The Fall 2020 semester: information for the community

Everyday life has changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. As students return to the State University of New York at Fredonia for the Fall 2020 semester, the campus will look dramatically different. Events and facilities that the public are used to coming to campus to enjoy will look different or may not be available this semester.

Facial coverings

One of the biggest changes for the community to be aware of is the new regulation regarding facial coverings on campus. Facial coverings will be required inside all campus buildings. That means everyone is required to wear a facial covering at all times inside all buildings, classrooms, labs, or other facilities. This does not apply to a person alone or with a roommate inside their own residence hall room, alone in a fully enclosed private office or distanced office space, or within a private vehicle. While anyone entering and exiting dining halls must wear face masks until seated, they may remove their masks by necessity when actively eating or drinking. academic and residential core map

Additionally, facial coverings must be worn outside of buildings throughout the academic and residential core areas of campus. The “core areas” refer to the residential complexes and spaces between academic buildings in the heart of the campus. In these areas, facial coverings must be worn while walking outside, including moving from building to building. This designation also includes community members who may be walking to or from places such as Starbucks. Ring Road and the outdoor track are outside the academic and residential core. Facial coverings are not required outdoors in these areas unless social distancing cannot be maintained.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons

Starbucks in University Commons and Tim Hortons in the Williams Center will remain open to the public. The Faculty Student Association - which operates these locations - asks patrons to remain socially distanced in line. There are markings on the floor to be sure customers are appropriately spaced while waiting. Masks are required inside both locations. Seating capacity at both locations will be at 50 percent, so patrons are encouraged to place orders to-go.

Rockefeller Arts Center, other large events

Events with live audiences planned for the Rockefeller Arts Center have been rescheduled for 2021. The performance spaces in the facility, considered to be "high risk" arts and entertainment venues under NY Forward Reopening Guidelines, will not reopen for public events until allowed to do so under those guidelines. There will be certain student performances that will be livestreamed; a schedule of those performances will be listed at

Other large events that would otherwise bring the public to campus have also been canceled, postponed, or turned into virtual events, including Family Weekend and Homecoming 2020.

Reed Library

Reed Library has suspended open hours designated for community patrons effective Monday, November 2, 2020. Only SUNY Fredonia students, faculty, or staff will be allowed to use the physical space of Reed Library.

This is a difficult decision to make, given Reed Library’s long history of collaboration with community members, local school districts, and others.  Please understand that our goal is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 both on campus and in the Fredonia community. Hence, we look forward to opening the physical space of Reed Library to the community in the future when pooled testing of onsite users is no longer necessary.. 

While the physical space of Reed will not be available to the community, its vast resources will still be accessible. Community patrons can still receive research assistance by phone, email, text, or chat, as well as request materials through the Reed-To-Go service. For more information, please visit Reed Library's Community Patron Services page at:


Youngerman Center

At the Henry C. Youngerman Center in Thompson Hall, Youngerman Center Audiology Services are open to the campus, public/community. Members of the public are asked to call ahead to make an appointment at (716) 673-3203. Youngerman Center Speech Services will resume seeing past clients through telepractice starting Aug. 31. Plans are still being developed for the Youngerman Center in-person Speech Services and the Youngerman Center Preschool. Additionally, the Youngerman Center Stroke/Head Injury Support group is not currently meeting.

Course auditing

Fredonia will not be accepting course auditors for Fall 2020 due to the coronavirus situation. The status of course auditing for Spring 2021 is pending review later this fall.


The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced that there will be no competition in the fall semester. A determination will be made later in the fall semester as to how fall and winter sports will occur in spring term. Spring sports may be evaluated at a later date as well. No NCAA sports will occur at Fredonia prior to January 2021.


The Blue Devil Fitness Center will open when New York State allows gyms to re-open (for students only). The natatorium will follow the guidelines that New York State has set forth for pools and locker rooms. Therefore, at this time the pool is not open. Additionally, the gyms and ice rink are closed and will remain closed until Fredonia, SUNY, and state guidelines allow for the safe reopening of those facilities. The outdoor Blue Devils tennis courts will remain closed.


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