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The fall semester began August 24. All in-person classes will end NOVEMBER 24, with the semester ending remotely on DECEMBER 8, 2020.
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We are eager to come together again as a campus community for the Fall 2020 semester. As always, health and safety are our top priorities. Life on campus will look different as we all adjust to the ‘new normal’, but Hofstra is committed to finding creative ways to provide our students with a rewarding college experience, inside and outside the classroom.

The most important thing each of us can do to ensure a successful fall semester is follow the University’s health and safety requirements, which include mask-wearing and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet whenever possible. Being a part of the Hofstra Pride is a responsibility, and we expect every member of the community to do their part to keep all of us safe.

The local and national public health situation continues to evolve quickly, and we are prepared to respond and adapt to changing conditions. We appreciate your patience and resilience as we all navigate this new terrain and encourage you to check this website often for new information about our plans, policies and protocols.

COVID-19 Testing Update - September 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 September 12, 2020 and ending on September 25, 2020. 

For the period from September 12, 2020 to September 25, 2020, there are a total of 18 confirmed positive cases for students, including 10 confirmed positive cases from on-campus testing and 8 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.

One employee has reported a positive test result for the period beginning September 12, 2020 to September 25, 2020.

Surveillance testing using a random sample of all on-campus students (including residential students and non-remote commuter students) took place this week over two dates.  There were a total of 320 tests administered, with 4 positive results (86 test results pending).  The overall results of surveillance testing will be updated when all results are received; the positive results to date 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 (9/12-9/26)*


Prior period (8/28-9/11) *


Latest surveillance results
week of 9/21

Surveillance tests administered



# of positive results



Week of 9/14/2020 (pos/total)


Week of 9/7/2020 (pos/total)


* ‘* 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.