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.
President

March 21, 2020 at 10:40pm

I am writing to inform you that all buildings on the Medgar Evers College campus are closed until further noticeThese closures include the library and all computer labs.

As the number of coronavirus cases escalates, we must restrict access to campus buildings and facilities. Following Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE executive order and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s directive, CUNY campuses will expand their social distancing efforts by further reducing support services provided on campus.

Please continue to heed the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as you take care of yourselves and one another.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.

President

March 20, 2020 at 4:53pm

As we continue to respond to the rapidly changing landscape due to the coronavirus, I am writing to share some important updates.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting anyone in our community.

As you have likely heard, Governor Cuomo has put New York State on pause. All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and everyone is required to maintain a six foot distance from others in public. No student, faculty, or staff member should be on campus for any reason other than to access the services listed below. Public Safety and essential Buildings and Grounds staff are the only employees allowed on the premises until further notice.

All campus buildings and facilities are currently undergoing a thorough cleaning and disinfection by a qualified, external cleaning company.

The following areas on campus remain open:

  • Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
    Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed on Fridays
  • Cougar Country Food Pantry
    Mondays, 10am to 2:00pm
    Tuesdays, 3:00 to 7:00pm
    Wednesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center
    Re-opens on Monday, March 23

In light of recent recommendations, the following areas on campus will close beginning on Monday, March 23:

  • Academic Building 1
  • Student Services (“S”) Building
  • All computer and research labs

For Human Resources, please call 718-270-6910 or email ohr@mec.cuny.edu if you have any questions. Please note that all payroll checks will be mailed directly from New York State moving forward.

Please continue to be vigilant as you stay safe and take care of one another.

I will be in touch again soon as the situation continues to develop.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 19, 2020 at 8:25pm

I am writing with another update as the College continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 20, an external cleaning company will arrive on campus to perform a comprehensive disinfection of all campus buildings and facilities. The Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center will be temporarily closed tomorrow to accommodate cleaning staff and protocols.

The following areas on campus remain open:

  • Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
    Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Computer Labs
    Mondays through Fridays, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Cougar Country Food Pantry
    Tuesdays, 3:00 to 7:00pm
    Wednesdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm
    Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Human Resources (Payroll and Benefits only)
    Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed on Fridays
    Please call 718-270-6910 or email ohr@mec.cuny.edu if you have any questions.
  • Mailroom
    Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm; closed on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center (re-opening on Monday, March 23)

Faculty members are prohibited from requiring students to submit assignments on campus or to travel elsewhere to complete coursework. No student, faculty, or staff member should be present on campus other than to work (as instructed to do so by his or her manager) or to access the services listed.

To reiterate the guidance from Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez, all New Yorkers are urged to stay at home and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

These guidelines are in place to keep our communities safe and healthy. It is imperative that you do your part so that we may get through this together.

I will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 17, 2020 at 12:45pm

Please note: a previous version of this message and an email sent to the community incorrectly listed the date that distance learning classes begin. Distance learning classes begin on Thursday, March 19.

I am writing to clarify any confusion among Medgar Evers College staff concerning the issue of reporting to campus for work.

Per the directive from Governor Cuomo, all New Yorkers are urged to stay at home as much as possible and to keep a safe distance of six feet from others in public spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

No staff member should report to campus to work, unless instructed to do so by his or her manager. Essential employees, including security staff and maintenance workers, should speak with their supervisors to confirm reporting times and work schedules moving forward.

Staff members who need to collect equipment or materials that will allow them to work remotely will be allowed on campus to do so.

Faculty members do not need to report to campus, except for Blackboard training sessions.

All Medgar Evers College students are currently on academic recess. During this time, they should familiarize themselves with the various tools available before distance learning classes begin on Thursday, March 19. Students should not come to campus unless it is to access the library, computer or research labs, child care center, or food pantry.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) continues to support users remotely. Visit OIT's webpage for more information.

The Help Desk is reachable as if it were on campus. You can contact the Help Desk by telephone at 718-270-6262 or via the online support portal.

The Help Desk is open during these hours:

  • Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Fridays, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturdays, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Let us do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe.

I will be in touch again soon to keep you updated on this rapidly changing situation.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

March 17, 2020

I am writing with more information about how Medgar Evers College is responding to the coronavirus. As you are aware, this situation is unfolding rapidly, and the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our first concern.

We are in the process of contracting a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities. We are taking this step even though there are no reported or confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting anyone in our campus community.

Per Chancellor Matos Rodríguez’s email yesterday evening, all essential and non-essential staff members should report to campus today, March 17, unless they have made prior arrangements with their supervisors to work remotely. You can read the message from Chancellor Matos Rodríguez in its entirety here.

The library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., from Monday through Friday, until further notice.

The College'ss child care center and food pantry will remain open.

Payroll checks will be mailed today, March 17. (This check covers the pay period from February 27 through March 11, 2020). Please note that until further notice, all payroll checks will be mailed and will not be available for pick up at the Bursar’s office. This is to lessen the density and reduce physical contact between individuals in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you, as always, for your patience and responsiveness during these unsettling times. Your consideration for and commitment to our students and our campus community is inspiring, and ultimately, it is what will guide us toward better days ahead.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As New York City and the City University of New York continue to prepare for the impact of the corona virus, I am writing to share some important updates.

At this time, there are no reported or confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff. If any confirmed incidents of coronavirus emerge within the Medgar Evers College community, we will contract a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities.

