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Planning for Fall

What can we expect at Pace ?

Our plan and intention is for the Pace experience to look and feel very close to normal. That means a continuation of in-person classes, more in-person activities on campus, and more people on campus.

Will health and safety protocols still be in place?

We expect some health and safety precautions to still be necessary. We will follow all public health guidelines while still providing a great college experience for our students.

What if the situation with the pandemic changes?

We know that things can always change. We’ve had a lot of experience during the last year in being flexible and we plan to closely adhere to all public health guidance.

I have concerns about how Pace is approaching the upcoming semester. Who can I speak with specifically?

Your concerns are important, and you can contact University Health Care, as well as the Office of Student Accounts, Residential Life, and the Office of International Students and Scholars. Additionally, you can reach the Covid Coordinator at covidcoordinator@pace.edu.

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Health and Safety

Will there be events? And can clubs and organizations meet?

Effective as of March 7, 2022, Pace University is restoring event capacity to 100%.

What will happen if there is another widespread outbreak in the area?

If there is a major outbreak in the region and we need to go back to remote learning, we are ready to do so. In fact, we were required by New York State to file a plan on how we would make that change if necessary.

Do I have to wear a face covering?

Effective July 11, 2022, in accordance with CDC guidelines, we currently are recommending mask use in indoor settings on all three Pace campuses. Pace University remains a mask-friendly community where mask use is always encouraged and supported. We continue to ask community members to take precautions and to stay home if they feel unwell or test positive. We will continue to require masks only in healthcare settings and on Pace transportation. Note that internships or clinical placements may continue to require masks. Learn more about Pace’s face covering requirements.

What happens if I am exposed and not fully vaccinated and boosted?

You must quarantine for five full days and get tested no sooner than day 5. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.

Exceptions to Quarantine:

The following individuals will not need to quarantine, as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Anyone who is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
  • Anyone who has had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and recovered. Three months is measured from the date a person first had COVID-19 symptoms or, if they had no symptoms, the date of their first positive diagnostic test.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • You must isolate and remain in isolation for at least 5 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive, whichever came first. You can return to campus activities after 5 days of isolation if symptoms have improved or you remain fever free for 24 hours and you receive a rapid negative test result.
  • You are required to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for 5 additional days.
  • If living on-campus, email  covidcoordinator@pace.edu for isolation housing instructions.
  • You are required to inform the COVID Coordinator immediately by telephone, (646) 957-6847 or email covidcoordinator@pace.edu and then upload your positive test result through the PaceSafe App. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, NEVER email any health care information.

My spouse/roommate tested positive. Can I go on campus?

If you are a close contact select from the 2 options below to determine your next steps.

Option 1: Quarantine NOT required

You are not required to quarantine and you may return to work/school on campus if you:

  • Are up to date on your booster or
  • Completed your primary series of a 2 dose FDA-or WHO-authorized vaccine within the last 5 months, or
  • Completed the primary series of a single-dose FDA-or WHO-authorized vaccine within the last 2 months.

Please do the following for the 10 days after your date of last exposure:

  • Wear a mask around others for the 10 days following exposure.
  • Test on day 5 following the exposure
  • Self-monitor for COVID symptoms and isolate if you isolate from others, get tested, and stay home while waiting for the test results.
    • If negative, you may move about campus without restrictions (with mask around others).
    • If positive, continue to isolate away from others and await next steps from contact tracing.
  • You should continue participating in on-campus activities provided you are vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms. You must monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask at all times for 10 days.

Option 2: Quarantine required

You are required to quarantine for 5 days and NOT go to school/work on-campus if you:

  • Completed the primary series of a 2-dose FDA-or WHO-authorized vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted, or
  • Completed the primary series of a single-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted, or
  • Are unvaccinated

If you develop any covid symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible and isolate until you get a negative test result.

How do we make sure we are safe in elevators?

We recommend all occupants must wear face coverings. Because elevator space is limited, please allow yourself extra time when moving between classes and meetings.

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Booster Requirements

Is Pace University requiring boosters for Fall 2022?

Yes, COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all eligible members of the Pace Community who plan to come to campus are required. Even through variants and breakthroughs, it remains clear that the vaccines, with boosters, provide excellent protection against severe illness. If you are eligible, schedule your booster as soon as possible.

Can I get a booster shot in the United States if I was vaccinated outside of the United States?

