August 2, 2021

Dear Students,

We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the fall semester!  Because of increasing COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, we will require that all members of the MCNY community be vaccinated in order to enter our campuses in Manhattan and the Bronx, effective September 7.  This requirement does not apply to students in the online MPA program in Emergency and Disaster Management, though it would apply if you plan to come to campus for any reason.  Masking requirements will remain in effect for all public spaces, classrooms, and group work areas.

MCNY cares about your health, and we believe that this step is necessary to provide a safe teaching and learning environment for everyone.  The safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines have been demonstrated, and they are reducing serious illness and keeping hospitalization rates down.

  • Proof of vaccination must be uploaded here prior to September 7 to access MCNY campuses.  Students uploading their proof of vaccination continue to be eligible for the $100 cash incentive and will be entered into a drawing for one of two $3,000 prizes to be awarded in September.

We urge you to not delay in getting vaccinated, as the variants of the virus are causing increased rates of illness and hospitalization.  Vaccinations are now readily available across the region.

For anyone who may be unable to receive the vaccine for a religious or medical reason, please to find out about required documentation for requesting religious or medical exemptions. If you are granted an exemption, you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID on a weekly basis.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Members of the MCNY community have supported each other and persevered through the fears and challenges of the pandemic since March 2020.  We will continue to stand together, and we will look forward to welcoming you back in September to safe and vibrant campuses.

With best wishes,

Joanne Passaro