COVID-19

March 16, 2020
Dear Valued Member of the CCNY Community, I am writing to let you know that there has been a very small risk of exposure to COVID-19 within The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. A faculty member, whose name we are not at liberty to disclose, has reported feeling flu-like symptoms and has immediately self-quarantined. He/she is otherwise fit and healthy and has no underlying health conditions that would put him/her at greater risk. However, we take the risk of exposure, however small, very seriously indeed. The faculty member has been tested for the Corona Virus,… Read More »


March 16, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff, This announcement is to notify you that our purchase of Zoom Enterprise is complete. Each of you will have access to a licensed copy of Zoom, with the features listed under the “licensed” category below. You can access your own Zoom account by logging in to https://ccny.zoom.us and entering your CCNY login credentials (same as your email). Zoom Enterprise will provide the following: Feature Basic Licensed Meeting time limt for group meetings 40 minutes ✓ Unlimited Cloud Recording   ✓ Access to add-on licenses (Webinar,… Read More »


March 16, 2020
I am writing to you with guidelines for your laboratory research operations in the face of the coronavirus crisis. I understand that you may have an inclination to forge ahead, but these are not normal times. I am asking you at this time to follow the guidelines below: You should begin to ramp down your research operation to a state that requires the absolute minimum number of people to be present in your lab. Ideally, that number should be zero if possible. You should aim to reach this ramped-down state by Friday, March 20th. To efficiently ramp down, you should prioritize… Read More »


March 15, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, We just learned that starting tomorrow, only essential personnel should report to college. That term, "essential personnel" is a phrase we usually use during snowstorms or other natural disasters, and it normally refers to the men and women who keep the campus infrastructure running—mainly security and facilities. In this context, I believe we need to interpret it as people whose on campus presence (as opposed to work from home posture) is essential for us to get ready to run classes and to maintain laboratories. For research labs,… Read More »


March 15, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff CUNY Computer Information Services has announced the availability of WebEx as a collaboration platform.  They have integrated it in with Blackboard so that it is preconfigured for each class.  The following is a short video on how it works https://youtu.be/HIHJCVnPJHA. I want to reiterate that CCNY’s Office of Information Technology is only prepared to support the platforms we have had in place for a long time (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom and BlueJeans).  If you would like to use WebEx, it is available to you both inside of Blackboard and as a… Read More »


March 15, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, At the faculty and staff virtual Town Halls on Friday we received several questions about the chances that the academic calendar, and specific dates for withdrawal, pass/fail decisions or incompletes might be revised. We now have guidance on these matters. The important news is that both pass/fail declaration deadlines and W grade deadlines have been extended until the last day of classes on the calendar (May 14th). The deadline for finalizing incompletes has been extended to the last day of classes in the Fall 2020 semester. Here is… Read More »


March 13, 2020
Things are changing rapidly and some of what I’ll be reporting in this memo will revise information in previous memos. As late as yesterday, March 12th, we wrote that staff would be required to come to the office unless they had a specific reason to feel they had been in contact with someone who was sick. Today we have new guidance. We should figure out which staff members have the capacity to work from home, and move any of them who want to telecommute to work from home posture. This changes earlier guidance, in which we said that everyone who has not been exposed to the virus… Read More »


March 13, 2020
Dear Campus Community, Please note that even though classes will be moving to a distance learning model as of March 19, 2020, Benny's Food Pantry will remain operational for anyone in our community who needs to visit.  We will be closed tomorrow while we assess inventory, and will place a larger order than usual of non-perishable items to allow as many visitors to have access to pantry goods as possible. We will post new signage specific to temporary hours of operation and who to contact if you need emergency access.  In the meantime, if you would like to support the pantry… Read More »


March 12, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, As we figure out the contours of the COVID19 crisis and develop our response to it, it will be important to sift reliable information from rumor, mistaken assertions, and outright misinformation. From now on, any official news from the campus will be distributed under the banner that you see at the top of this page. While you will certainly receive authoritative emails from department chairs, deans, and your immediate supervisors, any college-wide announcement from the administration… Read More »


March 12, 2020
Dear CCNY Faculty and Staff,  Please be advised that there will be an all faculty/all staff virtual Town Hall meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss the CUNY-wide move to distance learning for the remainder of the current semester.  We will host two sessions via Zoom, one at 12:00 pm (Eastern) and 1:00 pm (Eastern). Here are instructions to join the sessions: Join by Computer: Visit https://zoom.us/j/283161323 on your web browser and follow the instructions Join by Smartphone or Tablet: Downloaded the Zoom mobile app  Select “Join a Meeting” Input meeting ID 283 161 323… Read More »


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