Government, Services & Facilities


Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous services and facilities offered by Queens College. There is something for everyone: students can receive career and personal counseling; become involved in the governing of the college by joining the Academic Senate; attend musical and theatrical events; or enjoy a swim in the pool in FitzGerald Gymnasium. Parking is available for those who drive. A college-issued identification card will facilitate students’ access to the campus. (Please note that Queens College’s area code is 718.)

Student Government

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the chief legislative body of the college and, subject to the CUNY Board of Trustees, is responsible for the formulation of policy relating to the admission and retention of students, curriculum, granting of degrees, campus life, and the nomination and review of academic (full) deans. It also establishes rules governing the use of the college name by organizations and clubs, and conducts all educational affairs customarily cared for by a college faculty. There are twenty student representatives and forty faculty delegates/senators. Student representatives are elected every spring by the student body. In addition, there are eleven active Academic Senate standing committees, three special committees, and two college committees, all of which have student members. These committees deal with issues ranging from curriculum and academic standards to campus beautification. Applications for committee membership are available at www.qc.cuny.edu/academicsenate.

The Academic Senate usually meets one Thursday of each month from September through May. Meetings are held in Kiely Hall 170 and are open to all. Members of the college community—faculty, staff, and students— are encouraged to participate in discussions. A complete description of the Academic Senate is available in the Senate office in Kiely Hall 141 (718-997-5880; www.qc.cuny.edu/academicsenate).

Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee

The committee is made up of faculty and graduate students representing each division of the college. It constitutes a board of final appeal for students requesting relief from scholastic regulations and requirements of the Graduate Division. Such requests must be directed initially to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Curriculum Committee

All proposals to change the present curriculum of the Graduate Division, including proposals for new programs, courses, changes in requirements and prerequisites, etc., must be presented to the Graduate Curriculum Committee for review and approval prior to submission to the Academic Senate. The committee is composed of faculty and graduate students representing each division of the college.

Student Services

Student Association

Student Union 319; 997-4862

The Student Association represents all students, clubs, organizations, and interest groups at Queens College. It offers a variety of services, programs, and events to undergraduate and graduate students. As home to the Student Senate and student leaders across campus, it is the backbone of student-run initiatives and involvement on campus. Its office provides an open student lounge where all students can socialize and relax. Any student interested in joining may go directly to the office and pick up an application (Monday–Friday, 9 am–6 pm).

Graduate Student Organizations

Chi Sigma Iota–Nu Gamma Psi is an honor society for students in the Graduate Counselor Education Program.

Graduate Counselor Education Club acts as an advocate for school/mental health counseling professions and educates the community about the role of a school/ mental health counselor (Powdermaker 032).

Graduate Fine Arts Club acts to inform the community about the arts, increase the audience for Master of Fine Arts events, and strengthen the program (Klapper Hall 673; 997-4791).

Graduate Library and Information Studies Student Association alerts students to the importance of networking and sharing ideas while they study, observe, and begin their careers as librarians and information technology specialists.

Graduate Music Association presents professionally-led concerts of music composed by its student members.

Graduate School Psychology Club helps to further the education of members and keep them informed about the field (Powdermaker 030; 997-5230).

Graduate Award

An annual prize is awarded to recognize outstanding scholarship and exceptional research or accomplishment in the creative arts and humanities as well as the mathematical, physical, biological, and social sciences. Students who are nominated by a faculty member and are graduating with a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Library Science, Master of Science, or Master of Science in Education degree are eligible. Many academic departments also provide specialized awards for graduating students.

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Queens College Foundation, the college is able to award over 60 part-time ($5,500) and full-time ($8,500) scholarships to master’s students entering Queens College graduate programs in the 2020–2021 academic year. For information on how to apply, visit the Graduate Admissions website at www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/graduate.

Veterans and Military Service Information

Queens College is an approved training institution for veterans, disabled veterans, military personnel, spouses, and dependents. Students who believe they are eligible for benefits can be certified to the Veterans Administration by going to Veterans Support Services (Student Union 320) at the time of acceptance. Students must notify the certifying official of all changes in their credit load to ensure their eligibility for future benefits. (See also information under Veterans Administration Educational Benefits in the section on Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid.)

