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As a STAC family, 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. As we work to provide a safe and secure learning, working and living environment for everyone in our community, please see the below communications from offices across the College with information pertaining directly to students.

Academics
Athletics Department
Career Development
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Cleaning and Disinfection
Disability Services
Dining Services
Health and Wellness Services
Information Technology (IT Department)
Outdoor Activity Policy
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Residence Life
Spartan Health Pledge

STAC Telehealth Services
Student Engagement
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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.


ACADEMICS

Our commitment is to continue to safeguard the health and safety of our students, while providing them with the resources and support they need to advance their academic goals in uninterrupted pursuit of their college degrees. We are pleased to announce that St. Thomas Aquinas College has reopened for a hybrid mix of in-person and on-line classes on March 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Testing Update and Return to Campus Information

STAC will continue non-invasive testing, FREE of charge, through “Vault” for all members of the College community who will be returning to campus in March.

  • A negative “Vault” test will again be required in order to return safely for students and employees who have not regularly been on campus. Members of the STAC Community: please check your emails for notifications from [email protected] about the timeline to take your “Vault” test in order to return to campus. We will continue to implement robust weekly random testing throughout the semester. 
  • Our Campus Safety Officers will continue to screen at the two main gates (Fitzpatrick Village and Kings Hwy), checking for STAC Engage green passes, face masks, and Spartan ID cards upon arrival to campus. (Note: Spartan ID swipe access only for McNelis Commons gate.) All individuals reporting to campus need to complete their daily screening to receive a “green pass,” wear masks (not gaiter-masks) covering both the nose and mouth, and practice social distancing.
  • Please check your temperature whenever passing by our Healthguard Scanners.
  • Residence Halls will remain open and the McNelis Dining Hall and Romano Center’s Spartan Grille will be open for takeout meals or two person maximum per table dining at this time.
  • The Lougheed Library will remain open to students with social distancing and mask wearing guidelines in effect.
  • Our Kraus Fitness Center is currently open for increased use as of Wednesday, March 17.


Our planned “Wellness Days” for students will be on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 instead of traditional Spring Break. After this brief wellness break, depending on the level of COVID-19 cases, it is our intention to move to even more in-person classes and student activities on campus in a safe, socially distanced manner.

As our Spring semester continues, the health and safety of our Spartans remains our number one priority.

Our academic calendar has planned “pivot points” and a phased re-opening to allow us to flex classes between in-person and on-line, depending on the level of COVID-19 cases. 

Phase 1: Based on the current level of COVID-19 cases in Rockland County and throughout New York State in February 2021, all classes were conducted remotely on February 1 to mitigate the spread on campus. 

Phase 2: On February 15, we assessed the level of COVID-19 cases and announced plans to move back to a hybrid mix of in-person and on-line classes on March 1, 2021.

Phase 3: On March 1, we returned to in-person classes, supplemented by on-line classes.

Phase 4: Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 are planned “Wellness Days'' for our students in lieu of our traditional Spring Break. After this brief wellness break, depending on the level of COVID-19 cases, it is our intention to have more and more in-person classes and student activities on campus in a safe, socially distanced manner throughout the remainder of the semester.

Before you come to campus:

  • 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 [email protected].
  • You must complete the screening questions on the STAC Engage app before coming to campus, including taking your temperature. You will be asked to show the green pass on the app when you are on campus.
  • Check Banner Self-Service to make sure you know the classroom in which your course will be held.
     

Remote Learning Option Policy
Students with extenuating/special circumstances related to COVID-19 that make remote attendance necessary should contact Anne Schlinck at [email protected]. Please be sure to include the following information in remote request emails:


Students who are approved to attend remotely must understand that the College has an expectation that as a remote student you will abide by all policies set by your instructors. These may include:


Please note:

  • 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.
  • You must wear masks -- properly -- everywhere on campus, including in class, and you must maintain a safe six-foot distance between each other.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the dorms.
  • We have reduced the density of the classrooms, so there are fewer students in each room and the desks are at least six feet apart.
  • You will be expected to wipe your desks before and after class, using the wipes located in each room.
  • We have set up some spaces that will be reserved for students who have a mix of in-person and remote classes, and who need a quiet place to work or attend classes remotely. You are expected to follow the same rules in those classrooms: you must wear masks, remain distanced, and wipe the desk before and after each use.
     

