To protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, we are offering courses in three modes: In-person (on campus), Online (virtual), and Hybrid (a mix of both) in Fall 2021. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the safety guidelines for higher education issued by the New York State Department of Health and the City University of New York (CUNY) we have developed plans for reopening the campus, encouraging appropriate physical distancing and protective face coverings, monitoring of health conditions and hygiene, and repeated cleaning and disinfection. We are committed to creating the best possible experience for students, faculty and staff, strengthening our culture of care inside and outside the classroom, and creating the conditions under which all students can learn and all members of the BMCC community can thrive.
PLEASE NOTE: Information on the Reimagining BMCC website is subject to change as we continue to monitor developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, protocols and recommended guidance.
CUNY Access Pass Available Through Cleared4 System
Everbridge VaxPass is no longer valid at BMCC. For all vaccinated CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff, there is an additional electronic option to validate your vaccination status and facilitate your campus access—CUNY Access Pass. The CUNY Access Pass will have an expiration date of one year from the date you became fully vaccinated. Look for the Cleared4 email from firstname.lastname@example.org that has been sent to your college email address and follow the link included in the email to complete the registration necessary to obtain your CUNY Access Pass. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email from Cleared4.
For additional information please visit CUNY Access – Cleared4 Guide for Vaccinated CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff or Cleared4 FAQs available in CUNY IT Help.
Uploading Vaccination Verification
Reminder: All BMCC students, faculty and staff can upload their proof of vaccination through CUNYfirst. Check your approval status in CUNYfirst after 48 hours of submission. If your submission was not approved, please read the reason of rejection carefully and resubmit. Once approved, your BMCC photo ID will be synced with the verification so you can simply swipe your ID on the turnstile (as you did before) when you enter the BMCC campus.
- See the Faculty and Staff Guide to Vaccination Verification (pdf)
- See the Student Guide to Vaccination Verification
CUNY Students: Deadline to Get Vaccinated
REMINDER: Starting on October 7, all students taking remote-only classes who wish to visit a campus at any point this fall for any reason must be fully vaccinated and have their vaccination documents approved in CUNYfirst — unless they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption. More information about CUNY’s vaccination mandate can be found in these Frequently Asked Questions and for help uploading your information, see the Student Guide to Vaccination Verification.
Students will need to upload proof of vaccination in CUNYfirst no later than September 27. To meet this deadline, any student who is still unvaccinated will need to get the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by September 23. More information about the vaccination mandate for students is in the Student Guide to Vaccination Verification.
Upload Vaccination Documents by 9/27 Or Risk Withdrawal
Students must upload their vaccination documents to CUNYfirst by September 27 or face potential academic withdrawal from class! This could impact their financial aid and make them ineligible for refunds on their courses. Full details here. For instructions on how to upload vaccination verification documents, click here.
This mandate is subject to modification based on changing vaccination statistics and coronavirus transmission rates. For the time being, all students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status. See the CUNY update: Clarity on New Mask Mandate.
Regular Testing Mandated for Unvaccinated/Undisclosed Faculty and Staff
CUNY is providing on-site testing throughout the University at 20 locations. All faculty and staff who are getting tested, MUST select one of the 20 locations identified by CUNY. Test results from any other pharmacy or clinic will not be accepted. All faculty and staff who 1) have not provided proof of vaccination in CUNYFirst, 2) are unvaccinated or 3) have undisclosed vaccination status, will receive an email with instructions on how to enroll in the testing program.
Anyone entering a CUNY facility would need to show proof of a negative test from the past 7 days or if you do not want to participate in the weekly mandatory testing program you can upload your vaccine verification documents. PLEASE NOTE: Results from the COVID-19 tests may take one to two days. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions about CUNY’s COVID-19 Testing Program.
Access to Campus
To protect the health and well-being of all members of our community, BMCC is offering options for students to attend class: in-person (on-campus), online (virtual), and hybrid (a mix of both) for fall 2021. Many support services including admissions, advising, tutoring, counseling, career development, the library, and the Advocacy and Resource Center will be delivered in-person and online. A limited number of services including the Panther Pantry, the Early Childhood Center and research labs will have reduced in-person hours.
Enhanced Safety Protocols: Staged Repopulation Campus Wide
Gradual Repopulation Sequence
BMCC intends on implementing a staged reopening of its facility, guided by the overall reduced capacity. The anticipated timeframe for transitioning between stages will be as follows:
Considering the current level of activity in our campus, part of the approved reopening plan from fall 2020, essential staff (STAGE 1A) have started to gradually increase their on-site presence to support all necessary activities in anticipation of our approved Fall 2021 repopulation plan.
As directed by the University Chancellor, starting August 16 the Administrative (STAGE 1B) component of the University’s function will start to gradually increase their on-site presence based on a blended schedule of remote and in-person work, that supports a 50% maximum occupancy restriction within office spaces as part of our repopulation plan. Each administrative department/function will be developing a staffing schedule that prioritizes students needs and balances in an equitable manner the distribution of in-person and remote work needs.
STAGE 2 will kick-off the start of the Fall 2021 semester by activating the in-person and hybrid instructional programs within our campus. This stage will be the most critical step on the path to return to normal operations and one that will be monitored closely.
STAGE 3 will be activated gradually and at least two weeks after the activation of stage 2 to increase the level of in-person student support services, including but not limited to access to Athletic Areas, Library, Tutoring and Counseling Areas.
The BMCC Fall 2021 Repopulation and Operations Plan was approved by CUNY and the State as required. It provides comprehensive details about safety procedures (including the encouragement of face coverings and social distancing), operations (including extensive and frequent cleaning and disinfection), and protocols (including required daily screening and procedures related to any confirmed COVID case on campus). The plan also includes a governance structure with a Reopening Steering Committee and designated liaisons and teams related to particular aspects of the plan (for example health monitoring and vulnerable populations.
Penelope Jordan, Director of Health Services
Maria Deckinger, Associate Director of Human Resources
Michael Korn, Director of Public Safety
Eric Lugo, Chief Admin. Superintendent
Michael Spath, EHS and Risk Manager
Tanya Hughes, Administrative Events Coordinator
Keep adequate physical distancing whenever possible.
Please use the stairs. It’s healthier for everyone.
Please wash your hands regularly and for at least 30 seconds.
Please use the hand sanitizer. It’s healthier for everyone.
All surfaces have been disinfected.
Managing Occupancy and Congestion
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