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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Resources

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Information and Resources for Students

  • Pace classes will be conducted through remote learning until August 29.
  • All students: Stay in regular contact with your instructors via email, Blackboard, telephone, text messaging or other available ways. ITS has a resource guide for students to facilitate remote learning.
  • International students: We have a short FAQ available for international students studying at Pace. For more information, please contact Mira Krasnov, director of Pace’s International Students and Scholars program, at mkrasnov@pace.edu.
  • Study Abroad: All of Pace's Spring and Summer Faculty-Led Programs abroad have been canceled. However, Pace’s Fall 2020 Faculty-Led Programs—with short-term travel abroad in January 2021—are proceeding at this time (though they will be re-evaluated prior to the start of Fall 2020). If you have any questions, please email studyabroad@pace.edu.
  • Residential students: New information for move-outs was shared with guidelines for moving out. See our FAQ on housing for detailed information.
  • Visitors to residence halls: No daytime or overnight guests were permitted through May 31. Only one family member or guest was permitted into the residence halls to assist with the process of moving out.
  • Commuter students: To maintain proper social distancing protocols, please arrange a time to come to campus to empty your locker. To schedule, please send an email to Stephanie St. Juste, Administrative Student Operations Manager, at sstjuste@pace.edu.
  • Gyms: Due to the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, as a precautionary measure the Goldstein Fitness Center and NYC Campus gym will be closed until further notice.
  • Dining Services: Dining options for the NYC, Pleasantville, and Haub Law campuses have been updated. See changes to service, hours of operation, and availability (PDF).
  • Library: The Pace University Library facilities will be closed until further notice. Library staff will continue to support our community seven days a week through email, live chat, and text and through Blackboard and video/teleconferencing systems.
  • Staying well: University Health Care (UHC) is available to members of the Pace Community as a resource, but please note that University Health Care does not accept walk-in appointments. If you are feeling unwell and concerned about exposure to COVID-19, contact UHC via the confidential patient portal or your personal health care provider, before appearing in person, so that they can provide instructions and prepare for your visit. Additionally, we understand that there can be stress and worry that comes from the uncertainty around COVID-19, and we remind you that students have access to counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To aid in the overall health of our campus communities, we have instructed our cleaning contractors to increase frequency of cleaning for high-touch areas like railings, elevator buttons, doorknobs, and light switches. These areas are now being cleaned multiple times per day, in addition to normal cleaning routines. We have replaced the usual cleaning spray with Virex, a disinfectant product. We also have an adequate supply of Purell and disinfectant wipes on all campuses. In leased buildings where we do not directly control the cleaning staff, we’ve been working with our landlords to ensure similar levels of service. During spring break, we will undertake a deep cleaning of all public spaces across the University, including classrooms, meeting spaces, libraries, and cafeterias.
  • Mail Services: Mail Services will also temporarily alter its hours of operation and method of mail and package delivery beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. We understand that many departments depend on their mail and packages for continuation of essential operations. Please go to the Mail Services website for information on mail distribution and retrieval.

Information and Resources for Faculty

  • Pace classes will be conducted through remote learning until August 29.
  • Faculty are able to access campus to retrieve summer course materials for online teaching. The New York State on PAUSE executive order, while remaining in effect, provides allowances for higher education faculty to come to campus to retrieve summer course materials from offices. Faculty who need to access Pace University’s campuses must request permission to do so prior to coming to campus. To request permission to access any Pace facility, faculty must contact the Employee Relations department of Human Resources at employeerelations@pace.edu. Employee Relations will review each request and issue letters via email to those whose requests are approved within 24 hours. Your approval letter should be shown to Pace University Security when you access the campus facility. Persons without approval letters issued by Employee Relations will not be permitted access to campus at this time.
  • Faculty are required to wear masks or face coverings. Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Masks will be required on Pace’s campuses when in public spaces and when social distancing is difficult. The health and safety of the Pace Community is a primary concern, and as such, we ask that all faculty wear a mask when returning to protect the essential workers already on campus and curb the spread of COVID-19. Failure to wear a mask or face covering may result in denial of access to Pace facilities.
  • Study Abroad: All of Pace's Spring and Summer Faculty-Led Programs abroad have been canceled. However, Pace’s Fall 2020 Faculty-Led Programs—with short-term travel abroad in January 2021—are proceeding at this time (though they will be re-evaluated prior to the start of Fall 2020). If you have any questions, please email studyabroad@pace.edu.
  • Library: The Pace University Library facilities will be closed until further notice. Library staff will continue to support our community seven days a week through email, live chat, and text and through Blackboard and video/teleconferencing systems
  • ITS has been working diligently to provide multiple options for remote delivery of courses. Most if not all of the tools that you need to deliver your courses remotely are available through the Blackboard shell that is required for each course. Detailed information (including tutorials) about University-provided remote course delivery resources is available here.
  • It is crucial to remain in contact with your students during this time, via either email, Blackboard, telephone, text messaging, or through other available methods.
  • Research-related activities that must be conducted in person will continue as normal. Consult your department’s Business Continuity Plan and work with your team to make arrangements that are appropriate for your lab. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your department chair directly. No students will be admitted to campus-based labs without Dean approval.
  • Schedules:
    All synchronous remote classes should meet at their regularly scheduled time.
    Asynchronous classes will follow a schedule designated by the instructor.
  • School-specific guidance: There may be some instances in which a specific school or college’s guidance will differ from what’s described here. Where there is a discrepancy, follow the guidance from your Dean.
  • If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19, please use the confidential patient portal at University Health Care and inform your department chair.

