CICU Provides Member Campuses with Considerations for Safe Campus Operations

News Date: 8/19/2021

As New York's private, not-for-profit colleges and universities prepare to reopen for the 2021-22 academic year, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities gathered relevant guidance from state and federal sources and worked with a public health expert to provide guidance for safe campus reopening. 

Click here to read CICU's Considerations for Safe Campus Operations

CICU President Lola W. Brabham's Executive Summary: 

"As campuses prepare to reopen for the 2021-22 academic year amid ongoing concern about increasing COVID-19 infections and the emergence of the Delta variant, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities has worked with a public health consultant to compile best practices and recommendations for consideration by our member colleges and universities.

"New York State’s public health emergency expired on June 24, 2021 and the state’s reopening guidance for higher education was archived as of June 15, 2021, and is no longer in effect. However, colleges and universities may still be subject to active New York State guidance for large-scale performing arts and public transportation, as well as local COVID-19 requirements, including New York City’s vaccine mandate.

"This document is intended to help colleges and universities across New York build on the lessons learned during the 2020-21 academic year and incorporate best practices and guidance from state and federal sources into their operational plans. The considerations below are drawn from guidance issued by the CDC, NCAA, New York State, and consultation with a public health expert.

"New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are committed to providing a rich educational experience for students while also maintaining safe environments for students, faculty, staff, and their surrounding communities. The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities is proud to represent these leading institutions and support their efforts to keep their communities safe and strong while moving into the next academic year. Through even the most challenging times, we continue to advocate on behalf of our member institutions and the Independent sector at large."