Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Sarah Lawrence has Commenced Remote Learning for the Remainder of the Spring Semester

In light of substantial new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and measures by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sarah Lawrence College has announced that all on-campus, in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the spring 2020 semesterRemote learning commenced on March 23, and will continue for the rest of the semester.

Further details and information for students and families, faculty, and staff can be found below. Students, faculty, and staff are also advised to check their e-mail regularly for continued updates and information. 

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Recent Updates

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Message from President Judd as Remote Learning Commences

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

I wanted to reach out today to welcome us all “back” in a new and unfamiliar way as we “return” from spring break to remote learning amidst a world disrupted in ways that none of us could have imagined when we began the spring semester two months—and what seems a lifetime—ago. 

I want first of all to share with you an overwhelming sense of gratitude: gratitude for the way in which we together have rapidly adjusted to extraordinary circumstances. In the coming weeks I will try to enumerate properly the thanks to all—students, staff, and faculty—for the way that you have responded in this crisis. All of our lives have been turned upside down and in the midst of that, and in the anxiety and uncertainty that accompany it, I have witnessed countless acts of care and concern, of unstinting generosity, of kindness, and of laughter, creativity, and beauty throughout this community. Over these next weeks we are going to be challenged to continue to build those bonds of community that we will need to sustain us as we are physically separated but I am certain that we will all continue to rise to the challenge. 

Over the weekend, to comply with Governor Cuomo’s most recent executive order, we significantly reduced the staff who will continue physically working on campus to a very small number of essential personnel needed to support remote learning and to ensure the security and maintenance of the campus (including the security of students’ belongings still in rooms). I am deeply grateful to these staff for their tireless work to keep the campus safe and our systems running as well as to the group of staff who live permanently on campus for their ongoing support. The rest of our staff, along with the faculty, quickly made adjustments in recent days and are reading this e-mail from their homes, as they join students in doing their work remotely. We have also been in contact with the State of New York and Lawrence Hospital to ensure that if parts of our campus are needed, for example, to house health workers or for other support, we will gladly make it available as we all work through these extraordinary times.

One of the challenges about the way we left campus is that many of us didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye. I know that is especially hard for our seniors whose time on campus ended so abruptly and not as they had planned. So it is with an especially heavy heart that I share that our undergraduate and graduate commencements, which were scheduled for May 14 and 15, must be postponed. Given the advice we are receiving, it is hard to imagine that we could safely hold such a large gathering this spring. We recognize that people need to make plans, so I wanted to provide that information now. Refunds of graduation fees will shortly be posted to student accounts.

Graduation is one of my favorite events at Sarah Lawrence and I share the deep disappointment the decision to postpone will cause. We will hold virtual ceremonies of some sort, confer degrees, and mail diplomas, but we are committed to providing an in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 and doing so in a way that allows as many as possible to return and be awarded their degrees in the company of their classmates, friends, and faculty. We will communicate those plans as they develop. I wish that I could give you a firm date now, but given the ongoing uncertainty, I think it best to wait until we can make concrete plans. We will reach out to students when this planning begins. And, as I was able to say in person to many seniors, we will hold a much-delayed senior cruise at your reunion. 

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Many of you know that one of my favorite things to do is to walk the campus—from Hill House to the Science Center and everything in between; indeed, this missive was mentally composed on a couple of those walks yesterday. As I walked the campus, the beauty we all know and love was in evidence, with the tulip trees blooming, the first azalea buds opening, and black and grey squirrels in abundance (and now, this morning, it is snowing!). While I revel in the beauty of our campus, what I love above all are the people of our campus and the hellos I exchange as I walk its length. And yesterday, I walked an essentially empty campus. For the remainder of the semester, we will be a globally dispersed learning community and while we are apart, as I continue to live in my home at the President’s House, I will use Instagram to the degree circumstances allow to help you connect physically to our campus day-to-day (and I’m happy to take requests for photos of particular places). I hope you’ll consider these posts virtual “hellos” from me to you until we are able to greet each other again in person. I will also set up some virtual lunch hours with students over the course of the next few weeks to replace my drop-ins and conversations at Bates and the BWCC.

Thank you to all of you—students, faculty, and staff—for all that you have done and are doing to make the transition to this period of remote learning in the extraordinary and challenging circumstances of a global pandemic. Please continue to follow this site for updates, and please continue to practice social distancing, not only for your own protection, but for that of others.

