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Spring 2023 COVID VACCINE MANDATE INFORMATION

Keep your schedule! Upload vaccinations today.

 Students taking in-person or hybrid courses must be “fully vaccinated” when classes begin.

DON’T DELAY.  UPLOAD TODAY!

Vaccine Upload DEADLINE:

  • January 15, 2023 for the Spring term

 

  • Students who do not have approved vaccination information in CUNYfirst by Vaccine Upload DEADLINE will be de-registered from their Spring 2023 courses. 
  • Students will not be eligible to re-register for Spring 2023 courses until vaccination information has been uploaded and approved.  
  • Students who are de-registered are not guaranteed to receive the same course schedule once eligible to re-register. 

For detailed instructions, see: CUNY Student Guide to Uploading Vaccination Verification Documents to CUNYfirst 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Student Guide to Uploading Vaccination Verification Documents to CUNYfirst

  • Sign in to your CUNYfirst account.
  • In the CUNYfirst menu box, click on the Vaccination Verification link.
  • On the Vaccination Verification page, you will see three options.
    • Vaccinated
    • Medical Exemption
    • Religious Exception


 

Vaccinated
You are required to provide details on all vaccine doses you have received.

  • Click the Vaccinated radio option in the Vaccine Information Options section.
  • Vaccination Type – select your first vaccination.
  • Vaccination Date – select the date of the vaccine type.
  • Vaccination Country, State & Vaccination Location – Select options from the dropdown.
  • Use the Add a Row (+) button to include additional vaccines.
  • NYS Excelsior Pass Information – (FOR NEW YORK STATE EXCELSIOR PASS HOLDERS ONLY).  If you received your vaccination in New York State and have a valid NYS Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus, click the checkmark box and fill out your information details exactly as you provided them to the Excelsior App.  Please note, this information is optional and will not be used to update any information in CUNYfirst.
  • Supporting Documents – Select a document type from the dropdown menu and click the Upload button to upload a document from your computer.  Select a vaccination document type to upload. 
    • File types allowed: BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PAGES, PDF, and PNG.  
    • Max size: 5MB
    • Please be sure your document is legible and includes all relevant information.
  • If you have clicked the checkmark in the NYS Excelsior Pass Attestation, click the Add a Row (+) button to upload your NYS Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus.
  • Once your documents are uploaded, you can click the View link to review your uploaded files before submission.
  • Attestation - review and check that you have read and agree to the University vaccination policy.  If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must complete the Attestation section.
  • Click the Submit button to submit your information.
  • Click OK in the confirmation pop-up window.
  • Once submitted, you will see a pop-up message that your information has been successfully submitted.  You will also see the Approval and Excelsior status fields appear at the top of the page.  You may return to this page to view your approval status at any time.  NOTE:  Approval is not automatic so please check the status daily.

Medical Exemption
Note: Medical exemption requests must be accompanied by a CUNY Medical Exemption Form completed by a medical professional.

  • Click the Medical Exemption radio option in the Vaccine Information Options section.
  • Medical Reason Comment – Provide your medical exemption reason in the text box.
  • Upload your supporting medical exemption documentation (including the CUNY Medical Exemption Form) in the Supporting Documents section by clicking the Upload link and selecting a file from your computer.
    • File types allowed: BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PAGES, PDF, and PNG.  
    • Max size: 5MB
    • Please be sure your document is legible and includes all relevant information.
  • Attestation – read and check that you certify that all details and documentation you have provided are accurate and valid.  If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must complete the Attestation section.
  • Click the Submit button to submit your information.
  • Click OK in the confirmation pop-up window.
  • Once submitted, you will see a pop-up message that your information has been successfully submitted.  The Approval status field will appear at the top of the page.  You may return to this page to view your approval status at any time.  NOTE:  Approval is not automatic so please check the status daily.

Religious Exception

  • Click the Religious Exception radio option in the Vaccine Information Options section.
  • Religious Reason Comment – Provide your religious exemption reason in the text box.
  • Upload your supporting religious exception documentation in the Supporting Documents section by clicking the Upload link and selecting a file from your computer.
    • File types allowed: BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPEG, JPG, PAGES, PDF, and PNG.  
    • Max size: 5MB
    • Please be sure your document is legible and includes all relevant information.
  • Attestation – read and check that you certify that all details and documentation you have provided are accurate and valid.  If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must complete the Attestation section.
  • Click the Submit button to submit your information.
  • Click OK in the confirmation pop-up window.
  • Once submitted, you will see a pop-up message that your information has been successfully submitted.  The Approval status field will appear at the top of the page.  You may return to this page to view your approval status at any time. NOTE:  Approval is not automatic so please check the status daily.

