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Oswego Forward

With caution, creativity and care, SUNY Oswego has developed a plan for an on-campus restart in late August. (Updated: July 1, 2020)

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What to Know

The Oswego Forward plan has been approved by SUNY and meets the New York State Department of Health’s “Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines.”

The Oswego Forward plan will guide us as we restart on-campus operations and welcome our students and employees back to campus. The plan remains subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office.

Tentative Dates

  • August 14 - 17: New student move-in
  • August 22-24: Returning student move-in
  • August 24: Classes begin 
  • September 7 (Labor Day): Classes held
  • September 18-19 (Rosh Hashanah): Classes held
  • September 28 (Yom Kippur): Classes held
  • October 16 (Fall Break Day): Classes held
  • November 25: Face-to-face classes stop meeting
  • December 11: Fall term ends

Latest updates


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Quick Facts

  • New students will arrive one week to ten days prior to the start of classes (Aug. 24) for a specialized Welcome Week tailored to develop small-group connections, with returning students moving into the residence halls the weekend of August 22.
  • Campus and student services remain open
  • Non-essential employees are telecommuting
  • In-person events are canceled or must be moved to an online format until further notice

Our Guiding Principles

Health and Safety

Safety is our top priority. SUNY Oswego will follow all federal, state and local health standards in our academic spaces, residential and dining halls and other facilities to reduce health risks to the best of the college’s ability. We are making plans for campus safety, including protocols for testing, sanitization, protective equipment, social distancing and other safety measures.

Academic Excellence

We are committed to delivering high quality academic experiences. This fall, we plan to deliver a blend of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. Students will receive additional communication confirming the instruction format of the classes they will be taking. If necessary, we’ll be prepared to transition all courses to online delivery.

The Campus Experience

The Oswego experience is built on a model that encourages deep learning by surrounding students, faculty and staff with an environment that allows connections, exploration, discovery and understanding. Residential, dining and social experiences, and student support services will be available but delivery will be modified to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Oswego Forward Planning Team

People from every corner of our college community have been focusing, planning and envisioning how to move “Oswego Forward.” Three groups, the COVID-19 Task Force, Academic Planning Committee, and the Health and Safety (Restart) Group were assembled to lead restart efforts. These groups consist of faculty governance leaders, faculty members, staff and administrators from all divisions of the college.

Several members of SUNY Oswego’s Health and Safety Group attend or convene weekly meetings with medical experts from local hospitals. Campus leaders and Health and Safety Group members also regularly consult with and share restart strategies with local higher education, medical, business and civic leaders.

Student Emergency Fund


Help Oswego Students Affected by COVID-19

Our Student Emergency Fund provides financial support to students facing unanticipated expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will meet immediate student needs. This fund is made possible by generous donations from the SUNY Oswego Community, we are #TogetherOZ.

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Apply for Funds

These funds are available to any SUNY Oswego student who needs extra resources for a wide range of expenses or shortages that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic . Email the Dean of Students to request funds.

Email the Dean of Students