CUNY Random COVID-19 Testing Program Begins

Effective November 17, 2021, CUNY implemented a random testing program for vaccinated employees. Fully vaccinated employees with approved vaccination information in CUNYfirst will be randomly selected to participate in the COVID-19 testing program. Being tested when you are notified is not optional and is necessary in order to obtain campus-wide results each week and thus help keep everyone safe.

In any given week, selected individuals will receive an email from with the subject line "Message from City University of New York (CUNY)". This email includes instructions to complete their registration via a personalized link and will have to test at a CUNY test site within 7 days (no appointment necessary). CUNY test centers will be closed over Thanksgiving weekend. For your convenience, the list of CUNY-approved testing sites is available here. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM A NON-CUNY TESTING SITE.

Test results will be available within 48 hours and employees will maintain their Access Pass to CUNY facilities while the results are pending. If the COVID-19 test result comes back positive, the Access Pass will be removed and the employee will be contacted by a Coronavirus Task Force Liaison for guidance. If an employee does not show up to be tested within the required 7-day period, they will be contacted by a campus or program representative on the next steps.

More Information about Testing Sites

City College's COVID-19 testing site is in the Faculty Dining Room located in the North Academic Center (NAC) Building. The entrance is on 138th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

The hours of operation for CCNY's testing site are as follows:

  • Monday 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Tuesday 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm
  • Thursday 9 am - 12 pm
  • Friday 9 am - 12 pm

Time off to get tested and Reporting Time off on the Timesheet:

  • Employees who schedule a testing appointment during their scheduled workweek will be given 30 minutes of paid time if the testing site is on their campus or office location, and 45 minutes if they need to travel to another CUNY location.
  • When entering this time on their timesheet employees should select "Leave Type" COVID-19 Priority Testing (CPT).

For additional information about the COVID-19 random testing program, visit this FAQ or or& .

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