New CUNY Initiatives Supporting Academia

Brian Cohen, Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer

Computing and Information Services

Claiming Your Dropbox Account Is Now Easier!

CUNY is pleased to announce that you can now claim your free Dropbox account by visiting and entering your CUNY Login ( credentials. You no longer need an account activation email from Dropbox. After activating your Dropbox account, you can use those credentials to log in at or or via the Technology Service pages for faculty and staff.

Dropbox is a workspace that helps you keep all your content in one place, from class syllabi to large research data sets, and makes it easier to work together with students, other faculty and staff, and external partners. Faculty and staff have unlimited storage. Everyone will also have access to Dropbox Paper, which allows co-editing in the same document in real-time.

Please remember that the terms of the Acceptable Use of University Data in the Cloud policy apply to your use of Dropbox and other CUNY cloud solutions.

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Microsoft Office 365 Training


CIS Training will again be offering Microsoft Office 365 webinar training sessions in Spring 2020. These 1-hour sessions are open to all CUNY faculty and staff and run through May. They focus on three applications – OneDrive (cloud storage), Teams (communications platform), and OneNote (information gathering/collaboration platform). Registration is available by clicking on the Training Resource link on the CUNY Microsoft Office 365 page.

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Update Your CUNY Alert Contact Info!

Winter storms may still be coming. Find out about campus and office closures, severe weather advisories, or emergency police activity via CUNY Alert.

Be sure to update your contact information for CUNY Alert, including registering for SMS/Text messages, by taking the following steps:

  • Log into CUNYfirst
  • Select “CUNY Alert Preferences” in the CUNYfirst menu
  • Enable “Text” for the phone option (if desired)
  • Click “Update Information” to save

For more information on CUNY Alert, see

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11th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference:

Registration is now live for the 11th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference! The conference will take place on April 14, 2020 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Remember, you can find online resources on making content accessible at, at, and on Blackboard’s Accessibility Training page.

We welcome your comments and ideas for new initiatives at