Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Academic and Student Services

Alumni Relations

Building 1A, Room 110

The Office of Alumni Relations maintains contact with alumni through ongoing social, educational, athletic, and cultural events.

The Office also assists the CSI Alumni Association and its elected Board of Directors, who serve as the representative voice for over 50,000 alumni worldwide. The Alumni Association was established in 1980 and its mission is dedicated to promoting a lifelong spirit of pride, fellowship, loyalty, and learning among alumni, students, and the community.

All persons who have a degree or six-year certificate from CSI or its predecessor institutions, Richmond College and Staten Island Community College, are members of the Alumni Association. Alumni seeking further information or wishing to obtain a permanent alumni photo ID are invited to call 718.982.2290, email or visit the Office.

Office of Academic Affairs

Office of Academic Affairs

Building 1A, Room 305

Senior Vice President and Provost, Gary Reichard


As the College’s chief academic officer, the Provost provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the maintenance and development of quality academic programs including support for the development of a distinguished faculty in both the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies and support of faculty research and graduate education at the master’s and doctoral levels.

The Provost reports directly to the President and is the ranking member of the executive management team, with responsibility for all academic units and departments. The Provost is responsible for promoting academic excellence and for assuring that students have access to intellectual and practical experiences that will enrich their lives and prepare them for their post-collegiate careers.

Campus Center

Office: Campus Center (1C), Room 201

The Campus Center is the focal point of extra- and co-curricular student life. It houses the Office of Student Life, the Student Government and clubs, student publications, the Campus Activities Board, the CSI Association Inc., and the Auxiliary Services Corporation. Such services as the bookstore, cafeteria, Park Café, the Health and Wellness Center, the Wellness Program, the Peer Drop-in Center, and the Prayer/Meditation Room are located in the Campus Center. Lounges for entertainment and studying, a computer lab, a video game room, conference and meeting rooms, and lockers are available for student use. WSIA-FM (88.9) broadcasts from the Campus Center. Questions regarding use of facilities and locker rentals may be directed to the Campus Center, Room 201. The telephone number is 718.982.3071.

Center for the Arts

Office: Center for the Arts (1P), Room 116

The Center for the Arts contains, in the instructional wing, the Department of Media Culture and the Department of Performing and Creative Arts, studios, performance and rehearsal spaces, a screening room, a recital hall, a studio theater, film and video production facilities, and laboratories for communications and graphics. The workshops include facilities for print making, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic music, and recording. The Center houses the Clara and Arleigh B. Williamson Theatre, a 442-seat, proscenium-stage theater; a 911-seat Concert Hall; a recital hall and a lecture hall; and an art gallery. The Center for the Arts presents a year-round performing arts series that includes jazz, drama, dance, classical, popular, folk, world, country, and family programming.

Center for Global Engagement

Office: North Administration Building (2A), Room 206

Director, Stephen M. Ferst

The Center for Global Engagement encourages and supports the international component of the academic life of the College. The Center provides direction and assistance in matters affecting the College’s international student population, sponsors study abroad programs, directs scholar and student exchange programs, administers the English Language Institute, and facilitates international development programs. Guidance for the Center’s activities is provided by a faculty advisory committee.

English Language Institute (ELI)

The Institute, a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs, offers intensive English language study and programs in American language and culture to international students and professionals. The Institute is supported by course fees. Admission to the English Language Institute does not constitute admission to the College.

Foreign Student and Scholar Services

The staff, serving foreign students and scholars, processes immigration documentation; facilitates admission procedures; provides academic advisement, counseling, adjustment, and orientation to college life in the U.S.; and assists in off-campus housing.

Study Abroad Programs

The Center offers a variety of study abroad programs for undergraduate credit only with partner institutions around the world including the following: Nanjing University, Shanghai University, and the City University of Hong Kong in China; the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Catholic University of Guayaquil and the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador; Middlesex University in London, England; The American College of Thessaloniki in Greece; Scuola Lorenzo deMedici in Florence and Tuscania, The American University of Rome and the Istituto Venezia in Italy; the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santanden, Spain; IPAG in Nice and Paris, France; Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan; and Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Overseas study programs in more than 25 countries are open to CSI students through membership in the College Consortium for International Studies.

There is no foreign language prerequisite; however, students are required to study the language of the country and are placed in courses suitable to their ability. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for participation in most of the CSI-sponsored study abroad programs. The staff provides assistance and information about admissions, financial aid, orientation, and re-entry. To prepare effectively for participation in the program, students are encouraged to investigate the overseas study opportunities early in their academic careers. Most student financial aid plans are applicable to study abroad programs and special scholarship funds are available for eligible students.

