday, November 20, prior to Thanksgiving week. Students will finish exams and final projects remotely. There will not be a break during the fall term.

Classes will be taught remotely, in person and through a combination thereof. We anticipate that most  classes — something like two thirds — will be presented via a form of in-person instruction, with the remaining third taught in a remote mode. This figure that is very much in line with what peer schools are also planning for the fall semester. 

This model will help to reduce density in academic buildings and make safe, in-person engagement more possible. The exact mode for each class will be determined in the coming weeks and information will be made available to students by late July. 

By Monday, July 13, you should have completed the housing request provided by Residential Life. Students should then follow online registration procedures, scheduled for early to mid-August, and work with their faculty advisor to discuss their choice of classes. While the College will offer as many remote options as possible, there will likely need to be some individualizing of opportunities because not every class can or will be offered remotely.

Returning students may also choose to take a leave of absence in the fall and return in the spring.

Information on the leave of absence process is available here and the schedule for refund information for the fall 2020 semester is available here.

 

A revised master schedule is being finalized and will be available for students by July 24. 

The registration system will open back up with a staged approach, similar to the regular registration period. Here is the schedule:
 
Class of 2021 – August 3 at 8am Eastern time
Class of 2022 – August 5 at 8am Eastern time 
Class of 2023 – August 7 at 8am Eastern time
Class of 2024 – Letters A-K: August 11 at 8am Eastern time; Letters L-Z: August 12 at 8am Eastern time
 
From July 24 until registration, students in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 should view their updated schedules and develop a plan to make adjustments where necessary. The changes to the schedule consist of new class times to allow for 20 minutes between classes, changes to the instructional method (mode of instruction), course cancelations, and newly added courses. We only dropped courses from students’ schedules if they were canceled. Some changes will cause time conflicts and students will need to identify those conflicts and decide which course to drop.   
 
Students in the class of 2024 have been placed into their Scribner Seminars and will receive further instructions from my office and the offices of Academic Advising and the First-Year Experience about how to register for their remaining courses.
 
The Registrar’s Office, Office of Academic Advising, Faculty Advisors, and Department Chairs and Program Directors are available to help students navigate these changes.

Instructional Methods are as follows and will be a searchable item on the Master Schedule, viewable in the class details of each course. Online courses will also have a classroom building code of “ONLINE”:
1.       In-person
2.       Online 
3.       Hybrid: Mix of In-person/Online (the course will be taught using a blend of in-person instruction and online learning activities; students who can only attend remotely should NOT register for this course)
4.       Hyflex: In-person or Online (the course will accommodate students attending in person and students participating remotely)

Please note: Students who plan to be remote learners (not on campus or within driving distance) should only register for courses with an instructional method of “Online” or “Hyflex: In-person or Online”.  

There are no planned changes to tuition and fees for remote courses.

The College will reconfigure our academic spaces, classrooms, labs and performance spaces so they can accommodate the health guidelines we are implementing to ensure the maximum degree of safety for students and faculty. Classrooms will include social distancing spacing, personal protective equipment, including plexiglass where appropriate, enhanced cleaning protocols and more. In addition, we are pursuing outdoor classroom options and longer times between classes to help de-densify the social presence in buildings. Facemasks will always be required in all public settings, regardless of distancing or room capacity.

To help faculty prepare, the College will strongly support a robust series of faculty pedagogy trainings and workshops featuring academic technology, instructional design, shared pedagogy practices and teaching-the-teacher workshops throughout the summer.

There are a number of programs with specific needs where social distancing protocols and guidelines have a significant impact on what can and cannot be done safely. Departments are currently working to develop innovative plans for both in-person and remote instruction and experiences. Large ensemble performances and gatherings will not occur.

Individual professors will continue to determine how and when they will hold office hours. Students should anticipate the likelihood that office hours will be held remotely.

Information regarding grading policies for fall has been shared with student by the Registrar's Office. 

The deadline to change a grade option (letter, S/CR/U, or audit) will be October 8. Requests for changes after this date will not be permitted. Dates and more details can be found on the fall drop/add calendar.

Students should discuss academic plans with their advisors as needed. The Office of Academic Advising is also a resource and can be contacted at advising@skidmore.edu 

First-year students will receive information soon from the offices of the Registrar and the First-Year Experience about the course selection process and advising. 

