The Fall 2020 semester: living on campus
The good news is that SUNY Fredonia is reopening and students will have the opportunity to live on campus in the fall. Although life on campus will be different and will be full of challenges, we are excited to welcome new and returning students to Fredonia.
Our residence hall community’s success will depend on us being respectful and caring for one another. We will continue to provide services and community engagement in a meaningful way. Our hope is that each one of you becomes an active participant in enriching the on-campus experience in your own unique way.
This guidance is based on current information and current guidance of public health authorities, the governor's office, and SUNY. This is subject to change, based on change in circumstance, updates to guidance, or otherwise at the discretion of the University.
Facial coverings requirements
Facial coverings will be required inside all campus buildings, and must be worn outside of buildings throughout the academic and residential core areas of campus.
"Inside all buildings" means all Fredonia students, faculty, staff, and essential visitors are required to wear a face 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 within a private vehicle. Additionally, while everyone entering and exiting dining halls must wear a face mask until seated, they may remove their mask by necessity when actively eating or drinking.
"The academic and residential core areas of campus" refers to the residential complexes and spaces between academic buildings in the heart of the campus. The map below shows the designated areas. In these areas, facial coverings must be worn outside within this area, including moving from building to building. Signs will be posted on light poles throughout these designated areas.
After consultation with medical and public health experts, we’ve decided to continue double and single room occupancy. We’ll be following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. Each student will also need to follow CDC and university guidelines for community living as detailed in our housing license agreement addendum to the community/roommate agreement. You will get the license agreement addendum when you receive your room assignment and also a copy will be given to you during move-in. You’ll sign it electronically, through the Your Connection portal (the same way you completed your original housing application).
We collect your preferred room type when you apply for housing at SUNY Fredonia. While we take those preferences into consideration when making your room assignments, we make those assignments based on the date and time you completed your application. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and we can’t guarantee that you’ll be assigned to the specific room type you requested.
Ensure you have the following essential items for living on or off campus:
- Cleaning supplies (CDC approved supplies can be found on the CDC.gov website)
- Hand sanitizer
- Face coverings
- Sanitizing wipes
Life on campus
We provide programming, events and activities, as well as educational and professional opportunities only available to on-campus residents. We’re committed to providing you with a fun and engaging place to call home.
We will be limiting access to the residence hall to residents of that building only. As per recommendations, you can visit with friends who live in your residence hall in common room spaces while wearing masks and while practicing proper physical distancing recommendations (6ft. apart).
You will be able connect your devices to the wireless or wired network to perform any online classes. Any issues, you can call ResNet at (716) 673-3668.
The university is discouraging travelling home on the weekends. Fall breaks were eliminated to keep the campus community together and reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spread from off-campus.
Daily symptom check
As we continue to safely and gradually make more in-person university services available, we want to remind all students of the importance of adhering to the CDC COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidelines that will help us maintain the health and safety of our campus community. Each day, beginning August 24, 2020, all students will receive an email requesting that prior to coming to campus or leaving their on-campus residence, they take a daily screening survey.
Each residence hall community has an assigned Resident Director (RD) responsible for the operations and residential health of that community. Reporting to the RD is a team of Resident Assistants (RAs) who live in the communities as embedded resources for our residents. Our maintenance and custodial staff handle the cleaning and support our physical infrastructure. Our desk staff provides extended hour assistance to students who need to pick up mail, borrow office supplies or ask questions. Our department has on-call staff available 24/7 to support residents if any issues arise outside of normal business hours.
Cleaning of rooms and residence halls
We are ensuring that our custodial and maintenance teams will have ample cleaning supplies on hand to clean community bathrooms and common spaces in accordance with current CDC guidelines. We recommend that you bring ample cleaning supplies with you so you can do additional sanitizing after you use the bathroom and shared common spaces. It will be very important to keep your bedroom clean and sanitized and to make sure you prioritize your personal hygiene and health.
Community bathrooms and common spaces in our buildings will be cleaned and disinfected as often as physically possible while covering the entirety of our on-campus facilities. Cleaning crews have the necessary and approved chemicals in healthy supply, to ensure the effectiveness of these cleanings. Please note that some common areas may have restricted access or be shut down entirely as deemed necessary to limit physical contact or exposure in those spaces.
In order to keep our campus safe and open for instruction, campus residents and move-in helpers will be asked to go through a medical screening process during check-in. Based on guidance from the university’s medical staff and public health professionals, additional periodic COVID-19 screening/testing may be required over the course of the semester. The university is still exploring campus-based screening/testing options and will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Student behavior is one of the most impactful factors to protect our campus from the spread of COVID-19. Students will need to sign an addendum to the housing license agreement. This addendum commits you to a number of practices that are vitally important, which may include wearing a face covering, daily symptom self-screening, observing physical distancing practices while in public spaces, reporting to our staff and agreeing to go into self-isolation if you exhibit symptoms, and not traveling out of the area unless critically necessary. All of these requirements are based on the current guidance from the CDC. If you have underlying health issues that you believe put you at a higher risk to COVID-19, living on campus in a dense community environment may not be the best choice at this time.
In conjunction with the Director of the Student Health Center we will encourage students to return home (if possible) during the time you will need to be in isolation or quarantine. If going home is not possible, we’ve set aside beds in a strategically selected residence hall to serve as spaces for students who need to be isolated. When it’s determined that a student needs to be moved to one of these spaces, we’ll facilitate that move and arrange for meal deliveries to the new room. They’ll be able to attend their courses remotely during the isolation period. At the end of the isolation period and/or after symptoms have fully subsided, the student will complete an evaluation with a medical provider to ensure that they’re ready to reenter the community. If you're ordered to isolate by the Chautauqua County Health Department (CCHD) and our on-campus isolation/quarantine beds are full, you may be isolated/quarantined off-campus by the CCHD.
Violations of policies
The safety of our students is our highest priority. Therefore, we take COVID-19 guidelines seriously. Violation of these standards may be treated as formal conduct violations and repeated offenses will constitute a formal violation of your housing license agreement, which could result in removal from on-campus housing. We want to be up-front with students about these expectations so that they can make individual decisions about committing to living on-campus this year.