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Keeping St. John's Healthy

We're Ready!

We are thrilled to be open for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year. We continue to work closely with health authorities to manage the University response to the pandemic. We look forward to a more robust return to in-person instruction in regards to classroom density, and events and activities across the campus.

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Spring 2022 Updates

As we prepare to return to campus for the spring semester, we continue to implement ways to protect your health and that of our community. During the last month, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases from the rapidly spreading Omicron variant across our region and the country. Unfortunately, NYC is reporting a 32% positivity rate.

Personal Wellness:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to campus. Please complete the COVID-19 Notification Form and consult with a healthcare provider.

Booster Requirement:

All students and employees are required to get a booster before January 19, 2022, or as soon as they are eligible. Getting your vaccine booster is the best protection against the Omicron variant.

  • Per the CDC, everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot. We are requiring all students and employees to get their booster shot (6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine).
  • NYC Vaccine Finder provides resources to schedule vaccine and booster appointments and locate walk-in clinics. For those outside of NYC, please visit for information on locating a COVID-19 booster dose.
  • Employees are entitled to up to four hours of paid leave to receive booster shots.
  • When you have received your COVID-19 booster dose, please upload proof into Medicat (view instructions).

Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines

New York State recently updated its guidance on isolation and quarantine to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised protocols. St. John’s has adopted much of the New York State’s updated guidance, which you may view at Isolation/Quarantine Protocols, in advance of the Spring 2022 semester.

It is important to understand the difference between isolation and quarantine:

  • Isolation is for individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 even if they don't have symptoms. You isolate in order to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Quarantine is for someone who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus but has not tested positive for COVID-19 and does not have symptoms. Quarantine is important because even before a person has tested positive for COVID-19 or has any symptoms, they can spread the virus without knowing.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please complete the COVID-19 Notification Form. You will be contacted by the University’s COVID Support Team who will provide your support and directions on the steps to return to campus

What Else Should You Do to Protect Yourself and Others:

  • Wear a mask while indoors, avoid large unmasked gatherings, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Given the exceptional transmissibility of Omicron, health experts are recommending upgrading the quality of your mask to medical-grade models. If you are using a cloth mask, consider double masking with a multi-ply disposable surgical mask under the cloth mask for a tighter fit. It is important that a seal is created around the mouth and nose.
  • For employees working in an open setting, masks must be worn at all times throughout the day. 
  • If you develop any symptoms, stay home. Call your healthcare provider to arrange for a COVID-19 test.
  • If you are exposed to a person with COVID-19, you are required to wear a mask at all times when around others, and you need to be tested 5 days after the exposure. If you live with a person who tested positive and are unable to isolate yourself from them (i.e. taking care of a small child) then you must remain in isolation with the individual you are taking care of.

Having our employees and students fully vaccinated with the booster will enable us to more safely engage in campus events, programs, and activities. We appreciate your cooperation in making these changes.


We will continue to assess our COVID-19 protocols throughout the semester, in collaboration with local health authorities from the New York City and New York State Departments of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will adjust as needed throughout the semester.

Please note: NYS no longer specifies or mandates a case count threshold for determining whether or not a higher education institution should enact online learning.

Updated 1/18/2022

Positive total, 1/11 – 1/18

Students: 76

Queens: 71
Staten Island: 4
Manhattan: 1

Employees: 16

Staten Island: 0
Queens: 16

Updated 1/18/2022 @ 6 p.m.


All St. John’s non-degree, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend in person classes and other campus activities this fall.  In addition, all employees be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021.

Employees who believe that they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement must apply to the Office of Human Resources’ Employee Benefits Department no later than September 3, 2021.

  • Anyone who has been granted medical or religious exemptions, or anyone in process of completing full vaccination, will be required to complete daily symptom monitoring, report for regular testing, wear masks on University-managed properties, and comply with other protocols applicable to those who have not been vaccinated.
  • Under New York City law, Unvaccinated students arriving to St. John’s from international destinations need to take additional steps that include a 7-day arrival quarantine.
  • All unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear an appropriate face covering while on campus—both indoors and outdoors.  
    • Acceptable face coverings include cloth masks that contain at least 2 layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric that (1) provides an acceptable level of protection and (2) blocks light when held up to a light source and surgical or medical procedure masks that contain multiple layers of non-woven material. Bandanas and single-layer gaiters according to the research do not provide effective layers of coverage and should not be worn. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth at all time.
  • Under New York City law, unvaccinated individuals are prohibited from using the fitness center, Taffner Field House, and other athletic facilities. Under same executive order, individuals must be fully vaccinated to use dine-in venues, which include Montgoris Dining Hall and the Faculty Club. Take-out options will be available for unvaccinated individuals or those in process of achieving full vaccination status.
  • Participation in or attending performances of any on-campus theater event requires full vaccination status

Effective Thursday, August 26, 2021, the University will require all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks inside campus buildings.

