COVID-19 Updates

KEY TAKEAWAYS (as of Aug. 18, 2022): Effective Aug. 31, 2022 

  • Masking is optional in all LIM College locations. However, individual faculty members may require masking for their class meetings and studio sessions.
     
  • Masking in group settings over 25 people is no longer required, but masking is recommended in large group settings.
     
  • If a community member prefers meeting with masks, we ask that you respect their request and wear one.
     
  • The Daily Health Screener will no longer be required.
     
  • LIM College will continue to require proof of the full COVID-19 vaccination (or an approved medical or religious exemption) for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in the Fall 2022 semester. If you have previously submitted your COVID vaccination proof and it was approved, you do not need to submit it again for Fall 2022. 
     
  • If you have specific questions, email covidcoreteam [at] limcollege.edu

 

  • Social distancing is no longer required on campus. However, masking is still required.
  • We will begin to allow food and drink to be served at on-campus programs and events.
  • We are no longer requiring a vaccine booster to register for Fall 2022 in-person classesHowever, we continue to strongly recommend that all members of the LIM College community receive a booster, as advised by the CDC. 
  • In-person instruction for the Spring 2022 semester begins Tues. Feb. 1.
     
  • Proof of a negative rapid COVID test is required for all students, faculty, and staff returning to campus. There are 2 options for these tests: 1. Within 24 hours of your return to campus you can get a rapid test at the location of your choice OR 2. You can take a rapid test at the College. Rapid tests will be provided in Maxwell Hall Jan. 31 through Feb. 10, free of charge. Check your LIM email for details on testing requirements and on-site testing details.
     
  • Showing your LIM ID card to access control helps keep our community safer. Only students who are approved for campus access will be granted access.
     
  • The College strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff wear KN95 or N95 masks. Masks remain a requirement for all persons inside LIM buildings. Social distancing of 3 feet or more is also required.
     
  • All students, faculty, and staff coming to campus must continue to complete the Daily Health Screener via the Everbridge app.
     
  • Vaccine Boosters: LIM College is now collecting COVID-19 booster documentation. Check your email for instructions on uploading booster documentation.
     
  • If you are sick, please stay home. LIM Students: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, contact covidcoreteam [at] limcollege.edu and your faculty.
  • All classes will begin as scheduled on Tues. Jan. 18. All in-person classes will begin remotely on Zoom for the first two weeks of the semester. (There is no change to virtual and online classes.) In-person classes will begin meeting on campus on Tues. Feb. 1. The academic calendar for Spring 2022 will remain unchanged. Through the month of January, faculty and staff are working remotely and are available via email, phone, and Zoom.

  • LIM will require proof of a negative rapid COVID test for all students, faculty, and staff returning to campus. There are 2 options for these tests: 1. Within 24 hours of your return to campus you can get a rapid test at the location of your choice OR 2. You can take a rapid test at the College upon your return. Rapid tests will be provided for the first two weeks of Feb., free of charge. Details on testing requirements will be emailed to students, faculty, and staff during the week of Jan. 24.

  • Vaccine Boosters: LIM College supports the CDC recommendation and strongly recommends that everyone who is eligible get a booster shot. A separate communication with instructions on uploading booster documentation will be forthcoming.

  • Spring 2022 New Student Orientation and the Admissions Open House scheduled for January will move to an online format. Incoming students and families and registered guests will be contacted directly with more information.

  • If you have specific questions, email covidcoreteam [at] limcollege.edu. Additional updates on Spring 2022 safety protocols will be emailed to students, faculty, and staff the week of Jan. 24.

  • 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 the Spring 2022 semester.

  • For those who are already fully vaccinated, submit your proof of vaccination via SONIS in order to have it approved prior to the start of Spring 2022 classes. If you already submitted your proof of vaccination for the Fall 2021 semester, you do NOT need to submit it again for Spring 2022.

  • New Students: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to register for in-person classes. If you are an undergraduate (in an associate or bachelor's degree program) you will need to submit your proof of vaccination at least 2 business days before you meet with an Academic Advisor to register for classes.

  • 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.

