What to Know Before Coming: Campus Guidelines

Updated September 10, 2021


 
In short:

  • Follow required procedures at building entrances (vaccination negative COVID-19 test)
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in shared spaces.
  • Keep 6 feet apart from others whenever possible.
  • Make sure you’re scheduled to be on campus or have an appointment.
  • Limit most elevators to 2 people at a time (or as posted).
  • Limit bathrooms to 2 people at a time.
  • Follow all directions from Hostos staff.
  • Limit elevators and bathrooms to 2 people at a time (or as posted).
  • Avoid spreading germs by practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • And remember: stay home if you’re sick (or could be infected).



Here’s how we’re asking you—staff, faculty, students, and visitors—to help protect each other's health on the Hostos campus.

 

Follow required procedures at building entrances.


Everyone entering our campus must either have proof of vaccination or results from a recent negative COVID-19 test. Checking for these will help us reduce the risk of infection on campus.

 

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in shared spaces.


Face coverings are still required indoors in all shared spaces and outdoors when gathering with others. That includes common areas you may see or pass other people, like lobbies, elevators, hallways, classrooms, bathrooms, and shared offices.

 

Keep 6 feet apart from others whenever possible and follow additional directions from staff.


Pay attention to signs and floor markings which may show you where to walk, stand, or wait in line. Keep to your right in corridors and stairwells, and if you’re looking for a seat, pay attention to markings which will help you keep a safe distance from others. Be alert to any instructions from Hostos staff, including Public Safety or our student Safety Ambassadors.

 

Make sure you’re scheduled to be on campus or have an appointment.


We’re using scheduled visits to the campus to limit how many people are in our buildings at any time.

If you’re a student, you’re all set if:

  • you’re headed to class
  • ​have an appointment to use a service or visit an office
  • you received an email to pick up or drop off a loaner device

You may need to show an email confirmation to staff when you arrive, but don’t need to contact Public Safety before visiting.

Want to use services or resources (like the Library, Open Computer Lab, or Financial Aid) but don’t have an appointment? Plan ahead: check with the area before visiting the campus! More areas are open, but most or all require you schedule a time to visit.
 

If you’re a staff or faculty member and scheduled to work or teach on campus on a routine basis, you’ll only need to email Public Safety on days you aren't expected on site. 

If you’re not scheduled to work or teach on campus, email Public Safety at CampusVisit@hostos.cuny.edu two (2) or more days ahead of when you want to visit. Be sure to copy your supervisor or department chair on your request, and check that you received confirmation from Public Safety before traveling here. 

 

Limit elevators and bathrooms to 2 people at a time (or as posted).


Elevators: Some elevators may be limited to one (1) person, so pay attention to signage. If you’re able, take the stairs so those who need an elevator have a shorter wait. Remember to keep your face covering on while inside the elevator.

Bathrooms: Signs on stalls, urinals, and sinks will help you stay a safe distance from each other. Take note: some bathrooms may be closed to help us focus our cleaning efforts, but signs will help you find the nearest available one.

 

Avoid spreading germs by practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.


Avoid spreading germs by washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and practicing other hand and respiratory hygiene habits.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, and lather for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying with a paper towel. If you can’t get to a sink, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and allow your hands to air dry.

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbow or a tissue, and throw away used tissues right away. Used tissues, masks, and gloves go into the nearest trash can.

 

And remember: stay home if you’re sick (or could be infected).


It’s always been important, but now more than ever. Don’t come on campus if you have new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19. You must also stay home if you test positive or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you’re on campus and begin to feel sick with these symptoms, stay where you are and call Public Safety at extension 6888. We have the tools to safely isolate anyone with a suspected infection wherever they are.