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Frequently Asked Questions

Pace University is observing New York State’s public health guidelines. These guidelines are regularly changing, so please check back frequently for updated information.

If you have specific questions that are not answered in the following FAQ, please see our Contact List to determine the best Pace department to answer your question.

  • What can we expect at Pace this fall?
    Our plan and intention is for the Fall 2021 semester to look and feel very close to normal. That means more 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.

    Is Pace prepared to stay ahead of the Delta variant like it was with the original COVID-19 virus? Does the University have a plan in place in case the Delta variant gets worse?
    Pace leadership and the COVID-19 Taskforce are monitoring the situation with the Delta variant very closely, and we are ready to modify our operations if necessary. That could include additional health and safety measures and additional regular mandatory testing.

    The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will remain our primary priority and the University will continue to follow the guidance of New York State, as informed by the CDC. Being fully vaccinated remains the strongest protection against COVID-19, and individuals should protect their own health by following the most current CDC and New York State guidance

    Will web-assisted, online, and HyFlex courses still be available?
    While we expect there will likely be more in-person classes this fall, other course formats will be available and accommodations can be requested.

    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. A plan has been established with health and safety protocols as well as mechanisms for detection and containment of COVID-19 cases.

    When will we know more about what to expect for the Fall 2021 semester?
    Pace University will be sharing updates with the community over the next few months. Please remember to keep checking your Pace University email and the Return to Campus website for updates and detailed information.

    I have concerns about how Pace is approaching the fall 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 Associate Provost for Student Success Hillary Knepper, PhD, at (914) 422-4484 or via email (hknepper@pace.edu).

    Is Pace as prepared as other colleges and universities?
    Pace’s response to COVID-19 was recognized nationally, with College Magazine ranking Pace fourth in the nation in its response to COVID-19. Every university is preparing for Fall 2021; Pace is developing contingencies based on evolving dynamics and CDC guidance to shape our guidelines for the fall.

  • Is it safe to return to campus?
    We’re working to create a safe learning and living environment for our community. We know that New York State successfully drove down infection rates and has safely moved through four phases of re-opening over many weeks. Our Return to Campus plan takes into account best guidelines and policies from federal, state and local health officials. Hundreds of members of the Pace Community, including students, faculty, and staff, were involved in developing our Return to Campus plan, and we worked with other institutions across the state and our local health care partners to build the best plan for the safety of our community. Medical professionals in our College of Health Professions have signed off on our plan.

    Will a COVID-19 test be required before returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester?
    Pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR testing is highly recommended for all vaccinated members of the Pace Community. In addition, please carefully read and review the testing requirements for students. Throughout the course of the year, all unvaccinated members of the Pace Community (meaning people who are compliant with the University’s vaccination requirement through an approved medical or religious waiver, or those who have been approved for an extension to become fully compliant) will be required to participate in weekly community testing in order to maintain access campus (this is a requirement of all employees, regardless of your office location or when in the semester you plan to access campus). All residential students who are not fully vaccinated at the time of move-in will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

    What changes are being made to spaces on campus?
    Classroom layouts are being altered to safely allow for an increased occupancy. Additionally, air filters have been upgraded and UV lights added to HVAC systems, which have been adjusted to take in more fresh air. Partitions or barriers were added to and will remain in place in areas with face-to-face student services, like the Information Desk, Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and Mail Services. For specific guidance about spaces on campus, see our Spaces on Campus information.

    Is there anything else I should know about life on campus this fall?
    New York City Emergency Executive Order 226—Key to NYC—mandates that all individuals using indoor dining or athletic facilities or attending indoor entertainment events in New York City must be vaccinated against COVID-19. At Pace, these restrictions apply specifically on the NYC Campus to indoor sit-down dining in Café 101 and the faculty dining room, all fitness centers, the art gallery, and potentially other entertainment venues. Effective immediately, unvaccinated individuals may not utilize these facilities until the municipal policy is amended or an accommodation is granted by the University in accordance with the procedure. Informational signage will be posted, and we will continue to support grab-and-go food orders via GrubHub by providing a convenient pick-up station.

    Will the community be notified if there are positive COVID-19 cases on campus?
    Pace's Coronavirus Coordination Officer will help facilitate the information and notification if we have a positive test of someone from our community. If or when a positive case is identified, students, faculty, and staff who may have been exposed will be contacted directly by the University. We also encourage you to regularly check Pace's COVID-19 dashboard, which reports data for our campus communities.

    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. The good news is that over the past five months New York has succeeded in mitigating the spread of the virus, and we’ve learned how to successfully teach, learn, and work remotely.

