GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates

COVID-19

GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates

GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates 

 

Starting in September for Trimester A 21/22, GCNYC will resume in-person learning and continue to offer a remote learning option with the College’s new hyflex capabilities. 

While we are excited to return to campus, the health and safety of our GCNYC and New York City community remain the College’s top priority. 

Please refer to this page for the College’s latest Covid-19 safety information and policies. The College will continue to monitor CDC and NYS guidelines and mandates and provide updates to the GCNYC Community in a timely manner. 

The information and policies on this page are subject to change. GCNYC reserves the right to change these policies at any time.  

For any questions or to report non-compliance with College policies contact: covidresponse@gcnyc.com 

Thank you for doing your part in keeping the GCNYC Community safe and healthy this Fall! 


If You Are Not Feeling Well and Are Experiencing Any of The Covid-19 Related Symptoms (as listed below) or If You Live with Someone Who Is Experiencing These Covid-19 Related Symptoms: 

 

ONE of these symptoms unrelated to a pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies): 

-New cough 

-Shortness of breath 

-Difficulty breathing 

-New loss of taste or smell 

 

Or TWO of the following symptoms: 

-Fever (100.4 degrees or greater) 

-Chills 

-Muscle aches 

-Headache 

-Sore throat 

-Fatigue 

-Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours) 

-Nausea or vomiting (2x in 24 hours) 

-Congestion or runny nose 

 

Please DO NOT come to campus.  

-Self report on the Clear To Go App using the “I’m Feeling Sick” button. 

-In order to return you must receive a Covid-19 PCR test and provide proof of a negative test result. Please note that results from rapid tests will not be accepted. Please upload your test results via the Clear To Go app using the “Submit Test Results” button. Contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com for questions. 

 

If this will require you to miss class or work: 

Students: Inform your instructors and the College at covidresponse@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to attend classes virtually and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.  

 

Faculty: Notify the College at covidresponse@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to continue or switch to remote instruction and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.  

 

Staff: Notify your supervisor and/or the Vice President & Provost as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to work remotely and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.  

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 If You Have Been Exposed to Someone with Covid-19 or Have Tested Positive for COVID-19: 

Please DO NOT come to campus and begin a 2-week at-home quarantine. Follow the additional guidance listed below. 

 -In order to return to campus, you must receive a Covid-19 PCR test and provide proof of a negative test result. Please note that results from rapid tests will not be accepted. Please upload your test results via the Clear To Go app using the “Submit Test Results” button. Contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com for questions. 

Students: Inform your instructors and the College at covidresponse@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to attend classes virtually and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.  

-If you are unable to attend classes remotely 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 covidresponse@gcnyc.com 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: Notify the College at covidresponse@gcnyc.com as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to continue instruction remotely and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.  

-If you are unable to instruct classes remotely due to COVID-19 related illness or due to caring for an ill family member with COVID-19, please notify the College at covidresponse@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: Notify your supervisor and/or the Vice President & Provost as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to work 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 their supervisor and/or the Vice President & Provost with regards to progress. 

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 International and Domestic TravelTraveling increases your risk of getting and spreading Covid-19. GCNYC discourages unnecessary travel and encourages individuals who believe they may have been exposed to Covid-19 while traveling to receive a PCR test prior to returning to campus. 

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Clear To Go Health ScreeningGCNYC has implemented a Covid-19 health screening system called Clear To Go. Students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete the screening via an app on your phone prior to entering campus each day. This will help us to ensure that everyone who enters the building has submitted proof of vaccination and allow us to easily contact trace if needed. 

 

How it works: 

-On the days that you’re scheduled to come to campus for work or classes, you will receive a reminder (via the app) asking you to complete the screening. Complete the screening before leaving for campus each day. 

-The questions are quick, easy and should take no more than 30 seconds to complete! 

-As you enter campus you will open the app on your phone, click “Badge” and scan it on an iPad at the security desk. 

-Your “Badge” will also indicate if you have submitted your Proof of Vaccination form to the College. 

 

Please check your email for further instructions or contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com for assistance. 

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Asymptomatic Surveillance TestingGCNYC is requiring that all students, staff, and faculty participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing for Covid-19. Individuals must receive a Covid-19 PCR test and submit their results by the following dates. 

-September 19th, 2021 

-October 17th, 2021 

-November 21st, 2021 

 

The College will announce a decision on testing post-Thanksgiving break in the coming weeks. 

How to Submit Test Results: Open the Clear to Go app on your phone. Click on the blue “Submit Test Results” button and complete the form. Once your results are submitted, they will take 1-2 days to be approved. You will receive a push notification letting you know if the results are approved or rejected for your return to campus. Contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com for questions and assistance.  

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How to Find a Covid Testing Site Near You: 

In New York: Click here to visit the NYS Covid-19 Test Site Finder 

For other areas: Contact your healthcare provider or visit your state, tribal, local and territorial Health Department Website, click here to access the CDC’s Health Department Directories.  

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Confidentiality and Non-DisclosureHealth 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. ______________________________________________________________________________ 

Additional On-Campus Safety Measures: 

In addition to the below guidance, GCNYC has taken the following safety measures on-campus: 

-Installed new filters in our HVAC system which will be regularly replaced 

-Installed touchless hand sanitizer and soap dispensers throughout campus 

-Posted signage to remind individuals to wear their masks and practice habits that help to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

-Free face masks have been made available at the Security Desk and Front Desk. 

 

Temporary Mask MandateAll members of the GCNYC Community are required to wear face coverings at all times when on campus. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.  

Individuals may only remove face coverings in the following circumstances: 

-When they are alone in single occupancy spaces 

-When they are eating at least 6 feet apart from others in designated areas 

 

Eating and Drinking on Campus: 

GCNYC has designated areas on campus where individuals may temporarily remove their masks to eat and drink. Please maintain a safe physical distance from others while eating or drinking. 

There are 2 areas on the main level and 4 areas on the lower level including inside Classroom 3. 

 

Physical Distancing: 

Maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people is not required in settings where everyone is vaccinated and wearing a mask over their mouth and nose. Individuals should, however, avoid crowding where possible. 

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Enforcement: 

Non-compliance with the College’s Covid-19 health and safety policies has been added as an offense in the Code of Student Conduct policy within the GCNYC College Catalog. Individuals can report non-compliance or safety concerns to covidresponse@gcnyc.com 

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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 students and 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? 

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

 

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. 

 

Questions 

Contact covidresponse@gcnyc.com 

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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. 

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 Temporary Staff Schedule Information 

GCNYC staff is temporarily on a rotating schedule in which members of the team are each on campus 2-3 per week. At least one member of staff will always be on campus from 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday. Staff will not be present on campus on Friday’s. For your reference, a schedule of these days is available on GCULearn. 

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 GCNYC Support Resources 

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 atmichael.cohen@gcu.ac.uk. 

 

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.