Spring 2022: Updates and Resources
(Updated April 12, 2022)
All testing centers will be closed for Spring Recess from Friday, April 15th – Monday, April 18th. Samples submitted on Thursday, April 14th, will have results on Friday, April 15th. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th with regular scheduled hours of operation.
- MASK POLICY (UPDATED MARCH 5)
- REPORTING POSITIVE CASES
- VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
- BOOSTER SHOTS
In response to revised guidance issued by the CDC, CUNY has lifted the temporary mask mandate, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 7, that required all CUNY students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks inside University campuses, office buildings, classrooms and other non-enclosed spaces. This policy change follows recent announcements by Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams that ended mask mandates for pre-K through 12th grade schools across New York State and City.
Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Masks will continue to be available on campus at Gates 5, 8, and 13 and in offices for people who want them. The CDC is not requiring people to wear a mask in communities that have low or medium COVID-19 levels like New York City’s boroughs. The small number of faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated, or those who have been or will be granted a medical exemption or religious exception, are urged to wear a mask.
Walk-in Testing Available at All CUNY Testing Sites
All CUNY students, faculty, and staff can now walk in to any CUNY COVID testing site, show their CUNY ID, register in the system and receive a PCR test. No appointment is required. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. The Lehman College testing site is located located in a trailer in the Science Hall parking lot and accessible via Gate 6 on Goulden Ave. Hours: M, T, F: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; W: 1-6 p.m.; Th: 3-7 p.m. Find the full list of CUNY testing sites and their hours of operation here. Test results can take up to 48 hours.
Find CUNY's Safety Tracker here. The Safety Tracker provides weekly positivity rates and number of tests administered for each campus starting in August 2021. (Up until Dec. 28, 2021, only unvaccinated individuals who were accessing campus were testing at CUNY's sites. To meet high demand for COVID testing throughout the city, CUNY opened its testing sites on Dec. 28 to all students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status or whether they had visited campus.).
Random Testing Program
To help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the testing program includes periodic screening of a random sampling of vaccinated individuals across the University. The frequency of such testing will depend upon the coronavirus positivity rate and the prevalence of variants among other factors. If you are selected for testing in a given period, you will receive an email from email@example.com with instructions:
- Complete your registration in Cleared4 (confirm your personal information is up to date and accept the testing disclaimer)
- Submit a sample at a CUNY test site within 7 days (no appointment necessary)
- Your test result will be available within 48 hours
You will retain your access to CUNY facilities until test results are posted to your profile and standard procedures are followed as long as you submit a test within the 7-day window:
- If negative, you will retain your access.
- If positive, your access will be removed and you will be contacted by a Coronavirus Task Force Liaison for guidance.
If you do not submit a sample at a CUNY testing site within 7 days of receiving the email from Cleared4, you will lose access to campus and your access will not be restored until you submit a test at a CUNY testing site and receive a negative test result from Cleared4. Once you receive notification of your negative test, your access to campus will be restored with no further action required.
If you have questions on the program, please contact www.adnas.com/CUNYhelp or your Campus Coronavirus Liaison or Local Vaccine Authority (LVA): Dugeidy Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashmini Hiralall at email@example.com.
For more information, please visit CUNY’s COVID-19 Testing Program FAQ and scroll down to the “random testing” section.
If this impacts your ability to attend classes or report to work, please contact your professor or your supervisor.
Protocol if Exposed or Positive
CUNY will begin following CDC’s recently issued guidance that adjusted the recommended quarantine and isolation times for people in close contact with someone who is positive or those who test positive.
- CUNY employees and students who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should base their approach to quarantine – if it is needed, when to end it, and when to test – depending on whether they are boosted, fully vaccinated and when, or unvaccinated. Please follow CDC’s guidance on quarantine here. If you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, and you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 you do not need to quarantine and can return to work or class. You will need to wear a mask for 10 days from the date of your last close contact and get tested at least 5 days after the close contact. You must wear a mask in this situation even though CUNY's mask policy has been lifted as of March 7, these individuals must still wear a mask for the aforementioned period of time:
- Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 days. When to end isolation, test and return to in-person work or class varies depending on whether or not a person develops symptoms or is severely ill. Please follow CDC’s guidance on isolation here.
- For a detailed description on CDC’s guidelines on quarantine and isolation visit here.
For further details on protocols, please visit here.
Reporting Positive Cases
Any student, faculty, staff or campus visitor who tests positive for COVID-19, or who learns that they have had contact with an individual who has COVID-19, should self-report to the College regardless of where they received their COVID test via the following email addresses for further instruction. Anyone who tests positive will need to show proof of a negative PCR test before they may access campus again.
Contacts for positive cases
Students: Local Vaccine Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Employees: Human Resources Director Eric Washington at email@example.com;
Visitors or contractors: Lehman College Public Safety at 718-960-7777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find a vaccine site near you, go to vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.
Some Spring '22 Guidelines:
- Students can enroll for in-person/hybrid classes without providing proof of vaccination at the time of enrollment but will need to be fully vaccinated and have their documents approved in CUNYfirst before the beginning of classes.
- Fully online students will not be required to submit proof of vaccination, but they will be unable to access on-campus services (outside of emergency services) if they do not.
- If your vaccination documents have already been approved in CUNYfirst, you do not need to re-submit them for following semesters; however, you will need to show proof of a booster shot if you are eligible to receive one. You will not be able to register for Summer session or Fall semester if you are due for a booster shot and have not received one.
- Students with already-approved medical exemptions or religious exceptions did not need to reapply for Spring. They may access CUNY facilities with a negative COVID test taken at a CUNY testing site within the last seven days.
For more, go to cuny.edu/coronavirus, and view Student Affairs' helpful explainer videos on uploading your vaccination documentation and applying for a medical exemption or religious exception.
- Only fully vaccinated students or students with approved medical exemptions or religious exceptions and a negative COVID test taken at a CUNY testing site within seven days will be able to access CUNY facilities. The only exception to this policy is for students who need to access emergency services on campus, such as mental health services. Unvaccinated students may still access emergency services if they present a negative test taken at a CUNY testing site within the last week. Students who do not follow CUNY's vaccine policy will be withdrawn from their Spring '22 in-person/hybrid classes.
CUNY is requiring booster shots for students when they become eligible. Individuals who received Moderna are eligible for a booster six months after their second shot; for Pfizer, five months after their second shot; and for J&J, two monts after their single shot. The CDC has recommended Pfizer or Moderna as the preferred vaccines for booster shots. Only a single shot is required as a booster, regardless of the manufacturer. Additional guidance for submitting proof of a booster is forthcoming from CUNY.
All students taking in-person or hybrid classes and eligible for the booster on January 28 must upload proof of receiving a booster to CUNYfirst by March 1. Additional guidelines and deadlines below:
- Students who miss the deadline to upload proof of the booster will not be able to register for the summer or fall 2022 semesters until they do.
- If your documents from the first round of vaccines are already approved in CUNYfirst, you do not need to re-submit them.
- All students (except those with approved exemptions or exceptions) must be fully vaccinated in order to enter any CUNY facility.
To verify that you have received your booster, log into your CUNYfirst account and click on the Vaccination Verification link in the menu.
If you have previously submitted verification information, you will see a list of your previous records and their status. To enter new information, such as a booster, click the Add New Record button.
If you have not previously submitted any information, you will be taken straight to a page with three options in the Vaccine Information Options section - vaccinated (used for vaccination and booster details), medical exemption, and religious exception. Select the appropriate option and follow instructions to upload and submit your records.
How to Submit Proof of Booster, Vaccine or COVID Test:
If you are fully vaccinated, do not wait to submit proof of your booster or vaccination in CUNYfirst.
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
Starting Jan. 15, 2022, all faculty must be vaccinated in order to acces campus. Staff, however, are not included in this mandate. Staff may either submit proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing at a CUNY testing site. 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
*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 the third-party vendor Cleared4. Cleared4 will also provide the CUNY Access Pass for those who have provided verifiable vaccine information in CUNYfirst and for those who are part of the CUNY Testing Program.
VIEW: HOW TO SCHEDULE A COVID TEST WITH CLEARED4.
*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.
What else you need to know:
- As of Feb 28, the Leonard Lief Library will be open M-F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m. All four floors of the building are now accessible so the Lehman community will have access to stacks and all library resources. To access library facilities, a reservation is required: Make a Reservation Now. Remote services are also available at https://www.lehman.cuny.edu/library/
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 Spring 2022 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.
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.
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, 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 and the COVID-19 vaccine 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.
Virtual counseling services for students are available through our Counseling Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Email: email@example.com 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.