President’s Message

To all of you, the students, faculty and staff of Bronx Community College, I say thank you for your patience and perseverance during these trying times for our College and our country.
Today, thanks to technology and distance learning, the 2019-2020 academic year resumes from where it left off a week  ago. The BCC journey of discovery and self-improvement that occurs in our classrooms will now continue in distance learning modes.

Latest Updates

President’s Message – 3-24-2020

A message to BCC students from VP Eddy Bayardelle, Ph.D., Division of Advancement, Communications & External Relations

Thank you for your patience and perseverance as your classes switch to online “distance learning” for the duration of the COVID-19 epidemic.

To make that experience as easy and worry-free as possible, internet and smart phone providers have instituted the following changes for the next 60 days:

  1. All limits on data, talk and text use on your smart phone have been lifted.
  2. All public hotspots will be free and accessible.
  3. You may use your smart phone as a hot spot at no extra charge.
  4. There will be no late fees or disconnections for home and mobile devices.
  5. Spectrum has announced that low income individuals or families can have free installation and broadband access for the next 60 days.

Internet and data accessibility and usage is handled on an individual basis. Please contact the provider in your area at the numbers below to access these services:
Comcast 800-934-6489
Verizon 800-922-0204
T-Mobile 800-937-8997
Spectrum/Charter 855-892-4444
Sprint 888-271-4727
AT&T 800-288-2020
Altice/Optimum 800-735-5379

Again, we appreciate how well you and your Bronx Community College classmates have been adapting to the challenges of pursuing your education during these trying times. We will continue to provide you with updates as they occur.

Important Note: This policy is pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees on its March 30 meeting.

As part of The City University of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades they earn in their classes, during the spring 2020, to Credit/No Credit grading.  

  • Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students will consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.
  • Students will be able to make this decision up to 20 business days after the University’s final grade submission deadline or the date of actual grade posting, whichever is later.
  • A passing letter grade will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded.  Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA.
  • Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those courses across colleges within CUNY, per current policy.
  • This policy will override all program-level grading policies currently in effect at CUNY institutions, including those related to courses within the major, pre-requisite courses, honors courses and maximum number of credits that a student can earn with Credit/No Credit grades.
  • The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that Spring 2020 grades, including CR or NC, were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees, this policy is effective April 1, 2020 and applies to all CUNY institutions except the School of Law and the School of Medicine, which will implement their own Pass/Fail policies to conform to norms in legal and medical education.  The University Provost has discretion to extend this policy to future terms if indicated.

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, Bronx Community College will have shifted all courses (wherever possible) to distance education mode. Along this line, faculty and students will be working online and via other distance education modalities for the remainder of the semester. Obviously, this allows for faculty and students not to be physically present on the campus. Administrative and support teams are doing all they can to facilitate a smooth and effective transition. This past week, faculty and staff have been coming to campus to pick up laptops and retrieve documents and other tools to successfully work off campus.

With the spread of COVID-19 and the uncertainty about the future, most of the BCC faculty and staff (including those in the Library, Academic Advising, Tutoring, and Academic Computing Labs) will be working remotely. During this period and unless otherwise indicated by CUNY and/or the State of New York, the campus will remain open with essential staff. Essential staff for this period includes: Public Safety, Physical Plant Services, the Power Plant team, and the President’s Cabinet. However, in order to ensure business and academic continuity, there are some essential functions and services that will require some staff to appear in person and on campus once or twice a week. For example, payroll services requires an on-campus presence in order to process and distribute the physical checks to those without direct deposit. The Vice Presidents and Deans of each area have already developed flexed and remote telecommuting plans with their teams. With the rapid turnaround time, this past week was used to prepare and provide technological support, so that telecommuters are able to perform their critical functions from off campus. This included obtaining and providing laptops and other tech tools to those who did not have them.

We are charting new territory in rapidly developing and changing times. The health and safety of our entire community are my first and foremost concern. They are followed by the need to continue providing high-quality service to our students and each of you. I want to thank all members of our campus community for rising to this incredible set of challenges. We could not be successful without the contributions of each and every person. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me (thomas.i@bcc.cuny.edu) or Karla Renee Williams.

On Monday evening, March 16th, you received a BCC Broadcast titled, “North Hall & Library and Colston Hall Offline Effective Immediately” for sanitizing following a student testing positive for COVID-19. The two buildings the student visited were temporarily taken offline for deep cleaning by specialist outside vendors.

