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Health and Wellness Center

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Campus Status:

All students, except those with exceptional circumstances, moved out of the residences halls as of March 25, 2020. All administrative and academic offices are closed.

Essential services remain open, including housing and dining for students remaining in the residence halls. The Fitness Center, Swim Center and Hofstra Indoor Practice Facility are closed until further notice. Non-essential personnel are working from home.

All classes are being conducted online for the remainder of the semester. On-campus university events, including CAA athletic events, have been cancelled until further notice. Check the event calendar for virtual events during the spring semester.

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    • What is the coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?
      According to the CDC:
      • On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
      • There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
    • What are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019?
      Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. See the CDC website for more information.
    • How do I prevent coronavirus?
      While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce risk for infection:
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
        • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Should I wear a mask?
      Follow Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Also, as of Friday, April 17, 2020, by order of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, all individuals are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth while in public settings where a physical distance of six feet between themselves and others cannot be maintained. Properly worn face coverings reduce the spread of respiratory droplets produced when we cough, sneeze or talk and can help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Those who are staying home and have no close contacts that are infected with COVID-19 do not need to wear a face covering while at home.
  • What are the Hofstra University Custodial Operations Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing Methods and Procedures?
    In order to meet the threat of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Hofstra Custodial Operations has worked with task force members from Hofstra’s Wellness Center and Emergency Management to insure that the products and methods we are using conform to industry best practices and CDC/EPA guidelines.

    Because the emergence of COVID -19 is so recent, product disinfectant kill-claims have not yet been specifically tested and certified by the EPA for the virus. The CDC does advise however that disinfectant products that have already been certified to use on SARS or other emerging viral pathogens can be used to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Their concept is that “if it kills this, it will kill that”.

    The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has compiled a list of products that are pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens (https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf) and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
    Hofstra Custodial Operations utilizes several EPA registered products on the list or which otherwise have EPA registered SARS kill claims:
    • Enviro Solutions 256H disinfectant
    • Lysol Professional Disinfectant Spray
    • Pre-mixed Clorox Disinfectant Spray cleaner with Bleach
    • Vital Oxide - Misting machine disinfectant
    • Solutions Plus Neutral Disinfectant

    Our standard Clorox bleach and hydrogen peroxide products are also effective disinfectants for use against COVID 19. This array of cleaning and disinfectant products allows us to use the most effective chemical depending on the type of application (hard or fabric surfaces, carpet etc).

    In addition, we have:

    • Purchased several portable disinfection mister machines that enable the efficient application of disinfectant over large areas. 
    • Deployed 220 stand or wall mounted alcohol-based hand sanitizing dispensers throughout the campus. We are also working with departments to strategically place additional units in high traffic or mission critical areas.
    • Refreshed training for custodial managers and staff on cleaning and disinfectant methods, products and protocols.
    • Increased the frequency of deep cleaning and disinfectant applications.

    Custodians are cleaning and disinfecting all public areas such as lobbies, bathrooms, dining areas etc on a daily basis, and now that classes have been canceled they are working through classrooms and laboratories.
    During Spring Break Custodial always works with Residence Life to schedule suite bathroom cleanings. This year, we are enhancing this cleaning to include all high-touch surfaces in suite rooms such as accessible floor surfaces, doorknobs, HVAC controls, walls etc.

    Custodial Operations remains committed to working with all Hofstra Schools and departments to address any enhanced cleaning and disinfection requests.  My staff and I are available to meet with any Deans or department heads who have further questions or concerns.

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Travel Restrictions

All international University-related travel and domestic air travel for the spring semester has been cancelled. This includes planned group trips and University-sponsored individual trips. International travel will not be funded during this period. All summer study abroad programs are cancelled.

If you choose to travel internationally on your own, please be aware that depending on circumstances you may be subject to screening and quarantine guidelines in place at the time. The same may hold true for domestic air travelers.

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Support In Dealing With Stress

The university recognizes that the situation with COVID-19 may be stressful for members of the Hofstra community, especially those with family and friends affected in other areas of the world. Students can find resources for support at The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) or International Student Affairs (ISA). Faculty and staff can use the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for short-term confidential counseling at 800-999-7222.

