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Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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New York, NY 10010-5585
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Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From: Provost Dave Christy
As you know, Baruch College cancelled scheduled classes on March 21 due to a snowstorm. The minutes of instruction required for courses are set by the New York State Department of Education according to the credits awarded for your course. Baruch College has developed an alternative process to meet the instructional time missed on March 21. This alternative requires faculty to develop and distribute lessons, activities, or assignments that will be completed independently by students in lieu of the missed instructional time.
Members of the faculty should post classroom materials, lecture notes, and readings for any class that is missed so that students can review this material independently and the course curriculum can proceed without interruption. Faculty should post materials for enrolled students using Blackboard, or distribute material directly to students or via email when that is preferable and feasible.
Faculty should print out copies of the materials, readings, or activities that are distributed to students and maintain a file of these materials. If students are required to complete and submit an assignment as part of this class session, several samples of student work submitted should be retained. You should not submit this file to our office, but it should be maintained with your records of student performance for this spring term. In rare cases, we could be asked to produce these documents in response to an audit.
Baruch's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) would be happy to help you with suggestions/assistance for developing online lessons, activities, or assignments to make up for the missed class, even if this is the first time you are trying online teaching. See below for information on the CTL's "Snow Day Make-up Class Guide," which offers specific assignment ideas and instructions. You are also welcome to set up an individual consultation session.
Thank you for your attention to this issue. By maintaining evidence that our students and faculty have met the state requirements for instruction, we are able to confirm that our criteria for awarding course credit and degrees are both thorough and responsive.
Dave Christy, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
From: Allison Lehr Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
CTL Make-up Class Guide
To help faculty consider options for cancelled classes, the CTL has created a CTL Snow Day “Make-up Class” Guide. The guide can be found at http://ctl.baruch.cuny.edu/ctl-snow-day-make-up-class-guide/.
The guide contains some ideas on how you can adapt a class meeting to an online format fairly quickly using tools that are free and widely available to Baruch faculty. The CTL staff is available to help you brainstorm and figure this out through a workshop or one-on-one consultation. Please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Cristina Balboa, Assistant Professor from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and Cheryl Smith, Associate Professor of English and CTL Faculty Liaison, for their contributions to this resource. If you would like to add your ideas to our guide, please email them to Allison.Lehr-Samuels@baruch.cuny.edu.