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Returning to Campus: Health & Safety


Covid-19 vaccination is required for all students taking in-person and hybrid courses.

To complete vaccine verification, you will need a scan or photo of your vaccination record card; the date of your second shot for Pfizer or Moderna or single shot for Johnson & Johnson.

Once your vaccine verification has been approved, you will receive an email from email will include a personal link to the Cleared4 system which will allow you access to your Cleared4 pass. Display this pass to Public Safety to access campus. Cleared4 Guide and FAQs

Any enrolled student who has not uploaded proof of vaccination documents to CUNYfirst by January 18 is de-registered from in-person and hybrid classes for non-compliance with the vaccination mandate

If students upload proof after this date, they may register for courses until the end of add/drop period, February 3.

Students enrolled in any Spring 2022 in-person or hybrid class will be required to get the COVID-19 booster shot when they become eligible.

If you were 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.

You will become eligible for the booster:

  • 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.

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.

To upload Vaccine information, you will need to log into your CUNYfirst account and select the Vaccine Verification link in the CUNYFirst menu. See here the Student Guide to Vaccination Verification for further details. For assistance, email

Students requesting medical exemptions will have to submit the COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form which can be downloaded here or in the portal.

The form requires additional documentation signed by a healthcare provider; the filled form can then be uploaded into the CUNYfirst Vaccination Verification portal.

Requests for religious exception must also be made through the CUNYfirst Vaccination Verification portal and will be evaluated by the CUNY Central Office Religious Exceptions Team, on a case-by-case basis. Decisions regarding religious exceptions are final unless additional information is requested. Questions regarding religious exception requests and decisions should be emailed to

Once your vaccine verification has been approved, you will receive an email from This email will include your personal link to the Cleared4 system and your Cleared4 campus access pass. You will need to display this pass to Public Safety to gain entry to campus.

No; CUNY's vaccine mandate applies only to students taking in-person and hybrid classes. Unvaccinated students taking only remote classes will not be able to visit the campus for any reason unless they have been approved for a religious exception or medical exemption.

Use these tools to find a free vaccine and/or booster site close to you and to check which vaccine(s) they offer: NYC Vaccine Finder and NYS Vaccine Finder.


Consistent with CUNY policy and the current rate of coronavirus transmission, New York State's universal indoor mask mandate is enforced at City Tech. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must:

Wear a face mask inside all campus spaces, at all times. This includes all classrooms and non-enclosed spaces such as a library cubicle or administrative service desk regardless of physical distance from others.

Wear a mask outdoors on campus when unable to maintain physical distance from others (for example, while standing online at the City Tech testing center).

The only exceptions to wearing a mask inside are:

  • If a fully vaccinated person is alone in an enclosed space such as an office, conference room, or dorm room.
  • Briefly while eating or drinking, provided social distancing is maintained.
  • These exceptions do not apply to anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated. Those individuals must always wear masks while on campus, including in classrooms, laboratories, student services offices, elevators, and other enclosed spaces, except when eating (in which case they must maintain strict social distancing from other individuals).

Masks are available at the Student Wellness Center (General Building 414), Student Affairs (Namm 325), and Public Safety (Namm Hall 109).


Unvaccinated students with approved religious exceptions or medical exemptions must test every seven days at a CUNY testing site if they plan to be on campus or in the office weekly. Otherwise, they are responsible for making sure that before they go to a campus or office, they test within the previous seven days.

CUNY's testing program includes periodic screening of a random sampling of vaccinated individuals across the University. If you are selected for testing, you will receive an email from with instructions:

Complete your registration in Cleared4 (confirm your personal information is up to date and accept the testing disclaimer)

Submit a sample at a CUNY test site within 7 days (no appointment necessary)

Your test result will be available within 48 hours

You will retain your Access Pass to CUNY facilities until test results are posted to your profile and standard procedures are followed:

  • If negative, you will retain your Access Pass.
  • If positive, your access will be removed, and you will be contacted by a Coronavirus Task Force Liaison for guidance.

If you do not submit a sample within the 7-day period, you will be contacted by a campus or program representative on next steps determined by eligibility, on-campus requirements, and other information. If you have questions on the program, please contact or your Campus Coronavirus Liaison or Local Vaccine Authority (LVA)

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).

Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.

Use a separate bathroom, if possible.

Improve ventilation in home, if possible.

Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.

Don't share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.

Wear a well-fitting mask when you need to be around other people.

If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house

If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. 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 10.

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 medication.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Getting Started with Spring 2022 (Classes Begin January 28)

  Getting Started with Spring 2022

Courses are being offered:

Check your schedule on CUNYfirst How to View Class Schedule

Watch these videos on understanding your schedule and getting started for the semester

There are computer labs in the following spaces:

  • Learning Center (Library Building Ground Floor) - LG18
  • General Building - G600: 10:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday

Students with their own laptops can find a quiet place on campus, perhaps an empty classroom or empty seating area. Another option is one of the study rooms in the library, typically allocated to students first come, first served, by checking out a key at the Borrow & Return Desk.

The last day to add classes to your schedule is February 3, 2022.

The last day to drop courses with no financial penalty is January 27, 2022.

Please check the academic calendar for details

If you do not plan on attending, please be sure to drop all classes. The college will not do it for you.

Withdrawing from a course on or after January 28, 2022, will incur a tuition liability charge. Your liability starts on the first day of classes, regardless of whether you have classes on that day. This charge will be a certain percentage of the course tuition, depending on the date.

  Online Classes

Check your City Tech email for info from your professors.

Most online and hybrid classes are on Blackboard, where you already have an account or OpenLab, where you will need to set up an account using your City Tech email.

If you do not see your course on Blackboard and do not see an email containing course info from your professor, email your professor right away. Find professor names in your CUNYfirst schedule, then look up their email address on the department website (look up course code here, for example: ENG is the English Department, ARTH is in the Humanities Department). If you cannot find your professor's email address, you can also email the department (cc the department chair) with your name and course number to ask for the professor and course site info. Watch Getting Connected with your Professors and Classes.

  In-person Classes

For Namm, Pearl, and Library: go to Tillary Street entrance (60 Tillary Street) between Adams Street and Jay Street

For Academic Complex, go to 285 Jay Street

For Voorhees Hall, go to 186 Jay Street

Directions and campus map.

Students must display a green Cleared4 pass and their City Tech ID to gain entry to campus buildings.

Show proof of registration (your course schedule) with your name and EMPL ID visible.

Visit Public Safety website for complete information about the ID Station

Stay tuned to college communications about when to get your ID.

Learning Center (Library Building Ground Floor) - LG18

General Building - G600: 10:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday

Voorhees Building - V217: 11:00am -7:00pm Monday through Friday. Bring your own headphones, for sanitation reasons. More info.

  Campus Life and Student Activities

Yes. The Fitness Center will be open 3 days a week; sessions will be limited to 30 minutes.

There will be a limit on the number of people permitted in the center at a time to ensure and maintain physical distance.

Your Cleared4 access pass and your temperature will be checked before you enter the Fitness Center.

All machines will be sanitized after each use by the individuals using it.

Users of all fitness equipment will be required to wear gloves.

Masks are required at all times. On some machines (cardio) you will be allowed to remove your mask briefly.

  Student Support Resources

Students who wish to disclose documented disabilities to be considered for reasonable accommodation(s) should contact the Center for Student Accessibility.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Food Security

The Student Life Office runs a pop-up food pantry twice a month. City Tech students also have access to other CUNY food pantries. For more information, please visit Student Life & Development's Resources page.