Please note that this process and any adjustments that result are temporary and should not be confused with disability accommodations, which is an entirely separate matter that requires documentation and a deeper level of analysis.

COVID-19 Task Force
President Daly has established the COVID-19 Task Force, which meets every week to continue all necessary planning to make the campus the safest environment for the college experience of all our students. We will provide additional information on COVID-19 testing, daily health assessments, isolation, quarantining, and contact tracing, as well as information for our students who come from non-contiguous states, including international students.

STAC is taking several steps to prevent the spread of infection in all areas of the College:

  • All desks have been spaced 6-feet apart for physical distancing.
  • The enrollment capacities of all instructional spaces have been reduced to de-densify each classroom, laboratory, and study space. 
  • All classrooms and laboratories have been equipped with hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.
  • The Lougheed Library will have reduced capacity and a cleaning protocol has been established for all library books and computers.
  • Masks and/or face shields will be worn by all students, staff, and faculty in classrooms, hallways, and offices.
  • All employees complete a daily COVID screening process, as recommended by New York State.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned regularly.

Athletics Department

Changes have been made regarding Athletic Department COVID-19 policies and procedures for the start of the spring semester. The College is committed to returning to sports competition in a manner that will continue to promote the health and wellness of our student-athletes and the campus community. STAC Athletics returned to athletic competitions beginning in January 2021 with the Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams. Bowling will begin competing in early February and the Spring Sports will begin practicing for their upcoming seasons on February 12th. Unfortunately, championships were cancelled for our fall sports, but they will be given the opportunity to participate in their traditional “spring season” which includes practices and scrimmages. All protocols and procedures are in accordance with NYS guidelines and NCAA guidelines. They are subject to change based on changes made by these or other local authorities.

Athletic Workout Guidelines (Mandated at all athletic facilities)

  • Everyone must complete STAC Engage COVID-19 Daily Screening
  • Only those with a green pass should attend practice/workout sessions
  • Coaches will check for green pass before every workout
    •  If anyone shows a red pass, they must immediately leave the facility, return to their residence hall/dorm room or home and contact the Director of Health & Wellness at [email protected] and STAC Telehealth.
    • Coach must also notify athletic training staff
  • Mandatory temperature checks prior to entering indoor athletic facilities (Aquinas Gymnasium, Kraus Fitness Center)
    • If anyone records temperature of 100.0 or higher, they are not permitted to work out. They must immediately leave the facility, return to their residence hall/dorm room or home and contact the Director of Health & Wellness at [email protected] and STAC Telehealth.
    • Coach must also notify athletic training staff
  • Masks must be worn properly at all times when not actively competing/practicing, covering nose and mouth (student-athletes) and at all times by coaches.  
  • Use hand sanitizer/wash hands before and after every workout
  • Strict cleaning protocol for all equipment after every workout
  • Access to locker rooms is strictly regulated by the Department of Athletics
  • Water fountains will be closed, but filling stations are available in certain campus locations
  • Bring your own water bottles/water
  • NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED at any athletic events.
  • Student-athletes are subject to the Athletic Department COVID-19 PCR pool testing protocols which are aligned with NCAA Guidelines. These tests are performed by the athletic training staff via Applied DNA Sciences Clinical Labs, LLC.
  • Strict protocols are in place for both visiting teams and officials for all sports. These protocols include symptom and temperature checks, testing and gameday procedures.


Phase 0: Quarantine and Initial Testing (January 18, 2021 – February 29, 2021)

  • Return of International students and students from noncontiguous states
  • Institutional quarantine plan in effect
  • PCR Testing of all students and staff
  • Basketball teams begin competition
    • Teams remained on campus over break and are testing multiple times per week


Phase 1: Return to Campus (January 30, 2021 – February 11, 2021)

  • Completion of testing of all students and staff creating baseline
  • Fitness Center Voluntary workouts
    • Only during supervised times for athletes
    • COVID-19 restrictions posted and enforced


Phase 2: Spring/Fall Sports Practice Begins (February 12, 2021 – February 22, 2021)

  • Masks will be worn for all indoor practices, for sports not yet competing
  • First week should be at only 50% intensity/workload to allow for acclimatization following winter break
  • Workout Guidelines in effect
  • NCAA Testing guidelines will be followed


Phase 3: Spring Sports Practice Continues (February 23, 2021 – March 6, 2021)

  • Masks can be removed in preparation for competition
  • Workout Guidelines in effect
  • NCAA Testing guidelines will be followed


