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Spring 2021 Updates

Dear Students,

Vaccines empower us to resume our lives together. In order to help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment at Wagner College, all students will be required to complete a full course of vaccination against Covid-19 at least two weeks before coming to campus for the 2021-22 academic year. This requirement is in accordance with the recommendations of the American College Health Association and the State of New York.

All students, except those with approved exemptions, will be required to submit an electronic copy of their Covid-19 vaccination documentation before they arrive at the Wagner College campus by uploading it through wagner.studenthealthportal.com. Contact Center for Health & Wellness for specific criteria for approval of exemptions at studenthealthservice@wagner.edu.

The college will accept all vaccines against Covid-19 authorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, please review our Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions.

We recognize that some students, particularly our international students, may be unable to access a vaccine before arriving on campus. We will work closely with those individuals to facilitate vaccination in the U.S. as soon as possible.

The following websites will help you locate a vaccination site and schedule an appointment:

Additionally, New York State (NYS) and New York City (NYC) have each launched hotlines which may be used to schedule a vaccination appointment:

  • NYC: (877) VAX- 4NYC (1-877-829-4692)

  • NYS: (833) NYS – 4VAX (1-833-697-4829)

 

This policy is subject to change based on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant requirements and recommendations from federal, state, and city health authorities. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please reach out to the Center for Health & Wellness at studenthealthservice@wagner.edu.

Please note vaccine policies regarding employees will be determined and shared with faculty and staff later this summer.

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Oberfeldt, DNP, FNP
Dean, Center for Health & Wellness

Joel W. Martin, Ph.D.
President

I am writing to share the college’s revised face covering and employee campus access policies, effective today, June 1, 2021. These revised policies are made in accordance with city, state, and federal health regulations and recommendations.

Face Covering Policy

This policy applies to all college employees, students, and visitors to campus. Face covering requirements vary based upon whether an individual has completed the full course of an FDA-authorized vaccine against Covid-19.

Any individual may continue wearing a face covering anywhere at any time even when not required to suit their level of comfort.

Outdoors, face covering and social distancing are OPTIONAL for vaccinated individuals. Either a face covering or six feet of physical distancing is REQUIRED for unvaccinated individuals.

In indoor common areas, face coverings are still REQUIRED regardless of vaccination status. Indoor common areas include any indoor areas in which large groups of people come into close proximity, including the dining hall and other dining venues, the library, the bookstore, hall common rooms, building lobbies, public vestibules, shared elevators, and classrooms in use for in-person academic classes.* College-owned vehicles with passengers such as the shuttle vans are also covered under the indoor common areas policy.

 

In indoor private areas, face coverings are OPTIONAL for vaccinated individuals and REQUIRED for unvaccinated individuals. Indoor private areas include all college offices including shared spaces, office hallways, conference rooms, and any other indoor meeting space, including classrooms not being used for in-person academic classes.

The college has not revised its mandate of face coverings during in-person academic classes. Guided by evolving health regulations and recommendations, the college will determine and communicate a relevant policy prior to the start of fall semester 2021.

Employee Campus Access Policy

This policy applies to college employees. Campus access during Summer 2021 will not require prior approval, however employees who are not scheduled to report to campus but wish to do so (such as faculty members visiting their offices on campus) must notify the Office of Human Resources using this form to enable contact tracing.

 

We thank all members of the Wagner community whose commitment to abiding by the college’s Covid-19 policies has allowed a successful completion of the academic year.

Best,

Joel W. Martin, Ph.D.
President
Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings.

Test Results

Regular on-campus PCR testing has ended for the semester.

Over the past 14 days (May 15-May 28):

  • 996 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 1 PCR results was positive: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.10%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 0 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 0 students are in isolation (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 2 employees are in quarantine

Congratulations, Wagner – enjoy the long weekend!

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (May 21), on-campus PCR testing has identified 1 new positive.

Over the past 14 days (May 12-May 25):

  • 1,612 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 1 PCR results was positive: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.06%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 0 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 0 students are in isolation (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 2 employees are in quarantine

Thanks for doing your part all year long so that we could finish strong!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (May 18), on-campus PCR testing has identified 0 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (May 8-May 21):

  • 1,698 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 1 PCR results was positive: 0 employees, 1 residential student, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.06%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 0 students are in isolation (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 employees is in isolation

  • 0 employees is in quarantine

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (May 14), on-campus PCR testing has identified 0 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (May 5-May 18):

  • 2,105 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 2 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 1 residential student, 1 commuter student

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.10%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 0 students are in isolation

  • 0 students are in quarantine

  • 0 employees is in isolation

  • 0 employees is in quarantine

Keep up the good work! We’re close to the finish line!

 

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (May 11), on-campus PCR testing has identified 0 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (May 1-May 14):

  • 2,208 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 3 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 1 residential student, 2 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.14%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 5 students are in isolation (1 on campus/4 off campus)

  • 0 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 employees are in isolation

  • 0 employees are in quarantine

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (May 7), on-campus PCR testing has identified 1 new positive.

Over the past 14 days (April 28-May 11):

  • 2,494 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 4 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 2 residential students, 2 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.16%

  • 4 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 1 residential student, 3 commuter students

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 5 students are in isolation (1 on campus/4 off campus)

  • 0 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 0 employees are in isolation

  • 0 employees are in quarantine

Be well,

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 30), on-campus PCR testing has identified 2 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (April 21-May 4):

  • 2,683 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 4 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 3 residential students, 1 commuter student

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.15%

  • 4 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 2 employees, 1 residential students, 1 commuter student

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 4 students are in isolation (2 on campus/2 off campus)

  • 8 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/8 off campus)

  • 1 employee is in isolation

  • 1 employee is in quarantine

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 27), on-campus PCR testing has identified 0 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (April 17-April 30):

  • 2,567 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 4 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 3 residential students, 0 commuter students, 1 contractor

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.16%

  • 9 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 2 employees, 5 residential students, 2 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 6 students are in isolation (2 on campus/4 off campus)

  • 5 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/5 off campus)

  • 2 employees are in isolation

  • 1 employee is in quarantine

Have a safe and restful weekend,

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 21), on-campus PCR testing has identified 1 new positive.

Over the past 14 days (April 10-April 23):

  • 2,811 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 7 PCR results were positive: 1 employee, 5 residential students, 0 commuter students, 1 contractor

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.25%

  • 9 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 2 employees, 4 residential students, 3 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 14 students are in isolation (2 on campus/12 off campus)

  • 5 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/5 off campus)

  • 3 employees is in isolation

  • 3 employees is in quarantine

Campus Vaccination Survey

The Health Analytics Team requests that all campus community members complete this brief, confidential survey to let us know your vaccination status. This survey will help inform college planning: it isn’t intended to provide proof of vaccination.

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Given a decline in the rate of positive Covid-19 cases from campus testing, student may once again travel between residence halls. Indoor student organized activities and events may also resume.

Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precautionary measure. Note that indoor catering is also not permitted.

Grab-and-go and takeout dining options remain available from the Hawk’s Nest and the Main Dining Room. Catering for Covid-19 compliant outdoor events and programs is permitted.

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 8:00am today, April 21.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Indoor dining will remain closed for the remainder of the semester as a precaution.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 16), on-campus PCR testing has identified 2 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (April 8-April 21):

  • 2,559 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 16 PCR results were positive: 1 employee, 12 residential students, 2 commuter students, and 1 contractor

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.63%

  • 4 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students

 

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 15 students are in isolation (2 on campus/13 off campus)

  • 4 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/4 off campus)

  • 2 employees are in isolation

  • 4 employees are in quarantine

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Enhanced Covid-19 Precautions

Enhanced Covid-19 precautions are in effect for the two week period of April 5 to April 18. We anticipate lifting some restrictions on April 19.

  • Indoor dining is temporarily suspended. Grab-and-go options remain available.

  • Students may not travel to residence halls other than their own.

  • Indoor student-organized activities and events are temporarily suspended.

Community members must continue completing daily CoVerified self-screenings, taking on-campus PCR tests as requested, observing social distancing, and wearing appropriate face coverings. Note that the college is reviewing rates of infection and exposure on a daily basis and will continue to implement selective pauses on student or other campus activities based upon clustered positive cases or exposures.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 13), on-campus PCR testing has identified 2 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (April 3-April 16):

  • 2,884 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 22 PCR results were positive: 1 employee, 18 residential students, 3 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.76%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 2 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 22 students are in isolation (4 on campus/18 off campus)

  • 42 students are in quarantine (7 on campus/35 off campus)

  • 2 employees are in isolation

  • 5 employees are in quarantine

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, April 13.

Campus Status: Enhanced Covid-19 Precautions

Enhanced Covid-19 precautions are in effect for the two week period of April 5 to April 18.

  • Indoor dining is temporarily suspended. Grab-and-go options remain available.

  • Students may not travel to residence halls other than their own.

  • Indoor student-organized activities and events are temporarily suspended.

Community members must continue completing daily CoVerified self-screenings, taking on-campus PCR tests as requested, observing social distancing, and wearing appropriate face coverings. Note that the college is reviewing rates of infection and exposure on a daily basis and will continue to implement selective pauses on student or other campus activities based upon clustered positive cases or exposures.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 9), on-campus PCR testing has identified 2 new positives.

Over the past 14 days (March 31-April 13):

  • 2,995 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 29 PCR results were positive: 1 employees, 22 residential students, 6 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.97%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 31 students are in isolation (10 on campus/21 off campus)

  • 62 students are in quarantine (7 on campus/55 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 3 employees are in quarantine

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Campus Status: Enhanced Covid-19 Precautions

Enhanced Covid-19 precautions are in effect for the two week period of April 5 to April 18.

  • Indoor dining is temporarily suspended. Grab-and-go options remain available.

  • Students may not travel to residence halls other than their own.

  • Indoor student-organized activities and events are temporarily suspended.

Community members must continue completing daily CoVerified self-screenings, taking on-campus PCR tests as requested, observing social distancing, and wearing appropriate face coverings. Note that the college is reviewing rates of infection and exposure on a daily basis and will continue to implement selective pauses on student or other campus activities based upon clustered positive cases or exposures.

Test Results

Since the last Covid-19 response update (April 6), on-campus PCR testing has identified 15 new positives, 4 of which had previously been identified through a rapid antigen test.

Over the past 14 days (March 27-April 9):

  • 3,149 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 29 PCR results were positive: 1 employees, 21 residential students, 7 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.92%

  • 5 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 0 employees, 0 residential students, 5 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 32 students are in isolation (13 on campus/19 off campus)

  • 74 students are in quarantine (10 on campus/63 off campus)

  • 2 employees are in isolation

  • 3 employees are in quarantine

Please continue to exercise extreme caution as you move throughout the community. Case numbers in the ambient environment remain extremely high. We’re near the finish line – please stay vigilant and keep doing your part.

Office of the President

Wagner College

Wagner College:

Due to a moderate increase in positive Covid-19 test results on campus, the resulting quarantine and isolation demand, and continuing high infection rates in the ambient environment, the college is implementing enhanced Covid-19 mitigation steps for two weeks. These steps will be in effect from Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 18.

  1. Indoor dining is temporarily suspended. Grab-and-go and takeout dining options remain available from the Hawk’s Nest and the Main Dining Room.
  2. Students may not travel to residence halls other than their own
  3. Indoor student-organized activities and events are temporarily suspended.

Note that in-person classes and academic programs will take place as normal. 

Standard Covid-19 precautions also remain in effect: community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings.

Over the past 14 days, 3,210 PCR tests were conducted on campus, of which 13 were positive (14-day positivity rate: 0.40%). 6 additional positives were reported from off-campus testing.

Even as vaccines become more and more available and especially as New York opens vaccination eligibility to Wagner students, we must continue to maintain a high level of vigilance and observe the behaviors shown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!

Joel W. Martin, Ph.D.
President
Wagner College

Wagner College:

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, April 2.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. Given the continuing high rate of infection in the ambient environment, the college’s health analytics team is evaluating the need for enhanced mitigation steps.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (March 20-April 2):

  • 3,312 PCR tests were conducted on campus

  • 13 PCR results were positive: 1 employees, 7 residential students, 5 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.39%

  • 6 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 1 employees, 0 residential students, 5 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 17 students are in isolation (7 on campus/10 off campus)

  • 39 students are in quarantine (13 on campus/26 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 0 employees are in quarantine

Office of the President

Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, March 30.

Warning About Ambient Environment

Infection risk in New York & New Jersey remains extremely high, with case counts creeping back up despite the national downward trend. The virus variants present in New York City and other parts of the country spread rapidly. Please exercise extreme caution in deciding whether to travel and in any travel planning over the Easter holiday weekend.

 

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (March 17-March 30):

  • 3,274 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 7 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 5 residential students, 2 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.21%

  • 7 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 2 employees, 0 residential students, 5 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 10 students are in isolation (4 on campus/6 off campus)

  • 34 students are in quarantine (9 on campus/25 off campus)

  • 0 employees are in isolation

  • 0 employees are in quarantine

Vaccine Update

New York State announced that starting next Tuesday, April 6, all residents 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination. You are urged to sign up for vaccination as soon as you become eligible. Use this vaccine finder to identify nearby locations: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations.

Be smart – stay well!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, March 26.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (March 13-March 26):

  • 3,310 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 6 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 5 residential students, 1 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.18%

  • 4 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 2 employees, 0 residential students, 2 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 8 students are in isolation (5 on campus/3 off campus)

  • 30 students are in quarantine (7 on campus/23 off campus)

  • 2 employees are in isolation

  • 2 employees are in quarantine

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President

Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, March 19.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (March 6-March 19):

  • 3,434 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 6 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 6 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.17%

  • 10 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 5 employees, 0 residential students, 5 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 7 students are in isolation (3 on campus/4 off campus)

  • 2 students are in quarantine (1 on campus/1 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 5 employees is in quarantine

Have a safe spring weekend!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 27-March 12):

  • 3,565 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 7 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 7 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.20%

  • 14 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 3 employees, 7 residential students, 4 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 8 students are in isolation (0 on campus/8 off campus)

  • 16 students are in quarantine (0 on campus/16 off campus)

  • 3 employees is in isolation

  • 5 employees is in quarantine

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College Staff and Administrators,

We are delighted to share that today, New York State has updated its vaccination guidance to include all employees of colleges and universities in addition to faculty.

This change means that all Wagner College employees, whether faculty, administrator or staff, who are working in-person are now eligible for vaccination in New York State. Pending final confirmation from the state, this eligibility is also applicable to student workers and contractors who work in-person on campus.

As of 2:00pm today, the state’s Am I Eligible website for scheduling appointments does not yet reflect this update. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling the state’s hotline, 1-833-697-4829. Note that in order to receive the vaccine, you will be required to show proof of eligible employment, which can take the form of an employee ID, pay stub, or a letter from the college.  If you wish to obtain a letter from the college, please email the office of human resources at human.resources@wagner.edu.

We urge all colleagues who are interested in receiving a vaccination to schedule an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible: as we have heard recently from state and local officials and leaders from our own community, these vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect ourselves and our communities.

As Dr. Martin has reminded us throughout this pandemic, “today marks a further step forward as Wagner College, New York, and the world beyond prepare to emerge stronger.”

Sincerely,

Jazzmine Clarke-Glover, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Workplace Culture and Inclusion
Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) & Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 24-March 9):

  • 3,311 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 11 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 8 residential students, 3 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.33%

  • 14 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 3 employees, 7 residential students, 4 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 13 students are in isolation (1 on campus/12 off campus)

  • 26 students are in quarantine (7 on campus/19 off campus)

  • 3 employees are in isolation

  • 7 employees are in quarantine

Please continue your vigilance and observance of community health policies. We’re turning the corner: don’t give up now!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. The college has also enhanced its quarantine requirement with a mandatory exit test: additional information is listed below and on the Covid-19 webpage. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 20-March 5):

  • 3,341 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 7 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 7 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.21%

  • 4 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 3 commuter students (*note: this total is corrected from Wagner Weekly Report, as 2 new off-campus positives were reported on March 5)

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 13 students are in isolation (3 on campus/10 off campus)

  • 38 students are in quarantine (12 on campus/26 off campus)

  • 1 employee is in isolation

  • 3 employees are in quarantine

Campus Updates & Reminders

  • As noted in prior emails and in today’s Wagner Weekly Report, as an additional health precaution, the college now requires any community member under 10-day mandatory quarantine to complete and submit a negative test prior to returning to campus activities. Community members must take the test on day 11, then remain quarantined until receiving the results. Please refer to the Covid-19 webpage for full information on this policy.

Have a safe & healthy weekend!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Dear  Students,
I  am writing to inform you of an updated change in our quarantine policy.
KEY: You will be required to have a COVID -19 Rapid Antigen test on day 11.
ON CAMPUS QUARANTINE
In order to keep our campus safe, we are implementing a COVID-19 negative  test requirement to move out of quarantine after your ten days are completed. This test will occur on day 11.
Those quarantining on campus will be visited by a health care worker on day 11 of quarantine.
The health care worker will come to your room in Guild Hall and do a COVID -19 Rapid Antigen Test.
Results will be available to you in 15 minutes.
After a negative test result is validated. you will be notified.
You will then receive an email with instruction on how to safely exit quarantine and move  back to your primary housing assignment.
OFF CAMPUS QUARANTINE
After completing 10 days of home quarantine, on day 11, you need to be tested off campus.
This can be with a PCR Test, or a Rapid AntigenTest. You will need to submit this test result to The Center For Health & Wellness via email, studenthealthservice@wagner.edu. You will receive an email of clearance to return to campus and will be unrestricted in your COVerified APP.
Thank you for helping to keep our campus saf

 

Kathleen Oberfeldt  DNP, FNP
Dean Center for Health and Wellness

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 17-March 2):

  • 3,071 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 6 PCR results were positive: 0 employees, 6 residential students, 0 commuter students

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.20%

  • 3 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing: 1 employee, 0 residential students, 2 commuter students

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 10 students are in isolation (5 on campus/5 off campus)

  • 41 students are in quarantine (15 on campus/26 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation

  • 2 employees are in quarantine

Campus Update

Wagner Weekly Report @ 3:30PM on 3/5: next Friday, March 5th, President Martin’s Wagner Weekly Report will take place at 3:30pm (instead of the usual 12:50pm)

Take care and be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 13-February 26):

  • 2,865 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 4 PCR results were positive: 4 residential students, 0 commuter students, 0 employees

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.14%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 4 students are in isolation (4 on campus/0 off campus)

  • 28 students are in quarantine (6 on campus/22 off campus)

  • 0 employees is in isolation (off campus)

  • 1 employees is in quarantine (off campus)

Campus Updates & Reminders

  • Face Covering Policy: Wagner community members are expected to wear appropriate face coverings at all times, except:

    • When in a private office alone or in a residence hall room with only that room’s residents

    • When actually eating (but must be worn at tables when not eating)

    • When working outdoors with machinery at least 6’ from other people

    • When sitting alone in a parked, well-ventilated vehicle (including shuttles)

  • Vaccine Webinar: if you missed Tuesday’s webinar about the Covid-19 vaccine science and rollout plan, you can view the webinar here on YouTube.

  • Wagner Weekly Report @ 3:30PM on 3/5: next Friday, March 5th, President Martin’s Wagner Weekly Report will take place at 3:30pm (instead of the usual 12:50pm)

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, February 23.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 10-February 23):

  • 2,388 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 3 PCR results were positive: 1 employee, 1 residential student, 1 commuter student

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.13%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 4 students are in isolation (2 on campus/2 off campus)

  • 31 students are in quarantine (9 on campus/22 off campus)

  • 0 employees are in isolation

  • 0 employees are in quarantine

Campus Updates & Reminders

  • This afternoon’s Covid-19 Vaccines Webinar has been recorded and will be shared with the community for anyone who missed it.

Take care and be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, Friday, February 19.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 6-February 19):

  • 1,979 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 4 test results were positive: 1 employee, 2 residential students, 1 commuter student

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.20%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who tested positive, please notify Human Resources (employees) or Health Services (students) right away.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 2 students are in isolation (1 on campus/1 off campus)

  • 17 students are in quarantine (6 on campus/11 off campus)

  • 1 employees is in isolation (off campus)

  • 1 employees is in quarantine (off campus)

Covid-19 Vaccine Webinar | Tuesday, 2/23, 4:15pm

  • Please join for a webinar about the science and rollout of Covid-19 vaccines throughout New York State and on Staten Island with experts from the state, the borough, and the college next Tuesday, February 23, 4:15-5:00pm ET.

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

Here’s the latest information on the college’s Covid-19 response as of 4:00pm today, Tuesday, February 16.

Campus Status: Normal Covid-19 Precautions

Wagner’s normal Covid-19 precautions are in effect. Community members must complete daily CoVerified self-screenings, take on-campus PCR tests as requested, observe social distancing, and wear appropriate face coverings. No enhanced mitigation steps or restrictions are currently in effect.

Test Results

Over the past 14 days (February 3-February 16):

  • 1,546 PCR tests were conducted on campus through the Broad Institute regime

  • 4 test results were positive: 1 employee, 2 residential student, 1 commuter student

  • The 14-day positivity rate is 0.26%

  • 0 additional positive results were reported from off-campus testing

Note: the figures above always include tests and results reported in previous Covid-19 Response Updates that fall within the same 14-day period.

Quarantine & Isolation

Based on the results of on- and off-campus testing:

  • 3 students are in isolation (2 on campus/1 off campus)

  • 20 students are in quarantine (9 on campus/11 off campus)

  • 0 employees are in isolation (off campus)

  • 1 employees is in quarantine (off campus)

Campus Updates & Reminders

  • Residential students test 2x weekly: Residential students are expected to be tested 2 times per week unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Using the Co-Verified app, you can schedule your tests at the Spiro Sports Center testing site. Please make sure that your first test is taken Monday or Tuesday and your second test is taken Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. You are not permitted to take 2 tests in the same day or 2 days in row.

  • A few dining reminders:

    • Hawk’s Nest continues to use the Boost mobile app for pick-up only, just like fall semester

    • There are 2 dining options in the Main Dining Hall: take-out and dine-in. Dining-in requires a reservation made through the Dine on Campus app. Note that you can’t grab-and-go if you’ve made a dine-in reservation.

    • For either Main Dining Hall option, (1) you must wear your mask to, from, and throughout the dining hall, (2) your temperature will be taken at the door per state requirement, and (3) to enter, you will show your CoVerified clearance on your phone and swipe your ID card. These steps help to ensure the health of all diners.

Thanks for helping to keep our community safe. Be well!

Office of the President
Wagner College

To the Wagner College Community,

Commencement for the class of 2021 is scheduled for Friday, May 28, 2021.

While we are considering a number of options, we are committed first and foremost to ensuring that this program can happen safely.

We do not know at this time whether this program will be fully or partially in-person. We expect to make a final decision about that during the first week of March. What we can say with confidence, today, is that commencement for the class of 2021 will take place, in some form, on May 28.

As for the commencement ceremony for the class of 2020, we anticipate that this celebration will take place this coming fall. We will share further updates as soon as possible.

Jeffrey Kraus, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

Welcome or welcome back to spring semester. For those of you who were with us on campus in the fall, thank you—you helped to create a safe in-person experience. And now with a new semester and the hopes of vaccinations in sight, it is even more imperative that we work together so that we can succeed this spring semester and continue to emerge stronger through this pandemic as a Wagner community and family.

We know you feel fatigued and are longing for normalcy—I am too! Unfortunately, we aren’t there yet. There are new variants of the virus and our surrounding community infection rates are still high. So it will take all of us to make sure that:

  • Everyone is masking up (indoors and outdoors; covering our noses and mouths)
  • Everyone is social distancing
  • Everyone is washing their hands
  • Everyone is filling out their CoVerified app by 10 am daily and showing it at various checkpoints
  • Everyone is showing up on time for their Covid testing
  • Please be sure to review our student handbook for more information on Community Health Responsibilities and Social Contract.  Effective Spring 2021 semester, any infractions of the Community Health Responsibilities and Social Contract will be documented under the student conduct process.

There will be more of us on campus this semester and we will need to ensure that we are following the rules and holding each other accountable when someone is not. As with last semester, if you do not follow the rules, we will send you home. We are not going to let the actions of a few mar the experience of those who want to be here and are following the rules. Please remember if you violate our policies and are sent home, there is NO refund for your room and board. If you are a commuter, you may be asked to take time away from either in person instruction or take the semester to think about how your actions affect others. Your eligibility to walk at graduation may be jeopardized.

Unfortunately, there are a handful of students who will not be joining us this semester because of their actions last semester. And we are already seeing schools across the nation who are having to pause practices and in person classes because of high positivity rates. We don’t want that for us, that is why we are doing a slow ramp up to in person classes and why we are increasing our testing cadence. We will continue to work with each of you to create a safer, robust, and caring community.

You all helped us to be successful last semester and I know we can do it again!

Looking forward to welcoming you all to campus for the spring semester (whether in person or via zoom) soon! Take good care.

Sincerely,

Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D.
Vice President Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life

The following notice was sent to residential students at 1:00om on February 1, 2021. 
Dear Students,
We are excited to welcome you on February 4, 2021. However, due to the weather impacting the northeast we are going to be initiating one of our contingency plans for our opening.
For students who have opted into quarantining on campus, we will be allowing students to push their move-in day to February 5, 2021. You will keep the same move-in time, but the date will be pushed to the 5th. If you would like to push your date to the 5th, please respond to this email and let us know. We will reply with a notice of confirmation. If you are still planning to arrive on February 4, 2021 there is no response necessary.
 
We understand there are a great deal of decisions to make. As you are considering your options, please be mindful that we will need a decision by February 3, 2021 at 9am EST. As you are making your decision, we want to inform you that we cannot offer quarantine on campus beyond the 5th due to the travel quarantine requirements from the Governor’s Office of the State of New York.
As a reminder, if you are arriving on the 5th, you will need to arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken on, or after, February 2nd, 2021.

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Tressler-Gelok, Ed.M., MBA
Director, Residential Education & Retention Specialist

The following notice was sent to residential students at 8:30am on January 15, 2021. Students will need to directly click on the links provided from their Wagner.edu email account. 

Dear Student, 

We are writing in follow-up to our email sent on January 12, 2021. We will need for you to formally update the College on your plans for the spring. You will be directed to fill out the form below by Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Before filling out the form, please make sure you have read and reviewed the information. If you have questions, please contact us first. You can email ResEd@wagner.edu

Be advised that in order to submit this form, you must be logged into your Wagner.edu account (e.g. your Wagner google email account). We will not be sharing or authorizing permissions to other parties, including parents, guardians, friends, etc. When you log in, you will be authorized to complete the form one time. Secondary submissions will not be accepted. Therefore, we will request you review this and carefully submit. 

Here are some important clarification points we would like to provide and relevant updates: 

  • In order to complete the successful transition to the campus, the identified move-in dates are final. We will not be able to offer alternative options. To review the last communication sent, you may review it here: Spring 2021 Housing Updates
  • Your spring 2021 room and board rate will remain the same. As we are starting one week later, we are ending one week later. Please review the academic calendar if you have questions: Academic Calendar as of 1.14.21. Any changes to the academic calendar will be shared by the Registrar.
  • Quarantine housing will cost $280.00. This nominal fee will cover meals and housing through the start of the term when the housing contract begins. 
  • For those quarantining on campus, you will quarantine in your spring assignments. You will be able to leave your room to pick up meals (which must be eaten in your room) and to use the bathroom (for Towers and Harborview Hall only). Aside from that, you will remain in your room until you have tested out of your quarantine. 
  • All students will need to submit a flu vaccine, if not done already, to studenthealthservices@wagner.edu. If you have questions on this or concerns you would like addressed, please contact Health & Wellness at studenthealthservices@wagner.edu. Flu vaccines should be submitted by January 20, 2021. 
  • For those planning to come to quarantine on-campus OR completing your quarantine off campus, you need a negative COVID-19 test result completed a maximum of 3 days prior to your arrival.
  • For those arriving on campus from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or Vermont and not completing a quarantine,  you need a negative COVID-19 test results completed a maximum of 7 days prior to your arrival. 
  • COVID-19 test results should be sent to studenthealthservices@wagner.edu when received. You should also have a copy on hand when moving in (phone is fine). 
  • Be advised, we will be observing the regulations from fall 2020 move-in, which include that the student will move-in individually. Additionally, there will be an item threshold again of 2 suitcases, 2 personal items, and a fridge and/or microwave. We will be inspecting upon arrival. 
  • Housing assignments will be sent out by Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 

You can submit your official, one-time response here: Spring 2021 Residential Student Response. Responses are due by January 20, 2021. We will be processing throughout the next week or so and we appreciate your patience. When your response has been fully processed and approved you will receive a move-in confirmation email. You should anticipate this to be sent after housing assignments are sent. 

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Tressler-Gelok, Ed.M., MBA
Director, Residential Education & Retention Specialist

Dear Residential Students,

Residential Education has been working actively with Wagner College’s leadership and would like to update you on entities pertaining to your residential move-in. This email contains a great deal of information which we hope will provide you with details to make an informed decision on your transition to campus living this term. This first email is an introduction to the dates, processes, and terms. Within the next week, you will receive a second email where you can report your status to us.

