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Returning to Campus: Fall 2020

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Pace is gearing up for our return to campus later this month, with classes beginning on the New York City, Pleasantville, and Elisabeth Haub School of Law campuses on Monday, August 24. Familiarize yourself with the plan, best practices, and be sure to take some time to read the FAQ page.

Pace University will open all three campuses for in-person, online, and hybrid classes for the fall semester, with classes beginning on the New York City, Pleasantville, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law campuses on Monday, August 24, 2020. The Law School flex program will begin on Saturday, August 22, 2020. These plans are in line with the phased reopening guidance for higher education issued by New York State.

The University recently launched a Frequently Asked Questions webpage on our Return to Campus website. We highly, highly recommend that all faculty and staff read through this document. Not only will it answer some pressing questions you may have, but it will help you knowledgably assist students and address potential concerns amongst different members of the Pace Community. 

We know that the past months have been challenging for everyone, in many different ways. We’ve all acclimated to remote learning and remote work. Some of us have experienced illness or even loss, or economic hardship. As much as we’ve come together as a Pace Community to meet these challenges—and we’ve all done so with admirable flexibility, resilience, and success—we’ve also missed being together in person. We do our best work when we come together as One Pace, and we’re excited we’ll have the opportunity to see you on campus again soon.

At the same time, we know that the new semester will be unlike anything that has come before. Our COVID-19 Task Force spent the past several months considering options for safely returning to campus this fall, as did countless others in all our academic and operational units. We are determined to provide our students with the high-quality educational experience they expect while protecting health and safety for everyone in our community, including students, faculty, and staff.

Most important, we will institute strict social distancing and density reduction measures across all three campuses. We will require all members of our community, including approved visitors, to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, and we will enforce isolation and contact-tracing for any positive cases. We will offer classes in-person, online, and in hybrid formats, to allow flexibility for remote learning when needed, including the possibility of a fully online semester for those who require it. And we will schedule socially distanced move-ins to residence halls.

>> Learn more about Campus Health and Safety guidelines
>> Learn more about specific guidelines and pressing information for faculty
>> Learn more about specific guidelines and pressing information for staff

NOTE: If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the PaceSafe app, you can access a web-based daily health questionnaire.

See the full plan, get information about key dates, our strategies for monitoring and safeguarding the health of the Pace Community, and so much more.