Office of the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Retention Kiely Hall 1305; 997-5929

The Division of Enrollment and Student Retention brings enhanced focus and support to all facets of the student experience in admission, enrollment, advising, and degree completion. The division is responsible for the following areas across the campus: Admissions, QC Hub (includes the functions of Financial Aid, the Registrar, and the One Stop Service Center), Academic Advising, Testing, and College Now.

Financial Aid Services

Jefferson Hall 997-5102; fax 997-5122; www.qc.cuny.edu/fao

For our current location and office hours, please visit our website.

Office of the Registrar

Jefferson Hall, 1st Floor; 997-4400 Hours (for referrals and appointments only): Mon.–Fri., 9 am–5 pm Customer Service hours: Visit the One-Stop Service Center, Dining Hall, Room 128, Mon.– Fri., 9 am–5 pm, and Tues.–Wed., 5–7 pm (when classes are in session)

For information on registrar services, see www.qc.cuny.edu/registrar.

Division of Student Affairs

Student Union, Room 327 997-5500; VPSA@qc.cuny.edu

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is an advocate for students in their lives beyond the classroom, including by helping them explore and secure campus services. It also assists them with any concerns or complaints they may have about the college. Its objectives include helping students succeed individually and building a sense of community on campus.

Center for Career Engagement and Internships

Frese Hall 213; 997-4465; fax 997-4463 http://career.qc.cuny.edu Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 am–5pm. (Tues. and Wed. until 7pm when classes are in session)

The Center for Career Engagement and Internships is the student’s link between the academic and the business and professional worlds. Queens College alumni also are allowed to access some services. In addition to one-on-one career counseling, many other resources are available for students:

  • Counseling on how to choose a college major and select a career.

  • Computer-assisted counseling and information to explore different college majors, graduate schools, and information on part-time job opportunities for current students who wish to develop practical work experience while earning money.

  • Internship preparation assistance, referral, and follow-up.

  • Workshops on career exploration for students who are in the process of defining their career goals through interaction with alumni and other professionals.

  • Workshops on the question: “What can you do with your major?”

  • Job-search counseling for graduating students who are preparing to enter the workforce.

  • Summer job information and referral.

  • Workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, and job-search strategies to help students develop skills to organize their educational and work experience to prepare for the transition from college to work.

  • On-campus recruitment for graduating students through campus interviews.

  • Full-time job information for graduating students and recent alumni.

  • Information on recruiting organizations, employers and career directories, current job vacancy listings, and an array of other career resources.

  • Credential Services: The office has made arrangements with Interfolio, Inc., which offers web-based credentials file management to handle our credentials service. Interfolio maintains an electronically stored credential service that offers students convenience and accessibility. To begin using these services, students must create an account at www.Interfolio.com. Further information is available at the Center for Career Engagement and Internships. Through this important resource, recommendation letters can be forwarded to graduate schools and prospective employers to support your applications.

  • An Internet-based internship, career, and job information system (on Symplicity).

An internship is a supervised education program that integrates classroom learning with work experience. The program provides students with individualized, structured, career-exploration opportunities that include:

  • Career counseling

  • Resume preparation

  • Information on interviewing techniques

  • Job-search strategies

  • Work experience

  • Professional enrichment

The program is administered by the Center for Career Engagement and Internships in cooperation with the academic departments that sponsor internships and offer academic credit as appropriate.

The Child Development Center at Queens College

Kiely Hall 245; 997-5885

The center provides high-quality early care and education for children (30 months to 5 years) of QC students. We also offer an after-school program for children (5 to 10 years of age) from 4 to 8 pm. For more information, visit www.qc.cuny.edu/childdev.

Counseling, Health & Wellness Center: Counseling Services, Health Services, Office of Special Services, Minority Student Affairs, and Peer Support Services

For information on these services, see www.qc.cuny. edu/stuservices.

International Students and Scholars King Hall 207; 997-4440; www.qc.cuny.edu/isso

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) facilitates international student and exchange visitor entry into the U.S. for the purpose of earning a degree, conducting research, or teaching at Queens College.

During an international visitor’s stay at the college, the ISSO staff provides him or her with a variety of ongoing support services, including maintenance of U.S. visa and immigration requirements, employment eligibility assessment, and authorization for students and faculty holding the F-1 Student Visa and J-1 Exchange Scholar Visa, as well as academic and cross-cultural advisement.