Phase 4: Spring Sports/Fall Sports In-Season Competition (March 7, 2021 – May 2021)

  • COVID-19 Game Day policies will be implemented
  • Workout Guidelines in effect
  • NCAA Testing guidelines will be followed


Athletic Facilities

Aquinas Gymnasium:

  • Maximum Capacity = 50 people
  • Increase percentage of outdoor air (using two large air purifiers)
  • Increase flow of air supply
  • Thermometer for temperature checks at entrance
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers added at each main entrance
  • Coaches and student-athletes responsible for wiping down all equipment after each workout
  • Bleachers closed
  • UVC Lights used to sanitize area every night
  • Virex spray used on all shared surface multiple times throughout the day


Spartan Field:

  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers added in multiple locations
  • Coaches and student-athletes responsible for wiping down all equipment after each use
  • Virex spray used on all shared surfaces multiple times throughout the day (ex. Benches)
  • No student-athlete parking at Spartan Field or in Venture Lot
    • All student-athletes must walk to field


Kraus Fitness Center:

  • Maximum Capacity = 20 people
  • Follow all standards set in Fitness Center reopening plan
  • Update to Merv-13 HVAC filter
  • Thermometer for temperature checks at entrance
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers added in multiple locations throughout 
  • Coaches and student-athletes responsible for wiping down all equipment after each use
  • Equipment reorganized to maintain physical distance of 6 feet
  • UVC Lights used to sanitize area every night
  • Virex spray used on all shared surface multiple times throughout the day
  • Arrows on floor to decrease traffic around equipment


Riley Family Tennis Courts:

  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers added in multiple locations
  • Coaches and student-athletes responsible for wiping down all equipment after each use


Athletic Training Rooms:

  • Main: Maximum Capacity = 8 people
  • Team Room: Maximum Capacity = 12 people
  • Athletic Training Room will be open for regular hours.
  • Athletic Training Room will be open for pre-practice/game.
  • Masks are to be worn the entire time you are on campus:
    • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
    • Make sure you can breathe easily
    • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent. No gaiters, buffs, or bandanas permitted.
  • Every person will have their STAC Engage Pass checked and must use hand sanitizer prior to entering ATR
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout ATR
  • Gloves are available upon request
  • Temperature checks will be done by device
  • A temperature of 100.0 or above indicates a student-athlete will not be permitted to participate in athletic activity and additional medical guidance will be provided.
  • There will be one athlete per treatment table
  • Athletic Trainers will disinfect their table upon arrival and before leaving treatments
  • Athlete is responsible for wiping down all rehab equipment used
  • Athletes must email Courtney Hill ([email protected]) to sign up for an appointment time
  • Appointments will be scheduled in 25-minute blocks, with a 5-minute cleaning window
  • Treatment times will reflect the athletic training room’s new hours
  • Pre/post practice treatments will be utilized through appointment only
  • Modality use will be limited
  • Each ATR facility will follow the appropriate capacity recommendations
  • All daily cleaning and sanitization will be completed in accordance with CDC guidelines


Student-Athlete/Staff Member Exhibiting Symptoms

  • Do not attend workout/practice (If already present, immediately leave site)
  • Contact the Director of Health & Wellness at [email protected] and STAC Telehealth.
  • Contact athletic training staff
  • Defer to College policy 


Student-Athlete/Staff COVID-19 Positive Test Result

  • Defer to College policy – Contact [email protected]
  • Could result in isolation/quarantine for multiple team members


Return to Play Following COVID-19 Positive Test Result

  • Full policy initiated by athletic training staff in accordance with NCAA and CDC guidelines


Testing Protocols

  • All student-athletes and staff are subject to NCAA testing guidelines
  • Frequency is determined by level of risk assigned to each sport
  • Spectators will not be permitted at any athletic events.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The Career Development Office offers a variety of services and programs to assist students in exploring careers. The Office educates students and alumni on career topics, including: how to strategically build experience through job, internship, and volunteer opportunities; how to prepare resumes and accompanying correspondence; effective interviewing techniques; career panel programming; use of social media in the job search (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc...); Dress For Success, and other professional development workshops.   

The Office is committed to providing students and alumni with personalized comprehensive assistance starting from first year and continuing for a lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economic and job market in a multitude of ways. The Career Development Office is committed to providing students and alumni with the assistance needed to succeed during this unprecedented time. To assist students with achieving their educational and career goals, the center is committed to offering a wide variety of networking opportunities; resume building workshops, and various other internship/career services.

