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

The College has moved face to face classes for traditional and non-traditional students to virtual delivery and distance education effective Monday, March 23, 2020

All instruction will remain virtual for the duration of this semester.

Presidential Updates

President Deana L. Porterfield Update
as of 3/20/2020

Latest Updates

COVID-19 Update as of 3/30/20 at 2:00 PM

This is a fluid situation and subject to change. Please continue to check for regular updates and new information.

Update 3/30/20 at 2:00 PM

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.  

Update 3/28/20 at 4:00 PM

EMPLOYEE MEMBER TESTED POSITIVE

On Saturday, March 28, Roberts Wesleyan College officials were informed that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has been working remotely since March 18 and was last on campus on March 17. Upon being notified, we immediately engaged the Monroe County Department of Health to begin the process of notifying employees who had close contact with the affected person. That notification process has begun. Employees who have had close contact will be advised, per CDC protocols, that they should begin a 14-day period of quarantine and monitor for symptoms. The majority of our employees have been working remotely since March 19.

We will continue to keep the Roberts Wesleyan College community informed. We pray for the impacted employee and their family, and continue to pray for the health of everyone through this unprecedented time.

All community members are advised to practice self-monitoring and personal prevention habits.

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:

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?

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

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. 

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 a credit or refund 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​.

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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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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