Reopening SVA

Our Plans for Returning to Campus

June 16, 2021
We're back!

School of Visual Arts plans to return to an in-person instruction model for the fall 2021 semester, with residence halls open to capacity, though all Art History and Humanities and Science courses will continue to run online. In addition, SVA is planning to offer a limited number of fully online classes for first- and second-year students. For the latest update on the College’s plans for fall 2021, read Provost Christopher J. Cyphers’ June 16 letter to SVA students in the “Archived Notifications” section, below.


On April 26, President David Rhodes announced the SVA COVID-19 vaccination policy for students, faculty and staff. That letter is also in the “Archived Notifications” section at the bottom of the page; see the “Frequently Asked Questions” section for more information.


SVA’s plans for a safe reopening have been created by academic and administrative leadership in accordance with New York State guidelines, as well as the guidance of federal and local health authorities. Read on for more on the College’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe environment for all returning students, faculty and staff.

Academics and Learning Resources

  • Online Courses

  • Online Resources and Tech Support

  • Attendance Policy

  • SVA Library

  • SVA Alumni

Health Resources

  • COVID-19 Vaccine

  • On-Campus COVID-19 Case Report

  • SVA Safe Daily Health Screening

  • COVID Health Resources and Testing

  • Mental Health Resources

Campus Safety and Cleanliness

  • Cleaning, Safety and Disinfecting Protocols

  • Emergency Notifications (SVA Alerts)

  • Emergency Management Committee

Stigma, Harassment and Bias

  • Policies and Reporting

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Vaccine Requirement FAQs

Archived Notifications

  • June 16, 2021 Notification from the Provost

  • April 26, 2021 Notification from the President: SVA Vaccine Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • March 16, 2021 Notification from the Provost: Planning Update for the 2021-2022 SVA Academic Year

  • March 9, 2021 Notification: We Stand In Solidarity With Our Asian Communities

  • February 10, 2021 Notification from the Provost

  • November 20, 2020 Notification from the SVA Emergency Management Committee

  • November 5, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • November 2, 2020 Notification from the EMC

  • August 25, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 12, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 2, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • July 20, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • SVA Virtual Town Halls: July 14 and 16, 2020

  • June 17, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • May 8, 2020 Notification from the Provost