International Faculty Activities

The Center coordinates a faculty exchange program with Shanghai University in China on behalf of The City University. The Center also has responsibility for CSI exchange programs and faculty development activities and international projects in various countries. On-campus programs for faculty and students include the World on Wednesday lecture series, International Education Week Events, and special programs.

Center for Student Accessibility

Office: Center for the Arts (1P), Room 101

The Center for Student Accessibility has responsibility for providing services for students with documented disabilities. All documentation is kept confidential and should be submitted directly to the Center. Services include pre-admissions counseling and accessibility information, advisement, priority registration, and testing accommodations. Software for tutorial programs, personal computers, scientific calculators, tape recorders, and a Braille writer are available. The Resource Center for the Deaf serves the specific needs of deaf and hard of hearing students by providing interpreters, captioning, tutors, and notetakers. Interpreters are available for academic advisement, teacher conferences, or College business. The College’s policy for students with disabilities conforms to federal guidelines and the Center for Student Accessibility offers services mandated by federal and state law. All students with disabilities are encouraged to use the services of the Center. Services are also available to students who are temporarily disabled. For more information please visit

Health Services

Office: Campus Center (1C), Room 112

The College Health Center, located on the main floor of the Campus Center, Room 112, is staffed by College personnel, including a full-time Registered Nurse and part-time nurse practitioners (funded by the Student Activity Fee) in collaboration with Staten Island University Hospital. Services include emergency care, physicals, immunizations, consultations, and referrals to outside agencies and clinics, smoking cessation, nutritional counseling, and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The telephone number is 718.982.3045; TTY.718.982.3315; email: For more information, please consult our Webpage at

Information Technology

North Administration Building (2A), Room 303

Vice President for Technology Systems, Professor Michael Kress

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) advances and supports the use of information technology at the College. OIT administers 20 general purpose computer laboratories and over 30 specialized computing laboratories in conjunction with academic departments. Over 2,500 desktop computers are connected through a high-speed local area network running Windows XP or Windows 2000. This hardware configuration allows students, faculty, and staff full access to specialized software, the Internet, online library resources, and email. Over 50 classrooms, two conference rooms, and two portable units are equipped to run multimedia presentations from a central location. One of the conference rooms is equipped for two-way video conferencing.

Four open computer labs running Windows XP or Windows 2000 are equipped with the software that students need to do their assignments. Computer labs for students with disabilities include software like JAWS, Dragon, etc. as well as ADA-compliant furniture. In addition to the open labs, there are computers available in the lobbies of Buildings 1S, 2S, 3S, 4S, 1N, 2N, 3N, and 4N, and systems are also located in the 1L Cybercafé and the 1C Campus Center. These stations allow students to use the Internet.

“CSI unplugged,” wireless access is via 802.1 Ib/g technology. The network can be accessed from any of the academic or administrative buildings. The College of Staten Island's Data network spans 19 buildings and provides access for all campus staff, faculty, and students, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wireless HOTSPOTS are designed to expand service to users with laptops or PDAs equipped for wireless networking. With HOTSPOTS, wireless computers have high-speed access to the Internet and College Web Services.

The new OIT homepage is


The Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), home of the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry, the Center for Environmental Science, and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, contains 74 state-of-the- art laboratories for study and research. The ten departmental buildings in the Academic Quadrangles house instructional, tutorial, and research laboratories; and personal computer classrooms.


Library (1L), Room 109

Chief Librarian, Professor Wilma L. Jones

The Library is the focal point of the South Academic Quadrangle. The building, with its distinctive rotunda, is the home to five central services: a study center for the campus community; a broad collection of books and journals in the liberal arts and sciences; computer facilities, online services, and databases that serve as points-of-access to informational resources beyond the walls of the Library; an instructional facility for the teaching of information retrieval and information literacy; an Archives and Special Collections unit; and media distribution services in support of instruction.

Seventy-five computer workstations for student use are available throughout the building. The general reference area is located on the first floor, as is the faculty Center for Excellence in Learning Technology. The second floor leads to the elegant archives facility, the distance-learning center, the document center, the Library instruction facility, and the Media Services unit. The circulating book collection and the print journal holdings are housed on the third floor.

Hours of Service:

Monday–Friday 8:00am–11:00pm
Saturday 8:30am–9:00pm
Sunday noon–9:00pm

Hours of service during summer session, intersession, and holidays are posted at the Library entrance and on the Library homepage,

Borrowing Privileges: Students and faculty from CSI and other CUNY colleges must present current ID cards in order to borrow books. Students and faculty may obtain ID cards from the College Office of Public Safety. Overdue books, lost books, or unpaid fines may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

The Collection: The holdings include 243,000 bound volumes of books, 143 online databases (of which more than 50,000 are full text), 68,000 e-books, 600 current print journal subscriptions, 3,000 videos, and over 4,000 sound recordings.

