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CUNYfirst Alerts

IMS Upgrade: Brief CUNYfirst access interruption after 11pm on Fri, March 24, 2017

Posted on Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:14:14

CUNY is upgrading the identity management system (IMS) that grants users access to CUNYfirst, CUNYsmart and the Virtual Bookstore via their CUNYfirst login credentials (CUNYfirst username and password).

The IMS upgrade start and end time are as follows:
Start time: 11pm on Friday, March 24, 2017
End time: 5am on Saturday, March 25, 2017

At 11pm, the cutover to the new IMS version will briefly interrupt access to any active CUNYfirst application. Any unsaved work may be lost during this interruption.

CUNYfirst Student Financials: Payment link unavailable from 11pm on Sun, March 12 to noon on Mon, March 13, 2017

Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:29:55

The CUNYfirst Payment link will be unavailable from 11:00pm on Sunday, March 12 to noon on Monday, March 13 while maintenance is conducted on CUNYfirst Student Financials.

All other CUNYfirst functions will remain available during this maintenance window.

CUNYfirst March Close: CUNYfirst unavailable starting 9 PM on Fri, March 31

Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:24:44

The CUNYfirst month-end financial closing activities for March will take place from 9 pm on Friday, March 31 to 1 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

During this time the CUNYfirst Human Capital (HCM) and Campus Solutions (CS) functions will not be available.

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CUNYfirst – which stands for Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool – is a suite of software that has replaced many of our aging computer systems in the areas of Student Administration, Finance and Human Resources. The ongoing implementation of all CUNYfirst applications involves a multi-year process with CUNY colleges being brought online several institutions at a time. The new software continues to play a key role in helping the University realize its goal of an integrated CUNY.

CUNYfirst is

  • Integration
    Featuring an interconnected University-wide system that effectively ties into and manages students' education and records; faculty/staff employment and benefits information; and all College business operations
  • Industry Best Practices
    Putting into place systems and procedures that comply with CUNY's common goal of providing the best customer service to our students, faculty, staff and community
  • Standardization without loss of identity
    Implementing common processes that can be accepted across the University while allowing campuses to continue their unique missions
  • Self-Service
    Making available modern systems and processes that allow the user more control and flexibility
  • Accurate and timely information to better serve students, faculty and staff
    Accessing information in real time
  • Replacement of aging computer systems
    Retiring systems that have reached their capacity and replacing them with the most modern educational and business systems

Whom does CUNYfirst affect?

Everyone in CUNY. Students, faculty and staff are all affected in a positive way. With this integration, students' records are linked to business and finance systems, and personnel records for faculty and staff are connected University-wide.

What areas have acquired new systems?

CUNYfirst consists of three main sections: Campus Solutions (Student Administration), Human Resources and Finance. In each of these sections, new systems have changed the way we do business in a number of key areas:

Campus Solutions

  • Admissions
  • Testing
  • Financial Aid
  • Advisement
  • Registration
  • Billing
  • Student Records


  • Purchasing
  • Budgeting
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting
  • Accounting

Human Resources

  • Payroll
  • Pension
  • Benefits

As new CUNYfirst applications have been launched, various members of the BCC community, including students, have been trained on how to use the tools they need to succeed at Bronx Community College.


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