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FAQ

Instructions for pooled testing.

 

Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash within 3 hours of the test, this could result in false positive.

Do not eat or drink within 30 min of the test, this could result in false positive.

What you need to do now:

  1. You must register to participate in pool testing through this link: suny-covid-test.com/
    1. Create your account or log in
    2. NEW – if you have registered before, there is new information required
    3. Only fill-in the fields with the Red star *
    4. Helpful hints
      1. Your institutional ID is your 800#
      2. Permanent address = home address
      3. Temporary address = campus address
      4. Cobleskill is in Schoharie County
      5. You do not need employer information
      6. You do need Health Insurance information

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help you when you arrive for your test. 

 

 

Housing

Residential Life has an extensive amount of important and helpful information available at https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/residential-life/index.aspx.  Although all of the information is of value, please make sure to carefully review the Residential Life FAQS, What to Bring, and Terms and Conditions of Residence Hall Occupancy.

 

Once residential students move into their room, they are fully obligated to the Terms and Conditions of Residence Hall Occupancy, including that this agreement is in effect for the academic year.  Exceptions to this requirement include students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from the College.  Details related to the College refund policy can be found here.

 

Yes, the college will offer a room to anyone who wants to live on campus, up to our capacity.

 

While many students may opt to remain at home and complete their classes online, some will need to take courses that have in-person components, such as labs.

Students have received instructions about their specific move-in time from Residential Life, sent to their campus email. Students will move in at their assigned day and time between January 28 and 31. 

In order to minimize social density, only residential students are permitted entry int the residence hall. If a student would like to request assistance due to an accommodation issue, they should refer to their arrival instructions that they received via email to make that request.  

Students will receive an email from the Residential Life Office during early March with instructions on how to sign up for Fall housing.  

Students will receive an email from the Residential Life Office once their assignment is finalized.  Students may also login into their housing portal to view their assignment and other information at cobleskill.erezlife.com.

At this time, Residential Life is focusing energy on students who do not yet have assignments finalized.  Once those priorities are fulfilled, Residential Life will be able to entertain room change requests.

Students who live within a 45-mile driving commute from the SUNY Cobleskill campus may commute from their permanent address.

We suggest packing a quarantine “go bag” and having it in your room, ready to take with you at a moment’s notice, or able to be located by a roommate, RA or RD.

College quarantine go bag check list

  • Documents
    • List of names and contact info for each
    • Any allergies or important medical or health information
  • Clothes (2 sets of each)
    • Pjs
    • Underwear
    • Socks 
    • Flip flops
  • Food and Drink
    • Protein bars or other snacks
    • Water 
    • Tea packets
    • Water bottle
  • Medical and Hygiene
    • Several paper face masks in a ziplock
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Comb or brush
    • Chapstick or lip balm
    • Body lotion
    • Small shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Feminine hygiene supplies
    • Tissues
    • Digital thermometer
    • Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen
    • Cough drops
    • Extra prescription medicines
    • Hand disinfectant that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion
  • Other Essentials
    • Set of clean bed linens
    • Hand soap – put a pump in a ziplock so it doesn’t spill
    • Towel
    • Extra phone charger
    • Fleece blanket – the smallest one that might fit into a large ziplock

 

 

Dining

All residential students must have a meal plan, including students housed in Alumni Commons.

There are several option for Residential Dining.  Please click on the link to choose the plan that is right for you:  https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/cas/cobycard.aspx

 

All Residential meal plans include:  Board Meal swipes, CobyFlex Points, Bonus Meals,  swipeless laundry, and varying amounts of Downtown Dollars based on the meal plan you select.  New for the Fall 2020, some select plans do not include Downtown Dollars.  Click here to review your options:  https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/cas/meal-plans.aspx

Choose or request a change for your meal plan online at https://cobleskill.formstack.com/forms/meal_plan_contract . Residential students must have a residential meal plan. Students must reside on campus to qualify for a Residential Meal Plan. Additionally, students must reside in Alumni Commons to choose an Alumni Commons Meal Plan. Commuters Meal Plans are restricted to commuter students only. Commuter students are not required to purchase a Meal Plan.
*Meal Plan selections will be rejected if the student does not qualify for the selected plan.