    Who sees our Pace Safe self-assessment responses?
    You will be asked to show the “You’re Approved to Come In” message from your Pace Safe self-assessment questionnaire to Security upon entering any Pace building. The data will also be recorded and reviewed by Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer and University Health Care. If you are not approved after taking your daily self-assessment, you must not come to campus, or remain in your residence hall room.

    Is there an alternative method for completing the daily questionnaire if I don’t have a smartphone?
    If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the PaceSafe app, please access our web-based daily health questionnaire.

    Do I have to wear a face covering?
    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. Learn more about Pace’s face covering requirements.

    Am I allowed to wear a face shield instead of a face covering?
    No. 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.

    If I come to campus or enter a common area without a face covering, will I be forced to leave?
    Face coverings are required indoors on all Pace campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Pace’s Office of Safety and Security will have disposable face coverings available for use should you find yourself without one. Face coverings will be required for all individuals on the Pace shuttle and in the University Health Care clinics. Read more about Pace’s face covering requirements.

    How are you going to make sure that people on campus wear appropriate face coverings?
    We hold all members of the Pace Community accountable to the code of conduct. Face coverings are required indoors and encouraged in outdoor spaces, where distance cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. Security has a supply of disposable face coverings for use if someone does not have their reusable, cloth face covering readily available.

    If someone in the Pace Community tests positive for COVID-19, how will we be notified and what does that mean for us?

    Pace collaborates with the local Department of Health on contact tracing to identify, contact, and manage COVID-19 individuals within the Pace Community.

    Close contacts will be notified and asked to quarantine. NYC DOH and Westchester County DOH close contact criteria are not the same.

    • Westchester: close contact at is someone who was unmasked and within six feet of someone, unmasked, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., having lunch or being part of a gathering with them); • living with them • having exposure to respiratory secretions
    • NYC: close contact at is someone who was unmasked and within six feet of someone, unmasked, for a cumulative total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., having lunch or being part of a gathering with them); • living with them • having exposure to respiratory secretions

    If you are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for at least 10 days after the last contact you had with a person who tests positive for COVID-19.Those who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 3 months do not need to quarantine however, they must get tested 3-5 days after the date of the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.

    Exposure Dates

    • The date of an exposure is considered day 0.
    • The end date of the infectious period is 10 days after the person had their first symptom or 10 days after their COVID-19 test date if they never have symptoms.
    • The test date is the date when the test took place, not the date when the test results were reported to the provider or individual.

    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 against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means it has been at least two weeks after they received their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after they received their single-dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine). People who completed COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) are also included.
    • 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 need to know about contact tracing at Pace?
    We’re all in this together. Tracing exposure to COVID-19 is crucial to maintaining Our Safe Pace. If you have been identified as a contact, you will get a call from NYS Contact Tracing at (518) 387-9993 or our internal contact tracing resources. Check out our information about contact tracing (PDF) and what it means to you as a member of the Pace Community.

    How do we make sure we are safe in elevators?
    We are limiting capacity on all elevators. All occupants must wear face coverings. You should use a pen or piece of clothing rather than your finger to press the buttons. Because elevator space is limited, please allow yourself extra time when moving between classes and meetings.

  • 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 authorized 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.

    If you’re an international student who did not have access to an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine in your home country, you need to schedule an appointment for either the single shot vaccine, or the first dose of a two-shot vaccine and submit a request for extension.

    To request an extension to comply with vaccine requirements, please submit a completed Extension Request Form (PDF). Members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law should submit the Law School Extension Request Form (PDF). Please note: Whatever documentation you choose to upload, it can take up to 7 business days for your documentation to be reviewed and approved. That means, for example, if you plan to return to Pace and access campus on September 1, you will need to get your single shot vaccine or the first shot of a two-dose vaccine and upload your documentation at least seven days prior.

    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:

    • One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038
    • 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
    • 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 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.

    Remember, as of August 16, 2021, 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 and the Notice of Privacy Practices.

    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.

  • What is community testing and who is it for?
    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.

    Who is analyzing the tests?
    The Broad Institute offers a suite of COVID-19 surveillance (detection) testing and related services to partnering institutions, including colleges and universities, in support of a COVID-19 prevention strategy. The Broad Institute has performed more than nine million COVID PCR tests since March 25, 2020.

    How many tests will Pace do per week?
    Any individual exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine for religious or medical reasons will need to participate in weekly community testing. Vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in the weekly testing, but may choose to participate. Any symptomatic individual consult their healthcare provider regardless of their vaccination status. If there is a breakthrough event on campus, the testing population and frequency may be altered.

