As we respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Baruch College and The City University of New York (CUNY) are creating, implementing, and modifying policies and plans. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date guidance, directives, and resources, please check this webpage frequently, as well as the University clearinghouse page cuny.edu/coronavirus.
Academic and Business Continuity for Spring 2020
Baruch’s highest priority is protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, while maintaining academic and business continuity to help ensure students’ ability to finish the semester and protect their financial aid.
Recalibration Period: Distance Learning on hold through April 1
Distance learning across CUNY is currently on hold through Wednesday, April 1, for the Recalibration Period for Educational Equity.
Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2. Please see the Chancellor's full message for more details.
Technology Distribution to Students
As part of the recalibration period, Baruch will be distributing Chromebooks and iPads to provide students with the technology they need for distance learning. For more information, visit the technology distribution webpage.
Adjusted Dates for Spring Recess: Wednesday, April 8, to Friday, April 10
Spring Recess will now run from Wednesday, April 8, through Friday, April 10. For faculty, staff and students whose religious observation extends into the week of April 13, as always, you have the right to request a religious exemption to observe the holiday.
Credit/No-Credit Policy Adjusted
Due to the unprecedented changes in our spring semester, CUNY has enacted flexible credit/no credit policy under which students will have 20 days after they receive their grades to decide if they want to convert any or all of letter grades they earn in classes to Credit/No-Credit grading. Pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees, the policy will go into effect April 1, 2020.
Some academic calendar deadlines have also been extended. Visit CUNY's continuity for students site for more information or view the updated academic calendar.
Campus: Access to Facilities and Services Subject to Change
To fully support Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order, effective Monday, March 23, Baruch will expand its social distancing efforts by further reducing on-campus support.
- Baruch's computer labs and library will be closed until further notice.
- To minimize the risk to essential staff including ITS personnel, custodians, public safety officers, and facilities staff, access to campus is now unavailable to students.
- Faculty and staff requiring access to the campus can only do so by permission and appointment. Access will be granted only if deemed necessary in support of distance education; it is strongly discouraged in keeping with the PAUSE order.
- While childcare centers will remain open in anticipation of being activated by the Governor to support the needs of first responders’ families, the Baruch Early Learning Center staff should contact their supervisors on a daily basis regarding the need to report to work.
- Basic business operations will continue remotely, with limited on-campus presence permitted for critical and urgent needs. Administrative departments such as Financial Aid, Admissions, and Human Resources will continue to maintain telephone and email operations.
Baruch is providing service-continuity options and procedures, including for distance learning. See the sections below for specific resources and guidance. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Academic Continuity: Resources for Students
Resources for Students
All instruction is being conducted via distance learning and will continue in this format until the end of the Spring 2020 semester. During this time, technology support and services are available for students. See the Resources for Spring 2020 Distance Education FAQs
for information on:
- Off-campus technology assistance
- Online learning tools
- Laptop loans
- Library and computer lab access
- And other support and services
Read the FAQs for Students
CUNY's Continuity for Students
CUNY’s Continuity for Students
site offers resources and support for students learning and living in the time of COVID-19.
Visit the site for:
- Distance learning tips
- Mental health resources
- Tools for collaborating online
- Free internet and phone services
- City and state services for families
Starr Career Development Center Services for Distance Learning
The Starr Career Development Center (SCDC) is expanding its online capability to continue to deliver quality services to students for the remainder of the semester. The Center's staff are committed to providing students with seamless ongoing support to help students achieve their career development goals. Learn more about SCDC online and virtual services.
Graduate Career Management Center
The Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC) is expanding its online capability. GCMC is available to all Zicklin graduate students, alumni, and employers virtually. The entire staff is working and meeting with students over Skype and Zoom and by phone at (646) 312-1330. Students can set up a meeting with a career advisor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. GCMC will also host employer events, career workshops, and information sessions virtually. Stay up-to-date on GCMC services, resources, job/internship postings, and events through the center’s weekly e-news as well as on Zicklin CareerLink.
