Borough of Manhattan Community College and the City University of New York are closely monitoring the latest updates and developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
CUNY has instituted a Recalibration Period for Educational Equity, beginning this Friday, March 27, through Wednesday April 1. Distance learning will resume on Thursday, April 2. This period will allow our colleges to fine-tune distance learning practices and ensure that all students have access to the equipment they need to complete their academic requirements this spring. The University’s previously scheduled Spring Recess will now run from Wednesday April 8 through Friday April 10. CUNY will grant the customary exemptions to those observing religious celebrations during the week of April 13. Click here to read more UPDATES FROM CUNY.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
New York City and State officials have released information on additional unemployment resources as a result of the CARE Act that was passed on March 27, 2020. There are new and additional unemployment benefits called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that are available to those who are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance including self-employed/1099 workers, part-time workers, and those who were not working for an extended period of time. Impacted students can apply by phone or online. This information sheet provides helpful information or you can visit the New York State Department of Labor website.
Effective Monday, March 23, all of Fiterman Hall and all of our floors in the Murray Building will be closed; no access to any of these facilities will be granted. Access to 199 Chambers St. will be extremely limited and approved only for critical functions. Keep checking emails, the BMCC website and social media for updates.
BMCC’s Custodial Team is giving all our facilities extra attention and has increased measures to thoroughly clean areas including common spaces, offices, and classrooms. Click here to learn about cleaning measures being implemented on the BMCC Campus.
The E-Learning Center has created a Distance Learning for Students website to prepare BMCC students to participate in distance learning. It includes frequently asked questions, tips for success, how to participate in Blackboard courses, use Zoom Web Conferencing and more.
Laptop Distribution for Students
BMCC has a limited number of laptops available to lend to students who do not own or have access to another device at home. Devices are limited. BMCC students are encouraged to read their BMCC email. BMCC students will receive an email from the Office of Student Affairs with details about laptop distribution.
If faculty, staff or students feel anxious or are worried about friends and family because of the news about coronavirus, CUNY encourages them to contact Counseling and Health Services or BMCC students can stop by the Counseling Center in Room S-343 at 199 Chambers Street. Faculty and staff can reach out for free counseling and services through Deer Oaks EAP Services website or at 1-888-993-7650.
NYC Well Counseling Services
NYC Well’s website offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications (apps) that can help you cope if your symptoms of stress become overwhelming. NYC Well provides brief counseling and referrals for care assistance in more than 200 languages. BMCC faculty, staff and students can contact NYC Well’s, confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), or Text “WELL” to 65173, or Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell.
The Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center at BMCC is open for essential personnel (as deemed by the Governor and Mayor) only. The Center will provide care the same hours the College is open. That is currently 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any essential personnel in need of child care, must contact Kisha Fuentes at CUNY Central, who can be reached at (646) 664-8833. She will contact campus personnel directly.
For student parents, the Center is providing support via our Facebook page, Zoom calls, parent teacher conference calls. Please check out our Facebook page.
The Panther Pantry is open with limited hours on a reservation basis. Please check your BMCC email from Vice President Craig regarding reserving an appointment.
Virtual Service Desk
To protect the health and safety of our students and employees the Service Desk has gone virtual. For assistance, call (212) 220-8379, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Submit a request or ask a question by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the IT Services site where you can submit a ticket, check the status of your request, and find answers to common technology questions including how to download and install Office 365, set up BMCC email on your mobile device and much more.
Turn your mobile phone into a personal hot spot. For more information check out your mobile carrier for availability. Here are some resources:
Barnes & Noble VitalSource Books Available
VitalSource is the eBook provider for BMCC. They are supporting BMCC students for the 2020 spring term giving free eBook access to textbooks at colleges closed because of COVID-19. Non-Custom books from many publishers are available. Here is a list of publishers providing free e-Book access.
A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library
The Library is physically closed until further notice. Some services will only be available online. For all questions please email: email@example.com. Learn more about virtual services that are available.
Course Continuity Resources for Faculty and Staff
Blackboard Support is Now Available After Hours
Students and faculty with a pressing Blackboard question can now call Blackboard for assistance. This after-hours Blackboard support will be available by phone (646) 664-2024:
- weeknights – between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next morning
- weekends – all day and night on Saturdays and Sunday
- Call the following number for Zoom tech support:
- For support on how to use Zoom in the classroom email:
Workshops and Training
- E-Learning and CETLS are conducting various workshops and training sessions. See full schedule
- Book your private consultation with a ELC Instructional Designer.
It is important that we communicate with all students, faculty and staff during this time. We urge all of you to update and complete your contact information in CUNYfirst. Also, the college will send out community notices to the email addresses provided in CUNYfirst and through CUNY Alert text messages if necessary. In addition, updates will be posted on BMCC’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.