As we all adjust to the physical distance imposed by the necessary responses to this pandemic, it is more important than ever that we maintain the close relationships that are at the core of a Sarah Lawrence education with commitment and intentionality. Our work will be different for the remainder of this semester, but distance ultimately is no match for the work that our students and faculty do together daily. There will be challenges as we complete the semester remotely, but I am confident that we will meet them creatively and flexibly, and most of all, together. 

Sarah Lawrence has faced and overcome many challenges since the College was founded almost a century ago, and the College’s strength is rooted in our community’s passionate, humanistic, and empathetic discovery and engagement with the world. This has been our collective hallmark for nearly a century, and will continue to be in the coming weeks, months, and years.

Thank you,

Cristle Collins Judd
President
president@sarahlawrence.edu
Instagram: @slcprez

Sunday, March 22, 2020

SLC Moves to Pass/Fail for All Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

The Committee on Student Work has been busy working on academic policies in light of COVID-19. On their strong, unanimous recommendation to the President and Provost, the College is moving to Pass/Fail for all undergraduate courses for Spring 2020. This includes classes taken on the Bronxville campus and off-campus study programs. Graduate students will receive separate communications from their program directors on how their work will be evaluated.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Update Regarding Move Out Procedures

Students away from campus who had planned to return by March 22 to collect their belongings are free to do so as long as they feel safe. Please note that if you return to campus, you must depart by Sunday evening. We encourage you to monitor New York State Governor Cuomo’s communications and directives to best keep up with rapidly-changing developments. If you are away from campus and do not feel comfortable returning to collect your belongings, that is also fine. There is no requirement that belongings be removed by the March 22, or at any time in the near future. Please e-mail Danny Trujillo and staff will work with you to find a time later in the semester to collect your belongings, even if we can’t decide on an exact date right at this moment.

On March 20, Governor Cuomo announced that all organizations in New York State must reduce their physical non-essential workforces by 100%, beginning Sunday night (3/22). We have asked for an exception for campus security. If you had planned to come to campus Monday, 3/23, or later, we do not believe it is prudent to do so, and cannot guarantee that we will be able to legally accommodate your move-out until the governor’s restriction has lifted.

We will work with every single student whose belongings remain on campus after March 22. When the situation regarding COVID-19 calms down and becomes more conducive to travel, we will provide time later this semester to resume move out procedures. During this period of social distancing, we will take precautions to foster the safety of everyone’s belongings and will continue to be in communication as the situation changes.

Lastly, to address one piece of information and attempt to dispel any misunderstandings: It is true that the State of New York has asked colleges and universities to provide guidance as to whether we have capacity to become an emergency medical facility should the necessity arise. We are working with the State and will gladly offer assistance as possible. However, it is unclear if this situation will come to fruition, and there is no timeline or blueprint for such a development. Should that change, we will inform you. Again, and regardless of developments in the coming weeks, we will take steps to foster the safety of everyone’s remaining belongings.

Campus Access for Staff and Faculty (Effective March 23)

On March 20, Governor Cuomo announced that all organizations in New York State must reduce their physical non-essential workforces by 100%, beginning Sunday night, 3/22. Sarah Lawrence, along with other higher education institutions, has petitioned the State for an exception for essential on-campus services including campus safety, maintenance, and business continuity functions. However, such an exception has not been conveyed at this time, and so we want to urge all members of the community who may need work items from campus to collect them before Sunday evening. We anticipate that, effective Monday, March 23, only those essential employees will be permitted on campus to perform their work. Depending on how this situation evolves, you should be aware that you may be in violation of the governor’s orders should you be on campus after Sunday evening.

Two Sarah Lawrence Community Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Sarah Lawrence College has been made aware that two members of our community have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Both are recuperating at home. One of the individuals has not been on campus for nearly three weeks. The other lives off campus but was on campus briefly on Monday, and was in contact with a small group of people. In addition to follow up by the Department of Health, this person has informed close contacts regarding their symptoms, testing, and the need to self-quarantine. To respect patient privacy, we cannot share more details regarding their identities. Our thoughts and deepest concern are with these two individuals, both of whom anticipate a full recovery. 

Any students, faculty, and staff who experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be in contact with their local Department of Health and/or health care provider to insure they are receiving adequate care and complying with current regulations and guidelines. With the continued expansion of the availability of testing, we will not continue to report new cases to the community as part of our COVID-19 response communications. Local departments of health will continue to follow up directly. 

