Communications

  • August 28, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I am writing to provide you with a coronavirus testing update. As of today, we have tested over 4,200 members of the Rensselaer community for COVID-19. There have been two confirmed positive results. Both individuals who tested positive are students who live in off-campus housing.
  • August 28, 2020
    From: Curtis N. Powell, Vice President, Human Resources
    Rensselaer has implemented its Plan to Return to Campus-Based Operations for the 2020-2021 academic year, in accordance with the provisions set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo. All of us have worked hard to implement health and safety protocols to keep members of our community safe.
  • June 30, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    The Startup Task Force, chaired by Prabhat Hajela, Provost, and Curtis Powell, Vice President of Human Resources, has finalized the Return to Campus-Based Operations Plan, which we will implement, if and when we are permitted to do so by New
  • June 8, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    Many members of our community have been eager to hear about our plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. At this point, we do not know when New York state will allow the higher education sector to restart.
  • May 28, 2020
    From: Prabhat Hajela, Provost, and Curtis Powell, Vice President of Human Resources
    Dear members of the Rensselaer community,
  • May 19, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    Yesterday we were notified that one of our graduate students, living in our housing, tested positive for COVID-19. The student was asymptomatic, is doing well, and will remain in isolation until cleared by the student’s health care provider. 
  • May 11, 2020
    From: Prabhat Hajela, Provost
    As we come to the close of the academic year at Rensselaer, I want to thank all students and faculty for their perseverance, adaptability, and creativity in making this very challenging semester a success. From everything I have heard to date, the move to online classes went quite well.
  • April 23, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    Six weeks ago we made the decision to move instruction completely online, and instituted remote working, except for critical on-campus functions, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • April 21, 2020
    From: Curtis N. Powell, Vice President, Human Resources
    Many organizations in the United States, and throughout the world, continue to struggle with financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Rensselaer is no exception.
  • April 7, 2020
    From: Prabhat Hajela, Provost, and Peter Konwerski, Vice President for Student Life
    Even as we approach the final weeks of instruction for the spring semester, planning is in full swing for the summer semester.
  • April 3, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    Dear Members of the Rensselaer Community,
  • March 27, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are our top priorities.
  • March 27, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic downturn, may have an adverse impact on your employment prospects following graduation.
  • March 25, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    Dear Members of the Rensselaer Community,
  • March 22, 2020
    From: Richie C. Hunter, Vice President, Strategic Communications and External Relations
    TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is enlisting AiMOS, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 22, 2020
    From: Prabhat Hajela, Provost
    In light of the transition to remote instruction necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing a temporary change to our academic and grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • March 17, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    Given the coronavirus global pandemic, and our necessary responses to it, we are moving into a world of uncharted waters — one that none of us have experienced before. We are entering new territories that bring uncertainty, distress, and confusion.
  • March 16, 2020
    From: Travis T. Apgar, Assistant Vice President for Student Life Dean of Students and Keith Moo-Young, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
    Dear Students,
  • March 15, 2020
    From: Curtis N. Powell, Vice President for Human Resources
    This past week, due to the growing public health crisis, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic; the President of the United States declared a national emergency; and the Governor of the State of New York declared a state of emergency.  
  • March 12, 2020
    From: Jonathan D. Wexler, Vice President, Enrollment Management
    We understand that over the course of the next several weeks, accepted students will be working together to make the best decision as to where they will continue their academic journey. We look forward to helping them make that very important decision.
  • March 12, 2020
    From: Robert Hull, Acting Vice President for Research
    In light of the global COVID-19 outbreak (info.rpi.edu/coronavirus) we wanted to follow up with further guidance to ensure research continuity, especially as it relates to graduate students and the research staff. 1. Immediate Situation    
  • March 12, 2020
    From: Campus Leadership
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences; Prabhat Hajela, Provost; Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness; Curtis Powell, Vice President for Human Resources; Claude Rounds, Vice
  • March 11, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    The novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has spread rapidly across the globe and presents a unique public health challenge that is compounded by the uncertainties associated with its spread and severity.
  • March 11, 2020
    From: Dr. Peter Konwerski, Vice President for Student Life
    Dear Students, In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to our community and in the important interest of public health, we are requiring all undergraduate students in Rensselaer Residential and Greek Commons to move out of these residences by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. To facilitate this transition, we will extend Spring Break through March 20, 2020. Spring semester classes will resume with remote instruction on March 23, 2020.
  • March 10, 2020
    From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
    In an effort to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, beginning Monday, March 16 through at least March 30, the university is suspending all in-person instruction, and is moving to online and other alternative learning options. 
  • March 9, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    Following the confirmation of two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Capital Region this weekend, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute enacted social distancing protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus within our community. Until further notice: 
  • March 7, 2020
    From: Richie Hunter, Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations
    Following the confirmation of two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Capital Region, we immediately enacted social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the virus within our community. 
  • March 5, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    Rensselaer continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • March 2, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    Rensselaer continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • February 28, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I am writing to provide you with an update on coronavirus (now called COVID-19) and influenza. 
  • February 11, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I am writing to provide you with a coronavirus update. Since our last communication, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus on our campus or in New York state. The U.S.
  • February 5, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I am writing to update you on further developments with the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, and to ask for your help in continuing to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.
  • January 31, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I am writing to update you on developments with the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, and to further ask for your help in ensuring the health and safety of our campus community.
  • January 24, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness; Prabhat Hajela, Ph.D., Provost; Curtis Powell, Vice President for Human Resources
    We are writing to ask for your cooperation in ensuring the health and safety of the campus community in light of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China.
  • January 22, 2020
    From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D., Executive Director for Health and Wellness
    I write to inform you about Rensselaer’s recommendations and plan regarding the recent novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Background:
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