Campus Reopening FAQs
The St. John Fisher College campus has reopened and implemented new policies, procedures, and safety guidelines keeping top of mind the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and our commitment to the Fisher academic experience that our students and faculty value.
When do fall classes start and when will they end?
沙巴体育滚球Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 24 and end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, just before Thanksgiving Break (Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29). The new calendar will also include a day of instruction on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) and a day of instruction on Recess Day (originally planned for Friday, Oct. 16).
This shift in the academic calendar will allow us to have the planned 14 weeks of instruction. Finals will take place online beginning Monday, Nov. 30 and will end Friday, Dec. 4. The semester break will begin immediately following finals. The last weekend of Weekend College will take place Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5, online.
沙巴体育滚球For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Orientation will take place the week of Aug. 24 and classes will begin on 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.
Is there a student accommodations process?
沙巴体育滚球We recognize that some students will not be able to be on campus for on-ground and in-person instruction due to COVID-19. Requests to continue to learn remotely through this pandemic period will be considered. 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 . Students who are approved will pay regular tuition and if residential receive a prorated room and board refund. Resident students must move out of the residence hall upon approval to be a remote learner.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Michelle Erklenz-Watts沙巴体育滚球, director of academic student support.
沙巴体育滚球Please note: A remote option may not be possible for some programs and may require an adjustment to courses schedules.
Can you describe how remote learning will work?
All classrooms will have Zoom capabilities. For each course section, an instructor will set up a recurring Zoom meeting that can be used for the entire semester. This information will be provided on the course syllabus. Both semester-long and temporary (e.g., due to quarantine) remote learners will be expected to join all in-person class sessions and will be held to the same attendance and participation policies.
What happens if I have to quarantine and all my classes are in-person?
For each course section, an instructor will set up a recurring Zoom meeting that can be used for the entire semester. This information will be provided on the course syllabus. An instructor can record class sessions in Zoom and make them available to students. All faculty will use Blackboard as the learning management system platform to post information and share resources. Again, both semester-long and temporary (e.g., due to quarantine) remote learners will be expected to join all in-person class sessions and will be held to the same attendance and participation policies.
How will required experiential learning (student teaching, clinicals) be addressed for fall?
Required clinical placements and student teaching will be conducted as planned. Individual programs will be coordinating plans with students for placements. Contact your academic advisor if you have specific questions about programmatic requirements.
Will faculty wear microphones when teaching with a mask?
We have tested and evaluated individual learning spaces for sound quality. All learning spaces are equipped with a document camera that has a built-in microphone needed for quality Zoom sessions. In larger spaces, if additional amplification is needed, microphones are being installed.
How will student and faculty interaction outside of the classroom work differently?
Blackboard will serve as the learning management system for all course sections. Faculty will be posting all course materials in this space. Faculty are anticipated to hold office hours each week, however these will most often occur via Zoom. Faculty may also be available to meet on campus as needed.
How will office hours be held?
Office hours are anticipated to be held each week, but will most often occur via Zoom. Faculty may also be available to meet on campus as needed.
How will a class be handled if the instructor falls ill?
All classes are being developed with a contingency plan in case the instructor becomes unavailable. These plans are created by departments and communicated to School deans.
How will grades be calculated for fall?
Grading during the fall semester is anticipated to continue as specified for each course for all learners. At this time, we do not anticipate utilizing a universal pass/fail option.
How can students access tutoring resources?
Tutoring services will continue to be available for you throughout the semester. To request a tutor, use the "raise a hand" option in FisherLink. You will be put in touch with a tutor who can work with you via email or Google Hangouts, which can be accessed via the mySJFC Launchpad.
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For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Nicolay at (585) 385-8147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supervisor: Jiayan Li, Accounting Department
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Supervisor: Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Chemistry Department
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Supervisor: Patricia Wollan, Finance Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with finance courses and Bloomberg Terminal.
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.
Director: Theresa Nicolay
Undergraduate tutors assist students during all stages and aspects of the writing process.
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Director: Theresa Nicolay
沙巴体育滚球Additional assistance is provided by undergraduate peer tutors for courses not encompassed by services listed above (e.g. biology, modern languages, psychology).
How can students contact CCAP advisors during online instruction?
沙巴体育滚球For academic planning and career assistance you can make an appointment in FisherLink. Appointments will be held by email, phone, or skype.