Yes. If you have received a primary series of a WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine not available in the United States, you are eligible to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine only. Get additional information for if you were vaccinated outside of the US.

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. You may apply for an extension via the confidential Patient Portal beginning January 17.

When am I eligible for a booster? What kind of booster can I receive?

New York City, New York State, and Pace all accept COVID-19 vaccines authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). The CDC recently updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines and urges individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or booster (Moderna or Pfizer), as soon as possible.

  • 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 Moderna vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 18+)
  • Those who received a second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 16+)

I’m not yet eligible to receive a booster. Will this impact my ability to return to campus for Fall 2022?

No, you are still eligible to return to campus. You have 30 days after you become eligible to receive your vaccine booster and upload proof to the Patient Portal.

My healthcare provider doesn't recommend that I receive a booster yet. What should I do?

If your healthcare provider has determined that you should defer the booster to a later date, you must apply for a temporary medical extension with supporting documentation from your healthcare provider. Complete the medical extension request found on our Immunization page and upload it to the confidential Patient Portal.

What if I recently tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get a booster?

Yes. If you are not symptomatic after having recovered from COVID-19, and if you have been medically cleared by a doctor, you are permitted to get vaccinated. Individuals who have had COVID-19 and have been fully vaccinated should still get a booster (see current CDC guidelines). The only exceptions are:

  • If you received monoclonal antibody or convalescent serum therapy to treat COVID-19 (in other words, if the therapy was given after a diagnosis of COVID-19 was made), wait 90 days before getting a booster.
  • Contact your primary care physician or University Health Care with any additional questions.

I have already received a medical or religious exemption for Pace’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Do I need to apply for another exemption for the booster?

No, your approved exemption on record with the University also applies to the booster requirement.

How do I find a provider or clinic to make a booster shot appointment?

Continue to check your local pharmacies or use the following links to find options:

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Vaccination Requirements

What should I do if I’m fully vaccinated but don’t have proof?

Your record of vaccination needs to be reviewed and approved before you can come to campus. If you have lost your vaccine card you can’t get a replacement at this time, but you can request a copy of your COVID-19 record. Reach out to the provider that administered the vaccine for a record. If that's not an option, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends contacting your state health department's immunization information system; your information should be listed on that registry from when you were vaccinated.

I won’t be vaccinated when I return to campus. Can I get vaccinated when I arrive? Do I have to quarantine?

Yes, you can get vaccinated when you arrive; however, you will not be able to access campus until you are in compliance with Pace’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. To comply with the vaccine mandate you must obtain your first shot of a two-shot vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and request an extension, or you can obtain the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and submit proof of vaccination through our confidential Patient Portal.

What does proof of appointment mean?

If you will not be able to meet Pace University’s vaccine compliance requirements by the day you plan to arrive on campus, you must submit a request for extension form (PDF)/Law School Extension Request Form (PDF) and proof that you have scheduled the vaccine appointment you need. Proof of an appointment is a confirmation email or appointment slip, that includes your first and last name and the date and time of your appointment. To schedule your appointment in New York, use the State of New York COVID-19 Vaccine website. You will be asked for your date of birth, if you live in the United States, and for your zip code. If you are coming from out of state or abroad, use your Pace campus address:

New York City: One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

Pleasantville: 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Law School: 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603

Do I have to pay for my vaccine?

The US federal government is providing vaccines free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. Providers may request your health insurance information to bill your health plan for administrative costs, but you will not be required to pay out of pocket.

I will only have one dose of a two-dose vaccine before I plan to come to campus. What is the process?

If you have received only the first dose of two-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized or approved vaccine, you must submit a request for extension form (PDF)/Law School Extension Request Form (PDF), along with proof that you have an appointment scheduled for your second shot.

For campus access, all members of the Pace Community must meet vaccination requirements. You will be cleared to access campus once your extension request is reviewed and approved. That process can take up to seven days.

Can the University guarantee that the information I submitted to Medicat is protected?

Any protected health information received by Pace University is handled in a confidential manner. You may be required to sign an authorization allowing the University Benefits Office to assist in resolving health care or FSA claim issues on the member’s behalf.

For more information, review our Privacy Notice (PDF) and the Notice of Privacy Practices (PDF).

I have submitted proof of vaccination, exemption, or extension to the Patient Portal, and I believe my current compliance status is not accurate.

