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Fall 2020 Restart Geneseo Plan

The Restart Geneseo plan has been approved by SUNY and meets the New York State Department of Health’s Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines. This plan will be our guide as we restart on-campus operations. The plan remains subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office.

We will regularly update this page with new information as more details emerge, so please visit it often.

Protecting Our Knights,
Protecting Our Community

Returning to campus will look different this fall. SUNY Geneseo’s Restart Plan includes many adjustments to ensure a healthy and safe environment—on campus and in the greater community.

Plan Overview and Updates

Have questions? Visit the Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions page.

Overview

"I'm pleased to announce that we are welcoming you back to Geneseo in August. We're doing our very best to ensure a safe and healthy environment this semester, and you will play a big role in making that happen."

- SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles

SUNY Geneseo developed this Restart Plan with widespread input and a deep commitment to our values. We prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of our campus and the wider community. We place equity at the center of our thinking, with particular attention to accessibility of learning and attention to structural inequalities that affect student success. We embrace creativity as integral to problem-solving, and we remain relentlessly focused on learning and personal growth.

The success of this Restart Plan depends on Geneseo’s greatest strength: our community. Everyone has a responsibility to follow public health protocols at all times. We understand that an unwavering commitment to protecting the health and safety of our community lies with each of us. We also acknowledge that COVID-19 impacts groups differently, and we pledge to embrace a community response that is inclusive and equitable.

SUNY Geneseo is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, which has met Governor Andrew Cuomo’s seven metrics for restarting and—at the time of this writing—is in phase four of reopening. The College has a strong relationship and is in regular contact with the Livingston County Department of Health (DOH); the College has also been in close contact with the University of Rochester Medical Center regarding potential institutional approaches in support of public health and campus safety. These factors place SUNY Geneseo in an advantageous situation for reopening in the fall.

The College envisions enhanced public health measures across campus to limit the risk of transmitting illness. These include required use of face masks in all classrooms and any public space where six-foot social distancing cannot be accomplished; a daily health screening that includes a self-administered temperature check; strong recommendations that all members of the campus community obtain early flu vaccinations; significantly increasing the number of hand-sanitizer stations available throughout common areas and using touch-free dispensers where possible; and the implementation of hygiene measures and physical distancing in classrooms, commons spaces, and high-traffic areas. This will include designating entrance/exit points, creating appropriate signage to indicate traffic flow, marking floors consistent with social distancing guidelines, and posting updated room usage information in all common areas.

Our pandemic response plans are necessarily dynamic as needs and standards continue to evolve. Plans reported are subject to change. As we look at appropriate responses to this pandemic, our commitment to health and safety remains our top priority.

Restart Leadership Team

To support the restart effort, the College commissioned a Coronavirus Incident Leadership Team, which has responsibility for immediate action management of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College also has several planning committees and workgroups focusing on specific issues, including the academic experience, the student experience, financial sustainability, infectious disease testing and screening, and data monitoring. Senior campus leaders oversee each entity, with student, faculty, and union leader participation. Results of campus planning efforts follow.

Updates Log

Updates made to the Restart Geneseo website:

  • August 4: Added information about face mask requirement and the ADA to Personal Protective Equipment section
  • August 3: Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing section updated
  • July 23: Campus Events and Gatherings section added 
  • July 24: Link to Fall Academic Plans page added within Academic Program Planning section
  • July 24: Athletics section updated

Restart Plan

Academic Program Planning

The College has a comprehensive plan for academic continuity. This plan is subject to change should conditions warrant. All students will be invited to return to campus for modified in-person and online instruction. Specific elements of the plan include:

