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Fall 2020 at Fisher

Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information.


Transition to Remote Instruction

大发体育登录the college is continuing to see a steady increase in the number of positive covid-19 cases on campus. in addition, our most recent wastewater surveillance results show an increase in the presence of sars-cov-2 (the causal agent of covid-19) in the residence halls. while the number of confirmed cases does not meet the new york state threshold that would require us to take further action, we remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the surrounding community. therefore, we have decided to transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the fall semester.

immediate actions:

  • Undergraduate classes are canceled Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23. Undergraduate classes will resume remotely Monday, Oct. 26.
  • Graduate education will transition to remote instruction beginning Thursday, Oct. 22. Graduate students at our Onondaga Community College and Iona College extension sites should continue to follow the protocols and policies of those respective campuses. 
  • Resident students should begin to make arrangements to move home as soon as they are able. Per the Monroe County Department of Public Health, our resident students should follow quarantine protocols when they return home for two weeks. Residential Life will email resident students with additional instructions and information.
  • Commuter students should plan to remain home and off campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Employees should continue to work as they have been until details of a de-densification plan are shared.

大发体育登录there has been no change in the timeline for the end of the fall semester and classes and finals will remain as scheduled.

Important Dates to Know

Academic Calendar Information

大发体育登录below are important dates to know for the fall 2020 semester:

Transition to Remote Instruction (updated 10/21/20)

  • Undergraduate classes are canceled Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23. Undergraduate classes will resume remotely Monday, Oct. 26. 
  • Graduate education will transition to remote instruction beginning Thursday, Oct. 22. Graduate students at our Onondaga Community College and Iona College extension sites should continue to follow the protocols and policies of those respective campuses.

Academic Calendar for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Last Day of Classes – Wednesday, Nov. 25
  • Final Exams (will take place remotely) – Monday, Nov. 30 and will end Friday, Dec. 4
  • The semester break will begin immediately following finals

大发体育登录*labor day (monday, sept. 7) and recess day (friday, oct. 16) are both days of instruction

Academic Calendar for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

  • Online Instruction Period – Monday, Nov. 30 - Friday, Dec. 4
  • Final Exams – Monday, Dec. 7 - Friday, Dec. 11

Academic Calendar for Weekend College

  • Last Day of Classes – Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 (will be completed remotely)

Latest Campus Communication

COVID-19 Presidential Message for Students: 10/21/20

October 20, 2020 - Presidential Message for Students

大发体育登录dear students,

大发体育登录i know that today, in the wake of yesterday’s announcement about the remainder of the semester, there is understandable disappointment, and questions that remain. i, along with my faculty and staff colleagues, share in that disappointment. this is not the outcome to the fall semester we had planned or worked so hard to see through. that said, based on all of the indicators that we were monitoring, i know this decision was the best one for our campus community at this point of the semester.

大发体育登录throughout our planning, our task force was guided by two principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and the goal of maximizing an in-person educational experience that our students and faculty value. i am proud to say that we never wavered from those principles, and they were paramount in our decision to reopen on-ground and in our decision to transition when we needed to. it was what we said we would do; it was our promise to you.

all along, thanks to so many on our campus, there has been a significant effort to manage community spread and a commitment to the cardinal health and safety pledge. we knew we would see the virus on campus, and we have been poised to manage it.

大发体育登录i recognize that this change felt sudden, and in fact it was, because the impact of the virus on our campus also changed suddenly. there was a need for us to act quickly and responsibly. our decision was made in partnership with the monroe county department of public health and their advice included, among other things, sending well students home and to advise that they follow the state’s precautionary travel quarantine upon their return home. it is important to note that all students who have tested positive are in isolation and being monitored by the department of public health, and close contacts of infected individuals are quarantined. they will remain in quarantine or isolation until they receive clearance from monroe county. every student who leaves campus must quarantine for 14 days, either within their home or in another location if there is a high risk family member. please know: if you live with someone who is high risk, we will work with you regarding housing options.

in order to better understand the decision, it is important to understand more fully the broader picture that the monitoring team and the department of public health have been watching so closely:

Confirmed Cases

since the start of the semester, we have had 76 confirmed covid-19 cases. in this 14-day period, defined as oct. 10-oct. 23, we had 72 of those cases. of the current case count, 50 are resident students, 20 are commuters, and 2 are employees. of those, 39 were confirmed positive in the last 72 hours. what we have learned is that this spike stemmed from small group gatherings where students were not wearing masks.

