Welcome to the Spring Semester

Welcome to the Spring Semester

Welcome back Bloodhounds! The campus services are fully open and staff are ready to assist you in making the most of your college experience. Please check regularly your text messages and John Jay email for important updates, reminders, and student events throughout the semester. Here are some steps to start the semester strong.

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Steps to a Successful Spring Semester            

Step 1: Provide Proof of Vaccination

COVID-19--CUNY Vaccination Mandate FAQ

  • Upload your COVID-19  vaccination records to CUNYfirst by January 18
  • Continue to check the vaccination verification page in CUNYfirst until the status reflects "APPROVED." 
  • If your verification is not approved, check the notes:
    1. Your name on the vaccination record must match exactly the name on your student record in CUNYfirst. If there is a discrepancy between the names you must either request a new vaccination card or update your name through JayExpress.
    2. Your documents must be legible with no portion distorted or covered up. If the documents cannot be ready, you may need to resubmit your forms. 
  • If you do not have approved proof of vaccination on record in CUNYfirst, your in-person or hybrid courses will be dropped on/by January 27 and a hold will be put on your record preventing you from registering for future semesters.  
  • You can continue to upload proof of vaccination or booster shot throughout the spring semster to be ready for summer and fall registration. 

MMR & Meningitis--John Jay Immunization Webpage

  • You will have to satisfy MMR and Meningitis immunization requirements before registering at John Jay. If you did not do so last time you were enrolled at John Jay, make sure to submit your MMR Immunizations and Meningitis Acknowledgement to healthoffice@jjay.cuny.edu by February 25.  
  • If you do not submit your immunization forms to the Health Office, your in-person or hybrid courses will be dropped after February 25, and a hold will be put on your record preventing you from registering for future semesters.  

Important Deadlines  

1/18/22 deadline to upload proof of COVID vaccination documents to CUNYfirst
1/27/22 drop date for COVID vaccination non-compliance
2/25/22 deadline to submit MMR and Meningitis forms to healthoffice@jjay.cuny.edu
2/26/22 drop deadline for MMR/Meningitis non-compliance

Step 2: Get Your John Jay ID

To access the John Jay Campus, students, faculty, and staff need to have a college ID. At the start of the spring semester, you can get your ID at stations in the Shiva Gallery, located in the New Building, L3, 10am to 9pmTo obtain an ID, students will need to have:

  • Vaccination verification approval in CUNYfirst or proof of a negative COVID test
  • A copy of their Spring 2022 schedule 
  • Another form of ID to verify identity

If you already have an ID card, you don't need to get a new one. If you've uploaded proof of vaccination to CUNYfirst, your ID card will be activated before classes start.

To obtain an ID later in the semester, or request a replacement, students can visit the main office of Public Safety, L2.61 NB.

Step 3: Know How to Access the Campus

  • If you are enrolled in in-person classes, you need to have your vaccination information uploaded to CUNYfirst and approved to be able to attend classes and access the campus facilities. 
  • If you are enrolled in online classes, you need to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test in order to access the campus facilities. 
  • For more details, review CUNY Vaccination Mandate Requirements.

Step 4: Know Your Deadlines

Important dates at the start of the semester

1/28: First day of classes
2/3: Last day to add/swap classes
2/17: Last day to drop without a W grade; Attendance verification closes
2/23: Last day to resolve INC grades from Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 
2/25: Deadline to submit MMR/MEN documentation before in-person classes are dropped

For further dates and deadlines, review the Spring 2022 Academic Calendar.

Step 5: Find and Attend Your Classes 

  • Check your course schedule for instruction modalities, meeting times, and room assignments. 
  • See a description of the instruction modalities and how to do well in each modality
  • Online classes: Make sure you can access Blackboard for your classes and check your John Jay email for messages from your professors.
  • In-person classes: Use this map to find your classes on campus.
  • Avoid getting dropped from your class on February 17. Show up for your online and in-person classes and participate in the class activities to be counted as present.  

Step 6: Adjust Your Schedule if Needed

You can change a course or add a course for the spring semester before February 3: 

1. Log into your DegreeWorks to see what areas of your degree still need to be completed.
2. Meet with an academic advisor if you need help or have questions.
3. Use this guide to register for courses in CUNYfirst.  

Step 7: Ensure We Can Reach You with Updates

Update your email in CUNYfirst (see infographic)

1. Log in to CUNYfirst.
2. Click on Campus Solutions. 
3. At the top of the page, select Main Menu > Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Email Addresses.
4. Click the checkbox under Preferred next to your John Jay email address.
5. Click Submit to save changes.
6. Empty your inbox regularly to continue recieving messages.

7. If you run into trouble, call the John Jay Technology Helpdesk at 212-237-8200. 

Update your email in Blackboard (see infographic)

1. Log in to Blackboard.
2. Click on Home button on the upper-left corner of the window.
3. Find Tools > Update Email.
4. Enter your John Jay email twice when asked.
5. Click Submit to save change.
6. Empty your inbox regularly to continue receiveing messages. 

7. If you run into trouble, contact Blackboard student support at blackboardstudent@jjay.cuny.edu

Update your phone number in CUNYfirst (look out for text messages from a JJC Student Success Specialist)

1. Log in to CUNYfirst.
2. Click on Campus Solutions. 
3. At the top of the page, select Main Menu > Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Phones.
4. Modify your phone number or add a phone number.
5. Click Submit to save changes.
6. If you run into trouble, call the John Jay Technology Helpdesk at 212-237-8200. 

Step 8: Apply for Financial Assistance

Check out the following financial assistance sources and check in with  John Jay’s Financial Aid Office for  more information on financial aid options and scholarships students can apply for. 


  • Submit your 2021/2022 FAFSA application to apply for federal financial aid for Spring 2022.  The FAFSA code for John Jay College is 002693.
  • NYS residents can apply for TAP directly if they were not prompted to do so when filing their FAFSA application. The TAP code for Undergraduate Students is 1414. 

Emergency Funds 
Students needing additional funds for tuition or books can apply for emergency funds. Information on the different funds available and how to apply can be found on the Emergency Funding Website

Federal ARPA Assistance
Students enrolled in the regular spring 2022 semester will have ARPA funds automatically applied to their accounts.  The amount varies by demonstrated need, so make sure to file your 2021/2022 FAFSA application!

The Acceleration Program

  • The Acceleration Program provides tuition assistance to eligible John Jay Undergrads during the Summer and Winter intersessions. The goal of the Acceleration Program is to help students who have fallen behind in credit accumulation get “back on track” by taking a class in the summer/winter when they otherwise might not be able to afford it. 
  • Tuition Assistance is limited to one course per student. Eligible students for Summer 2022 will receive an invitation to participate around March 2022.

Step 9: Complete SPARC Training

All students are required to complete SPARC (Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course). Failure to complete your SPARC training will result in the inability to register in future semesters.

1. Log in to Blackboard to access the course.
2. You will see “John Jay College Student SPARC” listed on the right
side of your Blackboard homepage, under the “My Organizations” heading.
3. Follow the instructions to complete the training.

Please contact Blackboard Support at blackboardstudent@jjay.cuny.edu if you need technical assistance.

Step 10: Know How to Find Support

  • Check out the Student Resources webpage for information on academic advising & support, tutoring, financial aid, welness & emergency support, and much more.    
  • Review these essential tips to help you thrive and succeed in college.