Health and Safety Guidance

In the true Canisius spirit, the college community will work together to stay safe on campus. 

An important part of our strategy is ensuring that people are healthy when they come to school, and modifying our facilities and procedures to mitigate risk. Through rigorous safety protocols and physical alterations to campus facilities, we have created an environment intended to limit the spread of Covid-19 in our community. All of us must adhere to some basic safety principles: monitor your health daily, mask wearing, social distancing, frequent handwashing and avoiding large gatherings.  Everyone - students, faculty and staff alike - is being asked to acknowledge the Griff Pledge to commit to these new community expectations and practice them on a daily basis.

Monitoring Your Health

Students arriving on campus were not required to be tested for Covid-19 unless they were symptomatic.

However, all faculty and staff are required to complete a daily health screening prior to reporting to work on campus.  Additionally, a mobile app, Campus Clear, is available for student use. Students are encouraged to utilize this daily self-monitoring tool whenever they are on campus. Results will be assessed periodically by a designated team in the Office of Student Health. If anyone reports symptoms or has been exposed to someone potentially infected, the college will initiate its protocols to care for the student and contain, monitor and track illness.

Campus community members are also asked to complete a Daily Health Assessment, which informs a designated team of anyone who may have symptoms or who has been exposed to someone potentially infected.  This also enables the college to take appropriate measures to contain, monitor and track illness.  

Student Health Center and After Hours Care

Students with further questions or in need of care should contact:

Student Health Center

Tunnel Level, Frisch Hall


Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday / 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(No clinic hours are available between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

Students in need of care after hours should contact:

Telemedicine 24/7 from anywhere on campus

Well Now Virtual Care

Any Urgent Care provider in WNY, these include:

Well Now  

Western New York Immediate Care

Public Safety (available 24/7 for medical and emotional emergencies)


Social Distancing Guidelines 


The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) currently recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some additional steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across the campus
  • Increase physical space between you and others
  • Limit gatherings 
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps

Physical distancing of at least six feet of separation will be implemented throughout the campus - in the classrooms and in all other public spaces.  

Signage is prominently placed 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. 

Face Covering Guidelines 


All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings that completely cover mouth and nose at all times when on campus, in both indoor and outdoor spaces when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. The only times face coverings are not required are when students are (1) in their bedroom/suite/apartment with only their roommate or suite/apartment mates, (2) eating with adequate physical distancing, or (3) undertaking personal grooming.

Canisius has provided two cloth face coverings to all students, free of charge. Students are expected to obtain additional face coverings as needed and to launder and care for their cloth masks according to the CDC’s instructions on use of and care for face coverings. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others. Keep in mind, a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.


Wear face covering while on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.)


Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin
Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent as directed by the vendor
Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated
Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day and place them in the trash after use or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.


Hygiene Basics

hand washing
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands

Symptom Monitoring

Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following: 

covid chart

Testing and Contact Tracing

Students arriving on campus are not required to be tested for Covid-19 unless they are symptomatic. However, all faculty and staff are required to complete a daily health screening prior to reporting to work on campus.

Canisius College and Well Now are partnering to offer on campus Covid-19 testing to all campus members. Covid-19 testing is scheduled each Wednesday afternoon in Old Main 101 A from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by emailing  

Call 716-858-2929 for additional testing sites in Erie County or visit
Call 1-888-364-3065 for additional testing information from New York State Department of Health or visit

Contact tracing will be conducted under the direction of the Erie County Health Department. Close contacts ( those individuals within 6 feet of confirmed COVID 19 case for 10-15 minutes with or without face coverings) will be notified as quickly as possible. If you get a call from” NYS Contact Tracing” or 518-387-9993, please answer your phone.  

Cleaning and Disinfection

Canisius has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting efforts across campus. Common areas and restrooms will be cleaned and maintained by Facilities Management, and faculty, staff and students will 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. 

New hand-sanitizing stations have been installed at each building entrance and near elevator lobbies.  In addition, new procedures were instituted for waste and recycling receptacles, which are aimed at reducing touch points where germs are easily exchanged and supporting campus sustainability efforts to reduce waste. Canisius has also optimized engineering controls to introduce fresh air into the campus HVAC without sacrificing theormocontrols. 






Help Line

New York State COVID-19 Hotline




Travel Advisories