Updated Academic Calendar Dates

As announced, courses will begin online on February 15, 2021. Courses will transition to an in-person experience on March 01, 2021. Be advised, it is imperative that you check your courses and understand the modalities of offerings (e.g. is your class online for the term? Is your course a hybrid? Is it in-person?). If you have questions on your courses or course offerings, please contact your advisor directly.

Quarantine Options

Based on feedback from students gathered in the fall, we will be offering a quarantine option on campus. As you may know, students presently living or residing outside of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and/or Vermont, including international students, have quarantine responsibilities. Per an executive order from the Governor of the State of New York, parties traveling to New York from any location outside of aforementioned states, must comply with the following:

  • Have a negative COVID-19 test completed 3 days prior to arrival in New York State

  • Quarantine in New York State for 3 days upon arrival

  • Have a negative test completed after the 3 day quarantine (*note- the quarantine is concluded upon receipt of the second, negative COVID-19 test)

For students who are presently not residing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and/or Vermont, you may request to complete your quarantine on campus. The cost of quarantine housing, including meals, is forthcoming in our announcement on Friday. The cost is aimed to be nominal. The cost is non-refundable and will be billed to your student account. Quarantine housing will begin on February 4, 2021. This date is the only move-in date for those seeking to quarantine on campus. We must quarantine all individuals on the same timetable. If you are unable to make this date work, you will be expected to quarantine off site. Finally, quarantining on site is not required. If you are going to quarantine off campus, you will be able to update the college in future correspondence.

Move-In Dates and Expectations

In order to accommodate our new process, this semester’s move-in will look slightly different. We are providing you this in full detail to be transparent in nature. However, we want to be equally transparent that the dates are not flexible. Additionally, students cannot switch to another group or request date switches. The move-in schedule is as follows:

  • January 29, 2021- Resident Assistants (RAs) and Athletic Graduate Assistants move-in for quarantine. An email from Residential Education & Wagner Athletics is forthcoming.

  • February 4, 2021- All students presently living or residing outside of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and/or Vermont who would like to quarantine on campus will move-in and begin their quarantine in their spring 2021 room. **Be advised, Presidential Fellows and Community Leaders will be expected to also arrive and quarantine on this date. A separate notice from your supervisor/coach is forthcoming.

  • February 9, 2021- All student athletes residing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and/or Vermont who are in season will move-in.

  • February 13 and February 14, 2021- Move in for all other students.

With the exception of February 13 and 14 move-in, move-ins will be scheduled between 7:30am-3:30pm. Due to our arrival testing process, our move-in appointments are only permitted to be scheduled between 7:30am-3:30pm. A set arrival time will be established when the student can sign up for a move-in time beginning Friday. Moving onto campus after 3:30pm is not permitted due to an inability to conduct proper arrival testing. If you are delayed in your arrival to campus and cannot get to campus until after 3:30pm, you will not be permitted to move-in.

Please note, if you would prefer to live off campus until in-person classes begin on March 1 that is okay. This includes if you decide to quarantine off campus. A late arrival is permitted but no refund to spring 2021 cost of housing and/or meals will be provided. We will be running move-ins through March 1, 2021 to accommodate students who would like to move-in late. You will be given the option to let us know in future correspondence.

Future Correspondence

In the coming days, you will receive a personalized email that contains information on where the College believes you may be residing and how to opt into quarantine housing. We are anticipating sending this out by Friday morning (eastern standard time). It will be directly to students who have a Spring 2021 application on file.

Additionally, we are hoping to send out housing assignments on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. This is our target deadline. We will continue to update you as details unfold.

In the interim, we encourage you to attend the Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Sincerely,

Thomas Tressler-Gelok, EdM., MBA
Director, Residential Education & Retention Specialist

Dear Wagner College Students & Families,

We look forward to the start of the spring semester. I’m writing to share the most important points of Wagner’s plan for the spring semester, informed by two months of intensive planning and assessment of the course of the virus. We will share more about this plan and answer your questions at  Town Hall taking place next week.

Spring Semester Plan Overview

Here are the highlights of our spring semester plan:

  • Student move-in will take place between Monday, February 8th and Monday, March 1st, except for specific student cohorts approved to move in before those dates. You will receive additional information from Residential Education first thing in the morning. Commuter students, except those attending the approved in-person classes, will be permitted to come to campus beginning Monday, March 1st.

  • Spring Semester classes will begin online for a two-week period from Monday, February 15th through Saturday, February 27th, then switch to hybrid in-person classes like the fall semester on Monday, March 1st. Select courses with a mandatory in-person component (e.g. a chemistry course with a lab) approved by the Provost to begin in-person may do so during February. This is a one-week shift from the original start date of February 8th.

  • Students are required to receive a flu vaccination prior to returning to campus. Students must submit their proof of vaccination to studenthealthservices@wagner.edu.

  • Students will receive on-campus PCR COVID-19 testing at least weekly for the first several weeks of the semester.

  • COVID-19 campus health policies (e.g., daily screenings in CoVerified, approved face coverings, social distance, and avoidance 0f unsafe gatherings) will remain in effect and will be enforced for all community members, even those who have been vaccinated or who previously had COVID-19.

Town Halls for Students & Families

We will continue to provide regular community updates over the next few weeks and will hold a Town Hall for students and families next Tuesday, January 19th at 12:00pm ET.

We anticipate that the virus will remain a threat across the entire country and throughout the semester.  Even so, we are confident that we can not only repeat the success of our fall semester, but make the student experience even richer. For example, we are working with the NEC to enable our student athletes to compete in sports this spring, including the fall teams unable to play in the fall. We are also making plans that will enable us to support students coming from other areas that will require quarantine upon arrival in NYC. We will continue to make it possible for students who wish to attend online to do so.

We look forward to your joining next week’s town hall, and can’t wait to be back together for the spring semester.

Kind regards,

Joel Martin, Ph.D.
President
Wagner College

As members of the College community it is critical that you uphold the Social Contract that you signed before arriving.  Testing is essential to see what is going on, but it is not sufficient to keep everyone safe.

We have established a confidential reporting tool that anyone can use to report incidents of non-compliance. 

 

Students Traveling from Out of New York State


This section updated 12/21/2020


 

What steps must students take before returning to campus for the spring semester?

Last updated: 12/21/20

Before arriving to campus for the spring semester, students must:

  1. Take and produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
  2. Take and submit proof of vaccination for the flu.
  3. Sign the Spring 2020 Pledge

Note: forthcoming changes to local, state, or  federal regulations may add or alter what is required of students before returning to campus. The college will keep students and families informed of any changes to regulations: we expect to have more definitive information about this by the week of January 11, 2021.

Will there be a mandatory quarantine period for students who are travelling from out-of-state? If so, may students quarantine on campus?

Last updated: 12/21/20

There will almost certainly be a mandatory quarantine period. Currently, any traveller to New York State from a non-contiguous state or foreign country on the CDC’s Level 2 or 3 restriction list who spent more than 24 hours outside of New York must quarantine upon arrival for a period of 14 days. However, travellers who take a COVID-19 test within 3 days of their arrival to New York may now quarantine for only 3 days then take a diagnostic test on the 4th day. If they receive a negative result on the diagnostic test, they may be released from quarantine.

Based on evolving national and local conditions, we anticipate that this guidance may change. This guidance will determine whether the college can quarantine students on campus at the start of the semester. We expect to have additional information in January 2021.

Will we be required to take a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?

Last updated: 12/21/20

The likelihood that vaccines will become widely available in the spring is highly encouraging. Wagner will strongly encourage all community members to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Whether the college will mandate the vaccine is still to be determined based on health regulations and guidelines. As a reminder, students are required and employees are very strongly encouraged to receive a flu vaccine before arriving on campus for the spring semester.

What will campus health policies be like in the spring?

Last updated: 12/21/20

Wagner anticipates continuing many of the same campus health policies enacted in the fall throughout the spring. Regardless of whether a community member has received a COVID-19 vaccine, all community members will be expected to:

  • Wear appropriate face coverings at all times while in public, on and off campus, except while eating or doing another approved non-masked activity.
  • Observe six feet of social distance from other individuals at all times indoors (except among roommates in residence hall rooms), including by complying with traffic flow signage throughout campus buildings, and observe distance outside whenever possible.
  • Make honest report of relevant symptoms every day regardless of whether they are reporting to campus using the CoVerified app and stay at home or in their residence hall whenever experiencing symptoms associating with COVID-19
  • Fully cooperate with any contact tracing efforts by the college or other health officials
  • Participate in the college’s community cleaning initiative by taking responsibility for cleaning and sanitizing after themselves

These policies may change based on revised health guidance.

What will testing be like in the spring?

Last updated: 12/21/20

Wagner anticipates continuing weekly testing for students and employees, at least for the first several weeks of the semester. The frequency of testing may be adjusted based on evolving guidelines and recommendations from health officials as well as local and campus health conditions.

Wagner will continue to use the Broad Institute PCR nasal swab tests that we used during the fall semester. These tests are quick and painless to take and extremely reliable with 1 to 3 day turnaround time. Click here to read more about the Broad Institute PCR test, the gold standard test in use by over 100 higher education institutions. The college additionally has point-of-care “rapid” antigen tests, which provide results on site in less than an hour.

Will classes still be offered in a hybrid format in the spring?

Last updated: 12/21/20

Yes, during the spring semester, Wagner intends to offer classes in a hybrid format similar to the fall semester. For most courses, students have the option of completing the course in-person on campus or remote.

We anticipate confirming which specific classes will be offered in which formats in January 2021.

Will the Classes of 2020 and 2021 have commencement ceremonies?

Last updated: 12/21/20

Yes. Wagner is committed to celebrating both classes’ graduations in 2021. Our goal is to have these ceremonies in person, provided we can do so in a way that is safe. The Provost’s Office is actively exploring options for making this possible.

What factors are informing the college’s spring planning? Why are some things still up in the air?

The three key aims of the college’s planning are:

  1. Protecting the safety and well-being of all campus community members
  2. Providing a rich learning and living experience for Wagner’s students
  3. Ensuring the college’s COVID-19 response is grounded by our commitment to equity and inclusion

The three key planning criteria are:

  • Projections and trends of the virus: leading data science about COVID-19 spread currently projects rise in cases in the New York area and nationally over the next several months followed by a likely steep decline in spring and summer 2021. The state of the virus on Staten Island, throughout New York City, and in the surrounding areas is a key factor in the college’s consideration. Our Higher Education Health Analytics Team monitors these trends every week.
  • Evolving local, state, and federal regulations and guidelines: throughout the fall semester, state and local policies that govern the college’s COVID-19 response evolved. We anticipate that these policies will change again before and during the spring semester. For example, it is not yet clear what ambient environment thresholds New York State and City will use to determine whether colleges like Wagner can be open.
  • Emerging technologies and best practices: in October, Wagner was able to secure Abbott Rapid Antigen Tests as a supplement to the Broad Institute PCR tests that comprise the college’s main testing regime. In the same way, we anticipate that new technologies and best practices will continue to emerge over the coming weeks and months, and we will seek to integrate these into our planning for the spring semester. Additionally, we are continually working to improve the technology and execution for our remote and hybrid instruction and seeking new ways to make the on-campus experience rich and engaging in spite of the pandemic.

 

 

Past Updates (Fall 2020)

Dear Wagner College Students & Families:

As we round out the fall semester and enter Wagner’s winter session, I want to offer my profound gratitude to our students whose commitment to being responsible and empathy community members this semester made our successful fall semester possible.

Spring Semester Plan

As I have shared before, Wagner expects and hopes that the spring semester will be similar to the fall in terms of academics and campus life. That said, the virus is projected to continue its winter surge over the weeks ahead and health guidelines and government regulations will continue to evolve as it does.  Because of these external factors, we expect to share further, more definitive updates about the spring semester with the community the week of Monday, January 11th, 2021.

To keep you updated on the college’s latest planning, including what we do know and what we don’t know at this moment, and to address your questions, we will hold town hall meetings for students and families next week. An employee town hall meeting will also take place next week. You can submit questions for the town halls at this link and sign up to join a session below. We will record and post the town hall meetings for community members who are unable to join.

Because our planning continues to evolve, we anticipate holding another set of town hall meetings in January to discuss the spring semester further.

Town Hall for Parents & Families
Thursday, December 10th, 12:00-1:00pm ET
Register and join here. Registration is required, however you can register immediately beforehand.

Town Hall for Students
Thursday, December 10th, 2:30-3:30pm ET
Register and join here. Registration is required, however you can register immediately beforehand.

Thank you again for bringing to bear the best of Wagner this fall! You are a key reason that Wagner will persevere through the pandemic, and why I firmly believe that we can and will emerge stronger!

Warm regards,

Joel Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

As our community heads into a well-deserved Thanksgiving break, I write to share an update on the status of COVID-19 and our campus testing regime.

On-Campus Testing

Over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 1,673 PCR tests. 9 of those tests have been positive (0.53%). Of these 9 tests, 7 positives have been students and 2 have been employees. 1 additional positive test was identified through an on-campus rapid antigen test.

All positive-testing community members are safely isolated. Contact tracing identified additional community members who were potentially exposed and who are now safely quarantined. No additional mitigation steps are indicated at this time.

As a reminder, if you are not contacted, you are not considered exposed and are not affected by mitigation steps. Wagner’s isolation and quarantine numbers are listed below.

Off-Campus Testing

There are 8 active positive from off campus tests. 7 of these positives are from students and 1 is an employee. All positive testing individuals are safely isolated off campus.

  • 15 students isolated: 1 students on campus and 14 students off campus

  • 71 students quarantined: 9 students on campus and 62 students off campus

  • 3 employee isolated

  • 7 employees quarantined

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Ambient Infection Rates

We continue to see the anticipated rise in cases coinciding with the colder autumn weather, with rates in New York and New Jersey rising. As reported last Friday, New Jersey’s rates have reached their highest point during the pandemic.

As Staten Island rates continue to rise, the southern half of the island has now been upgraded to an Orange Zone under the Governor’s Microcluster Action, which will affect non-essential businesses and dining. See the full map of Staten Island here. Wagner’s 10301 and the remainder of the island remains in a Yellow Precautionary Zone.

The recent increase in positive results and exposures within the Wagner community reflects the rises in the ambient environment. Even so, and as a testament to the impressive diligence and responsibility of Wagner’s community members, the College’s two-week positivity rate has not crested 1.0% for any two week period during the entire semester. Nor has it ever risen above the rate of the community surrounding us, despite a greater proportion of our community members testing each week. This means that throughout the semester, Wagner’s campus remained safer than the communities surrounding it.

