Fall 2020 Opening

Campus Life and Housing

Campus Life

Would it be possible for a student to remain on campus for the entire academic year including through winter break?

Yes, although services will be limited during breaks. Students who need to stay on campus over winter break can do so. Requests should be made by calling the Office of Campus Life at (315) 781-3900 or by emailing Fall2020@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. We will share more information as it becomes available from the City of Geneva.

Will Homecoming and Family Weekend happen this fall?

This year’s Homecoming and Family Weekend will be virtual, offering nearly a week of interactive experiences that will bring the flavor and energy of campus to you. All family members and alums are encouraged to join the fun from wherever you call home.

There is no cost to enjoy any of our Homecoming and Family Weekend programs. If you’re viewing this website, you have almost everything you need to participate. We strongly encourage you to download Zoom on your computer or mobile device because most of our events will use this platform.

Watch the www.hws.edu/homecoming page for more details to come!

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

The Office of Student Activities will continue to work with the presidents of each club or organization to discuss with them how they can hold events while still maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings.

Will clubs and organizations continue to have faculty advisors?

Yes, club/organization leaders should be in touch with their group’s faculty advisor as soon as possible this summer or in the fall to ensure that the advisor is aware of activities and plans.

How will students learn about club and organization activities?

The Colleges will hold a virtual club fair during the first week of classes.

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. Appointments are also available this summer.

Will events like Shabbat and other campus religious and associated social activities still happen on campus?

Nita Byrd, Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Engagement and Julianne Miller, the director of Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, are actively working to ensure that we can continue important religious events while maintaining proper social distancing protocols.

Will the campus shuttle be available this fall?

The Campus Shuttle will be not be in operation for the fall semester.

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 should be wearing a face covering. Campus Safety can be reached at: 315-781-3333.


When will first year students learn about their housing assignments?

First year students will learn of their housing assignments the week of July 20.

Should students change what they pack as they head to campus this fall?

Students should pack lighter with the understanding that if necessary and should the pandemic warrant, they may need to leave their residence halls quickly.

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 theme houses and co-ops work?

The residential education staff will be contacting theme houses and co-ops to coordinate planning for the fall semester

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 any housing situations change as a result of the pandemic? For example, will students in quads or triples need to move to doubles or singles?

Members of the Office of Residential Life have reached out to all students in quads and triples to offer alternative housing arrangements. In many cases, students have elected to continue the living arrangement as originally planned.

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.

Working On and Off Campus

Will there be any impact on work study employment on campus?

There will be a number of work study jobs on campus doing everything from clerical work in offices to giving campus tours for admissions. Some jobs will be able to be done remotely.

How do students find jobs on campus?

Students interested in working on campus should start by visiting the student employment webpage where they will find a listing of job opportunities and instructions on how to apply. Campus departments post positions throughout the semester so students should review the list often if they don’t initially see something that interests them.

Can students with jobs off campus keep them?


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