Campus Reopening FAQs
St. John Fisher College is actively planning to reopen campus this fall, keeping top of mind the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and our commitment to the Fisher academic experience that our students value.
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.
When do fall classes start and when will they end?
Classes will begin on Monday, August 24 and end on Wednesday, November 25, just before Thanksgiving Break (Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29). The new calendar will also include a day of instruction on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) and a day of instruction on Recess Day (originally planned for Friday, October 16).
This shift in the academic calendar will allow us to have the planned 14 weeks of instruction. Finals will take place online beginning Monday, November 30 and will end Friday, December 4. The semester break will begin immediately following finals. The last weekend of Weekend College will take place Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, online.
For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Orientation will take place the week of August 24 and classes will begin on August 31. There will be one week of online instruction after Thanksgiving (November 30 - December 4) and final examinations will take place on campus from December 7-11.
When will I know my schedule and whether my classes will be held in-person or online?
The majority of undergraduate classes for fall 2020 are scheduled to be conducted in-person on campus; graduate courses vary by program. We are still determining instructional modalities and room assignments for some courses and plan to finalize in early August. Students will be notified when scheduling is complete.
Will changes to class times mean I have to re-register for my courses?
No, the changes in the schedule have not necessitated re-registration. The new class times are mainly shifts of 20 minutes or less with one start time being 40 minutes earlier.
Can you describe how remote learning will work?
All classrooms will have Zoom capabilities. For each course section, an instructor will set up a recurring Zoom meeting that can be used for the entire semester. This information will be provided on the course syllabus. Both semester-long and temporary (e.g., due to quarantine) remote learners will be expected to join all in-person class sessions and will be held to the same attendance and participation policies.
What happens if I have to quarantine and all my classes are in-person?
体育足球比分For each course section, an instructor will set up a recurring Zoom meeting that can be used for the entire semester. This information will be provided on the course syllabus. An instructor can record class sessions in Zoom and make them available to students. All faculty will use Blackboard as the learning management system platform to post information and share resources. Again, both semester-long and temporary (e.g., due to quarantine) remote learners will be expected to join all in-person class sessions and will be held to the same attendance and participation policies.
How will required experiential learning (student teaching, clinicals) be addressed for fall?
Required clinical placements and student teaching will be conducted as planned. Individual programs will be coordinating plans with students for placements. Contact your academic advisor if you have specific questions about programmatic requirements.
Will faculty wear microphones when teaching with a mask?
We have tested and evaluated individual learning spaces for sound quality. All learning spaces are equipped with a document camera that has a built-in microphone needed for quality Zoom sessions. In larger spaces, if additional amplification is needed, microphones are being installed.
How will student and faculty interaction outside of the classroom work differently?
Blackboard will serve as the learning management system for all course sections. Faculty will be posting all course materials in this space. Faculty are anticipated to hold office hours each week, however these will most often occur via Zoom. Faculty may also be available to meet on campus as needed.
How will office hours be held?
体育足球比分Office hours are anticipated to be held each week, but will most often occur via Zoom. Faculty may also be available to meet on campus as needed.
How will a class be handled if the instructor falls ill?
体育足球比分All classes are being developed with a contingency plan in case the instructor becomes unavailable. These plans are created by departments and communicated to School deans.
How will grades be calculated for fall?
Grading during the fall semester is anticipated to continue as specified for each course for all learners. At this time, we do not anticipate utilizing a universal pass/fail option.
How can students access tutoring resources?
体育足球比分Tutoring services will continue to be available for you throughout the semester. To request a tutor, use the "raise a hand" option in FisherLink. You will be put in touch with a tutor who can work with you via email or Google Hangouts, which can be accessed via the mySJFC Launchpad.
To access all services, .
For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Nicolay at (585) 385-8147 or email@example.com.
Supervisor: Jiayan Li, Accounting Department
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Supervisor: Nahyr Rovira-Figueroa, Chemistry Department
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Supervisor: Patricia Wollan, Finance Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with finance courses and Bloomberg Terminal.
Director: Anne Geraci, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Statistics Department
Undergraduate tutors provide assistance with all courses involving quantitative content, including mathematics, computer science, statistics, data science, and entry-level economics.
Director: Theresa Nicolay
Undergraduate tutors assist students during all stages and aspects of the writing process.
