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Spring Calendar Update

Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate Spring Calendar

We have made a change to our traditional undergraduate and graduate spring calendar. The semester will begin on Wednesday, February 3 and go through to commencement on Saturday, May 22. In place of February break, there are study days built in throughout the semester.

Last Day of ClassesMay 21, 2021
Commencement May 21 & 22, 2021

Campus Activities

While visitors to campus are still limited, we are able to host events on campus for our own community. That includes our faculty, staff, and students. For New York State Guidelines for indoor and outdoor events, click here

Music performances are allowed guests, however, there are limits. Recitals are limited to four external guests and ensembles are limited to two guests per student.

For information regarding 2021 Commencement click here.

Residence Life FAQs (click to expand)

How will move-in at the residence halls be modified?

Students will be moving into residence halls at different times based on their return to campus timeline. Residence halls open for general move in for Spring semester on February 2. Students will receive additional details about move-in procedures from the Office of Student Life by January 20. Students who must quarantine upon arrival in NY should contact the Office of Student Life to discuss move in options.

What do I need to know about Residence Hall changes?

Residence hall changes are based on the campus alert level. Students will hear from their Residence Life staff regarding changes to residence hall policies.

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.

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?

If you have a roommate or suitemates you are not required to wear a face covering where you live. Those people will be considered your family at Roberts. However, if someone becomes ill that you share living space with, it is important to follow the precautions such as staying in your room if you feel sick like you have been exposed, contact your healthcare provider or call the Health Center at 585-594-6360 or Campus Safety after hours at 585-594-7777.
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.
 
At this time we are not allowing visitors from off-campus (friends, commuter students) in dorms.   
We are working to balance increased precautions (such as not allowing visitors in dorms and encouraging students to meet up in common areas) with reasonable expectations to mitigate the spread of the virus. Everyone has a role to play in helping to mitigate the spread of the virus.

What is the policy for visitors in Residence Halls?

Students may visit with friends in the same residence hall. You are required to maintain physical distancing and meet in common areas. If you meet in smaller areas, you must wear a face mask. If there is nice weather, there are many places on campus to meet outside.

At this time we are not allowing visitors from off-campus (friends, commuter students) in residence halls. Visitors from other residence halls are permitted when the campus is at a green alert level. 



Cohort Based Non-Traditional Programs

Our cohort based programs (modular programs with 5-8 week classes)  will continue to meet. Contact your program director for specific information.


Summer Classes for Traditional Undergraduate Programs

  • The summer sessions will have the following dates:
    • Summer 1: May 24-June 18 (Classes will not meet May 31 in observance of Memorial Day)
    • Summer 2: June 21-July 16  (Classes will not meet July 4 in observance of Independence Day )
    • Summer 3: July 19-August 13
  • As we restructure our summer course schedule to align with the dates listed above, online summer registration will be temporarily unavailable.  Traditional undergraduate students will receive a detailed communication regarding summer course registration in January.
  • If you have any questions regarding summer classes, please contact Dr. Jason Taylor (Director of Academic Summer) at taylor_jason@roberts.edu.

Summer Classes for Traditional Graduate Programs

  • Summer course dates vary by program.

Northeastern Seminary students will begin the semester virtually. More information is available on the seminary website.


Covid-19 Testing

Click below for FAQs related to testing at Roberts this semester. Additional questions may be submitted on the form at the bottom of this page. 

Covid-19 Testing FAQs (click to expand)

What type of test is acceptable?

Roberts will accept approved Covid-19 tests, which include PCR tests on saliva, nasal swabs, or nasopharyngeal swabs and Antigen tests (rapid tests) on saliva, nasal swabs, or nasopharyngeal swabs. Antibody tests are not accepted.

Where can I get a test?

Contact your local county or state health department for testing locations near you. In New York, you can find a location on the state Covid-19 testing website. Residents of Monroe County can sign-up for rapid testing at sites throughout Rochester. If no appointments are available, check back. Appointments are added weekly. 

What if I test positive?

If your test results come back positive, you will be asked to stay off-campus until you have fully recovered and been released from isolation by your health department. If you are a student, you must contact Campus Safety (585-594-7777) to update your status. You will be contacted by the Office of Student Life to coordinate housing and virtual learning options.

Who pays for testing?

