president dewey's message to The ACPHS community
remote instruction through end of spring semester
We are extending remote instruction through the end of the spring semester to do our part to help "flatten the curve" and reduce community transmission of the coronavirus. Remote instruction will begin March 23, 2020. We will be compressing content into the existing semester, not extending the semester.
Continuing Experiential Education
Domestic Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) will continue as scheduled unless you are contacted by the Office of Experiential Education. Any students scheduled for international APPEs will be contacted to make alternative arrangements. If your site restricts access or changes relevant policies, please email Courtney Caimano. For Clinical Laboratory Science students, rotations will continue as scheduled. If you have questions, please email Amanda Philips.
CANCELLING ALL STUDENT PROGRAMMING EVENTS
All student programming events are cancelled on both Albany and Vermont campuses until further notice. This includes all in-person meetings, on campus and off campus events. All spring sports schedules have also been discontinued. Student groups are encouraged to stay connected by holding virtual meetings and events. Student Engagement and Residence Life are already brainstorming creative ways to continue to engage with students.
suspending all college-supported Travel
We are suspending all college-supported domestic and international travel to any country until further notice.
Keeping Albany Campus Open
The Albany campus will remain open, but students are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. We have a process in place to assess which students will be allowed to remain in the residence halls. If you have questions regarding housing, please email Alison Buckley.
Governor Cuomo recently signed the "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order directing all non-essential businesses statewide to close in-office personnel functions. While we are not deemed an “essential business” like hospitals and grocery stores, we do have essential services that must be maintained to continue to safely educate our students remotely. Please review Coronavirus Update #6 for specifics by department on who is required to stay on campus and who is required to work remotely.
We have closed the Vermont Campus for the rest of the spring semester. If you need assistance or have additional questions please email Jennifer Mathews.
Closing and Reducing Campus Services
We are closing and reducing services on both campuses. The Division of Student Affairs recently emailed these details to all students. To ensure we continue to provide an exceptional student experience, our campus services are being offered remotely including library services, tutoring, advising and counseling. Here is the list of closed/reduced campus services for Albany Campus and the Vermont Campus.
Retrieving Belongings from Residence Halls
Resident students were recently emailed asking them to indicate if they need to return to campus to retrieve belongings. Residence Life will be contacting these students with more details on when they may come to campus.
issuing Student Refunds
In an effort to do what we can to help our students and their families during this difficult and stressful time, we have decided to provide students a prorated refund for on-campus room charges and meal plans, parking and student activity fees. These refunds will be issued by the end of this semester. Information regarding this process will be forthcoming from the Office of Student Accounts.
Based on the latest restrictions regarding large gatherings, we have decided to postpone commencement from May 9th to a later date to be determined. It is our priority to see all of our graduates in person for a well-deserved celebration. We wholeheartedly regret that this public health crisis has denied many of you the opportunity to reconnect face-to-face, and we want to provide that opportunity to our graduating students before you go out into the world to make your mark.
Students will receive a diploma at the completion of the semester and all degrees will be confirmed by the Registrar. We will provide sufficient notice on the date of the postponed event.
Coronavirus Task Force
We have created a Coronavirus Task Force to:
- Actively monitor all guidance provided by federal, state and local health & education departments
- Develop readiness and response plans
- Routinely communicate updates to the campus community
As a reminder, please use this confidential reporting form ONLY if you:
- have been exposed to a person with COVID-19
- have symptoms that might be COVID-19
- are being tested for COVID-19
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19
This confidential information will help us track the effect of the outbreak on our campus community.
Travel Guidance & Quarantine Information
For the latest travel guidance, please go to the CDC’s travel guidance webpage and check this page often if traveling.
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