Dear Students and Families: The first day of classes is now less than 40 days away. We are all excited by the prospect of a return to an academic and student experience that resembles our pre-pandemic campus environment. A critical…
Student Compliance with ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order
Over the past month, we have repeatedly reminded students residing on campus, and in the neighborhoods adjacent to campus, of their obligation to comply with all provisions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order. Disappointingly, we continue to receive reports that some of our students are making the choice to ignore these important public health directives.
Failure to comply with the “New York State on PAUSE” order is to break the law. That choice is also reckless, selfish, and puts other people and their families at risk. It is disappointing that I must once again reiterate what has already been said and shared multiple times in multiple communications. Specifically:
- Public or private gatherings of non-cohabitating individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are prohibited.
- When in public, individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others.
- Young people should avoid contact with vulnerable populations.
- All individuals must wear masks or face coverings in public (when unable to maintain six feet of distance).
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities (e.g. kickball, lawn parties) where they come in close contact with other people.
Syracuse University students found ignoring these directives will be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for violating the Code of Student Conduct. The Syracuse Police Department may also choose to enforce the Governor’s executive order via the justice system. The “New York State on PAUSE” order allows for a $1,000 fine for violations.
I appreciate the unfortunate way this semester is concluding, most especially for our graduating students. However, this moment requires us to do what is right, no matter how difficult or personally unjust it may seem. It’s not just about compliance. It is about consideration—for the elderly, the sick, the doctors and nurses, the worried, those who are mourning and all who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic right here in our community. They deserve your respect and consideration.
J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation