COVID-19 Resources for Faculty and Staff

CUNY SPH will safely reopen campus for the fall 2021 semester. Below are information and resources compiled for faculty and staff as they return to campus and in-person work.

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Reopening Timeline

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 through Thursday, July 29, 2021, the CUNY SPH campus will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am – 6pm. Essential staff and senior staff are expected to report to work on these days.  Other faculty and staff who wish to come to campus may also do so, by submitting the Request to Visit Campus form.

Beginning Monday, August 2, 2021, the campus will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 8am – 10pm.  SPH will operate remotely on Fridays. The expectation is that 50% of staff will be on campus each day, Monday through Thursdays.

Policies and Procedures for Returning to Campus

Please carefully read and follow the instructions below before coming to campus.

(1) Make an appointment with Public Safety the first time that you return to campus. Pending University approval, beginning August 2, 2021, you will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the past seven days in order to enter campus. You will be required to make an appointment with Public Safety ( for a specific date and time to be cleared for entry and have your ID card activated. (Details to follow)

(2) Provide documentation of your COVID-19 status, using one of the following methods:

  • Show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (e.g. Excelsior pass, or other evidence in accordance with University guidelines).
  • Show a negative result of a COVID-19 test, taken within the past seven days, each time you enter campus.

(3) On any day that you are scheduled to come to campus, please stay home if you:

  • 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 10 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 10 days.
  • Have traveled internationally within the past 10 days.

Please be aware that some of these requirements may change over time, in accordance with changes in University, city, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.

(1) Upon entering the building lobby, you will be required to complete a temperature screening.

(2) Once you clear the temperature screening, please report directly to one of the SPH Public Safety stations on the ground, 5th, 6th, or 7th floors. You will be asked to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-test, taken within the past seven days, along with a picture ID.

  • You may present the Excelsior pass, or other proof of vaccination, pending University policies and procedures. Upon confirmation of vaccination, Public Safety will reactivate your ID card.
  • If you do not have proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you must present a negative COVID-19 test result from within the past seven (7) days, each time you enter campus. Upon confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test, your ID card will be activated temporarily for a maximum of seven days, (depending on the date of your last negative COVID-19 test).

(3) While on campus:

  • You will be required to wear a face covering regardless of your vaccination status, especially whenever you are less than six feet apart from others. You may wear your own face covering, or you will be provided with one by Public Safety.
  • 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.

(1) Dispose of single use face coverings (e.g. disposable surgical masks) in trash receptacles.Cloth masks should be washed thoroughly with soap and water for your personal re-use.

(2) If you test positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test within ten days after leaving campus, please immediately notify Dean Ayman El-Mohandes ( ) or Chief of Staff Doris Suarez ( This information will be treated confidentially.

Other Resources

Please see the COVID-19 Information Technology Resources page for information on how to contact the Helpdesk, obtaining hardware and software for distance teaching, communication and cloud storage services, Blackboard and Zoom resources, etc.

Please click here for guidance on research continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counseling services for tax-levy employees

For faculty and staff experiencing heightened anxiety, CUNY’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is available to help. CUNY’s EAP may be reached at 1-866-327-2400 or

Counseling services for Research Foundation employees

For help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events, contact RFCUNY’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at:

Wellness Resources for everyone

Please refer to this page for additional wellness resources.

If you need to make purchases related to COVID-19 response, these should be made through CUNYfirst on tax levy funds. CUNY has requested that COVID-19 expenses be tracked separately, for potential reimbursement.