COVID-19

March 20, 2020
Dear CUNY community, As I reported to you yesterday, 95 percent of CUNY’s 50,000 course sections have been converted to distance learning instruction, and 95 percent of CUNY faculty and staff are already working remotely. It’s been inspiring to witness the resilience, fortitude and innovation that have been on display across the university in the face of this unprecedented health emergency. Our efforts have now positioned us to fully support Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order. To this end, effective Monday, March 23, all 25 CUNY campuses will expand their… Read More »


March 20, 2020
Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, The Office of Information Technology is extending reservations for laptops or tablets through the remainder of the semester.  If you are in need of a device in order to work from home, please stop by the Reservation Desk, first floor NAC, and pick up a device – don’t forget to bring your ID card.  Supplies are limited so don’t wait too long.  Hours of operation will start on Monday and run through Thursday, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  If we run out of devices before Thursday, I will send out a notification. Sincerely, Ken Ihrer Vice… Read More »


March 20, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, It is perhaps clearer than ever before, in the midst of our current crisis, that health insurance is essential.  MetroPlus has joined with the City of New York to become the official partner of the Mayor’s GetCoveredNYC healthcare initiative. They have approached me with a series of ways that members of our community can take advantage of their services to obtain health care coverage and an array of services to our community at no or low cost (one program charges around 20 dollars per month). I would like to announce and endorse an… Read More »


March 20, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: Update on TIAA One-on-One Consultations To protect the health and safety of plan participants and its employees, TIAA has decided to move all scheduled in-person appointments to phone or online appointments through April 13, 2020. Currently scheduled appointments If you scheduled an in-person meeting with a TIAA financial consultant at any time through April 13, they will contact you in advance of your scheduled appointment about converting your meeting to a phone or online appointment. New appointment requests TIAA is here for you. If you would like… Read More »


March 19, 2020
Dear Members of the CCNY Community, Today, we will begin to implement a new plan in relationship to our campus buildings.  To this point, we have kept all buildings open, but that is no longer feasible.  Yesterday, I announced the closing of the library spaces around campus.  Previous to that, I announced that the Spitzer School of Architecture would be closing for deep cleaning.  Each of these closing were to take place in response to specific news about an individual who had (or was suspected to have) contracted the coronavirus and spent time in that space. Today, we undertake… Read More »


March 19, 2020
Dear Members of the CCNY Community, Diversity, inclusion, and an environment free from discrimination are central to the mission of City College. During these difficult times, we want to remind you that City College remains a diverse learning community dedicated to promoting a culture of respect. While we move to distance learning alternatives, City College and CUNY Policies remain in effect. Acts of discrimination, harassment or exclusion run counter to our institutional values and contrary to CUNY Policy. As we respond to the uncertain and rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-… Read More »


March 19, 2020
Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, IT Website Resources Main Sitehttps://www.ccny.cuny.edu/it Academic Technology Services (iMEDIA)https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/it/conferencing-services Service Desk Our Service Desk can be reached by sending an email to  servicedesk@ccny.cuny.edu .  Your request will be handled as quickly as we are able, realizing that our staff anticipates a large volume of requests.  I have asked ServiceDesk management to prioritize calls from faculty that are impacting a class.  For students, remember that your classes should be recorded so if you… Read More »


March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am writing to announce some changes to our library operations. We would like to work to reduce the total amount of people on campus at any given time and therefore, effective March 19, 2020, all CCNY libraries will be closed for in-person visits, however, the library staff will remain available and can be accessed via the following link: https://library.ccny.cuny.edu/. Via that link you will be able to email, text or chat with a member of the CCNY Libraries team and all online resources will be available 24/7.  In order to… Read More »


March 18, 2020
Dear Campus Community: As I discussed in my last general update memo, the meaning of the words "essential employee" is rapidly shifting. We traditionally designate around 200 employees, mainly in facilities and security, as essential, and ask that they come into to work in order to maintain the safety of our campus during moments like snow storms.  The vast majority of the campus--faculty, most staff and students--stay away from the campus and don't work during those "normal" emergencies. The COVID-19 virus imposes new conditions on us, and forces us to revise the meaning of… Read More »


March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, We are now on the verge of relaunching instructional activity on a fully online basis.  At the same time, your offices should have completed the task of designating as many people as possible for working off-campus and telecommuting.  As you’ll see from a memo that will come out today, we are making specific designations for essential and non-essential staff, with the goal of moving everyone who can execute their work functions to a telecommute format as possible. As we cross into this new territory, I wanted to make a few… Read More »


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