COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Updated October 26, 2020 8:33 AM
The fall semester is underway at FLCC with many new practices and precautions in place to keep our community safe. Please refer to this page often for updates about the COVID-19 response at FLCC.
Entrance to FLCC facilities is currently limited to those with official business. In-person student services are available, and appointments are recommended in most cases. Please use the tabs below to learn more. As always, if you cannot find the information you need, you are welcome to reach out via phone or email using our directory.
Before entering any FLCC building, all visitors, employees, and students are required to complete a daily self-screening with the CampusClear app.
FLCC Conditions & Stats
FLCC participates in the SUNY pooled testing surveillance program. Results and information about positive cases are posted on our COVID dashboard.
Before Entering the Building: COVID-19 Screening
You will need to complete a self-screening using the CampusClear app the same day you plan to enter an FLCC building. Detailed information about procedures for entering FLCC locations and links to the CampusClear app are available at www.flcc.edu/campusclear.
Information on CampusClear will also be emailed and texted to students before classes start. Please check your FLCC email weekly through the summer and daily after classes start. Make sure to enter your mobile phone number in the correct field in WebAdvisor so we can text you the CampusClear link and other important information.
If you cannot complete the app, Campus Police will have a paper form you can fill out.
Entry Limited to Official Business
FLCC is limiting entry to all facilities to those with official business to ensure that students and employees are able to learn and work in as safe an environment as possible. This practice is effective from Tuesday, Sept. 8 through the end of the fall semester.
Official business includes students, employees, and vendors or visitors with appointments. Family members of students and employees and other unscheduled guests are not permitted at this time.
We recognize this entry practice, combined with local school districts' shift in delivery, may cause some students to have to adjust their schedule. If you need assistance with your schedule, please fill out a guests on campus questionnaire. A member of our staff will work with you to determine an appropriate course of action.
While in the Building: Preventive Measures
Masks are required at the main campus, campus centers and other FLCC locations. Students may receive a free mask from the Student Corporation by filling out a face mask request form.
Please stay 6 feet from others in hallways, offices and classrooms. Some offices will have Plexiglas dividers for additional protection.
Watch for signs in the building with special instructions, such as traffic patterns for the One Stop Center and the Helpdesk.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout campus, and classrooms will have cleaning supplies.
Plan Your Visits
Before visiting a campus center, the library, computer labs or other offices, please check hours and procedures. Some offices will require appointments while others will continue to provide walk-in services. Please refer to departmental webpages for contact information and service delivery.
Types of Classes
Spring registration begins Monday, Oct. 26. Classes will be offered in one of the formats below.
Online: Course content, such as readings, assignments and tests, is available through the internet with no scheduled class meetings. In WebAdvisor, online classes have a "U" or an "S" before the section number (example: ENG-101-U1). The "S" refers to online classes taken through SUNY (example: ENG-113-S1).
Remote: These courses are often referred to as "synchronous" because they meet at scheduled times using videoconferencing software. This allows for real-time interaction among professors and students. In WebAdvisor, synchronous online classes have a "C" in the section number (example: MAT-121-C06).
Hybrid/In-Person: These courses are part online, part on-campus. Classes will be divided into small groups for in-person sessions to make it possible for professors and students to meet while practicing social distancing. In WebAdvisor, hybrid courses will have no letter if they take place at the main campus, a "G" for Geneva, an "N" for Newark and a "V" for Victor (examples: BIO-171-05 and TECH-116-V5). Refer to the meeting information for days and times.
Course outlines will include backup plans if the College is required to return to all-remote instruction and steps students can take if they lose connection to a live online class.
The preview period in Blackboard, the platform FLCC uses for course materials, assignments, and student communication, will open on Jan. 18, a week before classes begin on Jan. 25.
Academic Calendar and Weather Closures
Finger Lakes Community College will continue to have weather closures -- often called snow days -- as in the past. To ensure the safety of those who commute, when FLCC announces a weather closure, in-person and remote classes are both canceled and the buildings are closed. While most students are studying remotely, several hundred people still come to our campuses daily, including students attending in-person classes or accessing WiFi and employees who staff in-person services.
