August 26, 2020

Medgar Evers College Reopening Plan: Fall 2020

I trust this note finds you and your loved ones well. My hope is that you were able to spend some time relaxing and recharging over the summer.

Our city, state, and nation have undergone a harrowing experience over the past six months, and we are still struggling to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We have demonstrated tremendous courage, strength, and fortitude, and we are now ready to begin again with renewed dedication to our studies and students.

As the 2020–21 academic year begins, I am pleased to announce the College’s plan for reopening. You may read the plan in its entirety here, as well as find specific information on the studentfaculty, and staff pages. The plan protects the health and safety of our campus community members and ensures that the College complies with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Key safety measures from the plan include:

  • All academic courses will be offered online, with the exception of nursing clinical labs;
  • Most online classes will meet in an asynchronous format. Math courses, as well as certain science labs, will meet in a synchronous format;
  • Campus buildings will be open only to essential employees, researchers, and students attending in-person labs;
  • Signage and markings throughout campus buildings will indicate appropriate social distance as well as reminders for mask use, hand hygiene, and symptoms of the coronavirus; and
  • Facilities will be regularly cleaned and disinfected according to stringent protocols;
  • Anyone who arrives on campus will be required to undergo a temperature check, wear a mask or face covering, maintain social distance, and practice regular hand hygiene;
  • Anyone who plans to come to any CUNY campus or office for any reason or length of time is required to download the Everbridge Health Screening mobile app. Prior to entering a campus or building, s/he must use the app to take the Wellness Check Survey, which asks five short questions. More information is available here and on the studentsfaculty, and staff pages;
  • All employees are required to complete the New York State COVID- 19 Response: Return to Work Training before returning to campus. The 12-minute training video, which is housed on Blackboard, provides valuable information about mandatory safety protocols. To access the course log into Blackboard using your CUNYfirst credentials. (Enter Medgar Evers College in the  Organization Search field.) More information can be found on the faculty and staff pages.

Students who require technology, such as laptops and other tools, should complete the CUNY Technology Needs Form using their CUNYfirst accounts. (After logging in here, you will see a survey on the landing page.)

Please continue to stay safe and follow New York State’s health and safety guidelines.

I wish you all a productive and successful semester, and I welcome each of you back to Medgar, albeit virtually.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

August 7, 2020 I hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and well. I am writing to share Medgar’s plan for the fall 2020 semester. As Chancellor Matos Rodríguez outlined in his recent note, we anticipate that distance education will continue through fall 2020, with at least 80 to 90% of courses offered in an online format. We will have limited in-person courses and provide select on-campus student support services throughout the fall semester as well. As we plan for limited in-person instruction, we have adopted new protocols recommended by New York State’s Department of Health. All students, faculty, and staff who arrive on campus will have to complete health self-screenings, maintain physical distance, and wear masks or face coverings. These measures ensure the health and safety of each member of our campus community. Please visit these links for additional information: We were able to purchase state-of-the-art technology to support and enhance distance teaching and learning. Digital, interactive learning spaces have increased the capacity for our students to learn remotely. We continue to work closely with our faculty members to provide them with training and resources to support quality online instruction. As the fall semester draws closer and the situation evolves, the College may need to make adjustments that CUNY deems necessary. Be sure to read and review any messages from Covid-19Updates@mec.cuny.edu. Future updates will be sent from this address as well as posted on our homepage at mec.cuny.edu. We are especially grateful to Medgar’s essential staff members, who have been on campus for the duration of the pandemic and continue to ensure that the critical operations of our campus run smoothly. I hope that you are able to enjoy the remainder of the summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Medgar this fall, albeit it virtually. Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D. President

July 10, 2020

Dear CUNY community,

I know the last four months have been challenging, unsettling, and heartbreaking in so many ways. I wish I could know what the future will bring, and say with clarity what the upcoming months will look like. I can’t, but regardless of what the Fall looks like, CUNY will be ready for our students in August.

Last night the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a resolution that gives us the most flexibility in making decisions and planning what the Fall semester will look like once New York City enters Phase 4, which signals the start of the reopening for CUNY.

