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What Parents Need to Know

Information on this site may change frequently and without notice. Please check back often.

Keuka College has updated its Reopening Plans, public-safety regimens, campus protocols, and housing facilities for the Spring 2021 semester.

A major component of our new policies directly addresses the concern of adequate quarantine and isolation space. In support of this initiative, the College has designated Davis Hall to house quarantining and isolating students exclusively.

The College has also instituted surveillance testing of all students and on-campus staff and faculty, and will continue to limit public access to the campus by anyone not working or studying at the College.

Stricter sanctions have also been put in place to dissuade the type of behavior that led to the pivot to remote instruction in the fall.

State guidelines continue to require colleges to convert to remote instruction if they surpass confirmed cases of either 100 or – more specifically in our case – 5% of our entire on-campus population, roughly 70 cases for Keuka College. We hope such a step will not be necessary during the Spring 2021 semester.

Students are strongly discouraged from leaving the campus and should not return home during the semester. Our goal is to return to on-campus instruction this spring while preventing the spread of the virus. We want our students and our entire College community to be safe.

2021 Letters to Parents & Families of Residential Students

Dear Students:

As you take steps to complete your online move-in process, please remember: Your proof of a negative COVID test needs to be dated WITHIN THREE DAYS of your return to campus.

We’re already seeing some test results uploaded via the College’s Return to Campus Portal, which means they’ll be outdated by the time students arrive on campus this weekend.

Please schedule your test mindfully. To help you, the College has created an easy-to-use planning tool – just plug in the day you’ll be returning to campus and it will provide you with the dates your test can be administered.

If you have additional questions about what your return to campus will look like, please visit our FAQs page or email [email protected].

Thank you for your attention to this important aspect of the move-in process. We’re looking forward to seeing you this weekend,

Your Housing & Residence Life Team

Dear Students:

In less than two weeks, you’ll be back on the Keuka College campus. Back with friends, back in class, and back to the important work of earning your degree. To ensure that nothing gets in the way of your return, we want to remind you of the extra steps you’ll need to take to ensure the safety of yourself, your classmates, and the entire College community.

As was communicated in emails sent to you last week, Keuka College has revised its Reopening Plans, public-safety regimens, campus protocols, and housing facilities to improve guidelines and practices for the Spring 2021 semester. For these changes to be successful, we need you to do your part.

Here’s what you need to do prior to returning to campus:

All of these steps can be taken at the College’s Return to Campus Portal, which is also where you’ll upload your required daily health screenings and travel forms. And to help you determine when to schedule your COVID test, the College has created an easy-to-use planning tool.

For additional information, including what items to bring, visit this page

Please let us know ahead of time if you have any significant concerns so that we can coordinate with you and make plans to support you. If you have additional questions about what your return to campus will look like, please visit our FAQs page or email [email protected].

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back,
Your Housing & Residence Life Team

 

Dear Commuter Students,

As you prepare to return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester, there are a few important steps you’ll need to take. One of them is using the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Portal to:

You must use this portal to show evidence of a negative COVID test (or approved alternative) taken within three days of the first day you plan to be on campus. You can complete the policy certification and commuter affirmation today, and then return to the page at a later date to upload your required COVID documentation.

Click here to make your pledge, sign up for your move-in date, and upload important documents required for your return. 

Being part of a community — living, learning, and working together — is the cornerstone of a Keuka College education. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 global pandemic and the risks it poses to our community require each of us to observe heightened health and safety precautions. 

It is important for each member of our community to understand how interconnected we are. We all have a role to play in supporting the health and safety of our community. It is up to each of us to conscientiously do our part — not only by exhibiting appropriate behavior and adhering to policy but by holding one another accountable and reporting those individuals whose actions are in direct opposition to our community’s safety. 

Sincerely,

Jon Accardi
Dean of Students

Dear Students:

As previously shared, Keuka College has revised its Reopening Plans, public-safety regimens, campus protocols, and housing facilities to improve guidelines and practices for the Spring 2021 semester.

Many of these new plans have already been communicated to you. There is an important piece that we want to call your attention to today: A new Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.

This policy strengthens penalties for reckless behavior and non-compliance with COVID-19 codes during the Spring 2021 semester. It also outlines severe sanctioning for violations regarding on- and off-campus gatherings, housing and visitation, public safety, and other areas. 

You will be required to certify that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by the Policy on Uniform Sanctioning as a condition of attending Keuka College for the Spring 2021 semester. Instructions for providing verification will be provided in an upcoming communication, but you should take time to carefully review the policy today.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us to secure a safe and productive semester on campus.

Sincerely,

Jon Accardi
Dean of Students

Good afternoon, Wolves!

You’re getting close to your move-in dates and we are excited to have you back on campus.

As you make plans for your return to campus, we will offer move-in time blocks between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31. 

Sign-ups for your return date and time-block will be sent by email tomorrow.

Please note that only one family member may assist you with move-in. Any additional passengers must remain in the vehicle. We will have a limited number of hand trucks and carts available for you to use.

When you arrive on campus, you must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of arrival on campus. Details on where to get tested can be found here. This requirement, along with our revised reopening plan and new uniform sanction policy, will help promote everyone’s health on campus. 

For additional information, including items to bring, please visit this page

Please let us know ahead of time if you have any significant concerns so that we can coordinate with you and make plans to support you. If you have additional questions about what your return to campus will look like, please visit our FAQs page or email [email protected].

