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


How will classes happen safely this fall?

Learn more about face coverings, cleaning, social distancing, screening, testing, and more: Health, Wellness, & Prevention.

Course formats — online, in person, or a hybrid (blend of both) — are explained on Course Formats.

What format will my classes be this fall? 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?

Community-engaged 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 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, while also identifying new protocols and alternative modes of delivery where possible.

Will study groups or group projects be discouraged or limited this fall? 

In-person student gatherings will be permitted, but participants will need to follow health and safety guidelines, which include social distancing and wearing masks. 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 synchronous (live) online class or a Zoom appointment?

See Study Spaces >

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

See quarantine details >

What will happen if my state is added to the quarantine travel advisory after July 30?

See Quarantine >

My family has had a trip planned at a time we assumed I wouldn’t be in school, but now classes start Aug. 17 and meet until just before Thanksgiving. What should I do?

We are sorry the College's revised schedule conflicts with your family's plans. Nazareth is committed to keeping you safe on campus this fall, and we determined the best way to help do that is by starting earlier so we are done at Thanksgiving. If you anticipate a challenge in participating in courses due to the August 17 start date, you should contact your instructors to discuss the situation and develop a solution.

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?

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.

Chief among the changes our students will experience this fall is 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 this fall will not look the same as the emergency pivot to remote learning did this past spring. 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.


What hours are buildings open — including between semesters?

See >

How will campus activities be held this fall? 

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 this fall?

Our Empire 8 athletics conference has postponed competition for fall sports until spring. Nazareth teams this fall plan to conduct full practices that include skill instruction, team development, and strength and conditioning — advancing skills and developing the strength of our teams. See FAQ: Athletics >

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

We await New York State permission to allow live performance audiences.

How will residence halls work in this pandemic — 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?

Policies are in place to support health and safety — and residential life staff will 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?

  • 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?

See Visitor page >

My daughter was planning to commute in the fall but would like to now stay on campus due to COVID  concerns, since she has at-risk family members. Can she change her selection?

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

Will students be required to wear masks? 

Statewide health and safety guidelines will be in effect on campus. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face coverings on campus this fall when near other people — excluding roommate(s), per state guidelines that consider roommates part of a family unit. Nazareth will provide face coverings. 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 >

During the fall semester, 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 Nazareth host a Family Weekend this fall? 

Student Activities is planning many things to keep students engaged this fall on campus, but to keep students and families safe, we're not hosting Family Weekend this year.

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.


I'm concerned about the safety of myself and my family members when I go home from College.

You and your family members can take steps in advance and while together to reduce risks. See Traveling home.

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 has realigned cleaning schedules to clean and sanitize high-touch items in public areas (door handles, railings, buttons, etc) 5-10 times per day, 7 days a week. The College provides individual-sized bottles of hand sanitizer — refillable on campus — and larger dispensers in multiple locations. Over 200 sanitation stations are strategically placed around campus. Touchless faucets are installed in bathrooms. Acrylic barriers are placed where social distancing cannot be observed. Classroom capacities and furniture layouts have been adjusted to provide 6-foot distancing. Additional spaces have been redesigned and outfitted as academic spaces. Entrances, exits, and stairways are being designed for "one-way" travel, and signage will guide people. Read more about health and safety 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 »

Is it OK to have friends over?

  • Living on campus: See Residential Life During COVID-19.
  • Living off campus: Keep any gatherings small. Limit off-campus home gatherings to twice the number of people who live in your home, if gathering indoors. (So if you have an apartment of 3 people, limit indoor gatherings to 6 people.) If gathering outdoors, limit the size to triple the residential occupancy. (So that would be up to 9 people outdoors, for an apartment of 3 people.) Six-foot distancing and face coverings are still required at such gatherings to reduce everyone's risk of COVID-19. A large gathering without face coverings and social distancing could become a virus super spreader event. One event like that in violation of health and safety guidelines and our student code of conduct could expose many people, lead to a significant number of cases, and force an early end to in-person athletics, in-person classes, and in-person experiential learning.
  • 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.

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 this fall. Free flu clinics will be offered on campus in conjunction with Wegmans Pharmacy; dates are listed on the 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.

Will there be COVID testing and screening for students and employees? 

Nazareth College’s screening and testing approach is based on the latest guidance from county health officials, local testing sites, and partners, as well as the guidelines on screening and testing for college populations from the American College Health Association and from New York state

  • Screening: The College has developed an online screening tool for students, faculty, and staff to self-assess COVID risk factors before being on campus for work and/or class and to be guided to next steps when needed. See Screening & Welcome Stations »  
  • Testing: For student-athletes and coaches, see Athletics: Return to Play. For other students, staff, and faculty see Testing » 

What happens if someone gets COVID-19?

See Testing » 

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

Nazareth's decision to restrict or suspend campus operations would be made by considering a combination of community and campus criteria, as outlined on the COVID-19 Cases webpage.

Will 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 »

How will social distancing be accommodated in the residence halls? 

Based on the latest CDC recommendations and in consultation with Campus Safety and student Health Services, we are crafting community guidelines to help our residents live together safely and comfortably. To implement social distancing best practices, we are reconfiguring common spaces with lounge furniture and evaluating traffic flow at building entrances.

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 this semester! And our team is only effective with shared effort, understanding, and respect.

Do you offer the seasonal flu vaccine on campus?

Yes, we have four flu shot clinics scheduled in September and October. The dates are listed on the Naz Health Services webpage.

How will cleaning of residence hall bathrooms, lounges, and common spaces work?

See cleaning and protection >

Have the showers and restrooms been adjusted for social distancing? Will gloves and masks be provided in the restrooms?

See cleaning FAQs on the Cleaning & Protection webpage.

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 Fall 2020.

Financial Matters (for students)

When do I get my tuition bill?

Fall 2020 bills will be available after July 15 on NazNet Self-Service to all registered undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, see Student Accounts.

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 commitment to students for a robust and engaging learning experience continues, no matter the conditions in which we find ourselves in the COVID-19 era. 

Back in March, 2020, we faced an immediate emergency that required shutting down the campus.  Our commitment to our students led us to quickly shift their learning to remote delivery, so they could complete the semester and stay on track.  

Over the last several months, as we’ve all adapted to life in the age of COVID-19, our faculty and academic leadership have explored new and different ways to engage our students in the quality learning experience for which we are known.  Virtual learning approaches are part of this development.  Our work is to ensure that any virtual or “online” learning approaches are not synonymous with substandard or inferior, as is sometimes assumed.  

In fact, at Nazareth, our faculty and technical teams are creating and implementing strategies that will leverage the strengths of virtual learning while also expanding possibilities beyond what would be achievable in a strictly physical setting. Virtual learning will still include the close interactions with faculty and the collaborative and project-based work that we prioritize for our students

Virtual learning modes at Nazareth will:

  • 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 a live or “synchronous” component, 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 is investing 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. 

Additionally, our students shared thoughtful feedback last spring after the emergency pivot to remote learning so the semester could continue. Their valuable insight and perspective is actively and intentionally being incorporated into our plans for this upcoming semester, again as part of our efforts to provide an experience that meets both our high standards and the diverse needs and expectations of our student body. 

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