Tuesday classes that begin at noon or later will meet.

The campus came through Hurricane Sandy in good shape, with virtually no damage, thanks to the hard work, good judgment, and diligent preparation by faculty, staff and students prior to and during the storm. Our students assisted the American Red Cross in operating a shelter in Elting Gym that housed up to 9 people during the storm. The campus had power throughout the storm and continues to have power. Therefore, Tuesday classes that begin at noon or later will meet. Offices are open. Because nonessential personnel may choose to stay home on Tuesday, some services may be limited due to lack of personnel. The list of closed offices can be found here. This list is updated as information is made available.

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 class and most professors are understanding of absences due to weather. The College asks that students and staff make an effort to notify professors/supervisors of their planned absence and, for employees, their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate.

Refer to the Emergency/Cancellations and Delay Policy for further information.

Food Services On Campus: Hasbrouck Dining Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. today.

On-Campus Services During Hurricane Sandy

Dear Students:

Please read the following information regarding Hurricane Sandy…

Planning and preparation have been taking place and will continue throughout the course of this weather event. For the duration of the storm, the campus will have  residence life, facilities  and emergency personnel on site to respond to your needs.

Your safety and well-being are foremost in our planning and response. Within each residence hall, your RA and RD are your primary point of contact.

Non-perishable food items have been delivered to all Residence Halls in the event on-campus food service is inoperable or weather conditions prevent students from traveling outside of the Residence Hall.

A landline (non-cordless) phone has been put in place within the RA office of each Residence Hall. Should cellular service be interrupted, students will be permitted to make brief phone-calls to contact family members. This phone will be the primary source of contact during an outage, so students will be restricted to a one-two minute conversation.
Expect heavy rains and high winds for the remainder of Monday and Tuesday. For that reason, it is important to make sure your windows are closed and secured Monday evening into Wednesday afternoon.

For the most part, using good common sense is the best approach. In the event of high winds and heavy rain, stay indoors. Blowing debris and unsure footing can be quite dangerous. Should the window in your room shatter as a result of high winds or blowing debris, move to an interior hallway in your residence hall, close your door behind you and contact an RA.

We are discouraging students and visitors from traveling to or from the New Paltz campus on Monday through Wednesday. Possible evacuations or changing storm paths may make travel difficult, if not unsafe.

As necessary, we will be updating the campus via

  • College web home page alerts : www.newpaltz.edu
  • INFOLINE: a message will be recorded on the 257-INFO (4636) hot line
  • All Faculty and Staff and All Student (all-fs/all-stu) announcements sent from ERT or Campus Update via e-mail
  • Posting to official college social media sites: Facebook and Twitter

NP Alert is an emergency alert system used by campus administration and University Police to send text and voice messages to all students and faculty during inclement weather or other on-campus emergencies.  Learn more about NP Alert…

If you have recently changed your phone number, you must update your NP Alert account at my.newpaltz.edu if you want to continue receiving alerts.

A loss of power may affect our ability to use these means. Therefore, your Resident Director will be kept up to date with any necessary information regarding emergency procedures.

Stay safe.

Your Residence Life Staff

Hurricane Sandy: Monday Classes Canceled, Offices Open

In anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Monday classes are canceled. Offices are officially open, per state policy. Forecasts call for damaging winds beginning midday on Monday. Non-essential employees are asked to use their best judgment when choosing to travel to work in these conditions. Per state policy, employees who stay home must charge their leave credits. Because the storm is expected to last through Tuesday, please stay tuned on Monday for information regarding Tuesday classes. Please be safe and take necessary precautions. Refer to the Emergency/Cancellations and Delay Policy for further information.

Because nonessential personnel may choose to stay home, some offices on campus may be understaffed. The list of closed offices can be found here. This list is updated periodically as information is made available.

Hurricane Sandy: Important Information Regarding Emergency Preparedness

Dear Campus Community,

As Hurricane Sandy is presently forecast to affect our area Monday, Oct. 29, into Tuesday, Oct. 30, we strongly recommend you read every part of this message carefully.

