Bearcat Buzz – February 19, 2021
Saturday, March 27- Sunday, April 4- Spring Recess
It has come to our attention that students at Baruch College and other CUNY campuses have received a message with the subject “Important Message from College Finance Department.” The message offers a “covid-19 financial aid grant.” The message is NOT from the College; it is a scam designed to get students to divulge their personal information. If you have received this message, please delete it. If you responded to the message and provided your personal information, please contact email@example.com for assistance with changing your passwords and taking further action, if necessary.
The College has distributed previous warnings about email scams. Please keep the following in mind regarding any message you receive:
– Do not provide personal information (home address, user names, etc.) in response to emails, text messages, or websites that come from someone you do not know or from a suspicious email sender.
– Never provide your password in an email.
– Do not deposit checks from unknown senders.
– Do not click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails.
– Be wary of messages requesting urgent action.
While we work actively to identify and prevent these messages, our ability to keep users secure is critically dependent on the Baruch community being educated and skeptical about fraudulent messages. Please remain alert, as scams can happen at any time and dupe individuals of all ages and backgrounds and all levels of tech sophistication.
This is a reminder to bring your attention to recent job scams and email hoaxes. Although it is not from Starr Search, we want to bring it to your attention. Here is the latest job scam that we received: Job Scam. If you received these types of job scams, please delete it immediately and flag it as spam in your Baruchmail email system. Do not engage in any correspondence with the sender. Please read this announcement to on how to look out for warning signs and to better protect yourself against these hoaxes and scams.
Look out for the following warning signs in any job posting you encounter:
· Hiring manager promises a large salary with minimal work required.
· Hiring manager offers you a position without any sort of interviewing process being conducted.
· Hiring manager is using a personal email or an address that doesn’t match the company name.
· The position expects you to transfer wire funds between accounts.
· The company sends you a large check and requires you to cash it using your personal account.
· The company/hiring manager asks for personal information like social security number or bank account.
· Do not deposit any check before you start working at a new job
· Do not lend any money or pay fees to prospective employers
· Do not share any personal information unless it is submitted to a trusted source
· Be aware of any free checks or calls that look questionable and ask for personal information
· Apply for jobs directly to company website, Starr Search and any other trusted source
For more information visit The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information on Job Scams.
Resources for Reporting Suspicious Employers and Fraudulent Job Postings
Are you the victim of a fraudulent job posting? Please see the following resources available for you to get help.
· Starr’s resources on how to avoid job scam.
· Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Unit accepts reports of job scams and provides instructions for ﬁling a complaint.
· U.S. Department of Justice accepts reports of job scam incidents that have occurred over the Internet.
Remember to trust your instincts. If communication with an employer or company feels suspicious, end the communication immediately. Report fraudulent activity to us immediately. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our students, Baruch College has determined that a moratorium had been placed on pledging and rush activities in all Baruch social fraternities and sororities at least through May 31, 2021. Read a message from the Provost for more information on the moratorium. * To anonymously report any hazing activity please fill out the Hazing Incident Report Form.
If you are finishing your coursework in the Spring, Summer or Fall terms, apply now for graduation! Login to your Student Center in CUNYfirst to complete the online application for graduation or submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. For more information, please email GraduationAudits@baruch.cuny.edu.
Summer: June 15 (online application opens February 16)
Fall: September 15 (online application opens June 16)
Spring: February 15 (online application opens September 16)
We invite the entire Baruch community to celebrate Black History Month 2021, a celebration that provides the opportunity for our community to reflect on the significant roles that people of the African Diaspora have played in the shaping of United States history. The goal of BHM 2021 is to provide opportunities to educate on, celebrate and advocate for the diversity that exists in the world today. Follow us on Instagram @BHM_Baruch for Black history facts, live interviews and more.
Tuesday, February 23 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Join us for workshops that support and guide our students to success! Hosted by the Black Male Initiative at Baruch College.
