One of many considerations in safely repopulating our campus is the fall academic calendar. This adjusted schedule reduces the possibility of students, faculty, staff, and administrators traveling during the long weekends in September and October, potentially contracting the virus, and returning to campus.
For undergraduate students, classes will begin on Monday, August 24 and conclude with the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, November 24 – with final exams administered remotely beginning December 1. Graduate classes on the Lewiston campus will begin Saturday, August 22. The academic calendar for Vaughan, Ontario is unchanged. The full academic calendar can be found here.
- Masks must be worn at all times when in the presence of others and regardless of the ability to remain 6 feet apart. This applies to classrooms, common work spaces, meeting rooms, etc. Masks are not a substitute for social distancing.
- All students will be provided with two face masks. These masks are three-ply, 100% cotton, and contain copper and silver, which provide antimicrobial properties. They can be washed up to 15 times.
- In addition, all students will be provided with one refillable 4 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. Refill stations will be situated in 10 locations on campus.
- All undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators will be required to complete a daily symptom check using a comprehensive assessment tool that will enable us to monitor and track COVID-19 symptoms and reduce the risk of infection while maintaining privacy. Screening of graduate students will take place on a less frequent, but regular basis.
Academic Learning Space
The academic plan for the fall includes the majority of undergraduate classes will be held in-person, in a reduced-density classroom-based teaching environment, complemented by hybrid, flexible and virtual components. Both faculty and students in the in-person classroom environment will be required to wear masks.
Campus Cleaning and Disinfection
Niagara University’s new cleaning provider, UG2, has begun to implement their "ReNew" cleaning program, which was developed specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide an exceptionally pristine and healthy campus environment that mitigates the risk of infection. In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols, frequencies for cleaning on campus will also increase. For example, the cleaning and disinfection of high-touch points in heavy traffic areas, such as main entrances, lobbies, and elevators, will occur four times each day.
Niagara is providing, on request, single-occupancy rooms in our residence halls. These will be complemented as necessary with off-campus housing through the university’s partnerships with area hotels. Double occupancy will be available based on health and safety protocols and student preference.
Move in dates for residence halls will be staggered, which will allow for reduced density and social distancing during the move-in process. Students will receive their scheduled move in dates from the Office of Residence Life.