In this Stronger Together Update, you’ll find:
- SBM Virtual Town Hall TODAY at 11 a.m.
- Testing Info/Reminders
- Mask Mandate Info/Reminders
- Recent Free Speech and Civility Message from SBU President
- Latest Stronger Together Event Recap
- Stronger Together Website Updates
TODAY’S SBM VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ADDRESSES PREGNANCY AND COVID VACCINES
What: Stony Brook Medicine experts are available to address questions about the COVID-19 vaccine from individuals pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
When: TODAY, Wednesday, September 15, 11 a.m. – noon
How: Via Microsoft Teams
Or call in (audio only) at +1 347-630-9468,,563271613# (United States, New York City); Phone Conference ID: 563 271 613#
TESTING – WHO, WHERE, WHEN
Stony Brook reminds campus community members to continue to get tested according to our requirements, summarized below.
Find the latest information on health screening and testing on the Stronger Together website links below. You’ll see our on-campus testing sites are open five days a week, and you’ll find the monthly testing schedule for fully vaccinated employees who have reported their status in SOLAR:
Vaccinated employees whose last name begins F – L – this is your week for testing!
If you are unvaccinated, or have not recorded your vaccination, you are required to test weekly.
If you’re fully vaccinated but haven’t yet recorded in SOLAR, follow these instructions to be able to test monthly, versus weekly.
Please also note that you can choose to test more often than each month. But remember: These test sites are for asymptomatic individuals and for surveillance purposes. If you do not feel well, please notify the Health Information Line (HIL) at (631) 632-5000, option 1 and do not come to campus to test.
Employees of the Hospital and Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) should follow their respective vaccination and testing requirements.
Non-Employees Working on Campus:
Non-Stony Brook employees who are physically present on campus are required to test weekly if unvaccinated and monthly if vaccinated. This requirement applies to our visiting scholars, fellows, regular vendors, and any others who are regularly present on campus.
REMINDER TO ‘MASK UP’ INDOORS
Until further notice, all faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear face coverings while inside University and Hospital buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as SBU buses and shuttles. It also includes the Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Towers, offices in Flowerfield, Tech Park, Ronkonkoma and Commack, and administrative areas within outpatient facilities and physician practices.
Face coverings are not required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas, within personal offices or in non-public-facing personal workstations. Masks are not required outdoors.
Forgot your mask? There are dedicated vending machines with face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) outside the Student Health Services building, the SAC, the Stony Brook Union, and Levels 2 and 3 of the HSC on East Campus. Many existing vending machines around campus also include masks and hand sanitizers.
FREE SPEECH AND CIVILITY: PART AND PARCEL TO OUR MISSION
“After more than a year of primarily virtual engagement, the moment has come to remind ourselves of our responsibilities as a public university to support academic freedom and freedom of expression.”
See what else President Maurie McInnis said about free speech, civility and ‘the rights of others to hold and express beliefs different from our own’ in her September 9 message to the campus community.
FUN, FACTS AND FOOD AT LATEST STRONGER TOGETHER EVENT
Hundreds of faculty, students and staff members got to find out more about critical University services at August 12’s Stronger Together event, hosted by Enterprise Risk Management. Find out more about the booths, the tours and the camaraderie here.
IMPORTANT INFO ON THE STRONGER TOGETHER SITE
To keep you as up to date as possible, we are continuously modifying and expanding our Stronger Together site. Check out, and bookmark if it’s helpful, these webpages:
- Latest COVID-19 Guidance, which now includes a link to a dedicated new Contact Tracing page
- FAQs, including a dedicated new section for faculty and staff, called Instruction and a new webpage, COVID-19 Testing for Non-Employees Working on Campus
- Meet Your New Colleagues/’New Faces’ feature. Enjoy and please send us YOUR suggestions for future employee profiles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us at strongertogether@stonybrook.