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Planning for the Fall 2021 Semester

Pace’s COVID-19 Task Force, alongside faculty and University administration, are working toward a Fall 2021 semester that looks and feels closer to normal.

Please stay tuned to your Pace email and this website for the latest updates and guidelines based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, and our local health departments.

Below you’ll find all the information you need to know about preparing to come back, monitoring and testing, vaccination requirements, safety measures, arrangements for teaching, and more. We’re so proud of how our community has responded during this time and know we will face this upcoming transition with optimism and enthusiasm.

Be sure to check back frequently as we are updating this information as it becomes available.

Key Dates for Faculty

  • August 1: Pace faculty, staff, and students must upload proof of vaccination to the Confidential Patient Portal by this date
  • August 30: Elisabeth Haub School of Law fall semester begins
  • September 8: Fall semester begins
  • December 22: Fall semester ends

To facilitate this accelerated schedule, we plan to hold classes on some previously scheduled holidays. Accommodations will be made for individual religious observances. If you have questions or concerns regarding your return to campus, please contact your department chair or the Office of the Provost at associateprovost@pace.edu. See the updated academic calendar.

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Monitoring and Testing

  • When we return for the fall semester, all unvaccinated members of the Pace Community (including those who have not left the New York area) will be required to participate in weekly community testing in order to maintain campus access (this is a requirement of all employees, regardless of your office location or when in the semester you plan to access campus).
  • All faculty, staff, and students (both residential and commuter) will be required to complete a daily screening questionnaire related to symptoms, travel and exposures in the past 14 days. The screening questionnaire is available to everyone in the Pace Community via the PaceSafe mobile app. If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the PaceSafe app, please access our web-based daily health questionnaire.
  • All on-campus members of the Pace Community, on days they are on campus, will be required to monitor their health, check their temperature, and complete the screening tool's questionnaire daily once the campus reopens. The University will monitor and review responses on a regular basis.
  • In the screening questionnaire, you can expect to answer several questions daily, including:
    • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 Days
    • If you have traveled internationally, have you completed testing and quarantine if required in CDC’s country specific guidance?
    • If symptomatic and unvaccinated, have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Be prepared to show an approved status after completing the screening to Security upon entering campus buildings.
  • Stay in if you do not feel well, have a fever, or do not pass your daily health self-assessment. Contact University Health Care if you are experiencing symptoms.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

While we all must do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, if you do become ill or are exposed to someone who is ill, here is what you need to know as a member of the University community:

  • If You Have Symptoms: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must report your symptoms through the PaceSafe mobile screening app or directly to University Health Care and your department chair. Faculty who are experiencing symptoms are prohibited from coming to campus and should seek guidance from their healthcare provider. If you are not feeling well, stay home. Do not come to campus.
    • If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19 and do not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, you will be assumed positive for COVID-19, and you may not return to work until you meet these criteria:
      • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
      • Have improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)\
      • Have been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • If You Have Been Exposed: If you are either symptomatic or not fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must report that you’ve had close contact through the PaceSafe mobile screening app or directly to University Health Care, which will work with the Coronavirus Coordination Officer to determine the necessary precautions you should take. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, NEVER email any health care information. You must upload any test results or other private health care information through the University Health Care’s secure patient portal.
  • If you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may not return to work on campus until completing 10 days of quarantine from the date of last exposure. You may perform work remotely dependent upon the nature of work and manager guidance.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will have to isolate for 10 days. You may return to work when you have been cleared by the Department of Health to do so, after you have met all three of the following criteria. You may also be required to provide a fitness for duty certification from your health care provider:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
    • Have improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
    • Have been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will work with University Health Care and the local the local Department of Health contact tracing officials.
  • Following contact tracing, the Department of Health, University Health Care, or Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will notify faculty, staff, students, or visitors, as necessary and appropriate, about their possible exposure.
  • Pace’s custodial staff will close off any areas where you may have spent any significant time, including common spaces, offices, classrooms, bathrooms, etc., so that they may begin the cleaning and disinfection process. Depending on where you have been, it may be necessary to close a floor and/or building until a time when it can be properly sanitized.
  • If You Test Positive: If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to inform University Health Care immediately by telephone and then upload your positive test result through the University Health Care’s secure patient portal. University Health Care will work with the Coronavirus Coordination Officer and the local health department in contact tracing. You must cooperate with all contact tracing efforts, which will include providing information about contact with other members of the Pace Community. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, NEVER email any health care information. You must upload any test results or other private health care information through the University Health Care’s secure patient portal.
  • If You Test Negative: If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, but you are lab-confirmed NOT to have COVID-19, you may return to work after confirming this with University Health Care by uploading your negative test result to the secure patient portal. DO NOT email any test results or private information.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact the Coronavirus Coordination Officer or University Health Care.

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COVID-19 Vaccination

As we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester, we will require COVID-19 vaccination for everyone in our community who will come to campus starting August 16, 2021.

This includes all Pace faculty, staff, and students. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the Confidential Patient Portal by August 1, 2021. (Faculty and staff are not required to submit non-COVID vaccine records mandated for students in that portal.)

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).

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Workplace Safety

We know how important it is for our community to return to campus and to advance the University’s academic mission. But our priority is, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our faculty, students, and staff.

Face Coverings

As of August 13, 2021, Pace University is requiring face coverings to be worn indoors on all our campuses. We are also encouraging face coverings outdoors, in situations when distance cannot be maintained. We will re-evaluate this policy as conditions change. Face coverings will be required for all individuals on the Pace shuttle and in the University Health Care clinics.

Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from spreading. Wear a mask and take every day preventive actions in public settings. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing the risk of transmission to others near you. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about face coverings, please see our Campus Health and Safety page.

Meetings and Travel

Face-to-face meetings are permitted and participants should follow CDC guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. We recommend that faculty who travel out of state or internationally for personal reasons, via any mode of transportation, log their activity using a written or app-based personal journal. This information is helpful in the event contact tracing is needed to alert you or others about possible exposure.

Spaces on Campus

Occupancy: Signage will be posted in all rooms noting the maximum occupancy. With restrictions relaxed and vaccination rates on campus, areas will return back to original occupancy levels

Shielding: Partitions or barriers have been installed and will remain in place as needed in workspaces 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.

Cleaning and Sanitization of Pace Facilities

Pace’s Facilities team will be tasked with ensuring that the University has a sufficient supply of all sanitizing supplies for all campus locations, including, but not limited to, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.

  • 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 will be outfitted with disinfectant wipe dispensers for use by students and faculty. Classrooms, including desks and workstations, will be deep-cleaned by the Facilities team every evening.
  • While the Facilities team will be responsible for thoroughly 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.

Hygiene and Cleaning for Faculty

Pace will follow guidance from Federal and State governments and agencies regarding cleaning and disinfecting its facilities, including Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health. Pace will maintain a cleaning log for each of its facilities, which will be maintained by the Facilities team and kept in their custodial management offices. The cleaning log will identify the date, time and scope of each cleaning, including cleaning and disinfection that is performed following a positive or suspected case of COVID-19.

Pace will aid good hygiene by providing the following:

  • Hand sanitizer stations at each entrance to a campus building; and
  • Touchless hand soap and hand sanitizer in each break room, bathroom, and meeting rooms where feasible.

Pace’s facilities will be cleaned and disinfected as appropriate daily by custodial staff. In addition, faculty will be provided a checklist of items that must be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each workday. Faculty will be given the cleaning supplies necessary to complete this task.

Faculty will be responsible for cleaning their own computer equipment (e.g., keyboard, screen, mouse) before and after their personal use. Disposable covers for keyboards and mice will be made available in the shared computer spaces, in addition to disinfecting wipes.

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Academics

Pace’s commitment to providing a world class education for all our students continues this year with planning for in-person, remote, and hybrid learning modalities. All academic decisions will be made in consultation with the Deans, Faculty and Staff councils, and the student government, to the fullest extent possible.

Academic Calendar: For the 2021–2022 academic year, Pace is following a standard calendar with semester breaks. View this year's academic calendar.

Delivery of Instruction:

Pace University is known for our commitment to providing student-centered learning experiences with a focus on in-person instruction and engagement. We are planning to continue this commitment in Fall 2021 in a way that prioritizes and protects the health of our vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.

For the Fall 2021 semester, courses will be offered in one of four instructional modalities:

  • Fully on-campus (ONCMP): A course with only traditional in-person, on-campus class meetings.
  • HyFlex or Hybrid-Flex (HYFLX): Course is taught in a combined approach with some physical, on-campus participation and some remote Zoom participation. Instructors work with students to determine the attendance location. Visit the HyFlex website for more information.
  • Web-assisted (WA): A course with some in-person, on-campus class meetings and some online elements. This means that when you aren’t physically in the classroom, you will complete coursework online. Check with your instructor about the specific requirements and be sure to carefully review the course syllabus, once it’s available.
  • Fully online: A course delivered fully remotely. It may be a synchronous course (SYNC), in which students and faculty will meet live online on a set schedule, or it may be an asynchronous course (ASYNC), in which all coursework is available online and can be accessed at any time. Some fully online courses may have both synchronous and asynchronous components (MIXAS).

You can find the modality of your Fall 2021 classes by going to Schedule Explorer. However, please note that academic programs are actively updating instructional modalities. Revisions should be completed by August 1. We know that fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and other experiential learning are important elements of our academic fabric. The University’s approach to these experiences will be guided by public health guidelines, accreditation requirements, and academic norms associated with the different disciplines. Remote options are available for non-teaching activities such as office hours and meetings.

Face Coverings in Classrooms, Labs, and Studio Spaces: Face coverings will be required for all individuals in all classrooms. Pre-existing personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for the lab/research environment remain in place. Classrooms are outfitted with tempered glass barriers to protect both students and instructors.

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Important Information

Accommodations for Faculty

Faculty with qualified disabilities seeking a disability accommodation, should contact Employee Relations at employeerelations@pace.edu.

Campus Safety and Security

Pace is committed to providing a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, 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 requirements.
  • 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.

Non-Discrimination and Mutual Support

Pace University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and where every member can thrive. It is essential that we all be supportive, respectful, and inclusive of the members of our community who are affected by this global issue.

In the wake of this outbreak, several universities have experienced the targeting and exclusion of Chinese individuals, individuals perceived to be Chinese, and individuals recently returned from China due to fear and misinformation about the virus.

Acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment run counter to our University values and to Pace’s policies, including our Guiding Principles of Conduct and Non-Discrimination policies (PDF).

If you see someone wearing a face covering outside of where it is required, do not assume that the individual wearing it has symptoms or is at risk. Wearing a face covering is a widespread preventive measure universally, and is viewed as a gesture of consideration for others.

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