Wastewater and Saliva Surveillance

大发体育登录to date, we have surveilled residence halls through wastewater samples – which detects the virus in either asymptomatic or symptomatic individuals - 73 times during a nine-week period. prior to oct. 14, only two slight signals in isolated halls were observed. collection for the oct. 14 report (week 7) showed a signal in all halls except for two. collection for the oct. 16 report (still week 7) showed a marked increase in the signal for all residence halls except for one, with two halls showing a 100-fold increase from the previous collection. each time there was a presence of sars-cov-2, we collected and processed saliva samples from residents in those buildings, totaling over 950 saliva samples processed in our wegmans school of pharmacy lab. of those, approximately 10 percent revealed that there was some level of viral load and resulted in those students obtaining a nasopharyngeal (np swab) test.

大发体育登录this tool allows us the opportunity to foreshadow 3-5 days ahead of when a specific population of individuals could develop symptoms, which could lead to potential increases in confirmed cases of the virus.

Quarantine and Isolation

as part of the wastewater and saliva surveillance, as well as our contact tracing process, students were quarantined or isolated. as of noon today, 267 students are in isolation or quarantine off-campus. of those:

  • 93 are in isolation (positive test results, symptoms, waiting on test results)
  • 147 are in quarantine (close contact of a positive case)
  • 26 are in quarantine (saliva surveillance, waiting on NP swab results)
  • 1 in precautionary quarantine for travel

Making Our Decision

all of these data points, coupled with our steady rise in confirmed resident student cases, raised concern on the part of the college and monroe county. based on our commitment to the health and safety of campus first, we knew we reached a different level of the presence of the virus in our community and decided that swift action was necessary.

our commitment to you, your families, our employees, and the broader community remain; we worked to keep you healthy and safe, and i am proud of the many policies and protocols that we have had in place, most importantly our surveillance and testing program, which accomplished this for as long as we were able to be together this semester.

you should know that we did not arrive at this decision lightly and that we considered many scenarios. we discussed a transition to remote learning for the required two-week period, but didn’t have confidence that there would be enough tests available to safely return our resident students to campus. we were also concerned with the numbers of tests we would use that then would not be available for those in our communities who are not well. our decision also considered the amount of academic disruption that would come with shifting from on-ground instruction to remote instruction back to on-ground instruction. we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the campus community from the standpoint of both health and safety and a seamless continuity of instruction through the end of the semester.

Moving Forward

i invite you to join me and members of the covid-19 monitoring team for a campus conversation tomorrow, thursday, oct. 22, at 5 p.m. where will share additional information and answer any questions you may have. of the session.

for now, know that we remain committed to your success, the realization of your educational and personal goals, and a seamless transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. it is a difficult day for our entire community. we will miss having you on campus.

please remain vigilant, following the precautionary travel quarantine protocols upon your return home, and take care of yourselves. we are in uncertain times, but one thing remains certain, and that is the strength of our campus community to move forward.

kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President
(585) 385-8068

COVID-19 Presidential Message for Employees: 10/21/20

October 20, 2020 - Presidential Message for Employees

dear colleagues,

i would like to begin by thanking you for all that you have done to this point in the semester to make the learning environment and the overall fisher experience what it has been for our students. in my conversations with students throughout these last couple of months, they have consistently expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be back on campus.

it has been an extraordinary semester, and i know that today, in the wake of yesterday’s announcement about the remainder of the semester, there is understandable disappointment, and questions that remain. i share in that disappointment and i know many of our students share it as well. this is not the outcome to the fall semester we had planned or worked so hard to see through. that said, based on all of the indicators that we were monitoring, i know this decision was the best one for our campus community at this point of the semester.

大发体育登录throughout our planning, our campus reopening task force was guided by two principles: the health and safety and our students, faculty, and staff and the goal of maximizing an in-person educational experience that our students and faculty value. i am proud to say that we never wavered from those principles, and that in fact, they were paramount in our decision to reopen on-ground and in our decision to transition when we needed to. it was what we said we would do; it was our promise to you and to our students.

all along, thanks to so many on our campus, there has been a significant effort to manage community spread and a commitment to the cardinal health and safety pledge. we knew we would see the virus on campus, and we have been poised to manage it.

大发体育登录i recognize that this change felt sudden, and in fact it was, because the impact of the virus on our campus also changed suddenly. there was a need for us to act quickly and responsibly, and our decision was in partnership with the monroe county department of public health. their advice included, among other things, sending resident students who were not isolated or quarantined home and to advise that they follow the state’s precautionary travel quarantine upon their return home. it is important to note that all students who have tested positive are in isolation and being monitored by the department of public health, and close contacts of infected individuals are quarantined and being tested. every student who leaves campus must quarantine for 14 days, either within their home or in another location if there is a high risk family member. and if they do live with someone who is high risk, we are working with them to allow them to remain on campus.

in order to better understand the decision, it is important to understand more fully the broader picture that the monitoring team and the monroe county department of public health has been watching so closely:

Confirmed Cases

大发体育登录since the start of the semester, we have had 76 confirmed covid-19 cases. in this 14-day period, defined as oct. 10-oct. 23, we had 72 of those cases. of the current case count, 50 are resident students, 20 are commuters, and 2 are employees. of those, 39 were confirmed positive in the last 72 hours. what we have learned is that this spike stemmed from small group gatherings where students were not wearing masks.

Wastewater and Saliva Surveillance

大发体育登录to date, we have surveilled residence halls through wastewater samples – which detects the virus in either asymptomatic or symptomatic individuals - 73 times during a nine-week period. prior to oct. 14, only two slight signals in isolated halls were observed. collection for the oct. 14 report (week 7) showed a signal in all halls except for two. collection for the oct. 16 report (still week 7) showed a marked increase in the signal for all residence halls except for one, with two halls showing a 100-fold increase from the previous collection. each time there was a presence of sars-cov-2, we collected and processed saliva samples from residents in those buildings, totaling over 950 saliva samples processed in our wegmans school of pharmacy lab. of those, approximately 10 percent revealed that there was some level of viral load and resulted in those students obtaining a nasopharyngeal (np swab) test.

this tool allows us the opportunity to foreshadow 3-5 days ahead of when a specific population of individuals could develop symptoms, which could lead to potential increases in confirmed cases of the virus.

Quarantine and Isolation

as part of the wastewater and saliva surveillance, as well as our contact tracing process, students were quarantined or isolated. as of noon today, 267 students are in isolation or quarantine off-campus. of those:

  • 93 are in isolation (positive test results, symptoms, waiting on test results)
  • 147 are in quarantine (close contact of a positive case)
  • 26 are in quarantine (saliva surveillance, waiting on NP swab results)
  • 1 in precautionary quarantine for travel

Making Our Decision

all of these data points, coupled with our steady rise in confirmed resident student cases, raised concern on the part of the college and monroe county. based on our commitment to the health and safety of campus first, we knew we reached a different level of the presence of the virus in our community and decided that swift action was necessary.

our commitment to you, our students and their families, and the broader community remain; we worked to keep our community healthy and safe, and i am proud of the many policies and protocols that we have had in place, most importantly our surveillance and testing program, which accomplished this for as long as we were able to be together this semester.

大发体育登录you should know that we did not arrive at this decision lightly and that we considered many scenarios. we discussed a transition to remote learning for the required two-week period, but didn’t have confidence that there would be enough tests available to safely return our resident students to campus. we were also concerned with the numbers of tests we would use that then would not be available for those in our communities who are not well. our decision also considered the amount of academic disruption that would come with shifting from on-ground instruction to remote instruction back to on-ground instruction. we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the campus community from the standpoint of both health and safety and a seamless continuity of instruction through the end of the semester.

Moving Forward

i am grateful to the diligent and tireless work of so many on campus, in particular, our covid-19 monitoring team, whose community mitigation efforts have been exceptional. to all of you, i am ever thankful that we got to the point in the semester that we did, and we never would have without your commitment, drive, and good work. now we will look ahead with our students as our top priority, working to keep them connected to the institution and engaged through the end of the fall semester.

大发体育登录thank you for the important role you have played in our efforts to this point. please remain vigilant, and take care of yourselves. we are in uncertain times, but one things remains certain, and that is the strength of our campus community to move forward.

kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President
(585) 385-8068

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 10/20/20

October 20, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

dear members of the campus community,

the college is continuing to see a steady increase in the number of positive covid-19 cases on campus. in addition, our most recent wastewater surveillance results show an increase in the presence of sars-cov-2 (the causal agent of covid-19) in the residence halls. while the number of confirmed cases does not meet the new york state threshold that would require us to take further action, we remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the surrounding community. therefore, we have decided to transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the fall semester.

大发体育登录immediate actions:

  • Undergraduate classes are canceled Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23. Undergraduate classes will resume remotely Monday, Oct. 26.
  • Graduate education will transition to remote instruction beginning Thursday, Oct. 22. Graduate students at our Onondaga Community College and Iona College extension sites should continue to follow the protocols and policies of those respective campuses.
  • Resident students should begin to make arrangements to move home as soon as they are able. Per the Monroe County Department of Public Health, our resident students should follow quarantine protocols when they return home for two weeks. Residential Life will email resident students this afternoon with additional instructions and information.
  • Commuter students should plan to remain home and off campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Employees should continue to work as they have been until details of a de-densification plan are shared.

there has been no change in the timeline for the end of the fall semester and classes and finals will remain as scheduled.

we are working on policies regarding refunds and/or credits for room and board charges and we will share those details with students and families as soon as they become available.

大发体育登录we have been vigilant in our surveillance and testing, and diligent with our community mitigation and monitoring efforts. this decision was made both in consultation with the monroe county department of public health and based on the guiding principle that led our reopening work - the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. we appreciate the county’s continuing partnership and applaud the strong leadership of dr. michael mendoza and his team in guiding the county through this pandemic.

大发体育登录campus conversations are planned for early next week for students and their families as well as employees. please watch your email for continuing communication and details.

we appreciate your continuing cooperation and understanding as we make this transition in the best interest of the campus community.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

Transition to Remote Learning - Instructions for Residential Students: 10/20/20

October 20, 2020 - Transition to Remote Learning - Instructions for Residential Students

大发体育登录given the announcement from the college, we want to share information about the remainder of the fall semester.

Transition to Remote Learning

resident students are expected to leave campus no later than 9 p.m. on wednesday, october 21. you should complete the transition to remote learning form in so we know about your plans. the form is due by noon on wednesday.

大发体育登录if you need more time to make arrangements to go home, you can make that request in the transition to remote learning form on as well.

you are not required to completely move your room. if you need assistance moving some items out of your room, you may have one non fisher person assist you. that person must wear a face mask on-campus, and must be free of any covid-19 symptoms or known exposure.

Precautionary Quarantine

in consultation with the monroe county department of public health you are asked to follow the   to self-quarantine for 14 days. you should stay home, wear your mask when you are around others, and practice social distancing. you should note that if you are involved in any clinical experiences, student teaching, in person internships, etc., you may not participate in that experience in person, until you complete the 14-day precautionary quarantine.

if you cannot complete your credit-bearing clinical experience or student teaching from your home address, you will be able to request to return to campus after your precautionary quarantine. students approved to return to the residence halls to finish these experiences may be reassigned to a new room on campus in order to maximize safety and densification.

