Campus Health & Safety

Health Protection, Cleaning & Disinfecting

Campus Health Services Cleaning and Disinfecting Maintaining Campus Wellbeing Visitors and Vendors



Masks

As of Wednesday, August 4, people who are not fully vaccinated and those who might need to take extra precautions must always wear a mask indoors. CUNY is closely monitoring the latest guidance from the CDC as well as state and local health officials. More information, which is subject to change, can be found at the University's Guidelines for CUNY Fall 2021 Reopening Where Not Everyone is Fully Vaccinated. We will continue to communicate as quickly and transparently as possible as we learn more.

Campus Health Services

The Office of Health Services provides support via Email, telephone (718) 631-6375 and other modalities. Please note that any student, faculty, or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 by their healthcare provider must notify the Office of Health Services at (718) 631 6375 or HealthServices@qcc.cuny.edu.

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Cleaning and Disinfecting

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection, started in March 2020, remains in effect in accordance with the latest guidance from health experts, public health agencies, New York State and CUNY. Queensborough is adhering to NYSDOH's “Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19” and CDC guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility”.

Employees and students returning to campus can expect the following:

  • The deep cleaning and disinfection of public and occupied areas, including classrooms, on a daily basis.
    1. Queensborough uses EPA registered anti-viral disinfectants for high-touch surfaces including door pulls/knobs, elevator panels/buttons, stair handrails, bathroom surfaces, counters and desks, light switches, and drinking fountains.
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus in high-use areas, which are checked and refilled regularly.
  • Disposable disinfecting wipes in marked locations, to clean frequently touched surfaces such as computers, keyboards, telephones, doorknobs, copier touch pads and counter tops before and after each use.
  • Acrylic protection shields may be installed in some locations. Supervisors should contact the Coronavirus Coordinator, Vice President William Faulkner, to review shielding options and locations.

Campus Safety

Airflow and Ventilation

The approach for improving ventilation varies by the type of mechanical system in each building. At Queensborough, we are following guidance from public health experts regarding enhanced air filtration systems and are prioritizing the use of classrooms and spaces with functioning windows to maximize airflow. In buildings with central air handlers, the controls are being adjusted to increase the percentage of outside air. All air-handling units have been disinfected and air filters have been replaced with recommended MERV-13 filters and/or other recommended purifiers as needed.

Maintaining Your Wellbeing On Campus

  • Maintain at least 3-feet between you and the next person, indoors and outdoors, unless campus signage directs otherwise.
  • Follow public health recommendations on hand washing with soap and water and the use of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations, located around the campus, are restocked regularly.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Learn more about cough and sneezing etiquette from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
  • Limit the cross-contamination of desks, counters and other work areas by not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid readjusting or touching your mask or face covering or placing a used mask on shared surfaces. If possible, don't share telephones, electronic devices, pens and other work tools and equipment and clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  • In Common Areas & Shared Spaces: Use the stairwells when possible. If using the elevator, only one person should be in the elevator or in accordance with the signage posted at each elevator entrance. Individuals occupying lobbies and the seating in waiting areas must conform with safe physical distancing requirements.

Visitors and Vendors

Visitors and vendors should be by appointment only and everyone must pre-screen using the screening app prior to coming to the campus. Contractors working on campus are under the jurisdiction of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. They are pre-screening daily and are required to follow NYS requirements for returning to work on construction sites.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.