Information for the public

REMINDER: Masks to be worn at all times in buildings and outside across the academic and residential areas of campus

Facial coverings Campus visits (Admissions) Starbucks, Tim Hortons
Rockefeller Arts Center Reed Library Youngerman Center
Course auditing Athletics Recreation

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.

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Campus visits (Admissions)

The Office of Admissions is working to provide opportunities to see Fredonia in a safe manner.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, as we are required to track all visitors to campus for contact tracing purposes. Reserving ahead of time will also guarantee your spot on a tour. To make a reservation or sign up for an admissions virtual event, go to our Visit and Tour page.

Counselors and student tour guides will wear masks during presentations. Tours will limit time inside buildings and avoid high traffic locations. Tours will be capped at 12 people to assist with social distancing. Guests will be required to wear face masks at all times inside Fredonia's buildings, and while interacting with faculty, staff and students, and outside throughout the academic and residential core areas of campus.

Fredonia will be offering an abbreviated tour which will include the inside of our athletic complex, library, student center and one academic building. If there is a specific facility you would like to see, we encourage you to make arrangements for a one-on-one tour with the department you are interested in.  You can see inside most buildings on-campus in our virtual tour

We are also offering a wide variety of virtual sessions featuring student panels, faculty and student services . Please check our virtual session schedule for more information. You can always take a virtual tour on your phone or computer on your own anytime. 

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Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Bookstore

Starbucks in University Commons remains open to the public (store hours). The Faculty Student Association - which operates Starbucks along with Tim Hortons in the Williams Center - 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. The Fredonia Bookstore, also in University Commons, is open. Tim Hortons is closed until February 1. 

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Rockefeller Arts Center

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. 

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Reed Library

Reed Library has suspended open hours designated for community patrons. 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: https://fredonia.libguides. com/community.

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Youngerman Center

The Henry C. Youngerman Center in Thompson Hall, Youngerman Center Audiology and Speech Services (in-person, telepractice) are open to the campus, public/community. The Youngerman Center Preschool is suspended at this time with plans for reopening in the future. Additionally, the Youngerman Center Stroke/Head Injury Support group is not currently meeting.

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Course auditing

Whether Fredonia will be accepting course auditors for Spring 2021 is under review. 

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The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced that there will be no competition for winter sports. Spring sports may be evaluated at a later date as well. There will be no NCAA contests for Fredonia State teams prior to March 2021.

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The Blue Devil Fitness Center is open for students only. The natatorium is currently closed and  will follow the guidelines that New York State and the Chautauqua County Department of Health have set forth for pools and locker rooms to determine when the pool may reopen. Additionally, Steele Field House will continue to host campus pool testing and be unavailable for other uses. The ice rink is closed and will remain closed until Fredonia, SUNY, and state guidelines allow for the safe reopening of those facilities. Dods Gym and the outdoor Blue Devils tennis courts will remain open to students only until further notice. 

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