Safe Start


Intersession Testing Protocol

In-person fall semester classes end on November 24, 2020, and the semester concludes remotely on December 8, 2020. The spring semester will begin February 1, 2021, and we expect most students will leave campus between semesters. The safety of our campus community remains our top priority and students who are on campus for the winter break will need to comply with the following health and safety procedures.

Initial Testing

Any student who left campus for the Thanksgiving break and will regularly be on campus to live in their residence hall, work, or participate in required on-campus academic activities beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return or evidence of a positive COVID-19 result within the past 90 days. Students can submit their negative test results by uploading them to Medicat.

  • Resident students who wish to return to their rooms over the winter break must email at least five (5) days in advance of their arrival and receive confirmation for a date and time of arrival. Negative COVID-19 test results must be submitted prior to arrival for ID cards to be activated.
  • Student employees should work with supervisors to schedule their first day back to work on campus so that a negative COVID-19 test can be submitted prior to arrival. Students cannot return to work until the test is uploaded to Medicat and confirmed receipt.
  • Students who have remained in their residence halls over the Thanksgiving break do not have to submit a negative COVID-19 test and will participate in mandatory surveillance testing on campus.
  • Students who are returning to campus briefly for essential business, such as returning textbook rentals or visiting campus offices, do not have to submit a negative COVID-19 test, but do need to complete the health screening prior to arrival.

New York State Travel Advisory

Any students returning to New York state from a noncontiguous state, U.S. territory, or CDC level 2 or level 3 country, can test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine as follows:

For students who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three (3) days of departure, prior to arrival in New York, and must fill out the traveler form upon entry.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three (3) days. Limited quarantine housing is available for residents over the winter break and can be requested by emailing
  • On day four (4) of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID-19 test. If both tests come back negative, students may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For students who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York state.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the traveler form upon entry, and
  • Take a COVID-19 diagnostic test four (4) days after their arrival in New York.

Surveillance Testing

Beginning the week of 11/30, students who are working and living on campus will participate in surveillance testing. Surveillance testing each week will involve a random sample of our on-campus student population. Testing will occur in Student Health Services in SHACC at the Wellness and Campus Living Center. Students will be notified approximately 48-72 hours prior to their test via text or email and will be directed to choose their time for an appointment.

Daily Health Screening

All students must complete a health screening each day that they are on campus. The online screening will be available via the Hofstra Portal and a smartphone app. Student responses will be reviewed by Student Health Services staff, who will follow up when appropriate.

Testing protocols for the spring semester, including initial testing and pre-arrival self-quarantine will be distributed in December.