To the College Community:

The University Provost has announced in his Update #16 Academic Continuity Guidance that the proportion of online courses and remote services shall be higher than in the pre-COVID-19 era. By reducing the density of individuals on campus and offering classes and support services in a primarily online and remote format, the college can better ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while maintaining its educational mission.

This means that most classes for Fall 2020 will be conducted fully online. Some courses, such as labs or clinical sections in science and allied health courses, will be offered on site — either on campus or at affiliate hospital sites.

Other important information:

  • The fall course schedule is now being revised to reflect the modes of instruction being adopted for various courses. The revisions will be reflected in the published course schedules by July 25. Students should check their course schedule in CUNYFirst for the dates and times of class meetings. Individual course schedules may be revised and any revisions will be reflected in CUNYFirst. They should also make sure to read the section details of their courses for additional information.
  • Fully online courses will be delivered in a variety of modes.
    • Courses that meet synchronously will maintain weekly meeting schedules via an online platform such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom or another designated by the instructor.
    • Courses that meet asynchronously will not have meeting times during the week. Students are expected to complete reading assignments and other coursework according to the schedule posted in their Blackboard course site.
    • Some courses will meet synchronously for less time than is indicated in the course description. These courses have a blended synchronous and asynchronous schedule with a mix of online meetings and self-paced coursework. For more information on course modalities, please check this link in our college website: http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/academics/distance-learning/.
    • A small number of courses will be on a hybrid schedule, with a portion of the class meeting on campus. We are ensuring that these class sessions will meet the health and safety guidelines mentioned above. Specifically, classes will be conducted with reduced room occupancy to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet. EVERYONE must wear appropriate face covering while in class.
  • Student support services will continue to be offered remotely. These services include advising, Bursar, career development, financial aid, mental health counseling, technology, and tutoring among others. Please check the College website for service information for a specific office or center.

We will update information through broadcasts and our college website as it becomes available. We are creating dedicated email accounts that students, faculty and staff can contact if they have specific questions. We will let you know when they have been set up.

Thank you and I look forward to a great Fall 2020 term.

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph.D.
President

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