GC Fall Plans – Newsletter #2

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

In this issue of GC Forward, we share updates from The Graduate Center Library, the Office of International Students, and the Registrar’s Office.

This can be a stressful time of year, with lots of looming deadlines. For inspiration and stress relief, we encourage you to tune into the remarkable student recitals that the Music program broadcasts live from Elebash Hall on Fridays at 1 p.m. The concerts are posted on The Graduate Center’s events calendar and on the Music program website.

You can keep informed of our reopening plans by visiting the reactivation website. Please send any questions you have about reactivation to reactivation@gc.cuny.edu.

Thank you.

Robin L. Garrell

Julia Wrigley
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President

Brian A. Peterson
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Fall Library Services:
The Graduate Center Library is planning for a safe return to in-person services this fall in alignment with recommendations [cuny.edu] developed by the CUNY Libraries COVID-19 Task Force. Library space will be reconfigured to accommodate safe distancing and other measures.

In addition to its current services, the Library expects to offer contactless pickup and delivery of materials, including interlibrary loans. The Library continues to make strategic investments in electronic materials, including the acquisition of the entire Duke University Press corpus, a boon to researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The New York Public Library includes Graduate Center patrons in its research books by mail program.

The Library website has additional information about these services and more, and Interim Chief Librarian Emily Drabinski urges students and faculty who have questions about Library services to contact the subject specialists in their disciplines.

Important Update for International Students:
The U.S. government’s SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) office has announced that the rules governing visas for entering international students will be the same throughout the 2021–2022 academic year as they were from March 2020. New international students will only qualify for visas if they enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid course in each of their first-year semesters. Continuing international students may take all online programs and still be eligible for visas.

The Graduate Center will ensure that all entering international students will have the requisite in-person or hybrid courses available. Every master’s and doctoral degree program has been asked to have at least two such courses available in the fall 2021 semester.

You can read the full policy update online.

We are delighted that we will have our international students with us this fall.

Registration and Planning for Fall Classes:
The focus of planning for the fall is for students and faculty to safely return to in-person or hybrid classes and for students to access labs for research and recital halls for performance requirements.

Fall term registration opens this week, on April 27. The fall academic calendar is available online.

Each academic program will offer at least two fully or partly in-person classes. When registration opens, students will be able to view the mode of instruction (in-person, hybrid, or online) for each class. In-person classes will have strictly enforced enrollment limits and will be held in classrooms and spaces that can safely accommodate the size of each section.

Submitted on: APR 27, 2021

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