FLCC will notify you of a snow day via email and text. You will also find notifications on local media, the FLCC homepage, and the FLCC Facebook page at facebook.com/fingerlakescommunitycollege. Please make sure your contact information is entered correctly into WebAdvisor. If your only phone number is your mobile number, please enter it into the "Cell Phone Number" field, not the "Home Phone Number" field.
Students new to FLCC for the fall semester should register for classes by following the instructions in your acceptance email, and signing up for a registration appointment via WebAdvisor. To add or drop classes after you have registered, please contact Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services at email@example.com.
Returning Students with a GPA of 2.0 or Above
If your cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above, you are not required to meet with an advisor to select courses. To add or drop classes, log into WebAdvisor and adjust your schedule via the "Register for Sections" option. The semester starts Aug. 31 and changes can be made online through Aug. 30.
To add a course that is full, contact the One Stop Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Returning Students with a GPA Below 2.0
If your cumulative GPA is below 2.0, you must contact Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services at email@example.com or the Geneva, Newark or Victor campus center to register for classes or make adjustments to your courses. This is to ensure you are taking the right classes to make progress toward your academic goals.
Other Academic Changes
Looking to change your major? You can do this through your academic advisor or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dropping a Fall class? Fill out a drop form.
If you need assistance, please contact Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services at email@example.com.
In the fall, student services will be available remotely and in-person. Some offices will welcome walk-ins, while others will ask you to make an appointment so you don't have to wait. In either instance, our student support services will be ready and eager to help you throughout the fall semester!
Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services (AACTS)
Students can seek advice on career options, course selection and academic planning by making remote and in-person appointments via Starfish, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, phone at (585) 785-1268. AACTS also has a computer terminal in the main campus atrium for quick answers. For more information about services and hours, visit the AACTS webpage.
Math, science and writing tutoring will be available by in-person and remotely by appointment. Please view information and schedules on the Academic Success and Access Programs web page.
- If you are a current or incoming student and you have questions regarding registering, accommodations or accessible documents, please reach out to the Disability Services Coordinator at email@example.com.
- Check out the Disability Services web page for more information and resources.
- Students needing short-term personal counseling can reach the Office of Community Standards and Counseling at (585) 785-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After the semester begins, appointments can be set up in Starfish.
- Worried about someone's health and safety? Call 911 immediately. If your concern does not require an emergency response, complete a RADAR report.
- Check out the Counseling Services web page for available apps and resources relating to personal development and mental health.
Student Health Services
- Students will be required to have their immunizations on file before the start of the fall semester. If you are registering the week before the term, we will provide a short window in which to submit the appropriate documents.
- A health history will be required of any student taking a hybrid/in-person course, living in The Suites at Laker Landing, or participating on an athletics team. An email link was sent to students in these categories or you can access the COVID Health History form here. The health history will allow the College to monitor those who have underlying conditions in the case of an on-campus COVID-19 case.
- Students will continue to have access to the Health Services staff. See the Student Health Services web page for more details.
Emergency Needs and Staying Safe
- We understand that life happens. In this turbulent time, this can be even more stressful. To request a student emergency loan for unforeseen expenses, such as a car repair, or access the FLCC food cupboard, please visit our website.
- Your safety is of paramount importance to us. During this time, all policies remain in place. If you have concerns around discrimination, sexual misconduct or general conduct issues, please contact the Office of Community Standards and Counseling at (585) 785-1211 or email@example.com.
Clubs and Activities
All club and organization meetings will be held virtually. Limited in-person activities will require masks, social distancing and advance registration. Be sure to check the calendar of meetings and events.
Laker Day will be held on October 20 and have a mix of virtual and on-campus in-person events with social distancing, masks and advance registration.
