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2014 January Session Bulletin 
2014 January Session Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

General Information

Note: Courses meet for two weeks (January 2-15) or three weeks (January 2-23). Additionally, the University is closed January 20, 2013, and January 24 is an undergraduate snow/study/reading day, if needed. Not all courses conform to the standard dates. Please see individual courses  for exact dates and times. Subject to change.

January Session 2014 at Hofstra University provides students with the opportunity to take new and exciting courses or popular existing courses and earn up to three credits in up to three weeks. As you will see by looking at our course offerings , we offer a broad range of courses. The emphasis of this session is on diversity; there are beginning, advanced and graduate courses, and courses of general interest; one, two-, three-, and four-credit courses; day, evening or weekend courses; distance learning  courses; on- and off-campus courses; and those that involve study abroad .

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library

The Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library collections include approximately 1 million print volumes, rmore than 10,000 DVDs and videotapes, more than 14,000 streaming videos, and a robust electronic library available 24/7, with online local and remote access to 150 research databases, more than 100,000 full-text electronic journals, and 115,000 electronic books. Facilities provide modern spaces for group and individual study, along with a coffee bar and space for meeting friends.

Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center

As the focal point of student activities, the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center stands on the University’s North Campus opposite the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library. The two buildings are linked by the Clifford L. Lord Unispan, a covered pedestrian bridge over Hempstead Turnpike. The Hofstra University Bookstore is in full operation during the January Session.

Living at Hofstra

During the January Session, all residential facilities at Hofstra are open to fall residents returning for the spring semester at no charge and any newly admitted spring student wishing to take courses during the intersession. Charges for intersession housing for newly admitted spring students can be obtained from the Office of Residential Programs. Hofstra’s residence facilities offer a comfortable, pleasant blend of privacy and small community life. Residence halls have single and multiple occupancy rooms with all necessary furnishings except linens. For additional information on residential programs, please visit hofstra.edu/reslife.

General Information

Students attending the January Session may not earn more than three semester hours of credit, or four semester hours if a course is offered on that basis.


Students may attend the January Session on one of three bases:

  • As admitted or continuing students in good standing;
  • As visiting undergraduate students from other colleges or universities for January Session only, provided they are in good standing at their college;
  • As nonmatriculated graduate students.

Note: Undergraduate students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses at Hofstra University.


Registration begins October 14, 2013.

Hofstra Online, My.Hofstra.edu, offers a quick and simple way to register. Looking up classes, registering for open classes, and dropping or adding classes are all just a click away via the Internet. Payments may also be made online through the student’s portal on E-Bill via check, or PinLess debit.

Pre-advised, matriculated, and continuing graduate and undergraduate students in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences**; Frank G. Zarb School of Business; The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Sciences and Human Services** may register using Hofstra Online. Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University students should refer to their school’s registration material. School for University Studies and NOAH Program (Hofstra’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program) students are not able to register online for January Session. To access Hofstra Online, log in to the portal (My.Hofstra.edu) with your network ID and password.

All first-year students, as well as those graduate students who have not been pre-advised, must obtain an alternative PIN from their advisor prior to accessing the online registration system. Nonmatriculated graduate students must register in person or by mail. Students on academic probation (GPA below 2.0) are not eligible for Web registration, and must register in-person after meeting with an advisor from the Center for University Advisement. Undergraduate students from other institutions wishing to enroll in a January session course on a nonmatriculated (visiting) basis must submit a Visiting Student Application along with an official letter verifying good academic standing and a $60 application fee to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. New nonmatriculated graduate students must contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, show proof of a baccalaureate degree, and complete a Graduate Nonmatriculated Application Form (not applicable to business students).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and other fees are payable as specified as below. Hofstra University reserves the right to alter the schedule of charges without notice. 

The privileges of the University are available to students only upon completion of registration and the payment of all outstanding tuition and fees. Students may not register for a new semester until all prior financial obligations have been satisfied and paid. The University shall withhold diplomas, certificates, transcripts and other University services until all financial obligations have been met.

All payments shall be applied first to past-due balances, and then to current charges.

Please make all checks and money orders payable to Hofstra University for the exact amount of tuition and fees currently due.  Checks must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. When paying by check, you are authorizing check payments to be processed as Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions, which immediately debit the account. The process will read the information from a paper check and convert it to an electronic payment or debit transaction. The result is that funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as we receive your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.

For your convenience, the University offers a variety of payment options. Payments may be made electronically by check or PinLess debit card through the Hofstra portal, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please ensure your bank participates in the PinLess debit program and verify daily dollar limitations.  Cash, money order or check payments may be submitted in person at the Student Financial Services Suite, 206 Memorial Hall, South Campus. Checks may also be mailed to our lockbox facility at Hofstra University, P.O. Box 371988, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7988.  Please note that lockbox payments may take up to 10 business days to be reflected on your student account.

Returned Checks: A personal check returned by the bank will be charged back to the student’s account, and in addition, a $25 returned check fee will be assessed. Further, a hold will be placed on the student’s account prohibiting access to many of Hofstra University’s services until the balance is resolved.  When a personal check has been returned, the student must remit payment in the form of cash, certified bank check or money order to satisfy the outstanding balance, or the student’s account will remain subject to account restrictions, including but not limited to, cancellation of current term or future term registration for non-payment, restriction from payment via personal check, etc.

Hofstra reserves the right to rescind the option to pay by personal check.

  • Tuition per semester hour, payable at registration: for 1-199 numbered courses, $1,200; for 200 and above level courses in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of Health Sciences and Human Services, $1,100; and for 200 and above level courses in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, $1,125.
  • University fee: $50. This fee is nonrefundable as of the first day of the semester except in cases where the University has cancelled the course(s).
  • University Activity fee: $10 for undergraduate students and $20 for graduate students. This fee is nonrefundable as of the first day of the semester except where the University has cancelled the course(s).
  • Late registration fee of $100 for all students who register after classes begins January 3, 2014.
  • Late program change fee of $25 for approved program changes begins January 3, 2014.
  • No registrations will be honored after January 7, 2014.
  • Residence hall fees: For information, call the Office of Residential Programs at 516-463-6930.
  • Transcript fee: There is no fee for official transcripts if ordered through Hofstra Online (My.Hofstra.edu). There is a $5 fee per copy processing fee for transcript requests faxed or mailed to the Office of Academic Records/Registrar. Upon written application to the Office of Academic Records/Registrar and payment of $5 for each student copy ordered, the University will furnish transcripts of each student’s scholastic record. (A student in good standing may receive a transcript required by the armed forces without charge.) Transcripts will not be issued for any student who is in arrears.
Refund of Tuition

Refunds will be calculated based upon documentation of the date of the student’s official application for withdrawal or reduction in total semester hours due to a program change processed by the Office of the Registrar. Students who are enrolled in a course that is cancelled by the University will be automatically credited the amount of tuition. To request a refund of tuition, please complete the Web refund request form, email StudentFinancialServices@hofstra.edu or call the Student Financial Services and Registrar Suite at 516-463-8000.

The University will credit tuition (fees are nonrefundable throughout the semester) as follows for those courses that last the full three weeks:

If the application for withdrawal or reduction in total semester hours is received:

  • On the first day of the session, 100%
  • On the second day of the session, 75%
  • On the third day of the session, 50%
  • On the fourth day of the session, 25%
  • After the fourth day of the session, there will be no tuition refund.
Change of Program, Withdrawal

Change of program may be made during the first three days of the session for courses scheduled for three weeks. For those courses scheduled for shorter periods, change of program may be made no later than the second day of the session. The last day to drop a course is January 7, 2014. The first day of withdrawal (W grade) is January 8, 2014.

Semester Attendance Confirmation

At the beginning of each semester, students are expected to log in to their Hofstra portal to confirm semester attendance. Failure to confirm attendance within the first three (3) weeks of class during a fall or spring semester may result in the inability to access certain areas on the portal (e.g., Blackboard).  For terms that are of shorter duration (e.g., January, summer) the corresponding deadlines will be available online.

