SUNY Jefferson

Information for Students

Welcome Back Message from Dr. Stone
Video transcript

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester at Jefferson Community College! 

Updates and Information

Students,

As you are aware, in accordance with State University of New York guidelines, Jefferson Community College implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing of ALL on-campus students in September. This includes students living in the residence hall and those students attending classes on campus.  Students must be tested once every two weeks.  The number of tests conducted and results are reported to SUNY on a daily basis and published here: https://www.suny.edu/covid19-tracker/.

I am pleased to share with you that, beginning October 28, pooled saliva testing is now available as an alternative to the nasal swab test. Tests are administered by the North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) on campus or at the NCFHC location at 238 Arsenal Street in Watertown.

To sign up for pooled saliva testing, you must first create a COVID-19 Surveillance Account (http://register.suny-covid.com/) and complete your profile. The account must be created at least two days before you plan to test.  After you create your account, you will receive an email confirmation with a barcode. Once you have the email barcode confirmation, you can call the NCFHC at (315) 775-7777 to schedule your appointment.  Should you have questions, detailed instructions are attached.

Testing appointments are available from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 – 12:00 pm on Fridays. If you are not available to test during that timeframe, please contact me at the email address below.

A few things to keep in mind about the pooled saliva testing:

  • No brushing teeth or use of mouth wash 3 hours or less before test
  • No vaping, smoking or tobacco use within 30 minutes of test
  • Following the pooled saliva test, you may be required to take an additional test to verify the presence of coronavirus


The turnaround time for pooled saliva test results average 48-72 hours, but may take longer due to high demand.  You may still opt to take a nasal swab test.

Most health insurances cover the cost of the COVID test. If you do not have health insurance, please contact me via email. Answers to additional frequently asked questions about COVID testing are available on our website.

Our first priority is the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff at Jefferson Community College. We appreciate your cooperation in getting tested bi-weekly!

Please reach out to me with any questions: ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu or (315) 786-6561.

Regards,
Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-6561

Dear Students,
Last Friday, we informed you about new State University of New York requirements for all SUNY campuses to test its on-campus student population for coronavirus every two weeks. Many of you have already completed testing, and others have appointments scheduled– thank you for your cooperation.  I have received a number of questions and wanted to share the questions and answers with everyone.

Q:  Do I have to pay for the test?
A:
  Most insurances will cover the cost of the test.  If you do not have insurance or it does not cover the test, please contact me via email:  ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu.  You can also sign up for health insurance at the North Country Family Health Center located in the Health & Wellness Center on campus.

Q:  Do I have to test at the North Country Family Health Center/Health & Wellness Center on campus?
A:
  No, you can test anywhere and simply email or fax my office with documentation that includes the date you were tested. It is important that you notify the College as soon as possible after testing. Please note that if you do test at another provider, and your health insurance does not cover the cost, you will be responsible for any associated costs.

Q: Do I have to contact the College if I test positive?
A:
  No, positive tests results are reported to the Department of Health by the provider who administered the test. The Department of Health then notifies the College.  

Q: If I have already tested because my job requires it, do I have to take another test for the College?
A:
  The College requires you test once every two weeks, therefore if your job-required testing meets that criteria, you simply need to provide the College with documentation that shows the date you were tested.  If you only test once per month for your employer, you must test once for the College during that timeframe, two weeks after your employment test.

Q: Where do I send proof of testing?
A:
  The Office of Student Affairs, to the attention of Corey Campbell, Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention, ccampbell@sunjefferson.edu or Fax: 315-786-2292.  Do not send proof of testing to your faculty.

Q:  Can I attend class before I test for COVID-19?
A:
  Yes.

Q: Does it matter what kind of COVID-19 test I take?
A:
  No. For your information, the North Country Family Health Center is doing both pooled saliva testing and nasal swab tests with results that return in 2-3 days.

Q: How do I make an appointment for the pooled saliva test?
A: For pooled saliva testing, you must first create a COVID-19 Surveillance Account (http://register.suny-covid.com/) and complete your profile. The account must be created at least two days before you plan to test.  After you create your account, you will receive an email confirmation with a barcode. Once you have the email barcode confirmation, you can call the NCFHC at (315) 775-7777 to schedule your appointment.  Should you have questions, detailed instructions are attached.

