Back to Brooklyn: Spring 2022
The public health situation continues to evolve, and we remain committed to the health and safety of our community. We anticipate proceeding in the Spring 2022 semester as we did in the Fall, with the continuation of in-person instruction and the resumption of our full campus life which adds to the richness of our community
We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and abiding by the requirements of New York State and New York City. Please follow this website for SFC’s most current COVID-19 protocols and requirements.
The environment we maintain on campus is guided by two core principles:
- Optimizing our community's well-being by mitigating COVID-19 transmission.
- Delivering a stellar Franciscan education aimed at student success and achievement.
All members of the SFC Community are responsible for supporting and protecting the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and others.
Please note that our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and our plan for Spring 2022 and beyond remains flexible. Our Back to Brooklyn Taskforce will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and rely on the most up-to-date scientific information, public health guidelines, and federal, state and local requirements available to make informed decisions about College operations and the public health situation as it affects the Terrier community.
Our policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available and we will continue to provide regular updates to the campus community. Questions? Email [email protected].
As a reminder, the College requires that all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload proof as a condition of accessing College buildings (including the residence hall) during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Vaccines are free and widely available in NYC or NY State. For more information on the College’s vaccination policy and the process under which you may request a medical or religious exemption, please review the COVID-19 Vaccination web page and upload proof of vaccination.
Except for those with approved medical and/or religious exemptions, all other individuals intending to access campus in Spring 2022 (e.g. new students, transfer students, students or employees who were fully remote last semester but plan on being on campus this semester), must upload proof of full vaccination as a condition of being on campus.
Against a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates, the new Omicron variant, and revised public health guidance, the College continues to strongly encourage all SFC eligible students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus in Spring 2022. Getting a booster is important to combating the spread of COVID-19 and is an essential part of our health and safety plan for the Spring 2022 Semester.
Students, faculty and staff who are eligible for a booster are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof by January 18, 2022; students, faculty and staff who are not eligible by January 18, 2022 are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof as soon as they become eligible (within 7 days).
Individuals are “eligible” for a COVID-19 booster shot if:
- 2 months have passed since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; or
- 5 months have passed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine;
- 6 months have passed since receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine;
- 6 months have passed since receiving the final dose of any WHO-listed vaccine.
Our records reflect that a significant percentage of the SFC community is currently eligible (based on the date of their prior vaccination) for a COVID-19 booster. Those who are not currently eligible, because not enough time has passed since their last COVID-19 vaccine, are strongly encouraged to get a booster and upload proof within seven (7) days of becoming eligible.
Your booster shot can be any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. You may get a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster shot, regardless of which vaccine you received for your initial vaccination series.
Where to Obtain the Booster Shot
- Visit Am I ELIGIBLE tool to schedule an appointment at a NYS-operated vaccination site. Walk-in appointments are accepted at NYS sites for all eligible individuals.
- To find a vaccination site, visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ and choose your preferred brand from the “Any vaccine” drop-down.
- For pop-up and mobile sites, head to NYC’s Vaccine Command Center.
- You can call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) for help finding a city-run vaccination site.
- To schedule a free in-home vaccination, visit https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home or call 877-829-4692.
- Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or community health center about booster shots. Check your local pharmacy’s website (e.g., Walgreens).
- To find a nearby provider, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose.
Terrier Safety Pledge
The safety and well-being of our community is paramount. Anyone who plans to visit campus for class, labs or any other reason must sign the Terrier Safety Pledge before entering the building.
St. Francis College is committed to an “in-person academic experience” in Spring 2022, as permitted by the state, and the safety of community members. Classes and labs will be taught in person, subject to these limitations.
St. Francis College will also offer more distance and hybrid courses in Spring 2022 than in semesters preceding the COVID pandemic, including some degree programs that students can now complete entirely online. Please see registration materials for additional details.
SFC International is thrilled to host over new international students on campus in person for Spring 2022, joining our continuing students as an international community of nearly 350 students.
If any students are not able to travel to the U.S., please contact the Manager of SFC International Elizabeth Baldwin at [email protected] to explore options.
Academic advisors will assist students with their individual schedules and answer any questions or concerns. Advising sessions can be scheduled on the Navigate app.
Please make sure to check the travel section below.
The health, wellness and safety of the College community is our highest priority. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the College is monitoring and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, the local department of health, and all applicable federal, state, and local agencies.