OR

I do not know my compliance status.

You can log into the Patient Portal to check your “status.” Select Immunizations > View History > Print. If your COVID-19 immunization status is “Yes, verified” and you were denied access to campus, contact the Compliance Call Center at (914) 422-4699 or email immunization@pace.edu for direction.

If your verification status is “No” and it has been more than seven business days since your submission, please message Medicat Compliance Services under > Messages in the Patient Portal, to request a status update.

I’m a new international student, are the same vaccination and booster requirements applicable to me?
Any international student, new or continuing, should refer to the international student section of this FAQ, listed below.

What do I need to know about requesting a medical or religious exemption to the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirement?
Information on religious and medical exemptions for all members of the Pace Community can be found on the University's Immunization Compliance page.

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Positive Cases–Quarantine and Isolation

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quarantine refers to someone who might have been exposed to the virus and isolation refers to someone who may be positive with COVID-19. Any community member who displays symptoms or receives a positive diagnosis will be required to isolate.

I tested positive, so am in isolation, but feel fine. How long do I have to be in isolation?

You must isolate and remain in isolation for at least 5 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive, whichever came first. You can return to campus activities after 5 days of isolation if symptoms have improved or you remain fever free for 24 hours and you receive a rapid negative test result. You are required to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for 5 additional days. If you test positive, you must continue to isolate until you test negative or to day 10, whichever comes first.

If close contact informs quarantine and isolation decisions, what is considered "close contact"?

The NYC Department of Health has issued new guidance for colleges and universities as relates to close-contact.

  • In NYC, close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person, during their infectious period, regardless of face covering use or the presence of plexiglass or other barriers, for 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted, you will have to quarantine for 5 days from the date of exposure. Those who are fully vaccinated and boosted or have had COVID-19 in the past three months do not have to quarantine. However, you must get tested between 3-5 days after exposure regardless of vaccination status, and wear a mask at all times for 14 after exposure, or until you get a negative COVID-19 test.

What will happen if a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms?

Unfortunately, there will likely be COVID-19 cases at Pace. In such cases, those students and their “family unit” [roommate(s)] will be required to isolate and test as directed by public health guidance. Students who test positive may choose to isolate in their campus residences or at an alternate location.

While the entire community will work to reduce the possibility of this occurring, every member of the community must accept their responsibility for taking both quarantine and isolation seriously if it is determined that they must take such action.

I am immuno-compromised/have a disability and do not have symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19. I feel unsafe living with someone who has tested positive. What can I do?

For questions about your specific health considerations, you are encouraged to reach out to the Covid Coordinator (covidcoordinator@pace.edu) who can work directly with you regarding your questions.

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Quarantining and isolating on campus during the school year

I’m in quarantine or isolation, but my room needs some repairs. What do I do?

  • Any repairs or issues within student rooms under quarantine and isolation can be reported using the online work order system. Access to this system requires a Pace internet connection and a Pace log-in.
  • Facilities staff will complete the work order in full PPE for rooms with a positive case or direct contacts of a positive case.

I’m in quarantine or isolation, so what do I do about work?

New York State requires employers with more than 100 staff members (like Pace) to provide pay to employees (including student workers) who cannot work due to a department of health quarantine. This includes part time student staff and college work study. If you have a campus job that cannot be done remotely, you will be paid for the regular work schedule you normally work. If you have a job that can be done remotely, but you don’t feel well enough to do the work, you will also be paid. If you work off campus, you should reach out to your supervisor to ask them about the benefits they provide for employees under a department of health quarantine which prevents you from going to work. If you need any help navigating that, Pace’s Human Resources team is willing to help support you. You can contact them by email employeerelations@pace.edu.

I tested positive, am in isolation, but feel fine. How long do I have to be in isolation and when can I participate in on-campus activities?

You must isolate and remain in isolation for at least 5 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive, whichever came first. You can return to campus activities after 5 days of isolation if symptoms have improved or you remain fever free for 24 hours and you receive a rapid negative test result. You are required to monitor symptoms and wear a tight-fitting mask for 5 additional days.

What do I do about missing my in-person class?

Students should reach out to their faculty members and academic advisor to let them know they are in quarantine or isolation. Students are encouraged to update their faculty members and academic advisor on their situation should they need any flexibility with assignments and coursework due to limited access to resources, technology challenges, and/or health complications.

