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COVID-19 Response & Fall 2020 Information

Updated July 13, 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.


All Spring and Summer 2020 courses will also be held online.

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.

Fall 2020

Syracuse University is constantly updating it’s information on Fall 2020 Opening Procedures. Classes for Fall 2020 will begin on Monday, August 24 and end on Tuesday, November 24. Final exams will take place remotely through Wednesday, December 9. More information can be found on the academic calendar.

Decisions continue to be finalized and communicated about student travel, new and returning student move-in, welcome events, testing and monitoring on campus, and more. Please continue to check the University’s Fall 2020 Open page for the latest information.

Additionally, the School of Education has formed Faculty and Staff Planning Task Forces to collect, assess, and address SOE-specific concerns around teaching, learning, working, and safety. These task forces are meeting and reporting throughout the summer.

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 and ongoing plans for a fall event, visit the Commencement website.

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

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. We understand that this cancellation is disruptive and disappointing. You can contact our undergraduate or graduate admissions staff to learn more about upcoming virtual events or schedule a phone or video call.

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

School of Education faculty and staff are following the University’s phased staffing approaching beginning June 2020. Anyone coming to campus for work or research must complete a daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus each day. Staff should continue to talk to their supervisors regarding remote work arrangements. More information is available on the Human Resources website.

Building access to Huntington Hall will continue to be by card swipe only. Faculty and staff located in other buildings on campus should check with their Building Coordinator.