COVID-19 Dashboard and Information

Current Roberts COVID-19 Alert Level

Green (Low Risk with Vigilance)

Click for Risk Level Descriptions

Risk Levels

Alert Levels

  • Green (Low Risk with Vigilance)

What does this mean
Underlying threat of outbreak remains, but virus prevalence is low. 

What to expect
Daily completion of COVID Questionnaire, physical distancing of 6 feet, masks required while on campus. Capacity for rooms limited to 50 percent, non-instructional gatherings of 50 people maximum, blended in-person and online learning, may allow approved visitors on campus.

  • Yellow (Low to Moderate Risk)

What does this mean
Prevalence of virus is low, but increasing 

What to expect
Daily completion of COVID Questionnaire, physical distancing of 6 feet, masks required while on campus. Reduced capacity for non-instructional spaces to 25 percent, limiting non-instructional gatherings to 10 people. Limited visitors allowed on campus.

  • Orange (Moderate Risk)

What does this mean
Prevalence of virus continues to increase 

What to expect
Daily completion of COVID Questionnaire, physical distancing of 6 feet, masks required while on campus. Gatherings limited to 10 people, visitors prohibited, closed all large gathering spaces (library, computer lab, Voller Athletic Center, Garlock) and reduced staff to essential. Consider canceling co-curricular activities, shifting learning to fully online, additional PPE for clinical classes, and moving all food services to dining carry-out only.

What does this mean
Spike in prevalence; hospital capacity strained

What to expect
Implement depopulation of campus/remote operations, except essential on-campus employees to support students remaining on campus, and move all classes to online format within seven days of red level announcement.

Note: An email will be sent to Roberts Wesleyan College students, faculty, and staff from the COVID Emergency Response Team if the campus status elevates.

Campus COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Data Reported as of September 21, 2020

Note: data updated on M-W-F.  If there are confirmed cases, the update will be daily.



Positive Tests and Individual in Isolation*

Number of Residential
Student Positive Tests

0

Number of Commuter
Student Positive Tests

0

Number of
Employee Positive Tests

0


Number in Quarantine due to Exposure to a Positive Case^

Residential Students

0

Commuter Students

1

Employees

0


*Positive tests have been administered by a medical facility and the individual is in isolation.

^Number includes individuals who are quarantined due to exposure to a positive case. 

New York State requires tracking cases for the current 14-day period. As the calendar date moves ahead, any cases that are two weeks old will drop off.  The 14-day window is a better indicator of the campus risk level as cases older than this do not pose a health risk to the campus community.

Communications We Have Sent to Our Community

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Presidential Update 6/11/20

Dear Roberts and Northeastern Students,

As the Governor continues to announce the guidelines and required parameters for reopening New York State, our Roberts Restart Team has been working on the necessary details for the reopening of campus offices and for a safe return to campus.

With the Finger Lakes Region in Phase 3, which allows offices to reopen with precautions, Roberts and Northeastern will be inviting employees to return to campus in a phased approach beginning June 22, with a limited number of identified staff. All recommended safety measures will be followed and we are taking all precautions to begin slowly opening our physical campus.

Although we would love to see you, please do not come to campus until we are able to announce details of a full reopening. The faculty and staff will continue to use email, virtual meetings and phone to reach out to you and each other.

If our first step moves forward as expected, and the Finger Lakes Region continues progressing toward the next phase, on July 7 we will invite 50% of our employees to return to campus. By August 3, we hope to open all offices to 80% of our faculty and staff, with exceptions for those with special health concerns.

The College has been asked by state and local officials not to announce any plans for student return until after specific guidelines are received from the Governor's Office. We are abiding by that expectation. I know you are waiting for an announcement regarding your fall semester and we are eager to make it. You will hear that message from me as soon as we are able to provide it.

In the meantime, we continue to prepare for you. While nearly all of us have been off-campus during the past few months, our Facilities team has conducted a thorough deep-cleaning of all our buildings. They will continue to implement a careful regimen of sanitation and disinfecting of all facilities as we move through reopening. A successful return is the responsibility of our entire community and we each play an important role in supporting the health and safety of each other and our campus.

Please continue to watch your college email for details about your program and expectations for when you are on campus, whether as a resident or commuter - face to face or online. Information will also be regularly updated on the College website. I know there has been a lot on your minds over these last few months. Thank you for your patience as we work towards reopening our campus.

Looking forward,

President Porterfield

Presidential Update 5/22/20

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

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


As of June 5, 2020, all checks or direct deposits were issued to 1,296 eligible students.

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.

As of June 5, 2020, all checks or direct deposits were issued to 1,296 eligible students. These students were determined eligible based on the Department of Education requirements using the following criteria:

  • Were enrolled in a degree-seeking program on March 16, 2020 (first Monday after the National Emergency was declared)
  • Had eligible 2019-2020 FAFSA on file
  • Were not enrolled in a fully online program

Each student received a cash grant of $532.95.

For those students who were not issued a CARES Act grant, Roberts has created an alternative avenue for meeting emergency needs, and has contacted students through email to do so.

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