Health and Safety
The Office of Health Services and departments throughout the College are working closely with city and state agencies to safeguard the health and safety of the entire Manhattan community during these difficult times. Specific details are outlined below.
As part of its ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, Manhattan College has launched a web-based daily symptom tracker, the COVID daily symptom reporting tool, to ensure that members of our community are symptom free. In alignment with New York State requirements, all members of the community are required to complete the symptom tracker each day before arriving on campus or accessing campus facilities.
The Covid daily symptom reporting tool can be found here, by visiting inside.manhattan.edu or using the Glance MC mobile app on your smartphone. The College reserves the right to restrict access to campus to any member of the community who does not comply with this Symptom Reporting Policy or based on the responses to the online self-assessment.
Daily on-campus passes: Green/Red/Orange
- After completing the daily symptom tracker,students and employees will receive a green pass to be on campus for the day. Anyone who receives a red pass must not be on campus that day; students with a red pass must return to their residence. Red passes may be generated from a variety of circumstances, including specific answers to the symptom tracker, close contact with a positive individual as determined by the contact tracing team, or an evaluation by Health Services.
Faculty will additionally receive notifications from Jasper Connect as students require accommodations; these accommodations include remote learning for a short period of time due to health or other COVID-19 related reasons. Students should notify their instructors of any changes in status as they normally would.
We have now implemented orange passes, which indicate that an individual is not in compliance with the College's testing policies for campus access. Orange passes will be assigned for the entire semester to anyone who has not submitted a COVID-19 test, including students studying remotely and employees with remote accommodations.
Students and employees with orange passes are unable to be on campus, for any reason, until their COVID-19 test results are received by Health Services.
Members of the community who are designated as remote, but who are planning to access campus resources, including the library or other areas, must submit a test result to the Manhattan College portal to be cleared to come on campus.
If you are in-person and have not yet been tested or submitted test results, you must do so immediately. If you are exempt from or not planning to be on campus this term and do not want to submit a COVID-19 test result, the orange pass will remain active throughout the term for tracking purposes.
Some individuals have received an orange pass because of pending test results from on-campus testing. Health Services will notify these individuals with their test results as soon as they are received.
To clear an orange pass from your account, students and employees can submit a test result to the Manhattan College portal.
The College has developed an on-campus contact tracing program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our community. Contact tracing is a priority. The process has proven to be a reliable way of slowing the spread of COVID-19 by identifying those who come into close contact with individuals self-identified as testing positive for the virus. The College’s Contact Tracing program will work with our Health Services and New York City’s Department of Health to help identify any individuals who have come in close contact with a positive person.
Contact tracing will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these steps:
- Upon notification of positive cases from Health Services, contact tracers will interview positive individuals to identify people with whom they may have been in contact during the past 48 hours, from the time they exhibited symptoms.
- Contact tracers will notify and interview all contacts to alert them to their risk of infection and instruct them to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Contact tracers will inform individuals placed on quarantine to self-report their symptoms daily through the Symptom Tracker. If they develop COVID-19-like symptoms, the tracker will reflect the change, and Health Services will contact individuals that exhibit symptoms in order to monitor them, and recommend testing when needed. Individuals that test positive will be asked to self-isolate and follow New York City Department of Health guidelines.
In accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines, all members of the College community must wear face coverings/masks while on campus and when unable to properly social distance by six feet or more.
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.
- Masks will be provided to students and employees free of charge. Additional health and safety accommodations will be put in place for employees who are required to be on campus and/or cannot perform their work remotely; those who are “high contact,” due to the numbers of visitors and/or students they must interact with on a daily basis; and those who regularly take mass transit.
- All students will be provided with a welcome bag containing a washable cloth face covering, thermometer, hand sanitizer and COVID-19 educational and outreach materials.
- Employees will be provided with a washable mask.
- Disposable masks will be readily available to students and employees in high-traffic areas on campus.
- Employees and students may bring their own personal face coverings to campus, so long as they adhere to CDC and public health recommendations.
