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Below is an archive of messages to employees, students, and families regarding the College's Campus Reopening Plan and Fall 2020 at Fisher.

September

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/23/20

September 23, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

沙巴体育滚球Last evening, the College received new wastewater surveillance that detected SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Keough and Upper Quad residence halls. We communicated with students in the impacted area last evening, as well as their parents, and have begun the next step in our surveillance process. This process will take place over the next three days. Per the protocol, should any individuals require COVID-19 testing (nasopharyngeal swab), they will be notified by phone and required to isolate off-campus until they have their test results. We are also increasing cleaning in the impacted areas. As a reminder, faculty will receive an email via FisherLink if a student is required to isolate or quarantine and they are able to attend classes remotely. 

Correction

In yesterday’s email, we had the wrong phone number for the NY State Emotional Support hotline – our apologies. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit  for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 9/22/20

September 22, 2020 - Update for Families

沙巴体育滚球Dear Fisher families,

沙巴体育滚球We invite you to join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, via Zoom, for the next Campus Conversation, which will be hosted by members of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team and President Rooney. If you are interested, please register no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. A Zoom link will be sent to you by 3 p.m. the day of the session.

As well, the message below was sent to your students earlier today.


Dear Students,
 
Thank to those of you who joined us for our COVID-19 Monitoring Team student session last Friday afternoon. You had good questions, and we hope we provided you with some clarity. We appreciate your interest and attention, as well as your patience, as we continue to navigate this semester together. We will have additional sessions in the coming weeks, and would like to find a time that is most convenient to the majority of students. Please let us know what those times might be by filling out this brief survey.
 

 
Impact Page
 
Last week, we shared with you that New York State would be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics daily, similar to what they have done for the K-12 system. We submitted our first set of data on September 15, and the report card is now live on the .
 
Moving forward, we will link to our report card from our Impact page to provide you with our publicly reported data.
 
To search for other colleges and universities, you can access all PLEASE NOTE: To search for Fisher, you must search St John Fisher College – with no period after “St.”
 
Need Assistance?
 
We know that the ongoing effects of this pandemic are impacting the mental health of many individuals. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit  for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 
 
As a reminder, several weeks ago, the College launched , providing 24/7 free, immediate, and unlimited access to medical and mental health screening visits to all full-time undergraduate students.
 
Residence Hall Visitor Policy Monitoring
 
We have received many questions regarding visitation between residence halls, and wanted to provide some additional details about that policy. As indicated in the details of our current operational level, the COVID-19 monitoring team will monitor the visitation policy between residence halls and assess weekly with the ability to limit visitation based on campus conditions.

The monitoring team considers two criteria in its assessment – wastewater surveillance results and compliance with the Cardinal Health and Safety Pledge in residence halls. At this time, due to the criteria we consider we must continue to restrict visitation between halls. We will review this on a weekly basis and report each Tuesday for the following week.

Operational Level Status

The yellow circle indicates the the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

Visit the Fall 2020 at Fisher website for more information about our Operational Levels.

We are in our fifth week of classes together and we are remaining healthy, safe, and together on campus. This continues to be a true community effort, and we appreciate everyone’s collaboration to ensure a full and productive fall semester.
 
COVID-19 Monitoring Team

 

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Students: 9/22/20

September 22, 2020 - Update for Students

Dear Students,
 
Thank to those of you who joined us for our COVID-19 Monitoring Team student session last Friday afternoon. You had good questions, and we hope we provided you with some clarity. We appreciate your interest and attention, as well as your patience, as we continue to navigate this semester together. We will have additional sessions in the coming weeks, and would like to find a time that is most convenient to the majority of students. Please let us know what those times might be by filling out this brief survey.
 

 
Impact Page
 
Last week, we shared with you that New York State would be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics daily, similar to what they have done for the K-12 system. We submitted our first set of data on September 15, and the report card is now live on the .
 
Moving forward, we will link to our report card from our Impact page to provide you with our publicly reported data.
 
To search for other colleges and universities, you can access all PLEASE NOTE: To search for Fisher, you must search St John Fisher College – with no period after “St.”
 
Need Assistance?
 
We know that the ongoing effects of this pandemic are impacting the mental health of many individuals. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit  for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 
 
As a reminder, several weeks ago, the College launched , providing 24/7 free, immediate, and unlimited access to medical and mental health screening visits to all full-time undergraduate students.
 
Residence Hall Visitor Policy Monitoring
 
We have received many questions regarding visitation between residence halls, and wanted to provide some additional details about that policy. As indicated in the details of our current operational level, the COVID-19 monitoring team will monitor the visitation policy between residence halls and assess weekly with the ability to limit visitation based on campus conditions.

The monitoring team considers two criteria in its assessment – wastewater surveillance results and compliance with the Cardinal Health and Safety Pledge in residence halls. At this time, due to the criteria we consider we must continue to restrict visitation between halls. We will review this on a weekly basis and report each Tuesday for the following week.

Operational Level Status

The yellow circle indicates the the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

Visit the Fall 2020 at Fisher website for more information about our Operational Levels.

We are in our fifth week of classes together and we are remaining healthy, safe, and together on campus. This continues to be a true community effort, and we appreciate everyone’s collaboration to ensure a full and productive fall semester.
 
COVID-19 Monitoring Team

 

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Employees: 9/22/20

September 22, 2020 - Update for Employees

沙巴体育滚球Dear Colleagues,

Last week, we shared with you that New York State would be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics daily, similar to what they have done for the K-12 system. We submitted our first set of data on September 15, 2020, and the report card is now live on the .

Moving forward, we will link to our report card from our Impact page to provide you with our publicly reported data.

To search for other colleges and universities, or to see how K-12 schools in your area are doing, you can access all PLEASE NOTE: To search for Fisher, you must search St John Fisher College – with no period after “St.”

Upcoming Campus Conversation

沙巴体育滚球 for our next Campus Conversation with President Rooney and the COVID-19 Monitoring Team on at 11 a.m. on  Thursday, Oct. 1. Once again, we are requesting that participants submit questions ahead of time so we can address as many as possible while we are together.

Need Assistance?

We know that the ongoing effects of this pandemic are impacting the mental health of many individuals. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline 沙巴体育滚球 at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit  for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 

Operational Level Status

The yellow circle indicates the the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

Visit the Fall 2020 at Fisher website for more information about our Operational Levels.

We are in our fifth week of classes together and we are remaining healthy, safe, and together on campus. This continues to be a true community effort, and we appreciate everyone’s collaboration to ensure a full and productive fall semester.
 
COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/15/20

September 15, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Updated Confirmed Cases

Last Thursday, we received confirmation of our second positive case on campus. We continue to receive questions about the Impact page, and how we are reporting cases. As well, we recently received more clarification on the state guidelines regarding the 14-day infection rate on college campuses. The guidelines read, in part:

“Beginning with the 14-day period starting August 28, 2020 to September 11, 2020, whenever the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population – inclusive of students, faculty, and staff – of a higher education institution location test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the location must immediately (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days.

After the 14-day period, the local health department(s) where the higher education institution is located shall evaluate the institution’s efforts to contain COVID-19 transmission at such location. If the local health department(s), in consultation with DOH, determines that the institution has demonstrated that community spread of COVID-19 has been effectively contained, the location shall be authorized to reopen for in-person learning.”

Based on the state’s discrete definition of 14-day periods, we will be monitoring and reporting within those discrete 14-day periods. Per the information above, the state’s first defined 14-day period was August 28, 2020 to September 11, 2020. Within that period, our confirmed case count was 2.

We are now monitoring and reporting the next discrete 14-day period – September 12, 2020 to September 25, 2020 – which, so far, has 0 new confirmed cases. The website沙巴体育滚球 has been updated to reflect these periods.

沙巴体育滚球Earlier today, we learned that the state will be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics. Once we have more details, we will share with the community and incorporate into our Impact page.

Keep Up the Good Work

Our operational level remains at a Level 1/Yellow (low) and we continue to see compliance with our new protocols and policies. We appreciate the level of attention and care that this community is exhibiting; as we have said all along, we are in this together, and the more we collaborate to keep each other healthy and safe, the more we can ensure a full and productive fall semester.

Campus Conversation for Students and Families: 9/10/20

A Campus Conversation via Zoom hosted by members of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team was held at Thursday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. We shared more information about our community mitigation efforts followed by a Q&A.

September 10, 2020 Family Campus Conversation [pdf]

Campus Conversation for Faculty and Staff: 8/12/20

This session invited faculty and staff to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for a  Campus Conversation to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

September 10, 2020 Campus Conversation [pdf]

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 9/8/20

September 8, 2020 - Update for Families

The message below was sent to your students earlier today.

As well, we invite you to join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, for a Campus Conversation via Zoom hosted by members of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team. We will share with you more information about our community mitigation efforts and have time for Q&A.

If you are interested, please register no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. A Zoom link will be sent to you by 3 p.m. the day of the session.


The College has updated our response to student behaviors related to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic based on a small number of incidents involving risky behaviors we have addressed in the first two weeks of the semester.

Going forward, students who are involved in alleged conduct violations involving occupancy policies (on-campus) and/or local and state guidance on gatherings (on- and off-campus), in combination with the failure to maintain social distancing and not masking, will be removed from campus on an interim basis and required to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days.  Please note: negative COVID-19 test results will not shorten the self-quarantine as the self-quarantine timeframe is based on the incubation period of COVID-19 and when an individual would be expected to become symptomatic after a possible exposure.  Students will be expected to make their own off-campus arrangements at their expense.

A student who is removed from campus to self-quarantine will not be allowed on campus at any time and will attend classes as remote learners during the 14 days.  Faculty will be notified of the student’s transition to temporary remote learner via FisherLink and the student will receive a copy of the notice. 

The student will receive communication from the Office of Student Conduct regarding the next steps in the conduct process to address the alleged violations.  The student conduct meeting will be scheduled as soon as feasible, but the conclusion of the meeting does not mean the student will be released from their self-quarantine any earlier than 14 days.

This is the FisherLink flag language that your faculty and staff support network will receive in these instances (you will also receive a copy):
‌NAME is a student enrolled in a class with you this semester.  This is to notify you they have been removed from campus on an interim basis.  They are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and therefore may not be on campus at any time.  The student has been instructed to continue taking classes remotely and will consult syllabi regarding accessing their courses.  If the student does attend your class in person, please notify Safety & Security at 585-385-8025. When there is a change in the student's status this flag will be cleared and you will be notified.

This is the FisherLink flag language that your faculty and staff support network will receive for quarantine/isolation scenarios that are not conduct-related (you will also receive a copy):
沙巴体育滚球 NAME is quarantining or isolating.  This means that the student may not be on campus at any time and will switch to participating in classes remotely.  The student will consult syllabi regarding accessing courses remotely. Please do not clear this flag yourself. When the student can return to campus, this flag will be cleared by Student Affairs and you will receive an email. 

Updated FAQs

We have received several questions and have been working to respond. We are also in the process of updating the FAQ section on our website. Please continue to send questions to fisheralert@bennygallagher.com and we will do our best to answer your questions in a timely manner.

Q. Can you please provide some information about the screening tools you are using? How is the wastewater testing done? What type of saliva testing is being used and why are results considered suspicious but not positive?
The College completed baseline wastewater sampling before students’ return to campus and will conduct surveillance twice weekly, throughout the fall semester. The wastewater is collected through an automated system over a 24-hour period, and samples are sent to a laboratory that looks for traces of the virus.

The team is looking at three levels of detection: not detected, detected but not quantitated, and detected and quantitated. Based on the level, the College would either maintain or heighten universal precautions (mask wearing, social distancing, etc.) in place, increase protocols and other mitigation efforts, or engage in repeat sample testing.

At the third level, the College will conduct saliva-based surveillance of resident students. That procedure, which offers a rapid response turnaround and is less invasive than nasal swabs, will take place at a laboratory located in the School of Pharmacy. Students deposit their saliva into a test tube, which are collected from the residence halls and delivered to the pharmacy lab for analysis. The samples cannot confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 diagnosis, but rather offer an indication the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA.

Q. How long will it take for you to receive the saliva test results? What is the reason for the duration?
The timeframe of the saliva surveillance results can take anywhere from 24-48 hours depending on the volume of testing.  Students are notified by members of the Division of Student Affairs in the following ways:  we contact by phone those that need to isolate and have a COVID test first, then those that need to quarantine. We email those that do not need any further testing.

Q.  What if my student’s sample indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA?
Your student will be required to isolate of campus and have an actual test for COVID-19 (nasopharyngeal swab).
 
Q. Who is notified when a positive COVID-19 case is found on campus?
The College will continue to update the COVID-19 Impact page with the number of positive cases on campus.

When a student, faculty, or staff person has a positive test they are isolated off campus.  The positive person will work with a contact tracer on campus or from the Monroe County, depending on if they are a resident student or a commuting student/faculty or staff member, to determine who they had close contact with.  Then the contact tracer contacts those persons, typically by phone. 

Quarantining

Q.  My student has to quarantine on campus. What do I need to know?

  • Food: Food will be delivered to your student’s room.  They will receive 3 meals per day.  We report any food allergies they have previously disclosed to Fisher Dining.  If they want to double check or tell Fisher Dining about any allergies or sensitivities, please email fisherdining@bennygallagher.com
  • Support: A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center is available to your student while they are in quarantine. They can contact the Health and Wellness Center at 585-385-8280.  They can also contact, our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.
  • Laundry: If they have an urgent need to do laundry, we have set up an appointment system.  Students must wear their mask to, from, and within the laundry room.  They must clean the machines off after using them with the cleaning supplies provided.  
  • Classes: While they are quarantining, they will attend all classes remotely. They should consult their syllabus about remote learning for each of their classes. Faculty are notified through FisherLink the student is required to be in quarantine and the student receives a copy of the notice.
  • Mail and Packages: If students have a package or mail they need urgently, they should email mholmes@bennygallagher.com and we arrange to have it delivered to the student (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm).
  • Trash: If a student needs to take their trash out they may do so as long as they are wearing your mask, and go right to the garbage/recycling and right back to their room.
  • Dropping Things Off: If you want to drop something off for your student, please label it and bring it to the Safety and Security Desk in Haffey Hall.  It will be delivered to your student. 

Q. Can my quarantining student leave their room and go outside/leave campus?
Outside of trash and laundry, students are required to stay in their rooms at all times.  If they are found outside of their room during their quarantine, they be required to quarantine off campus.

Q. How will my student know when their quarantine is done?
Your student will receive a call, or an email if we cannot connect with them by phone, when their quarantine is over.  We will also communicate with faculty when cleared to return to campus through FisherLink.  Your student will receive a copy of this notice.

Isolation

Q.  My student was told they need to isolate off campus because their saliva screening indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA, what are the next steps?
Students will need to isolate off campus until they can be tested for COVID-19 using molecular testing (nasopharyngeal swab) and the test results are reviewed. While they are isolating they should stay home, stay 6 feet from any other person, wear their mask, wash their hands, and make sure they are cleaning all surfaces. 

Q.  Can my student isolate on campus?
No, isolating is done off campus.  Although we know it can be inconvenient, we expect that local students who can go home to go home.   We have a limited amount of spaces off campus for isolation and they prioritized for students from beyond 3 hours, out of state or international or our students who have family at home who are medically compromised.

Q.  Isolation is off campus but are from out of state, abroad, or have a medically compromised family member living in the home.  What do we do?
We have a limited number of spaces off campus in which students can isolate.  If your student is from out of state, abroad or has a medically compromised family member living in the home we will arrange for an off campus option.  If they do not have a car on campus, we will transport the student off campus.  Your student will receive 3 meals per day while they are off campus.  If they leave their room during the isolation period, you will be contacted and you will need to make alternate arrangements for them/take them home.
 
Q. What about classes while my student is in isolation?
While they are quarantining, they will attend all classes remotely. They should consult their syllabus about remote learning for each of their classes. Faculty are notified through FisherLink the student is required to be in quarantine and the student receives a copy of the notice.

Q.  What support is my student getting during isolation?
A care coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center will check in with your while they are in isolation.  For additional support, they can also contact , our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.

If a student is isolating at our off campus location, they will be monitored by our Health and Wellness Staff and/or our partners at Rochester Regional Health depending on their condition.

Q. If Fisher shuts down all facilities and students are to return home, what is the plan if a student tested positive for COVID and is isolating?
The student would continue to isolate off campus until we are told that it is safe for them to return to their home community.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/8/20

September 8, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Colleagues,

The College has updated our response to student behaviors related to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic based on a small number of incidents involving risky behaviors we have addressed in the first two weeks of the semester.

Going forward, students who are involved in alleged conduct violations involving occupancy policies (on-campus) and/or local and state guidance on gatherings (on- and off-campus), in combination with the failure to maintain social distancing and not masking, will be removed from campus on an interim basis and required to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days.  Please note: negative COVID-19 test results will not shorten the self-quarantine as the self-quarantine timeframe is based on the incubation period of COVID-19 and when an individual would be expected to become symptomatic after a possible exposure.  Students will be expected to make their own off-campus arrangements at their expense.

沙巴体育滚球A student who is removed from campus to self-quarantine will not be allowed on campus at any time and will attend classes as remote learners during the 14 days.  Faculty will be notified of the student’s transition to temporary remote learner via FisherLink and the student will receive a copy of the notice. 

The student will receive communication from the Office of Student Conduct regarding the next steps in the conduct process to address the alleged violations.  The student conduct meeting will be scheduled as soon as feasible, but the conclusion of the meeting does not mean the student will be released from their self-quarantine any earlier than 14 days.

