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(info) IMPORTANT MESSAGE: ORIENTATION AND CLASS WEEK OF 8.17.20 WILL BE ONLINE; DO NOT REPORT TO DINEEN HALL

(info) SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY COVID-19 DASHBOARD

(info) SEND QUESTIONS TO LAWPREPAREDNESS@LAW.SYR.EDU.


  • Take a COVID-19 Test and Submit Your Results

NOTE: SU continues to work with at-home test kits portal vendor to resolve issues as they arise.  Please email us lawpreparedness@Law.syr.edu if you are experiencing any difficulty with your order so that we can share your particulars (SU ID and DOB) with the University.  

  1. No matter where you are, you must take a COVID-19 test within 10 days of your first arrival to Dineen Hall or campus and submit your results before coming to Dineen Hall or campus.

  2. You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival on campus.
  3. Please arrange to be tested within a window of 7 to 10 days before your planned arrival on campus.
  4. Review Syracuse University's memo on how to take and submit a test, including these two options:
    1. If testing is a challenge in your home community, you may take an in-home, mail-in COVID-19 test.
    2. Also, walk-up and drive-thru testing is available at Syracuse Community Health Center, 819 South Salina Street, M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  5. Submit your test results by logging into the Student Patient Portal. Log in using your SU NetID and password, click “Upload Forms,” select “COVID-19 Documents” and follow upload instructions.

  6. If you have submitted your negative result within the requisite 10-day time frame, you may come to Dineen Hall (subject to the quarantine requirements if they apply to you).

  7. Unless and until SU receives your negative results and proof of satisfaction of the quarantining requirement if it applies to you, you may not come to Dineen Hall or to campus.


  • Determine if the Quarantine Requirement Applies to You and Proceed Accordingly

 NOTE: This section applies to all students who will arrive in Syracuse from one of the hot spot states  or from outside the United States .  The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

  1. Students coming to Syracuse from “hot spot’ states or from outside the US are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  2. NEW INFORMATION-Aug. 21:  If you are from a state impacted by the travel advisory or coming from outside the U.S. but you have resided in a state not impacted by the travel advisory, or within New York, you should still certify your compliance on the student affirmation of self-quarantine form.

  3. NEW INFORMATION-Aug. 21: If you are not from a state impacted by the travel advisory or coming from outside the U.S, and you have not resided in a state impacted by the travel advisory or outside the U.S this summer, you do not need to certify compliance with quarantine.
  4. To satisfy the quarantine requirement,  you must quarantine in the State of New York.  As a result:
    1. If you will be arriving to Syracuse from a “hot spot” state or from outside the U.S. and you plan to attend classes in person from the start, on August 19, you must arrive in the State of New York and self-quarantine by August 5.  
    2. For first-year students or current students assisting with Orientation, if you plan to attend Orientation in person, starting on August 17, you must arrive in the State of New York and self-quarantine by August 3.
    3. If you are not able to complete the quarantine period before the start of classes or Orientation, please plan to complete the quarantine period from your Syracuse home, during which time you will be able and expected to attend classes live on Zoom. 
    4. For our first-year law students: you will also have the option of attending all components of Orientation remotely. Please plan to do so if you are not able to meet quarantine requirements applicable to you before the start of the program.
  5. The University has been actively working with hotels in the area to provide reduced rates for students affected by the travel advisory and need to comply with the 14-day quarantine requirement. The list of hotels can be found here.

  6. According to University guidelines, students will need to provide the documentation that attests their quarantine requirement was met, including dates, address, and contact information. For example, this documentation could be a letter from a family/relative/self attesting to the dates you arrived and where you stayed affirming your compliance with the quarantine guidelines; or documentation that you were not living at your primary residence, but in another state not impacted by the travel advisory (e.g. internship employment letter, paystub); or a hotel or rental receipt with address. A process for submitting documentation will be provided soon.
  7. Please look for an individualized message you received as it contains a personalized link that is your channel for reporting compliance. If you cannot locate the message, you may affirm your compliance with this self-affirmation of quarantine form or contact the University at studentexperience@syr.edu and let them know you did not receive the message.
  8. Unless and until SU receives your negative results and proof of satisfaction of the quarantining requirement if it applies to you, you may not come to Dineen Hall or to campus.