The Summit Office of Housing & Residence Life Summit Apartments, Room 138 997-4881; fax 997-4882 www.qc.cuny.edu/housing

Queens College offers all students the opportunity to live on campus in an apartment-style residence hall. The Summit Apartments provide luxury housing and support services to assist students in being successful. The building offers the privacy, amenities, services, and conveniences that today’s college students seek:

  • Fully furnished apartments

  • Private and shared bedrooms

  • Semi-private bathrooms

  • All utilities included

  • Stove, microwave, and full-size refrigerator

  • Free laundry

  • Fitness center

  • Individual controls for heat and air-conditioning

  • Digital cable TV and wireless high-speed Internet

  • 24-hour computer lab access

  • Parking

  • Professional live-in staff

  • Safety cameras in corridors and common areas

  • 24-hour staffed courtesy desk

Queens College Online Bookstore www.QCBookstore.com

By logging in through CUNYfirst, students may obtain a customized list of books and materials that are required for courses in which they are registered. They are given comparison prices for new, used, rental, and eBook options, which can be shipped to either home or campus addresses. Buying books and materials through the online bookstore benefits student-focused programs and services throughout Queens College.

Queens College Shuttle

All students may ride the Queens College Shuttle, which travels between the college and mass-transit hubs at Jamaica Station and the Flushing–Main Street Station. For routes and schedules, visit www.qc.cuny. edu/shuttle.

Veterans Support Services (VSS) Student Union 320; 997-5539 www.qc.cuny.edu/veterans

VSS provides full assistance with paperwork required for obtaining VA educational benefits, arranges deferral of tuition bills, and certifies enrollment to Veterans Administration. In addition, it collaborates with all departments on campus in assisting veterans, military personnel, and their families, and offers a support structure to ensure academic success.

Facilities

The Student Union Hours: Monday–Thursday, 7am–10:30pm; Friday–Sunday, 7am–5pm (Subject to Change)

The Student Union is the hub of campus life. Containing major social, cultural, recreational, and educational facilities and services, the Student Union adds greatly to student development, enrichment, and pleasure. More than 45 student organizations have office space here, and another 90 use the Union for meetings, events, and seminars.

Various food choices are available at the Student Union. Starbucks Coffee Shop offers a variety of espresso and coffee beverages and freshly prepared sandwiches and soup. Avenue Q is a convenience store that offers prepared meals and snacks.

Other services offered at the Student Union include a parking garage and a branch of the Queens County Savings Bank. Catering facilities, meeting rooms, and the fourth-floor ballroom are available for lectures, movies, music performances, conferences, and dinner or dance events.

Financed through Student Union fees and revenue-producing enterprises, the Student Union is committed to meeting the needs of the entire college and greater New York communities.

Dining Hall

The Midway Court includes a Starbucks store that sells espresso and coffee, On the Go Grab and Go, Shah’s Halal, and the Dairy Stop, which serves only kosher food provided under strict rabbinical supervision. An ATM is available.

The Corner Pocket, a recreation center, features billiards, ping-pong, video games, and copy services. It also offers discounted AMC movie tickets for purchase. Two additional food service areas operate on campus:

■ The Science Building has a café on the second-floor landing, which features a full line of Starbucks beverages, bagels, and made-to-order sandwiches.

■ Rosenthal Library is home to an Internet café, Books and Bytes, with coffee, snacks, and light meals.

Athletics and Recreation FitzGerald Gymnasium https://queensknights.com/

In the belief that an integrated curriculum should foster students’ physical as well as cognitive abilities, the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation presents graduate students with an opportunity to participate in intramural and recreational athletics. These programs are now run through the Office of Campus and Community Recreation (OCCR). The recreation program is made up of informal open recreation, including basketball, swimming, weightlifting, running, tennis, fitness classes, and many other activities. Fitness classes in the past included yoga, martial arts, self-defense, and meditation, among others. Students who wish to participate should contact the fitness Center in FitzGerald Gymnasium 206 at 997-2740. Facility hours for these activities are posted in the office at the start of each semester.

The intramural program is composed of special events and activities such as flag football, volleyball, three-on-three and five-on-five basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, dodgeball, wiffleball, a one-day track event, and the Fall Fun Run. Students may enter as a team or ask to be placed on an existing team. Announcements about specific activities and the appropriate forms may be obtained in the OCCR in FitzGerald Gymnasium 206 (570-0361). All intramural activities are held during Club Hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15–1:30 pm. For more details and a full description, visit www. queensknights.com.

