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Reopening Information for Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Returning to Campus

As you plan to return to any St. John’s campus, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information contained throughout this website, including links that may not seem immediately relevant to you. For example, many employees have asked for details on student arrival quarantines. Those specifics—as well as information on student arrival deadlines, general academic expectations, and much more—are available on the “Student” area of this site.  

This section focuses primarily on guidance from Human Resources specific to working at St. John’s this fall.  

Preparing to Arrive on Campus

Bring the following required items to campus: 

  • A face covering that covers your face mouth and nose. For information on face-covering hygiene, we recommend the Johns Hopkins Medicine’s “How to Properly Wear a Face Mask” infographic. In addition, the University will provide each employee with one washable face covering. 
    • If you cannot wear a face covering due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, please contact the Benefits Department at 718-990-2363. 
  • Your green “Campus Pass” for the day, either on your smart phone or on a paper print-out. You can view the pass on the app, and you will receive it as an attachment (file type: PDF) by email after completing the “Campus Pass” self-screening.  
  • Your StormCard 

Consider bringing the following optional items to campus:  

  • Food and beverages you will need for your time on campus, as well as heat/ice packs if necessary. While you will still be able to use most department kitchenettes, you must wipe down appliances and counter surfaces before and after use. In addition, in order to comply with social distancing rules, note that seating areas should not be used. For more information on dining and facilities more generally, visit the Other Campus Services section of this website.  

Entering Campus 

This section assumes that you have received a green “Campus Pass” for the day and safely come to work. For further information on preparing to enter campus, visit the On-Campus Health and COVID-19 Monitoring section of this website.  

  • Prepare to arrive early to allow for long waiting times for entrance to campus. Please be patient with our colleagues who will be working hard to process arrivals quickly. 
  • Use the following campus-specific arrival details: 
    • Queens Campus (by automobile or on foot): Arrive at gate 1 or gate 6 with your face covering on, ready to show your green “Campus Pass” (either on screen or as a print-out) and your StormCard. Review the campus map before arrival as needed. To exit the campus by automobile or on foot, employees may use gates 1, 2, and 6. Note that gate 2 will be open in the afternoon for exit only. 
    • Staten Island Campus: Park your car and go directly to the Public Safety Office with your face covering on, ready to show your green “Campus Pass” (either on screen or as a print-out) and your StormCard.  
    • Manhattan Campus: Upon entrance, safely distance according to floor signage while you wait for Public Safety to check you in. Be sure to have your face covering on and be ready to show your green “Campus Pass” (either on screen or as a print-out) and your StormCard.   

Changes to Campus Operations and Procedures 

  • Social distancing and good hygiene practices will be required while on campus. Employees must socially distance throughout the day, regularly wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and cover coughs and sneezes. Please review the University’s Social Distancing and Hygiene Policy for more information. In addition, we recommend Stanford Medicine’s brief “Global COVID-19 Prevention” video.  
  • Meetings and other gatherings, including those involving outside events and groups, will continue to be held virtually unless approved by a sector leader. 
  • Common areas could be closed or limited (i.e. kitchens, the fitness center, etc.) 
  • Virtual appointments will replace walk-in appointments in most service areas.
  • All events and gatherings—including conferences and other meetings that involve outside groups—should be held virtually this semester. Rare sessions that may require in-person attendance must be approved by your area’s most senior leader (e.g., the Provost, the EVP for Mission). As a first step, please bring requests to your supervisor/dean/student organization advisor, who will then review it and advance it to senior leadership as appropriate.  
  • Faculty Note: All classes should be held only in designated classrooms that have been socially distanced according to CDC and NYSED guidelines. The University has filed a plan with NYSED that we must follow, so any failure to adhere to these plans cannot be sanctioned.  

Additional Employee Supports 

We understand that returning to campus may cause a range of emotional reactions.  Support is always available to you and your family members through the Employee Assistance Program, [email protected], which can provide free, 24/7 confidential access to emotional and mental well-being resources. [email protected] can be reached by calling 800-833-8707 or visiting their website (company code: STJOHNS).