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COVID-19 Response

Updated April 1, 2020

Syracuse University and the School of Education continue to monitor and assess guidelines around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The most up to date information on campus operations, academic continuity, and general university response to COVID-19 can be found at syracuse.edu/coronavirus.


As announced on March 16, Syracuse University will not resume residential instruction this semester. All those students who can depart University housing for their permanent residence should do so as soon as practically possible.

Our faculty and staff continue to work remotely and are available to help you during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. You can find department and individual contact information in our department listings or employee directory.

In addition, we are working to cancel, postpone, or conduct virtually any planned events until further notice. Please review websites or contact event organizers to check on the status of any events you planned to attend.

Commencement Weekend

Syracuse University will not proceed with on-campus in-person commencement events in May, including the School of Education convocation ceremony. We deeply regret this outcome and are committed to celebrating and recognizing the class of 2020 in a way that is meaningful to our graduates. The University is planning alternative approaches to celebrating and recognizing the academic achievements of our students. For updated details about Syracuse University’s 2020 Commencement, visit the Commencement website.

Graduating students will receive a survey soliciting input as to alternative approaches to celebrating and recognizing the academic achievement of our graduates.

Field Placements and Student Teaching

Student teaching placement are temporarily suspended until Syracuse University reinstates residential classes on campus. We recognize that many students are concerned about both program and certification requirements. We are engaged in these conversations at the local and New York State level. When we have more information – specifically pertaining to the edTPA and field hours – we will communicate that information to to faculty, program coordinators, and directly to students.

Admissions & Admitted Students

This spring, we would like nothing more than to welcome you to campus or travel to your area. However, following New York State recommendations related to large gatherings and in an abundance of care for your family and ours, we have made the decision to suspend all campus visits, student-led tours and admissions programming, including our Spring Receptions, Admitted Graduate Student Program, and off-campus events.

We understand that this cancellation is disruptive and disappointing. We hope that you will consider visiting this summer.

Prospective students can take a virtual tour of Syracuse University and find upcoming virtual events. Admitted students can visit our admitted students page for updates.

Building Access and Staff

Effective Tuesday, March 17, only essential faculty and staff should report to campus. Staff should talk to their supervisors regarding remote work arrangements. More information is available on the Human Resources website.

Consistent with the March 16, 2020 Update by Vice Chancellor Haynie, building access to Huntington Hall will be by card swipe only at least through March 29. Faculty and staff located in other buildings on campus should check with their Building Coordinator.