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St. John's University

A Letter from the Division of Student Affairs

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dear Student,

On behalf of the entire University, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in adjusting to changes in academic and residential life needed to minimize health and safety risks to St. John’s students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Over the past 72 hours, we have witnessed an unprecedented national response from almost every sector of society, from businesses to entertainment to sports and beyond, as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.

Like universities across the country, St. John’s is working hard to transition our students to online education. We know this rapidly unfolding situation has resulted in enormous disappointment for many students, especially our seniors.

This disruption has required faculty and students to move away from in-person instruction and research, and administrators and staff have had to change how they guide and support our community. Despite these shifts, we are dedicated to the educational mission of our University and ensuring students continue to make progress toward their degrees.

  • We are here to work with you and support you. Please read the Important Notices and Frequently Asked Questions for Students. If you still need help or have additional questions, please reply to this email and we will assist you.
  • All medical concerns regarding COVID-19 and potential cases should be directed to Student Health Services at 718-990-6360 (select option 4). When Student Health Services is closed, please call Public Safety at 718-990-5252.
  • If you are feeling anxious or uneasy, please don’t hesitate to turn to the Center for Counseling and Consultation (Queens, 718-990-6384; Staten Island, 718-390-4451). After hours you may contact the St. John’s University Mental Health Helpline at 718-990-6352.

Important Notices

This information supersedes any prior guidance related to your physical presence on campus.

With few exceptions, all students must remain off-campus. This applies to students who commute and resident students except for the small group who have confirmed approval to remain. We are taking this step to engage in social distancing practices that protect the health of our community.

Regarding StormCard Access:
Access to buildings across campus has been restricted. Only the small group of students who have the approval to remain in University-managed properties have card access to their residence hall and Montgoris dining hall. All other resident students and commuter students will not be able to enter the residence halls during this period.

For All Resident Students:
If you did not complete and submit the form notifying us of your departure date (as required by March 11), we assume you are not on campus and have deactivated your card access.

For Resident Students Permitted on Campus:
During this transition period, access to many facilities and services, including recreation, libraries, and dining, will be limited.

We also remind you that you must still abide by the Student Code of Conduct. Any student found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation will have that permission revoked 24 hours from the time the decision letter is sent to their St. John’s email account.

Regarding Directions Provided for COVID-19:
Students must follow the directions of University officials including direction given to mitigate the health and safety risk that the COVID-19 virus presents. Any violations of these directives will result in suspension.

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