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Messages from President Porterfield
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Click to Read the Message from President Porterfield- 6/22/20
June 22, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Families,
As the Finger Lakes Region projects to move forward with phase four planned for June 26, I am delighted to share that Roberts Wesleyan College will be starting a modified Fall semester on campus beginning August 24! We will be offering in-person and online options in many programs for our traditional, adult, graduate and seminary students this Fall. To help enable this restart, traditional undergraduate students will be able to choose between a fully online semester or an in-person semester, through a survey.
For certain, how we interact as we learn, live, worship and work together will need to be a little different, but our core functioning as a Christian community of higher education remains unchanged. The following information includes our current planning and alignment with the New York State Guidelines.
The safety, health and well-being of our campus community will always be paramount in our decision-making, and we are prepared to modify our plans should the conditions change. We will continue to monitor all updates from New York State as we move forward to restart operations this fall as outlined below. Please check your Roberts email regularly and check our Roberts Restart webpage for the latest updates and information.
Students enrolled in non-traditional undergraduate courses, adult and graduate degree programs and Northeastern Seminary can expect to hear from their Program Directors directly in early July about details of their program. All cohort courses running between November 21, 2020 through January 11, 2021 will be held online only.
Please check your Roberts (or Northeastern) email and the Roberts Restart website regularly.
The following information is applicable to students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs.
Adjusted Traditional Academic Calendar:
The significant changes in our academic and operational calendar are based on advice from Monroe County, New York State and CDC experts, who believe we could be facing a second wave of COVID-19 sometime late fall or early winter. The outline for Fall 2020 for our Traditional Undergraduate and BELL student body is as follows:
- Traditional undergraduate students will choose between a fully online semester or an in-person semester. We ask that all traditional undergraduate students fill out this form by July 1. If the College does not receive a response from you, we will assume that you are planning to join us in-person.
- New traditional undergraduate first-year and transfer student Fall 2020 Orientation will be August 21-23
- The first day of Fall Semester classes will be Monday, August 24 as scheduled.
- Classes will continue through Friday, November 20 with no fall break.
- After Thanksgiving, classes will continue in an online format only until the end of the semester (students will not be permitted to stay beyond November 21 unless approved by the College due to specific program requirements).
- Final exams will be issued online in early December as scheduled with the semester concluding on December 11.
- We will begin the Spring Semester 2021 as scheduled on January 11 on campus.
As you return to campus, the experience will look different. The College has worked according to state and local public health guidelines and has been in communication with peer institutions with Rochester area colleges and in other regions of the country. We are not alone in experiencing the monumental changes of our work and school lives. It is not what any of us wanted or expected. However, leaning on the faithfulness of God, we can embrace the opportunity to lead others in our response to change and our willingness to extend grace to others around us on the journey.
This announcement is just the start of our communications about your return or your start at Roberts Wesleyan College. In the near future, look for additional information for student move-in dates, guidance for faculty and staff returning to the workplace and additional details about new campus operations.
The Roberts Restart website will be updated throughout the summer as more details are available. Additional information will be communicated directly to you through your Roberts email account, from the Roberts Restart Team.
I know there is a lot on your minds, and we will do everything possible to provide answers to the many questions you may have between now and August 24. During this time, we must all prepare for some inconveniences and align with new community standards and behaviors that will help ensure a safe campus. Thank you for your commitment to Roberts Restart 2020 including these important responsibilities.
We are looking forward to seeing you on campus and continuing to serve all of our students and campus community with education for character.
With Prayer and Optimism,
Dr. Deana L. Porterfield
Click to Read the Message from President Porterfield to Students- 8/19/20
August 19, 2020
Dear Roberts and Northeastern Students,
We are looking forward to welcoming you to a new academic year! At Roberts, we have been working hard over the past few months to make sure our restart can be a safe and effective one for all. In the same spirit, we ask that you work equally hard to practice and support the new policies and procedures designed to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our student body - we need everyone’s support and commitment to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Our priority this academic year is to provide a safe and engaging learning environment that will challenge your mind as you fully participate in your studies, whatever the modality. To prepare, please review and be familiar with the Roberts Restart Policies and Procedures, review our Roberts Community Pledge and watch this important video explaining what to expect this fall, including:
Wearing a face covering
Practicing physical distancing
Limiting the size of gatherings
Practicing good hygiene
Reporting safety concerns by calling Campus Safety at 585-594-7777
Complying with all new policies and procedures
We are committed to walking this journey with you while helping you grow in a safe learning environment, but we can’t do it without your help and commitment to the Roberts Restart policies and procedures.As we begin this semester I want you to know that God has been in this place these past months and has never left us. Just as he has been faithful for generations, he will continue to guide us forward as we start the 2020-21 academic year. Because of that, I am excited to see what is ahead!With prayer and optimism,President Porterfield
Watch the video below that defines the steps we should follow when coming to campus.
Health and Safety Measures
Being a part of this community means that each of us, accountable together, must take extraordinary steps to stay well and persistently protect one another. We pledge to take responsibility for our own health and the protection of others, and we will help keep the Roberts community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections by adhering to College guidelines.
1. To PROTECT MYSELF, I will
- Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a medical professional if I experience fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing or chills; repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
- Wash my hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Consider getting vaccinated for the flu in the fall.
- Exercise safety precautions when traveling off-campus and around the community.
2. To PROTECT OTHERS, I will
- Wear an appropriate face covering.
- Maintain appropriate physical distancing.