This is the FisherLink flag language that you will receive in these instances:

NAME is a student enrolled in a class with you this semester.  This is to notify you they have been removed from campus on an interim basis.  They are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and therefore may not be on campus at any time.  The student has been instructed to continue taking classes remotely and will consult syllabi regarding accessing their courses.  If the student does attend your class in person, please notify the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025. When there is a change in the student’s status this flag will be cleared and you will be notified.

This is the FisherLink flag language that you will receive for quarantine/isolation scenarios that are not conduct-related:

NAME is quarantining or isolating.  This means that the student may not be on campus at any time and will switch to participating in classes remotely.  The student will consult syllabi regarding accessing courses remotely.  Please do not clear this flag yourself. When the student can return to campus, this flag will be cleared by Student Affairs and you will receive an email. 

Thanks for your continuing cooperation with the Daily Pass, our protocols and policies, and our community mitigation efforts.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 9/6/20

September 6, 2020 - Update for Families

沙巴体育滚球The message below was shared with your students earlier this morning. This Thursday, Sept. 10, we will hold a Campus Conversation for families at 5 p.m. Watch for registration details in the coming days.

If you have questions, please email fisheralert@bennygallagher.com.


沙巴体育滚球Dear Members of the Campus Community,

We have completed our initial saliva surveillance with residents in impacted buildings following a trace amount of SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) through wastewater surveillance. We will continue to use wastewater and saliva surveillance as community mitigation tools throughout the semester and take appropriate action as we receive results. Each week, we collect two samples from four residential areas. We think that it is important to clarify the relevant terminology and processes that have been followed this week and that will be followed as the semester progresses.

What did we learn from the wastewater surveillance?

Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our four residential area samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. The results of the most recent wastewater surveillance were consistent with the previous surveillance and we continued our process of targeted saliva surveillance.

What is the difference between saliva surveillance and a COVID-19 test?

The saliva surveillance process is not a diagnostic test. Signals detected in a saliva sample indicates that the individual needs to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The process of saliva surveillance – from collection to screening – takes approximately 24-48 hours.

The nasopharyngeal (NP) swab is the most reliable test to date and is required of our students if a signal is detected in a saliva sample. Depending on where individuals obtain the NP swab, completed result times can vary.  We are working with Rochester Regional Health to standardize the testing location and timeframe for students needing the COVID-19 test as a result of saliva surveillance.

What happens if a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test?

沙巴体育滚球If a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test, they are required to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. If a COVID-19 test (or NP swab), is positive, the student is directed to notify the Health and Wellness Center and isolate off campus. They may choose to do so at home or at a nearby hotel with College assistance. 

When does someone ?

沙巴体育滚球Individuals must if they might have been exposed to the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Those with possible exposure will be required to quarantine either on- or off-campus, depending on the circumstances. If quarantining due to exposure to someone who tested positive, the person will remain in quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

沙巴体育滚球This week, out of an abundance of caution, roommates and suitemates of students who were required to obtain a COVID-19 test due to saliva surveillance were also quarantined, but they themselves were not required to obtain a COVID-19 test. In this case, if the student’s COVID-19 test is negative, all students in that suite can return to campus and in-person class.

When must someone ?

沙巴体育滚球Individuals must if they test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or are presumed positive by a health care provider due to symptoms.

Students whose saliva sample indicated the need for a COVID-19 test are also required to isolate off-campus.

How is the College handling COVID-19 conduct-related matters?

The College is also requiring students who have had an alleged conduct violation that involves possible exposure to COVID due to gatherings that did not meet College policies (including social distancing, wearing masks, etc.), on or off campus, to remain off campus until they provide a negative test for COVID-19. We will also respond with our normal student code of conduct process. If egregious, students will not be allowed to return to campus until their conduct process concludes. Faculty are notified via FisherLink to let them know the student will not be in class due to an alleged conduct violation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period.

What are the steps taken by the College when a residential student must quarantine or isolate?

Based on what we are learning through the wastewater and saliva surveillance, the Daily Pass or contact tracing, when a residential student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • A member of the Student Affairs staff calls the student to let them know they have been identified as someone who must quarantine or isolate and discusses why.
  • The staff works with the student to determine whether they will quarantine on or off-campus, depending on individual circumstance. Students who need to isolate are required to isolate off campus and Student Affairs works with students to determine whether they return home or go to the hotel.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.
  • Fisher Dining is delivering meals three times a day to students in quarantine or isolation whether they are on- or off-campus.
  • If a student is sick with COVID-19, they are supported by our Health and Wellness Center and Rochester Regional Health.

What are the steps taken by the College when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate?

沙巴体育滚球Based on what we are learning through the Daily Pass or Monroe County Department of Public Health, when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • The staff works with the student to understand where they will quarantine or isolate off-campus, depending on individual circumstance.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.

When does the contact tracing process begin?

Contact tracing begins with a positive COVID-19 test or if someone is presumed positive by a health care provider, in partnership with the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Only those with a possible exposure (close contacts) are contacted when someone in the community tests positive. Again, a close contact is defined as:

  • Had contact with the positive individual for 10 minutes for longer
  • Contact was in a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • Contact was within a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

We have heard about more than one positive case, but the dashboard only reflects one. Why?

To date, only one COVID-19 positive case is confirmed with the College. Saliva surveillance results are not equivalent to a positive COVID-19 test. Rather, a signal in a saliva surveillance sample indicates the need for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 by NP swab. It is important to remember the saliva surveillance is not a diagnostic test.

What if my residence hall was not impacted by the surveillance?

Wastewater surveillance is just one way that we are monitoring the virus on campus. Even if the surveillance showed no viral shed in your buildings wastewater to date, it is still crucial to continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear your mask, and practice good hand hygiene.

We would like to thank all of the students impacted this week for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this process. We also wish to express our gratitude to the staff and faculty who supported our students this week: Al Camp and Dr. Todd Camenisch, who are leading the wastewater surveillance; and all staff members in Residential Life, Fisher Dining, the Health and Wellness Center, and Safety and Security.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

As we always say, we are a community that takes care of one another. And in this dynamic and swift-moving time, we have proven that time and again. Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/6/20

September 6, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

We have completed our initial saliva surveillance with residents in impacted buildings following a trace amount of SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) through wastewater surveillance. We will continue to use wastewater and saliva surveillance as community mitigation tools throughout the semester and take appropriate action as we receive results. Each week, we collect two samples from four residential areas. We think that it is important to clarify the relevant terminology and processes that have been followed this week and that will be followed as the semester progresses.

What did we learn from the wastewater surveillance?

Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our four residential area samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. The results of the most recent wastewater surveillance were consistent with the previous surveillance and we continued our process of targeted saliva surveillance.

What is the difference between saliva surveillance and a COVID-19 test?

The saliva surveillance process is not a diagnostic test. Signals detected in a saliva sample indicates that the individual needs to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The process of saliva surveillance – from collection to screening – takes approximately 24-48 hours.

The nasopharyngeal (NP) swab is the most reliable test to date and is required of our students if a signal is detected in a saliva sample. Depending on where individuals obtain the NP swab, completed result times can vary.  We are working with Rochester Regional Health to standardize the testing location and timeframe for students needing the COVID-19 test as a result of saliva surveillance.

What happens if a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test?

沙巴体育滚球If a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test, they are required to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. If a COVID-19 test (or NP swab), is positive, the student is directed to notify the Health and Wellness Center and isolate off campus. They may choose to do so at home or at a nearby hotel with College assistance. 

When does someone ?

Individuals must if they might have been exposed to the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Those with possible exposure will be required to quarantine either on- or off-campus, depending on the circumstances. If quarantining due to exposure to someone who tested positive, the person will remain in quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

This week, out of an abundance of caution, roommates and suitemates of students who were required to obtain a COVID-19 test due to saliva surveillance were also quarantined, but they themselves were not required to obtain a COVID-19 test. In this case, if the student’s COVID-19 test is negative, all students in that suite can return to campus and in-person class.

When must someone ?

沙巴体育滚球Individuals must if they test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or are presumed positive by a health care provider due to symptoms.

沙巴体育滚球Students whose saliva sample indicated the need for a COVID-19 test are also required to isolate off-campus.

How is the College handling COVID-19 conduct-related matters?

The College is also requiring students who have had an alleged conduct violation that involves possible exposure to COVID due to gatherings that did not meet College policies (including social distancing, wearing masks, etc.), on or off campus, to remain off campus until they provide a negative test for COVID-19. We will also respond with our normal student code of conduct process. If egregious, students will not be allowed to return to campus until their conduct process concludes. Faculty are notified via FisherLink to let them know the student will not be in class due to an alleged conduct violation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period.

What are the steps taken by the College when a residential student must quarantine or isolate?

沙巴体育滚球Based on what we are learning through the wastewater and saliva surveillance, the Daily Pass or contact tracing, when a residential student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • A member of the Student Affairs staff calls the student to let them know they have been identified as someone who must quarantine or isolate and discusses why.
  • The staff works with the student to determine whether they will quarantine on or off-campus, depending on individual circumstance. Students who need to isolate are required to isolate off campus and Student Affairs works with students to determine whether they return home or go to the hotel.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.
  • Fisher Dining is delivering meals three times a day to students in quarantine or isolation whether they are on- or off-campus.
  • If a student is sick with COVID-19, they are supported by our Health and Wellness Center and Rochester Regional Health.

What are the steps taken by the College when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate?

沙巴体育滚球Based on what we are learning through the Daily Pass or Monroe County Department of Public Health, when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • The staff works with the student to understand where they will quarantine or isolate off-campus, depending on individual circumstance.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.

When does the contact tracing process begin?

Contact tracing begins with a positive COVID-19 test or if someone is presumed positive by a health care provider, in partnership with the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Only those with a possible exposure (close contacts) are contacted when someone in the community tests positive. Again, a close contact is defined as:

  • Had contact with the positive individual for 10 minutes for longer
  • Contact was in a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • Contact was within a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

We have heard about more than one positive case, but the dashboard only reflects one. Why?

沙巴体育滚球To date, only one COVID-19 positive case is confirmed with the College. Saliva surveillance results are not equivalent to a positive COVID-19 test. Rather, a signal in a saliva surveillance sample indicates the need for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 by NP swab. It is important to remember the saliva surveillance is not a diagnostic test.

What if my residence hall was not impacted by the surveillance?

Wastewater surveillance is just one way that we are monitoring the virus on campus. Even if the surveillance showed no viral shed in your buildings wastewater to date, it is still crucial to continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear your mask, and practice good hand hygiene.

We would like to thank all of the students impacted this week for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this process. We also wish to express our gratitude to the staff and faculty who supported our students this week: Al Camp and Dr. Todd Camenisch, who are leading the wastewater surveillance; and all staff members in Residential Life, Fisher Dining, the Health and Wellness Center, and Safety and Security.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

As well, we will host a Campus Conversation this Thursday at 3:30 on Zoom to share additional information and answer questions you may have. Registration details are forthcoming in our Tuesday update.

As we always say, we are a community that takes care of one another. And in this dynamic and swift-moving time, we have proven that time and again. Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community and Families: 9/3/20

September 3, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community and Families

We write to inform you of our first confirmed COVID-19 case on campus. The individual is isolating off campus, and we will continue to follow all county and College protocols.

The contact tracing process has also begun in order to identify possible close contacts. As a reminder, a close contact is defined as someone who:

  • Had contact with the positive individual for 10 minutes or longer
  • Contact was in a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • Contact was within a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

Per College policy, if a student tests positive, the College’s care coordinators, Health and Wellness Center, Center for Career and Academic Planning, and Rochester Regional Health System will provide support depending upon the student’s needs throughout the duration of the isolation period.

Moving forward, the campus community can stay apprised of positive cases within our on-campus population on the COVID-19 Impact page. As the state requires, our total “on-campus population includes all students, faculty, and staff who are on the campus location, including those students living on campus and those attending class on campus, as well as all staff and faculty working on campus.” Therefore, those employees working remotely and those students learning remotely for the semester would not be included in our case count. The Impact page will also track our operational level (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn new information.

沙巴体育滚球As a reminder, we will issue weekly updates every Tuesday to share health and safety reminders and any new information we may have.

Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community and Families: 9/2/20

September 2, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community and Families

沙巴体育滚球As announced on Monday, the College has been conducting saliva screenings of residential students from the residential area that showed a trace amount of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA through wastewater surveillance.

We are at the mid-way point of our saliva screenings, and initial results have led to the need for some students to obtain a COVID-19 test – nasopharyngeal (NP) swab. Those students are either isolated or in the process of isolating off campus or at home. They will remain off campus until their test results are returned. In addition, their roommates will be in quarantine until the test results are returned. While these students are in isolation or quarantine, they are able to attend classes remotely. 

As the COVID-19 Impact沙巴体育滚球 page indicates, our confirmed case count remains at zero. The wastewater surveillance and saliva screening process are not diagnostic tests. The benefit of these screenings is that they provide early indicators of the virus and allow the time to take swift actions including isolation and NP testing, mitigating the spread on campus. We anticipate the saliva screenings to be completed by the end of this week.

The Health and Wellness Center staff are providing support to the students. Faculty and others in the students’ support network have been or will be notified via FisherLink. If their COVID-19 test is positive, they will follow College policy which states that a “person who tests positive or is presumed positive must isolate for 10 days after a positive test or until their medical provider clears them to return.” Once the students are cleared to return to campus or classes, another notification will be sent via FisherLink.

If and when we have our initial confirmed positive case, we will communicate via Fisher Alert to the campus community. Subsequent cases will be reported on the COVID-19 Impact page.

We cannot stress enough the responsibility we all share in our mitigation efforts. It is crucial that all members of the campus community continue to wear a mask, socially distance, use good hand hygiene, and complete the seven days a week, whether or not you will be on campus.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

August

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 8/31/20

August 31, 2020 - Update for Families

沙巴体育滚球Dear Fisher families,

The message below was shared with your students earlier today. If you have questions, please email fisheralert@bennygallagher.com.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

  • Dr. Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, chair of committee
  • Dr. Eileen Lynd-Balta, associate provost
  • Al Camp, fire and life safety officer
  • Dave DiCaro, director of safety and security
  • Dr. Tricia Gatlin, dean, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Dr. Heather McGrane-Minton, assistant professor, nursing
  • Russ Reynolds, associate director of safety and security
  • Kate Torok, director of marketing and communications
  • Dr. Theresa Westbay, associate professor, biology

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

沙巴体育滚球As previously shared, the College is conducting wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 in all of our residence halls as an efficient pooled community sample. We have collected samples four times from four residential areas: Keough/Upper Quad; Murphy; Founders/Michaelhouse; and Ward/Haffey/Dorsey/Murray. The first two baseline samples taken prior to the students’ arrival, as well as the first sample taken after they moved in, were all negative.

沙巴体育滚球Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our hall samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. We will contact the residential students in the impacted buildings today to begin the next step in our surveillance process, which includes collecting saliva samples. The saliva surveillance will help determine if any students in the residence halls need to be tested for COVID-19. This process will be led by several members of our health sciences faculty and members of Safety and Security. Per the protocol, should any individuals require testing, they will be notified and asked to isolate until they have their test results. We are also increasing cleaning in the impacted areas.

Wastewater surveillance is a new public health tool being used to understand COVID-19 spread in a community and is a very good early warning system. To be clear, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, it is inevitable that we will have cases in our community and this tool will allow us to have an early start on mitigating the spread of the virus on campus. It is crucial that all members of the campus community continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and use good hand hygiene. If you do those things consistently, you should have no cause for concern.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

沙巴体育滚球Beginning next week, we will issue weekly updates to campus every Tuesday to share health and safety reminders and any new information we may have.

Please continue to complete the  seven days a week, whether or not you will be on campus. Your compliance with this process is invaluable to our risk mitigation efforts.

沙巴体育滚球Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 8/31/20

August 31, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

沙巴体育滚球As previously shared, the College is conducting wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 in all of our residence halls as an efficient pooled community sample. We have collected samples four times from four residential areas: Keough/Upper Quad; Murphy; Founders/Michaelhouse; and Ward/Haffey/Dorsey/Murray. The first two baseline samples taken prior to the students’ arrival, as well as the first sample taken after they moved in, were all negative.

Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our hall samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. We will contact the residential students in the impacted buildings today to begin the next step in our surveillance process, which includes collecting saliva samples. The saliva surveillance will help determine if any students in the residence halls need to be tested for COVID-19. This process will be led by several members of our health sciences faculty and members of Safety and Security. Per the protocol, should any individuals require testing, they will be notified and asked to isolate until they have their test results. We are also increasing cleaning in the impacted areas.

沙巴体育滚球Wastewater surveillance is a new public health tool being used to understand COVID-19 spread in a community and is a very good early warning system. To be clear, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, it is inevitable that we will have cases in our community and this tool will allow us to have an early start on mitigating the spread of the virus on campus. It is crucial that all members of the campus community continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and use good hand hygiene. If you do those things consistently, you should have no cause for concern.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

Beginning next week, we will issue weekly updates to campus every Tuesday to share health and safety reminders and any new information we may have.

Please continue to complete the  seven days a week, whether or not you will be on campus. Your compliance with this process is invaluable to our risk mitigation efforts.

Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 8/25/20

August 25, 2020 - Update for Students and Families

沙巴体育滚球Welcome home Cardinals! Move-in and Orientation weekend was a smooth success – we are so glad to have you back. We hope you had a good first day of classes, and that you are navigating our new norm well.

Kudos to all – we have been so pleased to see face coverings properly worn and worn in compliance with our policy, social distancing, and of course, all of you on campus again. Thank you for your cooperation as we kicked off the academic year, and thank you for your continued collaboration to ensure that we all remain safe, healthy, and together on campus this semester.

