Updated Aug 7, 2020
- Campus Re-Open Plan
- Preparation to Return
- Academic Information
- Financial Aid/Student Account Information
- Arrival and Move In
- Campus Health Protocols, Processes, and Policies
- Testing Practices
- Screening Practices
- Dining Services
- Residence Halls
- Athletics, Fitness Center and Pool
- For Students Traveling To or From Other Countries or Restricted States
- General Campus Response to COVID-19
Campus Re-Open Plan
Does the College have a completed plan for re-open?
Yes! In accordance with all New York State (NYS) Re-Opens guidance specific to higher education, the College has submitted their re-open plan with New York State. The plan as submitted can be viewed at www.cazenovia.edu/return-to-campus. Please remember that as the guidance evolves and changes, this plan may also need to adapt. We will include information on any modifications using this FAQ site to help highlight those for your convenience.
Is the College opening on campus this fall?
Cazenovia College campus will open for in-person instruction with full residential and dining services for fall 2020. To accommodate a small number of specific circumstances, select courses or sections have been approved for hybrid or remote delivery. Residential and dining services are fully operational following safety guidance as indicated by New York State.
Preparation to Return
What will be required before students are permitted to check in and attend classes on campus this fall?
- All incoming new Caz students (first year, transfer, residential and commuter) will have to complete and submit their History and Physical form, their Meningitis Waiver and their Immunization record. Forms are to be submitted to the College's Health Center prior to the student's arrival on campus. For additional explanation of these items, and information about how to submit your documents, please open the links to the documents or watch our video outlining information on health documents.
All students (returning, first year, transfer, commuter, and residential):
- All students are required to schedule a COVID-19 viral test during the 14 days prior to their scheduled move in and/or first day of class. The evidence of a negative result is to be submitted to the campus Health Center as indicated on the COVID-19 Testing document on our website.
- All students are required by New York State to carry a specific level of health insurance. The College works with Gallagher Student Health Insurance who automatically enrolls all students preliminarily with their program. If students determine they have adequate insurance independent of Gallagher's program, students will need to visit the Gallagher Student Health Insurance site to opt out of the campus' student health insurance program. Further information is provided in the Insurance Information and Opting Out document on our Helpful Information for Students webpage.
- All students will also need to provide a copy of both the front and back of their current insurance card to the Health Center prior to arrival. You may send as a scanned document or may take a clear photo with your cell phone. Please send as an attachment via email to Kathleen Coombs. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beginning on July 29, 2020 students will be sent notice and have access to the new Emergency Contact form available on myCaz. This information is to be completed and submitted on-line prior to students' intended check in and attendance in class.
Do commuter students have to check in with the campus?
Yes! Beginning on Monday, August 17 and continuing through to Wednesday, August 19, students commuting to campus will need to check in upon their arrival to the campus, and before they can enter their first class. Students completing the check in process will be provided with verification that will need to be presented to professors before the start of their first classes. Information regarding commuter check in locations and times will be provided during the first week of August via campus email and on our campus website.
What should I be planning to pack if I am living on campus?
Less is definitely more! Remember, students will arrive on campus for a very concentrated 15-week semester. When fall semester ends in November, students will be home for two months before returning for the spring semester. It is likely that the majority of what is brought for fall will need to be brought home for use at home during the break, so consider that whatever you load in to your room in August, you will want to easily pack and bring home with you in November. A College checklist is available for your review.
Some items that will be important to add to your packing include cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), and masks. The College will provide additional supplies in bathrooms, hand sanitizing stations throughout residences and other campus facilities, and a special Wildcat mask as well as an availability of masks on campus for those who forget or soil a mask prior to the end of their school day. Having additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies and a 1-2 week supply of your own masks will be useful in maintaining your room and your personal cleanliness as well as ensuring you are protecting yourself and others with the appropriate use of a clean mask each day.
Where do I find my fall semester schedule of courses and information about them?
Please log into myCaz and Self-Service on the Cazenovia College website to see your schedule for fall 2020. If you look at your course plan, you will see your courses, the name of the professor, and where the course is located. If it is an ONLINE course, this will be indicated also.