We are preparing for a range of scenarios that combine in-person, virtual, and hybrid instructional modalities. Thanks to the diligent work of so many in our system, 48 percent of the Fall 2020 courses that are open for student registration are already scheduled for hybrid or online delivery. We hope to increase this percentage in the weeks ahead in preparation for the start of the semester. I want to acknowledge and thank everyone across our university who has committed endless hours to getting the work done during these extraordinary times.

We are also getting ready to deliver a range of in-person courses and services, provided they meet New York State and University guidelines for re-opening and assuming that New York City enters Phase 4 over the next few weeks, as is the plan.

Those courses are likely to include, among others, those dependent on science labs and professional equipment, theater, performing and studio arts and clinical placements. We seek to physically reopen to the extent possible on-campus student services such as food pantries, child care and counseling centers, computer labs and library services.

We are also devising plans to help our international students in response to the misguided policy announced by Washington earlier this week. The resolution approved by the Board last night also helps us in this matter by providing maximum latitude to offer them some degree of in-person instruction. We will leave no stone unturned to make sure our international students are able to stay and continue their studies at CUNY.

All these future decisions will be guided, first and foremost, by our obligation to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff, along with our commitment to facilitate the maintenance of academic momentum for students. At the same time, we are extending a degree of flexibility to each college to develop plans tailored to the needs of its campus community.

Each CUNY campus has formed a Reopening Committee to develop personalized plans, following guidelines from CUNY Central that are consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Phase 4 blueprint for higher education institutions and subject to final approval from the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

We have seen other universities announce they will return with in-person instruction for the Fall term only to backtrack and reverse course because of a surge in coronavirus cases, contributing to an already disruptive and confusing climate. We want to avoid these kinds of interruptions.

As we have moved through the early stages of this unprecedented crisis and worked to sustain the day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest urban university system, our community has experienced plenty of heartache. To honor our talented and cherished faculty, staff and students, as well as retirees and alumni who lost their lives to the coronavirus, we have created an “In Memoriam” page on CUNY’s website. We invite you to leave sympathy messages to celebrate and commemorate their lives and contributions.

When it is safe to do so, we will further commemorate their lives with an in-person memorial event. I look forward to that day, as well as to the beginning of the Fall semester — in less than seven weeks — and a point in the future when we will all be able to meet and reflect on the challenges we have overcome and the goals we have accomplished together during this period of adjustment.

I will be in touch with additional details in the near future. In the meantime, please continue to visit cuny.edu/coronavirus. As always, be safe, be well and please be sure to take care of one another.

Sincerely,

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
Chancellor

June 9, 2020

Dear CUNY Community,

As you know, New York City this week entered the first of four phases of Gov. Cuomo’s New York Forward reopening plan. I wanted to take a moment to discuss the practical ramifications of this process for the University, now and for the weeks and months to come.

In order to begin reopening, the city, as with the other regions of New York State, was required to meet seven health-related metrics involving COVID-19 hospitalizations, testing and contact tracing. The plan’s stipulated trajectory prescribes the in-person reopening of educational institutions in the fourth and final phase, but there are important exceptions that could enable other facets of the University, such as research activity, to return sooner, if the city continues to meet all metrics.

Last month, I established two task forces to provide a roadmap for the physical reopening of our campuses and on-site teaching and support services. The Academic and Student Support Task Force is chaired by Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost José Luis Cruz and the Coronavirus Planning Task Force is co-chaired by Executive Vice Chancellor and COO Hector Batista and Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, Strategic Advancement and Special Counsel Glenda Grace. These task forces have been hard at work developing CUNY-wide guidelines that — along with feedback received from various campus-specific groups — will help inform decision-makers as they prepare their college’s individualized, unit-level plans for reopening, which will require formal approval by the CUNY’s central administration before they can take effect.

As you know all 12 sessions of our Summer Term are being conducted by distance learning, and student support services that are currently being provided remotely — including mental health counseling; advisement; library, enrollment management, and career engagement services; student life; development; and inclusion programming — will continue to be delivered in the same way until further notice.

