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Update: Mercy's COVID-19 Policies

For the latest information about Mercy’s COVID-19 policies click here.  STUDENTS: To upload your vaccination documentation, click here.  

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Let's End This Pandemic Together!

We want to make sure our students are receiving the most up to date, accurate information about the vaccine, securing an appointment and what to expect. It is essential that we protect ourselves, our families and our communities through safe and effective immunizations.  The sooner our Maverick community is vaccinated, the safer and more successful our upcoming semesters will be. #MavsGetVaxxed

As of July 2021, more than 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose

For up-to-date vaccination data, click here.

 

Why get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone has a reason to get vaccinated. Here are the top eight reasons why we believe getting vaccinated is the way to go:

  1. Protect yourself and your community

  2. It’s free, even if you don't have health insurance

  3. Vaccines have been tested for safety and effectiveness under strict regulations

  4. They are highly effective at preventing COVID-19

  5. Even if you do get COVID-19 after you are vaccinated, the vaccine protects you from getting seriously ill

  6. ­­Don’t pause your life because you get sick. Keep your life moving forward and don’t miss a beat

  7. Keep your cash flowing. Prevent having to be out of work and losing money

  8. Be able to get the full college experience and get on the path back to normalcy

What Is Your Why?

Campus

Explore campus and experience everything first hand.

Campus

Hang out with my classmates and not worry about getting sick or making someone sick.

Campus

Have face to face conversations with professors and feel comfortable being around others. 

As of July 2021, more than 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose. 

There are many myths circulating about COVID-19 vaccines, and it's important to have reliable facts and information to address these misconceptions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fall 2021 Vaccine Policy

Q: Do students need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes?
A: Yes. All students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction or activity for the fall 2021 term will be required to submit records of their COVID vaccination through the College's health records management system by clicking hereFaculty, staff and students who remain unvaccinated may be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing and may be subject to other limits should there be a COVID outbreak on campus.  

What do you need to do:  

  1. Go to the College's health records management system to upload your vaccination status 
  2. Find the COVID-19 Vaccine Intake Questionnaire 
  3. Submit your records (name of vaccine and dates of doses) 

Timing:

  • Residential Students and Student Athletes must submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption by August 1, 2021.    
  • Commuter Students (not living on-campus) must submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption by August 15, 2021.   

Q: Must I be vaccinated if I am taking only online courses?
A: Fully online students taking 100% of their courses online and who do not plan to come to campus or participate in any on or off-campus College sponsored event for any purpose may be eligible for a waiver.

Q: How can I learn more about exemptions, accommodations and waivers?
A: Students may seek a medical or religious exemption, and reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with College Policy.  Please contact the Office of ACCESSibility (accessibility@mercy.edu / (914) 674-7764) to learn more regarding applying for an exemption, accommodation or waiver.  

Q: Do faculty and staff need to be vaccinated to return to work
A: Faculty and staff who will be on campus are strongly encouraged to submit proof of their COVID vaccination or confirm that they have chosen to decline the COVID-19 vaccine. Documentation can be uploaded through the College’s health records management system. Faculty, staff and students who remain unvaccinated may be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing and may be subject to other limits should there be a COVID outbreak on campus.  

Summer/Fall 2021 Mask Policy

Q:  Are masks still required on campus?
A: Yes, face masks must be worn by all students, faculty and staff in the following situations:

  • Outdoors: Masks are not required when outdoors regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Indoor Common Spaces: Masks are required for all individuals indoors when in common spaces such as hallways, bathrooms, elevators, cafeteria lines, bookstores and in libraries, as well as in the fitness center, health office or counseling office. 
  • Classrooms: At this time, masks are required by faculty and students in all classrooms, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Offices: Masks are not required for those who work in individual offices. In shared offices, masks are not required for vaccinated individuals who are seated at their own desk. If all employees in an office are vaccinated, they may agree to not wear masks while moving about the office. 
  • Visitors to offices or cubicles, including students: Masks are required when an individual visits someone’s office or cubicle. Masks can only be removed if both individuals are vaccinated and give consent to not wearing a mask.  While you can ask someone whether they are vaccinated, it is against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ask an individual why they are not vaccinated; if uncertain of vaccination status, continue to wear your mask. 
  • Meeting rooms: Masks are required during group meetings regardless of vaccination status. 

Q: What face coverings are acceptable?
A: Acceptable face coverings include: Mercy-issued cloth face coverings or other cloth face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut), surgical masks, N95 respirators, and face shields. Bandanas, neck fleeces and valve masks are not considered acceptable face coverings. Individuals with disabilities may request a modification to the face mask requirement.

Mavericks Safe App

Q: Do I still need to complete the Mavericks Safe app every day? A: Individuals must self-screen at home and not come to work if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. You are not required to complete the daily screening in the Mavericks Safe App but may use it as a tool to facilitate your screening assessment. 

Confirmed Cases on Campus

Q: Will Mercy College communicate about future confirmed cases of coronavirus?
A: Mercy will communicate with close contacts if they have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Q: Can you provide more details on the confirmed cases of coronavirus?
A: Mercy College cannot comment on personnel matters and is obligated under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules to keep student records and information private. If you are aware of the identities of confirmed cases, please respect their privacy as they focus on their health.

Q: What should I do if I have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides helpful information on facts and guidance about exposure: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Health Questions

Q: Who needs to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?
A: People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.

  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Q: What counts as close contact?
A: A close contact is someone who has COVID-19 and with whom you were within 6 feet  for a total of 15 minutes or more.

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Q: How should I protect myself?
A: The CDC recommends taking every day preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

Q: What do I do if I feel sick?

A: Mercy students: please contact the health office on the Dobbs Ferry Campus at (914) 674-7255. The health office is in Main Hall, Rm. 127.

Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider. 

Q: What if I am experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about COVID-19?
A:  The following resources are available:

  • The Student Counseling Center is offering all appointments through the virtual platform, Doxy.meTo schedule an appointment, please email CounselingCenter@mercy.eduFor more information, visit the Counseling Center webpage here
  • Faculty and Staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a resource available to all employees, providing no-cost counseling service to help address stress and other personal issues you and your family may face. The EAP can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 800-327-1850 or https://www.guidanceresources.com

Residence Halls

Q: Are the residence halls open?

A: -Yes, Mercy’s residence halls are open for the fall. For general housing questions or concerns, please email residentiallife@mercy.edu

  • For questions about fall registration, please contact your PACT mentor or pact@mercy.edu
  • For questions about the housing and meal plan refund, please contact Monelle Hylaris, mhylaris@mercy.edu  
  • For questions about mail, please contact scotte@mercy.edu

 

Q: What is Mercy doing to ensure its facilities are receiving the proper cleaning and disinfection protocol?
A:  In accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mercy College Facilities and Operations Team has implemented the following cleaning and disinfection protocols.

  • Hiring of additional personnel to provide increased frequency of cleaning on high contact surfaces including but not limited to doorknobs, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, computer and podium keyboards, and vending machines with an enhanced viral disinfectant.

Visitors

Q: Are visitors permitted on campus?
A: Invited guests are permitted to visit. Hosts of visitors to Mercy College Campuses are required to complete a COVID-19 visitor log, which requests information for contact tracing purposes. We request that all individuals/departments ask all visitors not come to a Mercy location if they are feeling ill.  Admissions tours will be allowed to run with groups of up to 10 people and one guide. Masks must be worn.

Athletics

Q: Will the Athletics Teams compete in the fall?
A: Yes, Mercy’s fall teams will be practicing and playing on their regular schedule. Questions can be directed to athletics@mercy.edu.

Admissions Support

Q: Can I still apply to Mercy College?
A: Yes. Mercy College has a rolling admissions policy and reviews all applications as they are received. If you intend to start college this summer or fall, however, we encourage you to apply as soon as you are able. We encourage you to apply online and send all supporting documentation electronically. If COVID-19 has created a financial hardship for you, please contact us to request an application fee waiver.

Q: How can I send you my transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents?
A: We know requesting information from your current, or previous, institutions will be difficult for the foreseeable future. We are currently accepting unofficial/student copies of transcripts and test scores at this time. We highly encourage you to send all supporting documentation to have access to through your applicant portal or by emailing documents to admissions@mercy.edu. Please note: official copies of all documents will need to be received in order to begin classes.

Q: Can I visit campus?
A: Yes, we will be hosting tours in groups of up to 10 individuals. Please contact admissions at admissions@mercy.edu We also have a Virtual Tour you can check out.

Q: How do I commit to Mercy College?
A: If you are ready to commit to Mercy College, we are ready to get you all set to start classes! The first step is submitting your enrollment deposit of $100 for a commuter student or $200 for a residential student. This will tell us you are committed to attend Mercy and will make you eligible to register for classes.

Q: How do I register for classes?
A: Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you can register for classes. There are two ways to register – online through Mercy Connect or with the help of a PACT Counselor by phone or virtual meeting. We will be sending out additional information on registering to our accepted students very shortly.

Q: Can I talk to someone if I have questions or need help?
A: Yes, that is what we are here for!  Please contact your admission counselor as needed. Here are a couple of other ways to contact us:

General Email:     admissions@mercy.edu
General Phone: 877-MERCY-GO

Faculty and Staff Support

Q: What if I am experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about COVID-19?
A:  Faculty and Staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a resource available to all employees, providing no-cost counseling service to help address stress and other personal issues you and your family may face. The EAP can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 800-327-1850 or https://www.guidanceresources.com

Q: What do I do if I feel sick?
A: Mercy College faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider for next steps.

 

International Students Studying at Mercy College

Q: I am an international student, who can I contact if I have questions?
A: International students who have questions can contact The Office of International Student Services: Valerie Monaco, vmonaco@mercy.edu or Bogdana Vladescu, bvladescu@mercy.edu.

General Information About Coronavirus

Q: What is COVID-19? (source: World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses)  
A: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (source: World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses)
A: The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Q: How does COVID-19 spread? (source: World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses)
A: People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

Q: Is Mercy working with the local health authorities to receive the most recent updates?
A:  Mercy College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our staff is consulting with public health, and state and county officials.

Q: Who should I contact if I have a coronavirus related question or would like to provide information that might be helpful to the College?
A: The College has created a dedicated email address HealthAlert@mercy.edu for coronavirus related questions and to provide information that might be useful to the College.

Q: Where should I get my information about the virus?
A: Public health officials are concerned about misinformation about this outbreak. If you have a question about coronavirus, please visit the websites of reputable sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health agencies and the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information about the virus and its spread.  Additionally, the New York Department of Health has a hotline 1-888-364-3065 dedicated to the coronavirus.

In addition, the College has created a dedicated webpage www.mercy.edu/coronavirus on the Mercy website that includes safety recommendations and preventative measures on staying healthy, and Frequently Asked Questions including how Mercy is responding to this situation.

 

 

Eligibility Information

You are eligible for a vaccine. Regardless of your health coverage, employment or citizen status, you can sign up. All Individuals who live, work or study in New York State and are 12 years of age or older are eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. Making an appointment is easier than ever before. Check these tools frequently as availability changes often. Find a vaccine location near you.

 

Let’s all get vaccinated so we can enjoy a real college experience this fall. #MavsGetVaxxed