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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Remote Resources for a Distance Learning Environment

Get the help you need to navigate and succeed in our online learning environment.

Free Wifi and Internet Access

*Many Internet service providers are offering free internet access options for college students who must work remotely. The FCC has asked providers to agree to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge so check with your vendor about the possibility of continued access even if you can't pay your internet bill right now. Most of the local NYC and NJ providers have agreed to the pledge. Pledge at this point offered through June 30, 2020.

COMCAST/Xfinity Offering various temporarily fee services including complimentary Internet Essentials service for 60 days to new customers until June 30, 2020.

Spectrum is offering 2 months free internet access to college students in the areas they serve, with no installation or pre-payment fees. Read details and sign up on their Coronavirus Internet Offer For Students site, however you must cancel before the 2 months are over or you may be charged for a 3rd month. See all their Coronavirus information on their Update page.

Altice (Optimum) is offering a similar option for college students, although installation fees are unclear. Please contact them directly. See contact information on their Education COVID Response Feature page. However, you must cancel before the 2 months are over or you may be charged for a 3rd month.

Specturm and Optimum HOTSPOTS Both providers allowing non-customers to use their mobile hotspot network ("CableWiFi," SpectrumWiFi," "OptimumWiFi," and "Boingo"). See details and find locations on the Spectrum WiFi Hotspots  and Optimum Hotspots pages. Make sure you are signing in to a real Cable Hotspot. Do not share financial, banking, or identity information over an unknown network.

T-Mobile and Sprint are offering various services during the pandemic through June 30, 2020. Check services and updates on the T-Mobile COVID-19 Response page and the Sprint Responds page.


*(from the College of Staten Island Library webpage)


As a COVID-19 response, Texas Instruments is offering free six-month calculator emulator software subscriptions to help students and teachers continue teaching and learning remotely.  Software available for these calculators in addition to guidebooks and tutorials:

TI-84 Plus


TI-34 MultiView

TI-Nspire CX 

For Faculty

See more resources provided to faculty for use in teaching, including Scanner Apps, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Blackboard and more.