Please note: If you are feeling sick, please reach out to Student Health Services during business hours and the Department of Public Safety after hours.
As Winter Break begins, we want to provide an update regarding the Spring Move-in timeline.
The New York State Department of Health revised its interim guidance for quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving to New York State (NYS). These changes require modification to the move-in process for resident student in January 2021.
New York State guidance could change again over the coming weeks; if this happens, we will notify resident of revisions to the timeline and plan. The information below ensures compliance with NYS guidance and takes additional measures beyond those required by NYS to create a safe environment for our students as we begin the spring semester.
Therefore, St. John’s University will require all resident students to be tested and to quarantine on campus for a minimum of 4 days (NO EXCEPTIONS) prior to the start of the semester. (This requirement applies to all students, including those from New York and those from contiguous states exempt from the travel advisory. This action is in place to increase the well-being of our community by reducing the risk of infection through asymptomatic transmission).
The process is as follows:
SPRING 2021 MOVE-IN: REVISED SCHEDULE:
Spring 2021 Move-in will take place by appointment only. Below is the revised schedule Students are required to have an appointment scheduled on a particular day and time in order to move in. To facilitate the quarantine process within each room, appointments will be assigned by building. We have staggered appointments during the day to allow for appropriate social distancing. Note that Spring classes will begin on Thursday, January 28 for all undergraduate and graduate students.
Check-in and First Testing Day
Buildings Moving In
Second Testing Day
Wednesday, January 13
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Students returning from International Travel
*Subject to NYS Guidance Changes
Monday, January 18
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, January 14
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, January 15
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19
DePaul (Grad), Goethals, Seton
Saturday, January 23
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20
Henley, Founders Village, Donovan
Sunday, January 24
Thursday, January 21
DaSilva, Hollis, Carey
Monday, January 25
Friday, January 22
9 .a.m.-5 p.m.
O’Connor, Century, Arlo (SI)
Tuesday, January 26
*We will activate your StormCard once you have a confirmed negative result for the second COVID test and quarantine is completed. Therefore, students who do not follow this process will not have access to their residence hall.
STUDENTS ARRIVING FROM ABROAD
All students returning to New York from countries abroad will be required to follow the NYS travel advisory guidelines and Covid-19 testing as noted above. Knowing that visa appointments and travel arrangements can be difficult to adjust in a short time span, the move-in date is 15 days prior to the start of classes. You will be allowed to quarantine for the shorter period required by NYS. However, if the requirements change, you will have enough time to quarantine for 14 days and still start classes on time. Once you complete quarantine, you are free to resume a normal schedule and will simply have an extra week on campus to relax and prepare for the spring semester.
Note: If you are an international student and you remained in the U.S. over the winter break, you will follow the same rules as other students arriving from within the U.S. and will not move-in on January 13th. Instead, you will move-in on the date indicated for the building you are assigned to, as shown in the chart above.
MEALS DURING QUARANTINE
For resident students in buildings not equipped with kitchen facilities (Donovan, Hollis, DaSilva, Century, Carey, and O’Connor Halls), an economically priced meal plan will be required during quarantine and delivered to your residence hall during your quarantine period when the Spring meal plan is not in effect.
Students residing in buildings with kitchen facilities (Henley, Founders Village (townhouses), DePaul, Seton, Goethals, and Arlo Road), will not be provided with a meal plan during the quarantine period and when the meal plan is not in effect. They should be prepared to bring food and beverages that will last for 4-6 days. No outside food delivery will be permitted.
All students should bring additional beverages and snacks from home that will last them through the quarantine period and that will keep them comfortable. Students flying to New York from abroad or from distant locations within the U.S. can order snacks, water/soda, and other basic supplies and have them delivered to the University in advance of the move-in date. Students will pick up their packages on the day of arrival before they move into their rooms.
We will share more detailed move-in instructions, including the link to the move-in appointment scheduler application over the Winter Break period (December/January). Please monitor your St. John’s email regularly. If you have additional questions, please contact your residence director or call 718-990-2417 during business hours.
