08/26/2021

Student and Alumni News
IMPORTANT: VACCINATION REQUIREMENT INFORMATION FOR MACAULAY STUDENTS

CUNY Chancellor Matos-Rodríguez recently sent a message explaining that recent FDA approval of the vaccine has resulted in a new CUNY vaccination deadline for students. The information below is written to help you understand how these new policies will affect Macaulay students.

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The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, 2021, triggering a 45-day final deadline for CUNY (including Macaulay) students taking hybrid or in-person classes to be fully vaccinated (or to have an approved medical or religious exemption)—and for their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst.

Many Macaulay classes are hybrid or in-person, including many of the Macaulay seminars. Therefore, you have until September 27 to upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst. Unvaccinated students risk being dismissed from Macaulay and losing their scholarship.

Students taking hybrid or in-person classes who fail to upload their proof of vaccination by September 27 (so documentation can be processed by October 7, the 45-day point) will face potential academic withdrawal that could impact their continued eligibility for Macaulay’s tuition scholarship.

If CUNY withdraws you from your Macaulay seminar, or takes any other action that causes you to drop below 12 credits, you risk being DISMISSED FROM MACAULAY AND LOSING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP.

This is an outcome that none of the Macaulay faculty, administration or staff want for you. Please GET VACCINATED as soon as possible to maintain your status at Macaulay.

Vaccine requirement flowchart
click to enlarge to learn more about the CUNY COVID-19 vaccination requirement

YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS…

 

Q. What happens to my Macaulay tuition scholarship if I do not comply with the vaccine mandate by the deadline?
Students taking in-person or hybrid classes who fail to follow the vaccine mandate per CUNY policy will face potential academic withdrawal. Macaulay students not vaccinated by the deadline and whose enrollment drops below 12 credits risk losing their scholarship and may be responsible for covering the full cost of tuition.

Q. What if I am administratively withdrawn from my Macaulay seminar because it is hybrid or in-person and I have not complied with the vaccine deadline?
The Macaulay seminars are required for all students and must be taken in sequence in the first four semesters. If you are withdrawn administratively from your Macaulay seminar, you may be subject to dismissal from Macaulay Honors College.

Q. Why is my class “hybrid?” My instructor told me we would do everything online.
Classes are coded as hybrid if they will have any in-person activities. These codes were determined before the beginning of the semester, and professors do not have the authority to change them on their own. Courses may be converted (by CUNY or the campuses) later in the semester depending on the public health situation, but we can’t predict when or if that will happen.

Q. All my classes are fully online and coded that way in CUNYFirst. Do I need to be vaccinated?
We strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated no matter what kinds of classes they are taking. Unvaccinated students may be denied access to their campus or the Macaulay Building. However, the potential for administrative withdrawal from classes only applies to classes coded as hybrid or in-person in CUNYFirst, at this time.

For more information on CUNY policies or to get help finding a vaccine, CLICK HERE

THE MACAULAY BUILDING IS RE-OPENING
Beginning on August 30, 2021, students can individually make a reservation to use Macaulay’s quiet, spacious, air conditioned reading room for 3 hours at a time. You’ll be able to use the bathroom, the printer, and eat food from outside.

Available Spaces:

  • Reading Room
  • 2nd Floor Bathroom

 

RESERVE A SPACE
  • Reading Room Hours of Operation
    Monday-Friday (No weekend study space available)

    • 10am—1pm
    • 2pm—5pm
    • 6pm—9pm
  • To reserve study space for a 3hr time slot, students must make a request through the Club Macaulay system at least two business days in advance. Reservations are approved on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about student space reservations, please contact Sara Mazes at sara.mazes@mhc.cuny.edu.
  • You can reserve space by registering for a time-slot, under “Events” and finding the particular day you’re interested in reserving. Students can reserve only (1) 3-hour time slot per day. You will receive a registration confirmation to the email associated with your Club Macaulay account. For assistance or access to your Club Macaulay account please contact student.clubs@mhc.cuny.edu

 

RESERVE SPACE

 

READ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  • All students must present a Macaulay or CUNY ID upon entry to the Macaulay building.
  • All individuals entering a CUNY campus will be required to be fully vaccinated or to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at a CUNY testing site within the previous seven days. Students can provide verification of a COVID-19 vaccination to their home campus by submitting evidence of vaccination by signing in to CUNYfirst and clicking in the Vaccination Verification portal. A user guide on how to upload proof of vaccination can be found here.
  • Vaccinated students will be required to present the CUNY VAX Pass approval confirmation through the Everbridge app (iPhone or Android) to Public Safety to access the building.
  • Students who are either unvaccinated or who have chosen not to share their vaccination status will get an email from Cleared4 asking them to sign up for weekly testing. More information about testing can be found here. Once test results are processed, students will receive an email notifying you that you are “Cleared for Access” by your COVID test or “Not Cleared for Access.” If you are Cleared, you will receive a “GreenPass” on your phone that can be used to display for access to CUNY. Students must display the “GreenPass” to Public Safety to access the building.
POLICIES
  • Please arrive and leave at your scheduled time slot.
  • A face mask must be worn when inside the Macaulay building.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained at all times.
  • Wireless printing allowed by connecting to the Macaulay Guest network.

 

READ MACAULAY’S FALL 2021 CAMPUS REOPENING PLAN
Approved 7/31/21

READ CUNY’S RESPONSE AND PLANS

READ MACAULAY’S ACADEMIC CONTINUITY AND COMPLETION POLICIES

URGENT INFO ON TESTING, MASKS, AND FDA VACCINE APPROVAL


TO KEEP YOU GOING

  • Get HELP for your Macaulay laptop.
  • CONTACT the student support team if someone you know needs help.
  • Get WRITING ASSISTANCE to check the quality of  your work.
  • Need to reach us? Use the DIRECTORY to connect to faculty and staff.

TO KEEP US TOGETHER