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

Fall 2020 Semester

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.

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. 

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.

Dashboard Update, New State Dashboard and Important Reminders (Sept. 16)

We have experienced an uptick in new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past few days. It appears that the majority of these new cases can be traced back to travel over Labor Day weekend, and specifically a relatively small number of individuals who traveled to visit friends on other college campuses. Read full update >>

Consequences of Ignoring Public Health Guidelines (Sept. 15)

Your diligence and continued commitment to public health is helping to keep COVID-19 infection rates manageable on our campus. Most of you are doing the right things. However, we are writing to take advantage of a teachable moment in the context of our shared campus experience during the COVID-19 health emergency. Read full update >>

Weekend Activities, Safely Socializing and Important Health Reminders (Sept. 10)

As the weekend gets underway, please remember to stay vigilant and stay safe—and don’t forget about the events and activities planned over the next few days. Read full update >>

Coronavirus Update: New Testing Schedule, Campus Study Spaces and Student Activities (Sept. 7)

Important information and updates related to our collective efforts to sustain a safe and meaningful residential campus experience. Read full update >>

Update on Sadler Hall COVID-19 Testing: All Results Negative (Sept. 6)

On Friday, the University’s public health team notified residents and staff of Sadler Hall that wastewater testing of that facility detected a very weak signal of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. I am writing today to share that the results of Friday’s testing indicate no evidence of any new, active positive cases of COVID-19 among Sadler Hall residents and staff. Read full update >>

Update on Ernie Davis Hall COVID-19 Testing (Sept. 4)

A short time ago, we received the results from the testing of residents of Ernie Davis Hall and the associated staff who work in that building—conducted in response to detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the building’s wastewater. I am happy to report that there is no evidence in the test results of new, positive cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff associated with Ernie Davis Hall. Read full update >>

Update on Syracuse University’s COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program (Sept. 4)

To date, wastewater tested at Lawrinson, Flint, Day, Booth, Shaw and Walnut have all produced negative results. However, today epidemiologists did detect a very weak virus signal in the wastewater from Sadler Hall. Importantly, this is a fundamentally different situation as compared to the recent wastewater test results from Ernie Davis Hall. Read full update >>

Public Health Alert: Important Information for Ernie Davis Hall Residents (Sept. 3)

We are writing today to inform you that based on our most recent wastewater testing of Ernie Davis Hall, the results indicate a possible instance of COVID-19 infection within the community of students residing in EDH. Read full update >>

COVID-19 Detected in Wastewater of Ernie Davis Hall (Sept. 3)

A short time ago, epidemiologists leading our wastewater surveillance program detected the presence of COVID-19 in the Ernie Davis Hall sewer. This is not a surprising development as epidemiologists fully expected to detect the presence of the virus by this method during this semester. 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

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.

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.