As we reopen this fall semester, we all will embrace and adapt to new practices for our living, learning and working environment. At the core of these practices is protecting the health and safety of every campus community member. To do so, we are asking that every student at Syracuse University sign the Stay Safe Pledge, a campus commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Orange community members.

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

Parts of Central New York Community Now in ‘Orange Zone’ (Nov. 23)

A short time ago, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that due to rising COVID-19 infection rates, a number of communities across the Central New York region have been elevated to “orange zones.” Syracuse University is within an “orange zone” region. Read full update >>

Syracuse Abroad Spring 2021 Program Updates (Nov. 23)
 
Syracuse Abroad, in partnership with University leadership, has made the difficult decision to suspend center study abroad programs for spring 2021. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Update: New Testing Hours, Response Checklists, Website Transition (Nov. 20)
 
Although our campus population will decrease substantially over the next couple months, it is critical that the students who will remain with us over the break—and also our faculty and staff—continue to exercise vigilance and take precaution to safeguard individual and public health. Read full update >>

Only a Few Days Left to Get Your Departure Testing! (Nov. 20)

While some of your fellow students have already left campus, we recognize that many of you are finalizing your plans to travel home. Before you depart, we urge you to please participate in one final round of testing. Read full update >>

Residential Checkout Reminders, Spots Still Available for Free Buses, Departure Testing (Nov. 18)

As we approach the Thanksgiving break, we know many students are preparing to leave campus over the next few days. We appreciate everyone taking the necessary steps to depart campus safely. Read full update >>

Don’t Delay; Get Your COVI-19 Test Today! (Nov. 16)

We cannot stress enough the importance of participating in one final round of testing prior to traveling to your home communities. Read full update >>

Libraries on Pause (Nov.12)

In accordance with the University’s pause, effective Thursday, Nov. 12, Libraries buildings will be closed to ALL undergraduate and graduate students. Although building use is restricted, the Libraries will continue to provide services on-site during open hours. Visit the Libraries webpage for more information.

Free Bus Transportation, Departure Testing Reminder, Residence Hall Checkout (Nov. 12)

With residential instruction now complete and all in-person, on-campus student activities paused, we are aware that many of our students have either already left campus or are planning to leave soon. Read full update >>

Important Information for Students Choosing to Leave Campus Earlier Than Planned (Nov. 11)

Whether you’re electing to depart early or remain on campus as planned, here are some important things to keep in mind. Read full update >>

Residential Instruction to Conclude on Thursday, Nov. 12; University Will Go Into Pause Mode (Nov. 11)

Given the resurgence of COVID-19, we have made the decision to conclude in-person instruction, effective Thursday, Nov. 12, and transition fully to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Update: Departure Testing, Support for Students, Online Instruction (Nov. 10)

Syracuse University is experiencing what public health experts predicted—a resurgence of the virus in late fall and throughout the winter months. In the past 24 hours alone, we have confirmed 50 new COVID-19 cases among our students. Read full update >>

New Restrictions in Place To Curb Spread of COVID-19 (Nov. 9)

The University’s Public Health Team has strongly recommended that the University take additional action to curb the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, and also ensure that our students have the opportunity to plan a safe departure from campus. Read full update >>

Spring Semester Registration (Nov. 9)

Undergraduate students are now able to view the Spring 2021 schedule in MySlice and start to plan their course selections for the spring semester. 
Read full update >>

COVID-19 Testing Site Now Open at Stadium, Get a Test Monday Through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m (Oct. 7)

We encourage all members of our community to take advantage of this on-campus testing opportunity which is available to you at your convenience. Here is everything you need to know: Read full update >>

Getting a Flu Shot Is Required, Easy and Smart! (Sept. 30)

As flu season quickly approaches, I am writing to remind you that, as outlined in the Syracuse University SAFE Plan and the Stay Safe Pledge, all students are required to get a flu vaccine. Getting a flu shot is easy; we are offering a flu clinic, open to all students, beginning Oct. 5 and continuing throughout the month. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Update: Daily Dashboard Tracking | Expanded Testing | Flu Shot Clinic (Sept. 29)

