The City University of New York announced that in the wake of significant advances in the three-year battle against COVID-19 and consistent with the federal government’s plan to end the Public Health Emergency, it is ending the emergency vaccination mandate for students, faculty, and staff.
The change is effective on the last day of the Spring 2023 semester, which for most colleges is May 23, and will allow students to enroll in classes, regardless of their vaccination status, starting with Summer sessions.
By the end of June, we will end our COVID-19 testing program, closing our campus and Central Office test sites and eliminating the Cleared4 health verification platform, allowing colleges to return to their standard processes for granting campus access.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
The City University of New York policy, in accordance with Public Health Law (PHL 2165), requires that all students who register for six (6) or more billable credits and who were born after December 31, 1956, submit proof of two measles vaccines and one mumps and rubella vaccination to attend the University. To ensure full compliance, colleges must adequately notify students of these requirements upon entering the University. The following is the minimal requirement for students to complete the registration process and continue to participate:
• Partial Compliance: One proof of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations and a doctor's appointment for the second measles vaccination. The second proof of measles vaccination must be submitted by the 30th or 45th day of the semester.
• The Registrar's Office will alert students in partial compliance that their academic record and financial aid eligibility can be affected if they do not complete the immunization process.
• A second letter is mailed to students in partial compliance before the 15th day of class, informing them that (1) they will be excluded from the class beginning on the 31st or 46th day of the semester and that (2) free, on-campus immunization is available.
• Students who do not comply with the minimum requirements must be excluded from class and will not be allowed to return until fully compliant.
An administrative withdrawal grade ("W.A.") will be placed on the student's academic record in lieu of a regular grade. Three (3) steps are needed to reverse the "W.A." grade before the end of the semester, thereby allowing the student to return to class and receive a letter grade from the instructor:
1. Present proof of immunization to the Health Services Office before the end of the semester (last day of classes);
2. Obtain approval (signed reversal form) from the instructor to return to class;
3. Submit the reversal form to Registrar's Office before the end of the semester. It is essential that all steps be completed to reverse "W.A." grades. The "W.A." grade is not reversible beyond the semester in question. Even if students satisfy the immunization requirement during the following semester, "W.A." grades will remain on their transcripts as permanent grades.