Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information, References and Resources

Message from President Porterfield

Updated 5/22/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Families:

I pray you are well and am eagerly looking forward to the time when we can fully return to all our operations and fully reopen our Roberts Wesleyan College campus!

While the duration of this pandemic is still unknown, we have begun the Roberts Restart process. Our Roberts Restarts task force consists of eight subcommittees that are actively gathering information and preparing multiple scenarios for the 2020-2021 academic year, which include in-person and virtual instruction for our new and returning students. The work of this task force includes many important elements, including reviewing multiple scenarios for restart timelines, implications of each and the latest public health information to outline plans which will provide a campus environment that is safe and healthy for students, faculty and staff.

The health and safety of our students is our priority. We continue to evaluate all available information from New York State and public health officials on restarting parameters, to ensure our plans align with all federal, state and county expectations. Although there are pressures to speed up the process, and there are differing opinions voiced about moving forward, in times like these we must act in partnership and compliance with our elected leaders and public health experts. Let us pray for our leaders while we exercise patience when so much is unknown.

We care deeply about you and can assure you that in the fall, we will be ready to support your continued education toward your degree. Students, whether you are a traditional undergrad, an adult learner, a dorm resident, commuter, transfer or international; whether you are on the way toward your bachelors, masters or doctorate, we will continue to foster opportunities to help you establish and maintain meaningful and important relationships with your faculty, staff and peers. Roberts has always excelled at creating relationships that matter, in both the online and in-person learning environments. We know how important this is to you, and it is equally important to us as a distinct piece of your transformational Roberts Wesleyan education.

Even in these uncertain times, especially in a world of difficult and sobering realities, Roberts Wesleyan College remains dedicated to preparing graduates of character who are thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented and well-prepared to make a positive impact in the communities they serve.

Please continue to visit the Roberts COVID-19 website to find updates, remain up to date on the most current information, and ask questions related to the effects of the pandemic on the College.

I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for your commitment and your patience during this time as we continue to assess and develop our plans for the fall semester.

Our history tells us that prevailing prayer and exuberant optimism sustained us through challenging times in our history. As we look to the fall, we lean on our God who is Forever Faithful.

With Prayer and Optimism,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield
President

Latest Updates

Summer Camps Update 5/22/2020

Due to the current health concerns surrounding Covid-19, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel our Academic Summer Camps for high school students scheduled to run July 20th - July 31st. If you or your student registered, you have received an email with refund information from Amy Kovach. If you have questions you can submit using the form at the bottom of this page or you can email Michele Kelly at Kelly_Michele@roberts.edu.

Spring Commencement Update 5/1/2020

After reviewing all available information including no guarantee of when we would be able to safely and legally gather in a group event, we have decided to celebrate commencement together, virtually. This is disappointing news, but given the unknown timing of the quarantine, and that it would not make sense to keep rescheduling the event, we have decided the best option is to provide the opportunity to celebrate this milestone event as soon as possible. A virtual commencement will never fully replace a face to face event, but we are committed to creating a wonderful program that celebrates our students.

Roberts Wesleyan College will hold its Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement on Saturday, June 13.

For full details please visit our Commencement website.

Academic Classes

​Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all face to face academic classes will take place via virtual delivery. The institution will communicate directly with students through the student email and campus intranet.  ​All instruction will remain virtual for the duration of this semester.

  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Regional campus locations will follow the main campus protocol.
  • Northeastern Seminary students will receive a separate communication, and should refer to the NES website for further details.
  • While the disruption in the semester may be challenging, the College and Seminary will work with all students to support the completion of their academic work

Residential Students

  • Campus residence halls will remain open only for students who are unable to leave campus. Contact your Resident Director.
  • Students will not be able to return to campus until further notice. Students will be notified as soon as the College has received clearance from Monroe County and New York State. Watch for communication from Student Life.
  • Campus services (e.g. dining services, campus safety, health center, counseling center) will remain available for approved residential students. Library services will be available virtually. Counseling Center clients will receive additional communication directly.

External Community Facility Use

  • Effective March 18th, the campus is operating with strict public health precautions and unless you are a current student, employee or authorized contractor, you are not permitted in any campus building. Call 585-594-6000 to be transferred to the department you would like to speak to or to make plans to connect virtually.

Travel

  • The Office of Global Engagement will work directly with the six students studying abroad to make arrangements for their safety and will follow CDC recommendations.
  • International College-related trips are canceled at this time.
  • The College cannot reimburse individuals for expenses associated with personal trip cancellations or disruptions. Out of an abundance of caution, to protect your health and minimize further health risks, we ask that everyone exercise prudent judgment when making travel plans and stay abreast of current travel guidance provided by the CDC and the local health department officials before departure so that you can prepare and take proper precautions. Travel restrictions may change over the coming weeks and could possibly affect your return to Rochester.

Events

Group Gatherings and Events

  • Effective March 13th and until further notice, on-campus events will continue through virtual delivery or be postponed or cancelled. Check the College or Seminary website for cancellations.

Athletic Events:

CARES Act Funding

Roberts Wesleyan College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education acknowledging that we will use 50% of the funds received from the CARES Act to award as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. We received a total of $1,381,405, and we are using 50%, or $690,703, in cash grants directly to students.

