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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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Health and Wellness

Daily Health Screenings

Students and employees will have to answer four questions before coming to campus or attending class. The online screening will be available via portal and a smartphone app:

  1. Indicate if you have experienced ANY of the symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Symptoms include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
  2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  3. Have you knowingly had close or proximate contact with someone in the past 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had symptoms of COVID-19?
  4. Have you traveled outside New York, New Jersey or Connecticut in the last 14 days?

Student responses will be reviewed by the Student Health Center, which will follow up where appropriate.


Testing & Tracing

Working with Northwell Health, our partner in the Zucker School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, we have built an extensive COVID-19 testing program that goes beyond what the CDC has recommended for college campuses.

If a student tests positive, the Student Health Center will work closely with the Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing.

Isolation/ Quarantine Housing

Isolation is when people with a contagious disease are separated from those who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate, in accordance with the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidance.

Whenever possible, students will be expected to self-isolate at their permanent residence. However, if a residential student tests positive and cannot return to their permanent home, the University has separate townhouse residence halls set aside for this purpose.

In addition, residential students who have had close contact with classmates who’ve tested positive will be quarantined in separate housing. Special services for food delivery and health care will be made available to all students who are quarantined or isolated on campus. The Student Health and Counseling Center staff will monitor students in isolation on campus, and will arrange for that student to be moved for clinical evaluation if necessary.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 can return to campus when they are cleared by University health officials, working with local and state Departments of Health.

New York Travel Advisory

New York state has issued a travel advisory requiring people from several states to quarantine for 14 days when they come to New York. Students coming to Hofstra from outside of the United States or from states that are under NY’s travel advisory have the following options:

  1. Make private quarantine arrangements at a hotel, short-term rental or with family/friends in NY or another state that is NOT under the travel advisory.
  2. Remain home and begin the semester remotely until the travel advisory for your state is lifted. If you are living on campus, your room will be held for you until you are able to move in.

The limited quarantine space on campus has been filled. If you applied to quarantine on campus, you will be notified by the Office of Residence Life in the coming days if you have been approved for this option.

There will be no additional housing cost for on-campus quarantine, but the cost of meals (three meals per day delivered to your room) will be deducted from your meal plan. If you do not have a meal plan, you will be charged a one-time fee of $250 for meals.

Family from travel advisory states will not be permitted in residence halls, including to help their student move into quarantine housing. Room assignments for on-campus quarantine will be made on a space-available basis; we cannot guarantee that you will quarantine in the same room you’ve been assigned for the Fall semester.

How To Use The Student Health & Counseling Center

Student Health and Counseling services will be mostly by appointment only. Students seeking health services should call 516-463-6745 for telemedicine triage, during which they will be given further instructions and an appointment for in-person services if necessary. Appointments can also be made through the Hofstra portal.

Our Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling, both in person and virtually. Students seeking counseling services should call 516-463-6745 for more information, or to set up an appointment.

What To Do If You Don’t Feel Well:

  • Stay home
  • Call your health care provider or the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) for further instructions. Don’t show up at a doctor’s office without calling first.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

A wide range of symptoms have been associated with COVID-19, and the virus can affect different people in different ways:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Personal Hygiene & Protective Equipment

  • Personal Protective Equipment:
    Masks must be worn in all campus buildings, including residence halls, except for your own room, suite or office. Masks are also required outdoors when at least six feet of physical/social distance is not possible. Students will be given a health and wellness kit upon arrival/move-in, which will include three, reusable masks, hand sanitizer and a digital thermometer. Cloth masks should be washed after each usage. There will also be dispensers with disposable paper masks in every academic building.
  • Hand Sanitizer:  
    If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. Rub your hands until the sanitizer has dried. The University will be adding more hand sanitizer stations across campus, with a focus on high-volume, high-traffic areas. We expect to have more than 500 hand sanitizer stations installed across campus by August 15, 2020.
  • Temperature Screening Kiosks: 
    Temperature screening kiosks will be placed in residence halls, in the student center and in south campus locations for quick temperature checks. Signage will instruct students with a fever to return to their homes or residence and call the Student Health Center for further instructions. Students with a fever are not to go to class or other public places.
  • Hand Washing:
    Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent illness. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water often, and especially at key times such as before eating, after using the restroom and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • Keep Your Distance:
    Stay at least six feet away from other people whenever possible. Avoid shaking hands and hugging when greeting people.
  • Avoid Touching Your Face
  • Cough Into Your Elbow, Sleeve or a Tissue, Not Your Hands
  • Watch What You Touch:
    Use caution when touching shared surfaces such as doorknobs and elevator buttons. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching common surfaces.

Campus Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures

Hofstra’s Facilities and Custodian Operations teams instituted enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols in March 2020 and is updating those and developing additional procedures to prepare for your return in the fall, in accordance with the latest CDC and New York state guidelines.

University custodial staff will sanitize common spaces on campus at least daily, if not more often, depending on the location. But we need your cooperation by following the University's personal hygiene guidelines to ensure the entire campus community remains #HofstraStrong and healthy.

Cleaning Products and Equipment: Our Custodial Operations staff uses disinfectant wipes and sprays that are approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the COVID-19 virus. In addition, we have purchased 65 electro-static disinfectant sprayers, which are used to safely and quickly disinfect large areas.

Cleaning Schedule:

In general, common, high-touch spaces will be cleaned several times daily, and cleaning supplies will be provided so students, faculty and staff can clean areas on their own after each use. In addition, we continue to develop cleaning protocols for specific campus spaces:

Residence Halls
Common high touch areas – lounges, laundry rooms, kitchens - will be cleaned frequently during the day, and cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be widely available for students. 

The Towers bathrooms will be cleaned at least twice daily. Also, cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided for students to clean spaces after each use. 

Suite bathrooms will be deep cleaned before students arrive. Disinfectant wipes and sprays, and other cleaning supplies will be available so students can clean spaces after each use. 

Dining Facilities
Public high touch areas in dining locations will be sanitized every 30 minutes, as will all back of house/food preparation surfaces. All area will be disinfected daily. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be widely available throughout public dining spaces for individual use.

Academic Areas:
Classrooms and labs will be cleaned daily, and cleaning supplies will be provided so students, faculty and staff can clean spaces on their own after each use.

Building Ventilation Improvements

The university is adhering to CDC recommendations, and has taken numerous actions to improve overall ventilation in our campus buildings:

  • Increased the percentage of fresh outdoor air supplied by mechanical ventilated systems installed in buildings across campus.
  • Following CDC safety protocols, we reduced overall occupancy of large classrooms and meeting spaces to maintain six feet of physical distance between occupants. The room capacity reduction (30% of full capacity) has the additional advantage of effectively increasing the amount of supply air per person within the space.
  • For mechanical ventilated buildings, we disabled demand-control ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy (CO2 levels).
  • We disabled energy-saving temperature setback controls to maintain full building ventilation even during unoccupied times to maximize building dilution ventilation.
  • We replaced building ventilation system air filters with higher efficiency MERV-13 rated filters throughout campus when applicable. These MERV 13 filters are effective for bacteria and virus removal, and are frequency used in hospital settings.
  • All exhaust fans in building restroom facilities were checked to be functional and operating at full capacity.
  • For buildings using natural ventilation, we are increasing outdoor air dilution by opening windows when environmental conditions and building requirements allow. Window AC units are being placed on fresh air supply in lieu of full recirculation.

Beginning in July, we operated all building ventilation systems 24/7 with outside air dampers full open to achieve a complete flush out prior to occupancy as the CDC recommends.