Coronavirus Update: Dominican College will have on-campus learning and activities in Fall 2020
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Dominican College’s mission “….is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs.” In keeping with this mission, we are developing plans for on-campus learning and other activities in the Fall 2020 semester. These plans will be based on consideration for the health and safety of our community and the guidance provided by New York state and other appropriate authorities.
Please refer to our latest updates here.

Coronavirus Information

Our prime concern is the safety and health of our community. This page provides helpful updates and resources on our institution's response to COVID-19.

Dominican College’s mission “….is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs.” In keeping with this mission, we are developing plans for on-campus learning and other activities in the Fall 2020 semester. These plans will be based on consideration for the health and safety of our community and the guidance provided by New York state and other appropriate authorities.

Quick Facts

  • Dominican College offices are staffed and operating remotely. Contact us by phone or email. 
  • There will be no in-person classes through the rest of the spring term.  Undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered in an online format.  
  • The College is postponing the start date for registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 for all undergraduate students. See the new registration schedule here.
  • Students with experiential course requirements such as internships or clinical, field and student teaching placements, should check with faculty and advisors. 
  • Access to the library will continue through the College's portal (my.dc.edu) and online tutoring will be available through the Academic Success Center on a limited basis.  
  • The Sullivan Library owns or has access to many (although not all) required textbooks and course texts. If you need access to a text, make a request through the "CourseTexts/Reserves" tab of the Distance Learning Guide: https://guides.dc.edu/distancelearning.
  • Administrative services will continue to be available online and by phone.  Faculty advisors will be available by email.

Moving Out Instructions

  • Residents received an email from the Director of Residence Life, Joe Dratch, on March 24 with moving out instructions and procedures. You can see it here. 

Events and Athletics

  • All on-campus events for the spring term are cancelled or postponed.
  • All athletic contests have been cancelled for the remainder of the academic year by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)
  • The fitness center and the gym are closed per the directive of the New York State Governor

Commencement

  • Graduation ceremonies will be held on campus for the Class of 2020 when it is safe to do so.  The graduates will wear their caps and gowns and be recognized in the presence of friends and family.  There will also be a virtual Commencement on May 17, 2020.

Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

  • Students expected to continue in the Fall 2020 semester will be allowed to carry forward their current meal plan balance.
  • Any remaining Room and Board charges will be credited to the student’s account on a prorated basis. 
  • A complete explanation can be found in the letter sent on April 5 which can be seen here.

Bookstore Returns

  • The campus book store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period by 15 days (from May 8 -May 23) without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail.  Go learn more, click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store's  website.
  • The bookstore will be open Monday  through Thursday 9:30 a.m-3:30 p.m and on Friday from 9:30 a.m-1:00 p.m to allow students to return books. To follow social distancing guidelines, all students must wear a face cover or a mask and only one student will be allowed in the store at a time. Only counter service will be available.

July 1, 2020

Dear Dominican College Community,

Dominican College looks forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus as we plan to resume traditional semester undergraduate on campus classes on August 31, 2020.  Some Adult and Graduate Health Programs will be resuming on-campus instruction this July.  The health and safety of all in the Dominican community remain our top priority.  The success of this return will require the cooperation and generous involvement of each of us as Dominican moves forward.

A web page is being established  which will serve as an information source for the fall reopening plan.  Since the plans are meant to be living documents, they will enable us to adapt to changing circumstances as they occur.  The College will continue to be responsive to guidance from Rockland County, New York State, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and advice from local, state, and national health authorities.  Details and announcements will be posted on this site as decisions are made throughout the summer.  Please check the site often.

 We remain grateful for the ongoing work of the Returning to Campus Coordinating Committee  for their guidance as we work to assure an opening that will move us to a hopeful future.  In addition, the Cabinet has been meeting on an almost daily basis, as well as groups of academic and student life planners.  Our facilities personnel are working tirelessly to prepare the campus for the safe return of all.

