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.

Town Halls

If you have questions about our plans, please ask us by using this form. President Martin will be joined by key leaders to answer your questions at our upcoming town hall meetings.

Family Town Hall – For parents, guardians, and family members of current and incoming Wagner students
Wednesday, August 5, 12:30pm

Student Town Hall – For all current and incoming Wagner students
Wednesday, August 5, 2:00pm

Watch recordings of the previous events below:

 

 

Download the complete, 26 page “Wagner College Restart Plan” Frequently Asked Questions

 

Students Traveling from Out of New York State


This section updated 7/30/2020


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.

 

Restart Plan – Key Excerpts


This section updated 7/22/2020


Wagner College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is based upon five guiding principles:

  1. Health & Safety: the foremost goal of the plan is to ensure the health and safety of all Wagner College students, faculty, and staff, as well as campus visitors.
  2. Mission Alignment: the plan is designed to align with and advance the College’s mission of serving students and the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Responsiveness to Data: in this plan and in subsequent execution, the College will take a data- and research-informed approach to respond to evolving information.
  4. Operational Continuity: the plan aims to ensure continuity of operations so that the activities of the College and student progress towards obtaining their degrees may proceed with limited disruption.
  5. Flexibility: the plan is designed to be flexible. The College anticipates that its planning will evolve based upon evolving guidance from relevant government and health authorities, campus, local, and national health conditions, and other factors.

 

2020-21 Academic Program

Students will be able to attend classes in-person in reduced density classrooms, virtually from their residence halls, or from an off-campus location, based upon their preference and level of comfort. The full academic calendar for 2020-21 is available in the appendix.

  • The fall semester will begin on August 24 and end on December 5
  • From December 13 to January 15, the College will offer a fully virtual winter term
  • The spring semester will begin on February 8 and end on May 18

The full academic calendar is published on the Registrar’s website. 

 

Testing & Training Prior to Arrival

  • All students and employees will be asked to complete an initial COVID-19 test.
  • Students will be asked to complete a COVID-19 test within two weeks prior to their scheduled return to campus.
  • All students will be required to meet New York state requirements for testing and quarantine.
  • The College will test all students upon arrival to campus. Additionally, all students and employees will complete brief online training on community health norms and expectations prior to their arrival to campus.
  • Students will also complete an emergency preparedness questionnaire.
  • The College will provide further information about testing to employees and students by email.

 

Preparation of Campus Spaces

  • Campus spaces including classrooms, common rooms, performance spaces, athletic facilities, residence halls, library spaces, offices, campus walkways and grounds, and dining areas will be closed to the general public and altered to accommodate physical distance requirements. 
  • Common areas will be cleaned frequently and disinfected twice daily. 
  • Traffic flow through buildings will be one-way with clearly marked entrances and exits when feasible. 
  • Clear signage reflecting norms and expectations will be posted throughout campus.

 

Community Health Policies

To ensure the safety of the College community, the College has established a set of community health policies and expectations for all community members that will be shared widely and enforced.

  • Self-screening: Community members will complete a brief, confidential self-screening questionnaire on the CoVerified smartphone app each day to verify that they are free from any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Testing multiple times per semester: All students will complete a COVID-19 test at the beginning of the semester, then multiple times throughout the semester.
  • Physical distancing: Community members will maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another throughout campus, whenever possible meeting virtually instead of in-person.
  • Face coverings: Community members must wear face coverings when in public, including in classrooms. The College will provide face coverings.
  • Enhanced cleaning: The College has increased its cleaning and sanitization regimen. We also urge community members to take responsibility for cleaning their own spaces or work areas.
  • Clear signage: Signs and posters throughout campus will provide guidance on flow of traffic, expectations, and instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette.
  • Ample supplies: The College is making available supplies such as tissues, hand soap, waste receptacles, and CDC-approved hand sanitizer to community members.
  • Visitor limitation: Campus access will be restricted. Students may not host non-Wagner visitors within residence halls. All campus visitors must have a business purpose and complete the same self-screening questionnaire as community members before accessing any College buildings.

