Reopening Updates

July 29, 2020 at 11:16 a.m.: Free Drive Up COVID-19 Testing for County Residents

The Otsego County Department of Health is offering free drive up COVID-19 testing to residents of Otsego County who are NOT sick and want to be tested on Friday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Exeter Town Barn, 7411 State Hwy 28, Schuyler Lake NY. Call 607-547-4279 to register.

Appointments are offered every ten minutes and as of this morning, there were many openings. Masks are required.

July 20, 2020 at 5:55 p.m.: Employee Support Resources 

The Office of Human Resources is sending you the list of self-care resources again as we want to remind you to take time to care for yourself.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at, if you need any additional support.

The list of support resources was sent on May 4, 2020.  See the archived list.

July 20, 2020 at 4:20 p.m.: Timely Action Needed: Your Fall Return to Campus Email

With the fall semester just weeks away, it is important for you to complete a few tasks no later than Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

1. Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick Community

As a Hartwick student we need you to partner with our faculty and staff to ensure that we do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID19, and keep our campus community healthy and safe. This compact is designed based on recommendations by health agencies and practices we believe are essential for our community to maintain a healthy and safe campus.

To be eligible to be on campus and remain on campus, you must acknowledge and complete Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick Community.

2. If you wish to Study Remotely for Fall 2020 (all courses)

It is our intent to offer in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. However, we know that there may be circumstances that have arisen that make it necessary for you to complete your academics all remotely during this semester. If you are selecting the all remote option, please complete this form.

3. Your Student Account for Fall 2020

The July billing reflects charges for the first half of the academic year, which includes all of Fall Term and the first two weeks of January Term. If you have any questions regarding your e-bill, please contact Student Accounts directly at or at 607-431-4300. Payment or plan for your payment is due no later than Wednesday, August 5.

Keep watching your email for additional announcements about the Fall 2020 semester.

Stay strong, stay healthy and be well!

July 17, 2020: FAQ Updates: Where will students be able to hang out together?
If I am coming from out of state, will I need to quarantine when I get to campus? What are the implications for roommates?
Read the answers.

July 16, 2020: Updates to our reopening plan and clarified deadlines for signing the Social Compact.

July 15, 2020: Empire 8 Presidents Council Votes to Postpone Fall Athletics.
Read the news story.

July 15, 2020

With on-campus educational programs planned for the fall 2020 semester—if a change in COVID related circumstances requires a shift to remote learning, will tuition and fees be reduced?

The COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic continues to create risks and uncertainties associated with on-campus educational programs of colleges and universities. The potential continuing impacts of the pandemic are not fully foreseeable, and may impact the feasibility and/or structure of on-campus learning. The tuition rates charged by the College are not dependent on the format of the educational programs for which they are payable. Accordingly, if the College is required to alter the structure of its on-campus educational programs or transition students to remote learning models (in whole or in part) due to restrictions imposed by federal, state or local governmental authorities or applicable law, or if the College determines such action to be warranted in light of continuing or potential impacts of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, no reduction or refund of tuition will be made based on the resulting changes to the programs in which students are enrolled.

July 2, 2020 at 4:53 p.m.

On June 24, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that along with New Jersey and Connecticut, New York State would be joining an initiative that requires all individuals traveling to NY, NJ, or CT from states identified as high-risk for community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period upon their arrival.

Additionally, on June 30, 2020, the Governor announced that he signed a new executive order that makes any New York employee who voluntarily travels to high-risk states after June 25, 2020 ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave benefits. A 14 day, state imposed, self-quarantine is now required for people traveling to NY from: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, ID, LA, MS, NC, NV, SC, TN, TX, UT. This includes residents of NY who have traveled to one of these states.

If employees travel to any of the states noted above, they will not be allowed to enter campus until they have completed the state-mandated 14 day self-quarantine. This list will change. Employees should monitor NYS developments and act accordingly. They can do this at Employees who are affected by this must contact their supervisors about alternative work arrangements.

The Emergency COVID-19 leave request form has been updated to reflect this eligibility provision. Moving forward, employees requesting COVID-19 related leave will be asked if they have traveled to one of the states on the travel advisory list identified by New York State.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at

July 2, 2020 at 3:29 p.m.

Hello Hawks! We miss you and can’t wait to have you back on campus!

As President Drugovich shared in her weekly video messages, we will bring students back to campus in stages, from Saturday, August 22 through Sunday, August 30. Classes will begin Monday, August 31 and on-campus instruction will end Friday, November 20.

Our new One Hartwick campaign will help you navigate the return to campus and answer many of your questions and clarify expectations, from face masks to social distancing, classes to cuisine.

Before we return, however, every member of the Hartwick community must sign Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick College, as the president described in her weekly videos. Making this commitment will help keep us all safe as we move forward with the upcoming school year.

We will continue to send you updates and reminders via e-mail and text in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can access Hartwick’s Reopening Our Campus resources webpage for more information.

For now, stay strong, stay safe, and be well. We look forward to seeing you all in August!

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