Our students are desirous of returning to campus and to life in the resident centers.  Their experience will be different but meaningful.  The safety of all is key.  Some of the plans in place are as follows: 

Assurance of safety:

  • All faculty, students and staff will be required to follow guidance related to wearing face masks, social distancing, and other recommendations made by New York State and the CDC. 
  • All faculty, students and staff will engage in daily self-screening before coming to campus.  There will be ongoing monitoring as needed. 
  • Campus will be open to only faculty, students and staff. Outside visitors will be limited.
  • Hand sanitizers, wipes and Personal Protection Equipment are widely available.
  • Our aggressive cleaning schedule is in place for classrooms, common areas and offices.
  • Plexiglas protection and additional dividers have been added to enhance protection.

 Conducting classes:

  • Classrooms will be based on social distancing guidance.
  • Lab classes taught on campus will be subject to social distance guidance.
  • Faculty members and many offices will hold virtual office hours.
  • For in-person office hours and meetings, appointments must be made.  Classes will be delivered through mixed modes, including in-person, remote or a hybrid of both to allow for the live streaming of courses.
  • Additional instructional technology is being provided for all classrooms.
  • Ongoing guidance will be following from the Office of the Academic Dean.

Living and Dining on Campus:

The College is planning to open residences in the fall.  Some of the plans will include:

  • Staggered check-in times for residential move-in.
  • Quarantine spaces as needed.
  • Social distancing.
  • Best usage of common spaces.
  • Dining services modified with new technology to comply with social distancing guidelines.

These are just some of the steps we are taking to ensure a safe return to the College.

Please check the web page and your College e-mail for ongoing updates.

 Should you have any questions, do not reply to this e-mail, but please forward them to covidresponse@dc.edu.

 With every good wish for a successful return to campus, I am

Sincerely,

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Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien

President

May 14 (updated June 23)

Coronavirus AID, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds disclosure

This is to satisfy the federal Department of Education initial disclosure requirement regarding CARES Act funds distributed to students in the form of emergency grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Find (HEERF).  Therefore, Dominican College hereby acknowledges:

  • That it has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement and intends to use at least 50 percent of the Cares Act funds received for emergency grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds it will receive from the Department of Education is $1,807,795.
  • The total emergency grants distributed to students as of June 2, 2020 is $879,783.
  • The estimated number of students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program (the number of Title IV eligible students under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act) is 1,450.
  • The amount of the distribution to each student for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-Student Aid is based upon an average amount awarded after adjusting for the individual student’s need as defined by Pell eligibility.  Pell eligibility is based the calculated EFC when a student completed a FAFSA for the 19/20 academic year.  Notice was sent to all students on April 5, 2020 allowing those who did not complete a FAFSA but believe they may be eligible to complete an attestation to that effect and return no later than May 15, 2020 to determine eligibility for this award. 
  • The distribution to students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-Minority Serving Institutions is based upon FAFSA eligibility.  The College identified students who had filed a FAFSA, had account balances for the spring semester, and had been making efforts to make payments.  Funds were then credited to their accounts to reduce or eliminate their balances.
  • Along with the check, students will receive a letter informing them that the award is based on funds from the CARES Act and that it is intended to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus for items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.  They will also be told that this award is not taxable and that they should keep records of these expenses should they be needed in the future.

April 27

Information on Move Out from the Residence Halls

Dear Students,

Residence Life is beginning its move out process.

For everyone’s health and safety and to promote social distancing, we are limiting the number of students at one time, per building, per day. Appointments will consist of three hour time blocks, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will begin starting on April 27 and continue through May 29.

Due to New York’s “PAUSE” directive, access to campus and residence halls will be granted only to students who have confirmed appointments with the Office of Residence Life. Residents may bring no more than one (1) guest to assist them with move out. Elevators are limited to use per family and should not be shared by students or guests. Per CDC guidelines, guests who have compromised immune systems and/or are being monitored/quarantined cannot accompany residents. To maintain appropriate social distancing, roommates/suitemates will not be permitted to move out during the same appointment day.

