Protect Our Community
We all have a role to play in keeping the Fisher community healthy and safe.
Whether it involves wearing a mask, cleaning your workspace, maintaining social distancing throughout campus, or good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, there are steps we can each take to keep all Cardinals in the nest!
The Daily Pass
The Daily Pass is a web-based screening tool and works on computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Use your SJFC network credentials to log in.
All members of the campus community must complete their Daily Pass every day unless they are studying or working remotely for the spring semester.
The Daily Pass helps us to confirm the number of people who are on campus each day who are counted as our on-campus population. That number is part of what the College is required to report to the state every day.
Complete the Daily Pass every day (including weekends) whether or not you are coming to campus unless you are working remotely for the semester or are on vacation.
The Daily Pass must be completed as soon as possible each day, but no later than 2 hours prior to your arrival on campus. If you are not coming to campus, the Daily Pass must be completed by noon.
Policies to Protect Our Community
Many new policies have been put in place with the health and safety of our campus community top of mind. It will take all members of the community to come together - as we always do - and follow these new policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure a successful fall semester. Visit our policies and procedures page for a full listing.
Face Covering Policy
For the purpose of this policy, a face covering means a fabric covering/mask or disposable mask that covers the wearer’s mouth and nose.
For Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings nor maintain physical distancing on campus, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center.
For Unvaccinated Individuals
- Unvaccinated individuals on campus are required to wear a face covering at all times, with the following exceptions:
- When a person is outside and 6 feet of social distance can be maintained between individuals.
- When a person is alone in an office or breakroom with the door closed.
- When a student is alone or with their assigned roommate in their residence hall room.
- When eating and drinking in designated areas: Social distancing must be observed and face coverings may be removed while seated for eating and drinking. Face coverings must be immediately put back on after eating/drinking.
- Face masks with valves are prohibited. (While masks with valves are effective at protecting the wearer from pathogens, they do not protect others as large respiratory droplets can be released through the valve and potentially spread viral particles to others.)
- Each student, faculty, and staff member is provided with two fabric face masks, and can choose to wear other face coverings and masks that comply with this policy.
- Disposable masks are provided by the Office of Safety and Security when a fabric mask is forgotten.
- Alternative face coverings may be provided or required in specific classes (i.e. labs, ASL classes) based on their requirements.
Students are required to follow this policy as part of their commitment to the Student Code of Conduct. Faculty and staff are required to follow this policy per the Employee Handbook.
Using a face covering properly:
- Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth.
- Remove your mask by the elastic or tie bands and do not touch the front of the mask.
- After removing your face covering, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitizing liquid to clean your hands.
- Once removed, put your fabric face covering into a plastic bag until it can be washed. Paper masks should be disposed of immediately after use.
- Carry a backup mask in case your mask gets wet or soiled.
- For more information, visit the CDC website.
Cleaning a fabric face covering:
- Masks should be washed daily, if worn.
- Hand-wash your mask in a sink, blot with a towel, and allow to air dry.
- Use hot water and soap. Bleach is not recommended.
As leaders in the classroom, it is imperative that instructors support compliance with these requirements clearly and unambiguously. Students are required to follow these protocols as part of their commitment to the Student Code of Conduct.
To ensure proper social distancing and minimize other risks of virus transmission during face-to-face classroom sessions, the protocols below must be observed by everyone using this classroom until further notice.
Reminder - Before coming on campus:
- If you are unvaccinated, make sure you have your face covering.
- Use proper hand washing and hygiene.
While in the classroom:
- Everyone in the classroom is required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth while in the classroom.
- Social distance (6 feet apart) must be maintained; occupants must remain spaced apart.
- If furniture is moved it must remain 6 feet apart and be returned to its original position before leaving the room.
- Do not bring extra furniture into the room. If you have a question about room occupancy, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (585) 385-8015.
- Any equipment or materials that are shared during class must be cleaned before each individual uses them.
- Eating food in classrooms is prohibited.
- Beverages may be consumed if they are covered.
- All occupants must practice respiratory etiquette (cover cough, cough or sneeze into elbow).
When leaving the classroom:
- All items brought into the room must be taken out of the room, including any trash generated during the class period.
Communal Food Policy During COVID-19 Period
Until further notice, the College is adopting the following precautions when food is provided at any events, meetings, and in offices. The goal is to minimize contact and cross contamination on food and food-serving surfaces. This policy applies to all foods and beverages regardless of vendor.
- All catering must consist of individually packaged/portioned items or include a catering attendant for serving.
- Buffet style service (anything you serve yourself) is prohibited, including common practices of providing doughnuts, pizza, cookies, etc.
- “Bulk” food items may not be served at any campus event (i.e. bowls of chips, scoop your own ice cream).
- Any food brought in from off-campus must be individually wrapped.
- All “make your own” food events are prohibited (i.e. stuff your own taco, decorate a cupcake).
- Communal snacks in bowls in public spaces, including candy, mints, etc., are prohibited.
- Beverages should be in single-serve containers.
We also expect good health and safety practices such as providing hand sanitizer at events, as well as cleaning tables before and after with disinfecting cleaners.
As a reminder, food is not allowed in any classroom.
If you have questions about food for your event, please contact Fisher Dining Catering at (585) 385-8285.
Visitors Policy (updated 6/4/21)
Visitors are allowed on campus under the following circumstances this summer:
Prospective Student Visits
All prospective student visits must be coordinated through the Office of Admissions.
Additional Visitors Permitted on Campus
- Academic guests and presenters
- Designated vendors, contractors, and service operators with essential campus business
- Host must alert the Office of Safety and Security that the guest is coming (date and time).
- Visitors who are invited to campus must first check in at the Office of Safety and Security. The host is responsible for the guest’s compliance with this requirement.
- Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Visitors who pass the screening will be allowed to be on campus and required to wear a visitor sticker and follow the College’s face covering policy. Visitors who do not pass the screening will be required to exit campus.
No Guests Permitted in Residence Halls
- No outside visitors, guests, caregivers, or family members are allowed in the Residence Halls. This includes commuter students.
Pick-up and drop-off (no building access)
- Ride-hailing and food delivery drivers
- Pick-ups or drop-offs for students, faculty, and staff
Process for Additional Guests
Requests for access to campus by any other population will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by deans and divisional vice presidents. Information related to approved essential guests should be sent to the Office of Safety and Security at least 24 hours prior to the desired visit. Urgent requests may be communicated by phone to the director of safety and security.
Spring Semester Event Planning Guidelines
The Spring Advisory Team is providing these guidelines for anyone planning in-person events on campus for the remainder of the spring 2021 semester. Such events will only be permissible if we remain at Operational Level 1 (yellow) which indicates that COVID-19 cases are low and transmission is controlled. Any requests for exceptions to the published guidelines need approval of the divisional vice president.
Requests for space on campus must be made by using the Event Reservation Form. Guidelines include:
- The maximum number of people attending the event cannot exceed 50.
- Only students and employees of the College can attend the event.
- No food can be served at the event. Individually-packaged food that is provided as people leave the event is allowed.
- The same health and safety protocols apply - masking, social distancing, and good hand hygiene. When using learning spaces, the surfaces of desks and chairs should be cleaned prior to and after using.
- No handshaking/hugging.
- Certificates/ prizes can be distributed.
- Consider whether you will have people participating remotely and plan your IT needs accordingly. If you need to make a special IT request, use this link.
- When possible, consider using outdoor spaces for the event. Beginning March 29th, there will be a large tent in the LeChase Commons area.
- Lawn games are allowed. Whenever possible, participating individuals should avoid using shared objects. Everyone participating must be masked and practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. You can request lawn games from Student Engagement and Inclusion.
- The contact information for the employee assuming responsibility for all health and safety protocols associated with an event must be provided in advance of the event using this form.
- The contact information of all attendees at an event must be submitted within 24 hours by using this form.
If this is an event honoring graduating seniors, a fully remote graduating senior may attend the event on campus but must receive a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the event.
Not Feeling Well?
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should not come to campus and you should call your health care provider immediately.