    What kind of test will be done and what happens during the test?
    This is a self-administered, unobserved anterior nasal swab test. You'll pick up your test kit from a designated location, complete it on the same day of submission, and then return it at a designated drop-off location. Each test kit includes one collection tube, one individually wrapped anterior nasal swab, and detailed instructions on how to self-swab. You will be instructed to self-swab according to the detailed instructions brochure contained in the kit and return the completed test to the drop off site within the same day of testing. Please note that these are the lower nasal swabs.

    What is the rate of false positives?
    Due to the nature of the testing procedure, there is close to a 0% false positive rate.

    Is weekly testing enough?
    We believe this new testing protocol, in combination with ongoing use of the PaceSafe app and the various measures taken to reduce density and increase adherence to safety measures on our campuses, will allow us to move quickly and responsibly to protect our campus and keep people safe. If positive cases are identified on a specific campus, that may trigger additional testing.

    Why is this type of testing being conducted?
    In regularly testing all vaccine exempted members of our community, we can identify people who have COVID-19, but do not have symptoms. In identifying those people, we are able to advise them to isolate so they do not expose others to the virus. Additionally, the Department of Health can trace their contacts and advise them to quarantine, so that if they contract the virus, they are not further exposing others. This is proven to be the most effective way to stop the spread of the virus within a community.

    What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
    Once we identify people who have COVID-19 they will isolate for 10 days to avoid spreading the virus to anyone else. Once a positive case is identified, we will also be notifying the Department of Health so that we can help their contact tracers identify any contacts of the person with COVID-19. Those contacts will be called by the University Health Care (UHC) staff, Residential Life staff (for residential students), and the contact tracers from either Westchester County, New York City, or your resident county’s Department of Health to notify you to quarantine for 10 days. After day 10 of isolation, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14. If during those four days any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact University Health Care.

    How will I be notified about testing and results of the test?
    You will receive an email to your Pace email account and a reminder leading up to testing days. Once you submit your completed test at the testing hub, you will be registered for CareEvolve, our testing partner’s system for result delivery. After you are registered, you will receive an email in your Pace email account with a registration code and prompts to register for access to view your lab results.

    If someone in my class tests positive, do all of us have to quarantine?
    The Coronavirus Coordination Support Team will be responsible for coordinating the appropriate response. An individual testing positive is required to isolate for at least 10 days. All those who had been in the on-campus classroom would be considered contacts and would be contacted by contact tracers and given directions for quarantining for 10 days and continued monitoring for symptoms if not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated contacts need to monitor their symptoms and do not need to quarantine unless they become symptomatic. Should a vaccinated or unvaccinated contact become symptomatic, they should contact University Healthcare immediately. The instructor, if needed, would be able to transition class to remote for that period or rely on a peer instructor to cover their courses. All other close contacts would also be required to quarantine for 10 days following an exposure and monitor for symptoms.

    If a colleague who works on my floor or in my building tests positive, will I be notified?
    If you were a close contact of a positive case, you will be contacted by a member of the contact tracing team.

    What if the drop-off times for testing conflicts with my schedule or I wasn’t planning on coming to campus that day?
    While we would like this to be convenient for everyone, there may be an occasion that you may not have been scheduled to be on campus. We ask that you consider the greater good of our community. This is a community effort to care for each other so we all stay well.

    How long will it take to receive test results and how will I receive those results?
    You will typically be able to access your test results within 24-36 hours. Once you submit your completed test, you will be registered for CareEvolve, our testing partner’s system for result delivery. After you are registered, you will receive an email in your Pace email account with a registration code and prompts to register for access to view your lab results.

    If I was recently screened for COVID-19, will a negative test result allow me to skip out of random weekly testing?
    No, you can’t skip the community testing. Due to the nature of the virus, you may have contracted it since a previous negative test. The more testing and contact tracing we do, the more likely we keep the virus from spreading and we all can stay on campus to enjoy our semester and year together with our Pace Community.

    What if I was tested last week and I get emailed again for testing, do I have to go?
    Yes, you still need to go get another test. Regular testing is one of the best ways to keep the virus from spreading.

    What about genetic testing...Will my personal genetic information be analyzed or filed through the test?
    No. Test samples are only analyzed for COVID-19 and then disposed of.

    Who at the University knows the results of my test?
    Test results are provided to you, the local Department of Health, and University Health Care. To protect your private health information, never email or text message health care results or references to them. For your protection, this type of information should only be sent through University Health Care’s secure patient portal. When uploading information to the secure patient portal, please be sure to include your full name and date of birth.