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Monkeypox

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. The current outbreak is notable for the relatively large number of cases and breadth of countries from which cases have been reported.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Rashes, bumps, or blisters on parts of your body.
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.

Symptoms usually start within two weeks of exposure to the virus, but can occur up to three weeks later. The illness is usually mild, although can be painful and result in permanent scarring. Severe cases may occur in young children, pregnant people, or people with suppressed immune systems.

How is it spread?

The most common route of transmission, according to the CDC, is direct physical contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs (often through sexual and other close / intimate touch).

Other routes of transmission include:

  • Contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, or towels) that have been used by someone with monkeypox
  • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids (e.g., saliva) shared during kissing or other prolonged face-to-face contact

Resource: CDC: Social Gatherings, Safer Sex and monkeypox

Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?

Monkeypox vaccination with the JYNNEOS vaccine is currently recommended for people who have had contact with someone with monkeypox and those who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox.

The vaccine is recommended as two doses, at least four weeks apart.

Resource: JYNNEOS Vaccine for monkeypox: Frequently Asked Questions

Is the monkeypox vaccine available to Pace students?

Vaccine doses are not provided on campus. For information on how to get a vaccine in NYC, visit NYC's vaccine finder. For information on how to get a vaccine in Westchester, visit Westchester's vaccine finder.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

Refer to the NYC Department of Health's website or the New York State Department of Health's website for the most current eligibility information.

Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status or residency.

If you had monkeypox, then you likely have some protection against another infection and are currently not eligible to be vaccinated.

People who have been informed by the Health Department that they are a close contact of someone with monkeypox should also get vaccinated.

Where can I get vaccine updates?

Vaccine supply and eligibility are expected to increase in the months ahead. For the most current information, visit the NYS Department of Health's website or the NYC Department of Health’s website.

How can I get a vaccine appointment?

In New York City, eligible persons can schedule an appointment through the city’s online vaccine finder.

In Westchester County, the Department of Health is offering monkeypox vaccine clinics on Mondays (10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) and Wednesdays (4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.) at their 134 Court Street location. Eligible persons who meet the criteria can register for an appointment on their webpage.

For those who have been informed by the Health Department that they are a close contact of someone diagnosed with monkeypox, the department will provide instructions about where to get vaccinated.

What is the treatment for individuals with monkeypox?

Most people with monkeypox have self-limited illness and require only supportive care. However, for some, antivirals such as tecovirimat (TPOXX) are recommended. These include people with more severe illness and those who are more likely to get severely ill with monkeypox, such as individuals with weakened immune systems.

Persons with monkeypox are encouraged to talk to their provider to find out if they are eligible for antiviral treatment. They may also be able to obtain medications to alleviate the symptoms of monkeypox.

Does Pace provide testing and guidance for students?

Pace University students can access telehealth evaluation, and guidance at University Health Care. Testing is not done in University Healthcare and is conducted by off-campus providers.

In NYC, individuals can get tested at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic.

  • Address: 303 9th Ave, 1st floor, New York, NY 10001. Open from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Their number is (347) 396-7959

Westchester locations to coordinate testing and care:

  • White Plains Hospital Urgent Care line: (914) 849-7999
  • Phelps Hospital ER on Demand Hotline: (833) 556-6784
  • Northwell GoHealth (Tarrytown): (914) 266-3102
  • Westchester Medical Center: (914) 493-7000

What should someone do if they develop symptoms?

If a person starts experiencing symptoms, they must isolate immediately and talk to their health care provider. If a person does not have a health care provider, it is recommended that they call 311 or search the NYC Health Map. A provider will conduct an evaluation and may order testing and referral for further management.

Westchester locations to coordinate testing and care:

  • White Plains Hospital Urgent Care line: (914) 849-7999
  • Phelps Hospital ER on Demand Hotline: (833) 556-6784
  • Northwell GoHealth (Tarrytown): (914) 266-3102
  • Westchester Medical Center: (914) 493-7000

A person with monkeypox is contagious until all symptoms have resolved and all sores have healed and a new layer of skin has formed on all sores, which can take 2-4 weeks.

A monkeypox diagnosis is considered private health information and people who are diagnosed with monkeypox are not required to disclose their diagnosis to course instructors or supervisors when requesting accommodations during their isolation period. Accommodations should be discussed with Student Accessibility Services or with Human Resources for employees.

