Updated 4/16/2020

Loaner Laptops Are Available (Laptop Distribution Has Ended)

Medgar Evers College is committed to providing students with academic continuity, despite interruptions due to COVID-19. To ensure that students are able to continue their education and complete assignments, loaner laptops are available for any student who does not have access to a personal computer off campus.

Interested students must email studentaffairs@mec.cuny.edu in order to secure a laptop. All requests must include student’s first and last name, 8-digit EMPL ID number, and telephone number. In addition, a MEC student identification card will be required at pickup.

Students who have access to a personal computer off-campus are strongly encouraged to reserve use of loaner laptops for students who do not have such access. In addition, all students are required to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between themselves and other members of the college community during their visit to campus.

Inquiries about the laptop retrieval process can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs (studentaffairs@mec.cuny.edu).

Thank you,
Office of Student Affairs

Tools and Resources

Email Addresses for Departments
Cougar Country Food Pantry The Medgar Evers College Cougar Country Food Pantry offers nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food items to students who are enrolled at the College and who are experiencing or facing food insecurity. Interested students must be enrolled for Spring 2020 semester and must present their class schedule to access the pantry. For more information about how to sign up, email transitionacademy@mec.cuny.edu. Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library The Library offers virtual chat reference services. Visit www.mec.cuny.edu/library and click “Chat with a Librarian.” Chat is available during the following times:
  • Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 11:00pm
  • Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Learning Center Students can now access The Learning Center remotely. The Learning Center conducts tutoring using Google Duo, which is a simple video calling app that brings you face-to-face with your tutor. After reviewing the tutoring schedule below, reserve your spot by emailing the designated tutor. Be sure to include the following:
  • Your first and last names
  • Your 8-digit EMPL ID number
  • The relevant course name and course number
  • The time and day you desire tutoring
Tutors are available at the following times: The Writing Center The Writing Center is now available remotely on from Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Students can send an email to writingcenter@mec.cuny.edu. Your email must include the following:
  • Your first and last names
  • Your 8-digit EMPL ID number
  • Your work attached in a Microsoft Word doc format with detailed assignment instructions from your professor
Please remember that the Writing Center is not an editing service; tutors send comments on ways to improve your body of work.
Spectrum and Comcast offer free internet and phone service access to New Yorkers. AT&T is offering relief for users that may have difficulty paying their bill.

SPECTRUM will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Spectrum has also pledged to open its Wi-Fi hot spots for public use.

COMCAST will provide new, low-income customers complimentary internet service for 60 days. To sign up, visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

AT&T will keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open. For AT&T customers that may be in financial difficulty, call 1-800-288-2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless, or small business services. Dial 611 from your AT&T device for wireless.
You can install the following apps and software on your device from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Apps and Software for Dyslexic Learners
  • DD’s Dictionary: A Dyslexic Dictionary
  • Dyseggxia
  • Dyslexia Quest
  • Happy Math Multiplication Rhymes
  • Phonics with Phonogram
  • ReadToMe 2
  • ReadToMe 2 Lite
  • Rhymes
  • SoundsLiteracy
  • What is Dyslexia
Apps and Software for Autistic Learners
  • Autism DDT Letters
  • Autism iHelp – Comprehension
  • See. Touch. Learn.
  • Sequences for Autism
  • Sight Words – Record and Read
  • Speech With Milo
  • Verbal Me
  • Words on Wheels
Apps and Software for the Visually Impaired
  • Accessnote
  • Be My Eyes – Helping Blind See
  • Color Identify
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Light Detector
  • Saytext
  • Talking Calculator
  • Taptapsee
  • Visual Brailler
This is not intended to serve as endorsement of any particular service and is for informational purposes only. Medgar Evers College/CUNY operates independently of all the following companies and is not liable for their policies or practices.

Update: 3/19/2020

Reaching Key Departments on Campus During Distance Learning

The manner in which we deliver services may be changing; however, Medgar Evers College’s commitment to you remains the same. As part of the College’s efforts to protect the health and safety of our community, many of the services you rely on will serve you virtually for the foreseeable future. Listed below are the dedicated email addresses to reach key departments on campus.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we transition to our new normal given the challenges of COVID-19.

