March 25, 2020 at 9:23am
I am writing with the hope that you and your families are healthy and safe in light of the pandemic gripping our city and global community.
I am glad to report that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff members.
As you know, all campus buildings are closed until further notice. The Cougar Country Food Pantry remains open and operates on a limited schedule. Students who access the pantry have been contacted by email and given specific information with hours and location. I would like to thank Waleek Boone and his team at the Transition Academy for their tireless efforts to support our students in need.
We have provided a total of 50 laptop computers to students during the distribution period, which ended on Monday, March 23.
As Chancellor Matos Rodríguez recently announced, the University has instituted a recalibration period beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday, April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2. This pause in classes and teaching will allow faculty members to consider ways to fine-tune online learning and address issues that may have arisen in their virtual classrooms. Students will also have an opportunity to get the assistance they need to finish the semester strong and stay on track to graduate on time.
The University’s previously scheduled spring recess will now run from Wednesday, April 8, through Friday, April 10. Customary exemptions will be granted to students, faculty, and staff whose religious observances extend into the week of April 13. CUNY’s guidance for religious exemptions can be found here.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all Medgar Evers College family members for their dedication and hard work as we transition to the new environment of online learning. I appreciate that this is a severe disruption to education as we know it, and I trust that the adjustment will ultimately make us better educators and scholars.
The effects of the coronavirus will continue to impact our lives in multiple, demanding ways for the foreseeable future. Until you hear from me again, know that we are here for you, and we will navigate these unprecedented challenges together.
Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
A malicious website is pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins University and is directing users to visit a malware website. Visiting this website infects the user’s computer or mobile device with the AZORult trojan, an information-stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data from the user’s computer. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Anyone searching the internet for a coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website and have their data compromised.
Please be extra vigilant while accessing your email and browsing the internet.