The Online Catalog: The CSI Library is a member of the CUNY-wide integrated library system. Access to CUNY+, the online union catalog portion of the system, is available throughout the campus as well as from offsite.

Reference librarians provide service at the General Reference Desk on the first floor at all times when the Library is open. The Library instruction service includes orientation tours, open workshops, presentations to classes by reference specialists in connection with specific course assignments, and the compilation of bibliographic aids.

Media Services

Library (1L), Room 201

Director: Mark Lewental

Media Services provides viewing and listening facilities and classroom services for its collections of videotapes, DVDs, slides, audiotapes, and recordings. The Media Distribution System provides access to the media collections via fiber-optic technology, connecting over 40 classrooms, laboratories, and conference rooms. Media Services operates the Videoconferencing Lab, a network of wireless laptops for use in the Library, and oversees the Center for Excellence in Learning Technology, which assists faculty in using technology to promote better learning.

Media Services

Director: Mark Lewental

Library (1L), Room 201

Media Services provides audio-visual support for classroom use, as well as student viewing facilities in the Library. Our office manages and makes accessible the College's collection of videotapes, DVDs, and other media. The Media Distribution System, using fiber-optic technology, serves a large number of classrooms equipped with LCD projectors, plasma monitors, and Smart Classroom technology. Media Services also operates the Videoconferencing Lab, manages the Student Laptop Loan Program, and oversees the Center for Excellence in Learning Technology (CELT), which assists faculty in using technology to promote better learning.


Reporting to the Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, the Ombudsperson is authorized to investigate student concerns and to make recommendations regarding the outcome of those investigations. The Ombudsperson, available to all students enrolled at the College, is a source of information about College policies and procedures and, in certain situations, will provide mediation and advocacy services. Students may be advised to visit other College offices to file official student concerns as well.

The Ombudsperson helps students to develop positive strategies to resolve problems and conflicts and acts as a neutral party to hear any type of student concern or dispute related to the College.

The Office deals with academic matters such as grade appeals, accusations of cheating and plagiarism, faculty/student disputes, and non-academic matters such as billing disagreements, conduct issues, campus issues, and interpersonal conflict. This is not a comprehensive list, as it is understood that each individual may have concerns and needs that are unique.

Students can file an official complaint or put information “on the record” at the Office of the Ombudsperson in the South Administration Building (1A), Room 301.

Email Accounts

The Office of Technology Systems will generate a College email/computer login account for all currently registered students. If you have any questions or forget your password after changing it, come to the Library (1L), Room 204. A validated student ID card is required. For more information, please call 718.982.4080, visit and click on the appropriate links, or visit and select the link “Student Central” to look up CIX Webmail.

Sports and Recreation Center

Office: Sports and Recreation Center (1R), Room 204

The Sports and Recreation Center houses a full range of facilities and equipment for individual and team sports and games: a gymnasium with seating capacity for 1,200 spectators, an auxiliary gymnasium, two fitness rooms, racquetball courts, and a 25-meter pool. Outdoor facilities include a track, tennis courts, and ball fields. On a membership basis, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public also have access to the facilities.

Division of Student and Enrollment Services

South Administration Building (1A), Room 301

Vice President, Jennifer S. Borerro, Esq.


The Division of Student and Enrollment Services supports and enriches the student learning experience and helps shape student success.  Our mission is to facilitate access to a high quality education and engage students by providing learning opportunities and services that promote academic, personal, and professional growth.  Each area within the Division strategically plans, implements, and assesses practices and programs to ensure the highest level of service.  The staff members are here to support you in realizing your goal of becoming a CSI graduate!

Reporting to the Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services are:

Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students

Center for the Arts
Center for Career and Professional Development
Center for Student Accessibility
Counseling Center
Dolphin Cove Student Housing
Health and Wellness Services
Office of Student Life
Veterans Support Services

Additional Reporting Units to the Vice President:

Children’s Center
CSI Association, Inc.
CSI St. George
Director of Enrollment Management
Enrollment Services Center
Financial Aid
First Star CSI Academy
Recruitment and Admissions

The Bertha Harris Women's Center

Coordinator, Associate Professor Ellen J. Goldner

The Bertha Harris Women's Center promotes the education and personal growth of women students and the men who support their concerns. It encourages a confidential support network among students and faculty and serves as a conduit of information about counseling and other resources available to women both on campus and in the broader communities of Staten Island and New York City. The Bertha Harris Women's Center raises awareness about issues important to women and encourages community service by CSI students at organizations that serve women on campus, on Staten Island, and in New York City. In response to needs and interests voiced by students each semester, the Bertha Harris Women's Center organizes student activities, panels, and speakers on a variety of topics and other events. Visit us on the Web at, or in Building 2N, Room 106.