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Welcome Week

August 17–25, 2020

MBA Welcome Week, as part of Orientation, is the next step toward becoming a #SIMONSTRONG leader. This week of programming is designed to bring out your inner leader, help you develop a lasting bond with your new classmates, provide you with a new level of understanding of diverse cultures and how they impact business, enhance your personal and professional brand, and prepare you to be a successful internship and job candidate.

MBA Welcome Week is mandatory for all incoming MBA students. Student participation is expected for all Welcome Week programming.

Learn more about Welcome Week using the links below.


Registration | Schedule | Communications | Technology

Attire | Health and Safety | Parking and Transportation



We are offering a hybrid version of Welcome Week—a combination of in-person and online content—to best accommodate each student’s unique situation. Unlike classes, however, all content is synchronous. If you are only able to join us online, we ask that you still attend all sessions virtually at their scheduled time.



We invite you to join us on campus for select sessions of Welcome Week programming.*

If you register for Hybrid Welcome Week, you may choose to attend in person one day and decide to attend programming online for the remainder of Welcome Week. Attending all select in-person sessions is not mandatory. If you think you may want to attend one or more sessions in person, please register for Hybrid Welcome Week.

*If you are required to quarantine through some or all of Welcome Week, please do not come to campus while you are still in quarantine. If your quarantine will end in time for you to attend an in-person session, you may still register for Hybrid Welcome Week.



We invite you to join us online for all Welcome Week programming.

If you register for Virtual Welcome Week, you will be required to attend all sessions online. Due to room capacities and physical distancing guidelines, we cannot allow students to attend any in-person sessions unless they have registered for Hybrid Welcome Week.



Prior to Welcome Week, you must electronically sign Simon guidelines and waivers. You will find the following documents on the Office of Student Engagement Blackboard organization > Orientation 2020 > E-Sign Policies & Procedures:

  • University of Rochester Title IX Policy
  • UR COVID-19 Community Commitment Acknowledgment
  • Student Handbook Acknowledgment
  • Business Ethics Pledge
  • Simon Business School Media Consent Release

Please electronically sign these documents by Friday, August 14, 2020.



Please follow the Full-Time MBA Google Calendar for the most updated MBA Welcome Week schedule. Note that schedule and details are subject to change.

Each day is listed as either hybrid or virtual format.

  • Hybrid: Some or all programming that day is offered in a hybrid format. If you registered for Hybrid Welcome Week and you are not in quarantine, please join us for these sessions on campus. Please check the Google Calendar to confirm which sessions are offered in person and which are online only. If you are unable to come to campus, please join us for these sessions online.
  • Virtual: All programming that day is offered online.



Make sure you are following the Full-Time MBA Google Calendar for the most updated Welcome Week schedule and details.


Slack is one of the main communication platforms that Simon will use for Welcome Week. Please watch your #mba2022 channel for more information and to ask questions.


Please watch your personal email inbox and your Simon inbox for more information.


Office of Student Engagement (Orientation 2020)
  • Please remember to E-sign Policies and Procedures, completing all five signatures by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, August 14, 2020.
  • Please remember to view all mandatory webcasts and recordings, as part of Online Orientation, by the associated due dates.
Benet Center Onboarding:
  • All incoming students should complete Benet Center Modules 1-4 by Sunday, August 16, 2020. Completion of this program is directly tied to access to 1:1 appointments with Benet Center Advisors during Welcome Week and beyond.
  • All four “Career Education Series” and all five “Experiencing Careers in…” recordings are available for review on the Benet Center Onboarding Blackboard site. Please take time to review this content prior to your 1:1 meeting requests.


If you are planning to join us on campus for Welcome Week, please do not worry about bringing a laptop or headphones. You will not have to log into Zoom individually for any of our sessions.


Whether you’re joining us in person or online, please make note of Welcome Week attire below.

  • Monday, August 17: Business casual
  • Tuesday, August 18: Business casual
  • Wednesday, August 19: Business casual
  • Thursday, August 20: Business casual
  • Friday, August 21: Business professional
  • Monday, August 24: Business casual
  • Tuesday, August 25: Business casual

Business Professional: Considered more formal, and includes: conservative dark suit, collared shirt or blouse, dress, tie, simple accessories, and well-polished and closed-toe shoes.

Business Casual: Less formal than business attire, and includes: dress pants or skirt, collared shirt or blouse, sport coat, more unique jewelry, dressy sweater, golf shirt, loafers/more relaxed shoes, and closed- or open-toe shoes.



If you plan to join us on campus at all, whether for Welcome Week, classes, or other programming, you must complete the Return to Campus: COVID-19 Campus Safety Training on Blackboard.

If you have registered for Hybrid Welcome Week and plan to join us on campus, please participate in the daily Dr. Chat Bot online tool. This daily screen process takes less than two minutes and be completed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access. All individuals planning to come to campus must answer questions in Dr. Chat Bot before coming to campus.

We have changed the format of our classrooms to accommodate physical distancing. Masks must be worn in the classroom and around the building to maintain the health and safety of everyone. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the classroom.

We encourage you to bring your own masks to campus. If you misplaced your mask, you can pick up a mask from two locations: either at the Office of Student Engagement (2nd Floor of Schlegel Hall) or the IT Help Desk (3rd Floor of Gleason Hall). Hand sanitizer will be available in building entryways and common areas. Disinfecting wipes will be available outside of all classrooms so that you can wipe down your area upon arrival.

All individuals on campus should always remain physically separated from others by at least 6 feet, acknowledging that hallways as well as exits to rooms and buildings will not accommodate a 6-foot separation.

When with other people, masks should be worn in addition to distancing measures. Masking exceptions include:

  1. Being outside with more than six feet away from others, or
  2. While eating using physical distancing guidelines. Additional guidelines will be provided about designated areas for consuming food and beverages around campus.

If you registered for Hybrid Welcome Week and feel like you cannot or should not come to campus for any reason, we encourage you to prioritize your health (and the health of others) and stay home and join us virtually. If you are unable to join us virtually, please contact



Parking: Students will receive a temporary parking permit for Zone 3 South (Park Lot) good for August 17-21. Afterward, students must purchase a parking permit to park on campus. A valid University parking permit is required on campus. Parking permits for the 2020–21 academic year can be purchased at the Parking Management Center (70 Goler House). When purchasing a parking pass, be sure to bring a valid form of identification; your license plate number; and your car’s color, make, model, and year. Credit cards are accepted. We suggest allowing 15–30 minutes to park and walk from your lot to Schlegel and Gleason halls

Shuttles: You may use a University shuttle to get to campus, as shuttles will be running from primary graduate housing and around the city. The Fall Schedule routes begin on August 17, 2020. Watch next week for the release of that schedule.

Due to safety requirements during COVID-19, shuttle capacity has been reduced to 50% seating capacity only (no standing allowed). Masks will be required on all shuttles regardless of the number of riders.

Given restricted capacity, we strongly recommend using alternative transportation to get to campus as we cannot yet determine the wait time and demand of shuttles.

Alternative Transportation: In addition to University shuttles, you may utilize the Rochester city bus system, Regional Transit Service (RTS), with $1 fares; ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, walking, or biking to campus.


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