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Campus Health and Safety

Pace is committed to providing its community with a safe learning, working, and living environment. Our 30+-member COVID-19 task force, along with the Return to Campus Community group, comprising health-expert faculty members, University leadership, faculty, staff, and students have developed this comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of every member of our community. We are in this together and it is up to each of us to abide by the guidelines set forth in this plan. We are Pace Strong.

Key Dates for the Pace Community

  • January 18: Elisabeth Haub School of Law spring semester begins remotely
  • January 24: Spring semester begins remotely
  • January 31: Elisabeth Haub School of Law spring semester begins in-person
  • February 7: Spring semester begins in-person
  • March 13March 20: Spring break
  • April 18April 23: Elisabeth Haub School of Law spring break
  • May 12: Elisabeth Haub School of Law spring semester ends
  • May 14: Spring semester ends

See the updated academic calendar.

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About Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Support Team

Pace University has appointed Tom Murray, executive director of Conference and Event Services, to the role of Coronavirus Testing Manager. He is responsible for managing our testing efforts across all three campuses. Kim Cotignola, RN, is coordinating tracing and response efforts for the University. To contact the Coronavirus Coordination Support Team, please email covidcoordinator@pace.edu.

Questions regarding Pace’s Community-Testing Program may be sent to the COVID Coordination Officer, however private health information and lab results should only be shared with University Health Care (UHC) and must never be sent through email. Please upload any private health information to UHC’s confidential patient portal.

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Testing

We strongly encourage all members of the Pace Community to be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. All members of the Pace Community are able to participate in community testing, however, if you are not fully vaccinated, weekly testing is a requirement in order to maintain access to campus and/or reside on campus. Weekly testing reminder emails will be sent to those who are required to participate in community testing. Some groups may still be required to test based on on-campus and community trends, and tests will remain available for all those, whether vaccinated or exempted, who would like one. Here’s how to participate in community testing at Pace.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Boosters

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff coming to campus must be vaccinated against COVID-19. To request an extension to comply with vaccine requirements, please submit a completed Extension Request Form (PDF). ​For members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, please submit the Law School Extension Request Form (PDF). If you have not already been vaccinated, find a vaccination center near you.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

For the Spring 2022 semester, we are requiring that all eligible members of the Pace Community who are coming to campus receive a booster. This includes both residential and commuter students who come to campus, except for those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Fully online students will not be subject to this requirement.

Please note the following information regarding COVID-19 booster eligibility guidelines. More guidance is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 18+)
  • Those who received a second dose of the Moderna vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 18+)
  • Those who received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 16+)
  • The Centers for Disease Control recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) in most cases. If you have already received 2 shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please upload the record of your vaccinations to the Patient Portal and contact University Health Care for guidance.

To continue to access campus, you must upload a record of your booster within 30 days of when you become eligible. If you’re not eligible to receive a booster yet, you may still return to campus, but you should plan ahead to receive your booster and upload proof within the specified 30 days of becoming eligible. Upload proof to the confidential Patient Portal or by using the PaceSafe app. You will NOT receive a confirmation email for loading your booster record; instead, we will randomly audit booster records to ensure compliance.

We recognize there may be extenuating circumstances, including for international students who did not receive their initial vaccine in the United States, and we will issue extensions where appropriate. If you need additional time to comply with COVID booster, then you must complete a Request to Comply with Pace University’s COVID-19 Booster Requirement form (PDF). The form is accessible via the Patient Portal and requires supporting documentation. You must be eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster and meet one of the following conditions:

  • Received a non-FDA or non-WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and have received a monoclonal antibody or convalescent serum therapy.

If your healthcare provider has determined that you should not receive a booster yet, you must apply for a temporary medical exemption with supporting documentation from your healthcare provider. Complete the medical exemption request on the University’s Immunization page found at and upload it to the confidential Patient Portal.

If you are not yet eligible for a booster or you have already received a medical or religious exemption for Pace’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement you do not need to apply for an extension or other exemption for the booster.

Check Vaccination Your Status in the Patient Portal

If you've uploaded your documentation (e.g., proof of vaccination, proof of booster, request for exemption, or request for extension) and are unsure if you are approved to come to campus, simply follow the steps below.