Will online courses be held synchronously (online using video conferencing at the same time and day of the scheduled class) or a- synchronously (instructor will indicate the format of the class through online channels and have recorded lectures, discussion boards, etc. without real time interaction).
All online courses will be in the new learning management system (LMS), Canvas. You will receive information from each online professor indicating how the course will be conducted. You will also receive information on how to access the course and use Canvas as a student.
What does it mean if my class is listed as a hybrid or HyFlex class?
The class will be taught with parts of the course in-person and other parts remote. In a HyFlex course, half of the class will be in person with the other half synchronously participating with the class remotely. For example, in a Tuesday/Thursday course, half the students would go to class on Tuesday and then on Thursday participate through video conferencing while the other half switches. There are special rooms equipped on campus with extra microphones and cameras for HyFLex classes.
Some faculty will teach their course(s) in a hybrid format that is not HyFLex as described above. These courses may vary greatly, from having only in-person classes for the majority of the course and then easing into some online components to help students if the College is required to go remote, to having in-person classes mixed in with synchronous class meetings.
What happens to my classes if the College is required to close during the fall semester due to the pandemic?
All classes will go to a remote format. Faculty will be using the new LMS, Canvas, starting the fall semester which will allow for an easier transition to remote. Classes may also be taught using Teams or other online platforms to allow for an audio-visual connection.
It will be useful for students to have access to a computer in order to complete their courses remotely. Please contact your program director if you are in a major that may have certain requirements for a computer, (i.e. ID, VC, Photography, and Fashion Design). As usual, students will have access to computers on campus.
How will faculty schedule office hours during the pandemic?
Faculty will indicate their availability on the syllabus and in Canvas. We have asked faculty to conduct the majority of their office hours using Canvas and Teams in order to minimize face-to-face contact. You will be able to sign up and meet remotely with your instructor. There will also be rooms for use for one-on-one or small group meetings. We also encourage outside meetings as much as the weather will permit!
How do I contact my advisor?
You will be able to find the name of your advisor in Self-Service. The easiest way to contact your advisor is to email them to make an appointment.
Financial Aid/Student Account Information
Who do I contact if I have Financial Aid questions?
- All incoming students (first year and transfer) should work with their assigned Admissions Counselor for questions regarding their financial aid.
- All returning students should work directly with the Financial Aid Office to address questions about their financial aid.
Where do I send materials that need to be submitted for financial aid?
Materials listed on your online checklist (available in Self-Service) that need to be submitted to complete a student's financial aid application (i.e., for verification) should be returned to the Financial Aid Office via fax (315-655-7219), scan/email (email@example.com), or mail to:
Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services Center
13 Seminary Street
Cazenovia, NY 13035
The Financial Aid Office can also accept a picture of the document(s) taken with your cell phone. Email the picture(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I pay my bill?
- Payment arrangements for the fall semester must be in place on/before August 4th.
- Payment can be made via the following options:
- Credit card or debit card
- Note that debit cards may have daily maximum limits or transaction amounts. Please contact your bank before making a large charge to your debit card.
- Payment plan (via CashNet) is available to spread payments over a number of months.
- Check or money order payable to Cazenovia College. Please mail your payment to:
Enrollment Services Center
13 Seminary Street
Cazenovia, NY 13035
How do I accept my loans?
- Accept your financial aid online in myCaz – Self-Service – Financial Aid.
- Until you accept your federal student loans (if applicable), they will NOT appear as aid applied to reduce your bill.
- First time loan borrowers MUST complete both Loan Entrance Counseling AND a Master Promissory Note (MPN) if accepting federal student loans. These webpages are also listed in Self-Service.
Will there be paper copies of the bill mailed to me?
- No paper copies of the bill will be mailed.
- Your bill is available online only by accessing myCaz – Self-Service – Student Finance – Student Account Activity
Arrival and Move In
What is the process for moving onto campus?
