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.
Detailed below is the information you need to know about preparing to come back, monitoring and testing, face covering requirements, arrangements for academic life, plans for residential housing, and more. It’s up to each of us and we know you’ll do your part to ensure the safety of our Pace Community.
- Key Dates for Students
- Vaccine and Booster Information for Students
- Monitoring and Testing
- Academic, Campus, and Residential Life
- Important Information
- Guiding Principles
- Campus Health and Safety Feedback
- 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
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
All students, faculty, and staff coming to campus must be vaccinated against COVID-19. To request an extension to comply with vaccine requirements, please submit a completed Extension Request Form (PDF). For members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, please submit the Law School Extension Request Form (PDF). If you have not already been vaccinated, find a vaccination center near you.
COVID-19 Booster Requirement
For the Spring 2022 semester, we are requiring that all eligible members of the Pace Community who are coming to campus receive a booster. This includes both residential and commuter students who come to campus, except for those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Fully online students will not be subject to this requirement.
Please note the following information regarding COVID-19 booster eligibility guidelines. More guidance is available from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 18+)
- Those who received a second dose of the Moderna vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 18+)
- Those who received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 5 months ago can receive either the Moderna or Pfizer booster (age 16+)
- The Centers for Disease Control recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) in most cases. If you have already received 2 shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please upload the record of your vaccinations to the Patient Portal and contact University Health Care for guidance.
To continue to access campus, you must upload a record of your booster within 30 days of when you become eligible. If you’re not eligible to receive a booster yet, you may still return to campus, but you should plan ahead to receive your booster and upload proof within the specified 30 days of becoming eligible. Upload proof to the confidential Patient Portal or by using the PaceSafe app. You will NOT receive a confirmation email for loading your booster record; instead, we will randomly audit booster records to ensure compliance.
We recognize there may be extenuating circumstances, including for international students who did not receive their initial vaccine in the United States, and we will issue extensions where appropriate. If you need additional time to comply with COVID booster, then you must complete a Request to Comply with Pace University’s COVID-19 Booster Requirement form (PDF). The form is accessible via the Patient Portal and requires supporting documentation. You must be eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster and meet one of the following conditions:
- Received a non-FDA or non-WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States
- Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and have received a monoclonal antibody or convalescent serum therapy.
If your healthcare provider has determined that you should not receive a booster yet, you must apply for a temporary medical exemption with supporting documentation from your healthcare provider. Complete the medical exemption request on the University’s Immunization page found at and upload it to the confidential Patient Portal.
If you are not yet eligible for a booster or you have already received a medical or religious exemption for Pace’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement you do not need to apply for an extension or other exemption for the booster.
Check Vaccination Your Status in the Patient Portal
If you've uploaded your documentation (e.g., proof of vaccination, proof of booster, request for exemption, or request for extension) and are unsure if you are approved to come to campus, simply follow the steps below.
- Log-in to the confidential patient portal with your Pace username/password
- Click on the tab labeled “Immunizations” at the top of the page
- Click the “View History” link on the drop down that pops up
- Compliance status appears in RED on the webpage that opens. If the document has been fully processed/approved, the following text will appear, “Overall Status: Compliant, Verified”.
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. 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. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be directed to seek medical care and obtain a COVID-19 test. To protect your privacy, 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 Been Exposed: If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must report that you’ve had close contact through the PaceSafe mobile screening app or directly to University Health Care. To protect your privacy, NEVER email any health care information about your health or anyone else’s health. You must upload any test results or other private health care information through the University Health Care’s secure patient portal.
- The University Health Care staff will work with the Coronavirus Coordination Officer to determine if you may continue to engage in campus life without being quarantined.
- Please note that any exposed asymptomatic students who are permitted to continue engaging in campus life will be required to undertake standard precautions, including regular monitoring for symptoms and temperature, and required face covering at all times.
- If You are fully vaccinated and boosted and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine unless you become symptomatic. If you develop symptoms, isolate and contact University Health Care immediately.
- If you test positive: If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to inform University Health Care immediately, upload test results to University Health Care’s secure patient portal, and cooperate with all contact tracing efforts, which will include providing information about contact with other members of the Pace Community. To protect your privacy, NEVER email any health care information about your health or anyone else’s health. You must upload any test results or other private health care information through the University Health Care’s secure patient portal.
- You may be required to self-isolate, on or off-campus, depending on your status as a residential or commuter student. If you live in Pace’s residence halls, your suitemates or roommates will be required to self-quarantine as well.
- Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer and University Health Care will work with New York State and local health department contact tracing team.
- Following contact tracing, Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer and University Health Care will notify faculty, staff, students, or visitors, as necessary and appropriate, about possible exposure.
- Pace’s custodial staff will close off areas where you may have spent any significant time, including classrooms, bathrooms, etc., so that they may begin the cleaning and disinfection process. This could take 24–48 hours.
- Depending on where you have been, it may be necessary to close off a room, a floor and/or building until a time when it can be properly sanitized.
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. For more information about face coverings, please see our Campus Health and Safety page.
Pace’s commitment to providing a world class education for all our students continues this semester with a focus on in-person, class delivery. All academic decisions and changes to the academic calendar will be made in consultation with the Deans, Faculty and Staff councils, and the student government, to the fullest extent possible.
