The College of Staten Island is one of the 11 senior colleges of the 25 colleges and institutions that comprise The City University of New York (CUNY). The three schools and two academic divisions of the College serve more than 13,000 students and offer a broad range of academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and in several professional areas. The College awards associates, bachelors, masters, certificates, professional doctorate degrees, and PhD degrees through The CUNY Graduate Center.

CSI’s 204-acre park-like Willowbrook campus incorporates a residential component, and in 2017 the College expanded its institutional footprint and accessibility with the opening of the St. George location in the heart of Staten Island’s economic renaissance on the north shore of the Island. The College is a hub of intellectual and artistic activity, and is committed to its role as an anchor institution and community partner including for economic impact and job creation for the greater Staten Island area. 

The phased reopening of our expansive horizontal campus will be challenging. The phasing plan will allow for a limited and controlled reentry with a significantly reduced capacity. In an effort to manage the operational issues that arise, the college may revise the phased reopening at any time.

CSI’s plan provides a detailed description of each step we intend to take for a successful reopening. The plan describes recommended actions and best practices for safe implementation, while managing competing demands and ensuring compliance with the New York State guidance for Higher Education. 

In Part 2 of CSI’s Campus Reopening Plan the college is following the outline developed by New York State. We have detailed requirements and recommendations for: People, including physical distancing, gatherings in enclosed places, operational activity and movement of goods; Places, including protective equipment, hygiene, staged reopening and communications; Processes, including screening, testing, tracing and tracking; and Institutional Plans.

CSI will continue to follow CUNY guidance regarding Instructional Modalities and Course Scheduling Guidance on Academic Continuity to campuses  and guidance and recommendations regarding services such as child care centers, libraries, health and wellness, mental health and students life, as referenced in Considerations for Reopening Facilities & Services in Stages 

1 Parenthetical numbers within this document indicate the source for the recommendation. The numbered sources can be found in References at the end of these Guidelines.

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CSI established a Campus Health, Safety and Re-entry Committee which includes several sub-committees, in accordance with CUNY’s proposed Governance Structure for Reopening Plans https://www.csi.cuny.edu/about-csi/president-leadership/office-president/presidential-communications/coronavirus-message

The Campus Health, Safety and Re-entry Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Michael Parrish, Provost/Sr. Vice President and Vice President Hope Berte, Campus Planning, Facilities and Operations. VP Berte will serve as the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator, who will oversee the preparation, review and implementation of the Campus Reopening Plans. The re-entry committee, comprising five topical subcommittees, is detailed in the following chart. 

The Campus Re-entry Committee is charged with the following:

  • Assisting with the preparation of the areas/departments to be included in each stage of the reopening based on college priorities, facility readiness and the risk assessment provided in Section II. C., ‘Staged Reopening.’
  • Assist with preparation, review and implementation of the Campus Re-entry Plan.
  • Consult with campus stakeholders, such as faculty, students, unions, and staff   in developing campus plans.

Charges of the Re-Entry Subcommittees:

  • Campus Preparedness/Safety – Propose short and long-term recommendations and needs to allow a safe campus environment while maintaining social distancing, keeping areas of occupancy sanitized, ensuring environmental safety and tracking any incidences of COVID-19. 
  • Student Safety, Health, and Wellness – Monitor the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of CSI students as we maintain a primarily distance education mode of delivery but start the slow return to the Willowbrook and St. George campuses. Plan for the resumption of campus operations including, but not limited to, student affairs services, housing, food services, and the library. 
  • Student Success – Determine how student support services will transition from an entirely online mode of operation to phased on-campus services. Determine how to maintain a safe, socially distanced environment for students as they return to campus.
  • Academics/Curriculum. Make broad recommendations for how to maintain instructional continuity as CSI transitions from its current primarily distance education mode to resumption of some on-campus instructional activities.  
  • Communications/Borough Stewardship. Work with borough, city, CUNY and state agencies in maintaining the campus as an anchor institution and a resource for the recovery of Staten Island from the pandemic. Oversee internal and external communications as the campus re-opens. 
  • Staff Relations/Safety/Wellness – Make recommendations for how to maintain staff and faculty wellness and safety as the campus begins to re-open. 

