Opinion: Baruch College CUNY won’t excuse me from having to interact with students.


This is an email I’m sending to colleges in the United States asking for guidance about a situation I’m having at Baruch College in Manhattan.


I’m a student at Baruch College CUNY in New York City. 

I’m requesting guidance from you regarding a situation I’m having at Baruch College CUNY in Manhattan. 

I have gone through the proper channels at Baruch College CUNY and asked to be excused from interacting with students in my classes. For example, there are times when professors will ask the class to get into small groups and pairs with each other. 

I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That is more important than anything. 

I have politely asked the staff at Baruch College if I could be my own group in classes. I don’t feel comfortable getting into groups with students and interacting with them. 

I have had several students try and pick fights with me since I started at Baruch College CUNY. I have no idea who any of them are. I ignored the students and reported it. At this point, I don’t even report when I’m harassed at school anymore. I ignore students when they tease me for no reason, which is often. 

I have been living in the street homeless for five years. All I have right now is Baruch College CUNY. I don’t want to jeopardize my standing at Baruch College CUNY due to unwarranted and unsubstantiated student complaints. 

I read that the amount of student complaints from students against students is out of control in New York. It doesn’t surprise me after experiencing the amount of abuse I have to endure at college. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t date. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I’m only using my personal email to request feedback from the staff at various colleges regarding this situation. If you don’t want to respond, I understand. If you have any information that you or anyone at the school can share, it’s appreciated. 

I have already gone through all the proper channels at Baruch College CUNY, and the answer is I have to interact with students. If a student makes an unsubstantiated claim against me, it’s going to be a major distraction. 

I have been informed that student interaction is necessary to create a well rounded student. 

My response to that is I’m 45 years old. I’ve performed web marketing services for dozens of companies. I have experience interacting with hundreds of individuals throughout the years. 

Even though I’m homeless, I’m still trying to launch my own companies. In my spare time, I’m networking. 

Outside of school, I don’t have to worry about people complaining about me and trying to get me kicked out of college. I treat everyone respectfully. I don’t do anything illegal. 

I’m optimistic that one day I’ll have a roof back over my head. In the meantime, I’m street homeless in New York City. 

I prefer to be street homeless than living in a homeless shelter. I have a place to shower and keep clean clothes. I look presentable. 

I’ve been a student at CUNY for two years. After I graduate from Baruch College CUNY, my plan is to attend a CUNY graduate school. 

The CUNY staff and professors at CUNY are very helpful. This is the only issue I’ve ever had at college. 

From your experience in the education field, is there anything I can do so that I can be excused from having to interact with students in my classes? 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine

450 Lexington Avenue Unit 1375

New York, NY 10163


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Mark Pine

New York City startups, web marketing, and Baruch College journalism major. 917-815-5415 social@markpine.com