March 17, 2020

Dear Hobart and William Smith Students,

The Colleges continue to monitor closely the evolving circumstances locally, throughout New York State, and at the national level. As the directives from local, state and federal authorities evolve, the Colleges have needed to respond by limiting the scope and nature of services we are able to offer to those students who remain on-campus during this period of remote instruction.

While we remain open, I write today with specific updates about the on-campus services and expectations during this time.

  • In order to be allowed to remain on-campus, students must register via the “I Am Here” button on myHousing. Students who stay on-campus should follow the U.S. President’s guideline of avoiding groups of more than ten people, and to practice social distancing at all times.
  • You may access your room at any point to move belongings.
  • No overnight visitors are allowed on-campus during this period of remote learning.
  • Residence hall lounges will be closed until face-to-face instruction resumes.
  • New York State has closed all restaurants, bars, movie theatres and gyms. This restriction applies to HWS dining services. Therefore, dining services will offer only limited take-out/grab-and-go options, with no seated dining until the New York State ban is lifted.
  • Per New York State directive, all recreational facilities are closed until further notice. This includes Bristol Field House, Wynn Seeley Gym, Bristol Gym and the Poole Family Dome.
  • The Bookstore is now closed to visitors by order of Barnes & Noble, but will continue to process online orders.
  • Students who are leaving for spring break and do not intend to return to campus may request to have all mail – including paychecks – forwarded to their home address. To do so, please follow the link and complete the form on the Post Office web page: Spring Semester Mail Forward. Mail will be automatically redirected.
  • Campus safety will continue to offer safe rides and medical transports, however, due to staffing limitations Campus Safety will not be able to offer courtesy rides for the foreseeable future.
  • Finger Lakes Health Hubbs Health Center is asking students seeking care to contact Hubbs first by calling 315-781-3600 rather than in-person. Telehealth options are available via Hubbs Health Center’s website and FLH’s portal. Directions will be posted on the Hubbs Health Center website shortly
  • The Counseling Center will switch to tele-counseling for on-campus students and consult with students on local care while they are participating in remote learning from off-campus. As always, crisis counseling is available 24/7 by calling 315-781-3388 or Campus Safety 315-781-3000

As we face these rapidly changing circumstances it is imperative that students treat each other with respect and dignity and abide by Community Standards at all times. Students who violate the Community Standards during this period of remote instruction will be asked to leave campus immediately and will no longer be permitted to live on campus.

Additional communication and resources can be found on the Colleges’ COVID-19 webpage. We recognize that you have many decisions to make and things to do as we move through this situation. Please know the Colleges’ staff are here to assist.

Robb Flowers
Vice President for Campus Life

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Messages to the Community

Update on Fall Reopening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - 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


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