Operations and COVID-19
This plan has been created based on SUNY and New York State guidelines, which focus on ensuring health and safety of our students, visitors, faculty, and staff while sustaining the delivery of quality instruction.
Classes will take place in a mostly remote and/or online setting, with a few exceptions of labs and courses that require face-to-face or hands on instruction. For those, all required safety protocols including social distancing, health checks, and proper usage of PPE, will be implemented.
Campus Key Safety Rules
- All visitors by appointment only (except students coming for classes).
- Follow signs to daily CHECK-IN when entering campus.
- Temperature checks (no-contact infrared) and health questionnaire required each time.
- Fill out Health Questionnaire each day you come to campus and each day for 14 days prior to the semester start.
- Mandatory testing. Check your email for scheduled dates.
- Masks or face shields mandatory for all.
- Maintain social distancing (6 feet minimum).
- Don't come to campus if you're not feeling well or fever over 100.
- Questions or concerns - contact Campus Safety Officers at (518) 593-0777 or Dean of Students at (518) 562-4121 or
CCC Plan Summary
See full document for all details.
This plan is subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction from the State.
Testing & Monitoring:
All students, faculty and staff will be pre-screened daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two (2) weeks prior to return.
All Clinton Community College students, faculty and staff (who will be on campus for spring 2021) must submit a daily health screening for two weeks prior to the beginning of classes on February 1, 2021 and then each day they plan to be on campus.
Any student who is taking at least one class on campus MUST submit an attestation by Feb. 1 that he/she/they have completed a seven (7) day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus AND either:
- present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return to campus or
- participate in an on-campus COVID-19 test within five (5) days prior to returning to campus. Clinton Community College has scheduled its COVID-19 pre-Spring semester testing for January 28, 2021 to comply with this mandate OR
- qualify for the following limited exemptions allowed for the seven (7) day precautionary quarantine stated above:
- Medical School and Health Professions students designated as "essential employees" will not be required to quarantine.
- Campuses may allow, but are not required to allow, commuter students who are employed to apply to a campus designee for a limited work exemption. Such exemption will permit qualified commuter students to work during the quarantine. To qualify for the exemption, the commuter students will need to document the COVID-19 safety protocols of their employer. Also, the exemption will only apply to their ability to work. When not working, the students will be expected to quarantine from others. Campuses must keep specific information on the number of exemptions approved for the semester and be able to report to SUNY system.
Clinton Community College will follow CDC guidance on tiered approach in cases of possible exposure. The college works in close contact with the Department of Health and follows all guidelines in regard to exposure. Should an employee or student have possible exposure, they are to stay home for 14 days after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19; They should watch for a fever (100.4 F), shortness of breath, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19; maintain social distance from others, especially people classified as high risk.
Everyone who will be on campus is REQUIRED to test every week throughout the semester. Clinton Community College will require weekly testing of students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus regularly (including instruction, co-curricular activities and meetings).
Clinton Community College will begin post-spring semester testing on February 4, 2021 and will be conducted weekly throughout the semester. Check your clinton email for dates/times.
Clinton Community College will begin spring 2021 classes on February 1, 2021.
95% of all spring semester classes will be delivered remotely and 5% of all spring classes will be delivered on campus. All remote classes being taught at the College will be done in synchronous fashion which maximizes interaction of students with the instructor and with other students. In addition, the academic support services will be delivered remotely in large part and will involve regular communication to students from the respective support offices.
Student Services and other offices will be open on campus and available remotely in regularly scheduled hours of operations. For safety, it's best to call ahead and make an appointment if you need to talk to someone face to face.
Here's what you need to know and do as SUNY and Clinton Community College welcome students back to campus in 2021:
Clinton Community College will keep students informed of any and all changes relating to COVID-19 via their Clinton email as well as on the Clinton.edu website.
Get Tested On Campus Regularly
See your Clinton email for dates/times.
Be Responsible - It's Easy to Do Your Part
Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:
- wearing face coverings (masks) at all times while on campus (even if 6 ft. apart)
- hand washing
- social distancing
- participating in testing and tracing
- completing daily screenings
- staying home if you're sick
- being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have
Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.
If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation
Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical or campus official that they are "at risk" for having COVID-19 may be required to quarantine or isolate. This may include taking classes remotely, and not going to dining halls and other campus facilities.
Students identified for quarantine and isolation (whether residential or non-residential) will have access to certain assistance, such as the delivery of food and medicine. They may also receive psychosocial, academic and/or other supports, as needed.
Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action
When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.
Take Care of Yourself - Physically and Mentally
We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY has resources to help you get the support you need.
- Clinton's Academic Advising and Student Support: https://www.clinton.edu/campus-resources/academic-advising-and-student-support/default.aspx
- Clinton Community College's Personal Counseling: https://www.clinton.edu/campus-resources/academic-advising-and-student-support/personal-counseling.aspx
- ReachOut SUNY: https://online.suny.edu/covid19/students/local-state-and-national-resources/
- Thriving Campus: https://www.thrivingcampus.com/
- Middle Earth from the University at Albany: https://www.albany.edu/counselingcenter/middle-earth.php
- New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741.
Understand What's Being Offered On-Campus and Online
Clinton Community College will begin classes on February 1, 2021 and will remain 95% remote/online learning. Please refer to the course schedule for Spring 2021 for registration; http://ccc.clinton.edu/Common/masterschedule/masterschedule.aspx. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Clinton plans to offer less than 5% of courses in a face-to-face format which will be made up mostly of labs for nursing, technology and some art programs.
Get Instructional and Technology Help
Clinton Community College students can obtain IT help by following this link: https://www.clinton.edu/IT/faq-students.aspx. Frequently asked questions as well as technical assistance can be found on this webpage.
Request Accommodations for Disabilities
Students who wish to disclose covered disabilities and receive reasonable accommodations for their disabilities should contact the Clinton Community College Accommodative Services office at https://www.clinton.edu/campus-resources/accommodative-services/default.aspx or call directly to 518-562-4252. Note that the above link has information on who is eligible for services, requesting services, as well as other information for our students.
Follow Housing and Dining Updates
Clinton Community College does not have on-campus housing; however, we do have many options for those students to find local, off-campus housing. You may contact the Student Life office at Clinton.edu/student-life for more information or call 518-562-4381.
Clinton Community College will not open the cafeteria/dining hall in the Moore building for Spring 2021.
If We Have to PAUSE, Follow These Rules
If the campus must switch to a two-week (or longer) pause, the following rules apply. OPERATIONAL ACTIVITY:
- Should there be a required shutdown of campus, all students and personnel will be made aware of this through an "Everybody Email" and "All Student Email" as was done in March. If someone is not on campus and unable to see email, there is a phone tree for supervisors to contact their employees. Faculty will reach out to their students, with the assistance of Academic Affairs staff, to provide information to them on the current condition.
- As in the first shutdown in March, Clinton Community College is very prepared to go fully remote. VPN has been given to all employees who require it; faculty have planned for a spring remote session.
- Buildings and Grounds will begin the process of closing off classrooms and offices as well as the larger areas.
- Campus Administrators will speak directly to their staff about the circumstances and expectations during the shutdown.
- Clinton Community College will follow the guidance of the CDC as well as the local Clinton County Health Department.
Printable Spring 2021 Plan (.pdf)