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*This page will be updated as we receive information from the administration on various frequently asked questions about SUNY Geneseo and COVID-19*

SUNY Geneseo's COVID-19 Updates

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Spring 2021:


Fall 2020:

Residence Life:

When can we move in for the fall semester?

8/3/20- Tentative Dates:

  • August 23: Early move-in (on request only)
  • August 26-27: New student move-in
  • August 28-29: Continuing student move-in

On-campus students must submit the Move-In Day & Time Request Form. Students will get a confirmation one business day after submitting the form. Students who do not submit the form by August 7th will be assigned a move in time and date.

New students may choose a three-hour window between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on either Wednesday, August 26, or Thursday, August 27. 

Returning students may choose a three-hour window between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on either Friday, August 28, or Saturday, August 29.

Residents may request an early move-in on Sunday, August 23. Check-in for early arrivals will occur in the student’s assigned residence hall. 

Pre-Arrival Testing and Quarantining

8/3/20- 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

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. 

For free testing look at STATE testing centers. Private, NGO, and local governement testing centers cost money. Find a Free NYS Test Site Near You

If you are unable to find a testing center near you, contact Lauderdale Health and Counceling here at Geneseo and they may be able to help!


How likely is it that we can return to normal classes in the Fall?

7/22/20- Fall semester classes will be held either asynchronous online, synchronous online, face-to-face, or hybrid. All members of the college community will be wearing face masks in academic buildings and common areas. Classroom density will be reduced to accomidate physical distancing requirements (6 feet). Students will be asked to complete a daily symptom check through an online app called the Navigate Student  App. The Provosts office sent out an email as well as a video summary of their full email.


Will the gym be open?

8/5/20- The gym is remaining closed (as of right now) until the college deems it safe to reopen per the NYS Reopening Plan guidelines.

Varsity Sports

7/20/20- SUNYAC announced that all fall sports competitions and tournaments will be suspended. Winter and non-conference schedules are delayed until 2021. 

The Athletics Department will be working with each team individually to modify a practice plan for each sport and continue student-athletes engagement with their teams and Geneseo athletics. Please reach out to your coaches for more specific details.

Club Sports

7/22/20- Student club sports will be limited for Fall 2020 in compliance with Reopening New York Sports and Recreation Guidelines, and in congruence with NCAA and SUNYAC protocols.

A phased plan will be followed for student club sports that meet the NYS descriptions of Moderate-risk sports and Lower-risk sports. (See Event and Gathering Classification #2 for the phased plan.)

Student Association will be consulted for student club sports that they fund and/or insure.

Student club sports that meet the NYS description of Higher-risk sports will not be allowed as per Reopening New York Sports and Recreation Guidelines.

Competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel will not be allowed as per Reopening New York Sports and Recreation Guidelines.

Will clubs be functioning?

7/29/20- Student organizations will have to follow the Campus Events and Gatherings Guidelines.

Student Organization Check-In:

Student organizations need to complete this Google form to help the Department of Student Life collect information on the status of your club or group.  

Things that are definitely happening:

1. The Student Organization Expo will be entirely virtual. There will be no in-person event.

2. Participation in the virtual Student Organization Expo is not contingent upon your organization's ability to complete the Continuing Registration process in time for Expo, contrary to the policy upheld in years past. The forms for the Continuing Registration process will be available in the coming weeks.


Google Form for Guideline Questions:

Google Form for Student Organization Status Updates:

Restart Geneseo Event and Gathering Classification  

1) Lowest Risk

Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

Geneseo will continue to support and offer virtual events through virtual programming methods and social media that build connections and add to the Geneseo experience. Registered student organizations are expected to conduct executive board and general body meetings and activities virtually with the option to submit a plan for small group activities. (See Event and Gathering Classification #2, below, for the phased plan.) Guest presenters/lecturers must be conducted virtually.

2) More Risk

Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face masks, and do not share objects.

Student Events and Gathering Phased Plan

(In compliance with DOH, NYS, and CDC)

Phase 1: 8/31/20-9/20/20

In-person student organization events will be on hold from 8/31 through 9/20. For guidance with on-campus cultural and religious observances during this time frame, please contact Student Life at

During this time, registered student organizations and Moderate-risk/Lower-risk club sports can develop and submit their plans for small-group activities that adhere to NYS group-size limits and the CDC and NYS guidelines. These plans must be submitted to Student Life by 9/14 (template provided by Student Life) in order to host small-group events. These plans will be reviewed by Student Life and Scheduling and Events from 9/15 through 9/20. 

