March 18, 2020
To the Pace Community,
We write today with news that is as disappointing to us as we know it will be to you. It has become clear that we must extend our remote learning period for the remainder of the spring semester. We must also postpone Commencement.
We do not make these decisions lightly. Pace University is a strong, supportive, thriving community. We work together, learn together, and celebrate together. It is our great wish that we can have the full community back on our three campuses, and it is our even greater wish that we could celebrate the many accomplishments of our students at this year’s Commencement.
But currently, realities do not allow that. Although we have no reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our campuses or in our community, the virus is pandemic across the globe. Infection numbers are growing in our region. New York State has closed restaurants and other gathering places, and the federal government recommends avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. While we do not know what will happen over the next few months, we know that we cannot expect students to return to campus, nor can we responsibly plan for large celebrations at the end of May.
Please carefully read the following announcements, which cover the period through May 31:
  • The remote learning period initially announced through March 29 is now extended for the rest of the academic year. This applies to all programs on all campuses. We are investigating options to conduct final exams remotely, and you’ll receive more information as exam time approaches. We’ll make sure your coursework continues and you stay on track in your studies. 
  • Commencement is postponed. But it is not canceled. We know how important this milestone is, and we are determined to find a way to recognize the hard work and successes of our students. Over the coming weeks, we’ll investigate options for alternative dates and alternative formats. We’ll have more information, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that our graduates will have a chance to walk across a stage and collect their diplomas. Regardless of when that happens, you’ll receive the degrees you’ve earned at the end of this semester.
  • Wherever possible, students should move out of their residence halls and return home. We are very much aware of the financial implications of this change for our students, and we are analyzing options for issuing refunds or credits where appropriate. More details will be forthcoming. Student move-out will take place in an orderly and scheduled process, to limit the number of people in hallways and elevators at any one time. The Office of Residential Life and Housing will provide information later today on these move-out procedures and timelines. Only one family member or guest will be permitted into the residence halls to help you move out.
  • If you need to remain in a residence hall through the end of the semester, you can. We understand that not all students have alternative living arrangements available. If you need to remain in Pace housing, we will accommodate you. Limited dining services on a to-go basis will be kept open for students who remain in residence halls. University Health Care will also remain open.
  • Wherever possible, staff should continue to work remotely. We know that some duties cannot be performed remotely, and we’re deeply appreciative of the Pace employees who report to campus and keep things running. You should continue to work with your supervisors to stagger your schedules to encourage more distancing and to help you avoid rush hour commutes. We know these decisions impact student and part-time employees, and we’re working to minimize potential hardship. Human Resources will provide updated information later today.
  • All University-sponsored Study Abroad programs are canceled through June 30.
  • All University-sponsored travel is canceled through May 31, including any that was previously approved. Exemptions may be granted for exceptional circumstances.
  • The Early Summer I summer session will move to remote learning. We will continue planning for summer sessions beginning June 1 and later, and for fall semester, on a regular schedule. We will re-evaluate those plans and change them as conditions warrant. 
For all updates and information on our policies regarding coronavirus, including full details on these announcements, please visit .
This is not easy for any of us, least of all our students. But it is necessary. Reducing population density—staying away from others—is critically important to limiting the spread of the virus. Whenever possible, stay six feet away from other people. Don’t go to crowded places. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Stop shaking hands and hugging friends. Remember that even people who feel fine and display no symptoms can be carrying the virus.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, or if you’re feeling unwell, you must notify University Health Care via the patient portal .
And if you need to talk to someone, remember that students have access to the Counseling Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Take care of yourselves. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Try to exercise. Talk to your friends and family—by phone or FaceTime.
We will get through this. We will once again meet on our three campuses. And we will once again come together as one strong Pace.
Marvin Krislov
Vanya Quiñones, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs