Campus COVID-19 Updates

classroom after returning to campus

Pace University’s COVID-19 Task Force, alongside faculty and University administration, are committed to ensuring a safe working, learning and living environment. 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 visiting campus, monitoring and testing, face covering and social distancing 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.

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

View visitor requirements

COVID-19 Update: Campus Life and COVID-19 Testing Information 9/9

COVID-19 Update: A New Mask Requirement at Pace 8/13

VACCINATION INFORMATION TO STUDENTS

To ensure that we’ll be able to reopen our campuses as planned, we will require all students, faculty, and staff coming to campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning with the Fall 2021 semester. 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. Find a vaccination center near you.

August 30: All classes begin

TESTING

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to participate in community testing upon arrival to any Pace campus. Travelers from outside of the US should be sure to check the CDC travel advisory guidelines for additional country specific guidance. These are subject to change, so remember to check your Pace email and the Return to Campus website for updates.

  • All students who are not fully vaccinated (including those who have not left the New York area) are recommended to receive a negative COVID-19 test result prior to accessing campus. Testing is a recommendation, not a requirement. The date of your test (not the results) should be no earlier than seven days prior to the first day you will be on campus. Low-cost or free testing is increasingly available at pharmacies and walk-in clinics, as well as offered by public health departments in some locations, including New York. Find a testing location near you.

For Fall 2021, all students who are not fully vaccinated (including those who have not left the New York area) must participate in community COVID-19 testing to maintain access to campus. All residential students who are not fully vaccinated at the time of move-in will be request to come with a negative test and then tested again 3-5 days after arrival.  They will then need to participate in weekly community testing.

MONITORING

  • All students will be required to complete a screening questionnaire related to symptoms, travel, and exposures every day they are physically on campus. This includes residential students every day they are on campus and commuter students on days they visit campus. 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.
  • Students who do not complete the required screening questionnaire will not be permitted on campus. Residential students who do not complete 3 consecutive days of screening will be referred to the Dean for Students Office for student conduct. 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 10 Days
    • Have you followed country specific CDC travel guidance if returning from international travel?
    • If not fully vaccinated, Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 
  • If You Have Been Exposed: If you are 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 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.
    • You must quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19
    • Please note, the local health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last. Should you develop symptoms, you should get tested, and isolate.
  • If You are Fully Vaccinated and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. If you develop symptoms, isolate and contact University Healthcare 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.
  • 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.

TRAINING

All students, staff, and faculty will be required to complete a mandatory online training and education module prior to the start of the fall semester. The training module will be sent to you via your Pace email account prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

FACE COVERINGS

  • Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will wear a mask indoors on campus, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office or when in your personal residence. We expect to ease the indoor mask requirement when the public health conditions are favorable.
  • We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to wear, at a minimum, a surgical-style mask over their nose and mouth. In general, a surgical-style mask is a disposable face mask with an adjustable metal strip to provide a snug fit over your nose.

 

CAMPUS DINING

All dining cafes on campus will follow CDC guidelines which recommends face coverings in group settings, including when picking up food for takeout. Unvaccinated 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.

COMMON AREAS

You will continue to have access to financial aid 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.

Common Areas: 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.

  • Face coverings will be required for unvaccinated individuals in common areas
  • In common area lounge spaces or in dining halls, we ask that no furniture be moved.

COMMUTER STUDENTS

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 look very different this semester. 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.

To access the shuttle you will be required to show you Pace ID when boarding the shuttle, your PaceSafe App Green QR code and you will sign in when on the shuttle.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

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: As we begin the fall semester, only members of the Pace Community will be permitted in the residence halls or in any student's residence hall room. This means that only Pace students will be permitted to visit one another’s rooms and outside guests will not be permitted in the residence halls. The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if circumstances allow, we may be able to reinstate guest privileges in phases.
  • 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.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATIONS

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 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.

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.

In the wake of this outbreak, several universities have experienced the targeting and exclusion of Chinese individuals, individuals perceived to be Chinese, and individuals recently returned from China due to fear and misinformation about the virus.

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, 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.

Information communicated over the summer, 2021

Pace and Haub Law are 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. For more Pace University campus health and safety information, click here.

Request for an Extension to Comply with Pace University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

FAQs on vaccination requirements

Fall semester update and "Re-Orientation" program email from Dean Jill Gross to students 8/3/21

Academic Dean Jill Gross fall semester update email to students 6/3/21

Pace University email: Update: How to Upload Your Vaccine Record, and Other Information for Fall 6/3/21

Vaccination Information to Haub Law Community 4/1/21

Fall 2020

Update from Dean Anderson about the Haub Law campus moving to remote 11/18

Update from Dean D'Agostino on Winter Break 11/5

Update from Dean Anderson on health and safety measures for Haub Law 10/23

Update from Dean Anderson on health and safety measures for Haub Law 10/17

Update on health and safety measures at Haub Law 10/16

Frequently asked questions for Dannat Hall residents 10/16

Frequently asked questions regarding weekly testing 10/5

Frequently asked questions regarding quarantine and isolation 10/5

Message from the Pace Coronavirus Coordination Officer 9/11

Return to Campus Power Point 7/31

Haub Law Plan for Returning to Campus 7/16/20
Dear Students,

We’re excited to be safely back on campus this fall, and we know every member of our Haub Law community is committed to creating Our Safe Pace. Our plan to return to campus is guided by the latest public health recommendations, input from students, faculty, and staff, and our mission of Opportunitas.

Pace University and Haub Law have established new health and safety measures, which include requirements for mandatory online training; completion of a daily health screening questionnaire; social distancing on campus; mandatory face coverings; and enhanced cleaning and sanitization of common areas; classrooms; dining spaces; residence halls; and high-touch areas such as elevator buttons, doorknobs, and computer labs.

We will deliver academic coursework in new ways to accommodate these new health and wellbeing protocols. Faculty have re-envisioned their courses for our new instructional modalities, including fully on-campus, fully online, and hybrid. The hard work of the faculty and staff will ensure your continued success as a student.

Below are some important highlights of what you can expect — and what steps you should take — as you return to student life. More details will follow, so we urge you to check your Haub Law email regularly.

Overview – Rules for General Campus Health and Wellbeing

Frequently Asked Questions – Fall 2020

Key Dates

Student Services, Residential Life & Campus Affairs

Academic Plan for Fall 2020 

Scheduling and Location of Administrative Operations  

See the complete plan