Vaccinations and Boosters Spring 2023

  • Students coming to campus for the first time in the spring for in-person and hybrid courses, or any other on-campus activities, continue to be required to submit proof of full vaccination to CUNYfirst prior to the start of classes, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as having both doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Although boosters continue to be non-mandatory, students are strongly encouraged to receive vaccine boosters, once eligible. According to the CDC, updated COVID-19 boosters can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and provide broader protection against newer variants.

For more information, please consult CUNY’s Learning in Person FAQ and the Testing Program FAQ.

Spring 2023

CUNY testing sites remain open for random testing and for any member of the CUNY community who needs a free PCR test for any reason. For a list of CUNY sites and hours of operation, visit here. You can check the latest COVID metrics in our COVID-19 Safety Tracker, available here.

CUNY testing sites are available to all CUNY Faculty, Staff and Students who have a valid CUNY ID card, with no-appointment necessary. If you do not have a CSI Dolphin Card ID, please follow the instructions provided here Getting Your Dolphin Card | Dolphin Card | CSI CUNY Website. This expanded service will be provided at all CUNY testing sites throughout the city.  Regular and holiday hours for all testing sites can be found here.  Currently, the testing site is located in the 1P 116E.

 

CUNY COVID Guidelines: Spring 2023
(January 11, 2023)

Testing:
CUNY will continue its testing program using various testing models for the safety and convenience of the CUNY
community.

  • All students are encouraged to test before returning to campus.
  • Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated
  • Overall random testing of 5% of the on-campus population. Participation in the random surveillance testing is mandatory and failure to participate will result in the removal of the individual’s Cleared4 access pass to CUNY spaces.

To facilitate testing for required medical clearance to return to campus, tests will continue to be accepted from non-CUNY testing providers as well as from CUNY safeCircle test sites. Testing to return to campus should only be done at CUNY safeCircle test sites when you are symptom free to protect you and others in the CUNY community. If you are recovering from COVID-19, you should not get tested until you have completed your isolation requirements and are symptom free. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to visit a public testing site near your home or use an athome test kit.

Rapid tests will be available for approved screening circumstances when unanticipated entry to campus is required. The rapid tests will be distributed to CUNY testing sites and to selected locations on campus and will be tracked through the testing system for inventory and usage management.

For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ. For a list of testing locations, visit here. For general frequently asked questions, please refer to the Getting Back to Working in Person FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact your HR office.

Self-Screening
Before coming to campus, each member of the community is expected to monitor your symptoms, stay away from others if you feel sick, and get tested at a public testing site if you have any symptoms. CUNY safeCircle testing sites should not be used if you have symptoms. 

Isolation and Exposure

CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and exposure. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, as outlined below, prior to returning to campus. If you are required to isolate, you must receive a negative test or doctor’s certification prior to returning to campus.

Test results will be accepted from CUNY testing sites or other licensed test providers.

Isolation 

Guidelines if You Test Positive for COVID-19 for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is your first day of symptoms, or the day of your first positive test if you do not develop symptoms).

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.

  • In order to return to CUNY after isolation, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test (we strongly recommend an Antigen test, if available).

    • Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.

    • If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. Following day 10, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test before returning to CUNY.

    • In lieu of a negative test, individuals may provide a doctor’s certification that they have recovered from COVID-19.

  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days; if you cannot wear a mask, continue to isolate for 5 days.

  • If you have a fever, continue isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

  • If you were severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

 

 If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • You do not need to quarantine.

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.

  • Get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.

  • If your exposure is from someone you live with, you must reach out to your Campus Coronavirus Liaison.

  • If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines above.

 

Travel

Proof of vaccination and/or a recent negative test are no longer required for visitors. Prior to coming to campus, visitors should review the CDC guidelines on How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID19, and follow CDC guidance, including isolating when sick, and taking precautions when exposed to COVID19. Guests should advise Public Safety Officers at the entrance gates the purpose of their visit upon arrival.

Vaccination Verification
To provide a safe working and learning environment, students, faculty and staff must show a Cleared4 Access Pass.  

Students must upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst Vaccine Verification.  Please use Student Vaccine Verification Instructions to assist in uploading proof.

Employees should use the Faculty and Staff Guide to Vaccination Verification to assist in uploading proof of your COVID vaccination to CUNYfirst. A helpful Acrobat PDF version of the Vaccination Verification User Guide for CUNY Employees containing graphics can be found on CUNY's website.