What does isolation for monkeypox look like?

Students who contract monkeypox are required to follow current public health guidance for strict isolation protocol until they have fully healed. Bathrooms, towels, bed linens and clothing cannot be shared during isolation. Given the length of the isolation period now advised, students living in on-campus housing must isolate off campus until they have healed.

If students who live off campus have monkeypox, they will need to identify appropriate solutions to isolate for the recommended duration. If students cannot fully isolate themselves, they should take as many precautions as they can to limit exposure to others.

How does isolation work for monkeypox?

Isolation for monkeypox is different than it is for COVID-19. Due to the nature and transmissibility of monkeypox, isolation begins right after testing (when there is a high risk of transmission) and lasts longer, but in some situations offers more flexibility when compared to isolation for COVID.

  • After testing: If your healthcare provider assesses that you are at high risk for monkeypox infection, you will be asked to isolate for 3–5 days while awaiting your test results.
  • Until healed: If your test comes back positive, your stay in isolation will be extended, typically for two to four weeks off-campus. The length of time depends upon how long it takes your body to heal from the infection. Full healing typically means that any scabs have fallen off your sores and that your rash has formed a fresh layer of skin.
  • Accommodations: Students will work their academic program to arrange for academic accommodations that allow them to continue their studies while remaining in isolation, whenever feasible.

Can I go to school for class or an event if I have monkeypox?

In accordance with current public health guidance on isolation, students who contract monkeypox are not permitted to attend class, labs or other activities in person until they have fully healed. In certain circumstances—based on their program and current courses—students may be able to work with their professors to continue their studies while isolating at home. Students requiring temporary accommodations should reach out to the Office of the Deans for Students.

What should an individual do if they were in contact with a person diagnosed with monkeypox?

All contacts should do the following:

  • Seek vaccination as soon as possible, ideally within five days of contact
  • Closely monitor their health and if symptoms develop, promptly seek consultation with a provider or through student health services

What should you do and not do if you find out about a case?

Pace faculty, administrators, supervisors, event hosts, and others who are made aware of a positive case, suspected case, or close contact with monkeypox should refer students to University Healthcare. Pace faculty, administrators, supervisors, event hosts, and others who are made aware of a positive or suspected case should not make announcements, notify others about the case, cancel classes, and/or make health recommendations to other members of the Pace community.

This is stressful, is there someone that I can speak with?

The emergence of a new illness in our community can be stressful, especially at the beginning of the academic year when students may be sharing spaces with new roommates, suitemates, teammates, and other peers. Resources for stress management and connection with mental health support are available from the Counseling Center.

In New York City, how can I get more information on monkeypox?

For more information in NYC, visit NYC's monkeypox website, call 311 or scan the QR code. For real-time updates, text “MONKEYPOX” to 692-692. Message and data rates may apply. For more information in Westchester, visit Westchester's monkeypox website.

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Life on Campus

What will life on campus be like?
All of our lounges, study spaces, fitness centers, meeting and event spaces will be open and available for student use. Students will be able to interact, socialize and be part of the vibrant community that has existed on campus.

Is there a place on campus where I can use a computer?
Yes. To help maintain computer accessibility for student use, Information Technology Services (ITS) has temporarily relocated some lab computers (Windows PCs) to other areas around campus, where they will continue to be available to students for completing coursework using licensed lab software. See the list of Campus Locations for Satellite ITS Lab Computers.

Will there be events? And can clubs and organizations meet?
Effective as of March 7, 2022, Pace University is restoring event capacity to 100%.

Will there be sporting events and will the gyms be open?
Pace University Athletics will continue with a full schedule of competition for all sports, while following protocols focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Pace will continue to monitor the evolving conditions and follow local, state, CDC, and NCAA guidance that may require adaptations as needed. The Goldstein Fitness Center on our Pleasantville Campus and the fitness centers on the NYC Campus will be open to Pace students, faculty, and staff.

How do I receive my ID card?

All new incoming students will be required to electronically upload photos prior to arriving on Pace’s campuses.

  • Incoming first-year residential students will receive their new ID card directly from Residential Life staff during move-in.
  • Incoming first-year commuter students should reach out to Auxiliary Services at auxiliaryservices@pace.edu after receiving both a submitted and approved ID photo email to schedule a time to pick up your ID card.