As we look ahead, we must remain ever vigilant of the threat that COVID-19 represents to our individual and collective safety and well-being. That threat is heightened by the approaching flu season. This message provides information related to:

  • Revisions to the COVID Dashboard and Daily Tracking
  • Expanded Surveillance Testing
  • Next Round of Student Testing
  • Stadium Testing Center
  • Revisions to Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Weekend Activities

Read full update >>

Spring Semester Academic Calendar Now Available, Spring Break Eliminated (Sept. 23)

As our students, faculty and staff remain vigilant to continue residential learning and to remain on campus this semester, work is well underway to refine the spring 2021 schedule. The spring schedule provides 14 weeks of instruction with no weekend classes required. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Checklists Available to Provide Direction for Positive Results, Suspected Exposure (Aug. 19)

Syracuse University has developed a series of COVID-19 checklists for students, faculty and staff to provide direction in situations where a member of the Syracuse University community has tested positive for or suspects exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 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.

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.

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.

Faculty and staff information and Resources

Flu Shots

Flu shots are expected for faculty and staff—unless you have a compelling religious or medical exemption. Beginning Oct. 5 and throughout the month, flu shots will be available, at no cost to you, at two locations: the Stadium and the Skybarn on South Campus. Appointments for the on-site flu vaccine clinics are required. Faculty and staff may also choose to receive a flu vaccine at a pharmacy or from another health care provider and provide the necessary documentation to the University. Additional information is provided on the Human Resources website.

Update Your Personal Contact Information in MySlice

It’s more important than ever to keep your address, phone number, email(s) and emergency contact updated in MySlice should COVID-19 contact tracing need to occur. View step-by-step instructions.

Temporary Parking Access Available for Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Testing

With the support of Parking and Transit Services in the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services, we will immediately implement a policy where faculty and staff will be issued a temporary access pass to the Quad Lot to get COVID-19 testing at the stadium. This pass will be issued to you directly by the Quad Lot parking attendant and allow you to park in the Quad Lot for 20 minutes while you are being tested.

As a reminder for those who plan to take advantage of on-campus COVID testing:

  • Location: Access the testing site through Gate N, stay to the right upon entering the stadium and follow the signs to the testing center.
  • Time: Testing is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only requires a few minutes of your time.
  • Appointments: No appointments are necessary; simply bring your SU I.D. and show up at a time that is convenient for you.
  • How Often Should You Be Tested: To support the freedom from disease sampling protocol, we encourage faculty and staff to be tested once every two weeks.
  • Preparing for a COVID-19 Test: Please do not eat, drink or brush your teeth for 30 minutes prior to arrival at the stadium.
  • Safety Reminder: You must wear a face mask or covering when you arrive at the testing site.
  • Type of Test: The test itself is a saliva swab and the entire process only takes a few minutes.
  • Delivery of Results: You will receive confirmation of a negative result via email. Individuals who return a positive test result will be notified by phone.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and support of our public health initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact the COVID-19 Project Management Office at SUCOVID@syr.edu.

Return to Campus Hub

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.

Faculty and staff may notice that a new question was added to the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire that now asks you to indicate whether you will physically be at a Syracuse University location that day before proceeding to questions about symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19. This update will help strengthen and streamline reporting on the daily health screening results. Additionally, your school, college or administrative unit may ask you to complete the form every day that you work, regardless of whether you will be at a Syracuse University location. As a reminder, you are required to complete the questionnaire each day that you come to campus or any other Syracuse University facility, no matter how briefly, and without any exceptions.

Caregiving Resources

To augment existing childcare resources, the University is taking several steps:

  • First, the application process for the Dependent Child Care Subsidy Program has re-opened through Dec. 4. The program had previously closed for 2020. This additional application window is being opened to provide eligible faculty and staff the opportunity to receive subsidies of up to $3,000 for their eligible dependent care expenses in 2020. Visit the Dependent Care Subsidy Program webpage on the Office of Human Resources website to apply.
  • Next, Academic Affairs is assessing interest in a pilot program that is under consideration to provide virtual tutoring support for K-12 children of faculty, staff and students. We encourage anyone with an interest to fill out the brief survey
  • Finally, the University has invested in an institutional membership in Care.com, a secure online digital platform that connects individuals and caregivers. Additional information will be provided to faculty and staff regarding this benefit and how to access it in the coming weeks.

To learn more about caregiving resources, please refer to the message recently sent from Interim Provost John Liu and Chief Human Resources Officer Andrew R. Gordon.

Updated Staff Flexible Work Policy and Form (Aug. 12)

To support flexible work arrangements for eligible staff that can help reduce office density and further enhance the safety of the campus workplace, the Office of Human Resources has updated its Flexible Work Policy and will continue to partner with leadership from schools, colleges and administrative units to approve and document such arrangements. Read more on SU News >>

Changes to Academic Calendar and Faculty and Staff Working on Labor Day (Aug. 10)

With classes scheduled for Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) due to our revised academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester, the Office of Human Resources has instructed each school, college and administrative unit to determine plans for staffing on the University holiday. Faculty who teach courses on Mondays are expected to hold classes online and in-person as they would any other week, and school, college or unit leaders will notify staff members who support the academic experience that they may also be required to work. Read more on SU News >>

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 >>

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

Students

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.

Internet and Technology Support for Students

We are acutely aware that some individuals may require financial support to purchase computers/laptops for remote access and to cover internet costs. Students on Financial Aid who need to purchase computers for remote access because they don’t have one can submit a Financial Aid Appeal to cover this cost. Contact KC Woods, associate director of financial aid, at kcwoods@syr.edu or by phone at 315.4433.1513 if you have questions.

Additionally, you can submit an application to Syracuse Responds—a donor funded special relief effort benefiting students experiencing financial hardships from COVID-19—for technology needs resulting in expenses that exceed what is already provided for in the 2020-2021 Cost of Attendance. For more information and to apply, visit students.syr.edu/machform/view.php?id=353136.

Faculty

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.

Faculty Course Development Support

For support with instructional design, content production, video recording and customization of your Blackboard course space and more, you can take advantage of the Blackboard Course Transition Services. To request assistance or find out more information, please fill out the Fall Course Development form. Please also remember these online coaching and consultation opportunities:

We are also offering the Faculty Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Workshop Series (asynchronous):

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.

Promoting Academic Integrity

In the interest of promoting academic integrity, CTLE and CLASS have developed a set of quick steps we urge faculty and instructors to take now using the Reviewing your syllabus for effective online assessment page in Answers. Promoting academic integrity effectively does not require a large investment of time up front. The key is reviewing your syllabus now to ensure you have sufficient flexibility and opportunity to address academic integrity throughout the upcoming semester. Additional recommendations for Promoting Academic Integrity in the Classroom during the semester are available on the CLASS website.

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.

Reminder from the CTLE

As faculty prepare for and begin teaching this fall in new modalities, they will face new challenges. Some of their plans will succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Some will fall short of the imagined best scenario. Regardless of outcome, the CTLE team is available to listen, operate as a sounding board, make suggestions and share your amazing ideas—with credit of course. It’s not too late to bounce a new idea off of the CTLE team or to revise a plan. Email them at help@syr.edu.

Staff

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).

Resources

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.

Extra COVID-19 Wellness Kits—which include three masks; an oral thermometer; hand sanitizer; a “no touch” tool; and an information card highlighting COVID-19 symptoms, actions to take if experiencing symptoms, the Stay Safe Pledge and more—in addition to free masks, are available seven days a week at the Barnes Center at The Arch Pharmacy.

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.