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:
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 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.
- 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.
- 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 in the residence halls. Hosts must be present to sign-in all guests at the Resident Safety Representative (RSR) booth where the guest and the host both must affirm that the guest is fully vaccinated.
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.
Please see the Employee Protocols page.
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.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must alert Student Health Services and will be required to comply with isolation requirements issued by University and/or government officials.Students who test positive for COVID-19 cannot return to campus activities until receipt of a release notice from the Dean of Students, or designee to their pride email address.
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.
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.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must alert Student Health Services and will be required to comply with isolation requirements issued by University and/or government officials. Students who test positive for COVID-19 cannot return to campus activities until receipt of a release notice from the Dean of Students, or designee to their pride email address.
Students who are sick, or who have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (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), must adhere to the guidelines listed below:
- Commuting students should not come to campus and should contact their personal medical professional or Hofstra’s Student Health Services.
- Residential students should not leave their residence hall rooms and should contact Student Health Services for further guidance in accordance with the recommendations of the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
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.