Employee Use of PPE
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 facial 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 facemask. Faculty must wear a face covering while teaching.
Student Use of PPE
Students must wear a face covering or mask while on campus, including but not limited to the classroom, on the Quad, and in common areas.
Resident students do not have to wear masks when they are alone or with their suitemates in their dorm rooms.
Those with medical conditions that may prevent them from wearing a face mask will be asked to contact Health Services and Specialized Resource Center. See the Student Accommodations section below.
- Suitemates and/or roommates are considered family units; therefore, face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room.
- Those working in segregated spaces (e.g., cubicles with walls, private library rooms, etc.) may remove their masks when alone there.
- Due to health concerns, student-athletes may be required to remove masks while competing, training or strength conditioning.
- Student-athletes must maintain proper social distancing when not wearing masks.
- Student-athletes are required to wear face coverings immediately after competition and training sessions end.
Types of PPE
Personal protective equipment (PPE) consists of face coverings/masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. Cloth coverings, bandanas and scarves are nonmedical grade. Students, faculty, staff and administrators will be provided with non-medical grade face coverings.
- Per OSHA regulations, healthcare workers will be fit-tested for the N95 face mask.
- Public Safety employees responding to medical distress calls will wear Level 3 face masks.
- Healthcare workers and Public Safety employees will don full PPE (face mask, face shield, gown and gloves) when treating, evaluating and/or responding to a student or employee potentially infected with coronavirus.
- Public Safety officers will be equipped with PPE medical emergency response kits packed with full PPE supplies for medical distress calls on campus.
- Deans’ offices and the Counseling Center will be supplied with PPE emergency response kits packed with full PPE for crisis situations.
- College vehicles used to transport a potential COVID-19 positive patient will be fitted with a plexiglass partition to separate the driver from the rear passenger.
As part of an ongoing effort to identify individuals who have COVID-19 or were recently exposed, and reduce the risk of disease transmission, the New York City Department of Health has advised that all employees and other members of the Manhattan College community that are going to be back on campus will need to complete a COVID-19 test within two weeks before your return date. Lab results can be uploaded to the COVID-19 test portal. Employees may choose to be tested on campus. See available dates and times below in the Testing on Campus section.
The College will require COVID-19 testing of all symptomatic individuals. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined and may be tested if requested. Manhattan 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.
Additionally, while not mandatory, it is recommended that employees consider having the serology test for COVID-19 antibodies. Further instructions regarding this testing will be sent as part of the Workplace Safety Policy and Procedures Related to COVID-19.
As the New York Department of Health advises testing for all New Yorkers, Manhattan College is requiring all students to be tested for COVID-19.
All commuter and resi-commuter students (those living in off-campus housing) are required to be tested. Students will be required to be tested in the two weeks before the start of classes in order to be allowed to attend classes on campus. Test results should be submitted to the Health Services office through the COVID-19 test portal before August 31.
All residential students will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on campus. See details below in the Testing on Campus section.
However, any student that already has had COVID-19 and received a test to confirm, may submit a copy of the positive viral test or positive antibody test to the COVID-19 test portal to satisfy the Manhattan College testing requirements. Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage before having a test. If you do not have health insurance coverage, you may access no-cost testing at several of these locations.
In the event of a quarantine, on day 14 of your quarantine, we will clear your red pass so that on the following morning (day 15), when you fill out your daily symptom tracker, you will receive a green pass and will be free to move out of your quarantine room in Horan Hall.
This means that if you are staying in a quarantine room in Horan Hall, then your last night will be day 14. On day 15, you can pick up a cart for your belongings and move to your actual room for this semester. Residence Life will know that you are permitted to leave quarantine because you will be able to show them a green pass. Please do not exit the quarantine room until the symptom tracker gives you a green pass.
On day 15, you are expected to attend any in-person classes you have that day.
If you have been in quarantine off-campus, then on day 15, you will be able to come to campus because you will be able to get a green pass that day.
