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COVID -19 Update

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

Return to Campus

Mercy College is preparing for in-person learning and on-campus activities and we need your participation to ensure this transition is a success.   

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All  students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction or activity will be required to submit records of their COVID-19 vaccination through the College's health records management system.

Step 1 Vaccine

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Step 2 Vaccine

Upload proof of your vaccination to the Mercy student health portal

  1. Once you log in to the system find the COVID-19 Vaccine Intake Questionnaire 
  2. Submit your records (name of vaccine and date of doses) 

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Exemptions, Accommodations & Waivers

Students may seek a medical or religious exemption, and reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with College Policy. 

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 do not need to apply for a waiver. 

Please contact the Office of ACCESSibility (accessibility@mercy.edu / (914) 674-7764) to lean more regarding applying for an exemption, accommodation or waiver.

Mask Policy

Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently announced plans to relax state and city mask policies. In addition, the CDC now classifies our communities as areas of low transmission.  

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made decisions in line with federal, state and local guidance to prioritize the health and safety of our community members. 

Mercy College lifted its indoor mask mandate in offices, meeting rooms and public spaces effective Monday, March 7, and in classrooms, effective Monday, March 28.

Please note a few important qualifications to this policy: 

  • All members of the campus community are expected to respect individual decisions to continue wearing a mask.  
  • Specific courses, including lab-based ones in the School of Health and Natural Sciences, will continue to require masks. This is to simulate the experience of working in the health professions and to maintain student safety when working in close proximity with others. 
  • Masks are expected to be worn by individuals who were recently exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 and are subject to quarantine or isolation requirements. Masks are also required in the Student Health Office and at COVID-19 testing sites. 

Learn more about the latest guidance on mask effectiveness. This indicates that certain types of masks (such as well-fitting disposable surgical masks, N95s, and KN95s) are more effective than others. 

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FAQs

2022 COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Q: Do students need to be vaccinated and Boosted for COVID-19 to attend in-person classes?
A: Yes. Per the College’s vaccination policy, all students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction or activity for the spring 2022 term will be required to submit records of their COVID vaccination dates through the College's health records management system.

Vaccines:

All new students must show proof of the second vaccine dose, if Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Registered students that fail to comply with this requirement may be dropped from in-person courses and advised of fully online options. 

Boosters:

Effective May 16, 2022, the College is suspending its booster requirement for Mercy College students (except for clinical students, residential students and student-athletes) due to the low level of COVID-19 transmission rates and hospitalization rates in the region. After May 16, 2022 students will be required to either submit proof of the COVID-19 booster shot or submit an online waiver for declining the booster.

Should community levels rise from low to medium or high under the CDC Guidelines after May 16, 2022, the College reserves the right to reinstate the booster requirement. The booster requirements shall remain in effect for clinical students (or those students in other experiential programs that require the booster), residential students and student-athletes.

Booster appointments are available every day at public sites, including the Westchester County Center and sites across New York City and at many pharmacies.

Q: How do I upload my COVID-19 vaccination and booster information?
A:  Please submit your vaccination and booster information through our HIPAA compliant portal here. Those who previously submitted the dates of their initial doses only need to submit the date and proof of their booster dose.

  • Go to “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine Intake Questionnaire” link.
  • Follow the instructions to upload your dates and an image of your vaccine card.

Q: Must I be vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19 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 will not need a waiver. They may not come inside any of Mercy’s campuses or facilities, however, for any purpose.

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

Q: Do faculty and staff need to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 to work on campus?
A: Yes, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted and should submit proof their vaccination and booster or request an exemption. Documentation can be uploaded through the College’s health records management system.  

Boosters are to be obtained on the following schedule:

  • By January 31, 2022, for anyone currently eligible:
    • 5 months from the 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer
    • 2 months from J&J dose 
  • Those who have had a recent COVID infection are eligible to receive a booster shot as long as you have completed your isolation period, fully recovered from your illness and have completed your primary vaccination series.
  • Within one month of eligibility for those who are not yet eligible:
    • For example, if your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer was January 19, 2022, you are eligible for the booster on June 19, 2022. If your dose of J&J was on January 19, 2022, you are eligible for the booster on March 19, 2022.

2022 COVID-19 Face Mask Policy

Q: Are masks still required on campus?
A: Mercy College lifted its indoor mask mandate in offices, meeting rooms and public spaces effective Monday, March 7, and in classrooms, effective Monday, March 28. 

