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Add Nazareth College to the list of local colleges and universities that will require all students, faculty and staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccination before returning to campus this fall.

The college issued a statement on Friday saying that there will be limited exemptions, such as religious and medical reasons.

How are local colleges and universities handling the 2021 spring semester during the pandemic? Nazareth College has shifted the start of its spring semester to February 1 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases after the holidays, while continuing to offer classes online. Monroe Community College resumed on-campus classes on Monday, but nearly 80 percent of its courses are being delivered remotely. The University of Rochester restarts most of its classes on February 1, offering both in-person and remote options.

This hour, we hear from representatives from all three institutions about plans for the spring semester, including access to courses, testing protocols, dorm life, and more. Our guests:

  • Beth Paul, Ph.D., president of Nazareth College
  • Katherine Douglas, Ed.D., interim president of Monroe Community College
  • Jeff Runner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester

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540 West Main founder Calvin Eaton said the organization took their social justice themed workshops online because of the COVID-19 pandemic and with that came opportunity.

“We’ve now been connecting with people as far away as Australia, all different parts of New York, Boston, Toronto, the west coat,” said Eaton. “It's not just people tuning into a webinar, it's a discussion and a dialogue.”

Nazareth College says it’s working with New York state and the Monroe County Health Department to contain an emerging cluster of COVID-19 cases within the Nazareth community.

As of Friday morning, Nazareth had 19 positive cases within the past two days related to one off-campus student event. Sixty individuals with whom they had been in close contact while they were contagious have been moved into separate quarantine spaces.

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Nazareth College says that it has received notification of a positive COVID-19 test for a member of the Nazareth community who has been on campus.

In a statement released Tuesday, officials  say that the individual who tested positive is now in isolation.

Nazareth says it is following protocols which include extensive cleaning and contact tracing for any individual who has had close contact and a risk of exposure.

Officials say that Nazareth is vigilant in adhering to all of its protocols that maintain the health and safety of the entire community.

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A recently retired local college president already has a new job. Daan Braveman, who led Nazareth College for 15 years before stepping down in June recently joined the law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery to provide consulting services for their Higher Education practice.

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After 15 years, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman officially stepped down Tuesday. The Rochester native announced his retirement last year.

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Monroe Community College Interim President Kate Douglas said she doesn’t like the term “reopening,” because she said the college never really closed. Classes moved online in mid-March due to the pandemic. 

Douglas said different work groups filled with more than 70 staffers are discussing how to safely bring students back in person this fall.

“One of them is called the facilities and operations work group and they have been going through every room on campus and revising what the room capacity would be,” Douglas said. 

Nazareth College

Nazareth College is committed to providing an on-campus experience this fall. Nazareth, like many colleges, has been providing classes online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials said that protocols will be in place this fall to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the larger community.

Some changes already in progress include ordering touchless faucets and personal protective equipment, reducing density in classrooms, and evaluating apps to help screen and trace contact.

Nazareth College

Nazareth College is now among the area colleges and universities moving to online learning and other alternative teaching methods as part of the effort to stem any possible spread of the coronavirus.

Nazareth President Daan Braveman says spring break has been extended through Sunday, March 22, with academic instruction resuming March 23 through alternative delivery, including online instruction.

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