Weissman Office of Graduate Studies
The Weissman Office of Graduate Studies is expanding its online capability and is available to all Weissman graduate students, alumni, and employers virtually. The staff is working and meeting with students over Zoom and by phone at (646) 312-4490. Stay up-to-date on services, resources, job and internship postings, and events through the office’s weekly updates and weekly Monday night Virtual Coffee Chats with Weissman staff via Zoom. For advisement email email@example.com; for career advisement email Weissmancareers@baruch.cuny.edu; and for admissions-related question email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Continuity: Resources for Faculty
Resources for Faculty
Baruch College’s Office of the Provost has been updating the College community regarding academic preparation for distance learning.
03/19/20 - New Distance Learning Environment Begins Today
03/11/20 - CTL Updates to Chairs and Deans
03/10/20 - Support from the CTL During this Time of Transition
03/10/20 - Move to Distance Teaching and Learning
03/05/20 - Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
Resources for Faculty
Visit Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for tips and resources on:
- Teaching Online for the First Time
- Recording and Sharing Video Lectures
- Web Conferencing and Synchronous Instruction
- Digital Content
- Handling Administrative Tasks
- Faculty Checklist: What to Start Doing in Advance of a Closing
The CTL is available for remote consultations with faculty members on strategies for moving course content online or coming up with alternative assignments. Remote appointments can be booked via CTL website
Business Continuity: Resources for Staff
Resources for Staff
Baruch is continuously updating detailed business continuity plans and guidance on nontraditional work arrangements for distance work to ensure the necessary resources, including hardware and software, are available.
Collaboration Tools to Support Distance Work
All Baruch faculty and staff have access to the following resources through the Baruch College homepage. The Quick Links tab, the leftmost item on the top navigation, offers easy access to the following collaboration tools:
The BCTC News and Information blog provides detailed information on the above resources and others in the post "Resources for Maintaining Business Continuity." Additional guidance and resources will be added regularly, so please check back often.
Transition to Distance Work
Baruch College and the CUNY will transition to distance working for all non-essential staff with the goal of operating campuses with as few, non-essential employees on campus as possible. (Essential staff have already been designated; however, if staff have any questions, they should contact their supervisor.)
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPN allows you to access your campus desktop remotely. Through this connection, you can access all the resources that are normally only availablefrom campus (e.g., desktop files, shared drives). For more information and instructions for access, visit the BCTC blog post “FAQ about VPN access to resources.”
The University has put guidelines in place to accommodate temporary working arrangements, including:
Staff may work modified schedules, including flexible hours and condensed work weeks, after consultation with and approval by their managers. All modifications must ensure that support services and University operations continue without interruption.
CUNY may permit an employee to work at home or at an alternate CUNY location for all or part of their regular workweek. Note that this type of arrangement may not be appropriate for all positions/employees.
Those granted a telecommuting arrangement will be subject to the same performance standards in place prior to telecommuting. Common items for discussion with your manager include:
- Frequency of connection with manager
- Frequency of checking email
- Hours of availability
- Areas of focus during remote work
For more details on the above and on possible scheduling scenarios/options, please consult Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s “Message on Telecommuting Plans.”
Reporting COVID-19 Cases
Baruch is working with CUNY to maintain accurate records of any coronavirus cases in our community. Please follow the steps below to report a COVID-19 case (e.g., exposure, self-quarantine).
When to report: Once you have spoken with a medical professional, and if you are determined to be at risk or given guidance to self-quarantine, please immediately notify the College.
Where to report your status:
- Students should email the Dean of Students at email@example.com.
- Faculty should notify their department chair or unit coordinators.
- Staff should notify their supervisor.
What to report: Please address the following, as appropriate:
- You have a good faith belief you have been exposed to coronavirus and have self-quarantined.
- You were in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and you have self-quarantined.
- You attended a large gathering that resulted in a self-quarantine.
- You are actively sick with COVID-19 symptoms and are either self-quarantined or directed by a medical professional to self-quarantine.
The dean of students, department chairs, unit coordinators, and administrative supervisors will coordinate with Baruch’s coronavirus liaison, who is responsible for collectively reporting this information to CUNY.
Please consult CUNY’s guidelines for suspected exposure here.