Take care and can't wait to see you soon,

Your Housing & Residence Life Team

Dear Students:

I want to welcome all of you back for the second half of the academic year, as we greet the semester ahead with confidence, optimism, and determination.  

I say this because I was so impressed by the resilience and flexibility you all demonstrated during 2020, surely our most challenging year in recent memory. Despite unexpected hurdles and demands, you continued to meet – and often exceed – educational expectations. That’s a remarkable accomplishment given the current pandemic and political environment.

Unfortunately, 2021 hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts. The events last week in Washington were tragic and, frankly, frightening. We have work to do, as a community and as a nation, to find a better way forward. I believe education is perhaps the most critical component of the solution, which is one of the reasons why I’m so eager for us to return to campus.

To do that safely, we have enhanced plans and policies in place. Although we continue to closely monitor the public health climate and state and federal guidelines, our schedule has not changed: You’ll be able to move into your residence halls from Jan. 29-31, and face-to-face instruction will begin on Monday, Feb. 1.

There will be additional communications coming your way this week that outline procedures for returning to campus and what to expect when you get here. Please read them carefully and contact [email protected] with any questions.

I look forward to seeing you back on campus – from a safe distance, of course – and to a successful and enriching spring semester.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

2020 Letters to Parents & Families of Residential Students

Dear Students,

The discontinuation of face-to-face instruction this fall was a setback to all of us, but I am certain that the lessons we learned as a college community have prepared us to return to campus for a successful spring semester.

I know the last thing you are thinking about right now as you prepare for final exams is returning to campus this February, but we began working on the best way to bring you back to campus on the day we were forced to shut down back in October.

As you know, the space designated for quarantining was insufficient to accommodate the spike in cases we received in October. Within a week, we went from having no cases on campus to having more than 100 active student cases and more than 200 students in quarantine. No community can sustain a safe environment when such a large percentage of its members are affected simultaneously.

As we continue working to improve guidelines and practices for the Spring 2021 semester, a major component of our new policies directly addresses the concern of adequate quarantine and isolation space. In support of this initiative, the College will designate Davis Hall to house quarantining and isolating students exclusively.

To make this transition possible, current Davis Hall residents will be relocated to new rooms on campus, predominantly in Blyley, Saunders, and Space Halls, where students living individually will be consolidated. All affected students have been notified of this plan and have received instructions from Housing & Residence Life on what will be a massive undertaking.

We recognize the disruption and inconvenience this will cause many students and families on top of the other obstacles you have already been faced with this year. However, these moves will provide us with the best chance for a safe return to face-to-face instruction and the on-campus life so vital to your College experience

I recently read a blog post from one of my leadership coaches, John Engels, on resilience and it made me think of our student body. I recognize that you have all been asked to sacrifice so much already. I am proud of the way you have succeeded in the face of adversity and you inspire me and your faculty every day.

Designating all of Davis Hall for quarantine and isolation is just one of many steps the College is taking as we prepare to return to face-to-face instruction next semester. Additional updates will be communicated as details are finalized.

Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding as we prepare to navigate the next phase in what continues to be a challenging and uncertain time.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Yates County Department of Public Health reports that one Keuka College student has tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. This is the only active case among the College community; 120 cases have been resolved.

The student is in isolation off-campus.

The College continues to follow all response protocols in cooperation with Yates County Public Health. Active and resolved cases are tracked by the College on its COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily. In addition, the College will alert students, faculty, and staff via email as positive diagnoses are confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to the College’s Together & Ready resource pages or contact the Health & Counseling Center at (315) 279-5368.

Dear Students:

We have heard from many of you who are concerned about how the recent change to distance learning, coupled with the stress and anxiety caused by the ongoing pandemic, will impact your GPA. We understand and we want you to know that, as always, your education and success are our primary concerns.

While we urge you to continue to work hard at excelling in your studies, we want you to know that you will have the opportunity at the end of the semester to opt for a “Pass/Fail” grade in most of your undergraduate classes, rather than receiving a letter grade. 

Details about the Pass/Fail system can be found here. While it’s important that you review this information thoroughly, in general, this means that if you receive a grade of C- or higher, you’ll have the option of requesting that the grade be changed to a Passing grade. You’ll receive full credit for your course but your GPA will not be affected.

Once grades are received, contact your academic advisor to determine whether retaining a letter grade or opting for a Pass/Fail will be most advantageous to you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Sellers
Associate Provost

Dear Students:

In an effort to limit community spread of the coronavirus, New York State has recommended that all private college students undergo a COVID-19 test prior to returning home for Thanksgiving break.

Keuka College will provide these tests, free of charge, to all on-campus students who wish to get tested prior to their departure.

Testing will be conducted Thursday, Nov. 19, from noon to 3 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Health and Counseling Center in Keuka Commons.

Please email [email protected] to schedule your test.

It is important to note that, should your test come back positive, you will be required to isolate on campus for at least 10 days, as per public health guidelines. The College has made arrangements for continued housing, security, and food delivery during this period.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

 

Dear Students,

As we’ve communicated previously, we were able to identify the nexus of our COVID-19 spread to large off-campus gatherings held the weekend of October 2nd. These particular gatherings had nearly 100 students in attendance over the course of the weekend and have made a significant impact and disruption to our campus community. 

Not only did these incidents create an interruption to our campus operations and your academic experience, but also impacted the livelihood of a number of people in Dining Services and the Office of Facilities. Please take a moment to reflect on how severe the consequences can be when violating college policy and state mandates. 

