Considerations for Vulnerable Populations

The Graduate Center recognizes, and supports, CUNY’s key tenet of the staged return to campus that members of the campus community will not be required to return to campus (and in some cases will not be permitted to return to campus) if campus reopening plans, as approved, determine that particular sets of activities can and should be accomplished remotely.

The Graduate Center will evaluate multiple approaches to serving vulnerable populations including:

  • Offering options for faculty and staff at higher risk for severe illness (including older adults and populations of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions) that limit their exposure risk (e.g. telework, staggered scheduling, modified job responsibilities);
  • Having supervisors check in with their staff frequently and meet with their teams regularly.
  • Offering resources on mental health services and support to faculty and staff through The Graduate Center’s Office of Human Resources.
  • Offering options for students at higher risk for severe illness that limit their exposure risk (e.g. remote learning, remote student support services and extracurricular activities);
  • Having faculty check in with students as frequently as possible and having faculty informed of the remote student support services that are available through student affairs (e.g. Wellness and Mental Health Support, Career Services, Tutoring, etc.).
  • Offering resources on mental health services as well as health and wellness to students through The Graduate Center’s Office of Student Affairs. These services will be offered remotely; scaling to in-person services as per the phased plan.