The Fall 2020 semester: extracurricular activities

Fredonia’s first priority is - and will always be - the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff. We are also mindful that Fredonia’s extracurricular activities and clubs/organizations enhance the student experience and provide learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom. Therefore, while understanding the need to prioritize curricular work, our goal is to enable all activities that can occur safely and within prescribed guidelines. Any approved extra-curricular activities would be subject to the same safety guidelines as any campus activity.

Fredonia will engage student leadership in formulating the practical applications of the guidelines below as well as a communication plan to campus. 

Student Clubs/Organizations

Any student group requesting the use of a campus facility for an extracurricular activity will be required to submit a plan showing how it will follow and enforce campus guidelines concerning social distancing, mask-wearing and other aspects of safe operation. 

We will encourage all groups that can utilize video meetings to do so. When in person gatherings are necessary, we will encourage students to utilize outdoor spaces, when possible. We will work with groups to determine and assign the best space for their needs based upon guidelines and protocols in place. We will work with the offices that support Student Activities to formalize plans and determine how non-compliance would be handled. Information to be considered for approval:

  • Number of participants
  • Nature of the activity
  • Use of space by other groups

In addition, off-campus club events will not be permitted for the Fall semester.

Dods Gymnasium, Blue Devil Fitness Center, Tennis Courts to Reopen September 21

The Blue Devils Fitness Center, Dods Gymnasium, and Tennis Courts will open to students only on Monday, Sept. 21. Students must pre-register online; no walk-ins will be permitted. Cancellation notices will be emailed to pre-registered students if increased community spread of COVID-19 makes athletic facilities reopening unsafe. 


Blue Devils Fitness Center:

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Saturday: Closed

  • Sunday: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Tennis Courts: 

  • Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday: Closed

  • Sunday: Closed

Dods Gymnasium

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Saturday: Closed

  • Sunday: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • *Excluding varsity athletic practices; please check schedule for details.*

There are separate links to sign up for a time slot in each of the spaces:

Check-in/check-out procedure:

  1. Preregistration, which can be done up to a week in advance (see link above).

  2. Wellness questionnaire: all symptoms must be negative.

  3. Temperature check: must be below 100.4° F.

  4. Workouts end at :40 on the hour.

  5. Exit via emergency doors.

More information

Fitness center blocks are 40 minutes long so the staff can sanitize the facility for the remaining 20 minutes. Dods Gymnasium blocks are 60 minutes long, and Tennis Court blocks are 90 minutes long. Students can reserve one block in each facility each day. Failure to show up for three blocks in any facility will result in a loss of pre-registration privileges.

Registration opens one week in advance of each time slot.

You can use Dods Gymnasium before the Fitness Center, just be sure you have two separate reservations, one in each calendar.

Masks will need to be worn at all times in the Fitness Center, Dods Gym, and Tennis Courts, even when exercising. In particular, no bandanas or gaiters will be allowed in the fitness center. A face shield can be worn in the fitness center if a student is unable to wear a mask.

No drinking fountains be available; only water bottle refill stations will be available in the facilities, so please bring a water bottle with you.

Upon entering the fitness center you’ll notice several changes: every second piece of cardio equipment is blocked off to promote social distancing; upper-level cardio equipment is shut down with the exception of ellipticals, which are turned around; dumbbell benches are spaced out; the rock wall area is being used as additional space; and floor markers offer reminders to maintain social distance.

Only paper towels will be available to sanitize equipment. Please bring your own sweat towel. 

Tennis Courts

All students intending to play tennis must complete wellness and temperature checks at the fitness center desk. Leave your FREDCard with a fitness center desk attendant and she will give you the tennis courts key.

At this time the outdoor basketball courts will not be available, but we will assess the use of Dods Gym to inform this decision moving forward. 


Intramurals, in a limited fashion, may be offered in the fall semester based upon current information and guidelines. Preference will be given to intramural sports that allow for additional social distancing and take place outdoors.

Club Sports

Club sports, in a limited fashion, may be offered in the fall semester based upon current information and guidelines. Club sports, due to the nature of the contests taking place against competition from outside of campus, present an additional challenge as well. 

Performances (Music, Theatre, Art Gallery)

The density of audiences attending these performances will be greatly reduced. Additionally, some of these events may be limited to “student audiences” and may not be made available to the general public. All members of the audience will be required to wear facial coverings.

Public Events

Guest artists previously booked to perform in the Rockefeller Arts Center for Fall 2020 will likely be booked for Fall 2021. The Office of Campus Life has already cancelled Family Weekend and Homecoming will likely be moved away from Fall 2020. Student recruiting sessions will be handled either remotely or in small groups to comply with State guidelines regarding size of gatherings. 

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