Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found below. Questions relating to former students of Dowling College can be found in Section 5.
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General Case Information
|1.1 Why did Dowling College file for bankruptcy?|
On November 29, 2016, the Debtor filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of title of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”). For additional information please visit the case administration website at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/dco.
|1.2 Where can I get more information about the Chapter 11 filing?|
Court documents and notices, proof of claim forms, and other information are available on a website administered by the company’s claims agent, GCG, Inc., at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/dco. Please note that the company, its counsel, and GCG are not permitted to give legal advice. If you have further questions, you may want to consult with an attorney.
|1.3 How long will Dowling College be in Chapter 11?|
The length of Chapter 11 proceedings vary from case to case. Presently the company believes that the bankruptcy process can take 6 months.
|1.4 Where is the Bankruptcy Court?|
United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York Central Islip 290 Federal Plaza Central Islip, NY 11722
|1.5 Who is the judge?|
The Honorable Judge Robert E. Grossman
Notice of Commencement / 341 Hearing
|2.1 What is a Notice of Commencement? Why did I receive the Notice of Commencement?|
The Notice of Commencement is a legal document indicating the commencement of a company’s bankruptcy case. It provides a variety of details about the case, including the case number, filing date, and the time and date of the first meeting of the creditors (known as the Section 341 meeting).
Distribution of the Notice of Commencement is a routine part of every bankruptcy case. A wide range of parties receive the Notice of Commencement, including creditors as well as any party who has had a recent association with Dowling College. Please keep in mind that if you received the Notice of Commencement this does not necessarily mean that you have a claim or may need to take any further action with respect to this notice.
|2.2 What is a “Section 341 Meeting”?|
The Section 341 Meeting is an informational meeting attended by representatives of the Debtor, the Debtor’s counsel, and the United States Trustee. The meeting is open to creditors and the general public. Parties who believe they have a claim against the Debtor may attend, but are not required to do so.
The Section 341 Meeting is strictly an informational meeting; it is not a Court hearing – the Bankruptcy Judge will NOT be present. The Section 341 Meeting will be held on January 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM Eastern at:
Office of the United States Trustee Long Island Federal Courthouse 560 Federal Plaza − Room 561 Central Islip, NY 11722−4437
This information is included in the Notice of Commencement which is posted on the case administration website at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/dco.
|3.1 Can you please change my address?|
Please submit your address update or request to remove your address in writing to GCG including both your old address and your new address.
You may update your address by going to the Contact Us page or by sending written correspondence to:
Dowling College Case Administration c/o GCG P.O. Box 10342 Dublin, OH 43017-5542
Filing a Claim
|4.1 Do I need to/should I file a claim?|
GCG cannot provide you with any legal advice. Please read the claims bar date notice and proof of claim form carefully to determine if you must file a proof of claim. If you are still unsure, you may want to consult with an attorney.
|4.2 How can I file a proof of claim?|
Every known or potential creditor was mailed a copy of a bar date notice, which was accompanied by a proof of claim form with instructions. Additionally, proof of claim forms and other information about the claims process are available on the case administration website at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/dco. For more information on filing a proof of claim, please visit the Submit a Proof of Claim page.
|4.3 Can I submit my proof of claim by email, fax or telecopy?|
No. Completed, original proof of claim forms must be mailed, sent by overnight courier, hand delivered or submitted at the online portal. Proofs of claim will not be accepted by email, fax or telecopy.
|4.4 After I submit a proof of claim, will I receive confirmation that it was received?|
After submitting your proof of claim electronically, you will receive an email confirmation of your claim submission. You will also be provided with an electronically date stamped PDF of your claim. You may print and retain a copy of this document for your records.
If you are submitting your proof of claim form in a hard copy, you will receive an acknowledgement letter from GCG after your proof of claim form has been processed. You may also view your filed proof of claim form on the Claims Register on the case administration website at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/dco.
|4.5 How can I get a copy of my proof of claim form that I submitted by mail? (Hard Copy Only)|
If you wish to receive a complete, filed stamped copy of your proof of claim, you must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and an extra copy of your proof of claim.
|4.6 What is a bar date?|
A bar date is a bankruptcy court established deadline which amounts to the last date and time by which a person or entity (including individuals, partnerships, joint ventures, corporations, estates and trusts), can file a proof of claim on account of any claims that such party believes it has against the debtor which arose before November 29, 2016 (the “Petition Date”). The General Bar Date applies to all types of claims against the debtor that arose prior to the Petition Date, including secured, priority (including, without limitation, claims entitled to priority under sections 503(b)(9), 507(a)(4) or 507(a)(5) of the Bankruptcy Code) or unsecured nonpriority claims. If you do not file a proof of claim by the bar date, you may be forever barred from asserting your claim against the debtor. Proofs of claim received after the bar date are subject to objection and may be ultimately disallowed by the bankruptcy court.