While this will be our last official Campus Reopening Task Force update, we have transitioned our reopening website to a Fall 2020 at Fisher website where you should continue to refer for the most updated information. We will also continue to receive questions via the “Submit a Question” button on the site, so if you do have questions, we encourage you to submit those and we will work to respond in a timely manner.

沙巴体育滚球It has been a long stretch of time without you on campus, and we truly are better when we are together. Thank you for staying informed and for doing your part to reopen our campus. We wish you the best this fall!

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

Daily Pass Reminder

All students and employees are now required to complete the Daily Pass seven days a week, whether or not they will be on campus.

The only individuals who are not沙巴体育滚球 required to complete the Daily Pass are those students who will be fully online for the semester and employees who will be working remotely for the fall semester. Graduate students at our Iona College and Onondaga Community College extension sites are also exempt from the Daily Pass and should follow those campus’ protocols.

You will receive daily email reminders through the first month of classes. But, as a quick how-to reminder:

  • Complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to your arrival on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.). For residential students, please complete the Daily Pass before you leave your room.
  • You will receive either a “GO” directive allowing you on campus or a “STOP” directive telling you what to do next, based on your answers to a series of screening questions. If you receive a “STOP” directive, your pass will be locked for 14 days. It is imperative that you follow the next steps and visit the Health and Wellness Center, who will work with you to determine if you can return to campus or next steps.
  • In addition, as you travel across campus for classes, meals, or other activities, you will see signage with a QR code in each location. Students will also be required to check-in at each location; this will assist the College in the event that the contact tracing process is initiated. You will also have the option to check-in manually.

沙巴体育滚球The pass can be found on our Campus Reopening website, and students will see a reminder in the my.bennygallagher.com portal for the first month of classes. We will send an email daily for the first month of classes and campus signage will also help serve as a reminder.

沙巴体育滚球So far, so good! Keep it up!

COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form

沙巴体育滚球As we have said repeatedly, we all have a role to play in ensuring that we can remain on campus this semester. That includes compliance with our new policies and guidelines. If students need to report disruptive or non-compliant situations, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025. Students may also submit information online using the .

Cardinal Shop – Bookstore

The Cardinal Shop is ready to start accepting appointments for students to come into the bookstore to pick up your online orders.  These are set at 15 slots every 20 minutes. The link to set the appointment is below.

  • You must have received an order confirmation email that your order is ready to pick up. It can take two forms. First, if you originally ordered it to be shipped and you received an email confirming shipment, the tracking number will have the words “pickupatbookstore.” If you ordered with the option to pick up at the bookstore, the confirmation email will say your order is ready to pick up at the bookstore. Within the email will be your box number. 
  • You need your box number when you use the scheduler. When you make your appointment, you will enter your name and email. In the comment space, enter your box number.
  • Please do not make an appointment if you have not received a confirmation that your order is ready for you. If your order is not ready, you will have to reschedule after you receive confirmation that your order is ready. In addition, please arrive near the beginning of your time slot as we are limited to 15 people in the store. Each group of 15 must go through within the 20 minute timespan.

Student Mask Distribution Reminder for Commuter Students

As a reminder, returning commuters, and those new commuters who could not attend orientation, can pick up their masks in the lobby of the Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building and Wegmans School of Nursing today from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

沙巴体育滚球Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, masks for commuters will be available at the Campus Center Desk in the Campus Center.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Center

We have received some additional questions related to the use of our indoor and outdoor athletic and recreational facilities. We do have a draft reopening plan that will allow our campus community to access these facilities by appointment and with other health and safety guidelines in place. And while the Governor released initial guidelines last week for gyms across the state, we are awaiting final guidance. We hope to be in a position to share our reopening plan more broadly with campus by this weekend, and we appreciate your patience.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 8/25/20

August 25, 2020 - Update for Faculty and Staff

Welcome back! We hope the first day of classes was a successful one for you. Thanks to all who volunteered over the weekend for our Welcome Parade and to those who have been serving as Welcome Week volunteers. It takes a village, and we appreciate your help in creating the most welcoming environment we can for our new and returning students.

While this will be our last official Campus Reopening Task Force update, we have transitioned our reopening website to a Fall 2020 at Fisher website where you should continue to refer for the most updated information. We will also continue to receive questions via the “Submit a Question” button on the site, so if you do have questions, we encourage you to submit those and we will work to respond in a timely manner.

Thank you, sincerely, for your understanding and cooperation throughout our planning and as we kicked off the academic year, and thank you for your continued collaboration to ensure that we all remain safe, healthy, and together on campus this semester.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form

As we have said repeatedly, we all have a role to play in ensuring that we can remain on campus this semester. That includes compliance with our new policies and guidelines. If students need to report disruptive or non-compliant situations, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025. Students may also submit information online using the .

Daily Pass Reminder

All students and employees are now required to complete the Daily Pass seven days a week, whether or not they will be on campus.

The only individuals who are not required to complete the Daily Pass are those students who will be fully online for the semester and employees who will be working remotely for the fall semester. Graduate students at our Iona College and Onondaga Community College extension sites are also exempt from the Daily Pass and should follow those campus’ protocols.

沙巴体育滚球You will receive daily email reminders through the first month of classes. But, as a quick how-to reminder:

  • Complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to your arrival on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.). For residential students, please complete the Daily Pass before you leave your room.
  • You will receive either a “GO” directive allowing you on campus or a “STOP” directive telling you what to do next, based on your answers to a series of screening questions. If you receive a “STOP” directive, your pass will be locked for 14 days. It is imperative that you follow the next steps and visit the Health and Wellness Center, who will work with you to determine if you can return to campus or next steps.

We will be asking supervisors who monitor employee compliance to complete a Google form online and will email the form and instructions to you in the coming days. This will help us keep track of overall employee compliance as one of the key COVID campus indicators.

A Message to Students from Dr. Matha Thornton 8/22/20

August 22, 2020

沙巴体育滚球Dear Students,

沙巴体育滚球As we return to the Fisher campus, never have I had such anticipation for the beginning of a semester. There is no doubt this fall will be unlike any other semester you or I have ever experienced.

After numerous conversations and surveys, we know you want to be together on campus with your friends, enjoying the dining hall, learning with your faculty, and leading your clubs and organizations. And we have never worked harder to prepare for your return.

As we always say, we are a community with a shared responsibility to keep each other safe, and that sentiment has never been more important. It is now up to all of us to ensure that we can stay on campus together.

No doubt you are seeing on social media and in the news what is occurring on campuses across the country. Students are being selfish and reckless, threatening their classmates’ health and safety, and placing their ability to remain on campus in serious jeopardy. We believe being part of our community is a special privilege. We understand you will need to learn new habits and routines, and we will help each other as we adjust. But, if students show they are unwilling or unable to be responsible and care for one another, they will quickly lose their privilege to remain on our campus.

We have asked every member of the community to affirm their commitment to the Cardinal Health and Safety Pledge. By doing so, you agree to follow our new policies and protocols – all of which are in place for your health and safety. Attached is a Guide for Return to Campus which also includes a summary of what to expect this semester.

In response to the current circumstances, students will find some revisions to the Code of Conduct that reflect concern for public health directives and the health and safety of the community. Particularly for COVID-19 related issues or concerns, the Code of Conduct is a last resort for addressing non-compliance with College policies. Ultimately, we hope that you will self-monitor and intervene on an individual level to mitigate risky behaviors. This means that members of our community will remind each other to wear a mask, socially distance, and practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

However, if situations occur where an individual or gathering is unusually disruptive, or is putting others’ health and safety at risk, we will respond quickly. To address these situations, students will find updates to the Code of Conduct in two ways: 1. The addition of “compliance with public health directives” to existing prohibited conduct (e.g. failure to comply). This is to make it clear that in evaluating these potential violations of the Code of Conduct, we will consider the regulations and guidance from public health authorities; and 2. The addition of several College policies that pertain to practices that support the health and safety of our community. These policies are available on the Fall 2020 at Fisher website (http://bennygallagher.com/update/).

If you need to report disruptive or non-compliant situations, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025. You may also submit information online using the .

I believe this year, while different than what you initially expected, will have a profound impact on you and your learning. You will need to practice greater responsibility and show more empathy than students before you. Your decisions will impact others significantly.

沙巴体育滚球I have shared in numerous campus discussions with my colleagues both at Fisher and at other institutions throughout our summer planning that I am proud to be your dean of students and that I believe Fisher has the best student body with whom to face such a challenging time. There are many in our country who believe college students are not capable of the level of responsibility that will be required of you to take care of our community, but I do.

As I have shared with you throughout the summer, I promise to navigate this time beside you. Let’s come together to do the right thing, and to afford all the opportunity to learn and live on this campus. It’s what you asked for, it’s what we planned for, and it’s our collective goal.

I will have open office hours in FisherLink weekly. Please let me know how I can support you. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Take good care,

Matha
Matha Thornton, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Donald E. Bain Campus Center 585.385.8229

 

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 8/21/20

August 21, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

沙巴体育滚球What a day! We just finished welcoming the Class of 2024 to campus, and move-in went very smoothly. Thanks to all who took the time to be a part of our Welcome Parade. The energy from our Orientation team, faculty and staff volunteers, and our new Fisher families was palpable, and we are so happy to have people back on campus.

As we kick-off Orientation, we wanted to once again thank the members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for their diligent work in preparing for today. And to all who have rolled up their sleeves throughout the summer to do this hard work, we say thank you.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s session, we wanted to remind faculty of the notification process that is in place should a student need to quarantine or isolate and miss class. You will receive an email via FisherLink with the student’s name indicating that he/she is quarantining or isolating. This is the process the College will follow throughout the fall semester. When the student is cleared to return to campus, you will receive a follow-up notification.

Through our pre-arrival screening protocols, we did discover a small number of students who are now required to quarantine or isolate. So, some of you have received the notification emails via FisherLink. Remember, students will need to quarantine or isolate for various reasons including travel, possible exposure, or positive test. The messages received today are for students who have not yet arrived on campus, but who are required to isolate or quarantine at home before coming to campus.

沙巴体育滚球Enjoy the weekend. We look forward to seeing you on our first day of classes.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 8/18/20

August 18, 2020

Updates

Daily Pass

All students and employees will be required to complete the Daily Pass seven days a week, whether or not they will be on campus.

The only individuals who are not required to complete the Daily Pass are those students who will be fully online for the semester and employees who will be working remotely for the fall semester. Graduate students at our Iona College and Onondaga Community College are also exempt from the Daily Pass and should follow those campus’ protocols.

Complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to your arrival on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.). For residential students, please complete the Daily Pass before you leave your room.

You will receive either a “GO” directive allowing you on campus or a “STOP” directive telling you what to do next, based on your answers to a series of screening questions. If you receive a “STOP” directive, your pass will be locked for 14 days. It is imperative that you follow the next steps and visit the Health and Wellness Center, who will work with you to determine if you can return to campus.

沙巴体育滚球In addition, as you travel across campus for classes, meals, or other activities, you will see signage with a QR code in each location. Students will also be required to check-in at each location; this will assist the College in the event that the contact tracing process is initiated. You will also have the option to check-in manually.

Manual Check-In:

  • Login to website ()
  • Click on “Location Check-In”
  • Follow prompts for Area and Location selection
    • Currently manually enter area/location, will be updating to drop down selection

QR Code Check-In:

  • Will be displayed on various walls of each location
  • Open camera on phone, hold phone up to view QR Code, will prompt to route you to website, login via Fisher Portal, will log your location, click “Check In with QR Code”

沙巴体育滚球Student compliance will be reviewed by Student Affairs daily. All students will begin to be required to complete the pass beginning Friday, Aug. 21.

The pass can be found on our Campus Reopening website, and students will see a reminder in the my.bennygallagher.com portal for the first month of classes. We will send an email daily for the first month of classes and campus signage will also help serve as a reminder.

COVID-19 Training Course

As we transition to re-opening campus and resuming classes and activities, there is some important education that needs to take place regarding COVID-19. In order to accomplish this, we have made an online course available for all students and employees.

沙巴体育滚球To access the course:

  1. To , log in using your Fisher network credentials.
  2. Select the “COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention” course appropriate for you.
    • Note: students that are employees and employees that are students will see two COVID courses, one for students and one for employees. Select the one that is most appropriate for you. You only need to complete one.
  3. Complete the course (Approximately 20-25 minutes).

Students must complete the course before returning to campus. If you need technical assistance or have questions, please contact David Graupman, director of student conduct, at dgraupman@bennygallagher.com.

Wastewater Surveillance

Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, the College will conduct wastewater surveillance for our residential students. We completed baseline sampling before students’ return to campus and will continue to conduct surveillance weekly, throughout the fall semester. If there is an indication of COVID-19 viral shed in the wastewater, the College will use saliva surveillance on campus, led by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in collaboration with other health sciences faculty, to screen students in the area where the increase was detected. If the surveillance indicates a possible case, the student will be tested for COVID-19 with an FDA-approved, diagnostic test.

Welcome Days and Important Reminders

沙巴体育滚球In order to control the amount of traffic on-campus, students have been assigned times to arrive on campus on First-Year Student Welcome Day, Aug. 21 and on Upper Class Student Welcome Day, Aug. 23.

沙巴体育滚球We will ask everyone to remain in your car until you arrive outside of your building. When you get to the “Drop-Off Zone,” you will exit the car and enter the building. Only the student will be allowed to enter the building. There will be time for a quick goodbye hug and a picture, but we will aim to keep the traffic moving. For first-year students, Orientation programs begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

Questions? Email reslife@bennygallagher.com.

ID Photos

If you have not already, you must email an ID card photo to Safety and Security in advance of your arrival. Using your , email your headshot photo to ID@bennygallagher.com沙巴体育滚球 and use “last name, first name” as the subject line. In order for photos to be used as your ID, photos must have a neutral background and not include items that would obstruct your face (e.g. hats, sunglasses, masks, etc.).

It is required that you wear your ID when you are outside of your residence hall room. You will receive a lanyard when you arrive that is specific to your residence hall.

Visitors and Guests

沙巴体育滚球Per our Campus Access and Visitors Policy, visitors are restricted from campus for the fall semester. For the purpose of this policy, the term “visitor” refers to anyone who is not currently enrolled at or employed by St. John Fisher College. This includes family members or personal associates of students, faculty, and staff.

Students, please note the change regarding residence halls: for at least the first two weeks of the semester, there will be no visitors in the residence halls. This includes family, friends, and fellow residents from outside of your assigned building. Students may only visit each other within the individual residence hall to which they are assigned.

We continue to receive questions from families about whether they are able to be on-campus to drop items off for their student, or pick them up for a meal off-campus or to run an errand. The answer is yes. However, because access to the residence halls is restricted, they will have to meet you outside the building.

Important Items to Bring to Campus

Below are some important items for resident students to have this year:

  • A thermometer
  • A camp chair for studying and socializing outside
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Cleaning products

沙巴体育滚球A complete list of what to bring and what to leave home can be found on the Residential Life website.

Student Mask Distribution

沙巴体育滚球Undergraduate Students:

  • Resident students’ masks will be in their rooms when they arrive to start the year.
  • Commuters:
    • New First-Year and Transfer commuting students can pick up their masks at Orientation.
    • Returning commuters, and those who could not attend Orientation, can pick up their masks in the following Commuter Parking Lots on Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Lot A near the Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building, Lot F near the Wegmans School of Nursing, and Lot S near Founders Hall.
    • Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, masks for commuters will be available at the Campus Center Manager’s Desk.

Graduate Students:

  • DEXL students will receive their masks at their Orientation (new cohort) or their first class (returning cohort).
  • Pharmacy students will receive their masks from Pharmacy on Monday, Aug. 24.
  • Graduate students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business will get their masks in their first class.
  • Graduate Nursing /DNP students will receive theirs when they are on campus in their labs.
  • Graduate students in the mental health counseling program and in Weekend College will pick up their masks at their first class.

Student Services

Lavery Library

Lavery Library is open! Now through Sunday, Aug. 23, the library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 24. Please note: the library will require swipe access this semester, so be sure to have your Fisher ID.

沙巴体育滚球The library will be providing in-person and remote services. Similar to the classrooms and computer labs, the library has been set up to accommodate physical distancing and all campus policies will be followed. Students will have access to cleaning materials in order to wipe down their seating areas, just like in a classroom.

沙巴体育滚球For more information, visit the library website.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Center

沙巴体育滚球On Monday, Governor Cuomo released guidance regarding the reopening of gyms and recreational facilities. The College is developing plans to ensure a safe return to indoor and outdoor recreational activities. When these plans are finalized, details will be shared with the campus community.

Tutoring Services for Fall 2020

沙巴体育滚球In order to serve the needs of our students, the following tutoring services are available:

Accounting Tutoring

Supervisor, Jiayan Li, Accounting Department.
Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one assistance with all levels of accounting courses.

Chemistry Tutoring

Supervisor: Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Chemistry Department.
Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one and small group assistance with chemistry.

Finance Tutoring

Supervisor: Patricia Wollan, Finance Department.
沙巴体育滚球 Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one assistance with Finance 218, 315, 316, 336, 413, and Bloomberg Terminal.

Writing Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Undergraduate tutors assist students during all stages and aspects of the writing process. Professional assistance is also available for multilanguage learners and graduate students.

Tutoring Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Additional assistance is provided by undergraduate peer tutors for courses not encompassed by services listed above (e.g. biology, modern languages, psychology).

Math Center

Director: Anne Geraci, Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with all courses involving quantitative content, including mathematics, computer science, statistics, data science, and entry-level economics.

