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June 04, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, Early Tuesday morning, I began receiving emails from students, alumni and concerned citizens about a man, reported to be a CCNY student, who had posted a deeply offensive video of himself and a companion on Instagram, and was later filmed tearing down a "Black Lives Matter" sign on an overpass in the Whitestone neighborhood. We have investigated his status and discovered that he is no longer at CCNY, nor has he graduated from our college. Still, this act requires a response. The language he used, in part to narrate his actions in… Read More »


June 02, 2020
Dear CCNY Students, The leadership of the CCNY Counseling Center, Gender Resources, and Black Studies Program are responding to requests from several students to hold an online, check-in session this Thursday, June 4th, from 1 PM to 2 PM and I'm writing to encourage you to attend. These are difficult times.  I understand that many of you are angry, confused, or feeling new levels of stress, both because of the recent tragedy in Minnesota, the resulting street protests and the violent escalations of those events.  All this, of course, is layered atop the underlying realities of… Read More »


June 01, 2020
Dear Members of the CCNY Community, I am writing to join my voice, and the voice of the college that I represent, to the chorus of people who decry the murder of George Floyd, and call for a period of national transformation that will at long last provide security and equity for communities of color in our nation. It is soul-wearying to review the sad, decades-long litany of incidents that should have encouraged us, as a people, along a more just and humane pathway. It is deeply horrifying to reflect on the innumerable occasions during which, but for the presence of a cell… Read More »


May 28, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: There have been several legislative updates that impact some of the provisions within the various Employee Benefit Programs that we wanted to make you aware of. 1) Flexible Spending Accounts Program: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was passed and it allows an expansion of the types of medical/health care items that participants may claim through their HCFSA accounts effective January 1, 2020. These include (1) menstrual care products and (2) over-the-counter medicines and drugs, without the need… Read More »


May 18, 2020
We hope you will join us in a celebration to mark the graduation of the Class of 2020 in a virtual event. Honoring our graduates on their achievements while keeping safe our College communities of students, families, faculty, and friends is a balance that we must undertake during the pandemic.    The Commencement Committee, made up of a representative cross-section of the College, is planning an engaging virtual event, the details of which will soon be announced.  Both undergraduate and graduate degrees will be celebrated, and the College will offer new opportunities to connect… Read More »


May 15, 2020
To: Faculty and Staff From: The Division of Human Resources Subject: Benefits & Services Available to Employees & their Families During Periods of Crisis As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to change our way of life and how we conduct business, we would like to remind you of some of the benefits and services available to CUNY employees designed to help us manage and cope with extraordinary circumstances that impact the quality of our lives Employee Assistance Program Faculty and Staff who may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and/or grieving the loss of loved… Read More »


May 14, 2020
To: All Faculty From: Tony Liss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Date: May 13, 2020 Re: Reminder of Flexible Grading Policy Dear Faculty, As you know, on March 30, the Board of Trustees approved the University's Special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy. This policy was enacted per the recommendation of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and informed by consultation with campus presidents and deans, the University Faculty Senate, and the University Student Senate.  The Flexible Grading Policy was enacted to provide students maximum flexibility as they… Read More »


May 14, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: There have been several legislative updates that impact some of the provisions within the various Employee Benefit Programs that we wanted to make you aware of. 1) Flexible Spending Accounts Program: On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed and it allows an expansion of the types of medical/health care items that participants may claim through their HCFSA accounts effective January 1, 2020. These include (1) menstrual care products and (2) over-the-counter medicines and drugs, without the need… Read More »


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 »


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