Fall 2021 Return to Campus: Updates and Resources

(Updated Sept. 7, 2021)

Today's Updates

  • Cleared4, the COVID testing provider at Lehman College, announced updated hours as of Tuesday, Sept. 7:
    Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8 a.m.—1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 1—6 p.m.
    Thursday: 3—7 p.m.

  • Chancellor Matos Rodriguez recently announced that, starting Oct. 7, all students taking remote-only classes who wish to visit campus at any point this fall for any reason must be fully vaccinated and have their vaccination documents approved in CUNYfirst unless they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption. The only exception to this policy is for students who  who need to access emergency services on campus, such as the food bank and mental health services.

  • The Leonard Lief Library is open and serving students. Reservations are required. Learn more and make your reservation HERE. 

  • The Lehman College Food Bank is open to all students, with online and in-person services available. If you want to pick up groceries and you’re already on campus for classes, visit the Student Life Building, Rm. 111B on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Click here to make an appointment. To continue using Lehman's virtual food bank, visit CLUBS.LEHMAN.EDU/FORMS and click "Fall 2021 Lehman Food Bank Registration for Online Pantry Service."

  • Laptop loans available for Fall 2021 term: Students who need a laptop or tablet in order to complete course work should REQUEST A LAPTOP OR TABLET HERE. If you're looking to return your laptop, READ MORE HERE.

MASKED+VAXXED OR TESTED: Accessing the Campus
Everyone on Lehman College's campus must

1. Comply with CUNY's mask policy; and

2. Have submitted proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered at one of 20 CUNY testing sites across the five boroughs. Lehman's testing site is in a trailer located in the Science Hall parking lot, which you can access via Gate 6 on Goulden Ave.

Students have until Sept. 27, to upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst, so that it can be verified and approved by the 45-day deadline of Oct. 7. Those who do not, per CUNY policy, will be subject to potential academic withdrawal that could also impact their financial aid and might not be eligible for refunds for the course. You must upload vaccination proof to CUNYfirst even if you had previously submitted proof to the College. 

Until the deadline, unvaccinated students must continue to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test from one of 20 CUNY vaccine sites taken no more than seven days prior in order to access campus. (If you test positive, you cannot access campus.) COVID-19 TEST RESULTS FROM NON-CUNY TEST SITES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. In addition, all who come to Lehman's campus must observe CUNY's current mask requirements; see below. Be sure to check our FAQs for more and the other resources available on this site.

MASK POLICY

  • Wear a face mask inside all CUNY campuses and office buildings. This includes while working in a non-enclosed space such as a cubicle or other open seating, regardless of physical distance from others.

  • Wear a mask outdoors on campus when unable to maintain physical distance from others.

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask indoors and outdoors at all times while on campus except briefly when eating or drinking (in which case they must maintain strict social distancing from other individuals). Students who are not vaccinated will be further required to maintain social distancing between themselves and all others in a classroom. 

The only exceptions to wearing a mask inside are:

  • If a fully vaccinated person is alone in an enclosed space such as an office, conference room, or dorm room.
  • In a classroom, if a vaccinated professor is teaching a class and is able to keep social distance from everyone else in the class, they may choose not to wear a mask.
  • Briefly while eating or drinking, provided social distancing is maintained

HOW TO SUBMIT PROOF OF VACCINE OR COVID TEST

STUDENTS
If you are fully vaccinated, do not wait to submit proof of your vaccination in CUNYfirst. To arrange COVID-19 testing at one of the 20 CUNY sites throughout the city, check your Lehman email for a message from the health management system Cleared4. It will help you schedule testing and provide additional directions. Check your spam folder if you don't see it.

READ CUNY's STUDENT VACCINATION POLICY AND FAQS
READ CUNY's STUDENT GUIDE TO VACCINATION AND VERIFICATION
READY CUNY'S STUDENT GUIDE TO COVID-19 TESTING


FACULTY & STAFF

Faculty and staff are not mandated to be vaccinated. However, all faculty and staff need to log in to the Vaccine Verification module in CUNYfirst (even if they're not disclosing their vaccination status) to take one of three actions before they may access campus. You may:

*PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION via CUNYfirst
 WATCH: How to Submit Proof of Vaccination in CUNYfirst 
 READ: CUNY's FACULTY & STAFF GUIDE TO VACCINATION AND VERIFICATION
 READ: CUNY'S BACK TO WORK IN PERSON AND LEARNING ON CAMPUS 
Already submitted proof of vaccination? The Everbridge App will now serve as your CUNY Vax   Pass. Find out more here.

OR

*PROVIDE PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST that has been administered within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site. The sites and the testing are administered by third-party vendor Cleared4
 VIEW: HOW TO SCHEDULE A COVID TEST WITH CLEARED4.

OR

*SUBMIT A REMOTE WORK AGREEMENT (Faculty Only) in CUNYfirst in the Vaccine Verification portal.  If for any reason you need to access campus at any point in the semester, you will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. 
FIND THE REMOTE WORK AGREEMENT FORM HERE.

Any employee or visitor who has been on campus who becomes ill with COVID-19, or who learns that they have had contact with an individual who has COVID-19, should inform the College: Employees should inform their supervisors immediately; visitors should contact Lehman College Public Safety at 718-960-7777 or public.safety@lehman.cuny.edu.


Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Lehman College and The City University of New York are following guidelines from the NYC Health Department, New York State Education Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please be sure that you are registered with CUNYAlert which will text, phone, and email you with important University-wide notifications.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19; however, this is not an exhaustive list of symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a preexisting health condition like asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you should self-quarantine.

Read the NYC Health Department Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About COVID-19

Prevention

 Kendrick Tries Wellness Edition

Everyone should do their part to help minimize the impact of this serious public health threat.

  • Wear a mask in public at all times. If you do not own a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a bandana, scarf or t-shirt.
  • Maintain at least 6 ft. between you and other people in public.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Create more personal space between yourself and others. This is called social distancing.

If You Are Sick

If you are sick, stay home. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath after close contact with someone who is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health provider, you may call 311 to receive a referral.

Help Our Community Guard Against Stigma

A lot of information circulating about the coronavirus on social media and in some news reports are not based on facts. The Lehman College community celebrates the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, and want to remind our community that there may be students who have been stigmatized by others based on their community of origin. COVID-19 should not be associated with any particular community or nationality. Please support the members of our college community by countering misinformation and supporting your friends, peers, and colleagues.

Counseling Services

Virtual counseling services for students are available through our Counseling Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Email: counseling.center@lehman.cuny.edu or call: 718-960-8761 to schedule an appointment. Employees have access to confidential counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. Please contact Human Resources at 718-960-8181 for more information or contact CUNY's EAP at 1-888-993-7650 or www.deeroaks.com.

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