general information

Getting ready

Over the summer, the Student Life office is hosting bi-weekly Zooms with new and returning students to keep Saints informed on guidelines. Sign up forms for these events are sent to each student's Siena email address.

student activities

  • The Student Activities & Leadership Development (SALD) Office has rented a tent for the semester for outside programming to allow for social distancing.
  • Seating at Casey's and Starbucks will be at 50% capacity, with tables spaced six ft apart, per New York state guidelines.
  • Plexiglass has been installed in high traffic areas in Sarazen Student Union, such as the Student Accounts Office. The Post Office is working on a new traffic pattern for their services.
  • Commuter students will be required to complete the College's Daily Health Form before entering campus each day.
  • A Virtual Family Weekend will be held October 2-4. Keep an eye out for a postcard with details being sent home. We are working on developing an on-campus Spring Family Weekend.

     Athletics

  • The Athletics Department has published a Resocialization Guide and resource guide.
  • The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. A decision on whether fall sport competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the presidents at a later date.
  • Athletically related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will be structured in accordance with institution procedures and state regulations.
  • Athletics and Recreation will be working to develop programming that can be done within social distancing protocols, such as: can jam, corn hole, 5 v 5 team competitions, and more. Only outdoor activities will be permitted during the fall semester.
  • Student athletes will be checked daily for COVID-19 symptoms before they are able to participate in any practice, training, etc.
  • The Athletics Department is developing a student athlete orientation guidelines related to the use of facilities and equipment, holding of team meetings, symptom checks, etc. 
  • The Athletics Department is establishing a health ambassador program that each team will deploy. Responsibilities are being developed. 
  • Plexiglass shields have been placed between each eSports station.
  • Once gyms are allowed to reopen in New York’s Capital Region, the following changes will be made to Siena's Fitness Center:
    • Weight machines in lower level will be separated to ensure at least six feet of distance between each.
    • Lower level free weight area will be rearranged to separate equipment by six feet.
    • Certain equipment will be removed:  mats, weighted balls, chalk.
    • Upper level fitness center: currently working on plan to either separate or section off cardio equipment or both.
    • Aerobic room and multipurpose rooms will be offline to serve as classrooms

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will there still be club activities? 

Yes! We want clubs to be able to continue their missions and activities. Individual club meetings and events will be up to each organization to schedule, following the guidance of Student Activities. Clubs will be encouraged to use virtual meeting space when possible. 

What about club sports? 

Club sports will be encouraged to meet virtually, and may engage in individual training and practice as permitted under New York state guidelines for fitness. Siena continues to evaluate the safety of clubs sports practices and competitions, communicate with league officials, and monitor current conditions. Decisions regarding off- campus practice sites, travel, scrimmages and games will be forthcoming. 

Will there still be a student activities fee? 

Yes, this is essential for clubs to be able to continue their programming. Siena has also invested in a tent and new technologies to ensure the student experience is as vibrant and engaging as possible for all. Staying connected and building relationships is more important than ever, especially for students studying remotely.