Professional assistance is also available for multilingual learners and graduate students.
Director: Theresa Nicolay
Additional assistance is provided by undergraduate peer tutors for courses not encompassed by services listed above (e.g. biology, modern languages, psychology).
How can students contact CCAP advisors during online instruction?
For academic planning and career assistance you can make an appointment in FisherLink. Appointments will be held by email, phone, or skype.
If you are seeking help with résumés, cover letters, job/internship search, interview prep and other topics directly related to career readiness, you can make appointments via FisherLink, or you can directly email firstname.lastname@example.org to request help from Tracy Sullivan, Jamie Canfield, or Julia Overton-Healy. Support will be provided by phone, email, and skype.
Career Accelerator Awards
Questions regarding Career Accelerator Awards should be directed to Julia Overton-Healy at email@example.com.
Will accessibility services still be available to students during online instruction?
Contact Joy Breeden at firstname.lastname@example.org体育足球比分 or (585) 385-7272 for support questions as you continue your studies online.
Is there an update on study abroad for fall and spring?
体育足球比分Study abroad has been canceled for the fall semester. At this time, no decision has been made regarding spring study abroad. As the fall semester gets underway, we will remain in contact with our study abroad partners and determine the best, safest course of action.
Is work-study still planned and available?
Yes, work-study positions will be available. Job postings will be available in Handshake later in August.
Will we receive a tuition refund for classes that will be conducted online?
Tuition will not be adjusted based on instructional modality of coursework. The College did commit to keep the 2020-2021 tuition, room and board, and fees at the prior year's level for students and their families.
Is our student support office involved in planning?
体育足球比分Yes. Several employees from the Center for Career and Academic Planning, the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion, and the Health and Wellness Center are directly involved in our planning.
How will dining on campus look in the fall?
Dining areas will be staged with footprints to indicate where students should stand to be socially distance while waiting, eat-in areas will be de-densified, and furniture will be either removed or will have stickers indicating where students can safely sit. We are also using tents to increase our safe dining capacity. In addition, barriers will be installed to maintain distancing and food safety.
体育足球比分We are currently renovating Cyber Cafe, which we were already planning, to help with efficiencies in service and to eliminate the long lines.
Fisher Dining will also be using new technology that will allow students to order food remotely and pick-up, again to help with de-densification in dining locations.
体育足球比分Finally, only students will be allowed to use the Ward-Haffey Dining Hall in the fall. Employees will be able to use Cyber Cafe and Pioch, but we are asking employees to be mindful of the busy student times and, if able, to go at less popular times.
Will clubs and organizations still be able to hold events and meetings?
体育足球比分Yes! The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion is dedicated to fostering an environment for students that is fun, familiar, and most importantly, safe. While we have had to revamp almost all of our policies and procedures, we are confident that if we work together, are creative, and flexible, life on campus will be just as vibrant and fun as before.
Are there restrictions on when we are able to hold in-person club meetings?
In-person club meetings will only be held from 9-10 p.m. and due to the reorganization of campus spaces to accommodate dining and academic schedule changes, as well as cleaning procedures, rooms and meeting days will be assigned to you.
体育足球比分When you submit your in-person meeting form on , we will ask your anticipated attendance and day of the week preferences. We have a process developed to do our best to accommodate what you need, keep things fair, and rotate time/place around throughout the semester for everyone.
体育足球比分We are encouraging all clubs, even if they want most of their meetings to be virtual, to hold at least one in-person meeting the first two weeks of the year to allow new students to connect with your group in-person.
What are the new rules around club meetings and events?
To ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community, Campus programming will be executed in phases. Phase 1 runs through Sept. 30. In phase 1, each club/organization will only be permitted to hold TWO in-person club business meetings (not events) per month. All other meetings (including e-board meetings) and events must be held virtually.
All in-person meeting and virtual event requests will be submitted on on a monthly basis (in-person meetings and virtual events). Event calendars for Phase 1 (first day of classes through Sept. 30) are due on on Aug. 12. The request form opened on Friday, July 31.
We anticipate that phase 2 will introduce additional options for in-person programming.
Are there new safety guidelines in place for clubs and organizations?