The safety of students, faculty and staff continues to be the primary consideration that guides all University decision-making involving the continuity of our operations. This includes decisions involving the fall semester. Because of the fluid and variable nature of the recovery and reopening efforts, no decision has been made yet about the possibility for resumption of on-campus instruction.

We understand that the uncertainty surrounding the in-person reopening of our campuses will require continued patience, but the circumstances demand a measured pace and the utmost prudence. I will continue to keep you informed of every development, and thank you for your dedication and hard work.

Before I finish, please know that I realize that the recent weeks and months have been exceptionally fraught. Just as the city was beginning to emerge from the pandemic shutdown, the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis highlighted to all the pernicious evil of racism as well as the need for cultural and structural change in law enforcement and society. As I said, universities can be the engines of change and badly needed reforms. CUNY is committed to being one of those engines. We are proud to serve one of the country’s most diverse university communities, and I am firmly committed to building on that legacy.

Sincerely,

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
Chancellor

May 11, 2020

Dear CUNY Community,

As we near the conclusion of what has been an extraordinarily trying semester, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge your resilience and applaud your resolve.

I am profoundly humbled by the way you have pulled together and looked out for one another under incredibly difficult circumstances and unspeakable tragedy. It is important that we acknowledge the losses we have suffered as a university community; we all know somebody who has been personally affected. But even as we grieve, we have found the inner strength to carry on with our daily lives, to rally around what is most important to us: Our families, our communities and our commitment to keep pursuing our goals.

I commend all of you who made the quick pivot to remote working and distance teaching and learning, finding a quiet corner in your busy households to focus on the tasks at hand. I congratulate our students, who are coping with daily frustrations and struggles. Even as the structure of your lives has been shaken, you found a way to keep it together. Whether you are winding down your first year or preparing to graduate and planning for your future in these times of uncertainty, you should feel proud.

Kudos to our faculty, who have risen to the occasion, modified their syllabi and kept their students on track through webinars, video conferences, text messages, emails and any other channels they could identify. You have imparted lessons that transcend the course description; you have fostered a real sense of community, and stressed the need for mutual support. You have shown yourselves to be remarkably empathetic. Your commitment to your craft, and to your students, will not soon be forgotten.

To the tireless members of CUNY’s staff in the Central Office and across our campuses, I thank you for your unceasing service. This goes for those who have worked from their homes to sustain our operations, and for the campus peace officers, mechanics and workers who maintain CUNY’s many buildings and grounds. Each one of you has managed to tackle work that had to be done, and I know it hasn’t always been easy.

Equally laudable, many of you have shown the fortitude to stand with your neighbors, helping the University and the broader New York City community and exhibiting an abundance of good will. You are the pillars of strength through which our University is sustained. I could not be prouder to lead such an unwavering institution.

And let’s be honest: I know how tired you are, of being socially distanced and cooped up in your homes, especially with the arrival of warmer weather. We are all experiencing some degree of fatigue. It’s more important than ever that we stay safe, but also that we continue to make sure we all are getting the care and support we need. Please take a moment each day to check on your loved ones and friends, and remember, nobody should have to go it alone.

We know the rhythm of your semester has been interrupted in numerous ways, and it’s been difficult to sustain your academic momentum. Students, please keep in mind that we enacted a credit/no credit grading policy that will give you the option of foregoing a letter grade in any or all of your classes this semester and instead opt for pass/fail grading. You can wait until after the University’s final grade submission deadline or the date of actual grade posting to make a decision. Before you make these decisions, I recommend that you talk with an academic adviser and plot a considered course of action that makes the most sense for you.

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, I thank you again for your continued patience, persistence and courage. Today, I ask you to take a deep breath, take stock of your inner resolve and keep pushing. The academic finish line is in view, and I know you can get there.

Sincerely,

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
Chancellor

March 25, 2020

I am writing with the hope that you and your families are healthy and safe in light of the pandemic gripping our city and global community.

I am glad to report that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff members.