The message contains important information pertaining to safety procedures and emergency communications in the event of inclement weather.

Be Prepared
As this storm may cause power outages, it is recommended students make sure their laptops and phones are fully charged in advance of Sandy’s arrival.

Protect Your Electronic Devices and Important Files
Keep computers and electrical equipment (including cellphones) dry and in a safe area. Back up any important data on a portable storage device such as a flash drive.
All windows in residence halls should be closed.

Familiarize yourself with the Inclement Weather Policy (create link here)

NP Alert
NP Alert is an emergency alert system used by campus administration and University Police to send text and voice messages to all students and faculty in the event of a delay or cancellation due to inclement weather (weather alert) or other on-campus emergency. Learn more about NP Alert…

If you have recently changed your phone number, you must update your NP Alert account at my.newpaltz.edu if you want to continue receiving alerts.

The system is an integral communication tool in the college’s emergency response plan.

Why is NP Alert important?
Beyond the obvious benefits the service provides in the event of an on-campus emergency, you’ll be alerted as soon as the decision has been made to cancel classes or close campus buildings in an inclement weather event. As evidenced during last year’s hurricanes Irene and Lee, the NP Alert system is crucial in communicating important messages in the event of a weather emergency.

Together with NP Alert the campus also uses the following forms of communication to provide critical and necessary updates:

  • College web home page alerts : www.newpaltz.edu
  • INFOLINE: a message will be recorded on the 257-INFO (4636) hot line
  • All Faculty and Staff and All Student (all-fs/all-stu) announcements sent from ERT or Campus Update via e-mail
  • Posting to official college social media sites: Facebook and Twitter

Our Campus is Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
The Emergency Response Team (ERT) met with the President’s Cabinet Friday morning to plan for the storm. Our campus is taking all measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. The ERT is prepared to respond to conditions on campus and will continue to monitor, assess and respond to changing conditions throughout the course of this storm. Storm preparations include:

  • Fuel tanks are full
  • Continuous cleaning of drains for removal of leaves and debris
  • Securing construction sites and fencing
  • Water sensing alert systems are in place in critical lower levels subject to flooding that serve to insure the continuity of business and critical systems
  • Food and water have been stockpiled for on-campus residents. On Sunday, some supplies will be delivered to the residence halls in case the storm conditions make it hazardous for students to walk to the dining facilities.
  • Since Hurricane Irene and Lee last year, the college has completed a drainage project that we anticipate will help reduce the likelihood of a repeat flooding in Haggerty. However, offices are taking necessary precautions to protect vital equipment and systems.
  • We have activated our back-up web site to be able to continue to provide information in case our main site is unavailable due to power outages or other conditions. This site is simply used to provide information and does not have all the services of our regular site.

Please use good judgment and keep safety in mind when planning to travel anywhere, whether across campus or anywhere else. Debris and natural elements (such as tree branches, dirt and rocks) can become airborne, avoid pooled water or quickly running water, watch for mud and wet leaves. Rain and fog create slippery conditions and poor visibility. Remember objects can become loose and cause damage to people and property. Please take precautions to protect yourself and your property.

Remember 845 -257-2222 for any emergency

Greetings from the Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library

Greetings from the Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library

September 6, 2012

Welcome to our returning students, staff and faculty, and welcome especially to the Class of 2016!

There’s a whiff of changing seasons in the air.  And although the Sojourner Truth Library is changing too, it’s not in the ways we anticipated this past spring.  The major renovation, scheduled to being in August, has been temporarily suspended.  The State University Construction Fund (SUCF), in consultation with the College administration, terminated, for convenience, its contract with the original general contractor for the project.  “For convenience” is a legal term that allows the SUCF to end the contract, without reason, when it believes it is in theirs and the campus’s best interest to do so.

What this means for us
Most importantly, the Library renovation will go forward.  Our Facilities Management office is working with all parties to resume project construction as soon as possible.

