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.
Vice President for Campus Life