GC Forward - Issue # 8

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

We look forward to returning to in-person classes and work this month. Below are some important policy updates and reminders about upcoming deadlines for students and employees.

Indoor Masking: The latest Guidance for Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends indoor mask-wearing for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals in areas with substantial or high rates of COVID transmission. New York City is one of those areas. As a result, the Graduate Center continues to require that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces (hallways, restrooms, lounges, etc.) and in any office spaces with more than one occupant. This requirement applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Reopening Vaccination Requirements: Beginning on Monday, August 16, faculty and staff entering the Graduate Center, ASRC, and all CUNY facilities will need to be fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond the last vaccination shot) or have a negative COVID-19 test result from within the past seven days.

Student Proof of Vaccination and New Deadline: This week, CUNY extended the deadline for students to provide proof of vaccination. In-person students need to share their proof of being fully vaccinated no later than September 14.

You will be able to register for classes prior to vaccination, but if you are taking in-person or hybrid classes, you will have to share proof that you will be fully vaccinated (or receive an exception or medical exemption) by September 14. Students are able to provide verification of a COVID-19 vaccination through the CUNYfirst portal. A user guide on how to upload proof of vaccination can be found here. Unvaccinated students who have on-campus class sessions between August 25 and the September 14 deadline will have to show proof of a negative test taken no more than seven days before visiting a campus for any reason.

As a reminder, to meet the new September 14 deadline, students must receive the vaccines by these dates:

  • Moderna: first dose by August 3
  • Pfizer: first dose by August 10
  • Johnson & Johnson: single dose by August 31

Students may contact one of the CUNY Graduate Center Campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) Liaisons with any questions about vaccinations by email. The LVA Liaisons are Cheri Daniels, administrative coordinator in the Wellness Center, cdaniels@gc.cuny.edu; and Eric Brown, student activities coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs, ebrown2@gc.cuny.edu.

Employee Proof of Vaccination: The deadline for employees to provide proof of vaccination is 10 days before the first week you come to campus. For instance, if you are starting the week of August 16, the deadline is August 6.

Employees can upload their vaccine information by signing in to CUNYfirst and clicking on the Vaccine Verification link. To complete your vaccination information, you will need the date of your second shot for Pfizer and Moderna or the date of your single shot for Johnson & Johnson; a scan or photograph of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (or an equivalent document if you received your vaccination outside the U.S.), and, if you have the NY State Excelsior Pass app, a scan or photograph of your pass on your mobile device.

For a visual guide to submitting information to CUNYfirst, please visit this website. For general information on getting back to working in person, please refer to this FAQ.

Graduate Center Testing Site: We encourage everyone to get vaccinated. For those who are not, CUNY has retained Applied DNA to provide COVID-19 testing on campus. Tests will be available to students and employees at no cost. In addition to the site located at the Graduate Center, there will be 19 other testing sites at locations across CUNY. You will be able to make a reservation at whichever site is most convenient for you. Information is forthcoming and will include step-by-step instructions on how to make reservations for testing.

For More Information: The #VaxUPCUNY website has additional information about vaccines and vaccination policies, including an up-to-date FAQ for students and a comprehensive FAQ for employees. You are welcome to send additional questions to reactivation@gc.cuny.edu.


Robin L. Garrell, President

Julia Wrigley, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brian A. Peterson, Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Submitted on: AUG 5, 2021

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