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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Last updated on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Berkeley College continues to monitor developments regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please be assured that Berkeley College is focused on maintaining the safety of students, faculty, and staff, along with the continuity of our academic and business operations.

The rapidly evolving nature of this public health situation necessitates frequent assessment, evaluation, and modification of our policies and plans. Berkeley College has assembled a cross-functional leadership team to monitor daily reports from county, state, and federal agencies and to plan accordingly. The information below will be regularly updated.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, within 14 days after returning from a country under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 2 or 3 warning, or after close contact with someone who has recently traveled to them and is displaying these symptoms, you should immediately contact your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider could screen you over the phone, and will work with public health officials to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. New York students can call 3-1-1 to locate the closest city-operated hospital.

Anyone who is sick and exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness is asked to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever [body temperature is consistently below or equal to 100.4° F (37.8° C) measured with an oral thermometer while not having taken Tylenol, Aspirin or other NSAID, which mask a fever].

Employees should notify their supervisor and keep them informed of their absence.

Converting On-Site and Hybrid Courses to an Online Modality

The Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) and Online Faculty Support and Instructional Design Team (OFST) are here to assist you. The HelpDesk will serve as our communication center and will generate support tickets and get them out to TLC and OFST teams as quickly as possible. Please contact the HelpDesk directly at 973-278-5400 ext. 1540 or to request support from the TLC or OFST.

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:

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


Need More Help with Communication Tools

Faculty requiring assistance with communication tools can reach out to the IS Helpdesk (to be connected with TLC/OFST staff) or the Canvas Support line. Faculty can also explore the self-help guides and tutorials posted to this site.

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



Need More Instructional Strategy Help

Faculty requiring assistance with converting on-site and hybrid materials and activities to a digital format can reach out to the IS Helpdesk (to be connected with TLC/OFST staff) or the Canvas Support line. Faculty can also explore the self-help guides and tutorials posted to this site.

Instructional Tools Self-Help Guides and Tutorials

Communication Tools

Canvas Announcements

Canvas Inbox


Discussion Boards


Content Creation and Organization



Rich Content Editor


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

IS Helpdesk

The Berkeley HelpDesk is available 24/7 to assist you with tech support:

  • Call 973-278-5400 ext. 1540
  • Email: or
  • Live chat: Technical Live Help

Canvas Support

For Canvas Support 24/7:

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


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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 are advising students, faculty, and staff to defer any nonessential travel, especially to countries at risk where the coronavirus has spread. As of March 26, 2020, the CDC does not recommend travel to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cruise Ship Travel, Ecuador, Europe, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Ireland. The CDC recommends avoiding cruise ship travel as well. Advice for travelers is available on the CDC website at

If you are traveling to a level 2 or 3 country, you will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine off campus before returning to a Berkeley College location.

In the event that you are traveling abroad, we strongly encourage you to let us know by filling out this e-form:

Anyone with international travel plans should also check the CDC’s Travel Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for the country of travel:

If you are scheduled to travel to a domestic conference in the coming weeks, please check with the conference’s sponsoring organization to confirm that it remains on schedule. Numerous conferences have been postponed to limit large gatherings of people. If your conference has not been postponed, we are advising students, faculty, and staff to defer any nonessential travel. In the event that you are traveling domestically, please fill out this e-form:

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 any differently toward those with whom we serve, live, study, and work. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses arhe known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is mainly spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets (small droplets from the nose or mouth). The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone who is asymptomatic (free of symptoms) is low.

Currently, there is no vaccine to treat or prevent this virus. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Because there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and there are currently no medications approved to treat it, early detection and care can promote recovery from this virus. If you have reason to suspect you may have been in contact with COVID-19 and are feeling unwell, please seek medical advice right away. We encourage you to follow CDC guidelines for personal hygiene and cleanliness that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue in a trash receptacle.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are not feeling well, except to receive medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead. Tell them about any of your recent travel, your symptoms and/or if you suspect you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

You can visit the CDC website for more information at:

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.