On Tuesday, March 17th, another member of our community reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and has been quarantined at home. This faculty member has not been tested due to the limitations on testing, but their physician said to assume a positive test and quarantine. The faculty member was last on campus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and was asymptomatic at that time so the risk to our community is low. The faculty was on the 4th and 6th floors of Colston Hall.

While Colston Hall was already offline for cleaning, in order to best protect your health and safety, those two floors, and the 2nd floor, along with the stairwells, custodial closet, bathrooms, elevators, and common spaces were sanitized.

In North Hall, the classroom visited by the student was sanitized, along with the bathrooms, elevator, and common vestibule areas. As an extra precaution, we have also sanitized spaces in the most heavily trafficked areas of Roscoe Brown, Meister Hall, Loew Hall, and Nichols Hall. The two ill individuals did not enter those spaces. Both North Hall & Library and Colston Hall are back online.

At this time, the campus is open. Your health and safety are my first priority. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to me (thomas.i@bcc.cuny.edu), our Campus Coronavirus Liaision Karla Renee Williams (karla.williams@bcc.cuny.edu), or your Vice President. We are happy to help. Please also continue to check our webpage (www.bcc.cuny.edu) for the most current updates. Thank you for your patience in these extraordinary times.

Only BCC essential personnel should report to campus beginning, Monday, March 16, until further notice. Essential staff have already been designated; however, if staff have any questions, please contact your supervisor. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this together.

Stop the Spread – CoVID 19 Information

With the numbers growing each day, we have reached the point where everyone in New York City should assume they may have been exposed to the coronavirus—or will be in the coming days and weeks if they don’t take active measures against it. This means it is critical to keep exposure from turning into infection. It also means we each have the power and responsibility to keep the virus from spreading further.

The most important thing to know: Healthy or sick, stay home as much as possible.

Here’s what else you need to know.

How it spreads
COVID-19 is transmitted mainly between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet). It is commonly spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into the lungs.
The virus can also live on surfaces as long as several days and be transmitted when someone touches an infected surface and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes without washing their hands thoroughly.

How to protect yourself—and everyone else

  • Stay home as much as possible. Even if you are healthy and have no sign of illness, go out only for essential tasks, such as getting groceries or supplies for medical care. Use delivery services when possible.
  • When you do go out, practice “social distancing” and take it seriously. Try to stay at least 6 feet from others in public spaces. Avoid crowded areas of stores. And of course, don’t shake hands or hug. Try waving.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. Wash thoroughly, including the back of your hands, fingernails and between fingers by interlocking as you wash.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Try to break the unconscious habit of touching your face, and especially avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and objects, particularly your cell phone.
  • Get the flu vaccine–it’s not too late. It won’t protect you from coronavirus but it will help reduce your chances of getting the seasonal flu, which has similar symptoms. Getting both infections back-to-back can further tax your immune system. And avoiding the flu is also one way to minimize having to go to a doctor or health care setting where risk of coronavirus infection might be higher.
  • Don’t rely on a mask to protect you. A typical lightweight mask won’t keep out the coronavirus so wearing one if you go out is no substitute for social distancing, hand washing and the other recommended precautions.

What to do if you’re sick

  • Stay home. Even it seems like just a cold, you may be carrying the coronavirus with only mild symptoms or even none at all.  (New studies suggest nearly 18 percent of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms.) Though it’s believed people are most contagious when they are most symptomatic, spread is possible before symptoms appear.
  • Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear as soon as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you have mild symptoms, it’s not necessary to seek medical care. But if they persist for three or four days, contact your primary care physician. (See the Symptoms tab for more).

For more information:

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus–fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath–stay home. If your symptoms are mild, the New York City Health Department advises seeking medical care only if you don’t feel better after three or four days. If your symptoms are more severe, contact your primary care provider. If you need help connecting to a health care provider, call the health services center at BCC, which can be found at BCC Office of Health Services.

If you were in direct contact with someone who is a confirmed case or is waiting for confirmation, you should self-quarantine for 14 days from the last day of your contact. Self-quarantine means staying inside and isolating yourself as much as possible. Use food delivery services, which now offer grocery and food orders left on doorsteps to avoid physical contact between delivery workers and customers.