Please note a few important qualifications to this policy: 

  • All members of the campus community are expected to respect individual decisions to continue wearing a mask.  
  • Specific courses, including lab-based ones in the School of Health and Natural Sciences, will continue to require masks. This is to simulate the experience of working in the health professions and to maintain student safety when working in close proximity with others. 
  • Masks are expected to be worn by individuals who were recently exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 and are subject to quarantine or isolation requirements. Masks are also required in the Student Health Office and at COVID-19 testing sites. 

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 gaiters or fleeces and valve masks are not considered acceptable face coverings. Individuals with disabilities may request an accommodation to the face mask requirement. Learn more on the
 latest guidance on mask effectiveness. This indicates that certain types of masks (such as well-fitting disposable surgical masks, N95s, and KN95s) are more effective than others. 

2021-2022 Course Modalities

Q: What are the course modalities?
A: We will continue to monitor trends to make sure we keep our offerings aligned with the need for courses in different modalities. Courses that are operating in-person, on campus will not include an option for students to participate remotely.

  • Blended Learning: Live class held at a scheduled time each week that meets together on campus some weeks and online some weeks, as directed by the instructor.
  • In-Person On-Campus: In-person learning with safety measures in place on campus.
  • In-Person Off-Campus: In-person learning with safety measures in place off campus.
  • Distance Learning - Synced: Live, online-only class held at a set time.
  • Distance Learning - Not Synced: Online-only class without set meeting times.
  • Distance Learning - Hybrid: Fully online class with a portion of the class held live at set meeting times. The other portion of the class is completed online, per the syllabus requirements.

Q: Will in-person courses include a remote option for students?
A: No, courses that are operating in-person, on campus will not include an option for students to participate remotely.

Q: If I cannot attend an in-person class during one session, can my professor enable Zoom so I can attend remotely?
A: Students who cannot attend a class session should reach out to their faculty member to make arrangements about missed assignments. Generally, in-person classes will operate without remote options.

Self-Health Screenings and COVID-19 Testing

Q: Do I need to complete the Mavericks Safe app every day?

A Employees who enter campus buildings are required to use the Mavericks Safe App health screenings, pursuant to the NYS HERO Act, though employees will not be asked to show the screening app to enter Mercy’s campuses.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination:  In order to show proof of vaccination or participation in the College’s COVID-19 testing program if you are exempt, employees must show their Mavericks Safe App QR Code found in the Vaccine Passport (which will be either green (fully vaccinated) or yellow (exempt and compliant with testing)   If your QR Code is red, it means that you are not compliant with weekly testing and you will not be permitted in any of Mercy’s facilities.

Q: Do I need to complete the health screening on the Mavericks Safe App? 
A: Yes, a current mandate from New York State also requires employees to complete the daily health screening which is also available on the Mavericks Safe App before coming to any of the Mercy Campuses. You will not be required to show the results of the health screening in order to gain entry.  We ask for everyone’s cooperation in using only designated points of entry to access and exit each building.  All exits remain available to you in case of emergency.   

Q: How do I download the Mavericks Safe App?

A: The Mavericks Safe App is available to download for free from iOS or the Android Play Store and is your resource to stay connected and make your experience on campus safe and informative.  Users are able to log-in using their Mercy credentials. If you are having any difficulty downloading the Mav Safe App, Campus Safety Officers will provide instructions as you arrive to campus this coming week. If you have questions about the Mavericks Safe App, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at (914) 674-7225 or safety@mercy.edu.   

Q: Will Mercy be conducting COVID-19 testing during the spring 2022 term?
A: Yes, all Mercy community members with approved medical or religious exemptions and residential students, must schedule weekly COVID testing (and must show up each week and get tested) to be allowed to enter any campus building.  You can schedule your weekly COVID-19 test by clicking here.

Q: Will vaccinated individuals be able to obtain a COVID-19 test on campus?
A: Decisions about surveillance testing of vaccinated individuals will depend on infection rates in the community and access to testing resources. COVID-19 tests remain widely available at local pharmacies and clinics.  The Federal Government is supplying free COVID-19 tests to those sign up at this site.

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. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.  The dashboard is available at here

Q: Can you provide more details on any confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus?
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: If exposed to a confirmed case, vaccinated Mercy employees should contact the Office of Human Resources about whether they should come to work and Mercy students should contact the Student Health Office about whether they should come to campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides helpful information on facts and guidance about exposure.

Health Questions

Q: What do you do if you test positive for COVID-19?
A:
Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who test positive should stay off campus until the end of their isolation period.

  • Students: please notify the Student Health Office at healthoffice@mercy.edu
  • Faculty or staff members: please contact your supervisor or Program Director who will notify Human Resources. You can also report through healthalert@mercy.edu.

