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Fall 2020 at Fisher

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


Welcome Home, Cardinals!

This fall at Fisher will be unlike any other, and we have implemented new safety guidelines and protocols to help us all navigate our new norm together. As new information related to the pandemic and how it is impacting our campus community becomes available, you will find it here. And if you do your part, you will help us remain healthy, safe, and together on campus this fall. We've got this.

Mask Up for Fisher

Important Dates to Know

Academic Calendar Information

Below are important dates to know for the fall 2020 semester:

Academic Calendar for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Last Day of Classes – Wednesday, November 25
  • Final Exams (will take place remotely) – Monday, November 30 and will end Friday, December 4
  • The semester break will begin immediately following finals

*Labor Day (Monday, September 7) and Recess Day (Friday, October 16) are both days of instruction

Academic Calendar for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

  • First Day of Classes – Monday, August 31
  • Online Instruction Period – Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4
  • Final Exams – Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11

Academic Calendar for Weekend College

  • Last Day of Classes – Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 (will be completed remotely)

Latest Campus Communication

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/25/20

September 25, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

On Monday, we enter our sixth full week of classes, putting us closer to the mid-way point of the fall semester. As a community, we have risen to the challenge, complied with protocols and policies, and the vast majority of our community is upholding its commitment to the Cardinal Health and Safety Pledge.

The Daily Pass is an important tool in our community mitigation toolbox, and we need to see continued compliance from students and employees.

Why do I need to fill out the Daily Pass?

This is one of the valuable tools that helps us keep track of the overall health of our community and also helps with our contact tracing efforts.

How long does it take me to complete?

It takes less time than it takes you to leave your house or room, walk to your car or the exit of your residence hall, and be on your way to your destination. In short, it’s quick!

We cannot stress enough the responsibility we all share in our mitigation efforts. The COVID-19 Monitoring Team has declared the week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3 “Daily Pass Week.” Members of the Monitoring Team, campus volunteers, and members of Safety and Security, will be spot checking passes throughout next week at building entrances and near parking lots. We ask, as we do each day, that you complete your daily pass prior to your arrival on campus and be prepared to show your pass if asked.

We are looking for volunteers to help us through “Daily Pass Week” to help spot check passes. If you are interested and available, please sign up by Sunday.  Giveaways and other activities will take place throughout the week as well.

It is crucial that all members of the campus community continue to wear a mask, socially distance, use good hand hygiene, and complete the Daily Pass seven days a week, whether or not you will be on campus. Thank you for your continued cooperation and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

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

September 23, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

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

Correction

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

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

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

September 22, 2020 - Update for Families

Dear Fisher families,

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

Register for the Campus Conversation

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


Dear Students,
 
Thank to those of you who joined us for our COVID-19 Monitoring Team student session last Friday afternoon. You had good questions, and we hope we provided you with some clarity. We appreciate your interest and attention, as well as your patience, as we continue to navigate this semester together. We will have additional sessions in the coming weeks, and would like to find a time that is most convenient to the majority of students. Please let us know what those times might be by filling out this brief survey.
 
Information Session Availability Survey
 
Impact Page
 
Last week, we shared with you that New York State would be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics daily, similar to what they have done for the K-12 system. We submitted our first set of data on September 15, and the report card is now live on the NY Forward website.
 
Moving forward, we will link to our report card from our Impact page to provide you with our publicly reported data.
 
To search for other colleges and universities, you can access all report cards online. PLEASE NOTE: To search for Fisher, you must search St John Fisher College – with no period after “St.”
 
Need Assistance?
 
We know that the ongoing effects of this pandemic are impacting the mental health of many individuals. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit headspace.com/ny for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 
 
As a reminder, several weeks ago, the College launched Fisher Care, providing 24/7 free, immediate, and unlimited access to medical and mental health screening visits to all full-time undergraduate students.
 
Residence Hall Visitor Policy Monitoring
 
We have received many questions regarding visitation between residence halls, and wanted to provide some additional details about that policy. As indicated in the details of our current operational level, the COVID-19 monitoring team will monitor the visitation policy between residence halls and assess weekly with the ability to limit visitation based on campus conditions.

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

Operational Level Status

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

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

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

 

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

September 22, 2020 - Update for Students

Dear Students,
 
Thank to those of you who joined us for our COVID-19 Monitoring Team student session last Friday afternoon. You had good questions, and we hope we provided you with some clarity. We appreciate your interest and attention, as well as your patience, as we continue to navigate this semester together. We will have additional sessions in the coming weeks, and would like to find a time that is most convenient to the majority of students. Please let us know what those times might be by filling out this brief survey.
 
Information Session Availability Survey
 
Impact Page
 
Last week, we shared with you that New York State would be developing individual report cards for colleges and universities that will be shared publicly and will require us to report a variety of different metrics daily, similar to what they have done for the K-12 system. We submitted our first set of data on September 15, and the report card is now live on the NY Forward website.
 
Moving forward, we will link to our report card from our Impact page to provide you with our publicly reported data.
 
To search for other colleges and universities, you can access all report cards online. PLEASE NOTE: To search for Fisher, you must search St John Fisher College – with no period after “St.”
 
Need Assistance?
 
We know that the ongoing effects of this pandemic are impacting the mental health of many individuals. Through NY Forward, mental health resources have been made available to any New Yorker who needs them. You can call NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider or visit headspace.com/ny for free meditation and mindfulness resources. 
 
As a reminder, several weeks ago, the College launched Fisher Care, providing 24/7 free, immediate, and unlimited access to medical and mental health screening visits to all full-time undergraduate students.
 
Residence Hall Visitor Policy Monitoring
 
We have received many questions regarding visitation between residence halls, and wanted to provide some additional details about that policy. As indicated in the details of our current operational level, the COVID-19 monitoring team will monitor the visitation policy between residence halls and assess weekly with the ability to limit visitation based on campus conditions.

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

Operational Level Status

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

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

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

 

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

September 22, 2020 - Update for Employees

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

Upcoming Campus Conversation

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

Need Assistance?

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

Operational Level Status

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

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

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


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