At the time of reporting on May 24, 2020, we have not distributed any funds to students as we work through the latest guidance from the federal government as to which students are eligible to receive grants through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and how much each eligible student should receive.

There is no need for students to apply. Students will automatically be considered as we complete the process for determining student eligibility.

Students will receive an emailed letter in the coming weeks that indicates whether or not they are eligible to receive funds, when to expect funds and instructions on how to alert the College if they have additional needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic and Online Learning (Click to expand)

What is happening with academics?

Virtual classes, including labs and clinicals, began on March 23, 2020 and will continue for the remainder of the traditional semester. Students in cohort-based programs will continue their coursework virtually until further notice. Student teaching has been suspended due to school district closings. All campus facilities are closed. All campus services remain available virtually. If you are looking for campus resources such as the Counselling Center, Learning Center, Golisano Library, ITS, Financial Aid, Registration, and Career Services, please contact those offices directly.

While the disruption in the semester will be challenging, the College and Seminary will work with all students to support the completion of their academic work.

What if I can’t attend classes?

If you are a student who is ill or in self-quarantine, contact your professors so they can make academic arrangements for you.

Are students who are studying abroad returning to Rochester?

The Office of Global Engagement has assisted in making arrangements for the safe return of all students studying abroad.

Are the scheduled trips for this May 2020 still happening?

International College-related trips are cancelled at this time.

What's the plan for graduation?

Roberts Wesleyan College will hold its Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement on Saturday, June 13. Members of the Class of 2020, their families and friends, and the campus community are invited to gather online as the College leadership recognizes the graduates’ accomplishments and confers their Roberts Wesleyan College Degrees.

What is remaining the same: your degree conferral date – the date the College will note on your official transcript that you have been granted the degree for which you have completed all requirements.  The College will continue to confer degrees three times a year: on the last Saturday in May, August, and December.  Your degree will be conferred on the closest conferral date following the completion of all your degree requirements, for May, that date is May 30, 2020.   The Office of Registration anticipates that diplomas will be mailed to graduates in August.

Will we be allowed back on campus before the end of the semester?

Students will be notified as soon as the College has received clearance from Monroe County and New York State. Watch for communication from Student Life.

Who do I contact if I am having trouble accessing online courses?

Contact your faculty member or Information Technology at 585-594-6898.

How do I register for classes or meet with my advisor?

Given the significant changes we are facing as a community, we have decided to delay registration for traditional undergraduate and traditional graduate students by one week.  The new schedule can be found below. If you have not already met with your advisor, we encourage you to meet via Google Meet. Here is a link to a tutorial of how to meet using this technology.  We are here to help in any way that we can!

Seniors (90+ credits)*
Beginning Monday, March 30

Juniors (60-89 credits)*
Beginning Monday, March 30

Sophomores (30-59 credits)*
Beginning Wednesday, April 1

Freshmen (0-29 credits)*
Beginning Friday, April 3

MEd, MSW, PSY, PSYD, NES
Beginning Monday, April 13

*This is your current class level.

Please note:
Students may begin registering on line at 7:00AM the morning of the appropriate day for traditional undergraduate and 6:00AM for graduate students on April 13.

Looking for help with Registration?  Check out these links:

What are the plans for labs and clinicals?

Labs and clinicals began meeting virtually on March 23, 2020.

What about summer classes?

All Roberts Wesleyan College Traditional Undergraduate and Adult and Graduate 2020 summer classes will only be offered in an online format. Given that decision, we are not allowing students to live on campus this summer. 

Is there a pass-fail option for Spring 2020 courses?

Yes, we will be offering a pass-fail option. First, faculty will post grades for all courses. After grades are posted, students will have a specified time to petition to change their final course grade in courses for which it has been determined by departments that “pass/fail” is an option.

Three “grades” will be available:

S = C or higher (credit earned; no impact on GPA)

U = C-, D+, D, D- (credit earned; no impact on GPA)

NC = F (no credit earned; no impact on GPA)

The petition will be routed through Financial Aid and Athletics (if applicable) to Registration for final approval.

Have Summer Camps been cancelled?

Due to the current health concerns surrounding Covid-19, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel our Academic Summer Camps for high school students scheduled to run July 20th - July 31st. If you (or your student) were registered, please check your email you used to register. You should receive information from Amy Kovach, our director of summer camps.

Questions? Please email Michele Kelly at Kelly_Michele@roberts.edu.

Campus Events and Services (Click to expand)

Are College and Seminary events being cancelled?

Effective March 13th and until further notice, on-campus events will continue through virtual delivery or be postponed or cancelled. Check the College or Seminary website for cancellations.

What campus services are available?

Dining Services and Campus Safety will remain available for approved residential students.

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center team continues to be available for both current clients and anyone interested in seeking out counseling by both phone 585-594-6882 and email (counselingcenter@roberts.edu) for consultation and referral. The intranet is up to date to reflect this continuity of business as well.

Learning Center: Learning Center services are available virtually. Access the Learning Center services and calendars.

The Golisano Library: Library services are available virtually to all students. Learn more about how to access these services. The Golisano Library 24/7 Computer Lab is open to approved residential students.

