CUNY Updates 6.9.20
Queens College Update 7.9.20
Everyone with permission to access the campus must show their Q-Card ID when signing in at the main gate. If you've misplaced your Q-Card a new one may be obtained online through the IT Service Request portal at https://support.qc.cuny.edu/support/home. New cards will be available for pickup at the main gate.
With regards to our annual QC Summer Camp we have made the very difficult decision to forego camp this season. To our QC Summer Camp families, we extend our sincerest appreciation for your ongoing loyalty and support during these unprecedented and ever-changing times. We have taken great pride in safely serving you and our community over the last 30 years, and it has been touching to see three generations grow through our summer camps. We feel this is the best course of action. Any questions regarding the QC Summer Camp can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to serve our QC Summer Camp community again soon!
Permission has been requested to offer the CPSM Musical Theater Workshop this summer. The Center for Preparatory Studies in Music has been serving the music community in Queens since 1981. Our program, which is part of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, provides music instruction for children ages 3 to 18. In an effort to take a measured approach, the first two weeks of this 25-person workshop are operating online (July 6-16) and may transition to on-site learning for the remaining two weeks (July 20-30) if approval is granted.
Finally, the number of states that have reopened and then closed down again has led us to a planning process that will also include a more orderly approach to a pause, if one is required.
We encourage you to check your email and
https://www.qc.cuny.edu/community/Coronavirus/Pages/Reopening-Guidelines.aspx for updates.
CUNY Updates 6.9.20
As we do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus through institutional as well as individual actions, we would like to thank all members of the CUNY community for their cooperation and patience. We all have a role to play in flattening the curve, and our collective resilience has been evident in many ways. We have leaned on each other to stay connected and find a path forward.
Just as each of us has been forced to make changes in our personal and work lives, the University has had to make difficult but unavoidable decisions to ensure the health and safety of our community. With that in mind, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez has announced that commencement ceremonies across the University-system will be postponed. College presidents and deans may still consider alternative celebrations that fit their campus communities.
To be clear, this will have no impact on diplomas. At the completion of the spring semester, all degrees will be conferred as scheduled. It will also not impact the official summer start date for our full-time faculty.
After careful consideration and consultation, the Chancellor announced that CUNY’s Summer 2020 course offerings will be exclusively conducted via distance education format. The decision is consistent with New York State Education Department (NYSED) guidance from April 2. Direction regarding the format of course offerings for Fall 2020 will be provided in the future depending on the COVID-19 emergency time frame, and once consultation with academic leaders and faculty has occurred and direction from NYSED and other accrediting bodies has been received.
CUNY continues to respond to the coronavirus by implementing measures to help our students navigate these extraordinary circumstances. Here are some steps we have taken in recent days:
This period in our lives has been trying on so many levels, but we will come out of it stronger, sharper and with an evolved sense of purpose. We are redefining what it means to be CUNY Strong.
To our students, good luck on your finals. To the greater CUNY community, thank you again for your continued patience, persistence and courage. Take a deep breath, take stock of your inner resolve and keep pushing. The academic finish line is in view. You can get there.
CUNY Continuity for Students
We know you have a lot on your mind and a lot on your plate, so CUNY wants to make the transition to distance learning as easy as possible for you. Use this page as a hub for resources, tools, and tips to help you finish the Spring 2020 semester off strong. Don’t let the idea of distance learning add to your stress: whether through a webinar, or even a text message, the goal is for instructors and students to stay connected and keep learning going. With constant communication and a little bit of flexibility, together, we’ll get through this.
Coronavirus Financial Impact Grants for CUNY Hillel Students go LIVE 4/20/20 - updated 4.17.20
Coronavirus Financial Impact Grants for CUNY Hillel Students provide one-time cash grants of $1,000 to CUNY Hillel students (undergraduates and graduates) with annual, pre-tax household income of $100,000 or less. Apply Here.
UJA+CUNY Hillels+ Hebrew Free Loan Society Grant - updated 4.7.20
UJA, CUNY Hillels and Hebrew Free Loan Society are coordinating an effort to get *grants* to students in need. The grant application will go live soon (we will update you when we know the exact date). Please fill out the survey below if you think you might apply. This way, we're able to get you the information you need as quickly as possible.
Let QC Hillel know how you're doing by filling out this survey: https://forms.gle/d8g3CAPmfaNAfPa77
COVID-19 Resource List from UJA Federation of NY - updated 4.7.20
Our partner, UJA- Federation of NY, is continuing to mobilize and adapt quickly to the evolving needs of the COVID-19 global pandemic. They've compiled resources to help our community navigate these uncharted waters. Here is the link and below is some info we think is important for students right now. Check back regularly as resources will continue to be updated.
A List of Kosher Food Pantries: https://www.ujafedny.org/assets/790855
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) is taking applications: https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/
Interest Free Bridge Loans from Hebrew Free Loan Society: https://hfls.org/loan-programs/coronavirusfinancialimpactloan/
Ways to Help:
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.ujafedny.org/volunteer/coronavirus
Resources for Mental Health:
Mental heath professionals are volunteering with the Amudim Anonymous Support Hotline, offering guidance and support to people struggling to cope with issues beyond anything they’ve ever experienced before. The call center can be reached at 888-726-8346, 718-972-3000 or email@example.com between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.
OHEL is providing remote crisis counseling. To request a session, please sign up here.
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering opportunities for anyone who is looking for some moments of calm, centeredness, and clarity. You can find more information here.
NYC Well connects you to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
Spring Break and Commencement Information - updated 4.6.20
Passover Seders for Those In Need updated 3.26.20
QC Hillel is working with our partner, UJA-Federation of NY, to provide delivered, kosher Passover Seder Meals to QC students (and their families) and isolated seniors in need. As of 3.26.20 we have 40 meals left. Please fill out this form if you are interested: https://forms.gle/SLBdcozNg1Miw1j19
Recalibration Period for Educational Equity updated 3.26.20
Earlier this week, CUNY announced a plan to pause for a Recalibration Period for Educational Equity beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2.
The primary reason for moving up some days from the Spring Recess is to provide time to get a substantial number of laptops and tablets into the hands of students who need them. These students have been without access to technology since March 19, and could have a tough time catching up, and likely to drop out of the semester, if CUNY does not do this now.
The University’s previously scheduled Spring Recess will now run from Wednesday April 8 through Friday April 10, encompassing the beginning of Passover and Good Friday. For faculty, staff and students whose religious observation extends into the week of April 13, as always you have the right to request a religious exemption to observe the holiday and we will offer maximum flexibility in addressing the requests. CUNY’s guidance for religious exemptions can be found here and we will remind faculty and staff about our guidance as we get closer to that date.
In the case that a professor requests a written letter, QC Hillel has prepared them for you. An email will be sent this week with more information. If you have not done so already, please sign up here for our weekly emails so you have the most up to date resources for you.
More Tips and Tricks From CUNY: https://www.cuny.edu/cuny-continuity/cuny-continuity-for-students/