COVID-19 FAQs

General FAQs

Pending University guidance, students, faculty and staff will be able to submit evidence of vaccination through the CUNYfirst portal, the Excelsior Passport, or other digital forms approved by CUNY.

Pending University guidance, your vaccination status will be recorded in CUNYfirst.

If you have been vaccinaed in the State of New York, you can obtain an Excelsior Pass at: https://epass.ny.gov/home

People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their last vaccine dose, or at the time specified in either the FDA licensure or WHO approval.

Click here for helpful info on the timelines for the three vaccines currently approved in the U.S.

It is anticipated that CUNY will require students, faculty, staff and visitors who do not have or choose not to disclose proof of vaccination to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the past seven (7) days.

(Pending University guidance) It is anticipated that CUNY will contract with a vendor to provide rapid testing services University-wide.

(Pending University guidance) It is anticipated that CUNY will contract with a vendor to provide rapid testing services at various campuses; SPH students, faculty and staff who require testing will go to the Graduate Center for testing.

If you have been on campus within ten (10) days of testing positive for COVID-19, students must report to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs (Lynn.Roberts@sph.cuny.edu), faculty, staff and visitors must report to the Director of Human Resources (Arthur.McHugh@sph.cuny.edu). These individuals, in turn, will report to the required school, university and public health authorities. The information will be kept confidential, to the extent allowed by law.

Student FAQs

Pending Board of Trustee and FDA approval, all students registering for in-person classes for the Fall 2021 term must be vaccinated by August 10, 2021, unless they have been granted an Exception or Medical Exemption.

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Students requesting an exception for religious reasons will be required to submit a signed written statement, explaining how immunization conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Students requesting a medical exemption will be required to submit a statement from a licensed physician or advanced practice nurse, explaining the medical contraindication and the time period for which the exemption is being requested. Medical exemptions are reviewed annually.

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Faculty and Staff FAQs

Pending University guidance, faculty and staff will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within the past seven (7) days.

Non-essential staff are expected to report to campus at least two days per week (on either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule), and work remotely on the other days beginning Monday, August 2, 2021.

Faculty and staff who may be at heightened risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19 may be eligible for a reasonable (disability-related) accommodation (i.e., to work a flexible schedule or remotely). Please contact HR Director Arthur McHugh at arthur.mchugh@sph.cuny.edu.

Faculty and staff seeking accommodations should contact HR Director Arthur McHugh at arthur.mchugh@sph.cuny.edu. You will be asked to provide supporting documentation. This information will be kept confidential.

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Faculty and staff who have concerns about returning to work onsite for family and/or non-disability reasons (i.e., childcare, health of others in their household) may be eligible for other options (i.e., FMLA, leaves of absence, use of annual leave). Such non-disability accommodation requests are also known as general accommodation requests. Faculty and staff seeking accommodations should contact HR Director Arthur McHugh at arthur.mchugh@sph.cuny.edu. You will be asked to provide supporting documentation. This information will be kept confidential.

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