On July 6, 2021 the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the University-wide student vaccination policy. This policy, summarized below and adapted for CUNY SPH, allows for the safe return to in-person learning in the fall.
At CUNY SPH, only those students who have been fully vaccinated by August 10, 2021 will be permitted to take in-person classes in the fall 2021 semester. Students who are unvaccinated or who do not wish to disclose their vaccine status may take on-line classes.
As of the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 25, in order to enter a CUNY facility, all students must either be fully vaccinated, or else show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous seven days. At CUNY SPH, only students who are fully vaccinated may attend in-person classes. Students coming to campus for other reasons will need to make an appointment in advance and either be fully vaccinated or participate in CUNY’s weekly surveillance testing program. Details on these requirements will be forthcoming.
Students who plan to attend classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated need to start the vaccination process immediately in order to be fully vaccinated in time for the start of the semester. Below are timelines students should keep in mind for the three vaccines for which the FDA has granted emergency use authorization in the United States.
Students who currently reside in other countries should review the vaccination timelines for the vaccines they can access in their areas. Students who have completed the final dose of COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and after the specified time period, are considered fully vaccinated.
Please also see the #VaxUpCUNY page for additional information on returning to in-person learning in fall 2021.
To prepare for the fall semester, we urge all students to:
Please see the COVID-19 Information Technology Resources page for information on how to contact the Helpdesk, obtaining hardware and software for distance learning, Blackboard and Zoom resources, free or low-cost internet service, and assistive technology services.
Please check the Fieldwork page for the latest info for students planning to complete their fieldwork in Fall 2020.
Please check the COVID-19 Updates for International Students page for the latest information.
Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams is available to provide free and confidential counseling to students experiencing heightened anxiety related to COVID-19 and other emotional health concerns. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Virtual counseling is available via phone.
Students can view videos of workshops from the Remaining Resilient During the COVID-19 Pandemic Workshop Series, hosted by Sherry Adams:
Please refer to the Counseling and Wellness Services page for information and additional helpful links.
Students who are in need of financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, may apply for a grant from the CUNY SPH Student Emergency Fund. The CUNY SPH Student Emergency Fund is a year round fund which provides grants on a case-by-case basis to students facing acute catastrophic financial hardship. Individuals who apply may be asked to submit supporting documentation to demonstrate their financial need. For more information and to apply, click here.
All student services will be provided remotely including:
There will be no extracurricular activities held on campus during the remote learning/working period.