COVID-19 Safety at GC


The Graduate Center’s COVID-19 guidance follows CUNY’s COVID-19 Guidelines. All members of our community should be familiar with the protocols and services that are in place to keep our community safe and supported during the 2022-23 academic year. Reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 on our campus is a community effort that is grounded in mutual respect in order to foster an environment for safe learning, researching and working together. Please refer to the guidelines below for information about vaccination requirements, testing, and further COVID-19 information for our campus. For more detailed information on all these topics visit the CUNY Covid 19 Information and safe campus reopening page anytime.


Getting the coronavirus vaccine is the single most important step one can take to protect themselves, their loved ones and communities from COVID-19. CUNY mandates that all students taking in-person and hybrid classes be fully vaccinated. Detailed information on vaccination mandate requirements for students and employees can be found here.


At this time, CUNY does not have a mask mandate. Masking while on campus is optional. Anyone who would like to continue wearing masks in any settings is welcome to do so at any time. The Graduate Center recommends our students, faculty and staff to wear a mask in crowded and public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At the Graduate Center, masks are available for our community, and you can request one at the front desk and at the main desk in the library (first floor). LPmembers will also be able to obtain KN95 masks in the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation in Room 8309 (8th floor). 


For the health and safety of our entire community, we highly recommend that LP2 members get regular and recurring testing. If you are sick, stay home. If you do not feel better in three days, please consult your health care provider. LP2 students should consider testing if you have been traveling before returning to campus. 

Isolation and Exposure. CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and exposure. Quarantining is no longer necessary if you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow the steps below.

If you were exposed to someone with Covid-19…

  • There are no quarantine requirements at this time.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines above.
  • If your exposure is from someone you live with, you must reach out to your Campus Coronavirus liaison by emailing 

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Results... 

LP2 students who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms should isolate and notify their close contacts. LP2 students who test positive for COVID-19, whether through a testing provider or with an at-home kit, must contact the Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation (AIS) staff by emailing and copy the Graduate Center Covid-19 Campus Coordinator at The Coordinator will work with the AISI staff to aid in identifying exposures and notify close contacts of the exposure.

If You Test Positive for Covid-19…  

  • 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).
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • In order to return to CUNY after isolation, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test (we strongly recommend an Antigen test, if available).
    • 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. Following day 10 you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test before returning to CUNY.
    • In lieu of a negative test, individuals may provide a doctor’s certification that they have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 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.
A Message from the Advisory Board about COVID-19 Protections

LPis a community of learners and friends who support and care for each other. Even as rates of virus transmission are declining and a new vaccine is on its way, many of our members feel vulnerable to infection.  In consideration of the health and safety of our members, the Advisory Board recommends masking and weekly testing by members attending in-person study groups.  Although masking in indoor space is no longer mandated by CUNY and CDC guidelines, we are asking members to be slightly uncomfortable, wearing a mask for 90 minutes, so that vulnerable others may be protected from the virus.

CUNY Guidelines include the following: “Testing. For the health and safety of our entire community, we highly recommend that LP2 members get regular and recurring testing.”  A negative weekly test is a 15-minute activity that increases the odds that you know you are not infectious.  Let’s all come together to keep our community as safe as possible as we meet at the Graduate Center.

The Graduate Center Ventilation System 

Yes, The Graduate Center’s ventilation system and the system at the Advanced Science Research Center meet or exceed recommended requirements.?Two independent engineering firms hired by CUNY to provide an environmental assessment of all buildings have certified that the Graduate Center building, 365 Fifth Avenue, and the residence hall at 118th Street are safe for reopening and in-person learning. They are classified as tier one buildings and rated as meeting relevant? CDC recommendations for ventilation in schools and child care programs. We want to remind everyone at the Graduate Center that the air handling system at 365 Fifth Avenue is designed to operate most efficiently when windows are?closed. Opening windows will diminish the filtration efficacy and efficiency. Please keep windows in your office or shared work area closed.

Contact and Link

COVID-19 Campus Coordinator, Daniela Verdejo Salazar at for further information. 

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