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iSchool Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve quickly in the United States and abroad, with new information and new cases confirmed daily. Syracuse University continues to vigorously monitor and respond to these developments, in close coordination with New York State officials, the New York State Department of Health and the Onondaga County Health Department. The University also continues to review public health and travel advisory guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. In the face of this rapidly developing global health emergency, our highest priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff.

This web page was created to provide resources and keep the Syracuse University iSchool community informed.  This is the official source of information on COVID-19 for the iSchool.  The page will be updated daily, so please check back frequently for the most updated information available. 

Moving to online course delivery beginning March 13 through remainder of spring semester

Following extensive consultation with local health officials, medical professionals, faculty experts and community leaders, effective the end of the academic day on Friday, March 13, Syracuse University will suspend residential academic programs and transition to online course delivery for the remainder of the spring semester.

We are taking this action in a proactive effort to safeguard the health and wellness of our undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader Central New York community.

Campus operations and housing

  • All students who can depart University housing for their permanent residence should do so as soon as practically possible.
  • Students who vacate on-campus housing for spring break destinations away from Syracuse will not be able to return to on-campus housing, academic buildings, libraries, health and wellness facilities or other campus spaces. This is to prevent potential transmission of the coronavirus by individuals who may have been exposed while traveling or at home.
  • Limited services will remain available on campus.

iSchool building status

  • Please limit your visits to the building as much as possible, and if you must come, abide by social distancing protocols.
  • Only lab 020 will be open. Lab 010 will be open as needed to meet social disctancing protocols. All other labs and classrooms will be closed.
  • Access to the iSchool building will be limited to 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Only essential staff will be working on campus. All other staff will be working full-time remotely. For more information about who to contact and how during this time, visit our career services, student services, and admitted/visiting student COVID-19 update pages. 

Course delivery information

  • All classes will be delivered in an online format when spring break is over, beginning Monday, March 23.
  • Students are responsible for class meetings, assignments, etc.  All course and university deadlines are the same, unless you are told otherwise by your faculty member. Please remember that this is not an extension of spring break. You will be expected to be back in class virtually by Monday, March 23.
  • We encourage students to reach out early and often with concerns or questions to iSchool faculty and staff. If you are unsure about anything related to your studies, coursework, internship, please get in touch with us. Our academic program directors are ready and willing to work with students under these unique circumstances and make individualized adjustments as necessary. 

Student advising and career services

  • Our staff is working full-time remotely. For more information about how to get in touch to schedule meetings, advising sessions, and more, visit Academic Advising and Student Services or Career Services.  For all other departments, please use the contact information listed in the directory or on our website. 

Campus visits

  • We have suspended all campus visits, student-led tours, and in-person admissions programming, including Orange Preview, through May 1. We are working on ways to connect with you virtually in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out for emails from the University announcing new ways get a tour,  and learn more about campus and the Syracuse community.

Official Updates from Syracuse University

The University is maintaining a comprehensive guide to policy and operational changes as we work through this situation. For the most up-to-date information and official updates, please visit the Syracuse University Coronavirus page.

Contact and Questions

To contact us for additional information or questions, please email us at ischoolalert@syr.edu
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