CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Dominican College is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. Please refer to our latest updates here.

Coronavirus Information

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

Members of the College community are strongly encouraged to monitor their email for new information. This resource page will be updated as new information emerges. 

Quick Facts

  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • All on-campus events for the spring term are cancelled or postponed.
  • 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 fitness center and the gym are closed per the directive of the New York State Governor.
  • Students with experiential course requirements such as internships or clinical, field and student teaching placements, should check with faculty and advisors. 
  • 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.
  • All athletic contests have been cancelled for the remainder of the academic year by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)
  • Administrative services will continue to be available online and by phone.  Faculty advisors will be available by email.
  • Check your email and the website regularly for new or updated information.

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.