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Protect Our Community

This fall, 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!

Mask Up for Fisher

Masking up is one of the best ways we can keep each other healthy, safe, and together on campus. Wear your Fisher mask with pride, and be sure to refer to our Face Covering Policy.

Proper Mask-Wearing and Cleaning

Learn from one of Fisher's expert microbiologists and immunologists, Dr. Theresa Westbay, associate professor of biology, about the ways you can protect yourself and the Fisher community. While wearing a mask is important, what is even more important is how you wear it, how you handle it, and how you keep it clean. Do you part Cardinals!

Classroom Protocols and Procedures - Fisher This Fall

Touchless features have been installed in our campus bathrooms to decrease unnecessary high-touch use. Directional signage and markings will serve as reminders to maintain social distancing and one-way traffic patterns. And we have new classroom protocols and procedures in place. Let’s protect ourselves, and each other.

Daily Pass

Screenshot of the Daily Pass self assessment screen, which shows links to start assessment, location check in, and My Daily Pass.

Complete the Daily Pass using any device within the two hours prior to your arrival on campus (if you will be on campus at 8 a.m., you should complete it between 6-8 a.m.). You will receive either a “GO” directive allowing you on campus or a “STOP” directive telling you what to do next, based on your answers to a series of screening questions. 

Daily Pass

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.

Updated Policies for Fall 2020

Face Covering Policy

Face Covering Policy, Fall 2020

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.

  • Everyone on campus will be 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 will be provided with 2 fabric face masks, and can choose to wear other face coverings and masks that comply with this policy.
  • Disposable masks will be 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.
Classroom Protocols

Classroom Protocols, Fall 2020

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:

  • Complete your daily tracker/app/health check with clearance to attend.
  • Make sure you have your face covering.
  • Use proper hand washing and hygiene.

While in the classroom:

  • Each individual is required to clean their desk/workspace touchpoints before use. Cleaning supplies are provided in each classroom and used supplies must be disposed of in the marked container. If more supplies are needed, contact Facilities Services at (585) 385-8256.
  • 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:

  • Individual work stations and any equipment used are required to be cleaned before exiting.
  • All items brought into the room must be taken out of the room, including any trash generated during the class period.
Communal Food Policy

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.

Campus Access and Visitors Policy

Campus Access and Visitors Policy

While on campus, currently enrolled students, and currently employed faculty and staff must:

  • successfully complete the health check prior to coming to campus;
  • wear their Fisher ID card at all times while on campus;
  • wear a face covering at all times while on campus when social distance of six (6) feet or more cannot be maintained.
Restrictions to Access to Campus

Visitors are restricted from campus for the fall semester. For the purpose of this policy, the term “visitor” refers to anyone who is not currently enrolled at or employed by St. John Fisher College. This includes family members or personal associates of students, faculty, and staff.

Understanding that campus business is often conducted with off campus partners, if virtual meetings are not possible, the following groups are considered to be Essential Guests and are allowed on campus under the following circumstances.

Essential Guests permitted access to buildings


  • 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).
  • Essential guests 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.
  • Essential guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Essential guests who pass the screening will be allowed to be on campus and required to wear a visitor sticker and a face covering at all times while on campus.
  • Essential guests who do not pass the screening will be required to exit campus.

Essential Guests in the residence halls

  • No outside visitors, guests, care-givers, or family members are allowed in the Residence Halls. This includes commuter students.
  • Resident students may have two family members help them with scheduled move-in and move-out provided they are following the move-in and move-out processes established by the Office of Residential Life.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students may only visit each other within the individual residence hall to which they are assigned.  If a change is made to this policy, it will be communicated through the College’s monitoring team (view all past Campus Communication).

Pick-up and drop-off (no building access)

  • Ride-hailing and food delivery drivers
  • Pick-ups or drop-offs for students, faculty, and staff
Prospective Student Visits

All prospective student visits must be coordinated through the Office of Admissions, following the prospective student visit protocols.

Exception Requests

Requests for access to campus by any other population will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by divisional vice presidents and deans. 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 Dave DiCaro, director of safety and security.

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.