Student Frequently Asked Questions


These questions and answers have been developed to respond to feedback on LIU’s Reopening Plan for LIU students. This is a fluid process and the answers to the questions may change between now and the beginning of the fall semester. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available and new questions arise.

Yes, the University has a detailed reopening plan. LIU’s reopening plan is evidence-based, sound, and fundamentally guided by both expert advice and the educational needs of our students. The University has convened a committee of over 45 representatives from across campus, who provided suggestions and feedback on the University’s plan.

To view the University’s reopening plan, click here.

Long Island University will re-open all of its campuses for the fall 2020 semester. Classes will be held in-person in accordance with all CDC and state guidelines.

Students are encouraged to return to in-person classes as the University re-opens. Alternative means of learning are available for any student who is unable to return. If a student is unable to return to campus or requires additional accommodations, they are encouraged to fill out this brief form. The Learning Support Team will contact students individually to discuss their specific situation.

No, there are no changes to the academic schedule. Classes will begin on September 8, 2020 for all students. The College of Veterinary Medicine program will begin on August 21 with New Student Orientation.

Any student who may need additional academic or learning accommodations should fill out this brief form. The Learning Support Team will contact students individually to discuss their specific situation.

Yes, the LIU Promise and Enrollment Services offices are open for normal business hours. Students are encouraged to reach out with their coach or counselor to set up a one-on-one virtual meeting.

The University reviewed all applications submitted and completed the funds distribution process in accordance with guidelines set forth under the CARES Act legislation. Students selected for grants received funds in the form of a check mailed to their address on file.

In accordance with the CARES Act, Long Island University is required to report specific information regarding the emergency financial aid grant process. Please refer to the “Resources” section of the LIU website at www.liu.edu/coronavirus for this report.

LIU continues to explore opportunities for financial aid and other support for students, including additional government funding that we hope will be made available in the future, and will communicate any updates through LIU email.

Yes, student employment will be available on-campus. Students are encouraged to use Handshake to explore open positions and speak with their success coach or enrollment counselor.

Health & Safety

Face coverings will be expected to be worn when in any University facility or when in public areas if a student is unable to maintain social distancing. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.

Yes. Students will be expected to complete a short questionnaire prior to returning to campus through an online app, LIU COVID-19 Self-Check. This screening will be completed daily.

Yes, hand sanitizer stations have been placed at the entrances of campus buildings and in other high traffic areas. Students are encouraged to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfectant processes were put into place at the beginning of the pandemic and will continue throughout the fall 2020 semester. All public areas, bathrooms, offices, and residence halls are cleaned on a more frequent basis and in accordance with CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting.

All faculty, staff, and students are required to follow basic infection prevention protocols: maintain social distancing, wear face covering and practice hand hygiene as well as respiratory etiquette. Sanitizer dispensing devices have been installed at most entryways and stairway access and egress points on all campuses.

Students who experience symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 may seek medical attention from their personal health care provider or they may use health services provided by LIU.

Students who suspect they may have COVID-19 symptoms and who contact Health Services will be screened by health care providers over the phone and then directed to the proper facility for an appointment, if necessary. The Riland Health Care Center and The Brooklyn Hospital Center each follow these protocols for appointments with students who may be COVID-19 positive:

  • Appointments are scheduled to ensure that waiting rooms allow for social distancing at all times.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by all patients and staff.
  • Visitors are not allowed with a patient unless special assistance in needed.
  • Patient exam rooms are closely monitored and disinfected as needed throughout the day.

Labs conducting COVID-19 tests automatically report all positive results to county health officials, who contact LIU to inform University officials of positive cases that have been identified on campus. For LIU Post students who test positive for COVID-19, Nassau and Suffolk County health officials will conduct contact tracing with the assistance of LIU Post staff and administrators. For LIU Brooklyn students who test positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be conducted by the University with the assistance of county health authorities in Brooklyn.

Academic

A new maximum occupancy capacity has been given to each classroom to adhere to New York State guidelines. Some classrooms have been reconfigured by removing seats; others will have seating marked to indicate how students should arrange themselves when they arrive.