Health and Safety

Skidmore Health Services staff will call all students who have positive COVID 19 test results to share the test results, provide support and instructions about next steps. Negative test results will be communicated as soon as they are available directly to students via an app called CoVerified.

CoVerified is an app that enables students to track symptoms of COVID 19 every 24 hours, schedule weekly appointments for COVID 19 testing and gives them access to previous test results.  All students not studying remotely during Fall 2020 must use this app.
 
Certain spaces on campus, along with faculty or staff or sponsored clubs and organizations, can ask students to display the app screen to verify a student is cleared. The app screen only indicates whether a student is in compliance with Skidmore’s mitigation expectations, including weekly testing. It does not share confidential medical information.

CoVerified is not a tracker app and will not be used for contact tracing at Skidmore. Skidmore’s IT department has reviewed CoVerified to make sure it meets all of our data management and privacy standards.

By New York state law, all positive COVID 19 test results must be reported to the relevant public health authorities. Additionally, any positive test results on Skidmore’s campus will be shared with relevant campus administrators in order to facilitate needed next steps, like moving into isolation housing and facilitating support. Information will be shared parsimoniously and only a ‘need to know’ basis.

For instance, Campus Safety will assist with moving students into isolation housing, so they will know the names of individual students who need specific housing assistance. Dining Services will be notified that meal delivery is needed in specific campus locations, but they will not know student identities.

Skidmore Health Services staff will encourage students to share test results with family members so they can get support and help but will not automatically notify family members.

Health Services is happy to communicate with family members about students’ medical situations, but the student must give their informed and full consent prior to any third party communication not mandated by law taking place. Students must sign a specific release of information or given clear verbal permission about what specific medical information can be released. Protecting medical confidentiality is vital, because it means students are more likely to seek care.

Health Services will not accept ‘blanket HIPAA release forms’ signed in advance.

In the event of a health and safety emergency, Skidmore will notify students’ identified emergency contacts in order to assist in supporting the student.

If families are concerned about emergencies, they can also discuss with their student about signing a New York State Health Care Proxy form in advance of coming to campus. The Medical Proxy form authorizes a specific health care agent who can make medical decisions for individuals in the event they become incapacitated.

In accordance with federal laws related to health information, Skidmore College will not publicly identify individuals’ testing results or information that could identify specific individuals. We ask all members of our community to respect the privacy of individuals in our community affected by COVID 19 so they can focus on their health.

Skidmore’s COVID-19 dashboard has regular updates about aggregate data related to COVID-19 on our campus. The dashboard has information about the numbers of tests conducted, positive test rates, and numbers of individuals in isolation or quarantine.

We ask that you be vigilant about minimizing exposure to the coronavirus in the days prior to coming to campus. If you develop any of the following symptoms, please consult with and follow the guidance of your health care provider and local public health authorities at home before coming to campus. If you have had a meaningful exposure to anyone who has COVID 19 (closer than 6 feet, for longer than 15 minutes) do not come to campus until you are cleared to do so by your local public health authorities.

These actions by all our students will help us start the semester as safely as possible. You do not need to fill out a specific symptom tracker app or form. That process will start once you arrive on campus.

Yes. To mitigate risk in every way possible, following the best guidance from health agencies, facemasks will always be required in all public settings, regardless of distancing or room capacity. There will be different requirements for residential spaces. Students should bring masks that are most comfortable for them. In addition, each student, upon arrival, will receive a starter kit of personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of two Skidmore reusable facemasks and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Similarly, each employee will receive the PPE starter kit upon returning to campus. 

Cloth mask should be laundered regularly, and you should plan on using a different one every day. Face mask and handwashing guidelines can be viewed here.

Health Services has engaged the Broad Institute out of Cambridge, MA to administer the testing protocol for all students. We will also use LPNs and CNAs as necessary to partner with testing. The Broad Institute will provide an anterior nasal swab Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19. Students can self-administer the test under the observation of Health Services staff or staff can administer the test. The sensitivity of this test (detection of true positives) is believed to be greater than 95 percent, and the Broad Institute has promised a turn-around time of 24-48 hours.

