Continuity for Students

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Many of you have reached out to voice your concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that you are not alone and that we are committed to helping you throughout the semester. Below please find a list of resources we hope you will find helpful during this time.

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CUNY Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021

All CUNY students attending in-person and hybrid classes are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, 2021, triggering a 45-day final deadline for CUNY students to be fully vaccinated and their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst.

Students taking in-person or hybrid classes who fail to upload their proof of vaccination (so the documents can be approved and verified) will be subject to potential academic withdrawal.

Medical and religious exemptions can be requested via the Vaccination Verification portal in CUNYFirst.  


Students who have a scheduled meeting on Campus:

As per the University’s Student Vaccination Mandate, all students who do not have an approved medical exemption or religious exception are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access a CUNY campus. 

Students who visit campus will be required to show their Cleared4 Access Pass to Public Safety when they arrive to campus. In preparation for your upcoming meeting at CUNY SPS, please locate the email that you received earlier in the semester from the sender “”. View our user guide for a step-by-step breakdown.

Follow the instructions and the unique link provided in the email to obtain your Access Pass to visit campus. Note that the link is unique to you and should not be shared with another student. Be sure to set up your access pass at least 48 business hours in advance of your first visit to campus.

Note that face masks are required even if fully vaccinated and are available in the lobby for anyone who needs one.

If you have not submitted your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, follow these instructions to do so. Once your documentation is approved, follow the steps above. Please note that it generally takes 24-48 business hours for approval.

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Jennings, Assistant Dean and Registrar or Jennifer Grace Lee, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

CUNY SPS Resources

Coping with COVID-19

Many people are struggling with the emotional demands of coping with COVID-19. If you would like support for this, there are several resources available to you.

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External Resources