+ Campus update, November 2, 2020 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

Messages to the Community

November 2, 2020

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

I write to deliver this week’s campus update as well as to greet you all at the start of what will likely be one of the most interesting weeks in our electoral experience.

Our streak of good fortune continues on campus, with again no positive cases of COVID-19 identified, and only one student currently in quarantine. This ray of brightness contrasts with the generally grim news across the United States and much of the rest of the world regarding high infection rates. We must not take our current state of grace for granted and instead maintain our vigilance, even as our students, faculty and staff also continue to move about relatively freely on campus and in Geneva in comparison to the situation in many other areas of the nation. Please continue to uphold safety standards and do not let your guard down in small gatherings, which appears to be one of the main ways in which COVID is currently spreading. We have the chance to be one of the success stories for higher education this fall if we all keep up our standards.

In other good news, on Saturday Governor Cuomo announced a revised testing and quarantine policy: Students and employees traveling out of state will not need to quarantine for as lengthy a time upon return to New York, so long as they test negative before and after return. Students will receive further instructions from Student Affairs, but should this policy hold, we should see an expedited return to campus in January.

With national election day tomorrow, many are tense, and all the uncertainty in the world contributes to that tension. Please support each other during this stressful time: take the time to talk with someone who is anxious; reach out with kindness and good will. Focus on what you can control, don’t lose hope, and know that this too will pass. And, if you haven’t done so already: Vote.

Sincerely,

Joyce P. Jacobsen
President
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
president@hws.edu

Spring 2021 Opening
Spring 2021 Messages to the Community

Fall 2020 Messages to the Community

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 16, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 12, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - November 9, 2020

Campus update by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - November 2, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 26, 2020

Winter Break and Spring 2021 Semester by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - October 19, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 12, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - October 5, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 28, 2020

Campus update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 21, 2020

Campus Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 14, 2020

Campus Update on Health and Safety by President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 8, 2020

Campus Update on Health and Safety by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - September 6, 2020

Updates on Fall 2020 Semester by Provost and Dean of Faculty Mary Coffey and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - August 25, 2020

Fall 2020 Opening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - August 20, 2020

Update on Fall Reopening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - June 24, 2020

HWS Return to Campus Update for Employees Sonya Williams - June 11, 2020

Fall 2020 Study Abroad by Mary Coffey and Thomas D’Agostino - June 5, 2020

Planning Underway for our Fall Opening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 28, 2020

Forward, Together by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 12, 2020

Using the CARES Act to Stay on Track for Graduation by John Young - May 12, 2020

Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

An Update to Parents and Family Members of Admitted Students by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

Greetings from Human Resources by Sonya Williams - April 15, 2020

Grading for Spring 2020 Semester by Mary Coffey - March 30, 2020

Timeliness and Timelessness of an HWS Education by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 27, 2020

Introducing the HWS Student Emergency Fund by Julie Bazan ’93 and Rick Solomon ’75, P’10 - March 24, 2020

Staff Telework Resources by Sonya Williams - March 24, 2020

Message Regarding Commencement by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 20, 2020

Postponed: HWS Reunion by Bob O’Connor P’22 - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing by Robb Flowers - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing and Services by Robb Flowers - March 17, 2020

A Massive Natural Experiment by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 16, 2020

With Gratitude by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Face-to-Face Instruction Canceled by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 13, 2020

Follow-Up Note on Colleges’ Response to Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 11, 2020

From the Dean of Spiritual Engagement by The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd - March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Information and Contingency Planning by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 10, 2020

An Update on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 5, 2020

Information on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - February 28, 2020

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