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May 28, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: There have been several legislative updates that impact some of the provisions within the various Employee Benefit Programs that we wanted to make you aware of. 1) Flexible Spending Accounts Program: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was passed and it allows an expansion of the types of medical/health care items that participants may claim through their HCFSA accounts effective January 1, 2020. These include (1) menstrual care products and (2) over-the-counter medicines and drugs, without the need… Read More »


May 18, 2020
We hope you will join us in a celebration to mark the graduation of the Class of 2020 in a virtual event. Honoring our graduates on their achievements while keeping safe our College communities of students, families, faculty, and friends is a balance that we must undertake during the pandemic.    The Commencement Committee, made up of a representative cross-section of the College, is planning an engaging virtual event, the details of which will soon be announced.  Both undergraduate and graduate degrees will be celebrated, and the College will offer new opportunities to connect… Read More »


May 15, 2020
To: Faculty and StaffFrom: The Division of Human ResourcesSubject: Benefits & Services Available to Employees & their Families During Periods of Crisis As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to change our way of life and how we conduct business, we would like to remind you of some of the benefits and services available to CUNY employees designed to help us manage and cope with extraordinary circumstances that impact the quality of our lives Employee Assistance Program Faculty and Staff who may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and/or grieving the loss of loved… Read More »


May 14, 2020
To: All FacultyFrom: Tony Liss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic AffairsDate: May 13, 2020Re: Reminder of Flexible Grading Policy Dear Faculty, As you know, on March 30, the Board of Trustees approved the University's Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy. This policy was enacted per the recommendation of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and informed by consultation with campus presidents and deans, the University Faculty Senate, and the University Student Senate.  The Flexible Grading Policy was enacted to provide students maximum flexibility as they… Read More »


May 14, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: There have been several legislative updates that impact some of the provisions within the various Employee Benefit Programs that we wanted to make you aware of. 1) Flexible Spending Accounts Program: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed and it allows an expansion of the types of medical/health care items that participants may claim through their HCFSA accounts effective January 1, 2020. These include (1) menstrual care products and (2) over-the-counter medicines and drugs, without the need… Read More »


May 13, 2020
Dear Campus Community,  I'm writing with a heavy heart to share the news that we've once more lost several cherished members of our community to this virus.  As a group, they represent years of service to our community--each in his own way dedicated to advancing our mission and building our institution.  Daniel Padovano was the College's Associate Bursar and began his career with the CUNY Central Office in 2002. His level of expertise was such that he was often asked to help train staff on the intricacies of the various federal loans available to students on campuses across the… Read More »


May 13, 2020
Dear Members of the Campus Community, I'm writing to discuss the campus budget situation, and the measures we will be taking to meet the financial challenges in which we find ourselves. I'll begin by saying that we have no real idea where our finances stand—although we should have our first preliminary indication by the end of this week.  As you probably know, the governor's budget director has been given the unilateral authority, at three separate times during the year, to make total cuts of up to $10 billion dollars in the state budget, if revenue collection falls short of… Read More »


May 13, 2020
I hope this memo finds you in good health and spirits.  The COVID-19 virus has tested us all and will continue to do so, both in terms of the threat it poses to our collective health, and in terms of the impact, it will have on our institutions. I write to you now to discuss our budget and to enlist your support and participation in planning for budget reductions.  Due to the nature of the state's planning around budget reductions—that is, that it may at three moments reduce the state budget by amounts that could total as much as 10 billion dollars (representing a proportional… Read More »


May 11, 2020
Dear Colleagues, I write to you about the uncertainty surrounding our fall semester. Unfortunately, I am not going to resolve that uncertainty in this memo, but rather tell you what we are thinking and how we are planning for the fall in the midst of it. We can all follow the media reports and make our own judgments about the likelihood of being back on campus come late August or continuing in a fully online mode. What is clear to me is that regardless of the primary modality of our instruction, there will be students and probably faculty and staff as well who will feel unsafe… Read More »


April 30, 2020
CIS Training is pleased to announce that we are offering an enhanced schedule of training webinars on Microsoft Office 365 products through May 27, 2020.  Please note that only a limited number of these sessions are offered, and seats are available on a first-come basis. You can register for these training sessions here. Please feel free to contact  CISTraning@cuny.edu  with any questions. Session Description Date Time Forms Introduction to the Office 365 tool for creating surveys and quizzes. Tuesday, May 5 10am-11am… Read More »


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