Our goal through this outbreak is to provide timely information, to plan for all contingencies, and to maintain our commitment to an environment that promotes learning and the free exchange of ideas. While many of us have concerns about the spread of this virus, and may be worried, it is more important than ever to treat all people with respect and collegiality, and to offer support to those who may be affected by this virus or other health issues. The best way to deal with this outbreak is to know the facts, to follow guidelines provided by public health officials on staying healthy, and to keep updated on recent developments.  The Hofstra family works best when we are respectful, helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate.

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Student Information


Most residential students have moved out as of March 25, 2020 in an effort to reduce population density on campus and help stem the spread of COVID-19.

For students who were unable to retrieve their belongings from their rooms by March 25, 2020, Hofstra University worked with an outside vendor, Collegiate Storage and Rental, to arrange packing and storage, with the University covering the cost of packing.

Students who moved out of the residence halls by March 25,2020 will be credited 50% of the semester/term housing charge.

For the students who remain on campus, access to residence halls will be limited to the residents of each building. No guests, including other students still living on campus, will be allowed to visit residence halls.  Public Safety officers have increased patrols through buildings as some Resident Safety Representatives (RSR) booths will not be staffed at all times. Doors will be accessible through secure swipe access only by the students who live in that residence hall. Contact the Office of Public Safety at 516-463-6606 if you have questions or concerns.

Limited on-campus dining services will remain open throughout the semester:
Student Center Café
Monday – Friday        8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday    9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dining Points for Students Still Living on Campus
Students still residing on campus must use all their dining points by May 17, 2020 to avoid losing those meal points. Dining Points for students who are staying in the residence halls for the spring semester cannot be rolled over to another term. Students should contact the Student Center dining manager, who will work to place bulk orders in order to spend down their meal points by May 17.

Meal Plan Refund Update
We want to thank you for your patience during this time. Our staff has been working remotely, creating policies to provide students with credit for campus living expenses, as we continue to deal with the public health crisis.

As we have begun to process credits for residential students’ room charges, we are also beginning to process the refund of meal points for students unable to use them due to the required move-out. The meal plan refund will be credited to student accounts for the remaining balance. The Hofstra family will continue to work through these unprecedented issues while continuing to provide you with an excellent Hofstra education.

Residential Student Mail and Packages
Student mail that remained in the residence halls has been handled in the following manner:

  • Any packages from a vendor has been returned to the vendor. Students should work with the specific vendors for credits or refunds as appropriate.
  • Personal mail packages have been forwarded to the students' home address as indicated in official university records. Personal mail packages have been forwarded with no cost to students.

Federal Work Study
Eligible federal work study students continue to be paid through federal funding to the extent permitted by law. For questions regarding FWS, please contact the Office of Student Employment at studentemployment[at]hofstra.edu.


Hofstra University plans an event to celebrate our May 2020 graduates on August 23, 2020 at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, in accordance with all public health, state and federal guidelines in place at the time. Further details about timing and ticketing will be forthcoming.

Local hotels have availability and are flexible, if you want to make tentative travel arrangements. As public health guidelines change and develop, we will announce more specific plans. However, if public health guidelines do not allow a gathering in late summer, we will host a commencement in December at which all May and August 2020 graduates will be welcome. The health and safety of the Hofstra community will guide our planning. We promise that we will celebrate you and your much-deserved success. In addition, we will be moving forward with virtual and online celebrations of the Class of 2020 that will happen in May.


All instruction will be conducted online for the remainder of the spring semester.

More precise details will follow from each of your professors on how your course will resume, but we expect to complete all required coursework for all students by the end of the semester.  We appreciate the cooperation and dedication the faculty in working to adapt their coursework for the online environment. For any academic issues that arise, we have established a dedicated helpline at (516) 463-5400, and Vice Provost Stavros Valenti (ProvostOnline[at]Hofstra.edu) is overseeing our collective efforts for this transition.

