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Fall 2020 School of Nursing Guidance

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Dear School of Nursing Students, Faculty, and Staff,

With the start to the academic year approaching, D'Youville and the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing are planning our return to campus.  Decisions are carefully being made to ensure your academic success as well as enhance the safety and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and administrators. To keep everyone informed, I am pleased to share the following information with you about nursing students coming back to D’Youville:

  1. The campus FAQ document for safe return to campus can be accessed here:
    FAQ for Students & Parents (PDF)

  2. Students coming from areas outside of New York State which are designated by Governor Cuomo as high risk will need to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. This requirement does not apply to our students from Canada but realize that the ability to travel between our two countries remains an issue for some of our students.  We will continue to monitor and share governmental recommendations as they become available.

  3. Each day, individuals coming to D’Youville will complete a self-assessment of their health. If any person is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to being permitted on campus.

  4. Everyone will need their ID cards to enter campus buildings, with areas throughout each area clearly marked to indicate important information such as up-only and down-only stairwells and the maximum capacity of each elevator.

  5. All students will be supplied face masks and sanitizing wipes and hand-sanitizer stations will be installed throughout the campus.  Each student will be responsible for wiping down their space prior to the beginning of each lecture. You will note that for each person’s safety the large lecture halls will have limited seating to ensure social distancing.

  6. Students must wear face masks at all times, regardless of social distancing. The only time a face mask can be removed is if someone is stationary and eating and/or drinking while social distancing from all other individuals (this excludes lecture halls where there will be no eating or drinking). If in a study room or atrium area face masks are to remain on and tables or small study spaces will be limited to one-person occupancy.

  7. There will be no in person meetings on-campus for student organizations, fraternities or related bodies. All business is to be conducted virtually.

D'Youville has shared with each member of the community its plans for its reopening and how it will affect one’s academic experience. Our entire team is committed to providing a safe on-campus experience through social distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols. If a class is being offered in a face-to-face modality using a hybrid format, we encourage students to attend in person. If students cannot make it to class due to illness, travel restrictions or other personal reasons, they are asked to speak to course instructors or academic advisors, understanding that it may not be possible for learning outcomes to be met as a result with delays in course and subsequent program completion.

On behalf of the entire Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing, please accept my well wishes and deepest gratitude for allowing us to be a part of your education, now and always.

Christine Verni EdD, FNP-BC, APRN

Dean