Q: Are there special instructions before taking a pooled saliva test?
A: 
Yes! You may not brush your teeth or use mouth wash 3 hours or less before test; AND you may not vape, smoke or use tobacco within 30 minutes of the tes

Q:  When I call the North Country Family Health Center, I have to leave a message. What if I cannot get a test scheduled before I am on campus for class?
A:
   You can still attend class prior to having your first COVID -19 test.  The North Country Family Health Center is aware Jefferson students are required to be test and will respond to all messages.

I hope this information is helpful.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Residence hall students may also contact Matt Gorman at mgorman@sunyjefferson.edu  or 315-775-0412.

Regards,

Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention

Dear Students,

In accordance with State University of New York guidelines, Jefferson Community College is implementing mandatory COVID-19 testing of ALL on-campus students. This includes students living in the residence hall and those students attending classes on campus.  Students must be tested once every two weeks.  The number of tests conducted and results are reported to SUNY on a daily basis and shared here: https://www.suny.edu/covid19-tracker/.

For your convenience, testing is available on campus at the Health and Wellness Center and administered by North Country Family Health Center providers.  Beginning Monday, September 21, please call (315) 775-7777 (Monday through Friday) to schedule your test and receive pre-test instructions. Students should have their health insurance information ready when calling. Commuter students with transportation may be asked to test at the North Country Family Health Center’s drive-through test site on Arsenal Street.

Residential students should complete their testing between Monday and Wednesday every other week.  Commuter students should schedule testing for the day prior to the first day OR the first day of the week they are on campus for class every other week.

Our first priority is the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff at Jefferson Community College. We appreciate your cooperation in getting tested!

Please reach out to me with any questions: ccampbell@sunyjefferson.edu or (315) 786-6561.

Regards,
Dr. Corey Campbell
Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention

Jefferson Students,

I am so excited to welcome you for the Fall 2020 Semester at Jefferson Community College! Without a doubt, this semester looks quite different than in other years. With only a handful of classes being offered face-to-face on campus, most of you are taking classes remotely, and our campus is quieter than usual.

Despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, our faculty and staff are committed to providing you with a valuable college experience in a safe environment.  Our student activities staff is working to offer events and club activities mostly in a virtual setting which will let you connect with other students and meet new friends.  We are especially excited about a new initiative, Voices for Social Change, where students can have a voice in civic engagement.  

A few other housekeeping notes to help you on your way as classes begin on Monday.

Library: The library will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 noon to 4:45 p.m. You are welcome to bring your laptop to the library and access the campus WiFi network and printers.  There are also socially distanced computer workstations and laptops that can be signed out and used within the library. 

Technology & Internet Access:  In addition to the computer workstations, laptop sign-outs and WiFi access in the library, there are also laptops available for sign-out and use in the Fireside Lounge of the Deans Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). Laptops can be signed out during normal business hours at the front desk of the Deans CLC.  Please be sure to reach out to your faculty if you do not have a reliable computer or internet access. (Note: The open computer lab in the Jules Center is currently closed.)

Dining:  The Courtyard Cafeteria is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Bookstore: The Bookstore is open Monday–Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Textbooks and academic supplies can also be ordered online.

Fitness Center:  Unfortunately, the fitness center is currently closed, but we hope to open it soon. Why not try a walk or jog on our campus trail system? 

College Offices on Fridays:  College offices will be closed to foot traffic on Fridays, but are open virtually and reachable by phone and email. (Note: The Library and Cafeteria are open to students on Friday.)

Health & Safety:  Social distancing of 6’ is a must and face coverings are required on campus when social distancing isn’t possible, and when entering and exiting buildings/offices. You’ve heard this hundreds of times, but I’ll say it again – wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your eyes or mouth.  We also have a Health & Wellness Center right on campus for your physical and personal health needs.

I am sure you have many more questions and we have many answers readily available on www.sunyjefferson.edu/welcomeback.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors, advisor or any of our staff with any questions.

Your health and safety, along with that of our faculty and staff, remain our number one priority as we navigate this “new normal.”  We will miss not interacting with all of you in a face-to-face environment, but I know you will accomplish great things this semester!

Stay safe, work hard and be well.

Dr. Ty Stone
President

Students,

Having a reliable computer with key capabilities is more important than ever when it comes to taking college classes. We’ve found that some technology, such as Chromebooks, iPads and tablets, are not able to run the specialized software required for some classes and textbook add-ons, especially now with the onset of more remote learning. See JCC’s minimum technology requirements.

To help you purchase the appropriate computer technology for your college classes, should you need it, the College has partnered with Lenovo to negotiate competitive prices for laptop computers that will meet your needs as a Jefferson student.  The College has selected several models from which to choose, all of which meet the minimum required specifications to complete your coursework. Most have three year warranties included in the price. You can shop on JCC’s Lenovo site or even use financial aid at the campus bookstore.

