Baruch is continuously updating detailed business continuity plans and guidance on nontraditional work arrangements for distance work to ensure the necessary resources, including hardware and software, are available.
Collaboration Tools to Support Distance Work
All Baruch faculty and staff have access to the following resources through the Baruch College homepage. The Quick Links tab, the leftmost item on the top navigation, offers easy access to the following collaboration tools:
- Outlook webmail for faculty and staff
- Office 365: A set of online services, which includes an instant messaging and collaboration platform called Microsoft Teams. Learn more by visiting CUNY’s FAQ page for supporting remote teaching, learning, and work.
- Dropbox: Sign in using your CUNYfirst credientials
- ZOOM video conferencing
The BCTC News and Information blog provides detailed information on the above resources and others in the post “Resources for Maintaining Business Continuity.” Additional guidance and resources will be added regularly, so please check back often.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPN allows you to access your campus desktop remotely. Through this connection, you can access all the resources that are normally only availablefrom campus (e.g., desktop files, shared drives). For more information and instructions for access, visit the BCTC blog post “FAQ about VPN access to resources.”
The University has put guidelines in place to accommodate temporary working arrangements, including:
Staff may work modified schedules, including flexible hours and condensed work weeks, after consultation with and approval by their managers. All modifications must ensure that support services and University operations continue without interruption.
CUNY may permit an employee to work at home or at an alternate CUNY location for all or part of their regular workweek. Note that this type of arrangement may not be appropriate for all positions/employees.
Those granted a telecommuting arrangement will be subject to the same performance standards in place prior to telecommuting. Common items for discussion with your manager include:
- Frequency of connection with manager
- Frequency of checking email
- Hours of availability
- Areas of focus during remote work
Faculty and staff requiring access to the campus can only do so by permission and appointment. Access will be granted only if deemed necessary in support of distance education; it is strongly discouraged in keeping with the PAUSE order.