Before You Leave Campus

before leaving campus, we ask that all students:

  • Empty all refrigerators
  • Unplug anything connected to a power source
  • Dispose of trash, perishable food, and any open food containers
  • Return Ozzi containers to the Ward-Haffey Dining Hall
  • Close windows and open blinds
  • Turn on room heat (Dorsey, Founders, Keough, Upper Quad)
  • Turn off lights
  • Lock room door(s)

Refunds

The College is working on policies regarding refunds and/or credits for room and board charges and those details will be shared with students and families as soon as they are communicated to the campus.

First Class Mail and Packages

the campus mailroom will forward all first class mail for residential students to their address of record at the college. students should make sure to update their shipping address in any online accounts (i.e. amazon).

Support

the health and wellness center will continue to have counseling visits by telehealth. they will also be available by phone for medical questions at (585) 385-8280. as a reminder, all resident students may also contact , our telemedicine partner, for medical and mental health visits 24/7.

Please continue to watch your email for any updates and information from the Campus Monitoring Team or Residential Life.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 10/19/20

October 19, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

dear members of the campus community,

Over the weekend, we continued to see a steady increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus. We have reported these cases to the state, and we have updated our Impact page. Please remember, the state data will always lag behind our Impact page.

we can confirm that of our total positive case count, there is a cluster of cases in the dorsey hall resident student population. a total of 2/3 of the resident students who have tested positive live in dorsey. through our wastewater and saliva surveillance, as well as our contact tracing, we have quarantined or isolated a large number of dorsey residents off-campus. in addition, we are seeing an increase in the presence of sars-cov-2 rna (the virus that causes covid-19) in our wastewater in all of our residential areas, and we are continuing our saliva surveillance in those areas.

大发体育登录if we have further increases in the number of cases, we will share those details, and make appropriate adjustments. we are meeting daily with the monroe county department of public health to monitor all of our campus indicators. the monitoring team also continues to meet daily.

大发体育登录please remember to closely follow classroom protocols and policies, and remember to wear your masks, maintain social distancing within small groups, avoid large group gatherings, and use good hand hygiene.

大发体育登录we appreciate everyone’s vigilance in this matter.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

Related Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between saliva surveillance and a COVID-19 test?

The saliva surveillance process is not大发体育登录 a diagnostic test. Signals detected in a saliva sample indicates that the individual needs to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The process of saliva surveillance – from collection to screening – takes approximately 24-48 hours. The nasopharyngeal (NP) swab is the most reliable test to date and is required of our students if a signal is detected in a saliva sample. We do not consider an individual COVID-19 positive without a confirmed NP swab.

When does someone ?

大发体育登录individuals must if they might have been exposed to the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. if quarantining due to exposure to someone who tested positive, the person will remain in quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

When must someone ?

individuals must if they test positive for covid-19 (with or without symptoms), are waiting for covid-19 test results, or are presumed positive by a health care provider due to symptoms. students whose saliva sample indicated the need for a covid-19 test are also required to isolate off-campus.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Students: 10/18/20

October 18, 2020 - Update for Students

dear students,

大发体育登录we write today with some important reminders and points of clarification:

  • If you have obtained a COVID-19 test, share your results with us as soon as you have them. Please call the Health and Wellness Center with your results at (585) 385-8280 (M – F from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). It you receive results after hours or on weekends, contact Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025.
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. You do not need to obtain a test unless you begin to have symptoms. Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure, therefore a negative test will not shorten the period for mandated quarantine.
  • If you have symptoms or believe you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, commuter students should quarantine/isolate at home and residential students should return home to quarantine/isolate. Please call the Health and Wellness Center or Safety and Security for instructions on next steps or if you need assistance. Remember, a close contact is considered contact of more than 10 minutes, less than 6 feet, with one or both not masking.

we recognize that this is a challenging time and we are here to help answer questions. it will also help us if you answer calls from the college when we reach out or when returning your calls. and as always, please remember the importance of wearing your mask, maintaining social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team


Additional Resources

大发体育登录to stay up-to-date on the most current information, visit:

  • New York State Department of Health Hotline: (888) 364-3065