Manhattan College embraced a phased approach to resuming operations on campus. Our phased reentry plan is one that is underscored by a commitment to the health and safety of our entire campus community, while continuing to pursue our core mission of providing a contemporary, person-centered educational experience.
- Employees must submit proof of a PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival on campus by uploading results to the COVID-19 test result reporting portal. See testing options below.
- Employees will be tested monthly during the spring 2021 semester. If you are authorized on the extended winter break list with a January 2021 test result on file with our office of Health Services, you do not need to submit another result for the spring return.
- Employees who do not submit a test will be assigned an orange pass. If you receive an orange pass, you cannot access the Daily Symptom Tracker nor are you permitted on campus until you submit a test result.
- Employees must complete the Manhattan College daily symptom tracker prior to campus arrival, and while on campus continue to wear an approved face covering, use appropriate PPE, and follow social distance guidelines.
Daily Symptom Tracker
Employees must complete the daily symptom tracker via the MC Glance app each day they will be on campus. There will be individuals stationed at various campus locations checking your symptom tracker before you can enter certain campus spaces.
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
The College also will deploy routine, randomized and asymptomatic testing of our essential employees and other members of our community to proactively monitor for signs of community spread on campus.
All employees are required to wear face masks while working on campus. Employees are expected to wear a face covering from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office space, and whenever leaving their work space to move around common areas (e.g. hallways, stairwells, restrooms, etc.). Employees are required to wear face coverings while walking on campus, regardless if they are walking alone or outdoors. If an employee is working alone in an office or other work area, the employee is not required to wear their face covering. Faculty must wear a face covering while teaching.
Approved face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth masks (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and N-95 respirators. Face shields (without a mask) are not an acceptable face covering. Also, consistent with CDC recommendations, masks with one-way valves or vents are not permitted on campus.
The College has set up a campus-wide procedure for ordering and receiving PPE supplies, including masks for the department and visitors, gloves, and face shields. The department head must make the PPE requests. All requests will be evaluated based on campus-wide need before PPE is distributed. When your PPE order is ready, you will be asked to pick up the supplies at the Business Services office in De La Salle 105. If you are a supervisor or manager, to request PPE supplies for your area, please fill out this form.
Campus Mail Services
Effective January 4, the campus Mail Center will be operating Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During this time the Mail Center will:
- Make deliveries to all known departments operating only each Tuesday and Thursday
- Make post office pickups and drop offs each day
- Not direct mail or packages to home addresses
Staff may drop off and pick up mail and packages between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., as needed. Resident students may retrieve mail and packages Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Mail Center will return to full service on Tuesday, January 19, with the anticipated return to campus by staff and departments along with resident students returning that week.
Questions should be directed to the Mail Cetner at 718-862-7298.
Manhattan College’s approach to a phased reopening is designed to address the unprecedented challenges of living, working and studying in this type of close-contact environment while maintaining social distancing. While we are closely monitoring local, state and federal agency guidelines that have allowed for certain levels of reentry, the College views these as minimum thresholds and plans to continue to limit workforce presence on campus.
- Only up to 25% of each department’s employees should work on campus at any one time to help with reduced density in office areas and social distancing. Certain departments will be permitted up to 40% of employees on campus at any one time.
- Please make sure you have read the Manhattan College Reopening Guidelines for more information on returning to work on campus, as well as continuing to manage remote work arrangements. The guidelines outline the safety measures and policies to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are subject to change as state and federal guidelines evolve, along with updated Manhattan College recommendations.
Though all employees are expected to follow the general policies already indicated, there may be some protocols specific to the needs and responsibilities of faculty, such as:
- Implementing additional teaching strategies and protocols for students who become unwell, exhibit symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to attend class in person but want to attend remotely
- Acquiring familiarity with and apprising students of updated academic integrity protocols for teaching, learning and testing in an online and hybrid environment
- Adhering to updated policies for monitoring and reporting suspected academic misconduct
- Observing limits on and guidelines for research-related and nonessential travel—foreign and domestic—in addition to PPE and other safety measures
- Following sick-leave policies that are similar to those for administrators and staff but subject to guidelines in the Faculty Handbook
- Development by academic chairs of departmental plans for staffing or replacement in the event of instructor illness
Employees may require additional training in the use of relevant technologies (hybrid and remote, administrative and academic), as well as best practices for health and safety. Instruction may be mandatory or offered as needed, as advised by departmental supervisors and staff.
- Mandatory health and safety training is recommended.
- Prior to their return, employees will acknowledge having received training and agree in writing to follow guidelines.
- Working with department supervisors, the office of Information Technology Services will outline basic technology skills needed in the new workplace.
- Managers will receive training in the supervision of staff in a remote and hybrid work environment.
- The office of Human Resources will track and evaluate training.
Upon their return, employees will encounter a considerably different office environment. Details may include the following:
- Alternating work weeks, days and staggered schedules with different shifts for on-campus staff
- A certain percentage of employees working in a remote or hybrid capacity to curtail the on-campus population
- Guidelines for remote workers, including availability during office hours, parameters for virtual meetings, check-in protocols and expectations for deliverables
- Regular review and renewal of remote work status
- Faculty who conduct class in person, but hold virtual office hours
- Employees’ self-monitoring their physical and mental health according to CDC guidelines
- Virtual and scheduled appointments to recreate the College’s friendly in-person environment
The College has addressed air quality concerns by following CDC guidelines. The College also has evaluated the buildings and their mechanical and life safety systems to determine if each building is ready for occupancy. This includes checking for hazards associated with prolonged facility shutdown, such as mold growth, rodents or pests, and/or issues with stagnant water systems, and taking appropriate remedial actions. To minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water, the College has taken steps to ensure that all water systems and features (e.g., sink faucets, decorative fountains) and water-using devices (e.g., ice machines, cooling towers) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown. The College has worked to ensure that ventilation systems in your facility operate properly. Occupants should create an increase in circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors when possible and using fans. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk for occupants, including children (e.g., a risk of falling or of breathing outdoor environmental contaminants such as carbon monoxide, molds, or pollens). If members of your department are having issues related to their air quality, they should submit a work order.
Employee Office Cleaning
Cleaning has resumed in all office spaces on campus. If any employee is having issues with their office being cleaned, please call the below numbers. If you are working in a newly designated office area, please alert Manhattan College Facilities and Housekeeping Services so that your office is placed on the schedule for standard cleaning (emptying of trash, etc.). Cleaning supplies are available from the Business Services office for departments to self-clean on a daily basis.
Director of Housekeeping Services