Information and Resources for Staff

  • Consistent with our decision to move all Pace University classes to remote learning, we encouraged Pace staff, faculty, and student workers to shift to remote work wherever feasible, beginning Saturday, March 14. Supervisors should work with employees to determine the most effective schedules to ensure both employee safety and University operations.
  • Staff who have not previously been deemed essential are still not permitted back on campus. Currently, the New York State on PAUSE executive order provides allowances for essential personnel, which includes essential functions of security, maintenance, and support of online education. Pace University is currently developing plans (contingent upon Governor Cuomo’s regional reopenings) that will allow a phased return to campus for staff, faculty, and students.
  • If you believe that reporting to work puts your health in jeopardy, or that of someone you live with who is in a high-risk category, please speak to your supervisor to discuss your extenuating circumstances and the business continuity needs of your department. Alternative working arrangements, other than working remotely, include working from a different campus or staggering your commuting and work schedule (as approved by your supervisor).
  • Supervisors and employees should be clear about expectations and responsibilities, and be sure that everyone has all the necessary technology and resources to carry on their duties from home, if approved.
  • ITS has enabled Zoom conferencing for Pace, which makes it very easy to hold virtual meetings for small or large groups. Starting one requires just a few clicks, with no need for pre-arrangement with Ed Media or ITS. Whether you are working on campus or remotely, you can use Zoom for your meetings, or Skype for Business or other video conferencing options.
  • Here is further information on working remotely.
  • All in-person events, gatherings, and meetings at Pace are canceled through June 30. No external visitors will be permitted on campus (except as outlined above to help students move out of residence halls). All in-person performances are canceled, as are all athletics events. All meetings should be held virtually.
  • Commencement is postponed. But it is not canceled. While we are planning an in-person Commencement ceremony for our 2020 graduates at a future date, we know how important this milestone and want to recognize the hard work and successes of our students this spring. We hope you enjoyed the Class of 2020 Virtual Celebrations that took place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET. These digital events were school/college-specific and we recognized students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels across all campuses. Visit the Commencement website for more information.
  • Please contact a member of Employee and Labor Relations if you have questions or need support.
  • If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19, please use the confidential patient portal at University Health Care and tell your supervisor. Please note that University Health Care is not accepting walk-ins at this time.
  • To aid in the overall health of our campus communities, we have instructed our cleaning contractors to increase frequency of cleaning for high-touch areas like railings, elevator buttons, doorknobs, and light switches. These areas are now being cleaned multiple times per day, in addition to normal cleaning routines. We have replaced the usual cleaning spray with Virex, a disinfectant product. We also have an adequate supply of Purell and disinfectant wipes on all campuses. In leased buildings where we do not directly control the cleaning staff, we’ve been working with our landlords to ensure similar levels of service. During spring break, we will undertake a deep cleaning of all public spaces across the University, including classrooms, meeting spaces, libraries, and cafeterias.
  • Mail Services: Mail Services will also temporarily alter its hours of operation and method of mail and package delivery beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. We understand that many departments depend on their mail and packages for continuation of essential operations. Please go to the Mail Services website for information on mail distribution and retrieval.