I wish to share with you the general outcomes to date for the individuals that attended the early October gatherings:

  • Sanctions ranged from suspension through May 2021 to written reprimand and warning.
  • A large majority of attendees (over 80 students) were sanctioned with Disciplinary Probation status. This is a severe warning status that could lead to additional and more severe sanctions, including suspension, in the event of any other policy violations.
  • Student-Athletes who were in attendance will be given further disciplinary sanctioning from the Department of Athletics and can expect to hear from Director of Athletics David Sweet by November 20. 

This semester, we attempted to lead with educational support rather than punitive actions regarding student conduct. This Spring, we will maintain the former but will impose more severe sanctions sooner, with the expectation that students have now learned how serious the College considers those who do not adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. We are considering strategies including an enhanced mandatory student conduct pledge, additional staff in the residence halls, and improving upon our COVID-19 policy violation reporting tools. 

All that being said, I truly cannot wait to be together again this Spring. I’m looking forward to faculty, students, and staff partnering together to move the College forward while holding one another accountable so we may enjoy a full semester safely on-campus in 2021. 

Best wishes,

Jon 

Jonathan V. Accardi

Associate Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, Keuka College | He, Him, His Pronouns

315-279-5215 | [email protected]

Dear Students,

Keuka College has remaining funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund portion of the CARES Act that is to be distributed as emergency aid to students. If you did receive funds in the spring semester, you may still be eligible for additional CARES Act funding.

You are eligible to receive this aid if:

  • You’re a graduate or undergraduate student who is eligible for Title IV federal financial aid (i.e., Pell grants or federal loans) as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program; and,
  • You’re a U.S. resident or refugee with permanent resident status; and
  • You were not enrolled in a program that was fully online before October 12; and,
  • You have encountered economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to be considered for CARES Act funding, you must complete an online application by using this link before December 1, 2020. Checks will be mailed to you within ten business days of your application being received and approved.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any additional questions.

Dear Students,

I hope that this message finds you and your families doing well. While I realize this remote-learning period is less than ideal, I continue to be inspired by the resiliency each of you has shown throughout the last few weeks. We’ve been receiving many questions from students in recent days, so I would like to provide you with the information I have at this time.

Spring 2021 Semester

  • We plan to resume face-to-face instruction in Spring 2021 for on-campus programs. Adult and Online Education (AOE) classes will continue online for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year. Additional information for AOE students will follow later this week. 
  • Information about COVID-19 testing and heightened safety protocols will be coming in December. This will include an enhanced quarantine and isolation plan. 
  • Please take a minute to complete this survey. It’s important that we know what you need in order to best support you when you return to campus and to ensure our plans are as comprehensive as possible.

Spring Registration

  • Registration will open for the Spring 2021 semester in the coming days. Please watch your email for a message from the Office of the Registrar with information about your particular registration window.

Room & Board Credits

  • In order to register for Spring 2021, your Student Account must be in good standing with Student Accounts and Financial Aid.
  • The College will offer some form of room and board credit for the missed weeks of the Fall 2020 semester for eligible students. Additional details about this program will be provided after the Fall 2020 semester concludes. 
  • Those who participate in payment plans should continue making payments. Any adjustments will be made to your Spring 2021 bill and payment arrangements.

Work-Study

  • Work-study wages lost due to the pivot to online this fall will not be paid out by the College.
  • Work-study supervisors are encouraged to provide hours of availability in the Spring 2021 semester for you to earn the available balance in your work study award. Check your latest pay stub for earnings to date, then work with your supervisor to schedule appropriate hours of work.

Weekly Chats and Q&As

  • Beginning this Wednesday, I’ll be hosting weekly chat and Q&A sessions for students. These sessions will run from 2:30-3 p.m. You can access the room by using this link.
  • Please join to ask questions, share your thoughts, or simply say “hello.”

Please know that the entire Keuka College community is here to support you during this remote-learning period. If you’re encountering difficulty with your coursework, please be sure to reach out to your instructor, advisor, or Wolf Guide so that they can support you throughout this challenging time. 

Thank you for your time and attention. Don’t forget to complete this one-minute survey, and I look forward to seeing you Wednesday. As always, simply reply to this message if there’s something on your mind that we haven’t addressed here or if there’s a resource you need.

Amy Storey
President

Dear Students:

It’s been a busy, challenging time and we know incoming information can be hard to stay on top of these days.

That’s why we wanted to take a moment and reiterate that ALL of Keuka College’s Adult and Online Education (AOE) classes will continue to meet online through the Spring Semester, with the exception of those AOE cohorts that meet on Keuka College’s campus.

We make this decision out of an abundance of caution and for a number of logistical reasons. While we recognize the value of face-to-face instruction, none of our AOE programs contain laboratory requirements that necessitate access to on-site specialized or scientific equipment. 

Furthermore, as different cohorts meet at different locations around the state, each class would be individually subject to the local county health department’s requirements for face-to-face instruction, as well as the protocols in place by our community college partners. 

Keuka College simply has no way to monitor, control, or enforce these varying health and safety requirements in each location. Therefore, the College has elected for all AOE instruction to remain online through June 1, 2021, with the exception of classes that meet on our campus. 

It is our hope that communicating this decision early will provide you adequate time to plan your academic and personal schedules for the coming year.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about this policy.

Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we all continue to navigate what continues to be a demanding and fluid period.

