COVID-19 Guidance & Information

The health and safety of the GCNYC community remain our top priority.

GCNYC will continue to comply with local, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19. GCNYC reserves the right to update its guidelines and rules. GCNYC will continue to communicate COVID-19 related updates and any changes to these policies in a timely manner.

GCNYC Covid-19 Safety Updates 

In September 21/22, GCNYC resumed in-person learning and continues to offer a remote learning option with the College’s new hyflex classroom capabilities.

While we are excited to be on campus, the health and safety of our GCNYC and New York City community remain the College’s top priority.

Please refer to this page for the College’s latest Covid-19 safety information and policies. The College will continue to monitor CDC and NYS guidelines and mandates and provide updates to the GCNYC Community in a timely manner.

The information and policies on this page are subject to change. GCNYC reserves the right to change these policies at any time.

For any questions or to report non-compliance with College policies contact:

Thank you for doing your part in keeping the GCNYC Community safe and healthy!

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Booster Shots: 

At this time GCNYC is strongly encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to receive their Covid vaccinations and stay up to date with booster shots.

Temporary Mask Mandate:

At this time, GCNYC strongly encourages mask wearing especially in crowded settings. As always, we will continue monitoring the Covid numbers in New York and this policy may change in the future.

Covid Symptoms

Overall, we request that if you are feeling ill that you do not come to class, work, or events on campus. Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees should continue to monitor their health, and anyone with exposure to someone with Covid-19, who experiences Covid-19 symptoms, or who has tested positive for Covid-19 should follow the guidance below and advise the College as soon as possible at so that we can continue to make well-informed public health decisions about in-person activity on campus.

If You Are Experiencing Any of the Covid-19 Related Symptoms as Listed Below or If You Live with Someone Who Is Experiencing These Covid-19 Related Symptoms:

ONE of these symptoms unrelated to a pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies):

Or TWO of the following symptoms:
Please DO NOT come to campus.


If You Have Been Exposed to Covid-19

If you don’t have symptoms: You do not need to isolate. You must wear a mask for 10 days when around others and get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.

If you do have symptoms: Do not come to campus. You should isolate, get tested as soon as possible and remain at home until you receive the results.

Click here for the latest guidance regarding exposure from the CDC.

If You Have Tested Positive for Covid-19

Please DO NOT come to campus. You should begin a 10-day isolation period.

Click here for the latest guidance regarding isolation from the CDC.

If Any of the Above Scenarios or Caring for an Ill Family Member with Covid-19 Will Require You to Miss Class or Work

Students: Inform your instructors and the College at as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to attend classes virtually and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

Faculty: Notify the College at as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to continue or switch to remote instruction and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

Staff: Notify your supervisor and/or the Vice President & Provost as soon as possible. Please include whether you are well enough to work remotely and provide updates if there are any changes to your health.

Regular communication should be maintained between the individual and their supervisor and/or the Vice President & Provost with regards to progress.


Non-compliance with the College’s Covid-19 health and safety policies has been added as an offense in the Code of Student Conduct policy within the GCNYC College Catalog. Individuals can report non-compliance or safety concerns to  

International and Domestic TravelTraveling increases your risk of getting and spreading Covid-19. GCNYC discourages unnecessary travel and encourages individuals who believe they may have been exposed to Covid-19 while traveling to receive a PCR test prior to returning to campus. 

How to Find a Covid Testing Site Near You: 

In New York: Click here to visit the NYS Covid-19 Test Site Finder 

For other areas: Contact your healthcare provider or visit your state, tribal, local and territorial Health Department Website, click here to access the CDC’s Health Department Directories.  

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure: Health information about a student, employee or their family member obtained solely for the purposes of absence arrangements, utilizing sick leave or government mandated reporting shall be treated as confidential and shall only be disclosed with necessary College staff. In the case of reporting or contact tracing, GCNYC will maintain the confidentiality of the individual and inform them before sharing any personally identifiable information. 

Additional On-Campus Safety Measures: 

In addition to the below guidance, GCNYC has taken the following safety measures on-campus: 

Mode of Attendance Options: Remote and/or On-Campus 

When registering for classes, students will be able to select their preferred mode of attendance for the trimester. In-person seats will be limited on a first-come first-served basis to ensure that students can be socially distant in the classroom. Certain courses will remain completely remote. All classes will continue to be synchronous and held in the evening.  

New equipment being installed over the summer will allow for faculty to simultaneously instruct classes in-person and on Zoom. Remote students will be able to participate in live classes via cameras and microphones in the classroom. 

Temporary Staff Schedule Information 

GCNYC staff is temporarily on a rotating schedule in which members of the team are each on campus 2-3 per week. At least one member of staff will always be on campus from 9/10am-6pm Monday-Thursday. Staff will not be present on campus on Friday’s. For your reference, a schedule of these days is available on GCULearn. 

GCNYC Support Resources 

Our staff and faculty continue to be ready to support students during this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to Jessica Chang Russel, Michael Cohen, an instructor, or your academic advisor should you have any questions, concerns, or special needs. Jessica Chang Russell can be reached at Michael Cohen can be reached at

Note: GCNYC recognizes that COVID-19’s effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavirus, GCNYC is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced or witnessed harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Title IX Coordinator at

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