 

Housing Wellness & Safety Protocols

The College will take the following steps to ensure health and safety within residence halls. The College will:

  • Require approved face coverings to be worn in common area spaces, including restrooms, laundry rooms, and hallways
  • Provide new handwashing stations at designated building entrances in Harborview Hall
  • Determine and enforce an approved furniture configuration for double-occupancy rooms (where assigned) to maximize physical distancing. No lofting kits will be provided.
  • Close, or reduce permitted density, of building lounges
  • Reduce capacity in elevators
  • Post clear signage within all common areas, including restrooms and laundry rooms, indicating occupancy limits and mandatory wellness protocols
  • Prohibit any non-Wagner guests within all residence halls
  • Enhance cleaning protocols of shared areas and bathroom spaces
  • Provide each student with an all-in-one spray cleaner and sanitizer that is safe on all surfaces, and two microfiber cleaning cloths, as well as instructions on their proper use
  • Alter Residence Life programming as appropriate

 

Residential Education

  • Physical spaces and community norms within campus residence halls will be adjusted for the 2020-21 academic year to align with the College’s community health policies.
  • Students will be moving in over the course of 2 weeks prior to classes beginning.  They should plan on bringing limited items and will need to be able to move themselves into their building (no helpers).  However, 2 people may accompany them to campus and stay in the car.
  • The Residential Education office will email students to schedule move-in time slots.

 

Supporting High-Risk Populations

The College is committed to meeting the needs of students and employees classified by the CDC as at a high risk of severe illness relating to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic and Career Engagement for additional support and resources. Employees are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources for resources or to request reasonable accommodations.

 

Campus Visitors

  • During the 2020-21 academic year, Wagner College will place screening requirements and restrictions on campus visitation.
  • Access to campus buildings will be restricted to students and employees of Wagner College. Non-Wagner visitors are prohibited within campus buildings except by express prior permission from the relevant Senior Team member and must be accompanied by a Wagner sponsor. Students may not host non-Wagner guests in the residence halls. Campus tours will not enter residence halls.
  • For fall 2020, access to the Horrmann Library will be restricted to current Wagner College students and employees. Alumni and other College affiliates will retain access to the Library’s virtual resources.

 

Campus Events

  • Limitations will be placed on the size of events and gatherings in accordance with current guidance and recommendations from relevant officials. 
  • Physical distancing will be implemented as appropriate. 
  • Priority for available space will first be given to the academic priorities of Wagner College. 
  • Tabling opportunities in the Union and the Dining Hall will be suspended until further notice and evaluation.

 

Club Sports & Intramural Contests

  • Club sports will take guidance from their leagues and national associations, as well as the actions taken by the NCAA on returning to play.
  • E-sports will continue to be offered as normal, as they can be played from remote locations. 
  • The Division of Campus Life will determine when it is safe and appropriate to resume intramural contests in accordance with State and CDC guidelines.

 

Student Clubs & Organizations

  • Student Engagement and Activities staff will provide tools and training to assist student clubs and organizations with their organization and event planning for the year. The use of virtual meetings and programming will be promoted.
  • All event requests must be submitted in writing to and approved by the Director of Student Engagement and Activities, or said designee, for approval. 
  • Requests must include information pertaining to the number of guests, the objective of the activity, a plan for compliance with safety protocols, and the process for auditing this plan once in place. 
  • The maximum size for events will be determined in compliance with governmental and health official recommendations. 
  • Events will only be approved for members of the College community.

 

Intercollegiate Athletics & Athletic Events

The College will continue to observe all guidance from its regional conferences and the NCAA regarding intercollegiate athletics and the resumption of competitive play. When competition resumes, the College anticipates that appropriate measures will include reduced-density attendance at athletic games. Teams will conduct practices to the extent allowed by relevant guidance; when physical practice is not possible, they will conduct other team bonding and training activities. Wagner’s collegiate athletic training facilities will comply with the New York State and City guidance applied to non-collegiate athletic facilities.

 

Performing Arts

The College will continue to review and observe guidelines and industry standards regarding student performances. When in-person performances are permitted, the College will provide limited capacity seating for in-person audiences and live stream or record performances to allow for wider viewing.

 

Dining Operations

Wagner’s campus food-service partner, Chartwells, has created a leadership task force to establish safe dining conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force is composed of representatives from purchasing and supply chain, safety and sanitation, human resources, training, and operational leaders including various unit chefs and managers. The group will respond to local and state government requirements and recommendations and will create solutions as needed. The goal is to be a trusted, cost-effective authority promoting a safe food-service environment in a student-friendly environment.

