COVID-19

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 »


March 12, 2020
Click here for Blackboard Basics Click here for Blackboard Student manual Click here for Blackboard Instructor user guide Click here for teaching remotely Dear Colleagues, We will all, over the next several days, be working very hard to move to a distance learning posture in our classes, and that will entail training, planning and no small amount of coordination. We'll have plans for that in the days to come. In keeping with a request I made in my memo earlier today, Carlos Aguasaco, who has considerable experience in distance learning, will be hosting two webinars about… Read More »


March 12, 2020
Dear Members of the CCNY Community, We just received word from the Governor’s office and CUNY that we will be making the transition to distance learning for the remainder of the semester. Starting tomorrow, March 12th and running through March 18th, we will be in an instructional recess. During that period, faculty, staff, and students will all prepare to begin distance learning—that means developing your material for delivery online, making sure that students understand the platforms and can access your class course material. For students, that means you should pay attention to… Read More »


March 11, 2020
Dear CUNY Community, As your Chancellor, my highest priorities in charting a response to the fast-evolving coronavirus threat are to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while maintaining academic continuity and safeguarding students’ ability to finish their semester and protect their financial aid. I know that you are concerned for your own health, the health of your loved ones, and that of our communities. I also share these concerns and know they weigh heavily on all of us. As you are probably aware, per Governor Cuomo’s comments earlier today,… Read More »


March 10, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am writing with some updates to our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In this memo I'll talk about travel restrictions that we're putting in place, as well as restrictions on large, non-essential gatherings. First, however, I'd like to address on-line instruction. The hotline that we've put in place is up and running, and many of the calls are from students who, for one reason or another, feel particularly vulnerable in the face of the virus. Some have pre-existing health conditions, or compromised immune systems. Others live with… Read More »


March 09, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am forwarding, with this note, instructions for classes and offices to begin setting up on-line communication protocols.  You’ll see a range of tools that you have access to, and we’re repeating the call for faculty members and students, as well as office staff, to identify the platform they will use, and then practice. Faculty will need affirmative permission from a department chair and deans to move an entire course on-line, but students can request on-line access to classes still being taught in person.  Faculty should acquiesce… Read More »


March 09, 2020
The City College campus has resources that can be used in the event of a campus closing to continue instruction and learning. Remember that a course instructor who has reason to move a class from in-person to online instruction must receive permission from his or her chair, and chairs should coordinate these requests with deans.  Course instructors should take some time now to decide which of the following technologies best fit the needs of your class, and test everyone’s ability to log on and use the system. Keep track of students who have no way of connecting from home or… Read More »


March 06, 2020
In an effort to more effectively assist and keep track of members of our community who have elected to self-quarantine due to COVID-19, we have implemented use of a community hotline. If you have made the decision to self-quarantine, please let us know by calling: 212-650-7682 or 212-650-8801.   Once we know about your decision, we can work with you to ensure you have the latest information on campus measures and check-in with you from time to time to make sure you're doing well. This will also allow us to provide you with access to any campus contacts you may need. Thank you… Read More »


March 06, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I wanted to write with a few updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we are handling things that may impact campus operations. I’m sending this memo to the campus, but we’ll immediately post it onto the web (there will be a prominent link on the homepage). In this memo, I’ll discuss what we know about keeping the campus safe and secure, talk about travel in general (mainly referring you to a memo the Chancellor distributed yesterday) and finally discussing what we need to do today to prepare for contingencies in the future. … Read More »


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