Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021
CUNY students attending in-person and hybrid classes for the fall 2021 semester are required to be vaccinated. You must submit your vaccination documentation by August 10, 2021, Information to follow shortly. Requests for an exception or medical exemption from getting vaccinated can be made and CUNY will provide more guidance on this process soon. In order to meet this submission deadline, you must receive the following vaccines by these dates:
Moderna: first dose by July 13
Pfizer: first dose by July 20
Johnson & Johnson: single dose by August 10
All vaccination sites require an ID that verifies your age and N.Y. state residency, with no appointment needed. Use these tools to find a free vaccine site close to you and to check which vaccine(s) they offer:
York College affirms our longstanding institutional values, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In adherence with the CUNY Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, York does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. It is essential that we remain supportive, respectful, and inclusive to all members of our campus community at all times.
There has been an increase in acts of bullying and violence directed towards certain ethnicities and cultures, both in the public and at other institutions. Such acts can be perpetuated in person or online. We remind you to be aware of assumptions and prejudice, and to act in a respectful manner to individuals within our diverse campus community, regardless of the medium of interaction. Community standards that promote a culture of respect are just as applicable in the online learning environment as they are in our buildings and community.
As we move to distance, remote, and online learning alternatives, York and CUNY conduct policies remain in effect. Acts of discrimination, harassment or exclusion run counter to our institutional values and are contrary to CUNY Policy. If you witness or experience an incident of discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance at (718) 262-5304, or by email at email@example.com.
As always, if you are on campus and in immediate danger, please contact Public Safety at x2222.
We currently have custodians restocking hand sanitizers, soaps and other cleaning supplies and ensuring spaces are clean. We are shifting two of the custodial evening crew to help support this effort. Signage has been posted around campus regarding proper hygiene (washing hands and covering coughs, etc.) and about the virus. Should you experience a bathroom facility, or sanitizer stand that is not properly stocked, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will dispatch someone to address the issue.
We understand that members of the college community may be anxious during this time. For free, confidential counseling services, please contact the York College Counseling Center at 718-262-2272. For faculty and staff, CUNY Work/Life Program is available to help.
For Coronavirus Information, visit the NYC COVID-19 Portal.
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July 26, 2021
The start of the Fall 2021 semester is fast approaching, with one month to go before the first day, August 25. We know that this is a confusing and difficult time for many as we continue to receive information about the pandemic from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State, and CUNY. There is still time for you to do what you can to help prepare for a strong and successful fall semester. How do you do that? Here are a few suggestions
May 3, 2021
In higher education, the month of May holds significant meaning: it is the last month of the Spring semester, a time of graduation for some, and a welcome vacation for others. This year the symbolism is greater: we have completed one of the most challenging academic years in recent history. I thank each and every one of you for the significant role you played throughout this journey. As the Chancellor noted in his February correspondence, we have built a strong foundation of online and hybrid teaching, thanks to our faculty; we have offered remote student and employee services, thanks to dedicated staff; and we continue to provide essential services on campus through the work of frontline employees, who have been on campus since the outbreak a year ago. Like you, we are looking forward to receiving further guidance from CUNY on reopening plans, and we are optimistic that, given current national trends, we can look forward to a greater in-person presence on campus in the coming Fall, always keeping in mind your concerns and ensuring everyone’s health and safety. As the Fall planning evolves, we will remain flexible as the city, state, and national landscapes are changing daily in response to COVID-19 victories and challenges; therefore, I will keep you informed and part of the solution as we move forward as “One York”.