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Message regarding incivility in online classrooms
March 31, 2020

The University has issued a message to the community regarding incivility in online classrooms. Signed by Minghua Zhang, Interim Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Judith Brown Clarke, Chief Diversity Officer; Richard J. Gatteau, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Charles L. Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success/Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges and Eric Wertheimer, Dean and Vice Provost of the Graduate School, the message reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateSome of you have raised concerns about offensive and inappropriate content being shared in your Zoom classrooms. It is unfortunate that you have to deal with these issues, on top of leaving campus, taking classes online, and worrying about your health and that of your loved ones. Thank you for stepping forward. These occurrences are unacceptable and run counter to our core institutional values. 

Stony Brook University, like universities around the country, is actively working to address and prevent these instances of Zoom Intruding in our classes and meetings. We remain as committed as ever to maintaining an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful learning environment for all of our students, no matter the class format. 

You are a valued member of our diverse community. Our students, faculty, and staff represent all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities -- and we benefit from all perspectives. We are committed to maintaining the dignity, respect, and fair treatment of all members of our community. Any action that stigmatizes an individual or a group of people, including expressions of xenophobia, will not be tolerated. 

The  Code of Student Responsibility  applies on and off campus. Any student who is found to behave inappropriately in these online platforms will be held accountable. If you have been targeted or experienced discrimination of any kind, including xenophobia, report these incidents to the  Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity .  

We have made significant and universal changes to Zoom accounts for all faculty and staff. These changes aim to prevent non-SBU individuals from joining classes and meetings, and they will have a minor impact on your Zoom experience:

  • To join a class, you will have to log in using your SBU credentials
  • Do not share Zoom links with others or post links on social media
  • Only instructors will have the ability to share their screens; if you are expected to give a presentation, your instructor will give you access as needed 
  • Zoom classes are recorded. Offensive activities will be reviewed and addressed through our student conduct process. 
  • Faculty can also remove disruptive participants who are having a detrimental effect on the learning environment.

We expect everyone to work together to keep our classrooms safe and productive. Most importantly, if something happens in one of your classes, please  ReportIt . It is our goal to ensure a collaborative and respectful learning environment for all.


 

Message from Dean of Students offering guidance as classes resume
March 30, 2020

Rick Gatteau,  Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, has released a message to students giving guidance and information as classes resume. The message reads as follows:

As we return from spring break, so much has changed in our lives due to COVID-19.  Our sense of stability has been shaken, our daily lives have been disrupted, and social distancing has become our new normal.  For all of you, especially our spring graduates, this is not the end of a semester you ever expected or deserved.  But, we must not allow these changes, or our fears or anxiety, to stop us from pursuing our goals.  We are a resilient and strong community, and now, more than ever, we must come together and support one another.  

Keeping You and Our Community Safe
I urge you, as members of our Seawolves community, to heed the advice of the experts and not put yourselves or others at greater risk . It is our responsibility to prioritize our health and well-being, protect our loved ones, and support the health of our local communities. We must each do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As you already know, maintaining social distancing is a measure that will help keep ourselves and our communities safer.  This may be inconvenient and, frankly, not very fun; however, even if you are healthy and believe you are at low risk, you can transmit this disease to others who are at higher risk or immunocompromised, resulting in a catastrophic effect.  The fact of the matter is social distancing saves lives. You can save lives.

What is social distancing?

●       Staying 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart from other people

●       Not hosting or attending social gatherings

●       Avoiding close contact and not shaking hands with others

●       Staying in your room or home if you are sick and avoiding contact with others

●       Visiting loved ones virtually through use of electronic devices

  What is NOT social distancing?

●       Going to a party with a group of people

●       Piling up on a couch with friends to watch a movie

●       Sitting close to each other to have dinner 

  What else can I do to protect myself and others?

●       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

●       Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks

●       Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

●       Do not share utensils, glasses, or other personal items

It is your responsibility as a Seawolf to step up and model the way.  Keep up to date about COVID-19 by visiting  stonybrook.edu/coronavirus .