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library https://library.qc.cuny.edu

The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, which opened in 1988, is the centerpiece of the campus with six levels of space for study and research. Its distinctive ChaneyGoodman-Schwerner Clock Tower is dedicated to the memory of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

The Library’s collection contains over 900,000 printed books, 400,000 e-books, 115,000 e-journals, and 300 research databases. The Library supports teacher education through its Educational Curriculum Center and a sizeable collection of education and curriculum materials. The department of Special Collections and Archives contains rare books, manuscripts, primary source materials, and the College’s archives, which are available for primary research. The Art Library has a research-level collection of books, periodicals, and visual items. The Music Library, located in the Aaron Copland School of Music, is a first-class research facility with many thousands of scores, books, and sound recordings, including several special collections.

The Library houses a computer commons on level 2—with more than seventy workstations for student use and late-night study—with print, copy, and scan services, as well as group study rooms located throughout the building. In addition, we have recently created a pop-up maker space and are currently installing a data services lab with specialized software and support for data-based projects.

In addition, the Library provides access to its electronic resources from off-campus, online book renewal, and online access to scanned required readings for courses. Users may submit online requests for circulating books from other CUNY libraries, borrow books from non-CUNY libraries, and receive online delivery of periodical articles from other libraries.

Research Services provides reference and research help by our research librarians—through walk-in consultation as well as telephone, email, and a cooperative 24/7 chat service. For specialized research questions, students may consult with a subject specialist librarian. Instructional Services maintains several computer lab classrooms where our Library faculty teach subject-based, course-related sessions in library research methods.

Information Technology Services www.qc.cuny.edu/computing

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) offers in-person, email, and phone Help Desk support (located in the Dining Hall, Room 151). It provides QWIFI on-campus wireless access, network and telephone services, web services, and audio/video and digital media classroom and event services. ITS also administers access to the following accounts for faculty, staff, and students:

  • CUNYfirst

  • QC username (CAMS: Campus Access Management Systems)

  • Mymail (email services for faculty and staff)

  • Office 365 student email

  • Office 365 Pro Plus faculty and staff

  • CUNY Portal and Blackboard

  • Authentication services for Lynda.com and Google for Education

ITS manages the QC Technology Fee Committee process and promotes compliance with the CUNY Information Technology security policy (security.cuny.edu). ID Cards are issued at the QCard office located in the Dining Hall (Room 116A). ITS computer labs are open Sunday–Saturday in the I Building and Powdermaker Hall. ITS administrative offices are located in I Building, Suite 200. For online help, visit www.qc.cuny.edu/computing.

Speech-Language-Hearing Center www.qc.cuny.edu/slh

The Queens College Speech-Language-Hearing Center (Gertz Building) serves children and adults living in Queens and the greater metropolitan area who have speech and language disorders or developmental delays. Its staff of licensed and professionally certified speech-language pathologists provides speech-language evaluations and treatment to individuals needing those services. These include children with language disorders resulting from autism, delays in speech and language development, dysfluency, or school-related learning disorders. It also serves adults with speech-language disorders resulting from a stroke, neurological disorder, developmental challenges, or head trauma as well as voice and swallowing disorders. The center is part of the Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders. For more information, contact speechcenter@qc.cuny. edu or call 997-2930.

Kupferberg Center for the Arts www.kupferbergcenter.org

Kupferberg Center for the Arts comprises ten distinguished institutions that offer outstanding programming in music, dance, drama, literature, and the visual arts. Since 1961, the Kupferberg Center has hosted affordable, world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations.

Campus Ministry

The Queens College Campus Ministers is an association of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and Protestant ministries on campus. Its purpose is to foster harmony among religious traditions and to join in campus efforts to promote spiritual and ethical growth. The campus ministers serve as resources for religious and ethical information and insight for the academic and the wider Queens community. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in the activities of the various centers.

