CUNY remains dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff for the Spring 2023 semester. We continue to adhere to the latest CDC guidance and any requirements from New York State and New York City.
Vaccination and Booster Requirements
All new students coming to campus for the first time in the spring for in-person and hybrid courses, or any other on-campus activities will be required to submit proof of vaccination, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved. Students must upload proof of being fully-vaccinated prior to the start of classes for the spring term. A person is considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna or;
- Two weeks after a single dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson (J&J), or;
- At the time specified in either in the FDA licensure or World Health Organization (WHO) approval, after the final vaccination of any other vaccines
Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to receive vaccine boosters, once eligible. Colleges should continue to promote the benefits of vaccination and encourage their campus populations to receive vaccinations and boosters. Note: Individuals who received a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccination other than the three listed above must provide more information. Students can reach out to your Campus Location Vaccination Authority (LVA) for details.
At this time, CUNY does not require face masks.
Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Due to the increased rates of COVID-19, seasonal flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the NYC Health Department strongly recommends the use of masks. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices.
Faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated are urged to continue to wear a mask. Mask requirements associated with isolation and quarantine as referenced later in these guidelines remain in effect.
Those who choose to wear a mask should continue to follow CDC guidance on acceptable face coverings.
Note, campuses may still require employees to wear protective PPE masks due to the nature of their work. Employers must comply with all applicable OSHA standards.
CUNY will continue to aid in the identification of exposures, and notify close contacts, as appropriate, of exposure as soon as possible after being notified that someone in the campus has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.
CDC Guidance that CUNY and Campuses will continue to follow:
- As soon as possible after they are notified that someone has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, campuses should notify close contacts of exposure, in accordance with applicable privacy and other laws.
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms should isolate and notify their close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and refer close contacts to the state or local health department website to learn about the steps they should take because of the exposure.
CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and exposure. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, as outlined below, prior to returning to campus.
Isolation Guidelines if You Test Positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
You may end isolation based on how serious your symptoms were:
- If you had no symptoms, you may end isolation after 5 days.
- If you had mild symptoms, end isolation after 5 days if you have been fever free for 24 hours (without medication) and other symptoms are improving.
- If symptoms are not improving, continue to isolate until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and symptoms improve.
- If you had moderate symptoms (shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) you should isolate for 10 days.
- If you had severe symptoms (hospitalization), isolate for 10 days and consult your doctor. You may need a viral test before ending isolation.
- Removing your mask
- If you have ended isolation and are feeling better, you may remove your masks after 10 days.
- With two sequential negative antigen tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
- If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
- Free, at-home rapid tests are provided by New York City. Use NYC COVID-19 Test Site Finder and COVID 19 Testing Sites – NYC Health + Hospitals (nychealthandhospitals.org) to find a test near you.
- After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.
- If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
- You do not need to quarantine.
- Take precautions for 10 full days
- Wear a high-quality mask. Avoid situations where you cannot wear a mask.
- Monitor for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested and stay home until you know the result.
- Get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.
- If your exposure is from someone you live with, you should reach out to your Campus Coronavirus Liaison.
- If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines above.
- All individuals should follow the CDC domestic travel recommendations and international travel recommendations before reporting to work or campus and notify their manager in advance of the travel dates and should quarantine be required.
- Any students, faculty or staff engaging in official travel on behalf of CUNY must follow the latest approval requirements for domestic and international travel.
Metrics and Early Warning
CUNY will continue to monitor campus and community infection rates. CUNY Central Office will consult with campus leadership to determine the best course of action for additional safety protocols or scaling back campus activity, if necessary. Any decisions on shutting down particular buildings/areas within campuses, individual campuses, or multiple campuses, as appropriate, will be made by the Chancellery/COO’s Office in consultation with local/State authorities.
Campuses must have a shutdown plan in place to respond rapidly. Campuses should rely on previously developed shutdown plans and consult the Reclosing Protocols: CUNY’s Guide for Safely Closing On-Campus Operations, for additional information on criteria for shutdown and shutdown protocols.
CUNY will continue its testing program using various testing models for the safety and convenience of the CUNY community.
- All students are encouraged to test before returning to campus.
- Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated
- Overall random testing of 5% of the on-campus population. Participation in the random surveillance testing is mandatory, and failure to participate will result in the removal of the individual’s Cleared4 access pass to CUNY spaces.
To facilitate testing for required medical clearance to return to campus, tests will continue to be accepted from non-CUNY testing providers as well as from CUNY safeCircle test sites. Testing to return to campus should only be done at CUNY safeCircle test sites when you are symptom free to protect you and others in the CUNY community. If you are recovering from COVID-19, you should not get tested until you have completed your isolation requirements and are symptom free. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to visit a public testing site near your home or use an at-home test kit.
Rapid tests will be available for approved screening circumstances when unanticipated entry to campus is required. The rapid tests will be distributed to CUNY testing sites and to selected locations on campus and will be tracked through the testing system for inventory and usage management.
For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ. For a list of testing locations, visit here. For general frequently asked questions, please refer to the Getting Back to Working in Person FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact your HR office.
Before coming to campus, each member of the community is expected to monitor your symptoms, stay away from others if you feel sick, and get tested at a public testing site if you have any symptoms. CUNY safeCircle testing sites should not be used if you have symptoms.
CUNY will no longer require a proof of vaccine or recent negative test for visitors. CUNY’s campuses and buildings should return to their standard protocols for visitors.
General Guidelines for Healthy Facilities
CUNY will maintain many approaches to limit the spread of communicable disease. These include regular and enhanced cleaning, safe disinfection when necessary, improved ventilation and maintaining healthy facilities.
Campus COVID-19 Contacts
Coronavirus Campus Liaison: Amy Dunkin
Receive information from the on-line Daily Health Screening Templates and from campus screeners.
- Inform any students, faculty, or staff members who test positive of the Covid safety protocols for isolating and retesting and notify any close contacts who might have been exposed.
Receive the completed mandatory health screening assessment templates from students, faculty, and staff and immediately notify the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator of any possible positive cases reported through the screening process.
Provide data reporting to ensure campus and Central decision-makers can calibrate reopening/reclosing plans based on the health status of the CUNY community. This data will be reviewed as necessary by the Chancellery/COO’s Office and Campus Reopening Committees with local and state health officials.
All data shall remain confidential and in compliance with HIPAA and FERPA guidelines.
Coronavirus Campus Coordinator: Francis Vargas
Serve as the campus safety monitor, responsible for ensuring continuous compliance with all aspects of the campus’s reopening plan.
Lead and coordinate the work of the Campus Reopening Committee and serve as the primary conduit between the campus and CUNY Central on reopening-related matters.
Receive information from the Coronavirus Campus Liaisons (see below) on COVID-19 exposures on the campus, and ensure that local health officials are immediately notified upon the identification of positive cases.
Receive confidential reports from the campus on issues of non-compliance with social distancing, hygiene, or safety practices. This may be done by using this Form.
Support campus facilities in regard to the identification and implementation of physical, operational, and cleaning protocols.
Designate roles and responsibilities as necessary.