All active clubs and organizations will be required to complete an Organization Safety Plan to remain active for the 2020-2021 academic year. These forms will go live on Friday, July 31 and are available in . Safety Plans are due no later than Wednesday, Aug. 12 at midnight on .
体育足球比分Groups that do not complete one will automatically be considered inactive for the entire academic year. Please review the guidelines for more information about what is needed in the safety plan. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion.
Has the club and organization budgeting process changed?
体育足球比分Clubs and organizations will receive the same amount of funding from SGA that they received last year. If your organization was not funded, the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion will be in touch with you about your budget for this year. Students will still be held accountable for following the new finance guidelines rolled out last spring when you were submitting budgets when making any purchases this year. Special Case will still be available.
All purchases will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis via FisherSync (this is different than last year).体育足球比分 Money in your budget allocated for purchases that may not be happening this semester/year can be moved and used to accommodate any unforeseen expenses caused by policy/price changes related to COVD-19. The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion will work closely with you to reallocate money if that is needed.
Will there be an Involvement Fest this fall?
体育足球比分Yes! We will be hosting the Fall Involvement Fest virtually this year. Students will be able to explore all of our campus organizations via an interactive app. Each club and organization will be required to create and submit an informational video about your organization (mission, what you do, when and how you meet, fun facts, etc.) Additional information is forthcoming.
Is Alumni and Family Weekend taking place as scheduled this year?
体育足球比分It is with the health and safety of both our campus community and our visitors in mind that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Alumni and Family Weekend. Instead, we will be offering ways for both our alumni and our families to connect virtually September 25-27, so please stay tuned for more details.
With the early start date, when will Orientation take place?
The Division of Student Affairs is planning for Orientation for first-year students to be virtual on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and in person Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. Orientation for transfer students will be offered in person on Sunday, Aug. 23, with an option for virtual participation as well. As details are finalized, we will make them available on the Orientation website.
What are Residence Hall Drop-Off Days?
体育足球比分In order to provide a move-in experience that is both flexible and socially distant for students and families, students will move their belongings into their room in advance by appointment. Students will be able to schedule a three hour drop-off appointment between August 1 and August 19. Although students may move belongings into their room in advance, students may not stay in their residence hall room until their scheduled welcome day.
Schedule a Drop-Off Day Appointment
Expectations & Responsibilities
To ensure that all students and families have access to a healthy drop-off day, it is important that all individuals understand their responsibilities while on-campus.
- Residence Hall and Campus Access: Students must complete their residence hall drop off during their scheduled 3 hour appointment window. During the drop-off appointment window, students will only have access to their residence hall and the Safety and Security Office - all other areas of campus are closed.
- Student Move-In and Arrival: Although students may move belongings into their room in advance, students may not stay in their residence hall room until their scheduled welcome day on August 21.
- Move-In Helpers: Students are welcome to bring up to two people with them during their drop off time to provide assistance.
- Masks: All individuals must wear a face mask that covers both the nose and mouth while on campus.
- COVID Self-Check: All individuals who are coming to campus must self-assess for, and be free of, any COVID exposure or symptoms before coming to campus.
For more information related to Drop-Off Days, visit the Residential Life website.
When is the First-Year Student Welcome Day?
We will welcome all new first-year students to campus and kick-off First-Year Orientation on Friday, Aug. 21. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus on Welcome Day (Aug. 21) in an effort to manage traffic flow. Once the student and family arrive, they will be directed to their residence hall or to the commuter student welcome. In the interest of social distancing, all campus buildings will be restricted to students and families should plan to be in one vehicle and to drop off only.
When is the Upper-Class Student Welcome Day?
We will welcome upper-class returning and transfer students to the residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 23. In early August, students will receive an email with their specific time to arrive on campus in order to manage traffic flow. When making plans to be dropped off, please remember that, due to social distancing guidelines, all campus buildings will be restricted to students only.
How many students will be assigned to a room?
We have reduced student density by eliminating triples and quads and assigning students to singles and doubles. Students will be expected to follow College policies in the residence halls including wearing masks if they are not in their room, or if they are in their room with someone other than their roommate.
Only residential students will be allowed in residence halls.
Will masks be required on campus?