    Is test result information confidential?
    The results are confidential. If contact tracing needs to be done, your name and information will not be disclosed and will only be shared with the Department of Health. To protect your private health information, never email or text message health care results or references to them. For your protection, this type of information should only be sent through University Health Care’s secure patient portal. When uploading information to the secure patient portal, please be sure to include your full name and date of birth.

    When should I NOT get tested?
    You should not participate in community testing if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These include, but are not limited to, coughing, fever, sensory loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, headaches and/or sore throat. Instead, schedule a telemedicine appointment to be evaluated by a provider and then tested in the University Healthcare clinic. If you have tested positive in the last 90 days and have completed your isolation as directed by the Department of Health, you may still test positive while no longer infectious. To exclude yourself from the testing pool, upload your positive result to University Health Care’s secure patient portal. Individuals with positive results older than 90 days will still need to participate in testing.

    I have questions about testing and lab results. Who should I reach out to?
    Please note that questions regarding Pace’s community testing program may be sent to the Coronavirus Coordination Support Team, however private health information and lab results or communications MUST only be uploaded to the secure University Health Care's Patient Portal. Make sure to include your full name and date of birth. Private health information should NOT be sent through email or text messaging. This requirement is for your protection and any emails with private health information or lab results or communications will be deleted.

    I haven’t received any notification about being required to participate in community testing, but I still want to be tested. Can I?
    Yes. All community members can participate in the weekly testing program. Here’s how to participate in community testing at Pace.

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others and isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected. Students arriving at Pace from certain international locations designated by the CDC will be required to quarantine. Any student who displays symptoms or receives a positive diagnosis will be required to isolate.

    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, you will have to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure. Those who are fully vaccinated 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 during the course of the year. In such cases, that student and their “family unit” will be required to isolate for a period of time (to be determined by public health authorities). For students who test positive, that student will be required to isolate, by themselves, in an isolation room (again, for a length of time determined by public health authorities).

    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.

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

    • Residential Life has set aside isolation rooms in the residence halls. (Students in single rooms with a private single-use bathroom may isolate in their own room.) Students who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will be able to isolate for 10 days in one of these spaces. Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the student and assist them as needed during their period of isolation.
    • 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. Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the students and assist them as needed during their period of quarantine.
    • Any student who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will need to be placed in an isolation room. Again, Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the students and assist them as needed during their period of isolation.

    What should I know about how to properly quarantine or self-isolate?
    If you become ill or are exposed to someone who is ill, please see our guide to quarantining and isolation (PDF).

    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, so am in isolation, but feel fine. How long do I have to be in isolation?
    Individuals who isolate due to testing positive must do so for 10 days from the test date and until symptoms subside and they haven’t had a fever in 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.

    What do I do about missing my in-person class?
    Students should reach out to their academic advisor and faculty members 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.

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

    • Fully on-campus: A course with only traditional in-person, on-campus class meetings.
    • HyFlex: A hybrid course delivered simultaneously in-person and remotely, so that students have the flexibility to choose either format for any class meeting, subject to classroom capacity restrictions.
    • Web-assisted: A course with some in-person, on-campus class meetings and some online elements.
    • Fully online: A course delivered fully remotely. It may be a synchronous course, in which students and faculty will meet live online on a set schedule, or it may be an asynchronous course, in which all coursework is available online and can be accessed at any time. Some fully online courses may have synchronous and asynchronous components.

    When will I know the modalities of my courses?
    Updated class schedules, complete with teaching modalities (e.g. fully on campus, fully online, web-assisted, or HyFlex), will be available on Schedule Explorer after August 1. It is important for you to carefully review your class schedule. If you have any questions about your course schedule, please contact your academic advisor for guidance. After the start of the fall semester, you will be able to take advantage of the traditional Add/Drop period.

    What if I can’t return to campus for in-person classes?
    Programs will make courses accessible—to the extent possible—via asynchronous or hybrid learning opportunities.

    How will performance or lab courses be conducted?
    Fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and other experiential learning are important elements of our academic fabric. The University’s approach to these experiences is guided by public health guidelines, accreditation requirements, and academic disciplinary norms. Instructors will determine how to best run their courses, with day-to-day and week-to-week schedules and operations.

    Can students choose to take all of their courses remotely?
    Some courses benefit from hands-on work. For courses that can be taught remotely, class meetings could be synchronous (all students meeting online at the same time to participate in conversations) or asynchronous (with course materials available for students to view on their own time). Students should always check with their instructor about whether synchronous participation is an important feature of the course.

    Will students be allowed to adjust their schedules for more or fewer on-campus classes?
    Once you receive information about your course schedule and teaching modalities, you should contact your academic advisor for guidance on adjusting your schedule.

