Health & Safety

Health and Safety Protocols

We are all invested in the well-being of our community. The continuing compliance of the campus community to Hofstra University’s health and safety protocols allows us to learn and work together in person. Protocols are based on local, state and federal guidance as applicable, and determined in consultation with our partners at Northwell Health.  They may be updated based on evolving standards and additional requirements may be added.

In addition to requiring COVID-19 primary vaccination series for all students and staff, the following health and safety protocols are in place for the campus community:


Student Testing

Testing on Demand for Students

COVID testing is available on demand for students at Student Health Services. Appointments for testing for travel and related needs can be made by visiting Hofstra.edu/Medicat. Students who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID can call (516) 463-6745 for an appointment to be evaluated and tested. Students who suspect they may have Covid should get tested at the SHS.


MASK-WEARING

Mask-wearing is voluntary in indoor places on campus, including classrooms. The only exceptions will be in the Student Health Services Office and on the campus shuttle. Masks are available in most buildings.

Mask-wearing Dos and Don'ts.

Mask-Wearing DOs:

  • Wash your hands before and after taking off or putting on your mask.
  • Make sure your mask is covering your nose, mouth and chin, and fits snugly on the sides, without gaps.
  • Wear the same side closest to your face when you put your mask back on after eating or drinking. 
  • If you wear a cloth mask, wash it often, preferably daily. 
  • Touch only the elastic bands or ties when putting on or taking off your mask. 

Mask-Wearing DON'Ts:

  • Wear a neck gaiter or bandanna. 
  • Share your mask. 
  • Touch your mask while you’re wearing it. If you find you are adjusting it often, it may mean the mask does not fit properly. 
  • Wear a mask with any exhalation vents or valves. 
  • Wear your mask halfway – covering only your nose or only your mouth. 
  • Wear a mask (cloth or disposable) that is damaged. If you’re wearing a disposable mask that gets wet or dirty, discard it immediately. If you’re wearing a cloth mask that gets wet or dirty, replace it immediately and store it in a resealable bag until you are able to wash it. 

Residence Hall Guest Protocols

Fully vaccinated external (non-Hofstra) guests are permitted, with the following requirements:

  • The resident student host must come down to the Residential Security Booth in their building to sign in their guest(s)
  • The guest and the host both must affirm that the guest is fully vaccinated.

Education

The University has engaged in a comprehensive campus-wide educational campaign, including signage, videos, and social media, to promote the new health and safety protocols and reinforce that every member of the Hofstra community has a personal and social responsibility to follow them.

In addition, Hofstra has created the Hofstra Health Ambassadors (HHA), a group of peer educators that help inform the campus community about these new protocols and encourage compliance.


Employee Protocols

Please see the Employee Protocols page.


Community Standards

As COVID-19 continues into its endemic phase, we ask our community of students, scholars, and community members to be respectful of others, and understand that members of our community may have different challenges and concerns, from pre-existing health conditions to mental health challenges.

We ask everyone to be kind and considerate. Our campus is open to visitors, friends and family.

If you are in a situation where you are asked to wear a mask, please do so if you can.

If you receive a positive test for COVID-19, please let Student Health Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees) know. Tracking COVID-19, and being on the lookout for spikes, will help us all navigate the next phase of the endemic.

If you are positive for COVID-19, please isolate. Student Health Services and Residence Life will situate you in a safe space, and let your faculty know you will not be in class.

The Hofstra community is a warm and welcoming one, and we must continue to be considerate and careful. Thank you for all you have done to keep the Hofstra family safe.

The updated COVID-19 response sections of the Guide to Pride can be found under Health and Safety Community Standards.


Events

We are pleased to welcome the community, including family members, local schoolchildren, alumni and friends, to athletic and cultural events on campus. Events may include food and drink. Any guest who is unvaccinated should wear a mask, which will be available at the entrances to most buildings.


Quarantine & Isolation

As with all COVID-related health and safety protocols, quarantine & isolation protocols, which are based on local, state and federal guidance as applicable, may be updated based on these evolving standards and additional requirements may be added. Contact Student Health Services for the most updated information.

Isolation (Tested Positive for COVID-19)

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must contact Student Health Services at (516) 463-6745 and upload the positive test, if taken off campus.  Students will need to isolate for five (5) days, where day zero (0) is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day students took their positive test, and wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional five (5) days.

Quarantine (Exposed to COVID-19)

Quarantine may be necessary if you are exposed to COVID-19 (meaning when you are within 6 feet of someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period), where day zero (0) is the last date of exposure.

  • If you have a booster shot or have received a primary vaccine series but are not yet eligible for a booster shot, you should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for ten (10) days after the last date of exposure, but you do not need to enter quarantine.
  • Quarantine is only necessary for those who are eligible for a booster shot and who have not received one, or those who are unvaccinated.
  • Anyone who is exposed and experiencing symptoms should quarantine and contact Student Health Services to schedule a COVID-19 test immediately.
  • In some circumstances, Student Health Services may make a clinical determination that it is highly likely you are positive for the virus even before your test results come back, and direct you into isolation immediately while you wait for test results.

For anyone in isolation or quarantine, a message will be sent to your professors, letting them know that you are not able to attend classes for the applicable period of time. You should also contact your professors right away discuss ways to either make up missed work or participate from isolation. You can share your health status with your professors if you like, but you are not required to do so. Making a plan for your academic progress while in isolation is your responsibility.


MONITORING YOUR HEALTH:

Student Health Services (SHS) will manage your health during your isolation/quarantine. Students are encouraged to call SHS if their symptoms worsen. If you are quarantined (meaning you have been exposed but have not tested positive) and you develop symptoms, SHS will arrange for you to be tested and, if necessary, moved from quarantine to isolation.

RELEASE FROM ISOLATION/QUARANTINE

Whether you are isolating/quarantining on- or off-campus, you must be cleared by the Student Health Services and the Dean of Students Office before returning to your room, to class and to campus.

The DOH may provide a document to upload to the Medicat App in your Hofstra Portal so Student Health Services can confirm you have been cleared. Please call Student Health Services at 463-6212 if you have any -questions about your isolation or quarantine.

SHS will notify the Dean of Students office that you have medical clearance to leave isolation/quarantine.

Students will receive an email to your Hofstra Pride account that you are allowed to return to campus, your room and to class.

DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR ORIGINAL ROOM OR TO CLASS UNTIL YOU GET AN EMAIL FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE. Your card swipe will not be turned back on until you have received an email from the Dean of Students Office.


Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures

University custodial staff are sanitizing 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.

In general, common high-touch spaces will be cleaned several times daily, and disinfectant wipes will be provided so students, faculty, and staff can clean areas on their own after each use.

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.

Residence Halls: All residence halls have been cleaned and sanitized with electro-static disinfectant sprayers, and all residence hall common areas are cleaned and disinfected daily. Disinfectant wipes are provided in all common kitchen areas (except in the Graduate Residence Hall).

All residence halls have wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrances and in the elevator lobbies.

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

Academic Areas: Classrooms and labs are cleaned daily, and cleaning supplies are 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.
  • 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.

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