Return to Campus Plan

Informed by the latest guidance from local, state and federal government officials and public health authorities, the college’s Recovery Task Force developed a strategic, three-stage reopening of the Canisius College campus. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families remains the college’s top priority and continues to lead all decision-making regarding the reopening of the campus.

View full return to campus plan 


Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services began the academic semester as planned on August 31.  Throughout, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remained the highest priority in the college's reopening plans, and the college has developed a series of health protocols to mitigate risk and promote the safety of the learning environment.  These protocols include:

Health Hazard Reduction: This is aimed at reducing or eliminating risk via the quarantine requirements noted above, regular health screening, and contact tracing efforts to ensure that people carrying the virus and their close contacts do not come to campus. As part of this process, it will be recommended that students participate in the daily health monitoring Mobile App.
Density Reduction: We are focused on limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on the campus and in the classrooms, and accommodating vulnerable populations.
Engineering Controls: Improvements to campus HVAC systems and air circulation, will mitigate risk.
Administrative Controls: These efforts protect our community with behavioral changes, through signage, training, and regular communication, to promote social distancing and reshape the way we live, work and study.
Personal Protective Equipment: Face coverings, which will be provided to students as a critical component of risk mitigation, will be required at all times in all common, public areas, except in areas designated for eating or when in private quarters.

To further ensure the safety of students and a continuance of learning, Canisius College has eliminated the Labor Day and fall break to make the last day of in-person classes November 24, when the college breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday. After that date, all remaining instruction will move online.  Undergraduate students are not required to return to campus.  And while we encourage students who travel home for Thanksgiving to remain at home, the residence halls will remain open until the end of the semester for those residents who wish to stay on campus until the official closing of the Residence Halls on December 9. Residents wishing to complete the semester on campus will need to complete a registration application by contacting Student Life. 

Housing will not be available during the residence hall closedown period for Winter Break (December 10, 2020  - January 15, 2021).

Below is the revised calendar for Fall 2020:

  • Monday, August 31 -- First day of classes (no change)
  • Monday, September 7 – Classes in session, limited office staffing (note change, no Labor Day holiday for classes)
  • Wednesday, September 16 – All classes meet (this would have been Mass of the Holy Spirit, but, because we cannot have gatherings that large, it will be a normal class day)
  • Monday, October 12 – Classes in session, limited office staffing (note change, no Fall Holiday for classes)
  • Monday, October 13 – Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no Fall Holiday for classes)
  • Wednesday, November 25 – No classes, beginning of Thanksgiving Break (no change)
  • Monday, November 30 – Classes resume (virtual option only, no face-to-face class)
  • Tuesday, December 1 – Last day of class (virtual option only)
  • Wednesday, December 2 – Reading Day – no classes
  • Thursday, December 3 – First day of final exams
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Last day of final exams

Helpful Resources:


More information

Please refer to the Return to Campus Guide and Return to Campus Video for more detailed information on transitioning back to work on campus, or contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources & compliance, at