GC Forward – Issue # 4

GC Forward

Dear Graduate Center community,

It was wonderful to welcome students back to the library this week. Thanks to the hard work of many, we safely and successfully reopened the library study space, with 42 students making reservations for Monday, the inaugural day.

Library access: Students are invited to use the library for studying Monday through Thursday from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Students just need to reserve a day pass by 3 p.m. on the day before they plan to come. Passes are available on a first-come basis. Details are available in this recent update.

Faculty and staff are welcome to come to the Graduate Center to use their offices and visit the library. Prior approval from public safety or your supervisor is no longer needed. Simply watch the “New York State COVID-19 Response: Return to Work Training” video on Blackboard [ssologin.cuny.edu] once and complete the daily wellness check survey through the Everbridge Health Screening app [cisweb.cuny.edu] or kiosk. Students with library day passes need to follow the same procedure.

Flexible Work Guidelines: On Wednesday, the Office of Human Resources shared detailed information about CUNY’s Flexible Work Guidelines [cuny.edu] and remote work procedures. The GC communication about remote work agreements is available online. Staff and supervisors should begin mapping out work schedules for August and the fall based on these guidelines.

Increasing activity at the Graduate Center: As we plan for increasing occupancy of the GC, we are carefully following the guidance on academic continuity from CUNY. The guidance states that “the University’s highest priority in determining the balance between in-person and remote learning and working is to protect the health and safety of CUNY students, faculty and staff while creating the conditions for our students to make progress in their academic programs, for our faculty to advance their creative and scholarly activities, and our staff to meet our myriad programmatic goals.” The Graduate Center reactivation plan is nimble and allows us to adjust building occupancy based on the priorities of health, safety, and supporting our academic mission.

Vaccinations: We expect that within the next few weeks, CUNY will provide additional details about the requirement for students to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 29, we will hold a virtual community meeting about vaccines and the status of the pandemic. Barry and Shirley Levine, both medical doctors who are members of the Graduate Center community through the Lifelong Peer Learning Program, will share the excellent presentation that they gave to the GC Reactivation Committee explaining the science behind the available vaccines and their efficacy against the known COVID-19 variants. The Levines will be available to answer questions that you may have. Watch for more details about this event.

We are excited that CUNY campuses, including the Graduate Center, are participating in the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. The challenge aims to provide information about and access to vaccinations, and to increase vaccination rates at colleges across the country. We urge all GC students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated, and to continue to wear masks as advised by the CDC or as required by CUNY. These are the two best ways to protect your health and end the pandemic. The #VaxUpCUNY website [cuny.edu] has information about where to get vaccinated in New York.

We look forward to seeing you on June 29, and perhaps before. Please send any questions you have about reactivation to reactivation@gc.cuny.edu.


Robin L. Garrell, President

Julia Wrigley, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brian A. Peterson, Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Submitted on: JUN 11, 2021

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