What campus buildings are closed?

Effective March 20, 2020, all campus facilities are closed in accordance with New York State guidance, unless an approved residential student or on the registry of essential employees. Call 585-594-6000 to be transferred to the department you would like to speak to or to make plans to connect virtually.

What is the campus doing to prevent the spread of germs?

While the campus facilities are closed, our custodial services are ensuring that every physical space is sanitized. Our custodial services are following all recommended infection control practices. Resident directors have communicated with residential students about reducing the spread of germs in a dormitory setting.

Traditional Undergraduate and Residence Life (Click to expand)

What should residential students do?

Residential students are no longer on-campus except for a very small approved number for whom travelling home is not currently an option.

What if I work on campus as a student?

Student employees should not report to their campus jobs.

Regarding summer employment for students, the College will continue to monitor the current situation, and provide guidance on any disruption of summer plans as we know more

What about traditional undergraduate student chapel attendance requirement?

Chapel attendance is no longer required for the balance of the semester. We encourage you to check out the "Monday Kick-Start" with Pastor G and many virtual opportunities to connect with God through campus virtual chats, podcasts, or your faith community. Follow Pastor G on Instagram for the latest Spiritual Life Information.

Will I get an account adjustment for room and board?

Students will receive a separate communication from the Office of Student Financial Services detailing the student account adjustment process by April 17​. All other fees remain.

How do I return books to the bookstore?

All rental students have already received an initial email giving them instructions on returning their rentals with the free UPS return label. There is also the normal distribution schedule of the reminder emails that will also go to students.  This starts 21 days before the original due date. Please note:  The email address is the one provided when the rental occurred. 

The rental return date has been extended until June 15th.  There has been a link added to the roberts.bncollege.com website on the homepage that students can click on to take them to the shipping return instructions. 

If you have any difficulties, please contact Darren Walton, bookstore manager at walton_darren@roberts.edu.

Graduate and Non-Traditional Students (Click to expand)

What about graduate and non-traditional classes?

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all face to face academic classes will take place via virtual delivery.

If I'm a veteran and have a question about my benefits, who is my contact?

Please contact Julie Green at 585-594-6596 or Green_Julie@roberts.edu.

Athletics (Click to expand)

What about athletics events?

COVID-19 Information (Click to expand)

What are COVID-19 signs and symptoms?

The novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe symptoms, including fever (100.4 or greater), cough and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms. COVID-19 has an incubation period of up to 14 days. That said, an individual may be contagious without showing symptoms or feeling sick.

Residential students should call the Health Center at 585-594-6360. All other students, faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider.

There is currently no vaccine or cure for COVID-19.

What should students do if they feel like they have been exposed?

If you are feeling sick, you should stay home. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, respiratory illness, coughing or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider or call the Health Center at 585-594-6360 or Campus Safety 585-594-7777 after hours.

Students should contact professors about making up missed coursework. The entire campus is operating with an abundance of caution and professors are aware that flexibility is a must at this time.

Students who have household members showing symptoms (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher and shortness of breath) and who have either traveled to a high-risk region or have been in contact with someone who tested positive are required to follow the New York State Department of Health quarantine guidelines (do not attend class or events, or have visitors) for 14 days.

How can I help protect myself?

What if I have flu-like symptoms?

At Roberts, the health and safety of every person in our community is a priority. Given the current impact of COVID-19, we are monitoring the reports as well working with the Monroe County Health Department, New York State Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are committed to keeping our community informed and will continue to implement steps to contain the spread of the virus. We encourage all members of the Roberts community to stay informed and take preventive health measures.

How is Roberts & Northeastern monitoring the situation and making decisions?

Under the guidance of the Roberts and Northeastern Emergency Response Team and the President's Cabinet, a task force has been meeting regularly to review options and take precautionary steps consistent with the guidance provided by the CDC and our state and local officials. They will continue to meet, monitor, and make decisions as needed and keep the Roberts and Northeastern students, families, faculty and staff informed.

Can you recommend any mental health resources for students and families?

Our Counseling Center has put together some helpful resources on their page, and students can view more information on the intranet (login required).

COVID-19 On Campus (Click to expand)

Does Roberts have any positive test cases for COVID-19?

One employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was last on campus on March 17th and has been working remotely since. Employees who have had close contact will be notified and advised, per CDC protocols, that they should begin a 14-day period of quarantine and monitor for symptoms.

Can Roberts share any further information about the community member who has tested positive for COVID-19?

We cannot share any further information due to privacy concerns.

COVID-19 Guidelines and References

At Roberts, the health and safety of every person in our community is a priority. Given the current impact of COVID-19, we are monitoring the reports as well the recommendations from the Monroe County Health Department, New York State Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are committed to keeping our community informed and implementing steps to contain the spread of the virus. We encourage all members of the Roberts community to stay informed and take preventive health measures.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or going to the bathroom, and before eating.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Follow the step-by-step instructions here.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands to stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and keep at least six feet from people who are visibly sick.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Don’t share drinks and food with others.
  • Stay home or in your residence room when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash).
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” items frequently—such as keyboards, cell phones, tables and desks—with cleaning spray or wipes.
  • The CDC, NYS DOH and the Monroe County Department of Public Health DO NOT recommend the routine use of face masks or respirators in the community at this time.

