As you know, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a source of concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, and national figures this week have certainly shown that concern to be well founded. Fortunately, the impact on campus to date has been modest. We currently know of three active cases involving people who have come to campus–one student, one staff member, and one visitor.

Per a recent communication from HR, copied below, priority testing is available at select testing locations for those faculty and students who currently work/reside/attend classes on campus are available. Those meeting those criteria can request a letter from HR (staff and faculty) or Student Affairs (students) that should allow those with the letters to go to the head of the line for testing at the indicated locations.

Fortunately, the holiday weekend has not significantly impacted campus activities involving classes, research, or housing to a significant degree to date.

HR Memo sent 12/3/20:

Pursuant to the Chancellor’s email yesterday, priority testing is now available for faculty, staff, and students working, living, and/or attending classes on campus. Priority testing is available for CUNY faculty, staff, or students who: currently reside in a CUNY dorm,or regularly work on a CUNY campus, or attend or teach in-person or hybrid classes including those at clinical sites off-campus. Eligible CUNY staff can work with their managers to schedule a 45-minute work break twice a month in order to get tested. Everyone must present a valid campus identification card at the testing site. CSI faculty and staff currently working on campus can request a letter from Human Resources by emailing the Human Resources mailbox at Students residing on campus or taking in-person classes can request a letter from Student Affairs by emailing  

Human Resources

By Michael Parrish