The College’s Online Math Center will open on Monday, Aug. 24. Guidelines for the Center include:

  • All tutoring appointments will be conducted online using Zoom.
  • In order to be well-prepared, students should be sure to have textbook and any other materials from class available.
  • Tutors will encourage students to complete their own assignments.
  • Tutors will help students understand the material, but students are still expected to prepare for and attend class. Tutors are not prepared to teach students material if they miss a class.
  • Once students are paired up with a tutor, they are encouraged to establish a standing appointment (e.g. every Thursday afternoon) with that tutor. Questions? Email mathcenter@bennygallagher.com.

To access any of the tutoring services, .

To recommend a student who is interested in tutoring, complete the and send to tnicolay@bennygallagher.com. For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Nicolay at (585) 385-8147 or tnicolay@bennygallagher.com.

Center for Academic Planning

In the interest of health and safety, the Center for Career and Academic Planning will offer virtual personal appointments via Zoom and in-person appointments by request. The Center’s regular hours remain unchanged: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Center will be staffed during those hours.

You can make appointments via FisherLink or Handshake, by calling (585) 385-8050, or emailing ccap@bennygallagher.com.

Office of Student Financial Services

Located on the 2nd floor of Kearney Hall, Student Financial Services office and cashier’s window will be open from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Payments and scholarship checks can be dropped off at the cashier’s window.

Please contact us via email at sfs@bennygallagher.com or via phone at (585) 385-8042 to discuss any questions you have or to schedule an in office appointment. You can also schedule a phone or zoom appointment with a counselor at .

We recommend that you set up direct deposit on > Payment & Billing to receive any credit balance on your account. Refund checks will not be available for pick up on campus, as they will be mailed directly to your mailing address on file with the College.

Important Dates

First-Year Student Welcome Day
沙巴体育滚球Friday, August 21

Upper-Class Student Welcome Day
沙巴体育滚球Sunday, August 23

Orientation
Virtual Session for First-Year Students - Wednesday, August 19
In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students - Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23
In-Person Transfer Student Orientation - Sunday, August 23 (with an option for virtual participation as well)

Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation
沙巴体育滚球Week of August 24

First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate
沙巴体育滚球Monday, August 24

First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Monday, August 31

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 8/18/20

August 18, 2020

Updates

Daily Pass

沙巴体育滚球As a reminder - all students and employees will be required to complete the Daily Pass seven days a week, whether or not they will be on campus.

The only individuals who are not required to complete the Daily Pass are those employees who will be working remotely for the fall semester, and students who will be fully online for the fall semester. Graduate students at our Iona College and Onondaga Community College extension sites are also exempt from the Daily Pass and should follow those campus’ protocols.

Complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to your arrival on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.).

沙巴体育滚球You will receive either a “GO” directive allowing you on campus or a “STOP” directive telling you what to do next, based on your answers to a series of screening questions.

沙巴体育滚球Student compliance will be reviewed by Student Affairs daily. Employee pass compliance is shared with supervisors or their designees (employee health information will not be shared). The Daily Pass training session has been posted to the website for reference.

All students will be required to complete the Daily Pass beginning Friday, Aug. 21.

沙巴体育滚球The pass can be found on our Campus Reopening website. In addition, we have added a reminder at the top of the my.bennygallagher.com faculty/staff portal. We will send an email daily for the first month of classes and campus signage will also help serve as a reminder.

Final Campus Reopening Q&A Session

President Rooney is hosting a final Campus Reopening Q&A session on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. for employees. Members of the Campus Reopening Task Force will be a part of the session to answer questions related to our Campus Reopening and Operations Plan.

When you register, you will have the opportunity to submit your question to help us ensure that we have time to answer all.

Wastewater Surveillance

Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, the College will conduct wastewater surveillance for our residential students. We completed baseline sampling before students’ return to campus and will continue to conduct surveillance weekly, throughout the fall semester. If there is an indication of COVID-19 viral shed in the wastewater, the College will use saliva surveillance on campus, led by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in collaboration with other health sciences faculty, to screen students in the area where the increase was detected. If the surveillance indicates a possible case, the student will be tested for COVID-19 with an FDA-approved, diagnostic test.

Infection Protection Staff Training

Faculty have had the opportunity to participate in classroom-related training this summer that included a presentation by Dr. Theresa Westbay on infection protection. Rather than provide a general session for staff, if you would like her to come to your department/office for a 30-minute discussion of best practices and ways to mitigate risk that are most relevant to your unit’s operations, please use the form below to identify a time on Wednesday afternoon of this week. If you prefer a different time, you can schedule directly with Dr. Westbay using Outlook.

COVID-19 Training Course

As we transition to re-opening campus and resuming classes and activities, there is some important education that needs to take place regarding COVID-19. In order to accomplish this, we have made an online course available for all employees and students.

To access the course:

  1. To , log in using your Fisher network credentials.
  2. Select the “COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention” course appropriate for you.
    • Note: students that are employees and employees that are students will see two COVID courses, one for students and one for employees. Select the one that is most appropriate for you. You only need to complete one.
  3. Complete the course (Approximately 20-25 minutes).

沙巴体育滚球Students must complete the course before returning to campus. Employees are strongly encouraged to complete it.

If you need technical assistance or have questions, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@bennygallagher.com.

Last Call: First-Year Student Welcome Parade

沙巴体育滚球We are still looking for volunteers to help us welcome members of the Class of 2024 on Friday, Aug. 21!

Additional Announcements

Lavery Library

Lavery Library is open! Now through Sunday, Aug. 23, the library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 24. Please note: the library will require swipe access this semester, so be sure to have your Fisher ID.

The library will be providing in-person and remote services. Similar to the classrooms and computer labs, the library has been set up to accommodate physical distancing and all campus policies will be followed. Students will have access to cleaning materials in order to wipe down their seating areas, just like in a classroom.

For more information, visit the library website.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Athletic Center

On Monday, Governor Cuomo released guidance regarding the reopening of gyms and recreational facilities. The College is developing plans to ensure a safe return to indoor and outdoor recreational activities. When these plans are finalized, details will be shared with the campus community.

Tutoring Services for Fall 2020

In order to serve the needs of our students, the following tutoring services are available:

Accounting Tutoring

Supervisor, Jiayan Li, Accounting Department.
Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one assistance with all levels of accounting courses.

Chemistry Tutoring

Supervisor: Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Chemistry Department.
Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one and small group assistance with chemistry.

Finance Tutoring

Supervisor: Patricia Wollan, Finance Department.
沙巴体育滚球 Undergraduate tutors provide one-on-one assistance with Finance 218, 315, 316, 336, 413, and Bloomberg Terminal.

Writing Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
沙巴体育滚球 Undergraduate tutors assist students during all stages and aspects of the writing process. Professional assistance is also available for multilanguage learners and graduate students.

Tutoring Center

Director: Theresa Nicolay
Additional assistance is provided by undergraduate peer tutors for courses not encompassed by services listed above (e.g. biology, modern languages, psychology).

Math Center

Director: Anne Geraci, Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics Department
沙巴体育滚球 Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with all courses involving quantitative content, including mathematics, computer science, statistics, data science, and entry-level economics.

The College’s Online Math Center will open on Monday, Aug. 24. Guidelines for the Center include:

  • All tutoring appointments will be conducted online using Zoom.
  • In order to be well-prepared, students should be sure to have textbook and any other materials from class available.
  • Tutors will encourage students to complete their own assignments.
  • Tutors will help students understand the material, but students are still expected to prepare for and attend class. Tutors are not prepared to teach students material if they miss a class.
  • Once students are paired up with a tutor, they are encouraged to establish a standing appointment (e.g. every Thursday afternoon) with that tutor. Questions? Email mathcenter@bennygallagher.com.

To access any of the tutoring services, .

To recommend a student who is interested in tutoring, complete the and send to tnicolay@bennygallagher.com. For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Nicolay at (585) 385-8147 or tnicolay@bennygallagher.com.

Center for Academic Planning

In the interest of health and safety, the Center for Career and Academic Planning will offer virtual personal appointments via Zoom and in-person appointments by request. The Center’s regular hours remain unchanged: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Center will be staffed during those hours.

You can make appointments via FisherLink or Handshake, by calling (585) 385-8050, or emailing ccap@bennygallagher.com.

Important Dates

First-Year Student Welcome Day
沙巴体育滚球Friday, August 21

Upper-Class Student Welcome Day
Sunday, August 23

Orientation
Virtual Session for First-Year Students - Wednesday, August 19
In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students - Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23
沙巴体育滚球In-Person Transfer Student Orientation - Sunday, August 23 (with an option for virtual participation as well)

Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation
Week of August 24

First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate
沙巴体育滚球Monday, August 24

First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Monday, August 31

Campus Conversation for Students and Families: 8/12/20

This session invited students and families to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for a  Campus Conversation to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

August 20 Campus Conversation for Students and Families [pdf]

Campus Conversation for Faculty and Staff: 8/12/20

沙巴体育滚球This session invited faculty and staff to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for a  Campus Conversation to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

August 20 Campus Conversation for Faculty and Staff [pdf]

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 8/11/20

August 11, 2020

We are less than two weeks away from the start of the academic semester! The Campus Reopening Task Force Steering Committee held its last official meeting yesterday morning, but in no way does that signify the end of our important work. We will continue to provide updates via this Task Force email update through August 25. After that point, we ask you to refer to the website, which will transition to a Fall 2020 at Fisher website and include the most current information.

We trust that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. We appreciate your continuing patience, collaboration, and understanding as we work toward the start of our fall semester.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

Campus Conversation

Please join us tomorrow for our final Campus Conversation for students and families at 5:30 p.m. The session will be hosted by President Rooney, and he will be joined once again by members of our Campus Reopening Task Force. In this session, you will learn more about the Daily Pass, our approach to testing, details about our quarantining and isolation policies, our contact tracing process, and more.

Registration will remain open until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12 and a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants by noon tomorrow.

Health Screening Questionnaire

Students - prior to your return, you are required to complete a short questionnaire about COVID-19, your health, potential exposures, and recent travel. Please plan to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible - it will take no more than five minutes.

The questionnaire can be accessed through your . Once you click on the link to sign in, please go to the forms tab, look for "Health and Wellness Center forms," and locate the "SJFC COVID-19 Questionnaire."

If you need assistance completing the health screening, please call (585) 385-8280 during normal business hours or email healthcenter@bennygallagher.com.

沙巴体育滚球Please Note: You will not be permitted back on campus if this questionnaire is not complete.

Orientation Updates

沙巴体育滚球As a reminder, next Wednesday, August 19, is the first Orientation session. Students have the option to choose one of two virtual Orientation sessions: 2 to 3:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Students can register for their preferred session at the link below.

First-Year Students

Orientation will begin on Friday, August 21 at 3 p.m. During the week of August 17, students will be notified by email about their starting location for Orientation. All first-year students will be assigned to an Orientation group of 10 students or less to be led by an Orientation Leader. In this group, they will meet fellow first-year students and learn about campus life, academic and behavioral expectations, campus support services, and all that Fisher has to offer.

沙巴体育滚球During Orientation, each student’s specific schedule will vary as they will rotate through each program in their small group. All first-year students should expect to be occupied with Orientation on Friday, August 21 from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Transfer Students

沙巴体育滚球Incoming transfer students will participate in Orientation on Sunday, August 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. with the option to attend in-person or virtually. During this time, they will meet fellow transfer students and learn about campus life, academic and behavioral expectations, campus support services, and all that Fisher has to offer.

To register for the August 19 session and the virtual or in-person Transfer Orientation on August 23, please visit the Orientation website.

Need to Know

Updated Visitor Policy for Residential Students

PLEASE NOTE: This is an adjustment to our originally communicated plan. For at least the first two (2) weeks of the semester, fellow residents from outside of your assigned building will not be permitted. Students may only visit each other within the individual residence hall to which they are assigned.

Temporary Learning Accommodation Requests: Fall 2020

沙巴体育滚球While our Campus Reopening Task Force is planning for a full campus reopening this fall, we recognize that some students will not be able to return to campus for on-ground and in-person instruction due to COVID-19. To that end, we are continuing to consider requests to learn remotely through this pandemic period. Any accommodation provided as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place only for the duration of the pandemic.

沙巴体育滚球Students who would like to make this request are asked to complete our  ASAP in order to assist us with planning. Students who are approved will not be eligible to live on campus, and will pay regular tuition without room and board. A member of the St. John Fisher College staff will contact you to review and discuss your request.

Lavery Library

Lavery Library will be open Monday, August 17-Sunday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, August 24.

The library will be providing in person and remote services. Similar to the classrooms and computer labs, the library has been set up to accommodate physical distancing and all campus policies will be followed. Students will have access to cleaning materials in order to wipe down their seating areas, just like in a classroom.

For more information, visit the library website.

Wear Your Fisher ID

沙巴体育滚球All employees and students will be asked to wear their Fisher IDs when on campus. If you do not have an ID card currently, you can send a picture via email to the Office of Safety and Security before arriving to campus.

Email your headshot photo to ID@bennygallagher.com and use “last name, first name” as the subject line. In order for photo to be used as your ID, it must have a neutral background and not include items that would obstruct your face (e.g. hats, sunglasses, masks, etc.).

If you have any questions about ID photos, please email Officer Brock Glann at bglann@bennygallagher.com.

Fisher Mask Pick-Up

Students will receive their masks when they arrive on campus. Watch your email for pick-up locations.

Proper Mask-Wearing, Cleaning

沙巴体育滚球We will be asking all members of the Fisher community to mask up when they are on campus. More importantly, we will want you to do it correctly. Here are some tips from one of our faculty experts, microbiologist and immunologist Dr. Theresa Westbay.

Important Dates

Club and Organizations Due Dates
  • Wednesday, August 12 – Club and Organization Campus Safety Plans
  • Wednesday, August 12 – Club and Organization in-person meeting requests for Phase 1 (through Sept. 30)
Welcome Days and Orientations
  • Wednesday, August 19 – Orientation Virtual Session for First-Year Students
  • Friday, August 21 – First-Year Student Welcome Day
  • Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23 – In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students
  • Sunday, August 23 – Upper-Class Student Welcome Day
  • Sunday, August 23 – In-Person Transfer Student Orientation (also includes an option for virtual participation)
  • Week of August 24 – Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation
Academic Calendar
  • Monday, August 24 – First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Monday, August 31 – First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 8/11/20

August 11, 2020

沙巴体育滚球We are less than two weeks away from the start of the academic semester! The Campus Reopening Task Force Steering Committee held our last official meeting yesterday morning, but in no way does that signify the end of our important work. There is still work to be done by all as we prepare for the return of our students, and we know there will be work beyond the first day of classes as well. We will continue to provide updates via this Task Force email update through Aug. 25. After that point, we ask you to refer to the website, which will transition to a fall 2020 at Fisher website and include the most current information.

沙巴体育滚球This week, we will meet with the Board of Trustees to provide them with a final update ahead of our reopening. As well, we will hold a Campus Conversation for you - our employees - and for our students and families. We hope you are able to join us to learn more about the Daily Pass, our approach to testing, details about our quarantining and isolation policies, our contact tracing process, and more.

We trust that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. We appreciate your continuing patience, collaboration, and understanding as we work toward the start of our fall semester.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

Campus Conversation

3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12

Please join us tomorrow for our final Campus Conversation for employees at 3:30 p.m. The session will be hosted by President Rooney, and he will be joined once again by members of our Campus Reopening Task Force. Registration will remain open until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants by noon tomorrow.

Daily Pass Training

This Thursday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., we will offer a Daily Pass training for employees. The training will last approximately one hour and will offer a deeper look at how the pass works. Those employees who approve timesheets will be responsible for monitoring compliance, and are encouraged to attend. The session will be open to all who are interested.

College Guidance on Personal Travel and Required Self-Quarantine

As previously communicated, effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students traveling to/from any  - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York state for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College. Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally in level 3 countries where the COVID risk is high, are required to self-quarantine in New York state for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

沙巴体育滚球By way of update, the College Guidance on Personal Travel and Required Self-Quarantine has been updated. While the full guidance and policy can be read online, we have received many questions about compensation should an employee be required to quarantine under these circumstances. Per the policy:

“In the interest of the health and safety of the Fisher community as well as the greater Rochester community and the communities in which we all live, and in cooperation with the Governor’s mandate, employees are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary international travel and out of state travel. If an employee decides to pursue unnecessary travel to a or internationally without prior supervisor approval, the quarantine period will be unpaid.

Employees considering travel to a or  due to extraordinary circumstances should have a discussion with their supervisor or department chair prior to departure to determine if they would be able to use paid absence, vacation time, or work remotely for their quarantine period.”

Lavery Library

Lavery Library will be open Monday, Aug. 17 - Sunday, Aug. 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, Aug. 24.

The library will be providing in person and remote services. Similar to the classrooms and computer labs, the library has been set up to accommodate physical distancing and all campus policies will be followed. Students will have access to cleaning materials in order to wipe down their seating areas, just like in a classroom.

For more information, visit the library website.

Campus Convocation - Wednesday, August 19

Information about the 2020 Fall Campus Convocation will be sent to everyone this week. In advance of the day, we will be asking you to reflect on the different identities you hold (gender, ethnic, religious, racial, sexual orientation, etc.).

沙巴体育滚球As our keynote address, LaShunda Leslie-Smith and Rob Ruehl will engage in conversation and share reflections of their own life experiences. Following this, in separate Zoom sessions, we will have small group discussions around these same topics of identity with a focus on race. For those interested, we will have more opportunities to explore and discuss different aspects of identity throughout the academic year.

The afternoon of Convocation will be left open for classroom visits, practicing with classroom technology, and getting answers to any technology questions you still have.

