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In-person Fall classes end Nov. 24, and the semester concludes remotely on Dec. 8. The January intersession begins Jan. 4, 2021. The Spring semester will begin Feb. 1. 2021.
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As the fall semester comes to a close, we want to thank our entire campus community for embracing our health and safety protocols, including mask-wearing and physical distancing. It was your vigilance and commitment to one another that made it possible for the University to remain open without interruption these last few months.

Adjusting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy. Life on campus has looked different, and we anticipate that the health and safety protocols that helped us get through the fall will continue into the spring 2021 semester. The local and national public health situation continues to evolve quickly, but one thing remains clear: we must stay the course for now. The winter months means spending more time indoors, making it more important than ever to follow the guidelines that have gotten us this far. Wear a mask. Wash your hands often. Keep at least six feet of distance between you and other people. Limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

Check this website often for new information about our plans, policies and protocols for the Spring 2021 semester, which begins Feb. 1.

We thank you for your patience and resilience. You have shown the world what it means to be #HofstraStrong. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season, and look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus in the new year.

COVID-19 Testing Update - November 25, 2020

Pursuant to the August 28, 2020 New York State Department of Health Supplemental Guidance, we are required to monitor the number of positive cases for the on-campus population for the 14-day period beginning on November 21, 2020 and ending on December 4, 2020.

For the period from November 21, 2020 to November 25, 2020, there are a total of 9 confirmed positive cases for students, including 4 confirmed positive cases from on-campus testing and 5 confirmed positive cases from off-campus testing reported through the Department of Health. We include off-campus testing results upon receipt of confirmed test results, which is often after the fact. Our reporting is updated upon receipt of newly confirmed information.

2 employees have reported a positive test result for the period beginning on November 21, 2020 and ending on November 25, 2020.

While there was no planned surveillance testing of on-campus students during this period, a total of 264 tests were administered to students, and the positive test results are included in the data reported above.

Week-to-date reporting—Students on Campus (excluding remote)

Daily new cases


Week to date


Current reporting period (11/21-12/4)*


Prior period (11/7-11/20) *


Surveillance results (tests out for semester)
week of 11/16

Surveillance tests administered



# of positive results



Week ofPositivesTotal Tests
11/9/20 2 264
11/2/20 2 291
10/26/20 1 158
10/19/20 2 265
10/12/20 1 272
10/5/2020 2 323
9/28/2020 2 350
9/21/2020 4 334
9/14/2020 2 314
9/7/2020 3 202

* ‘* NYS reporting period is defined as per the NYS Guidance, the threshold for the temporary suspension of in-person learning is the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the on-campus population (estimated total on-campus population excluding those totally remote and including employees, 9,200); during a two-week period defined by NYSDOH. The report may be corrected in arrears and is based on test date.

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You must wear a mask in all campus buildings, including residence halls, except for your own room, suite, or office. Masks will also be required outdoors when six feet of physical distance is not possible.


Keep at least six feet between you and other people whenever possible. Classrooms and public spaces will be reconfigured to ensure distancing.


All students and employees must complete a four-question health survey via the University portal before coming to campus or attending class.