Dear Students:

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 6, student packages delivered to the Keuka College mailroom may be refused unless they are for students currently residing on campus. 

Students living off-campus for the remainder of the semester must make changes to the delivery addresses on any orders that they place. Any packages currently in the mailroom will be forwarded to students but they must fill out this form. All forwarded mail will be sent out as soon as possible.

Please email [email protected] or [email protected] or call the mailroom at (315) 279-5233 and leave a message to make arrangements for mail pick-up or package forwarding. (Forwarding mail may incur additional charges.)

Thank you.

Dear Keuka College Community,

As much as we hoped to welcome our students back on campus, the College decided today to continue remote instruction through the end of the semester.

While this decision will be a disappointment to many of you – as it is for us – we feel it is the best strategy given the continuing public-health climate and the relatively short time period before the planned end of on-campus instruction.

I know that this announcement while answering some questions, may raise others. We can’t answer all of them today, but we can answer many. Among the areas we are addressing:

Remote Instruction

We will continue with remote instruction through the end of the Fall 2020 semester (Dec. 4). There will be a one-week break, Nov. 22-28, for the Thanksgiving holiday as planned. 

  • Support for Students: While we are aware of the personal challenges you may be facing with remote learning, know that we are in this together and we want to support you. Please reach out to your Wolf Guide, advisor, or professors and discuss the ways the College can assist you in your remote learning.
     
  • Support for Faculty: The Center for Teaching and Learning can help you further develop meaningful, engaging virtual learning experiences. Please contact [email protected] if you’re in need of assistance.
     
  • Remote Work for Faculty and Staff: Non-essential faculty and staff will continue to work remotely for the duration of the semester. Those who have been deemed essential should contact their direct supervisor for further information. 

Housing and Residence Life

Many students will no doubt want to return to their residence rooms to pick up the belongings they need between now and the start of the Spring semester. Please complete this form to request a brief return to campus to retrieve items you’ll want between now and next semester. Students cannot request a return date earlier than Nov. 2. 

  • Approved to Remain on Campus: If you’ve already been approved to remain on campus during the remote learning period, you may continue to do so. If you did not request to remain on campus through the end of the semester and would like to request an extension, please contact [email protected].
     
  • Moving Back to Campus: We know that many students are up against considerable obstacles at home that make remote learning difficult. If you believe that moving back into your on-campus residence would be more conducive to your learning experience, please contact [email protected]

Room and Board

The College will offer a room and board credit program for the weeks during which students were unable to live in the residence halls. We are in the process of developing this plan, and additional information will be forthcoming. We appreciate your patience as we work through these details in the coming weeks. 

Spring 2021 and Field Period®

We recognize the considerable amount of time between now and the planned start of the Spring 2021 semester on Jan. 31. We also know that many students have Field Period® experiences planned for January that the ever-changing public-health climate could ultimately prevent from occurring.

Project-based Field Period® experiences are still acceptable and are a great way to complete a Field Period® without traveling to a site. More information, examples, and guidelines for the project-based Field Period® experiences are found on the Field Period® Resource website.

Because of these additional options and challenges, we are extending the Field Period® submission and approval deadlines. Field Period® proposal submissions in Handshake are now due on Nov. 20 and the final approvals are due by Dec. 4. 

Clinicals and Professional Placements

The pivot to remote learning has created a number of questions for all of us, and especially so for those students who have clinicals and/or professional placements as part of their academic program (e.g., Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Social Work, Education). 

Students in those programs should watch their email for additional information coming from their academic division chair in the coming weeks.

Staying Connected and Engaged

As we prepare, for the second time this year, to navigate our educational and student life experience virtually, it’s important to me that the College does everything possible to keep our students, faculty, and staff connected with one another. If you have thoughts on how we may be able to best accomplish this, I encourage you to reply to this message and let me know.

While this certainly isn’t the fall semester experience that any of us wanted, it is the experience that — for the duration of the fall — will help keep all of us safe. 

Sincerely,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Keuka College mailroom will be temporarily closed as of today, Oct. 19. 

If you are on campus: All package pickups will be made by appointment only. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

If you are home: If the mailroom receives a package for you, you will get an email alert. You can then email a reply and a form will be sent to you giving the mailroom authorization to mail your package to you. Some packages may have a charge that you would need to pay prior to shipment. 

All absentee ballots will be sent out at no cost to you once we have received your completed form.

If you are in quarantine or isolation on campus: You will not be able to make an appointment for pickup. Arrangements will be made to have packages delivered to you. Please email the mailroom at the addresses above with any questions or call (315) 279-5233.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Now that we’ve taken the difficult but necessary step to close campus operations, you’re no doubt wondering, where do we go from here?

The short answer is, “It’s complicated.”

As I shared with you yesterday during our online update, I remain hopeful that we will be able to resume face-to-face instruction this semester. It would be the best outcome not only for the College but, especially, for our students.

But I understand the immense challenges we face in doing so. We continue to process positive coronavirus cases among students and there is no way of knowing when it will be safe to resume in-person operations. Meanwhile, the scheduled last day of on-campus instruction is just five weeks away.

But whether it’s next month or next semester, there’s no doubt we will return to campus in a way that’s safe and supportive.

I’d like to thank Dr. Chris Alterio and the Reopening Task Force once again for the tremendous amount of work they did in preparing the College to reopen and, over the last week and a half, their efforts in helping to respond to the influx of cases. The plan they created worked incredibly well – as reflected by the fact that we had just a single positive coronavirus case for almost two months – until it was overwhelmed by the immediate onset of a large number of positive student cases practically overnight.