    I have already registered for classes. Have there been changes made to my schedule?
    Maybe. Be sure to check Schedule Explorer after August 1 to confirm the schedule and modality of your fall classes.

    How can I find out how my courses are now being taught?
    The confirmed modality for each course will be available on Schedule Explorer.

    If my class is a HyFlex model, which blends on-site learning with online, how will I know when we meet on campus?
    The class instructor will include all details regarding on-campus meeting dates on your syllabus.

    If I need to make changes to my schedule, how do I proceed?
    New students should reach out to the advisors in their intended school of study (contact information below) for support in making any needed changes. Continuing students who have previously registered or made add/drop changes on their own can continue doing so through the student portal. If you need help, contact your academic advisor for support. Advisors are available by email, phone, and Zoom.

    Who is my academic advisor?
    Continuing students who have previously worked with an academic advisor should reach out to that individual. If you do not recall who your advisor is, you can consult Degree Works in MyPace Portal or check My Success Network by logging into your OnTrack account. You can also email whoismyadvisor@pace.edu to request assistance in confirming your advisor.

    New students receive advisement information during their summer Orientation sessions, including professional advisors in each school and the First-Year Experience and Transfer Experience teams. You may already have received contact information for your first-year academic advisor. If not, contact information for each school is provided below.

    Will most graduate-level courses be held online?
    Programs will make courses accessible—to the extent possible—via asynchronous or hybrid learning opportunities. However, some programs benefit from in-person learning. We will do our best to accommodate our students.

    Can I defer graduate acceptance?
    It depends on the program. For many programs, yes. However, some graduate programs may be more difficult to defer due to the nature of the programs. For guidance, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduateadmission@pace.edu.

    What are the deferral policies for transfer, undergraduate, and graduate students?
    Undergraduate and graduate students can defer admission for one semester or one year. Undergraduate students who enroll in another college or university will have to apply for transfer admission. For guidance about deferment, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at undergradadmission@pace.edu.

  • 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 anything else I should know about life on campus this fall?
    New York City Emergency Executive Order 226—Key to NYC—mandates that all individuals using indoor dining or athletic facilities or attending indoor entertainment events in New York City must be vaccinated against COVID-19. At Pace, these restrictions apply specifically on the NYC Campus to indoor sit-down dining in Café 101 and the faculty dining room, all fitness centers, the art gallery, and potentially other entertainment venues. Effective immediately, unvaccinated individuals may not utilize these facilities until the municipal policy is amended or an accommodation is granted by the University in accordance with the procedure. Informational signage will be posted, and we will continue to support grab-and-go food orders via GrubHub by providing a convenient pick-up station.

    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?
    We know that involvement in campus life is a vital aspect to your college experience, and there will be a variety of programs and events this fall. The Centers for Student Engagement in NYC and Pleasantville are working to provide opportunities for student engagement. Our student organizations will be meeting and planning events as well.

    Will there be sporting events and will the gyms be open?
    Pace University Athletics plans to resume a full schedule of competition for all sports beginning with the Fall 2021 season, while preparing 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 beginning September 1.

    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.

  • 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.

    • Selecting a Move-In Appointment for Fall 2021: Beginning August 1, students who have completed BOTH the Housing Agreement and the Pre-Arrival Form will be able to select a move-in appointment. Students MUST select a Move-In Appointment in order to move into the residence halls.
    • Our primary move-in day(s) for new students in will be:
      • NYC Campus: September 1 and 2
      • Westchester Campus: September 2
      • While a limited number of move-in appointments will be available starting August 30 for those who must move-in early, dining services will not open on the NYC Campus until the evening of September 1 and the evening of September 2 in Westchester. Starting on those dates, dining services will provide limited options, with options increasing until fully operational on September 5.
      • If you must make travel plans now (particularly if purchasing airline tickets), we urge you to please plan to arrive September 1 or after.

    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. Students may bring no more than two people to help them move in, and those helpers must leave the residence halls by the end of their assigned time slot window. These people helping with move-in will be the only exception we allow to our guest policy, and no helpers will be permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls. All helpers will be required to adhere to all established face covering requirements.

    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 during the course of the year. In such cases, that student and their room or suitemates/housemates will be required to isolate for a period of time (to be determined by public health authorities). For students who test positive, that student will be required to isolate, by themselves, in an isolation room (again, for a length of time determined by public health authorities).

    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.

