Updated March 2022

We recognize that members of our college community still have questions about returning to campus. Many people may be wondering about the same things. It's important to us that everyone has accessible information as we prepare for Spring 2022, so we're sharing some frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on what we’ve heard.

You can also learn about what we're doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in campus buildings through the Hostos "Ready" page. Details shared under “COVID-19: Protecting Our Community on Campus” are updated as they change.

If there are details you would like to see included on our website, let us know so we can consider adding them! Please send feedback to our COVID-19 Communications email address or through this online form.

Note: You may only see a few questions and answers here right now, but we'll be adding information to this page regularly.

Testing, Vaccines and Boosters

Will vaccines be required?

For students:

For the Spring 2022 semester, students taking in-person or hybrid courses must be fully vaccinated when classes begin and get a booster when they become eligible.

Students will be able to register for on-campus classes prior to vaccination; however, proof of vaccination must be submitted before the start of classes. If proof of vaccination is not submitted, they will be de-registered before classes begin.

Further, all students taking in-person or hybrid classes and eligible for the booster on January 28 must upload proof of receiving a booster to CUNYfirst by March 1. If students are eligible for a booster after January 28, they will have 30 days after they become eligible to get the booster and upload the documentation to CUNYfirst.

Details on the student vaccination policy are now available on CUNY’s Coronavirus Page, and they continue to be updated at this time. We're waiting for further details and will update the college community when we have more information.

There is already a process to handle proof of vaccinations at Hostos, because we already have legally mandated immunization requirements for students and a process for medical or religious exemptions. That means that how we handle proof of COVID-19 vaccinations will build upon existing procedures and experience.

For faculty and staff:

All full- and part-time faculty, non-teaching instructional staff, and ECPs 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.

There is no current CUNY requirement for staff other than the PSC and ECP titles mentioned above to be vaccinated.

Faculty and staff who are not vaccinated or do not share proof of vaccination are required to do regular, weekly PCR testing through CUNY's testing program and will need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter. Testing must be done at a CUNY site; results from other providers (rapid or PCR) will not be allowed.

We strongly urge that everyone who can get the COVID-19 vaccination and booster to get them as soon as they're able, regardless of vaccination requirements.

As stated in the NYS COVID-19 vaccination guidelines:

  • New Yorkers 12-years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five (5) months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five (5) months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two (2) months ago are eligible for a booster dose.
  • Children 5-11 years old with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

I heard CUNY has mandatory COVID-19 testing. How will that work?

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.
  • Weekly testing will continue for those who are unvaccinated and expand to cover student athletes, whether vaccinated or not.
  • Student athletes, in addition to being fully vaccinated, will be required to submit a negative COVID test before returning to campus.

For more information about CUNY’s COVID-19 testing program, please see the Testing FAQ.


Do masks need to be worn at all times, even while teaching?

Effective March 7, 2022, CUNY students, faculty, staff, and visitors are not required to wear a mask in any campus setting.  Although no longer mandated, anyone who would like to continuing wearing a mask, is welcome to do so at any time, including individuals who are not vaccinated.  Masks are available and can be requested from Public Safety at the front desk of each Hostos building.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing means keeping at least 6 feet between people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Do we still need to physically distance?

Because students and faculty are expected to be fully vaccinated in the Spring 2022 semester (except for those granted medical or religious exemptions), physical distancing will not be a required safety measure for classroom and educational settings. People who are not fully vaccinated should continue to practice physical distancing.

How often are the HVAC filters changed?

The HVAC filters are changed quarterly, per the manufacturer’s guidance.

Have feedback? Please let us know through our COVID-19 Communications email address or this online form.