Visitors to Campus

[Last updated October 7]

F&M is strictly limiting visits from outside the campus community so as to help mitigate health risks. Accordingly, all internal academic spaces, residential spaces, offices, and social and cultural spaces are open only to faculty, professional staff, and students absent specific permission as described below. In general, all visits not required for the operation of the College should be suspended and conducted remotely.

Indoor Spaces

Visitors who are necessary for the operations of the College must be approved at a divisional level in advance and coordinated by an F&M host, sponsor, or contact in order to enter any indoor spaces. Visitors must agree to adhere to campus health protocols at all times during their visit, and are subject to specific screening protocols.

External Service Contractors 

External service contractors must coordinate with their campus contact in advance of their arrival on campus. All information regarding external service contractors and their access to campus must be shared in advance of their visit with Facilities and Operations.

Grounds

Given the proximity of the campus to public spaces, the external grounds of F&M remain open at present for the limited purpose of traveling through campus.

Campus Facilities

All campus facilities (including the libraries, Phillips Museum and recreational spaces, with the exception of those described below) are closed to the public. Signage will remind the public that face coverings and other health protocols are required if passing through campus property. For more information, view our building access policy.

Outdoor Recreational Spaces and Fields

Outdoor recreational spaces and fields, including the Williamson track and the Armstrong, Baker, and Race fields, remain open at present to visitors, subject to their strict compliance with the College’s health protocols and the principles of the F&M pledge. Appropriate signage will remind visitors of those protocols, which may be enforced by the College’s Department of Public Safety. Organizations wishing to utilize the track must be approved in advance by the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Such approval will necessarily be limited.

 

FAQ

See below for answers to the following questions:

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How is the College defining a “visitor to campus” for the fall term?

F&M is defining a “visitor to campus” as anyone who is not a current student (living in on-campus or College-approved off-campus housing or commuting from home) or an employee of the College. Therefore, visitors to campus would include F&M students with remote learning status, F&M parents and families, F&M alumni, Lancaster residents, vendors, guest speakers, and anyone else not living, learning, or working on campus. Although we are asking these groups not to come to campus this fall for the safety of our on-campus population, our remote learners, F&M parents and families, and F&M alumni are a valued and integral part of the F&M community.

Will campus facilities be open to the public?

Campus facilities are closed to the public. All internal academic spaces, residential spaces, offices, and social and cultural spaces will be open to F&M employees and students only.

Can families visit their students on campus or off campus in Lancaster?

We love our F&M families, but in order to keep our students and employees safe, we respectfully request that families not visit their students on campus. When families must come to campus (e.g. pick-up / drop-off, emergency, etc.), they will be required to adhere to campus health protocols and may not enter any campus facilities. Families may meet their students off campus; however, during the semester, we encourage students to be mindful of the F&M Pledge when interacting in-person with anyone outside of the F&M campus community, including their families.

Can students have friends who are NOT F&M students visit them on campus?

We discourage visitors to campus and will not allow non-F&M students or employees inside any campus facilities.

Can Lancaster residents and others still walk through campus?

Given the proximity of the campus to public spaces, the external grounds of F&M remain open at present for the limited purpose of traveling through campus. Signage will remind the public that face coverings and other health protocols are required if passing through campus property.

Will prospective students and their families be able to visit campus?

Since our admission’s effort is necessary for the operation of the College, we will be allowing prospective students and their families to visit campus by reservation only and accompanied by a tour guide. Prospective students and their families must adhere to all campus health protocols during their visit. Get more information on admission visits to campus.