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Email to the CUNY Title IX Coordinator.

Greetings, 

I transferred from LaGuardia Community College to Baruch College. 

After 36 credits, I’ve earned 11 As and 1 A-. My GPA at LaGuardia Community College is 3.975. 

I would like to share why it wasn’t a 4.0 GPA. Moreover, I would appreciate information and clarity about a CUNY policy. 

I treat everyone at CUNY, HRA, USPS, the New York City Comptroller’s Office, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. I’m 44 years young. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. 

I love CUNY. For what it’s worth, in my humble opinion, I think the team, professors, etc. at CUNY are doing a marvelous job. CUNY is the best opportunity ever. 

My goals are to positively impact society, earn millions of dollars, and have my name on Wikipedia as a notable former CUNY student.

I can handle anything. I’m as tough as nails. I’m optimistic, and I feel great. 

For some strange reason, I’ve had a few experiences with students harassing me during the past year and a half. I don’t have the slightest clue who any of them are. I’ve ignored them all. 

Someone could pour a can of paint on my head, and they won’t get me to lose my cool. 

The professor who gave me the A- is still one of my favorite professors of all time. The class was remarkable. The information I learned will have a monumental impact on my success. 

I suspect he dropped my grade because I politely asked if I could be excused from answering student questions during my term paper presentation. He said yes and in return, he would deduct points. 

I still thought with a few points being deducted I’d earn an A for the course. 

The reason I’m contacting everyone today is to figure out the policy moving forward? 

I’ll do anything you tell me so I can continue to succeed at Baruch College/CUNY. 

Going forward, do I have to interact with students? I don’t mind. I’m a people person. I just don’t see the upside in interacting with students. 

One little misunderstanding and any student will be tossed out of school faster than you can say “Dean’s List.” 

I’ve been homeless for about five years. I’m professional at it. If you saw me, you wouldn’t think I was homeless. Because CUNY is crucial to my comeback in life, I don’t want to interact with students unless it’s mandatory.

Can I be excused from interacting with students in my classes? If not, that’s OK. I’m merely respectfully asking. 

When you sign into CUNY first, the first thing you see is “sexual harassment.” 

That, coupled with at least three students harassing me for no reason, makes me want to keep my distance from students. 

If you say it’s not an option, I have to get on my phone with students, etc., I’ll do it. I’ll continue to be as respectful, concise, and professional as humanly possible. 

With that being said, I live in the real world. I’m always in Manhattan, Queens, Nassau County, etc. Ideally, I’d prefer not to interact with students at school and then start running into the same students when I’m outside of school. 

I grew up around thousands of millionaires. Most of them are great people. A few of them are not. There are individuals whom I grew up with that are creating significant obstacles for individuals including myself. 

The group I’m referring to has had former NYPD, NCPD, SCPD, etc., private detectives working for them since I was riding bikes in Hewlett/Woodmere during the 1980s. I’ve reported them to the proper authorities, and I’m going to include a few links for you at the bottom of this email. 

I can handle it. The purpose of this email is to respectfully try to limit my exposure to situations that could lead to issues. It might sound like overkill, but I don’t see it that way. 

I’m politely and respectfully going on the record with everyone attached to this email. If I have to interact with students for group projects and things of that nature, I’ll do it and treat everyone with the utmost respect. 

If I can be excused from interacting with students, I’ll accept that too, and thank you very much.  

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I always treat everyone with the utmost respect. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I love The City University of New York. 

By Mark Pine

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