Student Distance Learning, and Services
Types of Online Courses
During COVID, almost 100% of courses are listed as ‘ONLINE’, but there are different ways to participate in online courses. Make sure you understand if you are expected to meet ‘live online’ or not before you enroll in a course. The simplest way to figure out what kind of online course is listed in CUNYfirst is to check the meeting times.
Synchronous = Live Meetings
If there are meeting times listed, then it is synchronous/live and you should be prepared to participate in these classes just like you did before COVID, except online via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate.
Asynchronous = No 'Live' Meetings
If classes have the date and time listed as 'TBA,' then it is an asynchronous class and you will not meet live, instead, you will be allowed to complete the assignments on your own time (they will be due every week).
Are you a BMCC student who could use a warm meal or emergency bag of food?
Check your BMCC e-mail for a message from Vice President Marva Craig about a new initiative from Single Stop and Student Affairs. You can now visit the Panther Pantry, have a warm meal on-campus or take it to-go, or both. Up to three members of your family can also join you for the warm meal. A limited amount of warm meals will be served each week. Be sure to check your BMCC e-mail for details on how to make a reservation and sign up.
How to opt-in for CR/NC Grades
2020 Census Contest (Updated 6/16)
BMCC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to help spread the word to their friends and followers on social media about the importance of completing the 2020 U.S. Census and be entered in a raffle to win one of ten $200 Amazon gift cards. The BMCC Census2020 Social Media Challenge is open to all BMCC students, staff and faculty.
To participate, BMCC students, faculty and staff need to create five social media posts between now and June 26 that speak to the importance of the Census and includes a link to www.2020census.gov and the hashtags: #CUNYCounts #GetCountedNYC
BMCC Census2020 Social Media Challenge Rules
All participants will be entered to win one of ten $200 Amazon gift cards
Participants must post a minimum of five original social media posts before Friday, June 26 encouraging friends, family and followers to participate in the Census
All posts must include a link to www.2020census.gov and the hashtags: #CUNYCounts #GetCountedNYC
Participants must submit screenshots of all activity for verification by June 26th at 5:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include student i.d. number.
You can enter up to five times (you must post five times for each entry).
The participant with the most engagement (total number of likes + shares across all posts) will win an additional $100 gift card
One participant will win an additional $100 gift card for the most creative post
Must be a current BMCC student, staff, or faculty to participate
* No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited or restricted. This challenge is open only to those who are at least eighteen (18) years of age as of May 28, 2020. All submissions: 1) must be your own original work and may not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party; 2) cannot include any material that is in BMCC’s judgment obscene, inappropriate for a general audience that may include minors, or defamatory, and cannot contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information; 3) may not include the name of a private individual without that individual’s explicit written permission for use; and 4) may not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation. Except where prohibited, participation constitutes consent to use of your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purpose in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
Seeking a Library Barcode to access Library Resources? (Updated 6/8)
Many new students may be trying to access resources through the CUNY library system and to do so you need the library barcode. The library barcode is located on the physical student identification card that is distributed by the Service Desk on campus. However, due to not being able to access campus for identification photos and printing of the identification cards, this is not possible.
In the meantime, BMCC has created a simple form for students to fill out a request for a temporary barcode. You can find the form by clicking here.
BMCC Launches Free Rapid Response Workforce Training Courses (Updated 6/16)
More than 3,000 virtual workforce training courses are available to New Yorkers, thanks to a recent collaboration between the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development and the online learning platform Coursera.
The BMCC Rapid Response Workforce Training Initiative will offer the courses and certifications—free of charge—through September 2020.
Among the courses being offered is the Johns Hopkins University contact tracing course, which prepares candidates for COVID-19 contact tracer positions. CUNY students and graduates are encouraged to apply for those positions.
Chromebooks & iPads (updated 5/27)
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) has a limited number of devices available to lend to students who are enrolled in spring, summer, and/or plan to register for fall 2020 and do not own or have access to another device at home. Students will have the option to borrow an iPad or Chromebook.