If you are seeking help with résumés, cover letters, job/internship search, interview prep and other topics directly related to career readiness, you can make appointments via FisherLink, or you can directly email email@example.com沙巴体育滚球 to request help from Tracy Sullivan, Jamie Canfield, or Julia Overton-Healy. Support will be provided by phone, email, and skype.
Career Accelerator Awards
Questions regarding Career Accelerator Awards should be directed to Julia Overton-Healy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will accessibility services still be available to students during online instruction?
Contact Joy Breeden at email@example.com or (585) 385-7272 for support questions as you continue your studies online.
Is there an update on study abroad for fall and spring?
Study abroad has been canceled for the fall semester. At this time, no decision has been made regarding spring study abroad. As the fall semester gets underway, we will remain in contact with our study abroad partners and determine the best, safest course of action.
Is work-study still an option?
Yes, work-study positions are available. Job postings are available in Handshake.
Will we receive a tuition refund for classes that will be conducted online?
Tuition will not be adjusted based on instructional modality of coursework. The College did commit to keep the 2020-2021 tuition, room and board, and fees at the prior year's level for students and their families.
Will clubs and organizations still be able to hold events and meetings?
Yes! The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion is dedicated to fostering an environment for students that is fun, familiar, and most importantly, safe. While we have had to revamp almost all of our policies and procedures, we are confident that if we work together, are creative, and flexible, life on campus will be just as vibrant and fun as before.
When we are able to hold in-person club meetings?
In-person club meetings will held from 9-10 p.m. on the club’s assigned day. Dates and times of club meetings can be found in ,
What are the new rules around club meetings and events?
To ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community, campus programming will be executed in phases. Phase 1 runs through Sept. 30. In phase 1, each club/organization will only be permitted to hold TWO in-person club business meetings 沙巴体育滚球(not events) per month. All other meetings (including e-board meetings) and events must be held virtually. We anticipate that phase 2 will introduce additional options for in-person programming.
All in-person meeting and virtual event requests should be submitted on .
Has the club and organization budgeting process changed?
Clubs and organizations will receive the same amount of funding from SGA that they received last year. If your organization was not funded, the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion will be in touch with you about your budget for this year. Students will still be held accountable for following the new finance guidelines rolled out last spring when you were submitting budgets when making any purchases this year. Special Case will still be available.
All purchases will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis via FisherSync (this is different than last year). Money in your budget allocated for purchases that may not be happening this semester/year can be moved and used to accommodate any unforeseen expenses caused by policy/price changes related to COVD-19. The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion will work closely with you to reallocate money if that is needed.
When will we be able to have visitors in the residence halls?
The College’s COVID-19 Monitoring Team will assess the Residence Hall Visitor Policy weekly and make adjustments when possible within our current protocols. The COVID-19 Monitoring Team makes campus announcements on Tuesdays, and the Residence Hall Visitor Policy will be part of those weekly updates.
Are those coming to campus each day, including students, faculty, staff, and guests, required to complete a health screening?
Yes. Students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to arriving on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.).
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. Essential guests to the campus (including vendors, contractors, and academic guests) must check-in at the Office of Safety and Security where they will complete a separate screening.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus and how can I protect myself??
For a complete list of symptoms and the latest guidance to best understand how you can protect yourself, refer to the latest information from the .
What is contact tracing?
沙巴体育滚球Contact tracing is the process of contacting all people who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and to work with them to interrupt disease transmission. For COVID-19 specifically, this includes asking cases to and contacts to at home voluntarily.
What does the contact tracing process look like?
Contact tracers are focused on two things: providing support for the person who will be quarantined or isolated, and community communication. Fisher’s tracers were trained to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, how to stop the spread, the difference between case and contact (someone who has been in contact with a positive case), isolation and quarantine, ethics and HIPPA, and the investigative process.
The contact tracing process is as follows:
- Case investigation: The contact tracer has a conversation with the patient and makes sure they understand the contact tracing process. During this conversation, the case will be asked questions about their infectious period, asked to identify contacts, and briefed on what will happen going forward, including quarantine. Patient must disclose fully who they have been in contact with to help the process for our community.
- Contact tracing: Contact tracers look at parameters including social distancing, symptoms (contact is someone who was within 6’ or less of person for 10 minutes or more), and close contacts who have had a sustained contact and notify individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure. The patient’s identity will not be disclosed through this process. To the extent possible, the interview is done over the phone or through virtual text message/email.
