Join Us at BMCC this Fall

To protect the health and well-being of everyone in our community, we will be delivering the majority of instruction and support services from a distance this fall. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the safety guidelines for higher education issued by the New York State Department of Health, we are developing plans for reopening the campus with strictly limited capacity, requiring appropriate physical distancing and protective face coverings, monitoring of health conditions and hygiene, and repeated cleaning and disinfection.

We are committed to creating the best possible experience for students, faculty and staff, strengthening our culture of care inside and outside the classroom, and creating the conditions under which all students can learn and all members of the BMCC community can thrive. We encourage you to check out the resources available and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. Please revisit our webpage for updates throughout the summer.

Procedures

BMCC is taking the proper safety measures for social distancing.

Masks are required on campus at all times.

Keep physical distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Please use the stairs. It’s healthier for everyone.

Please wash your hands regularly and for at least 30 seconds.

Please use the hand sanitizer. It’s healthier for everyone.

All surfaces have been disinfected.


Faculty and Staff Returning to Work

Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: Responses to the Frequency Asked Questions will be updated with guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the City University of New York (CUNY).

Health and Safety

We can significantly reduce the risk of getting the virus by encouraging mandatory use of face coverings by all building occupants (faculty, staff, students and visitors), by reducing the number of occupants in buildings, with the implementation of physical distancing, health monitoring protocols, intensified cleaning and disinfecting procedures, increased filtering and air changes of building ventilation and the practice of good hand hygiene as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BMCC is working to minimize building occupancy across the entire campus. Currently, there is limited access to 199 Chambers Street and the Murray Building only.

Staggered scheduling of administrative functions and gatherings will be used to ensure compliance with physical distancing. Furniture and seating layouts will facilitate physical distancing in these common areas.

Communication and Updates

BMCC will continue to monitor the situation and work in collaboration with CUNY and health experts to provide information as it is made available. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to continue visiting the BMCC website for updates.

Yes, guidelines and signage will be placed in bathrooms, along common areas (cafeteria, gym and library), classrooms, labs, and hallways.

BMCC’s Nurse Penelope Jordan (pjordan@bmcc.cuny.edu) is the designated liaison who is responsible for leading the efforts of tracking and responding to COVID-19 cases. BMCC will take proper steps under the guidance of the CDC in case of an outbreak.

People

Student Resources

Online Learning

BMCC’s Distance Learning and Resources site will provide you with information to help you as an online student. Services include free online tutoring in a wide range of subjects. We offer support in the digital tools you will need such as Zoom, Blackboard, Email and Creative Cloud software.

Extracurricular

Contact the Office of Student Activities (OSA) to find out when and where clubs will be meeting.

BMCC will continue to offer a wide range of events and workshops–some online and others in-person.

Financial and Other Assistance

In addition to Financial Aid, BMCC has created a Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund for unexpected financial problems. Students wishing more information should contact the BMCC Single Stop Office at singlestop@bmcc.cuny.edu.

The Panther Pantry can provide food for students who are facing a food emergency.

The Excelsior Scholarship can help qualified full-time students attend BMCC tuition free. The BMCC Completion Grant can assist students with at least 35 credits who need financial assistance to finish their degree at BMCC. The Office of Scholarships, Awards and other Opportunities helps students apply for funding to finance their education.

Faculty Resources

Guidance for Distance Learning

See BMCC’s Faculty Course Continuity Resources for information, training and support.

Learn about how to make your distance learning classroom accessible to students who are receiving accommodations from the Office of Accessibility.

Staff Resources

Health and Safety

See our Covid-19 webpages for information about staying healthy.

Learn about the extra steps being taken by Facilities to ensure a healthy workplace.

Places and Services

The Academic Advisement and Transfer Center can be reached by email: aatc@bmcc.cuny.edu, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. during summer 2020. They will be available on Fridays as well when class start in the fall.

The Office of Admissions is currently operating remotely, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Contact Admissions representatives for assistance. The office can also be contacted online or phone (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7320. The Panther Station/How To Team are working remotely Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Friday (for summer Fridays). Starting the week of August 10 they will be working Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m and Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Office of the Bursar is currently operating remotely, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact the Bursar by email: bursar@bmcc.cuny.edu  or phone: (212) 220-1300.