The Provost’s Office together with Information Technology Services has expanded the user-friendly tools, including Zoom, available for remote learning. View FAQs and step-by-step instructions for Blackboard and Zoom.

Getting Ready to Learn Online

I don’t have internet access at home. How can I connect to campus?
There are a variety of options available in most areas:


The University's full complement of academic support and advisement services, including The Center for Academic Excellence and its Undergraduate Tutoring Program, Student Access Services, the Center for University Advising and The Career Center, will continue to be available virtually and by phone.

For details about how to take advantage of these services during the Spring 2020 semester go to the Student Online Learning web page.


  • If you are unable to return to campus and retrieve your books, the following is the fastest, easiest and most efficient way to have your textbooks for the rest of the semester. Please set up an account with your Pride email with VitalSource at https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/user/signin. Click on the "Explore" tab in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Once there, you can enter an ISBN or title with authors last name to search for your textbooks. When you find the textbook, click on the tile and a tab will come up with the option to "borrow". This will add the book to your digital library and you will see a counter at the bottom of the screen showing how many titles have been borrowed. You may borrow up to seven titles.
  • If your required book is not offered there, please know that the Dean of Students Office will reimburse you for the e-book purchase IF you will have purchased through the Hofstra University Bookstore website. If you looked at the VitalSource site above and could not find your book, please purchase your book(s) by using your credit card at https://hofstra.bncollege.com/shop/hofstra/home, email DeanofStudents[at]hofstra.edu, attach your receipt and request the reimbursement through the Student Emergency Fund. In addition, Barnes & Noble is allowing free e-books through the end of May from many of the major publishers.
  • For the rental returns, please visit https://hofstra.bncollege.com/shop/hofstra/page/rental-book-return. You will note that the site provides you with a free UPS label to send back the rented books. The books may be sent now or in May, at the conclusion of the semester. If you stored your belongings and are unable to retrieve your rented books, Hofstra University Bookstore will work with you after the end of the semester.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center will be tutoring exclusively online through the end of the Spring semester.

Writing Center Tutors can support students on brainstorming, drafting, and revising writing assignments for your courses. Online tutoring is text-based, in that students cut-and-paste their work into our online tutoring platform and tutors will “chat” with students in real-time via a textbox.

Writing Center Tutors are available for online appointments. Here’s how to make and access your online Writing Center appointments this semester:

  • Visit our website, https://hofstra.edu/writingcenter, and click "Make a Writing Center Appointment" to log-in to our schedule.
  • Select an available appointment time, indicated by a white box.
  • At the time of your appointment, log-in to the schedule and click on the appointment window, indicated by a yellow box.
  • A new window will open. Click the link that reads "Start or Join Online Consultation.”
  • You will be automatically redirected to a chat room with your tutor and have the ability to paste or import your writing onto a large text window and chat with the tutor in a sidebar. The chat does not use voice or audio; it involves typing.

Please contact writingcenter[at]hofstra.edu with any questions.

Spring 2020 Revised Pass/Fail and Withdrawal Policies

We have implemented revised Pass/Fail and Withdrawal polices for this semester only.

Undergraduate Students

For the Spring 2020 semester, Hofstra University will allow undergraduate students to elect a Pass/D+/D/Fail option or to Withdraw from a course through Friday, May 8, 2020 for current term courses in progress.

Graduate Students

For the Spring 2020 semester, Hofstra University will allow graduate students to elect a Pass/Fail option or to Withdraw from a course through Friday, May 8, 2020 for current term courses that are in progress.

Students can elect the Pass/Fail option for Spring 2020 courses by using this link https://my.hofstra.edu/web/home-community/pass-fail-registration.

Full details about these revised policies can be found on the Student Online Learning web page.

These policies does not apply to the Law School or the School of Medicine.

Notice to Students about Summer 2020 course offerings:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep our community safe and healthy while allowing students to further advance their studies:

Summer Session I: All courses will be offered in a remote teaching and learning format:

  • Courses listed with specific days and times will taught synchronously. Instructors will teach students online on the scheduled days and time periods
  • Courses listed without specific days and times will be taught asynchronously. Instruction and assignments will be scheduled flexibly, with instructional activities and assignment due dates listed on the course syllabus.

