May 15th, 2020- Extension of Online Instruction- COVID-19 Update

May 15th, 2020- Extension of Online Instruction- COVID-19 Update

UPDATE 3/19/2020:

Dear GCNYC Students, Faculty & Staff:

We hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during these difficult times. Please know that GCNYC staff have been planning various online community building events and opportunities and will be sharing more information in the next few days. During this time of transition all staff are working remotely and have been collaborating on ways to continue to prioritize student needs.

We continue to pay close attention to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. State Department, New York State Education Department (NYSED) and Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the actions of other U.S. Higher Education institutions. We are also listening very carefully to suggestions and concerns from GCNYC students, faculty and staff. Our principal concern is to protect everyone’s health and well-being in line with government recommendations.

What is clear is that the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S. and especially in NY State, and increasingly severe measures are being considered and being taken by state and federal governments.  

At this time, GCNYC has received no reports of COVID-19 in the GCNYC community.  However, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to extend the suspension of in-person instruction and the continuation of online instruction until Friday, May 15 2020. This will be consistent with many U.S. Higher Education institutions who have now cancelled in-person classes for the remainder of their Spring Semesters.  We will review the situation again nearer that time.

Please take care during this time and know that GCNYC is here to support you however we can.

Best wishes,

Mike Mannion

GCNYC Interim Provost

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Zoom:

·     During this period, all classes will be held via Zoom. Students should create a free account at www.zoom.us. Please test your account before your first class, if it has not already occurred. Instructors will send out links to the class meetings prior to class time.

·     If you have any difficulty gaining internet or computer access from home. Please contact your instructor directly to discuss alternate options.

 

Registration:

·     Class registration for Trimester C has been extended through March 20th, this Friday. Please reach out to your Academic Advisors for any guidance.

 

The following events have been postponed:

·     March Mixer, Friday, March 20th

·     Dissertation Town Hall, Friday, March 27th

·     Further details are forthcoming.

 

We recognize that there will be challenges during this transition and appreciate your patience and understanding.  If questions arise about your course, please email your instructor.  Questions regarding induction and registration should be directed to Director of Academic Engagement, Kerri Quinn (Kerri.quinn@gcu.ac.uk).

 

Please stay safe during this time and use the links below to monitor for city and statewide updates.

LATEST HEALTH ADVICE & TRAVEL INFORMATION:

The latest health advice and travel information can be found through the Center for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State websites. In addition, you may check the New York State Department of Health.

 

INCLUSION & DIVERSITY:

During this worrying time, it is important to remember that at GCNYC we all have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and be able to work and study in an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment. We all have a role to play in ensuring that we have a safe, inclusive and welcoming campus for every member of our GCNYC community in line with our values and Common Good mission. Anyone who has concerns regarding diversity and inclusion should contact Jessica Chang-Russell, Director of Operations and Title IX Coordinator: Jessica.ChangRussell@gcu.ac.uk

 

SUPPORT & INQUIRIES:

For more information, support or enquiries, or to raise any questions related to the Coronavirus or Travel, please can contact our Health and Safety Adviser Colette Hamilton: Colette.hamilton@gcu.ac.uk.

 

Other questions or concerns may be addressed to Director of Academic Engagement, Dr. Kerri Quinn (Kerri.Quinn@gcu.ac.uk).