First day reveals new campus norms

First day reveals new norms at SU

With hybrid and remote courses in the mix, SU students returned to classes for the first time with COVID-19 measures in place.
Published: August 24, 2020
Sign touting the COVID-19 safety pledge on SU's campus on Monday, Aug. 24

Syracuse University’s first days of classes confirmed what had been sensed for month: this school year will be like no other.

Students arrived on campus Monday to revamped classrooms, hand sanitizer dispensers at nearly every turn and signs — lots of them — on how to stay socially distant and hopefully COVID-free.

With some students opting to take classes remotely from home and hybrid classes cutting in-person class sizes in half, SU’s campus seemed barely half full compared to an ordinary fall day.

The humid 90-degree temperatures had many looking for a spot outside for fresh air and sunshine. On the quad, which would be packed during any other late August school day, there were a smattering of students who plopped down in the white circles spray painted on the lawn to designed socially distant spaces.

Some will feel the pandemic rules and precautions such as nixing snacks and water bottles from classrooms are extreme. But, it’s all in the hopes that SU will be one university that may miraculously make it through the semester without having to go fully online.

SU Chancellor Kent Syverud echoed this sentiment in his school year-opening welcome video: “The Orange family has in the past risen to challenges and succeeded together. Let’s all show the world that the Orange can do that now and defeat this virus.”

So while we monitor SU’s COVID-19 dashboard and until we truly know if the freshmen’s pre-semester quad party put the school year at risk, students will be asked to keep their masks firmly over their mouth and nose, and stay six feet away from everyone and everything.

 

Students walk to class on the SU campus on the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year.
On August 24, 2020, the first day of classes at Syracuse University, a sign reminds students to wear their masks at all times.
Signs throughout campus reminds SU students, faculty and staff to wear their masks at all times.
A Newhouse class meets under a tent on the first day of the 2020-2021 school year.
A Syracuse student relaxes within one of the social distancing markers. Taken on the quad on the first day back to school, August 24, 2020.
A Syracuse student relaxes Monday within one of the social distant spaces spray painted in white on the quad.
The 'Cuse Trolley Busdriver waves as he passes the intersection on August 24, 2020, the first day of classes.
The 'Cuse Trolley bus driver waves as he passes near SU's campus on the first day of classes.
Signs designate social distancing safe seats on Syracuse University's campus.
Social distance markers are placed under seats, measured 6 feet apart.
Students walk to class on the SU campus on the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students walk around near the Hall of Languages on the first day of fall semester classes.
Small groups of students hang out on the steps of Carnegie Library on the first day of the fall semester.
Students hang out on the steps of Carnegie Library on the first day of the fall semester.
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