Aligned with safety guidelines set forth by state officials, FLCC will offer cross country, logging sports and eSports during the fall semester. Men's and women's soccer and volleyball will be moved to the spring semester, and will be permitted to hold a limited number of low-density practices in the fall. Men's and women's basketball practices are postponed to January.
Practices for the fall season will be largely held outside and condensed to small groups at staggered meeting times. Additional safety measures will include regular health screenings for athletes and coaches, social distancing, mask use whenever possible, disinfection, and COVID-19 education. No spectators will be allowed in adherence with state mandates for collegiate athletics.
The Suites at Laker Landing
The Suites at Laker Landing will be open in Spring 2021 with reduced occupancy to protect student health.Residents will have to abide by social distancing rules; no guests will be allowed. A move-out plan has been established if state or local health authorities make changes during the semester.
Please contact the Office of Housing & Residential Life at (585) 785-1643 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what local options are available.
This spring, a local food truck will visit the main campus during breakfast (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and lunch hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on weekdays when classes are in session. The food trucks will be located directly outside the entrance to the Student Center. The Student Center cafe is not serving food during the spring, but the seating area is open.
You can load Laker Loot funds onto your FLCC ID card. Laker Loot purchases are tax-free, equaling a 7.5 percent savings, and may also be used in snack and beverage vending machines at all campus sites. When you put funds on Laker Loot (not including financial aid), you receive an additional 5 percent bonus on purchases.
Visit get.cbord.com/flcc to purchase Laker Loot or www.flccbooknook.com for financial aid transactions. A smartphone app, GET, is available for Laker Loot account management in The Apple Store and Google Play.
FLCC Student Identification Cards
If you need a physical ID card for Laker Loot or building access, please email email@example.com with your name, complete mailing address and student ID number. Your FLCC Student ID number is found in your WebAdvisor account.
Students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. For more information and resources, visit the Financial Aid web page.
For help completing your FAFSA, email Lidia Irizarry, our FAFSA completion specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment via phone or Webex.
Financial aid counselors are available for phone or video conferencing via Webex; your counselor is assigned to you based on the first letter of your last name.
The College has received funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The U.S. Congress established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds will help eligible FLCC students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to the COVID-19 response.
We have received clearance to start the application process for the emergency grant. We will be sending eligible students an e-mail with the application for the emergency grant funding by the end of business, Friday June 5, 2020. Please continue to check your FLCC e-mail for further information.
For more details and updates, please visit the FLCC CARES Act Emergency Fund web page.
The Book Nook will operate virtually and is not open for in-person service during the fall semester. Fall course materials may be purchased and financial aid may be used.
Fall course materials may be purchased through The Book Nook's website, www.flccbooknook.com, and shipped directly to students' homes or picked up at the main campus or a campus center. Home delivery is recommended to minimize wait time and eliminate exposure to others. For days and times for main campus pickup, see the online order pickup information page.
All students should have access to a personal computer, given the increased use of online courses and web conferencing. In many cases, financial aid may be used to pay for computers at the Book Nook.
For minimum specifications for student laptops, visit www.flcc.edu/it/laptop-specs/.
For information on internet access, laptop loans and other technology questions, please review the Technology and Internet Access section below.
FLCC IT Services
The Helpdesk is available at (585) 785-1419 or email@example.com to assist you with questions related to computer accounts (i.e. student email, WebAdvisor, etc), and technical support. If you don't get an answer, please leave a message and the first available tech will call you back. Your call is important to us!
- Online Learning: For technical support with online courses, please contact the Open SUNY Helpdesk. To contact the FLCC Office of Online Learning, call (585) 785-1733 or use the employee directory for email addresses.
- Webex Meetings: For information on how to access a course Webex meeting, view our Joining a Webex Meeting Quick Start Guide.
