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Campus Health and Safety

Pace is committed to providing its community with a safe learning, working, and living environment. Our 36-member COVID-19 task force, along with the Return to Campus Community group, comprising health-expert faculty members, University leadership, faculty, staff, and students have developed this comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of every member of our community. We are in this together and it is up to each of us to abide by the guidelines set forth in this plan. We are Pace Strong.

Key Dates for the Pace Community

  • June 29: Essential staff (e.g., Information Technology, Facilities, Safety and Security) and staff engaged in laboratory and/research activities are allowed to return to Pace campuses
  • July 6: Student-facing activity and residential life staff return to Pace campuses
  • August 10: All staff return, based on a 25% overall occupancy goal, with a mix of remote work, reduced density, and staggered hours.
  • August 14: Residential students begin the move-in process
  • August 24: Fall semester begins
  • November 25: Thanksgiving Break, end of in-person learning and students return home no later than November 24
  • November 30–December 5: Final exams will be conducted remotely. No in-person exams will take place.
  • December 5: Fall semester ends

These dates align with the New York Forward reopening plan. To facilitate this accelerated schedule, we plan to hold classes on some previously scheduled holidays. Accommodations will be made for individual religious observances.

About Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer

Pace University has appointed Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, professor of graduate nursing in the College of Health Professions and member of the board of directors of the New York State Public Health Association, to the role of Coronavirus Coordination Officer. She is responsible for managing our testing, tracing, and response efforts across all three campuses. To contact the Coronavirus Coordination Officer, please email

Questions regarding Pace’s community testing program may be sent to the COVID Coordination Officer, however private health information and lab results should only be shared with University Health Care (UHC) and must never be sent through email. Please upload any private health information to UHC’s secure patient portal.

Prior to Returning to Campus


All students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete a mandatory online training and education module prior to the start of the fall semester. Students may complete their mandatory training here. Faculty and staff may complete their mandatory training here.


If you are a faculty or staff member planning to return to campus in the fall, it is strongly recommended that you be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to your arrival on campus. You will not need to share your test results with the University, unless you test positive. Find a testing location near you.

For students, both residential and commuter, the University has developed guidelines for testing, quarantine, and monitoring. Please see our Testing and Monitoring guidelines for students.

Monitoring Your Health

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete a screening questionnaire related to symptoms, travel and exposures in the past 14 days. The screening questionnaire is available to everyone in the Pace Community via the PaceSafe mobile app. If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the PaceSafe app, please access our web-based daily health questionnaire.
  • Members of the Pace Community who do not complete the required screening questionnaire will not be permitted on campus.
  • In the screening questionnaire, you can expect to answer several questions daily, including:
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 Days
  • Have you traveled to any states on the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory that require a 14 quarantine upon entering New York?
    • Have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for, or has or had symptoms of, COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  • All members of the Pace Community will be required to complete the screening tool's questionnaire daily once the campus reopens and show an approved status to Security upon entering campus buildings. The University will monitor and review responses daily.

Contact Tracing

  • Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will identify students, faculty, staff, or visitors who may have had close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to that person testing positive.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer will work with New York State or local government contact tracers to complete the contact tracing.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer will communicate with the local health authority regarding its contact tracing and follow its guidance and recommendations.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer or local health authority will notify Pace Community members and visitors about confirmed positives as necessary and appropriate, discuss recommendations of the local health authority, and determine whether exposed community members will need to quarantine before they can return to campus.

Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Please respect the social distancing signage that is posted around the University's common areas and in classrooms. Here are some other steps to take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings, and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between students, co-workers, visitors, and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.

Face Coverings

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing the risk of transmission to others near you. Remember, a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. Please see Pace's full policy on face coverings (PDF) and information about face covering distribution on campus.

  • Pace University will provide reusable cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Approved face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and face shields.
  • Pace University requires that all faculty, staff and students wear appropriate face coverings any time they are in any campus building (e.g., common areas, cubicles, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.), and at all times as directed by Pace signage.
  • Face coverings will also be required on campus outside of campus buildings any time social distance cannot be maintained, and while traveling around campus.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Do not share your face coverings.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn, or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Please note: Face coverings that incorporate a one-way or exhalation valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) are designed to facilitate easy exhaling and are not an acceptable face covering on campus. Such respirators and face coverings are not effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. See the examples below of face coverings that would not be permitted for use:
Example 1
Example 2

Face Shields: A face shield is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. At this time, it is not known what level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer. There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore, the CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings.

Hand Washing

Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If no hand washing area is available, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cleaning and Sanitization

Pace’s Facilities team will be tasked with ensuring that the University has a sufficient supply of all sanitizing supplies for all campus locations, including, but not limited to, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.

  • The Facilities team will clean all high-touch surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, faucets, railings, light switches, elevator buttons) at least twice a day.
  • In dining halls, sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes.
  • Pace campus facilities will be cleaned and disinfected as appropriate daily by the Facilities team.
  • Classrooms will be outfitted with disinfectant wipe dispensers for use by students and faculty. Classrooms, including desks and workstations, will be deep-cleaned by the Facilities team every evening.
  • While the Facilities team will be responsible for thoroughly cleaning, it is expected that all faculty and staff maintain clean work areas and wipe down any areas before and after use with cleaning supplies that are provided in each classroom or other work area.
  • The Facilities team will also adjust the mechanical infrastructure to increase fresh air flow, adding efficient filtration, utilizing UV-C technology to combat infectious particles, and controlling temperature and humidity.

Spaces on Campus

We’ve all made adjustments to how we exist and live in our communities and Pace is no different. Learn more about existing in spaces around campus including classrooms, common areas, offices, residence halls, and more. Reduced capacity plans have been developed for all Pace spaces and in areas that social distancing cannot be maintained, Pace has installed temporary partitions or barriers.

