Coronavirus Updates

On this page, you will find general information and news updates regarding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. Please visit our FAQ pages for information regarding University operations, health and wellness, residence halls, academics, dining services, federal work study, events, financial aid, parking/transportation, visitation, and communication.

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The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries.

There have been significant developments in the ongoing spread of COVID-19:  

On November 16, President Frederick announced that classes will continue to be held online during the Spring semester. The residence halls will continue to remain closed with the exception of The Axis, which is apartment living. Howard University will also add 2-3 mental health days and extend winter break by an additional week to resume classes on January 25, 2021. For more information, please read the full letter



Howard University Call Center: 202-806-3345

Student Health Center: 202-806-7540

University Counseling Services: 202-806-6870

Department of Public Safety: 202-806-7777

Residence Life: 202-806-6131

CETLA (Teaching and Learning): 202-806-0870

Graduate School Academic Continuity Resource Guide

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students


External Resources

24-hour telemedicine service for medical or mental health advice:

United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR):

U-Haul® has announced that they will extend 30 days of free self-storage to help college students that are impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited time offer that is subject to availability. To take advantage of this offer go to to find the store nearest you.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced, in order to help university students get home, the business is waiving its young renter fee and reducing its minimum age to rent a vehicle from 21 to 18 years old. For more information and to begin their car rental reservation process, students can visit or call (1-844-624-4412).

Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

Comcast Increases Access to and Speeds of Internet Essentials to Support Americans Through Coronavirus Pandemic.

Comcast which owns Xfinity, will also make it easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.

Charter Spectrum offering 60 days of free broadband access.

AT&T will keep public WiFi hotspots open for anyone who needs them. The company is also waiving all wireless data overage fees and will not cancel service for non-payment over the next 60 days.

Verizon Wireless has announced they will not cancel service for non-payment over the next 60 days.

Protect Yourself and Others from Respiratory Illness

Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Protect yourself and others from getting sick. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, before, during and after you prepare food, before eating, after toilet use, when hands are visibly dirty, and after handling animals or animal waste.Protect others from getting sick. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick.