Effective immediately, based on NYS and Erie County Department of Health regulations, we are lifting the universal mask mandate within our college community. Unvaccinated individuals will need to continue to test weekly until further notice during the semester. Any community member has the option of continuing to wear masks but is not required to do so moving forward. We also will not be communicating positive cases based on the low number of individuals affected from COVID-19. Hilbert College has risen to 93% vaccinated across its community as well.
We will continue to monitor for any changes from our state and county health organizations. It is the hope that this step brings us a sense of normalcy that we have not felt in some time. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Christopher Siuta, Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Vice President for Student Life-Counseling, Health & Wellness
Director of Campus Safety
Dear Hilbert College Community,
The College will return to face-to-face instruction on January 31. Given the regional news on the pandemic, we are confident we can safely return to campus next Monday. Residence Life will soon be in touch with residential students about their return.
Naturally, we will continue with our mask-wearing protocols. Weekly reports from Dr. Christopher Siuta on our COVID status will continue throughout the Spring 2022 semester.
Thank you for your support of our effort to help limit the impact of this recent COVID wave on our community.
Michael Brophy, Ph.D.
Given the rapid COVID spread within Erie County, we have made the decision to start the Spring 2022 semester with two weeks of remote learning.
Hospitalizations and deaths are rising. We are a Catholic learning community that is dedicated to the dignity of the person and we must do all we can to preserve life. These are the details for the rest of January:
The Spring 2022 semester will begin as planned on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 with remote classes.
In person classes will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022.
Students should refer to Blackboard for specific course instructions.
ALL campus services will remain open, including the residence halls.
Hawks Athletics activities will continue following all NCAA guidelines.
Students can expect follow-up contact from student service areas over the next 24 hours regarding additional support that will be extended to them during this period.
Thank you all for your understanding. I am grateful that our students, faculty, and staff are able to adapt during these historically challenging times.
Dear Hilbert College Community Members,
There are updates and information to share about our COVID-19 policies this semester:
Inspired Health Group does not have any booster vaccines. We are sending students and employees to any local pharmacy for those, i.e. Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, etc. You do NOT need to continue with the same vaccine for each booster from the original series, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson.
As always, the Hilbert College Wellness Center and Inspired Health Group are here for you during these difficult times. You can call Dr. Siuta at 716-926-8930, extension 232, or IHG at 716-662-7008. ShariKay Shearing is our liaison with IHG and is available to talk if you ever have any questions.
The COVID-19 Response Manual is available here which can provide additional information based on the highlights above.
This message provides further clarification to our new COVID-19 policies, effective 1/1/2022. This direction will be integrated into our policy as posted on the website, but these are the main points:
We hope this message addresses questions that have arisen over the last week, but please reach out to Dr. Siuta at 716-926-8930 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any further questions or concerns.
Michael Brophy, Ph.D.
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