Campus Operations

Colleges and universities operate like small cities offering multiple amenities including housing, restaurants, libraries, gyms, transportation systems, places of worship, and entertainment venues.  The college’s Recovery Task Force worked for several months preparing a phased approach to reopening the campus in preparation for the fall semester. 

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing of at least six feet of separation has been implemented throughout the campus - in the classrooms and in all other public spaces.  Signage is placed prominently on floors for queues and at designated entrance and exit points.  Building “flow plans” reduce bi-directional foot traffic within buildings and maximize physical distancing.  Informational signs placed throughout campus remind everyone about the importance of excellent hygiene, symptoms of illness and ways to seek assistance.  Personal protective equipment (i.e. face coverings) have been provided to students as a critical component of risk mitigation and are required at all times in all common public areas except in areas designated for eating or when students are in private quarters.

Click here to watch a video of how traffic flow is being managed at Canisius.

Building Entrances and Exits 

The following measures have been implemented to maintain a safe and secure environment on campus.

• Entrances into campus buildings is by card access only.
• Access into buildings is limited to specific entrances.
• Those entrances are identified on the attached maps.
• Active building entrances have a sign reading “BUILDING ENTRANCE.”
• Card readers on all other building entrances have been deactivated.
• Building entrances, where the card reader has been deactivated, have a sign reading “EXIT ONLY”.

View Campus Entrance Maps 

In an effort to reduce transmission and be as safe as possible, we are asking the campus community to keep entrances secure and avoid holding doors where possible. We understand this may feel unnatural and be an adjustment, and we appreciate all efforts toward safety.


Elevators and Stairwells

The number of individuals allowed in elevators is dictated by social distancing rules. In the case of elevators, the maximum capacity is limited to four (4) persons and all are required to wear face coverings. 

Where possible, facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs. 

Library, Bookstore and Dining

The library, bookstore and dining facilities have developed specific plans for common spaces, including the safest ways for students to navigate these areas and access what they need.


Occupancy will be reduced in study and shared spaces to ensure six feet of separation. Furniture will be distanced and a limited number of people will be allowed in small group study rooms. Signage will indicate the maximum number of patrons allowed in small group rooms. Other floor markings, signage, and plexiglass will be installed at service points to communicate social distancing and other safety protocols. Access to open stacks will be allowed with signage to mandate physical distancing with signage to indicate patrons should not re-shelve materials. Materials for short-term course reserves will be electronic only with no circulation of high-demand technology devices. Contactless transactions using self-checkout kiosks and self-serve holds will be used, employing cleaning protocols after each use. Returned or used materials will be quarantined for a minimum of three days. Specific protocols for the safe handling of rare and unique materials have been developed. Contactless procedures for item pickup and checkout will be used. Reduced operating hours will provide safe and secure late night, monitored study space.


Follett, the college’s bookstore vendor, has the nationwide scale and capabilities to help institutions provide needed course materials through the company’s technology platforms and content partnerships. During this pandemic, Follett is offering a number of online options to access free ebooks and make online shopping convenient.

The campus retail store located in the lower level of the Student Center remains open. A detailed safety plan has been developed in accord with New York State’s guidelines for retail operations and can be viewed by clicking here.  


The maximum occupancy in our dining facilities has been reduced by 50 percent. Refer to Chartwells Dining Services "Path to Open" to view a more detailed safety plan that has been implemented for each of thecollege's main dining facilities.  New this year, Canisius dining is cashless. Accepted forms of payment include Griff Bucks, Griff Choice, Credit Cards and Apple Pay.  Below are the following changes and operating hours for each dining facility on campus:


Monday - Friday

  • Breakfast- 7:00am-10:00am- All You Care To Eat.
  • Lunch- 10:30am-2:00pm- Ala Carte
  • Dinner- 4:00pm-8:00pm- All You Care To Eat.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch-10:30am-1:30pm- All You Care To Eat
  • Dinner- 4:00pm-8:00pm- All You Care To Eat.

Dinner reservations are encouraged in the Dining Hall. Create an account with your Canisius Email and student ID to reserve a dinner slot at


  • Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.
  • Take out only


  • Monday- Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Market has limited seating capacity

IGGY'S: (New location in Student Center)

  • 7:00pm-11:00pm
  • Take out only


KAC and Fitness Center

Fitness facilities (for student use only) are subject to New York State guidelines for gym operations.  Information about the use of these and other recreational spaces on campus is outlined below: 

The Canisius College D1 Athletics Program has canceled all fall sports intercollegiate competition in accord with the decisions announced by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. This affects men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's cross-country and women's cross-country. It also impacts rowing and men's golf, which compete in the fall but have spring championships. The MAAC presidents will decide at a later date if fall sports competition will be feasible in the spring.


To guide a safe return to athletic training, a phased approach shall be taken and graduation to more advanced opportunities shall be continually evaluated. Each phase will continue for a minimum of 14 days. The plan may be amended based on updated federal, state, county and institutional information, guidelines and policies involving COVID-19. In developing safety protocols, best practices were reviewed with an emphasis on guidance from the State of New York, the Erie County Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the NCAA.

To view the full phased approach, visit New York Forward: Canisius Reopening Plan (page 16).  

Shuttle Service

When using the college’s shuttle bus, face coverings must be worn and shuttle capacity is reduced by 50 percent.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Canisius has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting efforts across campus. Common areas and restrooms are being cleaned and maintained by Facilities Management, and faculty, staff and students have a shared responsibility for cleaning high-touch surfaces and shared work areas (desktop, keyboards, chairs, etc.) before and after use, as well as public surfaces before/after eating.  Additionally, new procedures for waste and recycling receptacles have been instituted to help reduce touch points where germs are easily exchanged.  These efforts also support the college in its sustainability efforts to reduce waste on campus. 

Engineering Controls

Improvements to campus HVAC systems and air circulation have been implemented to mitigate risk.  Additionally, engineering controls have been optimized to introduce fresh air into the campus HVAC without sacrificing thermocontrols.  Air-handling systems on campus  utilize high-grade air filters and meet current ASHRAE recommendations for hospital level filtration.