All members of the College community are expected to fully comply with all CDC, NYS, and local health department guidelines.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has also developed reasonable and appropriate public health measures designed to prevent, control and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and public health guidance.
All students and employees are also required to follow the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and policies, which include but are not limited to:
- Vaccination: All employees and students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload proof of vaccination in order to access College buildings or otherwise to participate in College-sponsored activities for the 2021-2022 academic year.
- Exemptions for medical and religious reasons will be considered on a limited, case by case basis. Employees and students requesting an exemption to the College’s vaccine mandate should complete the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination form and indicate on it they are making such a request.
- A student or employee who has an approved medical or religious exemption will need a negative PCR test from within 7 days, or a negative rapid test from within 72 hours of their arrival on campus.
- Follow CDC prevention measures
- Get vaccinated.
- Wear a mask.
- Try to stay 6 feet away from others (social distance).
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Test to prevent spread to others.
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect.
- Monitor your health daily.
- Mask Wearing: The College will continue to require all members of the SFC community to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor campus environments. Mask efficacy greatly depends on factors like the fit on your face, so it’s important you’re wearing your mask and wearing it correctly.
- As the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve and new variants emerge, including the incredibly contagious Omicron variant that has rapidly spread across the globe, experts are calling for better masking to protect against the evolving virus.
- Single-layer cloth masks, which many people prefer for comfort and style, can block larger droplets carrying the virus, but aren’t as effective in blocking smaller aerosols or particles carrying the virus, according to infectious-disease specialists.
- Instead, physicians are now recommending individuals wear N95 masks, KN95 masks, or if those masks are not available, double masking – a multilayered cloth mask tightly on top of a surgical mask.
- Bandanas are not acceptable. A face shield does not replace the need for a face mask. A face shield may be used in addition to a face mask.
- The College will have an adequate supply of face coverings, masks and other required PPE on hand should a student or employee need a replacement. Please contact [email protected] for more details.
- Where an individual has a medical condition that would prohibit or restrict them from wearing a mask, such individuals may request an accommodation. Employees requesting an accommodation should contact the Office of Human Resources at [email protected]; students requesting an accommodation should contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at [email protected].
- Health Promoting Behaviors: The College will continue to facilitate health-promoting behaviors such as hand washing and respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette to reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. It will also provide frequent reminders of proper hand hygiene (verbally, posters, videos) with hand sanitizer widely available in common areas and rooms. Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees are expected to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water are not readily available.
- Avoid close contact with people and do not shake hands.
- Cover all coughs and sneezes, preferably with a tissue that can be discarded in a closed container after use. In absence of a tissue, use your sleeve or elbow.
- Utilize sanitizer stations throughout campus. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, etc.
- Gorman Dining Hall/Food: Food is only permitted in the Gorman Dining Hall.
- Please note that the Key to NYC requirement applies to gyms and fitness centers in higher education institutions, as well as dining establishments in colleges and universities. Thus, as required by the Key to NYC mandate, only vaccinated individuals who submit proof of vaccination to the College may eat in the Gorman Dining Hall.
- Testing: Consider getting a COVID-19 test whether you are traveling or not. Testing locations are available here and here. If your test result is positive, please notify [email protected] or [email protected]. We can encourage students to use at-home tests for self-monitoring if experiencing symptoms. You must provide proof of a negative COVID test from a certified lab (rapid test from the last 72 hours or PCR from the last 7 days) each time you come to campus.
- Monitor your health daily. If you feel sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19, stay home. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, stay home except to get tested so you don’t spread the virus to others on campus if you are positive. For some, these symptoms are mild, but they should not be overlooked, particularly if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
- Comply with Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines Below.
- Report Positive Cases. Anyone who has been on campus who tests positive for COVID-19 or is self-quarantining due to contact with a positive person must report this to Student Health Services at [email protected] or Human Resources Office at [email protected]. Reporting positive cases helps us monitor and appropriately respond to spikes in positive cases and implement ongoing testing or quarantine requirements appropriately
- If you test positive, as soon as possible, identify anyone with whom you came in close contact while contagious and alert them that you've tested positive. You're contagious with COVID-19 as early as two days prior to symptom onset or testing positive. If you have COVID-19, close contact is defined as: being within 6 feet of someone for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) while contagious. It is important to let people know that they have been exposed.
Our facilities and housekeeping teams will continue to clean and sanitize the campus-based on CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines, as well as Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) protocols. The College will continue to use Environmental Protection Agency-approved products. Additional measures include but are not limited to:
- Locker rooms, Sports Medicine, and the Weight Training Room, among others, will be disinfected daily.
- Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies, continues. Priorities have been adjusted to provide for increased cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic, high touch surfaces.
- Disinfecting wipes will be provided and there will be various sanitizing stations throughout the College.
- Building occupants are also encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface, which will be available throughout campus. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.).
- Plexiglass barriers remain in place in certain areas.
- Where possible, the College will ensure there is an adequate flow of fresh air to workspaces and optimize the ventilation system. MERV 13 filters will continue to be used in accordance with CDC recommendations. LED sanitizing systems have been installed in air handlers.
St. Francis College’s administrative and student-support offices will be open on campus during the College’s normal business hours, although some staff may work remotely at least periodically.
Anyone needing the services of an administrative office should contact specific individuals or the office generally. Students can schedule appointments with many support services through the Navigate app, or by emailing the office:
Anyone needing services from an administrative office should reach out first by email to see if the matter can be handled remotely before visiting campus.
- Academic Affairs | [email protected]
- Admissions | [email protected]
- Advancement | [email protected]
- Bursar | [email protected]
- Career Center | [email protected]
- Center for Student Success/Student Advisement | [email protected]
- Center for Learning & Leadership | [email protected]
- Financial Aid | [email protected]
- Human Resources | [email protected]
- International | [email protected]
- Mission, Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue | [email protected]
- Office of Accessibility & Accountability | [email protected]
- Registrar | [email protected]
- Residence Life | [email protected]
- Service Desk (IT) | [email protected]
- Student Health & Counseling Services | [email protected]
Campus facilities and administrative offices are open and available for student use for the spring 2022 semester.
- The Gorman Dining Hall is open and a full menu of fresh food and drinks will be available for purchase, Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning on January 19, 2022.
- The Dining Hall is the only place on campus where food is permitted unless special permission is granted by the Back to Brooklyn team.
- The Dining Hall is the only place where masks can be taken off to eat or drink; those in the Hall should practice socially distancing.
- Under the Key to NYC mandate, unvaccinated individuals are prohibited from using the fitness center, gym, pool, and other athletic facilities. Under the same NYC requirement, individuals must be fully vaccinated to utilize dine-in facilities, such as the Gorman Dining Hall. Grab and go options will also be available.
- The library will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m to 7 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and virtually 24/7.
For Spring 2022 semester, SFC will continue in-person instruction on campus, in an environment that stresses safety and minimizes risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Under SFC's Remote Work policy, most employees will not be required or expected to be on campus every day. Employees must collaborate with their supervisors to develop an approved work schedule that may include both on-campus and off-site work. Any employee approved to work remotely must submit an Acknowledgment and Approval Form for Remote Work to [email protected], signed by both the employee and the employee's supervisor.
Student-facing employees should expect be on campus at least three days a week in the semester, and certain departments may also need a stronger on-campus presence to support recruitment and other student-facing programs.
Faculty are expected to be on campus when instructing classes or labs or conducting other College business as was the case pre-pandemic. They may be on campus at other times, to use campus facilities and resources. With the exception of required Athletics’ travel and travel that is directly tied to the essential operations of the College (e.g., student enrollment), all employee travel sponsored by St. Francis College continues to remain suspended until further notice.
New York Hero Act
The New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) was signed into law on May 5, 2021. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the NY HERO Act is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak. On September 6, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the HERO Act. This designation requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans and currently remains in effect.
Health Screening Form for Employees
All employees must complete a health screening form for each day they plan to visit campus.
In order to ensure the safety of the SFC community and in accordance with the New York State Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO), employees who visit campus must submit a health screening form prior to entering the building. Form results are confidential and will not be shared publicly. Any employee who fails the Health Screening will not be permitted on campus or in the residence hall.
Employees should be prepared to show proof that they have completed the screening form at any time while on campus if requested by the College’s Security or Health and Wellness staff.
St. Francis College Residence Halls will continue to house students this semester. New protocols will be in effect, including but not limited to:
- All Residence Hall students will be required to be fully vaccinated to live in the Residence Hall. (At this time, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or one dose of Janssen vaccine.)
- Students who are eligible for a booster are also strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof by January 18, 2022; students who are not eligible by January 18, 2022 are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof as soon as they become eligible (within 7 days).
- Hand sanitizers and hand wipes will be installed on each floor.