Yes. Students, faculty, and staff who are on campus will be required to wear masks. At the beginning of the academic year, the College will supply members of the campus community with two masks each for their use. Visitors to campus will also be asked to wear a mask. Masks with valves will not be permitted. For more information, refer to the face covering policy.
Does the College plan to conduct mass testing or require students and employees to be tested prior to returning to campus?
At this time, we are not planning to conduct mass testing nor require students and employees to be tested prior to returning to campus. Rather, if a person is symptomatic, or is directed by the Monroe County Health Department due to exposure, we will test students at the Health and Wellness Center and refer employees at Rochester Regional Health testing sites.
Will those coming to campus each day, including students, faculty, staff, and guests, be required to complete a health screening?
Yes. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete the Daily Pass using any device two hours prior to arriving on campus. They will be asked a series of questions related to their health and potential symptoms, and either achieve a “GO” directive allowing them on campus or a “STOP” directive telling them what to do next. Essential guests to the campus (including vendors, contractors, and academic guests) will be asked to check-in to the Office of Safety and Security where they will complete a separate screening.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
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What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is the process of contacting all people who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and to work with them to interrupt disease transmission. For COVID-19 specifically, this includes asking cases to and contacts to at home voluntarily.
What does the contact tracing process look like?
体育足球比分Contact tracers are focused on two things: providing support for the person who will be quarantined or isolated, and community communication. Fisher’s tracers were trained to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, how to stop the spread, the difference between case and contact (someone who has been in contact with a positive case), isolation and quarantine, ethics and HIPPA, and the investigative process.
体育足球比分The contact tracing process is as follows:
- Case investigation: The contact tracer has a conversation with the patient and makes sure they understand the contact tracing process. During this conversation, the case will be asked questions about their infectious period, asked to identify contacts, and briefed on what will happen going forward, including quarantine. Patient must disclose fully who they have been in contact with to help the process for our community.
- Contact tracing: Contact tracers look at parameters including social distancing, symptoms (contact is someone who was within 6’ or less of person for 10 minutes or more), and close contacts who have had a sustained contact and notify individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure. The patient’s identity will not be disclosed through this process. To the extent possible, the interview is done over the phone or through virtual text message/email.
- Contact support: Contacts are provided with information and support to help them understand their level of risk, and directions on what they should do next. Students who test positive will be directed to quarantine off-campus, College will assist with arrangements. Contact tracer will inform others identified in the tracing process of next steps. If they start to feel symptoms, contact tracer will direct them to be tested.
For additional information about contact tracing, visit the .
Who will handle campus contact tracing at Fisher?
体育足球比分The contact tracing process of resident students will be led by the Office of Safety and Security in consultation with the Monroe County Health Department. All of our officers have received contact tracing training via Johns Hopkins University’s Contact Tracing Training Program. Contact tracing of employees and commuter students will be led by the Monroe County Health Department.
How will the Fisher community be informed of positive cases on campus?
体育足球比分The College will maintain an online dashboard that indicates the number of positive cases and, to the best of our knowledge and ability, a distinction between those that are symptomatic versus asymptomatic.
How can I protect myself and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Refer to the to best understand how you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Proper hand-washing
- Avoid close contact (practice social distancing whenever possible, maintaining 6 feet of distance)
- Cover mouth and nose with a face mask/covering when around others
- Always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Monitor your health and know the
What should I do if I begin to experience symptoms?
体育足球比分Students should contact their health care providers and follow their medical advice.
体育足球比分Should you begin to experience symptoms, even if you have not traveled, contact your health care provider and follow their medical advice. If you are directed by your health care team to self-quarantine, you are required to report this to your supervisor or department chair as well as the Office of Human Resources who will assist you in implementing your quarantine.
Will students and employees be required to have a flu vaccine?
All residential students will be required to receive the flu vaccine. All other students as well as all employees will be strongly encouraged to do so. As we always do, the College will provide flu clinics on campus throughout the early fall semester after the vaccine is available.
Does the College have an accommodation request process?
Yes. 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 July 6, which will assist the College in considering accommodations and adjustments that will need to be made in our planning. The Human Resources Department will follow up with those who submit a request with instructions for submitting the appropriate medical documentation. In accordance with our existing protocols, the Human Resources staff will coordinate the accommodation request process.
If I have an existing medical condition or concern that may put me at higher risk for the coronavirus, what should I do?
You should advise your supervisor and provide your doctor's documentation regarding your request for accommodation to the Office of Human Resources email@example.com. These requests will be addressed on a case by case basis.
How did the College decide who would be temporarily furloughed?
体育足球比分Working with leadership within each division, we modeled multiple scenarios and gave careful consideration to the impacts of the individual departments. We strove to make decisions as equitably as possible, taking into account a number of factors and considerations. These difficult decisions were based on the critical functions needed during the summer. Consideration was also given to what College activities could be postponed or significantly reduced during the summer months, with the least possible impact on our students.
What benefits will furloughed employees receive?
体育足球比分The College will continue to pay its share of the cost for a furloughed employee’s medical, dental, and vision coverage throughout the duration of the furlough, and will pay your portion of these benefit costs through July 31. Other benefits that will continue include life and disability insurance through May 31, and there will be no changes to tuition remission.
How do furloughed employees file for unemployment benefits?
They can submit their application for unemployment benefits through the . If they are not able to file their claim online, they can call the telephone claims center at 1-888-209-8124 during the hours of operation.
What other cost reduction actions is the College taking?
体育足球比分In addition to temporary furloughs, we have taken a number of actions to align expenses with the projected revenues. These include holding our tuition, room and board, and fees at the 2019- 2020 level, pausing non-mission-critical hiring, limiting operational and capital expenditures to essential investments, and permanently closing the College’s Early Learning Center. Additionally, and effective May 1, the vice presidents and deans will take salary reductions. Graduated college-wide salary reductions will also be implemented for all faculty and staff in the new fiscal year. Details will be shared with employees no later than May 15. This decision will be reevaluated once fall semester enrollments are known. Finally, there will be no salary or merit increases for faculty or staff in FY21, and as such, we will revisit staff performance reviews and faculty evaluations in the fall.
Are employees working from home?
Employees will continue to work from home until they receive further guidance from their supervisor.
As an employee, what steps do I need to take to enable remote access?
All faculty and staff have been granted VPN access to enable working from home. In order to access your office PC remotely, you must connect to VPN first, and then launch Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button and typing "Remote Desktop" and selecting Remote Desktop Connection. In the Remote Desktop Connection window you need to type in your office computer name followed by .academia.uesawacm.com. Example: wx-jdoe.academia.uesawacm.com
Enter your Fisher credentials in the following format:
You should then be able to view your office computer desktop. If you have any issues, please contact the Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 385-8016. For more information, refer to OIT's .
How do I forward my office phone to my personal phone during the work-from-home period?
体育足球比分To enable you to receive calls to your office phone while off campus, you can forward your office line to an outside number, with supervisor approval. To forward a line, press the CFwdAll or Forward all button on your phone and then enter the full number, starting with 9, then 1, then the area code and number. (Example 915853858016) and then press the CFwdAll or Forward all button again. To cancel call forwarding, just press the same CFwdAll or Forward all button again. For more information, refer to OIT's .
Can faculty have access to iPads?
Faculty that are interested in getting iPads as a continuation of our Apple 1:1 initiative are able to request one and can this summer.
Will there be more AppleTVs to enhance our ability to use iPads in the classrooms?
Yes, the plan is to install an Apple TV in every learning space this summer.
If faculty are teaching in one of the newly identified spaces, will they have an opportunity for input regarding room set up for their individual instruction?
体育足球比分In some of the alternative, larger spaces that we will be using, more than one option of furniture configuration may be possible. We will know more once the furniture has been moved to these areas. The Teaching & Learning Planning Team and Campus Operations Team will evaluate at that time.
Will zoom-enabled classrooms be the rule for hybrid classes?
Our recommendation is that Zoom is the best tool for faculty to use in all of their classes to engage remote learners. Many training opportunities will be provided through the summer. We are ensuring that all learning spaces on campus will have Zoom capabilities.
If faculty become ill what is the plan to support them and their students?
体育足球比分Similar to how we have dealt with this in the past, school deans have been asked to work with department chairs to construct the best solution for each department.
Can faculty wear face shields while teaching?
The College has both purchased many face shields and has received donated PPE. A face shield is not a replacement for a mask and is designed to protect eyes. Individuals would need to wear a face shield and mask together.