COVID-19 Resources

FAQ: Current Students

Topics on this page: Classes and academics • Campus life • Health, wellness, and prevention • Financial matters


What are the plans for fall 2021?

As vaccinations continue, we expect that the state will continue to ease restrictions during the summer.

Undergraduate: The College is planning to have 1,100 undergraduate courses in person, 60 hybrid, and 98 online.

Graduate: Graduate programs that are designed to be in-person or as hybrid courses (part in person, part online) are expected to continue in those formats.

How are classes happening safely this semester?

  • Learn more about Nazareth's state-approved protocols about masks, cleaning, social distancing, screening, testing, and more: Health, Wellness, & Prevention.
  • Courses formats include online, in person, and hybrid (blend of both). See Course Formats.

What format will my classes be? What if I want to take classes in a different format?

See details and FAQs: Course Formats >

Will I be able to do experiential learning?

Nazareth has continued community-engaged learning — internships and learning experiences — in creative ways that minimize risk and maximize the student experience. This includes both in-person and virtual opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning, as well as work with international partners and student groups. The plan is to continue as many of Nazareth's experiential learning pathways as can be offered given state health and safety guidelines.

Can study groups or group projects happen? 

They've been happening in person (with health and safety protocols) and digitally using virtual meeting technology.

Nazareth will continue to provide students with access to virtual meeting technology. Academic support is also available through the Center for Student Success.

Where can I find quiet spaces on campus for a live online class or a Zoom appointment?

See Study Spaces >

What happens when New York requires a quarantine for traveling from my state or country?

See quarantine details >

What happens if I can't attend class due to symptoms, specific exposure to someone with COVID-19, or a red badge from the daily screening? Will my grade be affected?

Faculty and student support offices will work with you. See Classes & Academics >

What is the value of an educational experience that is filled with change and unknowns? Should we be hitting pause?

The pandemic is an opportunity to innovate and expand in the ways we teach and the ways our students learn, live, and thrive at Nazareth. Now is our opportunity to drive innovation and an opportunity for all students to practice the learning virtue of versatility in the face of great change. Our society and our learning environments have changed because of this pandemic. As we contemplate our shared future, Nazareth students see this as something to embrace, to build on, and to participate in, and you are the students who belong at Nazareth, together, right now. This is not a time for pause; it is a time for participation.

Creating the way forward as individuals, as an institution, and as a society requires participation. It requires jumping in, taking measured risks, and asking hard questions. That is why learning in a college environment is so crucial right now. We need to be together, connected, and immersed in dialogue and discussions, particularly the difficult discussions.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic is not the only thing happening in society right now; it is not the only engine of social change. The Black Lives Matter movement is advancing, in vital ways, substantive societal change. To enact meaningful change, we need YOU, the future leaders, health care workers, artists, educators — students in all fields. We need your ideas and we need you to take part now so that as you pursue your life's work you put into action the principles of equality and justice for all peoples, which are foundational, and unwaveringly supported here at Nazareth.

Does the addition of online learning diminish the college experience or its value? And what is "online learning," anyway?

Learning happens in many ways. Innovation and ingenuity in learning have been hallmarks of a Nazareth education since its founding. Our founders defined Nazareth as a learning community that would continually push boundaries and engage students in different ways so graduates are ready to go out into the contemporary world and be passionate and purposeful agents of change. The world is constantly evolving, and so must we. What is constant is the significance of the Nazareth degree; the access to and involvement and commitment of the accomplished Nazareth faculty; the enjoyment of campus life and social interaction and the College’s state-of-the-art learning environments; real-world experiential learning opportunities in collaboration with communities near and far; the combined power of thought and purpose of the Nazareth student body; and the active commitment of the entire Nazareth community to the success of each and every individual student.

We are focusing on the diversification of learning experiences, including virtual learning and creative blends of in-person and virtual experiences. Colleges and universities worldwide have adopted online learning as part of their curriculum necessitated by the measures needed to keep communities safe and so has Nazareth. But Nazareth is approaching this shift as an opportunity for advancing our students’ engagement and learning, not as a lesser fall-back option. The need for workers to seamlessly shift between in-person and virtual environments is here to stay. The goal of our innovations is not to adapt until we can return to “normal,” because we are moving forward with our eyes on your future. We’ve heard the feedback as students and parents see the label “online” on some of the courses — some of it supportive, some of it critical. This is expected when wide-reaching change is introduced.

