Spring Semester Update

Dear Students, Families, Faculty and Staff:

Our preparations for the spring semester continue at a fast pace. At the same time, pandemic conditions are evolving around the country and across the globe. I write to you to share where we are in our decision making with our return to campus.

It remains our intention to begin classes on Jan. 25. As we have done throughout the pandemic, our decisions will prioritize the health and safety of our entire community. Over the holidays, we will be monitoring conditions closely, with guidance from the New York State Department of Health, Onondaga County Health Department, the Syracuse University Public Health Team and other public health officials.

You will hear from me during the first week of January with more details on how we will proceed with the spring semester. Until then, you will continue to receive updates from University leaders and the Public Health Team. Please continue to visit Syracuse.edu/staysafe for the most up-to-date information about our COVID-19 response and planning.

I recognize that for our students and their families, uncertainty is stressful. As a community, we rallied together through uncertainty for a successful fall semester. I know that same Orange spirit will lead us into the spring, no matter what obstacles we face. You will hear more from us soon. Until then, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.


Chancellor Kent Syverud