As part of the University’s multi-pronged strategy to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CUNY is launching a random testing program for vaccinated employees and students accessing CUNY facilities.

Starting this week, a number of randomly selected, vaccinated individuals across the University will be contacted each week to be tested for COVID-19. The random testing program complements CUNY’s mandatory weekly testing for employees who have not disclosed their vaccination status and students who obtained a vaccination exemption.

If you are selected in any given week, you will receive an email from with instructions to complete your registration and will have to test at a CUNY test site within seven days (no appointment necessary). Your test result will be available within 48 hours and you will maintain your Access Pass to CUNY facilities while the results are pending. If your test result comes back positive, your Access Pass will be removed and you will be contacted by a Coronavirus Task Force Liaison for guidance.
If you do not show up to be tested within the required seven-day period, you will be contacted by a campus or program representative on next steps. Being tested when you are notified is not optional and is necessary in order to obtain campus-wide results each week and thus help keep everyone safe.

For additional information about the program, go online. If you still have questions, students should contact their campus Local Vaccine Authority (LVA), and employees their HR office.

Thank you in advance for doing your part to continue keeping the CUNY community safe.

By Hector Batista and Daniel E. Lemons