International Student Contacts

New York City
Nori Jaffer, EdD, Vice President, International
212-687-3730 ext. 4304

White Plains
Suzeana Stewart
914-694-1122 ext. 3333

Student Development and Campus Life Contacts

Kevin Frey
732-750-1800 ext. 2330

Helena Ross
973-642-3888 ext. 1393

Sandra Garcia
973-642-3888 ext. 6185

Helena Ross
973-642-3888 ext. 1393

New York City
Jeunelle Sanabria
212-986-4343 ext. 4213   

James Marshmon
212-986-4343 ext. 4214

Berkeley College Online®
Chrissy Andrascik
973-405-2111 ext. 6400   

Jennifer Litvak
201-967-9667 ext. 1736

White Plains

Suzeana Stewart
914-694-1122 ext. 3333

Woodland Park
Mario Sencion
973-278-5400 ext. 1324

Academic Advisement


Online Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Paramus Hours: Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Juli Wood, Dean ext. 6379
Main Online Academic Advisement ext. 6474
Academic Advisors
Julie Vinolas, ext. 6382
Laura Sanzari, ext. 6383
Lauren Zerller, ext. 6386
Nadesa Tejada, ext. 6380
Tara Oddo, ext. 6387
Paulina Grel, Administrative Assistant ext. 6389

New Jersey Campuses

Hours: Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Steve Bruenjes, Dean ext. 5763
Christy Wrightington, Assistant Dean ext. 1303

Woodland Park Advisors
General ext. 1005
Angela Alexander, ext. 1304
Wendy Cerrato-Alvarez, ext. 5759
Joel Ramirez, ext. 1305
Vanessa Rivera, ext. 1302
Zulma Farrell, Administrative Assistant ext. 1301

Newark Advisors
Stephanie Baker, ext. 6143
Jelissa Ramos, Administrative Assistant ext. 4156

Woodbridge Advisors
Pauline Shambo, ext. 2350
Shannon Brantley, ext. 2351
Josephine Meade, Administrative Assistant ext. 2301

New York Campuses

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kimberly Malone, Dean ext. 4158
Lisa Fowler, Assistant Dean ext. 4388

NYC Advisors
Emily Charles, ext. 4384
Courtney Henderson, ext. 4145
Dari Malloy, ext. 4152
Miriam Boyd, ext. 4147
Flora Quick, ext. 4149
Patrcia Antonino ext. 4150
Kenia Urena, Administrative Assistant, ext. 4144
Joanna Giraud, Administrative Assistant, ext. 4143

White Plains Advisors
Michael Heidenberg, ext. 3303
Courtney Henderson, ext. 3306

Larry L. Luing School of Business

Dean- Elana Zolfo, ext. 4347
Chair, Accounting and Finance –Claudia Tyska, ext. 2870
Chair, Management –Rahul Bedi ext. 4402
Chair, Fashion – Myra Butensky
Chair, Health Services Management – Azam Rahman,
Chair, Marketing – David Glazer, ext. 4353
Director, MBA Program – Robert Alvarez,
Chair, Online, Business – Laura Altomonte,

School of Liberal Arts

Dean - Donald Kieffer, ext. 4415
NY Co-Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences – Marc Shur ext. 4405
Co-Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences–Gregory Hotchkiss NJ ext. 6238
Co-Chair, Math and Sciences– Bahir Masadeh NJ ext. 6221
Co-Chair, Math and Sciences – Marc Shur NY ext. 4405
Math, College Skills Program Coordinator – Isben Jeudy ext. 6226
Co-Chair, English – Richard Schultz NJ ext. 1451
Co-Chair, English – Filippa Modesto NY ext. 4369
English, College Skills Program Coordinator – Patianne Stabile ext. 4367
Chair, Online, School of Liberal Arts – Laura Harste,
Chair, Justice Studies/Criminal Justice – Gary Krulish, ext. 1406

School of Health Studies

Dean- Eva Skuka - ext. 5776
Chair, Medical Assistant & MIBC – Gabriel Holder ext. 5770
Associate Chair, Medical Assistant & MIBC – Suzan Melik
Chair, Health Sciences – Jose Montalvo
Chair, Online, Health Studies – Kelly Berge
Chair, Nursing – Mary Jane Genuino ext. 5778
Associate Chair, Nursing and Patient Care Technician & LPN/BSN Program Coordinator – Suzanne Mullings-Carter ext. 5773
Clinical Scheduling Coordinator, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician – Marita Drivanos ext. 5777
Chair, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician – Joseph Charleman ext. 5766
Clinical Coordinator, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician, (WPK, MDL, NWK) – Frank Ferraro
Branch Campus Coordinator, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician, NWK and MDL, Stephanie Williams ext. 6250
Practicum Coordinator, Medical Assistant - Desiree DiGiuseppe ext. 5670

School of Professional Studies

Dean - Marianne Vakalis, ext. 1314
Assistant Chair, Justice Studies (NJ) – Allen Sondej,
Assistant Chair, Justice Studies (NY) – John Grant,
Chair, Legal Studies – Patricia Greer,
Chair, Interior Design – Alfonso Torino ext. 1404
Chair, Graphic Design – Carlos Cruz, ext. 1401
Chair, Online, School of Professional Studies - Marisol Abuin, ext. 4401