President’s Update: GC Is Open, Instructional Pause as We Move to Distance Learning

Dear Graduate Center Faculty, Students, and Staff,

I am writing to you today to follow up on the announcement from Governor Cuomo and from Chancellor Matos-Rodríguez about our University transitioning all instruction to distance learning on Thursday, March 19. Starting tomorrow, March 12, there will be an instructional pause for faculty to prepare to teach via remote learning. The Graduate Center and all of CUNY remain open during this time.

Starting tomorrow until March 19, Graduate Center classes are suspended.

Faculty are to use this valuable time to change their instruction for distance learning. Understandably, this will take considerable time, effort, and creativity. We encourage faculty to take full advantage of the resources available, including the Teaching and Learning Center and IT tools and training. More guidance for faculty will follow from the Provost’s Office.

For students, the instructional pause will be for classes only. We are open, and other activities, such as dissertation defenses, will continue with appropriate flexibility.

As our campus remains open, students are also welcome use the library, student counseling services, research facilities, and all other services.

Graduate Center staff are unaffected by this instructional pause or by the shift to distance learning and are expected to maintain their normal work schedules.

If you feel sick, please stay home and contact your health care provider. If you feel you can’t afford or are otherwise unable to seek care, please call 311. You should know that hospital staff cannot ask you about your immigration status or deny you care based on your ability to pay.

Faculty and staff should notify their program heads or supervisors of their absence. Students who need to miss classes should notify their professors.

What to do if you suspect exposure to the virus or display symptoms

For anyone in our community who believes that they may have been exposed to coronavirus or who is diagnosed with COVID-19:

Students should reach out to Matthew Schoengood, vice president for student affairs, at 212-817-7400 or

Faculty and staff should reach out to David Boxill, executive director of human resources, at 212-817-7706 or

Parents of children in our Child Development and Learning Center should reach out to Dolores Buonasora at 212-817-7033 or

If you are unable to reach your designated contact, please call our public safety office at 212-817-7777.

Thank you for your support and commitment during this unprecedented challenge.

James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: MAR 11, 2020

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