Tests performed off-campus are covered by the individual being tested. Please check with your insurance company to determine if they will cover the cost. Free testing is available in many places. Contact your local county or state health department to find your testing options. Rapid tests performed on the Roberts campus at one of our testing clinics are provided at no cost.

Where do I send my results?

Students should email test results to student_testing@roberts.edu

Employees should email test results to employee_testing@roberts.edu

What if I’ve already had Covid-19?

If you tested positive for Covid-19, in the last 90 days, you may submit evidence of your positive test result or isolation clearance to student_testing@roberts.edu. You do not need to complete further testing at this time. If you have not yet been cleared from isolation, you will need to complete isolation off-campus before returning.

What happens after I submit my result?

The Health Center or Human Resources will review and approve your negative Covid-19 test result or evidence of a prior Covid-19 infection (e.g. release from isolation letter and/or proof of prior infection). Please allow up to three business days for this process.



Will I be tested throughout the semester?

Yes. In order to ensure the safety of our campus, Roberts will be conducting surveillance testing in the spring semester. It is expected that those members of the community (faculty, staff, and students) who are selected for testing each week will comply with the requirements to promote health and safety for our campus.



Is Roberts Wesleyan College a COVID-19 testing site?

Roberts Wesleyan College is not a community testing site for Covid-19. The Health Center, in accordance with state guidelines, will offer Covid-19 testing on a limited basis.



I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need a test?

Evidence suggests that the current vaccines are very effective against this virus. However, because it may take time for the vaccine to build up immunity, at this time we are still asking those who have been vaccinated to provide evidence of a negative test result. 

Where can I find a free rapid test in Monroe County?

If you live in Monroe County, free rapid antigen tests are available throughout the county. You can sign-up here for a free test. New testing appointments for the following week are posted on Fridays at noon. 

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.

Student and Faculty walking

A  safe and healthy environment to teach, learn, work and be in authentic community is our top priority. We have enhanced 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: 

  • Follow campus signs 
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask 
  • Complete the daily health screening
  • Contact campus safety or human resources if feeling ill

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or knowledge of exposure should seek medical care and must not report to work or class. Students should contact Campus Safety and employees should contact Human Resources.

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Health Protocols Within The Classroom

  • For in-person classes, a physical distance of six feet between all persons is required at all times
  • Students are 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 have been 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 are by appointment only.  Professors will accommodate both in-person and virtual appointments
  • The campus library, computer labs and academic buildings are open to students.

Classroom and Academics FAQs (click to expand)

If I normally take online courses, will there be any changes?

All online courses will run as scheduled. 

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.

How do I know which courses are only being offered in-person and which are only being offered online?

While most traditional undergraduate courses will be available to students either in-person or online, a few are not. Click here for the list of traditional undergraduate courses offered online only. The second tab at the bottom of the document lists traditional undergraduate courses that are only being offered in-person. These lists are subject to change. You must be logged in to your Roberts email account to access this information.


Students in cohort-based or graduate programs should contact their program director with questions about course formats.

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.

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.

Will classes have a pass/fail option?

Courses will continue to use the standard grading option. A pass/fail option is not available for most classes.

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.

What changes have been made to the academic calendar?

Programs that follow a traditional fifteen week calendar have been modified for the Spring 2021 semester. The new calendar can be found here.

Undergraduate Student Charges

Tuition, Room & Board charges

All charges will remain the same including tuition, room, and meal plans for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 bills.

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 semester.

Please note that a change of residency status could have financial aid. Please reach out to the Office of Student Financial Services at 585-594-6150 with questions.

Parking, Wellness & Technology Fees

The Commuter Parking fee will be waived for those students who take classes virtually and do not come to campus. All students pay Wellness &Technology.

The Wellness Fee provides services and programs that promote the well-being of students including:

  • 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 including:

  • technology and e-resources associated with student's coursework, in the classroom and beyond, whether in a physical space or online
  • access to telecommunications services, online student academic support services and security solutions to protect student and institutional data 
  • support for the College’s virtual learning platforms
  • technology support

Athletics

Reggie the Redhawk

Testing: One of the requirements for returning to play this season is participation in a regular testing regimen. All student-athletes, coaches, officials, and designated high contact personnel are required to be tested for COVID-19 at least weekly, some teams up to three times per week. Our Health Center in coordination with our Athletic Training department will conduct the tests. Results will be reported, as required, to the Department of Health. 