Additional Links and Resources

Communications We Have Sent to Our Community

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Message from the COVID-19 Task Force on 4/28/20

The Roberts COVID-19 Task Force continues to work to assure the safety of the campus. At this time, we do not have any known COVID-19 cases on campus among our 28 resident students or among the on-campus essential staff. The majority of faculty and staff continue to work from their home offices, though we look forward with great anticipation to returning to campus whenever we are permitted to do so.

The Task Force monitors reports from state and local officials and is following all recommendations to assure the safety of our campus community. The team is planning for "return to campus scenarios" for the point at which we are approved to reopen. All scenarios will exercise caution and will be staged appropriately to mitigate the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

As NYS "Stay home" orders continue, the College is continuing to be closed for day-to-day operations. All summer school classes will be taught virtually.

The task force continues to meet, plan, and adapt to the situation. We will keep the Roberts community informed when we have more clarity on how operations will continue.

Email sent to Students 4/2/20

The transition may have been seamless for students who have had experience learning online. For those who haven't, it could be confusing and challenging. Students may feel intimidated and we want you to know "that's okay." Watch this video where Dr. Amy Kovach explains the different methods being used to teach online as well as resources available to students. At Roberts, we want all students to be successful with online learning. That said, reach out to your professors with any questions or concerns. We are all in this together and your success is our priority!

Email sent to Students, Faculty, and Staff 4/1/20

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

After much prayer and discussion, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May 9, 2020. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties of its duration, we believe this decision is the safest for our entire community.

The administrative team at Roberts Wesleyan College is working on alternative plans to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our graduating class when it is safe to do so. We know how important this event is to our students and their families, so we remain committed to holding the Commencement ceremony at a later date to celebrate this achievement together.

All eligible graduates will receive a separate communication from Dr. David Basinger, Chief Academic Officer, which includes a survey link asking for their input. Once feedback has been collected, we will review the options and announce a new Commencement date for the class of 2020.

I am extremely proud of the strength and resilience of this community and all the remarkable achievements of our graduating class. We look forward to celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of each student when the health risks and dangers associated with group gatherings are passed. We continue to pray for the health and well-being of everyone through this unprecedented time.

Leaning on God, who is forever faithful...

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield
President

Email sent to Students 3/30/20

Hello RWC Students!

I know that many of you are wondering about summer classes.  Given the current state of COVID-19, we have decided to offer all summer courses (SUM 1, SUM 2, and SUM 3) online.  This will allow you to take your courses from your current residence.  Most courses will be converted to online courses. Here is what that means for you:

  • If you are currently registered for an online summer course, you are all set.  We are so glad you will be taking an online course with us!
  • If you are currently registered for a face-to-face summer course, you will receive an email notifying you that you have been dropped from that class.  Don’t worry! This is because we have to cancel the face-to-face and create the online course.  You will automatically be transferred to the online version of that course.
  • There may be even more courses that you want to take now!  Perhaps you wanted to take statistics, but you wanted to be home for the summer to work.  Now you can do both!
  • Lab courses that are offered online this summer will NOT have lab fees.  There may be supplies that you have to purchase on your own, but there will not be fees (you may need to buy some supplies).  This will save you money.  We are offering two fully online general education lab science courses (SCI 105-How things move and AST 201—Astronomy).
  • All courses, independent studies, internships (if approved) are only $198 per credit hour.

Some summer courses that were initially listed as face-to-face, will not be offered virtually.  These courses (listed below) will be cancelled, and you will receive notification that you have been dropped from the class.

Cancelled Classes:

PED 100: Fitness for Life

CHM 211L: Organic Chemistry 1 Lab is being cancelled for SUM 1 and being moved to SUM 2 while we try to figure out how to offer this.  Stay tuned on this particular lab.

Our goal is to have all classes up-to-date on the online course schedule by Wednesday afternoon.  Once it is your day to register, you will be able to adjust your summer classes.  You can add more online courses or you may choose to drop courses.  If you need help dropping or adding a course, you can email registration_office@roberts.edu.  If there are any additional changes to the schedule, we will communicate with students in those courses.

Please let me know if I can help in any way.  I am happy to answer any and all questions!

~Dr. Kovach

Email to Students & Families 3/26/20 10:15 AM

Dear Students and Families,

Like you, our Roberts and Northeastern community continues to be greatly affected by COVID-19 pandemic and the parameters coming from New York State and the Federal Government. THANK YOU for your flexibility and patience as we have done our best to respond to these difficult realities. The situation has continued to evolve since our decision to continue our semester remotely until April 13. Each day the administration, faculty and staff have worked to make the best decisions for our community and your continued education.  

After reviewing the current New York State and CDC guidelines, we have decided to continue courses remotely until the end of the semester. I am sure the thought of not returning to campus, or one of our off-site locations, is as disappointing for you as it is for us. We eagerly look forward to the time we can meet together face-to-face. For students in cohort-based programs, you will continue coursework virtually until further notice.

