Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of August 17, 2022

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

Yes, by encouraging the use of face coverings by all building occupants (faculty, staff, students and visitors),  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 buildings are monitored daily by taking the health and safety measures mentioned above, in compliance with CDC guidelines for safe occupancy by members of the BMCC Community. Visit the BMCC website to learn what we are doing to keep our buildings safe and clean.

Currently, all buildings are accessible, provided that all safety procedures are followed. Visit the BMCC website to learn what we are doing to keep our buildings safe and clean.

The use of electrostatic sprayers and constant cleaning of common building areas, including but not limited to high touch areas, escalators, stairways, corridors, classrooms and nightly cleaning and disinfecting of all active building areas as recommended by the CDC. Watch this video to learn about the air filtration system used inside BMCC buildings.

Tracing and tracking protocols will be maintained to comply with all regulatory protocols when a confirmed case has been reported to the college. See more about Monitoring and Reporting Positive Cases.

Air changes and filter replacement will be based on recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers on minimizing the spread of Infectious Aerosol and CDC guidelines. Watch this video to learn about the air filtration system used inside BMCC buildings.

Yes, hand sanitizers will be placed at building entry points and common areas. Faculty, staff and students have the option to wear masks when indoors, masks are also available on campus.

In addition to detailed cleaning of classrooms and spaces, sanitizing wipes will be available in the room for individuals to disinfect equipment prior to use.

Members of the BMCC community are encouraged to comply with CDC health and safety guidelines to make our campus a safe and welcoming environment to work and learn.

BMCC will adhere to current CUNY guidance, including requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 7 days.

Communication and 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.

Services

The Panther Station is providing services in-person and virtually. Please visit the Panther Station website to learn more.

Please visit the Student Hub to learn about services provided that include the Advocacy and Resource Center, Counseling Center, Financial Aid and the Center for Career Development. Faculty and staff can contact Human Resources to request accommodations or further assistance.

Academics

Students should contact the professor’s department chairperson. Each department chairperson has the responsibility to review and respond to student complaints.

As a college, BMCC does not have an attendance policy. Faculty are free to create their own policies about what counts as attendance and participation and they are encouraged to be flexible with students who may be experiencing hardships.

Faculty and Staff Development

The Office of Compliance and Diversity (OCD) is available to all members of the BMCC community with assistance in filing a complaint of unlawful discrimination/harassment, obtaining a reasonable accommodation, or if you have any questions regarding the policies enforced by the OCD.

Technology

Yes, please coordinate with your department or division head regarding approval of request.

Borrowed laptops must be returned once a student graduates or is no longer enrolled at BMCC. There will be a fee for non-returned laptops. Please visit, the Student Distance Learning and Services website to learn more.

Human Resources and Health Services

Students, faculty and staff who are sick and exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever [100.4° F (37.8° C) or greater using an oral thermometer] and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. BMCC employees should consult with BMCC’s Human Resources to explore options regarding sick days.

There is no available space at the college to accommodate this need.  There are some neighborhood garages that offer BMCC employees with a discount.

Yes. Be sure to consult with group participants to find out about which online platform will be used.

Staff will perform duties that fall within their job description.