Facebook Ad Pixel Student Resources, COVID-19, SUNY Orange

Student Resources

Assisting SUNY Orange Students with Academics and Student Support from a Distance

As SUNY Orange delivers its academic offerings to a distance format in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, students must stay connected with your instructors, who will be sharing information with you regarding individual classes.

If you have broader questions related to your courses and academic experience you can email questionaboutmyclass@sunyorange.edu.

Chromebook Lending Program

If you would like to apply for this Chromebook lending program, please complete and submit the Chromebook application form as soon as possible. Students accepted for the program will be notified via their SUNY Orange email and provided instructions regarding when/how to pick up your Chromebook.

Keep in mind, students accepted into the program will be expected to 1) show their SUNY Orange student identification card, or a copy of their current semester schedule, and 2) complete a Chromebook user agreement upon acceptance of their device.

We understand you may be facing many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. Access to technology is extremely important as we all try to support your studies at a distance, so if you need to borrow a Chromebook, we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

Center for Student Success Available Online

Center for Student Success is open and available for online support!  Check out website for our hours!

Students can continue to work with our tutors online in the subjects typically available on-campus: Math, Biology, English, Chemistry.  Work with our tutors on your coursework while also working on study plans, strategies, and time management. With the changes we're all facing due to COVID-19, you can also work with our tutors for support in adjusting to online learning. To get started, complete an Application for Scheduled Online Tutoring or by contacting us directly. 

NetTutor is also available for all SUNY Orange students on the "Student Services/Resources" tab of MySUNYOrange, inside the Center for Student Success box at the top right. NetTutor is also available evenings and weekends (24/7 for Math). 

Follow us on Twitter  

Connecting with the Library

Librarians can help you navigate the library's resources to find reliable information that will impress your professors.

Text a librarian: 845-262-2542

Email a librarian at: library@sunyorange.edu

Chat online with a Librarian

Search our Library for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Access our Subject Research Guides

View our Library Tutorials and How-to Videos

Tips for Becoming a Successful Remote Learner

Remote Learning or distance learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. It involves the exchange of information via technology and tools, may be synchronous (via video conference) or asynchronous via email, Blackboard or shared GoogleDrive.  

Tips for being a successful remote learner 

Set a fixed time to engage in the course work.

  • Being organized and self-disciplined is a necessity.  Just as you would normally go to class for a set period of time on a particular day, set that same day/time aside to engage with the course instructor and complete the work assigned.

Do not rush through your work.

  • Take your time.  Make sure you understand the information and assignments. Ask questions of instructors and classmates. Be diligent and thoughtful about your submissions.  

Take the time to ask questions and engage instructors/classmates.

  • Just because the course is offered over a computer does not mean you are on your own. Ask questions about the content, follow up with discussion posts or email to the class. Utilize the resources provided.  

Explore the technology being used and ask for support.

  • It can feel overwhelming to shift gears and learn a new technology, especially if you have a short amount of time to do it. Seek out instructional videos or tutorials made available to you. 

Use alarms and calendars to ensure your benchmarks and course milestones are met.

  • Good organizational skills is one of the keys to being successful in distance learning courses. Once you get your syllabus or course plans, record all important dates on your calendar.

Social learners engage.

  • Know that you may learn as much about people from the collaboration exercises and projects as you do about the course content or topic itself.  Take advantage of opportunities to connect with instructors and classmates via ZOOM or GoogleMeet to maintain face to face (live) engagement. Keep the discussion boards lively.  

SUNY Orange Center for Student Success Resources    

Maureen Larsen:

Dana Salkowsky:

Tips for Becoming a Successful Remote Learner (pdf)

 Student Guide to Blackboard

Blackboard is an online learning management system that features course management, customizable content and design that allows for instructor/student exchange of information and assessment. 