 Career Counseling Services

  • Students and alumni seeking to make an appointment can contact the office via email ([email protected]) or via phone at 845-398-4065. The office phone line will be forwarded to personal cell phones.
  • The majority of appointments will be conducted remotely between the business hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, or 9am-4pm on Fridays. Evening appointments will be accommodated based on student needs and requests. 
  • One or all employees of the Career Development Office will be physically present on campus Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, unless government regulations prevent this. Due to social distancing guidelines and spacing issues, majority of appointments will take place online, via Google Meet. 

Online Initiatives: 

  • Career Development Staff will offer workshops and quick video tutorials, via Google Meet which will be shared via email.
  • Employer presentations and panels will be hosted virtually.
  • The Annual Job & Internship Fair and Education Career Fair will possibly be held virtually in the spring semester, depending on government restrictions at that time.  
  • Social media outreach will be used to advertise opportunities available through the office.  
  • Possible Career Development podcast, "After Class", will offer conversations related to current COVID-19 career topics, as well as to share career success stories of current students and alumni.
  • Students will access job and internship opportunities, remotely, via SpartanJobs - an exclusive job and internship board for STAC students and alumni. Accounts are created at the time individuals start at STAC.

Office of Career Development (Staff References)
The Career Development Office offers a variety of services and programs to assist students in exploring careers. Below is a reference of workplace safety and overview of services which will be provided to STAC students and alumni.

Career Counseling Services

  • Students and alumni seeking to make an appointment can contact the office via email ([email protected]) or via phone at 845-398-4065. The office phone line will be forwarded to personal cell phones.
  • The majority of appointments will be conducted remotely between the business hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, or 9am-4pm on Fridays. Evening appointments will be accommodated based on student needs and requests. 
  • One or all employees of the Career Development Office will be physically present on campus Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, unless government regulations prevent this. Due to social distancing guidelines and spacing issues, majority of appointments will take place online, via Google Meet. 

The following safety procedures will be in place to ensure the safety of the Career Development staff:

  • Walk-in appointments will not be accepted.
  • Any face-to-face appointments will be made for 45 minutes each with 15 minutes in between each appointment to allow for no contact to be made between students.
  • Alumni who have face-to-face appointments scheduled must adhere to the College guidelines in place at the time, including checking in at Campus Safety at the time of appointment and following proper protocol.
  • All touched surfaces will be cleaned after each appointment with proper disinfecting solutions.
  • Career Development staff and students will be required to wear a face mask for the entirety of the appointment.
  • Weekly workshops will be offered to students via Google Meet. These workshops will assist students with networking, resume building, LinkedIn creation, interview skills preparation, etc.
  • Employer networking events will be held throughout the semester via Zoom, Google Meet, or other virtual platform.

Staff Training/Professional Development:
Staff will be provided opportunities to attend professional trainings that will enhance remote services. Trainings will include but are not limited to:

  • Events hosted by Simplicity to leverage the capabilities of the software.
  • Events hosted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and EACE (Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers.)
  • Participation in discussion boards to remain in contact with local and national colleges.
  • Webinars
  • Round tables
  • Other professional development or professional association webinars or online meetings, as appropriate. 

Online Initiatives: 

  • Career Development Staff will offer workshops and quick video tutorials, via Google Meet which will be shared via email.
  • Employer presentations and panels will be hosted virtually.
  • The Annual Job & Internship Fair and Education Career Fair will possibly be held virtually in the spring semester, depending on government restrictions at that time.
  • Social media outreach will be used to advertise opportunities available through the office.  
  • Possible Career Development podcast, "After Class", will offer conversations related to current COVID-19 career topics, as well as to share career success stories of current students and alumni.
  • Students will access job and internship opportunities, remotely, via SpartanJobs - an exclusive job and internship board for STAC students and alumni. Accounts are created at the time individuals start at STAC.
     

COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS)

Mission
The Office of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a wide range of confidential and free services to currently enrolled STAC students. The principal goal of CAPS is to help facilitate student development by providing practical tools and solutions to psychological and psychosocial obstacles. CAPS staff utilizes empirically supported methodology to help students become independent and productive in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors. To this end, CAPS offers time-limited individual psychotherapy; counseling; crisis intervention; preventative outreach programming; consultative services; and resident assistant training. In addition to the aforementioned, CAPS maintains a current database of off-campus mental health providers, should a student require services that are outside the scope of this Office or to specifically meet an individual’s needs. For more information, please visit the official STAC CAPS webpage.