If you are a returning student who will be living on campus this semester and have lost your ID card, please email Auxiliary Services at auxiliaryservices@pace.edu to request a replacement. When you move into your residence hall, you will receive your new ID card directly from Residential Life staff.

Returning commuter students who have lost their ID cards should email Auxiliary Services at auxiliaryservices@pace.edu to request a replacement and schedule a time to pick up their new ID card.

For additional information and contacts, please visit the Pace OneCard webpage.

If I work or live on campus, how do I receive my mail?
Mail Services has restored its hours of operation and method of mail and package delivery. Please go to the Mail Services website for information on mail distribution and retrieval.

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Residential Life and Housing

When will I be able to move in?

In addition to completing your online requirements, you will have the ability to select your own move-in appointment through MyHousing. Formal instructions on how to select your time slot will be included in a communication from Residential Life and Housing going out in late July. Move-in appointments will be for three-hour time slots, available on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to move about 45 students into each residence hall per day. (In previous years, we generally moved in about 300 students per hall per day over Labor Day weekend.) If you require a specific time slot that is not available when you attempt to schedule a move-in time, you should contact Residential Life and Housing Office to help solve the problem, but we ask that you remain flexible during the move-in process. Honors College students will be asked to sign up for move-in through the same process as we make available to all students.

Do I need to test before or when I arrive?

It is recommended that you take a rapid antigen test before traveling to campus and as soon as you return to campus, ideally on the day you arrive.

What are the current COVID-19 testing requirements for Pace Community members?

Testing is optional for all asymptomatic employees or students who are accessing campus. If you receive a positive COVID result from off-campus or University provided Covid-19 testing, submit the COVID-19 Positive Test Report form or email the COVID Coordinator at covidcoordinator@pace.edu to notify the university of your positive result.

Community or surveillance testing is NOT mandatory for employees and students who are religiously or medically exempt from vaccination unless it’s required by the program or clinical placement (Nursing PPA, ASDS). Testing is optional for all asymptomatic employees and students who are on campus.

Can I bring someone to help me to move in?

While we will have some volunteers available to assist with move-in, there may be limits to our usual group of Welcome Wagon student volunteers who assist arriving students in unpacking their things and moving them into the residence halls. No helpers will be permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls.

What will happen if a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms?

Unfortunately, there will likely be COVID-19 cases at Pace. In such cases, those students and their “family unit” [roommate(s)] will be required to isolate and test as directed by public health guidance. Students who test positive may choose to isolate in their campus residences or at an alternate location.

While the entire community will work to reduce the possibility of this occurring, every member of the community must accept their responsibility for taking both quarantine and isolation seriously if it is determined that they must take such action.

I live in a room or suite with a roommate who is isolating. What should I be doing to keep myself healthy while sharing a suite/apartment with a roommate who has COVID?

The University’s COVID Coordinator will be here to support you. Your specific guidance is dependent on your vaccination status. Students should use the COVID-19 Positive Test Report form to report new positive results. Students should mask around the infected housemate/roommate at all times, eat meals distanced from others, spend as much time with fresh air, and circulate air in shared rooms. Practice good hand hygiene by cleaning your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

I live in a suite/apartment with a roommate who is isolating. I want to request a room change/cancel my housing contract. Can I do that?

The University has protocols around how best to manage COVID in a campus environment and we are closely adhering to that guidance. Students are unable to cancel their housing assignment.

We encourage you to reach out to your roommate to discuss your concerns. The staff with Residential Life are a great resource for residents, and they would be able to support you as you consider how to have this conversation. You can reach out to your residential advisor for more information.

What if I’m living in a shared space with a roommate who has COVID? How will I remain safe?

COVID-19 vaccination and masking will help protect you. Students should mask around the infected housemate/roommate at all times, eat meals distanced from others, spend as much time with fresh air, and circulate air in shared rooms. If you live locally, you can consider quarantining at home.

If we isolate in place, will my roommate/suitemate receive notification?

Students living with an infected housemate/roommate will be directed to quarantine and/or test based on their vaccination status. These guidelines are consistent with the guidance currently being issued by the CDC. Students can always report a positive test or exposure to covidcooridnator@pace.edu or by using the COVID-19 Positive Test Report form.

If a residential student must isolate, how will they access food and health care?

Students who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will be able to isolate their assigned spaces. Students can order food and must wear a well fitting mask when moving to the building lobby to pick up their orders. If any student with roommates is exposed to a known case of COVID-19 all residents of that room will be required to quarantine together.