Lost COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification?
If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. You cannot get a replacement COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card at this time, but you can get an official record noting you have been vaccinated. Go here for more Covid information .  This only applies to those who received vaccination in NYC. 

Cleared4 Access Pass 

The Cleared4 Guide for Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff provides information on how to obtain your access pass AFTER you have an APPROVED Vaccine Status in CUNYfirst. 
Employees who are not subject to the vaccine mandate and are either unvaccinated or do not wish to share their vaccination status via CUNYfirst should follow the Cleared4 Testing User Guide for CUNY Students, Faculty, and Staff  to obtain an access pass.

*Please note:  You will need to refresh your Cleared4 Pass by clicking "Show Access Pass" each day you enter campus.  This will produce a valid pass with the current date displayed. 

If you are unable to find your personalized Cleared4 email and/or link, please contact  covid19@csi.cuny.edu

BEFORE YOU ENTER CAMPUS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A VALID CLEARED4 PASS READY


 

As we welcome back our campus community, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the process that will take place regarding campus entry.

We will have both the main gate and D-gate (Forest Hill Road) open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  During peak hours vehicles accessing the campus via Victory Boulevard will be directed to continue passed the main gate booth to the 3-way intersection to present their clearance pass to access the campus. Pedestrians walking on to the campus will present their pass to the officer at the walkway entrance. During off-peak hours this process will take place at the main gate booth.  The D-gate will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 11:00pm, individuals entering from this gate must present their clearance pass to the officer prior to entry. The D-Gate will not be open on weekends.

During the testing sites’ hours of operation, those who require a test will be directed to the site location in the 1P building, room 116E, short-term parking for testing is available in front of the building.

The Ferry Shuttle will continue its route from the Ferry Terminal to the campus.  It will proceed directly to the front of the 1P building, where the verification of the clearance pass, testing appointments, and walk-in testing of individuals who are disembarking the bus will take place.  The Loop Bus will pick-up just inside the main gate at the bus shelter.  This bus will also proceed directly to the 1P building where all passengers will disembark and present their clearance pass.

At the Saint George site, the clearance pass verification will take place at the reception desk.  If COVID testing is required, individuals will need to complete the testing process at the 1P testing site (Room 116E) or at another CUNY facility that is open for COVID testing.

This semester, the majority of classes will be delivered in-person, although some will be offered as hybrid (a combination of online and in-person meetings), or fully online (through distance/remote learning).  Please check the details of your class schedule in CUNYfirst to confirm what meeting pattern each of your classes is utilizing.
 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR – IMPORTANT DATES
Please check the current academic calendar for all important dates and deadlines.
 

How will instruction be delivered this semester?
Classes will continue to be delivered fully in-person, hybrid (a combination of online and in-person meetings), or fully online (through distance/remote learning). Please check the details of your class schedule in CUNYfirst to confirm what meeting pattern each of your classes is utilizing, as sometimes that information changes.
 

What is distance learning or remote learning?
Distance learning or remote learning occurs when students and their instructors are in different geographical locations, and the instruction occurs on an electronic device, such as a computer or mobile phone.  The learning can happen in a synchronous environment, in which all participants are connected at the same time or in an asynchronous environment when participants are engaged in learning at different times. An example of synchronous learning is when the course meets virtually on the same day and at the same time as listed in the catalog. An example of asynchronous learning is when faculty members record their lectures and students may view them at any time.
 

If I have an in-person course and I cannot take it due to COVID-19 concerns for myself or a member of my household, what can I do?
Please send an email explaining your situation to Danielle Dimitrov, Executive Director of Student Affairs, Danielle.Dimitrov@csi.cuny.edu.  She will follow-up to discuss your options.
 

Where do I go if I need an academic accommodation due to a disability or had an IEP in high school?
The Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) provides students with the same quality of service virtually, including arranging academic accommodations.  Contact CSA directly to register and/or ask questions.  They may be reached at  CSA@csi.cuny.edu  or by calling 718-982-2510.
 

Will tutoring be available?
Free tutoring is offered by the Center for Academic Student Assistance (CASA) on a virtual "walk-in" basis throughout the year, via Blackboard Collaborate.  Students can access CSI's free tutoring services on the CASA website and should check there regularly for the most current information on the tutoring schedule and mode of service delivery.
 

If I decide to change my major or to add a minor, how would I do this?
If you would like to make any changes to your major, you should first speak with your academic advisor. Once you have made an informed decision, you will submit the appropriate form to update your record.