During the summer 2020 semester, the Bursar office is open 8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m. (remotely) Monday – Thursday, closed on Fridays, June 22 to August 7, 2020. For the Fall 20 semester the office will be open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. starting August 10.

The cafeteria is currently closed. If the situation changes, updated information will be posted here.

The Center for Career Development is currently open Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and offering services in an on-line format which including live chats, on-line workshops and meetings.  Contact the Center by email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu or phone: (212) 220-8170.

Virtual services include:

The Office of Compliance & Diversity can assist BMCC students, faculty, and staff with issues of unlawful discrimination/harassment. Email OLevy@bmcc.cuny.edu or TWade@bmcc.cuny.edu for assistance. Staff are currently working remotely Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The on-campus Computer Labs are currently closed. Email servicedesk@bmcc.cuny.edu if you need further information.

The Counseling Center  is currently able to provide services to BMCC students online via Zoom video chat, phone and e-mail. Students can contact the Counseling Center at counselingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu with any questions. A counselor will respond to you within 24 hours during open business hours. If a student knows who their counselor is, they can also email their counselor directly for information and to schedule a time to speak.

NYC Well (a confidential 24/7 helpline)

If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.

  • Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)
  • Text “WELL” to 65173
  • Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell

If you are having a mental health emergency, do not wait to hear back from a counselor.  Call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), NYCWELL at 1-888-NYC-WELL or go to your nearest emergency room.

The Early Childhood Center is currently operating remotely. For more information, email CScottCroff@bmcc.cuny.edu, ygutierrez@bmcc.cuny.edu or spalacio@bmcc.cuny.edu.  You can also phone:  (212) 220-8250 or (212) 220-8253 and leave a message. Staff are currently working remotely Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Information about on-campus fall 2020 services will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

The Office of Financial Aid is operating remotely at this time. Contact the office by email: finaid@bmcc.cuny.edu or phone: (212) 220-1430. Financial Aid representives can answer your questions and offer assistance.

Health Services can be reached by email: healthservices@bmcc.cuny.edu on Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The office is physically open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Immigration Support team is operating remotely to provide you with services and support. They provide information about relevant institutional policies, legislation and executive orders, including those affecting international students, permanent residents and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Tiffany James
Student Success Outreach and Programming Coordinator
(929) 242-9807 (phone or text)
tjames@bmcc.cuny.edu
Monday – Thursday,  8:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Jackie Normyle
Student Success Outreach and Programming Coordinator
jnormyle@bmcc.cuny.edu
Monday – Thursday,  8:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.

The International team is operating remotely to provide you with services and support. If you are applying to BMCC, contact our virtual enrollment specialists for assistance.

Students already admitted to BMCC can email: internationalstudents@bmcc.cuny.edu or contact our Virtual Front Desk via Zoom:

Wherever you are, the Virtual Learning Center has a full array of services to help you succeed in your courses. They offer online tutoring, academic coaching, workshops and more.

The BMCC Library is currently closed, but some services are available online. For more information, email: help@bmcc-cuny.libanswers.com. The Library can be contacted by email or online chat (chat feature is on the right side of the library homepage.) Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. this summer. The Library will be re-open in Fall 2020; days/hours will be posted before then.

The Panther Pantry can provide food for students who are facing a food emergency. The Panther Pantry is currently open with limited hours on a reservation basis. Please check your BMCC email from Vice President Craig regarding reserving an appointment.

The Panther Station is currently operating virtually to assist students with enrollment.  Staff are available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Friday (for summer Fridays). Starting the week of August 10,  they will  be available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They can be reached by phone: (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7320 or contact us online.

The office of the Registrar is currently operating remotely. Email the office at registrar@bmcc.cuny.edu or contact Registrar’s Office representatives for assistance signing up for classes.

Scholarships, Awards and other Opportunities is currently operating remotely Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Email sgyamfi@bmcc.cuny.edu for assistance.

Single Stop is currently operating remotely. The staff can assist you with legal services, financial counseling, tax preparation, health insurance and SNAP assistance for food purchases. Email the office at singlestop@bmcc.cuny.edu . Staff members are working remotely Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. this summer; when classes start the staff will be available Monday to Friday.