Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides general information on college operations for the fall 2020 semester. You may also refer to the Wagner College restart plan. Please be advised that information will be updated as needed.

[Updated 08-20-2020]


If you are not an entering freshman but are any other level of student, you can notify the Registrar’s Office of your intention to be fully remote by submitting the form at this link.  Faculty will receive a class list indicating any students that intend to participate remotely.  


If you are an entering freshman, you would have to notify Dr. Matt Kubacki, Dean for Academic and Career Engagement, at, if you intend to be fully remote for the fall. You can keep your class schedule as it is, with you joining any on-campus classes from online. For classes that are not fully online, most will be available through a mixed modality.  Or, you can change your schedule to classes that are fully online.


The fully online Learning Community is LC 5, with description here.

The deadline for such notifications is August 7th.  While we understand there may be changes to student’s needs after that point, in order for class preparations to take place, it is necessary to have as much information as possible two weeks prior to the beginning of classes.

Classrooms are as safe an environment as your residence hall, and we encourage all students who are on campus to attend classes in person.  If you require accommodations for health and/or quarantine purposes, then of course you may learn remotely.  If for another reason you wish to be online, there will be a procedure to request accommodations.

Most students enter Wagner as officially Undeclared, even if they may know what major they want to pursue. The default listing is as a Bachelor of Science degree. Once you discuss your academic plans with your faculty advisor, you may be able to declare your major toward the end of the first semester. Doing this will list your major officially, list your degree type (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science), and provide you with a faculty advisor in your major.

Because of the nature of this fall semester, all entering freshmen have been limited to 4 units. We are adding a winter (online) term, though, so you will be able to take 1 class in that winter term, giving you more space in your spring term. Students at Wagner, under the full-time tuition, are allowed to take up to 9 units per academic year. Typically, that means 4 in one semester and 5 in the other. With the addition of the winter term this year, that gives you added flexibility.

Your faculty advisor to start is your instructor for your Reflective Tutorial (RFT) class.

Typically, this is due to a needed immunization or other medical record being required. To check on that, you can inquire with that office at

Voice lessons and instrument lessons are exclusively being offered online, while some ensembles will be hybrid.  The Performing Arts Department department will meet in person for several of our music theatre classes, using social distancing.

If roommates or suitemates are enrolled in the same class, we recommend they speak with their faculty member in the first week of class. We also recommend they discuss solutions together for how they can best learn in the space. Additionally, there will be areas set up across campus for students to take online classes.

Classes are being offered in a variety of formats. If your professor will not be coming to campus, the class will be online (and indicated as such in my.wagner). If there is sufficient room in the classroom to allow for physical distancing, the class may run in person. Otherwise the class will be split into two groups (your professor will let you know which group you are in) and you will come to class for approximately half of the normal time, such as one class a week instead of two

The final exam week is begin held online only, after Thanksgiving, starting Monday November 30th.

If you have two classes back-to-back, and one is online and the other is in-person, and you are a commuter student, there will be room in the library for you to take the online class. You will also be able to work in the commuter lounge. Resident students should take the online class in their room on campus.

If you no longer wish to take your classes in person, please complete the form on the Registrar’s website. If you do this, you will not be able to take any classes in person for the remainder of the semester, and will need to leave the residence halls.

The following website has document explaining how to use the required software for the fall semester:

Health Services and Testing

Enrolled students will be seen by appointment after the completion of pre-screening/triage completed by telephone or Zoom.

We ask students to keep a supply of over the counter medication such as tylenol, antacids, cough medicine, cold medicine with them. After a telehealth visit, the provider will be able to advise the student on medication needed for symptom relief prior to an in person evaluation.

All students must have a COVID-19 PCR negative test dated within 7 to 10 days of arrival on campus. No student will be permitted on campus without this test result. This must be submitted to the Center for Health and Wellness via email at or fax to 718 420 4170. Residential students should also have a hard copy of this result prior to moving on to campus.

We will be implementing an app called CoVerified that will be available in mid-August. The CoVerified app allows scheduling of testing for all individuals. Each student is expected to complete a daily health questionnaire via this app. Each student will upload their COVID-19 test date and result from home into this mobile application when available.

Wagner College will be testing appx 1600 individuals regularly (about ½ our population of students and staff combined).

Wagner College is working with the Broad Institute for Testing. The test is an anterior nasal swab test that is self administered under observation of a health professional. It will be sent to the lab and results will be sent to the students email. We are expecting results to be available within 48-72 hours upon arrival of the test at the lab.

