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Covid Updates

During these unprecedented times, our prime concern is the safety and health of our community. This page provides helpful updates and resources on our institution's response to COVID-19.

Vaccination Policy

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

As of May 12, 2023, the University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will no longer be in effect for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the following schools/programs. However, we strongly encourage that everyone continue to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination which recommend that everyone be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses, and to follow applicable guidance regarding masking.

  • Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
  • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology online programs
  • Katz School of Science and Health (excluding Health Science Programs)
  • Stern College for Women
  • Sy Syms School of Business
  • Wurzweiler School of Social Work online programs
  • Yeshiva College

Due to clinical placements, the following schools/programs will continue to require that students be fully vaccinated and have at least one booster dose:

  • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in-person programs/classes
  • Katz School of Science and Health - Health Science Programs (e.g., Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Speech-Language Pathology)
  • Wurzweiler School of Social Work in-person programs/classes

Faculty and staff who are assigned to work in healthcare facilities (such as the Parnes Clinic) or required by their job responsibilities to supervise and observe students at clinical sites, also must be fully vaccinated and have at least one booster dose.

Please note that all students are still required to submit proof of MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) immunizations as per NYS law.

Exemption Requests

Students wishing to request a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine mandate should email and ask for the forms to do so. Employees should email with their request. Exemptions are not automatically granted.  Having had COVID-19 does not provide for an exemption.

Exemptions will not be given to students in programs that require internships, externships, clinical rotations, or similar experiential learning where the norm for those locations is a vaccine and usually a booster requirement.

Masks on Campus

The University does not currently require masks. Like most COVID-related policies, this policy is subject to modification as circumstances change.

On-Campus Covid Testing

The University is not requiring on-campus testing. Like most COVID-related policies, this policy is subject to modification as circumstances change.

Positive Cases

Students who test positive should inform the university via and will need to isolate for at least 5 days. An isolation program is available to students residing in university housing.

Employees who test positive should inform HR via and must isolate for at least 5 days and may not return to work until cleared by HR.

Proof of Testing

As proof of a positive test,(for Zooming approval and Covid approved absences) the University accepts test results from either PCR or Rapid Antigen tests. We do not accept at-home tests that do not have a formal report from which we can match a particular test to a particular person at a particular time. If you test positive with an at-home test, you should get a formal test to send to the University. Students should email their formal test result to and employees to

More Resources

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Financial Aid Grants | International Students  | CDC Guidelines  |  NYS COVID Info  | NYC COVID Info

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