Guidance for Faculty
State and Federal guidance on coronavirus-related interruptions
New York State Education Department
FAQ issued May 12, 2020: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/nysed-faq-colleges-universities-5-12-20.pdf
Distance Education Flexibility Fall 2020 Semester, memo dated May 20, 2020: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/nysed-distance-education-flexibility-fall-2020.pdf
United States Department of Education
Initial guidance, issued March 5, 2020: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/030520Guidance4interruptionsrelated2CoronavirusCOVID19
Updated guidance, issued May 15, 2020: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/051520UPDATEDGuidanceInterruptStudyRelCOVID19May2020
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
FAQs from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for SEVP stakeholders related to students with F-1 and M-1 visas (updated July 15, 2020): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wnzUIWAt9M3gsauvyT42z9mQsa0NO5Az/view?usp=sharing
Additional SEVP Fall 2020 guidance sources from NAFSA (Association of International Educators): https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/sevp-covid-19-guidance-sources
Online courses are subject to the same CUNY policies as are in-person courses regarding academic integrity, the acceptable use of computer resources, equal opportunity and non-discrimination, sexual misconduct, workplace violence, domestic violence, and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. For a comprehensive list, see https://provost.qc.cuny.edu/guidance-for-faculty/policies
Activating G-Suite For Education
Students QC usernames always have a 3 digit number after their name (100, 101, 102 etc.) It helps to distinguish their account from a faculty/staff account.
Logging into Qmail needs to be first because we've had a lot of problems communicating that students need to use @Qmail, not @Gmail or @Login. Students also need to select the Outlook Application, not just log into Office 365.
The Google account for students has two prerequisites:
Students must log into their Office 365 @qmail.cuny.edu account and select the Outlook application.
To claim your Queens College - Office 365 Qmail account go to https://login.microsoftonline.com/
Your email/username is your CUNYFirst Username@qmail.cuny.edu (e.g.John.Doe20@qmail.cuny.edu)
(Please note that it is @Qmail, not @Gmail or @Login)
The password is always going to be your CUNYFirst password.
In order to have a Google Account created, students should have logged into CAMS and activated their QC Username.
The Google account login is the QC Username (CAMS) followed by @qc.cuny.edu, (e.g. JDoe100@qc.cuny.edu.) For students, this is not a valid Email address, it is only a Google account login. The student's email is the CUNYFirst Username @qmail.cuny.edu.--( e.g. John.Doe20@qmail.cuny.edu )
For logging into Google Classroom and G-Drive, students should be directed to use their QC Username (JDoe100@qc.cuny.edu), not their email.
Ensuring reasonable accommodations
The barriers that exist at the intersection of a student’s disability and course design may be different in the new online format than those determined for the original course format. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (also see FAQs here) applies in distance learning environments, and the move to distance learning may require you to reassess accommodations for your students.
For assistance, contact the QC Office of Special Services for Students with Disabilities at email@example.com or go to their webpage: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/specialserv/
Accessibility and universal design resources from CUNY
Chancellor Matos Rodriguez put out a compelling statement of support for the ADA:
“Scores of CUNY students with disabilities have emerged as heroes, leaders and role models, helping all members of the community to navigate the challenges of a new world beset by Covid-19.
“Even with all that has been accomplished, more work remains. We remain committed to marshaling the strength of the ADA and doing all in our power to ensure that no opportunity is denied any member of the CUNY community on the basis of a disability.”
The CUNY Council on Student Disability Issues has a guide Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide for Teaching Students with Disabilities that includes information and best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities and achieving the goal of equal access, with sections on technology in the classroom and for online courses and on using alternative text for students with disabilities
The SPS Faculty Community Site (https://spsfaculty.commons.gc.cuny.edu/accessibility) has guides on accessibility and universal design in learning, including information specific to the Blackboard learning environment
Guidance from the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Fact sheet on addressing the risk of COVID-19 in schools while protecting the civil rights of students
Brief video on online education and website accessibility
Religious accommodations during finals
CUNY's policy about religious accommodation allows students to request and be granted an accommodation on the basis of religious belief. Questions about CUNY's policy should be directed to Chris Rosa, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Inclusion Initiatives (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Proctoring and use of cameras during class and exams
CUNY will not proceed with the implementation of proctoring software. Faculty are encouraged to consider alternative assessments that do not require remote proctoring. CUNY has put together a website with references on alternative forms of assessment: https://www.cuny.edu/academics/faculty-affairs/funding-opportunities/alternative-forms-of-student-assessment
CUNY's full Policy on Remote Proctoring can be found here: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/academic-continuity/guidance-on-academic-continuity-to-campuses/#Remote-Proctoring-Solutions
"7 ways to assess students online and minimize cheating" Flower Darby in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Remote access: https://qc-cuny.libguides.com/c.php?g=1009805&p=7316432
Service updates: https://library.qc.cuny.edu/news/our-latest-service-updates/
Digital and streaming resources: https://qc-cuny.libguides.com/c.php?g=1009805&p=7335961
ENGL 110 Research Guide (includes videos on doing library research)
Faculty coordinating a fieldtrip must follow new protocols established during the Fall 2020 semester.
All field trips require prior approval. This includes day trips (without an overnight stay) within the five boroughs of New York City that require only the use of public transportation or private or publicly-accessible transportation alternatives for students with disabilities and those that do not involve high-risk activities.
In addition to the standard field trip request package, faculty must also submit:
full names and emails for each student that will participate
emergency contact information for each student.
For full instructions on field trip visit: https://provost.qc.cuny.edu/guidance-for-faculty/FieldTrips
CUNY's travel guidance page: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/travel-guidance/
Tech for Learners (https://www.techforlearners.org/ ) is a searchable database of education technology tools that facilitate online classrooms and online teaching, coordinated by the Software & Information Industry Association
AAAS's Science in the Classroom website (https://www.scienceintheclassroom.org/ ) webiste provides annotated papers on science education and related activities
Godwin-Ternbach Museum: Access the education guides at http://gtmuseum.org/?page_id=668 and view digitized objects from our permanent collection at http://gtmuseum.org/?page_id=171%E2%80%8B. If you have any questions or would like to learn how to integrate digitized items into your curriculum, please email Maria Pio (email@example.com) or Louise Weinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)