Scheduling an Appointment 
CAPS is located on the upper level of the Romano Student Alumni Center (across from the Campus Bookstore). The Office is open during normal college business hours. Students seeking an appointment may do so by calling the main office number at 845-398-4065. After scheduling an appointment, the student may receive an email with instructions on accessing the CAPS Therapy Portal to complete preliminary intake paperwork.

Providing Services during COVID-19
Beginning in March 2020, individual services (appointments/crisis intervention, consultations, etc.) provided by CAPS transitioned to Teletherapy. Individual appointments remain suspended until approval is given to resume in-person appointments (see Resuming In-Person Appointments/Crisis Intervention/Consultations for additional details). CAPS utilizes Doxy, a HIPAA compliant Teletherapy platform to deliver all individual services (psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultations, etc). To schedule an appointment, please call the CAPS office.

To utilize Teletherapy Services with Doxy, please refer to the following instructions listed below:

For more information about Doxy, please visithttps://doxy.me/patients

Please note, to participate in Teletherapy through CAPS and/or the Therapy Portal, students must use their STAC email account. The information you provide will assist CAPS staff in meeting your specific needs. Please note that the information you provide will ONLY be accessible to CAPS staff. Consult the “Policies and Confidentiality” Section on the CAPS website or contact the CAPS office for additional clarification.

Resuming In-Person Appointments/Crisis Intervention/Consultations
When approval is granted to resume in-person appointments, the following may guide the transition:


CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

Following public health recommendations, St. Thomas Aquinas College is taking measures to prevent any campus community spread of COVID-19. These measures include adhering to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the CDC and DOH, using greater cleaning and disinfection procedures and safe staff performance practices. 

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.


Disability Services

Students who require reasonable accommodations for a documented disability are encouraged to register with Disability Services. Please contact Anne Schlinck, Director, Disability Services at [email protected] or 845-398-4087 for more information.


Dining Services

St. Thomas Aquinas College has continuous safety measures in place following federal, NY State and locally mandated guidelines in addition to accepted “Best Practices” within the Higher Education community communicated from the CDC and NYS Department of Health.

  • Dining location capacities reduced to under 50% of allowed public occupancy.
  • All tables within our dining areas will be situated allowing for 6-foot distancing in all directions.
  • All Dining team members will be using face masks and gloves.
  • All guests in our dining locations will be required to wear face masks unless they are seated for dining.
  • Strategically located floor decals will be utilized throughout our dining locations, allowing for 6-foot distancing.
  • Designated entrances and exits will be clearly marked to eliminate the possibility of corridor congestion specifically highlighting single direction foot traffic.
  • All dining locations have been modified to eliminate self-serve options. All offerings will be served directly to our guests.
  • All condiments will be issued at the point of service.
  • Enhanced sanitizing of high-touch areas throughout our dining locations will be executed every 30 minutes.
  • All menus are available for view online and/or via digital signage.
  • Seating areas throughout our dining locations will be cleaned and sanitized prior to guest arrival as well as guest departure.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be strategically located throughout our dining locations.
  • Social distancing standards are also in place regarding all dining team member stations and points of service.
  • All point of sale transaction movement has been minimized where possible.
  • All dining team members and management will undergo daily health screenings with the addition of temperature taking via non-contact infrared thermometer.
  • All appropriate signage will be in place to fortify all federal, state, and locally mandated guidelines.
     


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 8:00 am-7:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. 

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.


Outdoor Activity Policy

The College has put forth a great deal of effort to ensure the health and wellness of everyone who will be returning to campus. To align with our "compliance plus" practices, we have created a framework for outdoor physical activity. Please see below for a list of opportunities to safely socialize outdoors, so you and your fellow Spartans can have fun participating in safe, healthy, exercise-based activities when you are on campus.

Being outside allows for an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry, depressed, and more. It is important to keep moving, especially while we have such nice weather in Sparkill for the tail end of summer and onset of fall.

