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Campus Reopening Updates

Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information.


A Message from Dr. Matha Thornton

Dr. Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, is also serving as co-chair of the Campus Reopening Task Force. Students, learn more about the Task Force and how we're planning to bring you home.


Latest Campus Communication

Campus Reopening Task Force Update for Students and Families: 7/07/20

July 7, 2020

Dear Fisher Students and Families:
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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: 7/07/20

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.

欧洲杯在线投注 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: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., 3:00 - 4:00 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

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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: 7/01/20

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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

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

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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.

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

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.

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

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

Fisher Apple Academy 1st Offering
欧洲杯在线投注 July 6 - July 24, 2020

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

Socially Distant Classroom Visits

欧洲杯在线投注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

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

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 June 25, 2020

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 June 25, 2020

欧洲杯在线投注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

President Rooney convened a Campus Reopening Task Force to 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 and will meet state and county directives.

Steering Committee

  • 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
Teaching and Learning Planning Team

Teaching and Learning Planning Team

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 Planning Team

Student Engagement and Success Planning Team

欧洲杯在线投注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 Planning Team

Campus Operations Planning Team

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 Planning Team

College Relations Planning Team

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

Previous Campus Communications

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.
 
欧洲杯在线投注 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

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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 (cobbwellness.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 June 18, 2020

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.

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.

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

欧洲杯在线投注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.

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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

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.

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.

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from the President: 6/3/20

June 3, 2020

欧洲杯在线投注Dear Colleagues,

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注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

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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.

欧洲杯在线投注Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our mission.

欧洲杯在线投注Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from President Rooney: 5/20/20

May 20, 2020

欧洲杯在线投注Dear Colleagues,

欧洲杯在线投注I hope this finds you doing well.

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.

欧洲杯在线投注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 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

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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

欧洲杯在线投注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.

Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President


Additional Resources

欧洲杯在线投注To stay up-to-date on the most current information, visit:

  • New York State Department of Health Hotline: (888) 364-3065