Coronavirus disease 2019 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 global pandemic and to be guided by recommendations from the Cattaraugus County Health Department, NYS Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health and safety precautions related to limiting the spread of COVID-19 include: avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

The university remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students, staff and faculty. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at the CDC’s COVID-19 website. 

University Updates

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St. Bonaventure's intentions for fall semester

May 22, 2020

Dear Members of the Bonaventure community:

I hope you and your families are safe and healthy at this extraordinary time.

Now that the academic year has come to a close, I first want to thank all of you – students and your families, our faculty and staff -- who persevered these last two months to get to the finish line.

This unprecedented disruption presented by the COVID-19 pandemic offered significant challenges that we had to navigate more quickly than any of us could have imagined. I’m eternally grateful to the entire Bonaventure community for their remarkable efforts to make possible what seemed impossible two months ago.

As one academic year ends, the next is not far off on the horizon. While we understand there likely will be health and safety guidelines to follow, we have every hope of resuming residential life on campus in the fall.

Of course, doing so will ultimately be contingent on the governor’s plan to reopen New York and consultation with our Board of Trustees. We will comply fully with whatever we’re asked to do to ensure that we can welcome students back to campus.

Our faculty, staff and administration are committed to delivering to our students the quality education and vibrant campus experience they deserve and have come to expect. Our decision-making process throughout this time of uncertainty has always been mission-driven, with the safety of our students the center of our attention. Be assured that will always be true.

We meet several times a week with government and health officials, who provide us with the latest guidance to ensure public health and safety, everything from the latest news on testing availability to making sure the collective voice of higher education in New York is heard by state leaders in Albany.

While we are optimistic that we can resume residential campus life in the fall, we also realize it’s premature to lay out a specific roadmap of what “normal” might look like when students return.

Glimmers of optimism surface each week. Our region of New York just entered Phase 1 of reopening this week, and we’re hopeful to enter Phase 2 in early June, which would allow many employees to return to campus.

But as we all understand, the unknown still outweighs the known. That’s why we have been developing several contingency health and physical-distancing protocols based on what we know now and what we might be expected to offer once classes begin.

We will implement screening and testing protocols for our campus community and we’re working with local health officials on possible implementation plans. We do take some comfort in knowing that only about 50 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Cattaraugus County, and to our knowledge, no one in our university community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Our Student Affairs team is developing an elaborate three-pronged plan to address: institutional policies (including an infection control plan); Health Service enhancements; and campus community policies (gathering sizes, physical distancing, visitors, staggered student arrival, etc.).

Our Academic Affairs, Facilities and Dining Services teams are working on models to reconfigure classroom and dining spaces.

Our campus community’s response to this global crisis has been innovative and collaborative, and should instill confidence that we can overcome the challenges ahead. That response has been and always will be rooted in our Franciscan values of compassion, wisdom and integrity.    

If you didn’t have a chance to tune in Sunday, you can still view the “Celebration of Graduation” on our YouTube Channel. On the broadcast, I announced Oct. 10-11 as the rescheduled dates for the Class of 2020’s Commencement Weekend on campus. Event details will be shared over the course of the next few months.

I wish you all good health and continue to keep the entire Bonaventure community in my prayers.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
St. Bonaventure President

St. Bonaventure Student refunds have been issued

May 22, 2020

Dear Students:

Letters with details about refunds are being mailed today (Friday, May 22) to St. Bonaventure University students who are eligible for CARES Act emergency grants and room/board refunds. Please refer to your student account statement posted online for details of your total refund.

If you were signed up for direct deposit with the university, your total refund – which includes your CARES emergency grant if you were eligible -- has been deposited to your bank account on file with St. Bonaventure. 

If you do not have a bank account on file with the university, enclosed with the letter is a check for your total refund, which includes the emergency grant if you were eligible.

Upon receipt of the letter, if you have any questions, please email Student Accounts at studentaccounts@sbu.edu.

Dear Students:

We are close to finalizing our refund policy and process.

Once we receive final guidance from federal officials on eligibility and disbursement of the emergency student grant funding provided in the federal CARES Act, we will be sending the grant money and room/board refund to all eligible students in one payment, either via check or direct deposit to your bank account.

Our plan is to begin issuing students the refund/grant payments the last week of May.

We encourage students who haven’t already signed up for direct deposit to do so now. This can be done through my.sbu.edu under the One Stop tab, Student Account box. Then select the link in the list that says “Direct Deposit--Student Refunds.”

It’s simply much more efficient and practical based on our current “essential only” staffing to issue one payment than two. For the same reason, we will only be issuing refunds and not credits toward the fall semester.

We will send another email once the refunds have been issued.

