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Email to a teacher at CUNY about privacy between students.

Greetings,

First and foremost, and most importantly, I treat all staff at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. I love CUNY. I have gained tremendously from being a student at CUNY. I understand everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. I am confident that you are a phenomenal teacher because all my teachers at CUNY have been outstanding. Thank you very much for the feedback. 

I like to live my life on the cautious side (that is the understatement of the century). It’s one thing to interact with students at school with the teachers supervising, no last names, and no contact information is shared. My issue is interacting with students without the teacher supervising. My other concern is the school sharing student’s personal information with me and vice versa. 

I’m 100% willing to go above and beyond to succeed in your class. I’m studying and doing homework today for 8 to 10 hours and the school hasn’t started yet. I’m studying for classes that I’m not taking for another semester or two in addition to all the schoolwork I have to turn in this semester (math and bio). I’m going to ace math and bio. 

To stay on the cautious side I have contacted various CUNY offices and staff to figure out how to continue to succeed at school and get past a few hurdles. Not just in your class. In all my classes. 

To illustrate: 

1. I’m trying to avoid any student’s personal information nor do I want any students having my personal information. If it happens, there is nothing I can do about it besides erase it. I’m going on the record that I don’t want it. 

2. I’m trying to avoid signing up for any group chats with students.

3. I’m trying to avoid interacting with students online.

I’m a 44 years young homeless person. If I have any misunderstanding with a student, I’m gone. I’m walking on eggshells to enhance my life. I don’t want to jeopardize the little I have left. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party at all. I don’t have a criminal record. I just want to get a diploma. I’m not looking to socialize with students. When I do interact with students at school, I treat them with the same respect that I treat the staff. 

I 100% respect your position. I’m not going to say I understand exactly how this class is going to unfold because I haven’t taken it. I am trying to figure out how I can function as a one-man play instead of a full cast and crew. 

If you look at CUNY first (attached), front and center it’s talking about sexual harassment between students. That is why I’m taking every precaution possible to not even put myself in a situation where there can be a misunderstanding. I was able to achieve a 4.0 GPA after 27 credits during my first year at school without any issues.

Before I started at CUNY people at HRA told us if we even look in a woman’s direction that it could be considered leering and we could have our public assistance case FTC. Fail to comply. Looking in a women’s direction can result in our food supply, SNAP, cash assistance, etc. being shut off. Then the staff at the welfare job office would tease us every day and yell FTC over and over. I do not want to go back there. 

Now I’m at CUNY and it’s a similar situation. It says right on the CUNY.edu homepage “combating sexual misconduct.” I’m combating it by staying out of any situation that puts me in direct contact with student’s personal information, online conversations, group chats, etc. 

I keep to myself. I make the best of all situations. I feel like at this point I have no choice but to explain myself. I am in such a delicate position in life, I can not be responsible for how other people act and focus on my studies. 

There are a lot of people at CUNY who are connected and have pull. I’m not connected and I don’t have any pull. If I don’t keep myself on the perfect path at school I can be tossed out of CUNY in one second flat. I don’t want that to happen. 

I signed up for extra classes so at the end of the day I can still earn 12 credits and be a full-time student if I drop this class. I don’t want to drop the class. I just wanted to let you know, it’s not a huge pressure situation. 

I have the utmost respect for you and all CUNY teachers. I can’t imagine how much competition there is to get a job at CUNY. Especially these days.

Hopefully, there will be a simple solution. If not I would be happy to take the class with you when school is back in person. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Email to the sexual harassment office at my CUNY school. I’m steering clear of student’s personal information. I’m also avoiding private unsupervised online meetings with my classmates.

Greetings,

I treat all CUNY staff with the utmost respect at all times, regardless if I agree with their policies or not. I love CUNY. I think it’s a great opportunity. The staff is amazing. 

I’m going full steam ahead with schoolwork so I don’t have hours to write a detailed email at this minute. 

Every class this semester is either sending me full contact information and full names of every student and wants me to confirm that I received it or is requiring me to have private internet meetings with students that are not supervised by a teacher. 