- Contact support: Contacts are provided with information and support to help them understand their level of risk, and directions on what they should do next. Students who test positive will be directed to quarantine off-campus, College will assist with arrangements. Contact tracer will inform others identified in the tracing process of next steps. If they start to feel symptoms, contact tracer will direct them to be tested.
For additional information about contact tracing, visit the .
Who will handle campus contact tracing at Fisher?
The contact tracing process of resident students will be led by the Office of Safety and Security in consultation with the Monroe County Health Department. All of our officers have received contact tracing training via Johns Hopkins University’s Contact Tracing Training Program. Contact tracing of employees and commuter students will be led by the Monroe County Health Department.
How will the Fisher community be informed of positive cases on campus?
The College maintains a Covid-19 Impact沙巴体育滚球 webpage that indicates the number of positive cases and our current operational level.
What should I do if I begin to experience symptoms?
Students should contact the Health and Wellness Center, or Fisher Care. Alternately, students can contact their off campus health care provider. If your health care provider directs you to self-quarantine, you should notify the Health and Wellness Center.
Should you begin to experience symptoms contact your health care provider and follow their medical advice. If you are directed by your health care team to self-quarantine, you are required to report this to your supervisor or department chair as well as the Office of Human Resources who will assist you in implementing your quarantine.
Will students and employees be required to have a flu vaccine?
沙巴体育滚球All residential students will be required to receive the flu vaccine. All other students as well as all employees will be strongly encouraged to do so. As we always do, the College will provide flu clinics on campus throughout the early fall semester after the vaccine is available.
A student has to get a COVID test, what do they do?
The College is working with Rochester Regional and the Wilson Drive-Through Testing Tent as a testing option. You can also receive testing at places like WellNow Urgent Care and CVS. You can also contact your physician for help identifying where to get a test.
When a student receives their results, they should send a copy of the results to the College’s Health and Wellness Center via email to firstname.lastname@example.org沙巴体育滚球 or fax (585.385.8299). They will also need to complete the release of information with the Health and Wellness Center regarding the outcome of the test. Once the Health and Wellness Center reviews the results, a staff person will contact the student to discuss. If a student has a positive COVID test, their health care provider can also help. In most cases, a positive result will requires 10 days of isolation.
What type of screening tools you are using?
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.
沙巴体育滚球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.
How long will it take to receive the saliva test results?
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.
What if a sample indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA?
Students with saliva samples that indicate the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA will be required to isolate of campus and have a diagnostic test for COVID-19 (nasopharyngeal swab).
What happens if a roommate or suitemate has a saliva sample that comes back indicating the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-29) RNA?
Students may need to quarantine until the results of the roommate/suitemates’ COVID test are determined.
Who is notified when a positive COVID-19 case is found on campus?
沙巴体育滚球The College will continue to update the COVID-19 Impact page with the number of positive cases on campus.
沙巴体育滚球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.
What services are being provided to students in on-campus quarantine?
Food: Food will be delivered to the student’s room. Students will receive 3 meals per day. The College will report any food allergies that students have previously disclosed to Fisher Dining. If students want to double check or tell Fisher Dining about any allergies or sensitivities, they can email email@example.com.
Support: 沙巴体育滚球A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center is available to students while they are in quarantine. Students can also contact the Health and Wellness Center at (585) 385-8280 or , our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.
Trash: If a student needs to take their trash out they may do so as long as they are wearing a mask. They must go right to the garbage/recycling and right back to their room.
Laundry: If students have an urgent need to do laundry, they can use the College's appointment system. Students must wear their mask to, from, and within the laundry room. They must clean the machines (with the cleaning supplies provided) after use.
Classes: While in quarantine, students 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 firstname.lastname@example.org沙巴体育滚球 to arrange to have it delivered to the student (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Dropping Things Off: If families want to drop something off for a student, please label it and bring it to the Safety and Security Desk in Haffey Hall. It will be delivered to the student.
What services are being provided to students in quarantine at our off-campus location?
Food: Food will be delivered to the student’s room. Students will receive three meals per day, lunch and dinner from Fisher Dining and breakfast from the hotel. The College will report any food allergies that students have previously disclosed to Fisher Dining. If students want to double check or tell Fisher Dining about any allergies or sensitivities, they can email email@example.com.
Support: A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center is available to students while they are in quarantine. Students can also contact the Health and Wellness Center at (585) 385-8280 or , our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.
Classes: 沙巴体育滚球While in quarantine, students 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.