Good luck on your studies as we enter the final days of the spring semester. I hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
University President

Academic Policy Changes

April 2, 2020

Dear Undergraduate Students:

First off, thank you all so much for being flexible and moving with your professors to online instruction this semester. It has been a learning process all around, but I’m pleased to report that the vast majority of students and faculty are working away in their courses either synchronously or asynchronously, and I’m very proud of our community for being Bonnies through it all. 

That being said, the deans and I want to remind you all that logging into courses and participating is the most important aspect of online education. We’ve been hearing reports from faculty and our Students of Concern Committee that a few students have not been logging in or logging in enough to be successful in their courses, and in an online course, a failure to log in looks exactly like an absence from an in-person course. Please participate in your courses. We’d hate to see our students fail courses just from a lack of participation.

The Faculty Senate and the Administration understand you are under some stress, so last week the Faculty Senate passed a few academic policy changes that may help you. Since the President has approved them, they are now in force. Here they are:

Incomplete extension until end of Fall semester

Effect of Incomplete grades on GPA Calculation

Withdrawal extension

We hope that if any of these apply to your situation that you will discuss them with your faculty members and academic adviser.

Best wishes as you complete this semester. Please keep everyone in our Bonaventure Family in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this crisis.  

Go Bona’s!

Dr. Joe Zimmer
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

SBU committed to refunds, but policy still being developed

March 30, 2020

Dear Students:

I know many of you, including your parents, have raised questions about refunds now that most of our residential students have returned home and will be completing their coursework online for the rest of the semester.

Please know that the university is developing a financial policy to address room and board charges in light of the COVID-19 disruption. We are committed to prorated refunds, but finalizing these policies will take some time as we consider the impacts on federal aid, state and institutional grants, student loans, etc.  

As we receive more information from both federal and state governments, we will update students on our decisions through their St. Bonaventure email accounts.

As always, I hope you and your families are doing well during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
University President


March 25, 2020

To the Class of 2020:

It would be easy to say “I can only imagine what you’re going through,” but that would be a lie. I can’t.

The last few weeks of your college career, especially at a place as special as Bona’s, should be an unforgettable time in your lives.

Unfortunately, it’s unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. The global pandemic that’s consuming our attention right now is so much bigger than any one of us or any single event in our lives. But that reality doesn’t minimize the pain of sacrificing one of the significant milestones in anyone’s life: college graduation.

I promise you this, however: I will do everything in my power to celebrate graduation with you, on this campus, in a manner you deserve, sometime later this year. It is my hope that you will come back to campus and join us for this celebration, but we will understand if this isn’t possible.

Given the uncertainty the entire nation is dealing with, it would be inappropriate to choose a specific date at this moment, but the university is committed to your Commencement ceremony.

I know how much graduation means to you, and even more so to many of your families, so we will do all we can to plan a Commencement Weekend — once we get the all clear to return to normalcy — far enough in advance to give you ample opportunity to plan for a celebration of your time at Bonaventure.

In the meantime, please know how hard your professors are working to make your final weeks of academia as rewarding as possible.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you have any concerns, or to contact any office on campus that might be able to assist you as you draw closer to graduation. Contact information for all key offices was included in the Notice Board we sent Sunday and is also available here.

Our intention is to mail your diplomas on the same schedule as we would normally so you can proceed with your plans for a career or graduate school.

This storm will pass and one day, when you reflect on this time, you’ll realize that the decisions made were focused on ensuring safety for our world. As we often say, “Once a Bonnie, always a Bonnie,” so your journey with us will never end.

I hope and pray that you and your families are doing well at this unsettling and unprecedented time.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
University President


March 22, 2020

In compliance with Gov. Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” executive order, all administrative offices and many student services at St. Bonaventure will shift to remote operations beginning Monday morning and until further notice.

It's our obligation to comply with the order to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our approach is consistent with other member institutions of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Our goal now is to provide only the most essential services to care for our students who have to stay on campus and to continue to provide our online instruction to fulfill our academic commitment to all of our students.

Food service, housekeeping, residence life, tech support and security services will still be provided on campus to the students (fewer than 100) who have met the hardship criteria to remain on campus.

Students on campus or returning from home still have until 8 p.m. Monday to pack their belongings and return home. If you’re unable to do so by then, email resed@sbu.edu and they will let you know when future opportunities are available to remove your belongings.

After 5 p.m. today, Hickey Dining Hall will be the only food service option until further notice. It will be open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. The SBU Food Pantry will maintain its weekday 2-4 p.m. hours; email Fr. Russel Murray, O.F.M., to make an alternate appointment.

