Health & Safety

Health and Safety Protocols

We are all invested in the well-being of our community. To that end, all members of the campus community must adhere to Hofstra University’s health and safety requirements, which include:

  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all students and staff.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 booster for all students and employees, beginning with those eligible on or before Jan. 18, 2022.
  • Mask-wearing is optional in indoor places on campus, including classrooms. The only exceptions will be in the Student Health Services Office and on the campus shuttle. Mask-wearing Dos and Don'ts.
  • Some campus events may require additional protocols, including physical distancing, vaccination requirements for external guests and limitations on the number of external guests.
  • The University will employ a combination of education and enforcement to ensure every member of the Hofstra Pride is following the new protocols. Please help us make this happen.

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Student Testing Protocol

On-going Student Surveillance Testing

As the University continues to operate in an in-person fashion, Surveillance Testing will continue to be utilized to monitor the health and safety of the campus community. Participation in surveillance testing is required for all students who utilize campus resources.

Further information on surveillance testing including what to do when you are called and where to go can be found on the Surveillance Testing webpage.

Testing for Partially Vaccinated Students

Students who are in the process of being fully vaccinated (you’ve received at least one dose, or are less than 14 days past your final dose) must be tested weekly until they reach full vaccination. A link will be provided via email to you so you can sign up for testing each week.

Testing for Students with Approved Vaccine Exemptions

Students who have received a University-approved exemption to the vaccine and/or booster must be tested weekly. A link will be provided via email so you can sign up for testing each week.


MASK-WEARING DOs and DON’Ts

DO:

  • 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. 

DON'T:

  • 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 Protocols

  • Fully vaccinated external (non-Hofstra) guests are permitted, with the following requirements:
    • Limit of two guests per student at any one time.
    • The 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.
    • Falsification of vaccination status will result in the removal of the guest and the suspension of guest privileges for the student host.
  • Mask-wearing is optional in indoor places on campus, except Student Health Services and the campus shuttle.
  • Residential students must come to RSR Booth to sign in any Hofstra student or employee guest

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 will be deployed across campus to help inform the campus community about these new protocols and encourage compliance.


Employee Protocols

Please see the Employee Protocols page.


Enforcement

The University is committed to enforcing these safety protocols, and to providing you with tools and information about what to do if observe behavior that does not comply.

Should you see someone on campus failing to follow the health and safety protocols set out in the Code of Community Standards and outlined on the Hofstra SafeStart website, you have several options:

  • If you are comfortable doing so, politely ask the person to follow the protocols – for example: “The University requires everyone to wear masks indoors – would you mind pulling yours up?”
  • If you happen to observe non-compliance in areas where Student Health Ambassadors are stationed, bring this issue to their attention for support.
  • If the situation is developing or ongoing and requires timely response, notify the Office of Public Safety by calling 463-6606. Public Safety will take appropriate action as necessary.
  • If you observe non-compliance with health and safety protocols in a residence hall, you can alert a resident assistant, resident director, or other residence hall staff. The Dean of Students’ office is also available to assist you.
  • If you observe this kind of behavior during an in-person class, you are encouraged to speak to your faculty member, if possible. You may also file a report with the Provost’s office by emailing provost@hofstra.edu or calling 463-5402.

Students who refuse to follow these health and safety protocols will be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with a University policy under the Code of Community Standards, which could lead to penalties ranging from a warning to expulsion. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for violating health and safety protocols whether the behavior happens on or off campus, including actions that occur in off-campus housing. The new COVID-19 response sections of the Guide to Pride can be found under Health and Safety Community Standards.

In the classroom, if a student refuses to wear a mask or fails to comply with the ban on eating and drinking, the student will be withdrawn from the course, which would result in a “W’ for the semester. In addition, the student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for further disciplinary action under the Health and Safety Community Standards. More information about classroom guidelines can be found on the Provost’s website.


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 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. See below for more information about release from isolation.