Skidmore’s current testing plan allows for a three-part approach:  
Testing upon arrival: All students will be tested on arrival. Information about this process will be shared with students and families prior to their scheduled arrival on campus. 
Surveillance testing: All students will be tested weekly and testing is a condition of being on campus. Missing a testing appointment will mean you are out of compliance with Skidmore’s safety protocols.   
Symptomatic testing: Any student with symptoms will be able to receive a test. Health Services will be scheduling students who are symptomatic for clinical (not surveillance) testing students after an initial triage contact. If you are experiencing symptoms that might be suggestive of COVID 19, do not go to the surveillance testing tent. Please contact Health Services staff immediately and follow their directions about next steps.  

It is important to note that current plans might need to shift substantially based on national infection rates. We will continue to adjust accordingly to ensure we are providing a safe and healthy living experience for students on campus. 

At this time, we do not anticipate that students will be required to be tested before coming to campus, rather, they will be tested upon arrival. 

Skidmore has partnered with the Broad Institute to conduct surveillance and symptomatic testing for COVID 19 during Fall 2020. We are confident in both the sensitivity and specificity of the COVID 19 tests which are successfully processed by the Broad. The Institute has several quality control protocols in place to ensure accuracy over time and across laboratory batches.  

Skidmore is confident that our students will comply with conduct rules and expectations that have been developed to keep everyone safe. There will be new expectations around nearly every aspect of campus life related to COVID-19 matters. Students and families will be notified of all expectations and consequences prior to their arrival on campus. Graduated sanctions based on level of offenses have been created and will be used to ensure compliance.

The Saratoga County Department of Public Health website provides local resources, a continuously updated dashboard and additional information, as does the NYS Department of Health website.

Isolation is the term used when individuals are infected and must be separated from others in order to reduce transmission.  

If you are living on campus, and you need to be isolated as per Saratoga County Public Health orders, you will be moved to separate on-campus housing. We will support you during that move while maintaining strict protocols to minimize infection risk. A team from Health Services, Campus Safety and the Office of Residential Life will assist you through this process, mostly virtually.  

We have reserved spaces with individual rooms and private bathrooms on campus. Skidmore will provide medical, academic, dining and psychological support for students to continue their education virtually. Students living in hotels, which are considered Skidmore housing, will receive the same services described above. Saratoga County Public Health will also be checking students daily. You will need to remain in isolation until you are cleared by Public Health.  

Isolation requires that individuals remain in their designated space at all times.  

If you are living off campus, and you need to be isolated as per Saratoga County Public Health orders, you will have daily contact with them and you will be able to access all Skidmore resources and supports (medical, psychological and academic) virtually. Wrap around services like meal delivery (if needed) will be coordinated by Saratoga County Public Health. You will remain in your off-campus housing. 
  
Quarantine applies to individuals who are identified as having had a close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19 must remain quarantined for 14 days following exposure. Quarantining individuals who may have been exposed to COVID 19 is an important way communities can reduce the spread of infection.
 
Saratoga County Public Health Services typically requires individuals who share a bathroom and/or bedroom with someone who has COVID 19 to quarantine. Students may receive notice from Skidmore professional staff members or from Saratoga County Public Health that they need to quarantine, typically in their existing housing arrangements. While quarantined, individuals cannot leave the premises.

On campus students will typically be able to quarantine in their existing housing. They will be given cleaning supplies and Skidmore has contracted with an outside cleaning agency that will disinfect all shared surfaces 24 hours after an infected individual has been moved. Students will receive daily contact from either Saratoga Public Health Services or from Skidmore Health Services. Students need to remain in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days until cleared by Public Health. They must remain in their spaces and can only leave the premises in case of emergencies or for scheduled medical appointments.
 
During quarantine, students will typically stay on Skidmore’s COVID 19 testing regimen and will be tested by specific appointment by Health Services staff at the testing trailer in JoTo Parking lot. A negative test for COVID 19, however, does not mean that an individual can be released early from quarantine.
 
Skidmore will provide medical, academic, dining and psychological support for students to continue their education virtually.
 
Students who are living off campus will quarantine in their off campus housing. Saratoga County Public Health will check in with them daily and will deliver wrap around services like medication or meal delivery if needed. Students in quarantine off campus can continue to access academic, medical, and psychological supports from Skidmore virtually.

Information regarding anticipated practices, will be updated as available.

CDC guidelines require that all individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical provider must remain in isolation for at least 10 days. Additionally, individuals must have been without a fever for 24 hours prior to being cleared.  Asymptomatic individuals must remain in isolation for 10 days following a positive test. Subsequent re-testing with negative test results does not change this requirement.
 