Success and Giving Back: The Black Experience
Tuesday, February 23 | 6:00–7:00 p.m. | NVC 2nd Floor Lobby
This Black experience panel serves as a platform for all students of color to have an open space and informative panel of successful Baruch alumni doing excellent work in their career and/or their respective communities.
Thursday, February 25 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.
A no-holds barred conversation. Hosted by the Black Male Initiative at Baruch College.
Black Business Expo
Thursday, February 25 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the West Indian Culture Club, the Black Student Union and the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, this event will be an opportunity for Black entrepreneurs to showcase their business and discuss their journey in the business world. Passcode: BHM
Starr Career Development Center Diversity Career Expo
Friday, February 26 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Starr will be hosting their 5th Annual Diversity Career Expo. The program will begin with a keynote address delivered by one of our corporate partners and DEI industry expert. Students will have an opportunity to join breakout room discussions led by recruiters on various DEI topics focused on recruiting, pipeline programs, mentorship, employee resources groups, and more. The program will conclude with a 2-hour mini career fair. Baruch
Undergraduate Students: RSVP via Starr Search under Career Fairs & Expos.
Every Friday in February – 4:00- 5:00 p.m.
– February 12: Jibreel Jalloh, Brooklyn Borough Advocate at NYC Public Advocate Office
– February 19: Priscilla Plat, M.A. Diplomacy and International Relations Candidate and United Nations Center Digital Representative
– February 26: Zamir Ben-Dan, Attorney with Black Attorneys of Legal Aid
Interested in getting involved with clubs? Make sure to check out their virtual events and activities by going onto MyBaruch! Continue to check this webpage in the future to find more engagement opportunities throughout the academic year. Visit MyBaruch for more information.
WES Table Talk
Women Empowered for Success
Monday, February 22, 2021
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Baruch DSP: Careers in Marketing and Analytics Panel
Delta Sigma Pi
Monday, February 22, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Our Beauty in All Sizes
Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm
American Marketing Association
Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:30 – 2:00 pm
The Women’s History Month Committee is accepting nominations for the Phenomenal Women
Campaign. Nominees will be featured on our social media during the month of March. If you know a student, faculty, staff or alumni that has contributed directly to the Baruch community, nominate them! Contributions can include but are not limited to: work in a department, leadership experience, research, academic accomplishments or awards, community work/organizing, extra/co-curricular activities, etc.
Nominees can include but are not limited to: cis- and transgender women, non-binary, gender fluid individuals and folx who experience systems of patriarchy. You can submit your nomination using the using the Women’s History Month Phenomenal Women Nomination Form. Nominations will be accepted through March 17, 2021 at 11:45 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Our free immigration lawyer services are up and running. The Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly provide current undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to speak with an immigration lawyer twice a semester. Appointments can be scheduled for the of Spring 2021 semester. Please make an appointment via our online form on the Student Life website. Make sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
The Ombuds offers an avenue for Baruch-based support and stress reduction to all members of our community. All have access to the opportunity to share concerns and consider options as they manage conflicts within our distant but connected College campus.
The Ombuds office is open for Zoom meetings. All members of the Baruch community are welcome to discuss with the Ombuds unresolved conflicts they are experiencing involving other members of the Baruch community. The Baruch Ombuds offers a confidential, neutral, and independent space to discuss these challenges.
Professor Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ombuds at firstname.lastname@example.org or Glenda Hydler, Assistant to the Ombuds at Glenda.Hydler@baruch.cuny.edu.
The Ombuds also offers Ombuds Open Office (OOO) hours on Zoom Meeting ID: 898 4158 9501 on Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to provide information about the role of the Ombuds and how the Ombuds can help. Those who visit during the OOOs will be offered 10 minutes of private conversation to briefly discuss concerning issues, provide referrals, and arrange follow-up meetings. These brief individual meetings take place on a first-come, first-served basis with the Ombuds admitting a person to the Zoom session only when the previous 10-minute meeting has ended and when the next time slot becomes available. For more information visit the Baruch website.