Occupancy: Signage will be posted in all rooms noting the maximum occupancy. Until restrictions are relaxed, no area shall exceed more than 25% unless otherwise noted.

Shielding: Partitions or barriers will be installed as needed in spaces that include face-to-face customer service, such as in classrooms, the Information Desk, Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and Mail Services.

Classrooms: Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. The layouts of many classrooms have been altered to accommodate six feet of social distance between each person, including the instructor. Faculty should maintain six feet of social distance from students while in classrooms. Face coverings will be required in all classrooms. Additionally, classrooms will be outfitted with tempered glass barriers to protect both students and instructors. In some larger spaces, like auditoriums and gymnasiums, we may be able to exceed 25% occupancy while still ensuring six feet of distance.

Lab and Studio Space: Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. Pre-existing personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for the lab/research environment remain in place. Otherwise, while in the laboratory, trainees, faculty, and staff are required to wear a surgical face mask when working with others. In general, N95 respirators and medical grade masks are reserved for health care workers. Cloth face coverings are appropriate only for public spaces. For more information about lab and research safety, visit our Research page.

Common Areas: Common areas like hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounges, and offices will be outfitted with signage to assist people in socially distancing. Directional traffic flow will be established via one-way stairwells, hallways, in-room movement, and entrance/exits, where possible. Signage will provide clear direction. In common area lounge spaces or in dining halls, we ask that no furniture be moved. Face coverings must be worn in all common areas. Gym and fitness areas will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.

Dining Halls: All students, faculty, and staff visiting a dining café on campus will be required to wear a face covering, including when picking-up food for takeout. Each dining café will have significantly reduced occupancy, with limited in-house seating. Seating will not be available for patrons not actively dining, or when the café is closed for meals. Mobile ordering and pickup stations will be available, with the use of contactless payment where possible. The following guidelines will be practiced in each dining hall:

  • Full-service model only, with the elimination of self-service food stations
  • Café tables will be spaced to accommodate six feet of social distance between diners
  • Stations will be set up in the café to allow for safe flow of guests in the café
  • Sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes

Elevators: Under no circumstances may elevators exceed the posted capacity, all occupants must wear a face covering, please follow posted signage to maintain social distance. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly; use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. Because elevator space is limited, please allow yourself extra time when moving between classes and meetings.

Residence Halls: Wherever possible, the Office of Residential Life and Housing will encourage social distancing. Residential students can expect reduced occupancy in certain areas and staggered use of shared spaces (e.g., laundry facilities, shared bathrooms, kitchenettes). Please stay tuned for more information about this fall’s move-in and move-out processes and guidelines related to occupancy.

Office Areas: All workspaces will be arranged so staff are able to maintain safe social distance. Staff and faculty should limit or avoid (through remote work, staggered shifts, etc.) being in a shared office space with others when possible. If needed, use of vacant offices may be temporarily permitted to provide necessary separation, or furniture may be moved to create the required distance. Personal office areas should only be occupied by one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings and six feet of social distance can be maintained.

Meeting Rooms: Face coverings must be worn. Chairs and tables in any meeting room will be removed or arranged to support the minimum required six feet of social distance. Visual cues (ex. colored tape on floor indicating correct chair position) will be added to help maintain accurate distancing space.

Restrooms: Restroom use must be based on the ability to maintain at least six feet distance between individuals. Smaller bathrooms with limited space will be marked with signage and occupied by only one individual at a time.

  • In accordance with guidance from local health authorities, it’s important to follow all posted signage near sink areas–some will be specified for hand washing, dish washing, or oral hygiene.

Leased Spaces: Pace’s leased properties have provided their own guidance on building reopening. You can review the cleaning and procedural information for your building on the Facilities website.

Transportation: Pace will continue to operate its campus shuttle with revised procedures, which shall include limiting capacity to 50% and staggering passengers to every other row (unless roommates or suitemates). Shuttles will be equipped with protective barriers between driver and passengers and drivers and passengers shall wear face coverings at all times during transport. Pace will provide hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes inside the shuttle and also install hand sanitizing stations at pick-up locations. For all other campus vehicles, the occupancy will be limited to the driver. If it is necessary for two individuals to travel together (e.g., delivery, maintenance work), then each individual must wear proper face coverings at all times.

Campus Safety and Security

Pace is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To the extent that protocols are not followed by any individual on campus, Pace reserves the right to take disciplinary action against students, faculty, and staff, as well as removing any visitor from the premises. These actions may involve Safety and Security, Student Life, and Human Resources.

  • To the extent that Pace allows outside individuals onto campus for events such as lectures, conferences, or athletics events, Safety and Security shall be responsible for monitoring/enforcing the capacity limits and other proper protocols, such as social distancing.
  • Safety and Security will ask all visitors prior to entry to complete an online screening questionnaire, that includes questions such as:
    • In the last 14 days, have you had any COVID-19 symptoms?
    • In the last 14 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19?
    • In the last 14 days have you been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for, or has or had symptoms of, COVID-19?
  • On at least a weekly basis, Emergency Management shall review activities from the prior week and along with Safety and Security, and University Health Care, assess any areas in need of new or increased protocols to ensure a safe environment.

Contingency Planning

Pace's plans to return to campus for in-person learning for the fall semester are contingent upon our regions of the state being in Phase 4 of New York State’s reopening plan* at that time. The Pace Community will be notified in early August if our current plans must change. Pace is creating comprehensive plans in the event that the University has to move to fully-remote learning and working mid-semester. These plans will be shared with the community once available. Please be sure to check here frequently as we are updating this information as it becomes available.

*To learn more about New York State's phased reopening, visit the New York State Regional Reopening Guide.