1.       Reserve Your Move Out Time

a.       Hertel Hall Signup Sheet

b.       Guzman Hall Signup Sheet

c.       Rosary Hall Signup Sheet

During your reserved move-out time, your ID will be turned on for your residence hall and it will shut off when your window of time expires. Move out times are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2.       Pack & Clean Your Room (On Selected Date and Time)

a.       Bring ID and room keys with you to campus. Upon arrival proceed directly to your residence hall and pack all item. Adhere to social distancing guidelines during your visit. You must be fully moved out of your room by the end of your appointment time.

b.       Trash should not be left in your room or in the hallways. All trash should be thrown away in the dumpster outside of your residence hall. The deadline to remove items from your residence hall room is May 29. Items left in your room after your confirmed move out date and time will be disposed of.

Refer to Point 6. below for  guidelines for entering the building.

3.       Return Your Key & Check- Out

a.       After cleaning out your room you must pick up an express check out envelope. Express check out envelopes can be picked up outside your AD’s office. Lastly, please do not forget your key!

b.       Fill out Express Check Out envelope COMPLETELY

c.       Drop in Key Mailbox on your AD’s office door.

4.       For those not returning to housing in the Fall of 2020

a.       The student must fill out a Residence Hall Withdrawal form. à HERE The student will not be eligible for consideration of a refund of their security deposit unless the Residence Hall Withdrawal form is filled out. Failure to complete any of these steps may result in continued charges to your account.

5.       Important Reminders

a.       Bring your own hand truck to make the process move as smoothly as possible.

b.       DO NOT FORGET YOUR KEY

c.       Only one person can come in to help you move.

d.       If you show up before or after  your selected time you will not be allowed in the Hall.

6.     PLEASE ENSURE YOU FOLLOW ALL THE GUIDELINES LISTED BELOW WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING:

a.      IF YOU ARE SICK OR RECOVERING FROM BEING SICK, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING

b.     RESIDENT STUDENTS MAY ONLY BRING ONE GUEST INSIDE THE RESIDENCE HALLS WITH THEM

c.      EACH PERSON MUST HAVE A MASK OR FACE COVERING ON WHEN INSIDE THE BUILDING

d.     KEEP A MINIMUM OF 6 FEET OF DISTANCE FROM OTHERS

e.     ALL GARBAGE MUST BE TAKEN TO THE DUMPSTER LOCATED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING

f.       ONLY ONE PERSON MAY USE THE ELEVATOR AT ANY GIVEN TIME

All library books can be dropped off at the box next to your AD office door.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information just given, please contact your AD.

BuildingNamePhoneEmail
GuzmanJonathan Delgado845-848-7420Jonathan.Delgado@dc.edu
Rosary HallDebra Fergusson845-848-5000Debra.Ferguson@dc.edu
Hertel HallJoseph Dratch845-848-7600Joseph.Dratch@dc.edu

Please know, we realize that this is a difficult, unexpected and unprecedented situation. We appreciate your patience and consideration as we work through this together.

April 13, 2020

Letter to the Class of 2020 

Dear Graduate of the Class of 2020,

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding Dominican College’s upcoming plans for Commencement.  Please allow me to take this opportunity to hopefully clear up any misunderstanding. 

We look forward to welcoming all of our graduates back to campus for graduation ceremonies when it is safe to do so.  At that time, probably in early fall, the graduates will wear their caps and gowns and be recognized in the presence of friends and family.  Since we are unsure exactly when and how we will be able to gather in person, we decided to also hold a virtual Commencement on May 17, 2020. This virtual Commencement is in addition to – not in place of -- the in-person exercises that will take place with students, faculty, administrators, and invited guests. 