Faculty, administrators, and staff working alone in their own offices are not required to wear masks. Fully vaccinated persons may choose to not wear masks outdoors. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals will be required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.

Acceptable face coverings include cloth masks that contain at least 2 layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric that (1) provides an acceptable level of protection and (2) blocks light when held up to a light source and surgical or medical procedure masks that contain multiple layers of non-woven material. Bandanas and single-layer gaiters according to the research do not provide effective layers of coverage and should not be worn. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth at all time.

Please note that for employees working in an open setting, masks must be worn at all times throughout the day. 

Masking Compliance Concerns

We are grateful to the vast majority of the St. John’s campus community, who are following our mask mandate. However, if you notice someone not wearing a mask, please complete the Compliance with Public Health Guidelines form so that we can follow up. If you are a faculty member and a student in your class will not wear a mask, we encourage you to do the following:  

  • Ask the student to leave the class. If they will not, we understand that you may need to continue with your lesson as planned.
  • Complete the Compliance with Public Health Guidelines form. Student Affairs will follow up with the student.

During the spring 2022 semester, the University will conduct both entry testing and community surveillance testing for COVID-19. If you need assistance with on-campus COVID-19 testing services, please contact [email protected].

  • Students and employees will be selected for community surveillance testing throughout the semester. When a person is selected to participate in community testing, they will be notified via the St. John's Connect app and their St. John’s email.
  • Those who have been granted an exemption to the University’s vaccination requirement are required to provide weekly COVID-19 test results on their own. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a temporary denial of access to campus until testing compliance has been re-established and/or a revocation of the granted exemption

About the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year

There is a mandatory 7-day quarantine for unvaccinated international travelers. To present proof of vaccination, please bring the documentation listed below to the Office of International Education in Marillac Hall, Room 210, beginning on Monday August 16. The Office of International Education is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • A plane ticket, boarding pass, or passport showing entry stamp indicating arrival to the United States at least 7 days prior to your first time on campus.
  • Results of a negative COVID-19 test taken after you complete the quarantine, which will be at least 7 days after your arrival to the United States.

Remember that you must wear a mask and socially distance until you are fully vaccinated, including between doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and for two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

As a reminder, if you are a new student required to attend orientation, you must begin quarantine by August 16 in order to complete the 7-day quarantine in time to attend orientation, which begins on August 24.

If you are a returning student, you must complete all of these requirements by the first day of classes on September 1. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Education at [email protected] or +1 718-990-6845.

If you are feeling sick, do not come to campus. If you are a resident student, DO NOT leave your room. During regular office hours (Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to - 3 p.m.) please reach out to Student Health Services (718-990-6360). When Student Health Services is closed, please call Public Safety at 718-990-5252. DO NOT come to the Health Center unless directed to by Student Health Services.

Currently, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to complete the daily Campus Pass on the St. John’s app. All unvaccinated individuals are required to complete the Campus Pass on the St. John’s app daily. Regardless of your vaccination status if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are required to complete Campus Pass. DO NOT come to campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, please report your exposure to the University at The COVID Care Team will then contact you to provide guidance. If you test positive for COVID-19, please report your diagnosis to the University at The COVID Care Team will then contact you to provide support and assistance

All student-run events will be open to St. John’s students only. Outside guests will not be accommodated. There will be no visitors accommodated in residence halls—including other St. John's students,

For academic gatherings, there are no capacity thresholds. So long as social and extracurricular activities are held outdoors, there are no capacity thresholds. Events with food should be held outdoors; when this is not possible, no more than 4people should be seated at each table to allow for social distancing. Please note these are guidelines based on current public health protocols, and subject to change.

Main Command Center 718-990-5252

Queens Campus - Emergency Number Ext. 5252

Public Safety
ROTC Building/McDonald Center
Goethals Avenue by Gate 6
Directions and Map
Dean of Student Life
University Center
Director of Residence Life
Donovan Hall, Room C-16

Staten Island Campus - Emergency Number Ext. 4487(8)

Public Safety
Spellman Hall, Room 116
Office Number: 718-390-4487(8)
Directions and Map
Dean of Student Life
Campus Center, Room B-11
Residence Life

Manhattan Campus

Public Safety
Front Desk

Long Island Graduate Center - Hauppauge

Public Safety Desk

International Campuses

Rome Public Safety
Toll Free in Italy: 800 971736
US Tel: 212-815-9216 Ext. 2


Health Service Office Hours

Queens Campus
Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Staten Island Campus
Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

IT Service Desk

IT colleagues are available to speak with you directly Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional support can also be scheduled with our Remote Support thought the Service Desk on the IT Website

Student Call Center


Student Accounts

[email protected]

Student Health Services


Counseling Services


Disability Services


Sexual Violence Outreach, Awareness, and Response (SOAR) Campus Advisor


Office of Student Employment

718-990-2331 or 718-990-2497

Career Services

Queens: 718-990-6375

Staten Island: 718-390-4438

Employee Benefits Department