As you know, all campus buildings are closed until further notice. The Cougar Country Food Pantry remains open and operates on a limited schedule. Students who access the pantry have been contacted by email and given specific information with hours and location. I would like to thank Waleek Boone and his team at the Transition Academy for their tireless efforts to support our students in need.

We have provided a total of 50 laptop computers to students during the distribution period, which ended on Monday, March 23.

As Chancellor Matos Rodríguez recently announced, the University has instituted a recalibration period beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday, April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2. This pause in classes and teaching will allow faculty members to consider ways to fine-tune online learning and address issues that may have arisen in their virtual classrooms. Students will also have an opportunity to get the assistance they need to finish the semester strong and stay on track to graduate on time.

The University’s previously scheduled spring recess will now run from Wednesday, April 8, through Friday, April 10. Customary exemptions will be granted to students, faculty, and staff whose religious observances extend into the week of April 13. CUNY’s guidance for religious exemptions can be found here.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all Medgar Evers College family members for their dedication and hard work as we transition to the new environment of online learning. I appreciate that this is a severe disruption to education as we know it, and I trust that the adjustment will ultimately make us better educators and scholars.

The effects of the coronavirus will continue to impact our lives in multiple, demanding ways for the foreseeable future. Until you hear from me again, know that we are here for you, and we will navigate these unprecedented challenges together.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 21, 2020 at 10:40pm

I am writing to inform you that all buildings on the Medgar Evers College campus are closed until further notice. These closures include the library and all computer labs.

As the number of coronavirus cases escalates, we must restrict access to campus buildings and facilities. Following Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s directive, CUNY campuses will expand their social distancing efforts by further reducing support services provided on campus.

Please continue to heed the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as you take care of yourselves and one another.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.

President

March 20, 2020 at 4:53pm

As we continue to respond to the rapidly changing landscape due to the coronavirus, I am writing to share some important updates.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting anyone in our community.

As you have likely heard, Governor Cuomo has put New York State on pause. All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and everyone is required to maintain a six-foot distance from others in public. No student, faculty, or staff member should be on campus for any reason other than to access the services listed below. Public Safety and essential Buildings and Grounds staff are the only employees allowed on the premises until further notice.

All campus buildings and facilities are currently undergoing a thorough cleaning and disinfection by a qualified, external cleaning company.

The following areas on campus remain open:

Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed on Fridays

Cougar Country Food Pantry
Mondays, 10am to 2:00pm
Tuesdays, 3:00 to 7:00pm
Wednesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center
Re-opens on Monday, March 23

In light of recent recommendations, the following areas on campus will close beginning on Monday, March 23:

Academic Building 1

Student Services (“S”) Building

All computer and research labs

For Human Resources, please call 718-270-6910 or email ohr@mec.cuny.edu if you have any questions. Please note that all payroll checks will be mailed directly from New York State moving forward.

Please continue to be vigilant as you stay safe and take care of one another.

I will be in touch again soon as the situation continues to develop.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 19, 2020 at 8:25pm

I am writing with another update as the College continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 20, an external cleaning company will arrive on campus to perform a comprehensive disinfection of all campus buildings and facilities. The Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center will be temporarily closed tomorrow to accommodate cleaning staff and protocols.

The following areas on campus remain open:

Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Computer Labs
Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Cougar Country Food Pantry
Tuesdays, 3:00 to 7:00pm
Wednesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Human Resources (Payroll and Benefits only)
Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed on Fridays
Please call 718-270-6910 or email ohr@mec.cuny.edu if you have any questions.

Mailroom
Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm; closed on Thursdays and Fridays

Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center (re-opening on Monday, March 23)

Faculty members are prohibited from requiring students to submit assignments on campus or to travel elsewhere to complete coursework. No student, faculty, or staff member should be present on campus other than to work (as instructed to do so by his or her manager) or to access the services listed.

To reiterate the guidance from Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez, all New Yorkers are urged to stay at home and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

These guidelines are in place to keep our communities safe and healthy. It is imperative that you do your part so that we may get through this together.