Results will also be sent to Dr. Kathleen Oberfeldt, Dean of Health and Wellness, who will follow up with students and give guidance.

If a student tests positive, we ask you utilize your home or emergency contact to isolate for 14 days, as recommended by New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH). When a student has a positive test result, or is transported off campus by EMS, the parent/guardian will be notified. If not available, the emergency contact will be notified. This result is also sent to the NYC DOH.

Residential Students

Students living in Foundation Hall will be asked to quarantine in their suites for 14 days. All suitemates will also be asked to quarantine.

Students living in Towers or Harborview Hall will be moved to isolation housing in Guild Hall.

Meals will be provided daily via Dining Services to the students room.

The student is expected to have a “Go Bag” readily accessible to bring with them into quarantine. This bag should include clothes for at least one week, toiletries, and other items deemed necessary for the two week stay. The student will also bring their computer, books, phone and chargers. If the student is able, it is expected they will continue with virtual learning.

Commuter Students

Commuter students will be asked to remain at home should they test positive. If the student is on campus and receives such information, they will be asked to depart immediately.

Students in isolation and quarantine will receive a telehealth visit  from Health and Wellness staff daily, and a telehealth visit or phone call from a mental health provider daily.

We will initiate contact tracing via the Center for Health and Wellness as well as utilize contact tracers assigned to each case by the NYC DOH.  Individuals who have been in close contact with this individual, as well as faculty and staff  will be informed ASAP.

The Center for Health & Wellness is open and staffed with an Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner Mon-Thurs 8:30am- 10pm, Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat and Sun 12noon-4pm

  1. Proof of Immunization to Measles   All students are required by NYS Law to provide proof of Measles Immunization, either by  2 dates of administration, or copy of original lab result of Measles Quantitative  Immunity level.
  2. Proof of Meningitis Quadrivalent vaccine after the age of 16.
  3. Covid-19 PCR and/or Antigen negative test (antibody tests will not satisfy the requirement).

Yes- beginning May 1st through September 8th,  all full time registered students must Enroll or Waive medical insurance for the 2020-21 Academic year.

Here is the link to EIIA for Wagner College students:

You do not need to login or create an account, simply click “Waive” or “Enroll” and provide the necessary information.

Questions on Insurance ?  Student Department at (EIIA) Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators Inc., at 888-255-4029 or


  • New Students will move-in on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 OR Thursday, August 20, 2020. 
  • Returning Students will move-in on Friday, August 21, 2020, Saturday, August 22, 2020, OR Sunday, August 23, 2020. 


The move-in process will be over a 1 hour period. We will allow students to sign up for a time slot when they receive their housing assignments. Finally, we will not be able to allow students to have assistance during move-in. We know this is disappointing and we hope that the spring move-in will allow for a more “normal” and “family friendly” move in

If your state is added to the restricted list before your assigned move-in day, you will be asked to arrange for 14 day quarantine per the directives from the State of New York OR you should prepare to complete your studies remotely until your state has been removed from the restricted list. This will mean you will begin your coursework remotely until your housing can be arranged. Students moving in late will have their housing prorated.

Once the country or state is cleared, the Office of Residential Education will individually contact each student. Move-ins will begin after 7 consecutive days in which the state or country is cleared. Residential Education will arrange move-in dates and times around the student’s academic calendar.

Students who would prefer to live off campus for the fall semester and return to campus housing in the future may do so. Please complete the form sent to students by August 3 if you would like to live off campus.

The Office of Residential Education will work to release updated housing assignments during the first and second week of August. Current housing assignments listed in myWagner are subject to change. However, the office is committed to keeping room-style types the same (e.g. remaining in a single room, double room or suite-style room). The Office of Residential Education will work to release updated housing assignments on August 10th.

Our intention is to use Foundation Hall and Harborview Hall fully. We intend to use Towers Hall A-C Tower. Guild Hall will be self-quarantine and isolation housing. However, based on projected residential enrollments, this may change.

Students will not receive housing assignments until they are (a) permitted to come to New York without travel restrictions AND (b) confirmed that their self-quarantine plan has been submitted to the college and complies with all responsibilities.

When a state or country is cleared, students will be assigned housing assignments in available locations.

