Fall 2020 Information

Updated August 21, 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, health guidalines, and general university response can be found at

Coronavirus Help Line:

Classes & Students

The fall semester will use an accelerated academic calendar to allow for the completion of classes and student move-out before Thanksgiving break; final exams will be given remotely after this break. Classes will use a variety of formats including in-person, hybrid, synchronous online, and asynchronous online learning.

Campus services and programs such as CLASS (tutoring), Libraries, the Barnes Center, and Student Activities will still be available; however their hours and procedures may vary based on health guidelines. Please contact each office for specific information.

The School of Education is limiting our participation in student teaching and other field placements in fall 2020. Faculty and program coordinators will be in touch about expectations for students with placements, and alternatives that continue to exceed NY State Education Department requirements.

Facilities & Departments

The School of Education is working tirelessly to prepare our classes and facilities a safe, engaging, and flexible semester. Our buildings and classrooms have been adapted to allow for socially distanced seating, sanitizing equipment, hand sanitizer throughout hallways and common spaces, signage to assist in distancing and provide reminders, and increased air circulation and purification. More information on campus health procedures and guidelines is available on the University Fall 2020 Opening page.

Starting on August 24, Huntington Hall will be unlocked Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to accommodate classes and other educational activities. Limited common spaces are available within Huntington Hall, and furniture is arranged to allow for social distancing.

Faculty, staff, and students in other buildings should check with their building coordinators on hours or restrictions for their spaces.

The Dean’s Office will be staffed from 8 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Thursday. If you need assistance outside of these hours, leave a message at 315.443.4752 someone will respond as soon as possible.

The Office of Academic and Student Services will have limited in-person staffing and walk-in appointments available. Students can visit the ACS staffing page and choose “Schedule An Appointment” to meet with their advisor or another member of our staff.

Many of our faculty and staff continue to work remotely or are limiting hours when offices will be staffed in-person; some will not be accepting drop-in appointments or visitors at this time. However, we are providing many alternate communication options including phone, email, Zoom, Skype, and other platforms. Please visit each department webpage and/or contact them for availability and scheduling information. Room reservations will also be limited or unavailable in many cases.


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.