Summer Sessions II and III:
While many course offerings will be offered in a remote teaching and learning format (i.e., synchronous or asynchronous teaching) as has been the case in previous summers, we are waiting for updated public health guidelines before making further decisions.

A limited number of in-person classes may be planned in Summer II, which begins June 25, and/or Summer Session III, which begins on August 3. We are considering some additional classes in the sciences (including lab courses) and other areas, that span both Summer II and Summer III, and we'll continue to look at innovative ways to deliver education through this crisis.

In all summer sessions, for international students who are not in the United States, Syncronous classes will be taped and made available to students in different time zones.

As always, public health guidelines and the health of our community will guide our decision making, and in-person classes may need to be converted to remote instruction.

Please check the Summer Session schedule at www.hofstra.edu/summer

My internship or clinical placement has told me not to come in. I’m concerned I won’t be able to complete it. What should I do?
First, contact your faculty advisor and see what you can do to complete your course work, make alternate arrangements, or negotiate with your internship site (with your faculty assisting) to change your schedule. If it is a clinical placement necessary for licensure, New York State Education Department is aware of this issue for clinical placements around the state and as of 3/12, is looking to issue new temporary guidelines to assist students. This will likely take a few weeks and we are working with them and our peer institutions across the state to come up with solutions. In the meantime, if you have specific questions, continue to work with your dean’s office or placement office as appropriate.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Hofstra University has a Student Emergency Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to full-time Hofstra students when a personal emergency arises that impacts their ability to afford unexpected expenses (other than tuition and fees). This includes unexpected costs related to COVID-19.

For more information or to apply, go to Hofstra.edu/emergencyfund

CARES Act funding for Hofstra students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. This funding was designed to help those students with the most need as demonstrated through filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as defined by the Federal government.

CARES Act 30-Day Report

Consistent with the federal guidelines, in order to distribute the funding as quickly as possible and assist our neediest students, the University used the FAFSA 2019-2020 to determine eligibility. Only students who meet these eligibility criteria for federal financial aid were considered for these funds. We informed our neediest students through the campus notification system, and asked those qualified students to certify their eligibility to receive funding, as defined by the CARES Act.

Hofstra University will continue to work to raise funds and assist our community through the pandemic. We are working through changing times and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.


  • What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?
    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
  • When will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?
    As of the week of May 4 we have begun to notify students of their eligibility. Because we are using the FAFSA as the standard for distribution, we will be able to release funding directly to qualified students once they certify their eligibility. Eligible students received a text message, as well as an email to their Pride address.
  • Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
    Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need were considered for these funds. Hofstra University used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility.
  • What is a Hofstra CARES ACT Relief Grant?
    The letter from the Secretary of Education regarding CARES Act funding asked that universities prioritize the neediest students while reaching the widest number of students. Hofstra’s goal was to provide economic relief quickly to students who may have experienced additional expenses in response to the disruption of normal campus operations due to COVID 19. Hofstra directed the CARES Act funding to our neediest students, 2844 in total, providing relief grants between $725 to $1500, based on family income reported on the FAFSA. These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, child care, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred after the interruption of our campus operations.
  • Why didn’t I receive a Hofstra CARES Act Relief Grant?
    Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for federal CARES grants. If you are eligible for financial aid programs, you probably didn’t receive a grant because you did not meet the criteria of greatest financial need.

    For other emergency needs, the Hofstra Student Emergency Assistance fund may be able to help you with emergency aid from other institutional or private donations. These funds are limited and do not generally exceed $500, but we encourage you to apply.
  • Will there be CARES funds for 2020-21?
    Hofstra University is advocating for additional federal stimulus money for tuition and more emergency grants funding for universities and students. The status of future funding through more legislative action is not yet clear; however, we will continue to advocate for support for our students.


