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Restart / COVID-19 Updates

ESF is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. Please review the information on this page to stay abreast of the most current plans in place for the College. The information presented here serves as a guide for on-campus operations, including a variety of approaches to academic learning. All plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor's Office.

SUNY ESF Plan for Academic Continuity and the Health and Safety of Students, Faculty, and Staff Policy for Winter and Spring Terms 2021 (Updated 1/25/21)

ESF is committed to keeping the community informed about the status of COVID-19 as it relates to the College. The following information will be updated weekly.

Last updated May 19, 2021

Total Tests Administered on Campus

Current Total Active Cases

Contacts in Quarantine

Total Recovered Cases

Note: Quarantine is defined as potential exposure as determined by contact tracing. Active cases are those that have tested positive and are currently in isolation.

Visit Syracuse University's COVID-19 dashboard

Register for a COVID-19 test at SU

Important Dates

  • Registration for Spring 2021 continues: January 1-February 1, Friday-Monday
  • Martin Luther King Day: January 18, Monday
  • Classes begin: February 8, Monday
  • Last day to add a class: February 15, Monday
  • Last day to drop a class: March 5, Friday
  • Wellness Day - No Classes: March 23, Tuesday
  • Advising for Fall 2021: April 12-16, Monday-Friday
  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W: April 13, Tuesday
  • Registration for Fall 2021: April 19-May 21, Monday-Friday
  • Wellness Day - No Classes: April 21, Wednesday
  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W or WF: April 30, Friday
  • Last day of classes: May 7, Friday
  • Final Exams: May 10-13, Monday-Thursday
  • ESF May Commencement: May 15, Saturday
  • Grades due: May 20, Thursday

Latest Updates

Dear ESF Community,

The SUNY Chancellor has provided 2021 Summer and Fall Semester Planning and Updated COVID Protocols. These new protocols are subject to change as conditions evolve and will be updated accordingly. The following modifications to our current guidance are effective immediately:

COVID-19 Testing - Fully vaccinated students and employees are exempt from mandatory weekly testing during the summer upon the submission of documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series. See instructions below for the submission of documentation. Mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not shown proof of vaccination.

Daily Health Screening - All employees who report to work on campus must continue to submit a daily health screening.

Masks and Social Distancing The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has advised all State agencies to continue requiring all State employees to wear masks and practice six-foot social distancing in all locations, regardless of vaccination status. Their decision was made in consideration of the myriad of State agency functions and locations (e.g., direct care, fieldwork, office-based work). The New York State Department of Health is currently reviewing and revising the May 2020 guidance on reopening State agencies to reflect changes where fully vaccinated individuals may be permitted to remove their masks and not distance from one another. We expect this updated guidance soon. In the meantime, ESF requires all employees to continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Visitors - Visitors continue to be allowed with masks and social distancing. The screening form for visitors is found here. It is the responsibility of the host of the visitor or contractor to hold the form on file for 28 days.

Faculty and staff can voluntarily submit documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series here.

Joanie Mahoney
ESF President


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