The General Bar Date in this case is March 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time).
Governmental units generally have a separate, special governmental bar date which only applies to governmental units. The Governmental Bar Date in this case is May 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time).
|4.7 I filed a proof of claim previously but just received the claims bar date notice. Do I need to complete this new claim form?|
You do not need to file a new proof of claim if: (1) you have already filed a separate proof of claim form; (2) you already filed a separate proof of claim form on account of each claim that you want to assert; (3) you filed your proof of claim with the Clerk of the Court or GCG, the debtor’s claims agent; and (4) the proof of claim form you filed substantially conform to the proof of claim form you received with the bar date notice or the Official Form B 410.
|4.8 Why did I receive a bar date notice?|
The debtor mailed the bar date notice to all parties in interest, as well as known and potential creditors. Just because you received a bar date notice does not necessarily mean that you have a claim against the debtor or that the debtor believes it owes you a debt.
|4.9 I received a bar date notice and proof of claim form. Does this mean that I have a claim?|
The company is required to provide the bar date notice to all parties in interest, as well as known and potential creditors. Receipt of the bar date notice and proof of claim form does not necessarily mean that you have a claim against the debtor or that the debtor believes it owes you a debt.
|4.10 Does my proof of claim need to be received or stamped by the bar date?|
Proofs of claim must be mailed, sent by overnight courier, hand delivered or submitted electronically in enough time so that they are actually received by GCG on or before the bar date. Proofs of claim will not be accepted by facsimile or email.
|4.11 What happens after I file my proof of claim?|
After the deadline to file proofs of claim expires, the debtor and its professionals will commence a review of all filed claims. Depending on the number of claims that have been filed, the review process can be lengthy.
After the review of a particular claim is completed, the debtor will decide whether to accept the claim as validly filed or "object" to it for one or more reasons.
Some of the possible objections include (i) filing a duplicate claim; (ii) listing an incorrect amount in the claim when compared against the debtor’s books and records, (iii) failing to attach documentation supporting the claim, (iv) improperly classifying a claim (e.g., improperly labeling the claim as a priority or secured claim when it is an unsecured claim), or (v) filing the claim after the expiration of the deadline to file a claim. Depending on the nature of the objection, the debtor may seek to correct the claim or disallow it.
In any event, if a creditor’s claim is the subject of an objection, the creditor will receive written notice by mail from the debtor. The notice will set forth the grounds of the objection, set a hearing date to consider the objection and provide a deadline for the creditor to respond to the objection.
|4.12 How can I view my claim status on the Claims Register/Creditor Search tab?|
The Claims Register/Creditor Search tab located on the website will provide current information on your proof of claim status. In order to search for information related to a specific claim number we recommend the following: First, choose Claim Number, second, choose Equal To, third, enter your claim number and fourth, click the Find button. The displayed information will address, in part, whether any objections have been filed or any settlements have been made with respect to the claim in question.
|5.1 I am a student. How do I get a copy of my transcript?|
Long Island University is now the custodian of Dowling College transcript records and had begun accepting orders and issuing official Dowling transcripts. Students are encouraged to place orders using the online order form which can be found at: https://www.credentials-inc.com/tplus/?ALUMTRO002667. A link to the Dowling order form can also be found at the LIU site at: http://www.liu.edu/dowlingtranscripts.
LIU’s fee for official transcripts is $15.00
Questions regarding transcript orders can be sent to Beth Wilkow, University Registrar, at Beth.Wilkow@liu.edu.
|5.2 I need a form completed and/or a recommendation letter to obtain my professional licensing or certification. Who do I contact to get this completed?|
Please visit the Contact Us page and submit your inquiry online, please be sure to provide the relevant information in addition to any necessary documentation.
|5.3 I am a former Dowling student who was within 15 credits of completing my degree. What are my options for meeting the graduation requirements to complete my degree?|
As you may be aware, Dowling lost its accreditation on August 31, 2016.
Below are the procedures that you need to follow to obtain your degree from the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Also, be mindful of the time frame. This option is only in place for THREE years. After that you will be subject to the transfer policies of the college that you attend. These procedures are only for students who are within 15 credits of graduation.
Students who, at the time that Dowling College closed, were enrolled in Dowling College and were within 15 credits of completing their Dowling College degree program, and who are able to complete those credits at other colleges or universities, by August 31, 2019, (3 years from the closure of Dowling College), will be able to submit official transcripts from Dowling College and the other institution(s) at which they have taken courses that are applicable to the requirements for the Dowling College degree program in which they were enrolled, to the NYS Education Department.
If the institution at which the former Dowling College student completes the required credits conducts the degree audit and attests to the fact that the student has completed all of the requirements for the Dowling College degree program, the Department will recommend to the Board of Regents that the Regents award a diploma to the student. Otherwise, the Department will conduct the necessary degree audit, and upon a determination that the student has completed all of the requirements of the Dowling College degree program, the Department will recommend to the Board of Regents that the Regents award a diploma to the student.
