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Messages to the Mercy College Community

President Tim Hall 

To continue to update the College community on the latest developments about COVID-19 at Mercy, I will be sharing a regular email called COVID-19 Communications from President Hall

In this first edition, I want to say how happy I am to have seen students, faculty and staff on our campuses this past week.  While it was quieter than normal in early September, it felt good to start returning somewhat to our regular routine. Watch this video to see how the start of the fall term is going on campus.  Each member of this community plays a vital role in ensuring that we can all safely return to our campuses this fall.  Please remember to adhere to the MavCare Pledge, which requires social distancing and wearing a mask – doing so shows respect for your fellow Mavs.  

As Kevin Joyce, Vice President of Student Affairs, communicated on September 9, out of an abundance of caution, Mercy proactively started to test all residential students and residential life staff who did not have to quarantine upon arrival at Mercy, based on the New York Travel Advisory.  With 95% of the test results back, we were able to identify seven positive cases, which was 1.7% of those tested. We swiftly provided these individuals with private accommodations, meals, health and safety resources, and support to continue classes virtually.  We are pleased these individuals are receiving the proper care and wish them a speedy recovery. Please respect the privacy of anyone who tests positive to allow them to focus on their health.

If we have reason to believe you have been in close contact with a confirmed case, you will be contacted by Mercy and by the local department of health who is also conducting contact tracing. The College will conduct ongoing surveillance testing of a sample of residential students and staff in the residence halls throughout the fall.  To keep our community informed, the College has created a dashboard on the OnCampus Plus reopening website to report positive cases on our campuses.  To read recent Mercy communications on COVID-19 click here and for more information click here for our Frequently Asked Questions.  

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks and wish you a successful fall term. Stay safe.


Meghan MarreroOF NOTE….

From Meghan E. Marrero, EdD
Professor of Secondary Science Education

Co-Director, Mercy College Center for STEM Education

“I came to campus today for the first time since March 11th, and I am just blown away by the amount of work that must have gone into creating systems, facilities and procedures to keep us all as safe as possible. As hard as this is, I truly appreciate it and I’m sure other faculty, staff and students do too.”

 

 

Campus Safety

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

As we return to our campuses this week, I want to remind everyone about the College’s COVID-19 Interim Visitor Policy that I initially shared on August 18.  It is important that everyone read and understand this policy as the fall term gets underway. 

As the College community is back on Mercy’s campuses, several policies have been established as part of the On Campus Plus Plan, including a new COVID-19 Interim Visitor Policy.  

The full policy can be found in the Employee Return To Work Guide and the Student Handbook Addendum.

As a reminder, access to all Mercy College buildings is restricted to students, faculty, staff, designated vendors and service operators, and invited guests (including prospective students and families, board members, donors, partners, etc.) who are essential to our business model. Parents and families of residential students may be allowed on campus during move-in and move-out periods, as well as during emergency situations such as if a student is injured or ill. All other visitors will be admitted by appointment only, unannounced visitors must be verified as set out below.

Scheduling and Hosting Visitors

  • All visitors, including guests of Mercy students, faculty and staff, must be pre-scheduled by 5:00 p.m. the day before their visit by completing a Visitor Log Form that will inform Mercy College Campus Safety of their arrival, unless there are extenuating circumstances. This information will be kept by departments in a log and may be used in the contact tracing process in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Visitor Log can be found here.
  • Once a log entry has been submitted, each visitor will receive an email with a link to a Screening Form that will need to be presented upon entry to a campus location. Visitors will also receive a copy of the Visitor Policy. They are instructed to complete the Screening Form within 24 hours of their visit.
  • Unannounced visitors or visitors who do not have a Visitor Screening Form will be asked to wait at the entrance to the building until their visit to campus can be verified and they fill out the Visitor Screening Form.
  • Faculty and staff must meet their visitor at their agreed-upon time at the designated entrance to the building and escort them to and from the meeting space.
  • Campus visitors must comply with the College’s established personal safety practices, which include:
    • Wearing a face covering at all times while on campus.
    • Complying with social distancing norms and other established safety guidelines while on campus.
    • Sanitizing hands upon entry to campus.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to protect the health of the Mercy College community. If you have questions about the Visitor Policy, please contact safety@mercy.edu.

Sincerely, 
Konrad Motyka
Executive Director for Campus Safety & Emergency Management

Student Affairs

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are excited to announce that the Hudson Hall Fitness Center will reopen on Wednesday, September 16.  

Since New York State announced fitness center and gyms could reopen with limited capacity, our staff has been hard at work to meet these requirements and enhance our protocols to ensure the safety and health of the entire Mercy College Community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As you may already know, things will look very different on campus… and so will the Hudson Hall Fitness Center. 

What to Expect in the Hudson Hall Fitness Center:

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday: 7 - 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday:  CLOSED

*** Between each set of open hours, the facility will be emptied and deep cleaned ***

Fitness Center Online Pre-Registration System: CampusGroups

  • Visitors must pre-register for a 50-minute slot and fitness equipment using CampusGroups. Click here for instructions on CampusGroups.
    • Time slots begin every hour, allowing 10 minutes for emptying of the room and cleaning of equipment before next user
    • Visitors must stay within their workout area at all times possible
    • Visitors may use free pieces (dumbbells and kettlebells) of fitness equipment from other areas and bring it to their designated area

*** Visitors may not make multiple reservations on the same day ***

Fitness Center Entry Requirements

  • Mandatory daily self-screening questionnaire via Mercy’s Mavericks Safe app 
  • Temperature screening will be conducted upon entry. If temperature is below 100.4, entry is permitted.

Limited Facility Capacity at 25%

·        Capacity is limited to 8 visitors in designated workout areas and 2 Fitness Center staff members. 

Limited Use of Fitness Equipment – Click here for more details about the equipment areas. 

  • The facility is broken out into 8 Workout Areas (Pre-Registered through CampusGroups) detailed below: 
    • Area 1: Treadmill Area
    • Area 2: Elliptical Area
    • Area 3: Stairmaster Area
    • Area 4: Spin Bike and Life Fitness Jungle Area
    • Area 5: Cable Column and Leg Press / Leg Extension Areas
    • Area 6: Fixed Bench Press Station
    • Area 7: Hammer Strength Rack Area
    • Area 8: Rogue Rack Area
  • Available Shared Equipment
    • Dumbbells and Kettlebells
      • Visitors with available free space (Areas 1,4,5,6,7,8) can pick up and move dumbbells and kettlebells to their reserved workout areas

Gym User Regulations  

  • Bathroom usage is permitted, but limited to 1 occupant at a time
  • Lockers and showers will be CLOSED.
  • Water fountains are available to only refill water bottles. Visitors must bring their own water bottle. 
  • Visitors must wear approved cloth-based or disposable face masks at all times. Bandanas and gaiters are not permitted. 
  • Visitors are encouraged to wear workout gloves.
  • Spotting of lifts is not permitted
  • All visitors must remain socially distanced from others (Recommended 10-12 feet)
  • Only exercise in designated areas
  • Visitors must follow designated one-way walkways within the Fitness Center
  • Visitors are asked to disinfect and sanitize all equipment used and wash hands frequently. Enhanced availability of handwashing stations, wipes and disinfectant will be available. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation to adhering to these new protocols in keeping everyone safe. We cannot wait to see you back in our Hudson Hall Fitness Center!

Go Mavs!

Sincerely,

Kevin Joyce
Vice President of Student Affairs

Office of the President

Please click here to watch a special thank you video message from President Tim Hall to students, faculty and staff.

President Tim Hall
 

Student Affairs

September 9, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are excited to welcome our community back to our campuses for the fall term.

Our top priority is to keep our community safe.  As we watch the trends of increased cases of COVID-19 at our peer higher education institutions, we are proactively taking extra precautions.  Accordingly, over the next few days we will test all students currently residing in our residence halls and all residential life staff for COVID-19.  Residential students and staff will then be expected to quarantine for up to 48 hours, or until their test results are received.  During this time, Mercy will provide meals and other supports to these individuals and we appreciate your understanding as students will need to attend class remotely. Thereafter, the College will conduct ongoing surveillance testing of a sample of residential students and staff in the residence halls on a bi-weekly basis throughout the term.  

As planned, Mercy will continue to test symptomatic students and their close contacts. Any student who tests positive will be required to self-isolate, their roommates will be tested and quarantined, and contact tracing will be conducted.  Faculty or staff who are symptomatic are encouraged to visit a local testing site or call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYS DOH website https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov to be screened for eligibility at one of the State’s Testing Sites. 

Through these efforts we believe we can mitigate potential spread of COVID-19 and further ensure the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely, 

Kevin Joyce
Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Affairs

September 8, 2020

Dear Residential Students,

Welcome Back! We are so happy you are here!  

Our top priority is to continue keeping you and our community safe as you reside with us. As we watch the trends at our peer higher education institutions, we are proactively taking extra precautions. Accordingly, we are requiring and providing for all residential students to be tested for COVID-19 on campus commencing immediately. You will receive a follow-up email from the Office of Residential Life regarding your testing date, time and location.

Before your scheduled testing time, please complete the daily COVID screening on the Mavericks Safe app  to show your “green light” and bring your insurance card, if it’s available. The actual test takes less than 5 minutes to complete and is administered via a self-swab. The Student Health Office staff will be on hand to answer any questions at that time.

Following your COVID-19 test, you will be expected to quarantine in your room for up to 48 hours, or until we receive the result of your test. We will bring three meals a day to you in your residence hall. You must refrain from walking around campus or going to class during that time. You should however participate in class virtually, so please inform your professor you are in quarantine and will need to participate virtually.

The Residential Life team will provide more information regarding meals and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Sincerely, and Go Mavs!

Kevin Joyce
Vice President of Student Affairs

Office of the President

September 8, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, 

A few days ago, SUNY Oneonta announced that hundreds of its students had tested positive for COVID-19 and that, as a result, they were shifting the fall semester back online. SUNY’s Chancellor told a newspaper that the majority of students were doing the right thing and that a small group ruined it for everyone else.

Meanwhile, here on campus, the last week has brought some of the typical hallmarks of fall. Students have again started to move into the residence halls, excited about the college dreams that they might have otherwise put on hold. I’ve had my first Hudson View Café cheeseburger since March (it was just as delicious as I remember it!). And efforts to put the finishing touches on campus are happening as always – with some new features like plexiglass, safety checks and signage.

As I have said all along, in this COVID-19 world, it is impossible to predict what the next few weeks and months will hold. That said, it is striking to think about the students at Oneonta – frustrated, disappointed, moving out – and ours – excited, hopeful, moving in. What we know – and what is becoming all the more real – is that it will take all of us for our students to have the experience they dream of, the experience they deserve. 

Each one of us plays a role in ensuring that Mercy College can remain open for the in-person instruction and services students need. We need your help and we need you to encourage others to do their part.

In brief, here’s what that means:

  • Wear an approved face covering. Wear it inside, wear it outside, wear it out of an abundance of caution.
  • Practice physical distancing. This applies in and out of class and on and off campus.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Even if there’s any question in your mind, be safe and keep us all safe.
  • Limit gatherings both on and off campus. Gatherings with more than 15 attendees must be pre-approved by the President or Provost.
  • Keep an eye out for the community. In addition to adhering to these principles yourself, we need your help to remind others of these new requirements. 

The actions of every one of us will impact our entire community, and I ask you to take personal responsibility for your actions and to report on any activities that violate our OnCampus Plus reopening plan. While we know this term will be different, we are eager to welcome all of you back to our Mercy community.

Sincerely,

Tim Hall
President

Campus Safety

September 4, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,  

As Mercy prepares to reopen its campuses for the fall semester, we are sharing the College’s revised parking policy and shuttle schedule. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in adhering to these policies. 

In keeping with CDC recommended cleaning protocols, all high touch surfaces on the Mercy shuttles will be wiped down after every trip and all shuttles will receive enhanced cleaning at the end of each day. Properly worn masks will be required for driver and passenger(s) for the duration of every trip. Remote scan temperature checks will be conducted on passengers before entering a shuttle. 

On each of our campuses, we have identified single points of entry to each campus building where officials will check completed daily health self-screenings on the Mavericks Safe app or a paper form with the same information. Click here for an updated map that includes labeled entrance checkpoints on the Dobbs Ferry Campus.

New Details about Parking 

  • As a result of the coronavirus, the College has enacted strategies to reduce density at our campuses and, as a result, expects fewer cars at the Dobbs Ferry Campus. Therefore, the monthly employee rotational parking policy will be suspended until further notice.  This policy will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis and is subject to change based on capacity. 
  • With the suspension of the monthly rotational parking policy, there is no longer a need to operate the Palisade Street Parking Lot and shuttle to the Dobbs Ferry Campus.  Therefore, this parking option and shuttle will not be operational. 
  • Mercy vendors are asked to park in the lower section of the Main Lot.   
  • For safety and convenience, parking applicants are asked to apply online.  Instructions on how to complete the registration can be found here. Applicants now have the ability to upload documents and will be asked to provide proof of insurance, vehicle registration and a copy of their Mercy ID.   