The Coronavirus Campus Coordinator will:

  • Serve as the campus safety monitor, responsible for ensuring continuous compliance with all aspects of the campus’s reopening plan.
  • Lead and coordinate the work of the Campus Reopening Committee and serve as the primary conduit between the campus and CUNY Central on reopening- related matters.
  • Receive information from the Coronavirus Campus Liaisons (see below) on COVID-19 exposures on each campus and ensure that local health officials are immediately notified upon the identification of positive cases.
  • Receive confidential reports from their campus on issues with non-compliance with social distancing, hygiene, or safety practices. (It is recommended that campuses establish a telephone and/or email hotline for this purpose).
  • Support the work of heads of campus facilities, as described in Part 1, Section I. C, “Operational Considerations for Facilities and Grounds,” to support the identification and implementation of physical, operational and cleaning protocols.
  • Designate roles and responsibilities as indicated throughout these Guidelines

Coronavirus Campus Liaisons:

  • Faculty/Staff – Jessica Collura, Director of Employee Relations and Labor Designee 
  • Students – Danielle Dimitrov, Interim Executive Director of Student Services 
  • Visitors - Michael Lederhandler, Director, Public Safety

The Coronavirus Campus Liaisons will:

  • Ensure that all campus constituents have the appropriate documentation, including proof of either a negative test or vaccination status to enter campus. Provide a daily report on COVID-19 exposures using a checkbox survey similar to the one previously provided to them (see Supplemental Guidelines: ‘Coronavirus Campus Liaisons, Letter and Data Gathering Process’). Liaisons will provide this report to the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee.
  • Provide data reporting to ensure campus and Central decision-makers can calibrate reopening/reclosing plans based on the health status of the CUNY community. This data will be reviewed as necessary by the Chancellery/COO’s Office and Campus Reopening Committees with local and state health officials.
  • All data must remain confidential and in compliance with HIPPA and FERPA guidelines.
  • This information will be used by the Chancellery/COO’s Office when considering campus plan approvals and by the Campus Reopening Committee working with the COO’s Office when modifying the reopening approach.
  • After two weeks of operating under the new reopening plan, departments must report back to the Campus Reopening Committee on how operations are working, with suggested revisions to the plans. The Campus Reopening Committee, working with the COO’s Office, and responsive to local health conditions, may then modify the reopening approach.
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Local Health Conditions/Triggers for Reopening

  • Per CUNY guidelines, the State will continue to monitor the critical key metrics developed for the Regional Unpause Dashboard to ensure the prevalence of the disease is low enough to resume operations safely in each region in New York State and determine when the measures have been met (11).
  • Per the NY Forward Plan, the CUNY campuses are expected to reopen as part of NYS Phase 4, provided. Monitoring of these measures by the State will guide the timeline for the first stage of the reopening process for each campus (See Section II. C., ‘Staged Reopening’). At CSI, additional concerns are the availability of financial and personnel resources to ensure a safe campus for re-entry. 
  • Per CUNY guidelines, CSI will work closely with the Chancellery/COO’s Office, who in turn will coordinate with New York State and New York City public health officials as described later in this plan to understand changes in local health conditions that may impact the CUNY community and to provide information on the health conditions of the CSI campus.

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I.     PEOPLE  - This section contains the following information. Visit here for details
Physical Distancing                            

  • Distancing and Masks                                
  • Limit Occupancy and Congestion                        
  • Reconfigure Floorplans                                
  • Selected Diagrams for Reconfiguring Spaces                    
  • Signage                                        

Gatherings in Enclosed Spaces                            

  • General Guidance for Enclosed Spaces                        
  • Cafeterias/Dining Halls                                
  • Computer Labs                                    
  • Conference Rooms                                
  • Dorms/Housing (for residential campuses)                    
  • Elevators                                    
  • Exterior Campus Grounds                            
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers, Including Pools                    
  • Hallways and Stairwells                                    
  • Lecture/Classrooms                                
  • Lobby and Common Areas                            
  • Office Space                                    
  • Restrooms                                    

Operational Activity                                

  • Operational Considerations Involving Staff Scheduling and HR            
  • Operational Considerations for Grading Policies and Academic Support        
  • Operational Considerations Involving Course Scheduling                
  • Operational Considerations Involving Individuals on Campus            
  • Operational Considerations for Vulnerable Populations                    
  • Operational Considerations for Mental Health and Welfare            
  • Operational Considerations for Student Life                    
  • Operational Considerations for Technology                        
  • Operational Considerations for License Use of Campus Facilities            
  • Operational Considerations for Reclosing in the Event of an Outbreak                

Campus Deliveries and Drop-Off

PLACES: This section contains the following information. Visit here for details                               

  • Protective Equipment                                
  • Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection                        
  • Staged Reopening                                
  • Communications Plan

PROCESSES: This section contains the following information. Visit here for details      

Screening and Testing

  • Screening
  • External Rentals                            
  • Returning to Campus