I will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 17, 2020 at 12:45pm

Please note: a previous version of this message and an email sent to the community incorrectly listed the date that distance learning classes begin. Distance learning classes begin on Thursday, March 19.

I am writing to clarify any confusion among Medgar Evers College staff concerning the issue of reporting to campus for work.

Per the directive from Governor Cuomo, all New Yorkers are urged to stay at home as much as possible and to keep a safe distance of six feet from others in public spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

No staff member should report to campus to work, unless instructed to do so by his or her manager. Essential employees, including security staff and maintenance workers, should speak with their supervisors to confirm reporting times and work schedules moving forward.

Staff members who need to collect equipment or materials that will allow them to work remotely will be allowed on campus to do so.

Faculty members do not need to report to campus, except for Blackboard training sessions.

All Medgar Evers College students are currently on academic recess. During this time, they should familiarize themselves with the various tools available before distance learning classes begin on Thursday, March 19. Students should not come to campus unless it is to access the library, computer or research labs, child care center, or food pantry.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) continues to support users remotely. Visit OIT's webpage for more information.

The Help Desk is reachable as if it were on campus. You can contact the Help Desk by telephone at 718-270-6262 or via the online support portal.

The Help Desk is open during these hours:

Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00am to 8:00pm

Fridays, 8:00am to 6:00pm

Saturdays, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Let us do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe.

I will be in touch again soon to keep you updated on this rapidly changing situation.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 17, 2020

I am writing with more information about how Medgar Evers College is responding to the coronavirus. As you are aware, this situation is unfolding rapidly, and the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our first concern.

We are in the process of contracting a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities. We are taking this step even though there are no reported or confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting anyone in our campus community.

Per Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s email yesterday evening, all essential and non-essential staff members should report to campus today, March 17, unless they have made prior arrangements with their supervisors to work remotely. You can read the message from Chancellor Matos Rodríguez in its entirety here.

The library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., from Monday through Friday, until further notice.

The College's child care center and food pantry will remain open.

Payroll checks will be mailed today, March 17. (This check covers the pay period from February 27 through March 11, 2020). Please note that until further notice, all payroll checks will be mailed and will not be available for pick up at the Bursar’s office. This is to lessen the density and reduce physical contact between individuals in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you, as always, for your patience and responsiveness during these unsettling times. Your consideration for and commitment to our students and our campus community is inspiring, and ultimately, it is what will guide us toward better days ahead.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As New York City and the City University of New York continue to prepare for the impact of the corona virus, I am writing to share some important updates.

At this time, there are no reported or confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff. If any confirmed incidents of coronavirus emerge within the Medgar Evers College community, we will contract a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities.

As recommended by health and government agencies, we encourage everyone to engage in social distancing, which limits physical contact between people to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Toward that end, effective immediately, non-essential staff members at Medgar Evers College should plan to work remotely, and they should speak with their managers to develop remote work schedules and policies. Essential employees have been notified, and they are expected to report to campus. We extend our sincere thanks to those staff members who maintain our facilities and continue to serve our students during this demanding time.

Training sessions will take place throughout the coming week to help faculty and students acclimate to a remote instruction and learning environment. Please check the student page and the faculty page for updated information.

The library, research facilities, and computer labs will remain open for the remainder of the semester.

The College’s three food service facilities in the Bedford, Carroll, and Academic Buildings will be closed until further notice.

Be sure to take care of yourselves and those around you. These challenging times are an opportunity for us to demonstrate how we can come together when confronted with uncertainty and adversity.

I will be in touch again soon with further updates.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

The City University of New York and Medgar Evers College is working to mitigate the impact of the transition to remote instruction and learning modalities on our students. We are doing everything possible as we follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in response to the coronavirus.

I am writing to share several important updates with you. Please note that the information provided will only cover the instructional recess period from Thursday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 18. Another update will be sent via email next week.

