COVID-19 Resources for Faculty and Staff

CUNY SPH has safely reopened campus and is following CUNY, city, state, and federal guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all those on campus. Below are information and resources compiled for faculty and staff as they return to campus and in-person work.

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Last updated: 3/17/22

Recent Announcements

Vaccination deadline updated for faculty and staff
CUNY and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC) have agreed to revise the date by which all full- and part-time faculty and non-teaching instructional staff (which includes among others NTAs, CLTs  and those in the HEO-title series) will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to upload proof of vaccination into CUNYFirst.

The deadline has been changed from April 1 to May 27, 2022. The May 27 date applies to members of the Executive Compensation Plan (ECPs), as well.

We are defining the required number of dosages for full vaccination as both doses in a two-shot series (such as Moderna or Pfizer), or the one dose in a single-shot vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson), without boosters.

Mask Policy Update
On March 4, 2022, in response to revised guidance issued by CDC and declining COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths, CUNY lifted its temporary mask mandate.
  • Anyone who would like to continue wearing a mask in any CUNY setting is welcome to do so at any time.
  • Masks will continue to be available to you at the SPH Public Safety Stations on the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Floors.
  • While the CDC is not requiring people to wear a mask in communities that have low or medium COVID-19 levels, faculty, staff, and students who are still not vaccinated, or those who have been or will be granted a medical exemption or religious exception, are urged to continue to wear a mask.
  • If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are either fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you do not need to quarantine as long as you remain asymptomatic, and you can return to work or class. But you need to wear a mask for 10 days from the date of your last close contact and get tested at least 5 days after the close contact.

Returning to Campus

Vaccine Verification

All faculty and staff coming to any CUNY campus will need to show proof that they are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccine. If you are unvaccinated, or do not want to show proof, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result from within the prior seven days.

  1. To submit proof of vaccination, go to CUNYfirst, click on the “Vaccination Verification” link, indicate the type and date of your last vaccine, upload a copy of your vaccination card and, if vaccinated in New York State, a copy of your New York State Excelsior Pass. Once uploaded, HR will review and approve your status, or be in touch with you if there are any questions about your documentation.
  2. To check your approval status, login to your CUNYfirst account. If your vaccination records have been approved, download or refresh your Everbridge application on your smartphone to access the VaxPass. Follow the detailed instructions. Have the VaxPass Access Approved confirmation open on your smartphone and ready for review by the CUNY screener when entering the CUNY SPH or any CUNY location. You will also need your CUNY ID card. (Find a helpful VaxPass Q&A here.)
  3. It is recommended that you take a photo of your vaccination card and/or sign up for the Excelsior Pass (for those vaccinated in New York State) as backups.

Student Who Are Also Employees

If you are registered as a CUNY student at CUNY SPH or another CUNY school, your student status supersedes your employee status, and your vaccination records will need to be approved by the Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) liaisons at the campus where you are enrolled. You can reach out the LVA at the campus where you are a student. See the LVA roster here.

Testing Requirements

If you are not vaccinated, or if you have not uploaded your vaccination records to CUNYfirst, you will need to get a COVID-19 test at one of the 20 CUNY testing sites. See below for details on testing.

CUNY COVID-19 Testing: We encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but for those who are not, CUNY has retained Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC (ADCL) to provide COVID-19 testing at 20 sites throughout the University.

Starting on Monday, August 9, all faculty and staff who did not provide proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst were sent an email from CLEARED4 (The health verification management system retained by ADCL), with the subject line “Welcome to safeCircle at CUNY,” describing how to enroll in the testing program. Be sure to check all your email accounts, including personal ones, that may be linked to CUNYfirst. Once registered, participants receive an overview of the program and instructions on how to proceed with making an appointment for an available time at the most convenient CUNY testing site. Appointment scheduling, test results, and other communications will flow through the CLEARED4 platform.

ADCL uses a PCR test with a nasal swab that is less invasive than the longer-stemmed swabs used elsewhere, but that is still highly sensitive and designed to detect the virus before a person becomes symptomatic and can begin spreading it.

Test results will be processed within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends). Test results will be sent via email.

For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ.

Policies and Procedures for Returning to Campus

If it is your first time returning to work on-campus, please report to one of the SPH Public Safety stations on the ground, 5th, 6th, or 7th floors to have your ID card reactivated.

While on campus:

  • Masking is no longer mandated, but anyone who would like to continue wearing a mask in any CUNY setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks will continue to be available to you at the SPH Public Safety Stations on the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Floors. Click here for more information on CUNY’s updated mask policy.
  • You will be expected to carry your CUNY ID at all times.
  • Please continue to practice good hygiene while on campus (e.g. frequent hand sanitizing, hand washing and wiping high contact surfaces before and after use).
  • Please be aware that no food deliveries will be allowed inside the building.
  • Please refrain from gathering and congregating in hallways and other common areas.

If you test positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test within ten days after leaving campus, please immediately notify the Director of Human Resources Arthur McHugh ( This information will be treated confidentially.