Despite the changes to campus and academic life related to this unprecedented public health challenge, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) want to encourage all clubs to find ways to operate remotely, whether by holding weekly meetings or sponsoring panels and discussions via video conferencing programs. Here is a list of resources to help you do that: www.hofstra.edu/OSLEPolicies

We also want student organizations to begin identifying on-campus events originally scheduled for this spring that can be moved to the fall. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and student governing bodies are working to conduct training, and outline budget processes to ensure that clubs and organizations are reimbursed, and that Fall 2020 budgets, and will share guidance on those issues in the coming weeks.

All clubs and organizations should contact their administrative advisor with ideas, questions or plans for events to remotely engage students.

If you don’t know who your administrative advisor is, or have general questions or concerns, please email OSLE at osle[at]hofstra.edu

Also, we have extended the deadline for nominations for the Student Leadership Awards to April 1, 2020 and are committed to finding an innovative way to celebrate student leaders, given current circumstances.

Internships And Clinical Placements

If your internship or clinical placement has told you not to report, contact your faculty advisor so they can assist you in making alternate arrangements to complete coursework, or negotiate with your internship site to change your schedule.

If you’re in the middle of a clinical placement necessary for licensure, the New York State Education Department is working on temporary guidelines to assist students. Contact your dean’s office or placement office if you have additional questions or concern.
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Prospective Student Information

Hofstra University continues to monitor the spread and impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and around the world. The Admission office understands this is a challenging time, and we are working hard to be sensitive to the needs of our families during the college search process.

For a live update, see the University’s campus alerts page.

When to Visit

The University has postponed campus visits through April 30. It is our hope and intention to hold our traditional group events after May 1 as scheduled. To see all current virtual options, go to Visit Hofstra page. We are taking this precaution as a way of providing peace of mind to students, faculty, staff, and families as well as to help contain the spread of the virus.

How to Visit

We will offer our weekend Admitted Student Day and Weekday Admitted Student Days and Information Session and Tour virtually in April. High school juniors and any other visitors can sign up for our Spring Open House in May. While we know that seeing our campus in-person is the best way to finalize your college choice, we are hoping that these virtual opportunities to engage will provide you with a true understanding of our community.  When our campus reopens, prospective students will be notified of on-campus visit opportunities. However, if you have flu-like symptoms or are otherwise ill, or you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please delay your visit by at least two weeks, until the virus’ 14-day incubation period has passed.  We ask you to follow these guidelines to protect your own health, as well as our campus community.

Virtual Events

Learn about our virtual visit offerings at hofstra.edu/visit. You can experience our campus through our virtual tour, and we will also be offering other virtual events that will give you much of the information and experience of an in-person visit. While this is certainly not the same as a traditional visit experience, events like these are a great opportunity to hear from Hofstra students and get a feel for what the campus has to offer. We’ll continue to add more virtual sessions in the next month to give you flexibility if, when and how you decide to travel to campus.

Visit in May

After May 1, we plan to have many visit opportunities available for seniors and juniors, and we encourage you to check out our visit page regularly for updates.

Expect Email or Text Reminders and Updates.

If you have registered for an event, we will send you confirmation and any updates as necessary. If Hofstra must cancel an event, we will alert you as soon as possible by email or text (for those who have opted for our texting communication.) We realize you have invested time and resources in planning your visit and any decision to cancel a program is carefully made in order to provide peace of mind to students, faculty, staff, and families. You can expect events to occur as scheduled, unless you receive notification otherwise.

Check Our Website

Check this page often for the status of campus visit programs, as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing outbreak.  As you consider joining the Hofstra community, you might also want to see what’s being done for our current students, faculty and staff. In addition, Hofstra shares a unique partnership with Northwell Health, New York's largest healthcare system, with whom we work very closely to protect the health and well-being of our students. Their expertise, especially as one of the only non-governmental health care organizations with authorization to test for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) onsite, guides our health policies and procedures.

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Faculty Information


All of us are invested in the welfare of our community and we want our students to continue with their education despite any interruption that may be caused by COVID-19.   As part of this effort, the Provost’s Office together with Information Technology Services will expand the user-friendly tools, including Zoom, available for delivering classes, with the understanding that some coursework, such as labs or internships, will continue in-person, with possible adjustments to size and scope to help contain the spread of coronavirus. We appreciate the efforts of our faculty, administration, staff and students in this collective effort.  