- Stay home if I feel ill, or have been exposed to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Look out for others and encourage their faithful commitment to the Pledge.
3. To PROTECT OUR CAMPUS, I will
- Complete the Check-in Survey daily. If I am exhibiting any symptoms, I will contact Campus Safety.
- Participate in contact tracing by swiping into buildings (even if the door is held open) to preserve the wellness of the community.
- Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions.
- Keep personal and shared common spaces clean.
- Kindly encourage others to do their part.
I understand that the safety of our community is a shared responsibility, and my actions can put myself and others at risk. As a member of the Roberts community, I will do my part. I will take the necessary precautions to mitigate the risk to myself and others.
A safe and healthy environment to teach, learn, work and be in authentic community is our top priority. We'll be enhancing sanitation efforts across campus and ask you to keep others in mind in order to ensure everyone’s safety. In coordination with federal, state and local guidance, we ask you to practice physical distancing, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, maintain clean spaces & wear appropriate face coverings/masks (College will provide for those who need them), among other best practices.
To ensure we protect ourselves and each other through:
- Signage reinforcing rules throughout the campus
- Individuals maintaining a 6 foot physical distance; wearing appropriate face coverings (mask, shield) will be required at all times
- Wearing face masks when unable to maintain distance required (you can wear your own or the college will supply at no cost)
- Requiring daily health screenings before coming to campus via an easy to use app
- Increasing Hand sanitizing stations located around campus
- Designating quarantine location in the event of a COVID case among resident students
- Enhancing standards for cleaning and sanitation
Custodial staff will continue to clean offices and workspaces according to CDC guidelines. The cleanliness of the physical campus is very important to stop the spread. Daily cleaning in academic buildings includes cleaning and disinfecting of tables and equipment, cleaning bathrooms and paying close attention to common touch and hard service areas. Academic buildings are disinfected using different cleaning products that are rotated. Carpets are cleaned and disinfected. Individual dorm rooms are taken care of by the resident and we recommend bringing disinfectant cleaning products. In addition, disinfectant is available through the Facilities office. Daily residence hall cleaning includes cleaning of the bathrooms, kitchen, lounges, commons spaces and high touch areas. Students in apartment style housing and Davison Hall will continue to be responsible for cleaning apartments and suites in Davison Hall.
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or knowledge of exposure should seek medical care and must not report to work or class. Residential students should contact Campus Safety and employees should contact Human Resources.
We will post signage in campus buildings with these important reminders.
Classes will be offered in-person and online in order to best serve all students. Our goal is to offer as much flexibility for students and faculty as possible. While continuing to offer the highest quality education whether the student is learning virtually or in-person. Classrooms will be adjusted in order to follow physical distancing guidelines and reduced occupancy requirements. Under guidance from our infectious disease and public health experts, we have revised the academic calendar to begin classes on August 24th and go through November 20 in person. We made the difficult decision to eliminate fall break to minimize possible virus spread associated with travel. After Thanksgiving break, we will finish the semester online. The last day will be December 11.
Health Protocols Within The Classroom
Watch the Fall 2020 Classroom video below to answer questions you may have such as:
- What new precautions and protocols will be in place within the classroom?
- How do I access My Courses online?(see
- How do I complete the daily health screening for coming to campus?
- What are some tips for using Moodle for Fall 2020?
- For in-person classes, a physical distance of six feet between all persons will be required at all times
- Students will be required to wear face coverings to protect themselves and others. Students can bring their own, buy them at the bookstore, or get them through the College for free
- Class sizes will be reduced in many courses and less time will be spent in classrooms with more time completing work outside of class.
- Meetings with professors during their office hours will be by appointment only. Professors will accommodate both in-person and virtual appointments
- Virtual learning will continue to be a method of instruction. Students may choose the online option at the beginning of the semester or to move to this option in the event of illness or a required quarantine
In-Person Schedule Overview
- What is different? (Watch the In-person Fall 2020 Schedule video below)
Virtual Students Overview
- How do I access My Courses online? (Watch the Virtual Schedule Fall 2020 video below)
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Fall 2020 Classroom
In-person Fall 2020 Schedule
Virtual Schedule Fall 2020
In addition to the health protocols above, adult and graduate programs are making specific decisions and will be in contact with their students by program with more details. Some general details to note are:
- The campus library, computer labs and buildings will be open to students
- Students coming to campus will be required to adhere to campus guidelines which will include maintaining physical distance from others; wearing a face mask or covering (mask, shield) will be required at all times
- Everyone who comes to campus must attest to being in good health, report a temperature below 100 degrees for 24 hours, and wear a face mask or covering (mask, shield)
- Any courses that meet between November 21 and January 10 will be offered online
Our mission to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society remains, no matter what this fall semester looks like. We are committed to supporting every student as they continue to learn and grow. It is important for us to provide flexibility and understanding as we all navigate through these changes. Whether students choose to return to campus or participate in remote learning, we want to foster a sense of community and belonging among everyone. To that end, we will be creative going forward, expanding offerings across campus for virtual access.
- The campus library, computer labs and buildings will be open to students.
- Students will be required to adhere to campus guidelines which will include maintaining physical distance from others; wearing a face mask or covering (mask, shield) will be required at all times.
- Garlock Dining Hall will be open to Students with extended hours of service. Plates will be prepared for the customer and take-out options will be encouraged.