However, beginning Monday, the following facilities and administrative offices will only offer remote assistance until further notice:

If they haven’t already, employees will get guidance from their supervisors later today on who is allowed to report Monday. Employees who are now working remotely should retrieve what they need from campus by the close of business Monday, March 23. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor or division leader.

As we’ve all come to grasp our new normal and see how rapidly this crisis is unfolding, I want to thank all of you for your flexibility, patience and understanding.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
University President

General Updates

SBU Food Pantry
SBU’s Food Pantry, located in the McGinley-Carney Center, will remain open from 2-4 p.m. weekdays until at least March 27. Patrons can also make an appointment to pick up food if 2-4 p.m. isn’t convenient; email Fr. Russel Murray, O.F.M., vice president for Mission Integration. Those wishing to donate cash or food can also email Fr. Russel.

Vistors on Campus
In addition to overnight visitors being restricted from campus, which was announced last week, the campus is now closed to all visitors other than essential vendors and deliveries, effective immediately and until further notice. This includes prospective students on admissions visits. Residential students are not permitted to host outside guests in any residential facility.

Food service takeout only
Hickey Dining Hall is open the following hours for takeout only: Monday through Friday; Breakfast: 8-10 a.m.; Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Meals will be served in single-use disposal takeout containers by Aramark employees. 

Study Abroad Programs
All of St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs have been cancelled. Students should contact their program director to discuss if refunds are available.

Mass & Ministries
All public Masses on campus are temporarily suspended. University Ministries’ staff members are available and ready to assist the campus community. Any member of the St. Bonaventure community in need of a priest / other Sacraments is invited to be in contact with Fr. Ross Chamberland at (716) 375-2183 or rchamber@sbu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Friedsam Library & University Bookstore
Friedsam Library and the University Bookstore are closed until further notice.
Click here to see how the library staff can help you remotely.

Academic Support Services
While in-person instruction is suspended at St. Bonaventure, academic support services through the Student Success Center will remain available for students completing their courses online. Click here for details on academic support services.

Quick Center is Closed 
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is closed. For information concerning any future Friends of Good Music performances, contact Jennifer Skroback at 716.375.2493‬. For information concerning any arts education related tours, programming, and/or exhibitions, please contact Sean Conklin at 716.375.4032‬. For all other inquiries, please call our museum box office at 716.375.2494.

Richter Center limiting hours, activities
As result of mandates from New York state, the Richter Recreation Center is closed until further notice, as is the university’s indoor tennis facility on West State Street in Olean. The SBU Golf Course is closed until at least March 31.

Information regarding gatherings
Given the public health crisis and the urgency to reduce gathering sizes, large campus and off-campus parties/gatherings are strongly discouraged. Be aware that Safety & Security and local police are on alert and have the jurisdiction to intervene when warranted.

Ignore spam phishing texts and emails about coronavirus
Ignore any phishing texts and emails related to the coronavirus crisis. Several members of the campus community reported receiving them. Any communications related to the coronavirus crisis will come from the Notice Board or SBU News email accounts, or, in an emergency, the university’s e2campus text alert system.

President's Updates

Clarification on moving out for students

March 20, 2020

To clarify what President DePerro indicated in his message yesterday:

Students unable to come to campus to remove their belongings by 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, should email resed@sbu.edu. This includes students who would prefer to come at a later date.

Residence Life staff will be developing a move-out schedule for later in the semester for those rooms not emptied by Monday evening. That can’t be done until the university’s essential personnel-only directives have been lifted.

SBU online for rest of semester; students to leave by 8 p.m. Monday 

March 19, 2020

Dear Members of the Bonaventure Community:

St. Bonaventure University will continue online-only classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Students need to be out of their rooms by 8 p.m. Monday, March 23.

This applies to all residential students, those who are still on campus and those who returned home last weekend.

In our efforts to minimize crowd gathering on campus during this process, students returning to campus to pick up their belongings are asked to follow specific instructions.

CLICK HERE to see detailed move-out information for all students.

These decisions today are necessitated by two factors: the trend suggesting no end in immediate sight to the impact of COVID-19, and the mandate from New York state today to reduce our campus workforce to 25% or less.

The university is taking it one step further, requiring only essential personnel to report. Senior management will contact division supervisors today or Friday to explain their plans for employees to work remotely.

Regardless of staff deployment, all employees of St. Bonaventure University will continue to receive their full paychecks during this period.

Students who fall into one of these categories can request to stay on campus:

1.       international students;

2.       those who don’t feel safe returning to a high-risk COVID-19 zone;

3.       and those with limited access to technology to continue their studies this semester.

Essential services (food, housing, counseling, academic support, etc.) for these students will remain in place. The request form to stay on campus is in the move-out information link above.

