CUNY to Extend Remote Classes and Services into Spring 2021

The CUNY board of trustees voted last Monday to extend the offering of online courses and services for the spring 2021 semester, although still reserving the opportunity for a transition to in-person classes if the public health situation substantially changed.

Current course offerings for the spring look like those of the fall 2020 semester, with all classes delivered in a distance-learning format except for “highly experiential” ones, like laboratory science and theatre classes. However, there is a chance that the board will change course and bring more students back to campus if health officials deem it safe to do so, for example, if a vaccine is distributed.

CUNY recently released a detailed plan for safely reopening campuses that was approved by the state government.

“We have a very concrete map now if we’re going to bring additional students back to campus… should the conditions on the ground permit us to do so,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “So we’re in a much, much better scenario than we were when we voted on a similar resolution back in July 9th.”

Rodríguez referenced the July meeting where trustees voted on a resolution to offer online classes in the fall 2020 semester. When the chancellor eventually decided to extend distance-learning models to all classes that do not require in-person instruction, there was no plan to go back.

Hunter’s spring semester course catalogue is available on CUNYFirst.

Vacant hall at Hunter College during the hybrid fall semester.
Photo courtesy of Marissa Cronin

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