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March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, I am writing to announce some changes to our library operations. We would like to work to reduce the total amount of people on campus at any given time and therefore, effective March 19, 2020, all CCNY libraries will be closed for in-person visits, however, the library staff will remain available and can be accessed via the following link: https://library.ccny.cuny.edu/. Via that link you will be able to email, text or chat with a member of the CCNY Libraries team and all online resources will be available 24/7.  In order to… Read More »


March 18, 2020
Dear Campus Community: As I discussed in my last general update memo, the meaning of the words "essential employee" is rapidly shifting. We traditionally designate around 200 employees, mainly in facilities and security, as essential, and ask that they come into to work in order to maintain the safety of our campus during moments like snow storms.  The vast majority of the campus--faculty, most staff and students--stay away from the campus and don't work during those "normal" emergencies. The COVID-19 virus imposes new conditions on us, and forces us to revise the meaning of… Read More »


March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the City College Community, We are now on the verge of relaunching instructional activity on a fully online basis.  At the same time, your offices should have completed the task of designating as many people as possible for working off-campus and telecommuting.  As you’ll see from a memo that will come out today, we are making specific designations for essential and non-essential staff, with the goal of moving everyone who can execute their work functions to a telecommute format as possible. As we cross into this new territory, I wanted to make a few… Read More »


March 17, 2020
Dear CCNY community, With an unprecedented number of schools closing and students across the country shifting to digital learning because of COVID-19, several companies are offering free services for the next 60 days, in addition, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and Comcast have announced additional services during the coronavirus outbreak, such as the removal of data caps and waiver of late fees.  Students should check with their individual carriers for these arrangements.  https://www.cnet.com/news/carriers-are-suspending-internet-data-caps-during-coronavirus/ Verizon has… Read More »


March 17, 2020
As the information related to our current COVID-19 health crisis continues to evolve, Human Resources is working in tandem with the College's leadership and CUNY to keep the campus informed of the measures being implemented to ensure operational continuity. During this time, college employees should know that CCNY and CUNY are working to provide working conditions that are as safe as possible, while at the same time understanding that we need to be extremely flexible and creative as the situation evolves. Part of that means closely following guidance from the Center for Disease… Read More »


March 16, 2020
Dear Valued Member of the CCNY Community, I am writing to let you know that there has been a very small risk of exposure to COVID-19 within The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. A faculty member, whose name we are not at liberty to disclose, has reported feeling flu-like symptoms and has immediately self-quarantined. He/she is otherwise fit and healthy and has no underlying health conditions that would put him/her at greater risk. However, we take the risk of exposure, however small, very seriously indeed. The faculty member has been tested for the Corona Virus,… Read More »


March 16, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff, This announcement is to notify you that our purchase of Zoom Enterprise is complete. Each of you will have access to a licensed copy of Zoom, with the features listed under the “licensed” category below. You can access your own Zoom account by logging in to https://ccny.zoom.us and entering your CCNY login credentials (same as your email). Zoom Enterprise will provide the following: Feature Basic Licensed Meeting time limt for group meetings 40 minutes ✓ Unlimited Cloud Recording   ✓ Access to add-on licenses (Webinar,… Read More »


March 16, 2020
I am writing to you with guidelines for your laboratory research operations in the face of the coronavirus crisis. I understand that you may have an inclination to forge ahead, but these are not normal times. I am asking you at this time to follow the guidelines below: You should begin to ramp down your research operation to a state that requires the absolute minimum number of people to be present in your lab. Ideally, that number should be zero if possible. You should aim to reach this ramped-down state by Friday, March 20th. To efficiently ramp down, you should prioritize… Read More »


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 »


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