Q: Who needs to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?
A: Per the CDC, recent guidelines for quarantine and isolation have changed. For more information, please visit the CDC site.

Q: What is a considered a close contact for COVID-19?
A: A close contact is anyone who has been in contact with someone for more than 10 minutes and less than 6 feet distance.

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 should contact the Health Office on the Dobbs Ferry Campus at (914) 674-7255. Faculty and staff should contact their primary healthcare provider.

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

  • Mercy has partnered with BetterMynd to provide free virtual mental health services. To register for services go to bettermynd.com. To schedule an on-campus appointment, please email CounselingCenter@mercy.edu. For 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.

Q: If I am feeling sick, do I need to take a sick day?
A: As always, employees are encouraged to use sick leave when feeling sick. In some cases, individuals may qualify for NYS Quarantine Leave. For more information about updated College leave policies, click here.

Q: If I am vaccinated, boosted and have no symptoms am I required to quarantine if I am a close contact to someone with COVID-19?
A: No, if you are vaccinated for COVID-19 you do not need to quarantine and can continue to come to campus. 

  • You need to wear a mask for the next 10 days from the exposure and you should test between day 3-5. You should test immediately if you develop symptoms. Please make sure to monitor your symptoms as well for up to 14 days from the exposure.   
  • You are not required to submit a negative test result to the college.

Q: If I am vaccinated, boosted and have symptoms am I required to quarantine if I am a close contact to someone with COVID-19?
A: Yes, if you are vaccinated and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to quarantine and test for COVID as soon as symptoms develop. If you test positive you can continue to isolate and can return to campus once the isolation period is over. After isolation you are permitted to return to the campus. You are not required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result to the College.

Q: If I am unvaccinated and have no symptoms am I required to quarantine if I am a close contact to someone with COVID-19?

A: For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from your second Pfizer or Moderna dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Even if you don't develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Q: Are in-person events and gatherings permitted?
A: The College reserves the right to limit what events and gatherings will take place on campus, and off-campus at College-related events, as well as numbers permitted in any particular gathering. The College’s policy will continue to adhere to any local, state and federal COVID-19 laws/ordinances, including strict adherence to guidelines relating to NYC indoor dining requirements.

Currently, events with 50 or more attendees must be approved in advance in writing by the Provost or President, and all attendees must show proof of vaccination, with limited exceptions. See the Visitors, Facilities Use and Events Policy relating to gatherings and events, including other requirements and limitations.

All Mercy College-related organized events run by the College where food is served, whether on Mercy campuses or off-campus, such as at a catering hall, park or conference center must be approved in advance in writing by the Provost and the Vice President for Operations and Facilities. 

Cleaning

Q: How often will classrooms be cleaned?
A: Our cleaning providers will disinfect and detail classrooms daily. For additional cleaning, materials will be available for faculty, staff, and students who wish to wipe down their individual tables, chairs, and computer equipment as an additional precaution.

Q: Will Mercy be doing increased cleaning of high-touch areas?
A: Mercy has increased the number of cleaning staff and will be increasing rotations for cleaning campuses and locations.  In addition, the College has “high touch cleaning” staff to focus on highly used areas. This includes doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, and other frequently touched items. All Mercy shuttles will be wiped down after every trip and receive enhanced cleaning at the end of each day.

Q: Will Mercy provide cleaning supplies for individuals to clean their own spaces?
A: Yes, the College understands that many people will be more comfortable cleaning their workstations themselves prior to use and will be making the proper cleaning supplies available.

Residence Halls

Q: Are the residence halls open?
A: Yes, Mercy’s residence halls are open for the fall and spring. 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.

Q: What is Mercy doing to ensure its facilities are safe, and receiving the proper cleaning and disinfection protocol?
A: Currently only those who reside in the dorms are permitted inside the dorms. Further, in accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mercy College Facilities and Operations Team has hired 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.

2022 Events, Gatherings, Visitors

Q: Are in-person events and gatherings permitted?
A: The College reserves the right to limit what events and gatherings will take place on campus, and off-campus at College-related events, as well as numbers permitted in any particular gathering. The College’s policy will continue to adhere to any local, state and federal COVID-19 laws/ordinances, including strict adherence to guidelines relating to NYC indoor dining requirements.

Currently, events with 50 or more attendees must be approved in advance in writing by the Provost or President, and all attendees must show proof of vaccination, with limited exceptions. See the Visitors, Facilities Use and Events Policy relating to gatherings and events, including other requirements and limitations.

