We anticipate an exciting Fall 2020 return to Slocum. We will return, as stated in Chancellor Syverud’s message, in full compliance with public health guidance including following social distancing and density best practices.

Please visit syracuse.edu/Fall2020 for the most updated information, as well as the frequently asked questions page, which is updated regularly.

Student and Family Information and Resources

Fall 2020 Semester

Syracuse University is eager and excited to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus in just a few short months for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Subject to continuing and further guidance from New York State and public health officials, we are planning for residential instruction this fall. Although unorthodox, we plan to follow an accelerated academic calendar. Doing so allows the University to provide in-person instruction in a way that safeguards the health and safety of all members of our campus and the Central New York community.

The Fall 2020 semester is expected to follow this schedule:

  • Monday, Aug. 24: Residential instruction will begin (students living in on-campus housing will receive notification of their move-in date).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: Residential instruction will conclude.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: The in-person instructional semester will conclude, and students depart for Thanksgiving break (students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break).
  • Monday, Nov. 30-Wednesday, Dec. 9: Review sessions, reading days and final exams will be administered virtually.

In order to fulfill academic requirements and comply with public health guidance, this schedule will likely necessitate some additional Friday classes and some classes being held on weekends. We will be asking faculty to revise teaching plans accordingly, as well as to be prepared to transition to online teaching for anyone whose learning might be disrupted. We also plan to offer most of our in-person classes simultaneously in an online format to accommodate the individual health circumstances of our students and faculty.

This schedule, coupled with changes to our facilities to meet social distancing and physical density best practices, reduces the risks and exposures associated with travel to and from campus, and prepares us for the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 cases. The Fall 2020 Open Working Group—consisting of deans, associate deans, faculty and staff—has been working to ensure every aspect of the University is prepared when students return to campus in August. This schedule has been strongly recommended by the Public Health and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Working Group. As details of plans are finalized, we will regularly engage with and update our community. The first update will come next week. As we have done from the beginning, all decisions will be informed by guidance from state and public health officials and will prioritize the safety and well-being of our campus community.

This fall, Syracuse University will continue to deliver on its mission to provide a distinctive and rigorous academic experience to all our students. We appreciate your continued patience, flexibility and understanding as we work to provide a safe and productive fall semester for everyone.

Taking Courses Fully Online (July 31)

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in just a few short weeks. Our focus continues to be the health and safety of our campus community this fall semester. With that in mind, your academic experience this fall will be a combination of in-person and online instruction. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Dashboard (July 31)

Beginning next week, Syracuse University will provide weekly updates related to the public health situation on campus and within the campus community. We will do so via a Syracuse University COVID-19 Dashboard, where we will report metrics, statistics and trends associated with the presence and prevalence of COVID-19 health outcomes among and within the Syracuse University community. This dashboard will be updated weekly, accessible to all and reside on the Fall 2020 Open website.

Quarantine Protocol (July 31)

As outlined in New York State’s travel advisory, all members of our campus community traveling from impacted states and outside the U.S. are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York. Many of your questions regarding the quarantine are answered on our updated Fall 2020 Open FAQ page.

COVID-19 Testing Kits Available to Students (July 31)

All students, including those who live off campus, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. Students who have access to testing in their community or with their health care provider should plan to be tested within a window of 10 days prior to arriving on campus. For others in areas where testing might be difficult to access, the University has engaged an outside laboratory to make available FDA-approved, at-home COVID-19 testing kits to students for a University-subsidized rate of $49. In a letter earlier from July 28, students and families were advised of the process and provided with resource information if they have financial concerns. The University will provide further details to students and families about the testing in the coming days, to include announcing a website where students who wish to take advantage of the University-subsidized testing option can request a test kit be mailed to their home. Although we can’t specifically address every student’s unique circumstances via an email, we have posted the answers to the most frequently asked questions we are receiving about student testing. We encourage you to review these questions and answers at your convenience.