As you are well aware, this school year has been particularly challenging because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Like you, we are very disappointed that Commencement Exercises could not take place at the Westchester County Center (WCC), as originally planned. Unfortunately, due to a lack of available dates at the WCC, a full Commencement ceremony cannot be held there for this year’s graduating students. Under the circumstances, however, we believe that holding both virtual and in-person celebrations is the best solution to commemorate the wonderful accomplishments of all of our graduating students.

We continue to pray that our nation recovers from this pandemic and we look forward to seeing you on campus in the not too distant future.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones.  May you all remain healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

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Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.
President

April 5, 2020

Letter Regarding Refunds for Housing and Meal Plans

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope this reaches you and your families in good health.

As previously noted in the March 24, 2020, email from Joe Dratch, Dominican College has considered the response to the current situation requiring resident students to prematurely leave the residence halls.  Students expected to continue into the Fall 2020 semester will be allowed to carry forward their current meal plan balance.  The College is waiving the rollover policy that does not permit meal plan balances to be carried over from the spring to fall semester).  The remaining Room and Board charge will be credited to the student’s account on a prorated basis. 

This letter identifies how the credits will be calculated and applied to help you to prepare for the Fall semester’s upcoming registration.  It is our intention to have these calculations completed before registration begins on Monday April 6, 2020.  This continues to be a detailed and time consuming process that affects each student individually.  We appreciate your patience as we all work through this process. 

Application of net housing credit:

Housing credits will be calculated on a prorated basis after adjusting for meal plans and financial aid where appropriate.  Please note that after all adjustments are taken into account, a student will not owe additional amounts. 

  • Students with outstanding balances will have this credit applied to the balance due.
  • If the credit creates a balance due to the student, the credit will be applicable to the Fall 2020 semester.  
  • If the credit creates a balance due to a graduating senior, the student will get a refund check.

The calculation is based on the day housing was unavailable beginning March 16 and continuing until scheduled move-out on May 8.  Applicable dates may vary depending on individual student circumstances.  All meal plan balances and Dominican Dollars will carry forward into the Fall 2020 semester.  The College is waiving the rollover policy that limits meal plan amounts allowed to be carried over.  Students who do not return for the Fall 2020 semester will forfeit their remaining meal plan balance.  Potential changes to financial aid will vary because each is based on the individual student’s package for the current academic year.  Students can access their student account balance at any time via www.dc.afford.com.  

Please note that in consideration of the current circumstances, the College is waiving finance charges on student accounts effective March 1 through June 30.

Questions should be directed to any staff member in the Financial Aid office (financial.aid@dc.edu; 845-848-7821) or the Bursars Office (Bursar@dc.edu; 845-848-7805).

Best Regards,

Tony Cipolla
VP for Financial Affairs/CFO

Brian Fernandes
VP for Enrollment

April 1, 2020

Message from Human Resources

To all employees:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides COVID-19 related paid sick and expanded family and medical leaves. All employers with fewer than 500 employees have been asked to post information about this act.

Information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

I hope you and your families are all well and safe.

Best,

Marybeth Broderick
Director of Human Resources

March 26, 2020

Message from the Academic Dean

Dear Students and Faculty,

To address the unusual disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Dominican College is postponing the start date for registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 for all undergraduate students

The revised registration schedule for Summer and Fall 2020 classes will begin on Monday, April 6 (rather than the original March 30 start date).

The revised schedule is as follows:

FALL 2020 REGISTRATION
DAY/EVENING
CLASSES BEGINAugust 31
REGISTRATIONGROUPBEGIN REGISTERING ONLINE
TIME
Athletes/Honors/Veterans
April 6, 712:00 AM
90 + credits earned
60 – 89 credits earned
April 8, 912:00 AM
30-59 credits earnedApril 13, 1412:00 AM
1-29 credits earnedApril 15, 1612:00 AM

A delayed start date will give students and their academic advisors more time to plan their fall academic schedules.

