Know Before You Go: Campus Guidelines

We’re working hard to protect everyone’s health, and hope you’ll join us in that effort when you’re on the Hostos Community College campus. Here’s how we’re asking everyone—staff, faculty, students, and visitors—to adjust behaviors and norms.

Always wear a face covering when you’re on campus.

When we all wear a face covering over our nose and mouth, we limit the spread of disease. Face coverings are required on CUNY campuses and also required in public whenever we can’t maintain at least six feet of distance, under Executive Order 202.17.

Keep 6 feet apart from others—the width of a car—whenever possible.

Follow any arrows on the floor, keep to your right in corridors and stairwells, and use seating as marked to keep a safe distance from others. Staying six feet apart helps us protect each other’s health.

Check with us before you visit.

We’re currently limiting how many people are in our buildings at any time, so you'll need to make sure you get approval to come on campus.

If you're a student and have an appointment with a student service area, or received an email to pick up or drop off a loaner device, you're all set. You don’t need to email Public Safety but should be ready to show that email to staff when you arrive. 

If you're staff or faculty and not scheduled to work on campus, email Public Safety at two (2) or more days ahead of when you want to visit. Make sure to copy your supervisor or department chair on your request, and make sure you receive confirmation from Public Safety before traveling here. If you're already approved to work on campus on a routine basis, you'll only need to email Public Safety for authorization on days you're not already scheduled to work on site. 

Faculty and staff take note: you'll also need to complete mandatory training on Blackboard before your first visit back.

Stay home if you’re sick.

It’s always been true, but more important than ever. Don’t come on campus if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms such as a cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, runny nose, or body aches. If you have a fever of 100.4ºF or more, you won't be allowed to enter.

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.

Do a brief health check-in.

Before you arrive, we'll need you to answer some questions about exposure to and symptoms of COVID-19 in the through the Everbridge Symptom Checker. When you enter one of our buildings, we’ll ask you to confirm where you’re headed on campus, check your body temperature with a touch-free thermometer, and make sure you've been cleared through the Daily Symptom Checker app. Once you’re done, you’ll get a wrist band that shows you were screened that day.

Follow all directions from Hostos staff.

Pay attention to signs that show you where to walk or stand. If you’re asked to wait in line, use floor markings to stay a safe distance from others.

Limit elevators to 2 people at a time.

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. We also ask you to stand apart from each other, face away, and avoid talking while you’re inside. It seems odd, but it helps limit the spread of disease in this smaller space.

Limit bathrooms to 2 people at a time.

Remember to wash your hands with soap before and after you use the bathroom, and be mindful that other people who need the bathroom may be waiting for you to leave. 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.

Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene, above all.

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.