Messages to the Community

August 25, 2020

Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,

As we begin the first week of the semester, we write to offer our thanks to all members of our campus community for the remarkable effort to prepare for this semester and to take seriously our obligations to each other to ensure our collective health. Over the summer, our dedicated staff prepared campus for the fall and faculty engaged in the work of re-imagining courses and pedagogy to support the success of all students. We are now seeing the benefits of this preparation. The flexibility and positive attitudes of everyone have been inspiring as we all learn new routines and activities to support social distancing and PPE use.

We’ve received a number of encouraging and thankful comments from new and returning students as well as their parents and families who have praised the Colleges’ move-in procedures and Orientation. This year’s Orientation was unprecedented in its attention to detail and safety, and we are grateful to the staff, students and faculty who organized it. We especially appreciate the courage of our new students who, as President Jacobsen told them when welcoming them to campus, are showing a level of bravery and optimism that will serve them well in their lives.

Since August 1, we have successfully returned our students to their residence halls through an orderly process that allowed us to maintain safe protocols at all times. Although we had a small number of violations of our new community standards addendum a week ago, we have since seen a substantial drop-off. We are thankful that individual community members are taking their responsibilities seriously and that everyone understands that doing so will allow us to have an academic year uninterrupted by the spread of COVID-19. We thank those who have shared information and concerns via the anonymous reporting system, and encourage you to continue to do so.

Over the past three weeks, we have administered more than 1,900 COVID-19 tests and received negative test results from a number of other persons upon arrival to campus. Of those, only one person tested positive and was moved immediately to our isolation facility, along with the one other person with whom they had any contact on campus. We are continuing to retest this person to ensure the accuracy of the result because we have reason to believe that the positive test may be the result of the presence of antigens. We were in immediate dialogue, and remain so, with the Ontario County Public Health staff and are very appreciative for their partnership and guidance. This week, we will begin weekly surveillance testing, which will involve between 200-300 individuals per week. Ontario County’s COVID-19 website, which reports on new cases, is updated daily.

The kind of thoughtfulness, compassion and attention to safety demonstrated by this community has been significant and we will need to continue this work as we progress through the semester. Please know that we are here to offer help and support any time. As we work on these things together, we know that you will continue to show respect for one another and our overall community by doing your part and encouraging others to do the same.

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