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Keeping St. John's Healthy

We're Ready!

We are thrilled to be open for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year. In preparation for the fall semester, 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 with pre-pandemic classroom density, and events and activities across the campus.

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St. John’s is ready for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Whether you plan to join us on campus or take a full course load online, an academically enriching fall 2021 semester is just around the corner.

We encourage you to learn about how St. John’s University maintained a healthy learning environment this past year and how we are excited for great things later this year. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Fall 2021 Updates

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.

Updated 11/30/2021

Positive Cases

Students: 8
Employees: 1
Total: 9

As of 9:30 a.m. 11/30/21

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.

At the end of September, we will review the mask requirements and determine whether or not they can be eased depending upon conditions on campus and in our surrounding communities.

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 fall 2021 semester, the University will conduct random surveillance testing for COVID-19. This process will be similar to what was done during the last academic year.

  • Vaccinated students and employees will be randomly selected for surveillance testing throughout the semester. When you are selected, you will be informed through notifications via the University app, St. John's Connect, and your St. John’s email.
  • Anyone who has obtained a medical or religious exemption from vaccination will be required to participate in surveillance testing once a week. Failure to comply with weekly testing will result in temporary denial of access to campus until testing compliance has been re-established.

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 www.stjohns.edu/notify. 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 www.stjohns.edu/notify. The COVID Care Team will then contact you to provide support and assistance

All student-run events and residence hall visits will be open to St. John’s students. Outside guests will not be accommodated.

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.

Fall 2021 Communications

The University continues to closely monitor the public health and safety issues associated with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our community. As we prepare to welcome students back for the fall semester and a return to normal campus activities, in consultation with the Senior Management Group and the Return to Campus Task Force, the University is implementing certain policy changes for the safety of our campus community.

Vaccination Mandate

The University will mandate that all employees be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021. 

As you know, there has been a significant increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus delta variant across the country, including within New York State. Our campuses are located within counties that have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having high community transmission rates. Vaccines play an important role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus in furtherance of the public health of our community. According to the available scientific information, the vaccines authorized for use in the United States are safe and highly effective Vaccines for COVID-19 | CDC.

On July 19, 2021, the University announced that all employees (full-time and part-time) are expected to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall semester. Under this update to the policy, by Thursday, September 30, 2021, all employees are required to upload proof of full vaccination to COVID-19 to the St. John’s Health Portal (Medicat). The vaccines authorized for use in the United States are Pfizer-BioNTechModerna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Full vaccination status requires receiving two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or, one dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus a two-week period after the last vaccination.

Please use the St. John’s Health Portal (Medicat) to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All those vaccinated outside of New York State (NYS) will need to submit a copy of your vaccination card. Those vaccinated in NYS should be in the system – follow the instructions in the link to check. If your vaccination record is not in the Medicat Portal please submit a copy of your vaccination card.

Any employee who fails to upload their vaccination record by September 30th may be placed on an unpaid leave of absence, effective October 1, 2021, subject to applicable collective bargaining agreements. Thereafter, if an employee continues to fail to upload their vaccination record, they may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Employees are entitled to up to four (4) hours of paid leave per vaccination injection. 

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. Employees who receive an exemption and do not get vaccinated are subject to additional safety restrictions, including weekly COVID testing. In addition, under New York City law, unvaccinated individuals are prohibited from using campus dining facilities and the fitness center, Taffner Field House, and other athletic facilities.

As we go through this period of ensuring that all employees and students are fully vaccinated, we believe that it is important to also revise our guidelines relative to indoor masks on campus. 

Mask Mandate

Effective Thursday, August 26, 2021, we 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. 

During the fall 2021 semester, the University will conduct random surveillance testing for COVID-19 of vaccinated employees. This process will be similar to what was done during the last academic year. 

We recognize that some members of the St. John’s community may be disappointed by these policy changes. However, we must make decisions to protect the health and safety of our community. At the end of September, we will review the mask requirements and determine whether or not they can be eased depending upon conditions on campus and in our surrounding communities.

Having our employees and students fully vaccinated will enable us to safely engage in more robust campus events, programs, and activities. We appreciate your cooperation in making these changes. We look forward with great anticipation to the arrival of our students for the fall 2021 semester.

Dear Student,

As we look forward to the first day of classes on September 1, 2021, we wanted to share with you an update on campus public health protocols.

St. John’s is making efforts to ensure all students and employees are fully vaccinated, so we believe it is important to revise our indoor mask guidelines for our campus.

As you may be aware, a recent executive order implemented by New York City restricts unvaccinated individuals from certain venues and activities.