Academic Calendar: For the 2021–2022 academic year, Pace is following a standard calendar with semester breaks. View this year's academic calendar.
Delivery of Instruction: Pace University is known for our commitment to providing student-centered learning experiences with a focus on in-person instruction and engagement. We are planning to continue this commitment in Spring 2022 in a way that prioritizes and protects the health of our vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.
For the Spring 2022 semester, courses will be offered in one of four instructional modalities:
- Fully on-campus (ONCMP): A course with only traditional in-person, on-campus class meetings.
- HyFlex (HYFLX): A hybrid course delivered simultaneously in-person and remotely, so that students have the flexibility to choose either format for any class meeting. Learn more about HyFlex classrooms and technology.
- Web-assisted (WA): A course with some in-person, on-campus class meetings and some online elements. This means that when you aren’t physically in the classroom, you will complete coursework online. Check with your instructor about the specific requirements and be sure to carefully review the course syllabus, once it’s available.
- Fully online: A course delivered fully remotely. It may be a synchronous course (SYNC), in which students and faculty will meet live online on a set schedule, or it may be an asynchronous course (ASYNC), in which all coursework is available online and can be accessed at any time. Some fully online courses may have both synchronous and asynchronous components (MIXAS).
You can find the modality of your classes by going to Schedule Explorer. We know that fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and other experiential learning are important elements of our academic fabric. The University’s approach to these experiences will be guided by public health guidelines, accreditation requirements, and academic norms associated with the different disciplines. Remote options are available for non-teaching activities such as office hours and meetings.
Face Coverings in Classrooms, Labs, and Studio Spaces: Face coverings will be required for all individuals in all classrooms. Pre-existing personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for the lab/research environment remain in place. Classrooms are outfitted with tempered glass barriers to protect both students and instructors.
Effective as of March 7, 2022, Pace University is restoring event capacity to 100%.
All individuals will be required to wear a face covering in the dining halls when not eating. Each dining café will have 100% occupancy Seating will not be available for patrons not actively dining, or when the café is closed for meals. Mobile ordering and pickup stations will be available, with the use of contactless payment where possible. The following guidelines will be practiced in each dining hall:
- Stations will be set up in the café to allow for safe flow of patrons in the café
- Sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes
- Hand-sanitizing stations will be in and around the café
- Select tables will include glass partitions
For complete information regarding dining on campus, please visit the Campus Dining website.
You will continue to have access to academic advising, financial aid services, health services, career services, mental health services, and many others. If necessary, we are ready to offer these and other services both live and virtually as we have done during our remote period during previous semesters.
Pace University Athletics plans will continue with a full schedule of competition for all sports beginning in the Spring 2022 season, while following protocols focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Pace will continue to monitor the evolving conditions and follow local, state, CDC, and NCAA guidance that may require adaptations as needed. The Goldstein Fitness Center on our Pleasantville Campus and the fitness centers on the NYC Campus will be open to Pace students, faculty, and staff.
During the pandemic, being a commuter student comes with its own opportunities and challenges. Whether you take public transportation or have your own vehicle, your commute may continue to look very different. For our commuter students who rely upon the Pace campus shuttle, Pace will continue to operate its campus shuttle with revised procedures, which will include limiting capacity to 50% and staggering passengers to every other row. 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. When you’re on campus in person, please be assured that we will maintain safe, clean spaces for you to study or relax between classes.
Wherever possible, the Office of Residential Life and Housing will encourage physical distancing for those who are not fully vaccinated. Pace’s custodial staff will ensure that shared spaces (e.g., laundry facilities, elevators, shared kitchens, lobby space) and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned using EPA-registered disinfectant more than once a day. Pace’s Facilities team will maintain a cleaning log relating to these common areas. Students are still responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their personal space including bathroom and kitchenette areas in suite-style or townhouse residence halls.
- Occupancy in the Residence Halls: We have taken measures to reduce density in the residence halls. The purpose of this is not only to reduce the numbers of students sharing a single room, but also to reduce the numbers of students sharing common areas, elevators, entryways, etc.
- Residence Hall Guest Policy: Effective March 7, 2022 residential students will be able to have guests on campus, provided all guests adhere to Pace's Visitor Policy.
- The Housing Fee Adjustment Policy: The complete Dormitory Credit Policy Change on Student Contract (PDF) is available for you to review. It explains the way credits for housing fees will be applied in the event that the University is forced to close the residence halls for any reason.
- Mail Services: 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.
Accommodations and Students With Medical Issues
Accommodations for Students: Pace will offer accommodations to students adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic wherever possible. Such accommodations might include special provision of financial aid, extension of deadlines related to disruption of research or classroom activities or leaves of absence relating to prolonged illness or bereavement. For academic issues, students should consult with their academic advisor prior to requesting a Leave of Absence from the Office of the Registrar (help.pace.edu). For more information or to request an accommodation on financial matters including consideration for the Pace Cares Fund, internal grants or endowed scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). For issues related to billing, deadlines, or payment plans, please contact Student Accounts (email@example.com).
Students with Medical Issues: Students with medical issues related to COVID-19, including potential increased vulnerability to the virus, may seek accommodations through Student Accessibility Services. Remote learning and other accommodations may be explored, depending on the circumstances.
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.
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.