Students unable to remove their belongings during this four-day window ending March 23 at 8 p.m. should email resed@sbu.edu to arrange an alternate pickup date.

As of today, we still do not have a confirmed case of the virus on campus, and no one has tested positive in Cattaraugus County.

As always, students, please reach out to your professors if you have any questions regarding your coursework.

To our seniors and graduate students anticipating graduation in May: Commencement Weekend has been postponed, but knowing how meaningful a day this is, not only to you but to your family, we are committed to conducting Commencement later this year. More details will follow once life begins to return to normal.

Regular updates about developments in SBU’s coronavirus response can be found at www.sbu.edu/coronavirus.

I know this has been a chaotic, almost surreal time in all of our lives. It feels like seven weeks have been crammed into the last seven days. I can’t thank enough the Bonaventure community — students, faculty, staff and parents — for your understanding and support during this unprecedented time.

Peace and all good,

Dr. Dennis DePerro
University President

Important Information for Residential Students

With the university’s decision today to extend online learning through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, the Residence Life Staff has devised a process for you to remove your belongings from campus. (NOTE: This option may be revoked if the government mandates a shelter-in-place order.)

Students must be out their residential facilities by Monday, March 23, at 8 p.m. This includes students currently on campus and those that have returned home.  Key envelopes will be slid under each room/apartment/townhouse door and all key envelopes should be returned to the key drop box outside Hopkins Hall (please look for signage). PLEASE put your name and building/room # on the envelope. DO NOT leave your key in your room with another student or slide it under any door.

We are working with local health officials and emergency managers to create a scheduled process that permits students return to campus for their belongings while minimizing exposure risks. You need to follow the staggered scheduled provided below. By following this schedule, we can minimize large numbers of students present/arriving on campus at the same time and practice social distancing.

Students on campus can depart with their belongings as soon as possible before Monday at 8 p.m.

For those students returning to campus to pick up their belongings, please follow this schedule:

Last Name Starts With:        Pick up Your Belongings At:

A-F                                                     8-11 a.m., March 20-23

G-M                                                   11 a.m.-2 p.m., March 20-23

N-S                                                     2-5 p.m., March 20-23

T-Z                                                      5-8 p.m., March 20-23

Students should NOT return to campus outside their designated time unless they have been granted permission due to special circumstances. Anyone showing up at campus unexpectedly will not be allowed to retrieve their belongings. This is necessary to limit the number of people gathering on campus and in individual buildings.

Important things to know:

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or ANY other illness, we ask that you please not come to campus.

If you have lost your key or your swipe do not come to campus: RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE YOU ACCESS TO YOUR BUILDING OR ROOM at this time. You will need to pick your items up at a later date as determined by the University.

If you have already chosen to leave campus and taken all of your items home and have not returned your room key, please mail it back ASAP to:

Attn: Residence Life Department 
PO Box V
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 

We recommend sending the key via the mail with delivery confirmation.

You are only allowed to PICK UP your items.  Campus Safety and/or Residence Life staff will not give anyone else access to your room for any reason.

If you need help you can bring one other person with you to help you move your belongings out.  Do not leave unwanted items, food or trash in your room or the building.  Take them to the trash room or dumpsters outside of the buildings. 

Once your key is returned, anything left in the room will be discarded.

If you are not able to travel to campus to retrieve your belongings by Monday at 8 p.m., please email Residence Life at resed@sbu.edu. 

The only students allowed to remain on campus are:

  1. international students who cannot travel home;
  2. those who don’t feel safe returning to a high-risk COVID-19 zone;
  3. those with limited access to technology at home to continue their studies this semester.

Students who meet one of the above scenarios need to fill out this survey to apply for approval to remain on campus.  Students must complete the form by Friday at 5 p.m.  Students will be notified if they have been approved to remain on campus within 24 hours.  

Students are reminded that the Code of Conduct remains in full effect. Students documented in incidents involving policy violations are subject to summary suspension, pending a judicial hearing (via Zoom).  


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Message to Parents from SBU President DePerro

Dear Parents:

As the coronavirus crisis rapidly evolves, I just wanted to let you know that we are monitoring the situation on literally an hourly basis as news out of Washington and Albany impacts some of the decision making on campus.

The university is complying with today’s state mandate to reduce its workforce to 50%, allowing faculty and staff who can work remotely to stay home until further notice. This will have almost no impact on student services.

As result of mandates from New York state issued Monday, Hickey Dining Hall, Francis Café and RC Café are only able to serve takeout meals until further notice, but the menu options have not been reduced. Café La Verna has been closed until further notice, and RC Café is no longer open on the weekends.

The only difference is that the meals can’t be eaten inside any of the dining facilities. Students can still enter the facilities to get their meals, but they will be served their meals in single-use disposal takeout containers by Aramark employees.

