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Semester Guidance – Testing/Vaccinations

Vaccination Requirements

For Students

In accordance with New York State and CUNY mandates, students attending in-person or hybrid classes must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst unless they have been issued an exemption by CUNY (CUNY Vaccine Exemption Form). Medical exceptions and religious exemptions must be submitted 30 days before the start of classes. All religious exemption decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Email studentreligiousexemption@cuny.edu if you have questions.

Boosters are strongly encouraged at this time. 

The Student Vaccination Mandate applies to students participating in in-person fieldwork and clinical experiences that are required as part of coursework.

If your vaccine is approved by the World Health ​Organization (WHO) and you are considered fully vaccinated as specified in the WHO approval, you are fully vaccinated under CUNY policy. You can share proof of vaccination through the CUNYfirst portal. If you’ve received a vaccine that isn’t approved by the FDA or WHO, you should email healthquestions@qc.cuny.edu to determine the appropriate course of action.

Students taking courses that are fully remote are not currently required to be vaccinated; however, all students taking remote classes who wish to visit the campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated and have their vaccination documents approved in CUNYfirst prior to their visit.

For Faculty and Staff
Faculty are required to be vaccinated and staff are encouraged to be if they are working on campus.  Those who are not vaccinated and wish to access the campus must test negative for COVID-19 within 7 days of their visit. (Read more under Testing). Medical exceptions and religious exemptions must be submitted to Human Resources 30 days before the start of classes.
All full- and part-time faculty, non-teaching instructional staff (which includes NTAs, CLTs and those in the HEO series) and ECPs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst. At this time, CUNY defines fully vaccinated as the two shots of Moderna or Pfizer, or the single shot of Johnson & Johnson, without boosters.​ Employees covered by the mandate may go to CUNYfirst to request a medical exemption or religious exception to the mandate. Read more. 
 
RF employees will be notified to visit RFCUNY’s website and log in as an employee using their 6-digit RF-issued employee ID (EMP ID). Under the Electronic Tools tab, select Vaccination/Testing Program and follow the prompts.
For Other Visitors
CUNY/QC will no longer require a proof of vaccine or recent negative test for visitors. Visitors must present a valid state-issued ID along with a reason for visit. 
 
 A visitor is someone who is not a CUNY student, faculty, or staff members. Examples of visitors include, but are not limited to: vendors and contractors; employees of related entities of CUNY including without limitation auxiliary enterprise corporations, colleges associations, and child care centers; unpaid college interns; community members and other individuals coming to campus to use facilities, or to attend activities on campus; and family members or friends of CUNY students, faculty or staff. 

Testing Requirements

Random Testing Program

Each week, a randomly selected group of individuals will receive notice via an email (to the email linked to their CUNYfirst account) from no-reply@cleared4work.org for mandatory testing. Please check your email, including junk/spam, weekly for notifications. 

We only accept test results from a CUNY testing site. We cannot upload results from another facility.

Campus access will be denied if you fail to comply with the testing mandate. Students should note that faculty are not required to accommodate missed classes due to noncompliance with COVID testing and missed classes may impact academic performance.

If you have been selected for random testing, here are your next steps: 

Complete your registration/profile in Cleared4. You may also opt to receive SMS texts.

Complete a PCR test at a CUNY Covid Testing Site within 14 days (no appointment necessary – just walk in).

Your test result will be available within 48 hours and will be sent to you via email/text.
– If negative, your Cleared4 access pass will be activated and you can return to campus.
– ​If positive, your Access will be removed and you will be contacted by the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator for guidance.
– In very rare instances, a test result may come back as inconclusive. To ensure accuracy of test results and for the safety of the college community, you will be required to retest.
– EXEMPTIONS from Random Testing:

1. If you tested positive within the past 90 days, do not complete the random test. Please email William.Graffeo@qc.cuny.edu and Parmanand.Panday@qc.cuny.edu
2. If you tested at a CUNY Site for COVID within a week of being selected for Random Testing, do not complete the random test.

Testing location and site hours:CUNY COVID-19 Testing Site Locations

Additional technical customer support:safeCircle COVID-19 Testing FAQ for CUNY

Still have questions about Random Testing? Read the Random Testing FAQs​ ​

For Students

Students attending in-person or hybrid classes or visiting campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst.

Students attending fully remote classes who visit campus for any reason must be vaccinated.

Students who have received an exemption from CUNY must be tested at a CUNY site no more than 7 days before accessing campus and must show proof of their negative results for the entirety of the semester.

Only CUNY site testing will be accepted. 

For Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff who have not submitted proof of vaccination or for whom verification of their proof of vaccination is pending must be tested at a CUNY site within 7 days of their visit in order to access campus and must show proof of their negative results.

Only CUNY site testing will be accepted. Those who require testing will receive an email (to the address linked to their CUNYfirst account) from Cleared4/safeCircle to book an appointment to be tested.

RF employees will be notified to visit RFCUNY’s website and log in as an employee using their 6-digit RF-issued employee ID (EMP ID). Under the Electronic Tools tab, select Vaccination/Testing Program and follow the prompts.

Read more about acceptable proof of negative test results and how to gain access to campus.​

For Other Visitors

CUNY/QC will no longer require a proof of vaccine or recent negative test for visitors. Visitors must present a valid state-issued ID along with a reason for visit. 

A visitor is someone who is not a CUNY student, faculty, or staff members. Examples of visitors include, but are not limited to: vendors and contractors; employees of related entities of CUNY including without limitation auxiliary enterprise corporations, colleges associations, and child care centers; unpaid college interns; community members and other individuals coming to campus to use facilities, or to attend activities on campus; and family members or friends of CUNY students, faculty or staff. 

Testing Sites and Results

CUNY Testing Sites and Results

​CUNY testing sites are located in all five boroughs. Participants using QC’s testing site, located in the Student Union, may enter via the Kissena Blvd./Melbourne Ave. gate. You will check in, receive a test kit, self-swab (under observation), and drop the kit in a lockbox.

Results will be available in 24-48 hours via the Clear4 system. Complete the email and phone information in your Clear4 profile in order to receive your results.
If a positive result is found, the individual will be told to immediately quarantine and report their exposure to the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator using this form, you must be logged into your Microsoft 365 account to access the form. If you have an issue accessing the form please email William.graffeo@qc.cuny.edu or Parmanand.Panday@qc.cuny.edu.

Testing Site at Queens College

​QC Onsite COVID-19 PCR Testing​​

wdt_ID Days Times
1 ​Monday 6:30am - 1pm​
2 ​Tuesday 9am - 1pm​
3 ​Wednesday ​2pm - 7pm
4 Thursday​ ​Closed
5 ​​Friday ​6:30am - 10:30am
6 ​Saturday 9am - 12:30pm
7 ​Sunday​​ ​Closed
Enter campus at the Kissena Blvd/Melbourne Gate Map