In response to the current environment, the Counseling Center offers free and confidential individual and group counseling and Support sessions:
Are you struggling with a new transition, feeling lonely, wanting to make new connections or having trouble in your relationships? The Counseling Center is offering two groups called Relationship to Self and Others, during 2020-2021. The groups are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. on Zoom. To participate, in the Tuesday group, please send an email to Jenny Choi atJenny.Choi@Baruch.cuny.edu. To participate in the Thursday group, please send an email to Kai Lin Fu at Kailin.Fu@Baruch.cuny.edu.
Black Mental Health Matters (BMHM) Support Sessions for Baruch Students
Wednesdays: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. In light of the recent events of racial violence and injustice towards Blacks and the outcry for support, the Baruch College Counseling Center would like to invite you to join Black Mental Health Matters. These support sessions aim to foster and support the growth, networking, collaboration, success, and well-being of Black Students. If you are interested in finding a safe space to meet and talk with others who may have similar experiences as Black students, then this group is for you. The sessions will be led by two Black Psychologists, Dr. Jael Amador and Dr. Gary Dillon, who work from a social justice and multicultural framework. To participate in these support sessions, send an email to Dr. Jael Amador at Jael.Amador@baruch.cuny.edu from your Baruch student email account and we will send you the Zoom link.
Pop in to visit with your questions, stories, or inquiries Friday 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information visit the Student Disability Services website.
Zoom Meeting ID: 705 036 3745
The Starr Career Development Center will be hosting the 5th Annual Undergraduate Diversity Career Expo on Friday February 26th from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This is a collaborative effort with SEEK, Success Network, BMI, UMLA and the Black History Month Planning Committee. The program will begin with a keynote address delivered by one of our corporate partners, DEI industry expert Sonnia Shields, SVP, Global Head of Campus Recruiting and Program Management, Bank of America. Students will have an opportunity to join DEI Breakout Room Discussions led by campus recruiters from various organizations. DEI topics include diversity recruiting strategies, pipeline programs, employee resources groups, mentoring programs/support systems, and more). The program will conclude with a 2-hour Mini Career Fair/Networking Session. Baruch Undergrads: RSVP via Starr Search under Career Fairs & Expos. Baruch undergrads RSVP via Starr Search.
Get Hired! is a new job search program launching on Thursday, February 18th to help seniors and recent graduates (December 2019, 2020) to find employment. It is our most robust job search initiative yet, please spread the word!
Please contact Alena Grunberg at email@example.com with any questions.
Be a positive influence for first-year students! First-Year Seminar (FYS) peer mentors play a vital role in acclimating incoming first-year students to the rigors of college life. Peer mentors can be a major influence on the educational goals and successful transition of new students to the College. If interested email the following: Resume Brief statement (no more than 250 word count) why you are interested in becoming a peer mentor for the First Year Seminar. Email all of the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26.
Come join the Office of Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement for our first virtual roundtable of the semester focused on Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, March 9 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.on zoom! You will have the opportunity to speak with alumni experts who: – Founded and run their own business – Understand the in and outs of building a company from scratch – Navigate the markets of healthcare, service delivery, consulting and more! RSVP today!
The Application is now LIVE to apply for the Financial Women’s Association Mentoring Program! The FWA Mentoring Program is a two-year program in which undergraduate women are matched with a mentor in the financial field. The program also provides professional development and networking opportunities for mentees. Rising juniors who have TWO full years left of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply. Additionally, eligible applicants must hold a 3.5 GPA or higher, and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Apply on the Baruch website.
This diverse panel led by Connect + Commune, and featuring CUNY students, will focus on the toxicity of hyper-masculinity and its impact on relationships, human interactions, mental and physical health, and perceptions of women and LGBTQIA+ folx. Join us on Wednesday, February 24 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. Deadline to register is February 22 at 12 Midnight.