I’d also like to recognize the hard work and mindfulness of our faculty and staff. We’ve all had to adapt and learn to be productive under new and demanding conditions and the performance, across the board, has been stellar. The Student Life team has faced especially difficult challenges over the past two weeks; their dedication and resilience have been admirable.

We sustained a setback this week but, as this College has done so often in the past when faced with adversity, we will bounce back, stronger, more focused, and ready to continue the important work of educating the next generation of leaders.

Please unplug and use this weekend to recharge if possible. Take deep breaths. Get some rest. Spend time with loved ones. 

On Monday, we’ll resume the important work of moving forward together.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community,

This morning, county health officials reported 15 new positive coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number among the College population to above 70. These figures don’t necessarily reflect new infections, as the College is still being notified of test results from an initial triggering event last week.

However, because the campus continues to see an increase of COVID-19 cases, we are temporarily closing residential campus operations and are directing non-quarantined students to return to their homes if it is safe and possible to do so. Quarantining and positive students must remain on campus as ordered by the health department. 

Any synchronous online classes that have not yet occurred are canceled today and tomorrow (Friday) and will resume on Monday. Any synchronous online exams or quizzes today or tomorrow are postponed and will be rescheduled. All online AOE classes remain unimpacted. 

While the public health guidance to keep students on-campus remains best practice, the number of cases has made separating healthy students from quarantining populations increasingly difficult. County and state health officials have given their permission for the College to allow healthy students who are not subject to a quarantine or isolation order to leave campus in order to create additional isolation and quarantine capacity. 

If you have tested positive for COVID, are under a quarantine or isolation order, or are awaiting test results:

  • Public-health directives require you to remain on campus. As Yates County Public Health reiterated yesterday, willful violation of a quarantine or isolation order is a misdemeanor and can result in additional actions, up to and including involuntary detention. The College is required to inform the county if you leave.
     
  • The College will continue to provide daily meals and will also be in touch soon for laundry service requests and package delivery.
     
  • Local public-health officials will continue to contact isolating students on a daily basis.
     
  • Once you are no longer infectious, Yates County Public Health will release you to return home.

If you are NOT under a quarantine or isolation order but are experiencing symptoms:

  • Do not leave campus; isolate yourself in your room.
     
  • Contact the Health and Counseling Center for additional guidance about testing.

If you are healthy and not subject to a quarantine or isolation order:

 

  • Please make arrangements to leave campus for at least a two-week period. Take all essential personal items and materials required for your academic study with you. Additional information on reopening plans will be shared as it becomes available.
     
  • To ensure the safety of your family and friends, please plan to quarantine for a period of 14 days upon your return home.
     
  • Classes will continue to be held remotely throughout the transition and for the foreseeable future.
     
  • Please continue checking your email for additional information about departure procedures. It’s imperative that departure happens in a socially distant manner and we will have additional guidance available shortly. 
     
  • Prior to your departure from campus, please complete this form to keep us aware of your current residential status.
     

If you are unable to return home by noon on Saturday because of delayed travel arrangements, housing insecurity, food insecurity, or concern for the safety of those who live in your home:

  • You may request permission to remain on campus. Please complete this form and a member of the Office of Housing and Residence Life staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

The 12:30 update this afternoon for students was originally scheduled to talk through the College’s financial situation based on a request by students. This forum will still occur, but the focus will be shifted to talk about the changing public-health climate. If you’re interested in joining, you may do so using this link. Faculty and staff should not attend the student session. Faculty are invited to join the previously scheduled 3:30 session; the staff session occurred at 11 a.m. today. 

We appreciate all that everyone in our college community has done as we navigate the virus and public-health environment together. 

Sincerely,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community:

The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, seven Keuka College students had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. In addition, four student cases and one employee case have been resolved. This brings the number of active cases among the College community to 57 with six cases resolved.

The College continues to follow its response protocols in cooperation with public health officials. Anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted directly by health officials and provided with information regarding the necessary next steps. Any student contacted by health officials must notify the College Health & Counseling Center by emailing [email protected].

The College tracks all active and resolved cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily. In addition, the College will alert students, faculty, and staff via email when a positive diagnosis is confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to the College’s Together & Ready resource pages or contact the Health & Counseling Center at (315) 279-5368.

Dear Keuka College Community:

These last several days have been incredibly challenging for our College community. I am deeply grateful to those of you who have followed the public health guidelines and College rules from the first day you arrived on campus. I know these measures have changed the way we interact and are not always conducive to an engaging College experience. And yet, the vast majority of you have become experts at making the best of a difficult situation.

Unfortunately, we have continued to experience a rise in the number of coronavirus cases on campus. The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, six Keuka College students and one employee have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This brings the number of student cases to 54 and the overall number to 56 among the College population since on-campus operations resumed in August. 

In evaluating the situation with Yates County Public Health, it has become clear that additional measures must be taken. As of today, all faculty and non-essential staff will work remotely through the end of the distance-learning period, Oct. 23. If you need materials from campus, please come once between now and the close of business tomorrow. We are limiting the amount of traffic coming and going from campus in order to protect both our students and the surrounding communities. To be clear, all staff involved in student development or services are deemed essential.