We understand that questions about life on campus, including our residence halls and Garlock Dining Commons, have been on the minds of our students and parents. We have carefully thought through plans to support our close-knit campus community while offering a safe and healthy environment for students on campus.
Residence Halls (click to expand)
We are able to house more than 500 students while removing the use of triples and maximizing the availability of singles. All students will be expected to complete a room inventory agreement which will include expectations on physical distancing, hand washing, the use of face coverings, and the importance of community building. This will be provided to resident students by their Resident Assistant (RA) at the beginning of the semester.
Our commitment to health and safety for students include the following factors:
- Daily residence hall cleaning includes cleaning of the bathrooms, kitchen, lounges, commons spaces and high touch areas. Students in apartment style housing and Davison Hall will continue to be responsible for cleaning apartments and suites in Davison Hall.
- We have identified designated space on campus in the event we need to provide housing for resident students who test positive for COVID-19.
- There will be no visitation allowed in residence halls; this includes visits by off-campus guests or commuters as well as from fellow resident students who reside in other buildings.
- Expectation that everyone wear a face covering while in public areas.
Residence Life Staffing
Our Residence Life Professional Staff members are essential members of our Student Life team. These professionally trained staff members serve as Assistant Deans or Hall Coordinators and live on campus. The meaningful connections we make with our students help to make our campus a home. They make the success of our living/learning community possible through their emphasis on establishing relationships, developing community, serving in a time of need, and pointing others to Christ. Additionally, the Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who live on the residence hall floors, building community while encouraging physical distancing and public health guidelines.
Residence Hall Move-In Protocol
We understand some students may need the assistance of family members or friends to help them move-in. We will allow a limited number of family members to assist our students with moving into the residence halls. We don’t have a designated number specified per student, but we ask that everyone limit the time and number of indoor visitors helping with move-in on this day. We ask that everyone wear a face covering and that families be reasonable with that number as we do our best with physical distancing in the hallways.
Basic Guidelines for Residence Halls
In the residence halls, we will enforce the following guidelines:
- Masks must be worn at all times except for when you are in your own bedroom by yourself or with your roommate or when using the bathroom.
- Visitation within a residence hall (designated as the space beyond the exterior door) is allowed as long as you are a resident of that particular building.
- If a student is sick, they need to contact Campus Safety.
- If a student is suspected of being sick, the Residence Life Professional Staff will confirm and partner with the student in contacting Campus Safety. (See “Illness During the Fall Semester” below for more details.)
Travel Within the Area
Resident students are not prevented from traveling locally within the Rochester area. We encourage students to use caution, continue to be mindful of their physical distancing, and keep track of who they interact with when not on campus. Even though residence hall visitation will be restricted only to students who reside in the same building, there are many different ways students continue to interact, with face coverings in place, in small gatherings with friends and fellow students. Students should consider these options as potential ways to interact with others:
- Meet in Garlock or academic lounges in small groups
- Attend a student organization gathering or a Bible study
- Play Frisbee on the lawn
- Take a walk on one of the campus trails
- Sit on the Library Patio and catch up
- GoogleMeet with as many people as you’d like!
When gathering indoors, think small. Gatherings of more than 10 people would not be considered small. Keep in mind that the capacity of indoor spaces has been reduced by 50%, so if you are accustomed to a group of 16 gathering in a space, do the math and limit your group to 8 to reflect the adjusted capacity limits.
Quarantine (click to expand)
First, let’s start with a couple of definitions. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. (By contrast, isolation separates someone who is infected with the virus, away from people who are not infected.) Students may be required to quarantine either because:
- You are coming from a state with high community spread or from another country, or
- You’re waiting for COVID-19 test results due to having symptoms yourself, or
- You’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive or shown symptoms.
If you are spending more than 24 hours in a state with high community spread or traveling internationally within 14 days of otherwise expecting to be on campus, here are quarantine details.
Precautions Before you Arrive
If you are a resident student and you’re coming from an area from which quarantine is required:
- Based on New York’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory issued June 25, 2020, students who travel to campus after spending more than 24 hours recently in a state with high community spread (see list of restricted states) will be required to self-quarantine in private quarters for 14 days before you may interact with anyone in the state of New York. If you only travel through these states (spending less than 24 hours), the travel advisory does not apply. The CDC has issued similar guidance for students who have traveled internationally.
- To allow you to come to campus while honoring the NYS precautionary quarantine guidelines, we are offering an opportunity for students from Restricted States to spend your precautionary quarantine time in a private residence hall room (with access to a bathroom) and meal delivery from August 3-17 on the Roberts campus for a charge. Alternatively, you could arrange for your own precautionary quarantine somewhere else in New York, but not on the Roberts campus.
Illness During the Fall Semester
If you live on-campus and show signs of symptoms or believe you may have contracted COVID-19, you should contact Campus Safety at 585-594-7777 to get guidance on next steps. If you live off-campus and show signs of symptoms or believe you may have contracted COVID-19, you should contact Campus Safety at 585-594-7777 or the County Health Department at 888-364-3065 after hours. Students who live on campus who are required to quarantine or isolate as mandated by the County Health Department and can travel home (without using public transportation), will be asked to return home to complete a self-quarantine there. This helps to conserve quarantine and isolation space on campus for students who live far away or would need to travel via public transportation to go home. If a student is unable to quarantine or isolate at home, the College will assist with quarantine at a hotel off campus or isolation on campus. Additional charges will apply for housing and meals for students who need to use a local hotel for a quarantine. Students not experiencing major symptoms can continue to do coursework. Absences from class because of COVID-19 illness, quarantine, or self-isolation will be excused, and students will be permitted to make up the work if needed, without academic penalty. If you are too sick to participate in classes remotely and do coursework, you should speak with a medical provider to discuss how your symptoms are impacting your ability to continue your courses, and a medical excuse may be provided, depending on your symptoms. You will be cleared from quarantine by the Monroe County Department of Health.