The College has developed a four-day staggered move in process. Students and up to two guests will have a scheduled date and time for their move in, and will be provided a 2.5 hour time period to move items in to their room. You have received communication from Sign Up Genius and the College to indicate your move in date and time. Please contact Elaine Koch at email@example.com if you are unsure of your move in date and time.
In accordance with NYS and Health Department guidance, the following protocols are in place for move in:
- All students moving in will be permitted up to 2 guests to accompany them and help with moving their belongings. We ask that no individuals under the age of 15 are included. No family pets will be permitted onto campus or in residences.
- Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your appointed move in time. All students and guests will be expected to complete a vehicle check in. Due to gathering, staggering, spacing, and disinfecting protocols, there is no opportunity for us to modify your move in time, so arriving as we are indicating for vehicle check in is critical!
- Masks will be required in your vehicle once you arrive at the College, begin checking in, and throughout your completion of your move in process. This includes from your cars to the residence, and in all hallways, elevators (where applicable), and bathrooms.
- Once you have completed your vehicle check in, please follow directions for appropriate parking locations depending on your residence, and then wait at your car to be called to enter your residence.
- It is important to physically distance in all public areas inside the building.
- Please prioritize unloading your vehicle and getting your belongings in to your room before unpacking and setting up your room. Remember your guests will need to leave the residences and return to their vehicles at the end of the 2.5 hour appointment time.
For more complete information regarding move in, visit: www.cazenovia.edu/july-14-2020-–-returning-campus-your-moving-process
Where do I find the new Emergency and COVID Directive Form on line? (Updated)
All of the information on any of the required forms can be found at the Helpful Information for Students page on the Cazenovia College website. The link for that page is: www.cazenovia.edu/return-to-campus/helpful-information. Specifically, the Emergency and COVID Directive Form can be accessed by following the directions as indicated in the Instructions for Emergency and COVID Directive Form on myCaz.
If I have provided a copy of my insurance card to the Health Center, do I need to upload the photos of my card into the new Emergency and COVID Directive Form on myCaz? (Updated)
We would prefer that students upload their insurance card through the Emergency and COVID Form completion process in addition to the copy with the Health Center. The upload allows us a secure way to retrieve that information in an emergency, whether it is during or beyond traditional business hours.
Campus Health Protocols, Processes, and Policies
Are masks required on campus, and where?
The College will require that appropriate masks or face coverings are worn inside all campus buildings unless otherwise designated by a campus official, and anytime campus members are in the presence of others and less than 6 feet apart. Masks can be removed when eating/drinking in a dining facility, showering, and sleeping in your assigned residence on campus.
Masks/coverings should fit snug to the face, adequately cover the nose, mouth, chin, and sides of face, and be worn over the nose and mouth at all times. Masks should be washed daily or any time they are soiled. They can be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and allowed to dry overnight. The College will provide each student with a Wildcat mask, and suggests that students prepare by bringing an additional 10-12 masks to allow for cleaning and rotating their masks.
What if I cannot wear a mask?
There are very rare instances where health or medical conditions would prevent anyone from wearing a mask. If any individual believes they require a review of their circumstance, then they should contact the Student Health Center at (315) 655-7122 as soon as possible to discuss and determine if alternative face coverings are warranted. Individuals unable to wear either a mask or the suitable alternatives as identified by our Health Center will not be permitted on campus.
Is a face shield an acceptable alternative to a mask?
Not likely. Because the face shields that are commonly available to the general public do not sufficiently surround and contain the area around the chin and the sides of the face, they will not be considered an acceptable alternative to a proper mask or appropriate cloth face covering.
What has changed on campus to support physical distancing?
The College has modified a number of its facilities to support appropriate physical distancing. Residential rooms and assignments follow all NYS and CDC guidance with regard to allotted space for students in each room affording space to all students to practice appropriate distancing. No rooms are assigned above their documented occupancy this semester.
Campus dining spaces have been expanded while reducing the density in our main dining hall in Hubbard Hall. Capacity in the dining hall has been reduced 50%, while additional seating has been added to the Witherill Room. In the Student Center, the game room has been converted to additional seating for Zac's, as an expanded menu, payment options to include Dining Dollars, and meal specials are expected to generate more interest and seating needs.
