Messages to the Community

June 11, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the Governor’s Forward New York Plan, the Finger Lake Region has met all of the criteria and has entered Phase II of reopening, which allows for a limited number of administrative, library and research employees to return to campus. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges senior leadership team has reviewed available information and collaborated with local health officials and other higher ed institutions in the area to ensure we are prepared with the resources and best practice safety protocols for returning to campus. I am pleased to announce that we are ready to begin phasing employees back to work on campus starting June 15.

We will begin to phase in employees beginning on Monday, June 15 and anticipate a return to full staffing by mid-August. The Return to Campus for Employees Guide is consistent with both federal and NYS guidance and provides details of the Colleges phased return and the protocols implemented to keep everyone safe. The guide is subject to change depending on future guidance from the state and if circumstances in the region or on campus do not evolve as anticipated.

All employees will be required to complete a COVID-19 Safety Training prior to returning to campus and to perform an online daily wellness assessment. The wellness assessment is in accordance with NYS guidelines and is intended to determine if someone is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Employees who experience symptoms should not return to campus until cleared to do so.

Please familiarize yourself with the guide and consult with your respective vice president about specifics pertaining to your department and your individual timeline to return to work on campus. The order of return will be prioritized for those staff members who can best fulfill their jobs by completing their work on campus and whose work provides a critical operational need.

We recognize as we bring people back to campus that some employees may have special family circumstances or be concerned about childcare. Division vice presidents are sympathetic to these issues and will work with employees to identify flexible work arrangements. Similarly employees who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 according to CDC guidance may be concerned about returning to work. In those situations employees should contact Human Resources about accommodations, as soon as possible.

I thank you in advance for doing your part to keep your work colleagues and the HWS campus community healthy and safe.

Respectfully,

Sonya Williams

Vice President for Human Resources

Fall 2020 Opening

Messages to the Community

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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