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September 2020 Parent Newsletter


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Message from the Dean of Students

Dear parents, guardians, and family members,

Our fall semester is well underway. Thanks to the diligent work by so many faculty and staff to establish safe reopening guidelines and to the willingness, sometimes forced, of students to abide by the new protocols this year demands, Geneseo continues to report a low number of positive COVID-19 cases, and we continue to make paramount the health and safety of your students. We feel very fortunate to be in the position we’re in right now, but we are very aware of how quickly that could change. Our restrictive policies to try to ensure the physical health of those in our community are not without consequences. Please know that we are continually evaluating all our policies and procedures, and we will amend what we do as the data dictates.

The academic calendar this fall includes something new: Rejuvenation Days, scheduled for September 30 and October 27. Intended to replace a longer fall break, these days give students and faculty alike brief, refreshing breaks from classes. To help promote safety and prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, we encourage students not to travel but rather to stay on campus during these restful days.

This Parent Newsletter offers useful information for both you and your student. If you’d like more news about the College, you can subscribe to the monthly community edition of Geneseo’s e-newsletter One College Circle or become a fan of Geneseo’s Facebook page or other social media platforms. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can feel free to contact me or the Center for Community staff. We’re more than happy to assist you.

Lenny Sancilio
Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Community


Campus News

COVID-19 Dashboard

The updated COVID-19 Dashboard provides data on SUNY Geneseo's campus-administered COVID-19 tests, positive results, active cases, and related information. For details on all SUNY campuses, visit the SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker.

You can also find more information at the COVID-19 Updates & Resources page.

Testing, Quarantine, and Isolation Information

Student Health and Counseling provides some rapid testing for COVID-19, but their limited supplies are reserved for symptomatic students. Should your student experience COVID-19 symptoms, please have them contact the Health Center at 585-245-5736 to schedule an appointment to determine if testing is advisable.

If your student is not eligible for testing on campus, testing is available through Noyes Health in Dansville, Monroe Community College in Rochester, and the Livingston County Department of Health.

Residential students who test positive will be asked to isolate in Jones Hall. Off-campus students who test positive will remain in an off-campus dwelling. Details on those procedures are at COVID-19 Information for Students under “Testing, Quarantine, and Isolation.”

Students who are required to quarantine or isolate are encouraged to speak with someone about the possibility of completing their quarantine or isolation at home. Should they choose to do so, the Livingston County Department of Health will transfer their case to the student’s hometown DOH to oversee their quarantine or isolation.

Pooled Testing

In conjunction with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Geneseo conducts pooled surveillance testing of approximately 500 students per week to help detect and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Students are selected at random to participate in the pooled testing, which involves saliva-based samples. Selected students are required to complete the process in order to remain eligible to participate in any on-campus activities, including in-person classes and residential living. All efforts will be made to accommodate student schedules.

For the latest information on screening, testing, and surveillance, please visit COVID-19 Updates & Resources.

Flu Shot Clinics

Student Health and Counseling offers free flu shots to students with their insurance card. The first flu shot clinic is September 24 in the MacVittie Union; more dates can be found on the Health and Counseling events calendar.

For more information, visit Student Health and Counseling.

Student Safety

Encourage your student to:

  • Program the direct emergency line for the University Police into their phone: 585-245-5222.
  • Opt-in to the NY-Alert emergency notification system. The system is designed to relay messages related to critical campus information and emergencies.
  • Download the Rave Guardian app to their smartphone. This free mobile app turns a smartphone into a personal safety device that can directly connect a person to University Police (or 911 if off-campus) in an emergency situation. Rave Guardian also gives your student the ability to submit an anonymous tip to University Police.

Rave Guardian for iPhone

Rave Guardian for Android

Academic Advising

Individual departments are assigning faculty advisors to new students this week. If a new student does not yet have an academic advisor assigned, they are welcome to make an appointment with Academic Planning and Advising. Most appointments are virtual; students are sent a Zoom link. Immediate questions about courses should be addressed to their professors or to the chair of their departments. All new students will have mandatory advising registration appointments to prepare for spring registration with their faculty advisors, starting in mid-October (registration will begin for new students in November).

Graduate School Information Session

Anyone interested in SUNY Geneseo graduate programs can learn more at our Virtual Graduate Information Session on September 17. For details or to register, visit our Events Calendar.

Virtual Family Weekend

While the Office of Alumni Relations will miss welcoming our families to campus in celebration of Family Weekend, they invite families to visit campus virtually on September 26. Family Weekend will include a Legacy Celebration, an Undergraduate Alumni Association traditions tour, and a Study Abroad presentation. The link to the day’s events will go live on September 26, so be sure to check back then!

Important Reminders and Dates

  • September 17: Virtual Graduate Information Session
  • September 24: Flu Shot Clinic
  • September 26: Virtual Family Weekend
  • September 30: Rejuvenation Day—no classes
  • September 30: President’s Sustainability Lecture
  • October 1: Flu Shot Clinic
  • October 7: Flu Shot Clinic
  • October 14: Flu Shot Clinic
  • October 21: Flu Shot Clinic
  • October 22: Second half semester begins
  • October 27: Rejuvenation Day—no classes
  • October 28: Flu Shot Clinic
  • October 29: Advance registration for Spring 2021 begins

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