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.
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Everyone who will be on campus this semester is required to participate in regular surveillance testing. The only exception is if you have tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous 90 days.
Students will take part in regular testing every 14 days.
If you are notified that your test on campus was inconclusive, please go to the next testing day on campus to repeat your test.
Students who do not submit a test will be assigned an orange pass and will need to fulfill the test requirements to be in compliance. If you have tested positive in the last 90 days and have uploaded that result here, you do not need to submit a return to campus test. Those students who have tested positive in the last 90 days do not have to be re-tested but must still complete a four-day precautionary quarantine.
Any new students arriving on campus for the first time must follow these testing and quarantine requirements.
EmployeesEmployees must submit proof of a PCR test taken within no more than 7 days prior to arrival on campus by uploading results to the COVID-19 test result reporting portal.
- Employees will be tested every 28 days during the spring 2021 semester.
- 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.
You do not need to schedule a testing appointment on campus. Please check the note section of the testing calendar to see if registration is required prior to arriving at the testing site. Please bring your insurance card or a photo of your insurance card to the testing site.
Billing and Insurance
If you receive a bill in the mail for any testing service provided on campus or off campus to meet our campus testing requirement, please upload the bill and the explanation of benefits (EOB) from your insurance company here. If you are not the primary insured, please include your name and contact information.
You must complete the daily symptom tracker via the MC Glance app each day you will be on campus. You can also access the daily symptom tracker on Inside Manhattan in the Quick Links section. There will be individuals stationed at various campus locations checking your symptom tracker before you can enter certain campus spaces. Employee supervisors and faculty have access to review compliance with the daily symptom tracker.
Students and employees can now review their COVID compliance status, available in the Glance MC app.
Daily On-Campus Pass
Green: After completing the daily symptom tracker, students and employees will receive a green pass to be on campus for the day.
Red: Students and employees that receive a red pass, after completing the daily symptom tracker , should not be on campus that day and should return to their residence. Red passes may be generated from a variety of COVID-19 risk circumstances, including specific answers to symptoms, close contact with a positive individual, or travel. All red passes will be evaluated by Health Services.
Orange : An orange pass indicates that an individual is not in compliance with the College's testing policies for campus access. Orange passes will be assigned to students and employees before the start of the semester and will be cleared by submitting a COVID-19 test. If you are attending class in-person or accessing the campus for any reason, you are required to submit a test prior to your return to campus. If you are 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. To clear an orange pass from your account, students and employees can submit a test result to the Manhattan College portal.
Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic
We will have a vaccine clinic on Thursday, May 20 in Smith Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who received a first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on April 22 is automatically registered to receive the second dose.
Anyone can enter the clinic who has received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine and is eligible for a second dose, no matter where you received your first dose. No pre-registration is needed.
Single doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will also be available to those who have not been vaccinated. Those wishing to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must register here so our pharmacy partner knows how many doses to bring.
For Those Who Have Been Vaccinated
If you have been fully vaccinated, please upload verification of your vaccination here. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or at least two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).
Based on a combination of federal, state and city recommendations, and our on-campus data analysis, we are implementing the following:
Students: Surveillance testing is still required for all students. Close-contact quarantine is not required if you are asymptomatic and your uploaded vaccination information has been approved by Health Services. There is a little more than a month left in the semester, and we want to make sure we finish it without interruption. We also want to make sure that we are keeping you all safe and healthy. Regular surveillance testing is a critical component in making sure that happens.
Faculty, Staff, and Administrators: If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, surveillance testing will not be required for the remainder of the semester. Your next surveillance test date will be adjusted accordingly. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please obtain a test as soon as possible off campus. Close-contact quarantine is not required if you are asymptomatic and your uploaded vaccination information has been approved by Health Services.
These protocols are subject to change as we get more information from public health officials and register documented changes in our campus positivity rate. In addition, everyone is still required to maintain social distancing, wear masks and accurately complete the daily symptom tracker. A formal vaccination policy for the summer and fall 2021 semester will be forthcoming.
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.
For the remainder of the spring semester, we are continuing to require everyone to wear a mask or face covering at all times on campus.
