Information for Students
REMINDER: Masks to be worn at all times in buildings and outside across the academic and residential areas of campus
- January 27-28: out-of-state (precautionary quarantine) students move-in
- January 30 - February 2: residential students move-in
- February 3: classes begin
- May 7: final day of classes
- May 10-14: final exams
Several events and activities are available for students starting January 30, both online and in person. Details about events and fitness center hours can be found online at events.fredonia.edu.
Will campus events be held in the spring of 2021?
Virtual and in-person events will be held in the spring. Events should be held virtually whenever possible. In-person student activities must be approved and will be offered on or after February 8, 2021. In-person events will be limited and must conform to all guidelines appropriate for the event or activity proposed.
What is the process to plan in-person events?
Only virtual activities will be allowed before February 8, 2021 . Clubs that wish to hold an in-person event(s) after February 8, must submit a Return to In-Person Club Activities form, which is available on FREDconnect located under the forms tab. The proposed in-person student activities will need to include the following information.
- How will the club ensure the health and safety of attendees/members?
- Why does this event need to be held in-person rather than virtually?
The approval or denial of events may change due to NYS, SUNY and national guidelines. Please be patient, as we learn more each day regarding data and the impact of COVID-19 on campus and communities.
How will my group hold general body and eboard meetings?
All regular and routine business that clubs conduct should be done virtually. The University has procured a license for Zoom or you can use Google Meets. Clubs must conduct all meetings virtually.
What rules are there for holding in-person student activities?
- Any in-person activity must FIRST BE FORMALLY approved.
- Events should be no longer than 90 minutes in length (from arrival to departure).
- Personal face masks must be required for entry into all events.
- Social distancing requirements must always be maintained.
- Groups structured around physical exercise, performance and musical rehearsal/practices will be limited to virtual student activities.
- Event marketing should remind participants to follow public health guidelines such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if not feeling well etc.
- Student events will be restricted to Fredonia students only with campus ID checked at the door.
What about club sports?
All club sports sanctioned events are on pause until March 2021. Club sports will be reevaluated in March of 2021. Club sport members may train/exercise virtually or informally.
What about dance groups?
All dance groups should practice and perform virtually. There will be no public performances in Theatre and Dance. The department of theatre and dance has set guidelines for classrooms where professors can effectively manage and supervise the class.
What about intramural sports?
In-person Intramural sports are on-pause for the first two weeks of the spring 2021 semester. It is anticipated that Intramurals will be able to resume safe and low contact/approved activities with appropriate management and supervision from the Intramural staff.
What about singing/acapella/bands and music groups?
All music groups should practice and perform virtually.
What about large events?
Any large event (over 50 people) will need to be planned virtually for spring of 2021. The Office of Campus Life can discuss virtual options with your group! Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of all students.
Will off-campus events be able to occur?
Off campus events will not be permitted for the spring of 2021 semester. In addition, all student organization out-of-state travel will be prohibited this spring.
Can I host a speaker at my event?
All guest artists, speakers, lectures and workshops will be conducted virtually. Off-campus guest artists or speakers are not permitted on campus at events. Groups should implement live streaming (Facebook live or Instagram live) for any in-person program that does not conflict with copyright law or contractual agreements.
Can groups have catering/food at approved events?
All food must be prepared or approved by FSA or store-bought, individual, pre-packaged non-perishable foods.
Can outside groups visit campus for club programs?
Student groups may not host outside guests including, but not limited to, other college teams or clubs, speakers, outside instructors, High School/College Prep programs, parents and family, alumni and friends.
How will my club hold their elections?
Club elections should be facilitated virtually. The Student Association Office and Office of Campus Life recommends that student groups use online platforms like Zoom (Zoom Information Here), which allows for voting, Google Forms and other free online voting platforms.
How will the Williams Center (Student Union) operate in spring of 2021?
Gathering spaces, conference rooms and Tim Horton’s/SPOT will have modified seating layouts to promote social distancing. Cleaning will be increased for high touch surfaces. No outside clients will be allowed to hold events. In addition, commuter students will continue to have a comfortable space to study, eat and relax between courses. A FREDwell lounge is opening in spring of 2021 in S221 of the Williams Center that will offer many resources for mental, physical and social well being. Please look for more details about the FREDwell lounge in early February!
What are the hours of the Williams Center (Student Union) for spring of 2021?
The first and second floors of the Williams Center will be open from 7 am to 9 pm on Mondays through Fridays. Saturday hours are 9 am to 10 pm and Sunday hours are 9 am to 9 pm. Campus Life staffing begins at 1 pm on the weekends for assistance with room reservations, unlocking space, technology and AV.
Will Campus Connections programs (daytime) and WHOA programs (evening/weekend) still take place?
Yes! The Office of Campus Life will hold events for both of these traditional programs. We will use a hybrid model of both virtual and in-person activities. Our assessment from Campus Connections, which was a new initiative last year, shows that students really enjoyed a break during the week. We know that social and emotional wellbeing is enhanced through campus engagement with other students, faculty and staff.
Can my club still table?
Yes, after February 8, 2021. Please call/email or visit the Campus Life Office to reserve a table. The tabling locations are located in the Williams Center and in McEwen Hall. Only one table is allowed in the Williams Center and two tables are allowed in the McEwen “corners” area. Tables should not be moved under any circumstance. Tabling hours occur from 8 am to 4 pm on Monday through Friday.
- We will allow same-hall visitation
- Each resident will be allowed to have one guest (from same-hall) in their bedroom at any given time
- Each roommate must sign an agreement indicating that they agree with allowing guests (from same-hall) in their bedroom
- Suite rooms can have a max of 8 students at any one time (from same-hall). All students will be masked.