Commuter Students

  • If you were issued a commuter student decal at any time during the previous four years and that decal is currently displayed on your vehicle, you do not need to obtain a new one unless you will be living in College housing at Dobbs Ferry this coming academic year. 

Residential Student

  • Residential student parking applications are available through Mercy Connect. The first 150 applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and approved by Residence Life.
  • Residential freshmen are not permitted to bring a car to campus. 

Details about Campus Shuttles

Due to the expected reduced numbers of students, faculty and staff on campus this fall and realignment of operational resources, the College will be making changes to shuttle availability and schedules.  

Policies and Procedures 

  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to adhere to the Mercy College Parking Policy.  
  • The Passio Go! Shuttle app tracks shuttle locations and routes in real time. It is accessible via smartphones, tablets and desktop computers and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Once you have downloaded the app, scroll through the list of schools and choose Mercy College. You will then be able to view the routes on a single page. 
  • All vehicles parked on any Mercy College campus must be registered with the Mercy College Department of Campus Safety and display a vehicle decal. This requirement applies to the Dobbs Ferry Campus and the shared parking facilities at the Bronx and Yorktown Campuses. Vehicles parking on the Bronx Campus must also display a separate hang tag in order to comply with Hutch Metro site regulations.  
  • If you were issued a decal at any time during the previous four years and that decal is currently displayed on your vehicle, you do not need to obtain another decal for the upcoming year.  
  • To receive a new parking decal, please follow these guidelines
  • Complete the College’s online vehicle registration. Instructions on how to complete the registration can be found here
  • One decal will be provided free of charge for each employee, for one registered vehicle. Requests to register additional vehicles will be reviewed by the Department of Campus Safety and a second decal may be approved at a fee of $25.00. Requests for replacement decals should be submitted to the Department of Campus Safety via the online application and will be subject to a fee unless the previously issued decal is removed and returned.  Damaged decals, including partial fragments, should be brought to the Department of Campus Safety and will be replaced free of charge. An individual will only be allowed to park one vehicle on the Dobbs Ferry Campus at a time. Requests for exceptions by families with more than one Mercy employee can be made to the Department of Campus Safety. Those with a valid, state-issued handicapped sticker should contact the Department of Campus Safety at (914) 674-7225 regarding accommodations. 
  • Decals are distributed via the following: 
    • Students, faculty and staff at Dobbs Ferry can pick up decals from the Department of Campus Safety, Room 234Main Hall, Dobbs Ferry during normal business hours. From 5 – 7 p.m. students can pick up decals from the Office of Student Accounts in Mercy Hall. 
    • Students, faculty and staff at the Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Campuses can pick up decals from the Office of Enrollment Services at each campus. 
  • Valid decals will be read by a parking monitoring system located at the gatehouse at the Dobbs Ferry Campus. The decal must be displayed on the outside rear, driver-side window and the barcode must be vertical. Any improperly placed decals are subject to a fine. 
  • Tickets will be given to drivers who park on campus without a valid decal. Payments are accepted online, in person, and over the phone at the Office of Student Accounts in Dobbs Ferry. A driver has the opportunity to appeal the ticket to the Department of Campus Safety in Main Hall. 

The parking policy applies to members of the College Community as follows:   

Parking at the Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Campuses  

Bronx Campus

To meet its obligations to all the organizations and businesses at the Hutch Metro Center, the Center’s management has allocated the following spots to Mercy between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • 350+ spots on the upper floors of Parking Garage B (on the right where you pass the guard booth).
  • 20 spaces in the Parking Garage A directly in front of our building. 
  • 54 spaces in the North Open Parking Lot to the north side of our building.
  • Those arriving after 9 a.m. should plan to park in the new Parking Garage B. 
  • After 6 p.m. and on the weekends, Mercy cars will be allowed to park in any available spot.
  • In addition to the required Mercy College decal, Mercy faculty and staff located in the Bronx, will also be issued a hanging tag to attach to the rearview mirror for ease of access to this site. 

Manhattan Campus

Mercy College students, faculty and staff can receive a discounted parking rate of $15 for 6 hours at the Quik Park garage parking facility, located on 312 West 34th Street. The entrance is on 33rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Only Credit Cards, no cash, are accepted for payment. There is an additional charge for oversized vehicles. 

Yorktown Campus

Mercy parking decals will be required for all vehicles driven by Mercy students, faculty and staff at the Yorktown Campus and drivers will be expected to follow the policies outlined above when visiting other campuses.

Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility and it is important for all drivers to follow campus parking regulations.  Security will be present at each campus to ensure each entering vehicle has a valid decal displayed on the vehicle. A parking patrol will ensure the enforcement of parking rules on campus.  If a vehicle is in violation, it is subject to ticketing, monetary fines, vehicle booting, and towing. 

  • Vehicles parked in handicapped spaces without a clearly displayed state permit will be subject to immediate removal. 
  • Parking is not permitted on side streets around campus in accordance with an agreement between the College and the surrounding communities.   
  • Those who were granted the privilege of parking on campus are expected to drive responsibly and adhere to the campus speed limits at all times. 

We thank you for your support and cooperation to make Mercy College enjoyable and safe for all. We welcome your feedback at safety@mercy.edu 

Sincerely, 

Konrad Motyka
Executive Director for Campus Safety and Emergency Management

Office of the Provost

Dear Colleagues,

My sincerest wishes for your health and safety as we stand on the precipice of a new semester—a semester the likes of which we have never experienced.  

There has been so much that you and our students have overcome. Some of you have suffered through personal and professional setbacks as we struggled physically and emotionally through this pandemic.  

Nonetheless, you have persevered and stand at the ready to extend your experienced hands to our students, who mirror your own resolute character.  As you ready yourself to again leap into the College’s mission, I hope you have had time to reflect on how heroic this semester will be for Mercy’s students, faculty, and staff. Despite the many challenges, we are ready to welcome a group of students who are thirsty to learn and experience what you know. Upon reflection, I hope that you will join me in recognizing how important you are in helping these students fulfill their dreams—and how heroic your actions during these next few months will be to help these students pursue their educational ambitions.  

Starting next Wednesday, September 9, the students will be here in person—masked, hands-sanitized, and socially-distanced—and eager. They are excited to learn in your classrooms, your laboratories, and your clinical sites—and through their computer monitors.  Here is hoping that your efforts are successful. Thank you for undertaking the heroic act of teaching and mentoring our students.  

For those of you have not done so already, I strongly recommend that you undertake the following prior to the start of the term:

  1. Test out instructional technology in your classrooms or other instructional environments prior to the first day of classes so as to address any technological difficulties before they cause problems during class time.  
  2. Have a Plan B in case the technology is not working at class time. I typically bring my own laptop (and phone, as Plan C).
  3. Communicate with your students in the class Blackboard shell so that they understand logistics of the class. This Learning Management System is one sure way to have documentable proof that you have told your students how logistics of the class will work.

Finally, we are here to help and support you in your heroic actions. I’m told that the IT Helpdesk numbers are posted on each of the podiums.  Additionally, we are training some of our student tutors to address technological issues and charging them to run around and make sure that you are managing well with the technology on the first day. Regardless of planning and support, there will be bumps in the road, so I encourage you to please bring a good dose of patience and compassion for what you and the students are about to undertake.

I will hopefully see you soon, albeit virtually, and hopefully in person in the not too distant future. Until then, I wish you great success as we head into another exciting academic year full of promise.  

Best, 

Jose

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Jose Herrera, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mercy College

555 Broadway

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

914-674-7500

Office of the President

Please click here to watch a special thank you video message from President Tim Hall to Mercy College Faculty.

President Tim Hall

 

Office of the President

August 28, 2020

Dear Mercy College Faculty and Staff,

I thought I should provide you an update on plans for the fall as the first day of classes approaches.

I want to begin by thanking all of you who have devoted time this summer to preparations for the fall. Many of you have been part of the College’s internal task force of five workgroups to evaluate multiple possible scenarios for the fall. Both faculty and staff have given generously of their time this summer to help the College chart its path for the coming semester. You are aware that colleges and universities have taken a variety of approaches to the coming semester. Some opted early to remain fully online for the fall. Others, along with Mercy, created plans for hybrid solutions that would give students the opportunity for some face-to-face instruction while continuing to use online instruction as a supplement. A few intend to return to a normal level of face-to-face classes. Across the past month, you have probably seen accounts of how institutions who have already begun the fall term have fared and how some of them have pivoted again to remote instruction.

Mercy’s hybrid plans for the fall, which include roughly comparable amounts of online and face-to-face instruction, was born out of a sense of mission and service to our students. To learn more, visit our dedicated OnCampus Plus webpage here. When asked, a majority of our students expressed a desire for some measure of face-to-face instruction. We also had reason to believe that many of the low-income students the College serves do not flourish in completely remote educational settings.  

But I want you to know this. Our plans for the fall are not chiseled in stone. We know full well that circumstances for Mercy, as well as the state and the country, are in flux. As we attend closely to our own situation in the coming months, as well as to developments around us, we might well need to change course. We are prepared to do this. No one’s pride is tangled up with the decision to partially reopen.  

Of course, as with the decision of how we will start the fall, the decision of what steps we might take to revise our course during the fall will probably not be the subject of unanimous agreement. I appreciate all of you who might have made a different judgment, and who might make different ones as we go forward. I promise that the College will try to attend to every voice even when we do not agree. 

One other principle that guides us is one of even-handedness. We could not imagine how to create the necessary plan for serving our students in the coming months if we permitted each faculty or staff member to decide individually whether to be present at one of our campuses or to serve remotely this fall. So, no one was accorded that autonomy. Leaders across the College have tried to accommodate some preference or desires where consistent with the purpose of serving our students. And the College is making health-related accommodations as appropriate. Some colleges and universities with a less mission-centered need to serve students face-to-face have been able to provide more flexibility to their employees. All I can say is that these institutions are generally not serving the mission that drew so many of us to Mercy College.

In any event, I look forward to seeing many of you soon and wish you a pleasant end to the summer. 

Sincerely,

Tim Hall 
President 

Campus Safety

August 18, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

As the College community prepares to return to Mercy’s campuses, several policies have been established as part of the On Campus Plus Plan, including a new COVID-19 Interim Visitor Policy.  

The full policy can be found in the Employee Return To Work Guide and the Student Handbook Addendum.

Access to all Mercy College buildings is restricted to students, faculty, staff, designated vendors and service operators, and invited guests (including prospective students and families, board members, donors, partners, etc.) who are essential to our business model. Parents and families of residential students may be allowed on campus during move-in and move-out periods, as well as during emergency situations such as if a student is injured or ill. All other visitors will be admitted by appointment only.

Scheduling and Hosting Visitors

  • All visitors, including guests of Mercy students, faculty and staff, must be pre-scheduled by 5:00 p.m. the day before their visit by completing a Visitor Log Form that will inform Mercy College    Campus Safety of their arrival, unless there are extenuating circumstances. This information will be kept by departments in a log and may be used in the contact tracing process in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Visitor Log can be found here.
  • Once a log entry has been submitted, each visitor will receive an email with a link to a Screening Form that will need to be presented upon entry to a campus location. Visitors will also receive a copy of the Visitor Policy. They are instructed to complete the Screening Form within 24 hours of their visit.
  • Unannounced visitors or visitors who do not have a Visitor Screening Form will be asked to wait at the entrance to the building until their appointment can be verified and they complete the Visitor Screening Form.
  • Faculty and staff must meet their visitor at their agreed-upon time at the designated entrance to the building and escort them to and from the meeting space.
  • Campus visitors must comply with the College’s established personal safety practices, which include:
    • Wearing a face covering at all times while on campus.
    • Complying with social distancing norms and other established safety guidelines while on campus.
    •  Sanitizing hands upon entry to campus.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to protect the health of the Mercy College community. If you have questions about the Visitor Policy, please contact safety@mercy.edu.

Sincerely, 
Konrad Motyka
Executive Director for Campus Safety & Emergency Management

Student Affairs

August 12, 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue to prepare for your return to campus, I wanted to share with you more information about how we are keeping you safe on our campuses.  Click here to watch now or click on the image below.
 

OCP


You can find more information for “OnCampus Plus” at this dedicated webpageWe will continue to update this site as more details are finalized.  I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely, and Go Mavs!

Kevin Joyce
Vice President of Student Affairs

Campus Safety

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

In preparation for returning to campus, the College has launched the Mavericks Safe mobile App.  This App replaces the Crisis Manager App and offers more user-friendly features.