  • have access to Blackboard for each class in which they are enrolled
  • can receive alerts for updates to Blackboard via their SUNYOrange email 

Blackboard Orientation for Students

Tech Details 

  • Blackboard is available on laptop or desktop via internet browser 
  • Blackboard courses will be available for those you  classes you are enrolled 
  • Blackboard App available for mobile devices (free) ***however there may be some differences in the way content is displayed

Using Blackboard

  • Check with your instructor to determine how they will be utilizing Blackboard
  • Information can be received
  • Assignments may be submitted
  • Grades may be available


Maureen Larsen:

Dana Salkowsky:

Student Guide to Blackboard (pdf)

 Student Guide to Zoom

ZOOM is an online communications system with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops and telephones.


  • do not need to have a ZOOM account
  • have NO cost associated with using ZOOM (the mobile app is free)
  • do not need to schedule a meeting, only join the meeting their instructor has invited them to

ZOOM tips for students

Tech Details 

  • ZOOM is available on laptop or desktop via internet browser 
  • Best browser:  Chrome, Firefox, or MS Edge
  • ZOOM is cloud based but may require you “run” the application on your computer - it is safe and does not require hard drive space
  • ZOOM App available for mobile devices (free)

Joining a ZOOM meeting

  • Look for email or Blackboard announcement with ZOOM URL link
  • Click the link and it will open a new tab in your internet browser
  • If you do not have access to a computer or mobile phone you can participate in the meeting from any TELEPHONE via the # provided in the invitation

Participating in a ZOOM meeting

  • Click the link to join and wait for your instructor to start the meeting
  • Say Hi! Or use the chat to ‘check in’
  • MUTE your microphone so in case there is background noise
  • Keep video on, if available, and participate in class discussion

Maureen Larsen:

Dana Salkowsky:

Student Guide to Zoom (pdf)

 Student Guide to G Suite

G Suite includes SUNYOrange email, GoogleDrive, Google Apps (meet, classroom, record, etc.).  The full suite of Google tools is available for connection, collaboration and the exchange of information. 


  • have access to the full Google Suite of tools via their SUNYOrange email
  • can collaborate and share documents/assignments with classmates and instructors

GoogleDrive tips for students

GoogleChome browser download

Tech Details 

  • Google mail and drive are accessible on desktop or laptop
  • Google Chrome is the recommended browser for optimal functioning
  • Chrome can be downloaded and used as default browser
  • Google mail and drive Apps available for mobile devices 

Using Gmail & GoogleDrive

  • Check with your instructor to determine how they will be utilizing email and GoogleDrive
  • Information can be received and shared with both classmates and instructor
  • Assignments may be submitted
  • Synchronous meetings can be hosted

Maureen Larsen:

Dana Salkowsky:

Student Guide to GSuite (pdf)

Technical Support

The College’s Inforation Technology Services Help Desk phone number is (845) 341-4749. It is staffed to assist students with logins, access to resources and other technical needs. For our hours of operation, self-help articles, and answers to common questions, please visit: https://itservice.sunyorange.edu

Students seeking technical support for Blackboard should call the SUNY Online Help Desk at 1-844-673-6786 or email maureen.larsen@sunyorange.edu

Emergency Resources for those in Need

United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund … will help with bills, rent, and food. You can dial the United Way’s 211 confidential free helpline around the clock.

SUNY Orange Food Pantry: Students can access the Food Pantry by contacting Madeline Torres-Diaz at madeline.torresdiaz@sunyorange.edu, Steve Harpst at steve.harpst@sunyorange.edu or Dolores Jones at dolores.jones@sunyorange.edu.

Community Food Banks: Food bank locations or food resources provided locally  can be found by visiting www.auntbertha.com or by calling the Why Hunger hotline at 1 (800) 5-HUNGRY.

SUNY Orange Emergency Fund: A SUNY Orange student enrolled in a degree program, registered at least half-time (6 credits), and in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 or above) may apply for support from the College’s Emergency Fund.

Bookstore Support

FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus bookstore website for free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.

Access to eBooks AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the bookstore website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your @sunyorange.edu email address. Each student can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.

Free Shipping on Rental Returns and Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the bookstore website for the details.