CobyCash is only for on-campus use (vending, dining halls, bookstore). Downtown Dollars can be used at specific vendors in Cobleskill and also throughout campus.  Click here for FAQ’s:  https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/cas/prepaid-accounts.aspx

Yes, off campus or commuting students may select any off campus plan to fit their needs.  Click here to review off campus meal plans:  https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/cas/meal-plans.aspx

Great Question!! Prentice will have an Allergen Friendly area served in an allergen-friendly setting (no shellfish, gluten, nuts/tree nuts). If you have specific questions, please contact our allergen specialists at sternhk@cobleskill.edu or rapantad@cobleskill.edu.

A combination of on-line ordering,  pick up, and dining-in service.  Note that dining-in service will be limited due to social distancing requirements.

The offerings will include set daily items for take-out based on the dining locations; there will also be daily specials that will be posted on our weekly menu site.  Please click here to visit the menu each week:  https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/cas/dining.aspx  Access to the online ordering will be linked to Cobylink.

Yes, except for whenseated at a table for dine in.

 

Academics

The fall semester will run from February 1 to May 14. 

Classes with an in-person component may not be available in an alternate modality. Students that would prefer to remain remote may work with their academic advisor to make an adjustment to their spring schedule. 

Faculty members will offer virtual office hours to assist students; office hours will be listed on the respective course syllabus.

Students may request an academic leave or deferral of their admission. These requests will be reviewed on an individual basis. Current students may submit the Academic Leave Request form found here https://www.cobleskill.edu/academics/registrar/forms.aspx and new students may contact the Admissions office to request a deferral of their admission.

 

Yes, the library will be open to students Monday to Friday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and remote assistance will also be available at other times.

If the course “Type” is “On-line Class” and the days/times are listed, then the course will meet virtually during those days and times.  In the example below, students will log on to their “On-line Class” from 9-9:50am on Wednesdays and Fridays (“WF”).

online classes

If the course “Type” is “Class” and the days/times are listed, then the course will meet in-person during those days and times.  In the example below, students will attend “Class” from 1-1:50pm in Warner Hall Room 111 on Mondays and Wednesdays (“MW”).

schedule 

If no days/times are listed for an online course, then the course will meet virtually and the instructor will provide information regarding how and when students should log on for class meetings.

schedule example

 

 On-Campus Amenities, Activities, and Resources

Classrooms for any in-person classes, dining areas, and the library.  We are exploring other options.  Note that  offices and other locations will require an appointment for access.

The following rooms are available for academic use. Please review all posted signs for safety protocols:

  • Center for Environmental Science and Technology, Rooms 111A & 111B (except for the limited class times)
  • Curtis Mott, Room 102
  • Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rooms 007 & 102 (except for limited class times)
  • Frisbie Hall, Rooms 102, 119, 200
  • Warner Hall, Rooms 108, 109, 110, 111, 120, 209
  • Wheeler Hall, Rooms 204, 205

 

All activities will be virtually accessible for students both on and off campus.  Students should check their email for “The Blast” for the latest programming options.

 

Currently, we have been directed to close these areas due to COVID.   We will, however, be conducting virtual fitness classes.

Schoharie County Transportation will be offering bus service to and from campus, but routes and times will be different from prior semester. The bus will also have limited capacity to ensure social distancing and enhanced sanitization procedures. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

Early Coby Card pickup will be available for incoming students from August 3rd through August 7th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (by appointment only). Please email the Coby Card Office at CobyCard@Cobleskill.edu or call 518.255.5886 to schedule your early pickup. Photo identification (proof of identity) is required before your card can be issued.

Incoming students that have not picked up their Coby Cards by August 7th will be issued their card during regular Coby Card business hours beginning August 10th, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Face Masks are required for all in-office visits (must be removed if in-office Coby Card photo needs to be taken). One visitor in the office at a time. Students must maintain social distancing in hallway while awaiting photos and pickup. Incoming students are encouraged to pick up their Coby Cards on their assigned move in day.

 

Tuition, Other Costs and Aid

 Yes. Tuition is set by state law and approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

 

 Bills will be available in Banner Web (under Billing and Payments) on August 3rd.