- Any resident who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to notify SFC and relocate to an isolation room, or a city hotel, immediately. Isolation and quarantine rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis. City hotels are also available here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/help.
- 24-hour security will be provided by SFC to ensure compliance with SFC health and safety protocol and policies.
- Residence Hall students are encouraged to get tested frequently, regardless of vaccination status. Testing locations are available here and here. At home, rapid antigen tests may also be purchased online or at your local pharmacy. If your test result is positive, please notify [email protected] or [email protected]. Proof of a negative test will also be required before the move-in date for the Spring 2022 semester. Complete the Spring 2022 Proof of Vaccination form and/or the Fall 2022 Proof of Vaccination Form.
College-sponsored events, meetings, and gatherings (regardless of whether they are in College Buildings or on-campus) may be subject to limitations, including capacity and duration limits, pre-approval requirements, and additional health and safety protocols.
College community members who are sponsoring and organizing College-sponsored events, meetings, and gatherings are responsible for complying with such requirements and ensuring that all participants are made aware of any applicable requirements. For example:
- Any on-campus events organized and hosted by St. Francis College-affiliated groups, departments or individuals in the 2021-22 academic year must adhere to all campus rules, including those regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and mask-wearing on-site, regardless of vaccination status.
- To host an on-campus event, organizers must receive permission from the Office of Special Events.
- Campus facilities are currently available for outside groups, organizations and individuals to hold events. Contact the Office of Special Events for more information and a copy of SFC's Facility Rental Agreement.
Student groups are encouraged to hold meetings online and conduct activities remotely as much as is possible.
- Visitors: People who are not SFC students, faculty members, or other employees and who do not have an SFC ID. Visitors include prospective students, parents, spouses, children and other family members, alumni, donors, the general public, and local community members.
- Vendors: include, among others, suppliers, contractors, and others performing work on campus.
- Fully vaccinated: in general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
As part of St. Francis College College’s health and safety guidelines, all visitors and vendors of the College are required to: (1) receive written permission from an SFC employee in order to access campus; and (2) present proof of identification and proof of vaccination (or a negative test, if applicable as set forth below) to campus security upon arrival on campus:
- Proof of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the visit or event.
- Proof of negative antigen COVID-19 test taken within SIX (6) hours of the visit or event’s start time.
- Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within SEVENTY-TWO (72) hours of the visit or event’s start time.
At this time, please note that the College is also strongly encouraging visitors and vendors who are eligible for a booster to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; visitors and vendors who are not yet eligible are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose as soon as they become eligible.
All vendors of the College MUST be fully vaccinated and present proof of identification and proof of vaccination at the campus entrance. No test option.
Visitors to the Pool, Gymnasium, Genovesi Athletic Center and Cafeteria must submit:
- People 12 and older participating in the below public indoor activities are now required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.
- People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination. These requirements — called the Key to NYC — also means employees working at these locations must be vaccinated.
- A negative Covid-19 test result will not be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination in College areas covered by Key to NYC (e.g. indoor dining, indoor fitness and gym, indoor entertainment and meeting spaces).
For proof of vaccination, you can use:
- CDC Vaccination Card - A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.
- NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization records, including from your health care provider. A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. If you are unable to get this record, call 311.
- NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS - You can upload to this app a photo of your CDC vaccination card or other official record, along with your photo ID.
- CLEAR Health Pass: Android | iOS. You can use the digital vaccine card option in the CLEAR app if you are 18 and older and are fully vaccinated.
- Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus) - To use this app, you will need the phone number or email address associated with your New York vaccination record. If you are unable to use this app, try one of the other options listed above.
Examples of acceptable forms of identification include but are not limited to:
- Driver’s license
- Non-driver government ID card
- IDNYC card
- School or work ID card
Individuals may also show copies of their identification document, including a picture on their phone or by using an app like NYC COVID Safe that allows them to display a copy of the document.
Any visitor or vendor who fails to comply with these requirements will be denied entry to St. Francis College.
We want to ensure you are fully prepared for the semester and access to technology is especially critical now with our new course designs.
Please check out the technology resources our Center for Learning and Leadership and Technology ServiceDesk team has put together to help meet the needs of all students.
- As a St. Francis College Terrier you have access to discounts on technology resources such as PCs, laptops, and other personal devices. You will ned to use your college email when purchasing any items to ensure you receive the student discount:
To shop for Apple products, click the following link, Apple for Education.
To shop for several vendors including HP and Lenovo please click the following link, CDWG Technology Discounts.