The Mavericks Safe App includes:

  • Health and Wellness Resources:  Includes a daily health screening tool and campus resources.
  • Friend Walk: Provides a location sharing tool to allow friends or family to track your path to your destination in real time.
  • Emergency Plans: Includes guidance on how to react in a variety of emergency situations.
  • Campus Support Resources: Access to campus support services. 
  • Emergency and Non-Emergency Numbers: Quick access for reporting incidents, tips, or concerns.
  • Report a Crime Tip: Allows you to inform the Department of Campus Safety about an incident on campus. 
  • Trigger Mobile BlueLight: Initiates simultaneous location tracking and an emergency call to Campus Safety.

Daily Health Screening Tool: 

As we plan to return to campus, you must conduct a daily health screening each day that you are onsite or in-person at another location on behalf of the College.  This health screening will include a daily questionnaire required by New York State as part of its reopening guidelines. You may be required to show the results of the daily screening before being admitted to any Mercy location.  Any daily screening data collected through the Mavericks Safe App will be tracked separately from any personnel or student records and will be kept confidential, except as otherwise required to be provided by law or public authority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees or students who do not have access to smartphone technology may print a copy of the questionnaire here and show it upon arrival at a Mercy Campus. 

The Mavericks Safe App is available to download for free from iOS or the Android Play Store and is your resource to stay connected and make your experience on campus safe and informative.  Users are able to log-in using their Mercy credentials. If you have questions about the Mavericks Safe App, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at (914) 674-7225 or safety@mercy.edu

Additionally, the College has submitted its reopening plan to New York State officials. The plan can be found here

Sincerely,
Konrad Motyka
Executive Director for Campus Safety & Emergency Management

August 7, 2020

 

Dear Mercy College Faculty and Staff,

After the tumult of the spring and the summer-long exercise of working remotely for most of Mercy’s faculty and staff, a new fall term begins in a little more than a month.  As you know, Mercy will be offering classes both in traditional, face-to-face formats and remotely.  Some of our peer institutions, mostly on the wealthier side, have chosen to conduct all classes remotely for the fall term.  You may have wondered why Mercy isn’t taking this seemingly easier route.  Why go to the trouble of masks and social distancing, with all their associated complexities, when we could simply continue working and studying mostly from home?

The answer to this question is primarily that a majority of our students seem to prefer a semester with at least some opportunities for studying face to face on one of our campuses.  Additionally, we have reason to believe that remaining fully online would jeopardize the potential for success of many of the students Mercy serves.

Early on, as we began planning for the fall, we asked students what they preferred for the coming academic year.  Here are the results.  Thirty-three percent wanted onlyonline courses in the fall; 25% wanted no online courses; and 42% wanted some combination of online and face-to-face classes.  About 20% of continuing students responded to the survey.

These student preferences are coupled with our belief that access to at least some face-to-face classroom experience for Mercy students is an issue of equity.   The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have greater adverse effects on low income students such as those Mercy predominantly serves than it does on wealthier students, and the adverse effects seem to include the effects of exclusively online learning.  Here’s an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on this subject:  “Low-Income Students Are Disproportionately Hurt by the Pandemic. Here’s a Glimpse of the Toll.”  There is also some evidence that low-income students are less successful in the fully remote environment we were forced to adopt last spring.  And so, providing some face to face alternative for students looking for that—assuming we have taken adequate safety precautions for the whole community—aligns with Mercy’s mission.   This conclusion is consistent with comments New York Department of Education Chancellor Betty A. Rosa released this week along with guidance for New York colleges and universities on reopening for the 2020-21 academic year:

As we developed this guidance, we were mindful that COVID-19 has had a particularly harmful effect on people of color and those that are economically disadvantaged – in terms of health, employment, and their ability to receive the supports and resources necessary for a successful college experience. As colleges shifted to off-campus learning models, many students from low-income and rural communities did not have access to the internet, technology, or the supports they need to meaningfully participate in remote learning. This kind of unequal access to resources only serves to strengthen my resolve, and the Regents’ resolve, to ensure educational equity for all students. students Read more here. 

The decision of whether to remain completely online for the fall would also have significant impact on the college’s overall financial situation.  Unlike public institutions such as public elementary and secondary schools and public colleges and universities, Mercy receives no significant financial support directly from the state.  Our financial health relies overwhelmingly on whether students choose to attend Mercy.   Let’s focus for a moment on the 25% of continuing students who didn’t want any online courses.  We had to ask ourselves how many of these students might go elsewhere if Mercy only offered remote instruction in the fall.  And, of course, there is no obvious answer. Suppose we lose some significant portion of new and continuing students who are looking for an alternative to a fully online environment.  The pandemic has already caused us to lose roughly 7% of the enrollment we might otherwise project.  Suppose that number is closer to the 25% of our continuing students who declared they didn’t want to take any online courses.  

Here’s the secret about colleges and enrollment:  it’s possible to survive or even flourish at any number of different enrollment sizes.  But, the key to doing so is to make sure a college spends consistent with its size.  So, for example, because of COVID-19, Mercy expects to be about 7% smaller this coming fall than it was last fall.  As a consequence, we have had to arrange to spend roughly 7% less than we spent last fall.  Imagine that we lost roughly 25% of our enrollment instead of 7%.  This would be quite traumatic in the short term, even though a college with 7,500 students can eventually function roughly as well as one with 10,000 students (such as Mercy had last fall).  How does a college with 25% less students manage?  Well, here’s what makes a sudden loss of significant enrollment traumatic.  The college generally must hire roughly a quarter less people than it previously did, and it must arrange to spend a quarter less on electricity and security and maintenance and copy paper, etc.  (Sometimes colleges such as Mercy can avoid reducing faculty and staff by reducing compensation instead, but larger enrollment declines generally require more than this kind of reduction).

The long and the short is this:  if Mercy chose to teach only online for the fall and lost any significant portion of its students, it would be forced to reduce jobs as well.  That’s just the way college budgets work.    

In any event, our plan for the fall is to offer face to face experiences for freshmen and others who don’t want a purely online semester or whose disciplines can’t be taught purely online, while taking appropriate health precautions, including making appropriate accommodations for those who would be at special risk in coming to campus.  To learn more, visit our dedicated OnCampus Plus webpage here.  Circumstances may change once the semester starts, and it’s possible we’ll all be working and studying remotely again as in the spring for some or all of the coming academic year.  We’re communicating with state and local authorities who will help to guide us should we have to make adjustments.  In the end, my hope is that we’ll have the right number of faculty and staff to serve our students in the various ways in which they seek to be instructed and served in the coming semester.  

I wonder often myself what the fall semester at Mercy’s three campuses will look like.  Unless something unforeseen happens, I expect to be there along with all our other faculty and staff, even though I’ll turn 65 in October and am three years out from quintuple bypass surgery.  I’ll wear a mask, wash my hands regularly, and walk in the right direction.  

Here’s thanking all of you in advance, whether you teach or serve remotely or whether you do so face to face.  It will take all of us this fall, in many different ways, to keep Mercy’s motto alive in these challenging times:  inserviendo consumere (“to be consumed in service”).  

Sincerely,

Tim Hall

President

Office of the Provost

July 27, 2020

Dear Mercy Students and Families:

I write today with an important update about your fall course schedule. 

We have heard from many of you who are excited to return to campus and others who would prefer to take their courses remotely. The College has planned for both options this fall, and some courses will operate in a “blended” format. 

Our faculty and staff have been working diligently over the last few months to reimagine class schedules, spaces, and instructional delivery methods. Classrooms on our campuses have been upgraded with the newest technology, and our faculty are prepared to offer high-quality learning experiences in a variety of formats this fall.  

Below is information on our color-coded, course-delivery options planned for the fall. Please note that not all courses will be offered in each format.

  • In-Person On-Campus: All classes will meet in-person on-campus at scheduled days and times and will follow recommended safety practices.
  • Blended Learning: Classes will meet simultaneously in-person on-campus at scheduled days and times and virtually via live stream. Instructors will provide students further guidance at the first course meeting. (Please note: The first class meeting for these courses will occur online and your instructor will provide more information on the class format.)
  • Distance Learning – Synced: Fully online course delivered via Blackboard Learning Management System with live classes held at scheduled days and times weekly. Students interact with the instructor and classmates live.
  • Distance Learning - Not Synced: Fully online course delivered via Blackboard Learning Management System completed without scheduled class meetings and not held live. Course content and assignments are completed online per the weekly syllabus requirements. 
  • Distance Learning – Hybrid: Fully online course delivered via Blackboard Learning Management System with a portion of the weekly class session held live at set scheduled days and times. The other portion of the weekly class session is completed online per the weekly syllabus requirements.

 

On the “Look up Classes” Screen in Mercy Connect, you will see updated information about each of the courses for which you have registered and the color-coded delivery method described above. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here, and if you have additional questions, I encourage you to reach out to your PACT mentor.

Whether in person or online, we are looking forward to seeing you in September!

José Herrera, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affair

Office of Athletics

 

July 17, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation and for the health and safety of all student-athletes, the East Coast Conference (ECC) and the Northeast 10 Conference (NE-10) have announced that the fall sports season will move to be played in spring 2021.  

Please click here for the ECC Conference press release and click here for the NE-10 press release.  

While this comes as a disappointment to Mercy’s students, coaches and fans, the health and safety of our coaches, staff and student-athletes is our number one priority. We look forward to welcoming our student-athletes on campus in September and once safety protocols have been established, our intent is to begin fall workouts. If we need to adjust any of these plans, we will communicate those updates as they are received.

We understand there will be questions, and more information on next steps will be shared in the coming weeks.

Go Mavs! 

Sincerely,  
Matt Kilcullen Jr.
Director of Athletics

Human Resources

July 15, 2020

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As the College prepares to reopen its campuses and continues to respond to these unprecedented circumstances, we thank you for your patience and understanding. New York State continues to trend in a hopeful direction with regard to COVID-19 cases, which is all good news. However, we must all continue to take appropriate precautions.  

In an effort to provide you with the necessary information to return to work in a safe and responsible manner, the College has created a detailed Employee Guide for Returning to the Workplace that outlines guiding principles, health and safety measures, cleaning protocols, and new workplace practices and expectations. Later this summer, a guide with similar protocols and expectations for students will be issued.  

Phase-in plans for the employees in each individual department will be communicated over the next couple of weeks. These plans will vary by department need and services.

Requirements for Being on Campus: 

  • Face coverings must be worn while at any Mercy campus. Each department will be provided a supply of reusable masks; one for each faculty and staff member. 
  • All employees must complete mandatory training before returning to work. This includes reading the Employee Guide for Returning to the Workplace, committing to adhere to the MavCare Pledge, and watching the 15-minute Return to Work Training Video.  All of these are also available on Mercy Connect.
  • Employees reporting to work at a Mercy campus, or other in-person location on behalf of the College, will be asked to conduct a daily COVID health screening and may be asked to show results upon entry to campus. Soon, the College will be sharing information about the new Mavericks Safe app, which includes the COVID health screening tool. Employees returning to work prior to the launch of the app will be notified by their manager about how to conduct their daily screening.

The health and safety of our community is dependent on all of us, and we thank you for your cooperation in following the guidelines outlined in the Employee Guide for Returning to the Workplace. We look forward to welcoming employees and students back to our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@mercy.edu.

Sincerely,

Annette Piecora, SPHR
Director, Human Resources

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    July 9, 2020

    Dear Students,

    You previously received communication from President Hall regarding an update to our plans for the fall semester where he invited you to a webinar for continuing students.  I write to you today to share more information about that webinar:

    Returning to Fall 2020: A Webinar for Continuing Students on Tuesday, July 14 at 3:00 pm.

    During the webinar, you will hear from Student Affairs, as well as our task force leaders, who will discuss the status of our “OnCampus Plus” reopening plan.  A comprehensive overview of the “OnCampus Plus” plan can be found on this dedicated webpage; we will continue to update this site as details are finalized.  We will be sharing additional details about what things will look like in the classroom – whether you attend in person or virtually, how we are committed to your safety and health, updates on student life, and how PACT and Career & Professional Development will support you in the fall.

    To attend the webinar, you will need to register in advance: Click here to register for the webinar.  You will then be emailed a unique link so that you can join via Zoom on July 14.  

    I look forward to sharing more details with you about Returning to Fall 2020!

    Sincerely, and Go Mavs!

    Kevin Joyce
    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    June 25, 2020

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    I write to you with an update on our plans for the fall semester. Mercy’s goal is to bring faculty, staff and students back to campus in a manner that incorporates health and safety measures into all areas and adheres to evolving state guidelines. Based on the comprehensive evaluation and subsequent recommendations made by Mercy’s reopening taskforce, the College is confident that it can meet guidelines recently released from New York State and public health officials to begin fall courses on September 9. Classes will be held in a combination of face-to-face, blended and online learning formats.

