Daily Digest / March 18

To: Paul Smith’s College students
Delivered: March 18, 2020

In order to reduce email traffic during this busy week we are implementing a daily summary of communications and updates. Please see today’s summary below:

ACTION ITEM

  • We are working hard to increase support for students who may not have access to high-speed internet or necessary computer devices while off campus. Please take this very brief survey to inform us of your needs.

UPDATES AND NOTIFICATIONS

  • A reminder that the campus closure effective March 23 applies to all buildings, including typical study spaces such as the Student Center, Library, and 24-Hour Room/Hutch.
  • Health Services
    • The Health Services office will be closing tomorrow. Staff are available by either phone or email to reschedule appointments and assist with your questions or needs.
    • Students with medications prescribed through Health Services must contact the pharmacy that originally handled the prescription. The pharmacist will be able to send any remaining refills to your pharmacy of choice. If you no longer have refills please contact the Health Services office. Please note that if your medication is a controlled substance you must contact your primary care provider. We are unable to send controlled substances to any state other than New York.
    • The Health Services team is working on a solution for advising students via telehealth.
    • Students who need individual health records must complete the Release of Information form located on the PSC Health Services website. Please fax or send to healthservices@paulsmiths.edu. Abby and Bella are currently working remotely; these forms will be completed in a timely manner once our staff has returned to the office.
  • Retrieving student belongings March 23 and May 1, 2020:
    • A maximum of 50 students per day will be permitted on campus to retrieve their belongings. A form will be published on our website shortly for students to indicate the date(s) they wish to access campus. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred timing.
    • Once you return to campus please use your college-issued key or ID to access your room and begin packing.
    • There will not be any resources available on campus while you are here. Please act in a responsible and safe manner and call Campus Safety should you need emergency assistance.
    • You are expected to clean your room and leave it in good condition when you completely vacate.
    • Once you have completely removed all of your belongings, please leave your physical key (not your student ID) in your desk drawer.
    • Please email Residence Life & Housing confirming you have retrieved all of your belongings.
    • Please continue to practice social distancing, limit the number of helpers you bring with you to move out, and wash your hands often to avoid the spread of germs.
    • For special accommodations please reach out to Lou Kaminski, the Director of Residence Life & Housing.
  • Mail Services
    • We will be accepting mail and packages until this Friday, March 20.
    • After Friday all paper mail received to either the Paul Smiths Post Office or the College will be returned to sender and all packages will be denied acceptance. If you have a package arriving after Friday and it is denied you will be able to change its delivery address.
    • We are working on a process to forward mail and packages that have already been delivered to campus.
    • To avoid disruption in receiving your mail and/or packages please reach out to any businesses that you receive paper mail from and inform them that you need to change your address effective immediately.
  • The Resident Assistant application process will be modified. Lou Kaminski will review all applications and will individually contact all candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the role. A Skype or Zoom interview will be scheduled with those candidates who are selected to proceed. The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and will be conducted by Lou and one other Student Affairs professional. Please contact residencelifeandhousing@paulsmiths.edu with further questions.
  • The office of Student Accounts is accepting messages at studentaccounts@paulsmiths.edu. The team has begun reviewing individual student accounts for refunds. Thank you in advance for your patience as we sort out this very complex process.
  • Federal officials are considering policies to provide student-loan relief. Proposals include a pause on the accumulation of interest. This information is not yet confirmed; additional details on the proposed changes can be found here.

This summary will be added to our online resource center shortly. Many of the questions we’re receiving are addressed on the website. Please check this page as your first source for information.

We appreciate that this is a stressful time for students. Our faculty and staff are available to support you through this transition with compassion.

Key Contacts

Student Health Services
Abigail Fontaine, RN, BSN, Director
(518) 327-6349
afontaine@paulsmiths.edu

Housing & Residence Life
Lou Kaminski, Director
residencelifeandhousing@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6488

Campus Safety
Holly Parker, Director
hparker@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6300

Emergency Management
Teresa Gay, Compliance Coordinator
tgay@paulsmiths.edu
(518) 327-6451