Other requirements of self-quarantining: No visitors, including housekeepers and dog walkers; avoid sharing household items; sanitize “high-touch” surfaces—countertops, toilets, keyboards, doorknobs—every day.

If you have symptoms during the quarantine period, seek medical advice.

If you learn of or come in contact with a student or colleague who suspects exposure to coronavirus or displays symptoms, ask them to contact their health care provider. (Students who need help connecting to a health care provider should contact CUNY Campus Health Services or call 3-1-1 for help finding a health care provider.) You also need to immediately inform your Campus Coronavirus Liaison. Each campus has a liaison designated by the president or dean as the contact person for the college.

You can also get help with medical care and information by calling:

  • NYC Health Department at 347-396-7990
  • NYC help line, 3-1-1.
  • New York State coronavirus hotline, 888-364-3065

Combating anxiety
We understand that members of the CUNY community may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety during this time. CUNY encourages students who feel anxious or worried about friends and family because of the coronavirus to contact Counseling and Health Services or campus Student Services. For faculty and staff, CUNY’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is available to help. CUNY’s EAP may be reached at 1-866-327-2400 or https://members.deeroakseap.com/.

Equity and inclusion
We want to remind our diverse CUNY community that we are an institution that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering commitment to the values of equity and inclusion. One unfortunate and unacceptable aspect of the coronavirus pandemic has been a wave of anti-Asian and anti-Asian-American bigotry. References to COVID-19 that connect the virus to racial, ethnic or cultural identity are irresponsible and dangerous. CUNY condemns any response to this global health crisis that leads to mistreatment, bias or disrespect of any kind. These are extraordinarily challenging and anxious times, and we are all in this together. As always, any student who experiences discrimination of any kind can speak with their campus Student Affairs Office for support. Likewise, faculty or staff can speak with their campus Chief Diversity Officer or Office of Human Resources.

Background and Terminology:

Earle H. Spaulding devised a rational approach to disinfection and sterilization of patient-care items and equipment.  This classification scheme is used by infection control professionals and others when planning methods for disinfection or sterilization.   The disinfection level is categorized as critical, semi-critical, and noncritical according to the degree of risk for infection involved in use of the items.

  • Critical – Critical items confer a high risk for infection if they are contaminated with any microorganism. Objects that enter sterile tissue or the vascular system must be sterile because any microbial contamination could transmit disease. This category includes surgical instruments, cardiac and urinary catheters, implants, and ultrasound probes used in sterile body cavities. Most of the items in this category should be purchased as sterile or be sterilized with steam if possible
  • Semicritical – Semicritical items contact mucous membranes or nonintact skin. This category includes respiratory therapy and anesthesia equipment, some endoscopes, laryngoscope blades, esophageal manometry probes, cystoscopies, anorectal manometry catheters, and diaphragm fitting rings. These medical devices should be free from all microorganisms; however, small numbers of bacterial spores are permissible. Intact mucous membranes, such as those of the lungs and the gastrointestinal tract, generally are resistant to infection by common bacterial spores but susceptible to other organisms, such as bacteria, mycobacteria, and viruses. Semicritical items minimally require high-level disinfection using chemical disinfectants.
  • Noncritical – Noncritical items are those that come in contact with intact skin but not mucous membranes. Intact skin acts as an effective barrier to most microorganisms; therefore, the sterility of items coming in contact with intact skin is “not critical.” In this guideline, noncritical items are divided into noncritical patient care items and noncritical environmental surfaces.

CDC Guideline for cleaning in schools: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/cleaning.htm

Suggested Cleaning Products to Respond to COVID-19 https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

EPA Recommended Cleaning Products: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf

CDC Risk Assessment Guidelines:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

CDC recommends:

Perform routine environmental cleaning:

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.

Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

Table 1. Risk Categories for Exposures Associated with International Travel or Identified during Contact Investigations of Laboratory-confirmed Cases

Table 1: Risk Categories for Exposures Associated with International Travel or Identified during Contact Investigations of Laboratory-confirmed Cases
Risk LevelGeographic (Travel-associated) Exposures*Exposures Identified through Contact Investigation
HighTravel from Hubei Province, ChinaLiving in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a nonhealthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautionsfor home care and home isolation
Medium
(assumes no exposures in the high-risk category)
  • Travel from mainland China outside Hubei Province or Iran
  • Travel from a country with widespread sustained transmission, other than China or Iran
  • Travel from a country with sustained community transmission
  • Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19
  • On an aircraft, being seated within 6 feet (two meters) of a traveler with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection; this distance correlates approximately with 2 seats in each direction
  • Living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a nonhealthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation
Low
(assumes no exposures in the high-risk category)
 Travel from any other countryBeing in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact
No identifiable riskNot applicableInteractions with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection that do not meet any of the high-, medium- or low-risk conditions above, such as walking by the person or being briefly in the same room.

All non-essential university-related international and domestic travel is indefinitely suspended at this time, this includes the suspension of all Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 study abroad programsIt also includes all CUNY-sponsored student international travel (including spring break), non-CUNY credit-bearing programs, and non-credit travel under the auspices of CUNY or any CUNY college or student organization.  Please know that credits earned on non-CUNY study abroad programs this summer will not be accepted by the University.

Requests for exceptions to this policy will continue to be reviewed at Central Office and will  be elevated to the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost, who will make a final recommendation to the Chancellor after consideration of any national and local travel restrictions, as well as guidance established by local health authorities and the CDC for New York and the travel destination to limit the risk of exposure and unintended geographic spread of COVID-19.

Offices supporting group travel should continue to submit Trip Proposals(.pdf)  as usual.

Broadcast Updates

Moving to Distance Education Mode: College Opening & Staff Update

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Effective today, Thursday, March 19, 2020, Bronx Community College has shifted all courses (wherever possible) to distance education mode. Along this line, faculty and students are working online and via other distance education modalities for the remainder of the semester. Obviously, this allows for faculty and students not to be physically present on the campus. Administrative and support teams are doing all they can to facilitate a smooth and effective transition. This past week, faculty and staff came to campus to pick up laptops and retrieve documents and other tools to successfully work off campus.

With the spread of COVID-19 and the uncertainty about the future, most of the BCC faculty and staff (including those in the Library, Academic Advising, Tutoring, and Academic Computing Labs) will be working remotely. During this period and unless otherwise indicated by CUNY and/or the State of New York, the campus will remain open with essential staff. Essential staff for this period includes: Public Safety, Physical Plant Services, the Power Plant team, and the President’s Cabinet. However, in order to ensure business and academic continuity, there are some essential functions and services that will require some staff to appear in person and on campus once or twice a week. For example, payroll services requires an on-campus presence in order to process and distribute the physical checks to those without direct deposit. The Vice Presidents and Deans of each area have already developed flexed and remote telecommuting plans with their teams. With the rapid turnaround time, this past week was used to prepare and provide technological support, so that telecommuters are able to perform their critical functions from off campus. This included obtaining and providing laptops and other tech tools to those who did not have them.

We are charting new territory in rapidly developing and changing times. The health and safety of our entire community are my first and foremost concern. They are followed by the need to continue providing high-quality service to our students and each of you. I want to thank all members of our campus community for rising to this incredible set of challenges. We could not be successful without the contributions of each and every person. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me (thomas.i@bcc.cuny.edu) or Karla Renee Williams (karla.williams@bcc.cuny.edu).

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.

President

Dear Members of the BCC Community,

On Monday evening, March 16th, you received a BCC Broadcast titled, “North Hall & Library and Colston Hall Offline Effective Immediately” for sanitizing following a student testing positive for COVID-19. The two buildings the student visited were temporarily taken offline for deep cleaning by specialist outside vendors.

Yesterday evening, Tuesday, March 17th, another member of our community reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and has been quarantined at home. This faculty member has not been tested due to the limitations on testing, but their physician said to assume a positive test and quarantine. The faculty member was last on campus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and was asymptomatic at that time so the risk to our community is low. The faculty was on the 4th and 6th floors of Colston Hall.

While Colston Hall was already offline for cleaning, in order to best protect your health and safety, those two floors, and the 2nd floor, along with the stairwells, custodial closet, bathrooms, elevators, and common spaces were sanitized.

In North Hall, the classroom visited by the student was sanitized, along with the bathrooms, elevator, and common vestibule areas. As an extra precaution, we have also sanitized spaces in the most heavily trafficked areas of Roscoe Brown, Meister Hall, Loew Hall, and Nichols Hall. The two ill individuals did not enter those spaces. Both North Hall & Library and Colston Hall are back online.

