Students and Families

Update for Families of Our Students (Zoom) - October 13

Zooming with Zupan & Guests - October 7

Zooming with Zupan & Lewis - September 30

Zooming with Zupan & Guyer - September 16

Zooming with Zupan & Guyer - September 9

Zooming with Zupan & Guyer - September 8

Zooming with Zupan & Guyer - September 2

Zooming with Zupan & Guyer - August 26


Testing is one of the most important and effective tools we have to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. For testing to be most effective, it requires all of our students to take part in the process.

Testing is required. Students who fail to meet their responsibilities for being tested will be subject to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct, up to and including suspension and possible expulsion.

Learn more about testing this Fall on our FAQ page.

  • In collaboration with the Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH), the Wellness Center will perform contact tracing for all students testing positive for COVID-19
  • In the event of the need to complete contact tracing for campus visitors through the
  • Department of Health, the Wellness Center will contact the applicable Department of Health and inform them of a positive test result
  • Students identified through contact tracing who have come in contact with a person under investigation or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be monitored for symptoms and tested, if applicable
  • Alfred University’s Wellness Center will collaborate with the county health departments to ensure a seamless tracing process and timely reporting
  • Students will be asked and reminded throughout the summer to bring face coverings/masks with them as they will be required to wear them any time that they are on campus and within six feet of others
  • Students must wear face coverings/masks whenever they are in an academic or administrative building
  • Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear face coverings/masks whenever they are on campus and not able to maintain six feet of social distance; in addition, faculty are required to wear a face coverings/masks while teaching all in-person classes
  • Each day before attending classes, all students are required to complete a daily screening; students are also required to take their temperatures daily and to report any fever
  • In addition to a daily screening regimen, Alfred University will administer random saliva pool testing on student population samples during the semester; these tests will be batched and analyzed, and if any positive tests result, all students in that group will be tested; periodically, all sample testing results will be reviewed to determine whether they indicate a need to test greater numbers of students more frequently
  • Students submitting responses indicating the presence of symptoms will receive an immediate response directing them not to attend classes and to call the Wellness Center for further diagnosis
  • Student screening reports that indicate the presence of symptoms will result in an immediate response to the student, who will be prohibited from attending class and required to call the Wellness Center for a consult
  • Following the recommendations of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), counselors will continue to see students virtually for intakes unless there is a specific need for in-person counseling

Group Therapy

The Wellness Center is opening up two treatment groups this semester. Group therapy can be very helpful to help you realize you're not alone, as a place to give and receive support, helps you become aware of your feelings and how you express them and helps you learn to relate to yourself and others in healthier ways.

ACT Group: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been proven to help with test anxiety, social anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, anorexia, and substance abuse. ACT focuses on building a meaning-filled life and handling painful thoughts and experiences that are out of our control. The group will meet on Mondays at 6 pm starting on 9/28/2020 and will run for 8 weeks. Contact Janna Buckwalter with any questions.

Process Group: This type of group is good to learn about interpersonal styles and practice new ways of thinking about yourself or relating to others. This group will meet on Wednesdays at 4 pm starting on 10/1/2020 and will run through the end of the semester. Contact Kara Taylor with any questions.

Both groups will happen over Zoom. Group therapy is available both to people already engaged in counseling and to people interested in group counseling only. If you're not already engaged with counseling and interested in either group, please contact the Wellness Center at 607-871-2300 for an intake appointment. You will be placed in a group after doing an individual intake with a counselor. If you are already in counseling and would like to participate in either group, talk with your counselor.

  • Classes begin August 24 (as scheduled)
  • The first two weeks of classes will be held virtually
  • The October two-day break (October 12–13) will be eliminated
  • In-person class activities will conclude on Wednesday, November 25 at noon prior to
  • Thanksgiving, and students will not return to campus after the holiday
  • The in-person exam period is scheduled for November 20 to noon on November 25, including Saturday
  • Final grades will be due December 7
  • The week following Thanksgiving (November 30–December 4) may be used by instructors to wrap up classes
  • Classes meeting on Fridays will have one session to make up which will be scheduled at the instructors’ discretion
  • Study Abroad opportunities are being postponed until the Spring semester
  • Wherever possible, online learning options will be available for international students who cannot travel to campus

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Both Herrick Library and Scholes Library have reopened to students, staff and faculty.

Herrick Library Hours:

Sunday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed

Scholes Library Hours:

Sunday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed

You can find more information in the AU Libraries Reopening Plan.

Where can you study and/or take online classes?

Here are some starting points. Please note that all of these spaces are set-up for social distancing and that cleaning supplies are available in each location.

Commuter students - you are also welcome to contact the AU Libraries to discuss additional possible arrangements which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Campus Computer Labs (available when no classes are scheduled)

  • Herrick 120
  • Olin 214 & 215
  • Myers 107
  • Perlman 105
  • Science Center 104 & 108
  • Seidlin Annex 107
  • Seidlin 016

AU Libraries - Herrick & Scholes

Available anytime the library is open:

  • Herrick Book End Lounge
  • Scholes Commons PC Area

Available when no classes are scheduled and the Library is open:

  • Herrick Commons Area
  • Scholes "Classroom" area on main floor

Other Campus Spaces

  • Powell Campus Center - Knight Club
  • Science Center - 3rd Floor Lobby and 3rd Floor Corners
  • Seidlin Basement - Student Lounge (across from computer lab)

Spaces that may be reserved by students enrolled in Performing Arts courses:

  • Study space outside of Miller Theater
  • Miller 221

Spaces that may be reserved by students majoring in Biology, Environmental Studies and Physics

  • Clubhouses/Lounges in the Science Center

  • The Hat Bus is running for WalMart/Wegmans runs.
  • The bus is free for students with an ID.
  • Please note each bus can only take 6 students at a time.
  • The 1:06 pm run will have 3 buses, allowing for a larger group.
  • The 2:30 return run also have 3 buses back to Alfred.
  • Last return bus from Hornell is at 4:20 and it only holds 6 people use that only as a last resort!
**Please note that we only coordinate these bus runs with the HAT Bus Company, we do not set the schedule.