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Campus Access FAQs - Fall 2022

For the most up-to-date information on CUNY COVID-19 guidelines, including key information for students, refer to the CUNY website.

For the Spring 2023 semester, CUNY will be adhering to its current COVID-19 vaccination policy for students. As reminder, the policy stipulates the following.

  1. Students registering for in-person classes must be fully vaccinated, i.e. have received 2 doses in a 2-dose series, or have received a single-dose of the J&J vaccine.
  2. Students who register for in-person classes will be dropped if they do not upload proof of vaccination.
  3. No proof of vaccination is necessary when registering for online courses. 
  4. Vaccination is not required for students fully registered in ALL online classes.
  5. Booster shots are highly encouraged but not required.

Please note that students requesting religious exceptions or medical exemptions should do so 30 days before the drop date for noncompliance, i.e., November 21, 2022 for Winter 2023 and December 16, 2022for Spring 2023. There will be exceptions reviewed for the off-schedule campuses ongoing.

As always, the University will continue to monitor the vaccination requirements in light of the current public health guidance and keep you updated accordingly.

Q: I am a returning student. Do I need to have a negative COVID test before classes start? 

A: It depends.

  • All students living in dormitories are required to take a COVID test at one of the CUNY testing site locations before moving in.
  • All athletes are required to take a COVID test at one of the CUNY testing site locations before classes start.
  • Students attending in-person classes or on-campus activities should take a COVID test before the first day of classes. However, students do not need to upload or disclose the results. If you have a positive test, you should not come to campus.
  • Students who are taking online classes with no in person component and will not be on campus are not required to take a test before classes start.

Q: How would I know if I’ve been randomly selected for testing and what do I do if I have been selected?

A: You will receive an email from “cleared4work.com” informing you of your selection. The email will be sent to your preferred email address (as indicated in CUNYfirst). You must take a COVID-19 test at any CUNY testing site within 14 days of the notification. Failure to do so will prevent you from coming onto campus.

Q: I’ve heard that the COVID booster will be required for participation in on-campus classes activities. Is this true? If so, what is the deadline to comply?

A: CUNY encourages all members of the CUNY community to be vaccinated and boosted, but receiving a booster is not currently required for in-person course registration.

Q: My religious/medical exemption was rejected. Is it true that I cannot appeal?

A: All decisions of the committee are final and not subject to appeal. However, you are permitted to reapply if new documentation and information should become available.