Dining (click to expand)
Roberts has a quality partnership with Metz Culinary Management, our dining provider. We approached our solution to dining on campus with several factors in mind—spaces (cooking, serving, and dining), staffing, the academic class schedule, and nutrition. The capacity for dining will be affected by the six-feet distancing requirements, the need to serve varied options for health needs, and the need to make most food suitable for take-away.
To start the Fall 2020 semester, Garlock Dining Commons will be open only to students. After the first few weeks we may allow faculty and staff to dine in Garlock. We anticipate Garlock will remain closed to visitors for the Fall 2020 semester.
We are planning several modifications and enhancements to the dining experience. Here is what you can expect:
- Students will be expected to wear face coverings while in Garlock Dining Commons until they are seated and eating.
- Seating has been adjusted to accommodate a capacity of 292 in Garlock Dining Commons. This has been established based on the 50% occupancy standard.
- Tables are at least six feet apart.
- Seating is designed for a limited number of people at each table. While the industry standard is a maximum of 10 people at each table, most tables are designed for 2, 4, or 6 people.
- Signage is posted on exterior doors encouraging all to be aware of physical distancing guidelines.
- Acrylic “plexiglass” barriers have been installed to protect cashiers.
- Students will swipe their own card for contactless transactions.
- There will be no self-serve buffet. Plates will be prepared by the dining hall employees and served to the customer.
- Take-away options will be encouraged as all food and beverages will be served in containers suitable for easy carry out.
- Extended lunch and dinner periods, as well as adding a Late Night meal option, will be offered.
Safety and Sanitization Procedures
As part of their orientation, all staff are trained in proper protocol and have been issued appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The College will adhere to federal, state, and county guidelines. The following precautions are in place:
- Additional and enhanced sneeze guards have been installed to better protect food items.
- Staff will plate and serve customers at each station to reduce the contamination of utensils and to reduce the multiple touch-points on serving utensils.
- The dining hall will be closed for one hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon for the purpose of cleaning and sanitizing.
- Open binned utensils have been replaced with automated units dispensing one utensil at a time.
- In accordance with NYS Department of Health regulations, work surfaces are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
- Residence Life will notify Dining Services when a student is in isolation or in quarantine. Meals will be prepared and delivered to impacted students. Additional charges will apply for housing and meals for students who need to use a local hotel for a quarantine.
Garlock Dining Commons
- Monday – Friday hours
- 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
- 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
- 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner
- 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Late Night
- Saturday – Sunday hours
- 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Brunch
- 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner
- 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Late Night
- Closed between those hours for cleaning and sanitizing
Golisano Library Café
- Monday – Thursday hours
- 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Friday hours
- 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday hours
- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday hours
- 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tuition, Room & Board charges
All charges will remain the same including tuition, room, and meal plans for the Fall 2020 bill.
Any credits for room and board because of the College's decision to move to virtual delivery will be assessed at the end of the fall semester. Credits will be applied to the Spring semester in the form of a grant. Account adjustments may alter financial aid packages due to State and Federal financial aid policies.
Please note that change of residency status could have financial aid implications as well. Please reach out to the Office of Student Financial Services at 585-594-6150 if you have any questions.
Parking, Wellness & Technology Fees
The Commuter Parking fee will be waived for those students who are approved to take classes virtually for Fall 2020 only. The Wellness &Technology fees will continue for both on-campus and on-line coursework. We will continue to provide services to students to meet their wellness and technology needs.
The Wellness Fee is used to help provide services and programs that promote the well-being of students including but not limited to:
- individual and group counseling services
- continuous COVID-19 related health education and directives
- on-going mental health education and training
- maintaining health records in the health center
- in-person service to students who have medical needs
The Technology Fee helps to cover a portion of the costs associated with a connected and digital campus. Included in those costs are:
- technology and e-resources associated with student's coursework, in the classroom and beyond, whether in a physical space or online
- faculty technology needed to support student learning and communication
- access to telecommunications services, online student academic support services and security solutions to protect student and institutional data
- access to virtual education
- technology services for viewing and convening online
- technology support over the phone, in-person or virtually
The East Coast Conference Council of Presidents announced on July 17, in a unanimous decision, that intercollegiate competition for the fall 2020 season will be suspended due to the continued health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, all fall sports and winter sports will be affected as plans are to restart intercollegiate competition after January 1, 2021. Included in these plans are efforts to create modified championship seasons for the affected fall sports during the spring season. Those sports include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s volleyball. Winter sports including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s bowling, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field will have a late start to the season beginning after Jan. 1.
We anticipate that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to train and practice during the fall in what will become the traditional “out of season” period as dictated by NCAA DII policies. The pre-season for fall teams will be cancelled and all students will return as regularly scheduled (New Student Orientation August 21-23 and Classes beginning August 24). In addition, the ECC is working on guidelines for skill instruction, strength and conditioning activities under social distancing protocols and we will abide by all ECC and NCAA parameters, and efforts to plan schedules and championships for fall sports are being addressed by the conference.
View the statement made by the East Coast Conference on the suspension of the fall sports season.
View the NCAA board statement that directs each division to safeguard student-athlete well-being, scholarships, and eligibility.
Given the above, the College will not sponsor outdoor teams or group physical activities during the first two weeks of the semester. We understand that exercise is important, however, we need to start off with an abundance of caution for groups of people. The College will re-evaluate in mid-September if NYS provides additional guidance for Gyms and Fitness facilities. After that time, sports in the fall and physical activities will be designed for students to be wearing a face covering to be a physical distance of 6 feet from each other and 12 feet if not wearing a mask.
Gov. Cuomo announced that gyms would be allowed to open on August 24th with several safety requirements. We are exploring these extensive requirements, however we do not anticipate opening these facilities at this time.
Regretfully, for the safety of all, the weight room, cardio room, pool, and arena will NOT be available to students, faculty and staff when they return to campus. We are reviewing guidance from NYS on the reopening of the workout facilities and pool specifically.
Spontaneous play outside must include wearing a face covering and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between people.
The VAC will remain closed to the local community until 2021 to help mitigate the spread of the virus by reducing the density and interactions on campus.
To limit the risk of exposure to our students, visitors are extremely limited on campus this fall. Access to the College grounds will be permitted to those with a valid faculty, staff, or student ID. As of August 22, the College is limiting visitors using the College’s private property.
Essential visitors will require prior approval and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. Non-essential visits will be prohibited at this time and students may not host any guests during this fall semester. All campus-access questions should be directed to Campus Safety at 585-594-7777.
We understand these guidelines may feel strict. However, these are essential to help mitigate the spread of the virus by reducing the density and interactions on campus.
We are looking forward to the day that we can welcome all our alumni and friends back on campus. We appreciate your support in this unprecedented time.
Additional information and clarifications:
- All College facilities, including the Voller Athletic Center and Roberts Cultural Life Center will remain closed to the public until 2021.
- Effective August 4, administrative visitors (vendors, agency representatives) and academic visitors (prospective students and their families) will be welcomed on a limited basis.
- Physical distancing and face coverings are required, as is the daily completion of a screening questionnaire.
- Everyone on our campus will be expected to adhere to our community standards and public health guidelines.
- Requests for Spring 2021 events can be submitted after November 1, 2020, though all reservations and rental agreements will be contingent on NYS and College approvals. For questions, please contact the Cultural Life Center at email@example.com.
For any information regarding the New York State reopening plan, please use this link.
Information regarding Roberts Wesleyan College reopening, view the document at this link.
Traditional Undergraduate (click to expand)
How will move-in at the residence halls be modified?
Resident students will be moving in at different times according to their involvements on campus. We will do our best to minimize contact during move-in. Families will be given more specific instructions upon arrival to their residence hall. Fall student-athletes who are new students at Roberts will arrive early for pre-season training as assigned by their coach. All other new students will arrive on Friday, August 21. Most returning students will arrive on Sunday, August 23 unless they are required to arrive earlier to perform student leader responsibilities.
What do I need to know about Residence Hall changes?
We will not offer triple rooms for Fall 2020 and have maximized the availability of single occupancy rooms. We will have double-rooms and those living as roommates or suite mates will be considered a family at Roberts and therefore face coverings are not required while in rooms. We have identified designated space on campus in the event we need to provide housing for resident students who test positive for COVID-19.
There will be no visitation allowed in residence halls; this includes visits by off-campus guests or commuters as well as from fellow resident students who reside in other buildings.
I’m an International student. What do I need to know?
International students should work directly with the International Engagement Office. International students and those flying in from high impact COVID areas may need to be in quarantine upon arrival to the United States for a designated period of time.
What about international travel such as Study Abroad and Missions Trips?
Study Abroad & international trips are not expected to occur in the 2020-2021 academic year, subject to change as we learn more.
Do I have to wear a face covering in my room?
Do I have to wear a face covering in my room? Can I visit with friends that live in the same residence hall that I do? What about meeting with friends that live in other residence halls? Can my friend who is not a Roberts student visit?
How do I know which courses are only being offered in-person and which are only being offered online?
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What will courses look like in Fall 2020 for adult and graduate students?
- Your program director will contact you about changes to your program calendar.
- The campus library, computer labs and buildings will be open to students.
- Students coming to campus will be required to adhere to campus guidelines which will include maintaining physical distance from others and wearing a face mask.
- Everyone who comes to campus must attest to being in good health, report a temperature below 100 degrees for 24 hours, and wear a face mask.
- Any courses that meet between November 21 and January 11 will be offered online.
How do I know which courses are only being offered in-person and which are only being offered online?
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.
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If I normally take online courses, will there be any changes?
- All online courses will run as scheduled.
How do I know which courses are only being offered in-person and which are only being offered online?
General Questions (click to expand)
What changes, in alignment with the Monroe County and New York State guidelines, will be made on the Roberts campus to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus in the fall?
Changes Made to Protect Our Community
- For in-person classes, a physical distance of six feet between all persons will be required at all times.
- Class sizes will be reduced in many courses and less time will be spent in classrooms with more time completing work outside of class
- Students will be required to wear face covering/s to protect themselves and others. Students can bring their own, buy them at the bookstore or can get them through the College for free.
- There will be protocols for closely monitoring students' health, screening and containment in defined quarantine areas.
- Meetings with professors during their office hours will be by appointment only. Professors will accommodate both in-person and virtual appointments.
