Safe Start

Living at Hofstra

Residence Halls

The University's detailed health and safety protocols include reduced density in residence halls, enhanced cleaning procedures and a requirement that all individuals in residence halls wear masks and practice physical distancing at all times – unless they are in their own room/suite.

The Spring 2021 semester begins Feb. 1. For information on move-in and testing requirements, go to the Spring 2021 Move-In Protocols.

  • Density: There is a limit of two people per room. No quads or triples will be permitted.
  • Family units: Roommates and suitemates are considered ‘family units’, meaning they do not have to wear a mask when they are indoors with only one another.
  • Guests: No outside guests are permitted in the residence halls, and no students, including those living in the same building, are permitted to visit your suite or room. 
  • Bathrooms:
    • Towers: In the Towers (Alliance, Bill of Rights, Enterprise, Estabrook, Constitution and Vander Poel), the number of people permitted to use shared restrooms on each floor is limited. Students are assigned to use ONLY one sink, one shower and one bathroom throughout the semester to reduce the number of people sharing facilities.
    • Other Residence Halls: Restrooms in suites were deep cleaned and sanitized before students arrive.
  • Lounges, Kitchens: There is a limit on the number of people using a common areas/lounges at one time, and furniture will be removed or rearranged to ensure social/physical distancing. All residence hall common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily, and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected twice-a-day. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in all common kitchen areas (except in Graduate Residence Hall).
  • Laundry Rooms: There will be a limit of one person at a time in suite-style buildings and three people at a time in Tower laundry rooms. Students should use the laundry room app to see when machines are in use. Paper towel and soap dispensers have been added to utility sinks in all laundry rooms.
  • Exercise Rooms: Exercise Rooms in residence halls will be closed for the fall semester.

Physically Distanced Greetings - Air High Five - Peace Sign - Air Fist Bump - Victory - Dab - Wave - Thumbs Up

Campus Activities

Campus life and activities will be different than in years past, but we have taken steps so students can continue to spend time together safely:

  • The Fitness Center, with limited hours and strict health, safety and density protocols. You must reserve a slot in advance.
  • Resident assistants and residence life staff will create a robust schedule of virtual programming and meetings.
  • We encourage student clubs, organizations, club sports and spirit support groups to hold most meetings and events virtually, however, they may hold limited, on-campus, in-person activities, with prior approval. For more information, check out the guidelines and application process.


Working with Compass Group, our food service vendor, campus dining has been reimagined in several ways to ensure health and safety, including:

  • Reducing seating to allow for appropriate social distancing
  • No buffet, salad bar, self-serve coffee, condiment stations
  • More take-out and grab-and-go options
  • Plexiglas barriers to separate servers from customers, and at all cash registers
  • Only plastic utensils in pre-wrapped packages and disposable plates will be used
  • Implementation of the Boost e-wallet app by Compass Digital Labs can be used at several locations to allow customers to pre-order and pay online.
  • Additional ordering kiosks have been installed in the Student Center
  • One-way traffic patterns in larger venues, such as Bits ‘n Bytes and the Student Center Café
  • Ambassadors to manage social distancing and traffic guidelines

All dining service employees will receive daily wellness and temperature checks, wear masks and gloves at all times, and will wash their hands and change their gloves at least every 15 minutes.

Public high touch areas in dining locations will be sanitized every 30 minutes, as will all back of house/food preparation surfaces. All areas will be disinfected daily.

Some dining locations will be closed for the fall or operate with reduced hours. We will update dining schedules for Spring 2021 as they are available.

  • Au Bon Pain Express (Library): Closed
  • Einstein’s Bagels (CV Starr Hall): Closed
  • Cyber Café: Closed
  • University Club: Closed

Use the Boost App

Use the Boost App to order and pay for meals at select campus locations in advance – use the Boost line for easy order pick-up

*Some areas, such as the Grill, Deli and Cucina (pasta station) in the Student Center Café, are not yet on the Boost app but available for remote order through the Nextstep kiosks outside the Café.


Public Spaces

Theaters, lobbies and lounges

We have taken steps to reduce density to ensure social distancing, such as removing and rearranging furniture, and removing or blocking off seats. Entrances and exits have been clearly marked to manage traffic into and out of public spaces. Floor decals and wall signs indicate proper traffic patterns and physical distancing of six feet.


There is a limit of TWO people, unless you are a residential student riding with your ‘family unit’ -- roommates or suitemates.

Fitness and Recreation

  • Fitness Center: The Fitness Center will be open all members of the campus community Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in accordance with state health and safety guidelines. Modifications include:  a no-guest policy, a 30-person maximum capacity, an online reservation system, no rental equipment (yoga mats, basketballs), and masks required at all times. Cardio and strength training equipment will be laid out to enable physical distancing. The weight room, track, and locker room showers will be closed. Lockers will be available at six-foot distances. For more information or to reserve a slot, go to
  • Intramurals and Club Sports: The University encourages most meetings and activities be held virtually, but limited in-person activities are permitted, with prior approval. For more information, check out the guidelines and application process for on-campus, in-person activities.
  • Game Room: Closed
  • Swim Center: Closed
  • Outdoor Recreation: We will expand and enhance outdoor activities, including group exercise activities, and provide running and walking maps outlining different routes and distances on campus.


The Hofstra University bookstore reopened August 15, with physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, temperature checks and protocols for book pickups.

Post Office/Mail/Shipping

Packages and mail are delivered to campus several ways. Mail and smaller packages come through the mailroom of each residence hall complex. For large items, that cannot fit in your mailbox, we ask students to order through Amazon, so package can be delivered to the Student Center Amazon Locker (Cria). Otherwise, oversized packages will be delivered to the Post Office in the lower level of the Bookstore for pick-up. Post office hours and protocols will be announced prior to the start of the fall semester.

Social Distancing

Education and Enforcement

The University will employ a combination of education and enforcement to ensure every member of the Hofstra Pride is following the new health and safety protocols. Please help us make this happen. 

Students who refuse to follow these health and safety protocols will be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with a University policy under the Code of Community Standards, which could lead to penalties ranging from a warning to expulsion. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for violating health and safety protocols whether the behavior happens on- or off-campus, including actions that occur in off-campus housing. The new COVID response sections of the Guide to Pride can be found under Health and Safety Community Standards

Get more information about the University's Health and Safety Education and Enforcement efforts.


Campus Shuttles:

The University’s shuttle system follows New York state guidelines for public transportation. We have reduced capacity to 50% and masks must be worn at all times. A plexiglass barrier separates the driver from passengers. More shuttles will be made available at peak commuting times to accommodate students and faculty who use public transportation.