President’s Coronavirus Update – 3.10.20

Dear Graduate Center Colleagues,

With the coronavirus situation changing so rapidly, I want you to know that ensuring the health, safety, and security of our community remains our top priority. We are following all developments and have convened a task force that meets daily. Accordingly, you can expect regular, and likely daily, updates from me and other members of the task force on how we are responding to this situation and our community’s needs. You will also find updates on The Graduate Center’s coronavirus website.

Support for understandable stress

This situation and related developments are understandably troubling to many. If you are feeling anxious or worried, we encourage you to use Graduate Center resources. Students may contact our Student Counseling Services. Employees may make use of the Employee Assistance Program

The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline, 888-364-3065, to answer questions about COVID-19.

Stay home if you feel sick

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.

Get support for online teaching and collaboration tools

The Graduate Center and CUNY offer several resources for online teaching and for working remotely. These include Blackboard and Webex as well as Microsoft 365, Dropbox, and CUNY Virtual Desktop.

We encourage you to become familiar with these applications, and please take advantage of our IT training services. Request a training or support session by sending an email to

Faculty and graduate students will find helpful guidance on teaching remotely from The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center, which has created a comprehensive instructional continuity guide for the CUNY community.

Above all, The Graduate Center is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and support for all members of our community. I encourage everyone to support one another and demonstrate the generosity of spirit that characterizes The Graduate Center and The City University of New York. We can all do our part to promote an effective, informed, and compassionate response to this pressing global situation.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our people and our purpose.

James Muyskens
Interim President

Submitted on: MAR 10, 2020

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