If you are not enrolled, you must return the equipment to BMCC. Returns will take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm @ the gym 2nd floor (Same area of distribution) until June 24th 2020 only.
If you are returning your device, follow these instructions to wipe the memory/hard drive. Click here.
Preferences will be honored while supplies last. Each student is allowed one device. Once checked out, the device can be kept as long as the student is enrolled in class at BMCC. Students must have a WiFi connection in order to connect the device to the internet. Please check your BMCC email for further instructions how to reserve a device.
All student tutoring has moved online. Learn more in Help & Resources.
Online Complaint Form (5/15/2020)
BMCC is committed to ensuring a discriminatory free environment, where all persons are treated fairly and with respect regardless of their protected status. The Office of Compliance & Diversity (OCD) is available to all members of the BMCC community (students, faculty, staff, visitors, etc. ). If you need assistance filing a complaint of unlawful discrimination/harassment, obtaining a reasonable accommodation, or if you have any questions regarding the policies enforced by the OCD, please contact our office. Retaliation for filing a complaint is strictly prohibited. Please review these CUNY policies for important information about your rights. Please click here to learn more about BMCC campus resources.
To access the online complaint form, click here.
Bursar Update about BUR Holds on CUNYfirst (4/24/2020)
Bursar Holds Removed for BMCC Students
To further assist students with continuing their education, students with current Spring 2020 semester balances of $4,000 or less are allowed to register for the upcoming Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. All balances prior to Spring 2020 must be paid in full in order for registration to occur for Summer and Fall 2020. There will be no Bursar holds applied until after the start of the Fall 2020 semester, which is August 26, to allow students to conduct school related transactions without delay. For answers to questions, email Bursar@bmcc.cuny.edu.
Summer Waiver Program (Updated 4/20/2020)
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is offering two tuition waivers this summer that students may be eligible for, the Petrie Completion Waiver and the STEM Waiver. To be eligible, students must be degree-seeking at BMCC. Both waivers cover $210 per credit. Please note that only the tuition for the courses will be waived and students will be responsible for all fees and materials, such as textbooks.
Petrie Completion Waiver Requirements
Eligible students who have two (2) or fewer courses left to complete their associate degree requirements and enroll in a course that counts toward completion of their listed BMCC degree will be able to receive one (1) tuition waiver for classes that begin on May 26 and/or one (1) tuition waiver for classes that begin on July 14.
To be eligible, a student must be a New York City resident and a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or NYS Tap-Eligible (includes Jose Peralta New York State Dream Act) at the time the waiver is applied. They must enroll in a credit-bearing mathematics, science or computer science course that counts toward completion of their listed BMCC degree, to be able to receive a tuition waiver for the course that begins on May 26 only.
Additional courses eligible for the STEM waiver are:
ANI 401 (Introduction to 3D Animations)
ANI 402 (3D Animation Projects)
Any CIS-designated course
EMC 100 (Emergency Medical Care)
EMC 303 (Emergency Medical Care/Paramedic Clinical Internship III
HIT 210 (Professional Practice Experience I)
LIN 101 (Introduction to Linguistics)
MEA 201 (Professional Development and Career Planning in Media Arts and Technology)
MEA 371 (Media Arts and Technology Internship)
MMA 100 (Foundations of Digital Graphic Design)
MMP 100 (Introduction to Multimedia)
MMP 260 (Introduction to 2D Animation)
NUR 415 (Professional Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice)
PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
RTT 210 (Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine)
To qualify for a tuition waiver, students must register for the Summer 2020 course no later than the priority deadline of May 1 for classes that begin on May 26 and June 15 for classes that begin on July 14. As funding is limited, waivers will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If students are granted a summer tuition waiver, they will receive a notification to their BMCC email address during the week of May 21 for the first summer sessions and the week of July 9 for the second summer session. Please note, students must complete the summer courses. If they drop the courses or fail to attend class, the waiver may be revoked and they will be responsible for the tuition.
