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June 11, 2020
Three days ago I wrote to you about a five-stage research reopening plan. A lot changes in three days and I am writing to update you on a much more rapid plan. On Monday the State included Higher Education Research as part of Phase 1, which began on Monday. The State’s guidelines can be found here. This significantly advances the timeline with which we are working. We are currently finalizing a draft plan that details how we will satisfy each of the State’s mandatory requirements for opening research labs. These requirements include physical distancing, protective equipment,… Read More »


June 11, 2020
We are pleased to announce that CCNY will continue its participation in the summer four-day work week schedule starting the week of Monday, June 22, 2020, through Friday, August 7, 2020.  For the full details of the summer four-day workweek guidelines, please click on the following link: Summer Four- Day Workweek- 2020


June 08, 2020
To the City College Community, We are happy to announce that Professor Alexander Couzis has agreed to step in as Interim Dean of the Grove School of Engineering, effective July 1, 2020. Alex Couzis came to CCNY in 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. He rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 2004 and served as Department Chair from 2008-2013. In January of 2013, Alex went on leave from the College for five years to assume the role of Chief Technical Officer of Urban Electric Power, a NY-based clean energy company start-up that spun off from CCNY. In 2014… Read More »


June 08, 2020
With New York City entering Phase 1 of the reopening plan, we are preparing to slowly, and safely, reopen our research facilities. We will begin with the laboratories that support most grant-funded research on campus and move subsequently to a more complete re-opening of research and studio space on campus, consistent with the pace of opening in New York City and CUNY. All relevant documentation can be found from the Research Reopening link under the Research tab on the College homepage. The document "Phasing-In of On-site Research in Science, Engineering and Medicine at CCNY"… Read More »


June 05, 2020
As a result of COVID-19, the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has emphasized adherence to a regulation that directs all employers to provide employer identification information to employees who are separating from service. All employees who separate from CUNY service will receive from Human Resources (HR) the attached pre-populated “Record of Employment” form (Form IA 12.3) in addition to any other related documents, such as a termination or non-reappointment letter.  The form, which may be delivered by email, represents the extent of the information the College is… Read More »


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 »


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