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Campus Health and Safety

Pace is committed to providing its community with a safe learning, working, and living environment. Our 35-member COVID-19 task force, along with the Return to Campus Community group, comprising health-expert faculty members, University leadership, faculty, staff, and students have developed this comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of every member of our community. We are in this together and it is up to each of us to abide by the guidelines set forth in this plan. We are Pace Strong.


Key Dates for the Pace Community

  • January 8: All residential students must complete the Spring Move-In Registration Form by 9:00 a.m. to select a move-in date and quarantine option, if applicable.
  • January 4: Holiday break ends and the University reopens. Essential employees, such as student-facing activity and residential life staff, return to Pace campuses as needed.
  • January 19: Essential, student-facing staff return, based on a 25% overall occupancy limit, with a mix of remote work, reduced density, and staggered hours.*
  • January 19, 20, and 21: Residential students begin the move-in process, provided their quarantine requirements have been met, if applicable.
  • January 23: Spring Semester begins with two weeks of remote classes
  • February 8: In-person classes begin
  • February 8: All staff return, based on a 25% overall occupancy limit, with a mix of remote work, reduced density, and staggered hours.*
  • May 1: Spring semester ends

To facilitate this accelerated schedule, we plan to hold classes on some previously scheduled holidays. Accommodations will be made for individual religious observances.

*We are mandating a 25% overall occupancy goal on a daily basis for the foreseeable future, especially if physical office space does not allow for necessary social distancing protocols. Along with this, we will continue to support work-from-home arrangements, where on-campus presence is not required, to enable more flexible scheduling. We ask supervisors to remain flexible and compassionate when discussing with staff when they should return to work.

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About Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer

Pace University has appointed Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, professor of graduate nursing in the College of Health Professions and member of the board of directors of the New York State Public Health Association, to the role of Coronavirus Coordination Officer. She is responsible for managing our testing, tracing, and response efforts across all three campuses. To contact the Coronavirus Coordination Officer, please email covidcoordinator@pace.edu.

Questions regarding Pace’s Community-Testing Program may be sent to the COVID Coordination Officer, however private health information and lab results should only be shared with University Health Care (UHC) and must never be sent through email. Please upload any private health information to UHC’s secure patient portal.

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Prior to Returning to Campus

Training

All students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete a mandatory online training and education module prior to the start of the spring semester. The training module will be sent to you via your Pace email account.

Testing

When we return for the spring semester, all members of the Pace Community (including those who have not left the New York area) will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result in order to access campus (this is a requirement of all employees, regardless of your office location or when in the semester you plan to access campus). You must take a PCR test within seven days prior to your arrival on campus and submit your negative result to the University (Note: this guideline was updated on December 16). We will provide instructions for uploading your test results in the beginning of January. Low-cost or free testing is increasingly available at pharmacies and walk-in clinics, and by public health departments in some locations. Find a testing location near you.

For students, both residential and commuter, the University has developed guidelines for testing, quarantine, and monitoring. Please see our Testing and Monitoring guidelines for students.

COVID-19 Vaccination

New York State has added “in-person college faculty and instructors,” people age 65 and over, and immunocompromised individuals to the list of populations eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Use New York State's eligibility tool to see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and to schedule an appointment.

Residents of New Jersey and Connecticut should check with their local health officials for information in their states. Please remember that while instructors and those over 65 are eligible to make a reservation for a vaccination, current demand for vaccines still far outpaces the state’s supply. We do not yet know when the vaccines will become available.

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Monitoring Your Health

  • All students (both residential and commuter), staff, and faculty will be required to complete a daily screening questionnaire related to symptoms, travel and exposures in the past 14 days. The screening questionnaire is available to everyone in the Pace Community via the PaceSafe mobile app. If you do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the PaceSafe app, please access our web-based daily health questionnaire.
  • All on-campus members of the Pace Community, on days they are on campus, will be required to monitor their health, check their temperature, and complete the screening tool's questionnaire daily once the campus reopens. The University will monitor and review responses on a regular basis.
  • In the screening questionnaire, you can expect to answer several questions daily, including:
    • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 Days
    • Have returned to New York from any state other than New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, or any international destination requiring quarantine as identified by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205.2?
    • Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Residential students must complete the screening tool’s questionnaire daily, even if they do not plan on leaving their residence hall room.
  • Be prepared to show an approved status after completing the screening to Security upon entering campus buildings.
  • Stay in if you do not feel well, have a fever, or do not pass your daily health self-assessment. Contact University Health Care if you are experiencing symptoms.

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Contact Tracing

  • Pace’s Coronavirus Coordination Officer will work with Pace’s University Health Care Unit and the local health departments’ contact tracers to identify students, faculty, staff, or visitors who may have had close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to that person testing positive.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer will communicate with the local health authority regarding its contact tracing and follow its guidance and recommendations.
  • The Coronavirus Coordination Officer, University Health Care, and/or the local Department of Health will notify Pace Community members and visitors about confirmed positives as necessary and appropriate, discuss recommendations of the local health authority, and determine whether exposed community members will need to quarantine before they can return to campus.

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Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Please respect the social distancing signage that is posted around the University's common areas and in classrooms. Here are some other steps to take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings, and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between students, co-workers, visitors, and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.

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Face Coverings

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing the risk of transmission to others near you. Remember, a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. Please see Pace's full policy on face coverings (PDF) and information about face covering distribution on campus.

