The success of Wells’ plan to operate successfully during the pandemic depends on maintaining and strengthening our community’s well-known culture of respect, care, and support. Every community member needs to be diligent — in every hour of every day and in each personal decision they make — to safeguard their own health and the health of others.
The College’s Community Medical Center will be the point of contact for health-related matters on campus and serves as the liaison with the Cayuga County Department of Health. If you need medical or mental health services, please contact the Community Medical Center at 315.364.3273 or 315.364.3388 to make an appointment. The center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wells College and its employees, students and visitors must comply with all the personal protective equipment requirements that are described in the reopening plan.
Face coverings are required to be worn indoors at all times except when students are alone or with their roommates in their residence room or when employees are alone in their personal office. Face masks are required to be worn outdoors whenever persons come into contact with less than six feet of distance.
Wells requires all persons on campus, including students in residence halls, employees and visitors, to maintain six feet of distance between each other unless safety or core functions of the work activity requires a shorter distance.
Facilities staff will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of all campus facilities and more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk areas used by many individuals and for frequently touched surfaces.
Monitoring of individual and community health is a key component of the reopening plan. We will actively encourage students, faculty and staff to pay attention to their own health status so they can self-monitor any changes that might indicate the onset of illness.
Any individual whom the local health department deems has been potentially exposed to the coronavirus will be ordered into mandatory quarantine. Students are provided quarantine rooms in Dodge North, and faculty and staff should quarantine at their own homes.
All students in mandatory quarantine or isolation will be provided daily meals, and will be checked multiple times per day by Student Affairs staff and/or the College’s COVID-19 coordinator.
Any individual ordered into quarantine is legally obligated to comply with those orders; those who fail to comply may be subject to College sanctions and/or legal proceedings.
If the College and/or the local area faces an increase in COVID-19 cases, additional campus restrictions may be imposed, such as a return to remote instruction, limitations on other activities, or even a full campus shutdown. Such temporary restrictions may involve asking students to voluntarily self-quarantine in their rooms and/or faculty and staff to remain on campus until such restrictions are lifted.
Any student coming from one of the restricted states on New York State’s list or from outside the United States will be required to quarantine in Dodge Hall or in another on-campus location as provided by the College. Alternatively, students will be permitted to quarantine elsewhere in New York State.
Travelers entering New York State from anywhere except contiguous states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont) must comply with the governor’s travel advisory and may be subject to quarantine and/or testing requirements.
Those entering from New York State are also required to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
As of March 2021, travelers entering New York State may be subject to COVID-19 testing and/or quarantine requirements. Please refer to the NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory page before making any travel plans, as this guidance is updated frequently.
This page was last updated March 17, 2021.