Residential Education recognizes a roommate is very important. We are committed to working together on solutions. However, we will be seeking to consolidate to comply with our needed quarantine and isolation housing in the event of an emergency. The intended plan for each building is as follows: 

  • Guild Hall: All students preassigned to Guild Hall will be moved to Towers Hall and/or Harborview Hall. 
  • Foundation Hall: If your suite of 4 people will now have 2 or more vacancies, you will be eligible to identify new roommates (juniors or seniors only) to live with or be consolidated with other students. 
  • Harborview Hall: For those in double rooms, roommates may be changed. We will review preferences and work with athletic coaches (for those applicable). For single rooms, our intention is to honor them to the best of our ability. Be advised, room placement/floor is subject to change. 
  • Towers Hall: Due to our changes in anticipated housing enrollment in Towers, current placements will be changed. Residential Education will work with Greek Life through Student Engagement and Activities on a plan for this process.

To equitably accommodate all of our students, housing assignments will be finalized for the fall 2020 semester only. Residential Education will run a Spring 2021 housing selection process in November and December 2020. As such, students should anticipate fully vacating their housing assignment at the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester. Students staying for the winter session may be expected to move to temporary Winter Housing. Details are to follow.

Unfortunately, no. We will have to strictly adhere to the move-in schedule and time availability. Residential Education will work to the best of our ability to accommodate your top preferred times.

Yes. However, those details should be arranged on your own.

We have updated the item threshold to accommodate all students.  Students will be permitted to move-in with 2-3 suitcases, 2-3 additional items, and a fridge and microwave. The fridge and a microwave will not count toward your total items. Please be advised that move-in bins will not be available.

Meals and Dining

Wagner’s Dining Services offer a variety of meal plans to suit students’ schedules and preferences. At the Main Dining Hall in the Wagner Union Building on the first floor, all food and beverage items will be served, including all options offered in the past including hot entrees (including vegan, gluten free, nut free and vegetarian options), and sandwich, soup, pasta, pizza, and salad bar provide ample choices at every meal. The Hawk’s Nest café is located in the Union on the third floor.

Yes-  download Boost, a mobile ordering app. You can browse available menus, customize your food and order ahead, pay with your campus card or credit card, and schedule pick up time. In order to help keep everyone safe, we will have online ordering with Boost, a mobile ordering app.  Boost ordering will be for the Hawk’s Nest, no one will be able to place an order inside the Hawk’s Nest.  Use Boost to place your order in advance and come to the Hawk’s Nest to pick up your order.

All food and beverage options will be served to all students, there will not be any self-serve stations.  A food service associate will serve all foods, desserts and beverages.  All options are still available including hot entrée, vegetarian entrees, vegan features, fresh baked desserts, pizza, pasta, deli sandwiches, salads prepared to order and all hot & cold beverages.

The Main Dining Hall is following the State of New York & CDC guidelines with social distancing in our dining room.  All tables are spaced 6 feet apart and have limited number of chairs.  We are opening the Faculty Dining Room as an extension of the Main Dining Hall seating to offer additional seats.  Everyone is encouraged to download the Dine on Campus app so you can reserve a seat.  Lunch and dinner will have three seating’s.

Lunch you can reserve a seat from 11am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm or 1pm – 2pm.

Dinner you can reserve a seat from 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, or 6:30pm – 8pm every Monday through Thursday.  On Friday dinner is 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, or 6:30pm – 7pm.

On Saturday and Sunday brunch seating is 11am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm or 1pm – 2pm.

Saturday and Sunday dinner 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, or 6:30pm – 7pm.


The Hawk’s Nest will not have any seating in the Fall Semester.  In order to keep everyone safe, we will provide take out service.  All food options are still available.

Everyone is encouraged to download the Dine on Campus app so you can reserve a seat.  Lunch and dinner will have three seating’s.  We will limit the number of students in the dining hall and our Dine on Campus app will help secure a seat in one of the three seating options available.

Day to Day Life - Student Expectations

Please provide the address and contact information in your quarantine plan. 

Face coverings must cover your nose and mouth- they may include straps that hook over your ears or be made of a material that remains over your nose and mouth without the use of your hands. T-shirts, jackets, or other items may not be substituted as a face covering. Be sure to carry a face covering at all times. 


Two face coverings will be provided at your first on campus COVID-19 test appointment.

You are required to wear a face covering at all times on campus- including but not limited to hallways, bathrooms, academic spaces, study/lounge spaces, dining facilities, and in outdoor spaces when you are unable to maintain six feet of physical distance. 



