Fiat COVID-19 Relief!

As Alfred University prepares to welcome students for the Fall 2020 semester, our institution continues its efforts to create a campus environment that best protects the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, one of the most vital steps we are taking to reopen our University safely is to adhere to a schedule for students’ return to campus that accommodates the need for some students to quarantine once they have arrived. This schedule requires international students and students from states on the New York State travel advisory list to arrive on campus today Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7. Those students will be required to quarantine for 14 days ahead of the August 21-23 arrival of the remainder of our students: those from New York State and other states not on the New York State travel advisory list.

Some of our students simply cannot arrive on campus on their appointed times–due to summer internships, family considerations, previously made travel/move-in plans, and so on—and have made special requests for alternate dates. Those students may need to find temporary housing arrangements due to quarantine obligations (due to New York State Department of Health guidelines, we cannot house students from international locations and travel advisory states with students from states not on the travel advisory list). Those arrangements include staying with friends or family in the area and quarantining there, or finding short-term housing in local motels and hotels. The latter option can place a difficult financial burden on some of our students.

Here is where you can help.

Through the generosity of alumni, Alfred University has established an emergency relief fund to deal with COVID-19-related costs. This fund can be used to help students meet some of the expenses related to their attendance during an emergency. Short-term off-campus housing is one of those costs for which there is a real need, in some cases meaning the difference between attending and not attending classes this Fall. For example, money from the COVID-19 emergency relief fund can be disbursed to students in need while they quarantine. The University is negotiating with hotels and motels in the area, but many students will face a financial hardship if they are forced to stay in a hotel for two weeks. Grants from our emergency funds can help them pay for their room and meals until they can safely move into their campus residence halls.

Please consider supporting our students in need by contributing to Alfred University’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Or, if you know of someone with property in the Alfred area that could be made available for students to quarantine for two weeks, let us know. Jay Yedvab ’56 came up with the idea for the Relief Fund and provided an initial gift of $1,000, an amount since matched by several alumni. To put this in perspective, a $1,000 gift would defray the cost of a room and meals for one student for two weeks at a local hotel.

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, our students have faced months of uncertainty about their academic futures. How they will pay for room and board over their two-week onboarding period should not be chief among their worries.

Thanks in advance for any philanthropic assistance that you can provide to our COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Fiat COVID-19 Relief!