Can students in quarantine leave their rooms or leave campus?
Students in on-campus quarantine are required to stay in their rooms at all times unless they are taking out the trash or have a laundry appointment. Students in quarantine at our off-campus location may not leave their rooms. If found outside of their room during their quarantine, parents will be contacted and they will need to make alternate arrangements for their student/take them home.
NOTE: If a student who is in quarantine on-campus or at our off-campus location changes their mind and wants to continue quarantine at home, they should notify the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025.
How will students know when their quarantine is done?
沙巴体育滚球If a student was asked to quarantine by the College, they will receive a call (or an email if we cannot connect with them by phone), when their quarantine is over. If a student was asked to quarantine by the Monroe County Health Department or their off-campus medical provider, they will be told by the county or their provider when their quarantine is over.
The College will communicate with faculty through FisherLink when students are cleared to return to campus and students will receive a copy of this notice.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is for those who have a saliva screening that indicates they need further testing or if they have tested or are presumed positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is for those who, while not displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19, may have been in close contact with someone who is undergoing testing for COVID-19 or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Visit the Quarantine and Isolation Page for more information.
What are next steps for students who need to isolate off campus because their saliva screening indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA?
沙巴体育滚球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.
Can a student isolate on campus?
沙巴体育滚球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.
Where will students from out of state, abroad, or have a medically compromised family member living in the home isolate?
沙巴体育滚球We have a limited number of spaces off campus where students can isolate. If a 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. Student will receive three meals per day while they are off campus. If they leave their room during the isolation period, families will be contacted and they will need to make alternate arrangements or return home.
How will students attend classes while in isolation?
沙巴体育滚球While in isolation, students can 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 isolation and the student receives a copy of the notice.
What support will students receive during isolation?
沙巴体育滚球A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center will check in with students 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.
If Fisher closes all facilities and students are to return home, what is the plan for students who tested positive for COVID and are currently isolating?
沙巴体育滚球The student would continue to isolate off campus until we are told that it is safe for them to return to their home community.
Does the College have an accommodation request process?
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Those who intend to request an accommodation are asked to submit the form by July 6, which will assist the College in considering accommodations and adjustments that will need to be made in our planning. The Human Resources Department will follow up with those who submit a request with instructions for submitting the appropriate medical documentation. In accordance with our existing protocols, the Human Resources staff will coordinate the accommodation request process.
If I have an existing medical condition or concern that may put me at higher risk for the coronavirus, what should I do?
You should advise your supervisor and provide your doctor's documentation regarding your request for accommodation to the Office of Human Resources firstname.lastname@example.org沙巴体育滚球. These requests will be addressed on a case by case basis.
As an employee, what steps do I need to take to enable remote access?
All faculty and staff have been granted VPN access to enable working from home. In order to access your office PC remotely, you must connect to VPN first, and then launch Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button and typing "Remote Desktop" and selecting Remote Desktop Connection. In the Remote Desktop Connection window you need to type in your office computer name followed by .academia.bennygallagher.com. Example: wx-jdoe.academia.bennygallagher.com
Enter your Fisher credentials in the following format:
You should then be able to view your office computer desktop. If you have any issues, please contact the Service Desk at email@example.com沙巴体育滚球 or (585) 385-8016. For more information, refer to OIT's .
How do I forward my office phone to my personal phone during the work-from-home period?
To enable you to receive calls to your office phone while off campus, you can forward your office line to an outside number, with supervisor approval. To forward a line, press the CFwdAll or Forward all button on your phone and then enter the full number, starting with 9, then 1, then the area code and number. (Example 915853858016) and then press the CFwdAll or Forward all button again. To cancel call forwarding, just press the same CFwdAll or Forward all button again. For more information, refer to OIT's .
Will zoom-enabled classrooms be the rule for hybrid classes?
Our recommendation is that Zoom is the best tool for faculty to use in all of their classes to engage remote learners. Many training opportunities will be provided through the summer. We are ensuring that all learning spaces on campus will have Zoom capabilities.
If faculty become ill what is the plan to support them and their students?
Similar to how we have dealt with this in the past, school deans have been asked to work with department chairs to construct the best solution for each department.
Can faculty wear face shields while teaching?
沙巴体育滚球The College has both purchased many face shields and has received donated PPE. A face shield is not a replacement for a mask and is designed to protect eyes. Individuals would need to wear a face shield and mask together.