Though the fall 2020 semester may prove to be unique in many ways, one essential detail is constant: St. John’s faculty members remain committed to challenging, enriching academic coursework. So most academic policies will be the same, even if they look a bit different depending on a given course’s format. A few notes:
All students are required to complete the “Campus Pass” self-screening prior to coming onto campus each day and to wear face covering at all times. Please visit the “Health & Wellness Screening” section for details.
In accordance with state and national guidelines, students arriving from many U.S. states or territories or from abroad must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine prior to arriving on campus. Please visit the “Quarantine Requirements for All Students” section for more information.
For additional detail on the daily screening and on staying healthy while on campus, visit the “On-Campus Health and COVID-19 Monitoring” section of this website.
The University Freshman Center’s dedicated team of advisors seeks to initiate and maintain an ongoing relationship with students, which is focused on achieving success both inside and outside of the classroom.
If you would like to request a change of major within the same college or if you wish to declare a minor, you must contact your UFC advisor. If you are requesting a change of major to a different college, you should contact your UFC advisor as it could affect your academic progress.
If you are a Staten Island Campus first year student or requesting a change in your major, please contact your advising dean in your current college.
To access St. John's Technology Services—including email, on-campus WiFi, and online course details through Canvas and Blackboard—you’ll log in using your full email address and password.
If you have your StormCard handy, you’ll find the ID# there. If you don’t yet have your physical card, you can also find the ID# online, under the new student “To Do List” located on UIS. To access it, follow these steps:
For more information, please visit the Information Technology website, which includes links to request IT support, additional information on accessing web-based tools, and other resources.
In addition, IT is running special “Students Technology Resources Webinars” on Thursday, August 27 (from 2:00pm-2:30pm), Friday, August 28 (from 11:00am-11:30am), Saturday, August 29(from 11:00am-11:30am), and Monday, August 31 (from 2:00pm-2:30pm).
To reduce density in our halls while meeting student needs, we have eliminated triple and quad occupancy rooms, added guest restrictions, and will continue working individually with students who notify the Office of Residence Life of underlying health conditions. In addition, we have communicated quarantine expectations to students arriving from many U.S. states or territories or from abroad, and encourage all resident students to read the “Move-In Survival Guide” for additional information on planned, socially distanced campus arrivals, among many other details.
In accordance with state and national guidelines, students arriving from many U.S. states or territories or from abroad (regardless of nationality or permanent address) must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine prior to entering campus. Students who arrived on campus on August 1 may be quarantining on-site. All other students must quarantine according to New York State’s Isolation and Quarantine Procedures, then submit a PCR COVID to St. John’s prior to returning.
Additionally, every day before entering campus, all members of the St. John’s community must complete the “Campus Pass” self-screening in the St. John’s University Connect app. After completing the screening, you will receive an email with either a green or red pass. This must be shown to Public Safety when entering campus. For additional detail on the daily screening and on staying healthy while on campus, visit the “On-Campus Health and COVID-19 Monitoring” section of this website.
Please read the quarantine FAQ for key additional information. If you have questions regarding these procedures, please contact Student Health Services (available Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 718-990-6360 (select menu option 4).
For more information on arriving to campus, including details on the “Campus Pass” self-screening, please visit On-Campus Health and COVID-19 Monitoring.
Be sure to read the “Quarantine Requirements for All Students” section above before reading this FAQ. Note that only students arriving from many U.S. states or territories or from abroad (regardless of nationality or permanent address) must quarantine prior to entering campus.
You will need to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID test to Student Health Services three days prior to entering campus for the start of classes. The test should be taken at the end of the quarantine. Test results may take several days to be returned to you, so please plan accordingly.
Students who test positive will need to follow the instructions of the health care professional providing their results. Students are also required to notify Student Health Services of a positive result.
You can search for test locations on this website, but be sure to check with the testing site in advance for appointment availability.
Yes. Please review the “Academic Policies” section of this site for details, but students taking in-person classes must generally have completed all requirements and be cleared to enter campus no later than August 29.