Stay Safe Pledge (July 31)

Students and families received the Stay Safe Pledge, a campus commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Orange community members. The pledge outlines the practices students will be expected to uphold to keep themselves and the Orange community healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. Students are encouraged to review and commit to the pledge prior to their arrival in the fall. If students cannot abide by the practices in this pledge, they are encouraged to study remotely. Whether or not a student takes the pledge, failure to comply with the directives may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for violation of the Code of Student Conduct and subsequent sanctions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Student Testing (July 29)

Over the last several days, many of you have reached out to us with very specific questions about the testing process, what is expected, how to submit results and so on. Although we can’t specifically address every student’s unique circumstances via an email, we want to provide the answers to the most frequently asked questions we are receiving about testing. Read full update >>

Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Three More States Added to New York Travel Advisory and Quarantine Order (July 28)

Earlier today, the State of New York announced the addition of three states, Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, to the New York State Department of Health’s existing travel advisory and quarantine order. Read full update >>

At-Home COVID Testing Kits Available to Students (July 28)

If you have access to testing in your community, we encourage you to plan to be tested within a window of 7 to 10 days prior to your planned arrival on campus. Later this week, we will be providing additional information about how students can submit documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, and subsequently receive clearance for campus access.

Syracuse University has engaged a highly reputable testing company to make available FDA-approved, at-home COVID testing kits to students who might otherwise have difficulty accessing local testing. Read full update >>

Important Information for Students Quarantining on Campus (July 27)

As you prepare to travel to campus, please read this letter carefully. It contains important information related to your pre-arrival preparations this week, your arrival on campus and your quarantine period at Syracuse University. Read full update >>

ICE Issues ‘New International Student’ Guidance (July 24)

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new guidance specific to new international students. We recognize these shifting polices continue to cause unnecessary anxiety, fear and frustration for our international student community. However, this directive should not have a significant impact on our Syracuse University students. Read full update >>

Additional Information for Students and Families Impacted by NYS Travel Advisory (July 21)

As a follow-up to the messages shared with our community in recent days, this contains additional details pertaining to New York State’s travel advisory for individuals traveling to New York from states with high infection rates of COVID-19 and from outside the U.S. Read full update >>

10 States Added to New York Travel Advisory and Quarantine Order (July 21)

The State of New York has announced the addition of 10 states to the New York State Department of Health’s existing travel advisory and quarantine order, significantly expanding the number of Syracuse University students who—as a requirement of the New York State Department of Health—must quarantine for 14 days in New York State (or in another non-travel advisory state) prior to the start of the semester. Read full update >>

Important Update on Quarantine Requirement and On-Campus Housing Assignments (July 20)

This update addresses two subjects of great importance to our students, their families and the broader campus community:

  1. the University’s policy and approach for students impacted by the New York State travel advisory and the 14-day quarantine required of all individuals who travel from impacted locations; and
  2. the status of on-campus housing assignments and move-in registration for all residential students.

Read full update >>

ICE Rescinds Directive Affecting International Students (July 14)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has rescinded its July 6 directive that international students who planned to enroll only in online classes would not be permitted to remain in the United States. Read full update >

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire Requirement

To comply with New York State requirements, anyone coming to campus for work or research (including faculty, staff and students) must complete an online Daily Health Screening Questionnaire prior to arriving on campus each day. Within the questionnaire, instructions are provided as to how those working on campus should proceed if they, or any member of their household, has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine or they are experiencing symptoms.

Fall 2020 Weekly Virtual Update Sessions

Syracuse University Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie will host “SU Safe Weekly Roundup,” a series of weekly virtual update sessions to assist University community members in preparing for the Fall 2020 semester.

2020 Virtual SUmmer Series for Parents and Families

Join us for a series of presentations that will answer some of your questions and allow you to learn more about the resources available to your student as they make the transition to Syracuse University. There will be time set aside during each session for Q&A. Registration is required.

Updated Move-in Schedule for Incoming and Returning Students (July 10)

To protect the health and safety of all our campus community members and visitors, move-in dates have been extended and all students living in on-campus housing, including on South Campus, will need to register for a designated move-in time on the MySlice Housing Portal. Read full update >>

Faculty and staff information and Resources

The University is in Phase Four of returning faculty and staff to the campus workplace. Thank you to those who have patiently moved through this process with us throughout the summer.

As a reminder, we ask that all returning faculty and staff review the materials and information available within the Return to Campus Hub on the Office of Human Resources’ website or download the Summer 2020 Return to Campus Guide for Faculty and Staff [PDF] to become familiar with all COVID-19 public health measures while working at a Syracuse University facility.