To stay healthy, please continue to implement the prevention measures, including social distancing, found in the Health, Wellness & Prevention section.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sarah Lawrence Suspends On-Campus, In-Person Learning for Remainder of Spring Semester

As you are aware, the understanding of, and response to, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing at a breakneck pace and with great urgency. Last night, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued new guidelines for the next eight weeks. New York City and Westchester County also announced extended closures of schools as well as the extensive closures of businesses and restaurants beginning today.

Less than a week ago, we put in place responsible measures that we hoped would allow us to meet a shared goal of return to in-person teaching later in this semester, noting that we would observe changing guidance from health and governmental authorities. Simply put, last night’s developments were substantial and paradigm-shifting. Therefore, I have made the difficult decision to suspend all on-campus, in-person learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. I am deeply saddened by this decision and know that it is heart-wrenching  for all of us, but it is the only appropriate and responsible choice in light of this rapidly changing landscape.

What does this mean?  

  • All students presently in residence on campus must move out fully as soon as possible and no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Remote classes will begin on March 23 as originally planned. We will share information and a policy on prorated refunds for room and board fees later this week as well as further information for our student employees.
  • The health, wellness, and safety of all of our employees is of paramount concern. We are committed to supporting our employees through this crisis and adopting appropriate policies to do so; these are being communicated separately by Danielle Coscia, AVP for Human Resources.   

I am sure there are questions related to this absolute necessity to move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester that are not answered in this letter; we will continue to provide updates and details on this site.

Remote learning will commence as scheduled at the end of Spring Break on March 23.  I know that you all join me in thanking our extraordinary and dedicated faculty and staff for their commitment to our students and for the tireless work they are doing to allow us to conclude the work of this semester successfully in the face of these unforeseen challenges.

Not all will agree with every decision that we make at every point in time, but as I shared with you just this past Friday, our decisions have been, and continue to be, driven by a principled focus on the health, safety, and wellness of our community; ensuring that our students are able to continue and complete the academic work of this semester; our obligations as a residential community; and supporting our employees.  As we seek to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, we face a public health crisis of a type and magnitude never experienced in our lifetimes.  We know that we must take extraordinary measures if we are both to protect those on our campus and to play our individual and collective part in helping prevent the further spread of this virus. Despite the uncertainty, fear, and anxiety engendered by this crisis, and even as we will be dispersed around the globe, I know that this is a moment when we as a community will live into the College’s motto of “wisdom with understanding,” and experience in new ways John Dewey’s oft-quoted maxim that “education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”  I have the privilege of seeing day-in and day-out just how smart, passionate, creative, adaptable, and outside-the-box thinkers Sarah Lawrence people are, and that is something our world needs now more than ever.

Yours,

Cristle Collins Judd
President

Guidance for Travelers

External Resources

The following sites provide up-to-date information on travel advisories and recommendations:

Health, Wellness & Prevention

What to Do if You Feel Sick

Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever.

If you feel sick with a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell your doctor about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home if you’re ill and isolate yourself from others in your home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid travel until the illness resolves.

Protect Yourself & Others

You can reduce your risk of infection and help keep our community healthy by:

  • Observing social distancing guidance from the CDC and government officials to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  • Washing your hands ofteng with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using hand sanitizer frequently
  • Coughing and sneezing into a tissue (or your arm) rather than into your hands
  • Disposing of tissues right after use
  • Disinfecting hard surfaces and frequently touched objects
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when you are sick

Health & Wellness Center: Remote Access for Students

Sarah Lawrence's Health & Wellness Center remains committed to supporting our students through the challenges we are all facing. Accordingly, we have arranged for SLC Counseling & Psychological Services and SLC Medical Services to continue working with students through telehealth appointments for the duration of the semester.

If any student would like to schedule a video consultation or a telephone call with an on-campus psychotherapist or medical clinician, please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 914.395.2350 or healthservices@sarahlawrence.edu and we will assist you in scheduling an appointment. Additionally, please remember that the My Student Support Program (MySSP) remains available to all SLC students free of charge, 24/7/365, from any location, regardless of insurance coverage.

Information for Students & Families

Pass/Fail grading for all spring 2020 undergraduate courses

The Committee on Student Work has been busy working on academic policies in light of COVID-19. On their strong, unanimous recommendation to the President and Provost, the College is moving to Pass/Fail for all undergraduate courses for Spring 2020. This includes classes taken on the Bronxville campus and off-campus study programs. Passing work means that a student has done work at a 'C' or better level, and all passed courses will be posted for full credit. Yearlong courses will be disaggregated into fall and spring sections.  The fall portion will be graded and assessed in the usual way. 

