Update – Visitation Policy – Approved Again – Students must still wear a mask – Keep up the good work!

April 5, 2021

Dear Student Living Center Residents:

We wanted to provide you with the regular update on the pilot program for undergraduate residence hall visitation. Again, two criteria that need to be met every week for the visitation program to be in effect are:

  • University Health Service (UHS) needs a minimum of 1,000 undergraduate residential students to be tested each week as part of surveillance testing,
  • The total number of positive cases among undergraduate students on River Campus and at ESM must stay at 40 or below over a 14-day period.

The news this week is also great! Both the surveillance testing target was met, and the total number of positive cases among residential undergraduate students was less than 40. Keep up the good work! 

Therefore, the visitation program will continue for another week! 😊 If the numbers remain good next week, the program will continue. For a full FAQ on the program, see: https://www.rochester.edu/coronavirus-update/pilot-program-for-undergraduate-residence-hall-visitation/#faq

Please continue to encourage each other to adhere to the safety measures that are part of the UR Community Commitment. We understand that students are stressed right now and tired of pandemic life, but the virus is still among us. Please wear your masks when visiting in rooms. Remember that this policy only allows guests who live in the SLC to visit other students living in the SLC. Thank you for doing your part!

The Eastman Students Association is instrumental in serving as an advocate for students in the development and implementation of this pilot visitation policy.  If you have any questions, or concerns about the policy, please direct these to sa_chiefjustice@u.rochester.edu, reach out directly to the Student Living Center Staff, or contact your RA.

If you are in need of support during this time and wish to speak with someone, there are many resources available on campus that can help:

  • The University Counseling Center (UCC) is open and is accepting new appointments. UCC services are available to support all full-time students, and offers suggestions for managing fears and anxiety about the pandemic. The UCC 24/7 on-call service (585) 275-3113 is also available for mental health emergencies experienced by students.
  • The CARE Network allows members of the University community to express their concern about a student—or seek help for themselves—through its online referral form. Upon receiving and reviewing a CARE referral, staff reach out to the student to provide support and resources. In addition, the Interfaith Chapel remains available to offer support to students during this difficult time. Students are welcome to email Reverend Denise Yarbrough at dyarbrough@admin.rochester.edu if they are struggling. Many of the faith communities of the chapel are offering worship services. Simply contact the leader of the faith community you are interested in for details.
  • For students who need additional funding to cover qualifying needs, clothing, food, housing, the Basic Needs Hub is an excellent resource to get you through the critical period. The Food Pantry has expanded its availability to all students and postdoctoral appointees. It is need-blind and does not require any income or financial threshold.

Robert E. Bones, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
University of Rochester – Eastman School of Music
100 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14605
Office: 585.274.1106 I Fax: 585.274.1175