As we head into Thanksgiving, I urge you to be an ambassador for the healthy practices that have kept our community safe this semester. Regular mask-wearing, observing social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and avoiding large gatherings remain the safest and shrewdest measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Please continue to hold yourselves and those you care about accountable for these important steps.

Have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Wagner College:

Here is the latest information about the college’s campus COVID-19 response and testing regime.

On-Campus Testing

Over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 1,654 PCR tests. 8 of those tests have been positive (0.48%). 4 of these positives are new since the last testing update on 11/17/20. Of the 4 new tests, 3 were residential students and 1 was an employee. All positive-testing community members are safely isolated.

Contact tracing identified additional community members who were potentially exposed. These community members are now safely quarantined. Wagner’s total isolation and quarantine numbers are listed below.

The positive-testing students’ faculty members have been appropriately notified. As a reminder, if you are not contacted, you are not considered exposed.

No additional mitigation steps are indicated at this time.

Off-Campus Testing

There are 5 active positive from off campus tests. 4 of these positives are from commuter students and 1 is from an employee.

Quarantine & Isolation

  • 11 students isolated: 3 students on campus and 8 students off campus

  • 67 students quarantined: 10 students on campus and 57 students off campus

  • 2 employee isolated

  • 6 employees quarantined

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Testing Delay

As noted in today’s Wagner Weekly Report, the Broad Institute’s processing time for tests has been delayed. Additionally, there is a delay in reporting of results in CoVerified. We urge your patience: all tests will be processed and reported in CoVerified.

Thanksgiving Reminder

Based on city, state, and CDC recommendations, it is not advisable to travel out of state or to gather outside of single-family groups for Thanksgiving. Please be safe and creative as you make your plans: for example, Zoom is allowing free users to hold unlimited-length sessions on Thanksgiving day.

Be well and have a safe weekend,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Wagner College:

I am writing to update you on the college’s campus COVID-19 response and testing regime.

On-Campus Testing

Over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 2,006 PCR tests. 4 of those tests have been positive (0.2%). 3 of these positives were previously reported and 1 is new. The new positive result is from a residential student  who was exhibiting symptoms. The student is now safely isolated on campus.

Contact tracing identified additional community members who were potentially exposed and who are now safely quarantined. The student’s faculty members have been appropriately notified. As a reminder, if you are not contacted, you are not considered exposed.

The Crisis Response Team has recommended maintaining the current mitigation steps, as noted in previous updates and listed below.

Off-Campus Testing

There is also 1 new positive result identified from off-campus testing.  The new positive result is from a commuter student who is safely isolated off campus. The student’s faculty members have been appropriately notified. There are 4 active positive from off campus tests. 3 of these positives are from commuter students and 1 is from an employee.

  • 8 students isolated: 3 students on campus and 5 students off campus

  • 51 students quarantined: 2 students on campus and 49 students off campus

  • 1 employee isolated

  • 7 employees quarantined

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Mitigation Steps In Place

No change – there are no new mitigation steps to report.

  • Classes have shifted to fully remote instruction for the rest of the semester except for a small number of pre-approved laboratory and performance courses.

  • Commuter students are not permitted to come to campus, except those notified by a faculty member that their class has received approval to continue in-person.

  • Residential students are not permitted to travel to other residence halls.

  • No non-academic events of 10 or more individuals may be held in-person on campus, whether indoor or outdoor. All athletic practices are suspended.

  • Dining on campus is restricted to four or fewer people together at a table, whether eating indoors or outdoors.

Take care,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Good Morning, Wagner College:

I am writing to share the results from Wagner’s on-campus test regime from Friday, November 13th. Yesterday, I shared that there were no new positive results from our Thursday, November 12th assay of tests.

Of the 128 tests conducted on Friday, 11/13, the college has received results from 126. 1 was invalid and 125 were negative. Additionally, one outstanding test from the Thursday 11/12 assay has been processed and it is also negative.

In sum, there were no new positive results from tests conducted on Thursday or Friday.

The Thursday, November 12th, and Friday, November 13th, assays of COVID-19 testing data were particularly significant because they included a large batch of precautionary tests conducted on community members who were potentially exposed.

While these results are encouraging, we must continue to be vigilant on and off campus.  The most important steps for each community member to take are to continue observing social distancing, wearing face coverings, avoiding unsafe social gatherings, and holding others accountable for doing the same.

On-Campus Testing

No change – there are no new positives from on-campus testing. As reported yesterday, over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 2,204 tests. Those tests have resulted in 4 positives (0.18%). These 4 tests were all previously reported. Our quarantine and isolation totals remain the same as yesterday: 1 student who was quarantined on campus is now quarantining off campus.

  • 5 students isolated: 2 students on campus and 3 students off campus

  • 33 students quarantined: 1 students on campus and 32 students off campus

  • 1 employee isolated (off campus)

  • 5 employees quarantined (off campus)

Off-Campus Testing

No change – there are no new positives from off-campus testing. There continue to be 4 active positive from off campus tests. 3 of these positives are from commuter students and 1 is from an employee.

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Mitigation Steps In Place

No change – there are no new mitigation steps to report.

  • Classes have shifted to fully remote instruction for the rest of the semester except for a small number of pre-approved laboratory and performance courses.

  • Commuter students are not permitted to come to campus, except those notified by a faculty member that their class has received approval to continue in-person.

  • Residential students are not permitted to travel to other residence halls.

  • No non-academic events of 10 or more individuals may be held in-person on campus, whether indoor or outdoor. All athletic practices are suspended.

  • Dining on campus is restricted to four or fewer people together at a table, whether eating indoors or outdoors.

Be well,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Wagner College:

As expected, the college has received additional COVID-19 test results today from tests conducted on Thursday, November 12th. This assay of tests is particularly significant because it included a large batch of precautionary tests conducted on community members who were potentially exposed to a positive-testing individual.

Of the 264 tests conducted on 11/12, the college has received results from 262. 3 were invalid and the remaining 259 were negative. There were no new positive results. 

Given the high rates of infection in the communities surrounding campus, we are encouraged by these results. Still, we must reinforce our reminders to exercise heightened vigilance and scrupulous observance of all safety protocols. The college anticipates receiving results from testing conducted on Friday, November 13th tomorrow or Monday, and will continue to update the community.

On-Campus Testing

There are no new positives from on-campus testing. As reported yesterday, over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 2,204 tests. Those tests have resulted in 4 positives (0.18%). These 4 tests were all previously reported.

Our quarantine and isolation numbers have gone down since yesterday’s report.

  • 5 students isolated: 2 students on campus and 3 students off campus

  • 33 students quarantined: 2 students on campus and 31 students off campus

  • 1 employee isolated (off campus)

  • 5 employees quarantined (off campus)

Off-Campus Testing

There are no new positives from off-campus testing. As noted in yesterday’s update, there are currently 4 active positive from off campus tests. 3 of these positives are from commuter students and 1 is from an employee. All 4 individuals are safely isolated off campus.

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Mitigation Steps In Place

There are no new mitigation steps to report. As a reminder, here are the mitigation steps currently in place. All other campus operations remain normal.

  • Classes have shifted to fully remote instruction for the rest of the semester except for a small number of pre-approved laboratory and performance courses.

  • Commuter students are not permitted to come to campus, except those notified by a faculty member that their class has received approval to continue in-person.

  • Residential students are not permitted to travel to other residence halls.

  • No non-academic events of 10 or more individuals may be held in-person on campus, whether indoor or outdoor. All athletic practices are suspended.

  • Dining on campus is restricted to four or fewer people together at a table, whether eating indoors or outdoors.

Take care,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Wagner College:

As I shared in today’s Wagner Weekly Report, our present national moment is one for  concern and caution. Thankfully, Wagner’s campus remains a safe place for residents and other community members, and we anticipate sustaining on-campus operation through Thanksgiving Break as planned. That said, we are determined to take additional steps to mitigate spread and announced those yesterday. Those steps are referenced below.

I recognize the level of concern that these kinds of  changes cause on campus, even as precautionary measures, during these stressful times. The prudent mitigation steps we have taken are designed to comply with state requirements, reduce traffic to campus from areas of high infection, and reduce campus density without inhibiting normal operations.

Through the weekend and next week, we will continue to closely monitor campus testing and positives reported from off-campus testing, follow our science-based and data-driven protocols, and keep the campus community informed.

On-Campus Testing

As reported on today’s Wagner Weekly Report, over the past two weeks, the College has conducted 2,204 tests. Those tests have resulted in 4 positives (0.18%). 2 of these positives were reported earlier this week (11/11 Testing Update and 11/12 Shifting to Remote Instruction Update) and 2 are new. The 2 new positive cases were both from students who were asymptomatic, and are now safely isolated off campus. There is no indication that these 2 tests are connected to other positive tests on campus. The faculty members of these students have been notified.

As noted in my email yesterday, the positive case reported yesterday yielded a larger number of potential exposures than previous positives. Students involved had participated in off-campus parties in which social distancing and mask wearing were not observed. These violations increase the risk to those students and our whole community.

Currently 40 students and 5 employees are in quarantine, while 7 students and 1 employee are in isolation. We expect additional test results over the weekend, and we will update the community if additional positives result. As a reminder, if you are not contacted, you do not meet the New York State definition of exposure.

Off-Campus Testing

There are currently 4 active positive from off campus tests. 3 of these positives are from commuter students and 1 is from an employee. All 4 individuals are safely isolated off campus.

For additional information, please refer to our COVID-19 Case Tracker.

Ambient Infection Rate

Staten Island remains classified as a Yellow Zone under the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative: it continues to report the highest percentage of positive cases of any NYC borough. New York City and New Jersey also continue to trend in the wrong direction. Community members are urged to be highly cautious when traveling around Staten Island, New Jersey, or Greater New York City.

Mitigation Steps In Place

As a reminder, here are the mitigation steps currently in place as reported yesterday. All other campus operations remain normal.

  • Classes have shifted to fully remote instruction for the rest of the semester except for a small number of pre-approved laboratory and performance courses.

  • Commuter students are not permitted to come to campus, except those notified by a faculty member that their class has received approval to continue in-person.

  • Residential students are not permitted to travel to other residence halls.

  • No non-academic events of 10 or more individuals may be held in-person on campus, whether indoor or outdoor. All athletic practices are suspended.

  • Dining on campus is restricted to four or fewer people together at a table, whether eating indoors or outdoors.

Thank you to each member of the community for doing their part to curb the spread of the virus by wearing an appropriate face covering, observing social distancing, and holding others accountable. We can and we will conclude this semester safely with your continued efforts.

Be well,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Yesterday afternoon, the state  of New York classified Staten Island as a Yellow Zone in the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative given sharp increases in positive cases throughout the island. As reported in yesterday’s testing update, Staten Island now has the highest rates of positive tests of any New York City borough.

Given concerning trends on Staten Island and in New Jersey, Wagner College is proactively implementing the below steps to reduce density and ensure a safe and successful conclusion of the semester. All other campus operations and services will remain normal.

  1. Effective tomorrow, Friday, November 13th, and continuing through next week, classes will switch to fully remote instruction except for a small number of laboratory and performance-based courses to be approved today by the Provost in consultation with Department Chairs. Those professors will notify their students.

  2. Commuter students are not permitted to come to campus, except those notified by a faculty member that their class has received approval to continue in-person.

  3. Residential students are not permitted to travel to residence halls other than their own.

  4. In accordance with the Governor’s restrictions, no non-academic events or activities of 10 or more individuals may be held in-person on campus, whether indoor or outdoor. Additionally, all athletic practices are suspended.

  5. Per state restrictions, dining on campus will be restricted to four or fewer people together at a table, whether eating indoors or outdoors.

On-campus testing will continue as normal next week for residential students and employees. As a reminder, if you feel there has been a breach in community health policy in your classroom or elsewhere on campus, please use our confidential reporting tool.

The number of active positive cases from on- and off-campus testing remain low. Today, Wagner identified one new positive test from our on-campus testing regime. The individual who tested positive is a residential student who was asymptomatic. The college is performing COVID-19 tests on several potentially exposed community members, and asking all potentially exposed individuals to quarantine as a precaution. As a reminder,  you will be contacted if you meet the criteria for exposure.

We will review these updates during tomorrow’s regularly scheduled Wagner Weekly Report.

Our persistence on campus throughout the semester has been the result of the extraordinary efforts of our faculty, staff, and students. These steps will help to ensure a safe conclusion to our fall semester.

Respectfully,
Joel Martin
President
Wagner College

Wagner College:

Here is the latest update on campus COVID-19 testing and response.

On-Campus Testing

The college has received test results through Monday 11/9. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 2,227 tests of which 2 results were positive (0.09%). 1 positive was reported in the 10/29 testing update and 1 positive is new.

The individual who tested positive is a residential student who was experiencing mild symptoms. Because they were not feeling well, the student made the highly commendable decision to self-isolate while awaiting test results, greatly limiting exposure. The student is safely isolated in campus isolation housing and is receiving appropriate care.

Through contact tracing, no additional community members were identified as exposed. Even so, out of an abundance of caution, the college took the additional step of performing precautionary COVID-19 tests on 16 community members. As a reminder, if you are not notified of exposure, you were not exposed. The faculty members of the student testing positive were appropriately notified. No additional mitigatory steps are currently indicated.

Off-Campus Testing

There is currently 1 active positive from off-campus testing. The individual testing positive is  a commuter student who is safely isolated off campus. If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed off campus to someone who has tested positive, please notify j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) or studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) right away.

Ambient Infection Rate

Ambient infection rates on Staten Island continue to rise: over the past two weeks, Staten Island has reported the highest rates of positive tests by zip code of any New York City borough. Enhanced restrictions under the Cluster Action Initiative may be forthcoming. We have seen and reported similar rises in New Jersey’s rate of positive tests.

As you move about off campus, particularly around Staten Island, please exercise enhanced precautions to safeguard yourself and our community. Report relevant symptoms immediately to your physician and to the College via the CoVerified app.

Community Health Policy Update

Today, the Governor indicated that he will issue a new restriction on certain indoor gatherings, limiting the size to 10 people. This restriction applies to private parties and events, but not to regular classroom activities or other official college functions. The college will enforce this restriction accordingly for indoor private events.

Thank you,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner:

Here is the latest update on campus COVID-19 testing and response.

On-Campus Testing

The college has received test results through Wednesday 11/4. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 2,279 tests of which 2 results were positive (0.08%). Both positive results were reported in last week’s testing updates. Please review our COVID-19 case tracker for additional information.