All Mercy College-related organized events run by the College where food is served, whether on Mercy campuses or off-campus, such as at a catering hall, park or conference center must be approved in advance in writing by the Provost and the Vice President for Operations and Facilities. 

Q: Are visitors permitted on campus?
A: Under the Visitors, Facilities Use and Event Policy, access to all Mercy College buildings is restricted to students, faculty, staff, designated vendors and service operators, and invited guests (including parents/guardians, prospective students and families, board members, alumni, donors, partners, etc.) who are essential to our business model. All other visitors will be admitted by appointment only. We ask that all visitors not come to Mercy if they are feeling ill.   See below for vaccination requirement for visitors.

Admissions tours will can only allow a maximum of 2 guests per visitor. All visitors must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination when arriving to campus.

Alumni are now permitted on campus, but must first obtain an alumni ID through the Office of Alumni Relations, which requires showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Spectators at sporting events are under specific restrictions as well depending on whether the event is indoors or outdoors. See the policy for further details.

Employees must meet their visitor at the entrance of the building and escort them to and from the meeting space. If a visitor is present for 15 or more minutes, the employee must also obtain contact information from the visitor and retain that information for 14 days (in the event of a confirmed case on campus and contact tracing becomes necessary).

Q: Do all visitors to Campus need to be vaccinated?

A: Mercy College adheres to all Center for Disease Control and Prevention and NYS Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are not required, however, if the COVID-19 rates in our region shift  (i.e., levels move from low to medium or higher under CDC guidelines), the College reserves the right to change policy and require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks.  If this occurs, the College will inform the community as necessary. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. For the health and safety of our entire community, it is important you understand your risks and if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you not visit campus.

Q: Do Spectators at Athletic Events need to be vaccinated?
A: Mercy College adheres to all Center for Disease Control and Prevention and NYS Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are not required, however, if the COVID-19 rates in our region shift  (i.e., levels move from low to medium or higher under CDC guidelines), the College reserves the right to change policy and require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks.  If this occurs, the College will inform the community as necessary. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. For the health and safety of our entire community, it is important you understand your risks and if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you not visit campus.

Q: Do attendees at Mercy College organized events need to show proof of vaccination?

A: No. Mercy College adheres to all Center for Disease Control and Prevention and NYS Department of Health guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are not required, however, if the COVID-19 rates in our region shift  (i.e., levels move from low to medium or higher under CDC guidelines), the College reserves the right to change policy and require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks.  If this occurs, the College will inform the community as necessary. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. For the health and safety of our entire community, it is important you understand your risks and if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you not visit campus.

 Is Mercy permitting outside organizations to use space on its Campuses? 

A: No. Currently Mercy is not permitting use of College facilities by external groups to ensure the highest level of safety for the campus community, except in certain circumstances such as use of parking or other outdoor spaces, as approved by the President. 

Q: Are there requirements for Mercy events held off-campus? 

A: Yes. All off-campus events relating to Mercy College business must adhere to any current local, state, federal and foreign guidelines as well as any restrictions imposed by the business/entity in which the location is being operated.  

Facilities

Q: Will Mercy be conducting a review of the HVAC systems to ensure proper ventilation?
A: Yes, Mercy is following all CDC recommended guidelines that pertain to HVAC and airflow operations. Heating, ventilation and cooling systems are being reviewed and enhanced to increase outdoor air ventilation where possible. Filtration will be improved to MERV-13 recommended standards wherever possible, and we have established longer run times, and increased sanitization of components.

Q: What is the plan for ventilation and fresh air at the Manhattan and Bronx Campuses where windows do not open?
A:  The Manhattan and Bronx Campuses utilize a closed HVAC system where fresh air is introduced to the building through the system, which is designed to work in environments where windows do not open.  The systems include MERV-13 filters, and make-up fresh air and exhaust components.

Q: Are HVAC filters in offices being sanitized?
A: Yes, Mercy is following the recommendation from the CDC to increase filtration and disinfection of all filter components and has updated HVAC filters to the MERV-13 filter as suggested wherever possible.

Work-Related Travel

Q: My duties at the College involve travel. Are there restrictions prohibiting me from this type of travel? 
A: Business-related travel, including domestic, conference and international travel, may re-commence in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines and with the approval of the area Vice President in writing in advance.   

Athletics

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

Q: Do Spectators at Athletic Events need to be vaccinated:

A:

  • Outdoor sports games, proof of vaccine not required but individuals must maintain distance except those with whom they came and sit opposite their team’s bench.
  • Indoor sports games, proof of vaccine required for everyone spectating in the gym, including Mercy students and staff.  

Admissions

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:

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 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?
A: COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

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.