COVID-19 Resources for Faculty and Staff

Below are resources compiled for faculty and staff as they navigate distance teaching and working remotely.

The most important thing is for faculty to confer with their students to get a sense of what the most effective and EQUITABLE way to move forward with distance learning should be, considering both faculty and student readiness, accessibility to devices and reliable internet access, and phone capabilities.

CUNY has asked faculty and staff to be prepared to accommodate affected students to the greatest reasonable extent. This includes, among other things:

  • facilitating enrollment after the deadline
  • fast-tracking academic advising
  • permitting make-up exams
  • extending due dates of final assignments and projects

Please see the COVID-19 Information Technology Resources page for information on how to contact the Helpdesk, obtaining hardware and software for distance teaching, communication and cloud storage services, Blackboard and Zoom resources, etc.

Please click here for guidance on research continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counseling services for tax-levy employees

For faculty and staff experiencing heightened anxiety, CUNY’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is available to help. CUNY’s EAP may be reached at 1-866-327-2400 or

Counseling services for Research Foundation employees

For help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events, contact RFCUNY’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at:

Wellness Resources for everyone

Please refer to this page for additional wellness resources.

If you need to make purchases related to COVID-19 response, these should be made through CUNYfirst on tax levy funds. CUNY has requested that COVID-19 expenses be tracked separately, for potential reimbursement.

Last updated 04/07/21
As of April 2, 2021, CUNY has reduced the quarantine requirement for employees to return to work from 14 to 10 days. This applies to all quarantines including those due to symptoms, positive test, exposure, and travel both domestic and international.
CUNY will continue to require a negative test result or, if a negative result cannot be achieved, appropriate medical clearance in order to return to work. This documentation must be dated no earlier than 3 days prior to the anticipated return to work date.
At this time, CUNY is not screening for vaccination status or exempting employees from quarantine due to vaccination.
We understand that some of these requirements may go beyond the minimally recommended measures by state and national agencies, but CUNY has steadfastly expressed and acted in a very conservative and thoughtful manner throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so.
If you have any questions, please contact CUNY SPH Human Resources at
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