Permissible Outdoor Activities

Physically distanced outdoor activities involving 2-3 students and minimal shared equipment is permitted with the understanding that face masks are to be worn covering your nose and mouth at all times. Additionally, hands must be washed thoroughly with soap and water (or hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) before and after participating in activities, and shared equipment must be wiped down before and after use to prevent surface transmission of COVID-19. These simple safety measures will aid in avoiding a COVID-19 outbreak so we can keep our campus open throughout the semester.  

​Low-risk individual activities include:

  • Walking, running, and hiking
  • Rollerblading and biking
  • Fitness classes (held outside) that allow for appropriate 6 feet physical distance


Low-risk social activities include:

  • Small gatherings with friends on RSAC front lawn, or other outdoor areas on our campus. It is important to understand that gatherings cannot exceed 10 students. Students participating in gatherings larger than this will face consequences up to and including dismissal from the College. Please wear masks and allow for social distancing.

Activities that don't require close contact (2-3 students) include: 

  • Frisbee toss
  • Corn Hole
  • Baseball/Softball/Football catch
  • Kicking soccer ball
  • Tennis volley
  • Basketball shooting drills at a shared outdoor hoop/goal
  • Soccer/Lacrosse/Field Hockey shooting drills at a shared outdoor goal

*Please note, competitive small team and/or one-on-one games are not permitted.

Following these guidelines will allow you and your fellow Spartans to have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience.    


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 masks. See CDC guidance for additional information.


RESIDENCE LIFE

The Office of Residence Life McNelis Commons and Fitzpatrick Village complexes are open for the 2020-2021 academic year with the understanding that the health and safety of everyone in our community is the #1 priority. It has always been and now it proves even more important we must do this together! It is our community, think [res], reside, respect, reslife!

Here are the 5 pillars of our residence life health and safety foundation:

Please familiaize yourself with the following:

    • Only assigned residents of the “Family Residence” can be in this space at any time of the day.
    • If a resident student is having a person pick them up on campus, then they must follow our “College Visitor Policy” through the Office of Campus Safety & Security.
      • If a resident student can return home, they will remain in their “Family Residence” until a ride is arranged to depart campus.
      • If a resident student cannot return home, they will remain in their “Family Residence” for the duration of their quarantine period.


How to obtain cleaning supplies for your dorm room:

Cleaning Supplies Menu: Garbage Bags, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Toilet Cleaner, Sanitizer, Toilet Brush

  • Please complete and submit the Cleaning Supplies Order Form provided by your Resident Assistant. Please check your email for confirmation that your order has been filled.
  • Supplies can be picked up at the McNelis Commons Dining Hall during these hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • Upon arrival to the McNelis Commons Dining Hall, you will need to show your St. Thomas Aquinas College ID card and STAC Engage Screening Green Pass. Please provide your name and unit number to the supervisor or manager assisting you.

Spartan Health Pledge

St. Thomas Aquinas College prides itself on being a caring community, and now more than ever, it is imperative that we all share in the responsibility for keeping our community safe. Our priority is to have a safe and healthy campus so that we can offer you as much as possible, a true college experience and all that it entails. But that safety depends on all Spartans taking responsibility for the well-being of their fellow students as well as the faculty and staff of the College.

Therefore, if we are to meet our goal of providing an in-person educational experience for as many students as possible as safely as possible, we will all have to pitch in so that we can reduce the risk to those on campus and the surrounding communities. All our students must commit to following federal, state, and local public health guidelines, as well as STAC’s expectations for conduct both on and off-campus, as outlined in the following Health Pledge.

Note that the College’s plans for the upcoming academic year are subject to change and so the College reserves the right to update its plans and the terms of this Pledge to reflect such changes, which may be informed by public health guidance and governmental regulation. We encourage students to closely follow information distributed by the College.

Please read the sneak preview carefully, and keep an eye out for further information on the below Pledge.

While on Campus I Pledge To:

  • Monitor my health daily as directed by the College for COVID-related symptoms and seek appropriate evaluation and care if needed.
  • Complete and submit the screening evaluation, including temperature, using the personal thermometer included in the SafeSpartan Kit.
  • Wear a face mask in all College facilities, including classrooms, hallways, dining facilities (unless eating), and residence halls (except my Family residence or assigned room) as well as on College grounds.
  • Adhere to other health and safety practices recommended or required by the College, such as frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizers.
  • Physically distance, maintaining at least six feet of separation between myself and others in all College facilities (except my Family residence or assigned room).
  • Contact the Office of Health and Wellness immediately to seek an evaluation or arrange for testing when I experience symptoms that suggest COVID-19.
  • Observe all guidelines for dining in the McNelis Commons Dining Hall and Romano Student Alumni Center (RSAC).
  • Agree not to host any off-campus guests, including family members or any students who are not currently residing on campus in my Family residence.
  • Comply with any request to isolate or quarantine made by the College.
  • If necessary, cooperate with contact tracing inquiries within 24 hours by, among other things, responding to texts and calls from contact tracers and answering all questions about my contacts honestly and completely.