Off-Campus Testing

There are currently no known active positives from off-campus tests. We have added off-campus testing results to our COVID-19 case tracker and our Wagner Weekly Report dashboard. If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who has tested positive off campus, please notify j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) or studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) right away.

Ambient Infection Rate

No Staten Island areas are currently restricted under New York’s Cluster Action Initiative, however there have been spikes in cases in the 10305 zip code (Arrochar, Midland Beach, Shore Acres, South Beach) and the 10309 zip code (Charleston, Prince’s Bay, Woodrow).

If you live in or travel through a Cluster Action Red or Orange Zone or in one of the areas listed above, please pay very close attention to any potential symptoms. Report symptoms immediately to your physician and to the College via the CoVerified app. Also, obtain a COVID-19 test from a local provider.

I hope you’ll be able to enjoy the nice weather forecasted for this weekend! 

Best,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Wagner College:

Here is the latest update on campus COVID-19 testing and response.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

The college has received test results through Wednesday 10/28. Over the past two weeks, 2,386 tests have been conducted on campus. Of these, 2,364 were negative, 2 were positive (1 reported in the 10/29 Testing Update and 1 reported today at the Wagner Weekly Report), and 20 required reprocessing.

The new positive case was from a commuter student, who is safely isolated off campus. Out of an abundance of caution, the Crisis Response Team identified 8 community members for quarantine based on potential exposure. All of these community members are quarantined off campus. As a reminder, if you were not contacted, you do not meet the definition of exposure under New York State guidelines. No additional mitigation measures were indicated.

Please review our COVID-19 case tracker for additional information.

Off-Campus Testing (*CORRECTION)

A correction from today’s Wagner Weekly Report: the report double counted an off-campus positive result. Currently there are only 3 (not 4) active positives from off-campus testing: 2 are commuter students and 1 is an employee. In each case, the community member is safely isolated off campus.

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who has tested positive off campus, please notify j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) or studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) right away.

Ambient Infection Rate

No Staten Island areas are currently restricted under New York’s Cluster Action Initiative, however the areas of Tottenville and West Brighton have seen clusters of cases. You can use this Address Lookup Tool to check if your home address is under restriction.

If you live in or travel through a Red or Orange Zone or in one of the areas listed above, please pay particularly close attention to any potential symptoms. Report relevant symptoms immediately to your primary care physician and to the College via the CoVerified app. Also, obtain a COVID-19 test from a local provider.

Reminder for Halloween

As we head into Halloween weekend, please be smart and innovative about how you choose to celebrate and have fun.

It is the resilience, care, and sense of shared responsibility at the heart of the Wagner community that has allowed us to remain on campus for over two months. The fatigue associated with COVID-19 is real and treacherous, but this is not a moment to give into it. The safe and smart choices our community makes today will enable us to emerge stronger in the brighter days to come.

Have a safe, restorative weekend!

Take care,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner:

Here’s the latest information on Wagner’s COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

The college has received test results through Tuesday, 10/27. Over the past two weeks, 2,433 tests have been conducted on campus. Of these, 2,411 were negative, 1 was positive, and 21 required reprocessing.

The new positive test was from a commuter student, who is safely isolated off campus. In assessing the case, the Crisis Response Team determined no additional community members met the definition for exposure and no additional mitigation measures were indicated.

Please review our COVID-19 case tracker for additional information.

Off-Campus Testing

There are 2 active positive cases from off-campus tests. In both cases, the community members are safely isolated off campus.

Additionally, we have seen a rise in off-campus quarantine rates. 13 community members are currently under quarantine, 11 of whom are quarantined due to exposure. In most cases, the off-campus exposure involved a family member who tested positive.

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who has tested positive off campus, please notify j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) or studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) right away.

Ambient Infection Rate

No Staten Island areas are currently restricted under New York’s Cluster Action Initiative, however we have learned that some localized areas, specifically Tottenville and West Brighton, have seen clusters of cases. You can use this Address Lookup Tool to check if your home address is under restriction.

If you live in or travel to a Red or Orange Zone, please pay very close attention to any potential symptoms. Report relevant symptoms immediately to your primary care physician and to the College via the CoVerified app. You are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test from a local provider.

Reminder for Halloween

The weekend of Halloween is traditionally a time when families gather and mingle within communities and friends hold parties and events. These activities are incredibly risky as COVID-19 infection rates rise in the local area and surrounding states. We must be smart and innovative about how we celebrate.

COVID-19 fatigue is real and pernicious, but this is not a time to let it best us. We must double down on our cautiousness to keep our community safe in the weeks ahead. Thank you for your continued good work.

Take care,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner:

Here’s the latest update on our COVID-19 testing and response.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

The college has received test results through Friday 10/16. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 1,965 tests. Of these, 17 have required reprocessing and 1,948 have been negative. There are no new positives from Wagner’s on-campus testing regime. Please review our COVID-19 case tracker for additional information.

Off-Campus Testing

As reported in the 10/15 and 10/16 testing updates, the college is aware of one commuter student and one employee who received positive results from off-campus tests last week. Both individuals are safely isolated off campus.

If you test positive through an off-campus test or are exposed to someone who has tested positive off campus, please notify studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) or j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) right away.

Ambient Infection Rate

We have reported previously about New York’s Cluster Action Initiative to place localized restrictions on areas that have seen rises in COVID-19 case numbers. You can use this Address Lookup Tool to check if your home address is under restriction. No Staten Island areas are currently restricted.

If you live in a Red or Orange Zone, please pay very close attention to any potential symptoms. Report relevant symptoms immediately to your primary care physician and to the College via the CoVerified app. You are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test from a local provider.

Town Halls

Submit your questions here for the upcoming student, parent, and employee town halls about Winter Session 2020-21.

  • Town Hall for Parents & Families (Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm ET)

  • Town Hall for Students (Wednesday, October 21, 2:30-3:30pm ET)

  • Town Hall for Employees (*NEW TIME* Thursday, October 29th, 4:00-5:00pm ET)

Take care,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner College:

I’m writing to update you on our COVID-19 testing regime and share some other important information that I discussed in today’s Wagner Weekly Report.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through this Wednesday 10/14. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 1,999 tests. Of these, 15 have required reprocessing and 1,984 have been negative. There are no new positives from Wagner’s on-campus testing regime. The campus approximate transmission rate remains at or near 0.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Off-Campus Positives & Exposures

I mentioned yesterday that the College received notice of a positive result from an off-campus test taken by a commuter student. As I shared today, the College learned of another positive test from an off-campus test taken by an employee.

The employee was experiencing mild symptoms and notified the college swiftly and appropriate. They are safely in isolation off campus. No community members were identified as exposed, however the college will continue to monitor carefully. Our Crisis Response Team has assessed that no additional mitigation steps are indicated at this time. As a reminder, if you do not receive notification from the college, you were not exposed based on the New York guidelines.

Remember if you test positive or become exposed to someone who tested positive off-campus, please notify studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) or j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) immediately.

Ambient Infection Rate & Cluster Action Initiative

Infection rates are creeping upward in New Jersey and in other nearby locales. New York has taken action to place localized restrictions on areas where COVID-19 cases have risen as part of the Cluster Action Initiative.

You can use the Address Lookup Tool on this New York State webpage to check if your home address is under restriction.Right now, no Staten Island areas are affected.

If you live in a Red or Orange Zone, please exercise ENHANCED attentiveness to any potential symptoms. If you experience symptoms, report them immediately to your primary care physician and to the College via the CoVerified app. You are also strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test from a local provider.

Town Halls

Remember to submit your questions here for the upcoming student, parent, and employee town halls.

  • Town Hall for Parents & Families (Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm ET)

  • Town Hall for Students (Wednesday, October 21, 2:30-3:30pm ET)

  • Town Hall for Employees (Tuesday, October 27th, 4:15-5:15pm ET)

Stay safe & have a good weekend!
Joel W. Martin

President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College Students & Families:

We are incredibly proud of the members of our college community, whether living on campus, commuting, or joining us virtually this semester. The resiliency of students, faculty, staff, and families, and the shared responsibility in preventing the spread of the virus on campus has truly impressed me.

I am writing to update you on our planning and preparation for the Winter Session and Spring Semester.

Winter Session

As you know, for the 2020-2021 academic year, Wagner College will offer an online Winter Session for undergraduate students. Students will have the option to take one course for no additional cost. The Winter Session will start Monday, December 14 and end Wednesday, January 13. There will be a short break in the class from Thursday, December 24 to Sunday, January 3. Attached is a one-page FAQ document about the Winter Session based on questions you have raised.

Spring Semester

Student registration for Spring Semester classes begins next week. We are not yet able to confirm whether those courses will be in-person, remote, or hybrid. Wagner has applied for approval from our accrediting body to offer courses in a combination of remote and in-person modalities just as we have this fall. Still, many factors including the course of the virus and directives from local, state, and federal health authorities will guide our planning.

Town Halls

To address questions and share updates about the college’s planning for the Winter Session, we will be holding town hall meetings for students and families next week. A town hall meeting for employees will take place the following week. You can submit questions for the town halls at this link and sign up to join a session below. Town Halls will also be recorded for community members who are unable to join. We will have an additional Town Hall later in the year to discuss the Spring Semester in more depth.

Town Hall for Parents & Families
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm ET
Register and join here. Registration is required, however you can register immediately beforehand.

Town Hall for Students
Wednesday, October 21, 2:30-3:30pm ET
Register and join here. Registration is required, however you can register immediately beforehand.

Town Hall for Employees
Tuesday, October 27th, 4:15-5:15pm ET
Registration link forthcoming.

Thank you very much!

Joel Martin
President
Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner College:

Here’s the latest update on our campus testing regime.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through this Tuesday 10/13. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 1,823 tests. Of these, 14 have required reprocessing and 1,809 have been negative. There are no new positives from Wagner’s on-campus testing regime.

The College was notified yesterday of one new positive result from a commuter student who completed third-party testing off-campus. The student took the test after feeling mild symptoms and took the responsible step of notifying the Center for Health & Wellness of the positive test. They are safely in isolation off campus. Remember if you test positive or become exposed to someone positive off-campus, please notify studenthealthservice@wagner.edu (for students) or j.clarke-glover@wagner.edu (for employees) immediately.

Through contact tracing, no community members  were identified as exposed. As a reminder, if you do not receive notification from the college, you were not exposed based on the guidelines set forth by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Per college protocols, the Provost contacted the student’s faculty members.

In reviewing the positive case, our Crisis Response Team has assessed that no additional mitigation steps are indicated at this time. We will continuously monitor our community for infection or exposure trends.

The campus approximate transmission rate remains at or near 0.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Town Halls

Later today, we will share information about town halls for students, families, and employees to address questions about the Winter Session. We will also be sharing a one-page FAQ for students and families about taking class during the Winter Session based on information previously shared with faculty.

Take care! I’ll see you tomorrow at our Wagner Weekly Report!

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Happy Friday,  Wagner College:

Here’s the latest update on our campus testing regime.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through this Wednesday 10/7. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 2,361 tests. Of these, 2,343 have been negative, 1 was positive (per 9/30 testing update), and 17 needed reprocessing. The campus approximate transmission rate remains at or near 0.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Ambient Infection Rate

While still much lower than much of the rest of the country, COVID-19 infection rates in New York and New Jersey continue to tick upward. Please continue wearing face coverings, observing social distance, washing your hands regularly, and completing self-screenings daily and testing as requested.  Continue being ESPECIALLY vigilant off campus.

I continue to be incredibly proud of our community for the outstanding effort to prevent the virus from spreading on campus! It has not been easy by any means, but our success is worth the challenge. Thank you for everything you’re doing — keep it up!

Have a good weekend,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

I’m writing to share updates on our campus testing regime and COVID-19 policies.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through last Friday, October 2nd. Over the past two weeks, the college has conducted 2,369 tests. Of these, 2,347 have been negative, 1 was positive (per 9/30 testing update), and 21 needed reprocessing. The campus approximate transmission rate remains at or near 0.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Ambient Infection Rate

The infection rates in New York and New Jersey continue to tick upward. As I shared this morning, Mayor de Blasio has activated local shutdowns for schools and some business in several zip codes where COVID-19 cases have risen. While no Staten Island zip codes are currently covered by the mayor’s actions, several local neighborhoods have seen case numbers increasing. Vigilance off campus is imperative.

Policy Clarifications: Face Coverings

Please note that effective today, face shields without the addition of an approved mask that fully covers the nose and mouth and neck gaiters are NOT considered approved face coverings under the college’s face covering policy. The CDC does not recommend these methods and their effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19 has NOT been established. More information about approved face coverings can be found on the CDC website.

Also, per the Wagner sports medicine-approved COVID-19 management protocol which was reviewed by various health professionals and athletic trainers, athletes and coaches are required to wear face coverings in all public areas, when lifting indoors, traveling to and from competition and/or practice, while receiving care in the athletic training room. Athletic activities will be held outdoors whenever possible. All coaching and athletic staff  are required to wear face coverings during competition and practicing. Student athletes are permitted to remove face covering when participating in drills or physical activity. Physical distancing is encouraged and practiced whenever possible to mitigate the risk of exposure.

Flu Clinics

This week, Wagner College will offer two on-campus flu-shot clinics at the COVID test site outside of Spiro Sports Center. The vaccine will be billed to your insurance. Please present your Wagner ID and your insurance card at time of service.

You must make an appointment: we will have 60 appointments available daily. Please email kyra.dashe@wagner.edu to schedule an appointment.

The clinics will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Finally, please note that our next Wagner Weekly Report will be at the normal day and time of 12:50pm this Friday, October 9th.

Stay safe,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

I am writing to share updated information from Wagner’s on-campus COVID-19 testing regime.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through this Wednesday. Over the past two weeks, 2548 tests have been conducted on campus. Of these, 2527 were negative, 1 was positive (which we shared in the update email on 9/30), and 20 needed reprocessing. The campus approximate transmission rate remains below 1.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Ambient Infection Rate

As I reported earlier this week, the infection rates in New York and New Jersey continue to tick upward. The 10301 zip code has seen positive test rates rise to ~3% on some days.

These trends remind us to be vigilant. Please continue to take the critical steps to secure your own health and the health of our community both on and off campus.

Take care and be well,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

I am writing to share updated information from Wagner’s on-campus COVID-19 testing regime.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received test results through this Monday. Over the past two weeks, 3,006 tests were conducted on campus, 2,979 results were negative, 26 required reprocessing, and one result was positive. This new positive test is from the Monday, 9/28/20 assay of testing data.