Classrooms have been measured and seating capacities determined and posted outside of each room. Seating is provided in accordance with capacity and is appropriately distanced to allow a minimum of six feet between students and from students to the professor.
What is social distancing?
The terms social distancing and physical distancing are used interchangeably during COVID-19 coverage and discussions to refer to the practice of remaining six feet or more apart from others – and thereby helping to stop the spread of viral germs. At Caz, we will reference physical distancing, and then also discuss the ways we can continue to socially connect while maintaining the appropriate distancing.
Are there special cleaning practices that will be utilized or expected on campus?
The College is engaging in many increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Campus bathrooms and public surfaces will be cleaned twice daily. Cleaning products will be provided in bathrooms to allow for individuals to wipe down faucets, door handles, and other touchpoints between cleanings. During move in, public spaces and surfaces will be cleaned between appointment periods.
Hand sanitizing stations have been expanded and installed in residences and in a number of additional spaces across academic and administrative facilities. Plexiglass installations have also been added where such protection is warranted by guidance provided to us by health departments and agencies.
Dining Services will conduct additional cleaning of the dining rooms. Seating areas and tables will be cleaned between patrons. The dining rooms will be closed at intervals through the day to allow for cleaning between meal service.
Students should bring cleaning and disinfecting supplies to keep their rooms and belongings in appropriate condition. Phones, keyboards, door handles, and light switches are common surfaces that need regular attention.
What is the College's protocol for leaving campus to get groceries, prescriptions, internships, or even going home to see family for a weekend? (Updated)
We ask that any travel off campus is planned for essential needs, and always comes with a critical evaluation of the environment and circumstances is considered.
Because students will be encouraged to be outside to support physical distancing while keeping socially connected, this would include the ability to go into the Village and to the lake using proper protocols. The Village merchants expect and enforce masks and distancing per requirements of the mayor as well as NYS. While NYS does not require masks when outside and 6 feet apart, we will expect students to wear masks when walking with friends, since congregating together is likely to be necessary on quaint Village streets.
We are asking that students limit weekend travel. Spending a 24/7 weekend with family members—where all are unlikely to be masked, and individuals have all also been conducting their own business and interacting with any number of additional people—just keeps multiplying the risk of exposure, and those are risks students also bring back to campus.
It may be unlikely that an internship will be on-the-ground. If it is, and the business or organization follows all health protocols, the interactions with any one individual or space at the site are typically limited in their time, done with a mask on, and properly spaced. In that case, they are less likely to create the same challenges as traveling home for several continuous days.
Ultimately, we will expect that all students consider the decisions they are making on behalf of not only themselves but of all the other students and employees at Cazenovia. We are all in this together, and the decisions each of us makes will inevitably impact the whole of us!
What if someone is not wearing a mask?
For those who forget a mask when leaving their room, the College will have a supply of cloth and disposable masks on campus to allow for the mistake to be corrected. If individuals are repeatedly found to be in violation, a progressive and proportional response will occur, which will include involvement of Student Affairs and ultimately can result in a removal from campus.
How does the College plan to enforce the safety and health protocols?
The College is taking a number of steps to ensure that all of us know what is expected of us, and that all of us must work together in support of campus health, well-being and safety.
- In advance of arrival, a series of videos and accompanying emails are sent regularly to all students, and available on our website for those friends and family members who support our students. These communications aim to outline more specifically what will be expected of every member of the Cazenovia community upon their arrival on campus.
- The College will soon be sharing the Caz Strong pledge that also outlines expectations for all of us on campus, and each student and employee will need to sign the pledge prior to moving in and/or their first day of classes.
- The College has established a COVID Assistance, Response, Education, and Support (CARES) team. The team includes representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Senior Leadership, Student Affairs, Campus Services, and Communications to review campus operations, activities, and any on-line CARES Assistance Request reports (available to everyone on campus via myCaz) to address any observed concerns with adherence to health and safety protocols.