Computers are available at the following locations and times:
- Main Campus third-floor rooms 3305 and 3326: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Main Campus Library: Reservations for computers at https://flcc.libcal.com/r
- Geneva Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Newark Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Victor Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laptop Computer Loans for Students
The FLCC IT Department has a limited number of laptop computers available to be loaned to students. Please complete a computer loan agreement form to submit a request. Contact the IT Helpdesk if you have any questions.
WiFi and Internet
In some cases, remote classes and in-person classes will be too close together for you to travel in between. You are welcome to go to an FLCC location and use College WiFi. Cafe seating, lounges and study areas are available. Furniture has been spaced to allow for social distancing.
FLCC also has WiFi in the main parking lot, closest to the logging sports practice field.
For students with internet access problems at home, check with the firstname.lastname@example.org for options.
Avoiding Email Scams
During any crisis or high-profile event, hackers/scammers and other bad actors will try to trick you into clicking links or opening attachments that relate to the crisis. Here are several to watch out for:
- COVID-19/Coronavirus emails and attachments with urgent news and important announcements
- Emails detailing changes in operational modality (moving to online/distance learning)
- Emails offering special information regarding helping you move to an all online teaching environment
- VPN news, special offers, fake scareware pop ups saying you need to call Tech Support
- Emails or unexpected web pages asking you for your logon/password credentials
We ask that everyone carefully look at all emails. If there is any doubt about an email, forward it to the email@example.com and ask if it is a valid email. Do not take unnecessary risks by clicking links or opening attachments.
Students who do not clear the self screening (see Entering FLCC Buildings above) will receive instructions on the next steps to take.
If a student, employee or visitor tests positive, FLCC will work with the local health department and provide data from the self-screening application to assist with contact tracing.
Isolation and Quarantine
Students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine while waiting for test results. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without experiencing symptoms.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
Students staying in the Suites at Laker Landing will be encouraged to isolate or quarantine at their permanent homes. Protocols have been established to care for those who are unable to return to their permanent home. Non-residential students will isolate or quarantine where they live.
Getting a COVID-19 test
A COVID-19 test will tell you if the virus is active at the time of testing. If your primary care provider ordered the test, follow the directions the provider gives you. If you do not have a primary care provider, there are a few local options:
UR Medicine Urgent Care will test only if you have symptoms and after being evaluated by a provider.
- Call (585) 978-8240 to schedule an appointment.
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Address: 699 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 (same plaza as Macri's Deli)
- You MUST bring a copy of your insurance card
- If you do not have insurance, let them know, and complete a sliding scale fee application. This will reduce the cost based on your income.
WellNow Urgent Care will test even if you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic testing).
- WellNow performs two types of tests. Please ask for PCR testing, not antibody testing.
- Calling first is recommended, but not mandatory: (315) 230-4074
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week
- Address: 1 White Springs Road, Geneva, NY 14456 (Town & Country Plaza)
- You MUST bring a copy of your insurance card. There is NO assistance for individuals without insurance coverage.
- If you are getting an asymptomatic test, a provider evaluation is not required.
- If you are getting a test because you are experiencing symptoms, an evaluation by a provider is necessary before a test can be ordered.
The New York State Department of Health has a drive-thru testing site in parking lot G of Monroe Community College's Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road.
State testing is free and available for asymptomatic individuals. To make an appointment, visit covid19screening.health.ny.gov or call 1-888-364-3065. For more information, please visit the NYS COVID-19 Testing website.
You will be informed of test results as soon as they are available. (If your permanent address is not Ontario County, please let the testing site know so results are reported appropriately). Further direction will be given based on the test results and your living situation.
Even if you have a negative test, you must continue with preventive behavior:
- Always wear your mask whenever you leave your room, even to go for testing
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose or mouth
- Wash hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer, especially when entering or leaving a room
- Be sure to maintain proper social distancing (6 feet or more)
Student Health Services is not able to test for or treat COVID-19, but is available to provide direction, support and education. Please call (585) 785-1298 Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation can be arranged for those in need of assistance.
FLCC is participating in the pooled testing surveillance program through SUNY Upstate Medical University to identify individuals who may be asymptomatic to prevent the spread of illness.