In addition, all community spaces, including the RAC, Norton Chapel, Lightner Library, labs, creative studios, and classrooms are closed until Oct. 23. 

Furthermore, I would like to ask all faculty and staff to dedicate the majority of their efforts toward addressing the immediate needs of students. In other words, any longer-term administrative projects can be deferred if it allows you the capacity to help Student Life in its efforts to support students — especially over the next few weeks. Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer.

Yates County Public Health has asked me to remind the student body to please stay on campus. If you have a part-time job off-campus, please make every effort to postpone returning to work for at least the next ten days. I’m sure you are aware that people in the community are concerned about the spread of the virus and that they will appreciate your efforts to remain on campus. If you have a job, on or off-campus, that has reduced or eliminated hours during the temporary pivot and you need financial assistance due to lost wages, please contact financial aid at [email protected] and we will work with you to access the Student Emergency Fund. 

I’d also like to alert students that the final day to formally withdraw from a course has been moved from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23 in recognition of the challenges they are facing.

I had hoped these steps wouldn’t be necessary, but the quickly escalating number of positive coronavirus cases has made them unavoidable. If any students, faculty, or staff have ideas for ways in which we might make this time more palatable, please let me know. A great example: Tammy Swales and Katie Fitzpatrick from the Office of Marketing & Communications have developed a fantastic online collection of activities for students. A separate page of resources is being created for parents to help them support their students — and themselves. Please keep those ideas coming!

In addition, Provost Dr. Brad Fuster, Dean of Students Jon Accardi, and Dr. Chris Alterio, chair of our Reopening Committee, will host a Student Q&A Forum on Zoom tomorrow, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Just click on the link to join. 

 

My most pressing concern continues to be the health and well-being of everyone in our College community. We’re doing everything we can to respond to your needs — whether they’re physical or emotional. I want to especially thank the Resident Assistants for all of the extra care and work they have been doing to look after our residents. We all owe this group of students a tremendous debt of gratitude.

The greatest strength of Keuka College is its people. That’s been evident throughout this past weekend, from staff like the athletics department who are helping to deliver meals, to faculty members who moved their courses online at the snap of a finger, to the students who have navigated fast-moving changes to their schedules, routines, and living arrangements.

We can’t change the course of the pandemic, so we need to focus on what we can change: How we care for each other; how we lift one another up; how we do our best, and be our best.

Your strength and determination are inspiring to me and I am confident that we will get through this.

In the Keuka Spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community:

The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, 14 Keuka College students had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This brings the number of student cases to 48 and the overall number to 49 among the College population since on-campus operations resumed in August. One case has been resolved.

The College continues to follow its response protocols in cooperation with public health officials, who are conducting contact tracing. As always, anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted directly by health officials and provided with information regarding the necessary next steps. Any student contacted by health officials must notify the College Health & Counseling Center by emailing [email protected].

The College tracks all active and resolved cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily. In addition, the College will alert students, faculty, and staff via email when a positive diagnosis is confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to the College’s Together & Ready resource pages or contact the Health & Counseling Center at (315) 279-5368.

Good afternoon,

I know many of you continue to have questions about the current campus climate and temporary adjustments. As you can imagine, we’ve been working tirelessly to mitigate further spread of the COVID-19 cluster, ensuring those in quarantine are receiving food, and offering support to those of you who are challenged right now. I’ve very much appreciated notes from many of you that have shown support for our communications and efforts. 

Please review these additional updates; I hope they clarify some of the inbound questions our staff and faculty have been receiving. We will continue to share updates as we move forward. I’ll be meeting Monday evening with the Student Senate. If you have non-urgent questions or suggestions, I encourage you to reach out to a Senator or email [email protected]

If you HAVE been contacted or instructed to quarantine or isolate:

  • Yates County Public Health is the official contract tracer for positive cases in our region. When they deem it is necessary for someone to quarantine, they call them. They may not know if that individual is a student of Keuka College and, because they are also working with the rest of the county, we may not receive that information right away in our health services office. 
  • If you are contacted by a medical professional or the New York State Public Health Department and told that you should quarantine, you must notify us immediately by emailing [email protected]. We are constantly reviewing this email address and your ability to quickly inform us will allow us to provide you on-campus support and details as quickly as possible. If you do not let us know, it may impact our ability to deliver meals and provide further support. 
  • For 24/7 support for immediate concerns, please contact Campus Safety at (315) 694-0268. 

If you have NOT been contacted or instructed to quarantine or isolate:

  • It's business as usual for the most part: Go about your day as you have been since you’ve returned to campus, with the exception of 100% remote instruction beginning Monday. 
  • We have taken steps to temporarily close down the RAC and the Chapel, move to take-out only for the Geiser, and pivot all classes online for the next two weeks. 
  • Go for a walk; you can still get your mail, use the library and bookstore, participate in our scheduled social events (virtual or in-person with all of our standard precautions, etc.).
  • Once this cluster of positive cases subsides and students in quarantine are following protocols, we will reevaluate all of our services. It is our hope to reopen the Geiser for dine-in as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. 
  • As has previously been shared, we ask you to remain on campus to prevent potential spreading of the virus to unaffected family members and outside communities. 
  • You can continue to travel for the same reasons we instructed at the start of the year -- grocery shopping, medication pick-up, off-campus jobs, etc. Knowing that our community has been affected, please use your best judgment when leaving campus temporarily. 

