Safe Start


Our faculty, academic administrators, researchers and student counselors have developed ways to keep classes flexible, accessible and high-quality. Some things are different, but providing a rich, personalized experience that honors your academic journey is our highest priority.

Open Forum on Academics and the Fall Semester

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


Classrooms, labs, studios and rehearsal spaces have be reconfigured to reduce capacity and allow for appropriate physical distancing. The average new capacity is approximately 30% of the original classroom capacity and each room has a new posted maximum occupancy. In flexible academic spaces such as studios and labs, decals and floor markings indicate appropriate spacing. We are also 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 the classroom, if a student refuses to wear a mask, or fails to comply with the ban on eating and drinking, they will be withdrawn from the course, which would result in a “W’ for the semester. In addition, the student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for further disciplinary action under the Health and Safety Community Standards. More information about classroom guidelines can be found on the Provost’s website.  Get more information about the University's Health and Safety Education and Enforcement.

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 has marked entrance and exit signs, and each building with more than one staircase uses different staircases for up and down, creating a one-way flow through every academic building.

Classes are being delivered through a combination of in-person and online instruction, depending on the discipline. Find out more about course delivery methods.


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

Many classrooms have been equipped with lecture capture capability that allows students to watch or listen to a lecture live or access a recording of it later.  Other classes continue to use Zoom or other technologies to provide remote access.

If you want to pursue remote learning for COVID-19 related reasons during the semester, you must officially communicate your intent by filling out the Attendance Selection form. Reasons to pursue remote learning may include family or personal health concerns, the need to isolate, travel restrictions, and so on. Your Fall 2020 attendance selections do not roll over. You will need to use the form to confirm your preference for the Spring 2021 semester.

The Attendance Selection Application will open for use during the Spring 2021 semester on Friday, January 8, 2021. You will be able to inform your instructors of your decision to attend courses remotely or in-person. You may change your attendance selection at any time during the Spring 2021 semester.


As you finalize your decision, review these helpful tips:

  • You may select to study remotely for the entire semester or for a specific timeframe (i.e., a month, two weeks).
  • This remote learning application is not designed to report daily absences, which should be discussed with instructors. It is available so that you can communicate your planned intention of remote learning.
  •  It will record your intention to pursue remote learning for the time period selected. And it will be applied to all of the courses for which you register. There is not an option to elect remote learning for some classes, but not for others. For individual course attendance needs, please contact your course instructor for accommodations.

Once you submit your Attendance Selection preference, the instructors for each of your courses and your CUA advisor will be notified of your decision. Please contact your course instructor to discuss how best to proceed as a remote learner.

Reserve a Desk on Campus to Take Your Online Classes

If you are on campus for class, and have an online or hybrid class as part of your schedule, you can reserve a classroom seat for your online class. This way , you won’t have to look for an open seat in the library or other study spaces between classes.  We will be using smaller classrooms and seminar rooms for this purpose.

You will receive a permanent space for the semester for each class you request. The form below asks where on campus you are immediately before or after, so we can place you in a space convenient to you. Please email at least 24 hours prior to your class as we have to find an open space for you, assign it and contact you. You’ll need to fill out the form separately for any class time you’re requesting.

Learning Space

Rules for these spaces are the same as the classroom rules – you must wear a mask, stay in designated furniture and be physically distanced, and you may not eat in these spaces. Other students taking classes may be placed in the room with you, so you need to use headphones (noise-cancelling if possible) while participating in the online class. You may only use the space for the length of your class, as others in subsequent classes may be assigned to the room. Since these spaces are reserved for individual class use, they may not be used as open study space. Please go to a lounge area in the library, tents or other public area for studying. These spaces will be checked on occasion to monitor compliance with policies and procedures.

Reservation Form

Course Delivery Methods

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.

Academic Support Services

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

Library and Computer Labs

Capacity in all public study spaces, such as library lounges and study areas and computer labs, has been reduced and marked off for physical distancing, and is frequently cleaned. Axinn Library is only 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.


Laboratory Best Practices


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