  • Offer classes in multiple formats including in-person, hybrid, and online. Hybrid courses will rely on a “flipped” approach that moves some activities outside the classroom, such as assigning lectures as homework via video or other media, and utilizes classroom time for discussion, small group work, and other highly-engaged activities. Due to limited classroom capacity, hybrid courses may also involve a rotation of cohorts throughout the week.
  • Offer modified versions of academic experiences that typically require in-person or hands-on work, including curricular-based high-impact, applied, and integrative learning experiences (e.g., labs, performances, student teaching and practica, internships and other community-based learning, and student activities) and ensure equitable access for students who may not be able to participate in person.
  • Revise library operations and space usage plans to accommodate physical distancing and sanitization, limit circulation and regularly clean materials, maximize the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in courses, expand remote research consultations and instructional sessions, and increase options for alternative forms of group study.
  • Expand student academic support, including instructional modules focused on study skills and growth-mindset; resource modules that orient students to online instruction; technical support and online concierge services; training for tutors and other academic support positions; and usage of the campus early alert system to coordinate care for students who encounter challenges.
  • Prioritize outreach to student cohorts who may need additional support by conducting campaigns through the campus early alert system, enhancing cohort-based support programs, and revising processes and follow up for students who self-identify concerns.
  • Faculty have been strongly encouraged to develop fall semester courses as “remote-ready.” This will ensure that the curriculum is accessible to students who may need to access classes online and is easily adaptable to potential changes in public health conditions during the semester. Remote-ready design makes use of the Canvas learning management system to deliver course materials, prioritizes accessibility, and reflects best practices in online course instruction. Although we anticipate in-person learning experiences, remote-ready preparations are intended to be responsive to a range of possible scenarios in the fall.

Should public health conditions worsen, the College has developed a plan to rapidly transition all classes to entirely online. Specific elements include:

  • Deliver all courses online and provide online versions of academic experiences that typically require in-person or hands-on work.
  • Implement college-wide strategies to promote remote engagement and conversations across student experiences.
  • Offer remote-only library services, including curtailment of the circulation of physical materials in the collection and from Information Delivery Service (IDS), providing access to electronic resources only, and providing all research help and library instruction online.
  • Support student academic success in online learning by enhancing cohort-based support programs and offer all tutoring and academic support services online.
  • Conduct regular remote outreach to students who are struggling, who have ceased work in classes, or who need assistance in navigating college policies and procedures remotely through the campus early alert system.

Classroom and Lab Capacity and Protocols

All classrooms have been reviewed to determine capacity within parameters of proper public health physical-distancing guidelines. The College has also identified additional spaces on campus that may be utilized for instructional purposes. Many larger classes have moved online, thus increasing classroom availability, and we are currently developing plans to ensure that all in-person and hybrid courses are assigned classrooms appropriate for social distancing.

The College will follow public health guidelines for sanitation and hygiene in classrooms and labs. These include:

  • face masks will be required in all instructional spaces. Appropriate capacity signage will be posted and furniture will be removed or reconfigured to allow for physical distancing.
  • Classrooms and research labs will be regularly cleaned and sanitized and appropriate sanitation supplies (e.g., disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations) will be available. Where feasible, additional protective equipment (e.g., plexiglass shields) will be installed.

July 24: For more information, please also see the Fall Academic Plans page of the Office of the Provost website.

Amended Academic Calendar

The College has amended the academic calendar to ensure the health and safety of the campus and to help facilitate a rapid transition to remote if necessary. The traditional fall break has been eliminated and we have added two "rejuvenation days" in the middle of week four (Sept. 30) and week eight (Oct. 27). The Thanksgiving holiday occurs as normally scheduled at week 12.

If conditions do not support in-person classes after Thanksgiving break, the balance of the semester will be completed remotely.

Tentative Dates:

  • August 23: Early move-in (on request only)
  • August 26-27: New student move-in
  • August 28-29: Continuing student move-in
  • August 31: First day of classes
  • September 7 (Labor Day): No classes
  • September 30: Rejuvenation day - no classes
  • October 12-13 (Previously Fall Break): Classes held
  • October 27: Rejuvenation day - no classes
  • November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - no classes
  • December 14: Last day of classes

Athletics

Updated July 24

(Via July 21 email from Vice President for Student and Campus Life Michael Taberski)

Monday, July 20, the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced that, in response to ongoing health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, its member institutions will suspend fall sports competition. It also announced that winter conference and non-conference schedules will be delayed until January 2021.