The individual who tested positive is a commuter student who was experiencing symptoms. The student took the important and highly responsible step of reporting symptoms right away to the Center for Health & Wellness, prior to having test results. The student is safely in isolation off campus and is doing well.

Through contact tracing, no community members  were identified as exposed. As a reminder, if you do not receive notification from the college, you were not exposed based on the guidelines set forth by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Per college protocols, the Provost contacted the student’s faculty members.

In reviewing the positive case, our Crisis Response Team has assessed that no additional mitigation steps are indicated at this time. We will continuously monitor our community for infection or exposure trends.

The campus approximate transmission rate remains below 1.0. For more information, please review our COVID-19 case tracker.

Observation of Community Health Policies

The ambient infection rate in New York City, New Jersey, and specifically in Richmond County is experiencing a slight uptick. Many models predict cases to increase as the weather turns colder.

This concerning trend reminds us how important it is that we be safe and smart when moving throughout the community beyond campus. It is essential that each community member continue to observe our community health policies and hold one another accountable. Now is not the time for complacency and business as usual.

It is CRITICAL that you observe proper social distancing, wear appropriate face coverings, and avoid unsafe gatherings when OFF CAMPUS. For your own health and safety, for the health and safety of peers and colleagues, and for the wellbeing of our whole campus community.

Thank you for continuing to do your part!

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner College:

Here is the latest information from Wagner’s on-campus COVID-19 testing regime.

COVID-19 Testing

The college has received data from tests conducted on Thursday and Friday of last week. There are no new positive cases on campus. Over the past two weeks Wagner has conducted 2,517 tests. 2,497 have been negative, 1 has been positive (reported 9/11/20), and 19 required reprocessing. There are no new positive tests, exposures, or  mitigation steps to report.

The campus approximate transmission rate is 0.0. For more information, please review the COVID-19 case tracker.

Remember that Wagner’s success in containing the virus is the result of your continued observation of campus health policies. Thank you very much for doing your part: keep it up! Wear appropriate face coverings, complete daily CoVerified screenings, get tested as requested, maintain social distancing requirements when appropriate, and continue holding peers and colleagues accountable.

Best,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

Good Afternoon, Wagner College:

I’m writing to share a testing update and answer some testing questions that have come up this week.

COVID-19 Testing
The college has received data from tests conducted on Monday through Wednesday of this week. There are no new positive cases on campus. Over the past two weeks Wagner has conducted 2,934 tests. 2,930 have been negative, 2 have been positive (reported last week), and 12 required reprocessing (below is a description of what this means). There are no new positive tests, exposures, or additional mitigatory steps to report.

The campus approximate transmission rate remains below 1.0. We’ve expanded the COVID-19 case tracker on our website, which you can find at this link or at the top of the page at wagner.edu/covid19.

Observation of Campus Health Policies
We continue to see high compliance with campus health policies, which is a major contributing factor in keeping the campus safe and mitigating the spread of the virus. Keep it up over homecoming weekend!
Q: How effective is the college’s testing regime?
A: Very effective. Wagner’s testing protocol is provided through the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. The Broad Institute has conducted over 1.8 million tests using its shallow nasal swab technology. Wagner is one of over 100 colleges and universities including Yale, Tufts, Boston College, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, and Northeastern that are using the Broad test. Learn more about the Broad test on their website and check out their global COVID-19 testing dashboard here.

Q: What does “x tests required reprocessing” mean?

A: Tests required reprocessing means that either (1) there was a problem with the testing sample provided to the lab, such as the label couldn’t be read or (2) the sample was processed but didn’t contain sufficient cells to test properly after two attempts. In either case, the college retests individuals whose tests come back with these designations. Very few tests (0.61%) have required reprocessing.

Q: Governor Cuomo issued a new executive order about how colleges report COVID-19 data. How does this affect Wagner?

A: New York State is establishing a comprehensive data dashboard for New York colleges and universities. Wagner views this as an important step for public health and accountability and we will report our data daily via their dashboard. We’ll continue to share data with the community via these emails, the Friday Wagner Weekly Reports, and the COVID-19 case tracker on our website.

Have a great homecoming weekend!

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

I hope you had a pleasant weekend. I am writing with the next update on our COVID-19 testing on campus.

COVID-19 Testing

Over the weekend, the college received the most recent assay of campus COVID-19 tests. Of the 577 tests results received, 572 were negative and 5 required reprocessing.There were NO new positive tests. 

Over the past two weeks Wagner has conducted 2,385 tests. 2,374 have been negative, 2 have been positive (both of which were reported last week), and 9 required reprocessing. There are no new cases, exposures, or additional mitigatory steps to report. The campus approximate transmission rate (R0) remains below 1.0. The COVID-19 data dashboard on our website will be updated accordingly.

Observation of Campus Health Policies

Our community continues to demonstrate excellence in observing campus health policies. As such, we continue to prevent the spread of the virus. The choices we make and habits we set are setting are making the difference: thank you! Keep it up!

Have a good week,

Joel W. Martin

President

Wagner College

 

Dear Wagner College:

I write to share the next update on our COVID-19 testing on campus.

COVID-19 Testing

As I shared in the Wagner Weekly Report today, one new positive test was identified from our Tuesday and Wednesday’s assays of testing data which the college received late last night. Over the past two weeks, Wagner has conducted 1,988 tests. Of these tests 1,978 have been negative, 8 have required reprocessing, and 2 have been positive.

The individual who tested positive is a residential student who was asymptomatic. The student has left the campus to isolate at home and receive appropriate care. One additional residential student was identified as exposed to the individual who tested positive. The exposed student has also left the campus to quarantine at home.

If you have not been notified, you were not exposed to the individual under the exposure guidelines set forth by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Additionally, our Crisis Response Team has recommended, and the college has taken, some highly targeted actions to mitigate viral spread. Anyone affected by those additional actions has already been notified. If you have not been notified, you are not affected. We will continuously monitor our community for infection or exposure trends. As with the first case last weekend, our Crisis Response Team acted swiftly and appropriately.

Observation of Campus Health Policies

I continue to be very grateful to the community for upholding health policies, which has made possible the mitigation and containment of viral spread on campus. Please continue completing your daily self-screenings, taking COVID-19 tests when asked to do so, wearing face coverings, and observing social distance.

We MUST continue to be extremely vigilant and uphold our community health policies.

 

Best,
Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner Community,

I’m writing to provide an update on the College’s COVID-19 testing and response. Today we received 443 test results from Thursday and Friday of last week. 441 were negative; one test was not processed, and one test came back positive. This is the first positive test result out of 2,273 tests.

The individual who tested positive is a residential student who was asymptomatic. The individual is in good spirits, safely isolated on campus in Guild Hall, and receiving appropriate care. Wagner’s COVID-19 coordinator Dean Kathy Oberfeldt and the Wagner Crisis Response Team, guided by Vice President Ruta Shah-Gordon, have acted swiftly and appropriately.

Any community member who was exposed to the individual who tested positive has already been notified by the college. One additional residential student is being quarantined on campus as a result of exposure to the individual who tested positive. If you have not been notified, you were not exposed to the individual under the exposure guidelines set forth by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

In reviewing the circumstances of this positive test, our Crisis Response Team has determined that the college does not need to take additional mitigatory steps at this time. However, we will continuously monitor our community for infection or exposure trends. In our next campus testing data update, the R0 approximate campus transmission rate and other metrics will reflect this positive result.

As I have shared before, Wagner has anticipated and planned for positive cases on campus. This first positive case is not a cause for panic. 

Still, it reinforces how critical it is that we continue to be vigilant and observe campus health policies. Please continue completing your daily self-screenings, taking COVID-19 tests when asked to do so, wearing face coverings, and observing social distance to keep our community safe in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you very much,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

As we head into Labor Day Weekend, I write to provide another update on campus testing data.

COVID-19 Testing

Now that we are nearing two full weeks of on-campus testing data, we will begin to report two-week rolling totals of tests completed on campus in each update.

Wagner has submitted 1,829 tests for processing by the Broad Institute. Of these, 11 have come back invalid or not processed and therefore needed retesting. The remaining 1,818 tests have been negative. None of these tests have been positive.

The continued trend of no positive results is encouraging. It reflects the care and caution our community members are taking. It reflects students refraining from risky behaviors and colleagues holding one another accountable. Our campus is rising to the challenge. Still, we know that even if everyone does their part, positive cases are inevitable. We are ready when they do arise, and the continued vigilance of our community will reduce the virus’s spread throughout the community.

Data Snapshot

Starting today, we will share a snapshot of campus data on our website at wagner.edu/covid19 and during the Weekly Report each Friday.

Observation of Campus Health Policies

Thanks to all of the community members who have held themselves and one another for our community health policies.

Remember that the precautions we’re taking are the BEST way to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. While our number is zero for now, based on statistical modeling, there will be COVID-19 cases on campus. We MUST continue to be extremely vigilant and uphold our community health policies.

Remember that Wagner’s website (wagner.edu/covid19 and wagner.edu/hr) is the best place to find all COVID-19 FAQs, policies, and data.

Best,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

I am writing to share the next update on Wagner’s COVID-19 testing data and other key measures.

COVID-19 Testing

The most recent assay from which Wagner has received data comprised 148 tests of students and employees. In this assay, 147 tests were negative and 1 was invalid and will be retested. None of these tests came back positive for COVID-19. Currently there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. Our campus approximated transmission rate (R0) remains less than 1.0.

Remember that the precautions we’re taking are the BEST way to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. While we still have no known cases, there will be positive cases on campus: we stand ready to address them when they arise. Our community’s continued vigilance and the precautions we are taking are what will prevent these eventual positive cases from spreading.

Observation of Campus Health Policies

I am very pleased that there have been very few community health policy infractions and no major breaches over the course of the first weeks, including last weekend, the first of the semester. I am witnessing a continuing commitment from students, faculty, and staff to hold themselves and one another accountable for the health of the whole community. Please keep up the vigilance. Uphold the social contract. Remember that you can report incidents of non-compliance using our confidential reporting tool.

Policy Clarification

In response to questions about our face covering policy, we want to clarify the College’s policy about face coverings.

If an employee is alone in a college-owned vehicle with the windows open (e.g. an employee in a golf cart or driving a shuttle van) they may temporarily remove their face covering. Whenever more than one person is in a vehicle, face coverings must be worn by all occupants, including the driver and any passengers. Shuttle vans and golf carts will be sprayed and wiped down to ensure cleanliness after each shuttle run or cart use.

Reminders & Updates

As a reminder, all COVID-19 related policies, protocols, and updates, as well as FAQs can be found on Wagner’s website at wagner.edu/covid-19 and wagner.edu/hr.

Best,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Wagner College:

Congratulations on a successful week one of the fall semester! I am writing to share an update on campus COVID-19 testing, health policies, and some relevant reminders. (NOTE: This update includes new data that was not available at the time of this afternoon’s Wagner Weekly Update.)

COVID-19 Testing

Wagner has now conducted approximately 800 tests on campus using the Broad Institute test over the past 10 days. The most recent assay from which Wagner has received data comprised 414 tests of students and employees. In this assay, 408 tests were negative, 3 were invalid and will be retested, and 3 are still forthcoming. None of these tests came back positive for COVID-19.

Currently there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, so our campus approximated transmission rate (R0) remains less than 1.0. Having collected a sufficiently large sample of tests, beginning in our next communication I will share the calculated R0 value. As a reminder, the R0 value is the approximate number of individuals likely to be infected by each person who tests positive for COVID-19. An R0 value of 1.0 or below suggests effective containment of the virus (i.e. an infected individual on campus is only likely to infect one other person).

Observation of Campus Health Policies

I hear it from faculty, staff, and students loud and clear: we want to stay on campus! I am proud of the commitment I have witnessed to upholding our campus health policies. To date there have been no serious breaches of community health policy and relatively few minor incidents. Thank you. The precautions that we are taking are the BEST way to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

While our number is zero for now, based on statistical modeling, there will be COVID-19 cases on campus. We MUST continue to be extremely vigilant and uphold our community health policies. 

Important Reminders

  • Weekly testing: remember that until otherwise announced, testing will be conducted weekly for all students and employees who come to campus at least one day per week.

  • Appointments only: To reduce density and traffic flow within our buildings, all office visits must be by appointment only. If your office has allowed walk-in visitors, you must migrate to an appointment only process.

  • Face coverings: appropriate face coverings must be worn at all times on campus when in public. For faculty and staff this means any time you are outside your office. For students this means any time you are outside of your bedroom.

Best,

Joel W. Martin
President

Dear Wagner College,

I am writing to share the first update on campus-based COVID-19 testing of students and some employees. This round was conducted last week. I also want to provide updates on baseline off-campus testing numbers I shared on Friday and on compliance with campus health policies.  We will be following up with another update later this week when we will have additional data and our first holistic analysis available from our Health Analytics consulting group.

On-Campus Testing

The first full-scale batch of on-campus Broad Institute COVID-19 tests were administered to first-year students and some employees late last week. 149 tests were administered and of these tests 148 came back negative for COVID-19 and 1 had a processing error. This individual will be retested today. None of these tests came back positive for COVID-19.

While this news is encouraging, we know there will be COVID-19 cases on campus in the weeks ahead. This is inevitable, even though we have a well-designed mitigation plan (robust testing, rapid contract tracing, socially distanced classrooms, no indoor dining, daily symptom reporting, dedicated quarantine space and much more), a superb Health Analytics team helping us interpret data and refine interventions, strongly supportive staff, a caring community ethos, and a great majority of students committed to doing the right thing. Even though conditions in NY remain very good compared to most other states, we reside in a nation undergoing a novel pandemic, not a perfect bubble free from risks. We are trying mightily to manage these risks wisely and part of doing so is not dropping our guard.

In that regard, I note that a study published last week found that pre-arrival testing like Wagner’s is likely to miss up to 1/6th of positive cases. This finding is neither surprising nor alarming, however it does remind us that continued testing and compliance with health policies is vital if we are to ensure the campus approximated transmission rate (R0) remains less than 1.0.

R0, “r-naught,” is the transmission rate, meaning it is the approximate number of individuals likely to be infected by each person testing positive. Wagner is tracking our campus’s approximate R0 based on a number of factors from research on viral spread. An R0 rate at or below 1.0 suggests effective containment of the virus (i.e. an infected individual on campus is only likely to infect one other person).

Baseline Testing

On Friday, I shared that 3 of the approximately 1,200 students and employees who completed tests prior to coming to campus were positive, that none of these community members experienced symptoms, and that all were safely isolated at home. During further off-campus baseline testing last week, 4 additional off-campus positives emerged bringing the total positive cases in the baseline to 7 and the percentage of positive cases to approximate 0.5%. These positive students had not arrived to campus. They were asymptomatic and are now safely isolated at home.