The Provost’s Office together with Information Technology Services has expanded the user-friendly tools, including Zoom, available for delivering classes. Step by step tutorials, videos, and FAQs are now available at:

Library Support

Many publishers have reached out to the academic community with offers to provide access to databases, electronic services, and ebooks at no charge.  These are being added daily to the appropriate sections of the Library web page (https://hofstra.edu/library)  Most can be found in the sections Database by Subject (left side) and eResources (right side). 

 Please be aware of these guides that offer easy access points to these resources as well as library services:

Subject specialists have also prepared guides to library resources on a variety of subjects.  Those guides can be found here:  https://libguides.hofstra.edu/?b=s 

Please reach out to your subject specialist (https://www.hofstra.edu/library/library_contact.html#facsubject) for help using these or any other library resource.  Also, please be aware that librarians are live on chat 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. most of the week.  Please encourage your students to reach out for any research support they may need, and avail yourself of this live assistance as well: https://libanswers.hofstra.edu/.

Just a reminder that the Bookstore has suggested RedShelf (https://redshelf.com/) as a possible source of a textbook.  VitalSource (https://www.vitalsource.com/) is another place to try.  Each requires registration using University credentials. 

Kanopy, a streaming platform offered by the University Library, has partnered with The Great Courses to offer all Great Courses videos (over 6000) *free* through the end of Spring semester 2020. As you transition to the online environment, you may find it useful to supplement some of your class content with video. This can be particularly useful for students who are visual learners.

The Great Courses is a series of college-level video courses. Faculty include award-winning experts and professors from the most respected institutions in the world, selected exclusively for their ability to teach. Each Great Course is a series of videos, usually about 30 minutes in length. Examples of subjects and the number of courses for each include:

  • Economics & Finance (27)
  • Fine Arts (31)
  • History (229)
  • Literature & Language (109)
  • Mathematics (48)
  • Music (36)
  • Philosophy & Intellectual History (120)
  • Professional (75)
  • Religion (83)
  • Science (191)

To browse available courses and episodes, visit https://hofstra.kanopy.com/category/915

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Sarah McCleskey, Head of Resource & Collection Services.


Research-related activities in campus facilities may carry on as usual. Please check with the project manager.



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Employee Information

We continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and have determined that in the best interests of our community, effective immediately, Hofstra University is asking that all non-essential personnel work from home and not report to campus.

All Administrative and academic offices, including the child care center and library will be closed. Essential services will remain open, including all ongoing preparation with faculty for on line courses commencing on March 23 and including housing and dining support for students remaining in our residence halls.

Please continue to check your Hofstra email for further direction from your supervisor. If you have any questions please contact the Human Resources Department at humanresources@hofstra.edu. If you require assistance with any IT resources related to working from home, please contact the helpdesk at (516) 463-7777 or helpdesk@hofstra.edu.

Providing a safe and healthy workplace is always a top priority for Hofstra University, and is especially critical during this time. The University is closely monitoring the changing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. University leadership, with guidance from medical and public health experts, have been meeting daily to provide guidance and develop adaptive policies to support the well-being of the Hofstra community.  Any questions regarding the below can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at humanresources[at]hofstra.edu.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of fever, cough and body aches, do not come to work, consult CDC guidelines and seek medical attention by calling a medical professional. Inform medical professionals of your symptoms and any recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?
Faculty, staff and administrators are advised to contact a medical professional for evaluation and testing.

Will my Hofstra-sponsored healthcare plan cover medical expenses associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19?
You will have the same coverage that is currently available for any emergency and non-emergency illness. Copays will be waived for COVID-19 testing at an office, facility or via LiveHealth online. For additional coverage details visit the University Benefits website or contact benefits@hofstra.edu with questions.

What assistance is available to me to help me cope with the emotional impact of a COVID-19?   
Hofstra employees may contact the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for short-term confidential counseling at 800-999-7222.