We’ve also closed the campus to all visitors except for essential vendors and deliveries.

To stay up to date on everything at St. Bonaventure related to the COVID-19 crisis, make sure to follow our updates page, www.sbu.edu/coronavirus, which can be found at the top of our website’s homepage. Please know that we are communicating these updates to the student body and campus community as soon as any changes in policy are made.

I know these are stressful times for all of us, but I want to assure you that the students who chose to remain at St. Bonaventure are, from what I’ve witnessed, comfortable with their decisions. Almost 50% of our residential students decided to stay.

I’ve spent a lot of time walking around campus the last couple of days and the students I’ve spoken with are grateful we offered the opportunity for them to stay.

I hope those students who returned home had a safe journey.

These are uncharted waters for everyone in higher education, so don’t hesitate to encourage your child to reach out to faculty for help as we begin our online course instruction this week.

Online class delivery continues through Friday, March 27, but if a decision to extend that is necessary, we will make that decision no later than Friday, March 20.

I ask you to be mindful that while students are home now, they are still carrying a full academic load. The absence of a traditional classroom structure, for students here and at home, will be a challenge for many students. Please do all you can to encourage their studies.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature 

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

Parents: If you did not receive this email, please make sure your information is up to date using the form here. https://www.sbu.edu/parents/family-information-form

UPDATE: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Online classes to begin no later than Wednesday

To the Bonaventure Community:

Some reminders heading into next week:

  1. All in-class instruction is suspended through Friday, March 27. Classes will only be offered online, regardless if you’re taking them in your dorm room, off-campus residence or at home.
  2. All classes will start no later than Wednesday, March 18. Faculty members from each of your classes will reach out to inform you of their plans.
  3. I will consult on a regular basis over the next two weeks with senior administrators, deans and Faculty Senators to determine if an extension to the online-only course delivery is necessary.

“Unprecedented.” “Uncharted waters.” “Unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes.”

You’ve heard these phrases repeatedly, especially over the last week. These are global truths, not simply Bonaventure truths. There is reason for anxiety because of all we don’t know and because we have no idea when this might end.

But there’s also an opportunity for us, this Bonaventure community, to reveal our best selves in this uncertain time.

I’ve witnessed it already in the collaborative spirit from administrators and Faculty Senators, who sat around a table Friday with genuine concerns and walked out with a commitment to make the absolute best out of this almost surreal situation.

Our staffs in Information Technology, Student Affairs, Student Success Center, Communications and Facilities have gone above and beyond for more than a week to get us to this point.

I firmly believe our students and faculty will rise to the occasion, too.

But it will take patience, compassion and understanding from all parties — faculty, staff and students. There will likely be hiccups along the way, but we will figure them out. I’m confident of that.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature 

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020

St. Bonaventure moves classes online through March 27; students can remain or return home

Dear Members of the Bonaventure Community:

Beginning Monday, March 16, St. Bonaventure University will offer its classes only online for the next two weeks, through Friday, March 27. Students can choose to stay on campus or return home.

All online classes will start no later than Wednesday, March 18, although some could start as early as Monday. Faculty will reach out to students to explain scheduling.

All in-class instruction is suspended until March 27.

HOWEVER, the campus will remain open.

Students who feel safer staying on campus — and many have indicated that to myself and colleagues — can do so. I’ve received many messages from parents expressing the same sentiment.

Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual to maintain services for our students who choose to remain.

Our hope is to have all students back on campus to resume in-class instruction on Monday, March 30. However, I will meet regularly with senior management to evaluate the situation to determine if an extension is necessary.

At this moment in time, offering students the flexibility to return home and continue their studies if they desire is prudent. This new development is based on an abundance of caution as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the country.

As of today, we do not have a confirmed case of the virus on campus, and not a single person has tested positive in Cattaraugus County.

I do ask students to please consult with their parents so they are aware of your decision.

We are asking students to provide the university with the following information in order to best help us determine how many students will remain on campus. In addition, we require information about where our students are going in case the Department of Health inquires about the destinations of our students.

Please complete this form no later than noon on Sunday, March 15.

You may certainly change your plans for any reason at any time, provided the university remains open. If you change your plans after filling out this form, and at any time before March 30, please resubmit this form by clicking on the link provided above.

This does not automatically notify anyone of your location or plans; it is simply for our reference. We will look to the latest form you've filled out in the event we need the information.

I’ve been meeting with my management team daily to take what we believed were the appropriate measures in coping with this rapidly evolving situation. Measures implemented earlier this week to restrict campus visitors, cancel events and eliminate extracurricular activities will remain in place.

