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As we prepare to host the October 15 debate at Hofstra University, there will be limited disruption to some campus operations. Our goal is to create a safe environment for the presidential debate and our students, our guests and the surrounding community. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

All Hofstra students, faculty, administration and staff should make sure they receive the new Hofstra parking pass (a hanging mirror tag) before temporary changes in parking and traffic flow go into effect. Beginning October 9, Public Safety will be strictly enforcing parking regulations and towing on campus, to ensure that parking is available only for Hofstra permit holders.

All classes will be canceled on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 to accommodate the presidential debate. Administrative offices will be open and there will be a full schedule of Educate '08 events. Heavy traffic and temporary road closures in the areas immediately surrounding campus are anticipated.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, motorists in the area of Hofstra University should expect disruptions to traffic patterns, including road closures, on Hempstead Turnpike and Earle Ovington Boulevard.

Hofstra facility and road closings primarily affect the northeast portion of campus and the athletic facilities.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, all Hofstra ID holders must carry their ID if they wish to use Hofstra facilities or the main pedestrian bridges over Hempstead Turnpike.

Parking Guidelines

Off-site parking for all non-Hofstra personnel From Thursday, October 9, through Thursday, October 16, all vendors and media working in the vicinity of the facilities designated for the presidential debate must park in the Mitchell Field/Omni Reckson parking facility off campus. All available on-campus parking is designated for student/faculty/administrative use.

Additional parking for students and faculty On October 13 and 14, Public Safety will open a temporary parking lot for student, faculty and staff use only. The North Campus alternative parking lot will be on the Hofstra Boulevard intramural athletic field, south of Colonial Square Boulevard.

In addition, in order to alleviate parking demand, administrative offices in the Student Center and the Human Resources building will be assigned parking spaces in the West Campus parking lot (formerly Twin Oaks) and bused to campus.

Facility closings

As of September 6, 2008, there will be no public events in the PFC until the Hofstra Pride Volleyball team hosts a match on October 17, 2008.

All Athletic Offices in the PFC and the Arena will be relocated to Margiotta Hall and Shuart Stadium from September 26, 2008 through Monday, October 20. Existing phone numbers will remain the same.

ROTC offices and facilities in the PFC will be temporarily stationed in 773 Fulton Avenue from Monday, September 22 through Monday, October 20. Existing phone numbers will remain the same.

The Swim Center will close on Sunday, September 28 and reopen on Friday, October 17, 2008.

Access to the Arena and the PFC will be restricted to presidential debate personnel beginning on Monday, September 29. Hofstra University-issued credentials will be necessary to access the site.

On North Campus, fencing will begin to go up in various locations on or about October 1.

The classes and offices in the Hofstra Health Dome will close on Saturday, October 11, and reopen on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Individual arrangements have been made to accommodate and relocate affected faculty, staff and students.

Roadway and parking lot closures

Beginning Thursday, October 9 (at midnight) through Thursday, October 16:

  • Roadways using Hofstra's main entrance on Hempstead Turnpike will be partially obstructed due to traffic flows and security barriers.
  • Hofstra's Northern Boulevard (the road which runs from Oak Street to the Mack Sports Complex) will be closed from the intersection near the Three Bears Statue, north of the Soccer Stadium, to the Hofstra Softball Stadium. There will be no thruway from the Earle Ovington Boulevard entrance to the main part of North Campus.
  • The parking lots that parallel Hofstra's Northern Boulevard, the soccer stadium, the PFC and the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex will be closed.
  • Colonial Drive will become a two-way road to allow access to the parking lots near the Recreation Center.
  • The parking lot next to Bill of Rights and the Mack Student Center main dining room will closed to Hofstra students, staff and faculty; and will be used for short-term media credential parking and shuttle bus stops for the media.

Beginning Saturday, October 11:

  • The Earle Ovington Boulevard entrance to North Campus and parking near the Mack Complex and the Health Dome will close and reopen on Thursday, October 16, 2008.
  • The pedestrian bridge from Hagedorn Hall to the Health Dome will close and reopen on October 16.

Beginning Monday, October 13, 2008:

  • Only cars equipped with a valid, updated Hofstra parking permit will be permitted to access North Campus parking. All cars must enter through the two Oak Street gates. The main University gate will be closed to all but shuttle buses and law enforcement.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008

  • Part of the parking lot adjacent to the Recreation Center will be closed.
  • All students, faculty and staff should carry their Hofstra ID to ensure full access to all campus activities.
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