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York College searching for normalcy after Sandy

Students and faculty try to return to regular schedules after Sandy

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

Tuition reimbursement, class reschedulings and relocations are hot topics for students at York College in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The school’s “emergency plan,” which has been approved by Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, will allow the college to keep an academic deadline that does not interfere with students’ time schedule. But some are worried about how the changes affect them financially, according to Panayiotis Meletius, vice president of academic affairs.

“After missing two weeks of school, I would hope to get some money back,” said marketing major Joey Thomas. “Each class is about $800. Each day I missed about two classes.”

According to Meletius, such students would receive funds from the college by showing proof that they have been affected by the hurricane and would need to meet all requirements given by the city, which call for a sitdown with the student development department and a school counselor.

Besides missing two weeks of school, students who belong to the movement science and health education major must also deal with a relocation of their classes.

The 200 evacuees still sheltered in the school’s physical education building have caused some disturbance for classes such as swimming because the evacuees occupy the bathrooms and floors of the gym, which lead to the swimming pool.

“To the students, faculty, and staff who regularly use the Health and Physical Education Complex, I thank you for your ongoing patience with being displaced from the facility, which houses physical education classes and practice spaces, as York continues to host a large number of special needs persons,” said York President Macia Keizs in a letter addressed to the college community. “I assure you that we are working with CUNY and with city officials to reopen the HPEC facility at the earliest possible time.”

Meletius explained the college does not determine the length of the evacuees’ stay.

As rumors float among students, many wonder what will be the result of missed classes.

Few believe that the college will extend classes after Christmas break, when normally students are taking their winter classes or on family vacations.

“This is a learning institution and people pay out-of-pocket for their school. If they extend school until after Christmas it’s not good because people plan their trips,” said Curwin Laurant, a mathematics major.

However, this past Monday in a memo sent out to the college’s leading administrators by Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, the college has decided to reschedule classes.

If students have conflict with any of the rescheduled dates, they can propose an alternative date to their professor. The dates must be approved by a department chair.

“Students can discuss any issues with their instructors and make alternative plans,” said Meletius.

The memo gave a list of class days that were cancelled due to the hurricane with the make-up days, as follows:

Oct. 29 will be made up on Monday, Dec. 17.

Nov. 5 will be made up using alternative or online instructional techniques equivalent to the lost time.

The corresponding final exam is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21.

Oct. 30 will be made up on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Nov. 6 will be made up using alternative or online instructional techniques equivalent to the lost time.

The corresponding final exam is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 27.

Oct. 31 will be made up on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Nov. 7 will be made using alternative or online instructional techniques equivalent to the lost time.

The corresponding final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Nov. 1 will be made up on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The corresponding final exam day is Thursday, Dec. 20.

Nov. 2 will be made up on Friday, December 14.

The corresponding final exam day is Thursday, Dec. 20.

Nov. 3 will be made up by extending the scheduled classes of the remainder of the term by 15 minutes for every scheduled hour.

The deadline to submit all grades using the eGrade system will be Jan. 3, 2013.

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