Campus to return to core hours

***Please post in all departments***

Summer hours will conclude as of this Friday, August 15th, 2014.  For those employees who have worked summer hours, please resume our core hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18th.

Any questions can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at extension x3171.

Thank you.

Testing of Mass Notificiation Speaker System

Testing of the mass notification speaker system will take place on campus on Monday, July 7, at approximately 2 p.m..

Members of the New Paltz community may hear a series of loud tones followed by a voice indicating that this is only a TEST of the College’s emergency notification system.

This system is only activated in accordance with the College’s Emergency Response Plan and at the discretion of select members of the campus’ Emergency Response Team. For more information about the College’s emergency communications or response plan, visit the Emergency Management website at www.newpaltz.edu/emergency.

Summer hours

**Please post in all departments***

As directed by the College Cabinet, the campus will begin enjoying summer hours, effective Monday, May 19, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014.    Core office hours will be 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Classified staff employees represented by CSEA and PEF who work a 7.5-hour day will have a half hour meal period during this season.  Those who work an 8-hour day will have no change in meal period but may work different hours, depending on operating needs of their department.  For classified staff employees represented by PBANYS and NYSCOPBA, there will be no change in work hours or meal period
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Professional, exempt full-time employees represented by UUP are expected to continue to perform their full professional obligation which may include coverage during the core office hours.  Non-exempt and/or part-time professional employees should discuss the effect of the core hours change with their immediate supervisor.

Any questions may be directed to your immediate supervisor or to Human Resources at extension x3171.

Points of Pride

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

As you know, the development of departmental brag sheets is part of our strategic plan goal of strengthening our communication and marketing efforts.  As such, the College is collecting points of pride from campus units, both academic and administrative, to better influence the perceptions that prospective students and their parents, current students, and others who peruse our web pages have about New Paltz.

The resulting information will increase the visibility of our many strengths and provide valuable internal marketing, informing our collective impressions of each others’ strengths and hopefully influencing our daily language about our own and other departments. This material will be used in departmental brochures and other recruitment and marketing materials, such as viewbooks and admission tour content.

Communication & Marketing has developed an online fillable form (http://sites.newpaltz.edu/pointsofpride/) for the brag sheets and our staff members will provide guidance to units in refining points of pride—working with administrative units this summer and academic units throughout the fall. Brag Sheets will be posted as they are completed, to become part of the departmental and institutional web presence.

If you have feedback or questions please contact communication@newpaltz.edu.

Sincerely,
The Office of Communication & Marketing

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.