New Science Building

Dear Colleagues:

We have been notified by the State University Construction Fund that work on the new science building has been stopped because of a contracting issue at the state level.  We expect to learn more in the coming days about what this delay means for the project, and will share more information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Michele C. Halstead
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Expect increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic on State Route 32

To the Campus Community:

Welcome back SUNY New Paltz! With the arrival of Spring, changes are in the air! With the snow melting (finally) and trees beginning to bloom, the outdoors is sure to call! With that comes a new construction season as well, so please read the following for your safety.

As you may be aware, construction of the College’s new science building is just about to begin. This necessitated the closing of the following parking lots during your spring break:

•    Lot # 18,  at the intersection of Plattekill Avenue and South Manheim Boulevard.
•    Lot # 19,  just adjacent to lot #18 and behind Shango hall.
•    Lot # 29,  just adjacent to lot #18 and to its rear.

In preparation for these closings, the College recently expanded Lot # 28, which is on the east side of State Route 32 just across the street from the College to accommodate these lost spots. Keeping this in mind, the University Police Department (UPD) asks that you use caution when crossing State Route 32 on your way to the campus.

UPD will increase traffic patrols and enforcement in the area to remind both pedestrians and motorists to stay alert, be aware and follow the rules of the road. Also, the College has added an additional pedestrian crosswalk sign in the area of Lot #28 to remind drivers of their responsibilities. These crosswalk reminder signs complement the College’s electronic traffic safety trailer that flashes safety messages to passing drivers 24 hours a day.

Please read through the following frequently asked questions to better understand the responsibilities of both pedestrians and motorists:

Which traffic laws apply to pedestrians?
Pedestrians must obey traffic control signals, signs and pavement markings when they are crossing a street [Section 1150, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What is the law regarding crosswalks?
When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, particularly if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, or there is potential danger to the pedestrian [Section 1151, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or a cane [Section 1153-c, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What if there isn’t a crosswalk?
If there isn’t a crosswalk, sign or signal at mid-block locations, a pedestrian must yield to the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway [Section 1152, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What about sidewalks?
The driver of a vehicle, when entering or exiting from an alleyway, building, private road or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk [Section 1151-a, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian is required to walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic [Section 1156-b, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Thank you for your attention and stay safe New Paltz!

David Dugatkin
Chief, University Police

Update to Title IX page

The Title IX page has been updated with the new Non-Discrimination/Non Harassment Policy and Reporting Procedures.  This update represents one of many efforts in our continuous work to support a culture of respect, inclusion and reporting.  Students and Employees are encouraged to visit the site and review the new policy at http://www.newpaltz.edu/titleix/.

Friday classes that begin before 12:15 p.m. are cancelled; offices are open. Check back at 11 a.m. for the status of afternoon and evening classes.

Friday classes that begin before 12:15 p.m. are cancelled; offices are open. Check back at 11 a.m. for the status of afternoon and evening classes.

Given the volume of snow that accumulated until early Friday morning, campus snow removal crews will need more time to clear campus roadways and walkways. .

In a situation where there is inclement weather, but classes are in session and offices are open, individuals (commuting students and faculty/staff) must use their best judgment as to whether or not they feel comfortable traveling on the roadways. In these circumstances, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to travel to campus. The College asks that students and employees make an effort to notify professors/supervisors of their planned absence and, for employees, their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate. For additional information, log on to http://www.newpaltz.edu/emergency/policy.php to read the College’s Inclement Weather/Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy.

Delays and/or cancellations will be announced via the website at www.newpaltz.edu, the INFO line at 845-257-4636, and NPAlert, the College’s official emergency alert system. Individual office closings will be listed as they are made available on the office closings page.

All Thursday classes are cancelled; offices are open.

All Thursday classes are cancelled; offices are open.

During inclement weather, employees are asked to use their best judgment as to whether or not they feel comfortable traveling on the roadways. In these circumstances, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to travel to campus. The College asks that employees make an effort to notify supervisors of their planned absence and their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate. For additional information, log on to http://www.newpaltz.edu/emergency/policy.php to read the College’s Inclement Weather/Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy.

Delays and/or cancellations will be announced via the website at www.newpaltz.edu, the INFO line at 845-257-4636, and NPAlert, the College’s official emergency alert system. Individual office closings will be listed as they are made available on the office closings page.

Food Service Update

Parker, STL and JFT food service operations will be closed today. All SUB food service operations will be open until 7 p.m. except Moja Vista and the Sub Connection, which will both be closed. Hasbrouck Dining Hall and Oscars will remain on normal operating schedules.

Thanks for your patience.

Steve Deutsch
Executive Director
Campus Auxiliary Services, Inc.

 

 

All morning, day and evening classes are canceled for today, Feb. 5; offices are open

All morning, day and evening classes are canceled for today, Feb. 5; offices are open.

In these circumstances, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to travel to the campus. The College asks that staff notify supervisors of their planned absence and their intention to use appropriate leave credits.

College inclement weather/emergency policy.

Individual office closings will be listed here as they are made available.

Inclement Weather Update

Members of the SUNY New Paltz Community:

In anticipation of the impending snow storm, we’d like to remind the campus community of the College’s Inclement Weather/Emergency Cancellations and Delays Policy.

Facilities Management is currently monitoring the snow forecast and is prepared with crews for snow clearing across campus.

Please stay tuned for an official announcement regarding cancellations and delays tomorrow morning via the College’s website, INFO line, and NP Alert.

Sincerely,
Facilities Management

 

LGBTQ Task Force Report Available Now

Members of the SUNY New Paltz Community:

In Fall 2012, the LGBTQ Task Force was convened to explore findings of the 2011 LGBTQ campus climate survey (here).  The Task Force was charged with developing recommendations to guide the college in building a more inclusive and equitable campus climate for LGBTQ students and employees.   In December 2013, the Task Force submitted a report to the President’s Cabinet for review.  We are sharing this report with you on behalf of the Task Force (download report here).

Since the survey was released and while the task force has been meeting, the campus community has already taken many steps to support our LGBTQ community. They include:

•    Including gender identity in the college’s non-discrimination, non-harassment policy.
•    Establishing institutional policy that major renovation and new construction projects include gender neutral facilities where possible.
•    Establishing an “LGBTQ at New Paltz” webpage, based on best practices and information from other universities; this site is nearly complete, and should be available in the next few weeks.
•    Expanding Welcome Week programming to include a session on diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and tolerance led by an outside speaker.
•    Changing plans for the Wooster Building renovation to include gender neutral bathrooms.
•    Changing Campus Auxiliary Services policy to use preferred names for food and beverage orders.
•    Initiating, through a volunteer-led effort, a New Paltz LGBTQ Allies Program.
•    Including a social LGBTQ mixer at first-year student orientation.

Academic freedom and the broad discretion students have to organize and undertake student-driven programming are cornerstones of our campus culture.  The task force report highlights a number of initiatives that will be most successful when students, faculty and staff sustain the interest and commit to and engage in the work directly.  This may mean faculty working together to respond to student academic interest around LGBTQ discourse, or cooperation and collaboration among student groups to fund and organize events and programming that speak to LGBTQ awareness.  We ask the community to consider organizing or expanding efforts around the following recommendations:

•    Ongoing and consistent “coming out” support groups. These support groups can be coordinated with assistance from the Counseling Center and the Queer Student Union.
•    Continuation of the Allies Program.
•    Consider inclusion of LGBTQ /Queer studies or other interdisciplinary opportunities in academic programming to engage LGBTQ as well as other dimensions of diversity within the curriculum.

In reviewing the report, we identified common ground between some recommendations and the institution’s strategic plan.  Connecting report recommendations to the strategic plan provides an opportunity to integrate this work into the college’s long-term goals, including how we allocate limited financial and human resources and how we measure outcomes and improvements.  It is unrealistic to expect that we can meet all of the many needs identified in this report, or that we can do so in any reasonable timeframe.   Some are not within our purview.  Furthermore, we must balance the needs brought forward in the report alongside other needs and priorities that serve the broader campus community and the college’s mission.

With that frame of reference, the College administration is committed to adopting the following recommendations in conjunction with the strategic plan:

•    Hire a consultant to review institutional policies and materials and where possible, recommend revisions so that they are more inclusive.
•    Review institutional forms and surveys to determine the use of gender options on these forms.
•    Develop a “community response team” that will help support the community around bias and diversity concerns, drawing on research into the experiences of other campuses.
•    Continue the enhanced training/orientation planned for fall 2014 Welcome Week into the future.
•    Develop and communicate policies, process and or limitations around name changes and use of preferred names within the institution, within legal constraints.
•    Educate/train service-centered offices and faculty to raise awareness and preparedness for effectively engaging LGBTQ and other dimensions of diversity.
•    Participate bi-annually in the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index, with the goal of incremental improvements based on newly achieved changes as well as ongoing efforts to ultimately reach a 4.0 rating.

We will continue to identify ways to enhance the experience of all who work, live and study here. The quality of that experience is a shared responsibility, and our success depends on all members of our community engaging productively in that process.  Likewise, we must be patient with one another as we learn and grow as a community.

We invite you to attend a forum about the task force report on Monday, February 10, 3PM, SUB 62/63.  Members of the LGTBQ task force will provide insight into their work and answer questions about the report. 

We are grateful to the members of the task force for their commitment and their investment of time, energy, and careful attention to this project.

Sincerely,

Donald P. Christian, President
Tanhena Pacheco-Dunn, Executive Director, Compliance and Campus Climate