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Students

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
  • 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.


Monitoring and Testing

  • Within 14 days prior to your arrival on campus, it is recommended that you be tested for COVID-19. Testing is not a requirement and you will not need to share your test results with the University, unless you test positive. Find a testing location near you.
  • Prior to returning to campus, all students will be required to complete a screening questionnaire for seven consecutive days. The screening questionnaire is available to everyone in the Pace Community via the PaceSafe mobile app. 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:
  • All members of the Pace Community will be required to complete the screening tool's questionnaire daily once the campus reopens. The University will monitor and review responses daily.

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.

Training

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. More information about this mandatory training module will be made available in the coming weeks.

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

Academics

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: Final decisions concerning the in-person delivery of instruction are being guided by public health authorities and within the official guidelines from New York State (PDF). Prioritization of in-person course instruction will be given to coursework where academic outcomes cannot be measured or achieved virtually (performance, laboratory, or clinical experiences).

  • Remote Learning and Hybrid Instruction: Pace will continue using remote learning and hybrid instruction models that encourage continued physical distancing where feasible and appropriate. These modalities will be used either as primary methods of instruction or stop-gap measures if on-campus activities are suspended due to an increase in infection rates. Remote instruction options will be available for medically vulnerable students and those subject to isolation or quarantine restrictions, as necessary. If you need to attend your classes remotely, please contact your instructors and academic advisor to make this request.
    • Additionally, remote instruction options are available for international students who are subject to travel restrictions—students should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars for visa and immigration related questions at intlnyc@pace.edu. For questions regarding online class options, please contact your academic advisor.
  • Modification of Space and Schedules: Public health guidance limits the number of people allowed for in-person learning, and spaces may require modification to ensure that people are more than six feet apart. Plans for managing this reduction of density include using larger spaces than would be normally used for classes and repurposing of spaces not used for classroom use, such as auditoriums for larger classes. Pace University is following New York State guidelines (PDF) and is developing foot traffic routes and signage to guide navigation around campus, including entering and existing classrooms and buildings and elevator use. Wherever appropriate, staggered scheduling will be provided
  • Alterations to Laboratory Classes and Field Placement Requirements: Many academic programs require laboratory work or field placements with external partners and outside agencies. These learning environments require special consideration. Laboratory safety protocols will likely require revision to incorporate specific protection from COVID-19 transmission. Revisions may include heightened personal protective equipment requirements, heightened disinfection and cleaning protocols, and modifications to laboratory space to encourage social distancing. Pace will work with its Office of Sponsored Research, Environmental Health and Safety Department, and local public health authorities to ensure adoption of best practices.

Classrooms: Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy, as set by the certificate of occupancy. The layouts of 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. New York State mandates that all spaces be limited to 50 percent of the maximum occupancy as set by their certificate of occupancy. New York State also recommends that six feet of social distance be maintained wherever possible. To achieve that distance and follow the best practice for the health and safety of our Community, we will target 25 percent occupancy in all our classrooms. In some larger spaces, like auditoriums and gymnasiums, we may be able to exceed 25 percent 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 reduce capacity by 50% or more, 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

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

At this time decisions related to Pace’s NCAA Division II athletic program, intramurals, and club sports have not been finalized. We will follow New York State and public health guidelines on returning to campus and resuming athletic activities, while working with the NCAA, National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and Northeast-10 Conference. Recreation facilities will follow local, state and federal recommendation and is expected to be in line with re-opening protocols for commercial fitness centers. If you are a student athlete, please be sure to stay in close-contact with your coaches and the staff from Pace's Athletic Department.

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. Please stay tuned for more information about this fall’s move-in and move-out processes and guidelines related to occupancy.

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 osa@pace.edu.

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.