Connecting with fellow students and building community is especially important during COVID times. This semester’s Conversation Partners Program is about to begin. All meetings and events will take place online this fall semester. Are you interested in joining?
The Conversation Partners Program matches native and nonnative speakers of English for informal conversations. It is a great way for nonnative students to gain confidence in English, for native speakers to gain experience in communicating across language barriers, and for both native and nonnative speakers to expand their cultural knowledge, make friends, and build a network of professional contacts. To participate, you should commit to meeting your partner at least six times this semester for about an hour each. If you meet seven times, you will receive a certificate—a great way to enhance your resume. The CPP also offers fun events throughout the semester. To learn more and to sign up, visit the Baruch website. To sign up, please click on “Application” and fill out the Application Form on the website. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, Feb. 24
MathMinds, is a peer-to-peer, business-math mentorship program, focused for business majors to help them improve their numerical literacy. The program and weekly Zoom sessions are led by Brooklyn College adjunct Professor, Ken Globerman, with assistance from student math mentors. It was a success at Brooklyn College this past Spring, with over 200 student registrants and they now want to expand the program to other CUNY Schools. Contact: Ken.Globerman@Brooklyn.cuny.edu for more information.
ARC facilities remain closed through February 28. Visit BaruchAthletics.com for more information.
CUNYAC Announces the Cancellation of Spring Sports. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Bearcat Cross Country Alumni Chat with Matt Soja ’09. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Bearcat Bites with Matthew Lawlor of Baseball. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Sweatheart Challenge Returns February 14 to 28. Please visit the Baruch Athletics website for more information.
Start the Spring semester off strong. File your 2021-2022 FAFSA today at studentaid.gov. Don’t forget to obtain or retrieve your Federal Student Aid ID at fsaid.ed.gov to sign the 2021-2022 FAFSA electronically; If dependent, at least one of your parents will need one, too. Baruch’s Federal Code is 007273. The NYS TAP (NY residents only) code is 1409.
Faculty are obligated to report any suspected violations of academic integrity policies, such as cheating and plagiarizing to the Office of the Dean of Students. On a monthly or semi-monthly basis, data will be shared with the Baruch Community via the Office of the Dean of Students website on any administrative sanctions (e.g., warnings or suspensions) imposed, and, when we know them, academic sanctions leveled by members of the faculty (e.g., F for the assignment or exam or F for the course). All information is anonymous.
Cases reported at the end of a month might not have been heard by the time reports are shared.
December 2020 Reports
181 students were reported to the Office of the Dean of Students in the month of December. Of those:
– 114 were for cheating
– 24 were for plagiarism
– 42 were for obtaining an unfair advantage
– 01 were for falsifying documentation
Findings in December
– 73 were found “Responsible”
– 03 were found “Not Responsible”
– 17 allegations were withdrawn
Note: Cases reported at the end of November were adjudicated in December. The numbers reported here include cases reported in both November and December. Of all the cases submitted in December, 141 were reported after the last day of classes (December 12, 2020). These reports account for 78% of the cases submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students in December.
Of the 73 students found responsible in November:
– 68 received a Warning
– 05 received Probation
The most common academic sanctions unofficially reported to the Office of Dean of Students included failure on exam/assignment and failure in the class. (Note: unless the faculty member formally notifies the Office of the Dean of Students, we don’t know if any academic sanctions have been assigned to students who were found to be responsible.)
In Fall 2019, 62 academic integrity cases were reported to the Office of the Dean of Students. In contrast, Fall 2020 saw 377 cases reported—an increase by more than 600%.
Baruch College and The City University of New York (CUNY) are responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Working together on creating, implementing, and modifying policies and plans. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date guidance, directives, and resources, please check out:
Baruch Colleges COVID-19 Updates
Baruch’s Division of Student Affairs COVID-19 Resources
CUNY Coronavirus Updates
CUNY Continuity for Students
CDC- What You Need to Know
CDC- Key Facts
CDC- Traveling FAQs