Document Submissions via CUNYfirst (New Tool - 4/13/2020)
As campus remained closed, you can submit any necessary documents needed for Financial Aid, Health Services, or Registrar through CUNYfirst. For instructions on how to upload supporting financial aid, health services and registrar/student record documents to college or University offices click here.
Academic Advisement & Transfer Center
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Academic Advisement & Transfer Center is: www.bmcc.cuny.edu/advisement.
The e-mail address to have questions answered and to arrange for academic advisement calls is email@example.com.
The AATC is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
Office of Accessibility
Now that my classes have been moved online, how do I “attend” class?
Students will be contacted by their instructors on how to proceed with online learning. Policies regarding class attendance, tests, and other coursework will be determined on a class-by-class basis. Keep a look out for an email from them. If you do not hear from them, be proactive and contact them directly.
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Office of Accessibility is: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/student-affairs/accessibility/.
The e-mail address to have questions answered and to arrange for academic advisement calls is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The phone number to call to reach the office is: (212) 220-8180
The Office of Accessibility is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
Group Text Messages
During the closure of the BMCC fitness center until further notice, we remain dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle for members of the BMCC community.
Until we reopen, the BMCC Athletics department will be sharing a series of workout videos that do not require any weights or exercise machines. These in-home workout videos often feature beginner and advanced versions of the workout, and you are encouraged to follow along at your own pace.
Center for Career Development (updated 5/8/2020)
Virtual Walk-in Hours (Monday through Friday, 2PM - 4PM)
Center for Career Development Virtual Front Desk - Live!
· Students can stop by our front desk by clicking on the following link, https://bit.ly/ccdfrontdesk.
· Available Monday - Friday from 10AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4PM
· Also available via email at email@example.com.
Virtual Career Advising
We are offering remote career advising appointments for students through video chat, email, and phone, as well as virtual video “walk-in” appointments from 2-4pm weekdays. Our Career Advisors can help you clarify your goals and explore your options using career assessments, and help you succeed in your job search by working with you on your resumes, cover letters, and by preparing you for interviews through practice (“mock”) interviews.
Students can search for and apply to hundreds of job and internship opportunities on Career Express, simply log-in and start browsing through the jobs tab. Career Center staff will be available to walk you through the Career Express system if you need tips and assistance. Looking for more opportunities? Speak with a Career Advisor to help craft your own tailored search plan and access even more jobs.
Workshops and Presentations
Our core workshops will also be available to join in webinar format via the Zoom platform starting the week of 3/23, with topics related to Job Searching, Resumes, Interviewing, Networking and other important career related topics. You can see our full calendar or RSVP for our on-line sessions through Career Express, and check our website for additional information and resources.
Unemployment Information (posted 4/1/2020)
City and State officials have released information on additional unemployment resources as a result of the CARE Act that was passed on 3/27/20. Specifically there are new and additional unemployment benefits called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that 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. Impacted students can apply by phone or online. We encourage all campuses to share this information with all students broadly via digital, faculty, student affairs and general college communications. More information can be found at: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.pdf and https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm.
Counseling Center Information
BMCC Counseling Center is committed to continuing to support all students with their personal and academic counseling needs.
All services are in the process of being moved online or accessible remotely. The means in which we will provide ongoing services will depend on the individual needs of the student and be decided through a series of conversations with the student’s counselor. The services can be provided via phone, video conferencing or email. We are aware that not all students have access to a computer, reliable internet or a private space. We are therefore trying to be creative so we can be a support to all BMCC students.
The details of our services are still being discussed and may change, so we ask students to continue checking their BMCC email and the website for any updates.
Please email the Counseling Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. A counselor will respond to you within 24 hours during open business hours. If a student knows who their counselor is, they can also email their counselor directly for information and to schedule a time to speak.
