GC Forward #12: How to Get on Campus

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

It is wonderful to see hundreds of students, faculty, and staff coming to the Graduate Center daily. We are maintaining a safe environment for everyone in the community and look forward to seeing even more of you on campus throughout the fall.

Below are some important updates about entering and using the building, masking, COVID-19 vaccination, and reporting COVID-19 cases.

How to Enter the Graduate Center

Starting October 8, unless they have a religious or medical exemption, all students must be verified in CUNYfirst as fully vaccinated, or they will not be able to enter campus (except for emergency services).

To enter the Graduate Center and all CUNY sites, students, employees, and visitors must present a valid CUNY Access Pass in Cleared4 [cunyithelp.cuny.edu]. Everbridge VaxPass, the NYS Excelsior Pass, and CDC vaccination cards are not accepted.

Cleared4 is a web-based program, not an app. You can access your pass at any time by navigating to your personal link from the registration email sent by Cleared4 (sent to your preferred email address in CUNYfirst from the sender no-reply@cleared4work.com).

How to bookmark your CUNY Access Pass on your smartphone:
1. Access your pass by navigating to your personal link from the registration email and click the "Show Access Pass" button.
2. With your pass open in the browser,
     o Android - click on the three-dots icon in your browser to access settings, and click “Add to Homepage”
     o iPhone - click on the “Add to Homepage” icon in the bottom menu
3. Enter the name of your shortcut and click “Add.” You will now be able to access your pass from the shortcut on your home screen at any time.
Watch this quick how-to video.
Note: To obtain a CUNY Access pass, CUNY students and employees must submit proof of vaccination through CUNYfirst [cuny.edu]. CUNY Research Foundation employees can access the RF Vaccination Verification system here.

Campus Access for Visitors

To protect the health and safety of the Graduate Center community, CUNY’s visitor policy [cuny.edu] now requires all visitors to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the seven days prior to visiting a CUNY site.

All visitors must be approved prior to accessing campus. Request visitor access at least seven days prior to the visit by submitting the visitor’s full name, affiliation, email address, cell phone number, room/location they will be accessing, date and time of visit, the reason for the visit, and who on campus is the host via email to security@gc.cuny.edu. Visitors should only be coming to campus for academic purposes (e.g., guest speakers, research) or pressing business that cannot be handled remotely. Arrangements for visitor access require seven days to issue the visitors a CUNY Access Pass.

Take Advantage of the Library and Other Campus Study Spaces

We encourage you to use the library and other spaces in the building to study, research, and reconnect. The library is fully open, and there is ample space for studying. The Dining Commons is also open for quiet work and study. Students and faculty should check with the assistant program officers in their departments about using program lounges.

Mask Mandate Still in Place

At the Graduate Center, we continue to adhere to the CUNY temporary mask mandate. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status must continue to wear masks indoors. This policy applies to all CUNY campuses and office buildings.

Additionally, everyone must wear a mask outdoors on campus when unable to maintain physical distance from others (for example, while attending a CUNY gathering or sporting event).

Vaccine Van Returns

After a successful first visit in which 250 people received a vaccine dose, the NYC Health and Hospitals vaccine van will return to campus from Tuesday, October 12, through Sunday, October 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines will be available. The van is also offering Pfizer booster doses to those who are eligible. Walk-ups only; appointments are not accepted.

Now is the time to get vaccinated, especially for students who plan to enroll in spring 2021 courses that are in-person or hybrid.

COVID-19 Reporting and Tracing

Reporting of all positive cases impacting the Graduate Center community is managed by the campus coronavirus coordinator, Brian Peterson, interim senior vice president for finance and administration, and the campus coronavirus health monitoring liaison, Pinar Ozgu, interim vice president for institutional equity and human resources.

The campus coronavirus coordinator and health monitoring liaison are responsible for reviewing health screening data, campus access logs, and other data to confirm reported cases, coordinate contact tracing, and assist New York State and local health officials with tracing. They will also coordinate notification with community members who may have been affected and, when necessary, communications to the GC community.

Students, faculty, staff, vendors, and campus visitors are obligated to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 to the health monitoring liaison by sending an email to COVID-19screening@gc.cuny.edu.

One of the Graduate Center HR liaisons will follow up with individuals reporting symptoms, aid in identifying exposures, and notify close contacts of the exposure as soon as possible after being notified that someone on campus has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please Reach Out

Students with questions about their vaccination reporting or status should contact the GC’s Campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) liaisons at lva@gc.cuny.edu.

Employees with questions about their vaccination reporting or status should contact the campus coronavirus health monitoring liaison in the Office of Human Resources at COVID-19screening@gc.cuny.edu.

To ask a general reactivation question, report a concern, or make a request, send an email toreactivation@gc.cuny.edu.

Thank you and stay safe!

Submitted on: OCT 8, 2021

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