Phase 2: 9/21/20-12/14/20

Registered student organizations may host events as long as they comply with the institution’s current safety measures and policies, and the proposed plan has been approved by Student Life. Failure to adhere to the submitted plan and NYS and CDC guidelines and comply with the institution's current safety measures and policies may result in revocation of registration or other sanctions consistent with the college’s Student Code of Conduct. Approved plans for events and gatherings may begin starting 9/21. Registered student organizations planning small-group events and gatherings will need to meet with Student Life to review and confirm proper precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

3) Highest Risk

Medium and large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees from outside the local area.

Events of this nature will be prohibited during the fall semester.  Performances linked to an academic course will be planned in consultation with Academic Affairs.

Spring 2020:

Residence Life

How do I get my stuff after spring break? When can I get it?

3/19- You are welcome to return to campus 9:00 am-8:00 pm on Thursday, 3/19 and Friday, 3/20; 9:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday, March 21; and 8:00 am-12:00 pm on Sunday, March 22, to check out of residence halls. Each resident must complete this Google form indicating a time period to move our or authorizing SUNY Geneseo to store your belongings. The college is currently anticipating to make the period from May 11-15 available for pick-up of stored belongings. The Student Association is actively working to extend the period of picking up items from the residence halls.

I don't have a ride back to Geneseo to get my belongings. What do I do?

3/19/20- Administration and Residence Life are still discussing if and how to package/store students' items in the residence halls. Updates will be sent out in emails as they come to decisions.

Will we get a refund for room and board and meal plans?

3/25/20- Per Vice President Buehler's email: "All students will receive prorated refunds or credits for certain other fees for services that have been discounted due to the COVID-19 emergency. The calculation of the amount of the refund or credit is being determined for each of these fees. The fees eligible for a credit/refund include:

  • Transportation fee
  • Athletics fee
  • Recreation and Campus Life fee
  • Student Activity fee
  • The category of "Other Broad Based Fees" as appropriate and approved annually by SUNY System Administration"

The Student Association has been in contact with VP Buehler about the refund process and is looking into if the refund extends to other services, such as parking, as well. 

3/12/20- "Our campus senior leaders have made a priority request into our central offices on how our campus should respond to refund requests and are waiting to hear back. We will update you as soon as we are able to do so. We expect it is likely to take at least a week to receive needed process guidance and to develop our campus implementation plan. We appreciate your patience as we seek to accommodate the many new needs coming out of the Governor's announcement yesterday." - Dr. David Braverman, Interim Vice President for Student and Campus Life.

When are we supposed to move out?

3/12- You can move out any time, just make sure to email your Area Coordinator/Residence Director the date that you plan on moving out. Students should let their AC/RD know what their timeline is by March 16. Students are permitted to keep their belongings in their residence halls and coordinate another time to pick everything up at any point in the semester. To do this, students have to let their AC/RD know their intention by March 16. Additionally, students are officially permitted to leave and return to campus. You may even stay home for an extended period of time (beyond the end of Spring Break) as long as you let your AC know what your plan is by March 16.

Is there a chance that we will not be able to come back to campus after spring break?

3/11/20- According to SUNY Student Assembly President Austin Ostro, you will be able to return to your residence halls. There is no indication currently that you will not be allowed back as long as you notify your Residence Director/Area Coordinator that you plan on being here. SUNY is currently looking into reimbursement for room and board for those who choose not to return.

How limited is our food service going to be?

3/19/20- Campus Auxiliary Services will remain open and in operation, though they may have limited or reduced services. Food services will primarily consist of pickup/takeout items with limited to no sit-down dining available.


  • MJ will be open Saturday and Sunday (14th, 15th,) from 9 am-1 pm and 5-7 pm; Monday-Friday (16th-20th) from 11 am-1 pm and 5-7 pm; Saturday (21st) from 9 am-1 pm and 5-7 pm with a limited menu.
  • Starbucks will remain open Monday-Friday from 8 am-2 pm as planned.
  • The Big Tree Inn will accept student meal plans every day of the week from March 14-March 22, rather than only Monday through Wednesday.