At this time, the campus is open. Your health and safety are my first priority. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to me (thomas.i@bcc.cuny.edu), our Campus Coronavirus Liaision Karla Renee Williams (karla.williams@bcc.cuny.edu), or your Vice President. We are happy to help. Please also continue to check our webpage (www.bcc.cuny.edu) for the most current updates. Thank you for your patience in these extraordinary times.

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.
President

Greetings Students –

This email serves as a follow up on the broadcasts sent by CUNY Central and BCC as a whole.   At the writing of this email, there are no known cases of COVID 19 at BCC.

As you know, out of an abundance of caution, all the CUNY campuses are moving their classes to off-campus formats (aka “Distance Learning”).   Please note that the BCC campus is open.  The only thing that has changed is the educational delivery mode.

To make this transition, for the next 6 (six) days, (Friday, 3/13 – Wednesday, 3/18) you do not have physical classes on these days.  Your faculty will be using these days to restructure your courses.   I encourage you to use this time to catch up on homework and study.

Starting Thursday, 3/19, most classes will restart via a distance educational platform.  Meaning you will not be having in-person, physical classes, but instead you will be using an off campus method (this could be via Blackboard, Webex, Facetime, Skyping, or video modules, etc. etc).  The most popular being Blackboard.

We are aware that there are students who have never taken a course on Blackboard.   To help you navigating Blackboard, we are creating an online tutorial for you.  This tutorial will walk you through how to log on, access your classes, read and post.   This tutorial will be sent to you via another broadcast and posted to our website.

It is your responsibility to participate in the distance instruction and complete assignments, exams and other requirements to receive credit for courses. Pay careful attention to how your professor asks you to accomplish this.

There are classes that do not effectively translate to distance education modes (labs, swimming classes, art, clinical rotations).  Your faculty are working with their department chairs to develop alternative methods for instructional delivery that will conform to social distancing recommendations.   As we work though these challenges, we will update you.

Your professors will be contacting you via email to let you know how they will be conducting their instruction.  PLEASE CHECK YOUR BCC EMAIL AND THE BCC WEBSITE DAILY.  All coursework information from your professors will be sent there.   Please stay in constant contact with your professors.   They are here to help you.

Additionally, there are students who do not have access to the needed technology for Blackboard or online programs.  Therefore, please note that all student support offices will be open for the rest of the semester.  This includes the Library, Computer Labs, Tutorial Labs, Learning Commons, Writing Center, Career Development, Continuing Education, Childcare Center, Office of Personal Counseling, Advisement, Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, etc, are open to you for the rest of the semester.   Please check the website for open hours and latest updates.

We encourage you to reach out to your advisors and mentors, we are all here to help you. Please continue to check you emails and BCC broadcasts.   Please continue to send your feedback and concerns to distancelearning@bcc.cuny.edu  We are reviewing and responding to concerns as they come in.

What’s (not) new (but bears repeating):  According to the CDC, actions you can take help prevent the spread of respiratory virus, include

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. See CDC’s handwashing guide. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands – and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. See CDC’s cough and sneeze etiquette guide.

Thank you,

VP Delgado

Dear BCC Students, Faculty & Staff:

We have learned that one of our professors​ was at two events two weeks ago that were also attended by the Westchester attorney identified as one of New York’s first cases of coronavirus. The professor doesn’t have any symptoms and has been directed to self-quarantine along with hundreds of members of the community.

We have been in contact with State and City health officials and since the professor doesn’t have any symptoms there is very low risk to individuals the professor interacted with. Out of an abundance of caution we are following campus cleaning protocols.

We take the safety of our campus community very seriously. Everyone can do their part to help minimize the potential impact of this emerging public health threat. Continue to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help stop the spread of germs. Please visit CUNY.edu/coronavirus for additional information.

As always, anyone who shows symptoms of respiratory illness causing flu-like symptoms is urged to call their health care provider. Students who need help connecting to a health care provider should call BCC’s Campus Health Services, which can answer questions and make referrals.

If you have any questions please contact Susan Fiore, Labor Designee and Assistant Legal Counsel at susan.fiore@bcc.cuny.edu or 718-289-5913.