    At Mercy, we have placed our faculty, staff and students at the center of our “OnCampus Plus” reopening plan. This approach ensures that all current and future decisions provide for the most effective teaching, working and learning experiences. A comprehensive overview of the “OnCampus Plus” plan can be found on this dedicated webpage; we will continue to update this site as details are finalized.

    Key features of the OnCampus Plus plan include:

    Safety and Monitoring

    • Enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols will continue to be implemented on campuses.
    • Signage and other communications will guide and direct safe practices.
    • On-campus safety protocols will be implemented which include required face coverings and daily self-screening questionnaires.

     

    Academics and Academic Technology 

    • Reduced classroom capacity will allow for social distancing; some classes may operate in a rotation between in-person and online attendance.
    • Investments in new on-campus technology will ensure maximum flexibility for teaching and learning. 
    • Many classes that operate on campus will also be livestreamed to allow students to log-in to classes from home if they prefer to do so. In these cases, students in the classroom and online will be together at their scheduled meeting time, with Zoom-based live lectures and interactive classroom discussions. 

     

    Return to Work

    • Initial staff will return in mid-July to implement safety and operational measures to ensure that the fall term will be as seamless as possible.  
    • The return of faculty and staff to campus will be gradual and occur in phases.

    I hope you will join me at our Town Hall this afternoon at 3:00 p.m., to hear from our task force leaders regarding the status of our reopening plan. It is important to understand that these plans may shift based on state and public heath mandates. We will continue to keep you updated over the summer on developments and decisions.

    We are all eager to start the fall term and I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you again for your continued understanding and patience during this unprecedented situation.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Hall, President

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    June 9, 2020

    Dear Students,

    We can’t wait to welcome you back on campus. Our teams are working hard to prepare for the upcoming fall term, and we are looking forward to seeing you back as soon as safely permitted.  To help us navigate through the reopening process, Mercy is continuously evaluating New York State recommendations received from local and state officials.  We will continue to share updated information as it is confirmed and in the coming days will share information about a new webpage dedicated to our reopening plans.

    While there are still some important details to be worked out, here is what we do know is happening for the fall 2020 term.

    1. Mercy College’s task force workgroups are creating detailed plans that will provide recommendations for how to reopen our campuses safely while continuing to adhere to recommended social distancing guidelines. These workgroups will continue to follow state and local safety recommendations and adapt accordingly.
    2. In many cases, for classes scheduled to be on campus, Mercy is planning to offer students the flexibility of attending those classes either in-person or online. In these cases, students in the classroom and online will be together at their scheduled meeting time, with Zoom-based live lectures and interactive classroom discussions.
    3. Mercy College will start the fall term in September (subject to any laws and executive orders).
    4. Mercy College students will have access to resources that are vital to their success including tutoring, student life activities, PACT mentor meetings and many others. 
    5. The College is anticipating that residence halls in Dobbs Ferry and Manhattan will be open this fall with reduced occupancy.
    6. Mercy will provide enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure that all spaces are thoroughly and routinely cleaned.

    Mercy College is here for you. Please reach out to your PACT mentors if you have any questions about your registration.

    We are committed to helping you continue your education through this unprecedented time. 

    Sincerely,

     

    Kevin Joyce
    Vice President, Student Affairs

    Office of the Provost

    May 28, 2020

    Dear Mercy Community, 

    I hope you and your families are well.  

    Throughout this unprecedented time, we have been challenged in many ways and our community has rallied together to successfully finish the spring term.  

    The College recognizes this is a difficult time and has decided to continue to offer the Credit Earned/No Credit Earned (CE/NE) grading option for all summer terms. We believe that extending the CE/NE grading option may provide peace of mind to those of you who are currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in a summer course. We encourage students not currently enrolled in a summer course to consider this CE/NE grading option as a reason to continue their education over the summer.

    You can find the summer CE/NE policy and Frequently Asked Questions on Mercy’s coronavirus webpage. Please click here for instructions on how to make this election. 

    The deadlines for electing into the CE/NE grading option for each term can be found in the revised summer academic calendar, which can be accessed here.

    Once the request is processed, the CE/NE grading option will be permanently posted to your transcript and cannot be changed.

    All students should be aware that, although the CE/NE grading option is allowed for most courses this summer, it may not be the best choice for everyone. It is strongly advised that students consult with their Program Director or PACT mentor to discuss implications of opting into the CE/NE grading option.

    Please know that faculty and staff are here to help you in any way possible.   

    Thank you and I hope to “see” you in a Mercy class this summer.

    Sincerely,

    José Herrera, Ph.D.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    President Tim Hall

    May 21, 2020

    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

    I am extremely proud of how this community rallied together to successfully complete what will be an unforgettable spring term. Our faculty and staff worked tirelessly to deliver courses and support services to our dedicated students who persevered to complete their studies. As evidence of your success: yesterday, we came together to celebrate the Class of 2020 at Mercy’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony. I thank and commend you all.

    Now, we turn to preparing for the future. As was previously communicated, Mercy’s summer courses will be held online. And we are working diligently to plan for the fall term as the guidelines from New York State and public health officials continue to evolve. The College has established an internal task force of five workgroups to evaluate multiple possible scenarios for the fall term that will ensure students have access to their courses, no matter what. 

    To manage the task ahead, leaders from our administration and faculty have joined together to focus on solutions related to academics and academic technology, the work environment, classrooms and safety, student spaces and residence halls, campus events, visitors and transportation, and other contingencies. They will continue to solicit input from our community – we appreciate your contributions. For more information on the task force, including team members and areas of focus, please visit this page on Mercy’s coronavirus website.

    I intend to provide you with updates on this progress throughout the summer. Thank you for your patience and commitment as we continue to navigate these unprecedented and changing times. I hope you are able to enjoy this long holiday weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Hall
    President

    Enrollment Services

    MERCY COLLEGE FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL GRANTS POLICY AND ELIGIBILITY STATEMENT 

    May 20, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Students,

    The federal CARES Act has enabled Mercy College to award grants to our students to address disruptions and economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including course materials, technology, health care, childcare, food, and housing. 

    Eligible students (as defined below) will receive a one-time grant based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated using the information provided on the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  Grants will be awarded as follows:

    • $0-4,999 EFC will receive $550
    • $5,000-$9,999 EFC will receive $450,
    • $10,000-$14,999 EFC will receive $350, and
    • $15,000 EFC and above will receive $250

    Students will receive the funds either by direct deposit (if currently enrolled) or by check (via regular US mail). The funds will be deposited or mailed out within the coming week. 

    ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERAL CARES ACT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL GRANTS

    To be eligible for federal CARES Act grants, students must be:

    1. Enrolled as a matriculated student in a Title IV eligible undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or certificate program for the spring 2020 term.
    2. Making Satisfactory Academic Progress at the time the federal CARES Act grant funds are distributed.
    3. A U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
    4. Title IV eligible, evidenced by having a valid 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file with the College.

    Students are not eligible for federal CARES Act grants if:

    1. They are employees and/or their spouse/domestic partner and/or dependents are taking classes and receiving tuition remission from the College.  
    2. They are not eligible for federal financial aid, including international and undocumented students.
    3. They are enrolled in a program that is offered exclusively online (e.g., Master of Arts in English Literature and NursingRN-B.S. Fully Online Program).
    4. They owe an overpayment of Title IV grants or loans.
    5. They are in default on a Title IV loan.
    6. They have been convicted of, or pled guilty or no contest, to fraudulently obtaining Title IV funds and have not returned the money.
    7. They have not yet repaid Title IV funds inadvertently made in excess of annual or aggregate limits.  
    8. Have a state or federal conviction for drug possession or sale (except where certain time limitations apply).

    Students who are not eligible for federal CARES Act Emergency grants should speak with their PACT mentor or Enrollment Services Counselor.

    Sincerely,
    Margaret M McGrail
    Vice President, Enrollment Services

    Office of the Provost

    May 7, 2020

    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 
     
    I hope you are all doing well as we near the end of this spring term.  I am writing to provide an update on summer courses. 
     
    Mercy had previously announced on April 21 that summer 2020 terms, with the exception of Term C, would be held online. Based on New York State Governor Cuomo’s announcement of four phases of reopening businesses and organizations, Mercy has determined that Term C (July 1- August 4) will be offered online only.  
     
    Please note that all campus/location-based courses listed in Mercy Connect, plus those indicated as “DL,” will be delivered in an online format.  Students can register on Mercy Connect here. For more information about the summer terms, please visit the Summer Academic Calendar posted here.  
     
    Thank you for continued cooperation as we navigate the changing situation.
     
    Sincerely, 
    Jose Herrera, Ph.D.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Enrollment Services

    CARES ACT EMERGENCY GRANT COMMUNICATION SPRING 2020 REGISTERED STUDENTS WITH A 2019 - 2020 FAFSA ON FILE WITH THE COLLEGE

    May 6, 2020

    Dear Student:

    Hope this email find you and your family well. 

    Mercy College has been selected as an institution to distribute Federal CARES ACT Emergency Grants to students. These federal grant are for students who have been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

    The College must first confirm a student's eligibility prior to distributing the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants. 

    The US Department of Education requires a recipient of the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant to be Title IV eligible. The fastest way to confirm Title IV eligibility is for a student to complete the 2019 - 20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

    Mercy College is in receipt of your FAFSA application.  No additional application is required at this time. 

    The College will begin to distribute the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants in the coming weeks. Please continuate to monitor your email and the Mercy College COVID 19 webpage for future updates related to the distribution processes and eligibility requirements. 

    Best wishes for a successful semester. 

    Sincerely, 

    Margaret M McGrail
    Vice President, Enrollment Services
    Mercy College

    May 6, 2020

    Dear Students,
     
    I hope you and your families are well, and your online instruction is proceeding productively.  I want to remind you that the deadline for electing into the new Credit Earned/No Credit Earned (CE/NE) grading option is this Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m.  Please click here for instructions on how to make this election.  You can find more details about this grading option here.

    Once the request is processed, the CE/NE grading option will be permanently posted to your transcript and cannot be changed. 

    These grading modifications are in place to encourage you to continue your academic studies. All students should be aware that although CE/NE grading is an option for most courses this spring, it may not be the best choice for everyone. It is strongly advised that students consult with their Program Director or PACT mentor to discuss implications of opting for CE/NE grading.

    You can find the CE/NE policy and Frequently Asked Questions on Mercy’s coronavirus webpage.

    Please know that faculty and staff are here to help you in any way possible.

     

    Sincerely, 

    José Herrera, Ph.D.

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Enrollment Services

    CARES ACT EMERGENCY GRANT COMMUNICATION SPRING 2020 REGISTERED STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE A 2019-2020 FAFSA ON FILE WITH THE COLLEGE 

    April 30, 2020 

     

    Dear Student, 

    Hope this email finds you and your family well. 

    Mercy College has been selected as an institution to distribute Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants to students. 

    The College must first confirm a student’s eligibility prior to distributing the Emergency Grants. 

    The US Department of Education requires a recipient to be Title IV eligible. Title IV eligible means that a student must meet the following criteria: one) be a citizen or eligible non-citizen; two) be enrolled in an eligible degree program; three) be registered for selective service (www.sss.gov, if applicable); and four) not be in default in a federal student loan. 

    The fastest way to confirm Title IV eligibility is for a student to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). In order for the College to confirm if you are eligible for the Federal CARES Emergency Grants, you must file the 2019-20 FAFSA

    You may complete this form online via fafsa.ed.gov. Please be sure to select the 2019-20 FAFSA application. Please be sure to add the Mercy College school code: 002772

    To be eligible for Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants consideration you must file the 2019-20 FAFSA application no later than Thursday, May 7, 2020

    If you have any questions related to this process, please do not hesitate to ask. 

    Sincerely, 

    Margaret M McGrail 
    Vice President, Enrollment Services 
    Mercy College 

    Office of the Provost

    April 21, 2020


    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

    As the College continues to evaluate and respond to the coronavirus situation, we have determined that all of the summer 2020 terms, with the exception of Term C, will be held online only.  A decision about Term C (July 1- August 4) will be made once the College has more guidance on social distancing guidelines from state officials.

    Please note that with the exception of Term C courses, all campus/location-based courses listed in Mercy Connect, plus those indicated as “DL,” will be delivered in an online format.  Students can register on Mercy Connect here. For more information about the summer terms, please visit the Summer Academic Calendar posted here.  

    Mercy is committed to ensuring students continue their education, whether online or in-person.

    Sincerely, 

    José Herrera, Ph.D.

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Office of the Provost

    April 20, 2020

     

    Dear Students, 

    I hope you and your families are well, and your online instruction is proceeding productively. 

    As I communicated to you on April 9, the College has finalized a new grading option that will allow students to elect into a Credit Earned /No Credit Earned (CE/NE) grading process. More details can be found here.

    I am writing to remind you that the process for electing into this new grading option is now open through Mercy Connect in the Student Tab.   Please click here for instructions on how to make this election. 

