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City council briefed on SUNY Cortland reopening

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Last night, SUNY Cortland communications director Fred Pierce addressed city council on the current plans to bring students back to campus this Fall.

Move-ins will be staggered beginning Saturday, August 22 with Freshman, then continuing until Sunday (August 30) with a one day break planned for Wednesday (August 26).

Once students arrive, Pierce says they’ll be required to get screened daily for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they’ve been on or off campus.

Each is required to sign an “Affirmation of Promise” that commits them to following all health guidelines from the state and CDC, along with those from local health officials.

Pierce also said the community can report any specific concerns they have to the university, including by use of an online complaint form.

However, given the impact COVID-19’s likely played in many of the students’ lives already, Pierce said he feels compliance with most won’t be an issue.

“More than half of our students come from areas of the state that experienced the worst of this,” said Pierce. “We know we’re going to have some students try to get away with stuff, but I think the majority will have at least some understanding.”

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo announced the addition of Rhode Island to the state’s travel advisory, as well as the removal of Delaware and Washington, D.C.

Dozens of others remain on that list which requires a two-week quarantine of all arrivals.

Colleges and high schools across New York await reopening decisions which are expected later this week from the governor and officials from the health & education departments.


Click here for more information on SUNY Cortland’s full reopening plan.

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