I don’t want personal information for any students, female or male. I don’t want to be in any internet group chats with students. I don’t want to be in any private groups with students.

I can get the work done for these classes without having the personal contact information of other students. It’s one thing to be in class but to be interacting with students without a teacher supervising, I don’t think it’s professional. 

I think CUNY is doing a great job with distance learning. The only issue I have is the sharing of student’s personal information between students. Also, I’m not a fan of forcing students to interact with each other online without a teacher supervising. 

I have proven I’m a respectful and serious student. At the end of the day, all the sharing of personal info and a few group meetings should not exclude me from an education because I don’t want to take part in it. 

There have been multiple CUNY teachers fired for inappropriate behavior and misunderstandings with students. I don’t know for sure but I’d imagine there have been students expelled from school because of misunderstandings or inappropriate behavior between students.  

I’m staying clear of interacting with students until I’m back in the bio lab when school opens back up. Even then it will be on a first-name basis and nothing outside of class. 

Please advise what the policy is. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward and respectfully, 

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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The follow-up email to my professor about privacy between students.

Greetings,

I’m cc’ing the Chancellor and sexual harassment office on this email. It has nothing to do with you. In my school of thought, there is an issue here that they might want to address at all the schools. I’ve emailed both offices about privacy previously. 

Thank you for the quick response. I appreciate the opportunity to remain silent during class. Thank you for understanding. Hopefully, we will be back in class in the next semester or two (or three). Once back, I’ll have my hand up every day as usual. I always participate in class. I love school.  

On to the issue of group chat. I don’t want to be in a web-based group chat system where I’m exposed to student’s personal information, full names, emails, phone numbers, etc. I don’t want to know the personal information of students and I don’t want them having mine. I treat everyone with the utmost respect. I also want my privacy. I know I’m being overly cautious but I’d rather be safe than sorry. 

From a strategy standpoint, I’m 10X better as a student now than I was 6 or 12 months ago. I sign up for extra classes every semester just in case I have to drop 1 or 2. I want to be in this class because the information looks phenomenal. I have the book, I’m ready to dig in. Worst case scenario, if I have to drop the class, it’s OK.

My question is this. You sent a syllabus with the whole class explained perfectly. I have your email address. I’m going to be online watching all the classes. Can I please be excused from the group chat?

I’m working on technology startups. I can make a big breakthrough at any time. I don’t want to jeopardize it. A big part of what is keeping me going and in the game is CUNY. I love CUNY, I’m going to graduate school at CUNY, who knows maybe I’ll work for CUNY one day. 

I have computer equipment, phone, bills paid, food in my stomach all because of CUNY. That is why I have a 4.0 GPA with a 100% attendance record and I treat all CUNY staff and students with the utmost respect at all times. Plus I’m a respectful person. The support staff at CUNY and the teachers are remarkable. 

I don’t want to know the student’s full names and email addresses in any of my classes. School is my number 1, 2, 3 priority. I’m not in a rush when it pertains to submitting quality schoolwork to teachers. If I have the occasional question, I’ll email you. 

I don’t feel comfortable with group chat between students. I just received the notification to join and there are student’s full names in the email. I don’t want that information. 

Yesterday I received an email from a teacher with every single student’s full name and email address that is in my class. Now I’m receiving an invitation to join a group chat which I can see from the invite has every student’s full name and maybe additional information. 

With social media and people looking each other up, I think it’s a potential liability that student’s personal information is being shared with classmates. It’s none of my business, it’s just my opinion. I keep quiet about my views at school. I have no choice but to explain myself here because I want to stay in this class. 

If there is any way to be a part of this class without being exposed to the personal information (full name, any form of contact) of the student’s please let me know. Last year I stayed clear of all student’s personal information. As I mentioned I earned a 4.0 GPA with 100% attendance and 27 credits earned. Even when my GPA drops, the main thing is to give college my all and enjoy learning. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. I live my life all the way on the cautious side. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.