COVID-19 Resources

Classes & Academics



Nazareth evaluated all classrooms and learning spaces on campus and drew on faculty expertise and public health and safety guidelines, including for social distancing, to plan course formats and spaces.

Course Format details

Study/Zoom Rooms

Students can use these quiet/study spaces to attend a virtual, synchronous class session or a virtual visit with a campus office.

Study/Zoom rooms


Experiential learning will continue as we develop programs to provide internships and learning experiences in novel ways that minimize risk and maximize the student experience. We will have both in-person and virtual opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning, as well as to work with international partners and student groups. The goal is to continue as many of Nazareth's experiential learning pathways as can be offered given state health and safety guidelines.


Buildings have one-way entrances, exits, and stairways to support physical distancing. See Building Access and Routes >

Spring 2021 calendar FAQs

How does the shift in the spring calendar change start and end dates for courses?

  • All courses that were scheduled to run the traditional full semester will now follow the revised spring 2021 semester start and end dates (February 1-May 12).
  • Any courses that had unique start and end dates previously are being reviewed and adjusted individually. Instructors will notify students of any impact the shift in the spring calendar has on these varied length courses.

How will the shift in start and end dates affect hybrid courses?

Please watch for an email from your instructor with details on any impact the calendar shift has on in-person meeting plans for hybrid courses. Please do not rely on the meeting information listed in Student Planning.

Does the semester's shift affect instructional time?

The shifted spring 2021 semester preserves the full amount of instructional time and ensures that accreditation requirements in professional fields are met. This was accomplished by removing three scheduled break days, shifting the last day of classes, and modifying finals week. There are slight differences in graduate vs. undergraduate scheduling.

  • Undergraduate schedule: Two reading days remain in place, and these count toward instructional time. There are 14 full weeks of instruction, plus a study day and four final exam days, to reach the standard 15-week semester.
  • Graduate schedule: There are no break days or reading days for graduate students, so 14 consecutive weeks of instruction end Friday, May 7. Classes will meet as scheduled May 10-12, and faculty will work with their students to schedule alternative assignments/meeting times for any classes that normally meet on Thursdays/Fridays.

Other academic FAQs


What happens if I can't attend class due to symptoms or specific exposure to someone with COVID-19?

If I'm unable to come onto campus and attend class based off of the daily screening, will that impact my attendance grade?

Expectations about attendance will be made clear in the syllabus. During the semester, some students will not be able to be on campus due to quarantine, isolation, or other health related concerns and it will be important to provide appropriate accommodations so these students can maintain academic progress during this time. Teaching and Learning Technologies, Student Accessibility Services and the TIIL are all offering opportunities to develop activities to support students who will miss class due to medical accommodations. Additional details for working with students who are required to quarantine or self-isolate are also being developed and will be shared soon

Can I get textbooks before classes start?

Yes, see Bookstore >


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