Baruch College has made the decision to extend remote learning until October 1st following a malware attack that caused network disruptions across the campus. While essential staff members have access to the physical campus, students are unable to use its facilities.
Furthermore, the library will offer limited services for laptop loans on Thursday and Friday, but it will remain closed over the weekend. The announcement was made to faculty on September 27th, although the specific type of malware used in the attack was not disclosed.
Baruch’s Computing and Technology Center, in collaboration with other departments, has managed to restore some network services, including the college’s website and email system. However, it has not been clarified when other services will be fully operational.
Pending further updates, on-campus classes and activities are expected to resume on October 2nd. Club events, usually held on Thursdays, have either been canceled or shifted to remote platforms.
A mass email from Michele Doney, the director of the Student and Academic Consulting Center, indicated that most services will either continue to operate remotely or remain unavailable.
The TutorTrac service at the Student Academic Consulting Center is still down, leading to a transition to “drop-in tutoring” via Zoom, along with virtual workshops, the BAR Program, and weekly individual tutoring sessions.
Additionally, peer mentors working through the New Student and Family Programs at Baruch are unable to update their timesheets due to the internet outage, leading to payment delays until October 11th.