Updated 3/18/2020

As we move to distance learning, please review the CUNY Blackboard User Guide for Students to help you get started. Blackboard Collaborate for Students and Faculty gives detailed instructions on how to get the most out of the online environment for learning.

Visit the the student online resource center at www.mec.cuny.edu/students. There you can review the current academic calendar, access CUNYfirst, log into your MEC email, receive Help Desk support, and much more.

Updated 3/10/2020

Medgar Evers College Student Coronavirus (COVID-19) Academic Continuity Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York State on Saturday, March 7, 2020 as the number of coronavirus cases in New York State increased. Medgar Evers College is committed to the safety of our students and the continuation of our academic operations in case of any interruption in classroom instruction. The entire teaching faculty and students must be prepared to teach and be taught fully online at any time.

Medgar Evers College faculty were first notified on March 8, 2020 with detailed instructions. Our Academic Continuity Plan is as follows:

  • With the recognition that some Medgar Evers College faculty will need additional hands-on instruction in the use of Blackboard for course and instructional delivery to students, instruction will be offered.
  • Some courses at Medgar Evers College are taught by adjunct faculty who are not trained to teach online, and so instruction will be offered.
  • We have many students who have never taken an online or Blackboard course and may be unfamiliar with how to enroll and take an online course, and so instruction will be offered.

Additionally, the following actions will be taken to further implement our Academic Continuity Plan:

  • On Tuesday March 10, 2020, all students will be notified that if they have not used Blackboard in any of their classes, they will need to attend a Blackboard training session.
  • Beginning on Thursday March 12, 2020, large-scale training of students will begin. The exact times and locations will be announced on Wednesday March 11, 2020.
  • All current faculty members should immediately inform their own students by Blackboard and/or email that students who have not taken a Blackboard or online course will need to attend training offered by the College starting Thursday March 12, 2020. Please encourage your students to frequently monitor their College email accounts. Faculty currently teaching online should give their students any additional guidance as needed.
  • Chairs and any faculty with instructional oversight of students attending nursing clinicals and other majors where instruction is conducted outside the College should make additional accommodations. The policies of the facilities where students attend instruction must be monitored and followed.
  • All students and faculty must monitor their College email accounts.
  • The College's Health Services provides information about COVID-19 here: https://ares.mec.cuny.edu/student-affairs/health-services.

The College is committed to updating our website frequently. We also encourage you to visit the CUNY's coronavirus webpage for updates here: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus.

If Medgar Evers College or CUNY closes before training is completed, you will receive Blackboard self-training links that you can use to attend training sessions and classes online.

ATTENDANCE AT A BLACKBOARD LEARNING SESSION IS REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED. ALL COURSES WILL CONTINUE ONLINE.

Location: Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, Academic Building 1

Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13

  • 9:0010:30am
  • 11:0012:30pm
  • 6:007:30pm

Saturday, March 14

  • 9:0010:30am
  • 11:0012:30pm
  • 6:007:30pm

Additional sessions will be announced.

Each session will last 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions. There will a 30 minute interval between sessions to ask further questions. If CUNY or Medgar Evers College tranisitions to fully distance learning, you will need this training in order to continue your coursework.

You will need a valid spring ID card in order to access the library and use library online resources. You will need access to these resources to continue your coursework online.

If you do not have a valid spring ID card, you must go to the Security Office/Student ID Center in room C109 in the basement of Academic Buliding 1, and then go to the library for access to distance education and online resources.

If you do ave a valid spring ID card, stop by the library as soon as possible to get your ID code, which will allow you to access the library's online resources.

After attending a training session, you are encouraged to go to the library and practice accessing Blackboard.

Further communication about the Academic Continuity Plan will be managed by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). Mr. Ian Josephs will be the contact person for OAA. His email is teachonline@mec.cuny.edu. Please only contact Mr. Josephs for urgent questions as he will likely be fielding many questions via email and telephone. We cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be returned if there is a large volume of requests. You will be fully informed of any updates.

Provost
Dr. Augustine Okereke
Office of Academic Affairs
Medgar Evers College

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.