Planning for Campus Re-Engagement
Following the COVID-19 crisis, New York Tech is developing an adaptable, responsive, and comprehensive campus re-engagement plan that follows all requisite national, state, and local guidelines while supporting a best-in-class student experience.
Message from President Foley (June 30, 2020)
New York Tech is moving forward with reopening plans, following the June 19 announcement of New York State guidelines for higher education (considered a Phase 4 industry). As I shared in my May 20 email, plans for the fall will consist of a mixture of in-person and remote classes structured to reflect our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the university community while fulfilling our mission of providing the highest-quality educational experience for our students.
When do we reopen?
The College of Osteopathic Medicine is set to begin classes on August 6. While some labs were able to remain open during the pandemic, we have now received the go-ahead from the state to open all research labs on July 1.
The fall semester for all other New York Tech schools and colleges will begin on Sept. 9, and I urge you to save these dates for new academic year kick-off events: the Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Sept. 3 and New Student Academic Convocation on Sept. 8, both to be held virtually.
What is the status of our reopening plan?
Our staff and faculty have been working together in anticipation of reopening, taking into account external factors in our control while optimizing campus facilities, investing in new educational platforms and delivery methods, and other elements in response to the new normal we envision. I am happy to say now that we have the guidelines from the state, our reopening plan just needs further review before we move forward.
READ PRESIDENT’S FOLEY’S COMPLETE MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY
- Our re-engagement plans and schedules for the New York City and Long Island campuses will differ.
- Plans will include enhanced access requirements and layout changes to meet physical distancing requirements. Facial coverings will be required on campus.
- Equipment adjustments will allow hands-free operations of entries/facilities and support healthy air quality; signage will remind community members of responsible actions.
- Disinfection will be conducted frequently via multiple methodologies.
- Academic considerations for fall may include scheduling adjustments and programming revisions to meet blended (in-person and virtual) educational environments.
- For planning purposes, we are grouping classes into two categories: conceptual and experiential. Classes that are more conceptual can have more online elements; experiential classes involve hands-on learning and development, such as labs and studios.
- We are also making classroom improvements in technology-enabled engagement and online user experience, and providing online teaching and learning resources for faculty and students.
- All orientation activities for new students will be held virtually this summer.
- Student life, including student government and clubs, will operate following the same guidelines as academic activities. It is likely this will involve a mix of remote, online, and in-person meetings.
- We will inform students about residence hall regulations as soon as they become available.
- Athletics guidance will be forthcoming from the NCAA and our conference in the near future.