Developing new learning experiences is always a work in progress. And the participation of our students — as they experience new approaches, weigh in, and, with typical passion, make suggestions for betterment — is vital to our collective progress. We are eager for your input! Virtual learning doesn’t look the same as the emergency pivot to remote learning did in spring 2020. Our faculty’s commitment to innovation — and to YOU — has motivated them to work diligently over the summer to learn new skills to augment their teaching and classroom experiences, both virtual and in-person.


How will campus activities be held this spring? 

Our Student Engagement staff, student clubs and organizations, and residential life staff will offer engaging in-person and virtual student activities, events, and opportunities for connecting. See the Student Engagement webpages >

I'm a student leader. How can I organize events?

Talk to Student Activities and see Organizing Events & Reserving Space.

Will Nazareth athletic teams practice and play?

Our Empire 8 athletics conference and Nazareth leadership make thoughtful decisions after carefully weighing risks and guidance in making decisions. The latest information is at Naz Athletics.

Will families be permitted to attend student music recitals, theatre or dance performances, or student presentations on campus?

The answer depends on New York State permission to allow live performance audiences. When they weren't allowed, Nazareth music, theatre, and dance performances still happened and were shared via video.

What are the safety protocols in residence halls — in terms of avoiding crowding (reduced density), having visitors/guests, and sharing bathrooms? Can I get take-out food? Go off campus? What's a "family unit" and when and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Protocols are in place to support health and safety — and residential life staff offer support and programming to support building relationships. See Residential Life During COVID-19.

Is it OK to have friends/visitors over or go to gatherings?

  • Living on campus: See details on Residential Life During COVID-19.
  • Living off campus: Any gatherings need to follow public health and Nazareth guidelines (whichever is more restrictive). See general details on social distancing, and the latest Nazareth COVID-19 updates.
  • All students: The College’s student code of conduct includes actions occurring off College property if they affect the security of the College community and if they demonstrate disregard for the rights of others or the discipline or general welfare of the College. Students may be sanctioned by the College for any conduct prohibited by any federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, and/or regulations and conduct that endangers the health or safety of any person. 

We all need to follow Nazareth’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and Nazareth Community Pledge, as shared in the required training for all students, faculty, and staff.

If parents are dropping off their student on campus, are they required to complete the screenings as a visitor even though they will not stay on campus?

Not for brief pickups and dropoffs, which are an exception to the visitor protocols. For more: Visitor page >

I was planning to commute but would like to now stay on campus due to COVID concerns, since I have at-risk family members. Can I change my selection?

Our Residential Life staff will be happy to respond to individual inquiries.

Are masks required? 

People who've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or maintain physical distancing, indoors or out, with some exceptions. See details and definitions: Face Coverings webpage.

What’s the best way to stay healthy while living and/or taking classes on campus?

Get regular adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water everyday, get regular exercise, manage your time, practice stress-management techniques, and monitor for symptoms of illness. Reach out for support as needed, to Health and Counseling, the Center for Student Success, and other student services listed on the Current Students page. If you’re living on campus, pack recommended health supplies: What to Bring >

Will the Golisano Training Center be open?

The Golisano Training Center website has the latest details.

How is dining going to work?

See Naz Dining.

Will drinking fountains still be available?

Shared equipment (such as a drinking fountain) is a possible method of virus spread, so drinking fountains will be capped and not used. However, bottle filling stations remain in use.

What hours will buildings be open?

See >


Is the COVID-19 vaccine required?

Yes. See COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for more information.

What is the COVID testing and screening approach for students, faculty, and staff? 

Nazareth College’s screening and testing approach is based on the latest guidance from county health officials and from New York state. 

  • Screening and monitoring: Students, faculty, and staff self-assess COVID risk factors daily using the College's online screening tool before being on campus for work and/or class, and to be guided to next steps when needed. Monitoring happens daily at kiosks on campus. See Screening & Kiosks »  

What happens if someone on campus gets COVID-19?

See Testing positive »

After testing positive for COVID-19 and completing isolation, could someone still be infectious? Do they need retesting?

  • Nazareth follows Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Monroe County Department of Health guidelines to ensure that anyone released from isolation is no longer infectious.
  • For more, the COVID-19 Cases webpage explains infectiousness in more detail.

What health and safety measures are in place on campus?

Nazareth's extensive efforts include regimens to clean and sanitize high-touch items in public areas, as well as providing sanitation stations. Nazareth installed touchless faucets and acrylic barriers, reconfigured classroom capacities and furniture layouts, outfitted additional spaces as academic spaces, and more.

Read more: Health, wellness, and prevention details >

What’s the best way to stay healthy while living and/or taking classes on campus?

Get regular adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water everyday, get regular exercise, manage your time, practice stress-management techniques, and monitor for symptoms of illness. If you’re living on campus, pack recommended health supplies: What to Bring »

What are the guidelines for students with preexisting conditions? 

Students with underlying conditions that add risk are encouraged to:

  • Complete your confidential online health history through the Naz Student Health Portal, and include any information related to your condition(s), as well as medications you take to manage your condition. All private health information is kept in a secure electronic medical record system, and it may only be shared upon your written approval.
  • In the portal, make sure your immunization record is up-to-date, manually enter the dates, and upload a copy of your official immunization record.
  • If you are interested in specific housing for those with underlying health concerns, complete the special accommodation housing form. Also, read more about special accommodations » 
  • Get a flu shot, if you haven’t. For more: Naz Health Services webpage.
  • You are invited to discuss your concerns with a member of our health team and can schedule a virtual appointment by calling 585-389-2500 during regular business hours, or email
  • Nazareth will provide academic accommodations for students with preexisting conditions or who need to isolate or quarantine.

How many cases of COVID-19 would close the campus to in-person learning?

Nazareth follows state guidelines and also considers a combination of community and campus criteria, as outlined on the COVID-19 Cases webpage.

Does Nazareth do contact tracing on campus and have a place to house people who need to quarantine, who can then attend classes (remotely)? 

These protocols are in place. See the contact tracing and quarantine sections on Health, Wellness, and Prevention »

What do I do if I see a Nazareth community member — student or employee — not wearing a mask or not social distancing?

The person may just need a friendly reminder.

You can use Nazareth's COVID-19 concern form to report COVID-19 health and safety compliance concerns, and the appropriate office will follow up. (Sufficient details need to be provided to be able to look into the concern.)

Health and safety on campus is a team sport! And our team is only effective with shared effort, understanding, and respect.

Do you offer the seasonal flu vaccine on campus?

Yes, each fall. The dates are listed on the Naz Health Services webpage.

How is social distancing accommodated in the residence halls? What about cleaning of residence hall bathrooms/showers, lounges, and common spaces?

Nazareth reduced density by reconfiguring common spaces' furniture. 

For more, including cleaning protocols, see Residential Life During COVID-19.

Is counseling available?

Mental health services are a key component of Nazareth’s Health and Counseling services and are provided to students at no cost. See Counseling Services 2020-21.

Financial Matters (for students)

When do I get my tuition bill?

Bills are issued online, via NazNet Self-Service, to all registered undergraduate and graduate students. See Billing Dates.

How can I get more information about financial aid?

What's the status of the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?

Nazareth received funding from the CARES Act to assist students who were affected financially due to the disruption of campus operations. Our students received these emergency funds because they met a set of criteria based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Nazareth has a full report about those grants in the CARES Act section on the Student Right to Know webpage.

I'm concerned about being able to afford college because my family's income is lower due to the pandemic.

Any time there is a significant change in a student's family's financial circumstances (such as loss of employment, death of a parent, serious medical condition, divorce etc.), we encourage the student or parent to write a letter or email detailing and documenting, as appropriate, the changed situation. Contact Nazareth's Financial Aid office. All appeals are reviewed and responded to in writing. If a change in aid is warranted, the student will receive a new award letter detailing the revised aid amounts. Documentation of the change could include a termination letter, copies of medical bills, etc.; include specific dollar amounts (e.g. amount paid out in medical/dental expenses, projected amount of decrease in annual income). A change in a family's financial situation can be reviewed at any time during the academic year.

Why are you not reducing tuition for online classes?

Our faculty continue to engage our students in the robust, engaging, high-quality learning experience for which we are known, including via virtual learning approaches.  

Our strategies leverage the strengths of virtual learning while also expanding possibilities beyond what would be achievable in a strictly physical setting. Virtual learning still includes face-to-face and “live” experiences that we prioritize for our students.

Virtual learning modes at Nazareth:

  • Align with our mission to provide rich experiences that provoke meaningful thought, connections, and growth —individually and collectively. 

  • Emphasize and facilitate personal interaction among students and between students and faculty members.

  • Support the student learning outcomes designed for each course, not following a prescribed, “one size fits all” approach. 

  • Include live components, which means that students are interacting live (actively in the moment) with students and faculty.

To support our individualized and innovative approach to virtual learning, the College has invested significant resources in technology, integrative tools, infrastructure, and professional support so that our students and our faculty can excel in the context of college learning today.

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