New COVID Rules

Dear CCNY Faculty and Staff,

As many of you prepare to come back to campus this upcoming week, I thought I would update you on our safety policies and procedures.


Starting August 16th, CUNY has implemented an indoor mask mandate for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated.  There is one condition where you do not have to wear a mask, as outlined in the Chancellor’s memo but in all other situations, a mask is required.  The exception is as follows: “The only exception to wearing a mask inside is if a fully vaccinated person is in a classroom, dorm room, office, or other enclosed space, or is at a workspace/desk and is socially distanced from any other occupied workspace/desk.”  Please take this mandate seriously in order to protect yourself, your family, and your coworkers and their families.


If you are coming to campus, you can only do so if you are fully vaccinated or if you have a recent negative COVID test result.  Testing must be done at one of the 20 CUNY testing sites located here. If you are unvaccinated or have not loaded your vaccination information into CUNY First, you should have received an email from Cleared4 indicating that you need to take a test and giving you a link to schedule your test.  For those of you who are fully vaccinated, make sure you load your information into CUNY First so that you will no longer receive the email asking you to test.

Vaccinated individuals will be able to enter our buildings by showing the Everbridge VAX Pass on your phone or by obtaining a Vaccination sticker for your ID at the ID office.  In order to obtain the sticker, you must show proof of vaccination. 


Besides wearing mask and getting vaccinated or tested, we are asking you to closely follow the rules set forth in the Reopening Plan, located here.  This includes, but is not limited to, following signage posted throughout the campus, staying home if you feel sick, frequently washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose if you are going to sneeze, as well as using our hand sanitizer stations.  Remember that we are not out of this pandemic and protecting yourself and others is one of the most important things you can do.  Make sure you give others their space and your patience as we navigate this reopening together.

We expect there will be some unexpected issues to overcome once people return but please know that we will continue to monitor this return and make adjustments when and where they are needed to extent that we can.  I think you will find that when you return, that a lot of effort has been put into making the environment safe.  I want to thank you for your anticipated cooperation and I look forward to seeing you all in person very soon.

Best regards,
Ken Ihrer
Vice President of Operations
Coronavirus Coordinator
The City College of New York

Subscribe to podcast via RSS

<< Back to blog