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Messages to the Community

May 2, 2022

Good morning,

Throughout the month of April, our community had many opportunities to celebrate academic and co-curricular achievements. Charter Day, Moving Up Day, the Hobart and William Smith Athletic banquets, and the Blackwell-Hale Awards, among others, recognized the hard work of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff. As we enter the final week of classes, we hope you also take the time to reflect on your personal achievements from the academic year.

Currently, three community members remain in isolation. We will continue to post new cases to the Colleges’ dashboard through traditional residence hall closing post finals, and update the case counts until any active positive cases resolve. The Colleges’ Campus Logistics Team has been meeting recently to evaluate public health recommendations and policies relating to COVID-19 that might impact our own expectations for next academic year. 

  • The Colleges will continue the facility upgrades implemented last academic year to help reduce the risk of spread of all airborne diseases, including regular maintenance of air purifiers and the continuation of cleaning kits and sanitizer stations across campus.
  • Following CDC definitions of vaccination status, the Colleges will continue to require all employees and students to be fully vaccinated. Per the CDC, a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination. Similar to the procedure the Colleges have for New York State required vaccinations for students, community members will need to upload proof of vaccination or submit a vaccination waiver form. 
  • The Colleges will recommend community members stay up-to-date with their vaccination status. A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Because of the variety of medical and previous COVID-19 diagnosis reasons an individual may not be boosted, as well as that certain age groups now have different booster options available, we will not monitor boosters beginning summer 2022.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated will be entered into weekly surveillance testing; asymptomatic testing will be activated only if the community’s symptomatic testing numbers indicate a larger cluster may be present. This may be randomized within the not-vaccinated pool. This approach also follows NCAA testing guidelines for student athletes based on vaccination status and public health guidelines to reduce asymptomatic testing, and focus on symptomatic testing.
  • Masking will be a personal option for all community members. 
  • We do not plan to have a dashboard for the summer or fall, as our case counts related to COVID and other illnesses are similar. We will continue to send Deans’ notices to faculty for students required to be in isolation.

As with everything related to the pandemic, we recognize these recommendations may need to be modified as we monitor COVID-19 over the summer. We appreciate everyone’s extraordinary commitment to the health of our community.

Sincerely,

Joyce P. Jacobsen
President

Sarah Kirk
Provost and Dean of Faculty

Becca B. Barile
Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

COVID-19 Information and Data

Messages to the Community

Campus Update and Fall Information by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - May 2, 2022

Weekly Note to Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - April 25, 2022

Weekly Message by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - April 18, 2022

Weekly Message to Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - April 11, 2022

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - April 4, 2022

Welcome Back! by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - March 27, 2022

Weekly Note and Testing Center Hours by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - March 14, 2022

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - March 7, 2022

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - February 28, 2022

Weekly Note to the Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - February 21, 2022

Weekly Updates by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - February 14, 2022

Mask Policy Updates by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - February 10, 2022

Third Week of Classes by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - February 7, 2022

COVID-19 Update at the Start of the Second Week of Classes by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - January 31, 2022

COVID-19 Weekend Testing Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - January 24, 2022

COVID Weekly Update to the Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile, Dean of Hobart College Scott Brophy and Dean of William Smith College Lisa Kaenzig - January 17, 2022

Updates to Spring 2022 Opening by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - January 10, 2022

Message to the HWS Community by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - December 28, 2021

Final Week of the Semester by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Becca B. Barile - December 6, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - November 29, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - November 15, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - November 8, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - November 1, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 25, 2021

Weekly Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 18, 2021

COVID Update and Fall Break by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 4, 2021

Reflections and Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - September 27, 2021

COVID and Homecoming & Family Weekend Updates by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 20, 2021

Campus Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 13, 2021

Implementation of Airborne Infectious Disease Plan by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 9, 2021

Weekly Update to the Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 6, 2021

COVID-19 Update and Vaccination Requirements by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 30, 2021

New Positive Cases Identified by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 25, 2021

Vaccinations and COVID Cases by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

Community Update: First Day of Classes by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard and Vaccination Reporting by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 16, 2021

Ontario County Transmission Rate Moved to Substantial by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 12, 2021

Update to the campus community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 9, 2021

Ontario County Moved to Substantial Transmission by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

COVID-19 Safety and Management by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

Summer 2021 update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - July 20, 2021

Fall 2020 Message Archive

CONTACT

General questions and comments should be directed to:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Questions regarding health issues should be directed to:

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-3600
Appt. Phone: 315-781-4530
Fax: 315-781-3802