GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates

COVID-19

GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates

All GCNYC classes and events will continue to be conducted remotely for the remainder of Trimester C 20/21 to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff, and faculty.

We look forward to offering the option for on-campus learning again this fall in Trimester A 21/22. We will continue to offer the option to attend classes remotely as well.

The circumstances we find ourselves in remain trying, but we have been inspired by the activity of our whole community in the virtual home we have created since March. We can continue to look forward to being together on Zoom during classes and at our many virtual events including our Thesis Town Hall and Commencement in July.

Our staff and faculty continue to be ready to support students during this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to Kerri Quinn, Michael Cohen, an instructor, or your academic advisor should you have any questions, concerns, or special needs. Kerri Quinn can be reached at kerri.quinn@gcu.ac.uk. Michael Cohen can be reached at michael.cohen@gcu.ac.uk.

Please be sure to review the important Covid-19 safety guidelines and information below.

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GCNYC Proof of Vaccination Policy

As we make a transition back to on-campus working and learning, the health and safety of our GCNYC and New York City community remains the College’s top priority. At this time GCNYC is requiring all employees, as well as students who will participate in classes on campus, to be vaccinated (with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine) before returning to campus. Students and employees are required to submit proof of their Covid-19 vaccination status after receiving their final dose.

We urge all students and employees to get vaccinated as soon as they can. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded by Friday, July 23rd. Details on how to upload are below.

Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees should continue to monitor their health and anyone with close contact exposure, Covid-19 symptoms or who has received a positive Covid-19 test should remain home and advise the College as soon as possible at covidresponse@gcnyc.com so that we can continue to make well-informed public health decisions about in-person activity on campus.

GCNYC will review this policy each trimester and will continue to monitor CDC and NYS guidelines. GCNYC reserves the right to change these policies at any time.


How to Upload Your Vaccine Card

Click here to upload a photo of your vaccination card. Please be sure to have received your final dose of the vaccine before uploading your card.

Please upload your card as soon as possible. You must receive a confirmation email from covidresponse@gcnyc.com before returning to campus, this may take 1-2 business days to process.

If You Lost Your Vaccine Card

Contact the site where you received your vaccine or your state’s health department.

Will I be able to register for classes before I am vaccinated?

Yes, you will be able to register for classes prior to vaccination.

What If I am Not Getting Vaccinated?

Those who are not getting vaccinated will not be able to participate in classes on campus during Trimester A 21/22. They will be able to participate in classes remotely. See more information on this below.

Mode of Attendance Options: Remote and/or On-Campus

Starting this fall in Trimester A 21/22, students will be able to attend classes in-person or remotely. When registering for classes, students will be able to select their preferred mode of attendance for the trimester. In-person seats will be limited on a first-come first-served basis to ensure that students can be socially distant in the classroom. Certain courses will remain completely remote. All classes will continue to be synchronous and held in the evening.

New equipment being installed over the summer will allow for faculty to simultaneously instruct classes in-person and on Zoom. Remote students will be able to participate in live classes via cameras and microphones in the classroom.

How is GCNYC Maintaining the Security of my Vaccination Information?

GCNYC will store your information on a secure site. Your information will only be accessible by select College officials and only used for the purpose of preventing and responding to the presence of Covid-19 on campus. Individual vaccination cards will only be stored for 1 year.

On-Campus Safety Precautions

The GCNYC campus will have air filters installed in our HVAC system this August. We will be sharing further precautions and safety guidelines regarding masks, social distancing and more in the coming weeks.

Questions 

Contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com.

This policy is pending final approval by the GCNYC President’s Executive Board.

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Additional Covid-19 Health Guidance

The health and safety of the GCNYC community remains our top priority. The below guidance is for students, faculty and staff during this current period of remote learning, instruction and working. Further guidance and policies for our future return to campus will be provided and communicated in a timely manner.

Students:

-If you have COVID-19 related symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 please inform your instructors and the College at covidreporting@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether or not you are well enough to continue attending classes virtually and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

-If you are unable to attend classes virtually due to COVID-19 related illness or due to caring for an ill family member with COVID-19, students will be accommodated on a case by case basis. Please notify your instructors and the College at covidreporting@gcnyc.com as soon as possible.

-If a student misses more than 4 consecutive classes due to COVID-19 related illness or due to caring for an ill family member they must withdraw from the course and may re-take it in a future trimester. If a student in this scenario has completed tuition payments for the trimester, their fee will be waived for re-taking the course in a future trimester.

Faculty:

-If you have COVID-19 related symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify the College at covidreporting@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether or not you are well enough to continue virtual instruction and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

-If you are unable to instruct classes virtually due to COVID-19 related illness or due to caring for an ill family member with COVID-19, please notify the College at covidreporting@gcnyc.com and your students, including plans for arranging a make-up class as soon as possible.

-In instances of where an extended period of absence is required, the College will make accommodations on a case by case basis. Faculty may be asked to arrange a substitute instructor upon the approval of the Vice President & Provost.

Staff:

-If you have COVID-19 related symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify the Vice President & Provost as soon as possible. Please include whether or not you are well enough to continue working remotely and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

-If you are unable to work remotely due to COVID-19 related illness or due to caring for an ill family member with COVID-19, the College is providing staff with an additional 14 paid sick days in addition to their existing PTO days. Use of these 14 sick days will require the submission of a doctor’s note to the Vice President & Provost.

-Regular communication should be maintained between the individual and the Vice President & Provost with regards to progress.

GCNYC will continue to comply with local, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19. GCNYC reserves the right to enforce further guidelines and rules. GCNYC will continue to communicate COVID-19 related updates and any changes to these policies in a timely manner.

 

Note: GCNYC recognizes that COVID-19’s effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavirus, GCNYC is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced or witnessed harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@gcu.ac.uk.

 

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure:  Health information about a student, employee or their family member obtained solely for the purposes of absence arrangements, utilizing sick leave or government mandated reporting shall be treated as confidential and shall only be disclosed with necessary College staff. In the case of reporting or contact tracing, GCNYC will maintain the confidentiality of the individual and inform them before sharing any personally identifiable information.