The Career Center is excited to share information about Post-Production Coordinator Boot Camp, a new opportunity for students who are completing their degree requirements or recent alumni. Applicants should be ready to take on full-time work.
By Caryl Watkins
As a reminder, according to the PSC-CUNY contract, the maximum accrual of annual leave for members of the non-teaching instructional staff shall not exceed 45 working days as of Monday, Aug. 31 of any year, and any annual leave balance in excess of 45 days will be deducted from the employee’s accrual balance at the close of business on said date.
As a result, we write to encourage staff who will have any annual leave accumulation in excess of the 45-day cap, to submit written requests to their supervisors to use such excess leave before Aug. 31, 2020, as soon as possible. We also encourage supervisors to approve reasonable requests in writing, or if the needs of the department so require, supervisors, in consultation with Department Directors, should propose an alternative schedule for use of the annual leave within the contractual period.
Employees should feel free to contact Human Resources if their request was denied, and an alternative plan has not been proposed within a reasonable time. All work-down plans that were submitted to their Directors by the contractual deadline of Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020 and approved by Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020, consistent with the contract, should be followed.
We understand that these are difficult times, but we should all work together and make all efforts to ensure that such requests are submitted and approved in enough time to use the excess leave by the contractual deadline.
By the Office of Human Resources
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 205, which requires individuals to quarantine for 14 days after traveling for 24 hours or longer to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Please see the online State Employee Travel Advisory Policy Memo issued by the Governor’s office for rules that apply to employees who travel to these designated states.
Before traveling out of state, all employees should check this Website to confirm whether they are traveling to a state that requires quarantine upon return to New York.
By the Office of Human Resources
A summary of recent news over the past few days from various sources is now online.
The big news would be a board resolution on reopening to be voted on today:
[7/9 Board resolution re F20]
RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees endorses the University’s decision to extend the offering of its academic courses and programs for as many of its academic courses and support services as is reasonably practicable, in an online modality and remote format for the Fall Semester 2020 — with exceptions being made for courses that cannot be effectively delivered at a distance, such as those courses which are highly experiential, or services that involve some form of tangible exchange, such as food pantries, provided they meet New York State and University guidelines for on-site instruction or delivery; and that the Chancellor shall take such actions as are reasonable and necessary to give effect to the foregoing;
RESOLVED, Subject to the prevailing conditions and circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and the approval of NYSED to extend such offerings of online courses in academic programs at that time, the University’s decision for the extension of the online and distance learning modality and remote services for the majority of the University’s academic courses, programs and support services for the Fall Semester 2020, shall be conditionally extended to the Spring Semester 2021, as reasonably necessary.
This is taken from a running collection of news
being compiled by the College Council and Faculty Senate Executive Committees.
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By John Verzani
As you may have read in the news, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has modified the rules governing the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) for this fall. Most notably, in order to maintain status, students who are in the U.S. with an F-1 visa will be required to take at least one in-person course.
Many of you have already expressed concern over the continued progress of our international students at CSI. The Center for Global Engagement, along with the President, the Provost, and the Deans are working hard to ensure that our students will be able to continue their studies and remain in the U.S. this fall. Chancellor Matos Rodriguez has issued a statement in support of our international students and decrying the rule change, and President Fritz has emailed all of our students earlier today emphasizing our commitment to their continued success here at CSI. In his statement, the Chancellor noted that “CUNY campuses have thousands of international students whose status is threatened by the new rule. These students are a valuable and a vital part of our community. I have instructed my administration to explore and pursue measures that would help these students remain in the country and continue their education at CUNY.”
Please know that CSI is taking this mandate very seriously and exploring all options for our F1 students. Alongside CUNY, we are developing a plan that will allow all of our CSI international students to stay in the U.S. this coming term and beyond. Our strategy may include a range of course options that meet the new ICE guidance while protecting the immigration status of our students, as well as protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. Further, we understand that each passing minute creates anxiety for our students and our faculty and have an “all-hands-on deck” approach to resolving this quickly.
As we learn more from SEVP and develop our own solutions, we will be communicating with you, our students, and the community. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact either of us with any questions.
Thank you for your continued support of our international students.
By Michael Parrish
I write to you today regarding the deeply disappointing modification of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which states that international students who are taking a full online course load cannot remain in the United States.
We are disappointed by this ruling and understand that this action is causing anxiety and worry for many of our students. We also recognize the invaluable contributions and ideas that international students bring not only to our campus, but to all of CUNY, enriching the outlook and perspective of all students.
Although this is a developing situation, I want to assure you that the College, along with CUNY, is reviewing all possible means of ensuring the academic and immigration status of our international students. I will contact you regarding any avenues of mitigation as soon as possible.
Until then, please remember that you are a valued member of our College community and we will do everything within our power so that you may remain in this country to pursue your studies and secure a bright future.
By William J. Fritz
The New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has published new health plan rates that went into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The new health insurance rate changes will be reflected on the Thursday, July 16, 2020 paycheck.
You may view the new 2020 health insurance rates online.
Please note: GHI-CBP rates are subject to change.
Please also note that the annual Transfer Period will be held in the fall. You will be notified of the exact dates. During that period, employees can:
· Transfer to another health plan
· Add or drop an optional rider
· Elect the Buy-Out Waiver Program
Any changes selected during the Fall Transfer Period will become effective the first day of the first full pay period in January 2021.
By Anne Alarcon
It appears that many people when completing timesheets from home, are not finishing the whole process. Many are executing a screen shot and not proceeding to the bottom of the page to “Save and Print.” You need to complete the entire process in order for your balances to be saved. Numerous people are missing balances and receive the following message when they try to fill in their time sheet.
The system was unable to find an opening balance for the month you selected. Please ensure that you have selected the correct month and year and that all prior months’ timesheets have been submitted. If you are an employee returning after a long absence or are trying to edit your first month’s timesheet, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
This is because the balances were not saved. Please make sure that you “Print and Save” your timesheet.
Thank you for your cooperation.
By Joyce Taylor