A diploma issued by the Regents will indicate that the applicable degree was earned based upon the completion of a Dowling College degree program.
For student inquiries for additional information regarding degrees being granted through the State Education Department, Board of Regents, please use the following email address: OCUEINFO@nysed.gov.
|5.4 I am a former student that had more than 15 credits remaining to be completed to earn my degree. What are my options for meeting the graduation requirements to complete my degree?|
In order to complete your degree, you will have to transfer to another school. The following is a list of schools that have signed an articulation agreement with Dowling College. They have agreed to provide the best opportunities for you to continue and complete your education.
- Long Island University – all Majors, LIU is the lead partner!
Dowling-to-LIU Transfer Center (Rita Langdon)
- Vaughn – Aviation
Mr. Ernie Shepelsky
Vice President of Enrollment Services
(718) 429-6600 ext 141
- Farmingdale State College – Aviation
Bahar Zoghi Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
Acting Assistant Dean and Acting Chair of Aviation
School of Engineering Technology
2350 Broadhollow Road, Lupton Hall Room 104
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 420-2308 or
- St. Joseph’s College – Special Education and Sports Management
Vice President for Enrollment Management
St. Joseph’s College
(631) 687-4535 (direct) or
(631) 687-4526 (assistant)
- Empire State College – all majors
Interim Vice Provost for Academic Administration
SUNY Empire State College
1 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12831
(518) 587-2100 ext 2236
- Excelsior – all majors, only offers online, no face to face instruction
Jill E. Terry
Executive Assistant to the President
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
Loaned or Donated Property
|6.1 I loaned/donated property to Dowling College. How do I get more information on that property? How do I get the property back?|
Court approval may be required before property owned or in the possession of Dowling College can be removed or transferred. Dowling is working on a procedure that it will seek to establish prior to the sale of the campus and buildings. If any of the items are of material value, proof of ownership will be required. Please go to the Contact Us page of this website, select “Loaned/Donated Property” from the “Subject” drop-down box and provide your contact information and a detailed description of your property and location on campus. We have no further information regarding the process to provide at this time. If your contact information including your e-mail address is provided on the Contact Us page, we will contact you with further information when available. Please also check back on this website for updated information.
|7.1 When can I expect to receive my tax forms from Dowling College?|
|8.1 I am interested in purchasing assets from Dowling. Who should I contact?|
Please go to the Contact Us page. Select “Offer to Purchase Assets” from the “Subject” drop down box and complete the rest of the form, including as much specific information as possible regarding the assets you have interest in purchasing. You may also attach and upload any related documentation regarding your interest.
|9.1 I am a former vendor or contractor of Dowling. Equipment or other property belonging to me / my company was left on campus in connection with the products or services previously provided to Dowling. How can I retrieve this property?|
Court approval may be required to permit vendors, contractors or other parties to remove equipment or other property left on campus. Prior submission of proof of ownership will be required and will be reviewed by Dowling’s counsel. Please go to the Contact Us page and select “Vendor / Third Party Owned Property” from the “Subject” drop down box. Complete the form including your contact information, a detailed description of the property and its location on campus (if known) and attach any supporting documentation evidencing ownership. We have no further information regarding the process to provide at this time. If your contact information, including your e-mail address, is provided on the Contact Us page, we will contact you with further information when available. Please also check back on this website for updated information.
|9.2 I am a former member of Dowling Faculty, Staff or Student Body. I left personal property on campus that I would like to retrieve. How do I get my personal property back?|
Court approval may be required before former faculty, staff and students are able to retrieve personal items left on premises. Dowling is working on a procedure that it will seek to establish prior to the sale of the campus and buildings. If any of the personal items are of material value, proof of ownership will be required. Please go to the Contact Us page of this website, select “Personal Belongings on Dowling Premises” from the “Subject” drop-down box and provide your contact information and a detailed description of your property and location on campus. We have no further information regarding the process to provide at this time. If your contact information including your e-mail address is provided on the Contact Us page, we will contact you with further information when available. Please also check back on this website for updated information.
Financial Gift, Endowment/Scholarship Fun
|10.1 I provided a financial gift, endowment or scholarship fund to Dowling. Can I get those funds back or re-direct them to another charity now that Dowling is closed?|
Please go to the Contact Us page of this website and select “Financial Gift, Endowment / Scholarship Fund” from the “Subject” drop down box. Complete the form including (1) your contact information; (2) a detailed description of the financial gift, endowment or scholarship fund including the date of origination and amount, if known; and (3) the restricted use of the funds, if any. Please also upload a copy of the gift letter and any other available documentation supporting the financial gift, endowment or scholarship fund.