If you need to purchase a headphone/microphone headset, which is compatible with the on campus computer stations, on the 4th floor labs- here is our recommendation: Logitech USB Headset H390 with Noise Cancelling Mic
If you are a returning student be sure to also check out your eligibility to receive CARES Act funding.
- The Center for Learning and Leadership team will host weekly Virtual Tech Review Lunch and Learn where we will provide insight on SFC tech resources such as Canvas, Navigate, Self-Service, WebAdvisor etc., and answer any tech issues or questions students may have. Be on the lookout in your SFC email for dates and times.
- Check out some of the technology resources our Academic Enhancement team has found online which may be helpful to check out if you are searching for an inexpensive computer or internet plan. Please know that these resources are not specifically endorsed by St. Francis College but have been pulled together by our academic support team to help save you time!
- Many internet service providers have plans for students and may offer discounts based on household income. A full list of low-cost internet providers and technology resources can be found here.
- Did you know your smartphone could be used as a WIFI hotspot? Connect with your cell phone provider and if possible upgrade your phone plan to include tethering so you can use you cell phone as a hotspot when on the go!
- Altice offers internet for approximately 15$/ month and has Veteran friendly discounts.
- NYC residents can access low-cost internet here.
- Some organizations offer refurbished computers if you meet certain eligibility requirements - check out: https://www.pcsforpeople.org/
- Look at Dell’s website, where they sell refurbished computers.
- Do you want to buy a laptop but, are confused on which specs you should be looking for? Have no fear we are here to help! Your computer should have the following specs so you can tackle every assignment you have with confidence!
- At least an Intel Core i5 processor (i7 preferred)
- Windows 10 x 64.
- 16 GB of RAM.
- 500 GB hard drive.
- Wireless networking adapter (for internet)
- Three-year warranty (recommended)
- Also, pick a computer according to your degree as many companies recommend computers which are more suited towards certain fields/ programs.
- Everyday resources to help save a few dollars:
- If you shop with chrome use Rakuten, believe the hype!
- Add honey as a browser extension so you can use coupons you didn’t even know existed!
- Make an account with UNiDAYS so you have access to tons of in-store and online discounts exclusively for students!
- Take advantage of Amazon Prime for students where you can sign up for prime for ½ the price!
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status): isolate, even if you don’t have symptoms and even if you’re vaccinated.
- Isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive test result.
- If asymptomatic and fever-free at the end of 5 days, isolation ends, and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
- Individuals are strongly encouraged to use an antigen test to confirm that they are negative for COVID-19 before ending isolation on Day 5. If the test result is positive, continue to isolate until Day 10. If the test result is negative, end isolation but continue to wear a well-fitting mask while around others until Day 10.
- Testing locations are available here and here. At home, rapid antigen tests may also be purchased online or at your local pharmacy.
- For individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on day 5 or remain symptomatic on day 5, please remain in isolation (i.e., not shortened).
- Please note that people with moderately or severely compromised immune systems might need to isolate in accordance with the standard Isolation Guidance (10 days). Consult with your healthcare provider about when you can resume being around other people and additional precautions.
For those who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure:
- If unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or eligible for a booster but not yet boosted:
- Quarantine for 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- You can end quarantine after 5 days – where day 0 is the last day of exposure – provided symptoms do not appear.
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional 5 days.
- If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster being at least two weeks before the first date of exposure), or not yet eligible for a booster:
- No quarantine is required (unless you develop symptoms).
- Wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
- Everyone (regardless of vaccination status): The CDC and NYSDOH recommend, but do not currently require, that quarantined individuals obtain a COVID-19 test on day 5 after their exposure.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS
- Students are encouraged to go home to isolate/quarantine if they can do it safely
- The Residence Hall has a limited number of isolation and quarantine rooms for Spring 2022. Rooms are first-come, first-serve. Students who select to stay in the halls during isolation/quarantine understand that rooms may not have a kitchen and that the College does not provide food or medical care beyond the nurse checking in remotely.
- The NYC Test & Trace Corps will make sure that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts will have the resources needed to safely separate in a hotel, free of charge, or at home to help prevent the spread of the virus. NYC Test & Trace Corps Contact Tracers can refer to the hotel program or anyone can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to book a room. Get Help - COVID-19 Hotel Program.
We will continue to monitor and update protocols, if necessary, as more information becomes available about appropriate isolation and quarantine durations with the Omicron variant, from both the CDC and NYSDOH. These protocols will be updated soon on our COVID-19 website, as well as any other subsequent changes to our approach.
