Resources for Students
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Schedule an online appointment with an advisor or schedule time with a peer mentor or tutor
Connect to resources that will help you succeed at QC
Use a major explorer tool to match your interests and career goals with the right major
Get reminders and view things you should do to stay on track
Find study buddies for your classes
Borrow a device
We are anticipating getting a limited number of devices that we will lend to students who need a device to complete their coursework.
Many providers are offering free Internet service. We are keeping a list HERE.
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/
Adobe Creative Cloud
https://bbhosted.cuny.edu/webapps/login/noportal (CUNYfirst credentials)
Are you Ready? Online Student Readiness Course. Take this self-assessment student readiness short course on Blackboard.
G-Suite for Education at QC
Use your QC credentials (what you use for accessing WiFi while on campus)
http://gdrive.qc.cuny.edu (Google Drive: Docs, Sheets, Forms)
http://gcalendar.qc.cuny.edu (Google Calendar)
How to join a Google Classroom: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-VtAoLnSceSeunEoLVD1QJRnDuiv3j1w/view
http://linkedinlearning.qc.cuny.edu/ (QC credentials): online video tutorials on business, design, tech, creativity, and more; formerly Lynda.com
McAffee and Maplesoft
From the CUNY eMall: https://offers.cuny.edu/ (CUNYfirst credentials)
https://login.microsoftonline.com/ (CUNYfirst credentials)
https://connectcuny.webex.com/webappng/sites/connectcuny/dashboard?siteurl=connectcuny (CUNYfirst credentials)
https://vdi.cuny.edu/ (CUNYfirst credentials)
Overview and instructions: https://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/cis/virtual-desktop/
Includes remote access to: ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, Mathematica, Maplesoft, Matlab
Free and discounted ed tech tools (from Campus Technology)
Resources for working from home (from LinkedIn Learning)
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
The QC Philosophy Department has issued a document outlining additional Emergency Resources for Students.
Cameras in online classes and online exams
CUNY has established guidelines concerning camera use in online classes:
Cameras on during live classes
Instructors cannot require that you keep your camera on during live classes, unless there is a pedagogical need for it, and you have been informed in advance. In the case of classes in which an instructor has determined that there is a pedagogical need to require the use of cameras: (1) the requirement for students to be visible on the video must be communicated to students in advance of registration and enrollment; and (2) students who do not have access to cameras and therefore are unable to comply with the requirement must be accommodated.
Use of camera for test-taking
These rules must also be followed if an instructor plans to use a technology that requires students to turn on their cameras during test-taking or evaluation. Some courses may require exams where cameras stay on during the exam’s synchronous session; other courses may require the use of cameras to evaluate performances or presentations. This requirement will be communicated to students in advance of registration and enrollment. If you are informed of the requirement of camera use for the class in advance of registration and enrollment, and you enroll in the course, you are deemed to have consented to the camera use. If you do not have access to a camera, you should speak to your instructor before enrolling to discuss whether alternatives are available.
If there was no communication in advance of registration and enrollment indicating a camera-on requirement, but your instructor informs you that an exam will require camera use, and you are unwilling or unable to be on camera, you must contact your instructor ahead of time and ask for an alternative assessment. This could include an oral exam, an essay, or some other reasonable alternative.
• Speak with your instructor as soon as you know you won’t be able to meet the camera-on requirement.
• If you opt out of taking the exam, you must take the alternative assessment --- that is, you can’t simply take the exam with your camera off.
• If, after speaking to the instructor, you do not feel that your issues have been resolved, you should speak to the department chair or, after that, the dean, or the Office of the Provost. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
• You may not ask for an alternative assessment after the exam if as you were notified in advance of the exam of the requirement.
If you did ask beforehand, but were not offered an alternative, you may appeal the decision even after the exam.
Where to learn more about use of cameras in online courses
Advising and student records
The student document upload feature for CUNYfirst allows you to upload financial aid, health services, and registrar documents; look for it in Campus Solutions > Self Service > Document Upload; detailed instructions
FACTS (Financial Aid Certification Tracking System)
CUNY's Surviving and Thriving Guide
Healthy CUNY is a CUNY-wide resource to help connect students with services: https://www.healthycuny.org/
The QC Counseling Center takes appointments by phone (+1 718-997-5420), and provides referrals to low-cost, sliding scale, and pro bono mental health practitioners.
The Counseling Center is organizing the Stay Connected Student Support Group, facilitated by two QC counselors, beginning Wednesday June 10. The group meets on Zoom on Wednesdays, from 12:15 to 1:30. Join the group by emailing your interest to Sonal Soni (email@example.com) or Kristen Belmonte (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sessions are confidential and will require your agreement to group rules.
NYC Well provides well-being and emotional support applications and services, including a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
Call 888-NYC-WELL (+1 888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173
Chat at http://NYC.gov/nycwell
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to chat by text (SMS rates apply)
Visit https://www.crisistextline.org/ for more information and resources
The Knights Table Food Pantry (https://knightstablefoodpantry.org/) is a resource for matriculated students experiencing food insecurity. Make an appointment using this website: https://qcknightstablepantry.setmore.com/.
NYC Schools are offering meals to all New Yorkers. If you need meals, find a local NYC Public School here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
Students from any CUNY campus can have access to food pantries across the CUNY system: https://www.healthycuny.org/cuny-food-pantries
If you experience an unsafe situation, report it to the authorities and get help. Here are some resources for specific situations:
Report racism against Asian Americans: http://www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate/
Turning Point for Women and Families- Assistance for Muslim women in crisis situations including domestic violence: http://www.turningpoint-ny.org/9/services/
National Hotline for Survivors of Domestic Violence who are quarantined with abusers: +1 800-942-6906
Qualifying students who filed FAFSA for 2019-20 academic year were notified by email the week of May 18, 2020, about CARES ACT. Grant amounts are listed in the CUNYfirst Student Center. Funds were disbursed in May: for students enrolled in direct deposit, a deposit was made into the direct deposit bank account; for students not enrolled in direct deposit, checks were mailed to the address in their CUNYfirst account.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.cuny.edu/financial-aid/federal-and-state-grants/federal-grants/cares-act-student-emergency-grant/
Apply for a no-interest grant (maximum $500) at: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/Pages/Emergency-Grant.aspx; for more information, email PetrieGrant@QC.CUNY.EDU or call +1 718-997-5500.
Both QC and CUNY have set up emergency relief funds. Eligible students received notification by email in April and should see an item about this as a To-Do in CUNYfirst (http://cunyfirst.qc.cuny.edu). Contact the Office of Student Affairs (VPSA@qc.cuny.edu, +1 718-997-5500) if you have questions.
New York State Youth Leadership Counsel has established an emergency fund (unaffiliated with the federal government) to support New York City undocumented youth and families whose livelihoods are being affected by COVID-19. Whether it’s from a decline in business for street vendors or being laid-off in domestic and restaurant jobs. Find more information here: https://www.nysylc.org/undocufunds
Job and internship opportunities from QC's Center for Career Engagement and Internships: http://career.qc.cuny.edu
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is an unemployment benefit resulting from the federal CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020. The PUA is 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. You can apply by phone or online. More information:
Compilations of information and support
A list compiled by faculty in QC's Department of Philosophy, linking to information about Coronavirus; listing places that will help you navigate financial hardship and unemployment; providing supports related to emotional health; and providing quarantine-friendly recreation ideas.
Also see our page on staying healthy physically and mentally