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Student Procedures

CUNY mandates all students taking in-person and hybrid classes get vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst. If you are enrolled in in-person or hybrid classes for Spring 2022, you will be required to get a booster shot as soon as you are eligible for it. Unvaccinated students are no longer able to test at a CUNY testing center or present a Cleared4 pass or Tiger Card to enter campuses.

 

NEW BOOSTER INFORMATION as of January 25, 2022.

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Required Action To Access Campus

NEW BOOSTER INFORMATION:

If you are eligible for the booster on January 28: You must upload proof of receiving the additional shot to CUNYfirst no later than March 1. This deadline applies even if your college’s spring semester begins in March.

If you become eligible after January 28, but before the end of the semester: You will have 30 days after you become eligible to get the booster and upload proof to CUNYfirst.

  • five months after the second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • two months after the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The CDC  recommends you choose the Pfizer or Moderna booster in most situations, regardless of which shot you received. Learn more about the booster shot and find a site near you here:  ny.gov/booster.

Instructions on uploading your booster proof are available  here. If you attended in-person or hybrid courses this past fall and already uploaded proof of your first vaccines, you will have to add the booster shot — unless you have an approved exception or exemption.

Students who miss the deadline will not be able to register for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 classes.

Continue to stay updated on our COVID-19 guidelines by visiting the CUNY Coronavirus website.


URGENT REMINDER: Queensborough Community College students taking hybrid or in-person classes this Spring and who do not have an approved religious or medical exemption must upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst by Tuesday, January 18 or they will be dropped from their classes . If they subsequently upload proof, they may register for courses up to the end of the add/drop period on Feb. 3. Students who uploaded proof of vaccination for the Fall ’21 or Winter ’22 terms are fine and do not need to resubmit proof of vaccination for spring, but should upload their booster information as soon as they are eligible. 

  • When you are dropped, you will receive a mark of WA (Administrative Withdrawal) on your transcript.
  • You MAY still be responsible for the payment of your tuition.
  • Your financial aid may be impacted.

Note for students who are not yet fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks from final shot):

  • December 17, 2021 was the final date to receive the  first dose of the  Moderna vaccine.
  • December 24, 2021 was the final date to receive the  first dose of the  Pfizer vaccine.
  • If you did not get your first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you can only get the Johnson & Johnson (one shot) vaccine to meet the deadline and be compliant with CUNY's vaccine policy.  The deadline for a single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is January 14, 2022. To find a location administering the J&J vaccine, visit the vaccine website.

Need help uploading your verification?

Watch this video. After your vaccine verification is approved, it will be sent to your TigerCard on the QCC Connect App, which you must use to access campus. If you haven’t already, download the QCC Connect App today.

After uploading your vaccine information, vaccination card, or medical or religious exemption request, it will take a few days to verify the information. Note: CUNYfirst will not automatically notify you whether or not your vaccine information has been approved. After a couple of days, begin checking CUNYfirst to see if your vaccine information was approved. Once it is approved, you will also see the approval on your QCC Connect app. Show your approval on the app to Public Safety to access campus.

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Faculty & Staff Procedures

Faculty/Staff entering the Queensborough campus will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, except a few with approved exemptions or exceptions, or get tested at a CUNY testing site at least 24-48 hours prior to reporting to Queensborough for work (see procedures below). If you have not uploaded your vaccine information already, please upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst. If you are among the few who are not vaccinated, please take immediate steps to do so.

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Required Action To Access Campus

Return to Work Protocol for vaccinated individuals who wish to disclose their vaccine information:

  1. Submit proof of vaccination at least 10 days prior to your first visit to campus ( Instructions).
  2. Allow the Office of Human Resources time to verify and approve your submission.
  3. Upon verification, you will receive an e-notification and authorization. At that time, your authorization will automatically be loaded onto your Queensborough ID (TigerCard). You are required to show your physical or mobile Queensborough ID (TigerCard) to gain entry to campus (See ACCESSING CAMPUS, below).
    If you do not already have a Queensborough ID (TigerCard), please download the QCC Connect Mobile App to access your mobile card.

For additional information, please refer to the complete Faculty & Staff Guide to Vaccination Verification. If you require technical support, please contact the Helpdesk at (718) 631-6348 or Helpdesk@qcc.cuny.edu.


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Return to Work Protocol for unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or those individuals who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status:

  1. Get tested at a CUNY testing site at least 24-48 hours prior to reporting to Queensborough for work.

    Queensborough's testing facility is located in the B Annex Building behind the Z Building (Shadowbox Theatre). Check here for operating hours.

    If you drive by car for your scheduled test, please enter through the Main Gate and park in Lot #1. You will be granted 30-minute parking and will be directed to the testing site.
  2. Immediately exit the campus after testing and wait 24-48 hours for your test results.
  3. Individuals with a negative test will receive an e-notification and your Queensborough ID (TigerCard) will automatically reflect your campus access clearance. You are required to show your physical or mobile Queensborough ID (TigerCard) to gain entry to campus.

    If you do not already have a Queensborough ID (TigerCard), please download the QCC Connect Mobile App to access your mobile card.
  4. Repeat this process every 7 days. We recommend that you plan to test for the following week while on campus. For example, get tested on Friday if you are planning to come to campus on Tuesday.
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Guest/Visitor Procedures

There is an online approval process to admit/authorize guests to campus. This must be completed and approved by your divisional vice president. Then, Public Safety will be notified of the upcoming visit and your guest(s) will receive an email requesting an upload of their vaccination status or a negative test result from within seven days into what is known as the CLEARED4 system. Visitors, who provide proof of vaccination, will be able to access campus without repeating this process, however any non-vaccinated person must provide a negative test result into the CLEARED4 system for each campus visit using their previous CLEARED4 link.

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Required Action To Access Campus

In order to invite a guest to Queensborough, please carefully complete all contact information on the electronic approval form and please be as descriptive as possible when completing the purpose of the visit. This must be done for each scheduled visit. To access the form, enter your QCC user name and password (the same sign-on used to access the college email and network.) In order to allow ample time for the approval, submission and verification we urge you to allow at least 72 hours for processing.