Academic Continuity - Preparation and Resources
We are committed to providing faculty with the support necessary to accomplish the transition to online instruction. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has developed an Academic Continuity web page that includes tutorials for using QCC-supported applications (i.e., Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, MS Teams) and detailed how-to documentation for several other instructional technologies. Please check the Academic Continuity web page often for additional information and resources as they become available.
CUNY has announced that all classes in Summer 2020 will be taught remotely (Distance Learning). Queensborough Community College has a number of instructional technologies that are available for remote instruction. We strongly recommend QCC students review the information on the Student Resources web page immediately to prepare for the transition, and to check the web page often for additional information and resources as they become available.
Working together: Diversity, equity & inclusion
Dear Students, Faculty & Staff:
As we begin the first week of Distance Learning, I share my thanks for your patience, your persistence, and especially your consideration of others as we transition to alternate conditions. New learning spaces and working environments provide us opportunities to support each other as we confront and manage these significant changes in our lives. Chancellor Matos Rodríguez sent a video message yesterday to the CUNY community, which I encourage you to watch.
These are undoubtedly stressful times for everyone in our diverse community. By working collectively in a culture that promotes respect, we will maintain academic continuity and safeguard students’ ability to finish the semester and protect their financial aid.
The Centers for Disease Control notes that pandemics can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. There have been national reports of people experiencing stigma because of COVID-19: people of Asian descent; people who have traveled; first responders and healthcare professionals and others even though the manner in which the virus is spread is universal and not limited to any one segment of society.
There is no place for discrimination of any sort. All of us have a responsibility at Queensborough Community College to stop any stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts, sharing them, and communicating honestly and compassionately with each other.
We are an institution that takes pride in our welcoming environment and unwavering promotion of the values of equity and inclusion. Fear and misinformation do not excuse discriminatory conduct. Students, if you feel you have been or are being treated in a discriminatory manner, please contact the Office of Student Affairs for support. Likewise, faculty and staff can speak with the Chief Diversity Officer or Office of Human Resources.
Please become familiar with these resources for students and faculty to help make the transition to Distance Learning as easy as possible, and please keep up to date with all CUNY announcements related to COVID-19. Thank you for your commitment to Queensborough.
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.
Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York