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Health and Safety

The offices of Health Services, One Manhattan, and various departments throughout the College are working closely with city and state agencies to safeguard the health and safety of the entire Manhattan community. Specific details are outlined below.

These protocols are subject to change, based on local, state and federal recommendations.

COVID-19 VaccineOn Campus Testing Schedule | symptom tracker & on campus pass | MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING & PPE GUIDELINES | RESIDENCE HALLS

COVID-19 Vaccination

Manhattan College requires all new and returning students, faculty, administrators and staff (including employees of vendors) to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of immunization. New students and employees must become compliant with the vaccine requirement prior to their first day on campus. 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page.

Visiting campus? Find the information you need on this page

NYC Regulations: Vaccinations required for dining and other indoor locations 

Pursuant to New York City guidelines, a vaccination for COVID-19 is required for indoor entertainment, recreation, dining and fitness settings. 

Please visit this page for more information on how Manhattan College is complying with New York City guidelines.


Fully vaccinated community members, if asymptomatic, are not required to participate in surveillance testing but can test on campus if desired. Community members with an approved exemption are required to test every 7 days. 

PCR Tests Required for All in January 2022

Resident students: All resident students, regardless of vaccination status, returning to the residence halls in January will be required to submit a COVID-19 PCR test within seven days prior to moving into the residence halls.

Resident students who have uploaded a negative PCR test result here, should plan to move into their residence halls on their assigned date from Sunday, January 16 to Tuesday, January 18, as initially planned. If you do not fulfill these requirements, you will receive an orange pass.

If you have an orange pass, testing will be available in Smith from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 18. Students who have not uploaded a test result should report directly to Smith before checking in to their residence hall for a rapid (antigen) test and a PCR test. PCR test results from those days will be sent to students the following morning. Students MUST upload these test results to clear their orange passes.

Commuter students: Regardless of vaccination status, commuter students will be required to submit a COVID-19 PCR test within seven days before the start of spring semester, January 19. Submit your test result here.

Employees: All fully vaccinated faculty, administrators and staff, will be required to submit a COVID-19 PCR test between January 3 and January 14. Submit your test result here.

  • All faculty, administrators and staff who have a vaccine exemption were required to resume regular weekly testing, beginning on January 3.

NOTE: Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days AND have uploaded these test results to the portal should not receive an orange pass and will not be required to take a PCR test until the 91st day after a positive test result.

On Campus Testing Schedule 

For more information regarding on-campus testing partners, testing start and end times, and items to bring with you to the test site, please view the schedule below and the notes under each event. If you are receiving a PCR test off campus, please upload your test result to the COVID-19 Test Result Reporting Portal as soon as you receive it.

Symptom Tracker and On-Campus Pass

All community members (vaccinated and those with approved exceptions) are required to fill out the Daily Symptom Tracker to access campus. 

If any community member, regardless of vaccination status, is experiencing symptoms, they must report those symptoms on the Daily Symptom Tracker and COVID-19 testing will be required. There will be individuals stationed at various on-campus locations checking your pass color and date.

Compliance Status

All students, faculty, administrators and staff can access their vaccination status and view detailed explanations as to what needs to be completed in order to be in compliance by viewing their MyCOVIDStatus page.

Daily On-Campus Pass  

Please note, pass colors for the Spring 2022 semester will hold slightly different meanings:

Green: After completing the daily symptom tracker, students and employees will receive a green pass to be on campus for the day. A green pass indicates you are permitted on campus, have fulfilled the vaccination requirement and are in compliance with weekly surveillance testing for those with approved exemptions.

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. A red pass indicates you are not permitted on campus as you selected an item on the Daily Symptom Tracker that warrants a follow up from the One Manhattan team.

OrangeAn orange pass indicates you are not in compliance with weekly surveillance testing for those with approved exemptions, and you will need to correct your status to remain on campus or access campus services. 

Masks, Social Distancing and PPE Guidelines

Indoors: Everyone is required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in a private room. For example, individuals must wear masks in:

  • shared office spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms, breakrooms, and copy rooms
  • classrooms, seminar rooms, and lecture halls
  • other spaces with more than one occupant
  • hallways, restrooms, stairs, and elevators

Outdoors: Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask. Individuals who hold an approved exemption, or not yet fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask outdoors. 

Other: Individuals may also choose to wear a mask in settings where masks are not required. Masks must be worn at all times inside College vehicles.

Exceptions: Exceptions to the mask requirements may be permitted, including: 

  • Athletes engaging in sports activities (Athletes are required to wear masks in locker rooms, meetings, during team travel, and while on the sidelines of games.)
  • Individuals permitted in the Kelly Commons Fitness Center 
  • Vocal performs in front of a live audience
  • Presenters speaking in front of a live audience
  • Residents on the floor of their residence hall (Residents will be required to wear masks in the lobby, elevator, and stairwells of their residence halls.)

Exceptions do not apply to individuals who hold an approved exemption. 

We strongly encourage the use of medical-grade masks (e.g., surgical, KN95, or N95) and snug-fitting multi-ply masks, as early data show they reduce transmissibility of the virus more so than cloth masks.

Residence Halls


All resident students are required to wear a mask when indoors on campus. A resident may remove their mask when inside their residence hall room. Only fully vaccinated residents may remove their mask on the floor of their residence hall. All residents are required to wear masks in the lobby, elevator, and stairwells of their residence halls.


While the College is in the remote instruction period, day guests and overnight guests will not be permitted. 

When in-person classes resume, resident students may have visitors as per housing guidelines; however, they are only permitted to have Manhattan College enrolled students as visitors in the residence halls during the semester.


The College continues to follow guidelines from the New York City Department of Health on managing and controlling the spread of COVID-19. If you are placed in temporary quarantine or isolation (TQoI), our faculty and staff are here to help. Visit this page for academic tips while in TQoI.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms:
  • Please submit your test to the test portal.
  • Complete the Daily Symptom Tracker to notify Health Services
  • You will be required to isolate for 10 days; and you are not required to submit a PCR test for 90 days after testing positive.

We will continue to have a Contact Tracing team working with those individuals who have tested positive and identifying any close contacts.

If you begin to show symptoms, you should report them to Health Services on the Daily Symptom Tracker.

If you develop symptoms after being asymptomatic and testing positive, your isolation must start from the date your symptoms began. You must then follow the guidelines for someone who has tested positive and has symptoms below.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms:
  • Please submit your test to the test portal.
  • Complete the Daily Symptom Tracker to notify Health Services
  • You are required to isolate at least 10 days after the start of the symptoms.