Colleges and universities operate like small cities offering multiple amenities including housing, restaurants, libraries, gyms, transportation systems, places of worship, and entertainment venues. The college’s Recovery Task Force worked for several months preparing a phased approach to reopening the campus in preparation for the fall semester.
Physical distancing of at least six feet of separation will be implemented throughout the campus - in the classrooms and in all other public spaces. Signage is placed prominently on floors for queues and at designated entrance and exit points. Building “flow plans” reduce bi-directional foot traffic within buildings and maximize physical distancing. Informational signs placed throughout campus remind everyone about the importance of excellent hygiene, symptoms of illness, and ways to seek assistance. Personal protective equipment (i.e. face coverings) will be provided to students as a critical component of risk mitigation and will be required at all times in all common public areas except in areas designated for eating or when students are in private quarters.
Elevators and Stairwells
The number of individuals allowed in elevators is dictated by social distancing rules. In the case of elevators, the maximum capacity is limited to four (4) persons, and all are required to wear face coverings.
Where possible, facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs.
Library, Bookstore and Dining
The library, bookstore and dining facilities are developing specific plans for common spaces, including the safest ways for students to navigate these areas and access what they need. The maximum occupancy in our dining facilities is reduced by 50 percent.
As of August 3, 2020, Tim Hortons was open on campus with operating hours of Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A full menu and the usual takeout service are available. In addition, for convenience, an express line serving beverages and bakery case items only has been added.
Limited socially-distanced seating is available. Guests are asked to wear a mask when placing orders and to practice social distancing while waiting for items to be prepared.
For our customers and associates' safety, Tim Hortons is operating as a cashless restaurant accepting credit cards, Griff BUcks, Griff Choice and Apple Pay as forms of cashless payment.
KAC and Fitness Center
Fitness facilities are subject to New York State guidelines for gym operations. Information about the use of these and other recreational spaces on campus will be released as soon as it becomes available.
When using the college’s shuttle bus, face coverings must be worn and shuttle capacity is reduced by 50 percent.
Cleaning and Disinfection
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures will be taken and new hand-sanitizing stations are being placed across campus. New procedures for waste and recycling receptacles instituted to help reduce touch points where germs are easily exchanged, also support the college in its sustainability efforts to reduce waste on campus.
Improvements to campus HVAC systems and air circulation are being implemented to mitigate risk.