Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

(Updated March 30, 2020)

Here's what you need to know today:

  • Starting Friday, March 27, through Wednesday April 1, CUNY schools will enter into a "Recalibration Period for Educational Equity." No classes will be held during this time, except for those classes that were already taught online prior to March 12.The Recalibration will allow students to fully enter into distance-learning mode, and for faculty to refine their approaches to distance education. Spring Recess will now run from Wednesday, April 8, through Friday, April 10. (See President Lemons's email to campus below.)
  • CUNY announced a flexible credit/no credit policy, effective April 1, 2020, pending CUNY Board of Trustees approval. Under the proposed policy, students will have 20 days after they receive their spring term grades to decide if they want to convert the letter grades they earn in their classes to credit/no credit (CR/NC) grading. CUNY will supply students with pertinent information about the impact of CR/NC on their financial aid and academic progress. READ THE PROPOSED POLICY.
  • Lehman is still collecting requests from students who would need a laptop or tablet to continue their studies for the spring term. Anyone who is need of a laptop should fill out this REQUEST A LAPTOP OR TABLET HERE.
  • The Food Bank has revised hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, go HERE.
  • COVID-19 Reporting: Members of the Lehman community who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been directly exposed, tested or are planning to get tested should email: Your privacy will be protected.

  • CUNY published March 20 an Academic Continuity Guide with updates and guidance on research continuity, grading policies and deadlines, internships, adult and continuing education and financial aid.

  • The Office of Student Financial Assistance has issued guidance for students federal work/study program.

  • Find a list of FAQs that will help you stay healthy, navigate distance learning, and find out the latest on the coronavirus.

Email the Lehman College COVID-19 Task Force at

Update from President Lemons on CUNY'S Recalibration Policy

Dear Member of the Lehman Community:
Play Video ButtonIn the past few weeks I have observed in all quarters an almost unimaginable flexibility, creativity and willingness to jump into uncertain waters. We will need to keep that up. In these challenging times, we have had to make many decisions, and do so rapidly. And I have heard reasonable concerns about some of them.
So, why are we having a recalibration beginning Friday when many of us seem to have finally gotten on track with distance learning? Well, while many students had a computer or laptop and reliable internet access on March 19, a substantial number of students still did not.

We knew that the digital equity divide existed before our retooling recess, and in response, and through the prompt and tireless efforts of Vice President Ronald Bergmann, Dean Stanley Bazile, Vice President Rene Rotolo – along with many others – close to 200 Chromebooks and iPads were acquired in the past week to be loaned to students. At the same time, the CUNY central administration ordered a large number of additional laptops and iPads for distribution. A portion of those are about to arrive.

To give you some sense of the 144 students who have applied for and will receive the loaner computers:

  • 40 expect to graduate this spring
  • 91 are using the Lehman College Food Bank
  • 67 are full-time undergraduates, and,
  • Almost all are comfortable using BlackBoard – they just need the proper equipment to have a fair chance of finishing the term.

What we need for that to happen is more time to distribute computers and then for those students to get online and catch up with their classes; that is part of what the recalibration gives us.

I encourage students to continue distance learning through the recalibration period if they have fully entered into it. Instructors who know that every student in their class is now equipped for distance learning can continue to add material online as they see fit; that is one of the great features of asynchronous learning.

The shorter spring recess is unfortunate, but very little about the spring term of 2020 fits our usual pattern. It is unlike any other term in Lehman College history. We all have adapted to changes we didn’t see coming in every one of the past thirty days. The recalibration is one more such change that springs from our commitment to our mission. Without question, it requires adjustments and effort, but despite that, it is unlikely to derail students. Without it, a significant number won’t have a chance this term. There may be students who still will not succeed, despite these efforts, and for those, we will follow up with other measures so they can recover and continue their studies.

As always, thank you for your commitment!

Daniel Lemons

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Lehman College and The City University of New York are following guidelines from the NYC Health Department, New York State Education Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please be sure that you are registered with CUNYAlert which will text, phone and email you with important University-wide notifications.


Symptoms of coronavirus infection range from mild to severe, and include:

  • fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C);
  • cough;
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; and
  • sore throat
If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a preexisting health condition like asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you must stay home.

Read the NYC Health Department Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About COVID-19



Everyone should do their part to help minimize the impact of this serious public health threat.

  • Avoid all unnecessary events, travel or interactions.Stay at home as much as you can.
  • Wash hands oftenwith soap and water for atleast20seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizerif soap andwaterare notavailable.
  • Cover yourmouth and nosewitha tissue or your sleeve when sneezing orcoughing. Do not use your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Create more personal space between yourself and others. This is called social distancing.

If You Are Sick

If you are sick, stay home. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath after close contact with someone who is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health provider, you may call 311 to receive a referral. Be advised that the overwhelmed health workers at hospitals request that you do not report immediately to the hospital except in the most dire of emergencies.


At this point, New York City Health Department is recommending testing only be used for people who need to be hospitalized for severe illnesslike pneumonia. This protects health care workers and may affect treatment options.

•If you have symptoms, assume that you have COVID-19. A positive test will not change what a doctor tells you to do to get better.The best course of action is to stay at home.

•If you are only mildly ill, you can save the life of another New Yorker by staying home to ensure health care resources go to those who need them the most. Take care of others by staying home.

•The Bronx drive-through sites in Co-Op City, at Lehman and elsewhere are operated by New York State and are by appointment only; if you do not have an appointment you will be turned away. The test is prioritized for the most vulnerable New Yorkers including the elderly, first responders and health care workers. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

For more information about testing, visit

Help Our Community Guard Against Stigma

A lot of information circulating about the coronavirus on social media and in some news reports are not based on facts. The Lehman College community celebrates the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, and want to remind our community that there may be students who have been stigmatized by others based on their community of origin. COVID-19 should not be associated with any particular community or nationality. Please support the members of our college community by countering misinformation and supporting your friends, peers and colleagues.

Counseling Services

Virtual counseling services for students are available through our Counseling Center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Email: or call: 718-960-8761 to schedule an appointment. Employees have access to confidential counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. Please contact Human Resources at 718-960-8181 for more information or contact CUNY's EAP at 1-888-993-7650 or

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