Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Updated May 23, 2020)

In compliance with the Gov. Cuomo’s directives, and to ensure the safety of essential personnel, all Lehman College visitors and employees must wear a facial covering at all times when visiting the campus. Those without a facial covering are prohibited from being on campus at any time.

Any employee or visitor who has been on campus who becomes ill with COVID-19, or who learns that they have had contact with an individual who has COVID-19, should inform the College: Employees should inform their supervisors immediately; visitors should contact Lehman College Public Safety at 718-960-7777 or public.safety@lehman.cuny.edu.

Here's what you need to know:

  • CUNY has released FAQs for the CARES Act grants that students started receiving Friday, May 22. The grants will be distributed to eligible students via direct deposited or through a paper check that will be mailed to the address students have entered into the CUNYFirst system. READ THE FAQs.

  • President Daniel Lemons' Issued an Update on the NYS Budget for FY 21 and guiding principles and values the College will use going forward. READ THE UPDATE.

  • Laptop loans for summer and fall terms: tudents who need a laptop or tablet in order to complete course work for summer and fall terms should REQUEST A LAPTOP OR TABLET HERE.

  • CUNY Released Updated Guidance for Students, Faculty, and FAQs for Its Spring 2020 CR/NC Flexible Grading Policy: Students will have until June 25 to decide of they want to accept the letter grade they receive in a course or if they want to instead receive a grade of "Credit" or "No Credit." READ THE GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS. READ THE GUIDANCE FOR FACULTY. READ THE FAQS. Fore further guidance, email Credit.NoCredit@lehman.cuny.edu.

  • Student Parking Permit Partial Refunds Announced: Students with daily passes will receive a $48; those and with evening passes, a $35 refund. The refund will be returned to a student's original form of payment (i.e. credit for card for on line payments and student accounts for Bursar payments).  Due to the large number of refunds that must be issued, the process may take up to 30 days. 

  • Spring 2020 Bursar Hold Assistance: THE BURSAR'S OFFICE IS EXPERIENCING A HIGH VOLUME OF INQUIRIES AT THIS TIME. If you have have emailed the Bursar's Office and received a message in response stating the mailbox is full, your message was not received. If you need to contact the Bursar's Office to reconcile a hold on your account, submit your request here: SPRING 2020 BURSAR HOLD ASSISTANCE FORM. Someone will respond within three-to-five business days.
  • The Food Bank is now providing services remotely. Campus appointments are discontinued at this time. To make an appointment for services through the virtual food bank, FILL OUT THIS FORM.
  • Summer/Fall 2020 — Distance Education: After careful consideration and consultation, The City University of New York’s Summer 2020 course offerings will be exclusively conducted via distance education format. Guidance regarding Fall 2020 course offerings will be provided in due course, once consultation with academic leaders and faculty has occurred and guidance from NYSED and other accrediting bodies has been obtained.
  • Commencement is POSTPONED. At the completion of the spring semester, all degrees will be conferred as scheduled, and diplomas will be awarded. In the coming days, Lehman will develop its own plans for celebrating our Class of 2020. Cap and gown refunds will be made available shortly for those who want them. FIND CAP AND GOWN FAQS HERE.
  • Student Activity Fee Refund. CUNY will waive 25 percent of the Spring 2020 Student Activity Fee for students enrolled in CUNY colleges on a 15-week calendar. The portion of the fees that support the University Student Senate will not be refunded. The refunds will occur automatically. READ THE POLICY.
  • CUNY announced a flexible credit/no credit policy, effective April 1, 2020. Sudents 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 POLICY.
  • Find a list of FAQs that will help you stay healthy, navigate distance learning, and find out the latest on the coronavirus.

Questions?
Email the Lehman College COVID-19 Task Force at covid19.taskforce@lehman.edu.


Values and Process


Dear Lehman Community,  

As you probably know from news reports, New York State's budget is in crisis. All of the colleges in the CUNY and SUNY systems are preparing for substantial budget reductions. The below document includes a recap of our current situation as well as a description of the decision making process moving forward and the values that will drive these difficult decisions. This document has been shared with senior administrative and academic leadership and reflects their thoughts as well as my own.

