COVID-19

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… Read More »


April 28, 2020
To: All Faculty and Staff From: Celia P. Lloyd, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Tony Liss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Date: April 28, 2020 Re: Clarification Memo on CUNY's NEW Flexible Grading Policy, Implementation, and Other Important Matters The purpose of this memo is to provide the faculty and staff with some clarity regarding the implementation of the recently approved flexible grading policy. Additionally, we would like to offer some information on other grading matters, end-of-term processes, and timelines.… Read More »


April 17, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I hope this note finds you coping, as best you can, with the hardships imposed on us by this COVID-19 outbreak.  By this point, virtually every one of us will have lost loved ones on this campus, in our families and among our communities, and I sincerely hope that you are finding what comfort and support you can.  It's truly frustrating, I'm finding, to attempt the construction of warm and human social support via an electronic screen—but I know we are all doing our best to seek the solace we need, and give the care that others seek.… Read More »


April 13, 2020
Dear Colleagues, Please see the schedule below for this week’s training on CUNY’s cloud solutions.  If you have any questions or need additional support, please feel free to reach out to CISTraining@cuny.edu Webinar schedule for this week – registration here (log in with your CUNY Login, Firstname.Lastname##@login.cuny.edu ): New! Microsoft Power Automate (Flow) – Tuesday, April 14 @ 2pm Dropbox – Wednesday, April 15 @ 1pm  MS OneDrive – Thursday, April 16 @10 am  MS Teams – Thursday, April 16 @ 2pm  New! MS Teams and SharePoint for Managers – Friday, April 17… Read More »


April 13, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, Last week, I sent around a note that anticipated the mobilization of CCNY expertise to produce short radio pieces for broadcast over WHCR 90.3 FM. In some cases, we would want you to be a guest on a one-hour call in talk show form around issues related to the virus. In other cases, we would invite you to put 14-minute, stand-alone segments on tape—perhaps as a monologue, perhaps in conversation with a moderator. To get the process started, I’d like to generate a roster of experts, with your name, your contact information, and the… Read More »


April 10, 2020
Campuses are reporting instances in which strangers have accessed Blackboard Collaborate sessions and caused disturbances. These uninvited guests have not hacked into Blackboard--they have simply taken advantage of Blackboard Collaborate settings similar to "Zoom Bombing" as reported in the news. Intruders had simply received the guest link and telephone number and joined the Blackboard Collaborate session anonymously. Instructors can avoid intruders in Blackboard Collaborate by: Creating a separate Collaborate session for each online meeting Disabling guest access and… Read More »


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