For additional information on isolation and/or quarantine, including how to safely separate from others, see:
- CDC Quarantine and Isolation
- NYSDOH Guidance (PDF) and Quarantine Contacts Guidance Web Page
- NYC COVID-19: Understanding Quarantine and Isolation (PDF)
REPORTING POSITIVE CASES AND CONTACT TRACING
Anyone who has been on campus who contracts COVID-19 or is self-quarantining due to close contact with a positive person, must report this to Student Health Services ([email protected]) or the Office of Human Resources ([email protected]). Reporting positive cases helps us monitor and appropriately respond to spikes in positive cases and implement ongoing testing or quarantine requirements appropriately.
In addition, if you test positive for COVID-19:
- Identify anyone with whom you came in close contact while contagious and alert them that you've tested positive. You're contagious with COVID-19 as early as two days prior to symptom onset or testing positive. If you have COVID-19, close contact is defined as: being within 6 feet of someone for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) while contagious. It is important to let people know that they have been exposed.
- Report the new COVID-19 case to the NYC Health Department by calling 866-692-3641. If the NYC Health Department determines that additional follow-up is needed, you will be contacted with instructions.
- You can also submit information on the case and close contacts to be enrolled in the NYC Test & Trace Corps program by completing this COVID-19 Facility Exposures Reporting form. You may contact the Facilities team at the Health Department by emailing [email protected], or call 866-692-3641 if you are having trouble with the form.
The College will cooperate with New York State and City health departments with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, isolation and quarantine efforts. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) will contact colleges and universities when clusters of cases are detected. We will continue to work closely with the public health departments to ensure consistency at St. Francis College.
Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations. You should not reveal the identity of the person with COVID-19 (other than to the NYC Health Department staff assisting in the investigation or those at the College that “need to know”) or share information about the person that could identify them, including their class or where they worked or any information about the symptoms they may have had. That information is confidential health information. Maintaining confidentiality will help encourage other people to disclose when they have COVID-19.
St. Francis College continues to be one of the most affordable private colleges in New York City.
Find important information through the following links:
If students are in need of additional funds, and qualify (undergraduate students who receive Pell Grants) and have not applied already, the application for the HEERF III relief fund is still open. Here is the link for more info and application: www.sfc.edu/studentlife/finaid/heerf
With the exception of required Athletics’ travel and travel that is directly tied to the essential operations of the College (e.g., student enrollment), employee travel sponsored by St. Francis College continues to remain suspended until further notice.
In New York State, quarantine is not currently required following domestic or international travel. However, it is recommended that people follow CDC travel guidelines:
As per the CDC:
Information for international travelers (regardless of citizenship or vaccination status): Before boarding a flight to the United States, all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. Learn more about these requirements.
Before traveling internationally: check COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
For domestic travelers:
- Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.
- Check the current COVID-19 situation at your destination.
- Make sure you understand and follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions, including mask-wearing, proof of vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements.
- All travelers: Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Unvaccinated travelers: Get tested 1-3 days before you travel, and 3-5 days after returning from travel. Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days.
The College is committed to enforcing these safety protocols, and to providing you with tools and information about what to do if observe behavior that does not comply.
Students, staff, and faculty who violate the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures will be subject to appropriate discipline or other consequences in accordance with applicable College policy.
Visitors, vendors, and affiliates who violate the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures will be prohibited from accessing SFC Buildings or Campus grounds and may be prohibited from doing business with the College in the future.
Should you see someone on campus failing to follow the health and safety protocols, if you are comfortable doing so, politely ask the person to follow the protocols – for example: “The College requires everyone to wear masks indoors – would you mind pulling yours up?”
You may also report non-compliance to College officials. Matters related to employee non-compliance will be handled by the Office of Human Resources ([email protected]). Matters related to student non-compliance will be addressed by Student Affairs, ([email protected]). Students who refuse to follow these health and safety protocols will be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with a College policy, which could lead to penalties ranging from a warning to expulsion.
The College may utilize interim suspension and expedite the Student Conduct Procedures when addressing behavior that threatens the health and safety of others. Students who engage in, facilitate, or organize irresponsible and reckless behavior that puts the community at risk may face formal disciplinary action through the Office of Student Affairs (or appropriate College official). Sanctions may include restriction from campus, immediate removal from the residence halls and cancellation of the housing license, or suspension from the College.