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Dear Niagara University campus community,

While I am extremely proud of the work the entire campus community has done over the past year to ensure a high-level academic experience for our students, it is our vision to return to a fully engaging, in-person living-learning environment for the fall of 2021: Niagara University – Fall Power, Full Power.

We know that the pandemic is not over; however, we are cautiously encouraged by the decline in cases on campus and in the community, as well as the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and the growing number of individuals who have already been vaccinated. Our planning will continue to be guided by our commitment to the health and safety of our entire campus community. We will continue to follow the guidance from federal, state, and local health officials and to be prepared to adjust any area of our operations as necessary.

Over the next few weeks, we will provide specific information as it relates to summer operations and the fall semester, including academics, student affairs, residence life, health and safety, athletics, human resources, and facilities. This information can be found on the university’s Forward Niagara web page as it becomes available.

As we prepare for Niagara University – Fall Power, Full Power, I want to again thank every member of the university community in both Lewiston and Vaughan for your work over the past 12 months. Just one year ago this week, we were preparing to welcome our students back from their spring break in a remote learning environment. Throughout the past year, we have worked across sectors to navigate the pandemic with our employees and faculty and develop an engaging experience for our students, while implementing measures to ensure the health and safety of our entire campus community.  

If you have questions about the university’s plans for the fall semester, please contact the Forward Niagara information desk at or 716.385.1967. The information desk is available during the university’s regular business hours.

With every good wish,

James J. Maher, C.M.


Spring Semester Update

Forward Niagara Plan - Spring Update

Niagara University continues to adapt plans to follow the evolving guidance from federal, state/province, and local health officials, and using data and lessons learned to improve the spring restart strategies.

New York State Department of Health

Niagara University continues to follow guidance from leading health organizations, including the New York State Department of Health.

Niagara County Department of Health Vaccine Information

Use this site to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment (required) at a New York State-run vaccination site. Niagara County Department of Health

Academic Calendar Information

The academic calendar is the cornerstone of the university operations, and it has been amended for the spring semester. The academic calendars for both Lewiston and Vaughan are on this link. A few highlights:

  • The spring semester will continue until Friday, May 7, with a reading day scheduled Monday, May 10. Final exams will be held in person from May 11-18.
  • There will be four “Self-Care” days without classes during the semester, including Good Friday, which will allow students and faculty a moment to pause and relax during the semester.
  • Commencement for Lewiston graduate students will be on Thursday, May 20, and commencement for Lewiston undergraduate students will be on Saturday, May 22. Commencement in Vaughan is scheduled for Thursday, June 3.