Vaccine Mandate

All St. John’s non-degree, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to attend in-person classes, visit campus, be employed as a student worker, and participate campus activities this fall. As you were previously notified, proof of vaccination was due by August 1, 2021.

If you have not done so, please upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All those vaccinated outside of New York State (NYS) will need to submit a copy of your vaccination card. Those vaccinated in NYS should be in the system – follow the instructions in the link to check. If your vaccination record is not in the Medicat Portal please submit a copy of your vaccination card.

  • Students who have been granted medical or religious exemptions will be required to complete daily symptom monitoring, report for regular testing, wear masks indoor and outdoors on University properties, and comply with other protocols applicable to those who have not been vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated students arriving to St. John’s from outside the United States must take additional steps, including a 7-day arrival quarantine. For more information, please review the email International Travel Update.
  • Resident or commuter students who only have one dose of Pfizer/Moderna should upload proof of this one dose immediately. These students will be allowed to attend classes and orientation while they await their second dose; however, resident students will not be allowed to move into University housing until after receiving their second dose.
  • Students who are taking online classes but come to campus for any other reason, e.g., work-study, use of the library, attend events, must be fully vaccinated.
  • Social distancing is recommended for those who are unvaccinated.

Updated Mask Mandate

Effective Thursday, August 26, 2021, the University will require all persons regardless of vaccination status to wear masks inside all campus buildings.Students in their own residence hall rooms and 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. We encourage you to wear a mask when at events off campus with individuals who are not vaccinated or when you do not know the vaccination status of other attendees.

  • Students with exemptions and those in process of completing a vaccination series are required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • As a community, we must respect the choices of individuals who continue wearing masks outdoors even though they are fully vaccinated.

We recognize that some members of the St. John’s community may be disappointed by these policy changes. However, we must make decisions to protect the health and safety of our community.

At the end of September, we will review the mask requirements and determine whether they can be eased based upon conditions on campus and in our communities.

Reminder: 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 (see evidence-based explanation in this research study) and (2) blocks light when held up to a light source. Bandanas and single-layer gaiters according to the research do not provide effective layers of coverage and should not be worn.
  • Surgical or medical procedure masks that contain multiple layers of non-woven material.
  • Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth at all times.

Illness

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 at 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.

COVID-19 Testing

Students are required to participate in surveillance testing regardless of vaccination status. Surveillance testing is free of charge.

  • Vaccinated students will be randomly selected for surveillance testing throughout the semester. When you are selected, you will be informed through notifications via the University app, St. John's Connect, and your St. John’s email.
  • Students who have obtained a medical or religious exemption from vaccination will be required to participate in surveillance testing once a week. Failure to comply with weekly testing will result in temporary denial of access to campus until testing compliance has been reestablished.
  • Students in process of completing the vaccination series will be required to participate in surveillance testing once a week. Failure to comply with weekly testing will result in temporary denial of access to campus until testing compliance has been reestablished.

Symptom Monitoring

Students with medical or religious exemptions and students in process of becoming fully vaccinated are required to complete the Campus Pass on the St. John’s app every day.

Regardless of 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 www.stjohns.edu/notify. The COVID Care Team will then contact you to provide guidance.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please report your diagnosis to the Unviersity at www.stjohns.edu/notify. The COVID Care Team will then contact you to provide support and assistance.

Limits for Those With Vaccine Exemptions or In Process of Completing the Vaccination Series

A recent NYC Executive Order requires individuals using fitness facilities, like the Fitness Center in Carnesecca, to be vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated are welcome to use these services. Please note masks must be worn at all times in the Fitness Center.

The same NYC Executive Order requires individuals to be 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.

Campus Visitors

All student-run events and residence hall visits will be limited to St. John’s students only. Outside guests will not be accommodated.

Gatherings

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 4 people 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.

Key Contacts

Main Command Center 718-990-5252

Queens Campus - Emergency Number Ext. 5252

Public Safety
ROTC Building/McDonald Center
Goethals Avenue by Gate 6
718-990-6281
 
Directions and Map
Dean of Student Life
University Center
718-990-6774
Director of Residence Life
Donovan Hall, Room C-16
718-990-2417

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
718-390-4131
 
Residence Life
718-390-4080

Manhattan Campus

Public Safety
Front Desk
212-277-5155
Directions

Long Island Graduate Center - Hauppauge

Public Safety Desk
718-990-7778
Directions

International Campuses

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

 

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

718-990-5000 
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

718-990-2000

Student Accounts

[email protected]

Student Health Services

718-990-6360

Counseling Services

718-990-6352

Disability Services

718-990-6867

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

718-990-8484

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

718-990-2363