Sincerely,

Dean Thomas Nowak
Academic Dean/Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 24, 2020

Letter from the Director of Residence Life 

Good Morning,

I am writing to you to provide additional information and clarification of the message you received on March 20th regarding the College’s decision to move all classes online. That message indicated that I would provide instructions about moving out procedures. Our main goal at that time was, to allow our residents access to their personal items as soon as possible while providing for the safety and well-being of all concerned. However, on Friday Governor Andrew Cuomo asked New York State to PAUSE.

In support of Governor Cuomo’s executive order, we are postponing in-person checkouts from Dominican College residence halls until further notice. Access to Dominican’s residence halls will be restricted, effective immediately. We strongly encourage you to stay where you are and not travel. Only students who are granted permission to remain on-campus due to extenuating circumstances will be permitted to enter any residence halls.

These times are confusing and stressful. The College is making every decision based on the facts and information. The information and guidance surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, every day brings something new.

I will advise you when this restriction has been lifted, and we are able to resume in-person checkouts.

Please know that your belongings will remain secure in your room until you are able to safely return to campus to retrieve them.

Lastly, I encourage you to DO THE FIVE

  1. HANDS Wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don't touch it
  4. SPACE Keep safe distance
  5. HOME Stay if you can

I understand the inconvenience this may cause you and your family. I am appreciative of your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time.

Dominican College has considered the response to the current situation regarding resident students prematurely leaving the residence halls.  Students expected to continue into the Fall semester will be allowed to carry forward their current meal plan balance.  The remaining Room and Board charge will be credited to the student’s account on a prorated basis.  This calculation is specific to each student’s circumstance.  We therefore continue to appreciate your patience in this as we work through the details.  We will be back to you soon with more details.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information just given, please contact your AD.

BuildingNamePhoneEmail
GuzmanJonathan Delgado845-848-7420Jonathan.Delgado@dc.edu
Rosary HallDebra Fergusson845-848-5000Debra.Ferguson@dc.edu
Hertel HallJoseph Dratch845-848-7600Joseph.Dratch@dc.edu

Please continue to monitor your DC email and the Colleges COVID-19 web page Here.

Updated March 20

Letter from the President

Dear Dominican College Community,

Dominican College’s Crisis Communication Team has been monitoring the ever changing situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Team has reviewed guidance and directives from local health officials, the Rockland County Executive, the Governor of the State of New York, the CDC, and the federal government.

The infection numbers have grown and are projected to grow in New York State and in our immediate region. Consequently, several public spaces have recently been ordered closed or limited in operational hours, including facilities like gyms and fitness centers. These events have made it abundantly clear that it would not be prudent to resume campus activities in order to help protect the health and well-being of faculty, administrators and staff. Hence, all undergraduate and graduate classes will continue to be offered online for the rest of the spring term. Students should not return to the campus for the rest of the term. Resident students will receive an email from the Director of Residence Life, Joe Dratch, on March 24 with instructions about moving out procedures.

All on-campus events for the spring term are cancelled or postponed. Administrators and staff will work remotely wherever possible. Their offices and support services will be accessible via phone, email, and/or online.

Those of you who anticipate graduating this summer will understandably be concerned about pre-Commencement activities (pinning, hooding and the Baccalaureate Awards ceremonies), as well as Commencement itself. We appreciate that graduation is the celebration of an achievement that you will have earned and that you are looking forward to sharing this accomplishment with your family and friends. It is too early to decide whether or not we should implement the traditional plans for these activities. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and inform you as decisions are made.

The College is developing a plan to address the room and board charges applicable to resident students for this semester. Information about the plan will be provided in the near future.

In the meanwhile, you should continue to remain in contact with your course faculty and your academic advisor as you plan the rest of this term and your summer/fall courses. Please know that the support services including the Academic Success Center, the Sullivan Library, Career Development Center, Office of Special Services and counseling services will remain available to you via email/phone or online.