Meeting student needs in this new environment will require establishing a new normal in terms of locations and methods of service, food preparation, and communication. Food Service will remain fully focused on safety and sanitation.

  • Plans have been put in place to safely transport food to individuals who are quarantined or isolated
  • Through various indoor and outdoor options, as well as staggered time allotments, the College will limit gathering within dining areas
  • A sanitation program has been put in place to sanitize tables and chairs after each use and to clean and sanitize work surfaces on a regular basis
  • Management or a supervisor will be on-site at all times during working operating hours to ensure all procedures are being followed
  • Restroom cleaning schedules are being adjusted for frequency of use during peak dining periods
  • Third-party delivery drivers and suppliers have been made aware of campus health requirements
  • Plexiglas barriers will be installed at registers to protect cashiers
  • Contactless payment options been developed to reduce person-to-person transactions
  • Dining furniture has been removed to accommodate appropriate maximum numbers of community members gathering and to account for the need to remove face coverings while eating
  • Dining personnel have access to appropriate PPE and will be trained on the proper protocol

 

Public Areas

  • The maximum capacity of all campus spaces and locations will be determined and posted to ensure physical distancing. Common and public areas will either be closed or reconfigured to maintain physical distancing and minimize gatherings.
  • Common areas, eating areas, lounges, classrooms, and other congregating areas will have furniture arranged to promote physical distancing, with signage instructing community members to not move furniture; the placement of furniture in common areas is meant to be sustained and enforced. 
  • Plexiglass shields at common access areas, such as reception desks, will be assembled to the extent feasible.

 

Student Recreation & Fitness Centers

Wagner’s Student Recreation & Fitness Centers will operate in alignment with the guidance from NIRSA, NPRA, IHRSA, industry experts, and public health guidelines to establish protocols for re-opening our facilities. For Fall 2020, the Centers will only be available to students and employees of the College. They will open and remain open by Senior Team approval and only if New York City gyms and athletic facilities are permitted to be open. We will implement physical distancing and PPE parameters.

 

Expectations of Students

We expect all members of the Wagner community to act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All students are expected to:

  • Complete daily self-screening via the provided app
  • Wear an appropriate face covering at all times while in public spaces on campus
  •  Whenever possible, maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet
  • Consent to and cooperate with contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine protocols
  • Practice hand washing and sanitizing efforts as advised by CDC
  • Participate in isolation or quarantine when directed
  • Agree to share test results and other necessary medical information with the College and other contact tracers, provided an understanding of patient confidentiality
  • Follow the directions of relevant College employees, contact tracers, medical personnel, and other relevant officials

Reports of violations can be submitted directly to one of the following offices: Campus Life, Public Safety, Residential Education, or Human Resources. Human Resources oversees all employee violations and follow- ups; Campus Life oversees all student violations and follow-ups. This is a progressive documentation system. The College may also determine that certain conduct warrants immediate dismissal from campus without first resorting to the first three levels of discipline.

  • First Violation: Positive Compliance warning: Virtual or phone meeting to discuss.
  • Second Violation: Formal Compliance meeting, and educational sanction: Student meets with case manager via Zoom or Google Hangouts to discuss compliance; it will be made clear that further violations could mean removal from campus activities. Students are given resources to schedule appointments at the Center for Health & Wellness. Communication will also be sent home as they may be a change in the student’s status.
  • Third Violation: Hearing to determine removal from campus activities. The panel may decide to remove the student from campus activities/residence halls due to the community health violations.

Violations are monitored by a case manager. Students have the same case manager throughout their experience during these discipline proceedings (separate from Community Standards Violations).

 

Commuting & Transportation

The College will continue to operate a shuttle service from the Staten Island Ferry, with the principle goal of supporting employees and students who use the ferry as a means of commuting. The shuttle will operate with several enhanced precautions:

  • Use of the shuttle will be by prior reservation only, and only those students, employees and visitors who have received advanced permission will be permitted to use the shuttle.
  • People using the shuttle must have completed the screening app and show they are cleared to come to campus.
  • Shuttle vans will operate at significantly reduced capacity based upon relevant guidance about distancing.
  • All drivers and passengers must wear appropriate face coverings and will be advised to reduce touching surfaces.
  • Shuttle vans will be cleaned and sanitized at least once per day.