Fisher Mask Pick-Up

Some departments have already picked up their Fisher masks from the Wilson Formal Lounge for their teams. For faculty, each dean's office will pick up the School's masks and the administrative assistant has received a list of who still needs a mask. Extras were also provided.

A reminder was also sent to those administrative offices that had not yet picked up the masks. They will remain available in Wilson Formal until Friday, Aug. 14.

Proper Mask-Wearing, Cleaning

We will be asking all members of the Fisher community to mask up when they are on campus. More importantly, we will want you to do it correctly. Here are some tips from one of our faculty experts, microbiologist and immunologist Dr. Theresa Westbay.

Reminders

Wear Your Fisher ID

All employees and students will be asked to wear their Fisher IDs when on campus. If you do not have an ID card currently, you can send a picture via email to the Office of Safety and Security before arriving to campus.

Email your headshot photo to ID@bennygallagher.com and use “last name, first name” as the subject line. In order for photo to be used as your ID, it must have a neutral background and not include items that would obstruct your face (e.g. hats, sunglasses, masks, etc.).

If you have any questions about ID photos, please email Officer Brock Glann at bglann@bennygallagher.com.

Important Dates

Phased Return to Campus

沙巴体育滚球Employees have been steadily returning to campus, but the majority of employees will return:

沙巴体育滚球This Week – President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and Executive Assistants

Week of August 17 – Faculty and Staff (Some administrative departments will continue to work remotely through the fall semester.)

Campus Convocation

Wednesday, August 19

First-Year Student Welcome Day

沙巴体育滚球Friday, August 21

Upper-Class Student Welcome Day

沙巴体育滚球Sunday, August 23

Orientation Virtual Session for First-Year Students - Wednesday, August 19

In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students - Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

沙巴体育滚球In-Person Transfer Student Orientation - Sunday, Aug. 23 (with an option for virtual participation as well)

Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation

沙巴体育滚球Week of August 24

First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate

沙巴体育滚球Monday, August 24

First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Monday, August 31

Campus Reopening Task Force Student COVID-19 Screening Form: 8/6/20

August 6, 2020

沙巴体育滚球Dear Students,

沙巴体育滚球We hope you have had a safe and healthy summer. We are excited for your return to campus!

沙巴体育滚球Prior to your return, you are required to complete a short questionnaire about COVID-19, your health, potential exposures, and recent travel. Please plan to complete the questionnaire no later than Monday, Aug. 10 – it will take no more than five minutes.

The questionnaire can be accessed through your . Once you click on the link to sign in, please go to the forms tab, look for "Health and Wellness Center forms," and locate the "SJFC COVID-19 Questionnaire."

If you need assistance completing the health screening, please call (585) 385-8280 during normal business hours or email healthcenter@bennygallagher.com.

As we move closer to your return date, it is important that you minimize any possibilities of exposure, especially 14 days prior to joining the Fisher community. Being a part of the Fisher community means that we all work together to maintain a safe living and learning environment. This year, that is more important than ever. Ways that we will work together will include:

  • Practicing personal hygiene by washing hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Wearing our mask to protect the community and ourselves.
  • Ensuring physical distancing by maintaining at least a 6-foot distance between others.

沙巴体育滚球We have a shared responsibility to keep each other healthy and together on campus, and if we work with one another, we are confident we will keep our community safe!

Sincerely,
Your Health & Wellness Team

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 8/4/20

August 4, 2020

We are just three weeks away from the start of the semester, and we cannot wait to welcome you and your student to campus.

Our Residence Hall Drop-Off Days are in progress, and have gone smoothly so far. As a reminder, now through Wednesday, Aug. 19, resident students can make an appointment to drop off their belongings. The available time slots per day are limited in order to allow for social distancing. Each student may bring up to two (2) other people to help them, and all must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask that covers their noses and mouths while on campus. You can still register online沙巴体育滚球 for an appointment.

沙巴体育滚球This week, students will receive an email from our Health and Wellness Center with a link to a required online screening. The form will include questions related to COVID-19, your health, and recent travel. The screening will take five minutes to complete and must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center no later than Monday, Aug. 10.

We have several other updates and reminders below that we hope are helpful to you. Thank you, as always, for your continuing patience and cooperation as we work toward a successful reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

Campus Conversation

Please join us for our final Campus Conversation for students and families at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The session will be hosted by President Rooney, and he will be joined once again by members of our Campus Reopening Task Force. Registration is now open. A Zoom link will be sent to you at noon on the day of the session.

Air Quality Testing

Bergmann, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm, is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to perform Energy Efficient Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) audits for the College. Bergmann’s work is underway, and they are conducting building surveys and audits of mechanical equipment to evaluate the existing conditions of HVAC systems within several of our campus buildings, with the goal of identifying ways to improve air quality without increasing utility costs.

Throughout the process, Bergmann will continuously provide the College with updates and short-term guidance, and upon completion of the study, they will provide a comprehensive report.

Wear Your Fisher ID

All employees and students will be asked to wear their Fisher IDs when on campus. If you do not have an ID card currently, you can send a picture via email to the Office of Safety and Security before arriving to campus.

Email your headshot photo to ID@bennygallagher.com沙巴体育滚球 and use “last name, first name” as the subject line. In order for photo to be used as your ID, it must have a neutral background and not include items that would obstruct your face (e.g. hats, sunglasses, masks, etc.).

If you have any questions about ID photos, please email Officer Brock Glann at bglann@bennygallagher.com.

Student Life

沙巴体育滚球The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion has been revamping policies and procedures to ensure a safe – but familiar – vibrant campus life. Last week, students received an email with more detailed information, but below are some of the biggest changes.

Organization Safety Plans

沙巴体育滚球All active organizations will be required to complete an Organization Safety Plan to remain active for the 2020-2021 academic year. These forms are now live on FisherSync, and plans are due no later than Wednesday, Aug. 12 at midnight. Groups that do not complete one will be considered inactive for the entire academic year. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion.

Meetings and Events

Campus programming will be executed in phases this semester. Phase 1, which runs through Wednesday, Sept. 30, will allow each club and organization to hold two in-person club business meetings (not events) per month. All other meetings (including e-board meetings) and events must be held virtually.

In-person club meetings will only be held from 9 to 10 p.m. and rooms and meeting days will be assigned to you due to the reorganization of campus spaces to accommodate dining and academic schedule changes, as well as cleaning procedures.

沙巴体育滚球All in-person meeting and virtual event requests will be submitted on FisherSync on a monthly basis. Event calendars for Phase 1 (first day of classes through Wednesday, Sept. 30th) are due on FisherSync on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Event request forms are also now available on FisherSync. We have a process developed to do our best to accommodate what you need, keep things fair, and rotate time/place around throughout the semester for everyone! When Phase 2 begins, we will introduce a few more options for in-person programming.

Finances

沙巴体育滚球Clubs and organizations will receive the same amount of funding from SGA that they received last year. When making purchases, students must follow the new finance guidelines introduced last spring when clubs and organizations submitted their budgets. If your organization was not funded, we will be in touch with you about your budget for this year. Special Case will still be available.

Involvement Fest

Involvement Fest will take place virtually this year. Each club and organization will be required to create and submit an informational video about your organization (mission, what you do, when and how you meet, fun facts) to the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion. More details will be coming soon!

Reminders

Website FAQs

沙巴体育滚球We wanted to remind you of the recent changes to the Campus Reopening website, which includes a more structured FAQ page with updated FAQs and additional dates to the "Important Dates to Know" section on the main page. We have added many FAQs to health and safety, academics, and student life.

NYS Travel Advisory Impact on Out-of-State Students and International Resident Students

沙巴体育滚球Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students or employees traveling to/from any  - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

沙巴体育滚球Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine in New York for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

Expectations of out-of-state and international students:

Students from  or from outside the United States will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days in New York State before returning to campus for any reason.

We strongly encourage students who are required to self-quarantine to return to New York two weeks before they are expected to be on campus.

  • New first-year students should plan to be in New York no later than this Thursday, Aug. 6 so they can participate in Orientation which begins on campus on Friday, Aug. 21.
  • Transfer students should plan to be in New York no later than this Saturday, Aug. 8 so they can attend orientation on Sunday, Aug. 23.
  • Returning students, and P1 Pharmacy students, should plan to be in New York no later than this Sunday, Aug. 9, so they can be on campus Monday, Aug. 24 for classes or, for our Pharmacy students, Orientation.

Residential students will not be allowed to self-quarantine on campus. Those students who have need assistance with a location to self-quarantine should contact the Office of Residential Life at (585) 385-8281 or reslife@bennygallagher.com.

If you are a student who has moved since you enrolled at the College, please contact registrar@bennygallagher.com with your name, student ID, and updated address.

Important Dates

Club and Organizations Due Dates
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Club and Organization Campus Safety Plans
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Club and Organization in-person meeting requests for Phase 1 (through Sept. 30)
Welcome Days and Orientations
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Orientation Virtual Session for First-Year Students
  • Friday, Aug. 21 – First-Year Student Welcome Day
  • Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23 – In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students
  • Sunday, Aug. 23 – Upper-Class Student Welcome Day
  • Sunday, Aug. 23 – In-Person Transfer Student Orientation (also includes an option for virtual participation)
  • Week of Aug. 24 – Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation
Academic Calendar
  • Monday, Aug. 24 – First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Monday, Aug. 31 – First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Mask Up for Fisher

沙巴体育滚球When you get to campus, we will need you to do one thing: mask up.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 8/4/20

August 4, 2020

It is officially August which means we are just weeks away from our reopening. We would like to thank our colleagues on the Task Force, and the many members of the campus community, who have helped with our planning efforts. We are nearing the end of our planning work and are now focused on implementing the final pieces to be ready for our community’s return.

沙巴体育滚球We trust that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Thank you, as always, for your continuing patience and cooperation as we work together for a successful reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Updates

Campus Conversation

沙巴体育滚球Please join us for our final Campus Conversation for employees at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The session will be hosted by President Rooney, and he will be joined once again by members of our Campus Reopening Task Force. Registration is now open. A Zoom link will be sent to you at noon on the day of the session..

Air Quality Testing

Bergmann, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm, is partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to perform Energy Efficient Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) audits for the College. Bergmann’s work is underway, and they are conducting building surveys and audits of mechanical equipment to evaluate the existing conditions of HVAC systems within several of our campus buildings, with the goal of identifying ways to improve air quality without increasing utility costs.

沙巴体育滚球Throughout the process, Bergmann will continuously provide the College with updates and short-term guidance, and upon completion of the study, they will provide a comprehensive report.

Wear Your Fisher ID

All employees and students will be asked to wear their Fisher IDs when on campus. If you do not have an ID card currently, you can send a picture via email to the Office of Safety and Security before arriving to campus.

Email your headshot photo to ID@bennygallagher.com沙巴体育滚球 and use “last name, first name” as the subject line. In order for photo to be used as your ID, it must have a neutral background and not include items that would obstruct your face (e.g. hats, sunglasses, masks, etc.).

If you have any questions about ID photos, please email Officer Brock Glann at bglann@bennygallagher.com.

Student Life

沙巴体育滚球The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion has been revamping policies and procedures to ensure a safe – but familiar – vibrant campus life. Last week, students received an email with more detailed information, but below are some of the biggest changes.

Organization Safety Plans

沙巴体育滚球All active organizations will be required to complete an Organization Safety Plan to remain active for the 2020-2021 academic year. These forms are now live on FisherSync, and plans are due no later than Wednesday, Aug. 12 at midnight. Groups that do not complete one will be considered inactive for the entire academic year.

Meetings and Events

Campus programming will be executed in phases this semester. Phase 1, which runs through Wednesday, Sept. 30, will allow each club and organization to hold two in-person club business meetings (not events) per month. All other meetings (including e-board meetings) and events must be held virtually.

沙巴体育滚球In-person club meetings will be held from 9 to 10 p.m. and meeting days and rooms will be assigned by the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion due to the reorganization of campus spaces to accommodate dining and academic schedule changes, as well as cleaning procedures.

Involvement Fest

沙巴体育滚球Involvement Fest will take place virtually this year. Students will be able to explore all of our campus organizations online via videos produced by the clubs and organizations. More details will be made available soon.

Reminders

Website FAQs

沙巴体育滚球We wanted to remind you of the recent changes to the Campus Reopening website, which includes a more structured FAQ page with updated FAQs and additional dates to the "Important Dates to Know" section on the main page. We have added many FAQs to health and safety, academics, and student life.

NYS Travel Advisory Impact on Out-of-State Students and International Resident Students

Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students or employees traveling to/from any  - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

沙巴体育滚球Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine in New York for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

Faculty interested in experimenting in one of the classrooms can work with their chairs/deans and Safety and Security to schedule a time. Please notify Safety and Security when and how long you will be on campus. Please note: movers will be on campus for the next couple of weeks removing, rearranging, and storing furniture. Cleaning supplies are not yet distributed to all classrooms. Therefore, please use Basil 207, WSON 100, or the COP room in the Campus Center.

沙巴体育滚球In addition, here are several upcoming webinars (past webinars have been recorded and are available as well):

Zoom Advanced Features
Presenter: Robin Schmid
2 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5
Join session:  
沙巴体育滚球 Meeting ID: 970 3744 1558

This webinar will discuss the Zoom app, Zoom.us and using Zoom within your Blackboard course and what you can do within each and how they differ. It will also explore the whiteboard and annotation tools within a Zoom meeting.

iClicker Cloud
Presenter: Robin Schmid
11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7
Join session:
沙巴体育滚球 Meeting ID: 933 1996 8073

沙巴体育滚球iClicker Cloud is a polling software allowing instructors to create and poll, keeping students engaged. Students can connect via their own personal devices. Instructors can create accounts without cost, students join by purchasing a license.

VoiceThread
Presenter: Katie Sabourin
1 - 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10
Join session:
Meeting ID: 933 1184 5251

VoiceThread is a great tool to facilitate a number of activities asynchronously. VoiceThread can be used to create pre-recorded mini-lectures, to create engaging online discussions with audio/video, to facilitate class presentations, and to host group work. This webinar will explore how to set up a VoiceThread within your Blackboard course and the many ways it might be used.

Google Sharing and Collaborative Work
Presenter: Robin Schmid
2 - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11
Join session:
沙巴体育滚球 Meeting ID: 940 8034 1643

沙巴体育滚球Working in real time, sharing and collaborating are some of the many features Google Docs provides students and faculty. This webinar will cover: creating folders and documents, as well as sharing and working in a real time collaboration environment.

Zoom Polling
Presenter: Robin Schmid
2 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12
Join session:
沙巴体育滚球 Meeting ID: 956 3574 7778

The polling feature for meetings allows you to create single choice or multiple choice polling questions for your meetings. You will be able to launch the poll during your meeting and gather the responses from your attendees. You also have the ability to download a report of polling after the meeting.

Important Dates

Phased Return to Campus

沙巴体育滚球Employees have been steadily returning to campus, but the majority of employees will return:

  • Week of Aug. 10 – President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and Executive Assistants
  • Week of Aug. 17 – Faculty and Staff (Some administrative departments will continue to work remotely through the fall semester.)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Campus Convocation (details forthcoming!)
Welcome Days and Orientations
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Orientation Virtual Session for First-Year Students
  • Friday, Aug. 21 – First-Year Student Welcome Day
  • Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23 – In-Person Sessions for First-Year Students
  • Sunday, Aug. 23 – Upper-Class Student Welcome Day
  • Sunday, Aug. 23 – In-Person Transfer Student Orientation (also includes an option for virtual participation)
  • Week of Aug. 24 – Wegmans School of Pharmacy Orientation
Academic Calendar
  • Monday, Aug. 24 – First Day of Classes for Undergraduate, Graduate
  • Monday, Aug. 31 – First Day of Classes for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Mask Up for Fisher

When you get to campus, we will need you to do one thing: mask up.

July

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 7/28/20

July 28, 2020

沙巴体育滚球We trust that you are staying healthy and safe and we appreciate your continued questions and input.

Please save the date for our next Campus Conversation for students and families on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. In next week's Task Force update, we will include details and registration information.

We wanted to alert you to our recent changes to the Campus Reopening website, which include a more structured FAQ page with updated FAQs and additional dates to the "Important Dates to Know" section on the main page. We continue to make changes and add information to this site in an effort to bring you the most current information. Again, we encourage you to ask questions using the Submit A Question option on the website and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Thank you, as always, for your continuing patience and collaboration as we work toward our reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Technology Assessment

沙巴体育滚球In order to better prepare our face-to-face learning environments, we request that you share information about what technology you may have access to for in-class learning purposes. Responses may be shared with partners in your learning network including faculty and appropriate staff. Please take a few moments to provide your input. It will be invaluable and will help us better prepare for fall.

Reminder: NYS Travel Advisory/Self-Quarantine

Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students or employees traveling to/from any - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York State for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College. Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine in New York State for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

Expectations of Out-of-State and International Students

沙巴体育滚球 or from outside the United States will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days in New York state before returning to campus for any reason.

We strongly encourage students who are required to self-quarantine to return to New York two weeks before they are expected to be on campus. New first-year students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 6 so they can participate in Orientation which begins on campus on Aug. 21. Transfer students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 8 so they can attend orientation on Aug. 23. Returning students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 9 so they can be on campus Aug. 24 for classes or, for our P1 Pharmacy students, orientation.

Residential students will not be allowed to self-quarantine on campus. Those students who have need assistance with a location to self-quarantine should contact the Office of Residential Life at (585) 385-8281 or reslife@bennygallagher.com.

沙巴体育滚球If you are a student who has moved since you enrolled at the College, please contact with your name, student ID, and updated address.

Policy Update

Please note that the Face Covering Policy has been updated and the updates are reflected on the Campus Reopening website. As a reminder, the following policies沙巴体育滚球 have all been approved by the College and posted to the Campus Reopening website:

  • Face Covering Policy
  • Classroom Protocol Policy
  • Campus Access and Visitor Policy
  • Communal Food Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • College-Sponsored and Supported Travel

Orientation

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, all new students will have the opportunity to participate in our first Orientation program virtually. Students will be given the option to participate in one of two sessions: 2 - 3:30 p.m. or 6- 7:30 p.m. Students can register for a session via the Orientation website.

Incoming First-Year Student Orientation
Friday, Aug. 21-Sunday, Aug. 23

沙巴体育滚球Incoming first-year students will participate in Orientation in person from Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 23. Residential students should follow the move-in instructions they receive from the Office of Residential Life. Commuters should plan to be on campus at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

沙巴体育滚球During this time, students will be assigned to an Orientation group of 10 students or less led by an Orientation Leader. In this group you will meet other new first year students, learn about campus life, academic and behavioral expectations, campus support services, and all that Fisher has to offer. More information on times and locations will be sent to students as we get closer to Orientation.

Transfer Student Orientation
Sunday, Aug. 23

沙巴体育滚球Transfer students will have the option to participate in a virtual or in person Orientation on Sunday, August 23. Transfer students should check their emails the first week of Aug. to choose which option they would like to participate in.

Residence Hall Drop-Off Days for All Students

Students are now able to schedule a three hour drop-off appointment between Aug. 1 and Aug. 19. Although students may move belongings into their room in advance, students may not stay in their residence hall room until their scheduled welcome day.

沙巴体育滚球 To sign up for an appointment, you will need your Fisher network credentials and password (your network credentials are the letters and numbers before @bennygallagher.com in your email address):

Student Welcome Days

First-Year Students沙巴体育滚球: We will welcome all new first-year students to campus and kick-off First-Year Orientation on Friday, Aug. 21. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus on Welcome Day (Aug. 21). This is to manage traffic flow. Once the student and family arrive, they will be directed to their residence hall or to the commuter student welcome. This is where your student will start their Fisher journey. In the interest of social distancing, all campus buildings will be restricted to students. Families should plan to be in one vehicle and to drop-off only.

Upperclass Students: We will welcome upperclass returning and transfer students to the residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 23. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus in order to manage traffic flow. When making plans to be dropped off, please remember that, due to social distancing guidelines, all campus buildings will be restricted to students only.

Residence Halls

We received several questions from many families looking for additional information about our residence hall rooms. A detailed list of buildings and amenities can be found on our Residential Life website. We have also updated our What to Bring List.

For additional information including move-in details, room set up, how to get your keys, and more, please visit the Residential Life website.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 7/28/20

July 28, 2020

沙巴体育滚球Thanks again to all who attended our Campus Conversation for employees last Thursday. As always, we appreciate your insight, feedback, and questions. We will have one more Campus Conversation related to our reopening on Wednesday, August 12, at 3:30 p.m. An invitation and registration information will be shared by the Office of the President next week.

沙巴体育滚球We wanted to alert you to our recent changes to the Campus Reopening website, which include a more structured FAQ page with updated FAQs and additional dates to the "Important Dates to Know" section on the main page. We continue to make changes and add information to this site in an effort to bring you the most current information. Again, we encourage you to ask questions using the Submit A Question option on the website and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

In addition, please note that the Division of Student Affairs team is developing instructional materials for students related to our new policies and procedures, and there will be processes in place to address issues of non-compliance. Finally, the Student Code of Conduct and the Employee Handbook are also being adjusted to reflect these processes.

We trust that you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Thank you, as always, for your continuing patience and collaboration as we work toward our reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Policy Reminders and Update

NYS Travel Advisory/Self-Quarantine

Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students or employees traveling to/from any - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York state for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College. Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine in New York state for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College.

As a reminder, the following policies have been approved by the College and posted to the Campus Reopening website:

  • Classroom Protocol Policy
  • Campus Access and Visitor Policy
  • Breakroom Guidance
  • Communal Food Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Face Covering Policy*

*Please note that the Face Covering Policy has recently been updated and those updates are reflected on the website.

Reminders

Socially Distant Teaching On-Campus Professional Development Sessions – REMAINING SESSIONS

This series of sessions allows faculty members to sign up to attend one of many available half-day sessions, being exposed to three different rooms, small, medium and large capacity, that all have been transitioned into a social distancing layout. Faculty will rotate between rooms for hour long sessions on the following topics: infection protection, socially distant teaching strategies, and classroom technology training. Individualized hands-on time with the classroom technology can be arranged for those interested in either the alternating morning or afternoon by appointment.

沙巴体育滚球Remaining Sessions

  • Wednesday, July 29 - Morning Session -
  • Tuesday, August 4 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, August 5 - Morning Session -
Workshops Focus on Educational Technologies

A slate of new workshops and events focused on educational technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate, ePortfolios, Turnitin, and VoiceThread, as well as workshops targeted for faculty teaching online and/or hybrid courses have been added to our schedule of training opportunities. Special topic sessions will also be offered periodically:

Workshop Listing

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 7/22/20

July 22, 2020

Thanks to all who attended our Campus Conversation yesterday, hosted by President Rooney and members of our Campus Reopening Task Force. We appreciated your questions, and we will be working in the coming days to be sure those we weren’t able to get to during our allotted time will be answered and posted to our FAQs on the Campus Reopening website. We will hold another session for families and students closer to the start of the semester.

沙巴体育滚球Thank you, as always, for your continuing patience and cooperation as we work together for a successful reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Campus Reopening and Operations Plan

As promised, the Campus Reopening and Operations Plan is also posted to our website under "Latest Campus Communication." We encourage you to share your feedback and questions through the “Submit a Question” button. As mentioned in our session yesterday, the plan will be submitted to the New York State Department of Health on Monday, July 27.

Policy and Procedures Update

沙巴体育滚球The following policies have been approved by the College and posted to the Campus Reopening website:

  • Classroom Protocol Policy
  • Campus Access and Visitor Policy
  • Communal Food Policy
  • Face Covering Policy
  • Travel Policy

沙巴体育滚球Please review each of the policies and familiarize yourself with them. If you have questions, you can submit them through the website.

NYS Travel Advisory Impact on Out-of-State and International Resident Students

Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any students traveling to/from any  - defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19 - are required to self-quarantine in New York State for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College. Additionally, per the most recent , any students or employees traveling internationally are required to self-quarantine in New York State for two weeks before returning to St. John Fisher College. This week, members of our Student Affairs Division, Admissions Office, Athletics staff, and the International Student Advisor have been reaching out to individual students who might be impacted by this advisory.

Expectations of Out-of-State and International Students

Students from restricted states or from outside the United States will be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days in New York state before returning to campus for any reason.

We strongly encourage students who are required to self-quarantine to return to New York two weeks before they are expected to be on campus. New first-year students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 6 so they can participate in Orientation which begins on campus on Aug. 21. Transfer students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 8 so they can attend orientation on Aug. 23.  Returning students should plan to be in New York no later than Aug. 9 so they can be on campus Aug. 24 for the classes or, for our P1 Pharmacy students, orientation.

沙巴体育滚球Residential students will not be allowed to self-quarantine on campus. If you need assistance with a location to self-quarantine, the College is currently working with a local hotel to negotiate a reduced rate and storage space for student belongings. The hotel, food, and travel are at the student’s expense. The Office of Residential Life will follow-up with students who have indicated their interest in staying at the hotel.

Finally, the College will help transport the student and their belongings from the hotel to campus after their quarantine period is over. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Office of Residential Life at (585) 385-8281 or reslife@bennygallagher.com.

Residential Life Reminders

Roommate Information

New resident students will receive their room assignments and roommate information by this Friday, July 24.

Residence Hall Drop Off Days for All Students

沙巴体育滚球All residential students will receive an email by this Friday, July 24, with instructions about making an appointment to drop off belongings to their residence hall rooms starting on Saturday, Aug. 1 and through Aug. 19. The available time slots per day will be limited in order to allow for social distancing. Each student may bring up to 2 other people to help them, and all must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask that covers their noses and mouths while on campus.

First-Year Student Welcome Days

We will welcome all new first-year students to campus and kick-off First-Year Orientation on Friday, Aug. 21. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus on Welcome Day (Aug. 21). This is to manage traffic flow. Once the student and family arrives, they will be directed to their residence hall or to the commuter student welcome. This is where your student will start their Fisher journey. In the interest of social distancing, all campus buildings will be restricted to students and families should plan to be in one vehicle and to drop off only.

Upper-Class Student Welcome Day

沙巴体育滚球We will welcome upper-class returning and transfer students to the residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 23. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus in order to manage traffic flow. When making plans to be dropped off, please remember that, due to social distancing guidelines, all campus buildings will be restricted to students only.

Orientation

We’re planning for orientation for first-year students to be virtual on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and in person Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. Orientation for transfer students will be offered in person on Sunday, Aug. 23, with an option for virtual participation as well. Stay tuned for more details!

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 7/21/20

July 21, 2020

Thanks again to our volunteers for the Calling all Cardinals campaign. Overall, we received very positive feedback from the students with whom we were able to connect, and similarly positive feedback from our volunteer callers. It is clear that conversations were welcomed and helpful, and we were able to follow-up with students who had specific questions and concerns. We appreciate the time our volunteers took out of their busy days to connect with our Cardinals - we know it impacted them and made a difference.

沙巴体育滚球We would encourage you to review the , which was made available last week, and to share your feedback and questions through the “Submit A Question” button on our .

Earlier today, we held a Campus Conversation for our students and families with over 450 attendees. We will post the plan for their review and feedback on our Campus Reopening website, and leave it posted until next Monday, July 27. In addition, on Wednesday, we are holding a Campus Conversation for our furloughed employees.

沙巴体育滚球Finally, thank you for your continuing collaboration as we work toward our reopening.   

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Policy and Procedures Update

沙巴体育滚球The have been approved by the College and posted to the Campus Reopening website:

  • Classroom Protocol Policy
  • Campus Access and Visitor Policy
  • Breakroom Guidance
  • Communal Food Policy
  • Face Covering Policy
  • Travel Policy

Please review each of the policies and familiarize yourself with them. If you have questions, you can submit them through the website or ask your supervisor or department chair.

Campus Conversation This Week

You should have received an invitation from President Rooney last week with registration information for this Thursday’s Campus Conversation for faculty and staff. If you do plan to attend, please register by 12 noon on Wednesday, July 22. Registrants will receive a Zoom link at 12 noon on Thursday ahead of the session. We hope you can join us.

Reminders

NEW: Workshops Focus on Educational Technologies

沙巴体育滚球A slate of new workshops and events focused on educational technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate, ePortfolios, Turnitin, and VoiceThread, as well as workshops targeted for faculty teaching online and/or hybrid courses have been added to our schedule of training opportunities. Special topic sessions will also be offered periodically:

Fisher Apple Academy

Next week will be the final session of the Fisher Apple Academy designed to provide faculty the skills to use iPads in the teaching and learning process. The training includes basic iPad navigation, training on specific apps, and brainstorming how this technology might be used in specific courses. At the completion of this training, each faculty member will become an Apple Certified Teacher.

Reminder: You need to commit to the training in order to receive the iPad.

Fisher Apple Academy - Final Session
July 27 - August 14, 2020

REMINDER: Socially Distant Teaching On-Campus Professional Development Sessions – STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

This series of sessions allows faculty members to sign up to attend one of many available half-day sessions, being exposed to three different rooms, small, medium and large capacity, that all have been transitioned into a social distancing layout. Faculty will rotate between rooms for hour long sessions on the following topics: infection protection, socially distant teaching strategies, and classroom technology training. These half-day sessions will be offered at the end of July and early August. Individualized hands-on time with the classroom technology can be arranged for those interested in either the alternating morning or afternoon by appointment.
 
July 

  • Wednesday, July 22 - Afternoon Session -
  • Tuesday, July 28 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Morning Session -

August

  • Tuesday, August 4 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, August 5 - Morning Session -
Campus Reopening Task Force Update: 7/14/20

July 14, 2020

沙巴体育滚球This week we are meeting with the Board of Trustees to review the Campus Reopening and Operations Plan that will be submitted to New York State. This plan includes safety policies and procedures and complies with federal, state, and county requirements.

沙巴体育滚球The Task Force is continuing to work on the Campus Reopening Implementation Plan, which will provide our campus community with a better sense of what the environment will look like when they return, particularly for our students.

沙巴体育滚球We know you have many questions about our reopening and as more information becomes available, we will share it through our weekly updates and on our Campus Reopening website. As a reminder, you are able to send questions through our website using the “” form. We will respond back in a timely manner.

Once again, we are grateful to all members of the planning teams and to all on campus who have contributed to this work.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Residential Life Update

Roommate Information

沙巴体育滚球New resident students will receive their room assignments and roommate information by Friday, July 24.

Residence Hall Drop Off Days

All residential students will receive an email by Friday, July 24, with instructions about making an appointment to drop off belongings to their residence hall rooms starting on Saturday, Aug. 1. The available time slots per day will be limited in order to allow for social distancing. Each student may bring up to 2 other people to help them, and all must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask that covers their noses and mouths while on campus.

First-Year Student Welcome Days

We will welcome all new first-year students to campus and kick-off First-Year Orientation on Friday, Aug. 21. Our welcome will be a little different than in the past. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus on Welcome Day (Aug. 21). This is to manage traffic flow. Once the student and family arrives, they will be directed to their residence hall or to the commuter student welcome. This is where your student will start their Fisher journey. In the interest of social distancing, all campus buildings will be restricted to students and families should plan to be in one vehicle and to drop off only.

Upper-Class Student Welcome Day

We will welcome upper-class returning and transfer students to the residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 23. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus in order to manage traffic flow. When making plans to be dropped off, please remember that, due to social distancing guidelines, all campus buildings will be restricted to students only.

Orientation

沙巴体育滚球All new first-year and transfer students will receive additional information in the coming weeks about new student orientation. We’re planning for orientation for first-year students to be virtual on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and in person Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. Orientation for transfer students will be offered in person on Sunday, Aug. 23, with an option for virtual participation as well.

Faculty and Staff: Help Welcome Our Cardinals Home

We continue to make plans to provide first-year students with a special welcome day and are asking for faculty and staff volunteers to line the routes around campus (six feet apart and with masks on) to welcome our newest Cardinals. The time commitment is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, and you can indicate your interest on our .

Student and Family Campus Conversation

沙巴体育滚球Students and families are invited to join us from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, for a Campus Conversation via Zoom. The conversation will be hosted by President Rooney and the Campus Task Force Reopening Co-Chairs, Dr. Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Dr. Christine Boev, associate professor and co-chair, undergraduate nursing program. During the conversation, we will share more information about our reopening plans to date and answer questions. Please note: we are limited to 1,000 participants on Zoom so if this session reaches the maximum, we will schedule a second session. A Zoom link will be sent to you the morning of the session.

Faculty and Staff Reminders

Fisher Apple Academy

沙巴体育滚球This week, the first of two sessions of the Fisher Apple Academy kicked off with over 80 faculty in attendance. These sessions provide faculty the skills to use iPads in the teaching and learning process. The training includes basic iPad navigation, training on specific apps, and brainstorming how this technology might be used in specific courses. At the completion of this training, each faculty member will become an Apple Certified Teacher. There is still time to register for the second session, which begins Monday, July 27.

Reminder: You need to commit to the training in order to receive the iPad.

Fisher Apple Academy - 2nd Offering
July 27 - Aug. 14, 2020

Socially Distant Classroom and Office Planning – THIS WEEK!

Reserve a timeslot to see a few classrooms laid out in a socially distant configuration, see a demo of the technology available to teach to both in-person and remote students if needed, including ITEC stations, doc cams and iPads, and talk with colleagues to simulate group conversations and class-wide discussion.

Wednesday, July 15: 1 - 2 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

Socially Distant Teaching On-Campus Professional Development Sessions

This series of sessions allows faculty members to sign up to attend one of many available half-day sessions to experience three different rooms—with small, medium and large capacity—that have been transitioned into a social distancing layout. Faculty will rotate between rooms for hour long sessions on the following topics: infection protection, socially distant teaching strategies, and classroom technology training. These half-day sessions will be offered at the end of July and early August. Individualized hands-on time with the classroom technology can be arranged by appointment.

July 

  • Tuesday, July 21 - Morning Session -
  • Wednesday, July 22 - Afternoon Session -
  • Tuesday, July 28 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Morning Session -

August

  • Tuesday, August 4 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, August 5 - Morning Session -
Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 7/7/20

July 7, 2020

沙巴体育滚球Dear Fisher Students and Families:

沙巴体育滚球The Campus Reopening Plan has been submitted to the College’s administration for final review. Next week, on July 15, we will have a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to seek the Board’s endorsement. We will share the plan with the campus community prior to submitting it to New York State. Our thanks to all members of the planning teams for their very thorough and thoughtful work.

Survey Launch

沙巴体育滚球Later this week, we will be sending surveys in an effort to gather your input about returning to campus this fall. Students and families will be sent separate surveys, and we request (and encourage!) your participation as your feedback is valued and will assist us in our planning and communication as the start of the academic year gets closer.

REMINDER: Temporary Learning Accommodation Requests: Fall 2020

沙巴体育滚球While our Campus Reopening Task Force is planning for a full campus reopening this fall, we recognize that some students will not be able to return to campus for on-ground and in-person instruction due to COVID-19. To that end, we will consider requests to continue to learn remotely through this pandemic period. Any accommodation provided as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place only for the duration of the pandemic.