Just as important: library service will continue with as little disruption as possible.  In fact it has expanded!  Library Help is now available outside the library, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Career Resources Center.   You can also Text a Librarian @ 845-262-2011 or Tweet us: @stl_updates

More than 40 new PCs are on order to replace the public machines retired this spring.  These will start to deploy in the next 2-3 weeks.  We plan to have 49 new public computers in use by early October.

Our service desks are open for business as usual, with our student and professional staff ready and eager to help you.  Much of the furniture that was moved off the Main floor will soon return.   So will many of the books and journals that were moved to the lower levels.  The popular Late-Night study room will re-open temporarily in the Terrace, starting September 9, featuring laptops, wifi and wireless printing.

See our “Renovation @ theLibrary” handout, available at our Information and Circulation desks and online, for more information about the renovation timeline and where to find old familiar resources in their new temporary locations.

In other news
iPads on Loan
: Following on the wildly successful laptop lending program, STL now has iPads available for checkout with a valid NP ID at the Checkout Desk.  The loan period is 3 hours.  Each iPad comes with the native iOS apps and word processing apps such as Apple Pages, but users can add their own as well. All personal data will be completely erased from every iPad once returned.

Wireless Printing is now available on all lending laptops.  Plus, librarians can help you set up your own laptop to print wirelessly in the Library.  Ask at the Information Desk for more help.

Oh, and one more thing…
Yes, as some of you may have noticed, the Library also has a new Dean! That’s me, Mark Colvson.  I’m hoping to carry on the successful leadership of retired former Dean Chui-Chun Lee, and Interim Dean William Connors, in placing the Library at the heart of the academic conversation here at New Paltz.  I look forward to getting to know you better in the months to come.  Watch this space for a coming announcement of an informal “Meet the Dean” opportunity.

Meanwhile, please join me at “Seeing Satire in the Peepshow,” the 6th Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture, next Thursday, September 13, 5pm, Lecture Center 104. For more information on this fascinating lecture by Professor of Art History Reva Wolf please read the Latest @ the LibraryNewsletter.  Hope to see you there!

W. Mark Colvson
Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library

Important updates from your University Police Department

Important updates from your University Police Department

August 28, 2012

To the New Paltz Community;

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to SUNY Paltz! To our first year students, thanks for joining us and I wish you the best during your time here.

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some important updates that we have phased in over the summer, all intended to make your stay with us a safe one.

  • In July of 2012, University Police launched a new anonymous telephone tip line that anyone can use to let us know about; concerns, crime tips, suggestions, complaints, etc. This is a recorded line, all you will need to do is dial the number and leave your message. The number is 845.257.2230. Or you can just dial 2230 from any campus phone.
  • In August of 2012, University Police launched a FaceBook page. Feel free to check it out at; http://www.facebook.com/newpaltzuniversitypolice and don’t forget to click the “like” button! You’ll find updated UPD information on the page, crime prevention tips and information regarding upcoming RAD and other training sessions offered by UPD. The page is also open for your comments. We’re excited to enter the “social media” age and welcome your feedback!
  • Remember, if you need University Police, you can always reach us by dialing extension 2222 from any campus phone or 845.257.2222 from all other phones. In the event of an emergency, simply dial 911 from ANY phone. Our email address is upd@newpaltz.edu.
  • Finally you can contact us through our “Silent Witness” program through our website at http://www.newpaltz.edu/police/silentwitnessform.html

David Dugatkin
Chief of Police

Tips for Navigating the Library

Tips for Navigating the Library

August 28, 2012

Dear Campus Community:

Attached is  information about changes to the library due to renovation.  You may find the list explaining where parts of the collection are now housed especially useful.  Materials were shifted in response to the expected renovation demands, and will stay in their current locations until the renovation is complete. There is also information about the new location of the late night study room and service points for librarians this semester.

>>>Library Renovation Information

FYI:  The currently closed hallway from the concourse library entrance door toward the lecture center will be reopened in the near future.  STL18 is now accessible from the lecture center.  Access through the outside concourse level connecting the ramp by the library parking lot and the Excelsior Concourse has also been restored.

