Message from the President
Dear Students, Families and Employees,
It is my honor and privilege to begin my tenure as Molloy College's seventh president. One of my top priorities in the first days of my presidency has been to complete our Fall Restart Plan. I am pleased to present this Plan, which is the result of extensive work by many of our colleagues, utilizing official guidance from the State of New York and best practices recommended by the CDC.
We will offer as many in-person instructional opportunities as possible and allowable per the guidance from the Governor's Office. Based on current information, we will follow guidelines for physical distancing, which will restrict the number of students and faculty in each learning space. We are planning for combinations of in-person, HyFlex/Hybrid and online delivery modalities. Our faculty are carefully planning their mode of delivery so that, no matter what the format, each course will be expertly crafted and delivered.
Our residence halls will be open this Fall with both single and double-occupancy rooms available. College offices that work directly with students will be open and staffed, with rotating schedules that allow in-person and remote work to continue. For example, students will be able to access support services in-person or remotely by appointment.
WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Our priorities as we prepare for the Fall semester are your health and safety and delivering the outstanding transformational academic experience you expect from a Molloy College education. Students will have our full support in completing coursework in a meaningful and satisfying way as we continue to embrace our mission and core values.
In order to accomplish this, we will be implementing social-distancing and related protocols for modified in-person operations. We will deliver as many in-person courses as possible, with the remainder taught online or in a HyFlex/Hybrid modality. The faculty will continue to offer a high-quality education to our students regardless of delivery format. Here is an overview of course delivery formats:
1. In-person (Face-to-Face): The course meets in a designated location for a designated time/day.
2. Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex): The course utilizes online and face-to-face instruction in a flexible manner.
3. Hybrid: The course will have some online meetings and some synchronous Face-to-Face meetings in a classroom (or in the case of a lab or clinical component, at off-site locations), at designated times.
4. Online: The course will be offered fully online in either a synchronous or asynchronous format.
I. Online synchronous: The course will be online with all or some of the meetings at a designated time.
II. Online asynchronous: The course will be online and weekly participation is required but there is no established meeting time.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2020-2021
We are happy to welcome you back to Molloy when classes begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. In order to maintain safe social distance and population density, courses that are delivered in-person will be determined based on educational needs, class sizes, and logistical limitations. In order to minimize health risks for students and employees, all courses will shift to remote delivery after the Thanksgiving holiday through the end of the semester. Courses that begin this semester in a remote modality will continue in the same format through the end of the semester. Any exceptions or changes to this plan will be communicated to affected individuals.
You can access a copy of the academic calendar here (PDF).
Student/faculty schedules will be available in a few weeks. Faculty advisors and the Student Solution Center will work closely with students to address any questions and discuss accommodations that may be needed.
Regardless of the delivery modality (In-person, HyFlex/Hybrid and Online) of your coursework, you will be a student at Molloy and learning in a Molloy classroom environment.
- Faculty have been working tirelessly to enhance in-person and remote instruction through expanded faculty professional development offerings.
- The Faculty Professional Center and the Office of Blended and Online Learning are working collaboratively with Technology Support Services to facilitate these programs and provide support.
- All in-person classes will operate at a reduced capacity and adhere to the guidelines established by the State of New York.
Employees whose roles specifically relate to student needs, and those whose job functions cannot be fulfilled remotely will work in-person on a rotating basis beginning in September. Employees who come to Molloy College locations will be required to fill out a health questionnaire to ensure the safety of everyone in our community. Employees are required to follow safe hygiene protocols, outlined below.
If a student or employee believes they fall into the CDC higher-risk population and would like to be considered for reasonable accommodations, they are asked to contact the Office of Disability Support Services (students) or complete the COVID-19 Accommodations Request form (employees). In addition, please refer to the CDC's extra precautions and speak with your healthcare provider.
Molloy's Residence Life staff is committed to ensuring our resident students receive the best possible on-campus living experience while following CDC and New York State guidelines.
Students who have been approved to live on-campus will be notified by the Office of Residence Life regarding move-in dates. Residence Life staff will continue to provide opportunities for personal and social growth, wellness, and cultural exploration.