Accountability and Responsibility

I understand that to protect the campus community and myself, I must abide by the rules reflected in this Pledge, as they may be modified by the College from time to time. I understand that repeated infractions related to wearing face masks or physically distancing also may result in removal from campus and/or disciplinary action.


STAC TeleHEALTH SERVICES

STAC will continue to provide FREE telehealth services for enrolled students all year round. Now called STAC Telehealth (previously Campus.Health), this service provides access to medical and mental telehealth care. Whether you're feeling sick or are overwhelmed, you will be able to select a licensed provider to speak with from your smartphone or any web-enabled device. 

STAC Telehealth can be used if:

Visit our STAC Telehealth Services page for additional information.


Student Engagement

Outdoor Activities - Movies on the Lawn, Food Trucks, Outdoor conversations/classes, Hikes in small groups, Walking/Running, Rollerblading and Biking, Fitness classes (held outside) that allow for appropriate 6 feet physical distance, Frisbee Toss, Cornhole, Baseball/ Softball/Football catch, Kicking soccer ball, Tennis volley, Basketball shooting drills at a shared outdoor hoop, Soccer/Lacrosse/Field Hockey shooting drills at a shared outdoor goal.

Indoor Activities - Watch Parties in the Romano Center, Paint Night, Bingo, Trivia, Craft Nights, Student-Led Delivery/Pick-Ups for clubs and organizations.

Student Engagement Notice:​

  • Student Engagement is dedicated to providing many opportunities for our students to remain engaged with St. Thomas Aquinas College and to benefit from a fully formed co-curricular experience.

    • The Office of Student Engagement, located on the first floor of the Romano Student Alumni Center, will be physically staffed from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Given the physical layout of the Student Affairs Office, and in adhering to best social distancing practice and guidelines, there will be one Student Affairs employee in the office at a time. When not physically staffing the office, all other Student Affairs employees will continue to work remotely during normal operating hours.

    • Student appointments and meetings will continue to occur remotely. Students or members of the St. Thomas Aquinas College community who are on campus and in need of immediate assistance must follow the instructions posted on the office door before entering.

  • The Office of Student Engagement is continually planning a flexible schedule of events and programs to be able to respond to the ever-changing landscape of our new COVID-19 reality.

  • The Office of Student Engagement has designed multiple approaches to our upcoming year to continue to promote safe student engagement, regardless of the challenges set forth through the COVID-19 pandemic. Ideas like shifting to alternate delivery methods in order to provide continued opportunities for student engagement, enjoyment of the experience, leadership development, and community service. 

  • Implement hybrid programming, highlighted by new online programs and supplemented by a limited number of on-campus events that fall within the dictated safety precautions laid out for the entirety of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Community.

  • Departmental Collaboration

    • The Office of Student Engagement will be working with STAC 101 classes to inform students how they can still remain involved in engagement programming.

  • Office of Student Engagement & Residence Life will collaborate on programming for residents living on campus to provide experiences that foster a sense of community and connection in the residence halls.

  • The Office of Student Engagement will continue to work closely with the Career Development Office to facilitate workshops and our Outside the Classroom Curriculum program.

  • In collaboration and consultation with the Student Government Association, the Office of Student Engagement will provide remote programs for students, and offer a limited number of in-person* experiences within the defined structure of necessary precautions.
    *In-person experiences will be planned in strict adherence to all social distancing guidelines.

  • Student Engagement Programming

    • To minimize the number of students on St. Thomas Aquinas College’s campus, the Office of Student Engagement has developed a balanced program schedule. Including both online and a limited number of on-campus, in-person programming opportunities will be offered, when feasible. On-campus events will be live-streamed in order to provide additional involvement opportunities for students to access remotely.

  • Virtual programming opportunities will be consistently offered to students on a weekly basis. Through these remote efforts, the Office of Student Engagement strives to:

    • Promote continued student engagement and involvement
    • Provide an enriching virtual Student Engagement Experience
    • Offer diverse programming options
  • Student outreach regarding programming opportunities will continue to occur through email notifications, social media, www.stac.edu, and the STAC Engage App.

