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Before You Come to Campus: Return-to-Work Training (Required)
Effective immediately, any essential employees who have been working on campus or non-essential employees scheduled to work, visit or be on campus for any amount of time are required, prior to coming to campus, to take the mandatory New York State COVID-19 Response: Return-to-Work training. The training is available on Blackboard, under My Organizations. Employees can access Blackboard here. Your CUNYfirst user name and password is required to login to Blackboard (ex. pat.doe35@login.cuny.edu). Please contact Human Resources at human.resources@lehman.cuny.edu, if you do not have access to Blackboard so that you may arrange training. Training must be completed prior to your scheduled visit.

Self-Monitoring for COVID-19 Symptoms (Required)
The morning of your scheduled visit, you also must complete and submit a COVID-19 self-screening prior to coming to campus.The self-screening tool can be accessed here. If an employee answers yes to any questions they must not come to campus and will not be given access.

New York State requires employers to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before the employee can enter the workplace each day. The screening is not a medical diagnosis of COVID-19, the screening is to determine whether the employee can report to the campus.

The screening takes only a few minutes and the online form can be accessed using a computer or mobile device. Employees should follow the instructions at the bottom section of the self-screening tool regarding whether they should report to the campus. If the employee answers “No” to all the COVID-19 symptoms questions, they can report to the campus. If an employee answers “Yes” to one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms questions, they may not come to campus. Instead, they should alert the screener for their department/division. Screeners are required to notify Human Resources when an employee reports answering “Yes” to one or more COVID-19 symptoms. HR will follow-up with the employee.

Employees are expected to comply with the self-screening even if they will only be on campus for a short time. An employee who reports to work exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will immediately be isolated and sent home. If it is confirmed that an employee has COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, the work area will be closed temporarily to permit cleaning and disinfection. The department manager will provide guidance about where employees should report pending the reopening of the office.

The Office of the Provost and Division of Administration and Finance have partnered with the Information Technology Division to ensure that all students, faculty and staff have access to the resources they need to continue coursework in a distance-learning format.

FAQs for Faculty Going Online in a Hurry is an exhaustive list of questions and answers to common issues complied by Lehman's Office of Online Education.



CUNY CLOUD SYSTEMS' FEATURE GUIDE: This useful guide compares the features across the free apps CUNY makes available for distance learning.


SUPPORT: Stephen Castellano is the designated Blackboard Support Specialist. Reach him by email at stephen.castellano@lehman.cuny.edu. In addition, Castellano is available via Zoom for live support from 5-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Join his Zoom meeting at https://lehman.zoom.us/j/251363144. Meeting ID: 251 363 144.


RESOURCES AND TRAINING: CUNY's Blackboard User Guide supplies useful information on how to get the most out of Blackboard. Presented in a variety of text and video formats, the information will help you perform many common Blackboard tasks.

BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE ULTRA: With this feature, which is available through the Blackboard course site, faculty can hold small group meetings, record and save sessions, share documents or presentations, and implement other interactive activities.

ONLINE COURSE TEMPLATE:The Lehman College Online Course Template was designed by experienced online faculty to meet the needs of Lehman students.

COURSE READINESS REVIEW:Lehman's Office of Online Education provides this survey tool that allows faculty to review their course readiness.



MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 FOR EDUCATION: is a robust collaboration suite that is available to all faculty and staff. Users must login with their CUNYfirst credentials.

OFFICE 365 TRAINING RESOURCES: Learn to navigate and utilize the sharing and collaborative services provided by the Microsoft Office 365 platform. Among the most popular apps within the platform are Excel 365, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint 365, and Teams.

DROPBOX: is a cloudbased file-sharing app. Faculty and staff have unlimited storage.

CONNECTCUNY WEBEX: enables online meetings, with video and audio conferencing. You can make calls, share your screen, present information, and annotate shared documents or whiteboards. To get started, refer to this Quick Start Guide.

ZOOM: This is one of the eTools educators are using to transform their classrooms and personalize learning with tech. For those of you new to Zoom or who would like to learn more about the platform, visit Lehman's Office of Online Education for more tips and other "how-to" resources.

LEHMAN VOICE MAIL SET-UP:Update your voicemail greeting from home. Forgot your PIN? Troubleshoot these and other voicemail issues.

FACULTY DIGITAL TOOLKIT: A resources for Lehman faculty.



LEONARD LIEF LIBRARY has a generous collection of resources available to faculty and students. Its Ask-A-Librarian live chat allows you to get your questions answered 24 hours a day.

CUNY CONTINUITY OF LIBRARY SERVICES: CUNY Libraries have suspended in-person service and have moved to completely virtual online service; however, libraries will continue to support CUNY research and online instruction during the COVID-19 crisis.

CUNY ONESEARCH: CUNY OneSearch combines in one searchable place these three things: the CUNY library catalog; a massive index of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers; and unique digital content from CUNY libraries.



In light of the increasing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and impact it has on students' learning performance, CUNY's Office of the University Registrar has authorized the following adjustments to the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 Academic Calendar. The following changes are outlined below and take effect immediately.

  • Last Day to File for Pass/No Credit/Fail Option –For eligible students that meet the requirements of our “Pass/Fail/No Credit Option” policy, (See Policy Here), the University will move the deadline to Thursday, May 14, 2020. This is the published “Last Day of Classes,” and before final examination week, and also prior to the “End of the Spring Term.”

    *See note below on possible financial aid impact on students.
    • Course Withdrawal Period – Last Day to Drop with a Grade of “W.” The current deadline date listed on the calendar is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. We will move that date to Thursday, May 14, 2020. This is the published “Last Day of Classes,” and before final examination week and also prior to the “End of the Spring Term.”

  • Incomplete Grades – Students who receive an INC grades in the Spring 2020 term would generally be required to submit outstanding work, “according to a deadline established by individual colleges of the University but no later than the last day of the following semester.” The University will allow students to submit incomplete work to faculty for resolution of INC grades for courses taken in Spring 2020 through the Fall 2020 semester, and the new deadline for faculty to submit Incomplete to Grade forms to the Registrar’s Office for resolution will be Wednesday, December 23, 2020. This date coincides with the “Final Grade Submission Deadline” for Fall 2020 courses. (To view the updated Fall 2020 Academic Calendar Click Here).

*Note on Pass/No Credit/Fail Option: Students should consult with their academic and financial aid advisor to confirm if this option will still allow them to count the course towards their major/degree requirements, if credit is earned with a grade of P.

In order to receive this grade, a student needs to continue participating in academic related activities, complete all assignments, and take the final exam/culminating experience.

If a passing letter grade is earned, the student will receive a grade of ‘P’, credit for the course, and no impact on the GPA. If a failing grade is earned (F), the student will receive a grade of NP and no impact on the GPA.

Students must remain in compliance with Federal and State Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines.




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

  • STAY HOME. By executive order, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mandated, beginning Monday, March 22, all non-essential workers stay home and, if possible, work remotely.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself against other infections.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • If you need to go out, practice social distancing--maintain at least a 6 ft. distance from others.

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

  • fever
  • cough; and
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

The symptoms may appear as soon as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure.

If You Are Under Self-Quarantine or Are Sick

If you are sick or under self-quarantine, 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. Your health care provider can screen you over the phone, and will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. You may also call 311 to locate the closest city-operated hospital.

If you have been advised to self-quarantine, and/or you received a positive COVID-19 test result; or, one of your students has reported this information to you, email covid19.reporting@lehman.cuny.edu.

For questions about privacy and FERPA policies, refer to our FAQ section on Covid-19 Reporting and FERPA.

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