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.


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 will begin the academic semester as planned on August 31. Labor Day and fall break are eliminated making 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).

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Faculty and Staff

Canisius employees began to return to campus on Monday, June 29 under a three-stage Return to Work Plan. The college’s priority is to return faculty and staff whose roles are essential to preparing the campus for summer activity and for the start of school in August; staff who can more effectively perform their roles from campus; and staff who are critical to ongoing operations. 

Canisius faculty and staff received detailed guidance from the Office of Human Resources, including a Return to Work Guide with information about campus operations during the pandemic.

Stage 1: June 29

People who work in areas needed for reopening functions
  • Canisius returned staff and faculty to campus at a maximum of 25% allowable capacity in work areas
  • Priorities included positions needed for campus safety or reopening functions, staff who can more effectively perform their roles from campus; and those critical to ongoing operations  
  • Remote work will continue for those in positions who can perform work duties from home with approval from their supervisor

Stage 2: July 13

People who work in areas that support preparations for students to return for the fall semester
  • Canisius will bring back additional staff to increase capacity to 50% and functionality as needed.  Alternating on-site and work-from-home schedules within a department will continue to reduce density on campus.

Stage 3: August 3

People who work in all remaining areas
  • Canisius will implement a “new normal” with a return of full staff while continuing to utilize remote work, alternative scheduling and other measures, as needed, to maintain social distancing and flexibility.

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