 

Role of Campus Health Services

At Wagner, the staff of our Center for Health and Wellness provides clinical health services. They will provide guidance for reopening the Center for Health and Wellness and establish protocols for in-person visits. Enrolled students will be seen by appointment after the completion of pre-screening/triage completed by telephone or Zoom. Modifications to the Center’s physical space and adjustments to the workflow in the Center will be introduced so as to comply with best practices for physical distancing, use of PPE, and touchless transactions. Positive phone screenings will be directed to utilize telemedicine via an app or other appropriate care. The telemedicine program requests daily patient health and symptom updates and alerts a nurse when necessary. The nurse contacts the patient and may escalate the response, as appropriate, to other levels of care, including urgent care, scheduled primary care physician/specialist visits, and emergency medical services. This will help serve the needs of students and employees outside of in-person visits and enhance the current scope of available services.

 

Early Warning Signs

The College will assess early warning signs by use of the self-screening data from the CoVerified app for students and employees, which will reflect the CDC’s guidelines about COVID-19 early symptoms. The Senior Team will review campus and community infection and risk data twice weekly, and more frequently as needed, to make determinations about whether the campus infection rate among students or employees, or infection rates in the surrounding community, exceeds an acceptable threshold. This threshold will be determined first by mandates from relevant local, state, and federal authorities, then by the College’s capacity to safely quarantine students who may be exposed, isolate and provide care and support to infected students, and other relevant data from Staten Island, New York City, and New York state.

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. All students are required to answer a COVID-19 questionnaire daily that addresses COVID-19 signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms that need to be reported immediately to the Center for Health & Wellness include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include sore throat, headache, chills (sometimes with shaking), new loss of smell or taste, stuffy nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

 

Proactive Infection Plan

The College has a proactive infection plan to address the steps that it will take in the case that a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, a student or employee reports experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or a non-affiliate who is known by the College to have had contact with students or employees tests positive for or experiences symptoms of COVID-19. Here, the student or employee who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 is referred to as the “infected individual.”

In any of these cases, the College will take the following steps in accordance to the requirements of New York, State, the guidelines of relevant medical authorities, and the College’s policies and procedures:

  1. The relevant COVID-19 coordinator or their designee will activate the quarantine condition for the infected individual, making appropriate confidential notifications to the Residential Education office for any student-related quarantine or isolation.
  2. The relevant COVID-19 coordinator or their designee will confidentially access data from the infected individual’s student or employee records and CoVerified self-screening submissions to assess:

– Which campus spaces has the infected individual accessed in the several days preceding?

– With which classmates or colleagues has the infected individual been in sustained contact (i.e. within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without appropriate face covering)

The infected individual, to the extent of their ability, will also be asked to account for which campus spaces they had accessed and with which peers or colleagues they had come into close contact over the preceding seven days.

  1. The College will coordinate with the NYC Heath + Hospitals to coordinate contact tracing. Contact tracers will work to identify and contact any students, employees, or other persons who may have had contact with the infected individual. Students and employees must comply with contact tracers.
  2. The College will activate the isolation condition for all students or employees who have been exposed to the infected individual. Any College non-affiliate who has been exposed will be barred from entering campus until they can satisfy the requirements as listed in the Campus Visitor section of this plan.

 

Contact Tracing

Wagner College will support the contact tracing efforts of New York City Health + Hospitals and will provide information to assist community members who test positive for COVID-19 with identifying locations and groups of people they may have come in contact with while on campus. The College will ensure prompt evacuation of potentially infectious contacts to treatment centers or the nearest healthcare facility to prevent high-risk exposure to the College population.

An efficient contact tracing system depends on a relationship of trust within the College community, which in turn fosters optimum cooperation. Students and employees of the College are required to comply with contact tracers. Building confidence among students and employees ensures cooperation with contact tracing teams, which is critical to the referral of symptomatic contacts to designated isolation facilities. Involving appropriate external community members and stakeholders (in particular, local leaders) in contact tracing will also prove helpful. The local surveillance and community volunteers will be involved as early as possible in the response.

