COVID-19 Updates

LIM College requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff who will be physically present on campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

Key Takeaways (as of Aug. 31, 2021)

  • LIM College will require proof of a COVID vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff who plan to study, learn, or work physically on campus in Fall 2021.

  • Since the FDA granted full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021, the College is providing a reasonable timeline from that date for students, faculty, and staff to comply with our COVID vaccination requirement. The vaccination deadline is Nov. 15, 2021.

  • For those who are already fully vaccinated, submit your proof of vaccination via SONIS by Sept. 3, 2021 in order to have it approved prior to the start of Fall 2021 classes.

  • All students, faculty, and staff who are not yet vaccinated are required to submit a negative COVID-19 baseline PCR test. This test must be administered on or after Aug. 25 and the results must be submitted prior to Sept. 3.

  • If you do NOT submit proof of vaccination by Sept. 3, in addition to the new baseline COVID-19 PCR test result mentioned above, you will also have to participate in weekly on-campus pool testing (starting Sept. 13) until you are fully vaccinated. 

  • For information about how to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and test results, or other immunization records, click here.

  • Contact the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services at cas [at] limcollege.edu if you plan to seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement.

  • Social distancing of 3 feet must be maintained at all times and in all locations on campus. Masks/face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status. Daily heath screenings must be completed via the Everbridge app prior to entering any campus buildings each day.

    Previous Community Messages

  • July 19, 2021 - Updated COVID Protocols and Decision

  • June 11, 2021 - How to upload your proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • June 1, 2021 - Updated Vaccine and COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Academic Year 2021-22 

Fall 2021 Coming to Campus FAQs

Yes. LIM College WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF THE COVID-19 vaccine for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in Fall 2021.

Since the FDA fully approved Pfizer's COVID vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021, the College is providing a reasonable timeframe for students, faculty and staff to submit proof of full vaccination. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated before Nov. 15, 2021 may only come to campus if they submit a baseline negative PCR test in advance and participate in weekly on-campus COVID pool testing.

For information about how to upload your proof of vaccination, click here.

  • The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as being 14 days past the time your vaccination was completed –meaning after your second dose for a two-dose vaccine or after your single-dose vaccine.
     
  • Once you have completed the above, you will need to provide LIM with a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card after you are considered fully vaccinated. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”
  • If you have not submitted proof of full vaccination, you can submit a baseline negative COVID-19 PCR test administered on/after Aug. 25 so you are able to come to campus. All negative test results must be received by Sept. 3 in order for you to be approved to come to campus on Sept. 8 (the first day of classes). Generally speaking, all test results should be submitted two business days prior to your intended arrival on campus.
     
  • Proof of full vaccination must be received by Sept. 3 order for you to not have to submit a negative baseline COVID PCR test to come to campus. You will run the risk of missing your first few days of classes if you are not fully vaccinated and you do not submit a negative baseline test.
  • You may not visit campus or your classrooms until LIM has received either your proof of full vaccination or your negative COVID PCR test results.
     
  • Failure to submit your vaccination information and/or your COVID PCR test results may prevent you from attending classes during the first week of classes or more.
     
  • Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated or who have approved exemptions must also participate in weekly on-campus COVID testing.
     
  • Students who do not submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Nov. 15, 2021 will be restricted for Spring 2022 course registration.
     
  • LIM reserves the right to impose additional requirements, restrictions, and/or take disciplinary steps for community members who ultimately fail to comply. 

We do not know at this time, as there is currently not enough information for us to make that decision. We would need to review guidance from health and government officials prior to making a decision.

No. For Fall 2021, fully vaccinated community members will not need to submit COVID test results or participate in on-campus testing.

If you haven't yet submitted proof of full vaccination, you will be required to participate in weekly COVID testing on the LIM campus. 

Yes. Weekly on-campus testing will be provided free of charge for those who are not yet fully vaccinated. Testing will take place in Maxwell Hall in the lounge on the 8th floor. 

Proof of vaccination or negative test results must be received by Sept. 3 or you will run the risk of missing your first few days of classes until the situation is resolved.

  • You may not visit campus or your classrooms until LIM has received either your proof of full vaccination or your negative COVID test results.
     
  • Failure to submit your vaccination information and/or your COVID test results by Sept. 3 may prevent you from attending classes during the first week of classes or more.
     
  • Failure to submit proof of vaccination by Nov. 15 will result in restriction for Spring 2022 course registration.