We at SUNY Geneseo acknowledge that this decision—while made in the interest of health and safety—is disappointing to our student-athletes and all who support intercollegiate athletics across our Geneseo community. As a follow up to the SUNYAC announcements, SUNY Geneseo is working to identify alternative athletics and recreation program options for the campus community. In addition, student-athletes can expect to hear more in the coming days from their coaches regarding their continued engagement with the Geneseo athletic program and their teams.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation will continue to develop ways to provide meaningful opportunities for our students to engage in athletic experiences and personal growth during this very challenging time," said Director of Athletics Mike Mooney. "These experiences will include skill development, leadership opportunities, small-group workouts, instruction, and community service."

We understand this action prompts the question of whether the 2020–21 athletics fee will be adjusted. Given the dynamic nature of both the pandemic and decision-making around athletics, it is premature at this time for us to respond until the situation for the 2020–21 academic year is better known.

We remain committed to ensuring a vibrant student experience for our campus community.

Campus Events and Gatherings

Added July 23

Most traditionally held in-person events and gatherings will be virtual in the fall of 2020 and will be limited to SUNY Geneseo community members.

College-sponsored small group activities will adhere to New York State group-size limits (currently less than 50 people, and no more than 25% of maximum occupancy for indoor or no more than 33% of the maximum occupancy for outdoor), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State guidelines. A phased plan will be followed for student organization meetings, rehearsals, and practices.

Department and employee small-group meetings that adhere to NYS group-size limits (currently less than 50 people, and no more than 25% of maximum occupancy for indoor) and the CDC and NYS guidelines may be held.

For all in-person events and gatherings, Geneseo campus community members are expected to practice personal prevention: hand washing or sanitizing, staying home when sick, wearing a mask, and maintaining 6-feet of physical distance.

Please see Restart Geneseo: Campus Events and Gatherings for more information.

Campus and Local Communities

Vision for Town and Gown Interactions

SUNY Geneseo understands that positive town-gown relations are essential to a successful return to in-person operations and is fortunate to have a strong foundation on which to build. President Battles is serving on the Livingston County Reopening Task Force. The College has already convened and will continue to organize video conference sessions as needed with local leaders, including the Village Mayor, Town Supervisor, County Administrator, and Livingston County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO or their designees. The College is also participating in regularly scheduled meetings with County Department of Health leaders and the County Administrator and Deputy County Administrator.

Transportation, Main and General Delivery Services

Drivers and service personnel will practice all safety actions and protocols as indicated for other staff. All buses, vans, or other campus vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected as outlined in CDC guidelines for bus transit operators.

Custodial Services

The College will develop a schedule for increased routine cleaning and disinfection based on the CDC/EPA guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces.

Per CDC guidelines, the College will also implement environmental design changes including modification of room layouts, seating options, floor markings, and physical barriers where appropriate. Guidelines for ventilation will follow CDC and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines. Updated cleaning and disinfecting processes are expected to use multiple approaches best suited to the emerging needs of each area with potential solutions to include increased use of disposable paper products and UV lighting.

Dining Services

Campus dining service operations will follow compliance standards on room capacity, sanitization, and physical distancing. Dining operations are being adjusted to reinforce physical distancing, hygiene, and sanitation. Masks will be required for entry to dining centers and must be worn by employees and diners at all times, except when seated to eat. Where possible separate entrances and exits will be established, and queues will be kept to a minimum with distancing indicators in place throughout.

Table spacing and numbers of chairs will be adjusted to increase spacing for dine-in service and meals will be individually plated. High-touch areas such as self-service stations will be addressed through measures ranging from replacement (such as individual servings of condiments) to increased health and safety protocols (protective barriers, sanitizer stations).