  • Take the Stay Safe Pledge

  1. Keeping each other safe, healthy, and well means abiding by all health and safety directives from federal, state, local, and University officials through the Fall 2020 semester. Please review the Stay Safe Pledge and commit to doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By choosing to be on campus, you are automatically accountable for upholding the pledge.
  2. Failure to comply with these directives may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for violation of the Code of Student Conduct, which governs individual and group behavior on and off campus. Sanctions for violating the pledge may be found on the OSRR website, ranging from warnings to expulsion. Failure to comply could also impact state assessments of your character and fitness for purposes of bar eligibility.


  • Acquiring Textbooks

  • The Bookstore is currently limiting the amount of students in its store. It is strongly recommended that students place a web order for their books.

  • Students may contact the SU Bookstore  via their contact form or call them at 315.443.9901 to order your books, to inquire about e-book options, and to discover shipping options and plans.
  • Students are encouraged to either pick up their order at the store or take advantage of free delivery to Henry Street and a flat domestic shipping fee of $6.95.


  • Tech Check

  • Check your tech for online learning by reviewing the Tech Check list for laptop, platform, email, remote access, and other requirements.


  • Review Operating Procedures

NOTE: This is a brief overview of Fall 2020 operating procedures: for full details, please review this memo
NOTE: Conditions on campus are evolving; please keep checking this section for updates. 

  1. Hours of Operation—Dineen Hall will be open to students starting August 24, every day from 7 a.m. until midnight. You will need your swipe card to enter the building. Guests are not permitted.
  2. Rules & Regulations—When approaching and while in Dineen Hall, all students must observe the following rules and our Stay Safe Pledge, subject only to special accommodations in place via the Center for Disability Resources:
    1. Syracuse University requires face masks or face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while on campus and in public settings, indoors and outdoors.
    2. Practice proper social distancing protocols.
    3. Except during designated times during the weekdays only, no food is permitted in the building.
    4. Beverage containers with a lid are permitted.
    5.  When occupying a designated Quiet Study Room or Active Study Room, you must vacate the room 10 minutes before the next scheduled class in that room.
    6. Before leaving a room, sanitize your spaces.
    7. Adhere to room capacity limits.
    8. No more than three people should occupy an elevator at the same time.
    9. Failure to comply with these directives may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
  3. Navigating Dineen Hall—All seating spaces within Dineen Hall have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing. There will be signage throughout the building.
  4. SU IDs for new students—Arrangements for delivering SU ID cards to our 1Ls will be made through the College of Law, and they will be available in Dineen Hall.
  5. Active Learning—Students who have back-to-back in person and online classes will find spaces in which to attend their online classes.
  6. Links to live online class sessions and class recordings will be posted on Blackboard for your course. Please contact your instructor with any questions about accessing the live classes and recordings.
  7. Quiet Study—Rooms for quiet study are marked accordingly throughout Dineen Hall.
  8. Law Library—The library will be open for research and study from 7 a.m. to midnight every day. The Circulation Desk and Reference Office will be open for in-person services during the day. Group study rooms in Dineen Hall are now individual study rooms. Students may reserve these for up to 2 hours per day. 
  9. Modified Socializing—the Levy Atrium will provide space for students to meet informally. The capacity of the Atrium is greatly reduced to accommodate social distancing. Please sit only where permitted and do not sit on the floor.
  10. Parking permits—Students should contact Parking and Transit Services to ask how to obtain a parking permit.
  11. Eating—The Neporent Café is open from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for food service and consumption, Monday through Friday. The café will be closed at all other times. Students can bring their own food and beverages for consumption in the café.
    1. The Gray Courtroom is the only other place in Dineen Hall where students can eat, from 11:50 am to 12:50 pm on weekdays.
    2. The café will limit “made to order” options and enhance “grab and go” offerings.
    3. The café will be open for students to eat their lunch subject to social distancing guidelines and space availability. First-come, first-serve will apply.
    4. Administrative Spaces & Student Services—All administrative and student services spaces will be inaccessible. Instructions on how to meet with staff are posted.