- When students review the campus Code of Conduct for this fall (available on-line August 3, 2020), the College has included a section for COVID-19 Safety Policies. This will allow for Campus Safety and Student Conduct involvement should a violation of health and safety expectations warrant.
What if I see actions or activities that are of concern or can potentially impact health and safety?
The College has established a COVID Assistance, Response, Education, and Support (CARES) team. The team includes representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Senior Leadership, Student Affairs, Campus Services, and Communications. Its purpose is to review campus operations and activity to determine areas of concern or places where our community can improve with regard to our response to COVID-19 guidance and expectations.
The entire campus community will have access to our CARES Assist Request Form. Available on myCaz, anyone can complete the form either anonymously or by providing their name. The form allows for those completing the report to share concerns with regard to lack of adherence to campus policies, protocols, or individual practices. Reports are immediately received by the chair of the team, so that response may be addressed upon receipt of the report, and the CARES Team will review and respond to these reports to make broader adjustments as needed.
Because the campus has developed COVID-19 Safety Policies (available on-line August 3, 2020), individuals may report violations of policy to Campus Safety, their supervisor, or a member of the Residence Life staff. Student violations will be responded to through the student conduct process, as with other violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
What kind of COVID-19 testing will be conducted on campus during fall 2020?
Cazenovia College will engage in three types of viral testing protocols beginning fall semester 2020.
- Pre-arrival testing. Members of the College community will be required to have COVID-19 viral test prior to arriving on campus. A negative test result must be submitted to the College Health Center prior to check in and start of class.
- Random/Intermittent Testing. Testing will be performed throughout the semester, every 2-4 weeks, and will be conducted on randomly selected groups of 5-10% of our employees and 5-10% of our students.
- Symptomatic Testing. The College Health Center has the ability and test materials to administer symptomatic tests. We have an agreement with a Syracuse lab to process these tests, and report results back to the College. If through a daily health self-screening, a student identifies concerns or potential symptoms, they are to call the Health Center (315) 655-7122 immediately and speak with care providers who will provide further direction based on the conversation and review with the student.
Will there be health screening conducted on campus?
The College will conduct periodic care-provider screenings with healthcare professionals and additionally trained staff checking temperatures and reviewing standard screening questions with students on campus through the semester.
Additionally, students will be expected to conduct daily self-screenings with reminders positioned at the exits of their residences, upon entry of their classrooms, and at the entry to our dining facilities. Employees will conduct daily screenings prior to arriving on campus.
What if a student identifies a potential symptom or concern?
If through a daily health self-screening, a student identifies concerns or potential symptoms, they are to call in to the Health Center (315) 655-7122 immediately and speak with care providers who will provide further direction based on the conversation and review with the student.
Employees who identify symptoms are expected to remain at home, notify their supervisor, and contact their healthcare provider to review the circumstances and receive further direction.
What will it be like in the dining hall?
Dining Services has been enhancing and redesigning all operations to provide for a safe dining experience. The changes include:
- Reducing the capacity of the main dining hall, expanding distances between tables, and adding capacity in The Witherill Room and the Student Center to create additional spaces for dining.
- Training staff in new rules and expectations regarding food preparation and presentation.
- Masks will be required of all individuals in the dining hall – employees and students while getting food and beverages, and not worn only when eating or drinking while seated.
- Identifying and marking internal traffic flow.
- Eliminating buffet style and self-service options (everything will be plated).
- Establishing a "grab and go" section available at each meal.
- Purchasing sustainable Wildcat to go boxes for every student to be received at check in, and allowing for a take out option at each meal.
- Increasing cleaning and sanitization.
- No contact swiping as a requirement for use of any dining facilities.
Will the menu be changed because of modifications for the semester?
Although all food will now be served, the College will continue to offer a full menu of dining options. Breakfast will continue with the same options as before. Lunch and dinner will include choices of entrees, as well as soup, pasta, pizza, stir-fry, pre-made sandwiches, desserts, and a served salad station. Zac's menu will be expanded, with some modifications including placement of items from the main dining hall, and some additions as the result of the Student Government Association advisory team's discussions last year.
Will there be more limited services in dining halls?
