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Return to Campus


Welcome, students! We hope you’re as excited as we are about coming back to campus. We know you must have lots of questions about what life on campus will look like in this new era. Detailed below is the information you need to know about preparing to come back, monitoring and testing, face covering and social distancing requirements, arrangements for academic life, plans for residential housing, and more. It’s up to each of us and we know you’ll do your part to ensure the safety of our Pace Community.

Be sure to check back frequently as we are updating this information as it becomes available.

Key Dates for Students

  • 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.

Monitoring and Testing


These policies are subject to change, because New York State’s travel advisory guidelines are changing. Remember to check your Pace email and the Return to Campus website for updates. As of August 20, 2020, this is our testing and quarantine policy (PDF).

  • We are strongly recommending that all students coming to Pace University take a diagnostic test within the 14 days prior to arrival on campus and receive a negative result. A student who tests positive must not come to campus until at least 10 days after the onset of their symptoms and at least 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication. Students should be aware of testing turnaround times in their area and get tested with sufficient time before their planned return to campus. We recognize that because of processing delays, it may not be possible to receive test results before coming to campus. Find a testing location near you.
  • All students coming from restricted states designated by New York State, including those who have visited restricted states during the 14 days prior to coming to campus, are required by New York State to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York. Students coming from international locations will also be required to quarantine for 14 days. Pace will provide quarantine quarters at local hotels for residential students coming from restricted areas. Residential students may choose to self-quarantine off campus if they are coming from or have visited a restricted state or international location. Students who live off-campus must self-quarantine off campus if they are coming from or have visited a restricted state or an international location.
  • Students under mandatory 14-day quarantine in Pace-provided quarters will be re-tested after approximately five to seven days and must receive a negative result and complete the 14-day quarantine before they can come to campus. A student under quarantine who tests positive must remain quarantined until at least 10 days after the onset of their symptoms and at least 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • All residential students will be tested after approximately five to seven days on campus by a Pace-provided clinical partner. Any students testing positive will be required to isolate. Pace has established isolation rooms in residence halls for any students who display symptoms or test positive during the semester.


  • Prior to returning to campus, all students 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
  • Students 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 on-campus members of the Pace Community will be required to monitor their health, check their temperature and complete the screening tool's questionnaire daily once the campus reopens. The University will monitor and review responses daily.
  • Be prepared to show an approved status to Security upon entering campus buildings.
  • Stay in if you do not feel well, have a fever, or do not pass your daily health self-assessment.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

While we all must do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, if you do become ill or are exposed to someone who is ill, here is what you need to know as a member of the University community:

  • If You Have Symptoms: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must report your symptoms through the mobile screening app or directly to Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be directed to seek medical care and obtain a COVID-19 test.
  • If You Have Been Exposed: If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must report that you’ve had close contact through the mobile screening app or directly to the Coronavirus Coordination Officer. The Coronavirus Coordination Officer will make the determination if you may continue to engage in campus life without being self-isolated.
    • Please note that any exposed asymptomatic students who are permitted to continue engaging in campus life will be required to undertake additional precautions, including regular monitoring for symptoms and temperature, required face covering at all times, and appropriate social distancing. 
  • If You Test Positive: If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to inform Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer immediately and cooperate with all contact tracing efforts, which will include providing information about contact with other members of the Pace Community.
    • You may be required to self-isolate, on or off-campus, depending on your status as a residential or commuter student. If you live in Pace’s residence halls, your suitemates or roommates will be required to self-quarantine as well.
    • Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will work with New York State and local government contact tracing officials.
    • Following contact tracing, Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will notify faculty, staff, students, or visitors, as necessary and appropriate, about possible exposure.
    • Pace’s custodial staff will close off any areas where you may have spent any significant time, including classrooms, bathrooms, etc., so that they may begin the cleaning and disinfection process.
      • Depending on where you have been, it may be necessary to close a floor and/or building until a time when it can be properly sanitized.
      • If you are a residential student, Pace will immediately close off, clean, and disinfect your room and the bathrooms that were frequently used in your residence hall.


All members of the Pace Community 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.