Let Us Know

  • Non-Compliance Form -- If you witness someone you suspect should be in quarantine, or observe any other non-compliance behavior, please report through this form. 
  • ‘How Can We Help’ Form -- Please take a minute to share with us how we can help support you and keep you engaged in the immediate future. 
  • Care/Concerns for Someone -- We know this can be stressful. If you see someone who may be struggling with personal or emotional difficulties, or who may be exhibiting concerning behavior, complete this form. 
  • Please email your outstanding questions to [email protected]

Medical & Mental Health Resources

If you are ill and need medical or mental health support, please consider the following resources:

Keuka College Health and Counseling Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
[email protected]
315-279-5368

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
418 North Main Street
Penn Yan, NY
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
315-531-2000

Finger Lakes Health Urgent Care
789 Pre-Emption Road
Geneva, NY
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 7 days a week
315-781-2000

Wellnow Urgent Care
1 White Springs Road
Geneva, NY
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 7 days a week
315-230-4074

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8253
Text line: 741741

Should you need emergency care, please call 911.

Please remember that you are not alone in this healing process. If you need anything, consider the following on-campus resources:

Best,

Jon Accardi
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

 

 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As we come to grips with this week’s challenges, I can’t help but reflect on the words Keuka College lives by: Believe in What We Can Do Together.

Because we have a lot to do right now and the only pathway to success involves all of us.

Beginning Monday, we will transition all on-campus classes to distance-learning for two weeks. This is the best way to accommodate the immediate instructional needs of all our students, whether they are quarantining or not.

We expect students to remain on campus during this period. As I mentioned in last night’s communication, unnecessary travel increases health risks to the people in your family and your broader home community. Please be aware, any students that do leave campus during the distance-learning period may be required to quarantine for 14 days once they return.

Meanwhile, here’s what the next two weeks will look like:

  • All on-campus classes will be conducted remotely, though we recognize that there are specific questions regarding clinical placements, student teaching, off-campus jobs, and field periods, etc. Those specific questions will be answered by your respective Academic Advisor or Division Chair in the coming days. For now, our best advice to students who are not quarantining is to limit your interactions, especially with the off-campus community, for the next 14 days.
  • Lightner Library will remain open under our existing social distancing guidelines.
  • The RAC and Norton Chapel will be closed until further notice.
  • Meals will continue to be delivered to students who are quarantining.
  • For all other students, the Geiser Dining Commons will transition to 100% take-out as of tomorrow, Oct. 10, beginning with brunch at 10:30 a.m. Operating hours will remain unchanged for all meal periods. Students will make their selections, then take their meals to another location to enjoy under social-distancing guidelines. This policy will continue until further notice.

As for the current number of cases, the Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that 12 Keuka College students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. This brings the number of active cases among the College community to 18 with one case resolved.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, more than 70 students who may have had contact with the affected students are currently quarantining on campus.

We know the pivot to distance-learning does not come without complication and, along with our changing public-health climate, may lead to increased stress and anxiety. We are finalizing enhanced programs to provide emotional and mental support for students, faculty, and staff and will provide specifics in the days to come.

Many of you have expressed frustration with your classmates who attended the party. While I understand your sentiments, I think it is important to recognize that some of the positive cases on campus did not arise from the party. Please try to lift each other up because the last thing we need right now is for members of the College community to feel any worse. It’s time to put the cause of this week’s challenges behind us and focus on the solutions. Frustration is understandable but COVID-shaming is not.

This week’s setback is disappointing, but we need to do what this College community has always done in times of crisis: rally together, support one another, and draw on our collective strength to overcome our immediate challenges and complete this semester with the strength and dignity you have displayed throughout the pandemic.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The recent COVID-positive announcements have created some understandable anxiety. We have heard over the last several hours about rumors spreading on campus, so I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with the facts as we know them.

Forwarded below for your reference is a message I sent to our on-campus students a few moments ago. I did not copy faculty and staff because I wanted you to have the following information for additional context:
 

  • Late last night, the Dean of Students was made aware of a large, off-campus party that took place over the weekend. This party was attended by approximately 80 students, including some who tested positive.
     
  • As of this morning, there are 5 active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students. At this point, we do not know if all of these cases are connected to the party. There is one employee case currently active, and this employee has not been to campus recently enough to pose a threat to campus. One other case, diagnosed earlier this semester, has been resolved.
     
  • Late yesterday afternoon, the county health department deemed the men’s lacrosse team as probable contacts and, out of an abundance of caution, directed that the full roster be quarantined. The Office of Health and Counseling Services, Department of Athletics, and Dean of Students office worked throughout the evening contacting and making arrangements for these students. The Provost’s office is currently working to provide remote accommodation notices to each of these students’ faculty members.
     
  • The health department is actively contact tracing.
     
  • Those involved with the party will face disciplinary action in the coming hours and days. While we will not tolerate reckless behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of the campus community, we are equally committed to upholding each student’s right to due process.
     
  • We do not yet know the number of students Yates County Public Health has tested. For additional information, please see the New York State dashboard.
     
  • Many students have understandable anxiety at this time. It is our collective duty to help them keep things in perspective.
     
  • Some students may reach out to faculty in an attempt to quarantine themselves. This is not permitted. We must instruct students to follow the procedures for remote accommodation requests by contacting the Health and Counseling Center at [email protected].
     

Currently, the only unilateral change to College operations is that all athletic practices and gatherings have been suspended for at least the next 14 days. The College has been constantly engaging with Yates County Public Health, which is working closely with the New York State Department of Health in formulating a response. 