Services have been expanded to support campus health and safety. All food will be staff-served and plated, and additional services will be available in the Witherill Room and Zac's. Any modifications which place minimal changes to hours of operation or expect reduction of dining room capacities are for the health and safety of the campus, and in accordance with NYS guidance.
What will be expected of us when living in campus residences?
Our goal is to create as safe an environment as possible in our residence halls. Some of the policies that will be in place to promote safety are:
- Plexiglass barriers have been installed in bathrooms in accordance with NYS and Health Department guidance.
- RA offices will host only the on-call staff member.
- Hand sanitizer stations are installed in each residence.
- Elevator capacity (where available) will be restricted with signage to indicate the maximum number of persons allowed.
- No guests from outside the College (including family) will be allowed in the residence halls.
- Students may not visit in rooms – whether in the same residence or coming from a different residence.
- Bathrooms will have enhanced cleaning.
- Residence hall kitchens and lounges will be closed. Select lounges may be able to open with single-seating options and for limited hours to ensure monitoring.
- Laundry facilities room capacity will be limited, as will be indicated on the signage in each facility.
Despite these necessary safety changes, residence hall staff will work closely with Campus Activities and our College Activities Board to continue to offer students options to connect with one another and the campus through virtual, hybrid, and select in-person programming (mostly outdoors while the weather is nice).
Will we have to wear masks in our rooms?
Masks will need to be worn in all public areas of the residences, including bathrooms (except when showering), and in rooms if room doors are open. Students will not need to wear masks when in their room when their doors are closed and while sleeping.
How do I maintain appropriate distancing with my roommate?
Roommates will be expected to complete roommate agreements, available as soon as students are moved in. They are encouraged to discuss expectations and management of distancing, cleaning, mask-wearing, and general safety practices within their room as part of the agreement.
Can we access kitchens or lounges in the residences?
For the safety and health of all in the residences, kitchens and lounges will be closed. Select lounges may be able to open with single-seating options and for limited hours to ensure monitoring.
Are there any opportunities for students to meet and talk with friends?
Yes, there are options available to meet students while adhering to appropriate health protocols.
- The College has purchased additional outdoor seating, and areas will be designated with seating placed at appropriate distances. Some of the best weather in Cazenovia occurs in the late summer and through mid-fall, so we anticipate the outdoor seating to be an option into October.
- The dining rooms in Hubbard Hall, the Witherill Room, Zac's and the conversion of the Game Room in the Student Center can serve as locations for meeting with friends – new and returning! We do ask that while in the dining hall you each monitor capacity and if there are wait times to please limit your time to allow others to enter if needed.
- We are suggesting that students bring camp or lawn chairs that fold to allow them to identify areas outside where they can arrange meetings and position their own seating with appropriate physical distance.
- College health and wellness facilities will be open to students, utilizing all health and safety guidance.
- Students are encouraged to follow our Cazenovia Activities Board Instagram – caz_cab_wildcats to monitor the activities CAB has planned and will be available for all students with a combination of remote, hybrid, and select in-person options.
What is the visitor policy in the residence halls?
No visitors are permitted in the residences upon the completion of move in. This includes non-member guests, family members, and also students from other residence halls or housing, or non-residents of any room, suite, or apartment. Students who commute are not permitted in any residences given this policy. Please see above for options to meet students outside of the residences.
Athletics, Fitness Center and Pool
Will I be able to use the fitness center and pool?
The fitness center will be available for student and employee use Monday through Friday 8 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM. Its revised layout and cleaning schedule will allow for a safe experience with appropriate social distancing. Courts, Fitness Center Studio and Pool will be available with approved reservation.
What is the status of fall athletics?
While our conference, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) has determined that a traditional NAC athletics experience will not be possible this fall, resulting in the cancellation of the NAC regular season and championships for fall sports, we continue to explore meaningful opportunities and experiences for our fall athletes, including our hope to have opportunities for competition.
For Students Traveling To or From Other Countries or Restricted States
If travelling internationally or from one of the states currently on the New York State travel advisory list, will students be able to quarantine for two weeks on Cazenovia's campus?