 

Students Under Quarantine or Isolation

Residential students under quarantine or isolation on Wagner’s campus who may transport themselves home safely will be permitted to do so; other students must remain within a bedroom in their designated quarantine or isolation space for the period of their quarantine or isolation. This decision will be made in concert with the student by the Dean of Health and Wellness, the Director of Residential Education, and the Assistant Dean of Campus Life. The College is exploring partnerships with nearby hotels in the case the College needs additional capacity for quarantine.

Students under quarantine or isolation will be housed in a designated, contained residence hall. Students under quarantine or isolation do not leave their bedroom for any reason except to use the bathroom or in health emergencies. They do not receive visitors. Their meals are delivered to them.

Commuter students under quarantine or isolation will be required to quarantine or isolate in their home for the same period as residential students. The commuter student must complete and submit a newly administered negative COVID-19 test result to the College by way of the CoVerified App to be eligible to end their quarantine or isolation period and return to campus.

All students will have completed an emergency preparedness plan survey prior to their return to campus. The information therein will inform the College’s actions in the case the student must be quarantined or isolated. In particular these plans will guide the College’s efforts to provide food and medicine as well as psychosocial, academic and other supports to students under quarantine or isolation.

Students who experience COVID-19-related symptoms but do not have a positive COVID-19 test or students who test positive for COVID-19 but do not present any related symptoms must enter isolation. The student will not leave their assigned bedroom, except to use the bathroom or in health emergencies for a period for not less than 14 days from the date on which they either experienced COVID-19 related symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 asymptomatically. Medical guidance may alter this duration. The student must complete and submit a newly administered negative COVID-19 test result to the College by way of the CoVerified App to be eligible to end their isolation period.

Students who came into contact with a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 will be subject to a quarantine condition. The required period for quarantine for a student potentially exposed to COVID-19 generally lasts 14 days from last exposure to the person with COVID-19, though medical guidance may alter this duration based on individual circumstances. At the end of a 14-day period, the student must complete and submit a newly administered negative COVID-19 test result to the College by way of the CoVerified App to be eligible for release from quarantine.

 

Supporting Quarantined or Isolated Students

The College is committed to meeting the academic, food, medicine, and psychosocial needs of quarantined or isolated students.

  • Food meeting the quarantined or isolated student’s dietary needs (as described in the emergency preparedness plan) will be distributed to designated pick-up locations within quarantine and isolation spaces by College employees in enhanced PPE.
  • Students in quarantine or isolation will have access to telemedicine and, when safe and appropriate, in-person medical visits and will check in virtually once per day with College health services. Quarantined or isolated students will complete daily self-screening and temperature monitoring.
  • The College recognizes that under isolation or quarantine a student’s mental health needs may be elevated. Quarantined or isolated students will have virtual access to College psychosocial support. Additionally, quarantined or isolated students may participate virtually in campus activities with their peers based upon their level of comfort.
  • Students who are quarantined (but not ill) will continue to engage virtually in their classes; students who are quarantined and ill will be excused from class but may participate based upon their level of comfort.
  • In the case that an infected student requires hospital transportation, that transportation will be by ambulance.

 

Duty to Consent

All students who return to Wagner in person for the 2020-21 academic year are required to consent to and cooperate with contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine protocols; participate in isolation or quarantine when directed; agree to share test results and other necessary medical information with the College and other contact tracers, provided an understanding of patient confidentiality; and follow the directions of relevant College employees, contact tracers, medical personnel, and other relevant officials.

 

Communication

In the case of a suspected positive COVID-19 case, the College will make appropriate notifications to the relevant health authorities. The College will preserve the privacy of the individual who is suspected to be infected, while engaging appropriate contact tracing protocols in concert with health authorities. The College will make appropriate, timely notification to students and employees who may have come in contact with the infected individual, enacting the plans detailed herein for their testing and isolation as appropriate. The College will provide regular community updates about campus prevention, containment, and mitigation efforts, and will deploy the College’s emergency communications system in case of any imminent emergencies.

 

CARES Act

The Finance and Business office has posted information on the CARES Act grants to students.

 

Required Reading for New and Returning Students

As part of Wagner College’s efforts to help prevent the spread of disease, all new and returning students are required to review information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and complete a brief quiz at least one week prior to arrival on campus.

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The quiz link will be posted when it is live.