  • Log-in to the confidential patient portal with your Pace username/password
  • Click on the tab labeled “Immunizations” at the top of the page
  • Click the “View History” link on the drop down that pops up
  • Compliance status appears in RED on the webpage that opens. If the document has been fully processed/approved, the following text will appear, “Overall Status: Compliant, Verified”.

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Monitoring Your Health

  • Community Testing: Once again, we are requiring weekly testing for certain communities (including those exempted from the vaccine requirement and certain high-risk groups) and a randomly selected sample of the population coming to campus. As a reminder, any member of our community can participate in community testing if they wish. See the schedule for community testing.

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Contact Tracing

  • Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will work with Pace’s University Health Care Unit and the local health departments’ contact tracers to identify students, faculty, staff, or visitors who may have had close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to that person testing positive.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer will communicate with the local health authority regarding its contact tracing and follow its guidance and recommendations.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer, University Health Care, and/or the local Department of Health will notify Pace Community members and visitors about confirmed positives as necessary and appropriate, discuss recommendations of the local health authority, and determine whether exposed community members will need to quarantine before they can return to campus.

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Face Coverings

Effective March 7, 2022, masks will be optional in most places on Pace campuses. We will continue to require masks only in classrooms during classes, on elevators, in healthcare settings, on Pace transportation, and for those who are exempt from our vaccine requirement. We will consider every other space a “mask-friendly” environment, where mask use is welcome and supported for anyone who chooses to wear one and is encouraged when distance cannot be maintained. Note that internships or clinical placements may continue to require masks.

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing your risk of transmission and to others near you. Read the CDC's guide to face coverings.

  • Pace University requires that individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status, wear appropriate face coverings any time they are in any campus building (e.g., common areas, cubicles, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.), and at all times as directed by Pace signage.
  • Pace University will provide reusable cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Approved face coverings include but are not limited to cloth, surgical masks, and face shields.
  • Face coverings will also be required for all individuals on Pace shuttle buses and in University Health Care.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Do not share your face coverings.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn, or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Please note: Face coverings that incorporate a one-way or exhalation valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) are designed to facilitate easy exhaling and are not an acceptable face covering on campus. Such respirators and face coverings are not effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. See the examples below of face coverings that would not be permitted for use:

Face Shields: A face shield is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. At this time, it is not known what level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer. There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore, the CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings.

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Hand Washing

Wash your 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.

It's especially important to wash:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Cleaning and Sanitization

Pace’s Facilities team will continue to maintain the cleanliness of the university campuses and follow state and CDC guidelines.

  • The Facilities team will clean all high-touch surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, faucets, railings, light switches, elevator buttons) at least twice a day.
  • In dining halls, sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes.
  • Pace campus facilities will be cleaned and disinfected as appropriate daily by the Facilities team.
  • Classrooms, including desks and workstations, will be deep-cleaned by the Facilities team every evening.
  • While the Facilities team will be responsible for thorough cleaning, it is expected that all faculty and staff maintain clean work areas and wipe down any areas before and after use with cleaning supplies that are provided in each classroom or other work area.
  • The Facilities team will also adjust the mechanical infrastructure to increase fresh air flow, adding efficient filtration, utilizing UV-C technology to combat infectious particles, and controlling temperature and humidity.

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Spaces on Campus

Occupancy: Signage will be posted in all rooms noting the maximum occupancy.

Shielding: Partitions or barriers will remain in place as needed in spaces that include face-to-face customer service, such as in classrooms, the Information Desk, Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and Mail Services.

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Campus Safety and Security

Pace is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To the extent that protocols are not followed by any individual on campus, Pace reserves the right to take disciplinary action against students, faculty, and staff, as well as removing any visitor from the premises. These actions may involve Student Life, Human Resources, and Safety and Security.

  • To the extent that Pace allows outside individuals onto campus for events such as lectures, conferences, or athletics events, Safety and Security shall be responsible for monitoring/enforcing face covering protocols.
  • Safety and Security will ask all visitors prior to entry to complete an online screening questionnaire.
  • On at least a weekly basis, Emergency Management shall review activities from the prior week and along with Safety and Security, and University Health Care, assess any areas in need of new or increased protocols to ensure a safe environment.

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