President’s Update: Distance Learning Begins; New Polices on Events and Time Sheets

Dear Graduate Center Staff and Faculty,

I write to thank you for your dedication, creativity, and flexibility as we adjust our operations in response to an historic public health crisis. You have been resourceful in finding ways to fulfill our public education mission despite ongoing challenges, and I know that your innovation and your empathy will serve us and our students well in the days and weeks ahead.

On Thursday, we begin an unprecedented transition to distance learning. Faculty members are taking on this enormous responsibility with characteristic thoughtfulness and inventiveness. I join the Provost’s Office​ in encouraging you to be understanding in your expectations for yourselves and your students, as they too are adjusting not just to new modes of learning, but also to enormous stress and uncertainty. Please take advantage of the guidance and services from both the Center for Teaching and Learning and our Office of Information Technology.

I continue to meet daily with The Graduate Center’s coronavirus task force to ensure that we are addressing the needs of our faculty, staff, and students and that we are responding to the pandemic that threatens lives and livelihoods.

We have decided that, in light of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Graduate Center will not hold any events or gatherings of more than 50 people through May 10.

I hope that you have seen the other important updates from our various offices and departments regarding changes to our operations.

The Office of Human Resources has adjusted the policy on submitting time sheets for full-time and part-time employees.

The library, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, the Teaching and Learning Center, the Student Counseling Center, and a number of other offices have provided guidance on accessing their services remotely.

I encourage you to watch for ongoing updates on our coronavirus website, www.gc.cuny.edu/coronavirus.

Our mission to promote knowledge and understanding and to create opportunities for diverse students is as important now as ever. In these difficult days, as we work to preserve our own health and that of our families and communities, your dedication to our mission is vital and deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,

James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: MAR 17, 2020

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