COVID-19 and Reopening Plans
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COVID-19 and Reopening Plans

To protect the health and well-being of our community the College continues to revise the Reopening Plan and put in place necessary protocols to address issues arising from COVID-19. The following are some guidance for faculty, staff and students.

College Reopening Plan

The mission of the Reopening Plan is to establish a framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan will address safety protocols, routine activities and improvements necessary to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 spread at College premises. Learn More.

What to do before coming on campus

Any person who is over age two must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering when in a public place. You must wear a face-covering or mask when inside College buildings.

All members of the CUNY community (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) who will be coming to a campus or CUNY location are required to complete the Everbridge Symptom Checker self-screening in order to be allowed entry into any CUNY campus or building. You must complete the health screening questionnaire on any day you plan to come to a CUNY facility.

The questionnaire contains 5 short questions and is accessible via the following methods:

  • Mobile App
  • Email
  • In-Person Kiosk

Visit the college’s Coming to Campus Self Screening website for additional information.

All New Yorkers should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test, whether or not they have symptoms or have been tested before.

There are two main types of COVID-19 tests:

  • Diagnostic(virus) tests: swab or saliva tests used to identify whether someone has COVID-19 now. A diagnostic test is performed by inserting a swab(similar to a long Q-tip) into your nose or throat or by collecting saliva. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate at home while waiting for your test results.
    • Molecular tests (often called PCR tests) — These tests detect genetic material of the virus that causes COVID-19, usually using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), though other techniques are sometimes used. These tests generally require the specimen to be sent to a laboratory, which is why it usually takes a few days to receive results. COVID-19 molecular tests are very accurate, as they can detect the virus even if there is only a small amount in your system.
    • Antigen tests (often called point-of-care (POC) or rapid tests) — These tests detect certain proteins in the virus that causes COVID-19. Antigen tests are relatively inexpensive and can be processed in a health care provider’s office, rather than a laboratory. For this reason, results are usually ready quickly (in under an hour). However, COVID-19 antigen tests are not as accurate as molecular tests. There are both false positive test results (the test result is positive even though the person doesn’t have COVID-19) and false negative test results (the test result is negative even though the person has COVID-19), with false negative test results being more common. For this reason, it is recommended that health care providers perform a follow-up molecular test to confirm the test results in certain circumstances. For example, if a person has symptoms of COVID-19 but the antigen test is negative, a molecular test should be performed.
  • Antibody tests (also called serology tests): blood tests used to identify whether someone had COVID-19 at some point in the past.

If you are required to take a COVID-19 test to access any CUNY campus or location, CUNY requires that you take the molecular (PCR) COVID-19 diagnostic test.

CUNY Priority Testing
Priority testing is now available for faculty, staff and students working, living and/or attending classes on campus. For a list of these sites, visit the City’s Priority Testing for School-Based Staff and Students page.

For additional COVID-19 testing information, please visit the NYC Department of Health’s COVID-19 Testing: Frequently Asked Questions.

You are required to report the following COVID-19 exposures to the College:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past 10 days.
  • You have traveled outside New York State or internationally for more than 24 hours during the past 10 days.
    • This requirement does not apply if you only traveled to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Vermont during the 10-day period.
  • You have had any known close contact with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
    • As per the NYC Department of Health, close contact defined as:
      • Someone who has been within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period of someone who has COVID-19.
      • In most cases, all people living with someone who has COVID-19 are close contacts.
      • Close contacts may also include home health aides, coworkers, classmates, or friends or families you have spent time with.

      To report exposure to COVID-19 follow these steps:

      1. Complete the Coronavirus COVID-19 Reporting Form. This online form is secure, and all information will be kept confidential. A member of the College’s Contact Tracing Team will follow-up with you upon receipt of the form.
      2. Notify the appropriate individual within the College
        • Students must inform their professors.
        • Faculty must inform their department chairperson.
        • Staff must inform their immediate supervisor.

      The information provided in the COVID-19 Reporting Form will be shared with the following:

      Coronavirus Campus Liaison

      • Luis Venegas, Safety & Health Officer
        • Email:
        • Mr. Venegas is responsible for notifying the following:
          • NYC Department of Health
          • CUNY Office of the Vice Chancellor

      Public Safety


      Contact Tracing Team

      • Students

Miguel Cairol, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Coordinator of COVID-19 Response

Luis Venegas, Safety & Health Officer
Liaison for COVID-19

Pamela Brown, Interim Provost

David Smith, Dean Professional Studies

Justin Vazquez-Poritz, Dean Arts & Sciences

Dorie Clay, Student Services

Vincent Roach, AVP Student Services

Rita Uddin, Chief Information Officer

Maura Smale, Chief Librarian

Mark Hellermann, Chair College Council B&G Committee

Maureen Archer-Festa, Chair Dental Hygiene

Douglas Davis, Chair Communications & Design

Andleeb Zameer, Chair Biology

Robert Polchinski, Chair Environmental Technology