Can I take FMLA leave to stay home from work because of potential risk of the Coronavirus? 
If you or a member of your immediate family is sick, where applicable, you may take sick leave, short term disability and FMLA leave (and if eligible, NY PFL if your family member is sick). In addition, if you are under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the State, New York Department of Health, local Board of Health or other authorized government entity you may be eligible for up to 14 calendar days of job-protected, NY State paid sick leave. Generally, however, employees are not entitled to take FMLA to stay at home to avoid getting sick. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits[at]hofstra.edu to determine FMLA/PFL/Paid Sick Leave/Short Term Disability eligibility. Additional information about the new NY State paid sick leave is available at https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/new-york-paid-family-leave-covid-19-faqs.

Hofstra’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – On Demand Webinars

In order to help support you during this time, the Office of Human Resources in partnership with our Empire Employee Assistance Program, is offering the following On Demand webinars, some of which include:

  • Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure Amidst the Pandemic Panic
  • Mindful Meditation
  • How to Keep Your Family Healthy
  • How to Stay Healthy
  • Talking with your Child about the Coronavirus

To access these On Demand webinars, refer to this link to the COVID-19 section of their website.  It can also be accessed via a link which can be found after you log in, on the top left side of the page, directly under Hofstra’s name and the toll-free number for the EAP.

Please note there is a small glitch with these On Demand webinars.  When a webinar is selected an error message will appear, although once you click the arrow, the webinar will begin. This was an error with the recording process, but please be assured that the webinars are working.

Managing Remote Teams
A Guide to Best Practices

As a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, many employees are working remotely. This guide helps managers recognize the challenges to both managing and working in virtual teams, so that they may provide guidance, support and encouragement to their teams. It includes tips and strategies to help managers and employees continue to collaborate effectively to meet deadlines, stay connected, and establish the best conditions for success.

Success Factors
Set up communication protocols and tools. Without a specific communication plan in place, it is very difficult to coordinate work and maintain productivity in a remote environment. Virtual teams need clarity and standards about when and how information will be shared. Ultimately, the tools you select will depend on the technology that your team members have available in their homes.

Build and maintain trust. When managers cannot directly observe work, they tend to monitor and follow-up on remote workers more than in-office workers.  It is important that managers set expectations up front and adhere to them consistently.

Assign work and hold people accountable. Because remote team members have less supervision, it is important to set them up for success by clearly defining actions, specifying who is to complete them and establishing an agreed upon due date. Periodic progress checkpoints should be mutually decided.

Best Practices for Managing Employees

  • Make communication a top priority. You want to make sure pertinent information is easily — and frequently — communicated. Don’t rely solely on email to stay in touch with remote members on your team. Set up frequent meetings with each employee to touch base and keep the connection strong.
  • Determine how often you will meet virtually (e.g., daily, weekly) to ensure all tasks and deliverables are on schedule and any issues are addressed. Find the right balance to ensure both social connection and work coordination.
  • Be responsive and available: Communication lag can be counter-productive for remote employee’s efficiency.  Receiving a response to an inquiry in a timely fashion encourages employees to remain focused and on task. In addition, let your staff know how and when they can reach you throughout the day. Remember, team members who are off-site won’t be able to swing by your office to ask questions or get feedback.
  • Obtain contact information for all team members and distribute to the full team (i.e., cell phone numbers, email addresses, etc.). It is important that all team members are able to keep in communication with each other.
  • Determine the avenues of communication that are available and decide which ones are applicable. The ability to see each other while talking fosters a sense of teamwork and more closely imitates an office setting.  Utilize chat and collaboration tools, such as Google Hangouts and Zoom. Visit https://hofstra.zoom.us to access Hofstra Zoom services.
  • Determine how documents will be shared. For example, you could set up VPN to access shared drives remotely, use Google Drive or Microsoft Teams to collaborate.

