March 27, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, Many of you will have by now heard the heartbreaking news that we lost two members of our faculty yesterday.  Michael Sorkin, the renowned architect was a member of the Spitzer School of Architecture, and succumbed to the coronavirus on March 26th.  He was possessed of an elegant mind and an expansive imagination, and the architectural community lost, in his passing, a true giant. On the same day, David Nocera, who taught in our Media and Communications Arts Department, passed away.  David was a careful and astute archivist, and had a… Read More »

March 27, 2020
Dear Campus Community, In the event that you are notified that a member of your staff, faculty or student community has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you adhere to the following procedures: 1. If they have already called the emergency hotline set up by the College, take their name and forward to: Cornel Clark (Human Resources) Erica Stephen (Human Resources) Yahaira Colon (Human Resources) Richard Belgrave (Environmental Health and Occupational Safety) cc: Dee Dee Mozeleski (Office of the President and OIAC) 2. If the person has not spoken to anyone via the… Read More »

March 26, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I wanted to write to talk a little bit about the CUNY decision to enter into a recalibration period — you'll also see a new broadcast from the Chancellor explaining the decision in more detail. I know that many of you worked hard to get up to speed on distance learning and that you view this period as an interruption in this momentum. CUNY was not satisfied that every student had sufficient technology to keep up with distance learning classes, and this is a large part of the motivation behind the decision — hence the language around… Read More »

March 25, 2020
Dear CUNY Community, I want to take this opportunity to provide further clarity on the rationale for our decision to implement the Recalibration Period for Educational Equity, which we announced yesterday. Our primary reason for moving up some days from the Spring Recess is to give us time to get laptops and tablets into the hands of students who need them. If we did not pause, we would get too far into the semester, and students who have been without access to technology since March 19 would then have a tough time catching up and likely drop out of the semester. The first… Read More »

March 24, 2020
Dear City College Community Please be advised that the Bursar Office at City College will be closed from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020.  This is a precautionary measure to keep students, faculty, and staff safe from potential exposure to COVID19.  During this time, the Bursar will respond to email and phone inquiries.  The Bursar Office will do its best to continue to respond to the service needs of our students, faculty, and staff during the short recess.  College faculty and staff who rely on the Bursar Office for the distribution of paychecks, please… Read More »

March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020 Dear CUNY Community, The nationwide move to distance education necessitated by the coronavirus crisis has served to spotlight disparities that stratify the higher education landscape. In the days since CUNY re-opened classes under distance learning instruction, these matters of equity and access have already begun to surface on our campuses. Motivated by these concerns, and in consultation with CUNY college presidents and deans, we have decided to institute a recalibration period beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday April 1. Distance learning will… Read More »

March 23, 2020
To the City College Community, Last week Diana Cuozzo, our Chief Diversity Officer, issued a statement urging us all to maintain our commitment to diversity and anti-discrimination in the face of this crisis. Particularly, she asked that we carefully assess our transition to distance learning practices to make sure we don't slide into discriminatory or inequitable modes of interacting with students. It was a timely reminder and I thoroughly endorse the message. Little by little over the past weeks, however, a new ugliness has crept across the land. Despite wise calls to pull… Read More »

March 21, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, This is, I'll say at the outset, a longer than usual memo, with several distinct sections.  I hope you'll forgive the length and pay close attention to each distinct section. I wanted, first, to update you all on how the governor's new corona virus memo will change the way we operate at CCNY. I also want to use this memo as an opportunity to address some of the particular questions that we've been seeing with some consistency. The governor's instructions require several things that we have already begun to do dramatic approaches to… Read More »

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 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 »

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