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Spring Break extended | campus services update (March 17, 2020)

03.17.20: classes resume online on March 23; scholarships for future lawyers; WSAP design contest

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News & Notes

Spring Break Extended; Online Classes to Begin March 23

Provost Rob Clark announced last night that Spring Break will be extended and spring semester classes for undergrads at the College and Eastman School of Music will resume online on Monday, March 23. The move allows extra time for instructors to prepare for remote teaching, and for students who are returning home to move out of their residence halls without having to take classes at the same time.

Updates to Dining, Other Campus Services, and Events

In response to new COVID-19 guidance announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the University is adjusting and reducing some campus services. An updated list of modified campus services—including dining—is now live on the Coronavirus Updates website.

Of particular note, River Campus Libraries will close on March 18. University Libraries, however, maintain a large number of digital services that can be accessed at and also has available Support for Online Teaching and Learning. Additionally, some physical research items can be requested for pick-up. For more information on this, see the University Libraries website.

There are updates coming frequently, including the University’s latest event guidance, updated today, which calls for any in-person gathering on a University campus to be limited to 10 participants.

To help you keep up, check the Coronavirus Updates website, the best place to see the latest on the University’s response to COVID-19.

Get Help with the Transition to Online Classes

We recognize that moving to online learning next week is a top priority for everyone. The experience is new for everyone, but we know that all involved are doing their best to make it a good experience.

Remember that there are resources online for getting ready for the transition, including a list of options for internet service and guides on how to communicate with classmates and professors and complete other tasks online.

Upcoming Deadlines

Scholarship Opportunity for Future Lawyers

Graduating seniors who plan on attending law school in  the  fall of 2020 are eligible to apply for  the John H. Berman Memorial Award.  The  award of approximately $6,000 will go to a graduating senior who “demonstrates  the  self-motivation, achievement, leadership, concern for others, reliability, and commitment to high moral principles” that characterized Berman’s life.  Apply for  the  award through  Handshake; faculty or staff members can also make nominations. The deadline to apply is  Friday, April 10 , by 11:59 p.m. Contact Tonya Dickerson with questions. 

WSAP Design Contest

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program is seeking submissions from undergraduate students of a visual design that represents the program’s brand identity across a range of materials, from social media profiles to posters, mugs, and T-shirts. The winning individual or team will receive $100 and authorship credit on the program’s website. Submissions must be received by Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. See complete submission guidelines and to submit your entry. Call (585) 273-3584 or email with questions.



Check the Calendar for the Latest Updates

As many University events transition online, the best way to check the status of those events is to visit, which will include changes as they are announced.

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