In-person class length capped at SUNY Cortland

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Some in-person classes may be shorter this semester at SUNY Cortland, after new guidance issued by state and local health officials limiting all instruction held on campus to maximum 55-minute sessions.

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University president Erik Bitterbaum announced the new changes in a campus-wide email and pointed out that some classes already fall under the new duration limit.

Many will need to be adjusted, he said.


“We realize that this is a big adjustment for both faculty and students as additional content must be delivered in different formats,” Bitterbaum said. “Please understand that your professors, who have already worked diligently to make this semester happen, will be putting additional effort into this adjustment, which is intended to further slow the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses.”

Additionally, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has been in a group or class for at least 60 minutes, the entire group must be quarantined for two weeks.

Bitterbaum said individual faculty members had no say in the mandates, which came directly from the state and county health departments.

“We have never faced anything like this semester, and this is another unexpected turn. As the SUNY Cortland community has demonstrated so many times already, the collaboration and commitment of everyone— students, faculty and staff — will continue to carry us forward. If we can maintain this teamwork and persistence, our goal of completing the semester on campus remains realistic,” said Bitterbaum.

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