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Academic Year 2021-22 Safety Guidance

CUNY mandates all students taking in-person and hybrid classes get vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important step you can take to end this pandemic for good.

New Deadlines

Spring 2022

For the Spring 2022 semester, the majority of CUNY courses will be in-person. Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must be fully vaccinated when classes begin, or they will be de-registered before classes begin. Further, all students taking in-person or hybrid classes and eligible for the booster on January 28 must upload proof of receiving a booster to CUNYfirst by March 1. Additional guidelines and deadlines below:

  • Students who miss the deadline to upload proof of the booster will not be able to register for the summer or fall 2022 semesters until they do.
  • If your documents from the first round of vaccines are already approved in CUNYfirst, you do not need to re-submit them.
  • All students (except those with approved exemptions or exceptions) must be fully vaccinated in order to enter any CUNY facility.

Use these tools to find a free vaccine and/or booster site close to you and to check which vaccine(s) they offer:

Booster Proof Uploading
(All students taking in-person/hybrid course)

  • 3/1/22 for students to upload booster proof if they are eligible for the booster on January 28, 2022
  • 30 days after first eligible deadline for students if they are eligible for the booster after January 28, 2022

1/28/22 – Spring Session Begins

  • 12/17/21 deadline for first dose of Moderna vaccine
  • 12/24/21 deadline for first dose of Pfizer vaccine
  • 12/29/21 deadline to submit medical or religious exemption request
  • 1/14/22 deadline for single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • 1/18/22 deadline to upload proof of vaccination documents to CUNYfirst

3/5/22 – Spring Session I Begins
(Kingsborough / LaGuardia / Guttman)

  • 1/22/22 deadline for first dose of Moderna vaccine
  • 1/29/22 deadline for first dose of Pfizer
  • 2/3/22 deadline to submit medical or religious exemption request
  • 2/19/22 deadline for single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • 2/26/22 deadline to upload proof of vaccination documents to CUNYfirst

CUNY COVID-19 Safety Tracker

The latest safety metrics are updated weekly every Tuesday. Testing is evaluated over a one-week period from Monday to Sunday.

Most Recent Week (1/7/22 – 1/23/22)

Affiliation Location Positives # Tests # % of Positive Tests Positives from Non-CUNY Sites*
Baruch College 36 712 5.10% 3
BMCC 13 447 2.90% 13
Bronx Community College 11 218 5.00% 3
Brooklyn College 30 464 6.50% 1
Central Office, RF, Other 18 293 6.10% 0
City College of New York 32 556 5.80% 0
College of Staten Island 23 456 5.00% 7
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism 2 13 15.40% 1
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health 0 24 0.00% 0
CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies 0 5 0.00% 0
CUNY School of Law 2 36 5.60% 0
CUNY School of Professional Studies 3 42 7.10% 0
CUNY Graduate Center 8 126 6.30% 0
Guttman Community College 1 34 2.90% 2
Hostos Community College 4 153 2.60% 10
Hunter College 42 997 4.20% 8
Hunter College Campus School 14 16 87.50% 21
John Jay College 7 360 1.90% 0
Kingsborough Community College 21 322 6.50% 0
LaGuardia Community College 28 326 8.60% 3
Lehman College 11 342 3.20% 0
Medgar Evers College 13 130 10.00% 1
New York City College of Technology 19 289 6.60% 0
Queens College 12 410 2.90% 0
Queensborough Community College 6 287 2.10% 5
York College 12 232 5.20% 2
TOTAL 368 7,290 5.00% 80

Cumulative (8/25/21 – 1/23/22)

Affiliation Location Positives # Tests # % of Positive Tests Positives from Non-CUNY Sites*
Baruch College 209 10,912 1.90% 199
BMCC 192 9,460 2.00% 105
Bronx Community College 112 5,497 2.00% 56
Brooklyn College 202 8,275 2.40% 76
Central Office, RF, Other 125 4,478 2.80% 1
City College of New York 249 5,582 4.50% 71
College of Staten Island 161 6,318 2.50% 174
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism 10 202 5.00% 33
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health 3 326 0.90% 1
CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies 1 142 0.70% 0
CUNY School of Law 10 349 2.90% 20
CUNY School of Professional Studies 30 784 3.80% 3
CUNY Graduate Center 48 1,497 3.20% 56
Guttman Community College 11 314 3.50% 19
Hostos Community College 79 3,611 2.20% 77
Hunter College 244 13,657 1.80% 271
Hunter College Campus School 18 245 7.30% 169
John Jay College 170 7,528 2.30% 90
Kingsborough Community College 145 5,818 2.50% 29
LaGuardia Community College 117 3,154 3.70% 108
Lehman College 183 4,609 4.00% 15
Medgar Evers College 62 2,587 2.40% 30
New York City College of Technology 106 4,281 2.50% 25
Queens College 145 5,026 2.90% 26
Queensborough Community College 131 6,230 2.10% 63
York College 106 4,457 2.40% 83
TOTAL 2,869 115,339 2.50% 1800