Are guests permitted?

Effective March 7, 2022 residential students will be able to have guests on campus, provided all guests adhere to Pace's Visitor Policy.

Are residential students allowed to have an off-campus job?

Yes, students are permitted to have off-campus jobs, clinical placements, and internships.

Are students allowed to leave their residence hall rooms?

Yes, of course. Students are allowed to come and go from their private room (or suite/house) in their residence hall as they please. There is no curfew for any residential students.

Are residential students able to receive deliveries like groceries or take-out food?

Yes.

Will there be a housing fee adjustment if the University is forced to move to remote learning?

Yes. In the event that the University is forced to close the residence halls for any reason, housing fees will be adjusted by a schedule that accounts for how long the halls were open. The complete Termination of Housing Agreement by the University policy can be found in the Housing Agreement, which is available to resident students in their MyHousing portal.

What cleaning protocols will be in place in the residence halls?

Please see our section on health and sanitization for Pace campuses. Within the residence halls, common areas such as lounges, kitchenettes, laundry areas, communal bathroom facilities, etc., will be cleaned and sanitized by Pace’s Facilities team. Residential students are responsible for the cleaning and sanitization of their personal spaces, including bathrooms.

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International

What are the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international students?

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are required for everyone coming to a Pace campus (faculty, staff, and students), except those with an approved medical or religious exemption. If you are eligible, schedule your booster as soon as possible. Vaccine records must be uploaded to the confidential Patient Portal.

Does the October 25 Presidential Proclamation end all the travel restrictions?

Yes, it does. However, effective November 8, 2021, in order to enter the US, international travelers must be fully vaccinated. Please review the Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic for obtaining more details.

As an F-1 visa holder, am I exempt from the global vaccination requirement?

No. Student visas are not under exception.

I begin my studies at Pace at the start of the semester. How far in advance should I get vaccinated?

All incoming students should be fully vaccinated with one of the accepted COVID-19 vaccines 14 days before their flight to the US.

What are the accepted COVID-19 vaccines?

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines are those vaccines that are currently either authorized for emergency use or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or are emergency use listed (EUL) or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Please review the CDC list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

Do I still need to obtain a negative result for a COVID-19 test administered three days before my flight departure to the United States?

No. As of 12:01 a.m. ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

I am a new student, am not yet fully vaccinated, and my visa appointment is in a week. Will this affect visa application?

No. Someone who is not fully vaccinated at the time of a visa application or interview could still be issued a visa by a US consulate, but would have to be fully vaccinated in order to board the airplane.

Can I request a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and still be admitted to the US?

No, religious exemptions are not acceptable.

Can I request a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and still be admitted to the US?

Yes. Medical conditions must be documented by a medical professional and presented by the time of departure. As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines: “Airlines or airline operators must confirm that any covered Individual claiming this exception has a signed letter from a licensed physician documenting a medical contraindication to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not widely available in my country. Are there any exceptions from the rule for foreigners travelling to the US?

The Biden administration made an exception to travelers from countries with low vaccination availability or no availability. Check CDC's List of Foreign Countries with Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Availability which includes 50 countries in total. Students can arrive unvaccinated but will have a 60-day commitment to get fully vaccinated in the US.

I have questions about travel to the United States. What do I need to know before making my plans?

For the most recent updates related to travel and immigration, please visit Pace’s Office of International Students and Scholars site.

Will international students be required to quarantine after arriving in the US?

Pace is not requiring you to quarantine, as long as you are vaccinated and have uploaded the appropriate documentation to our confidential Patient Portal. However, guidance and requirements can change. Check the CDC website for more information.

US Consular Services are currently suspended in my home country. Can I apply for an F-1 visa from a near-by country, other than my home country?

Yes, because of COVID-19, F-1 visa applicants are able now to interview at any operating post in the world.

The US Consulate in my home country has resumed their services but the visa appointments are very limited and there is a long-waiting time. Can I apply for an F-1 visa from a near-by country, other than my home country?

Yes, because of COVID-19, F-1 visa applicants are able now to interview at any operating post in the world. Additional information about visas can be found here.

Can I request to expedite my visa appointment?

Yes, you may request an expedited visa appointment but no earlier than 60 days before the start program date. Student visa is a priority for consular services.