Thank you,

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students, Faculty & Staff:

We have learned that a Bronx Community College student was in close contact with a child who attended an event with the Westchester attorney identified as one of New York’s first cases of coronavirus. Our student doesn’t have any symptoms and has been referred to health officials for evaluation.

Health officials don’t believe there’s any reason for concern but I wanted to keep you informed. We are working closely with CUNY’s Coronavirus Task Force, the NYS Department of Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and will update you with any relevant additional information.

Everyone can do their part to help minimize the potential impact of this emerging public health threat. Continue to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help stop the spread of germs. Please visit CUNY.edu/coronavirus for additional information.

If you have any questions please contact Susan Fiore, Labor Designee and Assistant Legal Counsel at susan.fiore@bcc.cuny.edu or 718-289-5913.

Thank you,

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.
President

To the College Community:

Coronavirus Task Force & CUNY Hotline 

Bronx Community College, The City University of New York, and the Council of Presidents are all aware and engaged in proactively addressing the potential threats posed by “2019 Novel Coronavirus” (“COVID-19”). To this end, CUNY has established a COVID-19 Task Force charged with the following:

  • fielding and responding to questions and concerns from our central offices and campuses;
  • advising the Office of the Chancellor;
  • making policy and/or procedural recommendations in response to developments;
  • responding to requests for information from the City and State offices;
  • ensuring central office leadership is supporting the overall health, safety and well-being of the CUNY community; and
  • maintaining CUNY operations and business.

Representatives from all areas of CUNY operations are members of this Task Force, which is being Chaired by Hector Batista, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. CUNY has established an Email Hotline, by way of a dedicated email address, to facilitate communications. The purpose of this Email Hotline is for CUNY central to provide basic information, referrals, guidance, and support related to CUNY’s readiness and response plan to the Coronavirus and address concerns and inquiries from our CUNY community. The Email Hotline can be reached at: Coronavirus.taskforce@cuny.edu.

Please note a few important CUNY guidelines regarding this Email Hotline:

  • CUNY will do their best to respond to emails received in a timely manner. All persons sending an inquiry to this Email Hotline will receive an automated response noting the same and directing them to more appropriate outlets, should their concerns be outside the scope of this Email Hotline (as outlined above).
  • CUNY expects to receive campus specific inquiries, such as requests to restock supplies at a College, through this Email Hotline. In those instances, CUNY will direct such inquiries back to the appropriate staff member of your campus. If you have campus specific concerns about dispensers, paper towels, garbage, or cleanliness at BCC, please reach out to bccclean@bcc.cuny.edu or call 718-289-5127 for assistance.
  • This Email Hotline is just one of the ways in which questions and/or concerns can be shared with CUNY. In the event that you have a very pressing matter, such as a staff member showing up to work with symptoms, do not hesitate to call BCC Human Resources directly, rather than sending an inquiry through this Email Hotline. They can be reached at 718-289-5119.
  • Finally, we are encouraging Students, Faculty, and Staff to direct any questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus itself to the New York State Coronavirus health hotline (888-364-3065). Our CUNY Email Hotline is meant for questions or concerns regarding CUNY’s readiness and response plan to the Coronavirus. This is a small but important distinction that should help to avoid any confusion.

Please be assured that Bronx Community College and CUNY take this possible threat very seriously and we are actively making and updating plans to ensure employee and student safety, as well as continuity of our business and operations across a range of possible scenarios. We continue to consider a broad variety of policy questions and possible implementation strategies to ensure that there is academic and technological continuity, in the event of an outbreak on campus. This includes conversations about how the college can prepare for remote instruction, how to transition quickly to online instruction if needed, and how to plan for potential future campus closures.

We will continue to update you about our ongoing efforts. A page on the BCC website is being created now to house updates on COVID-19 and provide you with helpful links. In the meantime, you can find additional resources regarding the worldwide outbreak at:

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.
President

CUNY CoVID-19 Task Force

CUNY has established an Email Hotline, by way of a dedicated email address, to facilitate communications. The purpose of this Email Hotline is for CUNY to provide basic information, referrals, guidance, and support related to CUNY’s readiness and response plan to the Coronavirus and address concerns and inquiries from our CUNY community. The Email Hotline can be reached at: Coronavirus.taskforce@cuny.edu

For additional updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/

For Immediate Assistance

New York State Coronavirus health hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Call with all questions or concerns.

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