Distance Learning

This morning, our Emerging Technology and IT departments led Blackboard training sessions for students and faculty members. Additional sessions will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14, and into next week. Department chairs have taken responsibility to ensure that faculty members attend these sessions. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend as necessary. Provost Okereke hosted a distance learning roll-out with each of the academic schools and departments.

The College will loan laptops to students who need computers to complete their coursework for the remainder of the semester.

Flexible Work Arrangements

We are especially sensitive to the apprehension that staff members have expressed with regard to travel on crowded mass transit during rush hours and being in areas with large crowds. We are, therefore, implementing the following policies to address these concerns while balancing the needs of the College.

While employees are still required to report to work on campus during this instructional recess, they may work modified schedules, including flexible hours and condensed workweeks, to allow them to commute during non-peak hours. Flexible hours involve modifying the start and end time of a regular workday. A condensed workweek involves working the same number of hours per week or per pay period as required but in fewer days, similar to what is put in place over the summer. This arrangement should begin only after consultation with and approval by an employee’s manager. In turn, managers must advise their immediate supervisors and Human Resources about these changes. If the arrangement is continued, additional documentation may be required based on future guidance provided by the University.

Employees who seek additional accommodations based on CDC or DOH recommendations should contact Human Resources at 718.270.6910.

Self-Quarantine

Any employee who self-quarantines must provide his or her manager with documentation, including a doctor’s note if requested.

Facilities

If there are any confirmed incidents of coronavirus among the College’s students, faculty, or staff, we will contract a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities.

The College’s three food service facilities in the Bedford, Carroll, and Academic Buildings will be closed until further notice.

All internal and external campus events are also postponed or canceled until further notice.

The library, research facilities, and computer labs will remain open for the remainder of the semester.

As this is a fluid situation and will likely continue to change, I will keep you updated as details emerge. I want to thank everyone in the Medgar Evers College family for remaining committed to our students during these trying times. While we are not sure what the future will bring, we do know that in moments like these we come together, move forward, and continue to support each other.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As you are probably aware, per Governor Cuomo’s comments, CUNY will begin an instructional recess on Thursday, March 12, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 18. During that time, Medgar Evers College will provide training and support to faculty, staff, and students to transition all courses from on-campus classrooms to distance learning (online platforms).

Beginning Thursday, March 19, spring semester classes will resume with all instruction provided through distance learning (online platforms) through the end of the spring semester.

Medgar Evers College’s campus buildings and facilities will remain open throughout the semester for students to access computer labs, the library, daycare center, and other support services. Staff will be present and faculty will have access to their offices and labs. During this time, all of our buildings and facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Please be aware of misinformation and unsubstantiated rumors that are circulating on social media. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff. Be sure to rely strictly on official communication from CUNY as well as health and government agencies for the most up-to-date guidance.

We are committed to maintaining academic continuity for all of our students. In these uncertain and apprehensive times, I call on each of us to come together as a community to support and take care of each other.

I will be in touch again as soon as further information becomes available.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As you are aware, the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread, and it is a concern to us all. In these uneasy times, we are working to ensure that our community members remain safe and our facilities remain accessible.

It is important to remember that we are all in this together. As a College, a city, and a global community, we need to look out for and help each other to get through this difficult period. This is a time for taking precautions, showing vigilance and concern for others, and not a time for panic or prejudice.

I am writing to share the safety measures currently in place and where to go for more information:

• We have increased the frequency with which the College’s custodial staff cleans the restrooms and the surfaces of counters, handles, and doorknobs.

• We have made it a top priority to continuously check, refill, and reorder soap in the restrooms. We have standing orders for soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued specific guidelines for effective handwashing. Visit this page for more information.

• To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Medgar Evers College community. As requested by CUNY, the College has compiled a list of faculty, students, and staff who have traveled to CDC Level 3 countries, or who may have had contact with potentially infected individuals in the community, and have voluntarily self-quarantined.

• CUNY continues to provide regular updates to the University community on this page. Here are links to the latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in addition to the CDC.

Along with the messages you are getting from CUNY, the College will continue to send you additional updates as the situation requires.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

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Please be extra vigilant while accessing your email and browsing the internet.