Winter/Spring 2022: Updates and Resources

(Updated Jan. 7, 2022)

Winter 2022

TESTING
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.

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
In November, CUNY announced the launch of a University-wide random COVID-19 testing program for vaccinated employees and students using CUNY facilities. The goal is to maintain a safe environment and monitor the spread of the virus within our community. If you're selected for testing in a given period, you will receive an email from no-reply@cleared4work.com with instructions. For more information, go to CUNY's testing FAQ.

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.
     
  • 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.

Students: Dean of Students Conrad Walker at conrad.walker@lehman.cuny.edu; 
Employees: Human Resources Director Eric Washington at eric.washington@lehman.cuny.edu
Visitors or contractors: Lehman College Public Safety at 718-960-7777 or public.safety@lehman.cuny.edu.

Spring 2022

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
To find a vaccine site near you, go to vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

Spring semester begins Jan. 28. CUNY is moving forward with the majority of courses in-person, making it likely that most students will need to register for at least one class with an on-campus meeting. Students taking in-person or hybrid courses in Spring '22 must be fully vaccinated and must submit their vaccine documents for approval in CUNYfirst by January 18. Under CUNY policy, if you do not submit proof of vaccination and have not been granted a medical exemption or religious exception, you will be dropped from your in-person or hybrid course on January 26.

Here's what you need to know:

  • If you have not had your first shot of Moderna or Pfizer, you must receive a single shot of J&J by Jan. 14 in order to submit proof of vaccination in time to attend in-person classes for the Spring semester. 
  • 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.
  • Applications for religious exceptions will be accepted only for new students and were required to be filed 30 days prior to the start of Spring semester. Filing for an exemption or exemption does not guarantee it will be granted. Students with already-approved medical exemptions or religious exceptions do 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. 

Booster Shots
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. 

What else you need to know:

  • The Leonard Lief Library is closed until Jan. 18. Remote services are 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.
     

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 library cubicle or other open seating, regardless of physical distance from others.
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.

Vaccinated individuals must also 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.

Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 prevention include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings, surgical masks, N95 respirators, and face shields that cover both the mouth and nose. However, cloth, disposable, or other homemade face coverings are not acceptable for workplace activities that typically require a higher degree of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the nature of the work. For those activities, N95 respirators or other PPE used under existing industry standards must continue to be used, as is defined in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

How to Submit Proof of Vaccine or COVID Test: 


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.

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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