Information for Students

The Graduate Center remains open and as dedicated as ever to serving our students through world-class instruction and research support while also creating a safe and supportive environment.


Spring 2022 Classes

CUNY's vaccination policy requires all students to get vaccinated prior to the start of the Spring 2022 term to gain access to campus for any reason. Only if they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption, they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit.

If you are taking in-person or hybrid classes, you will have to share proof that you are fully vaccinated (or receive an exception or medical exemption) by January 18. 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. Questions about vaccination verification and exemptions can be directed to

Students who have questions or concerns should contact the Provost's Office or the Office of Student Affairs.
CUNY’s Student Vaccination Policy applies to any individual who has a regular physical presence on a CUNY campus or location in order to participate in an education program or activity, regardless of whether that program or activity is offered on a degree or non-degree basis and whether their records appear in CUNYfirst or not. These guidelines clarify the CUNY Vaccination Policy as it relates to non-matriculated students, including continuing education students, who are part of any scheduled in-person or hybrid programs.
Students who have been fully vaccinated will be responsible for uploading proof of vaccination documentation:
(1) Continuing education students who have CUNYfirst accounts will be required to submit their documentation via CUNYfirst.
(2) Continuing education students who do not have CUNYfirst accounts will be required to submit their documentation via Cleared4. Students will be invited by email to submit their documentation via Cleared4. 

Student Services

Students who are not attending in-person or hybrid classes need to show proof of full vaccination to be able to access department and administrative offices, the library, computer labs and student lounges.

Services to meet our students' needs are being addressed remotely where possible. The Mina Rees Library, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, the Registrar’s Office, the Student Counseling Center, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, and The Writing Center have provided guidance on accessing their services remotely.

We have also created a departmental contact list with information on how to reach individual offices via email and phone.

Given that vaccines will be mandatory for students living in campus housing, dorms will resume normal operations at full capacity with 100% of occupants fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated students may not live in campus housing. Questions about the Graduate Center Apartments can be submitted here.

International Students

To attend in-person classes, proof of vaccination is required by January 18 for the Spring 2022 term. If your vaccine is approved by the WHO and you are considered fully vaccinated as specified in the WHO approval, you are fully vaccinated according to the CUNY policy.

Any questions should be directed to the Office of International Students.

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