Please note: In order for an undergraduate student to be eligible to take an online course, they should have sophomore status or above. No such restriction applies to graduate students. There are no restrictions on students registering for hybrid courses (a course that reduces some portion of the normal seat time and replaces that time with online learning activities, including asynchronous discussions and other online interactions). In addition, a remote option is not possible for some programs and may require an adjustment to courses taken in the fall.

沙巴体育滚球Students who would like to make this request are asked to complete our by July 8 in order to assist us with planning. Students who are approved will pay regular tuition without room and board. A member of the St. John Fisher College staff will contact you to review and discuss your request.

As always, our Campus Reopening website is updated with the most current information we have, so we would encourage you to check that frequently. As well, should you have a question, we have included a “Submit a Question” option on the page, and we will work to get back to you in a timely manner.

沙巴体育滚球We hope you are remaining healthy and safe and we appreciate your continuing patience as we look forward to the start of a new academic year.

Sincerely,

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 7/7/20

July 7, 2020

We have submitted the Campus Reopening Plan to the cabinet for final review. Next week, on July 15, we will have a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to seek the Board’s endorsement. We will share the plan with the campus community prior to submitting it to New York State. Our thanks to all members of the planning teams for their very thorough and thoughtful work.

The “Calling All Cardinals” campaign kicked off this week, and we have already heard from some of our 85 volunteer callers about the good conversations they have been able to have with our returning undergraduate students. Thank you to all the staff, faculty, and members of our Alumni Board of Directors who are volunteering their time for this effort.

沙巴体育滚球Finally, thank you for your continuing patience as we work toward our reopening. 

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Faculty Training, Campus Visits

Fisher Apple Academy

This week, the first of two sessions of the Fisher Apple Academy kicked off with over 80 faculty in attendance. These sessions provide faculty the skills to use iPads in the teaching and learning process. The training includes basic iPad navigation, training on specific apps, and brainstorming how this technology might be used in specific courses. At the completion of this training, each faculty member will become an Apple Certified Teacher. There is still time to register for the second session, which begins July 27.

Reminder: You need to commit to the training in order to receive the iPad.

Fisher Apple Academy - 2nd Offering
July 27 - August 14, 2020

REMINDER: Socially Distant Classroom and Office Planning

As we begin our phased return to campus, there will be opportunities for both faculty and staff to visit their areas to plan for adjustments that need to be made to align with social distance guidelines. Beginning next week, we will work with department chairs and directors to develop a safety plan for operations in their respective areas. Those plans will align with the College’s safety protocols and procedures, which will be shared more broadly to inform that planning. We will reach out to the responsible employees in each division, identified by their vice presidents, with an invitation to attend a zoom meeting that will outline the process and planning requirements. 

This week, faculty were able to sign up to reserve a timeslot to be on campus to see a few classrooms laid out in a socially distant configuration, see a demo of the technology available to teach to both in-person and remote students if needed, including ITEC stations, doc cams and iPads, and talk with colleagues simulating group conversations and class-wide discussion. The next set of sessions will take place next week:

Tuesday, July 14: 9 - 10 a.m., 10 - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, July 15: 1 - 2 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.

REMINDER: Socially Distant Teaching On-Campus Professional Development Sessions

This series of sessions allows faculty members to sign up to attend one of many available half-day sessions, being exposed to three different rooms, small, medium and large capacity, that all have been transitioned into a social distancing layout. Faculty will rotate between rooms for hour long sessions on the following topics: infection protection, socially distant teaching strategies, and classroom technology training. These half-day sessions will be offered at the end of July and early August. Individualized hands-on time with the classroom technology can be arranged for those interested in either the alternating morning or afternoon by appointment.
 
July 

  • Tuesday, July 21 - Morning Session -
  • Wednesday, July 22 - Afternoon Session -
  • Tuesday, July 28 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Morning Session -

August

  • Tuesday, August 4 - Afternoon Session -
  • Wednesday, August 5 - Morning Session -

Accommodation Request Reminder

沙巴体育滚球As a reminder, the College provided a , based on recently updated . The parameters will include consideration for those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, individuals who have a member of their household who is at increased risk (per CDC guidelines) may also request accommodations through the COVID-19 accommodations process. Thank you to those who submitted their request by July 6; this will assist the College in considering accommodations and adjustments that need to be made in our planning.

Please note that while we did ask for submissions by Monday, July 6, the submission window will remain open. As shared in last week’s update, the Office of Human Resources will follow up directly with those individuals who submit a request with instructions for providing the appropriate medical documentation. In accordance with our existing protocols, the Office of Human Resources will coordinate the accommodation request process.

Campus Conversation - July 23, 1 p.m.

沙巴体育滚球In the coming week, an invitation and registration information will be shared for our next Campus Conversation for faculty and staff, hosted by President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force. The session will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. We hope you will be able to join us.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 7/1/20

July 1, 2020

We hope this finds you doing well and remaining healthy. We write to bring you an update on our reopening planning timeline now that NY Forward is in Phase 4 in the Finger Lakes Region.

沙巴体育滚球Governor Cuomo released guidance for Phase 4 reopening, which includes higher education. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released including detailed guidelines every higher education institution in New York must comply with before we reopen, as well as the ability for each campus to make some independent decisions. We must submit our plan to the NYSDOH before classes begin, and we will continue to seek guidance from the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, Rochester Regional Health, and Monroe County.

沙巴体育滚球Per the state guidance, our reopening plan must cover four key areas:

  • Reopening campus – including capacity for social distancing, PPE, testing plan, residence halls, classrooms, extracurriculars, and vulnerable populations
  • Monitoring – testing responsibility, frequency, protocols; early warning metrics that will be monitored; tracing; screening
  • Containment – isolation/quarantine; cleaning/disinfecting
  • Shutdown – plan to decrease campus activity or close entirely, including move-out procedure

The four planning teams of the Campus Reopening Task Force – Teaching and Learning, Student Success and Engagement, Campus Operations, and College Relations – submitted reports and recommendations to President Rooney and the senior leadership on Monday, June 29. The Steering Committee will now work to synthesize the recommendations of the teams and develop a comprehensive plan for reopening campus and ongoing operations to submit by July 6 for consideration and approval by senior leadership. Following their review, a special meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for July 15 where we will seek the Board's endorsement of the plan.

Our Campus Reopening website is updated with the most current information we have, so we would encourage you to check that frequently. As well, should you have a question, we have included a “Submit a Question” option on the page, and we will work to get back to you in a timely manner.

Return to Campus

沙巴体育滚球Now that Phase 4 of NY Forward in the Finger Lakes has begun, we are able to implement our phased return to campus for employees. In an effort to continue campus de-densification, and as we reopen campus, some College functions will occur on campus and others will continue remotely. Departments that provide student engagement and/or direct student support will return to campus and the date of return will be based on job responsibilities. The College has determined that departments that are strictly administrative will continue to work remotely through the fall semester.

Upcoming Campus Conversations

沙巴体育滚球We have scheduled Zoom Campus Conversations designed for you, our students and families, over the next two months. Invitations and registration information will be sent as the dates get closer. Please save the date on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, August 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Seeking Your Input

In early June, we held student focus group sessions to learn more from our continuing students about their thoughts on the fall semester, classroom instruction, and returning to campus.e gained valuable insights that will inform our planning. In the coming weeks, the College will be sharing a parent survey and a student survey. We encourage your participation, as your input will assist us in our planning and communication as the start of the academic year gets closer. Thank you in advance for sharing your perspectives and insights.

Temporary Learning Accommodation Requests: Fall 2020

沙巴体育滚球While our Campus Reopening Task Force is planning for a full campus reopening this fall, we recognize that some students will not be able to return to campus for on-ground and in-person instruction due to COVID-19. To that end, we will consider requests to continue to learn remotely through this pandemic period. Any accommodation provided as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place only for the duration of the pandemic.

Please note: In order for an undergraduate student to be eligible to take an online course, they should have sophomore status or above. No such restriction applies to graduate students. There are no restrictions on students registering for hybrid courses (a course that reduces some portion of the normal seat time and replaces that time with online learning activities, including asynchronous discussions and other online interactions). In addition, a remote option is not possible for some programs and may require an adjustment to courses taken in the fall.

Students who would like to make this request are asked to complete our by July 8 in order to assist us with planning. Students who are approved will pay regular tuition without room and board. A member of the St. John Fisher College staff will contact you to review and discuss your request.

Finally, we know that this fall will be unlike any other semester we have experienced together on campus. In all that we do, our collective work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the goal to maximize in-person instruction and deliver the Fisher academic experience that our students and faculty value. It is crucial that we come together as the strong campus community that we are to work toward our most important goal of keeping our community healthy and safe.

沙巴体育滚球Thank you for your continuing patience and understanding as we work toward our campus reopening.

Sincerely,

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

June

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Faculty and Staff: 6/30/20

June 30, 2020

Thanks to all who joined us for our Campus Conversations over the last few weeks. Below, you will see a schedule of upcoming Campus Conversations we hope you will be able to attend as our planning toward the fall 2020 semester continues. Invitations and registration information will be sent in the coming weeks. As a reminder, the presentations from each of the Campus Conversations have been posted to the website.

沙巴体育滚球The four planning teams submitted their reports and recommendations on Monday, June 29 and the President's Cabinet is scheduled to meet with the co-chairs of each of the planning teams this week to review. We are also working this week to synthesize the recommendations of the teams and develop a comprehensive plan for reopening campus and ongoing operations to submit by Monday, July 6 for cabinet consideration and approval. Following their review, a special meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 where we will seek the Board’s endorsement of the plan. The plan will also be shared with campus constituents before it is submitted to New York state.

We have also added a link to the Campus Reopening website in the .

Finally, thank you for your patience and continuing collaboration as we work together to plan our reopening.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

NY Forward - Phase 4

As you know, Governor Cuomo released guidance for Phase 4 reopening, which includes higher education. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released including detailed guidelines every higher education institution in New York must comply with before we reopen, as well as the ability for each campus to make some independent decisions. We must submit our plan to the NYSDOH before classes begin, and we will continue to seek guidance from the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, Rochester Regional Health, and Monroe County.

Per the state, our reopening plan must cover four key areas:

  • Reopening campus – including capacity for social distancing, PPE, testing plan, residence halls, classrooms, extracurriculars, and vulnerable populations
  • Monitoring – testing responsibility, frequency, protocols; early warning metrics that will be monitored; tracing; screening
  • Containment – isolation/quarantine; cleaning/disinfecting
  • Shutdown – plan to decrease campus activity or close entirely, including move-out procedure

Return to Campus

沙巴体育滚球Now that Phase 4 has begun, we are able to implement our phased return to campus. As shared in the Campus Conversations, some College functions will occur on campus and others will continue remotely. Departments that provide student engagement and/or direct student support will return to campus as part of NY Forward Phase 4 and the date of return will be based on job responsibilities. The College has determined that departments that are strictly administrative will continue to work remotely through the fall semester.

沙巴体育滚球Divisional vice presidents are in the process of sharing the return to campus details with their direct reports and divisional departments. If you have a question, please direct it to your supervisor.

NYS Travel Advisory

Effective immediately and for as long as the New York state travel advisory is in place, any employees traveling to any restricted states —defined as those with a significant current community spread of COVID-19—are required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to New York state and before returning to St. John Fisher College.

Additionally, all employees traveling to a country with a are required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to New York state and before returning to St. John Fisher College.

COVID-19 Accommodation Request Form

For those who will be returning to campus, the College has implemented a COVID-19 Accommodation Request form. Based on recently updated , the parameters will include consideration for those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, individuals who have a member of their household who are at increased risk (per CDC guidelines) may also request through the COVID-19 accommodation process. Those who intend to request an accommodation are asked to submit the form by Monday, July 6, which will assist the College in considering accommodations and adjustments that will need to be made in our planning. The Office of Human Resources will follow up with those who submit a request with instructions for submitting the appropriate medical documentation. In accordance with our existing protocols, the Office of Human Resources will coordinate the accommodation request process.

Faculty Training, Campus Visits

There are several professional development opportunities for faculty this summer including the Fisher Apple Academy, with both virtual and on-campus components, classroom visits, as well as half-day workshops focused on social distancing teaching strategies, classroom technology, and infection protection. In addition, there are resources that can be found on the Educational Technology website.

Fisher Apple Academy

沙巴体育滚球The Fisher Apple Academy provides faculty the skills to use iPads in the teaching and learning process. The training will include basic iPad navigation, training on specific apps and brainstorming how this technology might be used in specific courses. At the completion of this training, each faculty member will become an Apple Certified Teacher. This training opportunity will take place over a 3-week period and be conducted mostly asynchronously through Blackboard.

There will also be 1-hour campus sessions held each Thursday of the 3-week experience for small groups of faculty to practice their skills with the support of a facilitator and colleagues. For these live sessions, faculty will be asked to register for time slots that work for their schedule. There will be two offerings of the training this summer.

沙巴体育滚球Reminder: You need to commit to the training in order to receive the iPad.

Fisher Apple Academy 1st Offering
July 6 - July 24, 2020

Fisher Apple Academy 2nd Offering
July 27 - Aug. 14, 2020

Socially Distant Classroom Visits

Would you like to see what a socially distant classroom looks like? These classroom visits will provide faculty an opportunity to see a few classrooms laid out in a socially distant configuration, see a demo of the technology available to teach to both in-person and remote students if needed, including ITEC stations, doc cams and iPads, and talk with colleagues simulating group conversations and class-wide discussion. These sessions are not intended to be full training sessions, but early exposure to the classroom spaces and how they may look in the fall semester.

Please sign up for an available time slot. Each visit will be capped at 12 faculty.

  • Tuesday, July 7: 1–2 p.m., 2–3 p.m., 3–4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8: 9–10 a.m., 10–11 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, July 14: 9–10 a.m., 10–11 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
  • Wednesday, July 15: 1–2 p.m., 2–3 p.m., 3–4 p.m.

Socially Distant Teaching On-Campus Professional Development Sessions

沙巴体育滚球This series of sessions allows faculty members to sign up to attend one of many available half-day sessions, being exposed to three different rooms, small, medium and large capacity, that all have been transitioned into a social distancing layout. Faculty will rotate between rooms for hour long sessions on the following topics: infection protection, socially distant teaching strategies, and classroom technology training. These half-day sessions will be offered at the end of July and early August. Individualized hands-on time with the classroom technology can be arranged for those interested in either the alternating morning or afternoon by appointment.

July

  • Tuesday, July 21 – Morning Session –
  • Wednesday, July 22 – Afternoon Session –
  • Tuesday, July 28 – Afternoon Session –
  • Wednesday, July 29 – Morning Session –

August

  • Tuesday, Aug. 4 – Afternoon Session –
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Morning Session –
Socially Distant Teaching Webinar Series

沙巴体育滚球This series of webinar events will cover a wide variety of topics, specifically those that do not require faculty to be on-campus to participate. These sessions will be held remotely through Zoom, will be recorded for later viewing and made available on the Campus Reopening website. Session topics will include both technology training on tools like Blackboard, Zoom, VoiceThread, Ensemble, and more, and pedagogical sessions including best practices for the variety of modalities and teaching scenarios that may occur in the fall semester.

Webinars will be scheduled and announced starting in mid-July.

Upcoming Campus Conversations

We have scheduled additional Campus Conversations sessions over the next two months. Invitations and registration information will be sent as the dates get closer. But for now, please save the date!

  • Tuesday, July 21 – Students and Families
  • Thursday, July 23 – Faculty and Staff
  • Thursday, Aug. 6 – Faculty and Staff
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Students and Families
Faculty Campus Conversation: 6/25/20

沙巴体育滚球This session invited faculty to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for a second Campus Conversation to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

Staff Campus Conversation: 6/25/20

沙巴体育滚球This session invited staff to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update: 6/23/20

June 23, 2020

This week, we look forward to a Campus Conversation with staff and another session with faculty, where we will be joined by the co-chairs of all of the planning teams. Staff members should have received an invitation with a registration link earlier this week from President Rooney. During these sessions, we hope to provide more insight into our process and progress so far.  As we have said time and again, our work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the goal to maximize in-person instruction and deliver the Fisher academic experience that our students value. 
 
Thank you to the nearly 200 faculty who participated in last week’s Campus Conversation with President Rooney, Provost Railey, and our Teaching and Learning Planning Team co-chairs, Drs. Eileen Lynd-Balta and Melissa Goodwin. The presentation was posted to the Campus Reopening website, and we are in the process of adding the common questions and answers to our FAQs page.
 
Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo released the details for , which includes details for higher education reopening. The guidance is intended to address in-person higher education institutions, including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools. Per the guidelines, we will be required to submit our plan for reopening to the state. We will also make the plan available on our website. The Governor’s Higher Education Guidelines include mandatory requirements and recommended best practices in the following areas:

  • Physical distancing
  • Protective equipment
  • Hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection
  • Communication
  • Screening

The Task Force has been very focused on each of these areas and our planning to date is in line with the Governor’s guidelines. We are fortunate to have great community partners, whose partnership and expertise is also guiding our planning. More than a dozen members of the Task Force have participated in multiple educational sessions with Rochester Regional Health. Members are also meeting regularly with the Monroe County Health Department.

We will be finalizing the recommended reopening plan in the coming weeks to submit to President Rooney and the cabinet for final review and approval. The Steering Committee and planning teams have been meeting multiple times a week and that will continue until our plans are complete and ready to be implemented.  As planning progresses, our goal is to keep the campus community informed, and in that spirit, we are providing an overview of the efforts of each of the planning teams to date.
 