    The deadline to complete this request is 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020. Once the request is processed, the CE/NE grading option will be permanently posted to your transcript and cannot be changed. 

    These grading modifications are in place to encourage you to continue your academic studies. All students should be aware that although CE/NE grading is an option for most courses this spring, it may not be the best choice for everyone. It is strongly advised that students consult with their Program Director or PACT mentor to discuss implications of opting for CE/NE grading.

    You can find the CE/NE policy and Frequently Asked Questions on Mercy’s coronavirus webpage.

    Please know that faculty and staff are here to help you in any way possible.

    Sincerely,
    José Herrera, Ph.D.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Enrollment Services

    April 10, 2020

     

    Dear Students,

    Yesterday, you received a message regarding a new grading option that will allow students to elect into a Credit Earned/No Credit Earned (CE/NE) grading process for eligible spring terms and courses. That message included information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27 and provides emergency assistance for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19). The College has spent time reviewing the expansive document and has identified several provisions that may provide relief for Mercy students. 

    Below are provisions in the CARES Act that pertain to Mercy students and only provide relief as a result of being COVID-19 related:

    1. Continuation of federal work-study payments: Permits Mercy to make payments for students through the spring term, even if the student is unable to perform the required work due to campus closures.
    2. Federal financial aid relief for students who withdraw from all spring term courses:
      1. Students who withdraw may keep federal Pell and SEOG grants awarded for the spring term.
      2. Students who withdraw are not obligated to repay the federal Direct Student Loans borrowed for the spring term.
      3. Students who withdraw maintain pre-Spring 2020 lifetime eligibility for federal Pell grants and federal Direct Student Loans. 
    3. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) flexibility: Permits Mercy to exclude attempted credits not completed from the quantitative component of the SAP calculation without requiring an appeal.
    4. Continuing education at affected foreign institutions: Allows Mercy students in study abroad programs that have gone online to continue receiving federal financial aid through June 30, 2020.   
    5. Temporary relief for federal student loan borrowers: Suspends borrowers’ obligations to make payments on their federally held student loans, including Direct and FFELP Loans through September 2020; suspends interest on payments; counts the suspended payments towards payment requirements for forgiveness provisions; and, suspends garnishment of wages, Social Security and tax refunds, among other measures, for borrowers in default during this period.                                                                                                                            

    The measures outlined in bullets 2 and 3 are meant to provide significant relief to students who believe they simply cannot continue this semester and must withdraw. However, we encourage you to take advantage of the flexible grading policy of CE/NE this term, if you are able, so that you do not fall behind in your progress towards graduation. We encourage you to connect with your Enrollment Services counselor and your PACT mentor to better understand how these provisions and the new CE/NE grading policy relate to your situation. To read more about the CARES Act, click here.

    Sincerely,
    Margaret McGrail
    Vice President, Enrollment Services

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    April 9, 2020

    Dear Students,

    After thoughtful deliberation, the College has finalized a new grading option that will allow students to elect into a Credit Earned /No Credit Earned (CE/NE) grading process. These grading modifications are in place to encourage you to continue your academic studies. All students should be aware that although CE/NE grading is an option for most courses this spring, it may not be the best choice for everyone. We understand this is a stressful time and we encourage you to seek advisement from their faculty and PACT mentor on implications within their major.   

    What you need to know about the CE/NE grading option:

    1. Students must elect into this new grading option for each class through Mercy Connect starting on Monday, April 20, 2020. The deadline to complete this request is Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5 p.m.  Details can be found here.
    2. If a student elects in, ‘CE’ is the equivalent of a passing letter grade (A, B, C, or D) and credit for the class being awarded, while ‘NC’ is the equivalent a failing grade (F) and no credit is awarded. Transcripts will include the CE/NE mark and not a letter grade.
    3. If a student does not elect the CE/NE option, a letter grade will be included in the semester and general GPA.
    4. Once the request is processed, the CE/NE grading option will be permanently posted to the student’s transcript and cannot be changed. All final grades for spring terms are expected from the faculty by May 18, 2020. 
    5. For eligible spring 2020 term courses (all terms except R, B, E1 and E2), the deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended to May 13, 2020.

    In addition, the federal government signed into law on March 27 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that provides economic relief provisions for students including continuation of federal work study payments, relief related to Pell grants and federal loans for students who withdraw, and relief for students with federal loans in repayment. Click here for information about the CARES Act as well as a list of provisions that pertain to Mercy students. We will send another email with more information tomorrow.

    Please know that your faculty and PACT mentor are here to discuss the best options for your situation. You can find the CE/NE policy and Frequently Asked Questions on Mercy’s coronavirus webpage.

    Sincerely,
    Jose Herrera
    Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Office of the Provost

    April 3, 2020

    Dear Students,

    Adjusting to the new routine of taking courses online is not easy. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you and your families. To help, Mercy has many resources available on its website so please take advantage of them as much as possible.

    One of the issues we have received questions about is whether Mercy will implement flexibility in its grading policy.  You may have heard other colleges moving to a Pass/Fail grading option and Mercy is working on implementing a similar approach.  Additional information will follow in the coming weeks. 

    Faculty and PACT counselors are here for you during this unprecedented time.  Do not hesitate to reach out to them with questions or concerns. In the meantime, we hope you are safe and healthy. 

    Sincerely,

    Jose Herrera 
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    President Tim Hall

     

    April 1, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Community, 

    Over the past few weeks, the College has been diligently monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, providing for the safety of our community and ensuring our students have all the academic and personal resources needed to finish their semester.  We have cancelled all events and activities to date to adhere to the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we are abiding by the restrictions put in place by New York State Governor Cuomo. 

    Today I write to let you know that we plan to celebrate and recognize the hard-work and achievements of the class of 2020 at a virtual commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 20.  In light of the uncertainty about how long the social gathering restrictions will last, we have regretfully decided to cancel Mercy’s annual in-person commencement exercises.

    While this may feel like a loss for our graduates and their families, we fully intend to mark this momentous occasion. Many across the College are working on the details to make the virtual ceremony a memorable event for everyone.  Understandably you will have a lot of questions and we will be sharing details on how this will work in the coming weeks.

    Personally, one of my favorite moments of the academic year is when I stand on the stage and shake the hands of those who have earned their degrees, so this was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make. However, the health and well-being of our community must remain the highest priority. 

     

    Click here to watch a special message to graduates from President Hall. 

     

    We hope you and your families are doing well.  We will be in touch with additional details soon. In the meantime, if you have specific questions about commencement, please email commencement@mercy.edu

     

    Sincerely, 

    Tim Hall
    President

     

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    March 27, 2020

     

    Dear Students and Faculty, 

    I hope you are adjusting to the new ways of learning online—and finding time to relax a bit during this unusual spring break under difficult circumstances.

    In preparation for the rest of the spring term and continuation of online instruction, I write to provide you with information and resources regarding access to academic resources and textbooks through Mercy College Library and the Mercy College Bookstore.

    In light of closure of the College’s campuses, all Mercy College Library and Mercy College Bookstore resources and services have transitioned online.

    1. Library Services

    The Mercy College Library’s Virtual Library Services guide on the libraries’ website is available to support students and faculty with 24/7 access to ebooks, journal articles, electronic resources at Mercy and beyond, video tutorials, and more.  

    Librarians can provide research assistance via chat, text (914-930-5428), or email.  Chat-based reference serviceis available Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm. 

    2. Bookstore Services

    The College’s bookstore vendor, Follett, has made available an array of services and resources:

    • Free shipping is available on Mercy Bookstore items with no minimum purchase; this includes course materials, supplies, apparel, technology, and more.  The bookstore will fulfill online orders as long as campus stores are accessible by staff. 
    • Students may access ebooks from the Mercy Bookstore (Dobbs Ferry or Bronx campus websites) free of charge with their mercy.edu email address; each student can access up to seven ebooks for the remainder of the semester.
    • The bookstore's partner, Lumen Learning, is offering free access to courseware to help supplement content and to offer additional resources to faculty.
    • To assist with returns by mail, the bookstore is offering free shipping return labels and extending without penalty the non-return period. 

    For details on these services and resources, please visit websites for the Dobbs Ferry or Bronx campus bookstores.  If you have questions, please contact the Dobbs Ferry campus store at mercy-dobbs@bkstr.com, and the Bronx campus store at mercy-bronx@bkstr.com.

    We recognize that finding and using academic resources and services for classes can be challenging in this new online educational environment—and we are committed to making this path as clear and traversable as possible.  Be sure to let the Librarians and Bookstore staff know how they can best serve you at this time—and be in touch to let our Office know how the College can help you to finish the semester successfully despite difficult challenges we all now face. 

    With best wishes for good health and safety, 

    José Herrera, PhD 
    Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Student Affairs

    March 22, 2020

    Dear Residential Students,

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is changing day to day, requiring us to quickly adjust to the most current information available. This includes New York State Governor Cuomo having signed the ‘New York State on Pause’ executive order to reduce the in-person workforce by 100% effective 8:00 p.m. tonight, with limited exceptions.

    The new directive we are operating under requires us to provide new guidance to you with respect of picking up any of your belongings that may remain in the residence halls. Given this new directive, you will unfortunately not be able to gain access to your room for the duration of this order or until new guidance is provided.  Previously scheduled appointments to come to campus after 8:00 p.m. today are cancelled.

    Please know, however, that your rooms will be locked and access to the residence halls will be restricted. As new information becomes available, we will continue to communicate with you.  

    Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time as we all work through this uncertain situation. In addition, know that you can continue reach out to the Residential Life team with your questions or concerns at Residentiallife@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7277; we will do our best to respond in a timely and thorough fashion. 

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce
    Vice President of Student Affairs

    President Tim Hall

     

    March 21, 2020

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is changing day to day, even hour by hour.  I am writing to provide an update on the mandate issued yesterday by New York State Governor Cuomo to reduce the in-person workforce by 100%. To comply with the Governor’s directive, Mercy College is implementing the following changes effective 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

    Faculty and Staff Offices to Close 
    We are asking that any faculty or staff who need to access their offices to pick up personal or work-related items please do so by 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. After that, you will not be able to access any campus, so it is important you come by as soon as possible. For extenuating circumstances, please contact Konrad Motyka at kmotyka@mercy.edu.

    Research and Experiential Courses to End 
    Research and experiential courses will end at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Faculty and staff should make alternate plans for these courses. Please contact Provost Jose Herrera at jherrera@mercy.edu with any questions. 

    IT Support

    While the Helpdesk will continue to remotely support students, faculty and staff 24/7 at helpdesk@mercy.eduor (914) 674-7526, the IT Infrastructure team, with great care for safety, will be on-site to support the Dobbs Ferry datacenter, network and backup operations.

    All other operations and functions will continue to work remotely until further notice. If you have any questions, please speak with your supervisors who are there to assist you.

    At all times we will continue to have personnel in place to ensure the safety of our campuses, and we will continue to evaluate the guidance from the Governor and may make additional changes as needed. This is a difficult time for all of us, and I appreciate your patience, cooperation and teamwork as we respond to this everchanging and unprecedented situation. I wish you and your families well. 

    Sincerely,


    Tim Hall
    President

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    March 20, 2020

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    The College continues to stay on top of the public health recommendations concerning the outbreak and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Over recent weeks, this situation has impacted our campuses and locations, and the lives of our employees, and we should be proud of the leadership shown by our teams and the ways in which they have taken great care of our colleagues and students. Below are several updates and reminders you need to be aware of: 

    New York State Governor Issues 100% Workforce Reduction Mandate 
    Today, New York State Governor Cuomo announced that non-essential businesses must bring their in-person workforce down by 100%, effective the evening of Sunday, March 22, 2020.  Mercy College is evaluating this new order, as it relates specifically to colleges, and will provide an update as soon as possible.

    Telecommuting Schedule for Faculty and Staff to Continue Beyond March 29

    As was communicated previously, faculty and staff will continue to work remotely past March 29 according to their regular schedule. As we get closer to this end date, a determination will be made as to the continuation of working remotely and will be communicated to all of you in a timely manner.

    There are several helpful resources available to you including:

    • Faculty should direct any Blackboard technical or instructional design questions to mercyonline@mercy.edu.
    • Mercy’s IT Helpdesk is available 24/7 at helpdesk@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7526.  
    • The College’s telecommuting guidelines and other HR policies can be found here.

    Tips for Telecommuting 
    Telecommuting may be new to many employees.  These tips may be helpful as you adjust to this new work environment format: 

    • When working remotely, try to maintain the same schedule each day that you would in the office and allow room for flexibility as you need it.
    • Set expectations upfront with your manager, direct reports and colleagues so that everyone is on the same page with how and when you are completing your work. Establish consistent working hours, how to communicate availability (e.g. status updates when you’re out of the office, on a call, etc.), and how and when to report progress to your manager or team.
    • Try to separate work life from home life by setting up a dedicated space within your home to work so you can distance yourself from any distractions. Turn off your computer when you would typically leave the office. 
    • Build in time for casual engagement virtually with your colleagues. Consider building in a few minutes at the beginning or end of meetings for informal updates or ice breakers.