Approved face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth masks (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut), surgical masks, and N-95 respirators. The College has updated its guidance to prohibit the use of neck gaiters or bandanas as face coverings on campus. 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 are available for students and employees upon request. (Office of Commuter Services, Residence Life, supervisor/office Manager)
- Newly returning students will be provided with a welcome bag containing a washable cloth face covering, thermometer, and hand sanitizer.
- Employees and students may wear 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 mask from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office, and whenever leaving their workspace to move around common areas (e.g., hallways, stairwells, restrooms, etc.). Employees are required to wear face masks 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 mask. Faculty must wear a face mask while teaching.
Student Use of PPE
Students must wear a face 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.
- 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.
- Student athletes, due to health concerns, may be required to remove masks while competing, training or strength conditioning. They must maintain social distance when not wearing masks and replace their masks after competition and training sessions end.
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 identified as testing positive for the virus. Health Services and Contact Tracing will continue to work together to report COVID-19 cases and identify close contacts. This process will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
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 or 48 hours from when they tested positive for COVID-19.
- 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 any 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.
New York State lifted all domestic travel restrictions starting April 1. This means that anyone who travels outside New York, within the U.S., is not required to quarantine after returning to campus. All international travelers are required to quarantine after arrival in the United States.
The College will continue to provide resident students with designated rooms for travel and close contact quarantine. The college will follow guidance from the Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to direct this process.
If you are quarantining off-campus you must receive a test from an off-campus testing site, with the exception of the hotel sponsored residential student stay. To find an off-campus testing site please visit a New York State test site, New York City Health & Hospitals site, or a local provider near your home.
If you have to quarantine due to being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and you are symptom free, you now have the option to test out of quarantine at the 10-day mark with a negative test. Our Contact Tracing team will provide specific details to each student and/or employee who has to quarantine. This guideline is consistent with the New York State's 10-day quarantine requirement for close contact.
Concierge assistants are now available to assist with students’ non-medical needs in quarantine, including meal delivery, package delivery and other reasonable requests that may occur.
Starting Sunday, March 21, students quarantining on campus may contact the Concierge team from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 718-862-6530.
If you have any questions or are unsure of your quarantine end date, please email email@example.com. Please continue to fill out your daily symptom tracker.
Positive COVID-19 Cases
In 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 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.
- In February 2021, New York State provided updated guidance that colleges and universities must transition to remote learning with limited on-campus activity when their positivity rate exceeds 5 percent during a rolling 14-day period, when they are testing at least 25 percent of total on-campus students, faculty and staff weekly. If that happens at Manhattan College, we will immediately alert all students, employees and parents.
- In the event that an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or develops illness, a red pass is assigned. All employees with illness must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and must be without fever for 24 hours. Health Services will clear the red pass for employees to return to campus. Their supervisor will be notified, and sick leave policy and work accommodations will apply. The Manhattan College Employee Assistance Program is available to offer emotional and counseling support services.
- In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19 or develops illness, a red pass is assigned. Students that exhibit symptoms should contact Health Services for a telehealth visit for evaluation and directions for covid testing. Students who test positive for COVID-19 on a surveillance test and those with symptoms are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
- Students who test positive and isolate on campus will be followed by Health Services and referred to Counseling Services. 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 assigned by Residential Life.
- Commuter students with a positive test will be directed to isolate at home.
- Health Services and Contact Tracing will notify academic advisors and faculty through JasperConnect when a student is unable to attend classes in person or remotely.
- Faculty will receive notification 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 faculty of any changes in status as they normally would.
- All positive cases will be referred to the Contact Tracing office to identify any Manhattan College contacts to begin the process of quarantine and self-monitoring. These close contacts can test out of quarantine after 10 days if they are symptom free.
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 spring 2021 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 has developed a number of partnerships with regional healthcare and testing providers including Columbia Allen Pavilion, CityMD, Riverdale Family Practice, Enzo Clinical Labs, Broad Institute and local pharmacies.
Health Services and Counseling Services are partners in caring for our students and provide referrals to students for services as needed.