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

    • Residential Life has set aside isolation rooms in the residence halls. (Students in single rooms with a private single-use bathroom may isolate themselves in their own room.) Students who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will be able to isolate for 10 days in one of these spaces. Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the student and assist them as needed during their period of isolation.
    • 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. Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the students and assist them as needed during their period of quarantine.
    • Any student who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will need to be placed in an isolation room. Again, Pace will deliver meals and provide a support structure to check on the students and assist them as needed during their period of isolation.

    Are guests permitted?
    As we begin the fall semester, only members of the Pace Community will be permitted in the residence halls or in any student's residence hall room. This means that only Pace students will be permitted to visit one another’s rooms and outside guests will not be permitted in the residence halls. The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if circumstances allow, we may be able to reinstate guest privileges in phases.

    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.

    Will you offer winter housing? If so, when will winter housing information be made available?
    Winter housing applications will be available in November. All students living on campus for the fall will be eligible to apply for winter break housing, which requires a separate application and additional housing fee.

    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.

  • What are the vaccination requirements for international students?
    Effective August 16, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for everyone coming to a Pace campus (faculty, staff, and students), except those with an approved medical or religious exemption. Vaccine records must be uploaded to the confidential Patient Portal. To request an extension to comply with vaccine requirements, please submit a completed Extension Request Form (PDF). Members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law should submit the Law School Extension Request Form (PDF). Please email intlnyc@pace.edu and let us know your arrival date in the US and when you plan to get vaccinated after arrival.

    I don’t think I will have the opportunity to be vaccinated before traveling to the US. What are my options? When should I schedule my vaccine appointment(s)?
    As of August 16, you must comply with the University’s vaccine requirement to access campus, but we understand that international students may not have the opportunity to get vaccinated before arriving in the US.

    If you are unable to get vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination before arriving at Pace, you need to schedule an appointment for either the single shot vaccine, or the first dose of a two-shot vaccine for as soon as you arrive in the United States and submit a request for extension. You can schedule an appointment in New York by going to the State of NY COVID Vaccine Website. Use one of Pace’s campus addresses when booking your appointment:

    One Pace Plaza
    New York, NY 10038

    861 Bedford Road
    Pleasantville, NY 10570

    78 North Broadway
    White Plains, NY 10603

    To request an extension to comply with vaccine requirements, please submit a completed Extension Request Form (PDF). Members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law should submit the Law School Extension Request Form (PDF). Please note: Whatever documentation you choose to upload, it can take up to seven business days for your documentation to be reviewed and approved. That means, for example, if you plan to return to Pace and access campus on September 1, you will need to get your single shot vaccine or the first shot of a two-dose vaccine and upload your documentation at least seven days prior.

    I’m an international student and the vaccines available to me are not authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration. Will a vaccine from my country be acceptable?
    If you are an international student, you will be able to upload your record of receiving anyWorld Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccine (e.g., AstraZeneca, Sinovac). We will accept vaccines still pending WHO authorization (e.g., Sputnik, CoviVac, EpiVacCorona), if they are authorized prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

    I am vaccinated, but my vaccine is not authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or WHO. Can I get another vaccine when I arrive? Are there any health concerns with receiving the vaccine again?

    If you will arrive in the United States without being fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine (all doses of the vaccine), you will need to get the first dose of an authorized vaccine (or the authorized single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson) before coming onto campus. You should schedule a vaccine appointment for as soon as you arrive in the United States and submit a Request for Extension Form (PDF)/Law School Extension Request Form (PDF) and proof that you have scheduled the appointment as soon as possible.

    There are no known safety issues at this time with receiving an FDA-authorized vaccine after receiving one that has not yet been authorized; but specific circumstances should be discussed with your health care provider.

    If I arrive in the US unvaccinated and I’m not fully vaccinated by the time classes start, will I be able to attend classes in-person? If not, will online options be made available to me?
    Yes. If you are in the process of obtaining a vaccination you will be allowed to come to campus and attend in-person classes once you submit a Request for Extension Form (PDF)/Law School Extension Request Form (PDF) and proof that you have scheduled the appointment as soon as possible. Please note: It can take up to seven business days for your documentation to be reviewed and approved.

    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.

    As an international student, do I need to provide a COVID-19 PCR test to Pace before arriving on campus?
    All international travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before traveling to the US. If you are not fully vaccinated, Pace will administer a COVID-19 rapid test when you arrive.

    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. Student visas are a priority for consular services.

    Due to it being very hard to get a visa date in my country, is it possible to come to campus in October instead of September?
    You must be in the United States by September 29. If you are not able to arrive by the first day of class, please email intlnyc@pace.edu to let us know and we will notify your academic advisor

    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.

