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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Fall 2020 Semester

All Berkeley College courses will move online beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, as a precautionary measure in maintaining the health and safety of the campus community. Additionally, all winter semester classes, beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021, will be conducted virtually through the end of January. The College anticipates resuming hybrid courses in February 2021. Plans are subject to change, based on new information or guidance from the states of New York and New Jersey.

General Information

Converting to an Online Modality

Faculty will utilize Canvas and other approved Berkeley College technology to deliver remote instruction during the closure. Keep in mind that students may not have the recommended technology, nor the appropriate technical skills to participate as they would in an on-site environment. Flexibility is critical to their success in this situation.

  • Remote instruction will be conducted asynchronously.
  • Substantive and regular communication with students is a required component of remote instruction.
  • Assignment deadlines must be flexible. Students should incur no penalties for handing in late work.
  • Faculty should convert proctored exams to more accessible formats such as unproctored Canvas quizzes, papers, or projects.
  • Enrollment verification and progress report procedures will remain the same; students should be marked present for enrollment verification if completing coursework and/or are in contact with faculty.
  • Faculty should prepare an email to be sent out upon news of a campus closure that reiterates how to contact them for help (e.g. Berkeley email, Canvas Inbox).
  • Faculty will apportion their availability throughout each week.

For information regarding the Berkeley College Office of Disability Services, please visit:

The Center for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology (CCIT) is available to support you with respect to any instructional needs that you may have. The CCIT can be reached at

For any technology issues or “how do I” questions related to the Canvas, faculty should contact Canvas support directly. Canvas Support is available 24/7 for all Berkeley faculty by calling (833) 286-8936 or via a Chat with Canvas Support. Canvas also has excellent and videos that walk you through all the various functions in Canvas.

Communicating with Online Students

Tools to Communicate with Students

Substantive and regular communication with students is a required component of online instruction. It is important for instructors to establish and maintain open two-way communication lines with students. Recommended tools/methods to communicate with students:

  • Canvas Discussions
  • Canvas Inbox
  • Canvas Chat
  • Zoom
  • Canvas Announcements
  • Email - (use the BC Class List by Instructor link on Canvas to view student emails)

How to Use Communication Tools

Canvas Announcements

Canvas Inbox

Canvas Chat

Canvas Discussions


Instructional Strategies for Online Teaching

Instructional Strategies

Convert Activities and Assessments to Support Online Instruction

You may need to adjust or replace activities and assessments. Consider alternative assignments and assessments to support online instruction. As you make adjustments to your course, remember to communicate the changes to your course.

Options include:

  • Use Canvas Discussions to replace in-class discussions.
  • Use Canvas Pages to add relevant worksheets, lecture notes, files, or other content to your Canvas course.
  • Use Canvas Modules to organize course content and activities.
  • Convert written assignments to Canvas Online Assignments.
  • Convert tests, quizzes, and exams to Canvas Quizzes.
  • Convert an oral presentation assignment to a PowerPoint to be submitted as a Canvas Online Assignment.
  • Use Zoom or Canvas Chat to conduct office hours.

Instructional Tools

Canvas Discussion

Canvas Modules

Canvas Pages

Canvas Rich Content Editor

Canvas Assignment Groups

Canvas Online Assignments

Canvas Quizzes



Instructional Tools Self-Help Guides and Tutorials

Communication Tools

Canvas Announcements

Canvas Inbox


Discussion Boards


Content Creation and Organization




Canvas Online Assignments

Canvas Quizzes

Assignment Groups


Using the Gradebook and SpeedGrader

Sharing Canvas Content with Colleagues

Share with Another Instructor

Share with Another Course

Manage Content Shared with You

Additional Support

Turnitin Support

For Turnitin Support:

Zoom Support

For Zoom Support 24/7:

  • Call 1.888.799.9666 ext 2
  • Chat live with support by visiting your account and selecting “help” in the lower right-hand corner
  • Submit an online support request

Library Support

New York State Department of Health Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Up-to-date Information from New York State:

New Jersey Department of Health Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
Up-to-date Information from New Jersey:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH):

World Health Organization (WHO):

New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education:

More about Coronavirus COVID-19
From the World Health Organization:
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus from the World Health Organization:

Advice to Students Transitioning to an Online Environment

Berkeley College Tips for Online Success

Center for Academic Success Virtual Guidelines

The New York City Study Abroad program start for Monday, April 6, 2020, has been postponed. For questions relating to Study Abroad, please contact:

Nori Jaffer, Ed.D.
Vice President, International
877-381-3237 ext. 4304

For questions relating specifically to the Global Alliance program at the White Plains campus, please contact:

Suzeana Stewart
888-307-5543 ext. 3333

We understand that members of the Berkeley College community may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety during this time. Berkeley College encourages students who feel anxious or worried about friends and family because of the coronavirus to contact a Personal Counselor by campus:

New York City
Diane Georges, Director of Personal Counseling and ADA Coordinator
212-986-4343 ext. 4216

Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263

Sarah Nickerson, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4217

Danielle Hewitt, Personal Counselor
973-278-5400 ext. 6183

Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling
973-278-5400 ext. 1320

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402

Santa Rock, Personal Counselor
973-405-2111 ext. 6402

White Plains
Alexandra Sabal Farah, Personal Counselor
212-986-4343 ext. 4263

Danielle Hewitt, Personal Counselor
973-278-5400 ext. 6183

Woodland Park
Sandra Coppola, Senior Director of Personal Counseling
973-278-5400 ext. 1320

Sheri Burkat, Personal Counselor
973-278-5400 ext. 1321

For faculty and staff, Berkeley College’s Employee Assistance Program is available to help:

The Employee Assistance Program is designed to assist families with balancing the demands of work with those of their personal lives. The Employee Assistance Program is a one-stop resource that offers consultation, information, and personalized community referrals, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you and your family members.

When you call, you will be assisted by expert consultants who can help with emotional well-being. These calls are confidential.

When face-to-face sessions are warranted, you may receive up to three.

You can call any time, day or night at 855-775-4357 or Online Work-Life EAP Resources

Additional details can be found on Berkeley365 – Human Resources – Benefits – Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

We want to take this opportunity to remind our diverse Berkeley College community that we are an institution that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering promotion of the values of equity and inclusion. These challenging times are not an excuse to behave differently toward any individuals or groups. We must maintain civility in our interactions with peers, students and colleagues. As always, any student who experiences discrimination of any kind can speak with their campus’ Student Development and Campus Life office for support. Likewise, faculty or staff can speak with Human Resources.

Berkeley College continues to closely follow new information and guidance from the states of New York and New Jersey.

New York Reopening, Guidance, and Dashboards

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub and Dashboard

Berkeley College has postponed or cancelled all events until further notice. When possible, the College will host virtual events instead. The College is taking this action to minimize any potential health and public safety risks associated with COVID-19. When possible, the College will host events virtually instead.

The College continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, New York State Health Department and New Jersey Department of Health.

Please continue to check this webpage for any updates.