Masks will need to be worn by residence hall students
Faculty Student Association (FSA), which oversees dining facilities on the Fredonia campus, has made adjustments to dining operations in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and the New York State and Chautauqua County Department of Health to insure the safety of customers and staff.
Seating capacity at all dining locations on campus will be at 50%. Spring 2021 campus dining options offered by the FSA include:
- Cranston Marche, an "all you care to eat" dining hall;
- Willy C's, a grab and go food court;
- Mason Hall Cafe;
- Tim Hortons;
- Convenience Store.
The Marche, Willy C's, Starbucks and Tim Hortons offer to-go and dine-in with tables appropriately distanced and capacity reduced. Mason Cafe and the Convenience Store are grab and go locations.
Customers of dining services will be asked to enter through one entrance, and exit out the other; the doors will be marked appropriately. All social distancing guidelines will need to be adhered to. There will be dots on the floor appropriately spaced to help with social distancing. An FSA staff member will be at the door to monitor occupancy. Because of the occupancy limitations, take-out will be available and encouraged. All customers will be required to wear facial coverings until seated.
Hours of operation available on the FSA website.
Academic Advising Services
Academic Advising Services will be available to meet with students remotely by appointment and will offer Chat with an Advisor Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Google Chat. For questions, please email email@example.com or call 716-673-3188.
Disabilities Support Services
The DSS testing room, for Students with Disabilities, will be at a reduced capacity (25%) and have reduced hours in order to meet social distancing guidelines. Students can make an appointment for testing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Coordinator of Disability will be available virtually and by appointment only, or through email: email@example.com
All tutoring will be online and available on a drop-in basis via Zoom. For a complete schedule and instructions on how to access tutoring through Zoom, please visit our website at www.fredonia.edu/tutoring. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Opportunity Program
Academic advising, success coaching/support and individual tutoring services will be available for all FOP students. Meetings and appointments will be through Google Hangouts or Zoom. Students can schedule an appointment by emailing email@example.com. Virtual “drop in” office hours will be available to students on a daily basis Monday-Friday.
The office will be open to assist in-person activity, but we will only be able to assist one person at a time and a social distance queue will be available outside the office. The office will also be hosting a drop in Zoom room from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for assisting people in a remote environment. When this room is available, communication will go out to the campus community. Information about all the transactions and processes supported by the office will be available on the Registrar's website or you can call the office at (716) 673-3171.
ITS will continue to provide and expand as needed, the following technology resources for faculty and students for remote learning:
- ITS has a small inventory of Windows laptops and Chromebooks available for students that demonstrate need. Students may contact the ITS Service Center (716) 673-3407 for additional information.
- Fredonia has created Quick Start Digital Tools for Students, which is meant to provide a quick orientation for students to Fredonia's critical digital tools that are necessary for online success at the University. These resources represent the building blocks of your digital identities (e.g. Fredonia ID and eServices account), critical tools for remote learning, and the different ways to get assistance if you run into any issues.
- Fredonia has constructed Windows and Mac virtual computer lab environments to allow students remote access to numerous licensed applications. These virtual computer labs are available any place a broadband connection is available. To access Fredonia’s remote labs, follow these links: VirtualLabs.fredonia.edu and RemoteMacs.fredonia.edu. Instructions and additional information are available at Fredonia's Windows Virtual Computing Lab and Fredonia's Remote Mac Computing Lab.
- Fredonia created BlueDevilDownloads which is a website where students can login and download various software packages for at-home use on personally owned computers.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are available for students with highly specialized computing and remote learning needs. For more information, please see below:
- Students have free access to Office 365 and other licensed software so assist them with remote learning. For more information: What Software is Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff?
- Students can use the EduRoam wireless access service for seamless connectivity across SUNY campuses. Essentially, students can remotely access Wi-Fi at any participating SUNY campus to remotely learn at Fredonia.
Reed Library is offering more options than ever to get assistance. Reference/Research assistance is available 24/7, accessible from Reed Library's homepage or through our text messaging service at (716) 407-7698. Reed librarians will staff this service during designated hours throughout the semester. Fredonia students, faculty, and staff can also make an Individual Research Appointment with a Reed librarian conducted through Zoom. Questions are also welcome via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reed Library is accepting Interlibrary Loan Requests for physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, scores, etc.). Requests may be submitted online at https://fredonia.illiad.oclc.
While some of the tables and chairs have been removed to reduce density in the library, a number of spaces will be available for you to use in the library. Study rooms will also be available for reservation. The Tower Lounge will remain closed due to COVID-19.
Until further notice, visits to the reading room are by appointment only. Only one researcher at a time will be permitted. Limited 1-hour appointment per day. Virtual tours, meetings, instruction options will be available.
Fitness Center availability
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Students can use the Fitness Center if they attended pool testing.
All students (residential, commuter, or off-campus) who come onto campus for any reason are expected to complete a daily health screening. Student data from the daily screenings is collected and monitored by the Student Health Center. If students have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, chills, body aches, etc.), they are instructed to stay at their residence hall or off-campus location and to call the Student Health Center at (716) 673-3131 to enable a medical professional to give the best advice on how to proceed.
Compliance of policies
When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Student conduct is governed by the campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code of Conduct. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.
Student Emergency Relief Fund
Fredonia's faculty and staff have come together to assist students during this turbulent time in their lives. A Student Emergency Relief Fund has been established at the Fredonia College Foundation to financially assist students who face unexpected expenses related to the pandemic and to alleviate hardship related to moving to a digital education format. Click for more: Student Emergency Relief Fund