Safe Start

Spring 2021

 Move-In Protocols

Upon arrival, the University will test all residential students in accordance with its testing protocol. Students who have been living on campus for intersession are exempt from this process.

Check-in and Return to Campus for Spring 2021

All students arriving for check-in or return to their spring assignment must make an appointment for testing through the Hofstra Portal in mid-January.

On the day of your appointment you will report to the Physical Education Building located on the north side of campus near the Mack Sports Complex, the soccer field, and the School of Medicine for COVID-19 testing.

Testing will likely take about 45 minutes and results will be provided within that window of time. Students MUST only bring a government issued photo ID, preferably a passport or license, their cell phone, their HU ID#, and a mask into the Physical Education Building.

A secure luggage area will be available since no other items, including bags or purses, will be permitted. Students cannot be tested without proper ID and will not be permitted to check-in/return to their spring assignment if they cannot be tested. This is a requirement for occupancy and issuance of your key or swipe access to your building/room will be contingent upon testing confirmation.

Any student who refuses to be tested will not be permitted to reside on campus.

For planning purposes see below the dates and hours of testing. A limited number of testing appointments will be available each day and sign up is required.

Spring Testing Dates

  • January 20th, Wednesday 9-1pm
  • January 21st, Thursday 9-1pm
  • January 23rd, Saturday 9-1pm
  • January 24th, Sunday 9-1pm
  • January 25th, Monday 9-1pm
  • January 26th, Tuesday 9-1pm
  • January 27th, Wednesday 9-1pm
  • January 28th, Thursday 9-1pm
  • January 29th, Friday 9-5pm
  • January 30th, Saturday 9-5pm
  • January 31st, Sunday 9-5pm
  • February 1st, Monday 2-9pm
  • February 2nd, Tuesday 9-1pm
  • February 3rd, Wednesday 5-9pm
  • February 4th, Thursday 9-1pm
  • February 5th, Friday 9-1pm

If you arrive after testing has concluded for the day of your appointment, we will be unable to check you into your spring assignment or reactivate your ID swipe card access until the next scheduled check-in day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Card Swipe Activation for Returning Students

Returning students will have their swipe card reactivated on the day of their scheduled arrival after their testing appointment and confirmed negative result.

Card Swipe Activation for New Students

Hofstra Card Services will be available in HofUSA after you receive your negative test result in order to receive your Hofstra University Student ID Card. Each new student will be required to register at an ID card station, show one form of government issued identification (i.e., driver's license, passport photo…) and be directed to an ID card station to take a photo for their student ID card.  Each student will receive their ID card at the end of the ID card process.  From there, new students will proceed to their residence hall to be issued their residence hall room key(s). Please note that students will be required to wear a mask throughout the process, except for when the ID card photo is being taken.


After completing the testing process, proceed to your residence hall and move into or return to your home on campus. Please note that only one person may assist you with your move on the day of your move. All non-students arriving on campus must fill out the visitor health questionnaire. Face masks must be worn at all times.

Mandatory floor meetings for new students will occur before classes start. More information will be sent to your pride email account.

Bathroom fixture assignments will be provided at check-in for those students residing in the towers (Alliance, Bill of Rights, Enterprise, Estabrook, Constitution and Vander Poel). Students can ONLY use the bathroom on their assigned floor and only use the fixtures (toilet, sink and shower) they have been assigned. Students will receive an email from their Resident Director with their bathroom fixture assignment.

Step 4 - Check-In Forms for New Students

If you are under the age of 18, you have been sent a Minor Authorization Form for your parent or guardian to fill out and return to That form must be completed and returned before you arrive on campus.

Room Condition Reports and other required check-in forms will be sent to your Hofstra pride email. Please fill these out immediately.

General Preventative Safety Measures:

  • Masks: Masks covering your nose and mouth are required to be worn in all campus buildings, including residence halls when not in your own room or suites, as well as outside when physical distance of 6 feet or more cannot be achieved. Please plan to bring masks to wear during the arrival and check-in process.
  • 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.
  • Social distancing: Six feet of distance must be maintained at all times. In instances where this distance may not be feasible, face masks or coverings will be required. Masks are not required outdoors unless six feet of social distancing cannot be observed. Additionally, group gatherings, including events and meetings, will be held virtually. Necessary in-person gatherings may not exceed size restrictions provided by state guidelines, which may evolve and will be monitored and updated as needed.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Resident Director directly or email us at Please contact Student Health with questions related to testing once you arrive for check-in by emailing