The students who tested positive did the right thing by reporting their tests, cooperating with contact tracers, and taking appropriate action. They identified a couple of additional students who may have been exposed off-campus. These two students were notified of the possible exposure before they could complete their move-in. They are also safely quarantined off-campus for the required 14 day period and subsequent required clearance checks.

Campus Health Policies & Compliance

We are pleased that there have been very few incidents of community members failing to uphold our community health policies and no serious breaches. Thank you very much for your continued partnership and vigilance: Wear your face coverings at all times in public. Wash your hands frequently. Maintain 6’ of social distance whenever inside and when possible outside. Abide by campus event restrictions. Complete your daily self-screening fully and honestly. Get tested when scheduled to do so. Hold fellow members of the Wagner community accountable and report incidents of non-compliance using our confidential reporting tool. It is all of the precautionary steps, taken together, that yield the best reduction of infection (or viral) transmission.

Notification

As a reminder, any student or employee who is identified as having come into contact with someone who tested positive will be notified. Any member of the community who is quarantined because of potential exposure should directly let their supervisor and HR know if they are an employee and let their faculty instructors know if they are a student.

Research & Best Practices

Through the Higher Education Health Analytics Team, the Broad Institute partner resources, the Council for Independent Colleges & Universities (CICU), and higher education news, the College is constantly reviewing and evaluating emerging research on COVID-19 and practices from peer institutions. We have learned that some of the key reasons some institutions have failed to contain the spread of the virus on campus were lack of transparent reporting of positive case information and testing being performed only on individuals experiencing symptoms. Wagner’s commitments to keeping the community informed of cases and sharing updates regarding interventions the college is taking, and our robust, randomized testing regime aim to help us avoid these pitfalls and sustain an R0 below 1. Again, we will continue to scan the educational landscape for best practices and adjust our actions accordingly.

As soon as we have sufficient data to do so, our Health Analytics team will be calculating our initial empirically-derived approximated R0 for Wagner College. I will be sharing that all-important measure in future updates. We anticipate doing this on a twice-weekly basis initially to ensure everyone understands what we are finding and what we are doing. With this foundation of understanding established, we will continue to assess conditions and adjust our communication cadence to advance best outcomes.  As always, the safety and well-being of our community—as determined by science, evidence, and data—will guide our communications, actions, and interventions.

Best,

Joel W. Martin
President
Wagner College

Dear Colleagues:

Walking across campus this week, I observed many examples of outstanding work done to prepare for the fall semester in these challenging times: tents across the green to allow for outdoor convening and dining, classrooms rearranged and outfitted with new technologies, a refurbished entryway to the Harborview Residence Hall, signage posted to promote safety, testing stations ready, and many more improvements and alterations. These physical examples complement the immeasurable efforts of faculty and staff to plan for teaching in-person and online in a challenging context we’ve never experienced. Thank you for all of your transformative efforts, seen and unseen. It has been an epic lift by Wagner College and we could not have done it without each and everyone of you doing your part, and then some. You should be proud.

May 2020-21 be a good year for all of us and for Wagner College.

Weekly Updates

Given the novel challenges we face, it is key that we be in constant communication throughout the semester. We will hold a brief Wagner Weekly Report every Friday at 12:50pm via Zoom open to all faculty and staff beginning next Friday, August 28th. During these sessions, I will share information about the college’s ongoing response to the virus and answer pressing questions. We may introduce additional timely topics later as we continue to engage a wide range of important issues affecting everyone’s well-being and the College’s role in engaging these challenges productively. The web link will be shared each week in the Daily Bulletin.

We will also regularly communicate updates on the college’s testing regimen and other key interventions via community emails.

Data-Informed Decisions

As I shared a few weeks ago, and as highlighted by Borough President James Oddo this morning, Wagner’s efforts on campus are informed by a Higher Education Health Analytics Team (HEHAT), chaired by Professor Chris Corbo, Ph.D., and Dean Kathy Oberfeldt, DNP, and comprising representatives from Wagner, College of Staten Island, St. John’s University, Richmond University Medical Center, Northwell Health, and the Borough President’s Office. This team, which has been convening regularly over the past month, has already allowed for effective coordination among our institutions and generated ideas to align our efforts to best practices. The HEHAT will review campus, community, borough, city, and state data regularly and integrate evolving scientific and epidemiological research to inform our practice and our decisions.

The College has established a set of key external and internal metrics that the HEHAT and Senior Team will monitor. These include rates of infection in New York City and New Jersey, as well as internal factors such as number of COVID-19 cases among residential students and commuter students and number of campus quarantine beds in use. The most important campus metric is our approximate R0 (“R-naught”) value or rate of transmission. The R0 is the approximate number of people to whom an infected individual is likely to transmit the disease. We will share an approximate R0 value in our updates each week. Wagner is prepared to make specific, appropriate interventions based upon changes in these data.

Baseline & On-Campus Testing

As you know, Wagner required all students and employees who will be present on campus this fall to take and submit a negative test for COVID-19 prior to their arrival. I can now report that over the past two weeks, more than 1,200 students and employees completed these tests. Out of approximately 1,200 campus community members tested only 3 (equating to 0.25%) came back positive. None of the individuals who tested positive have come to campus. Each was asymptomatic. Because they learned of their condition thanks to testing, they have taken steps to protect others. They are doing well at home. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Let’s not make too much of this small number. Other campuses have started in-person semesters only to see numbers of positive cases quickly mushroom. For this reason, we have made ongoing testing a key component of our strategy for mitigating viral spread.

Our on-campus testing regime is up and running. The Broad Institute tests we are using are both extremely accurate and very easy to administer. All students and employees who spend time on campus will complete tests multiple times this semester. Soon the CoVerified app will be up and running as well to support daily self-screening, testing, and contact tracing. We will keep the community updated on the outcomes of our on-campus testing regime. The first report will come next week when we have accumulated our next robust sample size. Given the ambient rate of infection in our region, which hovers around 1% of those tested, it would be shocking if the results were as favorable as the baseline test; we should prepare ourselves to see a higher percentage of positive results and be ready to reinforce observance of proper hygiene on and off campus.

Vigilance is Vital

The virus still poses a threat. Even though our city and our state is doing far better than most places in the country, it is nearly certain that there will be COVID-19 cases on campus. This is a statistical reality, but it is one that we can influence by detecting cases through testing and responding rapidly to mitigate further spread. It is vital for each community member to make the choice to uphold our campus health and wellness policies: wearing face coverings at all times while in public, maintaining 6’ of physical distance when possible, meeting virtually when at all possible, and visiting other offices in-person by appointment only. In town halls, meetings with athletic teams and many campus clubs and organizations, emails, and in the social contract, we have reminded each student that their decisions will have a direct effect upon our ability to remain on campus. We have established a confidential reporting tool that anyone can use to report incidents of non-compliance.

It’s very simple: we all want Wagner to stay open. Let’s make choices that support that outcome.

This week, as we noted the transformative changes on campus, some of us also had the privilege to witness the arrival of new students and the return of established students to our campus. Their arrival highlights the value of our labors.

Our students and their families have studied our reopening plan, asked questions and received answers from our dedicated staff, and assessed the risks of resuming residential or commuter liberal arts and professional education during the fall of 2020 in NYC.  Aware of the risks that exist everywhere in the U.S., they have determined that they want to be present here with us on Grymes Hill, because they want to connect with our faculty, coaches, staff and each other, contribute to the renewal and growth of the special community that is Wagner College, and transform themselves into people who can make this world a better place for all.

On Wednesday, a parent outside of Harborview shared lovingly, “We are dropping our son off now and hope we do not see him until Thanksgiving.” I said, I share your hope and we will do all we can to fulfill this hope.

Everyone connected to Wagner wants to see our campus stay open safely and I trust that there are many other people who are less familiar with Wagner now who will take heart if we succeed. Who couldn’t use an example of a community doing the right things the right way?  Let’s be that community.

Because of what you have done to ready our campus for the new year, because of what you are doing now to welcome students back to campuses in-person or online, and because of what we will do together as a community protecting each other as best we can, Wagner College can and will Emerge Stronger.

Go Seahawks!

Joel

We were recently informed that Richmond University Medical Center unfortunately is not able to offer the rapid testing to our Wagner students and employees next week as scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.  They have apologized for the inconvenience and we have alternative options for you to take your required test.

Employees and students have reported the following testing sites as successful with fairly good turn around times.

333 Roebling Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Please remember in order to come to campus, you must have a baseline negative COVID Test Result.

Regular and ongoing testing of students and employees for COVID-19 is one of the most important steps colleges are taking to protect the health and safety of their students, faculty, and staff when they reopen their campuses this fall. Wagner College will be using the Broad Institute’s asymptomatic testing program, which includes an observed, self-administered swab in the front of the nostrils for specimen collection. Specimens are then tested by viral (PCR) analysis.

The College has increased supplemental staffing for the Health Center to support this effort.  Human Resources staff, and staff in Residential Education, will be trained to assist with contact tracing and care management on an as-needed basis. We have also developed a testing plan that includes the following:

CoVerified app

All students and employees will be required to download a new app called CoVerified, which will be Wagner’s platform for all COVID-19 testing and public-health protocols. This app will serve a number of functions, including:

  • Allowing individuals to input daily health self-monitoring checks and schedule on-campus testing appointments. Both students and employees will be required to complete daily self-monitoring checks on the app;

  • Offering daily reminders about common public health measures we should all be taking, such as washing hands frequently and wearing facial coverings;

  • Providing the opportunity to collect and provide data for contact tracing, should that be needed; and

  • Providing confidential negative test results directly from Wagner’s dedicated testing provider. (Positive results will be communicated to students by the Center for Health and Wellness, and to employees by Human Resources.)

 

Baseline testing of all students and employees upon a return to campus in August

The College is requiring that all students and employees must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their arrival on campus for the start of the Fall 2020 term. The testing/quarantine requirements are as follows:

  • All students and employees returning to campus in any capacity must have a COVID-19 test administered 7-14 days prior to the student/employee’s arrival date on campus. The test may not be administered earlier than 7 days nor later than 14 days before the student/employee’s arrival date. This time frame has been chosen to honor testing result delays present in many areas of the world.

  • The COVID-19 test may be any of the current FDA-approved virus modalities. Positive antibody tests will not be accepted.

  • If a student/employee is unable to acquire a test result by their expected return to campus, the student/employee must remain at home and quarantine until the test result is received. The academic needs of students who remain at home, and students in quarantine on campus, will be accommodated. Students should contact their academic advisor and course instructors for assistance.

  • Students must provide all written documentation by mail, fax or email of the test result to the Health and Wellness Center; employees must provide documentation to Human Resources. Eventually all students/employees will be able to upload written results in the CoVerified app.

  • If an individual has a positive COVID-19 test, he/she/they may only return to campus under the following conditions:

  • at least 14 days after receipt of positive results, AND

  • at least 72 hours with no fever, without using fever-reducing medications (including ibuprofen, paracetamol, acetaminophen, aspirin, or any of their brand-name products), AND

  • all other symptoms have improved

All three conditions must be met for a return to campus

On campus testing: Beginning August 17

Please note that,for the safety of our community, no baseline (initial reporting) testing will be performed on campus. Employees or students unable to obtain baseline testing prior to coming to campus can get tested with same-day results at Richmond University Medical Center from August 17-21 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

 

Routine and random testing will continue throughout the fall semester for students and employees. This testing plan will be supplemented by self-screening (using the CoVerified app for all students and employees). The on-campus testing plan includes the following:

  • All employees, including faculty and staff, who report to campus on a regular weekly basis (at least one day a week, every week), will participate in the testing program. Appointments will be scheduled via the CoVerified app and staggered through the work week (from Monday through Friday). If test results are positive, individuals will be contacted immediately and if on campus sent home to isolate and follow New York City Department of Health (or local health department) guidance for clearance to return to in-person work.

    • Individuals can schedule an individual appointment based upon their last name (please note this schedule is subject to change):

      • Mondays – A through E

      • Tuesdays – F through J

      • Wednesdays – K through O

      • Thursdays – P through T

      • Fridays – U through Z

(If you have a scheduling issue please contact Health and Wellness or Human Resources to reschedule)

  • Students living on campus: When students arrive on campus, they will be required to undergo regularly scheduled COVID-19 testing. Students will be provided with instructions on where and how to schedule their individual test. If a student tests positive, he/she/they will be relocated into isolation for 14 days and will be retested at the end of his/her/their quarantine/isolation period. The positive student’s roommate will also remain quarantined for 14 days and will be re-tested at the conclusion of the 14-day quarantine.   Residential students living on campus will also participate in the routine and random testing program.  Appointments will be scheduled via the CoVerified app and staggered through the week by last name (Monday – Friday).

 

  • Commuting students: Students reporting to campus on a regular weekly basis (at least one day a week, every week) will participate in the testing program. Appointments will be scheduled via the CoVerified app and staggered through the week by last name (Monday – Friday). If test results are positive, they will be contacted immediately and if on campus sent home to isolate and follow New York City Department of Health (or local health department) guidance for clearance to return to in-person classes.

Contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation

Students who have a positive COVID-19 test and/or symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to activate their Emergency Preparedness Plan. For those staying on campus, students will be moved to an isolation room with its own bathroom on campus and will be required to stay in that room until all of the following conditions are met: (1) at least 14 days have passed since the positive test, (2) the student has not had fever for 72 hours (3 days), and (3) the student no longer has symptoms. During isolation, students may not leave their rooms except if directed to do so by a member of the College staff. As with quarantine, the College will deliver food and provide for continued participation in online coursework for students in isolation. In addition, staff from the Student Health Service will perform medical checks as often as necessary. If symptoms worsen, the College will make sure the student has appropriate medical attention including, if necessary, hospitalization.

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will begin. The contact tracer (either a Wagner College employee or a public health contact tracing officer) will interview the individual who tested positive and find out who that person has been in close contact with in the fourteen days prior to the positive test. The list of contacts will include students and employees who have been within six feet of the positive individual for more than 15 minutes. All “close contacts” of positive cases will be notified about their close contact and referred to their personal healthcare provider for assessment. Close contacts of positive cases will also be instructed to leave campus (when possible) and quarantine at home for 14 days. Residential students living on campus who have close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine as directed by the College.

Campus notification

The College will assess each report of a COVID-19 case individually, based on the circumstances at the time, and decide whether the positive case represents a broader health and safety threat to the campus community. In that case, a notification will be sent alerting students who are currently on campus and all employees. Additionally, the community will be informed of any significant updates or changes in cases, such as multiple reported cases, signs of community spread, etc. The College will communicate with local health authorities regarding signs of community spread and warning signs of a potential outbreak.

