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Joanne Russell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2021 6:16 AM
Subject: Important information-Vaccination Policy and Student Safety

Dear colleagues,

As we approach the Monday, September 27, deadline for students to upload verification of their vaccinations we have been contacted by a number of students who are confused about whether the deadline applies to them. The policy approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees applies to all students in in-person and hybrid courses. Students have reported being told, for a variety of reasons, that even though they are in a hybrid course, they do not need to be vaccinated. 

In some cases, students are reporting that a faculty member has changed the modality of the course and made the previously in-person or hybrid course, online. Individual faculty members may not decide on their own to change the modality, frequency, day or time of the course they are teaching. The course must meet according to what is published in CUNYfirst (inclusive of frequency, day, time and modality), and students registered for in-person or hybrid courses as so listed in CUNYfirst must be vaccinated. 

I have also become aware that some campus staff are requesting that faculty make an exception for students. Faculty cannot make exceptions, and no staff member should be making this request.

If you have made such statements to students, you must contact them and correct what they have been told. This is a matter of professional duty and ethical  responsibility. Accommodating student desires not to be vaccinated may seem like a sympathetic action to take, but misleading students by not following these guidelines they are putting students in peril of not only losing the course they are taking, but also financial aid, scholarships and other enrollment-dependent supports they receive. 

Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Joanne Russell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235-2398
718 368 5661