Emergency Grants & Student Support Services (from the VP for Student Affairs)

Dear Graduate Center Community,

In this time of uncertainty and loss, I write to assure you that the Division of Student Affairs is up and running and implementing a thoughtfully crafted plan to provide programs, resources, and services and keep our community as safe as possible. All staff are working remotely and are available to support our students and faculty in this ever-changing environment. Much like our faculty and students who have demonstrated their innovation and resilience in adapting to remote instruction, our staff is finding new ways to address students’ needs in this difficult time. Thank you for patience as we shift to this temporary “new normal.”

Below are some updates about new and continuing services

Emergency Grants for Students

The Graduate Center has established a set of funds to support students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. With these funds, The Graduate Center provides quick-response grants of up to $2,000 to help students meet immediate needs. Our overarching goal is to assist students in completing their degrees, rather than taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from school. Students can apply using this online form.

Tablets Available for Loan

We understand that a number of students lack access to a personal computer off campus, and we are pleased to inform you that we have a limited number of iPads and Dell Chromebooks available for loan.

The loaner iPads and Chromebooks are available on a first-come, first-served basis to enrolled students. You can request a device using the student tablet request form.


Fall 2020 registration began on April 28th. Please see the Office of the Registrar website where you will find information about services available through the Student Center, such as transcripts and enrollment verifications

Health and Wellness

Students enrolled in NYSHIP will find an online guide to accessing the TeleHealth program on The Graduate Center’s website.

The Wellness Center's Student Counseling Services offers consultations and referrals for counseling via WebEx, and a series of virtual workshops on self-care for graduate students (next workshop: Friday, May 1, 12-1:30 p.m.) and mindfulness meditation (next workshop: Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 12p.m.).  The Student Health Services is now limited to information and referral. For complete information and instructions on how to make an appointment, please check out our regularly updated website. The website also has links to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed, with information about health as well as upcoming workshops.

Student Disability Services continues to provide support and accommodations (particularly immediate ones, such as exams and captioning) in dialogue with students and faculty. Alternative formats continue to be processed. A variety of assistive software is available for home use. Visit the distance learning section of the Student Disability Services website for information and resources, including how to contact staff.

Additional Support Services

The Office of International Students is open virtually and staff are working remotely Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. providing all advising services, webinars, travel signatures, and issuing I-20 and DS-2019 forms to students.  Phone and Zoom appointments with international student counselors are available by request. If you have any questions or need to request any services, please email intstu@gc.cuny.edu. All F-1 and J-1 regulatory information, benefits of status information, application forms (e.g., CPT, Extensions, OPT, Reduced Course Load Authorizations, CUNY Status Forms, etc.) and COVID-19 U.S. Government Policy Updates and Travel Advisories are available on the OIS website. The office is also providing a variety of webinars for international students on Zoom. Please continue to check email, Twitter, and Facebook for important regulatory and policy updates, event announcements, and the links to log in to webinars. If you have any questions, please contact intstu@gc.cuny.edu

Upcoming Office of International Students Zoom Webinars:

Wednesday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m., Q & A Webinar: COVID19 Travel Advisories and Government Policy Updates for International Students. 

Friday, May 15, at 1:00 p.m., Life After F-1 or J-1 Student Status Presented by Immigration Attorney Michael Goldstein. A webinar to review the different employment-based legal status options in the United States.

Students can schedule a remote appointment with a career adviser, a writing consultant, or a quantitative research consultant from the Career Planning and Professional Development, Writing Center, and Quantitative Research Consulting Center using the following instructions: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/services/appointments

Student can find many resources and information about remote events on these homepages:
Career Planning: https://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
Writing Center: https://gcwritingcenter.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
Quantitative Research Consulting Center: https://qrcc.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

The Teaching and Learning Center offers support and consultations for students and Graduate Center faculty on all matters related to teaching at CUNY. New programs for the summer and in preparation for the fall will be announced in May. Visit the center’s website at http://cuny.is/teaching, join its mailing list on the CUNY Academic Commons at http://cuny.is/tlc-list, and sign up for a consultation at http://cuny.is/tlc-consult, and follow it on Twitter @GCTLC.    

The Child Development and Learning Center is using Zoom to meet as a group daily with the children and their families. In addition, the teachers in both preschool classes meet with the children individually to read stories and interact in a variety of activities. On Fridays, all of the children are invited to participate in a yoga and movement class. These interactions provide a continued sense of school community and socialization as well as support the emotional well-being of the entire family.

In order to operate essential services safely and in accordance with state and federal guidelines, The Graduate Center's Office of Admissions has implemented telecommuting plans and all admissions services are operating in a remote environment.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office at studentaffairs@gc.cuny.edu with any questions. We are committed to addressing the needs of our community as we navigate this challenging time together.

Stay safe and well,

Matthew Schoengood
Vice President for Student Affairs​

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2020

Category: COVID-19 | Student News