For those who decide to stay, as well as those who choose to return home, we ask that you please continue to follow these common sense health precautions: wash your hands, don’t shake hands or share food and drink, cough and sneeze into your elbow, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.


  • You will soon receive instructions from your professors about how to access your classes online.
  • Some classes cannot easily move to an online format. Your school will let you know about alternate arrangements for these classes.
  • Students who choose to stay on campus can still request one-on-one meetings with faculty, if faculty are comfortable doing so.

Special needs services

  • Students with special needs who choose to return home should contact the university support specialist they work with most often.

    Services for students staying

  • As noted above, the university will remain open. Food services, Student Success Center, Friedsam Library and the Wellness Center will operate on their regular schedules, with limited availability in the Richter Recreation Center, as detailed this morning in a notice to campus.

    For more information

  • Regular updates about developments in SBU’s coronavirus response can be found at www.sbu.edu/coronavirus

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature
Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Overnight guests not allowed on campus

In the spirit of the university’s considerable efforts to limit any potential spread of the coronavirus, overnight guests will not be allowed on campus until further notice unless they have approval to be here from our Admissions Office.

While we still are maintaining in-class instruction based on guidance from the county’s Health Department, it remains the obligation of everyone in the Bonaventure community to do as much as we can to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Limiting the number of people coming to campus is one significant step we can all take.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature
Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

University-sponsored student travel, campus events suspended

To the St. Bonaventure Community:

In an effort to do as much as possible to control what we can as the coronavirus crisis evolves, we are temporarily suspending all university-sponsored student travel unless it’s directly related to instruction or course requirements (student teaching, for example).

In addition, we are suspending all organized extracurricular and co-curricular campus activities and events, as well as campus events the university hosts, including but not limited to dinners, lectures, conferences and competitions.

This suspension is effective at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13. This includes intramurals, club sports, Campus Activity Board events, open student club events and Quick Center events.

These restrictions will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which time university administrators, in consultation with the County Health Department, will re-examine the situation to decide if the suspension needs to be extended.

While we have no reported cases on campus or in the surrounding community, we’re exercising an abundance of caution in limiting crowd gathering. We’re fortunate that we have relatively small class sizes so we are continuing with in-class instruction for the time being.

The guidance we are getting from the county Health Department tells us that’s the right decision at this time. But as we all know by now, this is a rapidly evolving situation.

Decisions regarding Division I athletics will follow based on guidance from the Atlantic 10 and NCAA.

We will continue to hold in-person classes, but we’ve established a COVID-19 Planning & Response Team and are developing contingency academic plans should we be forced to stop doing so.

I fully realize these decisions are difficult to accept for those who’ve spent so much time in planning them, but our obligation at this moment is to do all we can as an institution to help curb any potential spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to provide updates to the campus community in this rapidly changing situation.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature
Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Community discouraged from attending A-10 tourney

Although I can’t prevent anyone from attending, I’m strongly recommending that members of the Bonaventure community — other than those deemed essential personnel — not attend the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn, which opens for the Bonnies Thursday afternoon.

Conference officials decided this morning to continue with the tournament and allow fans to attend, but the situation related to the coronavirus crisis is extremely fluid and could change at any minute if government officials issue a mandate to cap large gatherings.

For students, a reminder that attending the event is not considered an excused absence except for members of the band, cheerleading and basketball teams. The Department of Athletics issued a special statement Tuesday about increased safety measures in place at the event.

Those people who make the personal decision to attend, and those who need to be there, are urged to abide by the CDC’s health guidelines.

Updates and further information will be communicated via the Notice Board and can always be found at www.sbu.edu/coronavirus.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Planning efforts for coronavirus crisis

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 and being guided by recommendations from the Cattaraugus County Health Department, New York State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The university remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students, staff and faculty.

In an effort to keep our community informed, the following updates are provided:

COVID-19 Planning and Response Committee

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus or in the immediate surrounding community. A comprehensive Planning & Response Team continues to meet to review and revise the COVID-19 Emergency Plan based on current information and directives from state and local officials.

Should a positive case be confirmed on campus or in the local community, our Emergency Management Team will convene to begin implementing appropriate measures outlined in the COVID-19 Plan.  Our decisions will be guided by the plan, with input from local and state health department officials.

Classes are still being held on campus, but the Planning & Response Team is developing contingency plans in case we have no choice but to stop conducting face-to-face classes.

