Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. CUNY CIS, in conjunction with each campus’ Office for Student Disabilities, provides funding and support for assistive technologies such as screen enlargement/screen reading software for students with visual impairments, hardware devices like enhanced keyboards and alternate input devices for students with physical disabilities as well as various software for students with learning disabilities.

The CUNY Assistive Technology Services (CATS) website is available at:

IT Accessibility Resources and Information


Blackboard is a web-based course management program that enables students and faculty to participate in online classes and/or utilize online course materials to compliment face-to-face learning. Instructors can provide course materials, quizzes, discussion boards or use a combination of Blackboard and face-to-face interaction to teach students.

Access to Blackboard is on the CUNY portal at:

CIS Communications & Marketing

CIS has a Communications & Marketing team that designs and creates content for the web and in print. The team can also assist with marketing campaigns. Campus staff are invited to make use of their expertise by contacting

Computer Labs

Computer labs are located on all CUNY campuses. All labs have printing capabilities. List of campus computer labs

CUNY Alert

CUNY Alert is a new emergency notification system that will enable the university to advise students, faculty and staff of an emergency, and provide timely information to protect lives and minimize campus disruption.

Depending upon the severity of the incident, CUNY Alert messages can range from specific instructions to general warnings. These notifications will be sent to members of the campus community who have signed up for CUNY Alert. Messages can be received via cell phone (text and/or voice), land line telephone and e-mail. You must opt in to receive alerts, and you can choose your preferred format or formats to receive the messages.

CUNY has worked with the New York State Emergency Management Office to utilize the state’s all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert, for use by the CUNY campuses.

To sign up for CUNY Alert or obtain more information, visit

CUNY eMall

The CUNY eMall is a virtual shopping plaza where merchants offer a variety of discounts and promotional programs on their goods and services to members of the CUNY community. To access the savings you must be registered and logged on to the CUNY portal as an enrolled CUNY student, faculty or staff member.


DegreeWorks is a web-based application that allows students to view their progress towards completing a degree. The application lists all requirements including courses taken, courses currently being taken, skills assessment tests, transfer credits and much more. DegreeWorks also lets you link to the course schedule to identify specific classes required to complete a degree.

To view DegreeWorks at each campus, visit the respective websites.

Help Desk

Campus Help Desks assist students, faculty & staff in resolving computer/technology issues. List of Campus Help Desks

High Performance Computing Center

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) consists of commodity cluster-based supercomputers that support interactive as well as batch computing and visualization. The HPPC is for use by faculty and students. The facility is accessible from all campuses through the CUNY network and is located on the campus of the College of Staten Island.

The HPCC supports the scientific computing needs of university faculty, student, staff, and their public and private sector partners. The center creates opportunities for the CUNY research community to develop new partnerships with the government and private sectors and leverage the HPCC’s capabilities to acquire additional research resources for its faculty and graduate students in existing and major new programs.

IT Steering Committee

The IT Steering Committee develops policies, procedures and assists the CIO in formulating the vision for IT services at CUNY. The Committee meets monthly. Each campus has an official representative.

Office ProPlus

CUNY provides free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) for faculty, staff and students.  Faculty and staff can access Office 365 ProPlus here.  Students with Office 365 email accounts have access to Office 365 ProPlus.

Portal Accounts

The CUNY portal is a gateway to all things CUNY: college websites, registering for classes, events, campus directories, the CUNY eMall, etc. The CUNY portal makes it easier and faster to find what you need and gives you the ability to customize your view so that future visits to the portal more productive.

You will need an account to access the CUNY portal. Portal accounts are only available to currently enrolled students, professors and administrators. The log-in page shows you how to create a new account; the FAQs provide steps if you have forgotten your username or password.

Software Site Licenses

CUNY has a range of site licensed software for use by students, faculty and staff. Much of this software is for use both on campus and at home. A full list of CUNY-wide software site licenses and a list of campus site license coordinators who can provide further information.

Student Technology Fee

In 2002, the CUNY Board of Trustees established a technology, fee aka “tech fee”, to improve or enhance computer services for each campuses student body. This includes the acquisition, installation and maintenance of computer systems/networks, wireless networks, internet support, printers, scanners and library services. Every year, each campus is required to establish a Student Technology Fee Committee and develop a tech fee plan. Each campus committee must have significant student representation. Campus plans can be found on the following websites:

Technology Training

CIS designs, develops, implements and coordinates IT professional development activities including IT Leadership Professional Training and professional development for all CUNY campuses. For information on CIS training, contact Edith Mitchell at Campus technology training can also be found at the following websites:

Wireless on Campus

All CUNY campuses provide WiFi service. Directions to connect to campus’ Wi-Fi networks