- Virtual learning will continue to be a method of instruction. Students may choose their preference option at the beginning of the semester. We ask all traditional undergraduate students to fill out this form to declare your learning preference for the Fall of 2020. Please complete the form by July 15. The College will assume in-person should you not complete the survey.
- The College is installing plexiglass to create a "sneeze guard" droplet protection at reception desks around campus (i.e. Admissions, Student Life, Registration, Human Resources).
Do students need a COVID test before returning to campus?
At this time we are not requiring a test. Students will complete a daily health screening once on campus.
What will the Fall 2020 academic calendar look like for traditional undergraduate students?
- Classes will start on August 24th
- 2020-21 Academic Calendar
- Students have two choices, virtual or in-person learning. Some courses can only be completed in-person. Traditional Undergraduate students should indicate their learning preference for the fall using this form (complete by July 15).
- All cohort courses running between November 21, 2020 through January 11, 2021 will be held online only.
What will Athletics look like for the fall?
What new precautions and protocols will be in place?
We will continue to monitor NYS and Monroe County health and safety guidelines throughout the academic year, making adjustments as needed. Cleaning standards will be enhanced throughout the campus, including residence halls.
What precautions and protocols will I be expected to practice?
We are still developing protocols, but at the present time anyone on campus will be expected to wear protective face covering/s (masks, shields) while indoors in public places or anytime you are not able to keep appropriate physical distancing.
What can I expect from the dining experience?
We are planning several modifications and enhancements to the dining experiences. Plates will be prepared by the dining hall employees and served to the customer. There will be no self-serve buffet. Take-out options will be encouraged. Extended lunch and dinner periods, as well as adding a Late Night meal option, will be offered.
How will Chapel & Spiritual Life be different?
We will minimize the number of large group gatherings and therefore not meet in Hale Auditorium for chapel. We plan to offer smaller community group style gatherings throughout the week, as well as continue to offer the Kickstart videos throughout the year. As weather permits, we will offer outdoor worship events.
Students will be required to obtain 15 Chapel credits per semester. Students can receive Chapel Credit through:
- Watching Kickstart Videos & answering questions
- Student Sunday Night Chapels
- Campus Ministries
- Attending a Community Group
What about the restart for Northeastern Seminary?
Northeastern Seminary students will receive a separate communication, and should refer to the NES website for further details.
I have an off-campus job and will live on campus; can I leave campus and return after my shift?
Can a student leave campus?
Is Roberts Wesleyan College a COVID-19 testing site?
Does the bookstore sell face coverings?
What about drinking fountains?
Public drinking water supplies are safe to drink, however the surfaces around the fountain including the spout, button/leaver and nozzles could pose a risk for the transmission of COVID-19 and other germs. Therefore all water fountains across campus will be shut off.
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 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 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.
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?
Will there be field trips?
We will not have any field trips in the Fall 2020 semester.
Will there be a pass/fail option like Spring 2020?
No, we are not offering that option for Fall 2020.
If students are in quarantine or isolation, can they still continue work for classes?
Yes, if the student is physically able to continue coursework, the professor can assist with asynchronous learning and provide ways to continue their education.
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What about building ventilation?
The HVAC systems on campus are regularly serviced and the filters are routinely changed to maintain good indoor air quality.
How will the College help contain the virus?
We are working to balance increased precautions with reasonable expectations to mitigate the spread of the virus. We will continue to assess our plans in light of changing State and Federal guidelines, County health advisories, and common practices with our peer institutions. It will be important for students to adhere to safe practices on campus (wearing face coverings, washing hands, etc.).
My child lives on campus and has an off campus job, can they go to work?
Yes, students can go to jobs off-campus. We will assume you will be adhering to the protocols set-up at their job including wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, etc. to mitigate the spread of the virus. On campus we will have temperature check stations, maintaining a 6 foot distance and wearing a face covering at all times. All these protocols are to insure we are protecting ourselves and others.
I heard hand dryers spread germs, are you changing them?
Yes, our Facilities department has been making their rounds on campus to switch out the hand drying machines to the automatic paper towel dispensers, so they are hands-free! The trash cans will be located closer to the exit doors of bathrooms so that a paper towel can be used to open the door and then discarded.
What format will classes be offered in?
The majority of classes will be available both in-person and online but some classes will be offered only online.
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What are the new move-in dates for student-athletes?
- Freshman and transfer students – August 21, 2020
- Returning student-athletes – August 23, 2020
In order to participate in athletics, do I have to take face-to-face classes or can I choose the virtual learning option?
According to NCAA and Roberts Wesleyan policies, all student-athletes must be on campus in a face-to-face learning environment and participating in team practices and activities in order to continue as a member of their respective team. Please contact your head coach or the Director of Athletics should additional questions or concerns arise.
Can I rearrange my course schedule to adapt to the new fall season?
Yes, contact your advisor. Keep in mind that you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in order to stay with NCAA Division II compliance standards for participating student-athletes. For more information, please contact your head coach or Kristen Milne, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Academic Success.
How will we maintain physical distancing protocols during practice and team activities?
We are currently gathering practice times from the coaches and striving to prevent overcrowding in the VAC Arena, hallways, turf, etc. Community is prohibited from using VAC facilities and “open hours” will be established for all students to use outside of scheduled athletic practice times. We will also be following state and county guidelines.
What will the spring championship season look like for all sports?