These are unprecedented times and circumstances that require all of us to work together. Thank you for your understanding and support. You and your families are being remembered prayerfully during this stressful time.

Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.
President

Updated March 17

Letter from the Director of Residence Life 

Good Afternoon,

In an email on March 10, I stated that it is the College’s expectation to have residence halls reopen at 3 pm on Sunday, March 22. After reassessing the circumstances around the coronavirus situation, the College has modified the original plan. As of today, the President notified the college community that in-person classes are anticipated to resume on April 13th. This means the updated anticipated opening of the residence halls will be on April 12 at 3 PM.

Residence Life will continue to allow you to access your belongings during the times below.

DateTime Slot 1Time Slot 2
Friday, March 13, 20207:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, March 16, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 20202:00 PM - 4:00 PM7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 20202:00 PM - 4:00 PM7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 19, 20202:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, March 20, 202011:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 21, 202011:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Before going up to your room, you must check in with a residence life staff member. In addition, you must be present when gathering belongings. No one else may enter your room for you to collect items. Lastly, please do not forget your key!

Below are the phone numbers and emails of residence life staff. If you have any questions please contact your AD of the building.

BuildingNamePhoneEmail
Guzman HallJonathan Delgado845-848-7420Jonathan.Delgado@dc.edu
Rosary HallDebra Fergusson845-848-5000Debra.Ferguson@dc.edu
Hertel HallJoseph Dratch845-848-7600Joseph.Dratch@dc.edu

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. As always, the health and well-being of our students and staff are of utmost importance to us in making these decisions.

Joseph Dratch
Director of Residence Life
(845) 848-7600
Joseph.Dratch@dc.edu

Updated March 17, 2020

Letter from the President

Dear Dominican College Community,
In my earlier communication of March 10, I had stated that the College would reassess the circumstances around the coronavirus situation and keep you informed of any changes to our plans. As you are aware, these circumstances have changed dramatically in the last couple of days. Consequently, we have modified our plans to reflect the following:
  1. There will be no in-person classes through April 12, and learning will continue through our online delivery system. In-person classes are anticipated to resume on April 13. However, we will be assessing this evolving situation and will inform you of any further changes in a timely fashion.
  2. Access to the library will continue through the College’s portal (my.dc.edu), and online tutoring will be available through the Academic Success Center on a limited basis.
  3. The fitness center and the gym will be closed per the directive of the Governor of the state of New York.
  4. Students who must live in the residence halls due to special circumstances will be provided “grab-and-go” cafeteria services.
  5. All College sponsored events on-campus have been cancelled through April 12.
  6. Administrative services will continue to be available online and by phone. Faculty advisors will be available by email.
Your patience, understanding and creativity are greatly appreciated during these unprecedented circumstances.
You and your family will remain in my prayers for your health and safety.
Sincerely,
Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.
President

Updated March 12, 2020

Letter from the Director of Residence Life 

Good Afternoon,

I would like to update our resident students on the College’s decision to deliver courses in an online format and the impact that it may have on you.

As per the communication shared with the Dominican College community on March 10 the residence halls are closed to ALL but international students and those living more than 250 miles from the campus.

If you need to access some belongings from your room you may do so during the following dates and times.

DateTime Slot 1Time Slot 2
Friday, March 13, 20207 pm - 9 pm
Monday, March 16, 20202 pm - 4 pm 7 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday, March 17, 20202 pm - 4 pm 7 pm - 9 pm
Wednesday, March 18, 20202 pm - 4 pm 7 pm - 9 pm
Thursday, March 19, 20202 pm - 4 pm

Before going up to your room, you must check in with a residence life staff member. In addition, you must be present when gathering belongings. No one else may enter your room for you to collect items.

At this point, it is the College’s expectation to have residence halls reopen at 3 pm on Sunday, March 22. The college will be reassessing the situation as the week progresses. You will be informed of any changes to this plan.  The health and well-being of our students and staff are of utmost importance to us in making these decisions.