- Single and double-occupancy rooms are available this Fall.
- Visitors will not be permitted in the residence halls to minimize exposure risks.
- All residence life staff will be trained to assist in maintaining a safe residential environment.
- Increased signage in all residence halls will address social distancing guidelines, face coverings in public spaces, and hand-washing/disinfecting.
- Rooms will be vacated on November 24, at the start of the Thanksgiving break. Room and Board costs will be pro-rated to reflect this reduction of time in the residence hall.
- Those students unable to leave the residence halls will be permitted to stay with proper approvals and will be subject to additional fees and food service costs.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Student Health Services will support health and safety with expanded operations, and the health office is moving to a larger location in the Wilbur Arts Center this summer. The new location will allow us to offer:
- Additional student health services
- Expanded employee health services due to COVID-19
- Public health education and wellness opportunities
STUDENT PERSONAL COUNSELING SERVICES/CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
We will continue to offer counseling for students from the Student Personal Counseling Center via tele-therapy and in-person counseling. Employees can access mental health resources through the EAP.
All students and employees traveling outside of the state of New York must complete and submit a Travel Screening Form. If traveling to a state designated as having significant community spread by the New York Department of Health, or to a foreign country with a level 2 or higher Travel Health Notice as promulgated by the CDC, a quarantine will be required upon return to New York State.
All Molloy-sponsored travel for students, faculty and staff is suspended until further notice.
All members of the Molloy community (employees, students, vendors, and scheduled visitors), are expected to self-monitor their health every day. The COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire must be completed every day by each individual prior to coming to a Molloy location. An email response will be automatically generated indicating whether or not an individual may come to campus. If, after completing the daily questionnaire, one experiences COVID-19-related symptoms or COVID-19 exposure, they must immediately notify their supervisor and go home. Unscheduled visitors will not be permitted at any Molloy location for the Fall 2020 semester.
Employees working at any Molloy location will need to adhere to all social distancing requirements, including maintaining at least six feet of distance from others at all times. Meetings will continue to take place virtually. If an in-person meeting is absolutely necessary, it will be limited to no more than ten people and may not exceed 50% of the maximum occupancy of the space. Room requests will be handled through Ad Astra.
Our commitment to minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections at the College is a shared responsibility. By following these guidelines, we are collectively helping to ensure the health and safety of all members of our community.
All students and employees must agree to:
- Adhere to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements
- Adhere to those measures the College deems safe and appropriate for its campus
- Follow safety precautions including:
o Temperature checks
o Health/symptoms questionnaires
o Social distancing
o Proper hand hygiene
o Wearing a mask or other acceptable face covering
o Donning additional personal protective equipment as appropriate
o Not reporting to class or work if sick
o Isolating and quarantining when required
SANITIZING SPACES ON CAMPUS
Following public health recommendations, the Department of Facilities will continue its efforts to prevent community spread of COVID-19 at all Molloy College locations, including frequently cleaning and disinfecting our buildings and offices based on guidelines from the CDC and the NYSDOH.
- Disinfecting wipe dispensers will be installed in every classroom
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available in all public areas
FACE MASKS/FACE COVERINGS
For the protection of all members of our community, a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth must be worn at all Molloy locations in every enclosed space by individuals who are over the age of two and able to tolerate such covering. These locations include but are not limited to:
- Building Lobbies
- Shared Offices
Face coverings must also be worn outside when six-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
Every Molloy College location, including residence halls, will have temperature kiosks located on the first floor. Every individual will be required to take their temperature upon entry into the building in which they work or go to class when they arrive. Resident students will be required to take their temperature at least twice daily. Information retrieved from the kiosks will be delivered to Student Health Services and kept confidential.
Student Health Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health, will work to minimize the risk of the spread of infection in the event of a reported case of COVID-19. Trained contact tracers from the Department of Health will contact potentially exposed individuals.