 

Students should have their bills paid in full or covered by financial aid by August 14th; students will not automatically be unenrolled if their bill isn't paid, but it is the student's responsibility to make sure they have enough available funds to cover bill.

 

Students should contact Student Financial Services at 518-255-5623 and we will make every effort to assist families with financial hardships

Students should contact Student Financial Services at 518-255-5623 to inquire about having their financial aid eligibility re-evaluated due to a change in the family's financial circumstances. 

Financial aid eligibility may not be affected my moving off campus since a student still has housing and food expenses, but the total charges on the student's semester bill to the College will be lower. 

 Maybe. Financial aid eligibility is based, in part, on the cost of attendance. A student living at home won’t pay college room and board, so the cost of attendance will be less. 

 Work study positions will be available this fall, however the college is still assessing the needs for student employees, so we cannot guarantee positions at this time.

 The College offers a convenient monthly payment plan. Information on payment plans is available when bills are available.

 The Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open and can be found here. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. The application is open to incoming first-time college students, transfer or continuing students who did not previously apply, and students who have caught up on credits and are now eligible. Completing an Excelsior Scholarship application and eligibility does not guarantee an award. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients do not need to complete this application.

 No. Meal plan fees will not be reduced. Meal plan rates were calculated based on the number of weeks students will be residing on campus and includes the early start of the semester.

 Yes. It is very easy to cancel loans after they have been accepted. Students should email financialaid@cobleskill.edu with all loan questions.

That depends. Some Cobleskill scholarships require a student to be living on campus. All Cobleskill scholarships will be reduced if the total of the student’s grants and scholarships (excluding loans) exceed the amount of charges on the student's bill.  Students should visit cobleskill.edu/scholarships to review the entire Cobleskill scholarship policy.

 Award packages are based on the assumption of full-time enrollment. Students who don’t plan to take at least 12 credits should contact the Office of Student Financial Services Office to ask if this change will affect their aid.

 Taking fewer than six credits will result in previously borrowed federal student loans entering a six-month grace period, after which a borrower must begin making payments. Loans will return to an in-school/deferred repayment status if a borrower resumes taking at least six credits. Any student considering taking a leave of absence, withdrawing, or taking fewer than six credits should contact the Student Financial Services Office.

Yes. The campus has a limited amount of emergency funding to provide grants to SUNY Cobleskill students to help them pay for urgent expenses that threaten their ability to stay in college. All requests should be directed to the Student Financial Services Office at 518-255-5623.

 

New Rules and Responsibilities

This form is to be used by students to report Department of Health quarantine/isolation orders, travel to a restricted state, and to submit supporting documentation. Information submitted will be reviewed by Beard Wellness Center staff.

This is a shared responsibility.  The College will ask students to review and affirm a pledge of shared responsibility before coming to Campus.  By acknowledging this, students are agreeing to abide by the college’s expectations. Violations will be subject to student conduct procedures. Repeated violation of the health and safety expectations will result in consequences up to and including removal from on-campus housing and/or College Suspension.

 

After the first four weeks of the semester we will re-evaluate if in-person gatherings will be permitted.

 

We strongly encourage students to remain on campus so as to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and bringing it back to campus.  If a student needs to go out into the local community, all social distancing, face coverings, and hand washing/disinfecting protocols must be adhered to.  Similarly, if a student has no choice but to be away from campus for a period of time, strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols are required.

 

Not at this time.  Students may only enter their assigned residence hall.

Residential students must either provide a negative COVID-19 test completed within three days of their physical arrival to campus OR participate in testing upon arrival. You may also choose to do both.

Commuter students will also be required to either provide the negative COVID-19 test dated between January 28 and 31, or they will need to sign up for pooled testing between these dates

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory, or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

Yes.  The College has reserved limited residence hall space for quarantine and isolation.  Note that there are strict protocols for students in both quarantine and isolation (Q/I).  Students in Q/I must remain in the building, as per order of the Department of Health.  Food will be delivered to the student in the residence hall.  Visitors and guest are not permitted to enter the Q/I buildings. 