Set Clear Expectations

  • Be clear about your expectations: To avoid any misconceptions, make sure every remote worker knows what you expect of him or her. If employees need to be punctual and always available during work hours, make that crystal clear. If you are more flexible and focused on results rather than minutes spent on the clock, let your staff know.
  • Determine the appropriate response time for communications from each other and our clients/coworkers. If necessary, establish different response times for different audiences (within team, manager, clients, etc.).
  • Employees who are permitted and able to work from home must abide by the following procedures:
    • Individuals who work remotely are required to be fully active and engaged in their work. Individuals must be available by phone, email, or other appropriate communication methods at all times.
    • If employee becomes ill during the course of working remotely, they should follow the same time away from work procedure in place by the University for sick days while working on-site.
    • Employees are expected to maintain existing standards of performance and productivity should remain consistent with on-site expectations.
    • Employees who complete time sheets/eTIME are required to continue to keep record of their time.

Manage Performance:

  • Spell out goals and monitor team deliverables – All members of your team should know what deliverables they and the team are working toward, and how these deliverables will be met.
  • Provide feedback as needed – Remember to write a "good job" email to staff whose work you would otherwise acknowledge casually in the office. You can also call out their achievement in your group chat platform.
  • Discuss accountability issues (e.g., pattern of missed deliverables, low engagement, etc.) with team members as appropriate.
  • Periodically solicit feedback to see if changes in management and communication are needed.
  • Teams that suddenly change work patterns — particularly moving from co-located to virtual — need to rethink how to accomplish their tasks and ensure that essential duties and goals are met.
  • Include all your remote workers in meetings, whether strategic or planning, ensuring that they are aware of updates as well as the big picture. It will also help them prioritize work and manage their time.

Provide helpful resources:

Especially for telecommuters who are not used to working from home, it can be a good gesture to offer advice on how to work from home effectively. Ideas include information on how to:

  • Set up home office spaces
  • Establish working hours
  • Set boundaries with any family members who may be present in the home

In preparation, you should make sure you have tested your access to the following equipment at home:

  • Laptop or desktop computer.
  • Microphone – this may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset.
  • Webcam – a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing.
  • Internet – either commercially provided (ex., Time Warner, Optimum, FiOS), or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone.
  • If you need access to Microsoft Office at home, more information on how to download and access Office 365 can be found below.

If you do not have equipment at home that meets these standards, please consult with your supervisor.

Where to get help

ITS Technical Support Services has numerous resources available for remote workers. Please visit Resources for Working Remotely for more information.

If you are having difficulties with accessing these resources or if you have any additional questions regarding technologies available for your personal workstation, please contact Hofstra ITS at 516-463-7777, option 2 or by email: help[at]hofstra.edu.

You may also open tickets via the Hofstra portal (https://my.hofstra.edu/):

  • Select IT Help Desk from the left portal menu
  • Select “Ask a Question” to reach out to an analyst regarding technology concern.



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Zucker School of Medicine

Decision making principles for the 1st 100 weeks curriculum:

  • We are transitioning all classroom-based curricular sessions to distance learning platforms.
  • All clinical experiences will resume with safety precautions in place. Details will follow.
  • All RIA week activities will continue with modifications.

Given this rapid changing environment, we will continuously re-assess this plan and communicate any necessary modifications as needed.

The celebration of Match Day, which was scheduled to take place at the Zucker School, has been cancelled. The Office of Student Records (SOMregistrar@hofstra.edu) will send Match results via email at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, March 20 to all MS4 students using Hofstra email addresses. Members of the Office of Student Affairs and Office of Career Advising will be available for any student during Match Day either at the medical school, by phone or by email.

Please direct any questions to medicine.students@hofstra.edu.

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Task Force

  • Chair, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman Berliner
  • Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration M. Patricia Adamski
  • Vice President for Facilities and Operations Joseph Barkwill
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Northwell Health, Vice Dean of the Zucker Medical School Dave Battinelli
  • Vice President for University Relations Melissa Connolly
  • Vice President for Student Affairs W. Houston Dougharty
  • Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs, and General Counsel Dolores Fredrich
  • Founding Dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies Kathy Gallo
  • Assistant Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Erika Schaub

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Downloadable posters (in PDF format) courtesy of the CDC.

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All University Messages

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Resources and Contacts

Other support centers remain open, including: