Vaccination Requirements for Spring 2023

All new students coming to campus for the first time in the spring for in-person and hybrid courses, or any other on-campus activities will be required to submit proof of vaccination, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved.

Students must upload proof of being fully-vaccinated prior to the start of classes for the spring term. A person is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna or;
  • Two weeks after a single dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson (J&J), or;
  • At the time specified in either in the FDA licensure or World Health Organization (WHO) approval, after the final vaccination of any other vaccines

Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to receive vaccine boosters, once eligible. Colleges should continue to promote the benefits of vaccination and encourage their campus populations to receive vaccinations and boosters.

Note: Individuals who received a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccination other than the three listed above must provide more information. Students can reach out to your Campus Location Vaccination Authority (LVA) for details.

At this time, CUNY does not require face masks.

Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any setting is welcome to do so at any time. Due to the increased rates of COVID-19, seasonal flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the NYC Health Department strongly recommends the use of masks. Masks will continue to be available on campus and offices.

Faculty, staff and students who are still not vaccinated are urged to continue to wear a mask. Mask requirements associated with isolation and quarantine as referenced later in these guidelines remain in effect.

Those who choose to wear a mask should continue to follow CDC guidance on acceptable face coverings.

Note, campuses may still require employees to wear protective PPE masks due to the nature of their work. Employers must comply with all applicable OSHA standards.

Given that vaccines will be mandatory for students living in campus housing, housing and dorms will resume normal operations with 100% of occupants fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated students may not live in campus housing. Campus housing must ensure that adequate space is reserved for those residents who may need to isolate or quarantine. Protocols, such as those suggested by the American College Health Association, should be in place to care for those residents in isolation.

CUNY will continue to aid in the identification of exposures, and notify close contacts, as appropriate, of exposure as soon as possible after being notified that someone in the campus has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID- 19.

CDC Guidance that CUNY and Campuses will continue to follow:

  • As soon as possible after they are notified that someone has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID- 19, campuses should notify close contacts of exposure, in accordance with applicable privacy and other laws.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms should isolate and notify their close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and refer close contacts to the state or local health department website to learn about the steps they should take because of the exposure.

CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and exposure. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, as outlined below, prior to returning to campus. If you are required to isolate, you must receive a negative test or doctor’s certification prior to returning to campus.

Test results will be accepted from CUNY testing sites or other licensed test providers.

  • Isolation Guidelines if You Test Positive for COVID-19 Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is your first day of symptoms, or the day of your first positive test if you do not develop symptoms).
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your
    • In order to return to CUNY after isolation, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test (we strongly recommend an Antigen test, if available).
      • Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
      • If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day Following day 10, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test before returning to CUNY.
      • In lieu of a negative test, individuals may provide a doctor’s certification that they have recovered from COVID-19.
    • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days; if you cannot wear a mask, continue to isolate for 5 days.
    • If you have a fever, continue isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing
    • If you were severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
  • If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
    • You do not need to
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10
    • Get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.
    • If your exposure is from someone you live with, you must reach out to your Campus Coronavirus
    • If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines

CUNY will continue to monitor campus and community infection rates. CUNY Central Office will consult with campus leadership to determine the best course of action for additional safety protocols or scaling back campus activity, if necessary. Any decisions on shutting down particular buildings/areas within campuses, individual campuses, or multiple campuses, as appropriate, will be made by the Chancellery/COO’s Office in consultation with local/State authorities.

Campuses must have a shutdown plan in place to respond rapidly. Campuses should rely on previously developed shutdown plans and consult the Reclosing Protocols: CUNY’s Guide for Safely Closing On-Campus Operations, for additional information on criteria for shutdown and shutdown protocols.

CUNY will continue its testing program using various testing models for the safety and convenience of the CUNY community.

  • All students are encouraged to test before returning to
  • Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated
  • Overall random testing of 5% of the on-campus population. Participation in the random surveillance testing is mandatory and failure to participate will result in the removal of the individual’s Cleared4 access pass to CUNY

To facilitate testing for required medical clearance to return to campus, tests will continue to be accepted from non-CUNY testing providers as well as from CUNY safeCircle test sites. Testing to return to campus should only be done at CUNY safeCircle test sites when you are symptom free to protect you and others in the CUNY community. If you are recovering from COVID-19, you should not get tested until you have completed your isolation requirements and are symptom free. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to visit a public testing site near your home or use an at- home test kit.

Rapid tests will be available for approved screening circumstances when unanticipated entry to campus is required. The rapid tests will be distributed to CUNY testing sites and to selected locations on campus and will be tracked through the testing system for inventory and usage management.

For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ. For a list of testing locations, visit here. For general frequently asked questions, please refer to the Getting Back to Working in Person FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact your HR office.

Before coming to campus, each member of the community is expected to monitor your symptoms, stay away from others if you feel sick, and get tested at a public testing site if you have any symptoms. CUNY safeCircle testing sites should not be used if you have symptoms.

CUNY will no longer require a proof of vaccine or recent negative test for visitors. CUNY’s campuses and buildings should return to their standard protocols for visitors.

For safety protocols and updates regarding CUNY’s athletics programs, see the CUNY Athletic Conference Return to Sport Plan.

For additional information on safely participating in athletics, schools may consult the NCAA’s Training and Competition Guidelines.

CUNY will maintain many approaches to limit the spread of communicable disease. These include regular and enhanced cleaning, safe disinfection when necessary, improved ventilation and maintaining healthy facilities.

BCC will only accept COVID test results from the CUNY vendor (Cleared4) that is on-site at every CUNY campus.  We will not accept results from an outside vendor (e.g., Urgent Care, Medical MD, your private physician).

  • Results cannot be more that seven (7) days old.
  • The testing vendor (Cleared4) is experiencing heavy delays in uploading results.  We recommend that you test early.

Safely Entering BCC Campus (step-by-step instructions see below)

COVID Safety

  • Vaccination and the boosters are the best way to protect yourself, and the campus community from the virus
  • Visitors to the Campus must be fully vaccinated or demonstrate a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab within the last 7 days
  • Students are required to be vaccinated with the exception of those with approved religious or medical exceptions.
  • All students and student athletes will be required to test and submit a negative PCR test before returning to campus.
  • CUNY Testing Services for the campus community will continue
  • Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated
  • Courtesy testing will continue to be available to any community member at any CUNY testing site
    Random sampling / surveillance of the overall campus population will continue. If you are called to participate in the sample, you need to test at a CUNY site within sever (7) days or before returning to campus to ensure your Cleared 4 token will allow for access to the campus.
  • CUNY will continue to monitor campus and community infection rates and the College will continue to aid in the identification of exposures and notify close contacts, as appropriate, of exposures as soon as possible after being notified that someone on campus has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • CUNY will continue to require that individuals comply with CDC Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine
    Masks are optional, but will be available in Campus Service Center or in dispensing station in main building lobbies.
  • The College continues to work to optimize indoor air quality and to support remote work and access
  • Campuses must maintain a plan for shut down in accordance with the Reclosing Protocols: CUNY’s Guide for Safely Closing On-Campus Operations.

All students who need to come to campus (on-campus/hybrid courses, use the library, visit administrative offices, etc.) MUST be vaccinated.   Until Sept. 27,  there is only one way that you will be allowed on campus without being vaccinated:

  • You have a negative COVID 19 test result that is no more than seven (7) days old that was administered by the CUNY approved vendor “CLEARED4”.
    • There are only three ways that you are allowed in the CUNY COVID 19 Testing Protocol
      1. You have an approved medical exemption.
      2. You have an approved religious exception.
      3. You are in between vaccination doses (Moderna/Pfizer) or are in the 14 day waiting period after the last vaccination dose
    • If you fall into one of these three categories and have not received your welcome registration email from, please note that you must first ensure that your BCC e-mail is your preferred e-mail on CUNYfirst. Please click here for the video instructions on how to update your contact information:
        • After you do this, go to and click on the blue button that says “CLICK HERE FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT DESK” to submit a ticket.

Campus Access – updated October 15, 2021

  • All enrolled students are required to be vaccinated, or have an approved medical or religious exemption and be participating in the monitoring program. Student participation in on-campus activities will require proof of vaccination.
  • Every visitor to a CUNY campus, whether accessing indoor or outdoor spaces, must provide proof to CUNY that they (i) are fully vaccinated or (ii) have had a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab no more than 7 days prior to the visit.
  • Visitors who are on campus for 30 minutes or less per visit do not have to comply with any COVID-19 vaccination or surveillance testing requirements applicable to CUNY staff unless the visitor expects during that time to be less than 6 feet distant of another person for a total of 15 minutes of more.
  • Visitors under the age of 12 do not have to comply with any COVID-19 vaccination or surveillance testing requirements unless they are enrolled in programs, but are subject to mask requirements.


The President’s office announced beginning Monday, March 7 mask requirements for faculty, staff and students in indoor settings and other non-enclosed spaces will no longer be in effect.

Revised guidelines issued by the CDC last week led to this change in policy. Anyone who wants to continue to use a mask is free to do so. The mask mandate has been in effect since August of 2021. Masks will continue to be available on campus.

Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez, Ph. D in a memo to the CUNY community noted the following:

  • Non-vaccinated individuals or those with a religious or medical exemption must continue to wear a mask.
  • CUNY will continue to monitor the CDC guidelines and should evolving circumstances require a reconsideration of the policy it will make the necessary changes to keep the CUNY community safe.
  • Quarantine guidelines will remain unchanged if you are fully vaccinated and received a booster or if you tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days and came into close contact to someone with COVID. You do not need to quarantine and can return to work or school, but you need to wear a mask from 10 days from the date of your last contact and at least 5 days after a close contact.
  • Suspension of the mask mandate does not affect the student booster requirement for those enrolled in hybrid or fully in-person courses. Students must upload proof of a booster within thirty days from the date they first became eligible to receive a booster shot.
  • All full and part-time faculty, non-teaching and instructional staff and ECPs are required to be fully vaccinated and the proof of vaccination needs to be uploaded Into CUNY First by April 1st.
  • Monitoring COVID moving forward, CUNY’s mandatory testing for anyone with a medical or religious exemption and the random testing program for vaccinated individuals will continue to operate without change.
  • Free PCR testing continues to be available for student, faculty, and staff at BCC testing sites.

Anyone with questions on the BCC mask mandates can contact COVID liaison Susan Fiore at

The President would like to thank everyone in the BCC community during these difficult times as we look to protect each other moving forward.

In the Event of Exposure:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who (i) had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and (ii) shows no symptoms of COVID-19, do not need to quarantine after exposure, but should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure AND not report to in-person work or class until they receive a negative test result or medical clearance to return.
  • An unvaccinated person who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, should quarantine for 10 days after a positive test. Isolation should be longer if symptoms are present – at least 24 hours after no fever without fever-reducing medication and all symptoms are improving.
  • Isolation is required for all individuals when diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • CUNY will continue to require unvaccinated individuals enter quarantine in the event of possible exposure.

In the Event of High Transmission or Community Spread

  • CUNY and each College monitors community spread and adheres to the latest CDC guidance in determining safety protocols required for safe, in-person operations. In general, 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population testing positive using a 14-day rolling average would trigger a transition to remote learning or limit on-campus activities.
  • The scale back /shut down campus protocols are outlined in the Reoccupancy Plan located on the website and determinations will be made in consultation with Chancellor and the Office of the COO.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Safely Entering BCC

The Cleared4 system will now provide an “Access Pass” by which all vaccinated faculty, staff, and students, will be gaining entry to campus.  The Everbridge VaxPass system will no longer be available for campus entry after September 27th.

Currently, CUNY is in the process of uploading all approved vaccination information into the Cleared4 system.  At this time, the majority of faculty and staff data entries have been completed.  As the entries are completed, you will receive two emails from “no The first email grants you access to the Cleared4 system.  The second welcome message will outline with for a user to register and receive the CUNY Access Pass.  Please be on alert for the Cleared4 emails from “”.   For those student- facing offices, kindly alert the students and encourage them to look for the Cleared4 email.

The welcome registration email will provide you with a personal link.
1.     Copy the link and paste it into your browser, where you will get a CUNY welcome message and a link that states “Show Access Pass.”
2.     Click on that “show access pass” link and you will receive the green “Cleared for CUNY Access” message, with the date and time stamp on the pass.
3.     Once you have successfully received the access pass, if you are using an iPhone, you can *add the link to your home screen and avoid going back to finding and copying the link daily. To save the app on your smart phone please follow the steps below:

  1. From the Cleared4 welcome message, * click the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it) located at the bottom of the iPhone screen.
  2. Scroll down to the list of actions and click on “Add to Home Screen”.
  3. Type a name for your site link. This will be the title that appears beneath its icon on your iPhone Home screen.
  4. If you are using an Android, copy and paste the link into your Chrome browser, you will  get a CUNY welcome message and a link that states “Show Access Pass”.
  5. From the Cleared4 welcome message, Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand         corner), scroll down and click on “Add to home screen”.
  6. Type a name for your site link. This will be the title that appears beneath its icon on your Android smartphone  Home screen.
  7. You always have the option of pasting the link into your browser on every occasion that you would like entry to campus.
    1. The new access pass will expire one year after the date of your final vaccination shot.

If you have not received your welcome email from Cleared4, please check your personal email address.  The welcome email is sent to your preferred email address listed in CUNYFirst.  If you need assistance with changing or updating information in CUNYFirst, please reach out to  If you have not received the welcome email to your preferred email address, please reach out to Luisa Martich, with a copy to Susan Fiore,

Please note:  If you are listed as having “dual roles” within CUNY, (e.g., you are both a student and an employee) there may be a delay in receiving your welcome email.  CUNY is in the process of working on this glitch.

For additional information visit CUNY Access – Cleared4 Guide for Vaccinated CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff Cleared4 FAQs

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