Updated – 6/26/2020


Wagner College looks forward to resuming on-campus operations in Fall 2020 in a way that sustains the rich experiences of being a Wagner student while safeguarding the well-being of our community. This overview provides highlights from the forthcoming Wagner College Restart Plan, a comprehensive document based on the work of the College’s Pandemic Response Team, the Provost’s Academic Planning Committee, and eight Working Groups comprising over 50 members of faculty and staff. The plan incorporates New York City and State requirements, guidance from health officials and community partners, and best practices from across higher education and other industries. Students and families will receive additional information about each area below later in the summer.

2020-21 Academic Program

Residential students will be able to attend classes in-person in reduced density classrooms or virtually from their residence halls.

  • Fall classes will begin in-person on August 24, 2020 and end on November 24, 2020, with a fully-virtual week for final exams ending December 4, 2020. 
  • Between mid-December and early February, the College will offer a fully-virtual instructional module. Students may take one or two of their classes during this module to better distribute their course load.
  • We anticipate that the rest of the spring semester 2021 will begin in mid-February and conclude mid-May. 

Testing & Training Prior to Arrival

All students and employees will be asked to complete an initial COVID-19 test. Domestic students will be asked to complete a COVID-19 test within two weeks prior to their scheduled return to campus. The College has partnered with Vault Health to administer quick, painless, and confidential COVID-19 saliva tests by mail to all domestic students and employees. International students will be tested and quarantined upon arrival; the quarantine requirement will also apply to domestic students traveling from states with high infection rates if New York State continues to require it. Additionally, all students and employees will complete brief online training on community health norms and expectations. Students will also complete an emergency preparedness questionnaire.

Preparation of Campus Spaces

Campus spaces including classrooms, common rooms, performance spaces, athletic facilities, residence halls, library spaces, offices, campus walkways and grounds, and dining areas will be closed to the general public and altered to accommodate physical distance requirements. Common areas will be cleaned frequently and disinfected twice daily. Traffic flow through buildings will be one-way with clearly marked entrances and exits. Clear signage reflecting norms and expectations will be posted throughout campus.

Community Health Policies

To ensure the safety of the College community, the College has determined a set of community health policies and expectations for all community members which will be shared widely and enforced.

  • Self-screening: community members will complete a brief, confidential self-screening questionnaire on a web or smartphone app each day to verify that they are free from any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Physical distancing: community members will maintain at least 6’ of distance from one another throughout campus, whenever possible meeting virtually instead of in-person.
  • Face coverings: community members must wear face coverings when in public, including in classrooms, as well as in private if they cannot maintain 6’ of distance. The college will provide face coverings.
  • Enhanced cleaning: the College has increased its cleaning and sanitization regimen. We also urge community members to take responsibility for cleaning their own spaces or work areas.
  • Clear signage: signs and posters throughout campus will provide guidance on flow of traffic, expectations, and instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette.
  • Ample supplies: the College is making available supplies such as tissues, hand soap, waste receptacles, and CDC-approved hand sanitizer to community members.
  • Visitor limitation: campus access will be restricted. Students may not host non-Wagner visitors within residence halls. All campus visitors must have a business purpose and complete the same self-screening questionnaire as community members before accessing any College buildings.


Residential Education

Students will receive an email from the Residential Education department to sign up for a Move-in Day Experience, a 5-hour move-in window, which we expect to begin in early August. Students will then be able to return home or to other locations before the first day of classes.

Students may have roommates or suitemates, per New York State guidelines. Students may opt for a single-occupancy room at the double-occupancy rate, however, they may not be able to choose where they will be housed. Furniture in residence hall rooms and common spaces will be arranged to meet distance requirements. 

Dining Plan

The College has worked with Chartwells, our food service partner, to develop a dining and food safety program. We will introduce options for take-out and delivery using an app as well as touchless convenience store pickup areas. We will also decrease capacity in dining halls, adding plexiglass shields and adjusting furniture to manage occupancy and flow of traffic, and introducing new sterilization protocols and training for food service employees. 

Supporting High-Risk Populations

The College is committed to meeting the needs of students and employees classified by the CDC as at a high risk of severe illness relating to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic and Career Engagement for additional support and resources. Employees are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources for resources or to request reasonable accommodations.

Town Halls

President Martin hosted live Town Hall meetings to discuss plans for returning to campus and answer questions. Watch recordings of the events below.