     

    New NYS Sick Leave Benefits 
    Effective March 18, 2020, New York State issued a new paid sick leave policy for individuals who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This policy applies to both full-time and part-time employees and does not impact an employee’s accrued sick time.

    The policy states: Employees subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to coronavirus (COVID-19) will receive paid sick days for the entirety of the quarantine (up to 14 days), plus full job protection.  All employees subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 are given full job protection during time of absence.  Employees will qualify for paid family leave to care for a minor dependent child who is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Such leave shall be provided without loss of employee’s accrued sick leave.

    In addition, pursuant to New York State and Westchester County laws, employees who work 80 hours per year or more may take up to 40 hours of sick time if the employee’s place of business, or child’s day care, elementary or secondary school is closed due to a public health emergency, or if a public health authority determines the presence of an employee or family member in the community may jeopardize others’ health because of the individual’s exposure to a communicable disease, whether or not the individual has actually contracted the communicable disease.

    Please contact hr@mercy.edu with any questions about this policy.

    Confirmed Cases and Exposure 
    Confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Mercy community are posted on a dedicated 
    webpage and updated as necessary. If you are identified as someone who has been in direct contact with a known individual in the Mercy community who has tested positive, you will be notified by Mercy College. Please respect the privacy of anyone who tests positive to allow them to focus on their health.

    Information on the Flexible Spending Account

    Dependent Care
    If your qualified dependent care facility or provider is currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, this is considered a qualifying event and you are able to adjust or cancel your current dependent care elections within 30 days of the date the facility or provider closed. When the facility or provider resumes care for your dependent, this is also a qualifying event and you have 30 days to adjust or restart your contributions.

    Transit and Parking 
    If you have been contributing to the Transit and Parking Flexible Spending Account, and you are no longer commuting or have had a decrease in your commute, you are allowed to adjust or cancel your current contributions.

    Changes to the Flexible Spending Account can be completed online through the Mercy Connect Benefits Portal found here.

    Available Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees and provides numerous resources, including no-cost counseling service to help address stress and other personal issues you and your family may face. The EAP can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 800-327-1850 orhttps://www.guidanceresources.com.

    These are, of course, unusual and troubling times, in which things can change quickly from one day to the next. We will continue to review and update college-wide policies as things progress. Please continue to check www.mercy.edu/coronavirus regularly. 

    As President Hall stated, “Our Mercy community is strong,” and I believe our community will remain strong as we take special care of our colleagues, our communities, and our family and friends.” If you have any specific concerns, please let your supervisor know, or contact me directly at apiecora@mercy.edu or at hr@mercy.edu.
     

    Thank you for all that you do each day for the College, and the students we serve. 

    Annette Piecora 
    Director, Human Resources 

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    March 19, 2020

    Dear Study Abroad Students,

    Your safety is our highest priority, and you need to know that today the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, US citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States. Click Here to read the full alert.

    We strongly recommend that all students studying abroad able to return home to do so immediately or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. If you have any questions, please contact:

    • Bogdana Vladescu, Sr. Director of International Student Services by email (bvladescu@mercy.edu) and WHATSAPP (914-839-0082).
    • Raj Kumar, Executive Director of Student Success by email (rkumar@mercy.edu) and WHATSAPP (914-400-3827).

    Mercy College will continue to monitor the situation in all countries where students are studying abroad. We encourage you to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments. The following websites may be resources for you:

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

    President Tim Hall

     

    March 18, 2020

     

    Dear Mercy College Community, 

    I’m old enough to remember where I was when President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were each assassinated (in the second and sixth grades).  I was teaching a constitutional law class at the University of Mississippi Law School on 9/11.  Already, I suspect we’ll always remember what was going on in our lives when the COVID-19 turned into a pandemic in the spring of 2020.  Whether we are students or staff or faculty at Mercy College, our lives have been altered in hundreds of ways because of the coronavirus.  

    After briefly closing our campuses last week, Mercy’s classes have resumed mostly online, like the classes at most colleges and universities in New York.  I’m hearing generally good reports from faculty and students about this experience.  A large majority of the College’s staff are telecommuting at present, as we try to respect medical advice about creating more “social distance.”  Certain essential personnel continue to come to our campuses, but we encourage everyone to maintain some distance from other members of our community.  People who come to my office to talk sit across the room.  It feels strange, but it’s necessary.

    It’s been astonishing to me how rapidly developments have occurred.  Last Tuesday (March 10), we decided to move classes online beginning this week.  We followed the lead of many of our peers who, at the time, planned to re-evaluate that decision at the end of March.  Over the past several days, however, institutions joining us online are more regularly indicating that this arrangement will continue through the end of the semester.  Between last week and this week it is increasingly clear that COVID-19 will not be going away over the next few weeks.  Accordingly, we too are now announcing that the move to online courses will continue at least until the end of the spring terms. 

    The College is having to make dozens of new decisions virtually every day.  As we do so, we pay close attention to what we are hearing from local, state, and federal health authorities and to what most of our higher education peers are doing.  We are having regular conversations with the Westchester Department of Health and with other private colleges in the state.  As new members of the community test positive for COVID-19, we continue to follow the advice of local health authorities about whom we should be notifying.  This advice focuses attention on the people in direct contact with those who tested positive for the virus. Please join me in wishing these members of our community well on their way to recovery. 

    What I can’t tell you right now is how long COVID-19 will continue to disrupt our normal practices at Mercy College.  We’re making plans for the summer and fall semesters already, preparing to continue online if necessary or return to face-to-face classes if possible.  The College is laboring to make sure our students’ educational journeys are not delayed any more than absolutely necessary. 

    What I can tell you is that the Mercy community is resilient and strong.  Though the coming weeks may bring hardship and loss, I’m confident that the UNSTOPPABLE Mercy family will rally together to support one another, to care for each other, and to work together to support the enduring and life-changing work of learning. 

    Sincerely, 

    Tim Hall
    President

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    March 18, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    I continue to be impressed by the strong community of students, faculty and staff at Mercy College who have pulled together during this time of uncertainty.

    When we first announced that academic instruction would move online, we said we would evaluate at the end of the month how long to continue in this format. The situation has evolved quickly since then.  Based on recent recommendations from local government and public health officials, the College has made the following decisions to both ensure the safety of our community and to provide academic continuity: 

    Academic Instruction to Continue Online Through End of the Spring 2020 Terms
    Due to the recent escalation of the local response to coronavirus, a decision has been made to continue online academic instruction through the end of the spring 2020 terms. This online format may be an adjustment for many students and faculty. PACT mentors, faculty and staff are available for any questions or concerns and will continue to provide academic support for Blackboard and online tutoring. A limited number of specialized courses have been preapproved to continue on-campus. 

    Residential Housing to Close March 29 Through End of the Spring 2020 Terms

    Today, another important decision was made to close the residence halls as of Sunday, March 29 through the end of the spring terms.

    • Essential services for residential life students will remain available through March 29.
    • Students currently living in residential housing are encouraged to begin the process of moving out immediately. Residential Life staff is available to help with this process. 
    • Residential students who have already left campus and still have personal items in their rooms will need to pick up their belongings by Sunday, March 29.
      • The Office of Residential Life will contact students to set up an appointment to pick up their belongings and will work with students on a case-by-case basis who are unable to return to campus by Sunday, March 29.  
    • Students with exceptional circumstances that prevent them from returning home and seek to remain on campus should contact the Residential Life staff as soon as possible.
    • Applicable room and meal charges will be pro-rated as of March 29 for the remainder of the term for students leaving campus. Additional information will be forthcoming.
    • If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Office of Residential Life: (914) 674-7277 or residentiallife@mercy.edu.

    Libraries and On-Site Resources to Close Until Further Notice

    Libraries and on-site resources will close as of tomorrow, March 19 until further notice. The College will continue to evaluate the situation and will reopen when possible. The IT helpdesk, helpdesk@mercy.edu, is available for remote support. 

    Events and Activities Cancelled 
    All events and activities, including the Annual Trustees’ Dinner and Mercy-sponsored travel, are cancelled until further notice.

    Telecommuting Schedule for Faculty and Staff to Continue Beyond March 29

    Telecommuting schedules for faculty and staff will continue past March 29 and a return date will be determined based on guidance from local authorities and our peer institutions. We will work to provide as much notice as possible.  Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely according to their regular schedule, however, staff designated by their supervisors to support on-campus operations are asked to report to campus as needed.

    The Mav Market Food Pantry Remains Available Online
    Individuals in need of assistance may use the Emergency Food Request Form to place an order to be picked up at the Bronx, Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, or New Rochelle Campuses. If you would like to make a food or monetary donation to The Mav Market, please email mavmarket@mercy.edu or visit our online wish list on Amazon to make a donation.

    You are encouraged to keep informed and stay abreast of the latest developments. Mercy’s webpage about the coronavirus, https://www.mercy.edu/coronavirus, is updated regularly with all previous communications, frequently asked questions and additional resources. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

    Sincerely,
    José Herrera

    Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

     

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    March 18, 2020

    Dear Students,

    Below, please find important information as you continue your academic programs online. IT Services is available 24X7 to assist you @ HelpDesk@mercy.edu or via phone at (914)674-7526 Visit our website @https://www.mercy.edu/it

     

    Microsoft Office & OneDrive

     

    Get a free copy of Microsoft Office: https://www.mercy.edu/microsoft

    Store your files and documents on Microsoft OneDrive with 1 TB of free storage.  OneDrive can be accessed after you login to your College email account @ https://email.mercy.edu.  Once you login, click on the “App launcher” on the top left and click “OneDrive.”

    Adobe Software

    ·         Adobe announces free temporary licenses for Adobe Creative Cloud for students to work at home on their own PC or Mac. Link here - temporary licenses are currently set to expire May 31st.

    Wi-Fi & Internet Services

    ·         Altice USA & Optimum are offering free Wi-Fi for students (*conditions apply). To enroll in Optimum's free service, call 866-200-9522, or go to https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic

    ·         Charter and Comcast announced Friday that they would offer 60 days of complimentary broadband to homes with K-12 or college students. To enroll for Charter's service, call 844-488-8395; for Comcast's, 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers, or go to https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

    ·         Comcast will be offering free service at its Xfinity hotspots for 60 days @ https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

    ·         Spectrum to offer students free internet amid COVID-19 school closures. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395, or go to https://mobile.spectrum.com/support/article/360040980371/coronavirus-covid19-update

    ·         Verizon announced it would not charge late fees or disconnect accounts for an indefinite amount of time.

     

    Technology Discounts

    Mercy students are eligible for discounts on technology products from Verizon, Dell, Apple, and other vendors. Visithttps://www.mercy.edu/services/mercy-technology-discounts

    Cyber Security Tips

    IT Services has seen an increase in phishing and social engineering scams due to the coronavirus situation. IT services advises the College community to remain vigilant for scams related to COVID-19. Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Please exercise caution in handling any email with a coronavirus or COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to coronavirus or COVID-19.

    IT Services encourages the following precautions:

     

    ·         Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachmentsand Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.

    ·         Use trusted sources — such as legitimate, government websites — for up-to-date, fact-based information about coronavirus. See www.mercy.edu/coronavirus for a list of trusted sites.

    ·         Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

    ·         Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scamsfor more information.

     

     

    External Email Alerts

     

    All incoming emails to Mercy College email accounts from external parties will have a pre-fix in the subject of the message and a disclaimer in the body of the message. This text will only appear if the email is coming from an external email system.  

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you see this disclaimer text in the subject and body of an email you receive, please exercise caution when clicking on any links or opening attachments. You should never provide sensitive or confidential information such as usernames and password when responding to such emails. 

     

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    If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at 914-674-7526.

    Mercy College Alumni Relations

    March 16, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Alumni,

    As we are all adjusting to this rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we wanted to reach out to you, our alumni, to let you know what Mercy College is doing for the health and safety of our community. As always, Mercy is committed to ensuring that students have a clear road ahead to finish their semester with as much support as possible.

    As you may be aware, the College has had confirmed cases on both the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx Campuses. We are following the direction of the Westchester County Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health who are leading the effort in this ongoing situation. To ensure we are providing the most up-to-date information to our community, we created a dedicated webpage https://www.mercy.edu/coronavirus that provides safety recommendations, preventative measures on staying healthy and answers to frequently asked questions, including how Mercy is responding to this situation. 

    We know how important college-wide resources are to the success of our students, and therefore are offering limited campus schedules to ensure access to computers, libraries and the internet. Library hours can be found here. The College is also continuing to offer resources including IT support, online learning support, online tutoring, and health and counseling services. With limited staff in place, Mercy has closed the Hudson Hall Fitness Center and suspended on-site career service support at this time.

