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Planning for the Spring 2022 Semester

Pace’s COVID-19 Task Force, alongside faculty and University administration, are working toward a Spring 2022 semester that looks and feels closer to normal.

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

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

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

Key Dates for Staff

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

If you have questions or concerns regarding your return to campus, please contact your immediate supervisor for further guidance or contact Employee Relations at employeerelations@pace.edu. See the updated academic calendar.

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Vaccine and Booster Information for Staff

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check Vaccination Your Status in the Patient Portal

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

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

Monitoring and Testing

  • Community Testing: Once again, we are requiring weekly testing for certain communities (including those exempted from the vaccine requirement and certain high-risk groups) and a randomly selected sample of the population coming to campus. For the first two weeks of the semester, we will randomly test 20 percent of our on-campus community. As a reminder, any member of our community can participate in community testing if they wish. See the schedule for community testing.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

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

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

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

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Workplace Safety

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

Face Coverings

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

Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from spreading. Wear a mask and take every day preventive actions in public settings. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing the risk of transmission to others near you. Pace University will provide reusable cloth face coverings for all staff, faculty, and students. For more information about face coverings, please see our Campus Health and Safety page.

Meetings and Travel

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

Gatherings and Events

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

Mail Services

Mail Services has restored its hours of operation and method of mail and package delivery. We understand that many departments depend on their mail and packages for continuation of essential operations. Please go to the Mail Services website for information on mail distribution and retrieval.

Spaces on Campus

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

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

Cleaning and Sanitization of Pace Facilities

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

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

Hygiene and Cleaning for Staff

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

Pace will aid good hygiene by providing the following:

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

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

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

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Important Information

Accommodations for Staff

Staff with qualified disabilities seeking a disability accommodation or who have questions or concerns about returning to campus, should contact Employee Relations at employeerelations@pace.edu.

Campus Safety and Security

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

To the extent that Pace allows outside individuals onto campus for events such as lectures, conferences, or athletics events, Safety and Security shall be responsible for monitoring/enforcing face covering protocols.

Non-Discrimination and Mutual Support

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

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

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

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