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Fall 2020 Restart / COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2020 Restart / COVID-19 Updates

The ESF Fall 2020 Restart Plan was approved by SUNY and meets the New York State Department of Health's "Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines."

The Restart plan will guide us as we welcome the Fall 2020 semester with on-campus operations, including a variety of approaches to academic learning. The plan remains subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor's Office.

ESF Campus Restart Plan (Updated 8/5/20)

Town Hall Schedule

Important Dates

  • Classes begin: August 24, Monday
  • Last day to add a class: August 31, Monday
  • Labor Day - classes in session: September 7, Monday
  • Last day to drop a class: September 18, Friday
  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W: October 23, Friday
  • Advising for Spring 2021: October 26-November 3, Monday-Tuesday
  • Registration for Spring 2021: November 4-December 9, Wednesday-Wednesday
  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W or WF: November 20, Friday
  • Last day of classes on campus: November 24, Tuesday
  • Thanksgiving recess: November 25-29, Wednesday-Sunday
  • Reading days (remote): November 30-December 2, Monday-Wednesday
  • Final Exams (remote): December 3-4, Thursday-Friday
  • Reading day (remote): December 5-6, Saturday-Sunday
  • Final Exams (remote): December 7-9, Monday-Wednesday
  • December Commencement: December 11, Friday
  • Grades due: December 24, Thursday

Latest Updates

Fall Semester 2020 Update

Dear ESF Community,

As we move closer to the official start of the Fall 2020 semester, plans are falling into place, but remain fluid. Please allow me to share some of the most recent decisions and opportunities.

College Commitment

Very soon, you will have the chance to join other forward-thinkers on this campus and sign the College Commitment. In so doing, you are proclaiming your willingness to hold yourself and those around you accountable for the health and safety of our community. We will succeed when we are #allinthistogether. Please watch your email for a message and join us in signing the College Commitment.

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Additional Information

ESF Town Hall Meetings