Ongoing Precautions

The health and safety of St. Bonaventure’s students, faculty and staff are of paramount importance. Everyone in our campus community should continue to practice the following precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Practice social distancing.
Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus impact on A-10 Tournament

St. Bonaventure University’s Athletics Department is following the lead of the Atlantic 10 Conference in regard to the status of the upcoming tournament. The Bonnies open play Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Atlantic 10 is having daily conversations with the Barclays Center staff who have been in contact with the Kings County Health Department as they monitor the safety of the Brooklyn area.
  • The Athletics Department staff are in regular communication with the Atlantic 10 staff, receiving real-time updates. It has been recommended to proceed with the tournament as normal with games being played and with band and cheer team attending. However, this is a fluid situation and the Conference is prepared to change course as needed.

  • The Barclays Center has taken additional steps to add hand sanitizer stations throughout the arena. All seats in the lower bowl (the only seats that are open for the tournament) will be cleaned following each session of games, and a more potent cleaning solution is now being used throughout the arena.

  • St. Bonaventure has also been in contact with our hotels and they have assured us that they are also taking additional preventive cleaning steps. Their staff is required to wear gloves at all times. The hotel staff have been specifically assigned to public spaces (lobby and other areas) to ensure that they are being cleaned routinely. Individual guest rooms are receiving an additional cleaning step each day.

  • St. Bonaventure University Athletics Service Manager will travel with our team as he is certified to use a Clorox 360 cleaning machine. He will be in Brooklyn and arrangements are being made to allow him access to the locker rooms and lodging facilities in order to provide another additional precautionary sanitization to them prior to the arrival of the St. Bonaventure basketball team, coaching staff, band and cheer team members.

  • Our band and cheer team members have been informed that participation in the Atlantic 10 Tournament is purely voluntary and if anyone is not comfortable attending, they do not have to.

  • St. Bonaventure University encourages everyone to practice healthy preventative personal behavior and to visit www.cdc.gov for additional information.

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Campus community asked to log international travel

St. Bonaventure University administrators are closely monitoring developments in the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Our commitment is to the health and safety of all members of the campus community.

Effective March 11, 2020, and until further notice, we are asking all students, staff and faculty to declare any upcoming international travel, as well as international travel since Feb. 1, 2020, even if the nation being visited isn’t currently labeled a high-risk zone.

The information provided will be sent to Health Services and will allow the University to provide appropriate and requested information to authorities as we work with the local health department to address the COVID-19 emergency. To register, please click here.

UPDATE: Friday, March 6, 2020

Travel abroad and general precautions

To the St. Bonaventure Community:

Students, faculty and staff who traveled over spring break to countries impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) — but only those nations that have reached CDC-level 2 or level 3 status — should not return to campus until they have self-quarantined at home for 14 days, beginning with the day they returned home.

The same holds true for anyone who might have been in contact with someone who’s contracted COVID-19.

As this global health crisis continues to evolve, university administrators have participated in webinars and conversations with other higher education colleagues. While we don’t believe this will impact more than a handful of people from the Bonaventure community, we do believe that exercising an abundance of caution is the appropriate step to take right now.

In the case of students, this measure will not exempt them from completing their required spring semester course work. Students unable to return to campus when classes begin again Monday (March 9) need to discuss course continuation with individual faculty, who will work closely with those students impacted.

Students who need to stay home in self-quarantine must contact the university’s Wellness Center on March 9 (716-375-2310). Faculty and staff who need to self-quarantine must contact Human Resources (716-375-2115).

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. We will continue to update the campus community (as needed) as this crisis evolves.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

To the Bonaventure community:

St. Bonaventure University administrators are closely monitoring developments in the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

The respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City in China and continues to spread to other countries. As of March 4, more than 100 cases had been confirmed in the United States, including two in New York state.

Only one St. Bonaventure student studying abroad this semester was in a high-risk zone, but that student has returned to the United States and will be completing her program online at home.

The university has already made the decision to cancel its summer study abroad program in China. We are communicating regularly with program directors for other summer study abroad programs and will make a decision on the fate of those programs within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we are encouraging students to hold off on booking flights for summer programs unless they purchase travel insurance or buy a transferable ticket in case the programs are canceled. For students who may have already purchased non-transferable tickets, you might still be able to get a refund — should we decide to cancel the summer programs — if flights to your destinations wind up being canceled. In those situations, airlines have to grant refunds.

We’re also asking students who traveled abroad over spring break to either a CDC-designated high-risk country or a region in the U.S. where “community spread” of the virus has been determined, and who experience flu-like symptoms upon return from their travels, to see a doctor and not return to campus until they feel better. Students can also access their SBU patient portal through Medicat and Dr. Wust-Smith, our resident physician, can answer any questions students might have.

As this global health crisis evolves, we are taking precautionary steps on campus to prepare, including the possibility of providing support for international students who might not be able to get home this summer. We’re also developing a plan in case the spread of COVID-19 ends up impacting the academic schedule.

In an effort to educate people about the virus, I strongly recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control website. The CDC is also working hard to eradicate social stigmas tied to the outbreak of the virus.

The health and safety of St. Bonaventure’s students, faculty, and staff are of paramount importance. Everyone in our campus community should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Because COVID-19 displays many of the same symptoms of influenza, anyone on campus who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider to minimize the potential spread of disease. Students should contact our Wellness Center (2310) or, after hours and on weekends, go to Olean General Hospital or WellNow Urgent Care, 921 Wayne St., Olean.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Peace and all good,

DePerro Signature

Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
University President

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Health information for recent travelers to China

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

Health information for recent travelers to China

Dear members of the Bonaventure community:

Recently, a new coronavirus — 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus — was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. 

Important Health Information For Those Who Have Recently Traveled to China:

If you recently traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home if you’re ill and isolate yourself from roommates, except for seeking medical care.
  • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. It is known to spread from animals to humans, and it also may be spread from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily Novel (New) Coronavirus spreads from person to person. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus.


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. To reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


There is no specific treatment available for any coronavirus. People infected with coronavirus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms

Our staff at the Center for Student Wellness is communicating regularly with the County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health as we continue to monitor and assess this rapidly evolving situation. Last week, I participated in a briefing with New York State Department of Health officials. The NYSDOH reported that the following steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus, including:

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this situation and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO).
  2. The U.S. State Department has issued its highest travel advisory — a Level 4 — advising U.S. citizens not to travel to the Chinese province of Hubei, home to Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
  3. The CDC is performing enhanced health screenings at several U.S. airports where flights arrive directly from Wuhan, China, including San Francisco, New York’s JFK Airport, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago.
  4. You will be asked a detailed travel history whenever you seek care (at our Wellness Center, at the local Urgent Care, or local Emergency Rooms). If you have traveled to China, or any countries that have reported cases, you should be diligent about hand hygiene and monitoring for symptoms of illness. Do not panic if you start feeling ill, as it would be MUCH MORE LIKELY that you have a common cold or the flu, and not the new coronavirus. HOWEVER, it would be prudent to call our office to discuss what next steps you should take. We will be in contact with our local Health Department and will jointly determine if any testing is required.
  5. Do not be alarmed if you encounter medical personnel wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), (masks, eye protection and gloves, “hazmat” outfits).The current recommendation is for healthcare workers to don PPE to guard against any potential exposure until more is known about this relatively new virus.

Who should I contact if I think I may have come into contact with someone with the virus or have symptoms?

If you have been to Wuhan, China, recently (WITHIN THE PAST 14 days) or have had close contact with someone who contracted the virus and you exhibit any of the symptoms, please contact our office by calling 716 375-2210 during daytime hours (if after hours contact Security or MERT).  We urge you to first call the Center for Student Wellness and wear a mask (which will be placed at entrances) before entering the facility.  If our facility is closed or unable to accommodate you for a visit, arrangements will be made to have you seen at an alternate location, but it is important for us to communicate travel/exposure history to the Department of Health. 

To learn more about the coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov. To review additional prevention methods, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html. Finally, to read more about travel guidance, visit travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html.

We will continue to keep our community up to date on any new developments. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 716.375.2310 with additional questions.

Marlene J. Wust-Smith, M.D.
Medical Director, Center for Student Wellness

Information from Center for Student Wellness

Health Care for Students

Due to Centers for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health recommendations, students requesting assistance from Health Services MUST complete the Reason For Contacting Health Services form. Log in to the portal using your MySBU login name and password.

We are temporarily NOT accepting any in-person visits UNLESS you are cleared by our doctor (via a Zoom and/or telephone call) and instructed to come to Health Services.

Counseling for Students

All sessions will occur via phone call or Zoom (online) meeting.

» Please visit the Wellness Center's webpage for the most up to date information about services for students and employees. 

Using Online Learning Tools 

Our Information Technology staff is available to assist you with any technology needs you may have. As the current situation continues to evolve we will work diligently to support everyone to the best of our abilities. Many of our instructors will be relying heavily on using two of our most common applications to move your classes online:

Moodle is a learning management system widely used already by many of our instructors to supplement in-person instruction with discussion boards, assignments, quizzes, etc.

Zoom is a video conferencing software that is a great application to not only view and chat with your instructor, but it also allows for such functions as sharing your desktop, recording instructional videos or using a whiteboard to provide instruction.  

While many of you have used one or both of these tools, we have posted instructions for both on MySBU under “Tech Assistance”: https://my.sbu.edu/tech-assistance

Please contact us at helpdesk@sbu.edu or call us at (716) 375–7600 for assistance.