We suggest packing a quarantine “go bag” and having it in your room, ready to take with you at a moment’s notice, or able to be located by a roommate, RA or RD.

College quarantine go bag check list

  • Documents
    • List of names and contact info for each
    • Any allergies or important medical or health information
  • Clothes (2 sets of each)
    • Pjs
    • Underwear
    • Socks 
    • Flip flops
  • Food and Drink
    • Protein bars or other snacks
    • Water 
    • Tea packets
    • Water bottle
  • Medical and Hygiene
    • Several paper face masks in a ziplock
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Comb or brush
    • Chapstick or lip balm
    • Body lotion
    • Small shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Feminine hygiene supplies
    • Tissues
    • Digital thermometer
    • Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen
    • Cough drops
    • Extra prescription medicines
    • Hand disinfectant that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion
  • Other Essentials
    • Set of clean bed linens
    • Hand soap – put a pump in a ziplock so it doesn’t spill
    • Towel
    • Extra phone charger
    • Fleece blanket – the smallest one that might fit into a large ziplock

 

Health and Wellness

A student who becomes sick should call the Beard Wellness Center at 518-255-5225.  A nurse will conduct a phone or telehealth triage screening with the student to assess the risk for COVID-19 before scheduling an in-person appointment.  A limited number of same day appointments will be available but there will be no walk-in services.  The Wellness Center will offer telehealth appointments via Microsoft TEAMS whenever possible to minimize the risk of possible exposure to COVID-19.  

The Wellness Center, University Police, or Residential Life staff member can call for an ambulance to take a student with a medical crisis to the local hospital. 

All counseling services will be provided through tele-counseling via Microsoft TEAMS or by telephone.  Students may make an appointment by calling the Beard Wellness Center at 518-255-5225. The Wellness Center will continue to offer same day appointments for students in crisis.  

There will not be medical staff in either of the residence halls.  However, students can access the Beard Wellness Center telehealth services Monday - Friday 8-4:15.  Should a student in isolation or quarantine need medical assistance after these hours, they would contact University Police at 515-255-5555.

Waiver forms are available through the Wellness Center patient portal https://www.cobleskill.edu/campus-life/wellness-center/index.aspx.  Completed waiver forms with a copy of your insurance card must be submitted by September 15th to have the charge removed from your bill. 

Information for Faculty

Residential students who test positive will be sent home or placed in isolation in a designated residence hall, pending consult with Local Health Department (LHD). Commuter students who test positive will be placed in isolation by the LHD.

See the campus Restart Plan at https://www.cobleskill.edu/fall2020plan/index.aspx

Face Coverings (masks) are required in all common interior spaces including labs or at any time when social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained.

Exemptions to the face covering requirement for medical reasons must be documented with AccessAbility Resources (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty/staff).

Reasonable accommodations will be made as follows for students who have a documented exemption: 

- a face shield will be offered in lieu of a face mask

- if the student is also exempted from wearing a face shield, efforts will be made to assist the student with changing their schedule to include only courses that are being offered online.

- instances where a face shield may pose a safety concern or there are additional extenuating circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate campus staff. 

Faculty may use a face shield for lecturing when doing so from behind the podium/desk or at the white board area AND at least 6 feet from the nearest student. An instructor may need to wear a face shield if any student needs to see their mouth for communication (lip reading).

Face coverings (masks) are required for outdoor labs UNLESS the student is at least 10 feet from all other students/faculty/staff. 

 

Most instructors are requiring that students disinfect their work area and common use equipment at the end of class.  Disinfecting wipes and spray will be provided in the room. Cleaners will not be cleaning rooms between classes.

 

The campus is using EPA# 1839-169 Quaternary ammonium BTC 885 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner-64 Stepan Company.

Please see the following link for EPA approved cleaning products: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19

The following spaces have been identified:

CEST 111A, 111B (except for the limited class times)
Curtis Mott 102
CANR 007, 102 (except for limited class times)
Frisbie 102, 119, 200
Warner 108, 109, 110, 111, 120, 209
Wheeler 204, 205, 209, 211

 If there is unmet need, please notify Facilities at  facilitiesmanagement@cobleskill.edu.