Testing on Campus
Our testing partner, Enzo Clinical Labs, will provide Covid-19 tests to resident students on the day of their move into residence halls, or the day after they move into residence halls. Testing will be held in a tent next to Smith Auditorium or inside Smith Auditorium if there are weather issues.
Testing will be conducted using a SARS-CoV-2 nasal swab test. Student health insurance information will be collected and billed for this testing. Residential students will be required to test on campus, even if a student submits a recommended prearrival negative COVID test result in the two weeks prior to return.
The following days and times are also open to all employees and commuter students for COVID-19 testing:
Friday, August 21: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 24: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 31: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 3: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, September 4: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Commuter students and employees must first register with EnzoDirect. Please note the link was developed for students, so employees should enter their employee ID — the 9-digit number starting with 000 — instead of the student ID in the first field. If you are unable to register with EnzoDirect, but still wish to have testing done on campus, we will do our best to process your information on site. As this testing may be during work hours, employees should inform their supervisors.
Please remember to bring a photo ID and health insurance information to be tested.
Positive COVID-19 CasesIn the event of a positive COVID-19 case, the following protocols will be implemented.
- Anyone who tests positive on a screening or who experiences symptoms will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days and will need to be cleared from isolation by the Department of Health (DOH) and/or Health Services.
- Anyone on campus requiring a transfer of care will be sent to our health care partner for evaluation and treatment. EMS will be notified of the particulars of the situation to prepare for safe transport.
- All places where any positive students or employees have spent significant amounts of time will undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection.
- If the Manhattan College community reaches an outbreak level of positive cases, set by DOH standards, an E2 campus alert will go out to the community to PAUSE all on-campus activities, including in-person classes, library activities, lab research, etc., for 3-5 days until all contact tracing and quarantine directives are in place.
- In the event that an employee tests positive for COVID-19, their supervisor and HR should be notified, and the policy for sick leave and work accommodations will apply. All sick employees must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from their first symptoms and must be without fever for 24 hours. The Manhattan College Employee Assistance Program offers emotional and counseling support services.
- Once on campus, those who exhibit symptoms should contact Health Services for a “telehealth” visit that will direct them to a testing partner. Students who test positive on a surveillance screen — and those with symptoms — are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
- Students who test positive and isolate on campus will receive Health and Counseling telehealth visits daily.
- Resident students will be directed to isolate at home if living within two hours of campus. Students who are unable to return home will be directed to isolate in a Manhattan College isolation room set aside by Residential Life.
- Commuter students with a positive test will be directed to isolate at home.
- Health Services will notify academic advisors and faculty through Jaspersconnect when a student is unable to attend classes in person or remotely.
- All cases will be assigned to a contract tracer to identify any Manhattan College contacts who need to begin the process of quarantine and self-monitoring. These contacts will be quarantined for 14 days.
For those with health conditions, remote learning is the primary accommodation. If students are taking a course that requires face-to-face instruction, they should be in contact with their academic adviser or the chair of their department to discuss whether they will be able to complete the course in fall 2020 remotely or if they need to defer the courses to a future semester (for example, a practicum or internship, CPR, etc.)
Students interested in requesting a COVID-19-related medical accommodation should submit their request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The request should provide all the relevant information on appropriate letterhead from a medical professional. Accommodations will be given on a case-by-case basis as the health and safety of the entire Manhattan College community will be taken into consideration.
The College is developing a number of partnerships with area healthcare providers including Columbia Allen Pavilion, CityMD, Riverdale Family Practice and local pharmacies.
Health Services and Counseling Services are partners in caring for our students and provide referrals to students for services as needed. At this time, additional staffing will be added to meet the expanded healthcare needs of the College community, as follows.
- The One Manhattan: Campus Health and Safety office will work with campus offices to organize contact tracing, training employees on policy, direct communication between departments and monitor supply chains.
- The contact tracing team has been training all summer and will be working collaboratively with the NYC Test and Trace program.
- Additional health care professionals will join Health Services to provide telehealth visits to students who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as ongoing healthcare to well and sick students. They will also assist Human Resources with COVID-19-related mandates and maintaining employee testing records.