All students traveling from a state with a COVID-19 travel advisory or from an international location will be required to participate in a 14-day precautionary travel quarantine. Students can make arrangements for this quarantine to take place off campus, possibly with family or friends who live within New York State. If that is not possible, the College offers housing with cleaning, check-in, and dining delivery services in designated quarantine housing for a nominal charge.
Those engaging in quarantine will need to complete Cazenovia's Travel Registration documentation and be sure that is on file with Student Affairs. In addition, individuals will be sent an on-line Student Health Screening form to complete at the conclusion of their quarantine, and before leaving their quarantine location. Students who are from identified states and other countries will receive direct communication from Student Affairs including the Registration and Screening Forms and specifics regarding campus housing services.
What if I am traveling from New York to a restricted state?
All of the above information regarding the 14-day precautionary quarantine will apply if you travel to and remain in a restricted state for more than 24 hours. Please review the NYS guidance and notify Elaine Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Elaine will send you the College's Travel Registration form to complete as your quarantine begins so that we know your plans for the 14-day precautionary quarantine requirement.
General Campus Response to COVID-19
What if someone on campus tests positive?
If an individual on our campus tests positive, the Madison County Health Department will be notified as well as our Campus Health Center Director. The positive individual will be properly and immediately isolated using the College's protocols and designated housing. The County Health Department will take the lead in managing all contact tracing to determine and notify individuals with potential exposures. The campus has identified both quarantine and isolation housing appropriately separate from the general residential community for students who may need it during the academic year.
In both types of housing, students will be expected to remain in their rooms, except when using the bathroom. Individuals in quarantine or isolation will receive regular remote check ins regarding their health and well-being, and will be provided daily menus to order and receive no contact food delivery and pick up from our Dining Services.
What if the College has to close for face-to-face instruction?
The College is ready to continue academic and administrative operations should we need to transition to remote learning. Academic Affairs and your faculty are prepared to quickly transition to remote course instruction with an expectation of no disruption to academic delivery and course progress.
The College's residences have been prepared to remain open for students to support continuity of instruction. Students may need to be relocated into alternate residences to consolidate housing where it is reasonable and safe to do so. Dining Services will maintain its operations scaled to support the size of our campus residential community. Campus Activities is readily able to expand on its core of activities already being delivered through remote and social media platforms. The College Health and Counseling Center is equipped to deliver services and health screening using remote platforms as well.
Does the College have a plan if classes go remote? Will students have time to pack and get their belongings? (Updated)
The College has a plan that provides for a number of scenarios for phases of College transition from on-the-ground to remote instruction should the county or the state determine any circumstance on campus - or beyond the campus - would warrant this move. In each phase of our plan we would be expected to follow directives of the Madison County Health Department, NYS, and/or the CDC at that time.
Based on the guidance at this time, we are prepared should we have to:
- Quarantine on campus
- Move to remote instruction with the ability to keep residences open
- Be directed to close on the ground operations for both classes and residences
If a campus quarantine was ordered, course instruction would move to remote platforms, and Dining, Health and Counseling, and Campus Activities are prepared to provide remote support and engagement.
Should we be expected to move to remote course instruction for a more extended period of time outside of a quarantine, our first priority would be to keep the residences open for students who would be best served to stay on campus. Students would need to simply let us know their intended plan. For students choosing to leave, because the residences would remain open, they could choose to leave belongings or pack everything – which is likely to be dependent on several factors for each student.
We also have prepared a plan if we are required to close all on-campus operations, including residences. After consulting Department of Health and NYS guidance, we will offer a staggered departure schedule with students living closer having less time to pack and depart than those who live farther away. The range provided for students would be 24 hours for those closer and would progressively stretch to allow students living 6 or more hours away or requiring plane transport to have up to 3-4 days to make the arrangements.
Again, this plan remains subject to all guidance and any Executive Orders at the time. What students need to know is that should we be expected to transition to remote course delivery, our campus priority is to keep our residences open. If we cannot then we will do all within the guidance to provide students adequate time for vacating.