Fall 2022 FAQs

Yes. LIM College WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 vaccination (or an approved medical or religious exemption) for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in the Fall 2022 semester. If you have previously submitted your COVID vaccination proof and it was approved, you do NOT need to submit it again for Fall 2022. A COVID vaccination booster is strongly recommended, but not required.

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. For the purpose of campus access, LIM will consider individuals to be fully vaccinated after they receive their final dose of vaccine and submit proof of vaccination. 
     
  • Once you have completed the above, you will need to provide LIM with a copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card. That copy of your vaccination medical record or completed vaccination card is considered your “proof of vaccination.”
  • You may not visit campus or your classrooms until LIM has received either your proof of full vaccination or granted you a formal medical or religious exemption
     
  • Failure to submit your vaccination information or obtain a formal medical or religious exemption from the College may prevent you from attending class during the first week of classes or more.
     
  • LIM reserves the right to change, adjust, and/or add policies and procedures in the interest of creating a safer campus community.

A booster shot is not required. 

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all members of the LIM College community receive the booster as advised by the CDC. 

We encourage students to submit their booster documentation via SONIS.

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.”

No. The Daily Health Screener will no longer be required for LIM College community members or visitors. While we are not doing the Daily Health Screener, if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay home.

Students should notify covidcoreteam [at] limcollege.edu

Faculty and staff can also contact covidcoreteam [at] limcollege.edu or may self-report to carolyn.higgins [at] limcollege.edu if they choose.

If you have been identified as someone who may have come in proximate contact with a member of the LIM community who tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted directly by a member of the COVID contact tracing team. 

If you are not contacted by the contact tracing team, you do not need to take further action. However, we recommend that you continue to monitor yourself for symptoms.

The College will allow those with a documented medical or religious reason to request an exemption. Approval is at the discretion of the College. Students will need to submit a written exemption request to the health records section of Sonis for review by the Core Covid Team and the Office of Counseling services. Questions can be directed to Counseling Services at counseling [at] limcollege.edudata-auth="NotApplicable" data-linkindex="4" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank". 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 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.

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, 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. 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 also available on both an appointment and/or walk-in basis at most major pharmacies, urgent care centers, clinics, and hospitals. Additionally, many communities, including in New York City, are sponsoring pop-up vaccine sites at popular locations.

You can choose to get either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. LIM will also 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).

Approved visitors are allowed to come onto campus and admissions tours are continuing.

Approved visitors include:

  • Invited guests with business interests: vendors, guest speakers, scheduled campus visits
  • Prospective student walk-ins

Approved visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination or baseline negative COVID 19 test.

Effective Aug. 31, 2022, masks are optional in all College spaces (i.e. classrooms, building entrances, lounges, Library, conference rooms, hallways, etc.) However, individual faculty members may require masks for their class meetings and studio sessions.

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

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

  • On-campus meetings and events must follow all campus protocols.
  • Off-site events are subject to the protocols of the host location, as well as LIM protocols.
  • Clubs/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. 

As of March 1, 2022, social distancing is no longer required on campus.

As per the LIM College Student Handbook, students who fail to comply with COVID procedures will be considered non-compliant, as defined in the Student Handbook as follows: “Non-Compliance: A student is found to be in violation of this offense when the student fails to comply with the directives of an LIM College official or those of federal, state, or local officials in the performance of their duties, or when a student ignores established health and safety procedures. This includes a failure to identify oneself and show proper identification upon request by an LIM College or government official.”

We will continue to monitor U.S. State Department and CDC recommendations around international travel. Should the College be leading a trip to a country with a CDC Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 at Level 4, the College will investigate and consider options to cancel or postpone the trip.

 

We will continue to monitor U.S. State Department and CDC recommendations around international travel. LIM strongly recommends that students who are planning to travel or study abroad in a country with a CDC Risk Assessment of Level 4 for COVID-19 consider canceling their plans. 

Yes. As of Oct. 25, 2021 an order went into effect requiring that foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. provide proof of full vaccination with an FDA approved or World Health Organization (WHO) recognized vaccine. For more information please see the CDC's Travel Guidance for non-U.S. Citizens.

 

Effective June 12, 2022 passengers flying to the U.S. from another country are no longer required to show a negative COVID test or documentation of recovery from COVID prior to boarding their flight. For more information, please see the CDC website.