How we are keeping our campus safe

Our campus is closed to all but essential staff, with few exceptions. Although our campus remains closed, SPH has complied with University and State guidelines and prepared a comprehensive “SPH Plan for Safe Reopening” and has implemented the full range of required safety measures on our 125th Street campus. See below for details about how we are keeping our campus safe for those who must conduct essential business onsite.

Social distancing floor sign

Students, faculty, and staff will not be permitted on campus unless they have an essential business function that cannot be performed remotely. Any member of the SPH community seeking to come to campus must secure formal approval by submitting this request form. Upon approval from COVID-19 Campus Coordinator (Senior Associate Dean Susan Klitzman) they will be required to complete a Wellness Check Survey via Everbridge Safety Connection Pro/Contact Tracing mobile app before coming to campus.

  • SPH will require that at least six feet of distance be maintained among all individuals while on campus, to the extent possible, unless the activity (e.g., moving equipment, using an elevator) requires a shorter distance.
  • The Campus COVID-19 Coordinator will inform all individuals before coming to campus that they will be required to wear an acceptable face covering on campus any time they come within six feet of another person.
  • Individuals required to meet face-to-face will be required to wear masks when a physical distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
  • SPH will limit occupancy in small spaces, such as locker rooms, pantries, storage closets, and bathrooms, to no more than one person at a time.
  • Employees will not be permitted to work in shared offices. If two or more individuals who work in the same office are required to be on campus, they will be scheduled at different times and/or on different days or be temporarily reassigned to an alternate space so that no more than one person is occupying the office at a time.
  • SPH has established maximum capacity for shared spaces, such as classrooms, conference rooms, cubicles, and workstations, establishing a six foot or larger radius for every area, and following Selected Diagrams for Reconfiguring Spaces in the CUNY Guidelines for Safe Reopening.
  • Based on physical distancing requirements, SPH will reduce the maximum occupancy in shared spaces by approximately 80 percent.
  • SPH will install physical barriers at the Public Safety and HelpDesk stations.
  • SPH is adhering to NYS Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19.
  • SPH Custodial Staff will:
    • Use NYS and EPA-approved products that are effective against COVID-19 to clean surfaces.
    • Clean surfaces in public-use areas at least twice during the workday.
    • Maintain Cleaning logs with the date, time, location, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in hallways, available near frequently touched surfaces.
  • SPH will provide students, faculty and staff with disinfectant wipes (≥70 percent alcohol-based) and instruct them to wipe down work areas and surfaces before and after usage.
  • SPH has 2000 cloth face coverings. They will be distributed by Public Safety to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus who do not have their own face coverings.
  • Face coverings are required on campus, most importantly when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Individuals coming to campus will be provided with guidance on proper use, disposal, and cleaning of face coverings.
  • The CUNY Public Safety Department has been providing SPH with KN-95 disposable respirators, surgical masks, and disposable gloves for essential staff (Public Safety and Facilities staff).
  • SPH has purchased face shields for higher-risk tasks.
  • SPH Public Safety staff will continue to wear face coverings and disposable gloves when engaged in activities with high public contact (e.g., check-ins, escorting visitors).
  • SPH Custodial Staff will continue to wear face coverings and disposable gloves when engaging in cleaning, disinfection, and waste removal (e.g., removing garbage bags, handling and disposing of trash, handling non-disposable food service items).
  • SPH plans to utilize the screening platform that is being procured by the University.
  • In the interim, SPH will use the Daily Health Screening based on New York State and University Guidance.
  • Each day that individuals are scheduled to report to campus, they must complete the electronic daily health screening at home, within 12 hours of arriving on campus.
  • A link to the Daily Health Screening will be available on the “Procedures” email and via on-campus posters barcode.
  • The screening can be completed on any computer or mobile device.
  • The screening will ask whether individuals:
    • Have a fever of 100°F or more.
    • Have had close contact with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
    • Are experiencing unusual or worsening respiratory symptoms, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, or a loss of taste or smell.
    • Have tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past 14 days.
    • Have traveled to an area listed on the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory during the past 14 days.
  • In addition, individuals will be asked to provide their names, cell phone numbers, and email addresses (to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 exposure).
    • Individuals will be immediately notified of the screening results.
    • Those who “pass” the screening will be permitted on campus.
    • Those who “fail” the screening will not be permitted on campus until they complete and pass the screening.

Employees who report symptoms will be advised by the Campus COVID-19 Coordinator or HR Director to seek medical attention.


If SPH is notified that an individual who has been on campus within the past 14 days tests positive for COVID-19:

  • The Campus COVID-19 Liaison will notify:
    • The SVC for Institutional Affairs
    • The Campus COVID-19 Coordinator, who will in turn immediately notify State and Local Health Departments
    • CRG (building owner)
    • SPH will develop plans with the local health department to trace contacts of the individual in accordance with protocols provided through the New York State Contract Tracing Program New York State Contact Tracing Program.
  • SPH will cooperate with the state and local health departments regarding contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.


  • SPH will follow New York State Department of Health’s Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Return to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure regarding protocols and policies for employees seeking to return to campus after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on Campus or after having close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • SPH has established close contact with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. As a school of public health, several deans, faculty, and staff members have close working relationships with DOHMH. The Campus COVID-19 Coordinator is a member of the New York City Board of Health.
  • SPH will communicate with students, faculty, staff, and visitors who have come into close or sustained contact with confirmed cases and communicate how the campus responded.