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Faculty

STAC is known for being a caring community, one in which every individual matters. We know that, as a community, we can most effectively respond to the crises we have faced this year by looking after each other and working together for our common good.

Please see the below additional information pertaining directly to faculty members.

Teaching in Person: Reminders
Faculty Guidebook
Cleaning and Disinfection
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Office of Information Technology
If You See Something, Say Something


STAC COVID GUIDANCE: SUMMER 2021

The following expectations have been implemented, effective May 25. Please monitor email and check the STAC website regularly, as guidance will be updated as conditions change.

NYS COVID Guidance dated 4/27/21. 

Vaccination
STAC encourages all members of the College community to become vaccinated, unless an individual’s personal medical condition or religious beliefs compel otherwise. We will continue to offer vaccination clinics on campus periodically.

Vaccinated individuals may submit COVID Vaccine Documentation via this link.

Anyone who chooses to live in STAC residence halls this summer must receive and submit documentation of COVID vaccination. Exemptions from vaccination requirements must be approved by STAC Health and Wellness. Residents may host guests (other students who are currently living in the residence halls), according to existing residence hall policies, as long as all individuals involved are vaccinated. Falsely reporting vaccination status may result in disciplinary proceedings for employees and students.

Masks are not required for vaccinated people outdoors or indoors, except as stipulated in this document.

Daily Health Screening
All members of the STAC community (individuals who have a stac.edu email address) should complete the daily health screening in the STAC Engage app. The app is being updated to allow identification of those who voluntarily submit vaccination information.

Those individuals on campus for camps/summer programs should follow the guidance in the camps section below.

Guests/visitors should coordinate their visit with their host department and Campus Safety and follow stated guidelines.

International Travelers
International travelers are required to follow NY state guidance with additional stipulations, as follows:


Camps On Campus


Campus Facilities


COVID Testing
Will not be conducted except for a specific reason, as determined by: Health and Wellness Services, or Athletics, or Campus Safety.


Teaching in Person: Reminders

For those of you who have elected to teach in person, here are a few reminders:

  • If you have not been on campus at all yet, you must complete the initial COVID-19 test via the Vault process that was emailed to you. You cannot return to the campus without a negative test result. If there are any concerns regarding the COVID-19 test, please email Jim Nawoichyk at [email protected]
  • You must complete the screening questions on the STAC Engage app every day before coming to campus, including taking your temperature. Your students will be doing this as well, so it would be a good idea to ask them to show their green passes before class.
  • Check Banner Self-Service to make sure you know the classroom in which your course will be held.
  • You may wish to come to campus to practice using the camera set up in your classroom. Before you come to campus, be sure there is a negative COVID test in our files, and please let Eileen Murphy know you are coming so she can ensure that the classroom is available
  • All employees and students will be required to wear their STAC ID at all times on campus. If you do not have an ID, you should follow these directions.
  • Face masks are required everywhere on campus, including in class.
  • We have set up some spaces that will be reserved for students who need a quiet place to work or attend classes remotely. 

What to know about teaching in person:

  • We have reduced the density of the classrooms, so there are fewer students than normal in each room and the desks are at least six feet apart. Please do not move or rearrange the desks.
  • Students will be expected to wipe their desks before and after class, using the wipes located in each room. You are expected to wipe down your own workspaces.
  • If the wipes run out, please fill out a work order as soon as possible.
  • Remember that classes are 75 minutes long. The ending times of classes are different, but the starting times have remained the same.
  • If you are using Zoom in your class, please remember to sign out when your class is over, and also sign out from your email accounts and switch off the Projector.
  • If you need any IT assistance, Sunny and the IT staff will be available in the hallways for troubleshooting assistance during class times. The IT help desk can be reached at 845-398-4064.

Faculty Guidebook

The Faculty Senate Executive Council has put together a Faculty Guidebook including pedagogy and best practices to aid your teaching strategies during the upcoming semester. Please note that the Guidebook is a live document and will continue to be updated for the Spring 2021 semester based upon state and local guidelines, and as more information becomes available.

The first iteration of the Guidebook (which was distributed via email to faculty on July 24th,) contains reflections as well as policies that have been created and instituted by various offices on campus including the Provost and Human Resources.


CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

The Facilities Management team, in cooperation with the College’s Cleaning Services provider, ARAMARK have adopted cleaning and disinfection protocols that comply with guidelines from the CDC for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The custodial cleaning program follows the CDC’s cleaning and disinfection guidance to clean high touch-points such as door handles, banisters, elevator buttons, public areas and restrooms. Cleaning and custodial staff have also increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection activities across campus as an additional preventive measure.

All academic building restrooms are cleaned by custodial staff at least twice each day. In restrooms where windows can be opened, they will be left open to increase airflow to the outside. Appropriate cleaning and disinfection supplies are provided throughout campus for shared/frequently touched surfaces. UV lights to disinfect high-traffic areas are used and monitored by properly trained staff. Hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipe dispensers are installed in all STAC classrooms and other areas throughout the campus. Hands-free bottle filling water fountains will remain operational. Non-hands-free water fountains will not be in service at this time. Classroom furniture is placed appropriately to maintain adequate social distancing. Plexi-glass barriers have been installed where appropriate. To increase filtration efficiency and improve air quality, all MERV-8 filters utilized in campus HVAC systems have been replaced with MERV-13 filters where possible.

For instances in which there is a positive COVID-19 case, all spaces, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, common areas, heavy transit areas and high touch surfaces, that the individual encountered will be cleaned and disinfected, as per CDC guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.” Any individual who screens positive for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms must be immediately sent home, to their residence, or to the designated quarantine or isolation location with instructions or arrangement for health assessment and testing. The College will immediately notify the state and local health departments of a confirmed positive case by an individual on campus.


A face mask that covers both the nose and mouth must be worn at St. Thomas Aquinas College any time individuals are unable to maintain a social distance of at least six feet apart. Face masks will be required in classrooms at all times. Resident students residing in the same room (roommates) will not be required to wear a face mask while together in their campus residence rooms. St. Thomas Aquinas College will provide all employees and students with three reusable cloth face masks. Individuals will be allowed to use their own face masks, if they are acceptable. Additional PPE such as face shields, KN95, gowns, and gloves will be provided depending on activities and exposure risks. The College will have an adequate supply of face masks, and other PPE on hand should replacements be needed. Everyday preventive actions should be practiced such as keeping social distance, proper hand washing, and wearing a face mask. The College will have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer dispensers in every classroom as well as throughout the campus in other high touch areas. The College will train employees and students on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable,) and discard PPE, including but not limited to appropriate face mask. See CDC guidance for additional information.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT DEPARTMENT)

The Office of Information Technology will continue to provide technical support to students, staff, and faculty, both on campus and remotely. The IT Department can be reached through the Help Desk at 845-398-4064, Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-7:00pm, and Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. 

On-Campus Computing will be provided and have a limited number of workstations for student usage, rearranging computers in all computer labs following social distancing parameters. Computers will be made available in the Library and Digital Media Labs. Laptop computers will be provided as part of the annual computer upgrade process. This will provide greater versatility and enhance remote working, instructions, and provide standardized equipment to employees. Departments with special technology needs for employees working remotely will be handled on a case by case basis. IT will utilize a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to allow remote access to the college’s network. The telephone system, which allows for remote use through an app, will remain the same.

Technology is being added to classrooms to allow for video conferencing and synchronous teaching and learning. This is critical to ensure that social distancing protocols during face-to-face courses are adhered to while also allowing students to simultaneously participate in courses remotely.


HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE!

If you see something, say something! The College has instituted many COVID-19 health & safety policies and protocols to keep everyone in our STAC community safe. If you see someone on campus who is not following the health and safety guidelines we have put in place, please complete this form to let us know.


Additional resources

For additional information regarding the College's reopening plan, key dates, safety tips, and external resources, please explore the Spartan Startup tabs.