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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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Residence Halls

The University has developed a detailed plan to ensure the health and safety of our students living on campus, including reduced density in rooms and common spaces and enhanced cleaning protocols. All individuals in the residence halls must wear masks and practice physical distancing at all times - unless they are in their own room/suite. Move-in for residential students not traveling from states and areas covered by the New York state travel advisory begins August 15th, with staggered check-in days/times.

  • Density: There will be a limit of two people per room. No quads or triples will be permitted.
  • Family units: Roommates and suitemates will be considered ‘family units’, meaning they do not have to wear a mask when they are indoors with only one another.
  • Guests: No outside guests will be 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 will be limited. Students will be assigned to use ONLY one sink, one shower and one bathroom throughout the semester to reduce the number of people sharing facilities. The Towers bathrooms will be cleaned at least twice daily, and cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided for students to clean after each use.
    • Other Residence Halls: Restrooms in suites will be deep cleaned before students arrived, and students will be provided with cleaning and disinfecting supplies to keep restrooms clean after each use.
  • Lounges, Kitchens: There will be 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.
  • 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.
  • Exercise Rooms: Exercise Rooms in residence halls will be closed for the fall semester.
  • Room Access Between Semesters: Although the semester begins and ends early, it is the same length as in years past. All students in the residence halls should to return home after the end of the semester on Nov. 27, until the start of the spring semester. However, students will have access to their rooms between Thanksgiving and the spring semester if they need it.

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:

  • We will erect tents on north and south campus, so students can socialize safely. In some areas on south campus, there will be enhanced outdoor wifi service.
  • We have invested in outdoor movie screens and sound systems for movie nights and televised concerts.
  • We will offer fitness classes and other activities outdoors in our Pride Pavilion and on our fields adjacent to our Fitness Center.
  • Resident assistants and residence life staff will create a robust schedule of virtual programming and meetings.
  • Student club meetings, meetings with administrative advisors and student-run events will continue to take place virtually. Training will be held for student leaders throughout August and September to go over new guidelines and procedures.
  • Traditional Campus Events such as Welcome Week, the 9/11 Memorial ceremony, Blue and Gold Leadership programs, identity-based affinity group programs and Pride Court will be held with a combination of virtual and in-person offerings.


Working with Compass Group, our food service vendor, campus dining services will be 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 byCompass Digital Labs can be used at several locations to allow customers to pre-order and pay online. The Boost e-wallet app can be set up to take the Hofstra meal card declining balance, as well as credit and debit cards.
  • Additional ordering kiosks will be installed in the Student Center
  • One-way traffic patterns will be instituted 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 Fall 2020 as they become available.

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

Public Spaces

Theaters, lobbies and lounges

We are taking steps to reduce density to ensure social distancing, such as removing and rearranging furniture, and removing or blocking off seats. Entrances and exits will be clearly marked to manage traffic into and out of public spaces, and will be supplemented with floor decals and wall signs to indicate proper traffic patterns and physical distancing of six feet.


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

Fitness and Recreation

  • Fitness Center: We are developing health and safety protocols if state guidelines permit us to open this facility in the fall. They include: modified hours, a no-guest policy, a 50% capacity limit, no equipment usage (yoga mats, basketballs), an online reservation system, and masks required at all times. Equipment will be laid out in accordance with physical distancing guidelines. The weight room, track and locker room showers will be closed. Lockers will be available at six-foot distances.
  • Intramurals and Club Sports: Suspended
  • 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 will re-open for the fall semester on date, with physical distancing requirements and capacity limits.

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.


Campus Shuttles:

The University’s shuttle system will adhere to New York State guidelines for public transportation. In shuttles, we will reduce capacity to 50% and require masks in vehicles. A plexiglass barrier will separate the driver from the passengers. More shuttles will be made available at peak commuting times to accommodate students and faculty who use public transportation.