    Are there still travel restrictions? Will travel bans be lifted by the time I am planning to arrive on campus, i.e. mid-August?
    Coronavirus Travel Bans by Presidential Proclamation are still in effect. However, travel restrictions are lifted for International Student F-1 visa holders intending to return to the US for the Fall 2021 semester.

    Effective August 1, 2021 travel restrictions will be officially lifted for students who were previously restricted from travel to the U.S. under COVID-19 Travel Bans under Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 10143 related to the spread of COVID-19. That said, students, F-1 visa holders, coming from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland are now eligible for the National Interest Exception (NIE) to COVID-19 restrictions. Student visa is under NIE category now which means you are considered an essential traveler effective August 1, 2021.

    New students, however, remain under a 30-day admission rule. As a new student, you are under NIE as well as continuing, BUT can enter the US no earlier than August 9 (30 days before fall semester begins.)

    Is the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) COVID-19 temporary Policy Guidance still in effect? Does it provide flexibility in choosing class modalities?
    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has extended the guidance originally issued in March 2020 (PDF) for the 2021–22 academic year. This guidance enables students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19.

    I am a continuing student; how does the extended SEVP Policy apply to me?
    Continuing students who are currently in the US or outside the US may take classes online required towards their full course of study in the Fall 2021 semester.

    I am a new student; how does the extended SEVP Policy apply to me?
    New students are prohibited from pursuing a full course of study that is 100 percent online. They must enroll in a program of study that includes in-person and online components beyond the limitations (more than one online class is temporary allowed).

    I am a transfer student for the Fall 2021 semester, and I am currently in the US. Can I choose online classes for the Fall 2021 semester? Will I remain in F-1 lawful status?
    New international students who are in the US (transferring from another SEVP-approved school) may take classes online towards their full course of study in the Fall 2021 semester, as long as you are a full-time student (undergraduate, at least 12 credits; graduate, at least 9 credits) for the duration of the semester.

    As a new student outside the US, can I choose online classes for the Fall 2021 semester and maintain F-1 status?
    New international students who are overseas may activate their SEVIS records only when they arrive in the US. This means you will be a Pace University student, but your F-1 status will begin only when you are able to cross the border. Pace can offer a selection of online coursework so that you can start your degree online either part-time or full-time. A full-time course load is not required while you are in your home country and are not maintaining status. You should discuss your class schedule with an academic advisor and let them know that you are staying overseas for the fall.

    As a continuing student outside the US, can I choose online classes for the Fall 2021 semester? Will I maintain F-1 status taking one remaining class online from overseas?
    Continuing students outside the US may take online classes (full-time load) and remain in status. However, you must discuss your class schedule with an academic advisor.

    I’ve been on a Leave of Absence and am resuming my studies for fall. Can I take classes online?
    By SEVIS definition, you are a new student. Your I-20 was issued for “initial” resumption of studies attendance. Therefore you are under SEVP rule for new students. If you come to the US to resume studies in the fall, your SEVIS record will be activated, and you will be required to enroll full-time in a combination of classes (in-person, hybrid, and online).

    I am a new student staying in my home country for fall due to travel restrictions. Does time spent outside the US during the COVID-19 emergency count toward the one-year employment eligibility clock for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Is my clock on?
    No, you will not accrue employment eligibility for practical training (CPT) since your SEVIS record will not be activated until after you arrive in the US, enroll full-time, and maintain F-1 status.

    I am a continuing student studying remotely. Will I lose my F-1 status staying in my home country for five or more months?
    No. As long as you continue your degree study full-time, the five-month physical presence clock is waived.

    This is my last semester of study and I have only one class left. I am staying overseas, unable to come back to campus at this time due to travel restrictions. Will I maintain F-1 status by taking one remaining class online from overseas?
    Yes. However, last semester students interested in applying for OPT but are in their home country need to come back before the semester ends in order to apply.

    I am a new student for the fall. My I-20 was issued already by Pace University. I have paid the SEVIS fee as well as the DS-160 visa application fee, BUT I am unable to come in-person for the fall due to travel restrictions and suspended visa services. Will I have to pay the fees again?
    If you have already been issued an I-20 form but are unable to come in-person for Fall 2021, we will defer your SEVIS record to the next semester. SEVIS fee is valid for one year. The DS-160 visa application fee is valid for one year as well.

    I am a PhD student and I have completed my degree requirements, but I am working on dissertation research. Can I continue remotely?
    Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are engaged in research, while registered for “maintaining matriculation,” remain active in SEVIS.