I know this raises many questions. We are continuing to work through the details and implications of this announcement. It is an ongoing process. I encourage you to go to roberts.edu/covid-19 website FAQ’s for more details and updated information. The following notes will also give you some details related to our decision: 

Traditional Undergraduate Program

Commencement Events

  • A decision will be made no later than Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Graduating students will be notified directly

Collection of On-campus Belongings from Residence Halls

  • Students will be notified as soon as the college has received clearance from Monroe County and New York State.
  • Watch for communication from Student Life

Room and Board Credits and Refunds

  • Students will receive a separate communication from the Office of Student Financial Services detailing the student account adjustment process by April 17.

Non-Traditional Programs

Commencement Events

  • A decision will be made no later than Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Graduating students will be notified directly

I recognize there are additional questions you may have. Please continue to direct all questions to the COVID-19 Questions and Concerns link on the website. We are regularly checking and responding to emails received. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate our ever-changing climate. Know that our community is praying for you, our students, as we all experience this unprecedented time in our history.
 
Together,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

Campus Update 3/20/20 5:30 PM

Virtual classes, including labs and clinicals, will begin on March 23, 2020. Student teaching has been suspended due to school district closings. All campus facilities are closed. All campus services remain available virtually. If you are looking for campus resources such as the Counselling Center, Learning Center, Golisano Library, ITS, Financial Aid, Registratration, and Career Services, please contact those offices directly. Call 585-594-6000 to be transferred to the department you would like to speak to or to make plans to connect virtually.

Please note there are still no reported cases of COVID19 on the Roberts and Northeastern campus.

Presidential Video to Students 3/20/20

Please watch this special greeting from the President:

03/20/20

For the latest campus-related updates, regarding COVID-19, visit roberts.edu/covid-19 and nes.edu/covid-19. If you have questions, please send them to covid19team@roberts.edu.

Stay well and God bless!

Presidential Video to Faculty and Staff 3/20/20

Please watch this Faculty and Staff Update from President Porterfield:

03/20/20

For the latest campus-related updates, regarding COVID-19, visit roberts.edu/covid-19 and nes.edu/covid-19. If you have questions, please send them to covid19team@roberts.edu.

Stay well and God bless!

Email to Students 3/17/20

Hello RWC Students,  

We want to make sure you are prepared to navigate online education.  We understand that you all have different levels of access to technology and the internet.  We will work with you to make sure you can continue the education you began at the start of the semester.  To that end, we want to provide you with some resources.

  • If you need internet access at your house, Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395.

  • While your courses are online, faculty may ask you to use some technology that is new to you.  We have created a student resource page to help walk you through this technology.

  • You may have questions about library access. Click here for answers to those questions.

  • You may have questions about how to access the Learning Center. Click here for answers to those questions.

Please check your Roberts email account and your course pages on Moodle frequently.  Your faculty will be in communication with you about your courses.

If you experience technology difficulties, please call the help desk at 585 594-6898.

We are committed to helping you through this transition as you continue your coursework online!

Dr. Basinger 


Email to Parent 3/14/20 5:36 PM

Dear Roberts Parents,

In consultation with the Monroe County Health Department, the College has decided that all College face to face classes will be cancelled Monday-Friday, March 16 - 20.  Virtual classes will begin on March 23rd as planned unless students hear otherwise from your faculty member. Student teaching has been suspended due to school district closings. Face-to-face science labs for Monday - Wednesday are also cancelled. These labs will begin meeting virtually on March 23rd. Plans for our nursing clinicals are still under discussion; you will receive communication from the Dean of the School of Nursing.

Residential students are asked to leave as soon as they are able since classes are cancelled next week.  Residential students who are unable to leave campus by Monday, March 16, should contact their Resident Director. 

For the latest information, FAQS, guidelines and communications visit  https://www.roberts.edu/covid-19/

Regards,

COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Email to Faculty and Staff 3/14/20 4:56 PM

Dear RWC Faculty and Staff -- 

The following announcement was recently posted on the RWC COVID-19 website:

In consultation with the Monroe County Health Department, the College has decided that all College face to face classes will be cancelled Monday-Friday, March 16 - 20.  Virtual classes will begin on March 23rd as planned unless students hear otherwise from your faculty member. Student teaching has been suspended due to school district closings. Face-to-face science labs for Monday - Wednesday are also cancelled. These labs will begin meeting virtually on March 23rd.  Plans for our nursing clinicals are still under discussion; you will receive communication from your nursing faculty as soon as this is determined.

Residential students are asked to leave as soon as they are able since classes are cancelled next week.  Residential students who are unable to leave campus by Monday, March 16, should contact their Resident Director. 

Faculty, this means you will not be able to communicate with your students in face-to-face classes about how you plan to conduct your virtual classes. This will need to be accomplished over the next week through Moodle, email or other virtual messages so that your class is ready to begin March 23rd.  Your Dean will provide more details.  

For Staff and Faculty, we recognize this will bring many questions and concerns. Decisions regarding physically working on campus versus working virtually will be communicated on Sunday. If you have questions, please direct those to your supervisor and they will share those with their Cabinet officer. Please check the COVID-19 page on our website for ongoing updates. We appreciate your prayers and understanding as we work through these uncertain times.