NYC Well (a confidential 24/7 helpline)
An infectious illness outbreak such as this one can be stressful to you, your loved ones, and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. To reduce your stress and to manage the situation more resiliently, try to remain positive, remind yourself of your strengths, connect with friends and loved ones and use healthy coping skills. 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, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, 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 (888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173
Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell
Early Childhood Center
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Early Childhood Center is: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/student-affairs/ecc/
The e-mail address to have questions answered is: email@example.com.
The phone number to call is: 212-220-8250.
The Early Childhood Center is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
Free resources provided by outside organizations (Updated 5/8/2020)
As a COVID-19 response, Texas Instruments is offering free six-month calculator emulator software subscriptions to teachers and students for TI-84 Plus, TI-30XS, TI-34 MultiView and TI-Nspire CX calculators. Calculator guide books and tutorials are available online as well.
Keep Up with the News: Activate Your FREE New York Times and Wall Street Journal accounts
Students, faculty and staff have free access to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal using your active BMCC email account. Also, all COVID-19 reporting by The Washington Post is free for all readers.
Students at accredited academic institutions are eligible for a one-year trial of QuickBooks Online and a five-month trial of QuickBooks Desktop. Please complete the online form here to confirm eligibility and unlock your free license for QuickBooks Online.
Creative Cloud Online (Extended until July 6th)
Get temporary at-home access to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Visit the Service Desk Site to find out more: https://servicedesk.bmcc.cuny.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=1070
IBM SPSS (Valid until June 15th)
IBM SPSS Statistics is a powerful statistical software platform. It delivers a robust set of features that lets your organization extract actionable insights from its data. Home use license will be available free of charge until June 15th.
SPSS for student use is also available virtually through CUNY Virtual Desktop.
A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Library is: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/library/ OR https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/library/blog/2020-03/were-here-to-support-you-in-person-and-online/
The e-mail address to have questions answered is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The phone number to call and leave a message is: 212-220-1499. (Students are encouraged to go to the website and use the Live Chat feature for immediate responses.)
The Library is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
All In-Person Tutoring is now online. Visit the Virtual Learning Center at BMCC to learn more.
Please use your BMCC student email and password to schedule an appointment with a tutor at bmcc.upswing.io. Here are some how-to videos to get you started:
Veteran's Resource Center
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Veteran's Resource Center is: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/student-affairs/veterans-resource-center/.
The e-mail address to have questions answered is: email@example.com.
The phone number to call and leave a message is: 212-220-8035.
Seeking the contact information for a specific member of the Veteran's Support Team ? Find it here:
Wilfred Cotto, Veterans Resource Center (VRC), Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ligdamy Pena, VRC College Assistant - email@example.com
Jana Keith-Jennings, VRC College Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara Morrison, PROVE Social Work Intern - Lara.email@example.com
Luke Arsenault, PROVE Social Work Intern - Luke.firstname.lastname@example.org
William Simpson, School Certifying Officer (Registrar’s Office) - email@example.com
Eric Glaude, Counselor, Veterans Services - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Morgan, Bursar’s Office - email@example.com
Ida Alaouie, Academic Advising Center - Ialaouie@bmcc.cuny.edu
The VRC is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
Women's Resource Center
The web page to refer to for the most up-to-date information about the operations, programs, and online offerings of the Women's Resource Center is: https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/student-affairs/womens-resource-center/.
Check out the May 2020 Newsletter!
The e-mail address to have questions answered is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the phone numbers of the WRC Staff to reach them directly:
WRC Main Line: 212-220-8165
Tammie's Line: 212-220-8166
Victoria's Line: 212-776-7102
The WRC is currently using the following forms of technology to stay connected remotely:
The University’s highest priority in charting a response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus threat is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while maintaining academic continuity and safeguarding students’ ability to finish the semester and protect their financial aid.