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Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus

The first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York state and the second death in the United States caused by the virus were recently confirmed. These developments, combined with news over the weekend of the pace at which the virus is spreading, have understandably been cause for concern among members of the Syracuse University community and the greater Central New York region.

To learn more about the virus, please review our frequently asked questions.

Highest Travel Warnings Now in Place, Travel to China Temporarily Restricted

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus across the globe, health authorities are urging both vigilance and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling an aggressive response to containing the outbreak and preventing “sustained spread” of the virus. Several agencies have issued new warnings that provide guidance to travelers. They include:

New Warnings

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, commonly referred to as a “global health emergency.”
  • The U.S. State Department has raised its travel advisory for China to Level 4—its highest level. Level 4 means “do not travel” to China.
  • The CDC has assigned a Level 3 Travel Warning for China (Avoid Non-Essential Travel). This is CDC’s highest risk rating.

New Travel Restrictions

Syracuse University, much like other American institutions, is taking additional steps to protect its campus community.

  • As such, all University students, faculty and staff are restricted from traveling to China for University purposes effective immediately. The University will actively monitor guidance from the State Department and the CDC with the intention of removing restrictions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
  • This restriction applies only to those traveling to China for University purposes. However, we strongly recommend that those who may have plans to travel to China for personal reasons reconsider their plans.
  • In addition to the risks posed by the virus, there are significant travel difficulties getting into, within and exiting China. We recognize there may be exceptional circumstances for individuals needing to be in China; if so, please contact Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, at satucker@syr.edu or at 315.443.1968, who will provide guidance for submitting an appeal for consideration.

If You Have Been to China Recently

  • Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who travels to China during this temporary restriction will not be able to return to any University building or facility for a period of 14 days to allow for self-monitoring for any coronavirus symptoms. For students, please call the Barnes Center at The Arch at 315.443.8000 to coordinate with health and student support professionals.
  • As a reminder, if you have been to China in the last 14 days, please self-report this travel by contacting Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, at satucker@syr.edu or at 315.443.1968. This information will be treated as confidential.

Safety Precautions

It’s critically important that all members of our campus community continue to exercise good health practices. To learn more about preventive health practices, please visit the Barnes Center at The Arch website. Students should call the Barnes Center at The Arch (315.443.8000), and faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician should they develop symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, cough or shortness of breath. At this time, we are not recommending the use of protective masks. However, we ask that you please be cognizant that just because a community member may be wearing a mask, that does not mean they’re ill. It is common—in many countries—to see individuals protecting their health and well-being by wearing masks.

We will continue to provide updates to our campus community about information, protocols and recommendations from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

Sincerely,

Steven Bennett
Senior Vice President for Academic Operations

Tony Callisto
Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Dr. Karen Nardella
Medical Director, Barnes Center at The Arch

Ongoing Coronavirus Monitoring, New Travel Warnings Issued

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Syracuse University continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments related to the novel coronavirus. Five cases are now confirmed in the U.S., and there are dozens of other suspected cases.

Travel Warnings

Because the virus is spreading beyond borders as the result of international travel, the following warnings have been issued:

  • The U.S. Department of State elevated its warnings on travel, advising that Americans avoid any travel plans to all parts of China, not just the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning advising that Americans avoid all nonessential travel to China.

Accordingly, we strongly encourage all faculty and staff to pay close attention to CDC and State Department warnings in contemplating their travels to China, and check your inbox regularly for updates from the University.

Syracuse University Travel Registry

In addition, as you may be aware, Syracuse University has a new travel and safety policy, which is currently under review by several University Senate committees. Given the recent international concern over the spread of the virus—and its impact on international travel to and from the China—we are moving forward with expediting the international travel registry. This measure will add a greater layer of protection to our campus community while respecting the academic, scholarly and research mission of our university:

  • All members of our campus community will be required to register any international travel they are undertaking for University business, regardless of length and destination, prior to their departure (Syracuse Abroad program participants are already registered).
    • Registration essentially means letting the University know about dates of travel, destinations and contact information in case we need to reach them or an emergency contact.
    • To register, send an email to temptravelregistry@syr.edu identifying the traveler(s), relevant SU I.D. number(s), all destinations and the dates of travel. Please direct registration questions to Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, satucker@syr.edu or at 315.443.1968.

Self-Report China Travel

Finally, if you have been to China in the last 14 days, we ask that you self-report this travel by contacting Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, satucker@syr.edu or at 315.443.1968. This information will be treated as confidential.

Safety Precautions

We continue to remain acutely focused on education and prevention efforts to contain the spread of any communicable illness, given that we are also in the middle of flu season. We urge you to remain diligent. Students should call the Barnes Center at The Arch (315.443.8000) and faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician should they develop symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, cough or shortness of breath. To learn more about preventive health practices, please visit the Barnes Center at The Arch website.

We will continue to monitor the information, protocols and recommendations from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. And we will continue provide regular updates to our community.

Sincerely,

Steven Bennett
Senior Vice President for Academic Operations

Tony Callisto
Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Dr. Karen Nardella
Medical Director, Barnes Center at The Arch

Preparing for Winter Weather: What to Know

As Central New York begins to see the first signs of winter, with cooler temperatures and fluttering snow, it is important for members of the campus community to be aware of how decisions are made and communicated in the instance of a change in the University’s operating status due to inclement weather.

Read the full story at news.syr.edu.

Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Adds New Youth Program Compliance Coordinator

Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, a department within Campus Safety and Emergency Services, has hired Sarah Ross Cappella as the youth program compliance coordinator. The position was created as part of the University’s commitment to provide an open and safe campus environment for all, including minors. The protection of minor policy  is intended to ensure the safety of minor participants in on-campus youth programs.

Read the full story on news.syr.edu.

2019 Annual Security Report is Now Available

The 2019 edition of Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University is now online and can be found by visiting http://dps.syr.edu/annual-security-report/. This report is required by The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and is one of the many ways we communicate with our campus community about crime and fire safety data, crime prevention programs, student safety guidelines, and important information on our campus safety reporting procedures.

We urge you to familiarize yourself with this information. And we ask that you be a vigilant partner in our ongoing and collective efforts to maintain a safe environment where all our community members can thrive.

To request a print copy of the Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University report, please contact Nikki Cooter, regulatory compliance manager, at njcooter@syr.edu or by calling 315.443.5476. Once you submit your request, your print copy will be delivered within 10 days.

Operation Safeguard

Leaders from the Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services and the Department of Public Safety provide training sessions at faculty and staff meetings around campus focusing on suspicious activity reports, classroom safety and security tips, emergency procedures, crisis notification processes, community response to active shooter situations, and other safety and security related information.

To have representatives come to your meeting, please send us an email.

Syracuse University to Remain Open Today (Jan. 31, 2019)

After reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and following consultation with an independent meteorologist this morning, Syracuse University will remain open today (Thursday, Jan. 31). However, and as always, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area. For more information, visit news.syr.edu.

Nighttime Classes Canceled Today

Due to extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this evening through early tomorrow morning, with wind chills reaching as low as -30 degrees, Syracuse University has determined to cancel all nighttime classes as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Additionally, all University-sponsored events scheduled for this evening are canceled. The University otherwise remains open at this time. For more information, visit news.syr.edu.

Winter Weather Reminder

Syracuse University is currently monitoring and assessing weather conditions for Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31. This effort includes reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and forecasting, and consulting with an independent meteorologist. Visit the Department of Public Safety website for more information.