Campus Communications

Message to the Campus Community Regarding COVID-19, October 11, 2020


Dear Marist Community,

We are writing to let you know the College has made the decision to extend our temporary campus pause until Wednesday, October 14, 2020. All classes will remain remote on Monday and Tuesday. As detailed in the email sent on Thursday, October 8, the College identified new cases of COVID-19 and quickly implemented our procedures for contact tracing and additional testing of close contacts to previous positive cases. During this process, our medical team discovered additional positive cases.

To address this issue, the College is taking two important steps: first, we are implementing multiple rounds of targeted COVID-19 student testing. All students must comply with these requests, even if they have been tested recently. Secondly, we have instituted a precautionary temporary quarantine for the Fulton Townhouses (1-15). All residents of Fulton Townhouses have received a message with protocols.

  • As a reminder, the terms of the campus pause are as follows:
  • Classes will continue to be held remotely on Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13.
  • All students must remain on campus and avoid traveling unless directed by Marist health professionals or staff; even trips home must be avoided.
  • All official on- and off-campus on-ground activities have been suspended.
  • All on- and off-campus gatherings, including parties, are prohibited.
  • All athletic team training sessions are suspended.
  • The James J. McCann Recreation Center is closed.
  • Campus is closed to all visitors, including parents and families.

While our success in managing this situation in the first six weeks of the semester is a testament to our work together, this recent turn of events serves as a critical reminder: COVID-19 is still a threat to the campus and the larger community, and must be taken seriously. Our path forward requires full compliance by the entire Marist community and our collective vigilance.

Information on cases related to Marist College is always available on our dashboard, which is updated daily, generally by 5 PM. We will continue to provide additional updates on the status of our campus and community as more details become available. If you see any Marist community member violating our COVID-19 related Code of Conduct, please call (845) 575-MASK.

Thank you for all you are doing to help “protect the pack.”

Geoff Brackett, Executive Vice President
Thom Wermuth, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Deb DiCaprio, Vice President for Student Affairs

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