  • When you are at a designated eating area and are eating or drinking. 
  • Outdoor spaces where a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance is maintained
  • Resident students: in your room or suite (when there are no guests in your living space).

If you are a residential student, you must wear a face covering anytime you leave your room or suite. You are expected to wear a face covering if you enter another resident’s room, common space, or restroom (except if you are shaving, showering, or brushing your teeth), hallway, building entrance, and lounges. Guests must also wear face coverings. Any RA or College official that is entering your room due to a facilities matter, health and safety inspection, or other approved reason, must also wear face coverings. 

In the event of an evacuation, you must wear a face covering when departing your room and maintain physical distance when outside. 

We expect all members of the Wagner community to act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members.


Reports of violations can be submitted directly to one of the following offices: Campus Life, Public Safety, Residential Education, or Human Resources. Human Resources oversees all employee violations and follow- ups; Campus Life oversees all student violations and follow-ups. This is a progressive documentation system. The College may also determine that certain conduct warrants immediate dismissal from campus without first resorting to the first three levels of discipline.


  • First Violation: Positive Compliance warning: Virtual or phone meeting to discuss.
  • Second Violation: Formal Compliance meeting, and educational sanction: Student meets with case manager via Zoom or Google Hangouts to discuss compliance; it will be made clear that further violations could mean removal from campus activities. Students are given resources to schedule appointments at the Center for Health & Wellness. Communication will also be sent home as they may be a change in the student’s status.

Third Violation: Hearing to determine removal from campus activities. The panel may decide to remove the student from campus activities/residence halls due to the community health violations.

Please politely remind them verbally, point at your own face mask/covering, and/or refer to the signage that will be visible throughout campus buildings.  If a student does not comply, and you know the name of the individual, please send an email to for follow-up. A form to submit information regarding such an incident is forthcoming. 

Wagner College bookstore will have face coverings available for purchase.

No. If you are not wearing an appropriate face covering or mask, you will be asked to leave the classroom and building.

Only Wagner residential students can visit one another. Please be advised that the maximum number of people allowed in a residence hall room is the current occupancy of the room + two (2). This means if there is one occupant in the room, the maximum amount that can be in the room is three (3). Guests must wear face coverings at all times.

If you have elected to study remotely for fall 2020 and your state is removed from the restricted states list during the semester, you do not need to move on to campus.

You are able to have employment off campus. When traveling off campus, we advise that you continue to be mindful while traveling to and from your employer, wearing a face covering, washing your hands/using hand sanitizer, and maintaining physical distance wherever possible.

Students would be expected to quarantine off site in a non restricted state for 14 days prior to their clearance to come back to campus. They will be expected to complete coursework remotely.

International Students

The Department of Homeland Security agreed to rescind the July 6,  2020 SEVP policy guidance and return to the previous temporary COVID-19 guidance.  The Center for Intercultural Advancement received updated documentation from the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) with additional details on the guidance for Fall 2020.

Based on these changes, we would like to share with you what this guidance means for F-1 students, both undergraduate and graduate, with regard to the Fall 2020 semester.

Continuing / Active F-1 Students Inside the U.S. for the start of the Fall Semester:

(including those currently outside the U.S. but seeking to return for fall semester).

  • Your F-1 status will remain active and you do not need to depart the U.S.
  • To maintain your F-1 status, you must be enrolled full-time. This can include all online courses, or a combination of online, in-person and hybrid courses. There is no in-person course requirement for F-1 students.
  • Wagner is no longer required to provide an updated I-20 to students in the U.S.


Continuing / Active F-1 Students Outside the U.S. During the Fall Semester:


  • Your SEVIS record will remain Active while abroad, as long as you maintain full-time enrollment with Wagner College.
  • At this time, the five-month temporary absence provision (8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(4)) will not apply for students who remain in Active status.
  • CICA may be required to issue an updated Form I-20 for all active F-1 students who remain abroad. More information will be shared by CICA once confirmed.


New Students in SEVIS Initial & Transfer Pending Status:


  • It is unclear at this time what enrollment requirements may apply for new students who are in INITIAL status in SEVIS and seek to enter the U.S. for the fall 2020 semester.   We anticipate in-person or hybrid enrollment will be required; however it’s uncertain if students will need to be in at least 3 units of in-person / hybrid courses.