This guidance encompasses topics like masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing requirements, expectations of faculty and staff in monitoring and reporting any COVID-19 symptoms, cleaning and sanitation protocols, and more. New York State requires all employees to conduct a daily health assessment, including taking your temperature before coming to campus. It is not only a state requirement, but it is the right thing to do to keep everyone on our campus healthy and safe.

Additionally, please review information on the Environmental Health and Safety Services website to learn about Universitywide measures that have been taken to keep members of our campus community safe and healthy.

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire Requirement

To comply with New York State requirements, anyone coming to campus for work or research (including faculty, staff and students) must complete an online Daily Health Screening Questionnaire prior to arriving on campus each day. Within the questionnaire, instructions are provided as to how those working on campus should proceed if they, or any member of their household, has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine or they are experiencing symptoms.

Important Syllabus Reminders (August 3)

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Chris Johnson provides updates on:

  • Issues related to classroom instruction (mask usage and social distancing)
  • Online teaching and assessments (academic integrity)
  • Changes to the academic calendar

Read full update >>

Virtual Zoom Session for Staff to Be Held Tuesday, Aug. 4 (July 31)

Staff members are invited to join myself and other members of the University’s leadership team for a virtual Zoom session focused on staff questions about returning to work and the Fall 2020 semester. The session will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

No advance registration is required; just use your syr.edu email address to join the session at the designated time using the Zoom link. Participation for this session is limited to 500 attendees. The session will be captioned and run in a “webinar” format. Attendees can ask questions via the Q&A function.

Fall 2020 Weekly Virtual Update Sessions to Continue on Friday, July 17 (July 14)

As Syracuse University prepares for the Fall 2020 semester, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie is hosting “SU Safe Weekly Roundup,” a series of virtual update discussions for University community members with an syr.edu email address. Read full update >>

Fall 2020 Weekly Virtual Update Sessions to Kick Off Friday, July 10 (July 8)

Syracuse University Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie will host “SU Safe Weekly Roundup,” a series of weekly virtual update sessions to assist University community members in preparing for the Fall 2020 semester. Read full update >>

Fall 2020 Calendar, Academic Strategy/Contingency Subcommittee Report and FAQ (June 23)

Message from Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu. Read full update >>

Coronavirus Update: Revised Travel Policy for Faculty and Staff (June 12)

We recognize and appreciate that the current travel limitations and prohibitions have created challenges for some members of our community. As Central New York and other regions across the United States and around the world begin to ease COVID-19-related restrictions, effective immediately, Syracuse University will revise existing limitations and prohibitions on University-sponsored faculty and staff travel. Read full update >>

Distance learning resources for students, faculty and staff


The School of Architecture Distance Learning Resources page, including Blackboard, downloadable software, and RemoteLab, a service that offers access to lab computers in Slocum Hall from any location on or off campus via internet connection. It is recommended that students download available software on their own computers first, as it will provide a better user experience. Please use RemoteLab as a last resort.

Attendance during Synchronous Online Sessions

Although we have shifted to online instruction, expectations regarding attendance remain the same. Your professors will do their best to find times for classes to meet with the least possible disruption to students’ schedules. Despite these efforts, there could be times when you must get up early or stay up late in order to attend class. Be sure to maintain regular contact with your instructor and check your email and Blackboard often.

Visit answers.syr.edu/display/AC/Academic+Continuity+Resources for a list of resources to help you navigate the remainder of the spring semester.

We have begun to compile a list of frequently asked questions from students. Some of the most common questions include:

Where do I access Blackboard?
Go to blackboard.syr.edu or connect through myslice.syr.edu. For either option, use your NetID and password to log in to Blackboard.

Does it matter what browser I use?
Yes, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best.

Why am I having difficulty logging in?
Check that you are using Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Next, ensure you are using your NetID and password to log in. If you still have trouble, contact the ITS Help Desk at 315.443.2677 or help@syr.edu.

Why isn’t my NetID/password working?
At any time, you can visit the NetID self-service page to look up your NetID, confirm your password works or reset your password if needed. If you still can’t log in, contact the ITS Help Desk at 315.443.2677 or help@syr.edu.

How do I find my course information?
Once you log in to Blackboard, your course will be listed under My Courses on the landing page. Click on your course name to enter the course room and access material. If needed, you also will find access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra by entering your course room for a virtual classroom.

You can find more FAQs related to Blackboard and Collaborate on Answers. We will share additional questions and answers based on student and faculty feedback.


It is suggested that you bookmark the School of Architecture Online Course Delivery Guide as a reference and share with your Teaching Assistants.

Working and Teaching Remotely

The Architecture RemoteLab service offers Architecture students access to lab computers in Slocum from any location on or off campus via an Internet connection. Learn about the new RemoteLab, as well as other student resources, on Answers. Architecture faculty that need to reach the G: drive from off campus can use the ARCH Virtual Cluster.

Online Course Delivery Guide

School of Architecture faculty who have questions about transitioning in-person instruction to online teaching are encouraged to consult the School of Architecture Online Course Delivery Guide that provides consolidated information and advice for faculty on the tools and techniques available to deliver teaching and learning.

Faculty Resources

Don’t know where to start? Have a simple question? You can reach a consultant by emailing help@syr.edu.

Ensuring Online Accessibility

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) will remain operational during the suspension of residential classes. ODS will continue to support faculty in providing enhanced mitigation of course materials to students who require it. For general ODS questions, visit disabilityservices.syr.edu or email disabilityservices@syr.edu.

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Online Content

As we shift to online instruction, delivering content that is inclusively designed and accessible is essential. The Accessible Technology Toolkit on Answers and Blackboard’s free Accessibility Checklist are great resources to help faculty create inclusive online content. Blackboard Ally also is included in our learning management system and enables us to build a more inclusive online learning environment.

Faculty who have questions about transitioning in-person instruction to online teaching, contact your school/college IT department to coordinate support and training with Information Technology Services and other units. For teaching questions, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence also is available to support. Send questions and challenges to CTLE@syr.edu. Your questions (and the ensuing solutions) will inform future updates.

Resources for Trauma-Informed Teaching

One of the challenges of COVID-19 is that many people have been traumatized by the demands to change everything about their lives and shelter in place at home. For some students, faculty and staff, these changes have added to stressors already present or re-activated past traumas. To offer support in this area, CTLE, with the help of faculty in the Falk College who specialize in trauma, have put together some resources for trauma-informed teaching. These resources include materials on self-care and are available at Answers.syr.edu.


Please find below a link to School of Architecture Working and Collaborating Remotely. The School of Architecture Working and Collaborating Remotely Guide includes links to online meetings, access to work computers and other useful links.

public health guidance

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve in the United States and abroad, with new information and new cases confirmed daily. Syracuse University continues to vigorously monitor and respond to these developments, in close coordination with New York State officials, the New York State Department of Health and the Onondaga County Health Department. The University also continues to review public health and travel advisory guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. In the face of this rapidly developing global health emergency, our highest priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff.

  • The coronavirus is actually a family of viruses that affect the respiratory tract, sometimes as mild as a cold or as serious as pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Some coronaviruses cause mild problems like a runny nose, cough and sore throat. But a more serious coronavirus was to blame for the SARS epidemic several years ago. The recent coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China is a new virus scientists have never seen before. 
  • This new coronavirus is essentially a viral pneumonia, with symptoms that include cough, fever and breathing difficulties. For most people, COVID-19 infection will cause mild illness however, it can make some people very ill and, in some people, it can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes) are at risk for severe disease.
  • The virus is spread from person to person through saliva or airborne when someone coughs or sneezes. Basic hygiene and prevention measures are the best defense, including frequent handwashing, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Your health care provider can order laboratory tests to determine if a coronavirus is causing symptoms. 
  • Like with any viral illness, treatment includes rest, drinking plenty of fluids, a room humidifier to ease the cough or sore throat, and over-the-counter pain or fever medications to relieve symptoms. 

For more information on the coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) website and Syracuse University Libraries’ Research Guide on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Staying Healthy

​​​T​he most important step that can be taken by our campus community is to remain focused on prevention. You can take the following steps to protect yourself and others.

  • 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 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC recommends that people wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the coronavirus. In fact, touching your face to put on and take off a mask can increase your risk of infection. Students with cold or flu symptoms who seek medical treatment at the Barnes Center at The Arch (the campus health clinic) will be asked to wear masks. We recommend that anyone experiencing symptoms that do not require medical attention stay home.

Students exhibiting any of the coronavirus symptoms should call the Barnes Center at the Arch at 315.443.8000 and then follow the instructions health professionals there give you. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician immediately.​

More Health and Safety Guidance and Protocols >>

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.