Quarantine (Exposed to COVID-19)

If 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), quarantine rules for asymptomatic students are as follows, where day zero (0) is the last date of exposure:

  • Fully vaccinated and received the booster shot (with booster obtained at least two weeks before first date of exposure)- No quarantine required; must continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others for ten (10) days after the last date of exposure.
  • Fully vaccinated and not eligible to obtain a booster shot (see here for current eligibility rules)- No quarantine required; must continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others for ten (10) days after the last date of exposure.
  • Fully vaccinated and eligible to obtain the booster shot, but either have not yet done so or are still within the initial two-week period since receiving booster shot- Quarantine for five (5) days after the last date of exposure and continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional five (5) days.

Students who are exposed and experience symptoms should quarantine and contact Student Health Services to schedule a COVID-19 test immediately. See below for more information about release from quarantine in these circumstances.

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.

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 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.

Residential students

You are encouraged to isolate/quarantine at your primary off-campus residence if you are able and a have safe, separate space available.

You can isolate/quarantine on-campus in housing set aside for this purpose, as available.

Commuting or off-campus students

You will isolate/quarantine at your off-campus home, or another off-campus location of your choice.


ON CAMPUS ISOLATION
MOVING INTO ISOLATION HOUSING:

If you are a residential student and will be isolating or quarantining on campus, you will be assigned to temporary housing in Colonial Square and be met there by Public Safety, so you can get into your new space.

Your temporary housing will have a pillow, bed linens, cleaning supplies and a small toiletries kit. The room will likely not have a microfridge.

You should pack the items you will need for a 10 day to two-week stay, including things like:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries and sanitary products
  • Any medication
  • Laptop and power cord
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Any materials or books you need to participate in remote classes

Residence Life staff can provide you with a rolling blue bin to help you carry your belongings to your isolation/quarantine housing. Take everything you’ll need because staff cannot retrieve items you forgot in your permanent room.

You cannot leave your isolation/quarantine space for any reason, except to get your meals, which will be left outside your door. Your ID swipe access to all buildings will be turned off and any attempt to leave isolation/quarantine will result in disciplinary action.

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.

MEALS:

Your meals will be delivered to you by Campus Dining and left outside your door. The cost of meals will be deducted from your meal plan. You will be given instructions on how to order your meals when you first enter quarantine/isolation. You will be provided a suggested menu but you can order whatever food items you require. Any student without a meal plan will be required to provide a credit card to Campus Dining for those meal charges.

You cannot order from Uber Eats or any other off-campus food delivery service.

MAIL:

No mail or packages are delivered to isolation/quarantine housing.

OFF CAMPUS ISOLATION and QUARANTINE

If you are isolating or quarantining off campus, here are some guidelines you should follow to keep yourself and those who are sharing your home safe:

  • Stay home unless you absolutely must leave, such as for essential medical appointments
  • Do not allow any outside visitors to your home
  • Separate yourself from other household members and pets
  • Wear a mask whenever you are in the presence of other people
  • Take extra precaution to stay away from anyone in your home who is considered high-risk, including people who are over 65, pregnant, or who have a health problem such as a chronic condition/disease or weakened immune system.
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible

     

  • Make sure any shared rooms or spaces have good airflow – open windows, for example.
  • Don’t share utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, and other personal items
  • Do not prepare food for others
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your area daily, including phones, remote controls, countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom handles, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
  • Wash your hands well with soap often, including after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, and before and after eating.
  • Take your temperature twice a day and monitor any other symptoms that are associated with COVID-19.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will most likely get better on your own, but if your condition worsens, call Student Health Services for telephone triage so they can determine if you need additional care.
  • If you are quarantined (meaning you’ve been exposed to the virus but have not tested positive) and you develop a fever or other symptoms, call Student Health Services so they can arrange for you to be tested.

Note: On-campus quarantine and isolation housing is not available for commuter students.

RELEASE FROM ISOLATION/QUARANTINE

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

Here’s how it works:

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.

The Dean of Students will send 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.
  • 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.