All sports will play a modified season. Efforts to plan schedules and championship opportunities for fall sports by the conference office will begin at once. Winter sports, including, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and women’s bowling will not start their season of competition until after the conclusion of the fall semester, beginning after January 1, 2021. Conference championship dates for the ECC winter sports will remain intact.
How will this change (suspension of fall 2020 season) affect my athletic scholarship this academic year?
All scholarshipped student athletes, whether competing in a fall, winter or spring sport, will maintain their 2020 - 2021 athletic award provided they return to campus in the fall.
How will this change (suspension of fall 2020 season) affect my eligibility?
Should the NCAA grant a waiver that extends eligibility you will need to work with your Head Coach and the Assistant AD for Compliance and Academic Success to review your options. Should you graduate with eligibility remaining you will be eligible to enter Graduate School and receive a tuition discount.
Are the students going to be provided with gloves, face coverings (masks), and tests if we return? What is the school going to do if someone gets sick? How are all athletes going to stay safe playing their sport? What will guarantee our safety?
While nothing guarantees your safety, we are taking every possible consideration to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 given the science and data we have learned to date. It is our hope and expectation that students, and staff adhere to the guidelines provided by the CDC, state, county and Sports Science Institute. Students can bring their own face covering, buy them at the bookstore, or we will have masks available to give to students. We will not be providing gloves or COVID 19 tests. The College has identified designated space on campus in the event we need to provide housing for resident students who test positive for COVID-19. We are working diligently to mitigate the risk of COVID 19 by following guidelines of NCAA, Sport Institute and NYS Regulations.
How are we expected to wear face coverings and maintain a six feet distance all day at school just to go to practices and games to not wear masks and breathe all over many people?
Each sport is unique and will be following various protocols per the CDC and Sport Institute. By following these guidelines, it will help mitigate the spread of the virus. If you have specific concerns or questions in regards to how practices will be conducted, please reach out to your coach.
Will wearing a face covering be required during practice & competitions?
The decision to wear face coverings will be made individually by each sport.
Multiple teams use to practice in the VAC at the same time (Track, basketball, volleyball, etc.) Will only one team be allowed to use the facility at a time?
We are currently working to reschedule practice times with all coaches to prevent overcrowding in the VAC Arena, hallways, etc. We will also work with facilities and their cleaning schedule.
How many games will we play this season?
The maximum and minimum games have been reduced for the 2020-2021 academic year and each sport is different. Please contact the coach for sport specific questions or concerns.
Will we be able to practice and scrimmage in the fall?
The ECC Conference office is working out the details of non-championship season scrimmages. In regards to practices, we are working diligently to determine practice schedules for sports. Follow up with your coach(es) for more information.
Will we have postseason opportunities?
Yes, ECC postseason championship dates for the winter sports will remain intact. ECC postseason championship dates for Fall & Spring sports are currently being adjusted by the Conference Office.
What safety measures will be implemented for returning training?
Strict adherence to college health protocols, symptom monitoring, temperature screening, staggered team training schedules.
Will we be able to play non-conference games?
Things are changing quickly and the situation is still fluid. The Conference is in the process of determining what sports will ultimately look like in the spring (second semester). We will be in constant communication with coaches and student athletes with additional updates.
Is traveling to other states safe?
As a department, for the Spring semester, we are creating protocols for our teams who are traveling to away games (in-state or out-of-state). Coaches will be working to ensure the safety of their student-athletes and we will follow NCAA regulations, CDC and NYS guidelines.
Will athletes still be able to have a pre-season for winter sports?
Preseason schedules will be modified and will begin after the conclusion of the fall semester.
Will we be able to have a basketball season? What is the track season going to look like? What are our goals for this year?
Each sport is going to look a little different this year due to NCAA regulations, CDC and NYS guidelines. Our goal for our student-athletes to have the best Division II, life in the balance, competitive season as possible.
Are we allowed to participate in sports? What practices will look like?
Practices are being rescheduled for this fall semester. If you have specific questions in regards to how practices will look, please communicate with your coach(es)! We all will be following NCAA regulations, CDC and NYS guidelines.
For spring sports, is fall ball going to be the same as it normally is and are there going to be fall practice restrictions?
In regards to the amount of CARA hours out-of-season & non-championship season, as of today, yes "fall ball" is going to be the same. We will be following NYS regulations and CDC guidelines for practices.
Will we have a season/games/practices every day? I want to base my living situation on whether or not we have a season. If we do not have a busy schedule.
Communicate with your coach if you are concerned about what the "everyday" may look like!
Will we get to have a championship season?
The conference’s winter sports — men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, and women’s bowling — will not start their season of competition until after the conclusion of the fall semester. Spring sports may be adjusted by the Conference Office.
Will athletes have to socially distance in the weight room and locker rooms?
Athletes will need to adhere to maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet and wearing face coverings. In addition, the rooms will be at 50% capacity to prevent overcrowding. We are all in this together!
Will athletes be able to use the gym/fitness center?
As a student-athlete you will be able to use the gym/fitness center during your teams scheduled practices/activities. Students will be able to use the Arena, Weight Room, Stretch Room, Cardio Room, and Racquetball Court during "open hours."
Will the weight room be different in any way? Will the trainer’s room be limited to a certain amount of people at a time?
Yes, the weight room's capacity is reduced, so this may change how a specific team utilizes the space. There will be “open hours” for student use that is outside the times of team use. We are asking that each person sanitizes the equipment after use.
When can players return to using the facilities at school this summer even if on a limited basis?
Our indoor facilities (VAC) will remain closed until school is in session. Outdoor facilities are available for small groups for Roberts students only. We ask that you wear Roberts gear to help Campus Safety identify you!
Now that Fall sports have postponed and the championship season has been changed to the Spring (second semester), will student-athletes be allowed to elect the distance learning option?
All student-athletes must choose in-person classes to be part of the Fall semester athletics including practices, workouts, team meetings, etc. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org should additional questions or concerns arise.
When we go online after Thanksgiving, do we only return for 2nd Semester in person classes?
After Thanksgiving, classes will continue in an online format only until the end of the semester (students will not be permitted to stay beyond November 21 unless approved by the College due to specific program requirements). We will begin the Spring Semester 2021 as scheduled on January 11 on campus.
What if I was scheduled to graduate in December but want to participate in my last season of my sport (which is now in the spring)?
Discuss with your academic advisor and the AD for Compliance to determine your options in relation to graduation plans.
What about athletic scholarship and financial aid for the year?
In order for student athletes to keep scholarships and financial aid students must: fully participate in all team activities, register as a full time student, enroll in person classes, remain academically eligible and must adhere to all team rules and regulations.
Can I rearrange my course schedule to adapt to the new fall season?
Yes, contact your advisor. Please keep in mind you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours. For more information, contact your Coach and Academic Advisor.
How are we supposed to social distance in dorms and within the team? What is the rule for team interaction together plus with other teams? Can we hang out with our teammates in our dorms?
Yes, you can visit with friends in the same residence hall. We ask that you maintain physical distancing and meet in common areas. If you meet in smaller areas, we would suggest that you wear face coverings. We would also encourage you to meet outside in the nice weather- a few ideas are to take a walk around campus, get a coffee at Jitters or sit by the pond in the fire pit area.
When are the new move in dates for student athletes?
Freshman and Transfer Students: - August 21, 2020
Returning student athletes will be permitted to move in August 23, 2020
How early will student athletes be made to come back for both fall and spring semester with the two-week quarantine?
Please check out the time line within this document for a clear understanding of when you will be allowed to return for the Fall semester.
I have an underlying health concern, but I’m also an athlete. Who can I reach out to?
Even though student-athletes are required to be on campus for in-person learning, feel free to contact email@example.com should additional questions arise. Also, contact your primary care physician for more guidance on steps moving forward.
What sports have been most severely affected and have any been cut from Roberts due to money shortages? Will my coach(es) still be employed at Roberts this upcoming year?
In an effort to balance its budget for the 2020-21 academic year and in response to the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, Roberts Wesleyan College discontinued Men’s & Women’s Tennis, and Men’s Golf. This was a difficult decision that impacted our student-athletes and the Athletic Department. We are not planning any additional team reductions. More information - check out our Press Release from 6/11/2020.
What if I am a two-sport athlete?
This is a unique situation, therefore reach out to your coaches about the potential overlapping of seasons and to discuss your options.
How many games will we play this season?
With the ECC suspension of the 2020 fall season, fall sports are in their out-of-season and non-championship season segments for the 2020 semester. In general the NCAA maximum and minimum games have been reduced for the 2020-2021 academic year and each sport is different. Please contact your coach for sport specific questions or concerns.
Will we be able to use the gym/fitness center?
As a student-athlete you will be able to use the gym/fitness center during your teams scheduled practices/activities. We are continuously working with VAC staff and the College to ensure students-athletes have the opportunity to use the Arena, Weight Room, Stretch Room, Cardio Room, and Racquetball Court.
Will we be able to practice and scrimmage in the fall?
We will not be traveling or hosting any outside scrimmages in any sport this fall. Our Athletics and Roberts Restart Team has diligently determined a practice phase in process for all sports. Please contact your coach for sport specific questions or concerns.
Will the weight room be different in any way? (Athlete use only? Cleaning after each team?) 3) Will the trainers room be limited to a certain amount of people at a time?
Yes, the weight room's capacity is reduced, so this may change how your specific team utilizes the space. We are asking individuals, such as yourself, to sanitize the equipment after use.
What about athletic scholarship and financial aid for the year?
Per an email from Athletic Director Bob Segave (8/10/2020):
“Based on the new NCAA policies you are not required to be on campus due to COVID19 concerns. Any athletic scholarship as well as merit scholarships will remain in place, provided you maintain your eligibility for each. A change in residency status could affect your financial aid and will be reviewed in compliance with federal and state regulations. With that said, your options are as follows:
- Take your classes in person and continue to participate in on-campus face to face practice and team activities.
- Take your classes in person and opt out of participation in on-campus face to face practice, but remain engaged in virtual team activities.
- Take your classes virtually and opt out of participation in on-campus face to face practice, but remain engaged in virtual team activities. There will be no penalty for choosing any of these options. Our goal is to support you in the decision that is best for you. If you choose an option that changes your participation in on-campus face to face practice, you will be expected to engage in virtual team activities and coaches will be providing workout plans that align with continued conditioning to assure a safe return to play in thespring. Currently it is expected that all student-athletes will return to participation in face to face practice in the spring semester.”
Will there be fans allowed?
Since we are determined that we are not traveling or hosting any outside scrimmages or events, there will be no fans. As we approach the second semester, we will reevaluate.
What about JV soccer programs?
JV teams will have a similar practice phase-in during the fall semester. The College and the Athletic Department remains committed to providing the best possible experience for all our student athletes as we work through scheduling events and practices. Each coach will communicate details with each specific team.