There is additional information about the renovation project on the libguide at:


We look forward to seeing you in the library.

Morgan Gwenwald
Outreach Librarian

Political Activity on Campus: What You Need to Know

Political Activity on Campus: What You Need to Know

August 27, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

As we approach election season and candidates begin campaigning in the area, it is appropriate to remind the campus community about State University policy on the use of campus facilities and other resources for campaign-related purposes.

As an academic institution, we recognize and welcome the educational benefits of exposing students to political debate and information, including partisan political speech. We have made some of our facilities available to a wide range of outside speakers and expressive activities and, therefore, have legal obligations to open such facilities to political speech, as well. In handling requests for permission to use campus facilities, we must be guided by the principle of viewpoint neutrality and evenhanded treatment as to terms and conditions of use (i.e. rental charges, security costs, insurance, etc.).

With regards to political speech and speakers, the State University has placed certain limits on access to its facilities. It has been longstanding State University policy – going back to at least the 1970s – to prohibit use of State University property for partisan political candidate fundraisers. This policy is consistent with our legal obligations, the educational mission of the State University, and other strong interests, such as avoidance of the inevitable impression of endorsing particular candidates.

» 2012 Memo from SUNY System Administration Regarding Political Campaign Activity by NYS Employees

The policies that address the most commonly asked questions are the New York State Public Officer’s Law and SUNY policies on facilities usage for non-commercial purposes. The applicable provisions are:

Public Officer’s Law:
No state employee may use his/her official title, position or authority in any campaign activities, including untargeted mass mailings. No state resources of any type may be used in furtherance of these activities, including, but not limited to, telephone, office supplies, postage, photocopying machines, computers (including e-mail) and support staff (see Advisory Opinion No. 93-9) nor may campaign activities be conducted from a state office or during state business hours unless leave is taken. Finally, no state employee may solicit from subordinates, as this practice is strictly forbidden by Civil Service law §107. (See also Election Law §17-158.)

Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations and Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech:
Political organizations are included in SUNY’s definition of non-commercial organizations that are permitted use of campus facilities and in the College’s policy on Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech. All non-commercial organizations are required to obtain a revocable permit for each use of campus facilities. These permits, obtained through Student Activities and Union Services for use of the Student Union Building (SUB), Conference Services and University Police for other campus locations, establish the terms and conditions for use of facilities, including reimbursement for any associated costs. If a political candidate wishes to speak in one of the free speech zones identified in the Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech policy during non-blackout dates outlined in the policy, they should contact the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance. The Use of Facilities by Third Parties for Free Speech policy may be found at this link: http://www.newpaltz.edu/sub/thirdpartypolicy.pdf

The SUNY policy on Use of Facilities by Non-Commercial Organizations imposes the following additional conditions for use of facilities by partisan political organizations:

  1. That the proposed meeting gives promise of contributing to the educational purposes of the institution.
  2. That the institution sees a reasonable possibility of making the facilities available for other viewpoints to be presented.

Distribution of Campaign Materials:
Individuals campaigning for office shall have access to students and employees in parking lots, entrances to buildings and other areas to which members of the public are admitted, provided that such activities do not inhibit the movement of people or vehicles, impair the safe and efficient conduct of the operation or interfere with work duties or work performance. Individuals are not allowed to campaign in residence halls.

Individual campaign posters are not permitted in public spaces on campus. Meeting notices and other organizational materials shall not be hung upon, posted or otherwise affixed to the walls, doors, windows, trees or other appurtenances of facilities and buildings owned or leased by the state. All materials posted in the Student Union Building (SUB) and the residence halls must be approved and posted by the Office of Student Activities and Union Services. Flyers should be sorted in 14 piles (no more than two flyers per pile) for the 13 residence halls and the SUB. Posters and flyers can be distributed to other academic buildings if placed on bulletin boards.

More information on State University policies regarding use of facilities by non-commercial organizations can be found at this website (scroll down under Policy I to Section K: Use of university facilities for political purposes).

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