"We will continue to monitor campus plans and the number of students remaining on campus over break and make further adjustments if necessary." - Mat Felthousen, CAS Interim Executive Director

3/11/20- During Spring Break: MJ will be open from 11 am-1 pm and 5-7 pm every day. Starbucks will be open from 8 am-2 pm.


How likely is it that we will return in April?

3/19/20- Geneseo will not be returning to normal classes. All classes for the rest of the semester will take place remotely.

3/11/20- Normal campus facilities and residence halls will resume after spring break, but as of right now, it is highly unlikely classes will resume as normal. That being said, there is a possibility of student activities resuming in April, but that will be addressed case by case and as things develop.

What happens if students have advisement holds that won't be lifted until we meet with advisors? Will this put us behind in registering for classes?

3/19/20- From Provost Stacey Robertson: "Advisement and registration will continue as scheduled. The course schedule for summer and fall 2020 is currently available. Advisement appointments and removal of advisement holds will be conducted remotely. Most advisors are reaching out to students to set up meeting times, but if you have not heard from your advisor about scheduling a remote appointment, contact them directly. Students are encouraged to monitor their academic progress through DegreeWorks in making decisions about future classes. Students who need to change their majors before the March 23 deadline should contact the Office of the Dean for Planning and Advisement at 585-245-5541."

What is the current status of graduation?

3/25/20- Per President Battles' email: " cancel Commencement 2020, both the master's ceremony scheduled for May 8 and the undergraduate ceremony on May 16, at SUNY Geneseo. We will work together with the Class of 2020 on finding creative and alternative ways to honor our graduates' remarkable achievements at a later date.

The Student Association is meeting bi-weekly with the Provost and her leadership team to discuss Commencement, remote learning, and advisement. 

3/19/20- From Chancellor Kristina Johnson: "If necessary, we will reschedule your commencement to make sure you walk across the stage and we proudly celebrate your accomplishments."

3/12/20- Senior Class Representatives were unable to meet with Andrea Klein today due to other meetings coming up. At the moment, there is no update for Senior Activities and Commencement, but Andrea will keep us updated.

3/11/20- Senior Class Representatives are meeting with Andrea Klein on 3/12 to discuss what is being done with senior events and commencement.

Are labs/hands-on classes still going to be in-person?

3/19/20- No. All classes have been moved to remote-learning due to the ever-changing status of the situation. Students will not be able to access instructional spaces on campus, including labs and performance areas.

3/11/20- This may be dependent on the professor. With the SUNY guidelines right now, labs will remain in-person as long as the professor holds them.

What should I do about my textbook rentals?

3/12/20- Students can go to their Barnes and Noble accounts through the Geneseo bookstore and print out a shipping label to send them back.

Geneseo Bookstore

Will this impact the process of construction on Milne and Sturges?

3/19/20- The only update we've received here is that the physical library at Sturges is closed. There has been no mention of what the current crisis means for the renovation of Sturges and Milne.


Is SA-funded transportation back from Spring Break still going to run?

3/19/20- The Emergency Prepared team of the college has notified the Student Association that no buses shall be allowed to return to campus

  • SA Vacation Shuttle Service: two runs were scheduled to transport students on Sunday, March 22, 2020. These are now CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled.
  • College Express Bus: all scheduled runs are now CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled. For further information, please contact College Express directly at 631-588-7433.

3/12/20- As of right now, all scheduled SA-funded transportation both to and from Spring Break is running as planned.

Will the gym be open?

3/19/20- The gym will NOT be open during the remote learning period.

3/12/20- The gym will be open after spring break as confirmed by student employees.

Where will incoming mail/packages go?

3/19- From the mailroom website: "Mail sent by the USPS can be forwarded. To forward USPS mail, please fill out the mail forwarding form. Unfortunately, mail from other carriers is not able to be forwarded. All other questions regarding Campus Mail Services can be directed to"

Will clubs be functioning?

3/19/20- According to Chip Matthews, Senior Director of Student Life, there should be no in-person student group meetings. This also follows guidelines set by the federal government (recommending no meetings of more than ten people). An organization can still meet virtually, should they have the technology to do so.

Complaint and/or Suggestions

Please fill out the form below if you have any complaints or suggestions that the Student Association should be made aware of moving forward.