The College considered permitting students to choose the Pass/Fail option, but felt strongly that a college-mandated decision was the most equitable choice to level the playing field for students regardless of their living situations, family circumstance, access to technology, or disability. This is a moment to provide all students with equal access to completing a semester inherently fraught with innumerable obstacles.

A grade of pass is not calculated into a student's GPA, so it will not affect GPA negatively or positively. As always, courses in which students earn no credit are not recorded on official transcripts, and are not calculated in the GPA.

Some students applying for graduate/professional programs have expressed concern about Pass/Fail grades. We understand this concern but our assumption is that all reasonable graduate admissions programs will operate in good faith and be sensitive to disruptions to academic life caused by the global pandemic this spring. We anticipate that they will focus more on evaluations, writing samples, prior record, and letters of recommendations.​  However, we strongly recommend that you reach out to the admissions office of any graduate program that you are considering applying to so that you have updated information about their policy regarding grades and the spring 2020 term.

The NYSED Office of College and University Evaluation has approved the blanket use of Pass/Fail, so this decision will not impact financial aid eligibility or V.A. benefits.

Feel free to e-mail Dan Licht, Registrar, for other questions regarding grading/evaluations.

Graduate students will receive separate communications from their program directors on how their work will be evaluated.

Retrieving belongings left on campus (updated April 1)

On April 1, Dean Danny Trujillo e-mailed students who still have belongings remaining in their on campus residence. Since circumstances regarding COVID-19 in the College’s area have changed significantly since the time these students left for spring break, the following updates were provided:

  1. Given recent assessment regarding the increasing prevalence of the virus over the coming weeks, students will not be able to return to campus to collect their belongings at this time. This is in accordance with standing governmental travel restrictions and social distancing directives currently in place in many parts of the country. If you had provided dates to come to campus to collect your items in the next two weeks, you will need to postpone those plans. You will not be able to come to campus for at least the next three weeks. Once the situation in our region improves, we will work with you to find a time available for you to collect your belongings.
  2. Students should not be on campus for any reason, unless they have been provided permission to be present by Dean Danny Trujillo or Dean Paige Crandall.
  3. All student belongings have been secured in their rooms. Staff in the offices of Residence Life, Operations, and Campus Safety have walked through student areas to make sure student rooms are locked, as well as to discard perishable food and trash.

I am finding remote learning and my responsibilities at home challenging; how can I manage everything?

We encourage students to speak with their faculty members about how to manage their work for the remainder of the semester. Faculty are prepared to be flexible and to work with students, taking into consideration the different obstacles and conditions that may make it challenging for the students to either attend class or complete work. Faculty will help students determine what is sufficient work to receive a Pass for the semester.

If my internship site has ended my internship, can I still earn credit?

Since credit for internships is based on the academic work that is submitted for evaluation​, students can still earn credit if required academic work is completed. In some cases, the academic work originally proposed may need to be amended. Please speak with your faculty member to determine what you need to submit in order to earn credit.

Will refunds be given for room and meal plans?

The College has established a policy and process to facilitate prorated refunds for room and meal plans for the remainder of this semester. This policy applies to students on the Bronxville campus; similar guidelines for students studying in Sarah Lawrence abroad programs are currently being developed and will be communicated shortly to those students.

For full details as well as the steps to take to initiate a refund, please visit the Student Accounts page on MySLC.

I had a job on campus that I can no longer report to; will I still get paid?

Student employees are a valuable part of the Sarah Lawrence workforce. COVID-19 and its impact on the spring semester will prevent many students from continuing in their positions, and we understand that many of these students depend on this income. The College is committed to continuing, until the end of the semester, pay for students who were regularly employed during the spring semester; compensation for these students will be based on their average weekly hours prior to spring break. For more details on the College’s continuation of pay policy for student workers, visit the Student Employment page of MySLC.

Is the SLC Health & Wellness Center open for appointments?

SLC's Health & Wellness Center remains committed to supporting our students through the challenges we are all facing. Accordingly, we have arranged for SLC Counseling & Psychological Services and SLC Medical Services to continue working with students through telehealth appointments for the duration of the semester.

If any student would like to schedule a video consultation or a telephone call with an on-campus psychotherapist or medical clinician, please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 914.395.2350 or healthservices@sarahlawrence.edu and we will assist you in scheduling an appointment. Additionally, please remember that the My Student Support Program (MySSP) remains available to all SLC students free of charge, 24/7/365, from any location, regardless of insurance coverage.

How will I get my mail now that I'm off campus?