Our thanks to all who are playing a role in this planning. We hope to “see” many of you at this week’s Campus Conversations.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Teaching and Learning Planning Team Update

The Teaching and Learning Planning Team continues its work focused on a face-to-face environment with health and safety at the forefront of all planning. As presented in the Campus Conversation last week, below is a summary of plans to date:

  • Shift academic calendar for an earlier start with a planned end of instruction timeline on November 25. A week of remote finals will take place the week after Thanksgiving break. For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, and there will be one week of online instruction after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) with final examinations taking place on campus through December 11.
  • Class schedule changes will include longer times between classes and no free period to allow for social distancing between classes, time for cleaning, and a de-densification of concentrated times in dining hall.
  • We have expanded classroom inventory by prioritizing all campus spaces for instruction.
  • Classroom assignments will be based on enrollment to optimize room utilization.
  • We will create safer classrooms by following occupancy and social distancing guidelines by New York State.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning supplies will be provided in each classroom.
  • Safety guidelines and requirements will be posted outside and inside of classrooms.
  • Faculty training will continue to take place throughout the summer with opportunities for sessions focused on online teaching, technology training, and de-densified classroom visits.
  • Developing common syllabus language regarding classroom protocols (mask use and disinfecting), contact tracing, and no harm absence.
  • Exploring best practices for shared equipment in an instructional setting.
  • Considering special instructional arrangements for computer labs and science labs, as well as contingencies related to illness, quarantine, etc.

Student Success and Engagement Planning Team Update

沙巴体育滚球The Student Engagement and Success Planning Team has been working to recommend flexible plans for returning to campus in fall ’20 addressing our commitment to the student experience with health and safety as the first priority. Planning team discussions have centered around:

  • Student support and engagement.
  • Providing student health and wellness services in a consistent and safe manner.
  • Delivering a student experience that is familiar and engaging while creating flexible indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Consideration for New York State, NCAA, and Empire 8 guidelines in planning for a student athletic experience.
  • Creating a safe and comfortable community for both residential and commuter students.
  • Education and the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Provisions for prospective student campus tours.

Campus Operations Planning Team Update

The Campus Operations Planning Team is following CDC and NYS guidance to provide best practices for the health and safety of the Fisher community. Some of the work currently underway: 

  • Working with vendors to ensure that we can supply all classrooms, public areas, and office suites with cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.
  • Creating educational materials around mask use, donning, doffing, and cleaning - providing fabric masks to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Updating cleaning schedules and protocols to especially address high use and high touch areas.
  • Investing in “touchless” technology in many areas on campus.
  • Reviewing and modifying campus policies regarding off-campus travel.
  • Developing plans to provide student, faculty, and staff mail and package deliveries to end users in the most contactless way.
  • Installing polycarbonate barriers at transactional areas.
  • Installing “footprints” and other signage to provide social distancing guidance and direction of travel within buildings.
  • Considering physical modifications of work areas to enhance social distancing.
  • Adjustment of HVAC systems to improve air quality.

College Relations Planning Team Update

The College Relations Planning Team has led two student focus groups, in partnership with Dr. Hemant Sashittal, to learn more about students’ expectations for the fall 2020 semester. A summary of those findings will be shared in this week’s Campus Conversations on Zoom. The team is moving forward with a parent survey in an effort to gain parent insight. In addition, the team is:

  • Implementing the “Calling All Cardinals” campaign in an effort to remain engaged with current students this summer. Recruiting faculty and staff from across campus to serve as Cardinal callers.
  • Continuing to maintain the Campus Reopening Website (bennygallagher.com/update) with FAQs and policies as they are finalized.
  • Developing communication plan for positive COVID cases on campus.
  • Developing communication plan to be used in the event of another campus shutdown.
Faculty Campus Conversation: 6/18/20

沙巴体育滚球This session shared additional details about our plans to reopen campus this fall with faculty. Provost Kevin Railey and Teaching and Learning Planning Team Co-Chairs, Dr. Eileen Lynd-Balta and Dr. Melissa Goodwin, shared more about the work they have been doing around safe classroom practices, de-densification, the adjusted semester schedule and class times, and more.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update: 6/16/20

June 16, 2020

The Campus Reopening Task Force has been planning for several weeks and working toward a safe reopening for the fall 2020 semester. Our work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the goal of optimizing in-person instruction and delivering the Fisher academic experience that students value.

To that end, we write to share with you that the College has made the decision to shift the academic calendar ahead by two weeks. This proposed schedule is contingent on final guidance for higher education reopening from New York State as well as Monroe County.

The adjusted schedule takes into account the possibility that we could face another wave of the virus this fall and maximizes our opportunity to provide on-ground instruction to our students. It also allows us to de-densify the campus after Thanksgiving. A challenge for college campuses is the increased risk when students leave for breaks and return to campus, especially during flu season.

沙巴体育滚球With New York State and Monroe County guidance and mandates top of mind, we are developing campus de-densification plans, cleaning protocols, and social distancing guidelines in an effort to minimize exposure to COVID and maximize the safety of our campus.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • By moving our schedule ahead two weeks, classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 24 (see information on Wegmans School of Pharmacy calendar below).
  • We will hold classes on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) and Recess Day (originally planned for Friday, Oct. 16).
  • Classes and in-person exams will be held through Wednesday, Nov. 25, with students leaving for the semester at Thanksgiving Break (which will take place November 26-29).
  • A remote finals week will take place online beginning Monday, Nov. 30 and will end Friday, Dec. 4. The semester break will begin immediately following finals.
  • The first weekend of Weekend College will take place on campus Friday, Aug. 28 through Saturday, Aug. 29 and the last weekend of Weekend College will take place online from Friday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 5.
  • For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Orientation will take place the week of Aug. 24 and classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 31. There will be one week of online instruction after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and final examinations will take place on campus from Dec. 7-11.

The shift in our academic calendar also means that our Division of Student Affairs is preparing for an early move-in and Orientation. As those plans develop, we will share them with you.

沙巴体育滚球We also recognize that there will be students who have clinical, student teaching, internship, or other field experience obligations and students who may still be participating in intercollegiate athletic competition. We will work with them to make arrangements to remain on campus after Thanksgiving Break.

Zoom Campus Conversations

We know you will have many questions as the summer continues on a variety of topics. To that end, beginning this week, we will hold a series of Zoom Campus Conversations for campus constituents. This Thursday, June 18, from 2-3 p.m., faculty are invited to join the Teaching and Learning Planning Team to learn more about the work they have been doing around safe classroom teaching, de-densification, and more. We will provide a Zoom link on Thursday morning. Next week, staff will have an opportunity to learn more about the work and recommendations from the Task Force Planning Teams so far.

沙巴体育滚球You will also receive regular updates from the Task Force via email. In addition, we have transitioned our Coronavirus Update website to a Campus Reopening website. We will continue to keep this website current with the most-up-to-date information and decisions, so please refer to it regularly. If you have a question and don’t see an answer to it, please submit your question through the “Submit a Question” button and we will be sure you receive an answer in a timely fashion.

Finally, we ask for your patience as our planning continues. We will be making decisions each week, guided by updated information from the state and county. As those decisions are made, we will share them with you. We appreciate your continuing collaboration as we work together to plan our reopening.

Campus Update from the President: 6/10/20

June 10, 2020

沙巴体育滚球Dear Colleagues,

Our work toward a fall campus reopening continues. As you know, we have been preparing a number of contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of on-ground College operations that support the student learning experience.

沙巴体育滚球We know many of you have questions about returning to work, so while we await additional guidance and direction from Governor Cuomo relative to the reopening of higher education, we wanted to share some of our preliminary plans.

One of the scenarios we are considering for the academic calendar is modeled using an earlier start date for both move-in and classes, with instruction concluding at Thanksgiving and a week of remote final examinations.

沙巴体育滚球Some of the other aspects of our planning include:

  • As part of our reopening, we are planning to provide each member of the campus community with two fabric masks for personal use. Masks or other face coverings will be required on campus in public spaces. In addition, we are exploring other PPE options for classroom instruction and transactional business on campus.
  • We are developing necessary policies and protocols as part of our health and safety commitment to our students, staff, and faculty including the use of an app or other electronic platform for members of the campus community to self-monitor their health daily.
  • The Campus Reopening Task Force has done a thorough assessment of campus buildings and spaces to reimagine how and where classes can be taught outside of our typical classrooms such that enrollments do not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of assigned rooms. The Teaching and Learning Planning Team, in cooperation with the Office of Information Technology and the Campus Operations Planning Team, is also conducting a technology assessment in each of those spaces and developing a cleaning plan for educational spaces including classrooms and laboratories.

沙巴体育滚球This week, members of the Teaching and Learning Planning Team met on campus to stage a socially distant classroom and to start to think about furniture configurations and other considerations for teaching. In addition, the team is working with the Registrar’s Office to optimize on-ground instruction through enrollment-based classroom assignments.

As soon as we receive the additional guidance from the Governor, we will be able to finalize plans and make more definitive information available regarding the academic calendar and other campus reopening information. The College Relations Planning Team is also working to transition the Coronavirus Update website into a Campus Reopening website which will have the most-up-to-date information available.

I am grateful to all who are involved in this important work, and I am thankful to all members of our campus community for your patience, understanding, and ideas as we work diligently to prepare for our return to campus.

I am looking forward to being together again, doing what we do best, delivering the Fisher experience to the students we have the opportunity to serve.

沙巴体育滚球Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from the President: 6/3/20

June 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

沙巴体育滚球The work of the Campus Reopening Task Force is well underway and continues to be driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and delivering the Fisher academic experience that our students value.  The cabinet and I are regularly meeting with the Task Force leadership to hear recommendations and to make decisions as we plan.

To that end, we are awaiting further guidance for higher education from Governor Cuomo and expect to hear more next week.  On Wednesday, June 10, we plan to provide the Board of Trustees with a reopening update, which would position us to share more details next week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to prepare with the most current information and guidance in mind.  Again, our top priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, and we will continue to plan for contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of operations that will be on-ground.

沙巴体育滚球As you may have seen in media coverage overnight and this morning, the National Football League made the announcement yesterday afternoon that because of the need for a more controlled environment due to COVID-19, all NFL teams would be required to hold summer training camps at their own facilities.  We understand the NFL’s decision regarding Summer Training Camps, and we appreciate the League’s regard for the safety of its players, coaching staff, and the staff of the various camp host venues, including Fisher.  We look forward to welcoming the team back to campus when it is safe for the team and Bills fans, and wish them the best of luck this season.  My thanks to all who play a role in the campus training camp team, led by Dr. Todd Harrison and Pat Gordon, and for the planning and preparation that had been done to this point.

沙巴体育滚球Finally, as I said on Monday evening, we stand with the entire Rochester community and we remain committed to community-wide efforts to eliminate institutional and structural racism and discrimination.  We will continue to work diligently to create and uphold an environment that fosters inclusive excellence focused on opportunities to strengthen our values and practices.  My thanks to all who have played a vital role in our work around these topics and to those who will continue to do so, including the College’s REJI Change Team.  This work has never been more important.

I hope you are remaining healthy and safe.

Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

May

Campus Update from the President: 5/27/20

May 27, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, May 8, 2020 we held our May Board meeting virtually.  You can find the full meeting report on the Board website.  Once there, click on May 2020 Board Report (left-hand side).  You will be prompted to sign into the portal using your Fisher credentials to access the report.  We expect to meet with the Board every few weeks throughout the summer to keep them apprised of our campus reopening planning.

The Campus Reopening Task Force work is well underway, as is the work of each of the planning teams.  This work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and with the goal of delivering the Fisher academic experience that students value.  Our main priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, recognizing that there will be necessary changes in our campus living and learning environments.  Beginning this week, the cabinet and I will more regularly meet with Drs. Matha Thornton and Christine Boev, the Task Force co-chairs, for updates and to review recommendations.  As we have updates related to our fall reopening, we will share those with you.

I trust that you are all staying healthy and doing well.  For those of you teaching your own children at home, I hope the year ends for them as smoothly as it did for our students.  This has certainly been a time of resilience and adaptability, and the adjustments all have made both at work and at home have not gone unnoticed.

沙巴体育滚球Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our mission.

Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from President Rooney: 5/20/20

May 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

沙巴体育滚球I hope this finds you doing well.

沙巴体育滚球I have had the opportunity to connect with many of you during Zoom meetings with the Schools and Divisions to engage in discussion around the College’s response to COVID-19, to situate where we are today, and to outline our planning framework and decision timeline for the fall semester. As we continue to work toward a safe reopening of campus, I remain committed to providing updates on new developments as we know them, as well as how they might impact the College, our employees, and our students.

As you likely know, the first phase of Governor Cuomo’s Reopening Plan began last Friday, May 15, and the Finger Lakes Region met the required conditions to reopen. Education is in the fourth phase, which is estimated to begin June 29. As the earlier phases are completed, we will know more about our ability to implement our own phased reopening at that time.

沙巴体育滚球Again, our main priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, and we continue to plan and prepare a number of contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of operations that will be on-ground, recognizing that there will be necessary changes in our campus living and learning environments to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

As an extension of our planning work to this point, I have comprised a Campus Reopening Task Force that will plan and coordinate the campus reopening in response to COVID-19. Guided by the College’s mission and commitment to inclusive excellence, the Task Force Steering Committee will provide direction, coordination, and project management to four planning teams: Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement and Success, Campus Operations, and College Relations. The Committee will synthesize the recommendations of the teams and develop a comprehensive plan for reopening campus and ongoing operations by July 1 for cabinet consideration and approval. This plan will be informed by the CICU Creating Safe and Resilient Campuses: Suggestions for Reopening and Reimagining Colleges and Universities in New York沙巴体育滚球 and will meet state and county directives.

Steering Committee membership includes:

  • Matha Thornton, co-chair, Student Affairs Division
  • Christine Boev, co-chair, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Al Camp, Student Affairs Division
  • Melissa Goodwin, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Stacy Ledermann, Enrollment Management Division
  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, Academic Affairs Division
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs Division
  • Stacy Slocum, Financial Affairs Division
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Torok, President’s Division
  • Terri Travaglini, Student Affairs Division
  • Sara Vinch, Institutional Advancement Division
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Derick Wigle, Student Affairs Division

The charge and membership of each of the planning teams are as follows:

Teaching and Learning

Working collaboratively with academic departments, the Teaching and Learning Planning Team will consider the academic calendar, classroom and learning space capacity, course schedules, teaching modalities, pedagogies, accommodations, professional development needs, and workforce considerations to effectively prepare for the upcoming academic year and ensure that quality academic instruction continues uninterrupted.

  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, co-chair, Academic Affairs
  • Melissa Goodwin, co-chair, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nabila Ahmed-Sarwar, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Mia Breitkopf, Lavery Library
  • Marilyn Dollinger, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Colleen Donegan, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Ann Marie Fallon, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Chad Goulette, Office of Information Technology
  • Hugh Lambert, School of Business
  • Joellen Maples, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Whitney Rapp, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Jesse Redlo, Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing
  • Katie Sabourin, Academic Affairs
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Uman, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Jason Welch, Registrar’s Office
  • Theresa Westbay, School of Arts and Sciences

Student Engagement and Success

The Student Engagement and Success Planning Team will develop flexible plans for returning to campus in fall 2020 addressing student housing, enrollment, athletics, support/wellbeing, engagement, academic support, and related policies with health and safety as the first priority.

  • Stacy Ledermann, co-chair, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Derick Wigle, co-chair, Office of Residential Life
  • Erin Barry, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Becky Kieffer, Health and Wellness Center
  • Jill McCabe, Athletics
  • Amanda Metzger, Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion
  • Clarence Norman, Higher Education Opportunities Program
  • Todd Sodano, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Yantee Slobert, Multicultural Affairs

Campus Operations

The Campus Operations Planning Team will develop operational plans for a safe return to campus for students and employees. Following the guidance from the CICU and state and county directives, the team will generate policies and procedures for implementation. Focus areas of their work include classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities, offices, and other public spaces. In addition, this team’s work will focus on developing the plan for the resumption of broader campus-based activities, including access to campus for visitors.

  • Al Camp, co-chair, Office of Safety and Security
  • Terri Travaglini, co-chair, Student Affairs
  • Christine Boev, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Mike Boller, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Karl Williams, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Dave DiCaro, Office of Safety and Security
  • Cherie Evans, Registrar’s Office
  • Melissa Jadlos, Lavery Library
  • Dan Kinsman, OIT
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs
  • Angela Obuhanych, Office of Human Resources
  • Jeff Ross, Facilities Department
  • Stacy Slocum, OIT
  • George Stooks, Facilities Department
  • Ken Widanka, Facilities Department
  • Susan Wisniewski, Financial Affairs

College Relations

The College Relations Planning Team will gather bi-directional and interactive constituent engagement and communication strategies and refine or adjust based upon the current and evolving pandemic and economic situations within the timeframe outlined by the Task Force Steering Committee. The team will also make communication recommendations and lead the coordination of Task Force campus updates to all campus constituents.

  • Kate Torok, co-chair, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Sara Vinch, co-chair, Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Melissa Greco Lopes, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Todd Harrison, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Overton-Healy, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Dave Roberts, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Maya Temperley, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Teah Terrance, Institutional Advancement–Alumni Relations
  • Carolyn Vacca, School of Arts and Sciences

沙巴体育滚球I am confident in our collaborative spirit, creative thinking, and in our steadfast commitment to our students. We are at our best when we work together, each day, to deliver a Fisher education. We have rallied as a campus community, supported each other and our students, and successfully navigated our response together. I look forward to continuing that approach to this work with all of you.

Thank you, as always, for your continuing good work in support of our mission and our students.

沙巴体育滚球Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President