The Library has re-opened with all regular services. Please visit our homepage​ for our hours and more! 

CSI provides students, faculty and staff with access to important resources and support that enables them to flourish in their work and studies and benefit from education opportunities beyond the classroom. In order to help our students and faculty locate the best online resources, we've tailored this group of the most useful links that offer exactly what you need for achieving success at CSI.  Visit 

I need a device. Can CSI provide me with one? 

A limited number of  Chromebook devices and additional technology (hotspots, earbuds, etc.) are available for loan to students who need them to participate in distance learning.  In order to be considered, students must be enrolled in an online or hybrid course offered by the College of Staten Island. Please contact the Helpdesk and your request will be considered, based on approval from your instructor.   Visit Loaner Device for more information on requesting or returning a device. 

Where can I learn more about the CSI resources? 
There are Online Resources as well as IT Help and Support available that will  assist you. Included on the online resources students tab is specific information about study spaces, lab availability, and hybrd learning as well as other relevant links to address your technology needs.    

How can I get issues with my CIX account addressed? 
Many times the challenges you are experiencing relate to your login credentials and password. The Self Service Password instructions can assist you. (For additional assistance with your CIX account, complete the Helpdesk form, or email the helpdesk at heldesk@csi.cuny.edu. It is important to provide your student ID (emplid) and  contact information in  your communication. The more information provided, the easier and faster it will be for the helpdesk to provide assistance.

What do I do if I have problems with my SLAS account? 
Your SLAS (Student Login Access Systems) is used to log into computers on campus. For issues with your SLAS account, please refer to the Self Service Password instructions. You can also complete the helpdesk form, or you may email the help desk at helpdesk@csi.cuny.edu.It is important to provide your student ID (emplid) as well as your contact information with either means of communication. The more information you provide, the easier and faster it will be for the helpdesk to provide you with assistance.  

How do I log into Office 365?
CUNY provides a FREE Microsoft Office 365 account to all actively enrolled CSI students.  To access your account, go to mail.office365.com and sign in with your CSI email credentials.  The account will be free while you are a CUNY student and provides access to online Microsoft Office and the downloadable MS Office 365 “ProPlus” suite.

How will student services offices assist students in the Spring?
From advisement to counseling to financial aid to student life, these offices and many others are available in-person and by video, phone, or email.    

Will the Center for Career and Professional Development be accepting in-person appointments this Spring 2023?
Yes, the Center for Career and Professional Development will provide services in-person five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and remotely.  We can help you navigate the transition back into the work environment and provide you with job and internship information for in-person and remote opportunities.  To schedule an appointment, please call the Center at 718.982.2300 or visit us in Building 1A, Room 105. If you prefer, you can also schedule an appointment by logging into your Handshake Student Account.

Will the Childcare Center be open this Spring?

The Children’s Center is open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. for in-person, hands on learning experiences.  For more information, please call us at 718.982.3190, or email us at childrenscenter@csi.cuny.edu, or visit our webpage

What student activities are planned for Spring 2023? 

Campus Life is back in full swing. Many activities are being offered on campus and available to all students. Student groups (clubs, organizations, and publications) are holding meetings and events. We encourage all students to download the CORQ App (Google Play or Apple Store) to search for events and involvement opportunities. Involvement Ambassadors are available to meet with students to help form new clubs or to identify existing groups to join. Information about starting a club can be found on the CSI Website.  Our groups use the student activity fees to offer as many community-building and educational programs as possible to support the College’s mission and given students a complete college experience.

 

The Office of Student Life (1C-201) is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is committed to helping students re-connect (or connect those on campus for the first time) to campus life through its many offerings. Various events will be planned by Student Government and the Campus Activities Board and there are also leadership development and civic engagement opportunities.  All of these events and options can be found on CORQ or CSI Connect.  If you are a first-year student, please use the CORQ App to help you complete your CLUE requirement

If you have questions, please reach out to studentlife@csi.cuny.edu and follow us on social media:     

All operations for Parking & Dolphin Cards Services are back to normal.  Please visit our web pages for hours of operations and information.


CSI Campus Dining Services are back to normal. Please visit our web pages for hours of operations and information.

I am feeling stressed and anxious about the upcoming semester.  Are personal counseling services available?

The Counseling Center is open Monday - Friday. In person and virtual services are available. Counselors are also available 24/7 by telephone.  For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Counseling Center at counseling@csi.cuny.edu.  If you have an immediate need to speak to a counselor, please call 718.982.2391. 


I want to utilize the services provided in Health and Wellness Services.  Are any options available?