The College will begin forwarding all first-class mail on Monday, March 23. This includes first-class mail that is already in the mailboxes of students who have left campus.

If you are one of the few students remaining on campus due to a special circumstance, please make arrangements to pick up any packages from the campus post office as soon as possible. All other packages will be returned to the sender, as the couriers do not provide a forwarding service. Students who would like to request to have a package forwarded should contact the post office at postoffice@sarahlawrence.edu.

If your forwarding address has changed, please contact the post office at postoffice@sarahlawrence.edu as soon as possible to be sure that your mail is forwarded to the correct address. At this time, the College post office remains open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Will commencement take place in May?

On March 23, President Judd announced that both the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in May. Given the advice the College is receiving, it is hard to imagine that we could safely hold such a large gathering this spring. We will hold virtual ceremonies of some sort, confer degrees, and mail diplomas, but we are committed to providing an in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 and doing so in a way that allows as many as possible to return and be awarded their degrees in the company of their classmates, friends, and faculty. We will communicate those plans as they develop.

Refunds of graduation fees will shortly be posted to student accounts.

How does remote learning affect library policies?

In light of the College's move to remote learning through the rest of the spring semester, the Library will be suspending onsite access to library materials and services. The Library will continue to offer all library services through remote access where possible, will provide online Research Consultations, and will continue to place Interlibrary Loan requests for electronic articles only. (Please contact the ILL Department if you need a chapter from a book).

Books borrowed from the SLC Library collection will be renewed and due August 31, 2020; this may take some time so please ignore any overdue notices you may receive in the next two weeks. The Library will not be charging fines accrued after March 12. Recalls will also be suspended. Continue to renew your Interlibrary Loan books so that the lending libraries are notified of your renewal request. The Library will consider purchase requests for e-books. 

Please feel free to contact these Library departments with any questions:

I have a rented book from the bookstore, how can I return it?

For students who need to return a rented text book, a free return shipping label can be obtained from shopsarahlawrence.edu.

The College bookstore, through its partner, Follett, is continuing to offer services to the SLC community.  Online orders can be placed at shopsarahlawrence.edu and Follett is providing free shipping.

All other bookstore questions should be e-mailed to bookstore@sarahlawrence.edu

Is the Writing Center available during remote learning?

Yes! Appointments will take place via FaceTime or Skype for the balance of the semester.

Daytime appointments can be made by e-mailing Kevin Pilkington or Carol Zoref.

Evening, weekend, and ESL appointments should be made by e-mailing writingcenter@sarahlawrence.edu. Someone will contact you to determine your communications preference and exchange contact information.

I'm a parent or family member of an SLC student, and I haven't been getting e-mails. How can I get them?

To ensure that you receive e-mails sent to parents and families, please take a moment to update your contact information using this form on the parents and families website. We will add you to our e-mail list just as soon as possible.

How will students be accounted for in the 2020 Census?

In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of the census process. Even if students are home on census day, April 1, they should be counted according to the residence criteria, which states they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time.

Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information for Faculty

SLC Moves to Pass/Fail for All Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

The Committee on Student Work has been busy working on academic policies in light of COVID-19. On their strong, unanimous recommendation to the President and Provost, the College is moving to Pass/Fail for all undergraduate courses for Spring 2020. This includes classes taken on the Bronxville campus and off-campus study programs. Passing work means that a student has done work at a 'C' or better level, and all passed courses will be posted for full credit. Yearlong courses will be disaggregated into fall and spring sections.  The fall portion will be graded and assessed in the usual way. Faculty may begin posting fall grades on April 6th.

The College considered permitting students to choose the Pass/Fail option, but felt strongly that a college-mandated decision was the most equitable choice to level the playing field for students regardless of their living situations, family circumstance, access to technology, or disability. This is a moment to provide all students with equal access to completing a semester inherently fraught with innumerable obstacles.

Faculty are asked to write evaluations as they are best able with the information available from each student. In the absence of grades, narrative evaluations can be especially important for their future use should a student request a letter attesting to their academic work this spring. As always, faculty should not include a grade in the narrative evaluation.

The NYSED Office of College and University Evaluation has approved the blanket use of Pass/Fail, so this decision will not impact financial aid eligibility or V.A. benefits.

Feel free to e-mail Dan Licht, Registrar, for other questions regarding grading/evaluations.

Graduate students will receive separate communications from their program directors on how their work will be evaluated.