Respect Matters
You are a valued member of our diverse campus community.  Our students, faculty, and staff represent all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and abilities — and we all benefit from each other’s perspective.  We uphold our commitment to maintaining the dignity, respect, and fair treatment of  all members of our community.  We will not stigmatize any individual or group of people, and expressions of xenophobia will not be tolerated.

Please keep in mind that the  Code of Student Responsibility  applies to both on and off-campus.  You will be held responsible if your actions are deemed to adversely affect, compromise, or create a threat to the safety and security of the University, University property, or individual members of our community.  

If you have been targeted or experienced discrimination of any kind, including xenophobia, report these incidents to the  Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Stay Connected
We are committed to connecting you with your friends and classmates, and have planned many virtual events and activities.  Periodically check  SBEngaged  and the CORQ app to find these events and how to join in, including virtual fitness classes, virtual Let’s Talk sessions, club and organization activities, and much more.  Student Engagement and Activities has created a  portal  where you can find virtual resources to take care of your physical, mental, and social health.

Ask for Help

It’s normal to feel anxious or experience a range of emotions as a result of these unexpected changes in our lives.  We must all take this emergency seriously, but do not allow it to consume you.  Our  Student Affairs  team and campus resources are ready to support you.  If you are facing any personal, health, or family challenges as a result of COVID-19, please reach out for help.  We have services in place to support you:

Student Support Team
Email  student_supportteam@stonybrook.edu
stonybrook.edu/studentsupport

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS offers you free and confidential services. Call (631) 632- 6720 for an appointment and speak to a counselor 24/7
stonybrook.edu/caps

Student Health Services
Call (631) 632-6740 for an appointment.  To speak with a healthcare professional after hours, call (631) 632-6740, option 3.
stonybrook.edu/shs

Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC)
Call (631) 632-6748 or email  SASC@stonybrook.edu   to schedule a virtual/phone appointment or speak with your SASC counselor.
stonybrook.edu/sasc

As we face these challenges together, let’s continue to show compassion, caring, and support for one another.  I am so proud of each of you, and know that with hope and determination, brighter days are on the horizon.  Go Seawolves!


 

Office of the VP for Research Announces $500K in Seed Grants for COV-19 Research
March 30, 2020

A special COVID-19 Seed Grant Program has been announced by the Office of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine. This program will infuse up to one half-million dollars to support Stony Brook researchers and clinicians who are responding rapidly and creatively to the critical needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. These issues are broad, including the urgent health care challenges posed by the pandemic as well as the related psychosocial, behavioral, and economic impacts.

“We’re seeing an unprecedented need for researchers across the country to provide innovative solutions to combat COVID-19,” said Richard J. Reeder, Vice President for Research. “We want to do everything possible to support our outstanding researchers to jump start research that will serve the urgent health care needs of our community.” 

Stony Brook researchers have already demonstrated impressive ingenuity with  iCREATE printing 3D face masks  and the  Department of Chemistry producing gallons of hand sanitizers .  There are more engineering solutions to be explored to address this enormous health challenge.  

" Now more than ever, the intersection of medical research, computing, and engineering has the ability to impact the greater good," said Saltz,   Cherith Foundation Chair  of Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine. "This COVID-19 Seed Grant Program will unite our diverse research communities to develop engineering-driven medical solutions that could change the trajectory of COVID 19 response."

The application process for this special COVID-19 seed grant program is designed to be straightforward with a quick turnaround.  The deadline is April 10, 2020.  All details can be found  here

The  Office of Proposal Development  is available to provide support to researchers submitting COVID-19 funding applications.  A list of internal and external COVID-19 funding opportunities can be found  here .

Questions should be directed to the Office of Proposal Development at  OPD_OVPR@stonybrook.edu .