All registered students may withdraw from courses before classes begin. Students who wish to withdraw from the January Session must complete the Withdrawal/Academic Leave Form found on Hofstra Online. If you are unable to access the portal and are an undergraduate student, please call the Center for University Advisement at 516-463-6770. Graduate students need to call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 516-463-4723 (see “Grades” section in the online Undergraduate or Graduate Studies Bulletin).

Note: Non-attendance of classes does not constitute an official withdrawal, and does not relieve the student of his or her financial obligation, or entitle the student to a refund.

Repeated Course

The last day to file the Repeated Course Request is January 7, 2014.

Pass/D+/D/Fail Option

The student has sole discretion to elect this option for the first one-third of the course (deadline is January 7, 2014).


Veterans and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans and active duty personnel drawing veterans educational benefits should contact the Student Financial Services, 206 Memorial Hall, at 516-463-8000 or StudentFinancialServices@hofstra.edu.

Course Meetings

Courses meet for two weeks (January 2-15) or three weeks (January 2-23).  Not all courses conform to the standard dates. Please see individual courses  for exact dates and times. Subject to change. Class times and days for each course are listed immediately below the course title.

Grading System

See the online Undergraduate or Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Course Numbering System

Courses numbered from 1 to 199 are for undergraduates only. Courses numbered 200 and above are for graduate students only, unless special permission is received. (Some 200 and above level business courses are open only to graduate business students.)

Computing Hours

Note: Computing lab hours: fall and spring semesters: Calkins Lab is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; Noon-6 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Saturday. Summer sessions: Calkins Lab is closed. Hammer Lab, located across from the Axinn Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A valid HofstraCard is required for admission to computer labs.

Inclement Weather

For information during inclement weather, call 516-463-SNOW or visit hofstra.edu/alert.

Missing Student Policy (Resident Students)

It is the policy of the Office of Residential Programs at Hofstra University to investigate any report of a missing student living in one of the University’s residence halls. All students residing in a campus residence hall are requested to complete a Confidential Contact Information form, available upon check-in to their residence hall. The resident student is asked to identify the name and contact number of the individual(s) to be contacted in the event the student is determined to be missing, as set forth below. This contact information will be registered confidentially and may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation and authorized Hofstra University officials, including Public Safety officers.

Hofstra understands that students may make arrangements to stay outside of the residential halls, and as such, the location of students in the halls is not monitored by Residential Assistants or other University staff. If a student intends to leave his or her residence hall for an extended period of time, the student is strongly encouraged to advise the residence hall staff before leaving, to avoid the student being reported “missing.” If, however, there is reason to believe a resident student is missing, all reasonable efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being. These efforts, which are done in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, include, but are not limited to, checking the student’s room, speaking with friends and/or roommates, checking ID access, locating the resident student’s vehicle and calling the student’s cell phone number or other known contact information.

Where a student has been missing for 24 hours, students, employees, or other individuals should make a report to the Office of Residential Programs, the Dean of Students Office, or the Department of Public Safety. All missing student reports will be referred immediately to the Department of Public Safety. If upon investigation by the Department of Public Safety, the resident student is determined missing, staff from Public Safety and/or Student Affairs will contact the resident’s designated “Confidential Contact” within 24 hours. For any resident student under the age of 18, Hofstra will notify a custodial parent or guardian, in addition to any other individual designated on the Confidential Contact Information form, within 24 hours after the time the resident student is determined to be missing by the Department of Public Safety. Public Safety will continue to investigate, utilizing established investigative procedures in collaboration with staff from Residential Programs, other campus offices and local law enforcement agencies. Where a Confidential Contact cannot be located or has not been assigned, Public Safety will inform the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or make contact with the student’s parents or legal guardian. In all cases where the Department of Public Safety determines that a student is missing, Public Safety will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency within 24 hours of that determination.

Footnotes (*/**)

*See the Visiting Undergraduate Student Registration Form.

**With the exception of graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Applied Linguistics (TESOL) programs.