The Catholic Newman Center is the Catholic parish on campus. The center celebrates the sacraments; sponsors spiritual, cultural, and social programs; and offers pastoral counseling to all students, faculty, and staff. Mass is celebrated in the chapel every Sunday at 1 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:10 pm, and Thursday at 5:15 pm (Student Union 207 and 208; 997-3969 or 793-3130 [also the fax number]; www.facebook.com/ QCNewmanCenter; email: frpaw@yahoo.com).

Queens College Hillel envisions a world where every Jewish student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. QC Hillel helps students discover and explore their Jewish identity, learn about Jewish peoplehood, experience Jewish holidays and Shabbat, and develop as leaders and volunteers. (Student Union 206; 997-3980 or 718-793-2222; qchillel.org; facebook.com/qchillel; or admin@qchillel.org)

The Protestant Center welcomes students, faculty, and staff from the various Protestant denominations for worship and Bible study, counseling, and a variety of programs. (Student Union 203; 997-3979, 261-1550) Several student cultural or religious clubs register each semester with the Student Life Office (Student Union 320):

The Ikaros Hellenic Orthodox Club (Student Union 219; 997-3576) provides religious, cultural, and social programming, counseling, and outreach for Greek Orthodox students, faculty, and staff. It also offers information on worship and Bible study. For other matters, please call the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies (Jefferson Hall 302; 997-4520; fax 997-4529).

The Muslim Students Association (Student Union 217 and 218) has as its purpose the empowerment of students on campus by creating significant opportunities to learn from and build coalitions with the campus community at large.

For a list of cultural/religious groups on campus, call 997-3970.

Identification Cards

The college supplies each student with an identification card called the QCard. Students must carry these cards on campus and present them to a member of the faculty or staff if requested to do so. The QCard not only protects the college from persons not authorized to be on campus or to use college facilities, but also extends to registered students all the privileges of membership in the college community. You must show a valid QCard when collecting any checks from the Bursar’s Office and when using the library. The QCard is also a quick and convenient method for buying things on campus.

Incoming students must acquire their QCard during their first semester. A $10 fee is charged if it is not obtained at that time. To obtain a new or replacement QCard, you must have an active CAMS account (cams. qc.cuny.edu) and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. The QCard can be obtained at the QCard Office in the One Stop Service Center in the Dining Hall, Room 116A (997-4240; www.qc.cuny.edu/qcard).

Campus Parking

Parking on the Queens College campus is by decal only. Information on applying for and purchasing a decal is available at https://apps.qc.cuny.edu/ ParkingAdministration/Logon.aspx. To park on college property, all vehicles must be registered with the Public Safety Office. Unregistered vehicles or those parked in violation of the college’s Parking & Traffic Regulations are subject to both ticketing and immobilization (“booting”). A fee of $75 will be charged for removal of the immobilization boot in addition to the parking violation penalty for the ticket(s).

Day students can apply for day parking through the lottery, held once a year in May and ending in July. There is unlimited evening parking (Monday– Thursday after 1:30 pm and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). A decal is good for the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. Please bring a check or money order (payable to Queens College) or cash, payable at the Bursar’s Office only, as well as a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration. Credit cards are accepted as a form of payment at the window. Students, faculty, and staff must park only in their assigned fields.

Student Fees. All fees and fines quoted include New York City parking tax where applicable, have been approved by the college and the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, and are subject to change without notice. Fees and fines are designed to provide a self-supporting parking program, financing construction, maintenance, lighting, security, and administration of the parking operation.

  • Fall/Spring/Summer (day/evening students) – $275 (parking for Summer Session(s) is included in the yearly decal)

  • Summit resident parking (Field 5) – $385

  • Summit underground parking – $440 plus $25 refundable deposit for the access card

  • Spring Semester only – $138

  • Summer Session(s) only – $138

  • Weekends per semester – $45 (includes Fridays after 3 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday)

  • Motorcycles – Fall/Spring, $176; Summer only, $88

  • Bounced check fee – $25

For information, contact the Security & Public Safety Office in Jefferson Hall 201 (997-4443).

Parking for Students with Disabilities

Requests for parking privileges based on physical and mobility disabilities must be made through the Office of Special Services for Students with Disabilities (Frese Hall, Room 111A). Students with disabilities who wish to park in a handicapped spot must have a hangtag issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The tag must be displayed at all times. (This is in addition to the Queens College decal.) Payment for parking is due upon receipt of the parking decal in the Security Office in Jefferson Hall, Room 201.

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