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COVID-19 Updates



In support of Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order, the Baruch College campus is not accessible to students, faculty, and staff. All courses, student support services, and administrative offices are fully operational in distance formats.

Distance Learning in Effect through Summer Session

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. Having converted all courses to remote formats for the spring semester, Baruch will maintain distance learning through summer session.

Some academic calendar deadlines have also been extended, and a special COVID-19 Flexible Grading Policy for students enrolled in credit-bearing courses is in place for the Spring 2020 Semester. Visit CUNY's continuity for students site for additional information and policy changes related to distance learning, and view the updated academic calendar for adjusted dates and deadlines.

  • 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 Summer 2020 semester. During this time, technology support and services are available for students.

    Visit the Resources for 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

    For more information on contacting various offices around the College during the social distancing environment, please refer to the following reference guide.

    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


    Technology Loan Program for Students

    Baruch is committed to giving students access to the technology they need for distance learning. For more information, visit the technology loan program webpage.

    Credit/No-Credit Policy Adjusted
    Due to the unprecedented changes in the spring semester, CUNY has enacted flexible credit/no credit policy under which students will have up to June 25, twenty business days after the University's final grade submission deadline (May 28), to elect Credit/No Credit (this also applies to any/all courses completed in all sessions completed, prior to regular session end date).​ To learn more, visit CUNY's Credit/No Credit Policy FAQ.

    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 zicklin.gcmc@baruch.cuny.edu. 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 wsas.graduate.advisement@baruch.cuny.edu; for career advisement email Weissmancareers@baruch.cuny.edu; and for admissions-related question email wsas.graduate.studies@baruch.cuny.edu.

    Student Services at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
    All student services staff at the Marxe school have expanded their online capability and are available to Marxe students, alumni, and employers virtually.

    BSPA Advisement: mspia.bspa@baruch.cuny.edu
    Graduate Advisement: mspia.advisement@baruch.cuny.edu
    Career Services: mspia.careerservices@baruch.cuny.edu

    Please reach out with any questions/concerns you may have and always be sure to continuously check your Baruch email to stay abreast of important information.

  • 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 Teaching Distance Learning
    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.

    Webinar: Supporting Higher Ed Students Remotely during COVID-19

    This webinar addresses mental health and distance learning challenges students may face during the time of COVID-19. Baruch College Counseling Center Director Teresa Hurst, Ph.D., and Psychology Professor Glenn Albright, Ph.D., share best practices for identifying these issues and supporting students remotely. Watch now.

    Campus Access
    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.

  • 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.

    University Guidelines
    The University has put guidelines in place to accommodate temporary working arrangements, including:

    Flexible Scheduling
    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.

    Telecommuting
    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.

    Performance Expectations
    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.”

    Campus Access
    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.

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:

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.

Baruch’s coronavirus liaison is responsible for collectively reporting this information to CUNY.

Please consult CUNY’s guidelines for suspected exposure here.