You will need to provide a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card AFTER you are considered FULLY VACCINATED. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”

  • Required to complete the Daily Health Screening
  • Required to wear a mask/PPE
  • Not required to show proof of vaccination or baseline negative COVID 19 test
  • Approved visitors include:
    • Invited guests with business interests: vendors, guest speakers, scheduled campus visits
    • Prospective student walk-ins allowed.
    • Admissions Campus Tours allowed
    • Classroom Guest Speakers are encouraged to continue participating virtually
      • If a guest speaker cannot participate virtually, masks can be removed if they present from behind plexiglass in the classroom
      • In-person guest speakers need to have a face shield provided by the College or present from behind plexiglass in the meeting space

Face coverings/masks will be required for all community members and guests regardless of vaccination status.

  • In-person student appointments and meetings will resume.
  • Virtual meetings and appointments will continue to be an option.

All events, field trips, and student club/organization meetings can resume occurring both in person and virtually.

  • On-campus meetings and events must follow all campus protocols, including but not limited to physical distancing and masks.
  • Off-site events are subject to the protocols of the host location, not LIM protocols.
  • Club/Organizations should find ways to include in-person and virtual participation.

Thorough disinfection and cleaning will continue occurring on campus both throughout the day and at the conclusion of each day and there will be weekly electrostatic intensive cleaning. There will also be touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout campus. 

Students, faculty, and staff must be maintain at least 3 feet of space for social distancing at all times and in all locations while on campus. Classrooms, lounges, labs, and offices will be set up accordingly.

Vaccine Requirement FAQs

The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as being 14 days past the time your vaccination was completed –meaning after your second dose for a two-dose vaccine or after your single-dose vaccine.

Once you have completed the above, you will need to provide LIM with a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card after you are considered fully vaccinated. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”

The College will allow those with a documented medical or religious reason to request an exemption. Approval is at the discretion of the College. As with other immunization exemption requests, students will need to submit a written exemption request to the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services (CAS [at] limcollege.edu). Employees requesting exemption will need to submit their requests to the Office of Human Resources (humanResources [at] limcollege.edu).

Medical exemption requests must be signed by a physician, physician associate/assistant, or nurse practitioner indicating medical contraindication to vaccination. Those who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices of immunization will need to submit an individual written statement referencing those beliefs.

LIM reserves the right to request additional information in conjunction with any exemption request in order to make a determination regarding approval.

Your privacy is extremely important to LIM College. Only the Office of Human Resources (staff and faculty), the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services (students), and/or the College’s COVID Core Team, which manages LIM’s response to the pandemic, will have access to your proof of vaccination status and/or exemption documentation.

The College is providing a reasonable timeframe from Aug. 23 for any students, faculty, and staff who are not yet vaccinated to complete the vaccination process. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination is Nov. 15.

Yes. The College has decided to require this proof and the CDC has affirmed that previously having COVID-19 doesn’t guarantee or ensure immunity to becoming re-infected nor is it a substitute for vaccination.

No. LIM College will also accept proof of vaccination with any vaccines (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) approved by the FDA for emergency use in the U.S. or recognized by the World Health Organization if administered outside of the U.S.

No, but the vaccine is readily available at NO COST in many locations in New York City and throughout the New York metropolitan area.

You can find a location near you here: https://www.vaccines.gov/

You have many options available in your local area. Simply visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find the best option near you. To assist those in New York City and in the surrounding area, we have put together an extensive, though not complete, listing of vaccine resources at: LIM COVID Resource Kit.

Vaccines are available on both an appointment and/or walk-in basis at most major pharmacies, urgent care centers, clinics, and hospitals. Many communities, including in New York City, are now sponsoring pop-up vaccine sites at popular locations. (See the links in the previous question for further information.)

LIM accepts proof of full vaccination based on receiving any COVID-19 vaccine fully approved by the FDA, authorized in the U.S. for emergency use, or those administered outside of the U.S. that have by recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use.

Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the U.S. and is available for free in New York State to all individuals of eligible age regardless of citizenship status.

Yes. We encourage you, if possible, to arrive in the U.S. as early as August 9 to begin your vaccination process as soon as possible.

In the U.S. you will have many options of nearby vaccination sites. Simply visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find the best option near you. To assist those in New York City and the surrounding area, we have put together an extensive, though not complete, listing of vaccine resources at: LIM COVID Resource Kit.

Currently the FDA has granted emergency authorization use for the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as well as full approval of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. In addition, LIM will accept English-language proof of vaccines fully administered outside of the U.S. that have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use. For a current listing of those vaccines, see the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL).