Back to Brooklyn: Spring 2023
The public health situation continues to evolve, and we remain committed to the health and safety 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 2023 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 2022-2023 academic year.
Vaccines are free and widely available in New York City or New York 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 2023 (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.
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 2023. Getting a booster is important to combat the spread of COVID-19 and is an essential part of our health and safety plan for the Fall 2022 semester.
Students, faculty and staff who are eligible for a booster are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof, faculty and staff 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
Booster shots are free and widely available in New York City or New York State. These shots boost your immunity from an initial COVID-19 vaccination series.
- Visit Am I ELIGIBLE tool to schedule an appointment at an 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.
Important Documents & Policies
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 the spring of 2023, 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 2023 than in semesters preceding the COVID pandemic, including some degree programs that students can now complete entirely online. Please see the registration materials for additional details.
SFC International is thrilled to host new international students on campus for spring 2023, 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.
Please visit SFCAthletics.com/BackToBrooklyn for the latest information on our 21 NCAA Division athletic programs.
Campus Health & Safety Measures
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 to participate in College-sponsored activities for the 2022-2023 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 within 7 days, or a negative rapid test 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: Beginning on Monday, March 7, 2022, mask-wearing will no longer be required for SFC students and employees while on campus.
Vaccinations will continue to be required for all, except those with medical or religious exemptions, who must continue with required testing.
Vaccinations will still be required to access the gym.
All visitors (non-SFC students and employees) must continue to show proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to enter campus for any reason.
While mask-wearing will no longer be required, anyone who wants to keep wearing a mask is encouraged and free to do so.
If you are at high risk of severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Mask-wearing is still required in the following cases:
You recently tested positive for COVID-19 and just completed isolation.
You were in close contact (e.g., within your household) with someone who tested positive.
For more information on isolation and quarantine requirements, visit the CDC’s website and New York State’s website.
We will continue monitoring city, state and national trends and policies, and update campus policies accordingly, should our area of Kings County enter an elevated-risk category in the future. The mask requirement could re-emerge should circumstances change and risks increase.
- 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 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.
- 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 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 the 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]
- Center for Career Exploration | [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]
Faculty & Staff
For the spring 2023 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 to 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.
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.) The only exception are those with medical or religious exemptions, who must continue with required testing.
- Students who are eligible for a booster are also strongly encouraged to get a booster dose and upload proof by September 6, 2022; students who are not eligible by September 6, 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-served 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. 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 2023 semester. Complete the Proof of Vaccination Form.
- Beginning on Monday, March 7, mask-wearing will no longer be required for SFC students and employees in the Residence Hall at 97 Columbia Heights. While mask-wearing is optional, anyone who wants to keep wearing a mask is encouraged and free to do so. If you are at high risk of severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
- If at any point you are not feeling well or start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay in your room and notify the Office of Residence Life immediately. Mask-wearing is still required in the following cases:
- You recently tested positive for COVID-19 and just completed isolation
- You were in close contact with someone who tested positive
- The visitation policy in the Residence Hall remains suspended until further notice, and unauthorized guests are still not allowed in the building. Attempting to circumvent this policy is still a violation and will result in disciplinary action.
- The College will continue monitoring city, state and national trends and policies, and update campus policies accordingly, should our area of Kings County enter an elevated-risk category in the future. The mask requirement could re-emerge should circumstances change and risks increase.
Student Life & Events
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 2022-23 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.
Visitor and Vendor Policy
- 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 another 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 Service Desk 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 need 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 that is compatible with the on-campus computer stations, 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 that are more suited to 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!
Isolation and Contact Tracing
Under CDC Guidance, asymptomatic individuals exposed to COVID-19 need not isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Instead, those exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and be tested on day 5. Individuals awaiting test results must isolate if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Those who test negative may end isolation.
Those who test positive MUST isolate immediately for a minimum of 5 days. Depending on the severity of symptoms and your health care provider’s advice, you may need to isolate for a longer period. If, after day 5, symptoms are improving, isolation may end as long as there is no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-suppressing medication. As a precaution, you should continue to wear a mask, until at least day 11.
As always, if you are not feeling well, or have any questions regarding COVID-19 and proper treatment, we recommend you speak to your healthcare provider.
For more information on isolation and requirements, visit the CDC’s website and NY State’s website.
ISOLATION: RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS
- Students are encouraged to go home to isolate if they can do it safely.
- The Residence Hall has a limited number of isolation rooms for spring 2023. Rooms are first-come, first-served. Students who select to stay in the halls during isolation 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 you 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 durations with the Omicron variant, from both the CDC and NYSDOH.
For additional information on isolation, including how to safely separate from others, see:
- CDC Isolation
- NYSDOH Guidance (PDF) and Contacts Guidance Web Page
- COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation and Guidance Tool
For more information on isolation and quarantine requirements, visit the CDC’s website and NY State’s website.
REPORTING POSITIVE CASES AND CONTACT TRACING
Anyone who has been on campus who contracts COVID-19 or is self-isolating 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 isolation 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 the 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.
Tuition & Financial Aid
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: HEERF III and American Rescue Plan page.
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.
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.