Online ordering, take-out options, and delivery services are being added to reduce volume in dine-in facilities. Staffing plans for dining facilities will be restructured to reduce the possibility of contagion between teams. Catered events will utilize pre-packaged meals for each attendee.

Employee Information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The College will follow guidelines for public health, sanitation, and hygiene as recommended by the CDC, New York State, and State and Local Department of Health (DOH). SUNY Geneseo Environmental Health and Safety is currently distributing needed masks to the campus. A logistics plan to distribute face masks to faculty, staff, and students is under development.

Health and Counseling Services will work with SUNY System and Livingston County Department of Health experts to determine the quantity and type of face masks to be made available. We intend to offer a variety of face masks to our campus community to meet the broad needs. We expect to use a mix of reusable cloth and disposable face masks. We are preparing to make reasonable accommodations for face masks for students and employees, such as utilizing clear face shields/masks to support those who rely on lip-reading. We will require face masks in public locations where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. face masks will be required in all instructional spaces including classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories, and all common areas including residence halls and all buildings.

Protocols for Testing Symptomatic Employees

Current protocol requires reporting symptomatic employees to SUNY and isolating them prior to test results. Human Resources will communicate directly with the Livingston County DOH regarding positive cases; contact tracing and employee testing will be coordinated by the DOH across counties based on where the employees reside.

Use of Online Apps for Symptom Tracking

The College has developed a web-based tool for daily employee- and student-screening to identify individual exposure and symptoms related to COVID-19. This tool will be made available soon. A paper questionnaire exists for those unable to use the web-based tool. This screening includes self-administered daily temperature checks.

Transportation, Main and General Delivery Services

Drivers and service personnel will practice all safety actions and protocols as indicated for other staff. All buses, vans, or other campus vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected as outlined in CDC guidelines for bus transit operators.

Employee Training

Fifteen University Police Department officers and two Human Resources staff members have completed the Johns Hopkins training for contact tracing.

Initial Restart Plan

Restart planning is a dynamic process and these documents comprise the initial plan submitted June 23 and the addendum approved August 9. Our plans remain subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office. The information on this webpage reflects updates from the original submission, including important modifications to our pre-arrival protocols.

The Restart Geneseo Executive Summary and Appendix are available for download.

Addendum to Geneseo Restart Plan

In our original plan Geneseo proposed to require that all students submit a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus. Upon receiving the SUNY Screening, Testing and Surveillance white paper, we decided to adopt Option 1: Event testing for Reopening (a pre-screening and seven-day quarantine) approach. Subsequent analysis has led to the conclusion that the most proactive pre-arrival protocol is one that requires both COVID-19 testing and precautionary quarantine. Therefore, our pre-arrival protocol will be as follows:

In order to return to campus, all residential and off-campus students will be required to:

1. Take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 14 days before their arrival in Geneseo
2. Submit a negative test result to Student Health and Counseling before their arrival in Geneseo
3. Quarantine for seven days prior to their arrival in Geneseo
4. Submit a screening questionnaire based on symptom self-reporting.

Students who test positive in their pre-arrival test will be required to quarantine at home until released by their county health department. It will be the student’s responsibility to send that release to the Dean of Students office once it is granted. 

Students also will undergo a health screening upon arrival on campus and use a web-based health screening app daily. Testing will be available in Lauderdale Health Center for symptomatic students. Students are asked to call 585-245-5736 if experiencing respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms. Health Services will also be working closely with Livingston County Department of Health who will be providing all contact tracing.

Students Traveling from Out of State or International Locations

All students traveling to Geneseo from another country or from a state on the NYS Travel Advisory list are required to quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all students, whether they live on campus or off campus. All such students must complete the online NYS Traveler Health Form and submit a screenshot of it to the College before entering their quarantine period. Resident (on-campus) students should email screenshots to Residential Life at reslife@geneseo.edu; off-campus students should email them to the Dean of Students at deanstu@geneseo.edu.

Resident (on-campus) students may quarantine on campus, and the Move-In Day & Time Request Form has places to indicate out-of-state or international travel plans. Resident students who need to return to campus early for a mandatory 14-day quarantine may arrive as early as August 9 and will receive separate directions from the College.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The College will follow guidelines for public health, sanitation, and hygiene as recommended by the CDC, New York State, and State and Local Department of Health (DOH). SUNY Geneseo Environmental Health and Safety is currently distributing needed masks to the campus. A logistics plan to distribute face masks to faculty, staff, and students is under development.

Health and Counseling Services will work with SUNY System and Livingston County Department of Health experts to determine the quantity and type of face masks to be made available. We intend to offer a variety of face masks to our campus community to meet the broad needs. We expect to use a mix of reusable cloth and disposable face masks. We are preparing to make reasonable accommodations for face masks for students and employees, such as utilizing clear face shields/masks to support those who rely on lip-reading. We will require face masks in public locations where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. face masks will be required in all instructional spaces including classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories, and all common areas including residence halls and all buildings.

Face Mask Requirement and the ADA

There is misinformation circulating about exemptions from face mask requirements connected to interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At this time, the ADA does not cite a blanket exemption from face mask requirements for individuals with disabilities, and has not issued documentation to support this exemption (e.g., "ADA cards"/letters/flyers). Please refer to the ADA and Face Mask Policies Guide for more information.

Any students or family members with concerns about wearing a face mask on campus due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at access@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5112.

Residence Halls

Guidance from the Livingston County Department of Health recommends focusing on hygiene, sanitation, and management of high-usage spaces such as restrooms. Specific plans include:

  • Provide ongoing education about and reinforcement of expectations regarding healthy practices, hygiene and sanitation, PPE usage, and civic responsibility.
  • Require students to bring thermometers to campus.
  • Distribute and replenish masks to students. We will offer a variety of face masks to our campus community to meet broad needs, including a mix of reusable cloth and disposable face masks. We will make reasonable accommodations for face masks for our students and employees, such as utilizing clear face shields/masks to support those who rely on lip-reading. We will require face masks in public locations where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. face masks will be required in instructional spaces including classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories, and in common areas in residence halls and our other campus buildings.
  • Students living in suite-style residence hall units will continue to share common spaces in those suites in small, family-style groups. A limited number of Superior Singles will be made available. Medical Singles will be made available, upon request, for those who qualify through our Office of Accessibility Services.
  • Prohibit guests from residence halls, including those living in other residence halls.
  • Arrange residence hall common spaces to meet physical distancing standards and/or restrict usage of common areas in accord with DOH/CDC guidance.
  • Implement procedures for residence hall programs to manage participation, including limits on the number of attendees and an RSVP system to track and cap attendance.
  • Implement common disinfecting measures for any shared items (e.g. games, cooking utensils, moving carts, and cleaning equipment).
  • Develop a restroom use plan that factors in hygiene recommendations from DOH/CDC.
  • Implement physical distancing and other safety measures for all regular business, including staff meetings, training, programming, student conduct interventions, and duty and crisis response.
  • Ensure residence hall move-in plans allow for physical distancing and safety precautions. Provisions include limiting access points and staggering arrival times, limiting the number of guests who assist with move-in, and, if feasible, securing additional move-in equipment that will allow for maximum social distancing and sanitization.
  • Develop a residence hall move-out plan that can be implemented within 48 hours should health conditions necessitate a suspension of residential operations.
  • Follow established protocols for organizing living arrangements for students who must be isolated or quarantined. Jones Hall will be used to house students who are exposed to or test positive for coronavirus, with separate quarters for those who have tested positive and those who have been isolated due to contact with an infected party. Students in isolation/quarantine will receive instructions about safe hygiene, sanitization, and movement restrictions. The health of quarantined on- and off-campus students will be monitored daily by the Livingston County Department of Health, and the College will provide necessary services such as meal delivery, laundry and disposal services, and self-care kits to students quarantined on campus. Medical intervention will be provided as needed through Health and Counseling Services and external partners (e.g., ambulance transportation to the University of Rochester Medical Center).

Screening, Testing and Contact Tracing

Updated August 3: Testing requirement information added to students section

Students

In order to return to campus, all residential and off-campus students will be required to:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 14 days before their arrival in Geneseo
  2. Submit a negative test result to Student Health and Counseling seven to 14 days before their arrival in Geneseo
  3. Quarantine for seven days prior to their arrival in Geneseo

It is strongly recommended that the test be performed within the week prior to entering the mandatory seven-day, pre-arrival quarantine to ensure you have enough time to receive your test results and complete your quarantine. Please note that antibody test results will not be accepted. For a list of testing centers, visit the New York State Department of Health.

Students who test positive in their pre-arrival test will be required to quarantine at home until released by their county health department. It will be the student’s responsibility to send that release to the Dean of Students office once it is granted. 

Students also will undergo a health screening upon arrival on campus and use a web-based health screening app daily. Testing will be available in Lauderdale Health Center for symptomatic students. Students are asked to call 585-245-5736 if experiencing respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms. Health Services will also be working closely with Livingston County Department of Health who will be providing all contact tracing.

International and Out-of-State Students

All students traveling to Geneseo from another country or from a state on the NYS Travel Advisory list are required to quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all students, whether they live on campus or off campus. All such students must complete the online NYS Traveler Health Form and submit a screenshot of it to the College before entering their quarantine period. Resident (on-campus) students should email screenshots to Residential Life at reslife@geneseo.edu; off-campus students should email them to the Dean of Students at deanstu@geneseo.edu.

Resident (on-campus) students may quarantine on campus, and the Move-In Day & Time Request Form has places to indicate out-of-state or international travel plans. Resident students who need to return to campus early for a mandatory 14-day quarantine may arrive as early as August 9 and will receive separate directions from the College. 

The College will ensure that all classes are available to quarantining students.

Vulnerable Populations

Students who are high risk due to underlying medical conditions should coordinate with their primary care physician and/or medical specialist to determine whether coming to campus is appropriate. Those students will provide Health and Counseling Services with updated information on their medical condition, including who they seek treatment from, medications they are prescribed, etc. The Office of Accessibility in conjunction with campus physician Dr. Steven Radi and the Office of Residence Life will work with these students on defining reasonable accommodations. The College’s plans for remote-ready courses will ensure that students who are not able to physically be on campus will be able to maintain progress toward their degree. The medical needs of vulnerable student populations will also be taken into consideration if students present COVID-19 symptoms. Health and Counseling Services will collaborate with the University of Rochester Medical Center to maintain current data on hospital space.

Faculty and Staff

The College will encourage employees to be tested prior to returning to campus. A question about testing was added to the Employee Information and Training module which employees will need to complete as part of the return to onsite work. The data will provide a general baseline of the number of employees tested prior to their return to work.

Student Health and Counseling Services

  • Basic operations will focus on good hygiene practices and limiting potential exposure to the coronavirus. Lauderdale Student Health and Counseling Services will be the main center for sick visits (as well as non-sick as needed/necessary). South Village Health Services will see all non-sick visit types on a to-be-determined schedule.
  • Health Services will operate on a by-appointment basis only. Phone screening and triage will be in place for all students who call with concerns, and those who have scheduled appointments will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Students who have COVID-related symptoms will follow specific guidelines to avoid interacting with other patients and will be treated by a designated clinician.
  • Health Service appointments will be organized to follow physical distancing requirements and minimize interactions among patients. Waiting areas will be coordinated to ensure that there is appropriate spacing and staggered appointment start times. Masks will be available at all entry points and will be required at all times; hand sanitizers will be located throughout the building. All patient encounters will include temperature screening.
  • Counseling Services is exploring the implementation of teletherapy services in the fall. Students in immediate emotional crisis will be assessed and asked to follow the same procedures as Health Services to enter the building and meet with a triage/crisis counselor.
  • The College continues to work with external partners on supplemental medical services. Reproductive Health Services will be available on Monday and Thursday from 8-4 in Lauderdale Health Center and in S. Village Health Center on Fridays from 8-4pm. All students will also be contacted prior to their appointment to complete pre-screening. We are continuing to develop a plan with Trillium Health to provide PrEP for all students whether on campus or through telehealth.
  • The College recognizes that additional mental health and/or educational resources may be required to adequately serve students impacted by stressors related to COVID-19.

Tracing and Monitoring After Restart

Once students and staff who have completed all entry requirements are on campus, the College will employ DOH-recommended strategies for symptom/exposure-based testing. Health and Counseling Services will be able to refer members of the campus community to testing facilities as needed.

The campus will develop procedures for reducing the risk of transmission by:

  • Amending attendance requirements in courses to dissuade symptomatic students from attending classes.
  • Communicating expectations to employees: Anyone with symptoms of COVID should not come to campus until they have consulted with a medical practitioner and/or received testing. Those who test positive will quarantine for 10–14 days. Those who have come into contact with a positively tested employee will self-quarantine in accordance with DOH guidelines and monitoring procedures.
  • Communicating expectations regarding daily temperature checks before arriving on campus or attending classes.
  • Training supervisors to send symptomatic employees home with follow up to Human Resources for tracking, medical documentation, and DOH notification for contact tracing.
  • Following DOH guidance on contact tracing for contract (vendor) employees who test positive for COVID when symptomatic.
  • Exploring options for managing external visitors to campus.

Protocols for Testing Symptomatic Students

The campus currently uses Quest Lab PCR for testing. In addition, a rapid testing option through Quidel Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2 Antigen is being evaluated with SUNY. The College is exploring additional testing resource capacities with the Noyes Health-University of Rochester Medical Center and the Department of Health.

Protocols for Testing Symptomatic Employees

Current protocol requires reporting symptomatic employees to SUNY and isolating them prior to test results. Human Resources will communicate directly with the Livingston County DOH regarding positive cases; contact tracing and employee testing will be coordinated by the DOH across counties based on where the employees reside.

Protocols for Isolating COVID-positive Students Living Off Campus

Students with symptoms of or a positive test for COVID-19 who are living off campus or commuting will be expected to self-isolate. The Livingston County DOH is responsible for follow-up contact tracing and daily health check-ins. Student Health and Counseling Services will also check-in with these students and provide health guidance as needed.

Use of Online Apps for Symptom Tracking

The College has developed a web-based tool for daily employee- and student-screening to identify individual exposure and symptoms related to COVID-19. This tool will be made available soon. A paper questionnaire exists for those unable to use the web-based tool. This screening includes self-administered daily temperature checks.

Employee Training

Fifteen University Police Department officers and two Human Resources staff members have completed the Johns Hopkins training for contact tracing.

Tentative Dates

  • August 23: Early move-in (on request only)
  • August 26-27: New student move-in
  • August 28-29: Continuing student move-in
  • August 31: First day of classes
  • September 7 (Labor Day): No classes
  • September 30: Rejuvenation day - no classes
  • October 12-13 (Previously Fall Break): Classes held
  • October 27: Rejuvenation day - no classes
  • November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - no classes*
  • December 14: Last day of classes

*If conditions do not support in-person classes after Thanksgiving break, the balance of the semester will be completed remotely.

Related Information

Looking for the COVID-19 Info & Resources page? The information on that page has been integrated into the Restart Geneseo website.

Ask Questions

If you have questions or comments related to Geneseo's plans for campus reopening, we invite you to connect with the planning team by emailing restart@geneseo.edu.