As recommended by health and government agencies, we encourage everyone to engage in social distancing, which limits physical contact between people to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Toward that end, effective immediately, non-essential staff members at Medgar Evers College should plan to work remotely, and they should speak with their managers to develop remote work schedules and policies. Essential employees have been notified, and they are expected to report to campus. We extend our sincere thanks to those staff members who maintain our facilities and continue to serve our students during this demanding time.

Training sessions will take place throughout the coming week to help faculty and students acclimate to a remote instruction and learning environment. Please check the student page and the faculty page for updated information.

The library, research facilities, and computer labs will remain open for the remainder of the semester.

The College’s three food service facilities in the Bedford, Carroll, and Academic Buildings will be closed until further notice.

Be sure to take care of yourselves and those around you. These challenging times are an opportunity for us to demonstrate how we can come together when confronted with uncertainty and adversity.

I will be in touch again soon with further updates.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

The City University of New York and Medgar Evers College is working to mitigate the impact of the transition to remote instruction and learning modalities on our students. We are doing everything possible as we follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in response to the coronavirus.

I am writing to share several important updates with you. Please note that the information provided will only cover the instructional recess period from Thursday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 18. Another update will be sent via email next week.

Distance Learning

This morning, our Emerging Technology and IT departments led Blackboard training sessions for students and faculty members. Additional sessions will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14, and into next week. Department chairs have taken responsibility to ensure that faculty members attend these sessions. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend as necessary. Provost Okereke hosted a distance learning roll-out with each of the academic schools and departments.

The College will loan laptops to students who need computers to complete their coursework for the remainder of the semester.

Flexible Work Arrangements

We are especially sensitive to the apprehension that staff members have expressed with regard to travel on crowded mass transit during rush hours and being in areas with large crowds. We are, therefore, implementing the following policies to address these concerns while balancing the needs of the College.

While employees are still required to report to work on campus during this instructional recess, they may work modified schedules, including flexible hours and condensed workweeks, to allow them to commute during non-peak hours. Flexible hours involve modifying the start and end time of a regular workday. A condensed workweek involves working the same number of hours per week or per pay period as required but in fewer days, similar to what is put in place over the summer. This arrangement should begin only after consultation with and approval by an employee’s manager. In turn, managers must advise their immediate supervisors and Human Resources about these changes. If the arrangement is continued, additional documentation may be required based on future guidance provided by the University.

Employees who seek additional accommodations based on CDC or DOH recommendations should contact Human Resources at 718.270.6910.

Self-Quarantine

Any employee who self-quarantines must provide his or her manager with documentation, including a doctor’s note if requested.

Facilities

If there are any confirmed incidents of coronavirus among the College’s students, faculty, or staff, we will contract a qualified, external vendor to thoroughly clean and disinfect all campus buildings and facilities.

The College’s three food service facilities in the Bedford, Carroll, and Academic Buildings will be closed until further notice.

All internal and external campus events are also postponed or canceled until further notice.

The library, research facilities, and computer labs will remain open for the remainder of the semester.

As this is a fluid situation and will likely continue to change, I will keep you updated as details emerge. I want to thank everyone in the Medgar Evers College family for remaining committed to our students during these trying times. While we are not sure what the future will bring, we do know that in moments like these we come together, move forward, and continue to support each other.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As you are probably aware, per Governor Cuomo’s comments, CUNY will begin an instructional recess on Thursday, March 12, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 18. During that time, Medgar Evers College will provide training and support to faculty, staff, and students to transition all courses from on-campus classrooms to distance learning (online platforms).

Beginning Thursday, March 19, spring semester classes will resume with all instruction provided through distance learning (online platforms) through the end of the spring semester.

Medgar Evers College’s campus buildings and facilities will remain open throughout the semester for students to access computer labs, the library, daycare center, and other support services. Staff will be present and faculty will have access to their offices and labs. During this time, all of our buildings and facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Please be aware of misinformation and unsubstantiated rumors that are circulating on social media. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus affecting any of our students, faculty, or staff. Be sure to rely strictly on official communication from CUNY as well as health and government agencies for the most up-to-date guidance.

We are committed to maintaining academic continuity for all of our students. In these uncertain and apprehensive times, I call on each of us to come together as a community to support and take care of each other.

I will be in touch again as soon as further information becomes available.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

As you are aware, the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread, and it is a concern to us all. In these uneasy times, we are working to ensure that our community members remain safe and our facilities remain accessible.

It is important to remember that we are all in this together. As a College, a city, and a global community, we need to look out for and help each other to get through this difficult period. This is a time for taking precautions, showing vigilance and concern for others, and not a time for panic or prejudice.

I am writing to share the safety measures currently in place and where to go for more information:

• We have increased the frequency with which the College’s custodial staff cleans the restrooms and the surfaces of counters, handles, and doorknobs.

• We have made it a top priority to continuously check, refill, and reorder soap in the restrooms. We have standing orders for soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued specific guidelines for effective handwashing. Visit this page for more information.

• To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Medgar Evers College community. As requested by CUNY, the College has compiled a list of faculty, students, and staff who have traveled to CDC Level 3 countries, or who may have had contact with potentially infected individuals in the community, and have voluntarily self-quarantined.

• CUNY continues to provide regular updates to the University community on this page. Here are links to the latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in addition to the CDC.

Along with the messages you are getting from CUNY, the College will continue to send you additional updates as the situation requires.

Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
President

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