Individuals can only be released from isolation orders by Saratoga County Public Health Services.  Individuals released from isolation should continue to observe COVID-19 mitigation measures, like wearing a mask and social distancing.

Skidmore will work in partnership with Saratoga County Public Health for rapid COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing when cases are identified. To assist with contact tracing, we will be asking community members to track their movements and close contacts on campus.

If you are positive or presumed positive for COVID 19, you will be contacted by Saratoga County Public health so they can identify anyone you might have come in contact with who has potentially been exposed to the virus (defined as closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes usually). In that initial phone call, contact tracers will identify themselves, check in on how you are doing and then work with you to trace who in your circle of contacts will need to quarantine.  
 
Cooperating with contact tracing is crucial. Timely and effective contact tracing helps minimize the spread of coronavirus on our campus and in the community. 
 
If you are being contacted by Saratoga County Public Health please pick up the call or call back promptly. If Saratoga County Public Health is having difficulties reaching students for contact tracing, they will notify campus administrators so that we can assist them.  
 
Contact tracers do not ask about immigration status. They will not share confidential identifying medical with anyone. They do not share information received during contact tracing with police. They do not share your name with anyone. 
 
Individuals who receive notices that they need to quarantine do not receive individually identifying information about why they need to quarantine. They are informed that they have had a meaningful exposure but not how/when/where in a way that could be traced back to specific individuals. 

Health Services will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine the best course of treatment. 

This could include services delivered by on-campus providers, or referrals to Saratoga Hospital/local urgent care centers based on the nature and severity of the illness.

Yes. The college has been in regular contact with Saratoga Hospital as well as Saratoga Public Health. We continue to engage in ongoing, open communication with local and regional health partners.

We have identified quarantine and isolation spaces for students living in Skidmore housing and have plans in place to deliver food, medication and other essential supports to students as needed. We will notify families when students living in Skidmore housing are placed under quarantine or isolation orders and we will support students medically, emotionally and academically. Students in Skidmore housing who have tested positive for COVID 19 will receive daily medical checks from Skidmore Health Services. Individuals who are placed under quarantine and/or isolation orders by Saratoga County Public Health must follow those directives, which include limits on face to face contacts with others and travel restrictions.

Saratoga Public Health will provide all necessary supports for students who live off campus, in non-Skidmore housing and who test positive and must quarantine.

Decisions will depend on various factors such as timing and number of people on campus. We will continue to actively and continuously monitor our capacity relative to cases throughout the semester.  

For instance, there may be a scenario in which campus would need to lock down for a period of time and then be able to return to in-person learning. Or, the local or state government may issue new rules or guidelines that could impact our operations. In every case, we are committed to being as well prepared as possible, should we need to shift to all remote learning.  

To minimize infection risk for students and staff at Health Services, Health Services is not offering walk-in visits. We ask that you call us or request an appointment online. We’ll be screening students prior to appointments and will triage your visit according to your clinical symptom picture, needs and urgency.  
 
Appointments will be both through tele-medicine or in person if medically necessary. Non-urgent visits will be booked as they become available. For more information, visit Health Services webpage here.

Counseling center resources and counselors will continue to be available to all students. Please visit the Counseling Center webpage for information such as hours, practices and policies. 

Student affairs is working diligently with academic affairs and numerous offices across campus to develop ways in which we can offer programs and opportunities that engage incoming and returning students this fall in small group and virtual experiences that build community and allow for experiences around diversity and inclusion, leadership and engagement, among many others.

The College’s Office of Facilities will complete enhanced cleaning across campus in line with, or exceeding, recommended practices. However, all members of the Skidmore community will have a role to play to keep our spaces safe. Cleaning supplies will be provided for use by faculty and students to help maintain safe, clean spaces.

Facilities is working with vendors to install hand sanitizers in every building at multiple locations and are completing a deep clean of all Academic and Residential buildings. They are also is dispersing EPA approved disinfectant in every building (in all classrooms) and are working with a team of staff to ensure classrooms are laid out to accommodate proper 6 foot social distancing.
 
Housekeeping has developed new cleaning protocols to ensure all areas are disinfected on a regular basis, with high traffic areas being done multiple times. They are also increasing the frequency of cleaning for the residential hall bathrooms.