Values and Process Guiding Budget Discussions and Decisions for FY21


The State adopted the Fiscal Year 21, FY21, budget on April 3, and CUNY received a "flat" budget with only $50 million added over the previous year to cover increased fringe benefit costs. Coming as it did in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and a faltering state and national economy, the budget bill included three dates, April 30, June 30 and December 31, when the state budget director can unilaterally modify the budget, based on projections of state revenues. The week prior to April 30 the state budget director issued revised revenue projections showing a $13.3 billion FY21 shortfall. By mid-May that will be reflected in a revised budget in which he estimates there will be $3.2 billion in savings identified, and a $10.1 billion reduction in the budgets of state agencies. CUNY and SUNY are among these state agencies. That would amount to a $10.6 million reduction in our revenue from the State. 

Anticipating mid-year budget reductions, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez established a Fiscal Scenarios Group to create the most realistic estimates about how the CUNY budget could be impacted by the state's finances. He issued a memo on April 27 in which he laid out four immediate actions including an immediate hiring freeze. While we work within the CUNY budgeting framework, due to long-standing financial prudence and recently strong enrollment growth, we have built a fund balance of $10-12 million coming into FY21. That puts us in a better position, but does not eliminate our need to revise our FY21 budget projections to accommodate the almost certain state budget reductions. Furthermore, we have already budgeted the current fund balance to cover the increasing costs from the new CBA in the next three years, and those costs will become much greater in FY22.

We began our budget process in mid-April and have an established timeline for finalizing budget allocations by June 15. This process is led by the Cabinet with periodic consultations with the Senate Budget Committee. Given the unprecedented financial challenges in this budget cycle, this process will require many difficult decisions. In order to make those decisions in a way that secures the present and future financial position of the College and, most importantly, advances our mission, we began by re-affirming the process we will use and values that will guide us. These are the basis for all of our decisions and we will regularly refer to them as we address the many details in the budget process.

Process:

  • We will make strategic, rather than across-the-board budget adjustments, in order to ensure that we strengthen our overall position as a college.
  • We will employ both short- and long-term thinking, maintaining a viable FY21 financial position while at the same time making investments that further our mission, minding the overall sustainability of decisions.
  • We will continue our sense of community on campus, engaging the key stakeholders, honoring shared governance, and enabling clear understanding through regular communication.

Values:

  • The safety, health and well-being of students, staff, faculty, and other key community stakeholders must be guarded.
  • We must preserve the integrity and quality of our educational programs, sustaining and promoting excellence in teaching, as we support the scholarship, research, and creative work of our faculty.
  • The needs of students are primary, and we must continue to provide educational opportunity and the range of support that ensures their timely graduation and career-readiness, so we continue to be a leading engine of social mobility, and achieve the 90X30 challenge.
  • We will expand our unique role as a catalytic anchor institution in the Borough, providing intellectual leadership as we work with major organizations like Montefiore and BronxCare, non-profits like the NY Botanical Garden, P-12 schools, elected officials, and local businesses.

Daniel Lemons
President


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

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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

Prevention

Wellness

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

  • Wear a mask in public at all times. If you do not own a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a bandana, scarf or t-shirt.
  • Avoid all unnecessary events, travel or interactions.Stay at home as much as you can.
  • Wash hands oftenwith soap and water for at least 20seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizerif soap andwaterare notavailable.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a 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.

Testing

As New York State aggressively expands COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity, the Department of Health has revised guidance to increase testing for frontline workers, including all first responders, health care workers, and essential employees who interact with the public, while continuing to prioritize resources. Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • An individual is symptomatic or has a history of symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing), particularly if the individual is 70 years of age or older, the individual has a compromised immune system, or the individual has an underlying health condition; or
  • An individual has had close (i.e. within six feet) or proximate contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19; or
  • An individual is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine; or
  • An individual is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or other essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; or
  • An individual presents with a case where the facts and circumstances – as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state or local department of health officials – warrant testing.
Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

The Bronx drive-through site at Lehman is operated by New York State and testing is 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 https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing.

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: counseling.center@lehman.cuny.edu 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 www.deeroaks.com.


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