Hurricane Sandy Alerts and Information
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn College is dedicated to providing you with as much assistance and information as possible. In the coming days, please check this page frequently for changes and updates as more information becomes available.
Academics and Attendance
We urge any student who has missed one or more class meetings due to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath to consult with the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success (CAASS).
In addition to advising available from CAASS, CUNY has compiled a list of Hurricane Sandy FAQs for students that provides useful information about enrollment, attendance and financial aid.
Provost Tramontano has announced plans to modify the fall 2012 academic calendar to make up classes canceled due to the storm.
- Information for students
- Information for faculty and staff
The academic calendar has been updated to reflect the new schedule.
We advise you to check with the MTA for up-to-the-minute service changes in public transportation. For those of you who drive to campus, we have created an online ride share tool. Use the tool to either create a ride share offer or search existing offers.
Brooklyn College employees whose car was lost or damaged during the storm can take advantage of sizable discounts offered by ZipCar.
CUNY has released financial aid payments for students enrolled in the CUNY Scholar Support Cards effective Nov. 2, and ACH/direct deposit payments were available approximately as of Nov. 2, depending on your banking institution. Financial aid payments distributed via paper check were mailed out on Nov. 2. The Office of Financial Aid strongly encourages all financial aid recipients, especially individuals displaced by Hurricane Sandy, to sign up for secured electronic distribution of funds.
The university withdrawal deadline has been extended until Nov. 16.
We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on TAP, Pell, student loans or other types of financial aid. CUNY has compiled a list of Hurricane Sandy FAQs for students that provides useful information about enrollment, attendance and financial aid.
Information regarding emergency financial resources, such as the Petrie Emergency Fund and the Ladson Emergency Loan Fund, may be found at the Office of Student Assistance and Referral. You may also apply to the Petrie Emergency Fund for help with books and other academic materials that were lost or damaged during the storm. Given the scope of the loss to our students, the college is currently exploring additional approaches that would expeditiously help the most students in need as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Student Disaster Relief Fund
For those of you who wish to provide emergency support, the Brooklyn College Foundation has established a Student Disaster Relief Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you may:
1. Write a check payable to the Brooklyn College Foundation, with "relief fund" noted in the memo line, and send it to:
Brooklyn College Foundation
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
2. Donate online and write "relief fund" in the fund designation box.
If you are a Brooklyn College student who requires assistance due to Hurricane Sandy, please contact the Office of Student Assistance and Referral.
The Personal Counseling Program offers free, confidential counseling to anyone who has been affected by the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Sandy. For assistance, call us at 718.951.5363; stop by our office, 0203 James Hall; or e-mail us. Our office hours are listed below. We also recommend you view our trauma information sheet.
- Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CUNY Work/Life, administered by Corporate Career Counseling, provides a host of services for Brooklyn College employees, free of charge.
A Message From Chancellor Goldstein
Read about the CUNY Community Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Council that Chancellor Goldstein created to help coordinate funding and volunteer activities to assist members of the CUNY community who suffered personal loss and property damage.
Campus Food Assistance
A canned-food drive to support members of the college community (along with other student-led volunteer efforts) is now under way. For information on how you can help, contact David Rosenberg, CLAS student government speaker.
Members of the college community who require immediate food assistance or who wish to contribute to disaster relief should contact Dave Bryan.
Brooklyn College Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer to assist those in need, you may complete the online form. We'll send you a list of local volunteer opportunities.
Tanger Hillel is looking for volunteers and has also started providing hot soup for those in need (Monday – Thursday, 12:30 p.m.).
Homeowners whose residential property was impacted by Hurricane Sandy are now allowed to stay in their homes and contact the New York City Rapid Repairs team to fast-track emergency repairs. The program is free of charge.
Mold buildup in homes can create serious health problems. Anyone whose home was affected by Hurricane Sandy should review these detailed instructions on how to remove mold.
Citywide Emergency and Medical Relief
The city has set up food and water distribution centers throughout the boroughs for those in need. Please check the official New York City website for locations and hours. You can also check the city's website for information on shelters, school closures, disaster assistance, medical assistance and much more.
Medical vans are providing medical care and prescription drugs at locations in Coney Island, the Rockaways and Staten Island.