Is there a timeline for the US Consular Services abroad to resume visa services?

There are many countries where visa services have been resumed. Please frequently check the US Embassy or Consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which services are currently being offered.

I have a question about my class schedule for the Spring 2022 semester. Who should I ask?

Questions about your class schedule should be addressed to your academic advisor.

How can I pay my tuition bill from overseas?

For any questions about tuition payment/installment plan, please contact studentaccounts@pace.edu.

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Dining

Will on-campus dining be available?

Yes. Beginning at the start of the semester, the dining cafés will be open and meal plan funds will be available for use. Everyone visiting a dining café on campus will be required to wear a face covering, including when picking up food for takeout. Mobile ordering and pickup stations will remain available with the use of contactless payment where possible. For complete information regarding dining on campus, please visit the Campus Dining website.

If I am required to quarantine or isolate on campus in a residence hall, how will I get meals?

Meals can be ordered and delivered to the residence hall lobbies for students who are required to quarantine or isolate.

Why do I need to have a meal plan if I am learning online?

If you are completely online and not on campus, we will waive the meal plan. Please use the Fall 2022 Commuter Meal Plan Waiver or contact Auxiliary Services at auxiliaryservices@pace.edu to request this after you have received the modalities for your courses.

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Cleaning and Sanitization

How will you handle cleaning and sanitization on campus?

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

  • Pace campus facilities will be cleaned and disinfected as appropriate daily by the Facilities team.
  • 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.

What steps are being taken to improve ventilation and air circulation in the classrooms and other indoor spaces?

Fresh air will be circulated through our ventilation systems 10 times per hour, per guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Additional measures to improve the quality of the air in our buildings include, bipolar ionization, increased air filtration, and UV technology inside the duct work, particularly in cooling coils. We will also be increasing outside air utilization where possible, as well as doing an air purge to flush the system. Changing and upgrading of our air filters have been upgraded to MERV13 in our HVAC systems.

What cleaning protocols will be in place in the residence halls?

Within the residence halls, common areas such as lounges, kitchenettes, laundry areas, communal bathroom facilities in non-suite buildings, etc., will be cleaned and sanitized by Pace’s Facilities team. Residential students are responsible for the cleaning and sanitization of their personal spaces, including bathrooms in suite-style spaces and townhouses.

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Information

According to New York State criteria, I am eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. How do I do it and are vaccines available?

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals, local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers statewide–please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Additionally, New York State runs vaccine distribution sites. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at one of these sites, use the Am I Eligible app. Remember: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for effectiveness. For these vaccines, second-dose appointment will be scheduled automatically at the time you receive your first vaccine dose. Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.

There are a few steps to receiving your vaccination:

Why should I get vaccinated?

When you get vaccinated, you are helping to protect yourself and your family and friends. You are also helping to make your community safer. In clinical studies, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 94% effective and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who had no evidence of prior infection 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine. Early evidence suggests that Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine might provide protection against asymptomatic infection, which is when a person is infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 but does not get sick. CDC will continue to provide updates as we learn more about how well these vaccines work in real-world conditions. They were also shown to be safe and that you cannot get COVID-19 from them. Learn more about the available COVID-19 vaccines on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

I’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine. How do I let Pace know?

Once you have received the correct amount of doses of the vaccine (vaccine dosages vary by manufacturer), upload your vaccination status into the University Health Care’s confidential Patient Portal. View more information about vaccination records.

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Transportation

Will the Pace Shuttle be running?

The Transportation has returned to normal operations. The University’s Transportation Services does require all passengers to Wear a Face Mask prior to boarding the shuttle bus and at all times during its duration. The university’s transportation service professionals are well trained to maintain the safety of our students, faculty, staff members and themselves. These professionals are skilled to disinfect regularly, specifically in commonly touched surfaces, during set period of times throughout each shuttle service run. CDC highly recommends that people wear Face Masks indoor public transportation in order to provide the safety and prevent health risks to all passengers. The shuttle schedule can be found on the Transportation Website.

Are there any COVID-19 specific transportation procedures?

All drivers will collect student, staff, and faculty Pace ID cards when boarding a Pace shuttle bus. This is to ensure compliance with the University’s policies around COVID-19. The collected Pace ID cards will be swiped at the Pleasantville Campus entrance. Pace ID cards will be returned to riders upon disembarking the shuttle bus.

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