FAQs about Campus Pause

How long will the temporary restrictions on in-person activity be in place?
Wells College has suspended all in-person activity — including classes, athletics and extracurriculars — through Sunday, Nov. 15 due to the presence of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus. 

When will the temporary restrictions on in-person activity be lifted? 
We will reassess the situation during the week of Nov. 9-13 and make a decision on how to move forward. Currently, the suspension of in-person activity is scheduled through Sunday, Nov. 15. 

Which campus facilities are closed? Which are open?
Long Library, the campus bookstore, and all athletic facilities (including the Fitness Center, pool and both gyms in the Schwartz Athletic Center as well as the turf field) will be closed this week while the campus is on pause. The dining hall remains open during its regular hours, but for take-out meals only; the Well is closed during the pause. The Wells College golf course will remain open.

How do I access library materials and services during the campus pause?
We are continuing to offer library pick-up. If you need a book from the library, please submit a request using this form. You will be notified when materials are ready for pickup. As always, Long Library's electronic resources continue to be available to you on and off campus. If you have any issues accessing our electronic resources please email us at library@wells.edu. Students who are going home for the rest of the semester and who need to bring your library books with them should email the library with those titles, so that they can extend the due dates. 

Can students go home or leave campus this week?
We are encouraging all students to remain on campus and self-quarantine in their rooms as much as possible. Also, they should be aware of any faculty expectations regarding course requirements, and that leaving campus to go home may have an effect on those requirements. Students may contact Dean Charles Kenyon (ckenyon@wells.edu) for further guidance.  

Can you tell us more about the affected individuals?
Due to FERPA, HIPAA and other privacy laws, we cannot release any personally identifying medical information about any individual. 

What should I do if I’m concerned about being in possible contact with an individual who has the virus?
The main purpose of the contact tracing process is to identify all individuals an infected person may have come into contact with and who may be at risk themselves. This function is performed by the Cayuga County Health Department, which has been notified. If you are concerned about being possibly exposed, please contact Jonathan Rowe, the College’s COVID-19 coordinator, at jrowe@wells.edu or 315.364.3258.

I’m a staff member who has been working entirely/partially on campus. Do I need to change my working arrangements?
We expect that the suspension of in-person activities this week will have minimal impact on the work arrangements for most staff members. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk directly with your supervisor or your Cabinet-level representative. 

Why did the College decide to go remote because of a single positive case of COVID-19?
Due to the delay in communications from our testing provider, we made the decision to go remote and to retest the entire community out of an abundance of caution.

Last updated: Nov. 9, 2020 


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