As of now, the College is not close to the 5% infection threshold that would require us to pivot to two weeks of online learning. This may change, either as a result of New York State requirements or the College acting out of an abundance of caution, with little to no advanced warning. All faculty should be prepared to pivot online at any point during the semester. Please contact [email protected] if you would like assistance. 

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Students,

I am writing today with a heavy heart. Until this week, I believed that we were all working together to keep our campus community safe. I was proud of the fact that we had not experienced coronavirus outbreaks like so many other colleges and I attributed this fact in large part to the dedication and good choices of our student body. Unfortunately, it has become clear that dedication has not been displayed by everyone.

At 4:30 this morning, I learned of a party that took place off-campus over the weekend with more than 80 students in attendance. I am not interested in debating the details surrounding this event. Suffice it to say, this was selfish, reckless, and in clear violation of the College’s reopening guidelines. The students involved with the party have jeopardized our entire community’s health, safety, and ability to continue to learn together this semester and will face disciplinary actions.

Local public health officials are in the process of conducting contact tracing and we expect to learn of additional positive cases. Anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted by public health officials, who will provide additional information regarding appropriate next steps. If you have not been contacted, you should feel free to carry on your regular activities — mindful of our public-health protocols and policies.

On-campus instruction is now at risk. The last thing I want to do is to transition to remote learning and/or send everyone home. However, I will do so without hesitation to keep you safe. 

I will keep you apprised of this rapidly developing situation. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know:

  • As of this morning, there are 5 active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students. At this point, we do not know if all of these cases are connected to the party. There is one employee case currently active, and this employee has not been to campus recently enough to pose a threat to campus. One other case, diagnosed earlier this semester, has been resolved.
     
  • Because the party involved a number of student-athletes, and some of those athletes have now tested positive for COVID, the College has immediately suspended all athletic activity for at least the next 14 days.
     
  • The College’s Facilities department and its maintenance partner, Finger Lakes Premier Properties, already have robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place. As a result of this recent uptick in cases, additional measures will be taken.
     
  • The College’s public-health policies and protocols are designed to protect us under exactly these circumstances — the event there is a case or cases of coronavirus on campus. If everyone follows due diligence in wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing their hands regularly, and cleaning their own living and learning spaces, the chance of contracting the coronavirus — or any virus, including the flu, which is just beginning to circulate this season — is greatly minimized.

As of now, the College and Yates County Public Health have determined that it is still safe for face-to-face classes to continue. If you do not feel safe, contact the Health and Counseling Center at [email protected]; please do not contact individual faculty members requesting special accommodations. 

It is our collective duty to be vigilant about mask-wearing, sanitizing, and social distancing, as outlined in KC Together & Ready, our reopening plan.   

Sincerely,

Amy Storey
President

Health and Safety FAQs

The College has taken a number of steps to enhance safety:

  • Surveillance Testing: We will operate a testing program this Spring to closely monitor potential positive cases and respond quickly to support the health of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Increased Quarantine & Isolation Spaces: Davis Hall will be designated exclusively for quarantine and isolation, providing approximately 150 beds. 
  • Off-Campus Safety Patrols: Campus Safety will perform regular patrols of local off-campus student houses and apartments, just as they do on-campus. In concert with the local sheriff’s department, they will respond to situations in the community that are obvious violations of state and Keuka College COVID-19 mandates. 
  • Operational Changes: Numerous internal policies have been reviewed and refined to allow the College to be more efficient and responsive, including updates to the non-compliance form and better tracking of cases and off-campus travel. 

Keuka College has designated and equipped an entire residence hall – Davis Hall – for use exclusively to house quarantining and isolating students. The residence hall will house quarantining students on the first two floors and isolating students on the third floor, ensuring, among other precautions, that quarantining and non-quarantining students do not share bathrooms. A newly hired Residence Director will oversee operations.

The College also closely follows the advice of Yates County Public Health in housing, testing, and providing for the needs of students who are either under quarantine or COVID-positive. These steps include:

  • Daily contact from a public-health professional to monitor the student’s health.
  • Daily delivery of all three meals.
  • Contact tracing for students who have reported possible contact with an infected individual.
  • Access to mental and emotional support services through services like our “How Can We Help” Form and a number of local health-care agencies.

No. Quarantining students will be housed in a separate residence hall and will not be intermingling with the general student population.

Yes. Students returning to campus or attending courses on campus for the Spring 2021 semester must provide the following:

  • Written proof that they have completed a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus;
  • Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to their return OR documentation they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous three months OR documentation of a validated COVID-19 vaccination. None of this documentation releases any individual from responsibility for following ALL of the Keuka College policies related to the pandemic.

Yes, the College will conduct surveillance testing of approximately 10% of the student population every week throughout the semester. The College will also continue to provide tests for anyone showing symptoms.

Counseling Resources

  • Email the Health & Counseling Center at [email protected] 
  • Search providers using your city or zip code at Psychology Today.
  • Get matched with a therapist by visiting BetterHelp.
  • Contact your insurance company for a list of covered providers.

 

Visit ULifeline's website for a Covid-19 resource guide for students and young adults.

You can take a mental health screening test by using Mental Health America's screening tool.

If you or someone you know is in crisis call 911 or access the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7) @ 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or Crisis Text Line Text: 741-741

 

For additional mental health support please visit Mental Health America's website.

Contact [email protected] with any non-emergent questions.