HIPAA

All personal health data will be managed in a HIPAA-compliant manner. Specifically, Wagner College and any Service Provider receiving data that contains protected health information (“PHI”) from students or employees will: (a) comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations relating to the maintenance of the PHI, the safeguarding of the confidentiality of the PHI, and the use and disclosure of the PHI; (b) use and disclose the PHI only for the purpose(s) identified by the College, as otherwise required by law, and for no other purpose; (c) use appropriate safeguards to prevent the use and disclosure of the PHI, other than for a use or disclosure expressly, unless written permission of the student or employee is obtained. Students and employees will be provided with HIPAA disclosures and Informed Consent documentation on participation.

 

Baseline Testing Options (including but not limited to):

August 17 to August 21 (Please note this will be billed to the individual’s insurance)

  • Testing will be conducted at RUMC in conference room A, Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM the week of August 17 to 21.

  • The Abbott test will be used for faster results.

  • Anyone from Wagner will need to present their Wagner ID to be tested and will be asked to come alone. Only Wagner employees and students will be tested.

  • They will be directed  (signage, front desk staff) to the conference room A to complete required paperwork.

  • Once the test is completed, students/employees will be directed to wait outside the hospital and instructed to wait 30 minutes before checking to see if results are in to avoid crowding.

  • Copies of test results will be provided.

  • We have confirmed this written result meets our requirement for students and employees to report to campus.

If you have any questions about anything in this message, please contact us.

 

Kathleen Oberfeldt  DNP, FNP
Dean Center for Health and Wellness

Dear Students and Families

We hope that this email finds you all well. As you have seen with the Wagner Restart Plan, our campus experience will look different this fall. As we continue to prepare for a return to in-person instruction, there will be many new procedures that we must initiate in order to keep us safe. We will have to remain apart to stay together and emerge stronger. We need your help. We are asking you to take time to review this letter and make decisions that are best for your family. 

  1. New York instituted a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming from abroad or from states with significant community spread of COVID-19. All students must review the quarantine information below and complete the form linked below. [Due August 7]
  1. Read and sign the Social Contract and ensure that you will be able to adhere to the rules and regulations. [Due by August 7]
  1. Fill out the Emergency Preparedness Plan. [Due by August 7]
  1. If you are a residential student, please respond to an email you will receive shortly from Residential Education. [Due August 3]
  1. Review the updated testing and monitoring requirements.

Quarantine Information:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those traveling to the United States from other countries. 

The State of New York has also mandated 14-day quarantine rules for those traveling to the State of New York. 

The list of restricted states changes as cases surge in different areas around the country. As of July 30, restrictions are in place for travelers from 34 states, D.C. and two U.S. territories, and more may be added. The quarantine requirements are strict. Among other restrictions, those in quarantine must:

  • not be in public or otherwise leave their quarters for the full two weeks 
  • be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group
  • have their food delivered

As of 7/30, this includes over 300 members of our community. Wagner simply does not have the facilities to make safe accommodations for all of our affected students.

 Therefore, we ask that students from the restricted states refrain from returning campus until their state is delisted. Until that time, students will be able to study remotely. Our intention is to bring all members of our campus community back safely. 

We understand that some of you have already begun quarantine plans in New York and others have made arrangements with families and friends. All students must complete the Quarantine Response Form by August 7.

Social Contract:

In order for Wagner to remain a strong community this fall, we are asking each student to sign a social contract that is a commitment to the health of our community. This contract was designed with your peers and an eye toward health, safety and equity for everyone in our community. Adherence to this contract is critical to maintain in-person instruction for the fall semester. If you do not believe that you will be able to commit fully after you review this contract, we will support your decision to remain home for the fall semester and take courses remotely. Please note that, if you sign the contract, subsequent noncompliance may be considered a forfeiture of your right to be on campus or take in-person classes, and you may not be subject to a refund. 

Emergency Preparedness Plan

We are working with our community to ensure everyone’s safety and we want to be prepared if a student contracts the virus while on campus. Therefore, we are asking all students and families to discuss an emergency preparedness plan that can be activated if necessary. The College has set aside Guild Hall for quarantine and isolation purposes and to be able to meet the Department of Health’s standards. To manage limited space, our preference is that students within driving distance from campus quarantine or isolate from home. Please sign into your Wagner email address and fill out this emergency preparedness plan by August 7.

Residential Students

We will continue to work actively on a phased plan to bring students back to residential living if they choose. Residential Education will be sending communication outlining the full process to students later today.  Here are some important highlights of the residential plan: 

  • Students living in non-restricted states and those who have made arrangements to quarantine will receive a housing assignment on August 10. 
  • Students living in restricted states who plan on arriving after their state is delisted will be contacted by Residential Education for housing assignments available at that time. 
  • Housing assignments will be for the fall 2020 semester only. We feel this is the most fair and equitable option as some people may not be able to join us on campus for the fall semester. Residential Education will conduct a new lottery process during the winter term for spring 2021. Additionally, we will be doing a deep cleaning at the conclusion of the fall term. 
  • We are limiting the number of items a student will be allowed to bring with them to campus to the following: no more than three suitcases and three additional items (e.g. tvs, personal storage tote, etc.). 
  • We will not be able to allow students to have assistance during move-in. We know this is disappointing and we hope that the spring move-in will allow for a more typical and family friendly move in
  • ALL students will be expected to fully move out of their fall 2020 residential assignment at the end of the fall 2020 semester. There will be no storage permitted during the winter session.

Testing and Monitoring

Students will not be allowed onto campus until they present proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test. More information will be provided shortly on where to upload your results. In addition, all students who choose to return to campus this fall, whether residential or commuter, will be screened and tested for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival to campus. There will be regular testing as a follow up to ensure the safety of our community. Students will self-monitor and report the presence or absence of symptoms of COVID-19 beginning on the first day of their return to campus. If students are not comfortable with regular testing and monitoring, we will support their decision to stay home and study remotely.

Town Halls

We invite you to attend one of the town halls next week, and you can submit your questions through this form.

  • Family Town HallFor parents, guardians, and family members of current and incoming Wagner students
  • Student Town HallFor all current and incoming Wagner students

We understand that this has been a stressful time and that the situation is changing rapidly across our country and around the world. Wagner’s plan remains contingent on N.Y. State guidance and  national and regional trends. We plan on communicating necessary updates promptly so that you can plan accordingly.

We know that the Wagner community is caring and looks out for each other. We believe this culture and commitment to our community will be the keys to reopening and staying open successfully. Thank you in advance for your commitment and patience as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Joel W. Martin, Ph.D.
President

Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D.
Vice President
Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs & Campus Life

Dear Wagner College,

On Wednesday, the Northeast Conference (NEC) Council of Presidents voted to postpone fall 2020 conference competition and championships. This was a difficult but necessary decision made in the best interest of our students.

Our student-athletes, coaches, and staff members are passionate about their craft. Their commitment on the field develops the leaders we need off the field, and Wagner remains steadfast in our support of their pursuits in sports and education. We are working closely with the NEC, the NCAA, and our coaches to determine what a fall athletics experience will look like.

Restricting athletic competition will eliminate the risk of having visiting teams or athletes on campus, and limiting practice will decrease exposure among our athletes. Wagner will be enforcing a comprehensive testing program for all students and employees, and this will support our athletes as well in their continued training.

The trajectory of COVID-19 is difficult to predict, and we do not know what kinds of breakthroughs we may see in the coming months. We are carefully monitoring progress related to the pandemic, and we will be in constant communications with the entire Wagner community as plans develop. We look forward to returning to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.

The NEC Council of Presidents agreed to reconvene again on October 1 to evaluate the public health crisis and competitive options moving forward.

Our student-athletes know best what it means to overcome adversity. We are confident they will turn this challenge into opportunity, and we look forward to their continued leadership within our community. Seahawks always find a way to win.

Joel W. Martin, President

Walt Hameline, Director of Athletics

Dear Wagner Students and Families:

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo authorized New York City to enter Phase IV in the state’s reopening process. This exciting update speaks to the outstanding progress New York has made in containing COVID-19 to date. It formally allows institutions of higher education to return to on-campus operation.

Now, I am pleased to share Wagner’s comprehensive Restart Plan, which we submitted to the State of New York earlier this week. You can find the report and other relevant information about the fall semester on our website at wagner.edu/restart

This plan represents the College’s current planning for a return to on-campus education this fall, with our fall semester starting on Monday, August 24th. We will continue to adjust our planning based upon updated guidance from government and health authorities, local and national health conditions, and other factors, and will update you if our plan changes. For students who need or wish to continue their Wagner education remotely through online classes, we have created that option also. 

I also invite you to join for a Student or Family Town Hall taking place on Wednesday, August 5th to discuss the plan and answer your questions. If you have questions about the plan, please share them using this quick form.

I want to thank all of the staff, faculty, trustees and friends who have supported this important and innovative work on behalf of our students.

Family Town HallFor parents, guardians, and family members of current and incoming Wagner students

Wednesday, August 5, 12:30pm

Student Town HallFor all current and incoming Wagner students

Wednesday, August 5, 2:00pm

I join our faculty and staff in gratitude for your patience, partnership, and perseverance in this challenging time.  Thank you very much.

Best,

Joel W. Martin
President

Dear Students,

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. I am pleased to share important updates on the College’s academic plan for the 2020-2021 school year from the Office of the Provost. Please note that the College will be releasing our full Restart Plan to the community next Wednesday, July 22nd. That plan will include extensive detail about the College’s efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community in the year ahead to complement the academic information shared below.

OUR ACADEMIC PLAN

These plans are based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that we have at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change by the time our community returns to campus in August. Additional details will be provided in the weeks to come from the Office of the Provost.

COURSE DELIVERY

The delivery of graduate and undergraduate classes will happen in a variety of ways to reduce the density in classrooms – in-person, remote, or a hybrid approach. By late July, student schedules will indicate how each class will be presented (in-person, remote, or hybrid), and the faculty teaching each class will follow-up with their students to explain the details of the course schedule further. Some examples of the hybrid approach are a Tuesday/Thursday class in which half the class meets in-person on Tuesday and the other half meets in-person on Thursday or a one-week in-person, two weeks remote approach. Some faculty may have less frequent face-to-face meetings than normal, focusing only on aspects of their curriculum in which in-person interaction is needed to be effective.

Classes will end at the Thanksgiving break. Final examinations will be given remotely during the week of November 30, 2020. Classes will be held on Labor Day and Columbus Day, as well as the day after Columbus Day. Students will have an opportunity to review their schedules, see the planned delivery methods, and make changes prior to the start of the semester or before the add/drop deadline at 4:30 p.m. September 1. You should check “MyWagner” for your schedules.

For students who do not wish to attend courses that have an in-person component, there will be online and remote options. The student will have the option to change their schedule to exclusively remote courses if the desired courses are available; however, not all courses will be available remotely. Students should consult with their advisors to be sure that any schedule changes keep them on track for graduation.

Faculty have been engaging in additional training for remote and online course delivery. That training will continue throughout the summer.

Wagner College students will continue to be offered the same quality faculty, classes, and support either virtually or in person. The College has been and is continuing to conduct additional training to faculty and has invested in new resources in order to meet students’ needs while mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community.

CHANGES TO THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR

We have developed a 2020–2021 academic calendar that allows us to maintain a robust residential learning environment, while keeping the health and safety of our community front and center. Further information on the academic calendar can be found on the Registrar’s webpage.

FALL SEMESTER

To do this, we will modify our typical calendar. For the fall semester, we will start classes on August 24, eliminate breaks, finish on-campus instruction by Thanksgiving, and hold finals remotely. These changes enable us to have a full 15-week semester, to ensure we maintain a rigorous academic experience. By adapting the calendar in this way, we eliminate the need for students to leave and return to campus after Thanksgiving Break. Back-and-forth travel of this kind would unnecessarily create an opportunity of spreading the coronavirus on our campus.

WINTER TERM AND SPRING SEMESTER

There will be an optional online Winter Term that will start in mid-December and end in mid-January. Students will be able to take 1-2 courses during this term. This will allow students to reduce their spring semester workload or accelerate their progress towards their degrees.

The spring calendar will include 14 weeks of on-campus instruction and one week of off-campus finals, with no Spring Break, but may be altered depending on the path of the virus.

LEARNING REMOTELY

We understand that some students may need to remain home for a variety of reasons, particularly international students whose visas are delayed. If you are interested in learning remotely for the fall semester, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@wagner.edu by Friday, July 24. We are working to ensure that students who want to learn remotely will be able to take a full course load and make progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. Please note that the online curriculum will likely not be as comprehensive as that available to the residential students. The deadline for notifying the Registrar is July 24.

CLASSROOMS, LABORATORIES AND STUDIOS

Our Campus Operations Department is re-configuring each classroom, laboratory and studio to ensure that students and faculty can work together while maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing.

The College is investing in enhanced computer and audio-visual technology to facilitate communication in the classroom even while students and faculty are wearing face coverings.

Desks will be spaced at 6-foot intervals to maintain physical distance. This will restrict the number of people in any one classroom, based on classroom size. The College will utilize the largest classrooms available whenever possible.

OFFICE HOURS AND ADVISING

Faculty will continue to hold regular office hours to work with students one on one and in small groups. These meetings will take place via Zoom to maintain physical distancing. Advising and other appointments with academic offices will be shifted to virtual meetings.

STUDENTS WHO NEED TO MISS CLASS DUE TO ILLNESS

Because the College is asking anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, students who miss class due to illness will be able to work with their faculty so their absence does not interfere with their progress or standing in the course. A student should plan to communicate immediately with their faculty should they need to stay home due to illness or because they’ve been instructed to self-isolate and are unable to attend remotely.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We know that it might not be possible for our international first-year students and returning students to come to campus this fall. We strongly encourage these students to enroll in Wagner courses remotely. Many courses will be available remotely this fall. We are working on issues related to time-zone scheduling so that students will have the opportunity to study remotely, no matter where they are.

ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES

Academic spaces such as computer labs and the library will follow physical-distancing protocol with details to be determined. Many library resources will continue to be available digitally.

It is still to be determined how musical ensembles and courses that require group singing or instrument playing will be conducted. Virtual options are being explored, but no decisions have been made at this time.

How student-teaching, internships, observations, and clinical experiences will be conducted will be determined by state guidelines and the College’s partners in those placements. The College is exploring virtual opportunities enabling students to fulfill those requirements in the event in-person placements are not available.

Again, please look out for a further message next Wednesday about the College’s comprehensive restart plan.