Messages to the Community

September 28, 2020

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

During the past week, the Colleges administered 335 COVID-19 tests, all of which were negative. Of the 34 students who had positive tests since the beginning of August, 32 are now recovered. Two students remain in isolation, and 28 are in quarantine with three others in precautionary quarantine (travel-related). All of these students are scheduled to be released on or before next weekend.

This positive news demonstrates that the protocols we have in place are working. We cannot, however, allow ourselves to develop a false sense of security. It is essential that we remain vigilant in our practices so that we can protect the health of everyone in the community. During the past weekend, two off-campus houses hosted social events in violation of the Colleges’ Community Standards Addendum and public health guidelines. The students who hosted these off-campus gatherings have been suspended. In order to reduce the probability of another cluster outbreak, we must hold ourselves and each other to the highest of standards.

As a reminder, everyone must continue to wear face coverings. Gaiters are no longer acceptable, nor are face shields alone. Face shields do provide an additional layer of protection but only when worn with a face mask that covers the mouth and nose. Appropriate face masks were distributed to every student upon arrival to campus and continue to be available at the Campus Safety office upon request.

As we move into Flu season, the CDC recommends that everyone receive a Flu shot, and has published information on the similarities and differences between the Flu and COVID-19. The Colleges are hosting opportunities for students and employees to receive Flu shots during the next two weeks. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the flu shots, and no appointment is needed.

Flu shots will be available in Bartlett Theatre (in Coxe Hall) at the following times:

  • Monday, October 5; 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, October 6; 10 am to 2 pm
  • Monday, October 12; 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, October 13 ;10 am to 2 pm

Two additional times for employees only are being scheduled and will be announced as soon as those dates and times are set.

We thank everyone for their continued diligence and wish everyone a good week.

Sincerely,

Mary Coffey
Provost and Dean of Faculty

Robb Flowers
Vice President for Campus Life

Fall 2020 Opening

Messages to the Community

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