Below are the phone numbers and emails of residence life staff. If you have any questions please contact the AD of your building.

BuildingNamePhoneEmail
GuzmanJonathan Delgado845-848-7420Jonathan.Delgado@dc.edu
Rosary HallDebra Fergusson845-848-5000Debra.Ferguson@dc.edu
Hertel HallJoseph Dratch845-848-7600Joseph.Dratch@dc.edu

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Joseph Dratch
Director of Residence Life

Updated: March 10, 2020

Letter from the President, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien

Dear Members of the Dominican College Community,

I would like to update you on the steps the College has been taking to monitor the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Members of the College’s Crisis Communications Team have been meeting to determine best practices to safeguard, as best we can, the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

There are currently no known or suspected cases of the virus on campus. There is, however, community spread in counties surrounding the campus and in areas where many of our students reside.

Dominican College has decided that beginning Monday, March 16,  both undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered in an online format. Therefore, students and faculty should not return to the campus after the Spring Break concludes this week. We expect to resume regular in-person classes on Monday, March 23. We will be reassessing the situation as the week progresses. You will be informed of any changes to this plan.  The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance to us in making these decisions.

The residence halls will be closed to all but international students and those living more than 250 miles from the campus. These students should contact Joe Dratch at 845-848-7600 to arrange for accommodations as needed. Food services, as well as the Library, Academic Success Center, gymnasium and fitness center will be available to serve the needs of only this population.

No athletic contests will be played during the week of March 16.

The College remains open and all administrative and staff employees will be on campus. Students and faculty may contact the staff via phone or email.

The College is being cleaned thoroughly twice a day with special disinfectants and additional hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed around the campus.

I ask you to assist the College in preventive care by following these recommendations:

  • Stay at home when you are sick and remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your doorknobs, light switches, computer mouse and keyboard and other commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes frequently.

For additional information about COVID-19 and the College’s response, please refer to the College website, www.dc.edu, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

With good wishes for safe and healthy days for you and yours.

Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.
President

Updated: March 9, 2020

While cases of coronavirus have appeared in Rockland County over the weekend, there are still no reported cases on our campus, or among our students, staff, and faculty.

The College is continuing to carefully monitor the situation and has taken extensive precautions including deep cleaning and disinfecting of the campus on a twice-daily basis.  College administrators are in regular contact with the local Board of Health and all recommendations are being followed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Development at (845) 848-4080

Updated: March 4, 2020

Dominican College is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. To date, no cases have been presented or reported to the Dominican College Health Center and no confirmed cases have been reported in Rockland County.

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from:

The following information is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

General Precautions

Dominican College has established a plan to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19 on the campus. The plan is based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH)

Along with encouraging students, faculty, and staff to develop their own personal treatment and recovery plan, we are asking all members of the College community to be aware of the following information and guidelines provided by the NYS Department of Health

Symptoms

Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing

Students, faculty, and staff with the above symptoms are strongly advised to call before visiting a Health Care Provider or the Student Health Center, not go to class or work, and to stay home or in their residence hall (or otherwise directed) to minimize the spread of illness to others.

When to Seek Help

The New York State Department of Health recommends that if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath that you call to speak with a health care provider before seeking treatment in person.  Students should call the Student Health Center at (845) 848-7918, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For general questions, the public may contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer questions, Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  After hours, you may leave a voicemail message that will be returned.

Faculty and Staff should contact Human Resources if they or a family member are ill with symptoms of COVID-19.

Healthy Practices to Help Prevent Illness

While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection:

  • Cover your nose and mouth. If you have cold and cough symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or using disposable tissues and dispose of them in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. They are available in the residence halls and other public places on campus.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Stay home when you are sick and remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and limit contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Minimize contact with others in classrooms, public settings, and cafeterias.