COVID-19

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… 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 »


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