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Fall classes begin AUGUST 24; all in-person class meetings will end NOVEMBER 24, with the semester ending remotely on DECEMBER 8, 2020.
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Our faculty, academic administrators, researchers and student counselors have been working on ways to keep classes flexible, accessible, and high-quality. Some things will be different, but providing a rich, personalized experience that honors your academic journey is our highest priority.

First of all, we’re changing the Fall academic calendar. The semester will begin a week early – on August 24, 2020 – and end just before Thanksgiving, with no breaks except for Labor Day. Although the semester is beginning and ending early, it is the same length as in years past. Undergraduate students will have study/reading days and take final exams remotely after Thanksgiving. Graduate students will finish up classes online and take exams remotely.

This change will reduce travel back and forth for the Thanksgiving holiday and ensure students are home before the winter cold and flu season begins.

For information about academic changes and arrangements for medical school students, go to the Zucker School of Medicine COVID-19 page.

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Classrooms, labs, studios and rehearsal spaces will be reconfigured to reduce capacity and allow for appropriate physical distancing. The average new capacity will be approximately 30% of the original classroom capacity and each room will have a new posted maximum occupancy. In flexible academic spaces such as studios and labs, decals and floor markings will be used to indicate appropriate spacing. We will also be repurposing other indoor event spaces to create additional classroom space.

All classroom spaces will be cleaned at least daily, and cleaning and disinfecting supplies will also be available in every classroom, so that professors and students can clean individual workspaces and desks before and after they use them.

In addition, many rooms have been upgraded with plexiglass barriers to separate faculty and students, as well as with new ventilation equipment. Small classrooms or those in lower levels of buildings where ventilation can’t be enhanced will not be used.

Each building with more than one door will have marked entrance and exit signs, and each building with more than one staircase will use different staircases for up and down, creating a one-way flow through every academic building.

Classes will be delivered through a combination of in-person and online instruction, depending on the discipline, the specific course requirements and curriculum, and the size of the class. Students should expect some of their classes will be hybrid, meaning they alternate between attending lectures in-person and online.



Students who choose to take their classes remotely due to health concerns (such as underlying conditions), illness, isolation requirements or travel restrictions will work with their faculty to ensure they can continue to fully participate.

Most classrooms will be equipped with lecture capture capability that will allow students to watch or listen to a lecture live or access a recording of it later.  Other classes will continue to use Zoom or other technologies to provide remote access.  


Our teaching delivery models for the fall semester include in-person classes, hybrid classes, and remote/online classes, and were developed taking course-related factors into consideration. You will have the opportunity to draw upon the best of face-to-face and/or online learning.

Our course delivery models include:

  • In Person - Class typically meet in person as a full group.
  • Hybrid - Hybrid is a combination of in-person and online. It is a very flexible format and will vary, depending on the course components. The amount of face-to-face instruction that is replaced by online coursework in hybrid classes varies by schools, class, discipline, and learning objectives.
  • A/B – This is a specific category of hybrid courses. It is a combination of in-person and online instruction, with each half of the class alternating between online and in person attendance.  The online portion can be either synchronous or asynchronous. 
  • Online - Course meets entirely online, either synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time. Synchronous learning occurs when the teacher and students interact in different places but at the same time. Students enrolled in synchronous courses are required to log on to their computer during their set class time.
  • Asynchronous learning is through online channels without real-time interaction. Instruction is offered via web technology that is available at the time and location of students’ choice.


The University’s full complement of academic support and advisement services will be available virtually, by phone and in person, including:


Capacity in all public study spaces, such as library lounges and study areas and computer labs, will be reduced and marked off for physical distancing, and frequently cleaned. Axinn Library will only be open to members of the Hofstra community. We will also create more study spaces in tents and unused classrooms, so students can find space to do classes online.


  • University-supported international travel will not be permitted at least during the fall semester
  • University-support domestic travel will be limited to essential travel, and must be approved by the Provost’s office.