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Students Informed of Spring 2021 COVID Preparations

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Coming Back Safe and StrongVice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Rick Gatteau has delivered a message to SBU students regarding COVID preparations for Spring 2021. The message reads as follows:

Spring 2021 COVID Preparations — What You Need To Know and Do Before Coming To Stony Brook 

Dear Seawolves,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! I hope you were able to find some time to relax and are excited about the start of classes, which begin on Monday, February 1. Whether you are a new or returning student, or if you are living on campus, commuting to campus, or studying fully remotely, we look forward to connecting with you.

As COVID continues to impact our campus, our entire team remains committed to protecting your health and safety. If you were a resident or commuter student this past fall, thank you for doing your part to ensure very low infection rates on our campus. As we await wider distribution of the COVID vaccine, we all must continue to follow the health and safety guidelines and expectations, particularly given increasing infection rates in our surrounding region. As many COVID cases are asymptomatic, meaning you can be infected, feel well, and unknowingly and unintentionally spread the disease to others, we have implemented a comprehensive and proactive community plan.

If you are living on campus, taking classes on campus, or visiting campus for any reason this spring, it’s very important that you read the information belowAll resident and commuter students are required to obtain a negative COVID PCR test prior to arrival, among other expectations. Please click on the link below that applies to you.

  • If you are living on campus this spring, click HERE for information about spring semester move-in requirements, COVID symptom screening, quarantine, testing requirements, campus resources and more.
  • If you are commuting to campus this spring, click  HERE  for information about COVID symptom screening, quarantine, testing requirements, campus resources and more.
  • If you are studying fully remotely this spring, click HERE  for information about COVID precautions, campus resources and more.

We also have a lot of informative, continuously updated FAQs that will answer your questions about safety, mental health support, library services, dining and other student services. Check it out and please share this information with your family members too.

Our collective care and concern for one another is what will help ensure a successful spring semester. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for doing your part. Go Seawolves!


Rick Gatteau, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

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