    The College has also initiated many measures that provide for the well-being of the Mercy community, including moving academic instruction online, cancelling events and activities, and continuing a thorough cleaning and enhanced disinfection protocol across all campuses and locations. We have also implemented the College’s telecommuting policy for faculty and staff through Sunday, March 29. In addition, the East Coast Conference has announced the cancellation of the spring 2020 sports season. Questions about this schedule change can be directed to athletics@mercy.edu.

    As President Hall previously communicated to students, faculty and staff, “Our Mercy community is strong.  We will continue to look out for one another and help each other as we navigate this situation.”  We thank you for your unwavering support and will continue to share updates as necessary.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your additional questions at alumni@mercy.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Alexis Rothenberg, M.B.A. ’17
    Director, Alumni Relations and Special Events

    President Tim Hall

    March 15, 2020

     

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    I am writing to let you know that Mercy College was notified late yesterday of a second individual in the Mercy community, a student, who has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The student, whom we have been in touch with and is receiving appropriate care, last attended class on the Bronx Campus on Monday, March 9. Please join me in wishing this member of our community well.

    Mercy College has contacted all students, faculty or staff thought to have been in contact with this most recent confirmed case, and is also working with the New York City Department of Health to advise of next steps. 

    In the future, confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Mercy community will be posted on a dedicated webpage.  We will update the list as we receive information about new known, confirmed Mercy cases. If you are identified as someone who has been in contact with an individual who has tested positive, you will be notified. Please respect the privacy of anyone who tests positive to allow them to focus on their health.

    The College has implemented many measures which are detailed on our webpage, that provide for the well-being of our community including moving academic instruction online, cancelling events and activities, and continuing a thorough cleaning and enhanced disinfection protocol across all campuses and locations. We also implemented the telecommuting policy for faculty and staff, however, staff designated by their supervisors to support on-campus operations are asked to report to campus as directed.

    Available Resources

    College-wide resources are available to students, faculty and staff as detailed in our March 13 communication that can be found hereThese include IT support, online learning support, online tutoring, and health and counseling services. College leaders have been diligently working to ensure that when students have questions, their PACT counselors are there to help, and that supervisors are ready to assist faculty and staff with any questions or concerns. Because this is an evolving situation, schedules may be adjusted, and we appreciate your flexibility.

    Mercy’s website, www.mercy.edu/coronavirus, has up-to-date information, FAQs and others resources. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    The health and safety of our community is our utmost concern.  We encourage you to practice recommended guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus including social distancing, staying home when sick and proper hand washing techniques. Our Mercy community is strong.  We will continue to look out for one another and help each other as we navigate through this situation. We will provide you with additional updates as necessary. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Tim Hall

    President 

    President Tim Hall

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Faculty and Staff,  

    In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, our highest priorities are the health and safety of our community and ensuring that our students have a clear road ahead to finish their semester with as much support as possible.

    Everyone across the College directly impacts our students’ success, and I appreciate the way our faculty and staff have adapted so quickly to this changing environment. Based on the most recent events, the College has decided to deliver essential services on a limited basis on campus and to extend telecommuting for other functions through March 29.

    Because this is a rapidly changing situation, these plans may be adjusted, and we appreciate your flexibility as we navigate through this.

    Extended Telecommuting Schedule

    Effective Monday, March 16, faculty and staff will continue to work remotely according to their regular schedule through Sunday, March 29, however, staff designated by their supervisors to support on-campus operations are asked to report to campus as directed. Staff in need of a health-related accommodation should contact the Office of Human Resources. If you have questions about working remotely, please speak with your supervisor. Mercy’s telecommuting guidelines and other HR policies can be found here.  Mercy’s IT Helpdesk is available 24/7 at helpdesk@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7526.  If your supervisor has designated you to receive a Mercy-issued laptop, contact the Help Desk to make arrangements.

    Events and Activities
    All events and activities, including athletic events, taking place on or off campus, are cancelled through Sunday, March 29. All Mercy sponsored travel, including attendance at conferences and seminars, is cancelled. The East Coast Conference (ECC) announced today cancellation of the spring 2020 sports season, which takes effect March 13, 2020. Questions about this schedule change can be directed to athletics@mercy.edu.

    At this time, plans for Mercy’s Commencement ceremonies are unchanged.  This is subject to change based on the guidance of health officials. We will keep the community informed as decisions are made.

    Academic Instruction
    To maintain academic continuity for students, instruction will move online beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. There are no classes during spring recess, which is Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. During this period, we will assess whether to continue online instruction further. More information for students can be found on our website here. More information for faculty can be found on our website here.

    Campus and Location Schedules
    College-wide resources will be available to students, faculty and staff on a limited schedule as follows:    

    Building, Library and Dining Services Hours
    From March 16 – March 22, the Harlem, Brooklyn and Yorktown Campuses are closed.

    Manhattan and Bronx Campuses
    Building Hours: Mon – Thur: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri and Sat: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Sun: Closed

    Bronx Campus available on Sunday for Physician Assistant Program as scheduled

    Manhattan and Bronx Library
    Mon – Thur:  9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Fri: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Manhattan and Bronx Dining Services
    Closed

    Dobbs Ferry and New Rochelle Campuses
    Building Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 7 days a week

    Dobbs Ferry and New Rochelle Library
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Dobbs Ferry Dining Services
    Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    If needed, resident students will be provided a catered evening meal on Saturday and Sunday.

    New Rochelle Dining Services
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
               
    Sat – Sun: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    If needed, residential students will be provided a catered evening meal.

    Hours may be adjusted based on activity during spring recess.

    Student Health Office

    The Student Health Office in Main Hall Room 127 at the Dobbs Ferry Campus is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only. Please call (914) 674-7255 prior to arriving to schedule an appointment. The Student Health Office at the Bronx Campus is temporarily closed. Please contact the Dobbs Ferry Campus Office. Tele-med services will also be available.

    Student Counseling Center
    To schedule an appointment or for general inquiries, please call (914) 888-5150 or email counselingcenter@mercy.edu. Tele-med services will also be available. Please contact the general Counseling Center phone or email to schedule. Counselors will be available on campus on the following schedule:


    Dobbs Ferry
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Bronx
    Mon – Tue: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Thur – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Manhattan
    Mon – Wed: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    New Rochelle
    Wed: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The Mav Market
    The Mav Market Food Pantry has closed its physical pantry spaces through March 29.  As an alternative, food and supplies may be ordered online and are available for pickup starting Monday, March 16. Individuals in need of assistance may use the Emergency Food Request Form to place an order to be picked up at the Bronx, Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, or New Rochelle Campuses. 

    Residential Life

    Mercy College residence halls remain open and the Office of Residential Life is working with residential students to assess their needs and provide assistance during this time. Essential services including food, security, facilities and maintenance will remain in place for residential students.

    Online Tutoring
    The Tutoring Center will offer online tutoring services on an revised schedule. Please visit their website here for more information.  

    Mail Room
    The Mail Room at the Tarrytown Offices and New Rochelle Location will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    We encourage you to keep yourself informed and stay abreast of the latest developments. Mercy’s webpage about the coronavirus, https://www.mercy.edu/coronavirus, is updated regularly. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    We will continue to provide you with additional updates as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

     

    Sincerely,


    Tim Hall
    President

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    March 13, 2020

    Dear Students,  

    In response to the developments around the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Mercy College has taken additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our community while also ensuring that you have a clear road ahead to finish your semester with as much support as possible.

    Based on the most recent events, the College wants to assure you we are delivering essential services on a limited basis on campus while also extending telecommuting for other functions through March 29. While all staff and faculty may not be physically in their offices, they are available and we are committed to responding to you in a timely manner. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, these plans may be adjusted, and we appreciate your flexibility as we navigate through this.

    Events and Activities
    All events and activities, including athletic events, taking place on or off campus, are cancelled through Sunday, March 29. All Mercy sponsored travel, including attendance at conferences and seminars, is cancelled. The East Coast Conference (ECC) announced today cancellation of the spring 2020 sports season, which takes effect March 13, 2020. Questions about this schedule change can be directed to athletics@mercy.edu.

    At this time, plans for Mercy’s Commencement ceremonies are unchanged.  This is subject to change based on the guidance of health officials. We will keep the community informed as decisions are made.

    Academic Instruction
    To maintain academic continuity for students, instruction will move online beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. There are no classes during spring recess, which is Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. During this period, we will assess whether to continue online instruction further. More information for students can be found on our website here. More information for faculty can be found on our website here.

    IT Support

    Mercy’s IT Helpdesk is available 24/7 at helpdesk@mercy.edu or (914) 674-7526. 

    Campus and Location Schedules
    College-wide resources will be available to students, faculty and staff on a limited schedule as follows:    

    Building, Library and Dining Services Hours
    From March 16 – March 22, the Harlem, Brooklyn and Yorktown Campuses are closed.

    Manhattan and Bronx Campuses
    Building Hours: Mon – Thur: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri and Sat: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Sun: Closed

    Bronx Campus available on Sunday for Physician Assistant Program as scheduled

    Manhattan and Bronx Library
    Mon – Thur:  9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Fri: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Manhattan and Bronx Dining Services
     Closed

    Dobbs Ferry and New Rochelle Campuses
    Building Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 7 days a week

    Dobbs Ferry and New Rochelle Library
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Dobbs Ferry Dining Services
    Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    If needed, resident students will be provided a catered evening meal on Saturday and Sunday.

    New Rochelle Dining Services
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Sat – Sun: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    If needed, residential students will be provided a catered evening meal.

    Hours may be adjusted based on activity during spring recess.

    Student Health Office

    The Student Health Office in Main Hall Room 127 at the Dobbs Ferry Campus is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only. Please call (914) 674-7255 prior to arriving to schedule an appointment. The Student Health Office at the Bronx Campus is temporarily closed. Please contact the Dobbs Ferry Campus Office. Tele-med services will also be available.

    Student Counseling Center
    To schedule an appointment or for general inquiries, please call (914) 888-5150 or email counselingcenter@mercy.edu. Tele-med services will also be available. Please contact the general Counseling Center phone or email to schedule. Counselors will be available on campus on the following schedule:


    Dobbs Ferry
    Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Bronx
    Mon – Tue: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Thur – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Manhattan
    Mon – Wed: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    New Rochelle
    Wed: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The Mav Market
    The Mav Market Food Pantry has closed its physical pantry spaces through March 29.  As an alternative, food and supplies may be ordered online and are available for pickup starting Monday, March 16. Individuals in need of assistance may use the Emergency Food Request Form to place an order to be picked up at the Bronx, Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, or New Rochelle Campuses. 

    Residential Life

    Mercy College residence halls remain open and the Office of Residential Life is working with residential students to assess their needs and provide assistance during this time. Essential services including food, security, facilities and maintenance will remain in place for residential students.

    Online Tutoring
    The Tutoring Center will offer online tutoring services on an revised schedule. Please visit their website here for more information. 

    Mail Room
    The Mail Room at the Tarrytown Offices and New Rochelle Location will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    We encourage you to keep yourself informed and stay abreast of the latest developments. Mercy’s webpage about the coronavirus, https://www.mercy.edu/coronavirus, is updated regularly. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    We will continue to provide you with additional updates as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

     

    Sincerely,


    Kevin Joyce
    Vice President of Student Affairs

    President Tim Hall

     

    March 12, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    I want to provide you with further details on the announcement I sent yesterday on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at Mercy College.  I know you are concerned and have many questions. 

    As it relates to the case that I told you about yesterday, we are following direction from the Westchester County Department of Health (DOH).  In their role as public health authorities, the DOH is leading this effort and is communicating with all the individuals known to have been in direct contact with the adjunct professor who tested positive. Mercy College has already communicated with these individuals. While we understand you want as much information as possible, we know that the adjunct professor was last on campus March 6 in Victory Hall and did not visit any other buildings.

    In this rapidly changing situation, the College has implemented measures recommended by the CDC to limit large gatherings, referred to as “social distancing,” including moving academic instruction online and canceling events. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides helpful information on facts and guidance about exposure: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html.

    Please continue to take care and utilize the resources available to you on our webpage www.mercy.edu/coronavirusFor questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    We will provide you with additional updates as necessary.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

    Sincerely,

    Tim Hall
    President 

    President Tim Hall

    March 11, 2020 

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    I am writing to let you know that Mercy College has just been notified by the Westchester County Department of Health that an adjunct faculty member has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The faculty member was last on the Dobbs Ferry Campus on Friday, March 6 and was asymptomatic. We have been in touch with the faculty member who is receiving appropriate care.

    Students who may have been present in the classroom with the faculty member will be contacted by Mercy College and the Westchester County Department of Health and will be advised of next steps. 