Our top priority is to test those who spend the most time on campus interacting with others. This includes students who live in The Suites at Laker Landing, participate on athletic teams and attend nursing and laboratory classes.
The pooled surveillance technique allows the lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University to mix several samples together in a "batch" or pooled sample and then test the pooled sample. If the pooled sample is negative, it means that all individuals were negative. If the pooled sample is positive, then each sample will be tested individually to find out which was positive. Because samples are pooled together, ultimately fewer tests are run overall.
Those who participate in pooled testing will register with an app, allowing the College to receive the result of their test pool quickly. Test results numbers (aggregate) are available on the FLCC COVID-19 dashboard. For questions about the pooled testing program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students have a responsibility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by practicing preventive measures (wear a mask, maintain social distance, etc.), abiding by quarantine or isolation orders, avoiding large gatherings, and cooperating with College and public health initiatives such as screening (CampusClear), testing and contact tracing.
The SUNY Chancellor has established uniform sanctions, which took effect on Oct. 1, 2020, for student violation of COVID-19 safety protocols across all 64 campuses. This policy applies only during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of penalties are as follows:
- Students who know they have tested positive for COVID-19 and intentionally expose others face permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than one calendar year.
- Students who fail to complete a quarantine period, on or off campus, face suspension from on-campus housing with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only, an academic and on-campus housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
- For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask or social distancing requirements, the sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or on-campus housing access (with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only), an academic and/or on-campus housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
- For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled COVID-19 pooled testing appointments, without sufficient excuse, disciplinary action may include interim suspension or administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access and restrict access to any buildings including on-campus housing.
Full details on violations and sanctions are available in the chancellor's memo.
If you are well, practice these protective measures:
- Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitizers
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Be prepared to stay home by having a few days of extra food, water and medicine on hand
- Wear a mask and practice social distancing. You will reduce your chance of getting sick if you do both, not just one or the other.
If you are ill, do the following:
- Stay home if you are ill
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow - not your hand
- If you have symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and seek medical treatment, call ahead so providers are ready for you.
- If you believe you have come in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your health care provider or your county public health department
The College will follow New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting for both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.
FLCC staff have been trained in proper cleaning and disinfection techniques. COVID-19 cleaning logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning will be maintained by Facilities and Grounds. Staff hours for daytime cleaning have doubled.
Routine cleaning of College facilities will be rigorous and ongoing, and surfaces that are touched most frequently will be prioritized. This includes
- Light switches, handrails and door knobs/handles
- All restrooms, including all surfaces, fixtures, door knobs, push plates and switches
- Breakroom tables and chairs, refrigerator and microwave doors and handles
- Handles on equipment
- Buttons on vending machines and elevators
- Shared phones, computer keyboards, mouse, tablets
- Hands-on learning items
- Drinking fountains and water fill stations
- Copy machines
FLCC has replaced all electronic hand dryers with paper towels due to research that suggests the virus can be transmitted in aerosol form.
Facilities flushes the air in the building as often as possible to bring in fresh air from outside. The FLCC air filtering system exceeds the filtering recommendations of New York state.
Disinfecting solution with paper towels and instructions will be in all classrooms and common areas for use.
FLCC has hand sanitizer stations and sanitizer refill stations throughout campus.
Automatic flushing and sensor faucets have been installed in all restrooms. Some outer restroom doors will have a foot pull so users can avoid touching the door handle.
FLCC's Fall Plan
FLCC has updated its fall plan, which outlines a comprehensive approach to protect the health and safety of the FLCC community while continuing our mission to provide students with a quality educational experience.
COVID Alert NY
NYS has launched a free app that notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app is anonymous and does not collect personal data. By participating, users can reduce the potential exposure risk to their immediate circle. Learn more
New York State Coronavirus health hotline | 1-888-364-3065
Call with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms
New York State Health Department: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization: Rolling updates on coronavirus disease