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This message was sent to the Rockefeller community from the Office of the Executive Vice President on September 16, 2021 at 5:25 p.m.
Subject: Notice to campus re: Implementation of the University Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan

Dear Rockefeller community members,

I am writing to communicate that the University has implemented the Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan that was developed in compliance with the NY HERO Act.  In response to Governor Kathy Hochul designating COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the HERO Act, the University implemented its plan on September 8, 2021.

The plan is being implemented in support of ongoing policies and procedures in place at the University designed to protect the safety and health of our community from infection by SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Coronavirus Disease 2019, more commonly referred to as COVID-19.

The NY HERO Act requires that all employees be provided with a copy of the University Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan.  A copy of the Plan is available on line (VPN required) and a hardcopy is posted outside the Human Resources office on Founder’s Hall 1st floor.

Under the Plan, Heads of Laboratory and Departments are required to provide notification of the existence and location of this Plan, the circumstances under which it can be activated, the infectious disease standard, employer policies, and employee rights under the HERO Act.  An on-line training module has been developed to assist Heads of Laboratory and Heads of Department to provide required notification and information to their staff.

Questions about the Plan can be posed to

Thank you very much, 


Timothy P. O’Connor, PhD
Executive Vice President
The Rockefeller University