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).

By taking the health and safety measures mentioned above, and vigilant monitoring of their use, the building will be 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.

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.

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.

Tracing and tracking protocols will be coordinated with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to comply with all regulatory protocols when a confirmed case has been reported to the college.

We are reducing the number of available seats and room capacity to ensure compliance with physical distancing. Signage will also be placed along walkways and inside classrooms to remind everyone to practice social distancing.

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.

When required a number of temporary sneeze guards will be installed to ensure the safety of all staff and students interacting in areas that include the Information Desk and customer service counters).

Entry protocols are being developed with additional guidance from the CDC and CUNY. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to self-report and monitor their health prior to entering BMCC buildings with access control at limited entry points.

Face coverings will be required for all students, faculty and staff using an elevator, and a maximum occupancy of three people at a time. Also, individuals with disabilities will be given priority for elevator use, and elevator banks in all campus buildings will be programmed to encourage the use of stairs when possible.

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.

Yes, hand sanitizers will be placed at building entry points and common areas. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear masks when entering buildings, and masks will also be available on campus.

The evidence is on our side – if everyone wears masks, the chances of spreading COVID-19 are radically reduced. Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask (or use a face covering) while they are inside BMCC buildings. If an individual forgets their mask, they will be provided with one as long as supplies last. If they do not, NY State requires the use of a face covering whenever physical distancing is not possible (commuting and public right of way).

Building access will be denied. Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask (or use a face covering) while they are inside BMCC buildings. If an individual forgets their mask, they will be provided with one as long as supplies last. If they do not, NY State requires the use of a face covering whenever physical distancing is not possible (commuting and public right of way).

Members of the BMCC community must adhere to facility requirements and guidelines.

PPE are available on a limited basis to students, faculty and staff.

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.

In addition to minimizing building occupancy, 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.

No. Supervisors will work with their staff to schedule virtual meetings using Zoom or other platforms.

Large group gatherings (more than 10 people) by students, faculty and/or staff will not be allowed on the BMCC campus.

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.

BMCC is working with CUNY to review guidelines and provide information when it is available.

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.

BMCC will post signage throughout the campus, including the television monitors, social media platforms, and the BMCC website. These and other communications will offer tips and reminders on the importance of physical distancing. Face coverings will be required but it is ultimately an individual’s responsibility to protect themselves and others in our community by adhering to the guidance on reducing the risk of infection.

Services

Visit BMCC’s website to learn about services and guidelines.

Printing will be available in various locations on campus. Quiet study areas will also be available on campus, along with access to Wi-Fi.

Yes, hours are available on the BMCC website.

The Panther Station is providing services virtually. Please visit the Panther Station website to learn more.

Academics

The vast majority of classes will be delivered remotely; for courses that must be held face to face, departments will attempt to serve individual needs.

As of this time, CITH will not be open in the Fall 2020. Progress on all Capital projects has been impacted by the Public Health Crisis and consequent Fiscal Crisis.

Our primary concern is to ensure the safety and well being of all members of our community and provide students and families with clarity as they are making decisions about the fall. As a result, we will adhere to the Guidelines from both the State of New York and New York City.

The vast majority of classes will be delivered remotely for Fall 2020.

There will be limited occupancy to ensure physical distancing. Please visit, the Student Distance Learning and Services website to learn about other learning spaces available.

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.

Students must work out scheduling with their internship supervisor, so that students complete 150 hours during the semester under supervision of an approved employer. Visit the Internships and Experiential Learning website to learn more.

That depends on the student’s academic standing and financial aid status. Students should consult with their advisor before if they are considering dropping a class. Visit the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center website to learn more.

The student will have the option of registering for online courses to maintain academic momentum.

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.

Yes. The health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority. It is important for students, faculty and staff to model self-care while supporting friends, family and co-workers’ mental health needs during this pandemic. Please visit the BMCC website to learn about services provided that include the Advocacy and Resource Center, Counseling Center, Financial Aid and the Career Development Center.

BMCC faculty and staff have been participating in Resilient Teaching workshops that offer tips and training to help students, faculty and staff deal with trauma.

Technology

Yes, distribution for laptops or desktops is continuing throughout the fall semester. Faculty members must place a request with their Department Chair for approval.

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

BMCC students, faculty and staff who exhibit virus symptoms or suspect that they have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow the Protocol on Infectious Disease Notification, and notify BMCC Nurse Penelope Jordan at (212) 220-8257 or pjordan@bmcc.cuny.edu). Nurse Jordan is the college’s Coronavirus Liaison to CUNY and is responsible for working with the Department of Health on the preliminary assessment of the needs of individuals who contact her.

Students, faculty and staff who develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, 14 days after returning from a country under a CDC level 3 warning, or after close contact with someone who has recently traveled to them and is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact their health care provider. Your health care provider could screen you over the phone, and will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for coronavirus. If, for any reason, you need help connecting to a health care provider, please call CUNY Campus Health Services so they can answer your questions and make referrals. You can also call 3-1-1 to locate the closest city-operated hospital.

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.

At this point, we have not been provided with information regarding the expansion of these benefits. Please continue to visit the BMCC website for updates.

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

Older adults and persons with severe underlying health conditions are at increased risk of more serious illness after contracting COVID-19. Following guidance from the CDC, priority will be given to ensuring the safety of these groups of people.

Staff must consult with their supervisor and work with Human Resources to explore possible options. All staff should, if they can, effectively and productively continue to support the mission of the college without impacting negatively the student experience.

Staff must consult with their supervisor and work with Human Resources to explore possible options.

Staff must consult with their supervisor and work with Human Resources to explore possible options.

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.