Message from the Interim President to Faculty, Staff and Students (04/03/20)

Dear BMCC Community,

We continue to wish you and your loved ones the very best as we all try to stay safe and strong during these troubling times. CUNY has modified several academic policies to ensure flexibility and enhanced opportunities for students to succeed given our unexpected transition to distance learning.

Adjusted Academic Policies for spring 2020

• All students have the opportunity to convert any or all of their (A-F) letters grades they earn in classes this spring to Credit/No Credit which have no impact on GPA. Students will have 20 business days after the grade submission deadline to make any conversions.

• The last day to withdraw from a spring class without an impact on GPA has been extended to May 14, 2020.

• The deadline to complete outstanding work for incompletes for the fall 2019, winter 2020 and spring 2020 semesters has been extended.

• Students who fail to meet conditions of academic or other probation for spring 2020 will be placed on continued probation and not subject to academic dismissal.

• Given the sudden transition to instructional delivery, BMCC will not be conducting student evaluations of faculty this semester.

Student Support

• We are in the process of distributing Chromebooks and Ipads to students who need them.

• The Panther Pantry is open limited hours by appointment.

• Look for updates from Student Affairs.

Summer classes and beyond

• Advising and registration is currently open for summer 2020 and fall 2020. Students, please be sure to contact your advisors and complete any financial aid applications.

• Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we will deliver all summer course instruction and support services from a distance.

• Our plan is to move classes back to campus when it is safe. We will continue to share updates as available.

We encourage students to stay in their classes, stay connected to your BMCC family, continue progress to graduation, and seek the guidance of faculty, advisors and other support staff to determine the best course of action. We will continue to strengthen support for faculty, staff and students to succeed in this new environment, caring for the well-being of our community now our highest priority.

We know how challenging this semester has become and how many competing concerns everyone has. We are in this together, and we will get through this together. Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions; we welcome your feedback as we journey through this unchartered territory, BMCC strong.

I am inspired daily by the dedication, compassion, and resourcefulness of our community, for which I am grateful. Please continue to take good care of yourselves, your families, and those around you.