Campus Access Effective March 23

On March 20, Governor Cuomo announced that all organizations in New York must reduce their in-person workforces by 100%. Sarah Lawrence petitioned the State and has received an exemption for essential on-campus services including campus safety, maintenance, and business continuity functions. Only essential staff, as designated and documented by the Office of Human Resources, are permitted on campus at this time. All other employees are not permitted on campus, and must make arrangements to work remotely. For details on the College's COVID-19 workforce policies, please visit MySLC.

Important actions to take now

  • All faculty members are urged to take basic preventative measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the COVID-19 virus.
  • Prepare now to work remotely. There are a number of training sessions for teaching remotely; faculty should make sure that they have electronic access to materials needed for teaching/research.
  • Faculty who have recently been in an area of high concern for COVID-19, which is being defined as a CDC Level 3 area, should contact the office of Human Resources and self-isolate as explained here.
  • Contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1.800.828.6025 for help with feelings of stress or anxiety.

Employees at higher risk

Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These steps may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment, or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their exposure to others or chances of being infected.

If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact the Human Resources office to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining the College’s operations. A doctor’s note may be required.

Except for employees who formally request a change in job circumstances due to underlying health conditions, employees will generally not be reassigned to new duties, locations, or roles or be provided with paid sick/release time solely to address concerns about the potential for COVID-19 infection.

What online tools and resources are available to faculty for remote teaching?

A Remote Teaching Information Page has been set up on MySLC for faculty reference. Please bookmark that page for ease of use.

Sarah Lawrence's Online Meetings app is a version of Big Blue Button, a commonly used platform for synchronous learning at colleges and universities. Online Meetings is integrated into MySLC and the College's learning management system and is fully supported by Information Technology Services. It supports audio and video discussions for both small and large groups, screen-sharing, student-presenter capabilities, public/private chat features, breakout room capability, uploadable presentations, multi-user whiteboard, video URL streaming, and session recording.

If another platform (such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.) works for you and your students you may use it. Faculty should refer to the Remote Teaching Information Page on MySLC for more information.

Will The Writing Center be available during remote learning?

The Writing Center will resume hours remotely on Monday, March 23. Appointments will take place via FaceTime or Skype for the balance of the semester.

Daytime appointments can be made by e-mailing Kevin Pilkington or Carol Zoref.

Evening, weekend, and ESL appointments should be made by e-mailing writingcenter@sarahlawrence.edu. Someone will contact you to determine your communications preference and exchange contact information.

Information for Staff

Campus Access Effective March 23

On March 20, Governor Cuomo announced that all organizations in New York must reduce their in-person workforces by 100%. Sarah Lawrence petitioned the State and has received an exemption for essential on-campus services including campus safety, maintenance, and business continuity functions. Only essential staff, as designated and documented by the Office of Human Resources, are permitted on campus at this time. All other employees are not permitted on campus, and must make arrangements to work remotely. For details on the College's COVID-19 workforce policies, please visit MySLC.

How does our move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester affect staff?

The health, wellness, and safety of all employees is of paramount concern. The College is committed to supporting its employees through this crisis and adopting appropriate policies to do so. Policies specific to staff have been communicated via an e-mail from Danielle Coscia, Associate Vice Presidet for Human Resources, on March 16.

Important actions to take now

  • All staff members are urged to take basic preventative measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the COVID-19 virus.
  • Those who can increase their preparedness to work remotely should do so now. For example, employees may want to confirm their ability to log in remotely to access email and essential electronic files. Again, at this time, this is just preparation for a possible scenario; this is not a mandate or invitation to work remotely.
  • Staff members who have recently been in an area of high concern for COVID-19, which is being defined as a CDC Level 3 area, should contact the office of Human Resources and self-isolate as explained here.
  • Contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1.800.828.6025 for help with feelings of stress or anxiety.

Employees at higher risk

Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These steps may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment, or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their exposure to others or chances of being infected.

If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact the Human Resources office to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining the College’s operations. A doctor’s note may be required.

Except for employees who formally request a change in job circumstances due to underlying health conditions, employees will generally not be reassigned to new duties, locations, or roles or be provided with paid sick/release time solely to address concerns about the potential for COVID-19 infection.

Information for Prospective Students & Families

Campus visits, tours, information sessions, and Admitted Students Days are cancelled

Sarah Lawrence has suspended all visitor programming for prospective and admitted students and families. This includes information sessions and campus tours, as well as our Admitted Students Days. If you are currently registered for a campus visit or an Admitted Students Day, you should receive an e-mail that the event has been canceled. Admitted students will also receive e-mails with information on virtually engaging with our current students and the wider campus community.