Return-to-play: Student-athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by medical personnel in order to return to competition. 

Games and Schedules: Modifications have been made for practice, travel, and competitions in all sports. Coaches will share more about the specific requirements for each team.

Any changes in our region or state may require us to alter or cancel our season. The health and safety of our whole campus remain our primary concern.

Spectators and Events: Following new guidance from New York State and the announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, effective April 2, Roberts Wesleyan College will be welcoming back spectators at home sports events in a limited capacity.

At Roberts Wesleyan College, given our venue size, there will be two fans per participating player allowed. A select number of Roberts students will also be permitted into games. There can be up to 100 attendees indoors or 200 people outdoors.  There will be no visiting team spectators at this point.

It is recommended that spectators for outside sports bring their own seating (chairs, blankets, etc.) as the bleachers be used primarily for Roberts Wesleyan College students. For inside events, there will be designated seating for external guests and students.

To attend the games, fans are required to adhere to the following policies as set by Roberts Wesleyan:

  • Masks or facial coverings worn at all times
  • Maintaining physical distancing from other spectators outside your immediate group
  • No gatherings of any kind before or after each contest with student-athletes, team personnel or other Roberts staff members
  • No access to restrooms.

These guidelines for attending games only apply to home contests held on the Roberts Wesleyan College campus. For away games, the host institution determines the attendance policy (see the institution’s website for details).

Voller Athletic Center

The Voller Athletic Center (VAC) meets all guidelines for reopening gyms in New York State and has been approved by the Monroe County Department of Health. The VAC will be open for students in academic classes and athletic team activities according to the approved guidelines. The VAC is not open to community members at this time.

Athletics FAQs (click to expand)

Will student-athletes be required to be tested for Covid-19?

One of the requirements for returning to play this season is participation in a regular testing regimen. All student-athletes, coaches, officials, and designated high contact personnel are required to be tested for COVID-19 at least weekly, some teams up to three times per week. Our Health Center in coordination with our Athletic Training department will conduct the tests. Results will be reported, as required, to the Department of Health. We utilize rapid tests for all athletics testing, and all positive individuals will be immediately isolated. In addition to testing, we monitor for symptoms of the virus daily, including temperature checks. Individuals with symptoms are quarantined and tested according to CDC guidelines.

How do you monitor student-athletes after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis?

We are also following all of the NCAA protocols regarding return to play after a Covid-19 diagnosis. Based on best practices recommended by The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the NCAA and the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council, the following must occur prior to the start of return-to-play procedures: The athlete must be cleared by a physician with the following testing completed: 1. Blood testing for markers of cardiac inflammation (Troponin),  2. Cardiac Monitoring (ECG, ECHO), and 3. Respiratory Function Assessment (Spirometry). If any of the tests indicate abnormal markers additional consultation and clearance from a cardiologist would be required. After this initial clearance, student-athletes must complete a seven stage, monitored return-to-play training plan. This is overseen by our Chief Medical Officer, Joe Fingler.

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.

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 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.

Is traveling to other states safe?

As a department, 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.

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.

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 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. The Arena, Weight Room, Stretch Room, Cardio Room, and Racquetball Court have student "open hours" posted.

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. 

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.

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.

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 student_life@roberts.edu should additional questions arise.  Also, contact your primary care physician for more guidance on steps moving forward. 

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. 

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 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:

  1.     Take your classes in person and continue to participate in on-campus face to face practice and team activities.
  2.     Take your classes in person and opt out of participation in on-campus face to face practice, but remain engaged in virtual team activities.
  3.     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?

Given our venue size, there will be two fans per participating player allowed. A select number of Roberts students will also be permitted into games. There can be up to 100 attendees indoors or 200 people outdoors. There will be no visiting team spectators at this point.

Visitors to Campus

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To limit the risk of exposure to our students, and employees, the campus is currently closed to the public. Access to the College grounds is 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.

Effective February 12, 2021, Admissions guests will be allowed on campus. Guests will wait in their car until a counselor comes out, and will undergo a COVID screening, temperature check, and then hand sanitizing before the visit begins.

Essential visitors require prior approval and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. Non-essential visits are prohibited at this time and students may not host any guests during the fall semester.  All campus-access questions should be directed to Campus Safety at 585-594-7777.

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 time. 

Requests for Spring 2021 events can be submitted, although all reservations and rental agreements will be contingent on NYS and College approvals. For questions, please contact the Cultural Life Center at conference@roberts.edu.