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. Face coverings must be worn at all times, especially in common areas or when social distancing cannot be maintained. Pace University will provide reusable cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff. If you have an underlying health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering, you should wear a face shield, if possible. In general, N95 respirators and medical grade masks are reserved for health care workers. For more information about face coverings, please see our Campus Health and Safety page.

Academic, Campus, and Residential Life


Pace’s commitment to providing a world class education for all our students continues this fall with planning for in-person, remote, and hybrid learning modalities. All academic decisions will be made in consultation with the Deans, Faculty and Staff councils, and the student government, to the fullest extent possible. Now that Pace has received official guidelines from New York State (PDF), we will share our finalized and comprehensive plan shortly.

Academic Calendar: In consultation with the appropriate public health authorities, Pace University has altered the 2020–2021 academic calendar to provide the best opportunity for our students to successfully complete their fall semester with as little possibility for disruption as possible. By beginning early, this provides the Pace Community with the greatest flexibility for our students and faculty during these extraordinary times.

Delivery of Instruction: Pace University is known for our commitment to providing student-centered learning experiences with a focus on in-person instruction and engagement. We are planning to continue this commitment in Fall 2020 in a way that prioritizes and protects the health of our vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.

For the Fall 2020 semester, courses will be offered in one of four instructional modalities:

  • Fully on-campus: A course with only traditional in-person, on-campus class meetings. Due to capacity restrictions and social distance requirements, enrollment in these fully on-campus courses will be limited.
  • HyFlex: A hybrid course delivered simultaneously in-person and remotely, so that students have the flexibility to choose either format for any class meeting, subject to classroom capacity restrictions. Learn more about HyFlex classrooms and technology.
  • Web-assisted: A course with some in-person, on-campus class meetings and some online elements.
  • Fully online: A course delivered fully remotely. It may be a synchronous course, in which students and faculty will meet live online on a set schedule, or it may be an asynchronous course, in which all coursework is available online and can be accessed at any time. Some fully online courses may have synchronous and asynchronous components.

This mix of modalities will protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff by reducing density on campus, preventing large gatherings, and freeing up on-campus space for those courses that benefit from in-person meetings. Courses in which instruction and assessment cannot happen virtually (e.g., performance courses, labs, and clinical experiences) will have priority for classroom space.

For courses that will meet in-person, classrooms have been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing. Some larger classes will be moved to larger spaces, such as gymnasiums or auditoriums, to accommodate more students in the classroom or other needs. We’ll also add markings to classrooms to delineate appropriate distancing.

Remote options will be used for non-teaching activities such as office hours and meetings. We know that fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and other experiential learning are important elements of our academic fabric. The University’s approach to these experiences will be guided by public health guidelines, accreditation requirements, and academic norms associated with the different disciplines.

Faculty are prepared to accommodate students who are physically unable to return to campus by making all courses fully accessible—to the extent possible—via asynchronous learning opportunities.

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. For more information about lab and research areas, please visit our Research page.

Campus Dining

All students 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 patrons in the café
  • Sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes
  • Hand-santization stations will be in and around the café

For complete information regarding dining on campus, please visit the Campus Dining website.

Student Services and Common Spaces

You will continue to have access to academic advising, financial aid services, health services, career services, mental health services, and many others. If necessary, we are ready to offer these and other services virtually as we have done during our remote period during the Spring 2020 semester.

Common Areas: 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.

  • Face coverings will be required for everyone in 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.
  • Gym and fitness areas will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.

NCAA Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals

The Northeast-10 Conference Council of Presidents announced on July 16 that intercollegiate athletics competition has been suspended through December 31, 2020. The NE10 and its member institutions are striving to ensure a meaningful regular season and conference championship experience for its fall sport student-athletes during the Spring 2021 semester, as long as a return to competition can be safely executed. Initial plans for spring competition will be provided at a later date. Recreation facilities will follow local, state, and federal recommendations, and are expected to be in-line with re-opening protocols for commercial fitness centers. The Goldstein Fitness Center will also remain closed per New York State requirements.​

Commuter Students

During the pandemic, being a commuter student comes with its own opportunities and challenges. Whether you take public transportation or have your own vehicle, your commute may look very different this semester. For our commuter students who rely upon the Pace campus shuttle, Pace will continue to operate its campus shuttle with revised procedures, which will include limiting capacity to 50% and staggering passengers to every other row. Shuttles will be equipped with protective barriers between driver and passengers and drivers and passengers will be required to 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 commuter students who are taking in-person classes, the common spaces may look different from last year as New York State requires all public spaces reduce the maximum capacity, however, please be assured that there will be spaces on campus for you to study or relax between classes.

