Building Entry Policy

January 25, 2023

To enter the Graduate Center, CUNY students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination through the Cleared4 health validation platform by scanning their Cleared4 Access Pass (otherwise known as Blue Pass or Green Pass) on the kiosk located at the lobby front desk and presenting their CUNY/GC ID.

Effective January 25, 2023, non-CUNY visitors will no longer need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the building. Instead, they will be required to show a government-issued photo ID to the security officers at the lobby’s front desk.

COVID-19 Health Screening Graduate Center Building Entry Matrix

Category

Valid Cleared4 Pass

ID Documents/other requirements

CUNY Students

Required

CUNY/GC ID

CUNY Faculty and Staff (Employees)

Required

CUNY/GC ID

Research Foundation CUNY Employees

Required

CUNY/GC ID

Visiting faculty, students, and scholars with recurring scholarship on campus

Required

CUNY/GC ID

Graduate Center ACE Students (AISI/LP2)

Required

GC ID

CUNY Emerita (retired) Faculty

Not required

CUNY/GC ID or Government issued photo ID

GC Alumni

Not required

GC Alumni Card or Government issued photo ID

Children enrolled in on- campus programs (childcare facilities)

Not required

N/A

CBS Collins Employees

Required

N/A

CUNY TV Mayor’s Office of Media Employees

Required

NYC Media ID

Onsite Contractors/Vendors

Required

Government-issued photo ID

 

Category

Valid Cleared4 Pass

ID Documents/other requirements

Non-CUNY affiliated visitors (including temporary contractors, short-term volunteers, parents and guardians of children enrolled in on-campus programs, guest lecturers, and human subjects research participants)

Not required

Government issued photo ID

Friends of the Library/Library SHARES program

Not required

Government issued photo ID

CAMPUS ACCESS FOR VISITORS

Non-CUNY visitors will no longer have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test. To enter the Graduate Center, visitors will need to show proof of ID by presenting a valid government-issued photo document (such as passport, state/city ID, etc.). An exception applies to those non-CUNY visitors who have recurring scholarship at our campus. Please click here for more information.

Departments, programs, and institutes coordinating a special event at the Graduate Center are strongly encouraged to alert the director of Public Safety and Security, John Flaherty, of the date, time, and room of the event to facilitate visitors’ entry to the campus.

MASKING (FACE COVERINGS)

The CUNY Graduate Center will continue to follow New York State’s and the University’s COVID-19 protocols. At this time, CUNY does not require face masks. Anyone who wants to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks are available at the lobby’s front desk and at the main desk in the library.

MONITOR YOUR HEALTH

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you are feeling sick, get tested and stay home. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must wear a well-fitting mask around others while at the Graduate Center.

Maintaining up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and keep CUNY and the Graduate Center community safe.

CUNY expects all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to follow CUNY’s COVID-19 Safety Guidance.

GRADUATE CENTER IDS

If you are a new student or a new hire and need a Graduate Center ID, please:

  1. Email security@gc.cuny.edu from your Graduate Center email address. Enter “ID Card” in the subject line.
  2. The email body must contain your name as it appears in CUNYfirst, your program and your mailing address.
  3. Attach a “passport type headshot” JPEG picture taken within the past six months.

Security is making IDs on-site Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 9124, with no appointment needed.

CLAIM YOUR CLEARED4 PROFILE AND RETRIEVE YOUR CLEARED4 ACCESS PASS:

  1. Find the email that was sent from no-reply@CLEARED4work.com entitled Cleared for CUNY Access. (Check all CUNY and personal accounts if you don’t see it in your Graduate Center account.)
  2. Click on the personalized link in the email to register on the CLEARED4 platform and to access your pass. Note: This link is unique to you and will always bring you to your CLEARED4 account to view your pass. Do not share this link with anyone else.
  3. You will be prompted to read and accept the CLEARED4 disclaimer before you can claim your CLEARED4 account. Click Read and accept disclaimer button.
  4. Provide the personal information requested.
  5. Click on the “Show Access Pass” button to access your CLEARED4 Access Pass.

You can access your pass at any time by navigating to your personal link from the registration email or text message.

Click the Show Access Pass button.

Your CLEARED4 access pass has your name, date, and your QR code, which is connected to your profile. You can print the pass or present it from your phone upon entry at a CUNY location.

How to bookmark your CLEARED4 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,
    • Android - click on the three-dots icon in your browser to access settings, and click “Add to Homepage”
    • 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 Research Foundation employees can access the RF Vaccination Verification system here.

CLEARED4 GUIDELINES

Please see CUNY Access – CLEARED4 Guide for Vaccinated CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff on the CUNY IT Help page for detailed information on setting up and using the CLEARED4 Access Pass. CLEARED4 FAQs are available on the CUNY IT Help page as well.

Employees with questions regarding vaccination status and CLEARED4 can reach out to the Office of Human Resources at covid-19screening@gc.cuny.edu. Students with questions about their vaccination status can contact our campus Location Vaccine Authority (LVA) liaisons at lva@gc.cuny.edu.

VACCINATION

Students whose vaccine verification form is pending approval by the Office of Student Affairs, or students who have an approved religious exception or medical exemption will get an email from CLEARED4 asking them to sign up for weekly testing. Vaccinated students will be removed from the weekly mandatory testing program once they upload their vaccination verification form and the form is approved in CUNYfirst. Note that vaccinated individuals may still be called for the random testing program throughout the semester.

Employees who have not yet uploaded their proof of vaccination to CUNYfirst (or approval by Human Resources is pending), will get an email from CLEARED4 asking them to sign up for weekly testing. Vaccinated employees who voluntarily upload their vaccination information by signing in to CUNYfirst and clicking on the Vaccine Verification link will be removed from the weekly testing program after the documentation has been approved by HR. Vaccinated individuals may be pulled for the random testing program throughout the semester.

TESTING

CUNY has retained Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC (ADCL) to provide free COVID-19 testing on campus to CUNY students and employees. In addition to the site located at the Graduate Center on the first floor, there are 19 other testing sites at locations across CUNY.

When selected, students, faculty, and staff must participate in CUNY’s random testing program. A notification will be sent to your email address on record, so we ask you to please check all email addresses included in your CUNYfirst profile and your spam folders. The message comes from a “no-reply” email address with the subject line: “Message from City University of New York (CUNY).” This email contains your personal ID number (EMPL or RF), including details about appointment scheduling, test results, and other information. ADCL uses a PCR test with a nasal swab that is less invasive than the longer-stemmed swabs used elsewhere, but that is still highly sensitive and designed to detect the virus before a person becomes symptomatic and can begin spreading it.

Test results are processed within 24 hours for tests taken Monday through Thursday and 48-72 hours for tests taken on Friday and over the weekend). Test results are sent via email.

Random testing helps to identify unknown cases to mitigate the spread of the virus.