Prayerfully,

COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Presidential Video Update 3/13/20 6:15 PM

Released 3/13/20 6:15 PM

Presidential Message 3/12/20 4:08 PM

Updated 3/12/20 4:08 PM

I understand you may have many questions and concerns about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of it on our life and work on campus. Our Emergency Response Team and the COVID-19 Task Force has been, and will continue, to work tirelessly to provide us all with the most up to date information, and together we will update you through multiple avenues of communication in the days ahead.

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation as a global, national and local threat to public health. Our first priority is the health and safety of our campus community: our students who live on campus, our adult and commuting population, those studying abroad, and our faculty and staff family.

After much prayer, discussion and consultation, we have made the following decisions to mitigate the potential spread of the virus to our campus, and to respond to the call for protective measures to reduce its spread across the greater community. I believe we have made these decisions with the sincerest effort to be global citizens and good neighbors.

This is an extraordinary situation and we appreciate your understanding, cooperation and patience, as these decisions and changes will disrupt normal life. We encourage you to join us in prayer for the healing of the sick and those who care for them, the effective cure of the disease and the return to full life and work on our campus and around the world.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

Email to Parents 3/12/20

Dear Roberts Wesleyan College parents,

I thought you would appreciate seeing what was sent to your student and our campus community just moments ago. My message to them follows:

I understand you may have many questions and concerns about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of it on our life and work on campus. Our Emergency Response Team and the COVID-19 Task Force has been, and will continue to work tirelessly to provide us all with the most up to date information, and together we will update you through multiple avenues of communication in the days ahead.

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation as a global, national and local threat to public health. Our first priority is the health and safety of our campus community: our students who live on campus, our adult and commuting population, those studying abroad, and our faculty and staff family.

After much prayer, discussion and consultation, we have made the following decisions to mitigate the potential spread of the virus to our campus, and to respond to the call for protective measures to reduce its spread across the greater community. I believe we have made these decisions with the sincerest effort to be global citizens and good neighbors.

This is an extraordinary situation and we appreciate your understanding, cooperation and patience, as these decisions and changes will disrupt normal life. We encourage you to join us in prayer for the healing of the sick and those who care for them, the effective cure of the disease and the return to full life and work on our campus and around the world.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

President

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/12/2020

 

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information. There is a place for you to submit questions on the COVID-19 website.

The College and Seminary will move face to face classes to virtual delivery and distance education effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

We tentatively plan to resume face to face classes the week of April 13, 2020, after Easter break.

 

Academic Classes

All College onsite face to face classes will be canceled Wednesday – Friday, March 18-20, 2020 to allow for transition to alternative delivery of courses.

  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all face to face academic classes will take place via virtual delivery. The institution will communicate directly with students through the student email and campus intranet.  Students will receive specific instructions from their respective School, Department, and Faculty, including information about non-classroom activities such as clinicals, student teaching, and internships.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Regional campus locations will follow the main campus protocol, unless notified by Friday (3/13), at 5:00 pm by your AGE Program Director.
  • Northeastern Seminary students will receive a separate communication, and should refer to the NES website for further details.
  • While the disruption in the semester may be challenging, the College and Seminary will work with all students to support the completion of their academic work

Residential Students

  • Campus residence halls will remain open between March 18 - April 13 for students who are given permission to remain on campus. Permission will be granted through the Office of Student Life beginning noon on Friday, March 13.
  • Residential students who leave for the transition break will not be able to return to campus until April 13.
  • Campus services (e.g. dining services, campus safety, health center, counseling center) will remain available for approved residential students. Library services will be available virtually. Counseling Center clients will receive additional communication directly.

External Community Facility Use

  • Effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., the community use of the Voller Athletic Center and the Golisano Library will be discontinued through the end of the semester. VAC Community members will receive further information.

Travel

  • The Office of Global Engagement will work directly with the six students studying abroad to make arrangements for their safety and will follow CDC recommendations.
  • All College-related travel is prohibited for faculty and staff until further notice, unless approved by a Cabinet officer.
  • International College-related trips are canceled at this time.
  • Personal travel for employees outside of the area is discouraged. Individuals who choose to travel out of the region may require quarantine after returning to the area.

Group Gatherings and Events

  • Effective March 13 and until further notice, College-related gatherings or meetings estimated up to 50 persons are discouraged and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • On-campus events in excess of 50 will proceed only through virtual delivery or be postponed or canceled.

Athletic events:

  • The Athletic Department is making decisions regarding team events on a case by case basis in accordance with NCAA guidance. Please check the Athletic webpage for the most up to date information.

Faculty and Staff Schedule

  • Faculty and staff are expected to continue their normal work schedule.  Depending on the nature of one’s role, working from home may be encouraged with Supervisor approval.
  • Persons who are symptomatic or caring for a sick family member should contact their supervisor.

Student Work-Study Employment

  • All approved residential student employees may continue their student employment role if they desire.

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information.

Presidential Email to Faculty and Staff 3/12/20

Dear Campus Community,

I understand you may have many questions and concerns about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of it on our life and work on campus. Our Emergency Response Team and the COVID-19 Task Force has been, and will continue, to work tirelessly to provide us all with the most up to date information, and together we will update you through multiple avenues of communication in the days ahead.

