Checking People at Entrances

Updated March 2022

On this page:

  • Checking Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Tests
  • What to Expect at Building Entrances
  • How to Prepare to Come On Campus
  • CUNY’s Random COVID-19 Testing Program


Proof of Vaccination and Negative COVID-19 Tests

Everyone entering our campus must either have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test confirmed by the College. Making sure everyone meets this requirement is a way we'll reduce the risk of infection and spread of illness on campus. 

Our students, faculty, and staff will need to follow CUNY guidelines and either:

  • verify vaccination documents through CUNYfirst, or
  • participate in CUNY's weekly testing program.

You are not allowed to enter the Hostos campus unless you cooperate with this safety protocol. The College no longer allows entrance following daily health screenings and temperature checks.

Remember: don't come to campus if you begin to have symptoms of COVID-19; test positive for COVID-19; or had close contact with someone who may have COVID-19. Let us know instead.

What to Expect at Building Entrances

Students, faculty, and staff: keep your Hostos ID card handy! If your vaccination information has been verified or you have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, entering the campus may be as easy as swiping in at a turnstile.

However, issues can come up. So, be ready to share a verification method like the CUNY VaxPass in Everbridge or your CLEARED4 token to Public Safety if there's an problem using your card.

Effective March 7, 2022, CUNY students, faculty, staff, and visitors are not required to wear a mask in any campus setting.

How to Prepare to Come On Campus

For vaccinated students, faculty, and staff

Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff should submit documents through CUNYfirst for verification. You'll need a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, and should also submit a copy of your Excelsior Pass if you were vaccinated in New York State. 

It may take a few days to review and verify your vaccination documents. However, once you receive a confirmation, the process is complete and you won't have to participate in CUNY's weekly COVID-19 testing program.

Once verified, you'll need to use the Everbridge app (iOS/Android) to access your VaxPass.

If you don’t have a smartphone that can run the Everbridge app, you can request an email version of your VaxPass. Contact Denise Gomez-Ramos in Human Resources or Nurse Maria Vazquez in Student Health Services for assistance.

CUNY may decide to test vaccinated people (chosen at random) in the future to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Details will be announced by CUNY if this additional testing takes place.

For unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff

*All full- and part-time faculty and non-teaching instructional staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (two dose Pfizer or Moderna regimen, or 1 dose J&J) and their proof of vaccination uploaded in to CUNYfirst by May 27, 2022, unless a religious or medical exemption has been approved.

Students, faculty, and staff who are unvaccinated or have not uploaded vaccination documents must do regular, weekly COVID-19 PCR tests through CUNY's testing program. A negative test result from the previous seven (7) days will be required before you can enter a building.

Weekly COVID-19 testing is available on the Hostos campus in the Art Gallery (C Building, 1st Floor). The testing location is open during the hours listed on CUNY's COVID-19 testing locations page. However, you can choose any CUNY testing site that you can easily get to.

Things to know:

  • You may need to get your next test 5 or 6 days after your previous one because it can take 24 hours (48 hours on weekends) to get test results. It'll be important to plan ahead; students, faculty, and staff are responsible for timing tests to meet requirements.
  • Testing for students, faculty, and staff must be done at a CUNY COVID-19 testing site. The College cannot accept results from other sources.
  • The sample for this PCR test is self-collected. That means you'll use the collection kit to swab the inside of your own nose with guidance from trained staff.
  • Employees with verified vaccination information or an approved fully remote work agreement do not need to be tested through this program.

Testing is managed through the safeCircle testing program. To get started, look for an email from Cleared4.

Need help? Contact the safeCircle/Cleared4 support team or find more information on CUNY's COVID-19 Testing Program FAQ page.

For visitors

Visitors to a CUNY campus or building must provide appropriate proof that they are vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 7 days prior to the visit. To come on campus, please email to contact Public Safety for more information. Visitors must get approval before traveling here.

CUNY’s Random COVID-19 Testing Program

Beginning in January 2022, CUNY is expanding testing for the safety and convenience of the CUNY community.

  • Overall random testing will increase to 20% of the vaccinated and unvaccinated on-campus population. Participation in the random surveillance testing is mandatory and failure to participate will result in the removal of the individual’s Cleared4 access pass to CUNY spaces.
  • Student athletes will be required to submit a negative test before returning to campus.
  • Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated and expand to cover student athletes, regardless of vaccination status.

Medical clearances required to return to campus will continue to be accepted from non-CUNY testing providers. CUNY safeCircle test sites will also be available for clearance because of the shortage of available testing in New York City.

For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ. For a list of testing locations, visit here. For general frequently asked questions, please refer to the Getting Back to Working in Person FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact the Human Resources office.

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