    Before this was known, in response to the developing coronavirus situation, the College took a proactive step to cancel classes and events through Sunday, March 15, and will move to online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. During this period, we will assess whether to continue online instruction further. More information about this will follow. This was communicated to the College community on March 10.

    The College is implementing the following steps for all campuses and locations to ensure academic and operational continuity:

    Residential Students
    The residence halls remain open and the Office of Residential Life is working with residential students to assess their needs and provide assistance during this time. Essential services to include food, security, facilities maintenance, and transportation as needed will remain in place for residential students.

    Faculty and Staff

    For the remainder of today, March 11 and through Sunday, March 15, faculty and staff not deemed essential personnel are expected to work remotely according to their regular schedule. If you have questions about working remotely, please speak with your supervisor. 

    Cleaning & Disinfecting Campuses
    Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, our Facilities team will continue a thorough cleaning and enhanced disinfection protocol across all campuses and locations.

    Academic Instruction
    Faculty are ready to move courses online via Blackboard and students have received instructions. More information for students can be found on our website here. More information for faculty can be found on our website here.

    These resources may be helpful to you:

    We know this can be a stressful time, which can create fear and anxiety. Please take care and utilize the resources available to you on our webpage www.mercy.edu/coronavirus. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email healthalert@mercy.edu.

    We will provide you with additional updates as necessary.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  

    Sincerely,

    Tim Hall

    President 

     

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    March 10, 2020

     

    MERCY ALERT: Class Cancellation Announcement

     

    Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    In response to the developing situation related to coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, all classes are cancelled Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 15.

    Staff will report to work on a regular schedule.

    All events and activities, including faculty seminar day and athletic events, scheduled to take place at any Mercy College campus or location are cancelled through Sunday, March 15.

    To ensure limited academic interruption for students, we are planning to move academic instruction online beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. Classes are suspended for spring recess Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. During this period, we will assess whether to continue online instruction further. More information about this will follow. 

    For residential students, if you choose to study from home, we will work with you on that transition during this period. 

    We will continue our ongoing contact with state and local health authorities.

    Please continue to check your email for further updates.

     

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    March 9, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Students, 

    As the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want to provide you with an update on additional steps the College is taking to provide for the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. The College is keeping abreast of the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and local health agencies as it relates to our College community, both here and abroad. 

    What You Need to Know: Preparedness 

    • In accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mercy College Facilities and Operations Team has implemented the following cleaning and disinfection protocols. 
      • Hiring of additional personnel to provide increased frequency of cleaning on high contact surfaces including but not limited to doorknobs, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, computer and podium keyboards, and vending machines with an enhanced viral disinfectant.
      • Installation of 80 additional hand sanitizer dispensers across all campuses and locations, and ensuring that adequate supplies of sanitizer are available.
    • Additionally, signage has been posted across all campuses with safety recommendations about washing hands, preventing the spread of germs and knowing the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We all have a responsibility to be vigilant about protecting ourselves and others, including staying home when sick, as well as washing hands with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • We know this can be a stressful time, which can create fear and anxiety, leading to social stigma toward people and places. Mercy College does not tolerate discrimination in any form and assures all students, faculty and staff that the College will not tolerate discrimination associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  If you have experienced discrimination related to the coronavirus outbreak, you are encouraged to contact Tom McDonald, Title IX Coordinator/Equity Compliance Specialist, at (914) 674-7679 or tmcdonald7@mercy.edu
    • If there is a future need to close any Mercy campus, the College plans to move campus courses to online courses using Blackboard. As an institution, we are obliged to continue teaching students regardless of the circumstances.  School deans communicated with faculty and students regarding online training and moving courses online via Blackboard. More information can be found at www.mercy.edu/coronavirus.
    • The College has created a dedicated coronavirus webpage www.mercy.edu/coronavirus that includes up-to-date information and instructions for the College community including the attached fact sheet.

    What You Need To Do 

    • If you have not recently updated your profile in Mercy Alert, please go to https://mercy.regroup.com to register or make changes to your profile.
    • To avoid coronavirus (COVID-19) related phishing attempts, please exercise caution in handling any email with a coronavirus or COVID-19 related subject line, attachment or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls from unknown outside sources.  
    • If you have a compromised immune system and believe you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Accessibility at accessability@mercy.edu or 914-674-7764.
    • Please take the time to recognize the signs of stress associated with infectious disease outbreaks.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides this helpful resource: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf.
    • For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email HealthAlert@mercy.edu.

    Thank you for your cooperation. 

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

    Human Resources

     

    March 9, 2020

     

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    As the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want to provide you with an update on steps the College is taking to provide for the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. The College is keeping abreast of the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and local health agencies as it relates to our College community, both here and abroad. 

    What You Need to Know: Preparedness 

    • In accordance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mercy College Facilities and Operations Team has implemented the following cleaning and disinfection protocols.
      • Hiring of additional personnel to provide increased frequency of cleaning on high contact surfaces including but not limited to doorknobs, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, computer and podium keyboards, and vending machines with an enhanced viral disinfectant.
      • Installation of 80 additional hand sanitizer dispensers across all campuses and locations, and ensuring that adequate supplies of sanitizer are available.
    • Additionally, signage has been posted across all campuses with safety recommendations about washing hands, preventing the spread of germs and knowing the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We all have a responsibility to be vigilant about protecting ourselves and others, including staying home when sick, as well as washing hands with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • We know this can be a stressful time, which can create fear and anxiety, leading to social stigma toward people and places. Mercy College does not tolerate discrimination in any form and assures all students, faculty and staff that the College will not tolerate discrimination associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have experienced discrimination related to the coronavirus outbreak, you are encouraged to contact Tom McDonald, Title IX Coordinator/Equity Compliance Specialist, at (914) 674-7679 or tmcdonald7@mercy.edu
    • If there is a future need to close any Mercy campus, the College plans to move campus courses to online courses using Blackboard. As an institution, we are obliged to continue teaching students regardless of the circumstances.  School deans communicated with faculty and students regarding online training and moving courses online via Blackboard.
    • For all administrative and technical employees, should there be a future need, your appropriate administrator will have the authority to implement a telecommuting work arrangement.  Specific guidelines about telecommuting will be provided, when and if, we need to move to this type of arrangement.  For now, it is recommended that employees with assigned lap-top computers take their computers home with them at the end of each day, in case the College should move overnight to a telecommuting arrangement.  
    • The College is in the process of identifying and notifying both Mercy College employees and private-contracted employees, who are considered essential personnel, as to their expected operational roles and responsibilities should the College close its campuses. 
    • Thoughtful consideration should be given to essential travel only.  Please be advised, that at this time, Mercy College has suspended any new Mercy College-related travel to countries designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Level 3 and Level 4. Please visit the State Department website for more information.https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
    • The College has created a dedicated coronavirus webpage www.mercy.edu/coronavirus that provide updates and instructions for the College community. 

    What You Need To Do 

    • If you have not recently updated your personal contact information with the Human Resources Office, we ask that you take a moment to do so through the Mercy Connect self-service portal, particularly as it relates to your personal phone number. Additionally, please ensure your profile is updated in Mercy Alert https://mercy.regroup.com.
    • To avoid coronavirus (COVID-19) related phishing attempts, please exercise caution in handling any email with a coronavirus or COVID-19 related subject line, attachment or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls from unknown outside sources.  
    • If you have a compromised immune system and believe you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Human Resources to discuss possible arrangements.
    • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a resource available to all employees, providing no-cost counseling service to help address stress and other personal issues you and your family may face. The EAP can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 800-327-1850 or www.Guidanceresource.com.
    • For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email HealthAlert@mercy.edu.

     

    Thank you for your cooperation.  

    Annette Piecora
    Director of Human Resources

    President Tim Hall

     

    March 6, 2020

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    I understand that you may have concerns and questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. With current news of the confirmed cases in New York State, and locally in New York City and Westchester County, I want to assure you that the health and safety of the Mercy College community is our highest priority.

    As has been communicated, the College is staying abreast of guidelines and protocol from the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, we are communicating with our peer colleges and universities, as well as the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany, and the Westchester County Executive’s Office, to ensure we are all working together and sharing the latest information.

    At this time, the College is conducting normal processes and practices. We have teams in place working on contingency plans to maintain continuity of classes and operations should any disruption occur. We are regularly reevaluating the situation.

    I encourage you to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments. Additionally, we encourage you to visit www.mercy.edu/coronavirus on the Mercy website for safety recommendations and preventative measures on staying healthy, and Frequently Asked Questions including how Mercy is responding to this situation.

    For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College please email HealthAlert@mercy.edu

    Thank you for your cooperation.    

    Sincerely,
    Tim Hall
    President

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    Dear Study Abroad Students,

    The College has been notified of new guidelines from the New York State Department of Health regarding updated protocol for travelers returning from high impacted areas identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan).  

    Guidelines for High Impacted Areas (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan):

    • If you are returning from a currently impacted country or region of an impacted country, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the United States. Visit this webpage for more information on impacted countries. 
    • Quarantine should be at home if that is an option.  
    • If an at-home quarantine is not an option, Mercy College will work with you to make proper arrangements.

    Guidelines for All Countries:

    • If you are returning home from a country that is not on the highly impacted list, Mercy will work to assist you in your transition home.

    Please be reminded that the following Mercy staff are available 24-hours a day to assist you with the process of returning home and to address your questions and concerns:

     

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    March 2, 2020 

     

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    In light of the report of the first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State, we want to let you know the College is taking the concerns related to the situation seriously. We are keeping abreast of the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and local health agencies as it relates to our community, both here and abroad.

    The health and safety of our community are our top priorities. We encourage you to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments. The following websites may be resources for you:

    Additionally, we encourage you to visit www.mercy.edu/coronavirus on the Mercy website for safety recommendations and preventative measures on staying healthy, and Frequently Asked Questions including how Mercy is responding to this situation.

    College leaders are working together on a contingency plan to maintain continuity of classes and operations should any disruption occur. At this time, students, faculty and staff are advised to conduct normal college processes and practices. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and we will provide more information when necessary. 

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    Dear Study Abroad Students,

    Please be advised that the U.S. Department of State travel advisory for ITALY has been elevated to a Level 3 – Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 . . . [Read More], and to a Level 4 – Do Not Travel to Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures . . . [Read More].

    Additionally, the advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Italy includes the below information:

    • Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission
    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas . . . [Read More]

    The U.S. Department of State advisory for SOUTH KOREA remains at a Level 3 - Reconsider travel to South Korea due to an outbreak of COVID-19 . . . [Read More]

    The CDC advisory includes the following information:

    • Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission
    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea. There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas . . . [Read More]

    For students studying in Italy and South Korea, Mercy College continues to strongly encourage your return home, and we remain committed to finding a pathway for you to take courses during Mercy’s Spring Term C (beginning March 18) or Summer term. 

    Please be reminded that the following Mercy staff are available 24-hours a day to assist you with the process of returning home and to address your questions and concerns:

     

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    February 28, 2020

     

    Dear Mercy College Community,

    Mercy College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our staff is working closely with health authorities to stay abreast of ongoing changes.  Our goal is to keep an open dialogue with everyone potentially impacted. We are in regular contact with our students who are studying abroad to assist them in every way possible.

    The health and safety of our community are our top priorities. We encourage you to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments. The following websites may be resources for you:

     

    In addition, here is a link on the Mercy website with additional information.

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    Dear Study Abroad Students,

    I want to provide you with an update on the coronavirus and how it may impact your study abroad situation. Your safety is our highest priority. We have been monitoring the situation on an hour-by-hour basis and are now making the following recommendations:

    For Students in South Korea and Italy

    We strongly recommend that students studying in South Korea and Italy return home. The following Mercy staff are available 24-hours a day to assist you with the process of returning home and to address your questions and concerns:

    For All Other Students Studying Abroad

    We recommend that all other students studying abroad continue to monitor the situation. If you are studying abroad and want to return home or have any questions, please contact: 

    Mercy College will continue to monitor the situation in all countries where students are studying abroad. We encourage you to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments. The following websites may be resources for you:

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs

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    Dear Study Abroad Students,

    Mercy College is following advisories published by the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Our goal is to keep an open dialogue with everyone potentially impacted, and our staff is working closely with regional health authorities to stay abreast of ongoing changes. The health and safety of our community are our top priorities and we encourage our students studying or traveling abroad to be vigilant and to stay informed of the latest developments.

    We will try to keep you up to date on information as it becomes available. Below if information as of today:

    South Korea:

    Italy:

    Other Countries:

    We understand that other countries could be impacted moving forward and we encourage all study abroad students planning to travel internationally to visit the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites for updates.

    If you have questions or concerns Bogdana Vladescu, Sr. Director of International Student Services, is available to answer questions and explore options. She can be reached at bvladescu@mercy.edu, or (914) 674-7697. 

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Joyce

    Kevin Joyce

    Vice President of Student Affairs