Our plans are subject to change, as COVID-19 guidelines continue to evolve. We will keep you posted on any adjustments and thank you for your patience and flexibility.


  • Review Online Learning Procedures

  1. Live online class sessions will take place via Zoom. Your professor's schedule and Zoom link (a "recurring meeting") to the class will be posted on Blackboard.
  2. All classes will be recorded and recordings will be posted on Blackboard.
  3. Students will be expected to attend class synchronously, regardless of the modality in which instruction is delivered (in-person or online), and to adhere to the attendance policy set forth in the course syllabus. Listening to recordings of classes does not constitute attendance. 
  4. If your professor has created asynchronous content, those lessons will be posted on Blackboard under “self-paced lessons.”
  5. During fall 2020, faculty cannot hold in-person office hours. Your professors will post online office hours on Blackboard and provide a link to their virtual office and/or a recurring meeting.


  • Plan Ahead for Changing Conditions

NOTE: The College and the University are making every effort to ensure a safe campus for the fall 2020 semester. To this end, the following decision framework has been submitted to the New York State Department of Health detailing levels of response if individuals test COVID-19 positive while on campus:

Level 1: If a small number of individuals test positive, and contact tracing suggests that exposures are confined to 10 or fewer people, then epidemiology and contact tracing suggests that the situation can be contained, isolated, and remediated. Affected areas will be decontaminated, University medical staff will monitor for possible escalation, and all other campus operations will remain unaffected.

Level 2: If the number of infected or exposed people is estimated at between 10 and 100 people, and there remains high confidence in the ability to contain, isolate, and remediate the flare-up, then precise curtailment of operations in specific areas (rooms, floors, buildings, including possibly Dineen Hall) may be required. In addition to decontamination, these areas or programs will remain curtailed for a period of time to prevent ongoing exposures.

Level 3: If small outbreak occurs in a defined population (e.g., a certain school/college—including possibly the College of Law/Dineen Hall—or degree program) and the number of potential exposures is greater than 100 and contact tracing and containment become difficult, then curtailment of operations in these select programs or areas may be required. This select response will fall short of a campus-wide response. Select programs—including possibly the College of Law/Dineen Hall—will move into an online-only environment with non-resident students staying off campus, resident students staying in their rooms, and non-essential affected employees working from home.

Level 4: If a significant outbreak in excess of approximately 100 infections has occurred, and there is low confidence in the ability to contain the outbreak campus-wide, then the whole campus will come to a full “pause”. All programs move to online alternatives, campus access will be restricted, and non-resident students and non-essential employees will work from home and stay away from campus.

Level 5: If ongoing campus or community transmission is occurring at a significant rate and there is no realistic strategy to contain or control the situation, the University will shut down on-campus operations completely. Assuming permission from public health officials, a 72-hour move out/shut down process will be initiated:

    • Those with the means to travel within 8-10 hours of Syracuse will be asked to leave within 24 hours.
    • Those who need to arrange travel to other areas of the United States will be asked to leave within 48 hours.
    • Those students who are able to arrange international travel are asked to leave within 72 hours.
    • Those unable to leave will appeal to remain on campus. Syracuse University will support any student who, for financial or other hardship reasons, cannot depart campus in response to a shutdown scenario.
    • If the scenario is more extreme, students may be asked to evacuate campus immediately with only those items they can carry with them. All other possessions are left behind.
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