CARES Act and other HEERF Reporting
Three Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) have been authorized as follows:
- HEERF I under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- HEERF II under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
- HEERF III under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Barnard has been awarded a total of $1,712,643 in funding as a part of HEERF I, $2,395,232 as a part of HEERF II, and $4,263,792 as a part of HEERF III. To date, Barnard used $856,322 of the HEERF I grant, $673,500 of the HEERF II grant and $479,000 of the HEERF III grant to provide emergency ﬁnancial aid grants directly to students. Barnard allocated and will continue to allocate these grants to its students in accordance with the CARES Act, the CRRSAA, the ARP, and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws. The CARES Act, CRRSAA and the ARP each require that we make the following information available to the public.
Please find our latest Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II and III:
- HEERF I Reporting as of December 2020
- HEERF II Reporting as of March 2021
- HEERF II Reporting as of June 2021
- HEERF III Reporting as of June 2021
- HEERF I, II, and III Reporting as of October 2021
October 8, 2021
- Barnard acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the Department of Education (“Department”) the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act and the applicable funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Barnard has received a total of $856,322 from the Department pursuant to its Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act; and $2,988,217 under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
- As of September 30, 2021, Barnard has distributed $856,322 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act; and $1,152,200 under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
- Barnard estimates that the total number of its students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 1,036. Barnard estimates that the total number of its students who are currently eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs is 1,275.
- As of September 30, 2021, 748 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, and 635 students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs. Barnard will continue to work with students in hardship situations and award the remaining $1,836,036 on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.
- Barnard used the methods described below to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, and under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs. Barnard has elected to distribute grants to students with the highest financial need to help them cover their eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. To date Barnard has distributed $211,922 of institutional funds for emergency grants to students who expressed the need for financial assistance by submitting an application to the College or contacting Barnard’s Financial Aid Office directly. The College has used the funds from CARES Act, the CRRSAA and the ARP to reimburse itself for advancing the emergency grant funds. The amount of funds distributed in each case was necessary to either cover entirely or cover a portion of the eligible expenses identified by each student. Barnard distributed these funds in addition to the financial support it has given to students that is not reimbursable by CARES Act, the CRRSAA or the ARP, including approximately $2,600,000 in Summer Work Exemption Grants. As of September 30, 2021, Barnard distributed $1,200 to every student whose annual family contribution was $20,000 or less for an academic school year, for a total of 745 students over the three grant programs. The College has used funds from the CARES Act, the CRRSAA and the ARP to reimburse itself for advancing the emergency grant funds.
- Barnard has provided instructions, directions, or guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants that explain that the funds are for eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Resources & Contacts
The College will continue to offer regular updates to ensure that the Barnard community is well-informed and supported amid the changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. The messages and updates that have been sent to the Barnard community can be found on this site.
Additional information on the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the following websites:
- Columbia University’s Preparedness website
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus website
- The World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus website
- The New York State Department of Health Coronavirus website and the New York City Department of Health Coronavirus website
- COVID Alert NY, a statewide contact tracing app. This does not replace Barnard’s (or Columbia’s) existing apps or procedures, but we wanted to make you aware of this additional app as an added layer in the efforts to trace and contact individuals who may have had exposure to COVID-19. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have similar apps available that use the same technology framework.
Should you need support, we encourage you to reach out to our campus resources.
General: Pandemic Response Team
- Access Barnard (with information about the Supplemental Academic Support Application, SASA)
- Class Deans
- Financial Aid
- Furman Counseling Center
- Residential Life
- Study Abroad
- International Student Services (ISS)
- Columbia University's Office of Religious Life Virtual Resources
- Columbia University's COVID-19 Resource Guide for Students
Infectious Disease Exposure Plan
New York HERO Act
On May 5, 2021, New York State adopted the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act). The law requires that employers adopt an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan that will go into effect when an airborne infectious disease is designated as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health. On Monday, September 6, 2021, New York's Gov. Kathy Hochul designated COVID-19 an airborne infectious disease under New York State's HERO Act and therefore the Barnard College Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Plan, which is available on the Barnard Portal, is now in effect. You must log in to the Barnard Portal to view these links.
Emergency Funds for Faculty and Staff
Barnard College deeply values the people who make up its faculty and staff, as members of our community of care and as the engines behind our shared mission. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has taken a number of steps to provide extra support and assistance — professionally, and for the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of these colleagues and their families.
While most Barnard employees have continuing income and a measure of economic security, we recognize that the pandemic has also created genuine and acute financial hardships for some of our staff and faculty members. In response, the College has established two identical funds to provide emergency assistance grants to its employees and their families, for unexpected needs including basic living essentials such as household utilities, food insecurity, additional medical expenses, unforeseen child-care needs, unexpected housing burdens, and other unforeseen challenges. Staff members can review the eligibility information and submit an application through the portal link under COVID-19 Information tab. Faculty seeking help should link to the Barnard faculty portal under the COVID-19 information tab.
Transition to In Person Resources and Instructions
The Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP), Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS), Barnard College Information Technology (BCIT), and other partners on campus have created training materials and other assistance for both students and faculty, including the following resources.
- For students, the CEP has created a Transition to In-Person Learning Resource that offers guidance on what to expect this semester, and provides tips to help students feel more confident and comfortable returning to the classroom after remote learning.
- For faculty, the CEP has created a Transition to In-Person Teaching Resource that offers suggestions for course planning, in-class practices, ways to integrate technology, and more, taking into account reflections from both faculty and students throughout AY 20-21.
- The CEP has updated the Time Management Modules in CourseWorks, which is a self-paced resource on time management strategies and practices. This has been updated to reflect the transition to in-person learning. Sign up for access using this form.
- IMATS has provided Distance Learning Support resources related to Canvas, Zoom, computer hardware, and other instructional technologies.
- BCIT Student Computing is available virtually to help with specific computing needs, such as downloading software for your courses.
- The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) hosted virtual “walk-in” hours staffed by the ERC fellows. More information about the ERC can be found on their website.
- Barnard’s Class Deans are also available for any assistance.
Where Can I Go for Help?
If you have questions or concerns related to time management, study strategies, or tips on preparing for and participating in classes, please reach out to the Center for Engaged Pedagogy at email@example.com. You can also check out our learning resources for students on our website, including our feedback map.
If you have data-related questions, please email the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have academic or other concerns, you are always welcome to reach out to your Class Deans, who are available for virtual appointments.
If you would like to set up a consultation on teaching and learning, please reach out to the Center for Engaged Pedagogy directly via email at email@example.com. You can also check out our online guides and resources, which include:
- course design
- online pedagogy
- student engagement and community building
- HyFlex teaching
- equity and accessibility
- campus resources
If you have questions about instructional platforms, tools, or other technologies, please reach out to IMATS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Barnard resources listed at the top of the page, the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is holding Office Hours to help faculty with questions related to teaching rand educational technologies supported at Columbia.
The CTL has many offerings to help you transition back to in-person teaching, including ideas about how to bring virtual teaching practices into the in-person classroom, workshops on pedagogical approaches, and tools for the classroom. You can find all of their Fall 2021 faculty offerings listed on the CTL website.