Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College and Roberts Wesleyan have joined the growing number of higher education institutions that are urging students to remain or go home and continue their courses online. A local private school also suspended in-person classes.
Geva Theatre Center, meanwhile, announced it is suspending ticket sales for the final week of two plays on stage now that were to continue performances until March 22.
Nazareth announced today that spring break is being extended until March 22 and online courses will be available after that.
St. John Fisher, meanwhile, said Thursday, March 12, would be the last day of classes until courses go up online on Monday, March 23.
Roberts Wesleyan said that classes would be moved to virtual delivery starting Monday, March 23. On-site and face-to-face classes will be canceled March 18-20 to allow for transition to virtual classes. The college tentatively plans to resume face-to-face classes the week of April 13.
Allendale Columbia School announced its in-person classes will end on Friday and move online soon, but provided no specifics.
At both colleges, campuses will be open for some activities, but students for the most part are being asked to return to their permanent addresses and carry on from there.
Nazareth President Daan Braveman said in a note to students, “The emergence of COVID-19 has brought and will continue to bring a truly unprecedented set of circumstances to our campus and to the world at large. Our Nazareth community is uniquely prepared as informed and engaged citizens who can demonstrate compassion, flexibility, patience, and calm in the face of challenge.”
Fisher President Gerard J. Rooney said students currently engaged in field experiences such as clinical nursing or pharmacy assignments may continue. Fisher’s Early Learning Center is closed until further notice.
At both St. John Fisher and Nazareth, events are suspended. Roberts Wesleyan said on-campus events of more than 50 people will be postponed, canceled or moved to virtual events, while events up to 50 people are discouraged and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Details were not yet available about what will happen for graduation ceremonies in May.
Nazareth also canceled all school-sponsored travel and asked that students who have traveled since March 1 notify the school.
Announcements were made on Wednesday that all State University of New York and City University of New York colleges, including the state’s community colleges, would move to online or alternative instruction, as did the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.
In each case, institutions suggested students check with the respective institution’s website for updates.