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation as a global, national and local threat to public health. Our first priority is the health and safety of our campus community: our students who live on campus, our adult and commuting population, those studying abroad, and our faculty and staff family.

After much prayer, discussion and consultation, we have made the following decisions to mitigate the potential spread of the virus to our campus, and to respond to the call for protective measures to reduce its spread across the greater community. I believe we have made these decisions with the sincerest effort to be global citizens and good neighbors.

This is an extraordinary situation and we appreciate your understanding, cooperation and patience, as these decisions and changes will disrupt normal life. We encourage you to join us in prayer for the healing of the sick and those who care for them, the effective cure of the disease and the return to full life and work on our campus and around the world.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

President

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/12/2020

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information. There is a place for you to submit questions on the COVID-19 website.

The College and Seminary will move face to face classes to virtual delivery and distance education effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

We tentatively plan to resume face to face classes the week of April 13, 2020, after Easter break.

 

Academic Classes

All College onsite face to face classes will be canceled Wednesday – Friday, March 18-20, 2020 to allow for transition to alternative delivery of courses.

  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all face to face academic classes will take place via virtual delivery. The institution will communicate directly with students through the student email and campus intranet.  Students will receive specific instructions from their respective School, Department, and Faculty, including information about non-classroom activities such as clinicals, student teaching, and internships.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Regional campus locations will follow the main campus protocol, unless notified by Friday (3/13), at 5:00 pm by your AGE Program Director.
  • Northeastern Seminary students will receive a separate communication, and should refer to the NES website for further details.
  • While the disruption in the semester may be challenging, the College and Seminary will work with all students to support the completion of their academic work

Residential Students

  • Campus residence halls will remain open between March 18 - April 13 for students who are given permission to remain on campus. Permission will be granted through the Office of Student Life beginning noon on Friday, March 13.
  • Residential students who leave for the transition break will not be able to return to campus until April 13.
  • Campus services (e.g. dining services, campus safety, health center, counseling center) will remain available for approved residential students. Library services will be available virtually. Counseling Center clients will receive additional communication directly.

External Community Facility Use

  • Effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., the community use of the Voller Athletic Center and the Golisano Library will be discontinued through the end of the semester. VAC Community members will receive further information.

Travel

  • The Office of Global Engagement will work directly with the six students studying abroad to make arrangements for their safety and will follow CDC recommendations.
  • All College and Seminary related travel is prohibited for faculty and staff until further notice, unless approved by a Cabinet officer.
  • International College-related trips are canceled at this time.
  • Personal travel for employees outside of the area is discouraged. Individuals who choose to travel out of the region may require quarantine after returning to the area.
  • The College cannot reimburse individuals for expenses associated with personal trip cancellations or disruptions. Out of an abundance of caution, to protect your health and minimize further health risks, we ask that everyone exercise prudent judgment when making travel plans and stay abreast of current travel guidance provided by the CDC and the local health department officials before departure so that you can prepare and take proper precautions. Travel restrictions may change over the coming weeks and could possibly affect your return to Rochester.

Group Gatherings and Events

  • Effective March 13 and until further notice, College and Seminary related gatherings or meetings estimated up to 50 persons are discouraged and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • On-campus events in excess of 50 will proceed only through virtual delivery or be postponed or canceled.

Athletic events:

  • The Athletic Department is making decisions regarding team events on a case by case basis in accordance with NCAA guidance. Please check the Athletic webpage for the most up to date information.

Faculty and Staff Schedule

  • Faculty and staff are expected to continue their normal work schedule.  Depending on the nature of one’s role, working from home may be encouraged with Supervisor approval.
  • Persons who are symptomatic or caring for a sick family member should contact their supervisor.

Student Work-Study Employment

  • All approved residential student employees may continue their student employment role if they desire.

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information.

Presidential Email to Students 3/12/20

Dear Roberts Wesleyan College students,

I understand you may have many questions and concerns about both the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of it on our life and work on campus. Our Emergency Response Team and the COVID-19 Task Force has been, and will continue, to work tirelessly to provide us all with the most up to date information, and together we will update you through multiple avenues of communication in the days ahead.

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation as a global, national and local threat to public health. Our first priority is the health and safety of our campus community: our students who live on campus, our adult and commuting population, those studying abroad, and our faculty and staff family.

After much prayer, discussion and consultation, we have made the following decisions to mitigate the potential spread of the virus to our campus, and to respond to the call for protective measures to reduce its spread across the greater community. I believe we have made these decisions with the sincerest effort to be global citizens and good neighbors.

This is an extraordinary situation and we appreciate your understanding, cooperation and patience, as these decisions and changes will disrupt normal life. We encourage you to join us in prayer for the healing of the sick and those who care for them, the effective cure of the disease and the return to full life and work on our campus and around the world.

Sincerely,

Dr. Deana L. Porterfield

President

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 3/12/2020

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information. There is a place for you to submit questions on the COVID-19 website.

The College and Seminary will move face to face classes to virtual delivery and distance education effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

We tentatively plan to resume face to face classes the week of April 13, 2020, after Easter break.