    If you defer me in SEVIS to the Spring 2022 semester, how will I get a new I-20 for the spring? Would my new I-20 have the same SEVIS ID number, so I can retain the I-901 SEVIS fee receipt?
    Yes. An updated I-20 with the same SEVIS ID number will be available for you via secure online channels. You will retain the same SEVIS ID number, even though you will receive an I-20 with an updated program start date

    Will you sign my updated I-20 electronically? Can I obtain a visa and travel to the US with a soft copy of I-20?
    Yes, due to COVID-19, designated school officials (DSOs) may electronically sign Forms I-20 and provide it to student email addresses listed in SEVIS or through other legitimate channels online. US Consular Services and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are accepting digital signatures and a soft copy of I-20 amid COVID-19.

    I have been in my country for a while taking classes online. Do I need a travel signature in order to come back and begin the Fall 2021 semester in-person?
    Travel signatures are valid for 12 months. If you need a travel signature, submit a request in ISS Connect.

    Where can I read more about F-1 status maintenance amid COVID-19?
    On April 26, 2021, SEVP republished its prior set of FAQ that temporary govern F-1 status (PDF).

    You can also refer to the original SEVP Policy guidance from March 13 (PDF).

    How can I schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor?
    Pace’s Office for International Students and Scholars (ISS) advising appointments are available via Skype or Zoom. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit ISS Connect and select an advisor’s name to view appointment times.

    I have a question about my class schedule for the fall 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.

  • Will on-campus dining be available?
    Yes. Beginning August 30, the dining cafés will be open and meal plan funds will be available for use. Everyone visiting a dining café on campus will be recommended to wear a face covering, including when picking up food for takeout; unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear a face covering in the dining halls 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.

    Is there anything else I should know about dining on campus this fall?
    New York City Emergency Executive Order 226—Key to NYC—mandates that all individuals using indoor dining or athletic facilities or attending indoor entertainment events in New York City must be vaccinated against COVID-19. At Pace, these restrictions apply specifically on the NYC Campus to indoor sit-down dining in Café 101 and the faculty dining room, all fitness centers, the art gallery, and potentially other entertainment venues. Effective immediately, unvaccinated individuals may not utilize these facilities until the municipal policy is amended or an accommodation is granted by the University in accordance with the procedure. Informational signage will be posted, and we will continue to support grab-and-go food orders via GrubHub by providing a convenient pick-up station.

    If I am required to quarantine or isolate on campus in a residence hall, how will I get meals?
    Meals will be provided to 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 2021 Commuter Meal Plan Waiver or contact Auxiliary Services at auxiliaryservices@pace.edu to request this after you have received the modalities for your courses.

  • 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.

    • 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. (need to check with Chartwells to see if this is still the case)
    • 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.

    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 to MERV13 is currently underway.

    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, 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.

  • Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State?
    Effective April 6, 2021, all adult New Yorkers—that’s everyone 16 and older—will be eligible to get vaccinated. (Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and older; Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for 18 and older.) Use New York State's eligibility tool to see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and to schedule an appointment.

    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.

    If I’m already vaccinated, do I still need to follow COVID-19 safety protocols?
    Yes! Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, wear a face covering in required areas (shuttle busses, University Healthcare Clinic).

    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.

    Once I have the vaccine, will I still be selected for random COVID testing on campus?
    At this time, unvaccinated individuals will be required to participate in community testing. Vaccinated individuals have the option to participate as they wish unless conditions shift in positivity or variant proliferation that lead to an expansion of the mandatory testing pool.

  • Will the Pace Shuttle be running?
    Pace will continue to operate its campus shuttle with revised procedures. Shuttles will be equipped with protective barriers between driver and passengers and drivers and passengers will be required to wear face coverings at all times during transport. Pace will provide hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes inside the shuttle and also install hand sanitizing stations at pick-up locations.

    Are there any new transportation procedures for Fall 2021?
    Beginning Wednesday, August 25, 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. All members of the Pace Community will continue to be required to show drivers the results of their PaceSafe daily health screening questionnaire when boarding the shuttle. Face coverings are also required for all occupants.

    If I ride my bike to campus, is there somewhere I can store it?
    Yes, additional bike racks were installed by One Pace Plaza. Additional bike storage with new bike racks will be added to the northwest corner of One Pace Plaza, in an area directly adjacent to the subway entrance at Frankfort Street. The gate in this area is being converted to a magnetic lock-controlled access point with a card reader. This area is also under full-time video surveillance.

    Are there any special parking offers near the New York City Campus?
    Pace has partnered with LAZ parking for special rates for faculty, staff, and students. Full information is available on the transportation website and you will need to show your Pace ID to receive the discount.