St. John’s recognizes the central role that extra- and cocurricular programming plays in the student experience. The Division of Student Affairs has begun working with SGI and student organizations to move as much of its programming to virtual formats as is possible.
If students believe that an event cannot be held virtually, they can bring specific requests to their student organization advisor, who will then review it and advance it to senior leadership if appropriate.
We expect students to refrain from gathering in groups, even with social distancing and masks in place. We recognize that this semester will be quite different from every other, and appreciate the key role you play in keeping yourselves, your peers, and our community healthy.
Learn more about Queens campus virtual activities and Staten Island campus virtual activities.
Are you looking to stay connected to your St. John’s community while classes are hybrid? Follow @StJohnsNow and @StJohnsNowSI on Instagram for campus news, staying well and self-care practices, online activities you can join, upcoming virtual events, and more!
University Career Services is providing all services on-line to meet your career development needs and to help you find internship and job opportunities. Students are invited to contact Career Services from their first semester on campus and beyond graduation. Professional career advisors and engaging programs are fully available to support the development of career readiness skills and exploration of options in an increasingly virtual environment.
Appointments can be made via the St. John’s Connect app under Resources > Career Services > Make an Appointment. You may also call Career Services in Queens at 718-990-6375 or in Staten Island at 718-390-4438.
There are a few ways you can access mental health supports this fall from the Center for Counseling and Consultation.
Disability Services is conducting web-based or phone registration meetings for students in need of new accommodations related to the online educational environment. The team also continues to support currently registered students via email, phone, or video teleconferencing such as Webex. Please contact us at 718-990-6867 or [email protected] if you have questions or need assistance.
The Office of Student Financial Services is available to answer your questions on the Queens and Staten Island campuses. Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please contact the office at 718-990-2000 or [email protected].
St. John’s recognizes some students may be experiencing pandemic-related difficulties and may want to consider a Health-Related Leave of Absence (HRLOA). For more information, visit the HRLOA website.
The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) is the first resource to contact whenever you need assistance related to your visa or to living and studying in the U.S., even if you happen to be studying online from abroad this fall. Visit our website for information on the best ways to reach us.
The SOAR team is ready to help, and continues to work and meet with students and others by phone and through video conferencing. If you would like to meet with someone from SOAR, please call the Campus Support Advisor at 718-990-8484. We will respond to voicemail within two business days. If you need to talk with someone after-hours, or if you need to discuss an urgent matter, please call our 24/7 Mental Health Helpline at 718-990-6352.
Our individual actions are fundamental to keeping our community safe and healthy, so if you observe individuals not complying with health guidance, including social distancing or face covering protocols, we ask that you do the following:
Through student employment, St. John’s aims to help students defray college expenses, expand their educational experiences, and help prepare them for life after college.
This fall, student worker positions—both regular and federal work study—will be offered both on-campus and remotely. To prepare you to work on campus this semester, you will be required to attend a webinar on returning to work that will address workplace safety plans, face coverings, hygiene, and cleaning protocols. The webinar will run for 50 minutes, with additional time for Q & A. The links to register for the webinars can be found on the Human Resources Training & Development web page.
Please keep in mind that you may not work more than 20 hours per week, and your earnings must remain within your grant award (if applicable). For more information on work policies, please visit our Student Worker Resource Guide. A few additional notes:
Students may contact the Office of Student Employment with questions at 718-990-2497.
Student Health Services remains available to address your concerns.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and to social distancing guidelines as established by the state, city, and University, we will no longer offer courtesy shuttle bus service. This includes service to/from the Staten Island campus and to the Staten Island Ferry. The office of Public Safety is available to provide escorts for students living in University managed properties when they are feeling concerned about traveling independently.
For students seeking transportation options to the Queens campus:
For students seeking transportation options to the Staten Island campus:
We encourage everyone commuting to campus via buses, personal vehicles, ride sharing, and paratransit services, to review the CDC guidelines, protect yourself when using public transportation.
Since Wellness Education is more important than ever, the Wellness Education and Prevention team will provide virtual wellness information to help members of the St. John’s community thrive.