 

Academic Classes

All College onsite face to face classes will be canceled Wednesday – Friday, March 18-20, 2020 to allow for transition to alternative delivery of courses.

  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, all face to face academic classes will take place via virtual delivery. The institution will communicate directly with students through the student email and campus intranet.  Students will receive specific instructions from their respective School, Department, and Faculty, including information about non-classroom activities such as clinicals, student teaching, and internships.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Regional campus locations will follow the main campus protocol, unless notified by Friday (3/13), at 5:00 pm by your AGE Program Director.
  • Northeastern Seminary students will receive a separate communication, and should refer to the NES website for further details.
  • While the disruption in the semester may be challenging, the College and Seminary will work with all students to support the completion of their academic work

Residential Students

  • Campus residence halls will remain open between March 18 - April 13 for students who are given permission to remain on campus. Permission will be granted through the Office of Student Life beginning noon on Friday, March 13.
  • Residential students who leave for the transition break will not be able to return to campus until April 13.
  • Campus services (e.g. dining services, campus safety, health center, counseling center) will remain available for approved residential students. Library services will be available virtually. Counseling Center clients will receive additional communication directly.

External Community Facility Use

  • Effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., the community use of the Voller Athletic Center and the Golisano Library will be discontinued through the end of the semester. VAC Community members will receive further information.

Travel

  • The Office of Global Engagement will work directly with the six students studying abroad to make arrangements for their safety and will follow CDC recommendations.
    • All College-related travel is prohibited for faculty and staff until further notice, unless approved by a Cabinet officer.
  • International College-related trips are canceled at this time.
  • Personal travel for employees outside of the area is discouraged. Individuals who choose to travel out of the region may require quarantine after returning to the area.

Group Gatherings and Events

    • Effective March 13 and until further notice, College-related gatherings or meetings estimated up to 50 persons are discouraged and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • On-campus events in excess of 50 will proceed only through virtual delivery or be postponed or canceled.

Athletic events:

  • The Athletic Department is making decisions regarding team events on a case by case basis in accordance with NCAA guidance. Please check the Athletic webpage for the most up to date information.

Faculty and Staff Schedule

  • Faculty and staff are expected to continue their normal work schedule.  Depending on the nature of one’s role, working from home may be encouraged with Supervisor approval.
  • Persons who are symptomatic or caring for a sick family member should contact their supervisor.

Student Work-Study Employment

  • All approved residential student employees may continue their student employment role if they desire.

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check the RWC COVID-19 website for regular updates and new information.

Email to Students, Faculty, and Staff 3/11/20

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

At Roberts and Northeastern, the health and safety of every person is a priority.  At this time, there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) within the campus community or in Monroe County. 

We are committed to keeping you informed about the steps we are taking to contain the spread of COVID-19 if detected among our community.  Here is some helpful information:  

  • Currently, classes are continuing as scheduled, however, this status is being monitored daily. If face-to-face classes are required to transition to an on-line delivery before the semester is complete, the College and Seminary have protocols and processes in place.

  • Students experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms should respond according to whether they are living ON or OFF campus.

    • Students living ON campus should confine themselves to their dorm room and call the Health Center at 585-594-6360 (8 am-5 pm) or Campus Safety 585-594-7777. Students should not go to any other campus building until being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

    • Students living OFF campus should stay home and call their healthcare provider.  Do not return to campus until being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

  • Students who miss classes should contact professors about making up missed coursework.  The entire campus is operating with an abundance of caution and professors are aware that flexibility is a must at this time.

Those with specific questions or concerns can contact:

COVID19Team@roberts.edu

Student_Life@roberts.edu

Health Center (585-594-6360)

Campus Safety (585-594-7777)

Don’t Forget:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  2. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing

  3. Keep your distance from people who have a temperature

  4. Clean and disinfect "high touch" items every day (doorknobs, keyboards, phones)

  5. Contact your medical provider for advice

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a healthy campus.

 

Email to Students 3/2/20

Dear Students,

The College and Seminary deeply care about the health and safety of every person in our community.  The intent of this notice is to share best practices to bring additional awareness regarding the Coronavirus.

The College and Seminary are relying on the recommendations of the Monroe County Health Department, New York State Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure we are prepared if there are local or regional reports of the virus.   We are monitoring the Coronavirus to be as proactive as possible with planning.  

Each of us is responsible for following good public health practices to minimize the spread of illness.  The CDC has offered the following guidelines to increase your safety with this particular virus and other strains of influenza:y home or in your residence room if you have a fever

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  2. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  3. Keep your distance from people who have a temperature
  4. Clean and disinfect "high touch" items every day (doorknobs, keyboards, phones)
  5. Contact your medical provider or Health Center for advice

Those with additional questions or concerns can contact:

Ruth Logan, VP for Student and Organizational Development loganr@roberts.edu

Dave Basinger, Chief Academic Officer basingerd@roberts.edu

Doug Cullum, NES VP & Dean cullumd@roberts.edu  

Mike Broberg, Dean of Students brobergm@roberts.edu

Health Center (585-594-6360)

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a healthy campus.

Most sincerely,

Ruth A. Logan

Vice President for Student

and Organizational Development

Chief Diversity Officer


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