• STUDENT GUIDELINES

    Updated September 7, 2021

    Students COMING TO CAMPUS

    CUNY students attending in-person and hybrid classes for the fall 2021 semester are required to be vaccinated. You must submit your vaccination documentation by September 27, 2021.

    Students accessing CUNY facilities for reasons other than to attend an on-campus class session will be required to be vaccinated after October 7, 2021. Only if they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption, they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit.

    Until the October 7 deadline, students who are waiting for their vaccination documentation to be approved (or received a religious exception or medical exemption) have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site.


    Before Coming to Campus


    • Submit vaccine verification before September 27, 2021:
      • Log in to on CUNYfirst and click Vaccine Verification
      • See instructions.
      • You will need your vaccination info, a scan or photo of your vaccination card and, if you have the NY State Excelsior Pass, a scan or photo of your pass.
      • If you have difficulty uploading your documents try a different browser.
    • Review full policy FAQ on CUNY’s website.
    • Download the LaGuardia mobile app for free on the App Store or Google Play.
      • Your mobile I.D. card will display a green border which verifies your Vax Pass.


    While on Campus


    • Wear a mask while in public and shared spaces on campus, including in class; review CUNY’s mask mandate.
    • Enter via the Vax Pass marked doors.
    • Be prepared to display your LaGuardia mobile app I.D. with green Vax Pass border.






  • Vax Pass Entry

    For persons with verified vaccination status

    • Wear a mask while in public and shared spaces on campus; review CUNY’s mask mandate.
    • Be prepared to display your LaGuardia mobile app I.D. with green Vax Pass border.


    Non-Vax Pass Entry

    For persons without verified vaccination status

    • Wear a mask while in public and shared spaces on campus; review CUNY’s mask mandate.
    • Be prepared to display your LaGuardia I.D.
    • And one of the following:
      • Negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 7 days,
      • Or your original CDC Vaccination record
      • Or NY Excelsior App


    If you are not fully vaccinated

    • Wear a mask while indoors and outdoors at all times while on campus, including in enclosed spaces, except briefly when eating or drinking (in which case they must maintain strict social distancing from other individuals).
    • Maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance from others.







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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Campus Access and Safety




    All Students registering for a fully in-person or hybrid class for the 2021 Fall Term must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes unless you have been granted an exception or medical exemption. Requests for exceptions or medical exemptions must be submitted via CUNYfirst.

    The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, 2021, triggering a 45-day final deadline for CUNY students to be fully vaccinated and their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved in CUNYfirst. Students have until September 27, 2021 to upload proof of vaccination into CUNYfirst.

    To meet the 45-day deadline, students must get the first Moderna shot by August 26, the first Pfizer shot by September 2, and the single Johnson & Johnson shot by September 23.

    Because Colleges need 10 days to verify and approve the vaccination documents after students upload them, the documents must be uploaded by September 27 at the latest. Students taking in-person or hybrid classes who fail to upload their proof of vaccination by September 27 (so the documents can be approved and verified by October 7, the 45-days mark) will be subject to potential academic withdrawal that could also impact their financial aid and make them ineligible for refunds for the courses.

    Until October 7, students attending in-person classes need to be fully vaccinated and have their vaccination documentation uploaded and approved, or they have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site.

    For all health & safety guidance, visit cuny.edu/coronavirus.

    Students accessing CUNY facilities for reasons other than to attend an on-campus class session will be required to be vaccinated after October 7, 2021. Only if they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption, they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit.

    Until the October 7 deadline, students who are waiting for their vaccination documentation to be approved (or received a religious exception or medical exemption) have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site.


    For the time being, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must:
    • Wear a face mask inside all CUNY campuses and office buildings. This includes while working in a non-enclosed space such as a cubicle or other open seating, regardless of physical distance from others.
    • Wear a mask outdoors on campus when unable to maintain physical distance from others.
    • The only exceptions to wearing a mask inside are:
      • If a fully vaccinated person is alone in an enclosed space such as an office, conference room, or dorm room.
      • In a classroom, if a vaccinated professor is teaching a class and is able to keep social distance from everyone else in the class, he or she may choose not to wear a mask.
      • Briefly while eating or drinking, provided social distancing is maintained.
    Review CUNY’s mask mandate.


    For most students who are expected to be fully vaccinated by Fall 2021, and all other vaccinated members of the CUNY community, physical distancing will not be a required safety measure for classrooms, educational settings, and offices. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to practice physical distancing of 6 feet. Physical distancing is encouraged.


    For office hours, please visit https://www.laguardia.edu/campus-services.


    Study spaces are available by reservation; please keep in mind that students must complete vaccine verification by October 7, 2021 to access campus facilities. Until the October 7 deadline, students who are waiting for their vaccination documentation to be approved (or received a religious exception or medical exemption) have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days at a CUNY testing site.

    Please note that the Library is closed, however some in-person services are available including curbside material loans, reserve book chapter scanning and material return. You can also chat with a reference librarian and access other virtual services on the Library’s website.


    Elevators will be operational with occupancy limits in place however, the use of staircases is encouraged.


    The cafeteria spaces will gradually reopen this Fall, beginning with a limited selection; details are forthcoming.


    All areas have been cleaned and disinfected prior to occupancy as per the College’s reopening plan and will continue to be cleaned on a scheduled basis.


    Employees not in compliance with the mask policy can be reported to Ron Edwards, Executive Director of Human Resources.

    Students not in compliance with the mask policy can be reported to Fay Butler, Interim Associate Dean of Student Success.


    Vaccine Verification




    You must submit your vaccination documentation by September 14, 2021.
    • Submit vaccine verification before September 14, 2021:
      • Log in to on CUNYfirst and click Vaccine Verification; see instructions. You will need your vaccination info, a scan or photo of your vaccination card and, if you have the NY State Excelsior Pass, a scan or photo of your pass.
      • Download the LaGuardia mobile app for free on the App Store or Google Play. Your mobile I.D. card will display a green border which verifies your Vax Pass.

    If you need to get a student I.D., please email your name (first and last) and EMPL to idoffice@lagcc.cuny.edu to activate your ID through the LaGuardia app.


    Your CUNYfirst Vaccine Verification page will indicate Approved status; additionally your LaGuardia mobile I.D. will display a green Vax Pass border.


    Be prepared – Before coming to campus, download the LaGuardia mobile app for free on the App Store or Google Play; the mobile I.D. will display a green Vax Pass border.


    To ensure everyone’s safety vaccination documents must be verified. If you need to come to campus and your documents have not been verified in CUNYfirst, bring your original CDC COVID-19 vaccination record with you to the campus.


    New procedures are being finalized; for the time being we ask that students have their proof of vaccination.


    RF Employees please see specific guidance here.
    ACE Students attending in-person or hybrid classes must provide proof of vaccination prior to coming to campus. Specific steps will be emailed to ACE students.
    Visitors must bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 7 days of coming to campus. Review CUNY’s Visitor Policy.