  • Office of Student Engagement plans to provide creative and engaging virtual experiences that mirror the tone and frequency of traditional on-campus programs typically offered.

  • Fall Orientation and Welcome Week programming will be a combination of virtual and in-person experience opportunities.

    • In-person opportunities will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Attendance capacity for on-campus events will be determined by space available and the location of the program. Planned locations for in-person programs include Romano Student Alumni Center, Sullivan Theater, Open Classrooms.
    • Programming will include a variety of options to appeal to diverse student interests and accommodate higher attendance numbers at remote events.
  • Family Weekend will be designed as a primarily virtual experience for students and families to engage in programming and connect with members of the St. Thomas Aquinas College community. Some small scale, in-person programs may be planned.

  • Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced for all in-person events on campus.

    • Face masks will be a requirement for admission and participation in events.

      • Disposable face masks will be provided to any attendee unable to provide their own.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry to the event and disinfectant wipes will be made available.

  • Attendance will be capped at the maximum allowed number of attendees based on space and location of events on campus.

  • Prior event registration will be required for participation in any on-campus events to ensure appropriate attendance numbers. RSVP links will be created in STAC Engage or Eventbrite. Waitlists for these events will also be generated once capacity has been reached.

  • Separation of six feet will be maintained for both indoor and outdoor event spaces. Directional markers will be visible to direct the flow of traffic. In locations with fixed seating, including Sullivan Theater, available seats will be marked prior to ensure for adequate social distancing.

  • Any necessary forms or event participation waivers will be signed and submitted prior to participation at the event to reduce the time spent for check-in and limit the interactions with staff.

  • Administrators covering the event will ensure that all attendees including staff have utilized the self-check temperature kiosk prior to admission and participation in the event. 

  • All attendees will have had to complete and submit the daily health questionnaire online. Entry will not be permitted for anyone with a fever or showing symptoms of illness. Attendees denied entry will be encouraged to participate in the event virtually.

  • The event space will be thoroughly sanitized both before and after use in compliance with CDC guidelines.

  • Student Engagement and Leadership Opportunities

    • SGA and Club Leader Basic Training will occur remotely online for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • The operations of St. Thomas Aquinas College Student Government and STAC’s student clubs will occur remotely.

  • St.Thomas Aquinas College Student Government’s fall weekly meetings, general assembly meetings & Budget meetings, as well as Club Fair will be held virtually with the option for limited, small, in-person gatherings. All new processes and policies will be reviewed.

  • The Office of Student Engagement will provide support & education to clubs on how to continue programming virtually.

    • Clubs will be encouraged to create and sustain their meetings online using Google Meet and other online platforms. Clubs will be allowed to request budget for their online programs. The budget request process will be turned into an online form. Students will still need to attend a budget meeting for their requested budget to be approved.

  • A PR approval form will be created for all student clubs to upload and submit meeting and event advertisements, including social media posts, to Campus Life.

  • Once approved, the Office of Student Engagement will digitally stamp the PR. All approved ads will be used throughout various advertising channels for students.

  • The Office of Student Engagement will continue to work closely with the Student Government Association to provide direct support for student clubs. Members of the Student Government Association will serve as assigned points of contact for all student clubs.

  • Approval from The Office of Student Engagement is required for any student or student organization request for off-campus gatherings including, but not limited to, community service or volunteer opportunities, conferences, or external events. Approval decisions will be based on policies implemented by St. Thomas Aquinas College in accordance with the CDC and State and Local governing bodies. All travel will be limited to a case-by-case basis depending on current Guidelines.

  • Opportunities for leadership development will continue to be offered remotely.

    • OCC will shift to an online model. The invitation process will remain the same. 

  • Leadership Workshops and programs will be offered in a hybrid capacity depending on the size of the program.

Office of Student Engagement (Staff References)
Staff Training/Professional Development. Staff will be provided opportunities to attend professional training sessions that will enhance remote services. Training sessions will include but are not limited to:

  • The Office of Student Engagement team will continue to take advantage of online professional development and training opportunities in order to stay informed on best practices for providing virtual and socially distant student engagement opportunities and innovative programming.
  • Student Engagement will also consult with campus stakeholders and students to determine safe and viable programming.

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.