COVID-19 Information and Safety Guidance

Academic Year 2023-24
(Updated May 12, 2023)

Academic Year 2023-24
(Updated May 12, 2023)

The Graduate Center recommends following all public health guidance and CDC suggested practices which include staying up to date on vaccinations, staying home when ill, and taking any other precautions necessary to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and any other contagious viruses.

Effective May 23, 2023, the City University of New York will lift the COVID vaccine requirement as a condition of enrollment or employment, though we continue to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to stay up to date with their vaccinations.

The University also eliminated the use of the Cleared4 health verification platform, allowing colleges to return to their standard processes for granting campus access. Effective Monday, May 22, 2023, the Graduate Center will return to building entry policies that were in place prior to the pandemic.

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to present their GC ID cards with the corresponding semester’s valid sticker for campus entry. Students can obtain their validation sticker from the Bursar’s window on the 8th floor (room 8105), while faculty and staff can request these from their respective departments.

If you have any questions about our updated COVID-19 guidelines, please email 


Effective May 18, 2023, on-campus COVID-19 testing services across CUNY will cease to operate. CUNY’s testing program, which covered the weekly random testing of the CUNY community and of individuals who had been granted a religious or medical exemption, will no longer be in effect moving forward.


Masking is not required, but the use of masks, especially when not feeling well, is always welcomed.


For the health and safety of our entire community, we strongly recommend staying home if you are feeling sick. If you do not feel better in three days, please consult your health care provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

Effective May 23, 2023, all CLEARED4 passes are suspended. CUNY students, faculty, and staff must present their valid CUNY College ID for entry. For more information about how to get a Graduate Center ID, building hours, and access please click here.

The Office of Facilities Services and Campus Planning manages the inventory of PPE: face coverings (masks), hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, as well as the purchase and distribution of these materials. Divisions and departments must contact the Office of Facilities Services and Campus Planning to request PPE at

Please email