In order to help you find your way on campus, appropriate signage, utilizing CDC templates will:
- Communicate direction to enter specific doorways to buildings
- Alert visitors to "stand here" when visiting offices
- Remind people about social distancing, handwashing, etc.
According to NYS reopening guidelines, capacity in dining halls must be reduced by 50% of allowable occupancy. In order to achieve this, the number of tables and chairs has been reduced in the Anselma Room in Kellenberg Hall. In order to minimize occupancy in the Public Square Lobby, the Chopped Salad Bar and Starbucks will be relocated to the Quick Byte Café. The serving area of the Anselma Room has been redesigned to accommodate one-way traffic and all orders will be packaged by Lessing's Team Members and picked up by the customer.
Additionally, Lessing's, Molloy's dining services provider, will:
- Require all Lessing's employees to wear face masks and gloves at all times
- Require Lessing's employees to follow infection prevention guidelines
- Require all customers/diners to wear face masks or coverings while in the facility. Since an individual cannot eat and drink while wearing a mask, masks will be worn while moving about the facility and may be removed when dining
The Office of Information Technology (IT) will continue to provide technology support to students, staff, and faculty, both on campus and remotely. Technology Support Services (Help Desk) staff will be available during normal business hours at the Rockville Centre campus whenever the campus is open. IT will continue to enhance remote work capabilities, while upgrading classroom technology to allow for (online) synchronous and (online) asynchronous instruction.
The Technology Learning Services (TLS) department will continue to provide Canvas and related training to Faculty for the Fall 2020. TLS will also provide innovative technology training opportunities for staff and administrators.
The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to providing a vast array of opportunities for our students to get involved and continue to grow, as individuals, and as members of the larger Molloy community. The Campus Life Team has redesigned their approach to student engagement, creatively shifting programs and delivery methods in order to provide continued opportunities for student involvement, leadership development, and community service. Weekly virtual programming opportunities will be available to all students. A limited number of in-person experiences will be available for students living on campus.
- Information regarding student life events and programs will be shared via email, social media, life.molloy.edu and the CORQ app.
- Molloy Student Government and Molloy student clubs will mostly operate remotely during the Fall semester. More information will be forthcoming.
Campus Ministries is integral to the College's environment and experiences as a faith-based institution. Concern for our students' and employees' physical and spiritual well-being is of paramount importance. Providing service, being of service, and offering opportunities for service is a cornerstone of our mission. In order to meet the guidelines set forth by the College, the Campus Ministries team has redesigned programming and delivery methods to offer rich and varied experiences that promote the spiritual health of the Molloy community.
- The Campus Ministries office will be open Monday through Friday with one staff member on campus on a rotating basis. The Campus Ministers will be available every day for virtual meetings or phone conversations, and will offer in-person appointments when necessary, following all social distancing and college guidelines.
- Special mass celebrations will be offered via livestream with limited in-person participation. Opportunities for interfaith services will also be offered.
- Weekly virtual programs and opportunities to be of service will be posted through Campus Life platforms, social media and email.
- A limited number of in-person experiences will be available for students living on campus. Information will be made available throughout the semester.
Main campus shuttles will have hand sanitizer available and will follow NYS reopening guidance for Public Transportation. All riders will be required to wear face coverings. Shuttle occupancy will be reduced by 50%. Polycarbonate shields will be installed in shuttles between the driver and passengers. Signage will be posted in all shuttles regarding tips for utilizing public transportation.
We will continue to update you and provide links to more information on our COVID-19 webpages and via Zoom calls. Next week, we will be hosting separate Zoom calls with students, parents and employees. This will be an opportunity for you to have your questions answered. Please check your email next week for the Zoom call information.
Thank you for your commitment and understanding as we focus on protecting the health and safety of each member of our community and support each student's progress towards the timely completion of their educational and experiential requirements for graduation. Working together, we can provide all of the elements that make the Molloy experience unique, regardless of how or where the learning takes place.
I look forward to greeting you in person as soon as it is possible. Working together, our College community will grow in ways yet to be explored or imagined — new possibilities are on the horizon and together we will bring them to light.
|James P. Lentini, D.M.A.