Information for Faculty
We are committed to meeting the teaching and research needs of our faculty while also creating a safe and supportive environment.
All faculty will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, ensuring that everyone in a classroom is vaccinated, except the few with approved exemptions or exceptions. We are grateful that most of our faculty are already vaccinated and ask that faculty upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst. If you are among the few who are not vaccinated, please take immediate steps to do so. In the weeks ahead, we will outline details of the faculty mandate policy, which requires approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
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 guide to submitting your information to CUNYfirst, please visit here or watch this video.
The GC Office of Human Resources is responsible for validating CUNY employee vaccination status, reviewing requests for medical exemptions and supporting faculty and staff as they get back to in person instruction and work on campus. CUNY’s Getting Back to Working in Person and Learning on Campus Frequently Asked Questions provides information for employees about returning to work.
NOTE: If you are registered as a CUNY student at the Graduate Center 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.
CUNY COVID-19 Testing
As of the Spring 2022 term, all faculty will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, ensuring that everyone in a classroom is vaccinated, except the few with approved exemptions or exceptions. We are grateful that most of our faculty are already vaccinated and ask that faculty upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst. If you are among the few who are not vaccinated, please take immediate steps to do so. Details are forthcoming on the faculty mandate policy, which requires approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
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.
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 are processed within 24 hours (48-72 hours on weekends). Test results are sent via email and by personal link. We recommend that you schedule your subsequent test for the fifth day after the previous test so as to avoid any gaps, considering the weekend schedule in results. Remember to schedule your test on a regular basis for seamless campus access, and follow up with your home campus with questions related to your test.
For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ.
The #CantStopCUNY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Remote Instruction
We continue to strive to serve our students the best we can through world-class instruction. If you need assistance for remote instruction, please refer to Teaching and Learning Center's Guide to Remote Teaching. Technology to assist remote instruction can be found through CUNY's IT Resources for Remote Work and Teaching, as well as The Graduate Center's Office of Information Technology.
CUNY has provided a Faculty Related Academic Continuity Guidance page. Faculty who have questions about planning their online courses should contact the Provost's Office.
The Graduate Center will assist faculty conducting research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences remotely, where possible. Research services, such as tools through the Mina Rees Library, are available online.
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