If you have questions about COVID-19, email Covid19@csi.cuny.edu For other health concerns, please email healthcenter@csi.cuny.edu or call at 718.982.3045.  Health & Wellness is located in 1C-112 and the office is open for all health services everyday from 9am-5pm. 

Spring 2023

Random and Return-to-Campus Testing

  • Athletes and students living in dorms will now be included in the random testing program eliminating the need to be tested each week. For safety protocols and updates regarding CUNY’s athletics programs, see the CUNY Athletic Conference Return to Sport Plan.

 

Sports and Recreation Center facilities are open.  Hours of Operation can be found on the CSI Athletics website 

Thank you for your interest in visiting CSI's magnificent campus.   As the health and safety of our guests is of our utmost concern, w​e have made the decision to place precautionary restrictions on visits and other events.  

In-person office hours are Monday - Friday, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  All visitors are required to present a Cleared4 “Pass” (proof of COVID vaccination or recent negative test) to enter the CSI campus. To register and receive the pass, please complete our visitor form and read the instructions.

Our Recruitment and Admissions Virtual Office is open Monday and Wednesday, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for live private chats with our staff.

As we understand the importance of campus visits in your college selection process we have developed alternatives to assist you with your decision. 

To provide a safe working and learning environment, no one will be allowed entry to campus unless they show proof of a negative COVID test or COVID vaccination through Cleared4.  

Vaccine Mandate:

  • Employees in the executive compensation plan (ECP) and employees in full-time and part-time teaching and non-teaching instructional staff titles (PSC/CUNY titles, including but not limited to, Faculty, HEO, CLT, Adjunct and Non-teaching adjunct titles.) are required to be vaccinated (unless approved for a religious or medical exemption/exception) and should follow the Faculty and Staff Guide for Vaccine Verification to upload their vaccination information into CUNYFirst.
  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff with an approved exemption/exception and staff who are not subject to the vaccine mandate (who are either unvaccinated or have not voluntarily uploaded proof of vaccination into CUNYFirst) must continue to test regularly at a CUNY COVID-19 Testing Site.
  • Vaccination information must be uploaded to CUNYfirst which then provides for validation through the CUNY Cleared4 Access Pass. Once the documentation has been verified and approved by HR in CUNYfirst, the information will be transferred into Cleared4, usually within 24 hours.

BEFORE YOU ENTER A CUNY BUILDING, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE, EITHER  A PRINTOUT OF A CURRENT AND VALID CLEARED4 PASS or  A CURRENT AND VALID CLEARED4 PASS READY ON YOUR SMARTPHONE.  You will need to show your Cleared4 pass to Public Safety at campus entry points.

You can find instructions on how to create a shortcut on your iPhone/Android Phone/ Personal Computer to your personal Cleared4 URL on our website:

*Please note:  You will need to refresh your Cleared4 Pass by clicking "Show Access Pass" each day you enter campus.  This will produce a valid pass with the current date displayed.


COVID-19 Testing Program Launched (Faculty & Staff) - Message from the Chancellor


 

 


The CUNY Work/Life Program

The CUNY Work/Life Program is an important benefit for all employees and their families. The program is offered through CCA@YourService at no charge to the employee or members of the employee's family to help them balance the demands of their professional and personal lives. 

As schools announce their plans for virtual classrooms or limited, in-person instruction due to COVID-19, many working parents are in need of practical solutions. Please be reminded that you and your family have access to skilled researchers, committed to identifying custom-matched resources and referrals, including child care, tutoring, and social-emotional support. Free, confidential and available 24/7, CCA@YourService can help you balance work, family, and personal life, especially during these unprecedented times. 

Call 800-833-8707 or log onto www.myccaonline.com  and use "cuny" for the Company Code to get started. 

 

 

Why do official email notifications go to my CIX account and not my personal email?
For security purposes, emails will NOT be sent to personal accounts.  You should check your CIX email frequently for official communications and updates.

Where can I find contact information for my professors and other College personnel and offices?
Effective communication is a key pillar of success, and we encourage students to be proactive in their approach to it.  Faculty will list their contact information on their syllabi, and Academic Departments and Student Services offices will include contact information on their respective webpages.  However, you may also use the CSI Directory to search for individuals by name or department.  Email is the preferred method of communication during the pandemic.

Will the Ferry Shuttle and Loop buses be in operation?

Yes. Riders are encouraged to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID and other seasonal viruses, however, there are no social distancing or masking requirements on CSI buses.

View our Transportation page for CSI bus schedules and transportation information.