Residential Life and University Housing

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). In accordance with current guidelines from health officials, exercise rooms in residence halls will be closed and activities and sports (e.g., basketball, chess) that require close contact will be prohibited. Pace’s custodial staff will ensure that shared spaces (e.g., laundry facilities, elevators, shared kitchens, lobby space) and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned using EPA-registered disinfectant more than once a day. Pace’s Facilities team will maintain a cleaning log relating to these common areas. Students are still responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their personal space including bathroom and kitchenette areas in suite-style or townhouse residence halls.

  • The Family Unit: We have adopted the Family Unit approach to room occupancy. This approach identifies all students who live in one shared unit as a Family Unit, meaning that within their shared space they do not need to follow social distancing guidelines (no face coverings, no need to maintain six feet of distance). It is understood that students in this arrangement share exposure and are therefore responsible to one another to protect the integrity of their shared space by ensuring that social distancing and other protective measures are followed whenever they are outside the room. This also means that if one student in the room is identified as being in need of quarantine, all members of the room will be quarantined, together.
  • Occupancy in the Residence Halls: We have taken measures to reduce density in the residence halls. The purpose of this is not only to reduce the numbers of students sharing a single room, but also to reduce the numbers of students sharing common areas, elevators, entryways, etc.
  • Community Bathrooms: In residence halls where there are community bathrooms, students will, in many cases, be assigned a specific bathroom to use, and may even be assigned a specific sink, shower stall, and toilet as a strategy to limit cross contact. In these cases, we are committed to ensuring that you will have access to facilities consistent with your gender identity, or to an all gender facility upon request.
  • Residence Hall Guest Policy: As we begin the year, there will be NO GUESTS permitted in the residence halls or in any student’s residence hall room. This means that even students from other rooms in the same building, even on the
    same floor, will not be permitted to visit one another’s rooms. The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if circumstances allow, we may be able to reinstate guest privileges in phases, but you must understand that for the foreseeable future, there will be no guests in the residence halls or in residents' rooms.
  • The Housing Fee Adjustment Policy: The complete Dormitory Credit Policy Change on Student Contract (PDF) is available for you to review. It explains the way credits for housing fees will be applied in the event that the University is forced to close the residence halls for any reason.
  • Mail Services: Mail Services has temporarily altered its hours of operation and method of mail and package delivery. Please go to the Mail Services website for information on mail distribution and retrieval.

Important Information

Accommodations and Students with Medical Issues

Accommodations for Students: Pace will offer accommodations to students adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic wherever possible. Such accommodations might include special provision of financial aid, extension of deadlines related to disruption of research or classroom activities or leaves of absence relating to prolonged illness or bereavement. For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Assistance at

Students with Medical Issues: Students with medical issues related to COVID-19, including potential increased vulnerability to the virus, may seek accommodations through Student Accessibility Services. Remote learning and other accommodations may be explored, depending on the circumstances.

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 Student Life, Human Resources, and Safety and Security.

  • 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.

Non-Discrimination and Mutual Support

Pace University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and where every member can thrive. It is essential that we all be supportive, respectful, and inclusive of the members of our community who are affected by this global issue.

In the wake of this outbreak, several universities have experienced the targeting and exclusion of Chinese individuals, individuals perceived to be Chinese, and individuals recently returned from China due to fear and misinformation about the virus.

Acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment run counter to our University values and to Pace’s policies, including our Guiding Principles of Conduct and Non-Discrimination policies (PDF).

If you see someone wearing a mask, do not assume that the individual wearing it has symptoms or is at risk. Wearing a mask is a widespread preventive habit in several countries and is viewed as a gesture of consideration for others.