  • Pace University will provide reusable cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Approved face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and face shields.
  • Pace University requires that all faculty, staff and students wear appropriate face coverings any time they are in any campus building (e.g., common areas, cubicles, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.), and at all times as directed by Pace signage.
  • Face coverings will also be required on campus outside of campus buildings any time social distance cannot be maintained, and while traveling around campus.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Do not share your face coverings.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn, or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Please note: Face coverings that incorporate a one-way or exhalation valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) are designed to facilitate easy exhaling and are not an acceptable face covering on campus. Such respirators and face coverings are not effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. See the examples below of face coverings that would not be permitted for use:

Face Shields: 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.

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Hand Washing

Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If no hand washing area is available, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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Cleaning and Sanitization

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

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

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Spaces on Campus

We’ve all made adjustments to how we exist and live in our communities and Pace is no different. Learn more about existing in spaces around campus including classrooms, common areas, offices, residence halls, and more. Reduced capacity plans have been developed for all Pace spaces and in areas that social distancing cannot be maintained, Pace has installed temporary partitions or barriers.

Occupancy: Signage will be posted in all rooms noting the maximum occupancy. Until restrictions are relaxed, no area shall exceed more than 25% unless otherwise noted.

Shielding: Partitions or barriers will be installed as needed in spaces 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.

Classrooms: Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. The layouts of many classrooms have been altered to accommodate six feet of social distance between each person, including the instructor. Faculty should maintain six feet of social distance from students while in classrooms. Face coverings will be required in all classrooms. Additionally, classrooms will be outfitted with tempered glass barriers to protect both students and instructors. In some larger spaces, like auditoriums and gymnasiums, we may be able to exceed 25% occupancy while still ensuring six feet of distance.

Lab and Studio Space: Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. Pre-existing personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for the lab/research environment remain in place. Otherwise, while in the laboratory, trainees, faculty, and staff are required to wear a surgical face mask when working with others. In general, N95 respirators and medical grade masks are reserved for health care workers. Cloth face coverings are appropriate only for public spaces. For more information about lab and research safety, visit our Research page.

Common Areas: Common areas like hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounges, and offices will be outfitted with signage to assist people in socially distancing. Directional traffic flow will be established via one-way stairwells, hallways, in-room movement, and entrance/exits, where possible. Signage will provide clear direction. In common area lounge spaces or in dining halls, we ask that no furniture be moved. Face coverings must be worn in all common areas. Gym and fitness areas will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.

Dining Halls: All students, faculty, and staff visiting a dining café on campus will be required to wear a face covering, including when picking-up food for takeout. Each dining café will have significantly reduced occupancy, with limited in-house seating. 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:

  • Full-service model only, with the elimination of self-service food stations
  • Café tables will be spaced to accommodate six feet of social distance between diners
  • Stations will be set up in the café to allow for safe flow of guests in the café
  • Sanitation of all station counters and common areas will be done every 30 minutes

Elevators: Under no circumstances may elevators exceed the posted capacity, all occupants must wear a face covering, please follow posted signage to maintain social distance. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly; use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. Because elevator space is limited, please allow yourself extra time when moving between classes and meetings.

Residence Halls: Wherever possible, the Office of Residential Life and Housing will encourage social distancing. Residential students can expect reduced occupancy in certain areas and staggered use of shared spaces (e.g., laundry facilities, shared bathrooms, kitchenettes). Please stay tuned for more information about this fall’s move-in and move-out processes and guidelines related to occupancy.

Office Areas: All workspaces will be arranged so staff are able to maintain safe social distance. Staff and faculty should limit or avoid (through remote work, staggered shifts, etc.) being in a shared office space with others when possible. If needed, use of vacant offices may be temporarily permitted to provide necessary separation, or furniture may be moved to create the required distance. Personal office areas should only be occupied by one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings and six feet of social distance can be maintained.

Meeting Rooms: Face coverings must be worn. Chairs and tables in any meeting room will be removed or arranged to support the minimum required six feet of social distance. Visual cues (ex. colored tape on floor indicating correct chair position) will be added to help maintain accurate distancing space.

Restrooms: Restroom use must be based on the ability to maintain at least six feet distance between individuals. Smaller bathrooms with limited space will be marked with signage and occupied by only one individual at a time.

  • In accordance with guidance from local health authorities, it’s important to follow all posted signage near sink areas–some will be specified for hand washing, dish washing, or oral hygiene.

Leased Spaces: Pace’s leased properties have provided their own guidance on building reopening. You can review the cleaning and procedural information for your building on the Facilities website.

Transportation: Pace will continue to operate its campus shuttle with revised procedures, which shall include limiting capacity to 50% and staggering passengers to every other row (unless roommates or suitemates). Shuttles will be equipped with protective barriers between driver and passengers and drivers and passengers shall 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. For all other campus vehicles, the occupancy will be limited to the driver. If it is necessary for two individuals to travel together (e.g., delivery, maintenance work), then each individual must wear proper face coverings at all times.

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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 the capacity limits and other proper protocols, such as social distancing.
  • Safety and Security will ask all visitors prior to entry to complete an online screening questionnaire.
  • On at least a weekly basis, Emergency Management shall review activities from the prior week and along with Safety and Security, and University Health Care, assess any areas in need of new or increased protocols to ensure a safe environment.

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