*Positives from Non-CUNY Sites: People who test for reasons other than entering a CUNY facility and are self-reporting to the Campus Coronavirus Liaison

Fall 2021

Course Withdrawals & Refunds

With some exceptions, students who took a fully in-person class and did not submit proof of vaccination by the deadlines received a “WA” grade for their in-person class after 10/8/21 (or after 10/21/21 for LaGuardia, Kingsborough, and Guttman students who begin the term later).

Students who took a hybrid course that met in-person after 10/8/21 must have uploaded proof of vaccination at least 10 days prior to the in-person class to avoid being withdrawn.

Students withdrawn from a class for non-compliance with the vaccine mandate had the cost of the class refunded if they had already paid for it out-of-pocket. The refund policy was approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees on October 25, 2021.

Refunds were managed through college bursar offices so do not contact your campus LVA about them. Applicable students were notified.

Please see below for additional information and exceptions.
If you still have questions or seek permission for delayed vaccination, please email your Campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) Liaisons.

 

More Info & Exceptions

Fall 2021 Withdrawals & Refunds: More Info

  • Students who received Financial Aid in Fall 2021 received further information about how the withdrawal impacted it.
  • Unvaccinated students remained enrolled in their online classes.
  • Students who received a WA and believed it was an error could have appealed by contacting your campus LVA.
  • Students with approved medical or religious exemptions were not be withdrawn from classes.
  • No application for religious exceptions submitted after September 27 was considered.
  • Medical exemptions submitted after September 27 and prior to October 7 may have been considered if contracting COVID-19 prevented a student from being vaccinated by the deadline.
  • If you were enrolled in a hybrid course that had all its in-person classes before 10/7/21, you were not withdrawn from that course.

University Guidance

CUNY’s 25 campuses have developed individual reopening and operating plans to cover a range of scenarios.

Academic Continuity Guidance
Click this link to review CUNY’s latest COVID-19 Academic Continuity Guidance. The document is formatted as a running list of issues, such as: Fall 2020 Instructional Modalities & Scheduling; University Admissions, Research Continuity; MSCHE Accreditation Issues; NYSED Regulatory Issues; Academic Policies, Requirements, and Deadlines; Shared Governance and HR Issues; Financial Aid and Other Types of Support; Clinical Placements; Distance Learning Platforms, Tools & Resources; Student Success, Equity & Inclusion; Internships; Adult and Continuing Education Programs; Travel.

Faculty Related Academic Continuity Guidance
Click this link to review information excerpted from the full Academic Continuity Guidance document that is especially relevant to faculty.

We want to remind our diverse CUNY community that we are an institution that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering commitment to the values of equity and inclusion. One unfortunate and unacceptable aspect of the coronavirus pandemic has been a wave of anti-Asian and anti-Asian-American bigotry. References to COVID-19 that connect the virus to racial, ethnic or cultural identity are irresponsible and dangerous. CUNY condemns any response to this global health crisis that leads to mistreatment, bias or disrespect of any kind. These are extraordinarily challenging and anxious times, and we are all in this together. As always, any student who experiences discrimination of any kind can contact their campus Student Affairs Office for support. Likewise, faculty or staff can contact their campus Chief Diversity Officer or Office of Human Resources.

CUNY profoundly mourns the members of our
community lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visit In Memoriam Page
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Why do you Vax Up?

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What will you enjoy once you are fully vaccinated? Who will you spend time with? Tag @cunyedu on Instagram or @cuny on Twitter and use the hashtag #VaxUpCUNY to share what motivates you to get vaccinated and what you are most excited for!

Please note: this form CANNOT be used to verify vaccination. You must use CUNYfirst for vaccination verification.

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