Reopening Plan

New York State reopening plans can be viewed at this link.

Information regarding Roberts Wesleyan College reopening, view the document at this link. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What changes, in alignment with Monroe County and New York State guidelines, will be made on campus to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus?

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).

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?

Modifications and enhancements have been made to the Garlock Dining Hall to ensure health and safety. Garlock operates in accordance with New York guidelines for indoor food service during the pandemic. In Garlock this year, there will be no self-serve buffet options. To increase physical distancing, extended lunch and dinner periods, as well as adding a Late Night meal option, are offered. Table seating is limited. Take-out options are encouraged. 

The dining room will be closed for an hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon for the purpose of cleaning and sanitizing.

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 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.

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?

Yes, students can go to jobs off-campus. We will assume you will be adhering to the protocols set-up at your 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 ensure we are protecting ourselves and others.

Can a student leave campus?

Yes, residential students can travel locally for groceries, work, doctor's appointment, etc. and within the State with the current New York State guidelines.

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.).

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. 

Does the bookstore sell face coverings?

Click here see the protective face coverings and supplies you can purchase online.

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.

Will there be events at Roberts Wesleyan College or Northeastern Seminary?

Beginning March 2020 and continuing until further notice, all events at Roberts and Northeastern will be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled. The College and Seminary hope to hold commencement ceremonies on campus in May 2021. Further details will be communicated.

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?

Our Counseling Center has put together some helpful resources on their page as well as in their monthly newsletters. Students can view more information on the intranet (login required).

Will there be field trips?

At this time, no planned field trips will take place in the Spring 2021 semester.

Why can't the college share the name of a person who is COVID-19 positive?

We understand the anxiety that the campus community may have about wanting to hear more about COVID-19 cases, but it isn't something that we can necessarily do because of privacy laws. With HIPAA regulations, we are really limited to what we can share. Know that through contact tracing efforts, people who are determined to be contacts will be informed.

What changes have been made to the campus to maintain health and safety?

The College has made many changes to protect our community including

  • Enhanced cleaning processes and updates to air filtration systems have been made across campus.
  • Reduced class sizes in many courses to allow for physical distancing in our classrooms.
  • All members of the community are required to wear face coverings at all times while on campus to protect themselves and others. Students can bring their own, buy them at the bookstore or can get them through the College for free.
  • The College utilizes a daily screening form to monitor health on campus.
  • At this time, the campus is closed to the wider community and visitors.



Are there any changes to undergraduate tuition and fees?

Tuition, Room & Board charges

All charges will remain the same including tuition, room, and meal plans for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2020 bills. 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 semester. Please note that a change of residency status could have financial aid. Please reach out to the Office of Student Financial Services at 585-594-6150 with questions.

Parking, Wellness & Technology Fees

The Commuter Parking fee will be waived for those students who take classes virtually and do not come to campus. All students pay Wellness & Technology. The Wellness Fee provides services and programs that promote the well-being of students including:

  • 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 including:

  • technology and e-resources associated with student's coursework, in the classroom and beyond, whether in a physical space or online
  • access to telecommunications services, online student academic support services and security solutions to protect student and institutional data 
  • support for the College’s virtual learning platforms
  • technology support



What changes have been made to the academic calendar?

Programs that follow a traditional fifteen week calendar have been modified for the Spring 2021 semester. The new calendar can be found here.

Is Roberts Wesleyan College a COVID-19 testing site?

Roberts Wesleyan College is not a community testing site for Covid-19. The Health Center, in accordance with state guidelines, will offer Covid-19 testing on a limited basis.



12/27/21 CRRSAA Funds

January 12, 2021

Roberts Wesleyan College has been awarded financial assistance through the recently passed federal stimulus bill under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. These funds will help us to defray some of the increased costs of providing a quality education and a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff to learn and work.

A significant portion of the funding has been designated for student support to prevent disruption to their education due to the challenges created or exacerbated by the pandemic. We are awaiting further guidance on timing and uses of this funding and look forward to sharing more with you about these awards. 

At a time when there are many significant issues that challenge our ability to thrive, we are grateful for the work and the support of our legislators who represent our interests and speak on our behalf. These have included U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Joe Morelle. We thank them for their efforts in ensuring that the needs of higher ed institutions and our students were included in this important legislation.

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