Welcome to Fall 2020
On August 26th, campus opened to essential employees, researchers, and a limited number of classes
All community members should be practicing remote learning, working, and social distancing
See A Message from President Eanes Regarding Fall 2020 for details
First Day of Classes Q&A
Look in CUNYfirst:
- if the Days&Times column mentions a day and time, your class is conducted synchronously: you’ll have to login to Blackboard and enter your class at the stated days and times, in synch with your prof and your classmates.
- if the Days&Times column says TBA, click on the class: in the Notes section you’ll learn that your class is taught asynchronously: it will have weekly learning units during which you’ll have to complete a set of assignments (interact with the course material, post in the discussion board, email your prof, collaborate with a classmate on a little project, take a quiz…) but within that week you can work on all these assignments when it best fits your schedule. No need to be in synch with your classmates or prof!
Blackboard, or Bb as we say, is a “Learning Management System” or “LMS;” like Google Classroom or PupilPath, it provides a virtual space in which your class can meet: where profs post materials, assignments and tests and where you can interact with them and your classmates. To learn more, visit Logging in to Blackboard page.
We currently have custodians restocking hand sanitizers, soaps and other cleaning supplies and ensuring spaces are clean. We are shifting two of the custodial evening crew to help support this effort. Signage has been posted around campus regarding proper hygiene (washing hands and covering coughs, etc.) and about the virus. Should you experience a bathroom facility, or sanitizer stand that is not properly stocked, please send an email to email@example.com. We will dispatch someone to address the issue.
York College affirms our longstanding institutional values, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In adherence with the CUNY Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, York does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. It is essential that we remain supportive, respectful, and inclusive to all members of our campus community at all times.
There has been an increase in acts of bullying and violence directed towards certain ethnicities and cultures, both in the public and at other institutions. Such acts can be perpetuated in person or online. We remind you to be aware of assumptions and prejudice, and to act in a respectful manner to individuals within our diverse campus community, regardless of the medium of interaction. Community standards that promote a culture of respect are just as applicable in the online learning environment as they are in our buildings and community.
As we move to distance, remote, and online learning alternatives, York and CUNY conduct policies remain in effect. Acts of discrimination, harassment or exclusion run counter to our institutional values and are contrary to CUNY Policy. If you witness or experience an incident of discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance at (718) 262-5304, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if you are on campus and in immediate danger, please contact Public Safety at x2222.
For purposes of this virus, if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, 14 days after returning from a country under a CDC Level 3 warning, or after close contact with someone who has recently traveled to them and is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact your health care provider.
Employees who are sick and exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Employees should notify their supervisor and keep them informed of their absence. For the health and safety of all employees, staff members who report to work exhibiting these symptoms may be sent home.
Employees returning from a country designated as “Level 3” by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are to contact the Human Resources Office before returning to work. The number to call for York’s Human Resources Office is 718-262-2135.
Students who need help connecting to a health care provider should call the Campus Health Services, located in AC1F01, at 718-262-2050. CUNY Central has also requested that each campus designate a liaison to handle inquiries and concerns. For York College, that person is Chief of Staff Dana Trimboli; if you have specific concerns about yourself or another member of the community related to COVID-19, please contact Ms. Trimboli at X5374 or at email@example.com.
As a community, we want to encourage elbow bumps and hand waves, as opposed to handshakes. Hand sanitizer is great, but experts say washing your hands regularly with soap and water is even better. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands. Wearing a mask is considered necessary.
We understand that members of the college community may be anxious during this time. For free, confidential counseling services, please contact the York College Counseling Center at 718-262-2272. 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://www.deeroaks.com
Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued additional guidance on best practices that can help stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information on the City's response, visit: https://on.nyc.gov/2TOFnsB.
For updates on coronavirus, text COVID to 692-692.
For Coronavirus preparedness tips and safety info, visit: www.NYC.gov/coronavirus.
For Immediate Assistance
New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Call with questions or concerns
If you have specific concerns about yourself or another member of the community, please contact Ms. Trimboli, the campus coronavirus liaison firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 14, 2020
As we approach the start of the academic, I want to reflect on the leadership role of Provost Panayiotis Meleties and thank him for all of his contributions to York.
August 13, 2020
The Fall 2020 semester begins on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Whether you are a continuing York student, starting your first semester of college, transferring from another school, or attending graduate school, this semester will likely be very different than what you planned.
July 29, 2020
York College Reopening Committee is proposing a Fall 2020 schedule that is roughly 90% distance learning delivery with a combination of modes (synchronous and asynchronous) and 10% hybrid where a few selected lab classes will be held in-person. These are for labs that are mandated for accreditation or that require hands-on activities for which there are no virtual substitutes.