All in-person course participants will wear face coverings. Every classroom participant, including the instructor, is asked to practice proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.

Study abroad opportunities will not take place this semester. Students should speak with the LIU Promise Success Coach or Enrollment Services Counselor about how to schedule studying abroad into future semesters.

All University support services will be available. This includes, Library, Information Technology, Learning Support Center, Counseling and Health Services, LIU Promise, Enrollment Services and others.

Information Technology offers students solutions and technological support. Students who would like to speak with IT should email it@liu.edu or call 718-488-3300/ 516-299-3300.

Yes, the library will be open in the fall 2020 semester. Some spaces may be altered to allow for social distancing but students will have access to all resources and locations.

Programs that require off-campus clinical or field training in other locations will ensure that students are properly protected by recommended safety protocols. Where possible, such programs will enhance simulation experiences to enable students to practice technical, diagnostic, and exam skills in controlled settings on campus.

Students who have clinical placements, student teaching, or other off-campus academic commitments should consult with their academic department for more specific information.

For courses and instruction that generally do not permit physical distancing (e.g., dance, theater, performing arts), alternative instruction will be instituted to minimize risk. Larger facilities will be used for enhanced distancing in the performing arts (music, dance, theater).

Living on Campus
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Residence Life move-in is staggered and students are asked to schedule an appointment. LIU Promise sent an email to all resident students with move-in instructions. Below are specific move-in date(s):

  • Resident Student Move-in: September 6 – 7, 2020
  • Early [14-days prior] Resident Move-in: August 19 – 21, 2020
  • Resident Assistants will move in earlier than anticipated in order to prepare the residence halls and support our resident students on campus.

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Students who reside in impacted states or countries must abide by New York State quarantine guidelines. Any student who resides in an impacted state must quarantine for 14-days in New York or another non-impacted state. Students may quarantine on-campus at no additional cost while space permits. Meals can either be purchased by Aramark Dining Services or by ordering from a local vendor. Local hotels that are providing special rates to LIU students can also be provided.

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Students must take and produce results for a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving into the residence hall for the semester.

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Additional single room accommodations have been made available for the fall 2020 semester. Students who are interested in changing their room-type to a single room should contact residence life staff in LIU Promise.

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New Student Orientation will be held virtually on September 4, 2020. It is a one-day program. In addition to this program, students are encouraged to participate in several in-person smaller events that will occur as part of Welcome Week.

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There is no change to the residence life move-out dates. Students will be able to stay in their assigned room throughout the semester and finals week.

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In order to practice proper social distancing and safeguard the health and safety of the residential student population, guests will not be permitted in the residence halls for the fall 2020 semester.

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Yes, an exciting schedule of campus events and programs is planned for fall 2020. LIU is proud to have a vibrant and exciting campus life and the fall semester will be no different. Students will be sent campus events each Monday via email.

In addition, LIU will launch EXPERIENCE | SHARK NATION which is an online and in-person student engagement platform that will greatly enhance the student experience in the years to come.

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Yes, the on- and off-campus Shark Shuttle will be operational. The Shark Shuttle is complying with physical distancing and enhanced cleaning requirements stipulated in New York State DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public Transportation Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.” Riders and drivers will wear mandatory masks while on the shuttles. The shuttle capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing.

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Students who are tested for COVID-19 are asked to self-quarantine while they wait for the results. If necessary, Student Affairs staff will work with students to ensure that they have a designated and safe place to quarantine if they are residence hall students. Residence Hall space has been identified on each campus for students already residing on campus. Commuter students will be asked to quarantine at home.

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Retail locations and residential dining halls will be open during the fall semester. LIU will continue to offer high-quality food service with a variety of options for students.

Dining services has made several alterations to ensure a safe and healthy dining experience for students. These changes include: increased grab-and-go options and the elimination of buffet and self-serve stations, limited capacity and altered seating configurations in accordance with the applicable New York State phase, and the addition of pre-packaged items. Physical barriers will be used where necessary and all food service staff will be re-trained on proper hygiene, food handling, and cleaning protocols.


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