  • New students who are in INITIAL status in SEVIS and wish to enroll fully online for the fall 2020 semester will NOT be allowed to enter the U.S. in F-1 status for the fall semester.   You may enroll in online courses from abroad for fall and request a deferral of your SEVIS record to Spring or Fall 2021.


  • New students INSIDE the U.S. who are transferring their SEVIS record to Wagner College (SEVIS Transfer Pending) will be allowed to remain in the U.S., be registered in SEVIS to be in active F-1 status, and enroll full-time (in any format of classes).


  • New students INSIDE the U.S. who are transferring their SEVIS record to Wagner College (SEVIS Transfer Pending) will be allowed to remain in the U.S., be registered in SEVIS to be in active F-1 status, and enroll full-time (in any format of classes).

If you wish to defer your fall 2020 admission, please contact Ellen Navarro at or Sidiq Soulemana

In accordance with SEVP’s most recent guidance, “F students in new or initial status after March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online.”


This means, new students who are in INITIAL status in SEVIS, this includes SEVIS Transfers, and wish to enroll fully online for the fall 2020 semester will NOT be allowed to enter the U.S. in F-1 status for the fall semester.   You may enroll in online courses from abroad for fall and request a deferral of your SEVIS record to Spring 2021.


Based on this recent guidance, new students who are in INITIAL status and want to come to the U.S. for the fall semester should be allowed to apply for a visa and enter the U.S. with the appropriate documents, as long as they provide proof of enrollment in at least one 3-credit in-person or hybrid course . We recommend printing a copy of your fall 2020 course schedule from myWagner as proof of in-person/hybrid enrollment.

New students INSIDE the U.S. who are transferring their SEVIS record to Wagner College (SEVIS Transfer Pending) will be allowed to remain in the U.S., be registered in SEVIS to be in active F-1 status, and enroll full-time (in any format of classes).

SEVP guidance states that initial status students who have not already arrived in the US “should remain in their home country,” but this does not override federal regulations that indicate students may travel into the US as long as they have an I-20 from their institution and a valid visa.


As proof that physical presence in the US is required, we advise enrolling in at least 1, or as many as possible, in-person/hybrid courses. Proof of enrollment in the form of your printed course schedule from myWagner is recommended.

Please note, your admission to the US in F-1 status is ultimately at the discretion of the US embassy or consulate that issued your student visa (if applicable) as well as Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry.

In order to adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, students traveling to Wagner College from outside the U.S. or domestic states that require a 14-day “stay at home” period must have fulfilled the 14 days prior to the start of classes on Monday, August 24. Wagner College is requiring one COVID-19 pcr  test within 14 days of coming onto campus. If you are coming Aug 24, you should be tested Aug 10 through  Aug 17. This will allow you time to receive your results. You will need to quarantine off campus for two weeks prior to returning to campus.The second test will be done by a professional on campus within a week of you returning to campus.

Recreation, Clubs, and Activities

Wagner’s Student Recreation & Fitness Centers will operate in alignment with the guidance from NIRSA, NPRA, IHRSA, industry experts, and public health guidelines to establish protocols for re-opening our facilities. For fall 2020, the Centers will only be available to students and employees of the College. They will open and remain open by Senior Team approval and only if New York City gyms and athletic facilities are permitted to be open. We will implement physical distancing and PPE parameters.

Unfortunately, tabling events on campus, including the Union and residence halls, are suspended until further notice.

This year’s Club Fair will be virtual and held through Presence. Club Presidents will receive instructions from Student Engagement and Activities during the week of August 10th, 2020.

Similar to Spring 2020, we advise that all club meetings occur virtually via Google Meet (offers live closed captioning) or Zoom. 

Campus Adjustments in Response to COVID-19

Laundry service is suspended for the fall semester. We will revisit reinstating the service for the Spring 2021 semester at a later date.

Walk-in hours will be limited. Connect with a faculty or staff member directly to arrange a time to meet virtually or over the phone.

Common areas, eating areas, lounges, classrooms, and other congregating areas will have furniture arranged to promote physical distancing, with signage instructing community members to not move furniture; the placement of furniture in common areas is meant to be sustained and enforced.

Information for Guests and Visitors

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate non-Wagner residential guests to enter the residence halls. Please connect with your student to arrange a time and location outside on campus grounds to do an item exchange.

Yes-  you are able to pick your student up from campus to enjoy one of many dining options on Staten Island.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and CARES Act

Please refer to the Business Office regarding tuition, financial aid, and CARES Act.