 

Message from Interim President Expressing Gratitude
March 27, 2010

Interim President Michael Bernstein has released a message to staff and colleagues expressing gratitude as the University copes with the current health crisis. The message reads as follows:

I write you, on behalf of our institutional leadership team, with a profound sense of gratitude as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stony Brook University employees are performing critical duties, both in-person and remotely, ensuring that our systems are fully operational, our facilities are safely and appropriately maintained, and, most of all, our patients’ needs are best met by our healthcare system. All of you have stepped up to make this possible, and you have done so while managing personal obligations that have dramatically increased. Through all this, you have executed your mission with commitment, strength, and poise.

You have gone above and beyond what is expected. You have come to the aid of our students, meeting their needs and showing them great compassion. You have volunteered your time, donated critically essential items, and imaginatively solved an array of unprecedented problems. In word and deed, you have shown how and why the Stony Brook family is so remarkable.

Your health and well-being remain our top priority. Our hotline (631-632-5000) is available to answer your COVID-19-related questions. Our  central units  will provide additional guidance and assistance on a variety of matters. I also encourage you to check regularly the  Coronavirus Information page , which is often updated. 

We know you face significant hardships. As we salute your courage and grit, we will do whatever we can to provide you the support you need. Please never hesitate to let us know how we may be of assistance.

We will never be able to thank you enough for what you are doing on behalf of our University and the communities we serve. You personify the very best of what Stony Brook represents.

With great admiration and respect,

Warmly, Michael


    

PREVIOUS UPDATES

Message regarding incivility in online classrooms ( March 31, 2020)

Message from Dean of Students offering guidance as classes resume ( March 30, 2020)

Office of the VP for Research Announces $500K in Seed Grants for COVID-19 Research ( March 30, 2020)

From the Interim President Expressing Gratitude ( March 27, 2020)

From the VP for Research re: Research activities ( March 26, 2020)

From the Office of Procurement re: Revised policies ( March 25, 2020)

Coronavirus Patient Triage Moves to South P Lot Testing Facility ( March 24, 2020)

From the Office of the Provost re: Spring semester grading policies ( March 23, 2020)

From Student Affairs, et al. re: safety and notification procedures for resident students ( March 23, 2020)

From Campus Dining re: policies and hours ( March 23, 2020)

From SVP for Administration and Finance re: financial impact of remote learning ( March 23, 2020)

From Human Resources re: COVID-19 Cases on Campus ( March 22, 2020)

From the President re: COVID-19 Incidence at SBU ( March 21, 2020)

From the Office of Research re; Removal of Laboratory Items ( March 21, 2020)

From the VP for Research re: Urgent Guidance on Research Activities (   March 20, 2020 )

From the Office of the Provost re: Managing Transition to Remote Work ( March 20, 2020)

From the Office of the Provost re: Managing Transition to Remote Education ( March 20, 2020)

From Stony Brook Medicine re: Coronavirus Testing ( March 20, 2020)

From the Dean of Students re: Residence, Commencement Issues ( March 19, 2020)

From the Office of the Vice President for Research  re: laboratory-based research  ( March 18, 2020 )

From the President re: Strength through Adversity ( March 17, 2020)

From Campus Residences re: Move-Out Requirement ( March 17, 2020)

From VP for Human Resources re: COVID-19 Telephone Information Line ( March 16, 2020)

From the President re: Spring Break Extended ( March 13, 2020)

From the Office of the Vice President for Research: Planning for disruptions of laboratory operations ( March 12, 2020)

From the Office of the Provost re: updated travel guidance ( March 12, 2020)

From the President re: remote learning, coronavirus issues ( March 11, 2020)

From the President re: Coronavirus planning ( March 11, 2020)

From the Dean of Students re: Precautionary Quarantine Initiative ( March 8, 2020, updated March 9, 2020)

From the Dean of Students re: Precautionary Quarantine Initiative ( March 6, 2020)

From the President re: Adademic Preparations ( March 5, 2020)

From the President re: Coronavirus Update ( March 4, 2020)

SUNY guidance to be released  ( March 3, 2020)

From the Provost re: Coronavirus Update ( March 2, 2020)

From the Provost re: Travel to China ( January 31, 2020)

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