Request for Assistance

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, the CUNY Board of Trustees adopted a revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct, effective Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. This revised Policysupersedes and replaces CUNY’s prior policy and will govern CUNY’s response to allegations of Sexual Misconduct based on conduct alleged to have occurred on or after Aug. 14, 2020 and can be found online.

The revised Policy was necessitated by changes to the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.  Although the new regulations significantly limit the behavior that constitutes Sexual Harassment within the definitions of Sexual Misconduct, CUNY will continue to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate all allegations of Sexual Misconduct that fall outside of the new narrower definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment. Further, CUNY’s revised Policy allows for close scrutiny of all reported allegations of Sexual Misconduct.

In conjunction with these changes, the Central Office has requested that each CUNY College:

1.            Identify at least two “Advisors” for the limited purpose of conducting cross-examination at Title IX Sexual Harassment hearings involving employees;

2.               Identify hearing “Presenters” for employee respondents; and

3.               Identify at least two “Informal Resolution Facilitators” for employees.

Please note, unfortunately, I do not currently have an estimation of the time commitment that may be involved, but there will certainly be some training. Beyond that, it will likely depend on how many cases we receive that satisfy the definition of “Title IX Sexual Harassment,” and how many of those matters proceed to the informal resolution and/or hearing phase procedurally.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to participate, so please let me know by Thursday, Sept. 17, if you  are interested in having your name submitted to Central. 

By Catherine M. Ferrara, Esq.

Abortion in Bolivia: An Open Secret

SUM – CUNY: Abortion in Bolivia is prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, and saving the mother’s life. But even with those allowances, the procedure is rarely greenlighted. Just 126 abortions were legally permitted in Bolivia between 1973 and 2016. 

And yet, abortion in Bolivia is ubiquitous, according to Professor Natalie Kimball (College of Staten Island). While researching a book on the topic, Kimball heard the phrase “secreto a voces”—an open secret—used so often that it became the book’s title: An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia. Read more at SUM-CUNY.


CSI Named to “U.S. News” Best Colleges List

The College of Staten Island has been named twice to U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges 2021 List. CSI was recognized in the categories of Best Undergraduate Engineering – No Doctorate, and Social Mobility – Regional Universities (North).

According to U.S. News, the publication “assesses 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. The comparisons are useful for [students who are] crafting a shortlist of institutions to examine more closely and may also highlight new options.”

By Terry Mares

Need Help with Your Writing?

If you need help with your writing, the Writing Center is the place to find it.

Our experienced tutors are trained to assist you at every stage of the writing process. They can help you with everything from getting started on a piece of writing to polishing up a piece of writing.

Online tutoring sessions are currently being offered through Blackboard Collaborate.

You can schedule such a session by following the instructions on the English Department Webpage.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you in any way we can.

By R. Brandt

CSI Food Pantry

The Office of Student Life would like to remind you that the CSI Food Pantry will continue to be an available resource on campus throughout the semester. If you or a student you know is having difficulties finding food to eat during this challenging time, CSI has a non-perishable Food Pantry that was created to help provide assistance for our students. Throughout the Fall semester, the pantry remains available to our campus community by appointment only. 

The Fall 2020 CSI Food Pantry APPOINTMENT HOURS will be from 10:30am to 1:00pm on Wednesdays and Fridays for the Fall semester. If you need to make an appointment, please fill out the online form someone from the Office of Student Life will contact you.  Please note, if the dates and times listed above do not work for your schedule or if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

​All CUNY campus locations (including CSI) require that all faculty, staff, and students download and complete the Everbridge Health Checker app before coming to campus. This simple Symptom Checker can and should be accessed from your mobile phone each day before your visit to campus. After a brief one-time setup of the Everbridge app, the daily Symptom Checker takes less than two minutes to complete.  It is an important reminder to consider whether you have symptoms of–or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 before you enter any CUNY facility. You will need to sign in using your CUNY Login credentials: (Username:  

For more information about CUNY’s policy on Campus re-entry or on the Everbridge App, please go online.

By the Division of Student Affairs

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of Sept. 14

In lieu of our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

Please use our Registration page to sign up for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to better serve the College community.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): Faculty Center Workshops & Drop-in Sessions for Week of Sept. 14

The Faculty Center for Professional Development would like to invite you to participate in one of the virtual training and/or drop-in sessions being offered during the week of Monday, Sept. 14 to 18:

  • Creating Tests/Quizzes and Surveys in Bb :  The tests and surveys tool in Blackboard gives you the ability to create assessments that help you gauge student progress and understanding of course material and concepts. This workshop will go over the basics of how you create tests/quizzes and surveys, assign grading criteria, and then deploy them into your Bb online classroom. 
  • Using the Blackboard Grade Center: The Grade Center in Blackboard is a place for instructors to track student performance. Faculty can create grade columns for any graded activities they want to record such as projects, discussions, and quizzes. This workshop will go over the basics of how you can use the Bb Grade Center to calculate grades, organize student-submitted assignment documents, create weighted columns, and exclude certain assessments from final score calculations.
  • Using Bb Collaborate: Similar to Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra allows instructors to hold synchronous class sessions or office hours fully online. Bb Collaborate affords you the ability to communicate with students live or allow the students to watch recorded sessions all from the security of your Bb online classroom. This workshop will go over how to set-up, launch, moderate, and record sessions using Collaborate, as well as, answer any questions you may have about it.
  • Taking Attendance: Using the NEW Bb Attendance Tool:The Attendance tool allows instructors to manually record whether a student is present, late, absent, or excluded for each “class meeting” or Collaborate Ultra session. This workshop will go over the basics of how to set-up and utilize the new attendance feature now available for use with all your courses on Blackboard. 
  • Faculty Center Virtual Drop-in Center: In addition to this week’s workshops, we are also adding an extra Virtual Drop-in session. This week, the Drop-in Center will be open from 10:00am to 11:00am, 2:000pm to 3:00pm, and 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Monday through Friday. As with the workshops, Drop-in Sessions can be accessed via the direct links below, or by using the Virtual Drop-in Center button located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization, which is available to all teaching faculty at CSI. 

There is no sign-up needed to participate in any of the sessions. To attend, simply click on the access link provided next to the session date/time you want to attend anytime within 15 minutes of the start of the workshop. Once clicked, Blackboard Collaborate will appear at the top of the screen. It will show the specific training session you are joining and offer a place for you to type your name (please enter both your first and last name to ensure that you receive credit for having attended). Select Join Session after typing your full name.

For more information or questions about any of the trainings listed above, please contact ISS Program/Technical Specialist, Kristen Lindtvedt at

By Kristen Lindtvedt