For more information on computer requirements and purchasing options, visit us on the web.

We also have resources for you on campus. The library has computer workstations available (all socially distanced), laptops for sign-out and use in the library, or you can bring your own device to access campus WiFi and printers. There are also laptops available for sign-out and use in the Fireside Lounge in the Deans Collaborative Learning Center. Laptops can be checked out at the front desk, first come-first served, during regular business hours. 

Should you find yourself without a reliable computer or internet access, please be sure to reach out to your instructors or your advisor and let them know.  We are here to help.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for the start of fall semester!

Regards,

Monica Papagni, Director of Instructional Technology
Dr. Maryrose Eannace, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jefferson Students,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and staying safe and healthy.  I’m sure you have lots of questions about the fall semester and I wanted to provide you with the following update.  Rest assured that with any decisions we make during this challenging time, our first priority is for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Class Formats for Fall Semester
In light of persistent health concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, we have transitioned the majority of fall semester to remote learning formats. Some classes that require hands-on activity, such as science labs and culinary arts, will be conducted face-to-face on campus and incorporate social distancing measures. The vast majority of classes that were originally scheduled for in-person instruction have been converted to live online learning, also called synchronous. Synchronous learning is when a student accesses a class via the internet, but has a set class schedule and instruction is provided in real-time by the instructor. Many classes will be conducted via a combination of learning formats. 

We understand remote learning can be a challenge for many and we stand ready to help you be successful. All students must complete a distance learning orientation online, technical support is available 24/7, and faculty and staff will be on hand to help you with these new learning formats. If you have questions or concerns about your class format, please visit the academic-related FAQ on www.sunyjefferson.edu/welcomeback or contact an educational planner at 315-786-2437.

Residence Hall is Open
East Hall will be open with a maximum of 130 students for the fall semester. At this capacity level, each student will have their own bedroom; shared suite spaces will include the living room and kitchen. Residence life staff are in the process of developing guidelines around guest visitation and socializing in common areas like the game room and HUB.  Regular health screenings will be conducted and protocols are in place should a student display symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19.  Ultimately our goal is to provide you with a safe and healthy living environment that balances the social activity you expect from college life. The housing application is available online

Intercollegiate Sports – Fall Semester
The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced that intercollegiate athletics will not take place this fall, however fall sports can be played during the spring semester at the discretion of the individual college. For Jefferson, this means we need to decide what sports we can offer in the spring semester, beginning in early January. As soon decisions are made, we will be sure to let you know.     

Phased Campus Reopening
While we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming students and community members back to campus, we are beginning our transition back to campus by phasing in College departments and staff only, during the month of July. During this time, offices will not be open to the public except by limited, scheduled appointments. We look forward to meeting you in a safe and healthy environment. For this reason, all in-person appointments must be scheduled in advance; no walk-ins will be permitted at this time. When your appointment is confirmed, you will be advised as to the process for when you arrive on campus. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

  • Placement, CLEP and DSST Testing: Appointments can be made Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 1:15 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Remote testing is still available as well. Please contact the Testing Center at thetestingcenter@sunyjefferson.edu with any questions or to schedule your exam.
  • Accommodative Services:  In-person and online appointments can be scheduled by emailing jccaccommodations@sunyjefferson.edu with your name, phone number, and your requested time and day for the appointment.
  • Enrollment Services Staff and Education Planners: Online and in-person appointments with admissions, student records, financial aid and education planning staff may be requested through the Virtual Kiosk or by calling (315) 786-2437.
  • Library Materials - Curbside Pick-Up: To request books or other library materials, contact the library via email library@sunyjefferson.edu or by calling (315) 786-2225 during business hours. You will be given a day and time to pick up your materials. This service will be available Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. A SUNY card is required to borrow materials. Library materials can be returned to the drop box located in the first floor lobby of the Deans Collaborative Learning Center, Bldg. 15 and will be quarantined for 3 days.  

Please remember that these decisions, along with any part of the College’s reopening plan, are subject to change depending upon guidance from state and local health officials and SUNY.  The details and processes relating to how we open to students and the general public are still being finalized.  We will continue to keep you posted as information evolves.  The College’s pandemic-related web page Coronavirus – Campus Reopening Updates and Information is your primary hub for updates, new procedures for accessing and visiting campus, answers to FAQs, and resources to help you transition back to college life.

Be well,

Dr. Ty Stone
President

 

External Resources

New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065