Coronavirus Updates

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

May 4, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff,

Hard to believe, but we have made it to May! This has been an incredible period of working together and staying focused on the students we serve, the faculty who quickly responded to the changed teaching landscape and the staff who worked to support the ongoing operation of the institution. Everyone contributed to our effort this spring, and the link below is one of several videos we will be putting together highlighting the care and and dedication we have to our students and our mission.

As we head into finals, please enjoy our “Voices of Vaughn” tribute!

Sharon

April 28, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you doing okay and that you and your family are healthy. I would like to provide you an update on several areas:

Summer Session I
Based on the Governor’s daily briefings and the anticipated slow re-opening of New York, particularly the metropolitan region, we have made the decision to continue offering courses scheduled for Summer Session I in an online format. As more information becomes available about plans to re-open New York, we will make a determination about Summer Session II. 

To assist students taking Summer Session I classes during this difficult time, we will waive the $425 semester fee which is tied to services such as on-campus computer usage and other student services.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), any Aviation Training Institute (ATI) student may move forward with their program regardless of an “Incomplete” grade  received this spring. As the campus is re-opened, we will work with students in small numbers to complete the required material to receive a passing grade. Also, the FAA has permitted us to create an all-online lecture schedule allowing you to complete the lab portion when we re-open. This provides you with the flexibility to stay on track to finish your program. For more information about registration, please reach out to your ATI adviser: Mariaura.Almodovar@vaughn.edu ; Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 9-5pm; W: 9-5pm; Th: 10-6pm; F: 9-5pm Zoom Room: 892-222-6244.

Academic students who need assistance with summer or fall registration, please reach out to the following advisement staff through their Zoom Meeting Room IDsthese are not telephone numbers

 

Engineering AdvisementAsia.Johnson@vaughn.edu 

Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 11-7pm; W: 9-5pm; Th: 9-5pm; F: 9-5pm 

Zoom Room: 917-470-732 

Management AdvisementJanil.Garcia@vaughn.edu 

Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 9-5pm; W: 10-6pm; Th: 9-5pm; F: 9-5pm 

Zoom Room: 321-527-4139

Student Emergency Assistance Grants
Vaughn has received funding from the federal government  to provide Student Emergency Assistance Grants.  The grants are provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and directs institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The CARES Act expressly requires that institutions provide the emergency financial aid grants to students “for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare). Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.

How Vaughn Calculated Eligibility
Vaughn’s goal was to assist the neediest Title IV-eligible students enrolled as of March 13, 2020 with a minimum of at least six credits. To do that, we are using the $1,070,409 given to the institution to distribute to students who the Federal government already deems the neediest. We did that by using those who qualified for a Pell grant this spring and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $5,576. Using that criteria, more than 700 students qualified for an emergency grant.

Vaughn did not award funds to anyone whose EFC was above the Pell-eligible limit, and Federal guidelines did not allow the institution to award funds to anyone who was not Title IV-eligible, or any students enrolled exclusively online.

We will begin the distribution of that funding shortly. We will work to get students that help as quickly as we can given the circumstances restricting the number of staff allowed on campus.

Room and Board Adjustments
We are also working through the process of issuing credits to those students who vacated the residence hall based on your program start date, the date you left the the hall, your financial aid package and your remaining meal plan funds. Residence hall students will receive notification shortly on how this may impact you.

Fall Semester Plans
At this point, we do not have enough information to make a decision about how we will proceed with classes in the fall. We are planning for several scenarios, and hope for the best outcome for our community with guidance from New York State.

Commencement
Graduating students, I hope that you are planing to join us for all of the ways that we will celebrate with you over the next few weeks.  For details on the events, please visit: https://www.vaughn.edu/commencement/ and I look forward to congratulating you in person as soon as that is safe to do. 

As we come to the end of this academic semester, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts as we live through this crisis. While we continue to experience the impacts of the virus, I have taken great solace from the fact that we came together as a community and supported each other. Many individuals have had the virus, helped family members who had or have the virus, and some of us have experienced the worst possible outcome–the passing of someone we love. Through all of this, students, faculty and staff have remained committed to caring for each other and providing a high-quality educational experience, and for that I am eternally grateful to you.

Stay healthy and please feel free to reach out if you need any additional support by replying to this email.  Be well.

Sharon

April 15, 2020

Click the link above for a message from Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messages from the President

March 26, 2020

March 21, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 11, 2020

March 5, 2020

Zoom Front Desk now available to help answer questions and direct you to resources.

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join by entering Zoom Meeting Room ID# 989-7485-1705, or by clicking https://vaughn.zoom.us/j/98974851705.

If you have questions about the Vaughn Zoom Front Desk, please contact Nikiya.Thomas@vaughn.edu.

For library support, click here.

For updates on free WIFI access and Internet service click here.

New Student Information

Career Services Information

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Advisement, Tutoring Schedule, Registration and Financial Aid Information – Updated May 26, 2020

Summer Tutoring Hours – Added May 18, 2020

FAQs for Students – Released May 12, 2020

Information for ATI Students – Updated May 7, 2020

Student Guide to Surviving COVID-19

GI Bill Benefits: Important Information for Veteran Students

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

SONIS, D2L and Online Learning Guide Instructions

INFORMATION FOR STAFF

Staff Memos – Updated May 22, 2020

Online COVID-19 Resource Center – Added April 15, 2020

Zoom Basics and Guide for Working Remotely

INFORMATION FOR FACULTY

Online COVID-19 Resource Center – Added April 15, 2020

Online Teaching Tips – Updated April 28, 2020

D2L, Zoom and Faculty Quick Start Guides

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
For problems with Vaughn.edu login and on-campus technology, email helpdesk@vaughn.edu or call: 718.429.6600, extension 209.

For problems with Zoom login or Zoom functionality, visit : https://support.zoom.us/ (there is a “contact support” link near the bottom of this page).

For technical issues with D2L after logging in, email: helpdesk@d2l.com or call 877.325.7778

For other inquiries related to distance learning, email: DistanceLearning@Vaughn.edu or call 718-429-6600