Physical Distancing Guidelines

The goal of physical distancing is to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19 on campus facilities. This will require full cooperation among everyone – leaders, managers and supervisors, students, faculty and staff. Only through a cooperative effort will be able to work together to safeguard our own health and the health of our families, colleagues, and those with whom we interact.

Physical Distancing Expectations When On-Site

Personnel on campus are required and expected to:

  • Maintain social distancing, a minimum 6-foot radial distance from all others, at all times, unless absolutely essential for laboratory safety and only with the use of additional PPE for protection;
  • Wear a face covering or mask while in public or shared spaces on campus; it is mandatory that students, faculty and staff wear masks and/or face coverings while in areas of high congestion of people or where social distancing of 6 feet to more cannot be maintained;
  • Wash hands frequently;
  • Return home if you begin feeling unwell or start experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Supervisors (Vice Presidents, Directors, Executive Officers, etc.) are required and expected to:

  • Establish flexible and staggered work schedules with their students and staff, including for essential personnel, to limit how many people are onsite and to limit every individual’s potential for exposure;
  • Limit individuals onsite by requiring only one person to be onsite if a task can be accomplished by one person;
  • Coordinate and confirm all student and staff access and schedules, in compliance with current phase occupancy limits;
  • Provide, either in-person or remotely, departmental supervision and technical support when students and staff are onsite.

Vendors and contractors are permitted on campus by approval of the Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, for essential services, renovations, repairs. Approved contractors who are on campus for renovations or repairs must provide a roster of employees who will be on site. These rosters are to be submitted the day prior to the scheduled work and for each day work is scheduled to be done.

Vendors and contractors must:

  • Follow a daily health screening protocol established and implemented by CUNY.
  • Request and receive approval for access before coming onsite

Steps Taken by The Graduate Center


To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within campus facilities the Office of Facilities Management and Building Design have:

  • Put in place additional protective measures, including physical barriers such as dividers between desks or in high traffic areas;
  • Established occupancy limits, by phase, at the building level to comply with state guidelines. Limits include all personnel, contractors, vendors and students. During Phase 2, occupancy will be limited to 15% of building capacity and will increase to up to 40% of building capacity in Phase 3. Timing of further occupancy for up to 80% for Phase 4 and full campus operations in Phase 5 will be determined by CUNY and the State.
  • Established occupancy limits for specific types of locations in the building, such as auditoriums and theatres, shared office space and labs, enclosed office space and labs, computer labs, the library, and public and common areas (e.g. elevators, restrooms, conference rooms);
    • While there are occupancy limits in place, everyone should continue to do any work that can be done remotely from home, and not come to campus to work unless it is absolutely necessary and have secured the necessary approvals.
  • Have reconfigured furniture and room layouts to comply with recommended social distancing guidelines;
  • Have posted signs throughout the building as a reminder of these limits, and also to detail appropriate traffic patterns in corridors and stairwells to further limit interactions.