SU delays start of spring 2021 semester
Spring semester start delayed again
Syracuse University has altered the start of the spring 2021 semester as COVID-19 infections continue to rise across the country and as health officials predict a post-holiday surge in cases.
“Starting our semester two weeks later best positions us to resume residential instruction in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Central New York community,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud in an email to students, families and staff.
The semester will now begin two weeks later than the original start date of Jan. 25. The decision comes as a result of consultation with the Onondaga County Health Department, the email stated. The decision was also made in hopes that frontline workers on campus will have an opportunity to get vaccinated before the semester begins.
“The delayed start also gets us closer to the time when vaccines will be more widely available across the country,” the email stated.
Move in for students living in residence halls will begin on Feb. 1. Information about quarantine requirements, testing and logistics for a safe return to campus is expected in the coming weeks.