The Zucker School of Medicine continues working closely with Hofstra University and Northwell Health to develop and refine protocols in compliance with federal, state, and local public health guidelines and preserve the best of the Zucker School of Medicine experience while minimizing COVID-19 risk to our entire community. We remain committed to maintaining a learning environment that supports our students emotionally and intellectually and that aligns with the Zucker School of Medicine principles. This website will continue to be a critical source of information and will be updated regularly as the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 continue to evolve.
ZSOM COVID-19 Guidelines
The purpose of these guidelines is to define operational expectations of all faculty members, staff members, students, and visitors of the Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) while inside the ZSOM facility. Every person who is a member of the ZSOM community is expected to follow and enforce these guidelines. Violations may be reported to a supervisor, the Office of Student Affairs, or via this anonymous link.
Practices will be maintained including:
- Every person is required to wear a mask, unless alone in a room or eating in a socially distanced manner (six feet apart). Faculty members must be masked when delivering instruction whether in large or small group formats.
- Every person not fully vaccinated is expected to remain at least six feet apart from others whenever possible.
- Eating is not permitted during class sessions or group meetings.
- Every person who is not a visitor is required to wear a Northwell Health ID or Hofstra University ID in a visible place (i.e., around a neck lanyard, on a shirt).
- Every person is expected to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizing solution. Masks are required in the restroom
- Every person is expected to comply with the maximum occupancy rules. The maximum occupancy in any particular room may be limited based on the size of the room and the room layout. If room occupancy is lower than the typical maximum, the reduced maximum occupancy of each room will be noted on the door of the room.
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their arrival.
Out of an abundance of caution, visitors* are permitted only if they are involved in one of our educational programs or are on official business at ZSOM. Students, faculty members, and staff members who would like to host a visitor are expected to share the following ZSOM visitor protocol prior to the visitor’s arrival on campus and notify the front desk with the name, date, the time the visitor(s) will arrive.
*Who is a Visitor?
Any individual entering campus who is not an employee of Hofstra University, not a ZSOM faculty member (including clinical and research faculty), or not a registered student at Hofstra University is considered to be a visitor. Examples of visitors include: members of the media, vendors/contractors, parents/guardians of Hofstra students, non-Hofstra professors/researchers, prospective students, and their parents/guardians, job candidates, speakers, and non-Hofstra attendees at any campus event or meeting.
Cloth masks must have two layers of cloth with a filter in between and they must be washed daily. Procedure masks, surgical masks, and N95 masks are all acceptable. Bandanas and scarves do not meet the ZSOM’s requirement. Masks with a valve or vent will not be permitted.
Last Updated: 10/1/21
As of June 25, 2021, the New York State Travel Advisory is no longer in effect. As such, travelers arriving in New York are no longer required to submit traveler health forms. All travelers, domestic and international, should continue to follow all CDC travel requirements.
Please check the CDC's travel requirements and the NYSDOH Travel Advisory website for full details before traveling.