The Facilities team is working with experts to ensure all campus buildings are receiving proper fresh air turnover rates and circulation. New filters are being installed in all HVAC units and the heating/coil coils are being cleaned

 

Campus Life

The Dining Services team is working on plans to provide the high-quality food that our students appreciate while maintaining a safe environment. For complete information regarding dining, please visit the Skidmore Plan for Fall 2020 here.

The Liberty League has decided to cancel all league competition for the fall, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The current athletics facilities fall reopening plan can be viewed here. More information can be found in a recent message from President Conner here.

The current athletics facilities fall reopening plan can be viewed here.
Student employment will be available on campus. Positions will soon be listed on the student employment website.

All major public events that would bring large numbers of visitors to campus, such as Celebration Weekend, Homecoming and the Presidential Inauguration, will be shifted to virtual experiences. 

Gatherings on campus will be limited to no more than what health officials’ safety guidelines recommend, always with appropriate distancing and mask usage. This policy may shift as necessary during the semester. 

Many of the events of typical college social life simply cannot occur this fall. We will employ technology to make possible group events such as speakers, performances and other programs and events so we can still have communal events, even if they are not in-person. 

Administrators are working closely with Student Government and student leaders to begin conversations about fall co-curricular planning and providing opportunities for engagement that falls within health and safety guidelines.

Yes, the College understands that students may need to leave campus for a variety of reasons such as medical appointments and errands. If and when students do choose to leave campus, they must follow state and local guidelines. We encourage families to have conversations expectations about behavior within the surrounding community. The college will be sharing guidelines and expectations with all students as well.

The Skidmore Pledge asks all our students to be thoughtful about how their travel could impact them and impact others. For the duration of in person learning during Fall 2020, we are asking students to restrict their travel to emergency and essential travel as much as possible. If students travel outside the Saratoga Springs area, they must meet all applicable quarantine requirements prior to returning to campus.

The Library has a reopening plan in place. Current hours are Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details visit the Scribner Library Welcome Packet. 

The Tang will be open during the fall semester only for Skidmore College faculty, students, and staff for assigned classes, by appointment, and special drop-in hours. For more details, visit the Tang COVID-19 Response page.

Housing

In order to meet and exceed state health guidelines, the College is planning residential space for students that will allow for appropriate social distancing, will maintain standards of health and safety, and prevent too much social density in residential spaces. No more than two students will be housed per room for the academic year. There will be no triple-occupancy rooms. In our apartment spaces, which consist of single rooms only, we will be operating at full occupancy.

In order to bring all, or nearly all, of our student body to Skidmore, we are arranging for housing in local hotels, consisting of both double and single rooms, comparable to a residence hall living arrangement. All rooms in the hotels have a private bathroom and additional amenities. Shuttle buses and parking will be available to students living in these hotels. Buses will provide regular access to campus.

Housing selection will take place over the next several weeks. Information is available on the Office of Residential Life’s webpage. Students with specific questions or concerns should reach out to Res Life at: reslife@skidmore.edu 

The College is currently planning to house first year students on campus, not in hotel housing.

At this time, hotel housing is not anticipated for the spring semester.

Saratoga hotels that will house students will be considered Skidmore housing. The areas will have supervision and all community standards and rules will apply to those spaces. The College is working with hotels to designate entire floors for student living. All hotels are within approximately one mile of campus.

The College is developing guidelines for suggested items which will be shared with students soon.

We would advise that parents ask their students to share emails with them. If you have specific questions upon review, please reach out to the Office of Residential Life at reslife@skidmore.edu

Students may visit other Skidmore students but should strictly follow established safety protocols.

While we want our students to connect with and support each other, based on COVID-related occupancy limits, our residential spaces are not conducive to social distancing. Students will not be permitted to enter residential facilities in which they do not reside (for instance, students living in McClellan cannot visit Kimball).

Students will be able visit each other in common areas if they can maintain 6-feet of social distancing and wear a face mask. We encourage students to use our beautiful campus and outdoor space to connect in safer ways.

Given the uncertainty about how circumstances might change later this year, students should plan to bring belongings that they easily can carry away when they leave in November, if necessary.

Students should expect to leave campus on November 20 and return for the spring semester in January. However, cases where students have exceptional circumstances that preclude moving out at that time will be considered on an individual basis.

Students are encouraged to make their own storage arrangements. Information about storage options will be provided at the beginning of the semester.