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Spring 2021 Opening

Campus Life and Housing

Campus Life

Would it be possible for a student to remain on campus through winter break?

Winter break will begin as scheduled on Dec. 12. Housing will remain open on a limited basis for students who have travel challenges, but campus dining will be closed and other campus services will operate on a greatly reduced schedule with most faculty and staff working remotely. Students who must remain on campus will have access to kitchen facilities.

Students who need to stay on campus over winter break should contact the Office of Residential Education at 315.781.3880 or email Spring2021@hws.edu.

Will students be asked to sign an acknowledgement and agreement that makes it clear that they are responsible for adhering to State and HWS guidelines regarding use of face masks and social distancing?

An addendum to the Handbook of Community Standards includes information about expectations of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. All students will be held to the standards outlined in that Handbook and the addendum.

How will the Colleges ensure student compliance with the social code and with health and safety protocols?

Students who do not comply with the Handbook of Community Standards and who are deliberately negligent in wearing face coverings and following social distancing guidelines will be sent home.

Can students go downtown? Are restaurants and bars open?

Yes, subject to City ordinances and State guidelines.

Will Spring Break happen?

In order to extend the winter break and remain on schedule for final exams, senior week and Commencement, there will not be a traditional spring break. The Office of Student Activities and the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs are working now to create programming that will ensure that students get some downtime while remaining in residence in Geneva. Depending on the availability of a vaccine, travel to and from campus may also be an option as the semester unfolds.

Will in-person social or club activities happen on campus?

Yes. The Office of Student Activities will continue to work with the presidents of each club or organization to find ways to hold events while still maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings. Other activities, like the Winter Wonderland event on January 30, will allow students to safely socialize while participating in outdoor ice skating rinks, fire pits, curling competitions and other winter activities.

Will there be additional career support services for seniors this year?

Contact the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education at (315) 781-3514 to make an appointment at any time including over winter break. There are a number of remote internship and professional development opportunities available to students.

Will the campus shuttle be available during the spring 2021 semester?

The Campus Shuttle will be not be in operation.

Will Campus Safety be able to provide safe rides to students?

Campus Safety is available to provide safe rides to students who need them. Students must wear a face covering. Campus Safety can be reached at: 315-781-3333.


How many people can accompany a student to campus to assist with move-in?

We ask if at all possible that returning students move in with a minimum of assistance from family or others who do not live in the Colleges’ community. Students arriving on campus for the first time can be accompanied by 2-3 other people. We ask that all families and those helping with move-in limit the amount of time in the residence hall.

Will students have to wear facemasks in their rooms?

Residence hall rooms are considered a “family unit” and therefore students do not need to wear masks.

How will the Colleges ensure that bathrooms in residence halls are properly cleaned?

Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times each day by our buildings and grounds staff. In addition, cleaning and disinfecting materials will be available in all bathrooms for individual use.

Will students be allowed to enter residence halls that are not their own?

Yes, but on a limited basis. Large gatherings and overnight stays will not be allowed.

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Questions and comments should be directed to:

Office of Campus Life
Smith Hall, First Floor
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3900

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