Tracing and Tracking

  • Tracing
  • Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick
  • Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
  • Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning
  • Student Protocols
  • Employee Protocols

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2.    ACHA: American College Health Association, “Considerations for Reopening Institutions
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3.    AECOM: AECOM, “Return to Service: Higher Education.”
4.    AFT: American Federation of Teachers, “A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities.”
5.    AIHA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, “Reopening: Guidance for General Office Settings,” May 26, 2020.
6.    AZ DOE: Arizona Department of Education, “Roadmap for Reopening Schools,” June
7.    Back to BU: Boston University, “Back2BU: Phase I Re-entry.”
8.    Best Practices for Fall Sports: Best Practices for Fall Sports, CUNY Working Draft.
9.    CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Considerations for Institutes of
Higher Education,” May 30, 2020.
10.    CDC Workplace: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Workplaces During the
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11.    CICU Report: The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, “Creating Safe and Resilient Campuses: Suggestions for Reopening and Reimagining Colleges and Universities in New York.”
12.    CT Higher Ed: Connecticut, “Report of the Higher Education Subcommittee Reopen Connecticut,” May 8, 2020.
13.    CT Roadmap: Connecticut, “Roadmap for Reopening Connecticut from Governor
Lamont,” May 26, 2020.
14.    CUNY Areas: CUNY, “Areas Requiring CUNY Guidelines for Reopening,” June 2, 2020.
15.    CUNY NYS DOC: CUNY’s response to NYS State Agencies and Authorities Safety Plan
Template: Procedures by Operation, May 15, 2020.
16.    CUNY Task Force Recommendations: CUNY Task Force, “Coronavirus Recommendations,” May 25, 2020.
17.    CUNY Task Force Worksheet: CUNY Task Force, “COVID-19 Response Guidance Task
Force Worksheet,” May 2020.
18.    CUNY’s Coronavirus Planning Task Force: Open Campus Task Force, “CUNY COVID-19 Reentry Task Force Draft Report,” June 1, 2020.
19.    DOH Executive Order: NYS Department of Health, “Interim Guidance on Executive Order
202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” April 14, 2020.
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21.    Gartner Guide: Gartner, “Tool: Guide to Preparing Your Office for the Return of
Employees After COVID-19.”
22.    Gartner Playbook: Gartner, “How to Build a Reopening the Workplace Playbook.”
23.    JLL: JLL, “Reopen: A Guide for Planning and Preparing Your Campus.”
24.    Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors,” April 17, 2020.
25.    McKinsey: McKinsey, “10 Considerations for Higher Education Reopening,” May 2020.
26.    NY Forward: NY Forward, “A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better,”
May 2020.
27.    NYS Safety Plan Template: New York State Department of Health, “NY Forward Safety Plan Template.”
28.    NYS Interim Guide: New York State, “Interim Guidance for State Agencies and
Authorities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” May 15, 2020.
29.    NYSED: New York State Education Department, “Distance Education Flexibility Fall 2020 Semester,” May 20, 2020.
30.    NYSED FAQ: New York State Education Department, “Frequently Asked Questions: NYS Colleges and Universities Impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” May 12, 2020.
31.    NYU: New York University, “NYU Research Reconstitution Plan,” June 1, 2020.
32.    OSHA: US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
“Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.”
33.    Perkins + Will: Perkins & Will, “Road Map for Return: Guidance for a return to the office
during COVID-19.”
34.    Princeton: Princeton University, “Plan for Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research,”
May 28, 2020.
35.    Steelcase: Steelcase, “Social Distancing in Education,” April 17, 2020.
36.    Tiger Team Report: George Mason University, “Patriot Tiger Team Report on Fall 2020 Options,” May 8, 2020.
37.    TN Pledge: Tennessee Pledge, “Higher Education.”
38.    UHLS: Upper Hudson Library System, “UHLS Coordinated Reopening Committee Recommendations,” May 15, 2020.
39.    USC: University of Southern California, “Guiding Principles for the Restart of On-Campus Classroom Instruction.”
40.    WHO: World Health Organization, “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 46,” March 6, 2020.
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During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” June 20, 2020.
42.    Reopening New York - Office: NYS, “Reopening New York: Office-Based Work guidelines
for Employers and Employees.”
43.    CUNY NYS DOC V2: Version 2 of CUNY’s response to NYS State Agencies and Authorities
Safety Plan Template: Procedures by Operation.
44.    NYS Summary Guidance - Higher Ed: NYS, “Reopening New York: Higher Education Guidelines.”
45.    NYS Checklist - Higher Ed: NYS, “Reopening New York: Checklist for Higher Education Institution Reopening Plans.”